A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. Proverbs 4:9
But thank God! He has made us His captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Prayers are our powerful weapon and we know that they also attract opposition. I think of it like this, you are at a picnic and you have something to eat, the sweeter the better. What happens? Ants and flies start coming to your picnic. The Bible tells us that our offering of praise and prayer is like a sweet aroma. The enemy and his team smell (sense) it and they want to ruin the offering. They want to contend, take over what is yours and change the outcome of what is happening!
Our role is simply to keep wood in the offering and God tends to the fire. Our wood is actually our words and our actions. There is something so freeing when we understand how easy God has made it for us to bring Heaven on earth. We just have to keep wood in the fire, we don’t have to get the fire started. His glory sets fire to our offering, but He needs our wood. He needs our partnership with Jesus for chains to break, walls to come down, and light to keep penetrating the darkness everywhere!
God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name. Hebrews 13:15
At the end of last year, our church received the prophetic word of being ready to contend this year. Our Pastor shared God is calling the church to attention to contend in the season of life the world is in and will be entering into. To contend for the glory, grace, and salvation of God on the earth as it is in Heaven.
With everything that is going on in the world, riots and hatred, elections and political unrest, masks and shots regulations, and then especially the continued news of sex trafficking coming to light in such greater ways it can be overwhelming at times for me. I can literally get so nauseous and heavy with the wrapping my head around how horrible all of this is with children as little as infants! Sex trafficking hasn’t been a shock for me, the Lord actually started giving it to me as a prayer burden off and on for the last 10 years. I remember where I was driving, when the Lord first laid that and the darkness of Hollywood/ culture on my heart to pray for light to penetrate the darkness going on there and throughout the world. Honestly, I had “no reason” to pray this, “I didn’t know anything” other then little things. I remember a major tv station aired a show centered around Lucifer and then the reality of the movie Taken with Liam Neeson. I was obedient to pray for light to flood Hollywood and the music industries and I was obedient to pray for rescues in sex trafficking. I had no idea, nor could I have even imagined that these two prayers were connected hand-in-hand the way they are!
Over the last 10 years when God would lay this prayer assignment on my heart, I would fight for rescuing children in sex trafficking awake and even in my nightmares. Recently, I had another nightmare and I woke up declaring “tear the curtain down”! I continued saying it the rest of the morning. It made me think of how God tore the veil separating darkness (humans) from His light (presence) in His temple when Jesus’s work was finished on the cross and from that point forward nothing had to separate us from coming into His presence. All humanity was given the possibility for His salvation through Him tearing that veil down. He is the one who tore it!
And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are His holy priests. Through the meditation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices….You are a chosen people, royal and holy, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:5, 9
So the curtain I was commanding to be torn down in my nightmare is similar but also opposite. The veil of God separated God’s light and presence from all of humanity to PROTECT us, but this curtain HIDES evil acts of darkness from being seen from all of humanity FOR DESTRUCTION.
The difference is what’s behind the curtain, one is good, God’s glory; the other is dark and ugly. When we draw our strength from God, we can continue to be His army that is advancing toward a greater multitude of healed people ready for the rapture. God has a victorious plan and we cannot afford to abort His plans or our prayer missions because it doesn’t fit into our comfortable life’s concepts. We have the power of God to tear this disgusting curtain down and the grace to CONTEND and expose the enemy’s work through our greatest weapon: prayer.
This year we are seeing these prayers bearing fruit, this fruit is good, but it’s incredibly hard to look at. Now that we are seeing light penetrating and exposing the darkness of sex trafficking in the world’s “icons”, it’s uncomfortable, but we shouldn’t be shocked. Scriptures tell us that satan became the little god of this world when he contended with Adam for control on the earth. Adam gave it away, He didn’t contend at all.
Maybe he got comfortable with everything, too complacent to even realize that his place was being challenged. Too often we see Eve as the reason for the fall of humanity, but in reality Adam should have stood guard and commanded the snake out of the garden as soon as it began to speak. He entertained that the snake wasn’t “that bad” and he entertained what the snake was saying.
We can feel helpless when we want to physically go save every child from this but the reality is our power is more powerful and efficient than each of us physically going to save every child. Our power is the truth that when we pray, the power of the Holy Spirit and heaven’s armies go on assignment retrieving every child and stopping every evil hand one by one. How? Supernaturally through people and angels in place who have the authority to physically tear the curtains down! God has His people in place, but we need to continue to pray that each of us are “awake”, not distracted!
We absolutely have to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable! Too long has the church sat back in comfort only doing what feels comfortable and that directly affects our own household. It’s time to contend for God’s church, the body of Christ, to contend with His strength and to pray out His word for the assignment He gave us for Heaven on Earth.
I started to research what “to contend” means. To Contend can be defined as: To engage in a competition; to challenge another in order to win or to achieve something valued. To wage war and to go head-to-head with someone to MAINTAIN YOUR POSITION.
Be strong through and in the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus… Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. Join with me in [CONTENDING] as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up (caught) in the affairs of civilian life because then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 2 Timothy 2:1-4
We were created to contend for His kingdom! Our fight is the fight of faith in this world. We have to know how to fight and what to fight with. We fight with THE WORD. God’s word has His own faith contained inside of it. When we speak and pray His word, His own faith is carried in that word and released. So even when we don’t feel like it, be confident His word is working. Even when we are struggling to attach our own faith with it, there is still power at work. That’s how good God is! Our prayers don’t have to be long and detailed, there are times where we can just pray a word like “grace”. “Grace be there, God. I command and send your grace (your ability) there in that situation”.
So we are Christ’s ambassador; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead… Today is the day of salvation (delivered from all evil)!… We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in our right hand for ATTACK and then in the left hand for DEFENSE. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us imposters. We are ignored even though we are all well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:9.
Here are my instructions for you based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear. 1 Timothy 1:18-19
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 1 John 4:5
So we need to stay sensitive to the Spirit of God because God assures us that where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and freedom 2 Corinthians 3:17
Liberty is defined as: the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life; the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
God is a consuming fire. When we use our God given authority we send His Spirit and everyone and everything will be affected and transformed by Him BECAUSE GOD IS THE GREATER INFLUENCE!! That’s why He is described as a fire! A fire transforms whatever is burning. A chemical transformation. That’s truth, it doesn’t matter if you don’t believe it. Disbelief doesn’t stop His power. Your unbelief can hinder the timing, but your unbelief is not greater than His love and will for bringing His Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Let’s contend TOGETHER in unity by humbling ourselves to who we declare is our Lord for our nation and across this world. Our Pastor recently said, “ if the Lord is not your Lord, then He isn’t your savior”. Wow! Read that again!
May God who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion [us-the Lord’s servants] for great is the Holy One of Israel among you. Isaiah 12:6
Standing with you in love and prayers, Sara