June 15, 2017
"Shields Up! Raise Your Faith Shields Against the Enemy!"
From the Desk of Steve Shultz:
Dear Elijah List Friends,
It has taken me MOST of my adult life to finally grasp that ALL of God's plans for me are for good and none are for evil. Evil comes only from the devil. Everything God does consists of righteous acts.
During several seasons of my life, I entered months of "the dark night of the soul!" And too often, within those times, I let my guard down. I lowered my shield...my shield of FAITH...and that's when the greatest darkness and doubts came into my mind. "Is God for me or not?" would be my constant question.
Let me tell you...if you are asking that question, your life is in a serious place. When Israel said at the waters of Massah and Meribah, "Is God with us or not?" God said that He was angry with them for 40 years because they asked that question!
Don't drop that shield...but if you have, quickly repent and raise it up HIGH. God is good ALL THE TIME.
Put your trust in Him.
With that in mind, read this word through Kathi Pelton! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Please forward this word to your friends! Encourage them to subscribe to the Elijah List right here: http://elijahlist.com/subscribe.
Steve Shultz, Founder and Publisher
The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News
"Shields Up! Raise Your Faith Shields Against the Enemy"
An Attack of Fiery Darts
I woke from a dream hearing many voices crying out, "God, don't let me down."
They repeated this desperate cry over and over. I asked the Lord why so many felt as though He might not come through for them. His answer came in a Scripture: "In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Ephesians 6:16).
I immediately understood that many individuals had lowered their "shields of faith," so that the enemy's flaming arrows were not being extinguished, but rather were piercing their lives and hearts with fiery darts of disappointments.
They began to believe that God was not protecting them and they expected disappointment. I began to pray for the ones who were being pierced by this wicked volley. I prayed for their shields of faith to be raised again. It was like a picture out of movies such as "Star Trek" or "Star Wars." If the enemy can trick you into lowering your shield, then he can hit his target. When shields are up, the enemy cannot penetrate or cause harm with his weapons.
Raise Your Shield!
Many in the Body of Christ have come under an attack that has caused them to lower their shields of faith. We must pray for the Lord's people and hold up their weary arms so they are able to once again raise their shields.
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." Ephesians 6:18.
If your shield of faith has been lowered, and you find yourself desperately calling out to God, "Don't let me down," then by faith, raise your shield and turn your desperate cry into shouts—declaring your Savior's goodness and promises with gratitude and thanksgiving.
He has promised you blessings, hope, joy, deliverance, and salvation. He has plans to prosper and not to harm you. This is not for just some of His people, but all who are called by His name. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11).
Call upon the strength of the Spirit of God within you to help you once again to raise your shield of faith. The Holy Spirit who lives within you has not been weakened! Your soul may be downcast, but as you put your hope in God you will experience the Spirit's mighty power.
I hear an announcement in the spirit realm: "Shields Up!"
This is a two-fold announcement. First, it is to protect you from the evil one's fiery arrows; and second, it is to position you for the prosperity of promises.
We're in a 10:10 Moment
John 10:10 has been going through my mind for days now: "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."
I believe we are in a 10:10 moment where we see the enemy very active in his pursuit to steal, kill and destroy, but as God's people raise their shields once again, they will experience God's purposes and promises. You must leave the place of living in the soul realm and instead live by the Spirit, so that His mighty power at work in you will exceed your natural expectations.
Last, I saw a vision of someone licking the end of her index finger and lifting it above her head to find out what direction the wind was blowing. This person discovered that the wind was blowing in every direction, and it caused her to cower in fear. Then she was lifted above the earthly atmosphere and was standing in the heavenly place where we are seated with Christ. Once again the individual licked the end of her finger to find the wind, but now there was none. It was completely calm and void of the winds that had blown in the earthly realm. Peace flooded her as she stood in the strength of the Son.
This is a time when the winds of chaos are blowing in every earthly direction to stir up strife, disunity, demonic activity, and terror. Though the enemy is declaring a bad report, God is calling His people to live from their heavenly position and receive (and declare) His good report.
It is a 10:10 time to receive redemption from all that the thief has come to destroy, and to live in the safety of the Almighty. Ten is the Biblical number of completeness and divine order. Ten/ten is the double portion of that! We often ask people to rate an experience on a scale from one to ten, and as I saw these shields of faith go up, I saw the bad reports over people's lives—experiences they would rate as a "one"—suddenly change into good reports of victorious "tens"!
A new experience is awaiting you as your shields go up. Faith is the ASSURANCE of things hoped for! God is going to give you a life experience that you will rate a "ten". There is joy for those in Christ, peace for those in Christ, and a rich and satisfying life for those in Christ.
Though in this world we will have tribulation, we can rejoice, for Jesus has overcome the world! God is sending out His order: "SHIELDS UP!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton understand our culture's need for encouragement and hope. Through writing and speaking, they escort individuals into awareness of God's profound compassion and mercy that heals brokenness, and they have a unique ability to help anyone seeking pathways into His kind embrace. For several years, Jeffrey and Kathi led a house of prayer located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Currently, they travel extensively, working with prayer and prophetic movements. Recently, Jeffrey and Kathi, their grown children, and their one grandson relocated from Northern California to Eugene, Oregon. They continue to travel and have begun networking with prayer ministries in the Pacific Northwest. They are also part of a development team for Kairos Ministries, a local church plant.
To receive daily, encouraging prophetic emails from The Elijah List to your in box CLICK HERE or go to: http://elijahlist.com/subscribe
Visit our webstore and check out Alveda King's brand new book by Elijah List Publications: America Return to God: www.americareturntogod.com
Also check out Steve Shultz's Revised and 2nd Edition book Can't You Talk Louder, God?: http://www.elijahshopper.com/cant-you-talk-louder-god-secrets-to-hearing-the-voice-of-god-revised-and-updated-edition-by-steve-shultz/
Permission is granted (and you are also encouraged) to reprint these articles in hard copy form, as well as sending them to your own email lists and posting them on your own websites. We ask only that you keep Elijah List website, email contact info, and author contact information intact.
Elijah List Publications
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321