From the Desks of Steve Shultz and Julie A. Smith:
Happy New Year and welcome to 2023!
We couldn't think of a better way to start the new year than knowing our authority in Christ, our victory is secured, and praying into a fresh decree unto the Lord.
You're going to get all of this in this word from Dutch Sheets and Gina Gholston.
In this article, Gina gives us this word from the Lord:
As the Lord's Ekklesia army, we are being summoned by our Great Commander:
"Come ride with Me. Take your position and be assured of the victory I have already given to you. Legislate and enforce My verdicts; carry out My assignments."
Dutch also leads us into an awesome prayer, and you're invited to take communion as you feel led. My wife Derene and I (Steve) have taken communion on a daily basis...it is so powerful, and we encourage you to do the same.
We pray that this will be a year of great victories over your family and over the nations of the earth. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Introduction from Dutch Sheets: Most Believers have very little understanding of the delegated authority we have been given by Christ. Obviously, then, they would also be deficient in understanding that we are all called to represent Christ, just as He represented the Father. Jesus said, "...As the Father has sent Me, so send I you" (John 20:21). The Father had no other plan but Jesus; Jesus has no other plan but the Church.
This revelation is beginning to grow in the Body of Christ. As it continues to increase, the Church will be the Ekklesia Jesus spoke of – one the gates of Hell can't overcome. On Christ's end, all that is necessary for this to manifest has been accomplished. For us, the revelation – like a growing seed – must continue to increase. Holy Spirit gave Gina Gholston two dreams relating to this. Let them encourage you:
Dreams of Awakening
"I once had a dream where I saw an old quill pen being dipped into ink and writing on a piece of parchment. I remember seeing the long feather's movement as the hand holding the pen began to write these words: 'The Ekklesia army is being summoned to take its position, to legislate and enforce God's verdicts and carry out His assignments.' (Photo of Gina Gholston)
"The Church is called for more than just Sunday meetings and social gatherings. We are the Body of Christ. As each member does its part, we contribute to the overall function of the Body. As we yield ourselves to Christ, He works through us to fulfill His purposes. His intention was never that the Church operate in a lifeless 'form' of Christianity. We are His witnesses and, as such, called to make Him known. His desire is for us to know Christ and be like Him, clothed in His righteousness and functioning in His victorious power.
"In another dream, I was with many intercessors gathered in a field, all on horses. It was like a movie scene of a leader rallying his troops. Dutch Sheets was there praying over this team. Then my friend, Dr. Don Lynch (who is now in Heaven), rode out in front of us and began to declare the word 'Victory!' several times. He then began to weep and said, 'Our victory is secured!' Dr. Don held up a silver coin and said, 'We are not fighting FOR victory; we are fighting WITH victory!'
"He proceeded to give each of us one of the coins. They had a cross embossed on one side, the Liberty Bell and a pair of combat boots on the other. Both sides had the word 'VICTORY' written across the top.
"Dutch held up his coin and said, 'It's time to change the way we've been thinking! We are now fighting WITH victory! Victory belongs to Jesus!' He then looked off into the distance and, while pointing toward the east, said, 'It's time!' The sky looked dark, but there were visible shafts of sunlight breaking through, dappling the field in the direction he was pointing. We all turned and began to ride in that direction, a slow trot at first, then at full gallop! That was the end of the dream.
"The coin we were each given in the dream reveals that Christ's finished work on the Cross has secured our victory. Our 'liberty' is in Him. Victory belongs to Jesus, and since we are in Him, we always triumph. We're not striving to gain victory, but in Christ we have already been given access to the victory He accomplished on the Cross. We must set our minds to this truth!
"Jesus rose from the grave and ascended back to Heaven, where He is seated at the right hand of Father God. We have been seated with Christ (see Ephesians 2:4-6). This is a revelation of the authority we have through Christ Jesus. As our minds and spirits are set on this revelation, we can then put on the combat boots pictured on the coin and resist the work of 'every principality, and power, and might, and dominion (Ephesians 1:21). We are empowered to accomplish every purpose for which we have been sent, looking to the Victor, Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
"As the Lord's Ekklesia army, we are being summoned by our Great Commander:
"'Come ride with Me. Take your position and be assured of the victory I have already given to you. Legislate and enforce My verdicts; carry out My assignments.'
"We have been called for such a time as this. Through us, God will show Himself strong and make Himself known."
Prayer from Dutch Sheets:
Pray with me: Father, we look around and can clearly see that we have stepped into the beginning of another great awakening. It is time! We hear You calling us back to You, and will readily respond to Holy Spirit's drawing. (Photo via Pxfuel)
We declare that we, Your Ekklesia army, will legislate and enforce Your verdicts. We'll carry out Your assignments! Your true Church is rising and returning to a passionate pursuit of You. We are focused on You. We cry out to know You more. We will listen to and follow Holy Spirit, allowing Him to equip us with understanding, wisdom, and revelation. We will not stop short of Your glory!
By faith, we take hold of the Sword of Truth, Your holy Word, and set our faces like flint. Our ears are attentive to Your voice. Forward is our command, and forward we will go! We hear the call, and will respond with courageous faith to go beyond what we have known. We will ride with Your strength and power as You send us forth with an already assured victory. We yield ourselves completely to You.
[*Note: You're invited to take communion as led below.]
As we take the bread today, we declare that we're a people through whom You can and will reveal Your power and glory. (*Eat the bread of communion.)
And, Lord, we boldly declare Your truth is marching on. Even as Baal manifests in our White House through Ahabs and Jezebels; as the wine of Naboth's vineyard is drunk by Jezebel's false prophets and spineless eunuchs; as drag queens and unprincipled legislators prepare to celebrate the signing into law of a human decree mocking Your covenant of marriage – even as all this transpires, You are preparing the Jehus and their horses.
We decree Psalm 45:3-4 (TPT): "Now strap Your lightning-sword of judgment upon Your side, O Mighty Warrior, so majestic! You are full of beauty and splendor as You go out to war! In Your glory and grandeur, go forth in victory! Through Your faithfulness and meekness, the cause of truth and justice will stand. Awe-inspiring miracles are accomplished by Your power, leaving everyone dazed and astonished!"
And now, we celebrate Your forever-victory. (*Take the cup of communion.)
Today's post was contributed by Gina Gholston. Portions were taken from her book, Dreams of Awakening. You can find out more about Gina here. To watch this full word, click here.
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Dutch Sheets Ministries
Dutch Sheets¬†is an internationally recognized author, gifted teacher, and conference speaker. He travels extensively, challenging believers for passionate prayer and societal reformation. Seeing America experience a sweeping revival and return to its Godly heritage is Dutch's greatest passion. Dutch has written over 23 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. His international bestseller, Intercessory Prayer, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He is fondly known to many as Papa Dutch. Treasuring time spent with their family and grandchildren. Dutch and Ceci, his wife of 40 plus years, enjoy quiet walks in the woods, reading, and playing a little golf. They make their home in beautiful South Carolina.
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