Leon Walters is a senior pastor of Christian International Family Worship Center (CIFWC) in Versailles, Indiana, and shares a bold word to the Body of Christ in this hour:
Now read on and find out how you can co-labor with God in this season of great boldness He is calling us into! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
I am hearing in my spirit that this year is not only a turnaround year, but it is also a year where the Church is doing an "about-face" in preparation for new battle plans that will outwit our enemies.
I began to do some research in relation to the military term "about-face" and other military terms in relation to warfare. There are several terms I feel Father God wants us to give special attention to this year. I believe that this will be unlike any other year for supernatural breakthrough. This is not only about turning around, but also about conquering, taking back and repossessing our land and rightful inheritances.
"God is calling His armies to prepare for war and to face their enemies, whether great or small."
The devil has stolen enough. He has crossed over into territory and tried to invade areas that are off limits to him. In 2 Kings, chapters 18-19, the king of Assyria crossed boundaries against Judah, and King Hezekiah and God did an about-face, defeating the king of Assyria. I hear the Father saying, "The devil has crossed over into territory that I did not allow, and if you will do an about-face and pray and cry out to Me as Hezekiah did, I will hear you. I will do an about-face. I will destroy your imposters and will cause you, in peace, to prosper in your land once again."
Four Military Terms: Attention, About-Face, Charge and At Ease
1. Attention. The position of "at attention" or standing "at attention" is a military posture which involves the following general postures:
• Standing upright with an assertive and correct posture: famously chin up, chest out, shoulders back, stomach in.
• Arms fixed at the side, thumb or middle finger parallel to trouser or skirt seam, depending on military drill specifics.
• Eyes front: head and eyes locked in a fixed forward posture. Ideally eyes unmoving fixated on a distant object. Blank facial expression.
• Keeping the heels together, with the toes apart.
Explanation: The soldier does not speak or move in any way. The soldier is totally unmovable with their face looking straight ahead; eyes straight ahead. There are no speech, facial or bodily movements except when as required by a military drill.
2. About-Face. The "about-face" is a military drill command in which a unit or soldier makes a 180-degree turn. It means a sharp change in attitude or opinion, or to turn or face the opposite direction.
Explanation: The soldier is at the position of attention and when the command "about face" is given to the solider, the soldier will execute the foot movements that result in a 180-degree turnaround. When the facing movement is completed, they will be at the position of "attention" but now will be looking in the opposite direction.
3. Charge. A "charge" is a maneuver in battle in which combatants advance toward their enemy at their best speed in an attempt to engage in close combat. The charge is the dominant shock attack and has been the key tactic and decisive moment of many battles throughout history. Modern charges usually involve small groups against individual positions (such as a bunker) instead of large groups of combatants charging another group or a fortified line.
Explanation: In ancient battle tactics, the command to "charge" was not implemented without much strategic planning and was a coordinated advancement of troops with the intent to overrun the enemy. The perspective was that the charge would have a shock value used to annihilate the enemy. The shock value of a charge attack was especially exploited in cavalry tactics, using both armored knights and lighter mounted troops in earlier and later eras. Note that in order for the charge to be effective, a strong formation with efficient training was required. History reveals that a calvary that lacked high morale, excellent training, quality equipment, individual prowess and collective discipline of both the warrior and the mount would suffer in a charge against the enemy. (Photo via Pexels)
4. At Ease. The military term "at ease" means that when a soldier has been at the position of "attention" and a superior says, "At ease," the soldier can then be at a relaxed position with their feet apart and hands linked behind their back. Commanding the term "at ease" means that you still want their attention, but they are in a much more comfortable position.
When a soldier is at the position of "attention" their legs are together and their arms are straight down. It can be very stiff and uncomfortable if kept in that position for a while. However, when the command "at ease" is given, the legs are apart (generally about shoulder width) and the hands are held at a cusp behind the body. It is much more comfortable, but the soldier still stands in position and is attentive to whatever the superior is going to tell them.
Position Yourself and Be Ready!
Be ready to do an about-face this year. God wants His Church to come to attention to hear His voice of command, to turn you from your immediate position of attention to an attack position, and be fully alert and ready to charge your opposition and conquer your impossibility. As with God, impossibilities become challenges. Then you will be called to an "at ease" position to have rest from your battle.
