March 19, 2019 | By Kathi Pelton, The Elijah List
There have been several themes that I have been hearing in my spirit this month. One of them is, “Strike the ground!”
In 2 Kings 13, we read that Joash, king of Israel, left his palace to visit Elisha as the prophet lay upon his sickbed. Elisha was dying, but by means of a prophetic action, he assured the king that God was not done with Israel. Elisha told Joash to shoot an arrow from his bow out the east window, and when he did, Elisha called it the “arrow of the Lord’s victory.” Then he directed the king to take more arrows and strike the ground. The king struck the ground only three times; his half-hearted response upset the prophet and he said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times” (2 Kings 13:19b).
I find it interesting that the “arrow of the Lord’s victory” goes forth through the air first, creating the means for a complete victory. The king is then asked to strike the ground with more arrows, but he falls short of a response that would bring about that completion. I believe that just as we see in this story, the Lord goes before us and creates a victory in the spirit realm—He opens the way into what we cannot see—but then we, as kings and priests in His family, must partner with the victory that He has accomplished by striking the ground here on Earth.
Our strikes must match what is necessary to completely destroy the works of our foe. Yet so often we stop short, and though we have victories, we do not see the complete destruction of the plans of the enemy. We have seen this on many fronts; from moves of God that displace the enemy and establish the Kingdom of God through His Ekklesia to the issues in the land such as abortion and identity.
There is personal and corporate repentance taking place now that is changing everything. It is moving the Church in an offensive advance instead of causing her to hide in the posture of defense. The evidence we bring against the enemy IS admissible and God is judging the evil that he has done. Repentance is freedom. It is as though we have been held in a prison cell and repentance is the key that opens the door to set us free. It is release from the captivity of the enemy! It is such a great gift!
We are marching forth in March—marching out of prisons that have held many individuals captive for years. Even “life sentences” are being reversed! God’s arrow of victory has been shot and now we must strike the ground and not stop short of full victory. We strike the ground for the evil that has been done in the sight of God in our personal lives, in the Church, and in the land. We will strike the ground for the unborn in the womb and the unborn in the spirit. It’s time to birth sons and daughters! It’s time for a move of God that has no end!
The arrow of the Lord’s victory has flown with power, and now is the time to strike the ground that brings forth change!
(Used with permission from Elijah List)