If ever there was a time to GO...that time is now and upon us.
So many have felt compelled to start something new, move, leave old things behind, etc.
If that's you, I want you to slowly and carefully read through this empowering word from Christy Johnston in which she admonishes:
There is much more detail and revelation in this...so I'll let you get right to reading it. I know this will encourage you to GO and SEIZE what God is calling you to. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
I woke up on a recent morning with these words burning in my heart: "Seize the spoils of war." I was instantly reminded of a story from 2 Kings 7:1-11. While I read the story, I was overcome with anticipation as I caught the heart of His Spirit telling me that this is a time of reclaiming territory.
I felt compelled to share this word with you. I encourage you to not just skim over it (don't just read it as a nice and uplifting word), but actively seize it and take hold of it for your own life, your own family, and your own nation.
I believe there is an invitation within this revelation to step out of a place of "battle weariness" and into "celebration and feasting." I believe there is a unique window of opportunity to advance upon enemy territory and take back what rightfully belongs to the Kingdom of God.
I believe the Father is teaching us in this hour how to move from a "battle-minded" warfare into "victory-minded" warfare, where we aren't always overwhelmed by the opposition that may surround us, but rather, we stand high above it and turn the tide of the battle using His strategies and perspectives.
He is teaching us how to win the battles from His heavenly heights as opposed to being beat-down in the dust.
From Famine to Plenty
The narrative within 2 Kings 7:1-11 follows on from a story which tells us that there had been a severe famine in Samaria, and to make matters worse, there had been drawn-out conflict with the Arameans, and a vast army of their soldiers had surrounded Samaria and were holding the people hostage under a siege.
Elisha the prophet had been standing with God's people through this siege and in verse one, he prophesied to the king of Samaria and told him that they were about to see an overnight breakthrough. He said:
"Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria." (2 Kings 7:1) (Photo via Unsplash)
As I studied this verse, I discovered that God's people in Samaria (a part of Ancient Israel) had been suffering so severely in famine that they were buying six times less food (food of the vilest and blandest quality) for five times the price of what Elisha was prophesying. Elisha was essentially saying to them, "By this time tomorrow, you will be able to buy six times the amount of the best of the best for a fifth of the price you are paying today for the worst of the worst."
In verse 2 it goes on to say, "The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, 'Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen...?'"
I felt that this was significant for you and me right now, for I hear God saying over us, "The famines you have endured, the hardship you have walked through, the battles and warfare that have besieged you are at an end. You will see an impossible shift and breakthrough." I believe God is saying that the people of God are going to see "overnight breakthroughs and victories."
I hear in my spirit that many will be saying very soon, "Look what the Lord has done."
The warning here is this: Don't be like the officer who questioned the prophecy. Because of his questioning, Elisha told him that he would see with his eyes the spoils of war but would not taste them with his mouth. I believe this is a time of setting our faith to the impossible. If God has said it, He will do it.
It is remarkable to me that the king was "leaning" on this "officer of doubt." It speaks to me, loudly, that we need to consider what we are leaning our faith on. Are we leaning it on the arm of the voice of doubt, disappointment, fear and past hardships? Or are we leaning our faith onto the arm of the Faithful One, our Defender, our Promise Giver and Promise Keeper? (Photo via Unsplash)
I want to encourage you today, lean away from defeat, and lean heavily onto the arm of the One who is faithful and true to His promise. Lean on His words today: "Help is on the way. Victory is coming, for tomorrow you shall taste of the spoils of war."
The Siege Is Lifting
I love that the heroes of this story are not the valiant soldiers, nor the king or his vast army. The heroes who saved the people of God in this chapter were four lepers who sat at the gates of the city. The word for leprosy in Hebrew is derived from a root word which means, "to scourge." You could say that these men had been through endless scourging and hardship.
It is significant to note that lepers were typically outcasts in Ancient Hebrew times. By law, they were not allowed to be around other people and were cast out of society, so the fact that these four lepers were sitting at the gates of the city, a prominent place where important business transactions were made, court was convened, public announcements were declared and even prophetic words of the Lord were made by His prophets, tells me that these "outcasts" should not have been there.
I get the feeling, though, that a courageous spirit rose up within them to face any resistance so that they could draw close to the important conversations that involved the fate of their own destinies. I believe the Spirit of God caused them to overcome the adversity that had plagued them, and drew them to be in the right place at the right time.
By being at the city gates, they likely overheard Elisha making that profound prophetic declaration to the king. In fact, I believe they did indeed hear it, for in 2 Kings 7:3-4 it says, "They said to each other, 'Why stay here until we die? If we say, "We'll go into the city"—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let's go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.'" The prophecy ignited courage within them.
I believe God is speaking to those who have endured many years of ongoing hardships and 'scourging' in seasons past, and to those who have found themselves isolated and cast out as a result of the intense suffering. I believe this is also for those who have been cast out of the Church, so to speak, whether by choice or by the opinions of others. God is drawing you back, for He is uniting His Bride in this unique hour of history.
