From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Some of us, and yes, myself included, have "given to God" all the past losses. The truth is, in some of these losses it seems, we should still be fighting so that the enemy would be forced to pay us back many times over!
Consider your own situation and ask God what past losses you should be fighting for to RECOVER from the enemy of God.
November is a month that Johnny Enlow is saying we should be contending to receive the spoils of war with the enemy!
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"November's Grace: Pursue, Overtake, Recover All, and Spoil the Enemy!"
A Successful Campaign
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God... So David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?" And He answered him, "Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all." 1 Samuel 30:6, 8
In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men experienced a most devastating attack on their home front while they were out on the battlefield. The Amalekites had raided their home front, burning their camp, and taking the women and children and goods captive. David's men were so devastated that they talked of stoning David. David himself was greatly distressed.
Suddenly, David remembered to "encourage himself in the Lord" and was then told by the Lord to pursue the Amalekites, overtake and recover all. David and his men did just that and they were famously successful. They pursued the enemy, they overtook the enemy, they recovered all that was stolen, and then they so raided the enemy that David had spoils to give to the elders of over a dozen cities in Judah. Truly a successful campaign.
November: Pursue, Overtake, Recover and Spoil!
I believe that the Lord has shown me that this November is a month that He is telling us to quit the introspective analyzing of the losses that many have experienced and He is anointing us to Pursue, Overtake, Recover All and then Spoil the enemy. Many of us, while in the service of the Lord, have suddenly found ourselves raided by the enemy. He has swept in and viciously attacked our health, our wealth and our relationships. (Photo of Warrior's Heart by Jennifer Page via elijahshopper.com)
This entire year of 2014 has been about this dynamic, but I hear the Lord saying that if you missed the available victories and catapulting for this year, you can still cram it into November – and by Thanksgiving have an overflowing heart at the goodness of God.
There is a four-staged strategy for getting this accomplished and we want to identify the practical equivalent for each of these stages David went through.
There is a specific grace to step into the pursuit stage. What pursue means for us today is to identify our losses and determine to contend for restoration. This is an important stage as we won't know if we are successful if we don't identify what has been taken from us. For some of us it is very obvious but for some of us we need to take the inventory of recent loss or robbery from the enemy and determine it is not okay. Look back at where you have been raided by the enemy and determine that you are going to get it back or some equivalent of restoration.
This is a time to prioritize the overtaking stage. As we interpret David's battle for us today, we will see that what we must next be secured in is true hope. Hope is the expectation of good from God as we go after losses. Become convinced that God did not cause our losses, and it is in His heart to see us regain what we have lost. David ran with determination against the Amalekites as he became convinced that God didn't want him to live with his losses. Hope is the fuel for overtaking the enemy.
#3. Recover All!
This is the timetable for experiencing much of the recovering of what was lost. In this recovery stage we decree and declare and stand and believe. Our war today is not against flesh and blood but it is against the lies of the enemy, specifically about the nature of God. He is absolutely good. Once we recover our decrees and declarations from a foundation of resolve, we will begin to see that which was lost – given back. (Photo of Quiver Flaming Arrows by Linda Harris-Iorio via elijahshopper.com)
Expect great things this month with evidences and surprises that confirm the thief is paying back. If you will take the process as seriously as David did you will step into as much radical recovery as he did.
The word spoil means to plunder or take the goods from. David now went beyond just recovering all and it was now time to make the enemy restore sevenfold what he had stolen. Step into a spirit of radical thanksgiving. As evidences of the spoil coming to you manifests, make sure to thank God for every little thing that begins to happen. "Spoiling" happens in an atmosphere of thanksgiving.
What an appropriate time for "thanksgiving to Him" during this Thanksgiving month. Aggressively look for and recognize every token of grace that God is pouring out, and you will see your spoil and your plunder abound. This is His heart for you.
May this be the greatest Thanksgiving ever for so many of you as you see the goodness of God in the land of the living. He is not okay with you being picked on and stolen from and may November bring you the spoils of this proof!
Johnny and Elizabeth
Johnny Enlow is a social reformer, international speaker, spiritual mentor, and author of The Seven Mountain Prophecy, The Seven Mountain Mantle, and Rainbow God. He and his wife Elizabeth are focused on awakening individuals to their call to provide practical solutions from the heart of God for every problem in society – until the real God of all of life is displayed in the seven primary areas of culture in all nations: Media, Arts and Entertainment, Government, Family, Religion, Economy, and Education.
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