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This is a question that's been asked often, especially in the past couple of years: Should the Church be involved in government and politics?
We've had some awesome revelation about this recently on our Elijah Streams program as well.
This bold word from Joni Ames will help you in this area as she shares this:
Both Joseph and Daniel were called as political leaders. Some of you need to rise up and realize that it is time for you to step up to the plate, run for office and lead the people.
Even now, God is calling some of you who are reading this to bring CHANGE to your communities. Whether it's being involved in local government in your city, region, state or more...you're feeling the shift from the Lord to walk toward that new purpose.
The Lord has told me (Julie) often, "There's a set time for everything," meaning there is a timing for many things coming to pass in our lives. Is this your time to rise up, as Joseph and Daniel did, in the land God is calling you to?
Find out as you read the rest of Joni Ames' article. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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The Sleeping Giants
Recently, I had a visitation/experience I'd like to share with you.
One day, as I was sitting and meditating, I suddenly felt the presence of the Lord and went into an open vision. In the vision, there was a huge man – about the size of a football field – lying on the ground. I wondered if he was dead.
Then a Voice from above hollered at him to get up. I suddenly realized he was not dead, but sleeping. The Voice called to him a few times. He had been in such a deep sleep that it was difficult to wake him up.
Finally, he began to move around and sit up. He was dressed in khaki pants and a flannel work shirt. As he got up, I realized there was another man there, on the other side of him; he also began to get up. He had on a business suit.
The first man's name was Joseph and the other man's name was Daniel.
The bottom line was that they were a representation of the men and women who have been called to the Joseph or Daniel anointing (in other words – the marketplace ministry or the political arena).
It's Time to Wake Up!
The Voice said to them, "Awake! Awake! It's time to wake up. Your 20-year wait is up."
The number 20, biblically, is associated with trials and conveys a complete or perfect waiting period. It's been a season of testing and trials for many of you, and even a time of being subservient to others while you've waited for your heavenly call to come to pass. It has been a time of dying to your dream before you have lived it, just like Joseph. (Photo via Rawpixel)
The two men in my vision represent those who have been called to either the Joseph or Daniel offices but have waited a long time for the fulfillment of those promises. They have waited so long that they've fallen asleep; some have even given up. If that is you, the Lord is telling you to wake up and rise up, for your appointed time is here; it's now.
Remember Why You Are Here
The Voice also said, "Remember why you are here."
He is bringing you into the remembrance of all of your promises. Pull them forth again and remember them well. Wage war with the prophecies concerning you – every detail. This is your "for such a time as this" appointed time.
Go over the details of what being a "Joseph" or a "Daniel" means. Go over the details of these individual prophetic promises to you as well.
We have been told, recently, that there is going to be a food shortage. "For such a time as this," Joseph had been called to store things up. He gathered food to take care of those who had need of it. Both Joseph and Daniel were called as political leaders. Some of you need to rise up and realize that it is time for you to step up to the plate, run for office and lead the people.
God says that the things you've experienced in this past season have not been in vain. He has and is using them to prepare you as a vessel, yielded to Him, with wisdom, discernment, knowledge, relationships, understanding of the times and seasons – even knowledge to discern and handle various types of people and situations – as well as the ability to obtain provision necessary for the call.
For many years, the Lord has been showing me large 18 wheeler trucks full of provisions that would pull into various places to provide for people in times of great need. You may be the farmer that is called to bring forth the provision that you have been hiding and storing up in your barns. You may be the truck driver that God has called to lead that army of provisions to its destination. You may be the business or the church that God has called to steward it.
Divine Connection, Positioning and Distribution
It's time to connect and partner with the people God has for you in the Joseph and Daniel companies of today. You may not be the "money man," but God will connect you with who is. Or, you may be the money man, and God will connect you with those of integrity who can help you disperse it to wherever it needs to go. (Photo via Pixabay)
Divine positioning is taking place, right now. You are being properly placed in the Kingdom and with the right people. Divine distribution is also taking place. I saw the winds gathering provisions from the north, south, east and west and placing them into the proper hands.
It's time for the Daniels and Josephs to arise and release God's people from the captivity, persecution, suppression, and practices of Babylon. It's time for men of wisdom, faith, prayer, favor, and determination to arise – those who can discern the times and seasons like the sons of Issachar. It is time for the changing of the guard over God's people and God's provision.
Favored by God
Favor is not a small thing. Favor is God's authority, which is higher than the authority that a man or college can give. When you have favor, you'll be put into the positions that others (people with higher educations and more money than you) can never be placed in. Others will not know why, but they will suddenly choose you. It has nothing to do with education. God's favor is the highest authority there is. It is unexplainable, divine authority.
Don't give up! Get up! No more waiting. Get up and get busy. Gather the other Josephs and Daniels; encourage one another, for your long-awaited time is here and it is now.
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The Ministry of Joni Faith Ames
Joni Ames¬†is an itinerant, prophetic minister, writer, teacher, encourager, mentor, mother and grandma. Joni has taught in Churches of many varied denominations including: conferences, government offices, Christian businesses, Women's Aglow groups, Full Gospel Businessmen groups, house groups, prisons, and wherever the Lord leads. Joni believes that the Lord wants to encourage and activate the laborers as we continue to move into the harvest and does share specific types of teachings (activating others in personal prophetic ministry, intercession, etc.). Joni believes that the job of the five-fold ministry is "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4:11), and that "...the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love" (Eph. 4:16).
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