For those who have lost the ability to believe that God would or could do anything through you, the Holy Spirit is drawing you into a place where He will cause you to be in the right place at the right time and will fill your heart with courage, similar to these men.
I hear Him saying to you today, "NOW is your time! I am calling you to come in close and be a part of the conversation again. I am calling you to be a significant part of My deliverance and answers. I am calling you into a place of prominence and importance in the gates of the spirit."
Courage will rise up within you as He places you at the gates of His Kingdom and gives you the strategies of His heart to advance upon the sieges of the enemy over your life, your family's lives and even the nations of the earth.
Small steps of faith will be rewarded with supernatural advancement of His Spirit.
In verse five, it tells us that the four lepers got up at dusk and went to the camp of the Arameans. Consider the implications of this for a moment. These four leprous men had no army. No weapons. Nothing to defend themselves. They had endured many years of hardship and, as a result, were probably weak in stature and energy. Yet, because they would have heard the prophetic word of the Lord from Elisha, what they lacked in strength and manpower, they well and truly made up for in faith and courage.
How many times do we hear a prophetic word of the Lord and rather than acting on it, we sit and wait for God to do something? God is speaking loud and clear right now: "You need to move. Put your faith to the impossible and take the prophetic step of faith that I guide you into. As you move, I will move." (Photo via Unsplash)
All too often, we talk ourselves out of the very breakthroughs that God wants to release on our behalf, all because we convince ourselves that we aren't qualified, fit enough, ready enough, equipped enough or strong enough. We receive the prophetic word but then wait on another one to confirm it.
God is shouting from the heavens to you today:
"The breakthroughs you desire are on the other side of simple steps of faith and obedience. You don't need all the answers right away. Listen to My prophetic word and respond. Put one foot in front of the other, and I will cause your feet to sound like the hooves of many armies and scatter your enemies before you."
Plunder the Enemy—SEIZE Your Spoils of War!
As the four lepers walked toward the enemy's camp, it says in verses six through seven, "For the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, 'Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!' So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives."
By the time the four men arrived at the outskirts of the camp, all they found was an abandoned military camp, filled with the spoils of war. They began to eat and drink, taking for themselves gold, silver and clothes, and then they returned to Samaria and told the king the news. The Gatekeepers of the city then proclaimed the news of the victory at the city gates.
God caused the sound of a mighty army to go before these four men. Imagine what He can do through your steps of faith and obedience? God used the faith of these four men to not only end the siege, but end the famine. Their faith affected the lives of the entire city of Samaria. Their act of faith fulfilled the prophetic word of the Lord from Elisha, and just as he had prophesied the day before, the people bought 6 times the amount of the finest of grains for a fifth of the price they had paid for the worst of grains just one day earlier.
I hear the Lord saying to those of you who have been weary, beat down, cast down, rejected and cast out, "This is your day of deliverance. This is your day of breaking through, for I will cause your feet, your steps of faith, to plunder the camp of the enemy that has besieged you, and you will take the spoils of war. This victory will affect not just yourself but all of those around you.
"Now, arise. Get up off your bed of disappointment and walk. As you walk, I will go before you, for I have called you this day to plunder the enemy's camp. Stop looking to the vast impossibilities, let Me take care of all your questions and doubts. Your job is to simply walk in response to where I am leading you. Then, you will get to taste of the spoils of war, you will get to eat of the spoils of victory. (Photo via Pixabay)
"The very weapons that the enemy used against you will be in your hands to set others free. The very ground he inhabited will be overtaken by My people. The very wealth that the wicked paraded in will be given to you to advance My Kingdom.
"Now, arise and GO as I have told you. You are destined to reclaim territory for yourself, your family and your nation. For though today you have eaten of famine, tomorrow you will eat of plenty."
I believe this "GO" is a step of faith into the calling of God that many have been sitting on the sidelines of. I'm not suggesting that you leave your job, but rather, take the step of faith in the direction of His leading. As you go, doors will open. For some, this will mean you need to step into courage and dream the big dreams of His heart for you again; for others, He may be calling you into realms of government.
Wherever He is leading you, I know this: He is calling you and me to take back territory and OCCUPY the places on the earth that have been in the grip of the enemy. Many have been too fearful to even take one step of faith, but I believe that the breakthrough, victories, and the spoils of war which you have been waiting for are on the other side of simple obedience.
Notice the four lepers could not stay where they were any longer, they couldn't go backwards; they knew they had to put action to the prophetic word they had heard. I am here to prophesy over you today:
There is a quickening of breakthrough and upgrade available to you. The wars you have endured have spoils awaiting you, if you will simply lean your faith onto Him and follow where He is leading you. Now GO and SEIZE THE SPOILS OF WAR!
It is time that the people of God occupy the territory that belongs to us. As we move, He will move. He is scattering our enemies before us! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Christy JohnstonÂ was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into God's sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
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