BUCKLE IN, PRAYER WARRIORS, WE ARE CROSSING OVER
For several days a sense of foreboding has hovered over me, niggling at me like a fly buzzing around my head. Foreboding means foreknowing. And despite the many encouraging prophetic words of late, I couldn’t shake it.
I turned on my computer and began to read the latest word from Dave Kubal, President and CEO of Intercessors for America. As I read his riveting words, God took me to a section of Scripture I haven’t been able to get away from for weeks.
It is found in 1 Samuel 13-14.
It speaks of a time when the Philistines were attacking the Israelites. The first thing they did was make sure the Israelites didn’t have any protection or weapons. Sound familiar?
We are seeing much of the same thing in our nation today.
We find in these Scriptures that Jonathan and his armor bearer were two of the very few who had any weapons at all. Jonathan trusted and believed in God. He knew the God of victory. Therefore, regardless of how impossible it appeared, he knew they would have victory. Therefore, he proposed a plan to his armor bearer to confront the Philistines, just the two of them. He declared, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”
There wasn’t a blacksmith to be found anywhere in Israel. The Philistines made sure of that—“Lest those Hebrews start making swords and spears.” That meant that the Israelites had to go down among the Philistines to keep their farm tools—plowshares and mattocks, axes and sickles—sharp and in good repair. They charged a silver coin for the plowshares and mattocks, and half that for the rest. So when the battle of Micmash was joined, there wasn’t a sword or spear to be found anywhere in Israel—except for Saul and his son Jonathan; they were both well-armed. A patrol of Philistines took up a position at Micmash Pass.
Later that day, Jonathan, Saul’s son, said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to the Philistine garrison patrol on the other side of the pass.” But he didn’t tell his father. Meanwhile, Saul was taking it easy under the pomegranate tree at the threshing floor on the edge of town at Geba (Gibeah). There were about six hundred men with him. Ahijah, wearing the priestly Ephod, was also there. (Ahijah was the son of Ahitub, brother of Ichabod, son of Phinehas, who was the son of Eli the priest of God at Shiloh.) No one there knew that Jonathan had gone off. The pass that Jonathan was planning to cross over to the Philistine garrison was flanked on either side by sharp rock outcroppings, cliffs named Bozez and Seneh. The cliff to the north faced Micmash; the cliff to the south faced Geba (Gibeah). Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on now, let’s go across to these uncircumcised pagans. Maybe God will work for us. There’s no rule that says God can only deliver by using a big army. No one can stop God from saving when he sets his mind to it.”
His armor bearer said, “Go ahead. Do what you think best. I’m with you all the way” (1 Sam 13:19-23, 14:1-7 Msg.)
Today, we must have the same response as the armor bearer. We must link arms with God’s plan as we proclaim, “Go forward, I’m with you all the way.”
We press forward. We are joined with God. We will cross over.
Remember, in this story, the only way to cross over was to travel through cliffs and jagged rocks – but as they did, they gained the victory.
I realize most days it feels like we are standing between a rock and a hard place. Nevertheless, God has given us the victory, we only need to secure it.
Part of Dave’s message said, “secure the ballot box.” Secure is defined as to free from danger of being taken by an enemy.
Just like Jonathan and his armor bearer, we are well equipped to secure the victory the Lord has declared. We only need to continue to pray and stand in faith.
We don’t possess metal swords. No, our weapons are not carnal, they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. We must pull down every stronghold and secure the victory in God.
There is no rule that says God can only deliver using a large army – He can deliver using a remnant. That is us.
Jonathan did not stand on the other side of the river and wring his hands. He went into the enemy’s camp and gained victory. We must do the same.
I know many of us woke up on November 4 and thought, “Will this ever end?!”
Yes, it will! As we pray, declare God’s Word, and stand in faith. Buckle in prayer warriors, we are going to the other side. We will secure the victory God has given us.
Author Kim Potter is a writer and the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to thousands of people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and iBelieve.com. Kim’s message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged or disappointed by the circumstances of life, imparting hope. For additional information, or to receive her daily writings, go to www.anewthingministries.com
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