Why We Shouldn’t Concede
Analysis. What happens when God directs us into a battle, and the initial outcome is not a quick and resounding victory? Do we accept what appears to be defeat, because the giants are well-positioned in our promised territory? Or do we get alone with God, allowing Him to encourage, direct and reveal Himself in the process? Essentially, when we recite: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5–6), do we demonstrate our trust in Him when the battle is prolonged beyond our understanding?
In a previous IFA article, A Call to Take the Mountain of Government, I shared that a small and determined army was directed to campaign for government office in America. I hoped, even expected, that following our July 19 primary I would be writing about how amazingly God moved in our campaigns across Maryland. Remembering that none of us are politicians or members of the GOP establishment — and that we refused to be moved from speaking truth in matters related to the progressive agenda to dismantle America brick by brick while destroying the minds, spirits, and bodies of our children — our winning races at the state, county, city, and federal levels would have warranted shout-from-the-rooftop, David-versus-Goliath or Gideon’s-army-versus-the-Amalekites celebrations.
Such is not the case for several of us who faced GOP primary opponents. It was reported that Maryland’s voting machines went down, so my initial reaction when seeing the numbers on the following morning can only be described as a surprise. Having understood our campaigns as battles through which we would be positioned to face the giants of the Democratic Party in November, not only was the initial report of our losses surprising, but the margins were also unexpected.
I was not angry or feeling hurt. I was simply confused. I liken what I was feeling to what a boxer experiences when an expected blow to the chin startles him: The blow is not enough to knock him down or out or to draw blood, but it is enough to make him reconsider his fight plan. Initially, despite knowing that the numbers were not yet certified, I decided to accept what appeared to be the outcome. I was comfortable in my religious belief — “If God had wanted me to win, I would have won” — and I sent notes thanking supporters for their belief in our message. Interestingly, several global family prayer sisters whose ability to hear God I trust sent notes that they were not hearing finality in this mission, and that I should expect God to move, and prepare to respond when He did.
Then, something happened as I prayed. I began to “see” the bigger picture and the spiritual battleground for us all the more clearly. It was as if I heard repeatedly throughout the day and night a gentle but clear: “We don’t concede to theft. We don’t concede to lies. We don’t concede to deception.” The word concede is a verb, an action meaning to acknowledge defeat, to yield or to give over. The “we” about whom I was confronted is us, His Church, the Ecclesia, and the Remnant. We, the Church, do not concede to any ungodly thing.
As a representation of where many of us are in our faith walk, I was gently confronted with the history of having left giants in territory that is intended for good works. In part because of “religious” and wrong teachings about obedience to man and about what it means to be respectful, our concession to Goliaths has been easily confused with politeness, respectability, and/or faith when we have accepted defeat as always being God’s will. I realized that in this very practical, applicable way, God is reminding us of what He recently released through Tim Sheets. Jesus and Holy Spirit were not sent to lose. They were not sent for us to concede to the enemy of our souls. This is not a new word, because we have memorized and often spoken it from our souls. But now we must believe and begin to live this promise of expected victory from the depth of our spirit, lest we concede. If ours is a Joshua generation, then nothing less is sufficient.
In this season we are being confronted with and allowed to redress some hard realities about the Church’s finishing history in America: namely, that the Church has given up and given in more than we have persevered in our giant-defeating endeavors to advance righteousness and justice in society. Consequently, we have conceded to demonic anti-God forces. Regarding the government and with mounting evidence of corruption, deception, and theft in our electoral process, the righteous must walk in new things. Unfortunately, in the masked normalcy of the political process, I neglected the spiritual truth, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words (Proverbs 18:21 AMP), because it is considered honorable for political campaign participants to concede their races shortly after the numbers are reported. Thankfully, I never uttered, “I concede” — because if we speak concession when we are presented with false evidence, the Church’s battle to protect children, parental rights, and America’s constitutional foundation against princes and principalities and rulers of the darkness of this world will be the equivalent of the ten tribes who turned back for fear of the giants in their land.
What can we do? Share this with every righteous person whom God has sent to campaign for life and for truth. No matter the level of civil government position they are seeking, if sent by God, they have been sent to retake territory that has been lost. If they have conceded and have any check in their spirit, encourage them to publicly announce, “I do not concede to the anti-God, anti-American establishment.” Support them as they stand unless and until God says it is finished, praying that they persevere and ultimately overcome the fiery darts that will come from the unwillingness to go along with the establishment. Finally, as often as Holy Spirit reminds you, decree out loud, “The Church does not concede.” Like Jesus when He was led into the wilderness for 40 days, our victory comes when we speak and advance truth, no matter how nicely the lies are presented.
Mavourene Robinson is a homeschool mom, author, and intercessor. A former Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Mavourene began full-time ministry in 2014. As a lifelong learner about the intersections of faith with international relations and domestic policy, Mavourene is actively engaged in intercession for family, government, education, and religion.
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