There are things that God will turn around this year, and there are things that you will be required, or informed by the Holy Spirit, to turn around. In 2 Kings 6:1-7, there are things that the prophet Elisha did for the prophets and things that he had to do to get the ax out of the water. We must cooperate with the Father this year and obediently do our part.
"The devil has stolen enough. He has crossed over into territory and tried to invade areas that are off limits to him."
In Acts 5, the apostles confronted Ananias and Sapphira about lying to the Holy Spirit and their dishonesty. This will be a new season that will uncover hidden things. Do an about-face, turn 180 degrees this year, and turn away from the things that the Father will not allow and turn to be repositioned for war.
So, I hear the Lord saying this year: "ATTENTION, ABOUT-FACE, CHARGE, AT EASE (inspection, preparation, advance, rest from war)."
In 2 Samuel chapter 5, David was called to attention by God and was required to do an about-face in preparation to charge the Philistines, and then to an "at ease" to reap the spoils of his enemies. David had to position himself for change in his approach in battle because that time God was going to do it in a different way. His approach would be by sound. God said, "When the sound resonates in your ears as a reverberating sound, advance quickly."
In 2 Kings 3:7-26, after going around the same mountain, to a point of disaster, Jehoshaphat did an about-face. He sought out a prophet in the land and asked for a new battle plan so that he could overtake the enemy. God called Jehoshaphat to attention and had him do an about-face. He instructed him on how to charge the enemy in a new way. He then called him to be at ease as they collected the spoils.
In 2 Kings 19:14-19, God called Hezekiah to attention, and he went to the altar of the Lord to cry out to God. God had him do an about-face to confront his enemy, the King of Assyria. God gave him a new charge for warfare, and then he had an "at ease" and prospered in the land.
In Revelation 12:7-12 God called attention in Heaven and commanded an about-face to confront His enemy, Lucifer. God released a new charge of warfare and cast Lucifer out of Heaven, along with of a third of the angels. Then there was an at ease in Heaven once again.
The accounts go on throughout Scripture. There is a time when God calls us to attention for inspection and requires an about-face for new preparation to enable us for a new charge of release to go to war. As you conquer, there will be an at ease to reap your spoils.
"I Am Calling My Church to Attention"
I hear Father saying, "I am calling My Church—My armies —to attention. I am going to give a pre-examination to My armies in preparation for the battles and tasks that I will assign to you this year. Gideon experienced a reduction. He did not just abandon people but called a select number who knew how to stand at attention and were ready to go to war."
There is a shout from the Heavens, "About-face!" God is calling His armies to prepare for war and to face their enemies, whether great or small. This will require you to have a change of attitude. It requires you to bring your behaviors into order and to shift your point of view, with full attention to the new orders and commands from God's throne. It requires you to fulfill His purposes on Earth as it is in Heaven. (Photo via Unsplash)
There will be a new charge released from the heart of the Father that will thrust you into your battles this year. As you are willing to fight and war God's way, you will experience a year of at ease for collecting the spoils.
God says, "I will honor My Word this year with suddenlies, turnarounds, new Kingdom release and new provisions. These will keep you running with the vision that I have given you, as I have not changed My mind. So, tune your ears to My voice and My commands this year, and I will bring you to attention to prepare you for an about-face, so you can charge the antichrist spirit and every opposition that would try to rob your position in Me this year. I will refresh you, recondition you, and use you even more this year than ever before. So heed to the sound of My voice and allow it to resonate in your spirit this year and...
"Come to ATTENTION (for inspection). Do an ABOUT FACE (for preparation). Hear the CHARGE (to advance into battle). Receive an AT EASE (rest from your battles)." (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Leon Walters desires to see the heart of Father God bring restoration, healing and maturity to the Body of Christ. He has been helping to cultivate the prophetic and apostolic movements for nearly 40 years, and for over 24 years, Leon and his wife, Donna, have served as senior pastors of Christian International Family Worship Center (CIFWC) in Versailles, IN. He is president of Christian International Central (CIC), and is author of "Reset with No Regret" and "The Power of Unity." He is currently writing a book titled, "Spiritual Fathering: A Reproducing Anointing." As a seasoned apostle, he ministers prophetically to thousands each year worldwide. As executive vice president of Christian International Ministries Network (CIMN), he lends support to all 13 CIAN regions and serves on all boards to bring wisdom, and apostolic soundness to the CIMN team.
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