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As you read through Sandie Freed's latest article...you will feel strengthened and empowered to "take on" whatever comes your way.
This is a "much needed" word for the Body of Christ right now...as there have been many under massive assault and attacks. BUT GOD...
Sandie shares here:
"But, I say to you that your future involves victory. Your future involves strength. Your future involves power! For you shall go from glory to glory, strength to strength and from faith to faith. A new season is unfolding. The almond tree is budding. There is fresh vision being released to you that will empower you to move forth in the power and strength of a fresh anointing..."
I encourage you to read this word a couple of times and make these powerful decrees that Sandie so graciously gave us in her word to empower us all.
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"A Season to Be Alert and Stand On Guard!"
Believers, I heard the Lord say: "This is not a season to be passive. This is a season to remain alert, on guard and positioned for battle. For the enemy has been placing a smoke screen before you. To many, the future seems doomed and hopeless. Many in My army are exhausted and fearful. There are multitudes who would rather run from the enemy than take a firm stand and fight!
"But, I say to you that your future involves victory. Your future involves strength. Your future involves power! For you shall go from glory to glory, strength to strength and from faith to faith. A new season is unfolding. The almond tree is budding. There is fresh vision being released to you that will empower you to move forth in the power and strength of a fresh anointing. Look again! The olive tree is blooming; the olives are ripe for harvest. For I will extract a fresh oil from My people and they will flow in the power of My Kingdom anointing.
" Faith is truly the currency of Heaven. To win this battle, we must rise up in faith and believe what God says."
"They will be a mighty force upon the earth and will turn the tide of events with their words and decrees. I am anointing the mouths of My prophets to decree a thing and it will be established. Watch as mountains are removed before you. Watch as governments shift and kingdoms of this world begin to fall. The kingdoms of this world are now becoming the kingdoms of Your God!
"Rise up! Receive a fresh impartation of My strength and power this day as you are summoned from Heaven to demonstrate Heaven upon earth."
After the Lord spoke this to me, I heard the words, "The violent take it by force." I meditated on this a bit. I've heard this preached a multitude of times and even preached it myself. However, it is currently taking on a new meaning to me. Considering that the prophetic word above involves our being in the Army of the Lord, soldiers ready for strategic warfare, I am looking at this passage from those lenses:
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12 KJV)
Our Battle: Take It By Force
The word force in this passage implies seizing something with great force with the intention to plunder. It means seizing in a very aggressive, forceful and vigorous way and laying a firm "hold." For us as Believers, we are to be soldiers, holding firm to the Word of God concerning our destiny and vigorously remain determined to move forward with our Godly authority and defeat the enemy.
In the natural, there are times we can't actually "see" our enemy when in war. I remember my uncles sharing their war stories from World War II. When they landed in Normandy, they couldn't actually see the enemy but witnessed a flood of ammunition being fired their way. They saw the horrible "effects" of the battle but didn't always see the actual enemy. Yet, to win the battle they had to press forward, taking risks, knowing there WAS an enemy causing all of the casualties. (Photo via Wikipedia)
Scripture tells us in Ephesians 6:12: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." As soldiers in the Army of God, we are not engaging against individuals or groups of people – our battle is against satan and his many cohorts.
We may not "see" the actual demon, but we know the casualties, the trauma and the terror of the attacks. We know the enemy is there, we just don't see them unless God reveals them to us in a dream or a vision. We must be reminded that "...our warfare is not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4). We have a job to do. We have strongholds to pull down!
Tear Down the Strongholds
The term stronghold implies several different things. First, a stronghold can represent anything that has a strong hold on us. This definition implies bondage. Then, there is the passage in Scripture that follows 2 Corinthians 10:4 which explains another definition of what a stronghold is: "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled" (2 Corinthians 10:5-6 KJV).
So, a stronghold, many times, is in our own minds. Yes, the enemy has targeted many of our minds with doubt, unbelief and fear. Also, many of us have religious mindsets that limit God. Faith is truly the currency of Heaven. To win this battle, we must rise up in faith and believe what God says.
"For us as Believers, we are to be soldiers, holding firm to the Word of God concerning our destiny and vigorously remain determined to move forward with our Godly authority and defeat the enemy."
Dear ones, it's time to come into agreement with all that God says. To agree with the words of our enemy robs us of power – and anointing! No longer can we waver; no longer can we allow fear to rule our lives! Do not allow an unbelief structure to erect itself about you. It's time to renew our minds by getting into the Word of God and thereby digest what He says about us and our future.
Training Through Boot Camp
A soldier in the natural is forced into boot camp. It's hard! It forces the immature to be matured soldiers – trained and ready for battle. But, I'll bet if you asked anyone who went through boot camp if they enjoyed it, they would laugh and say, "Absolutely NOT!" Well, we may not enjoy some of God's training either. Yes, it can be hard! But, remember this: We are learning to discern the strongman. We are being equipped for victorious battle. Everything you have been through is being used for your good! That's what we must focus on in this season.
Don't focus on your lack, focus on what God says about your situation. He says that you are the head and not the tail. He says you are the victor and not the defeated. He says that He is your provider and that He will care for you.
The Power of "I AM"
The two most powerful words in the universe are the words "I AM." Yes, the great I AM is saying to you:
• I AM your provider.
• I AM your healer.
• I AM the God of covenant.
• I AM your shield and buckler.
• I AM your strength.
• I AM your hightower.
Precious ones, it's time for you to rise up today and make some Godly decrees. When you do, you are pulling down strongholds of doubt and unbelief. And you are taking hold – seizing breakthroughs in a violent way! Any stronghold on you has to let go whenever you decree what the great I AM has already declared over your life! (Photo via Flickr)
Remember always: You are who God says you are! Decreeing God's Word is a form of spiritual warfare, so rise up and agree with what God has said about you and your situation.
Decree a Thing and Shift!
Here are some decrees, for example, that you can make but don't stop there! Get in the Word and find some of your own decrees to proclaim!
• When God says, "I am your Healer," your decree becomes, "I am healed."
• When God says, "I am your Deliverer," your decree becomes, "I am delivered!" And so on...
Dear ones, it's time for a shift! I have taken some time to write some decrees for you to begin to declare. Please add to them as the Lord directs.
• I am blessed.
• I am prosperous.
• I am healed.
• I am victorious.
• I am creative.
• I am successful.
• I am powerful.
• I am wise.
• I am positive.
• I am valuable.
• I am free.
• I am redeemed.
• I am resourceful.
• I am smart.
• I am handsome.
• I am beautiful.
• I am gifted.
• I am anointed.
• I am equipped.
• I am determined.
• I am a force to be reckoned with!
A very good resource for you to read is one of my recent books, Letting Go of Your Limitations: Experiencing God's Transforming Power. This book will empower you to move past defeated attitudes, squelched passion, disappointments, self-reliance, fear, legalism and religious mindsets. You will enjoy reading this book as you will read "there is a miracle in you!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Sandie Freed Ministries
Dr. Sandie Freed co-labors with her husband, Mickey Freed, doing the work of the Lord as a ministry team. In addition, they are the founders of Zion Ministries Training Center in Bedford, Texas, and Lifegate Church International. Sandie has traveled nationally and internationally teaching dreams and visions seminars and on spiritual discernment. Her ability to adequately prophesy and discern spiritual strongholds over regions has released numerous breakthroughs for individuals and ministries. Sandie has authored Dream On, and eleven other books, most of which are in several different languages. Dr. Sandie and Apostle/Pastor Mickey are ordained with Christian International Ministries, serving on their Board of Governors. They have been married since 1973, and have one daughter, Kimberly.
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