There are many things the Body of Christ has endured, even over the past couple of years...but through it all, God has trained our hands for war, and our endurance has become a weapon!
Please forward this word to your friends! Encourage them to subscribe to the Elijah List right here: elijahlist.com/subscribe.
"You will be hated by all for My name's sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives." (Luke 21:17-19)
In this nation, we continue to face ongoing storms and troubles that threaten our very existence and freedoms. The enemies of God continue to rob and pillage any and all who stand in their way of world domination. And they are not content with the destruction of entire systems of management or our daily sources of provision. Our spiritual adversary [the enemy] is plainly fixed on killing us. Whether it's through wars, plagues, or artificial technologies, the enemies of God seek to annihilate His presence and people through any means possible.
The Weapon of God's Word
Given this wake-up call, we must consider some of Heaven's strategies in overcoming these threats. Our first weapon of choice should always be God's Word and His absolute promise to vindicate His people for His own name's sake. Declaring His truth shatters lies and fortifies our faith in His plans for our deliverance and freedom. Add to that the power of our praise and thanksgiving, and atmospheres over entire cities and regions shift when the people of God declare His goodness and grace. Principalities and powers are toppled when the people of God AGREE on His sovereign rule over all!
The Weapon of Living Out Psalm 91
Our second weapon is practicing the principles of Psalm 91 and dwelling in His presence. When we learn to daily walk under the shadow of His wings, we are divinely protected from the enemy's weapons of warfare. We are freed from fear and all the intimidation tactics of the opposition. I have experienced this personally in profound ways. It is in His presence that the promises of His covenant are activated and serve as a protective shield against any and all onslaughts of evil (Ezekiel 34:25-27). It's in His presence that we find peace and the confidence to walk through the fires and come through victorious.
The Weapon of Endurance
But there is another weapon that the Lord is issuing in this hour and that is ENDURANCE. There is a supernatural steadfastness that is available to those who are determined to embrace it. As I have personally yielded to this process in my own life, I am finding that the rewards outweigh the costs. Though evil forces may appear persistent, they cannot outlast a Believer who holds fast and simply endures. (Photo via Rawpixel)
"Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." (Hebrews 10:35-36)
From the Flames of Adversity to a Baptism of Fire
God is preparing vessels of glory. The fires we are walking through are sanctifying and purifying our purpose so that we can be mighty conduits of Heaven's power and authority on the earth. This requires endurance and the determination to PASS THROUGH. There is a grace available to do this, even when things get hot. It is a grace to fix our eyes on the joy set before us and press through the discomfort, inconvenience, and even the pain, because it is all momentary.
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when HIS GLORY IS REVEALED." (1 Peter 4:12-13, emphasis added)
I don't believe these promises are just for the "sweet by and by" when we get to Heaven. I believe they are for now (Luke 18:29-30). God's purpose has always been to show forth the fullness of His glory through those who have stood their ground and trusted in Him. It doesn't matter how hot the furnace gets. He is looking for those who are willing to withstand the flames of adversity and look for Him in their midst. The enemy may think he is throwing us into the furnace to kill us, but he will find that it's actually baptizing us with power from on high!
I am finding that endurance is a powerful weapon in these moments of uncertainty. Regardless of the enemy's plans for our destruction and death, God's plans are higher. He is calling His people to PRESS IN and pass through the fires! Do not acquiesce to the enemy's threats, and do not stand down from the truths we've attained. Our Redeemer and Champion on High is coming from the other side to reclaim what is His and reveal Heaven's glory through those who have endured.
STAND FAST, ENDURE, and we WILL see the deliverance of our God.
Whatever you do, don't miss another ELIJAH LIST email! Subscribe at this link: elijahlist.com/subscribe.
Wanda Alger is an ordained minister, commissioned fivefold leader, speaker, and author. She has produced numerous video and audio teaching series, and six books, including her latest, WORDS TO PRAY BY. She also hosts a YouTube and Rumble channel where she posts weekly videos of prophetic dreams, insights, and Kingdom strategies, and is active on social media. Find all her resources and writings at www.wandaalger.me. She is married to Bobby Alger, lead pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, Virginia, which they founded together in 1998. They have three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Find us on:
* Facebook click here
* XAPiT click here
PLEASE FORWARD to all your friends! Permission granted (and you are also encouraged) to reprint these articles in hard copy form, as well as sending them to your own email lists and posting them on your own websites. We ask only that you keep Elijah List website, email contact info, and author contact information intact.
Elijah List Publications
525 2nd Ave SW Suite 629
Albany, OR 97321