I Prayed have prayed
Heavenly Father, we love and adore You more every day, and we trust You to go ahead of, direct, and prosper us through every battle. Cause us to see with spiritual eyes on a higher level, because the commonness of what anti-God forces have used against us has left a sedative effect. Awaken us completely, and we will not forget Your instruction. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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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Stephen Coulter
August 4, 2022

I Simply say Amen and AMEN!
Ive taught this Word to my Children and Family since we began in the LORD – i repent where i may have not spoken LIFE over what i see and allowed any discouragement to sway me. I have always said and Believed that the Church, the Ecclisia SI making the difference in this Country moving forward with strength.
The Kingdom of God moves forward with strength and those who move forward with it move forward with Strength.
Strong Strong and may we be strengthened.

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Mattie
August 4, 2022

“Remembering that none of us are politicians or members of the GOP establishment— ”

Should be “Remembering that NONE OF US IS A politician. . .”

NONE is a singular indefinite pronoun. US is an object of the preposition OF–it CANNOT be the subject of the relative clause [that none of is. . .]

NONE of us IS is the correct verb for the singular indefinite pronoun NONE.

    Roxanne Rice
    August 4, 2022

    Give me a break! Did you bother to read the article for content?

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Taz69
August 4, 2022

Thank you, Mavourene for all your work with Intercessor. You reach so many folks, myself included and help us to strive to live up to a Higher Authority. I pray that you will continue and be safe. Thank you & God bless.

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JACQUELINE
August 4, 2022

We declare that though we are afflicted, we’re not crushed; when perplexed, we do not despair; and when we are struck down, we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) We will never quit! Amen

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Darlene Estlow
August 4, 2022

Thank you. May God help us to stand firm in this battle.

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Beverly Patterson
August 4, 2022

ABBA FATHER; HOLY IS YOUR NAME! I COME BEFORE YOUR THROWN OF GRACE AND MERCY; THANK YOU FATHER FOR THOSE YOU HAVE CALLED INTO OUR GOVERNMENTAL POSITIONS, YOU ARE THEIR STRENGTH IN TIME OF BATTLE , LORD WE PRAY FOR YOUR WISDOM TO GUIDE AND DIRECT THEIR PATH TO VICTORY. WE NEED YOUR MIGHTY HAND AND POWER OVER THE ENEMY, WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVES US!!AMEN

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THERESA AND RICHARD DALTON
August 4, 2022

We TRUST in Yahweh and Yahshua with all our Heart and Soul!! The Truth and the Only Way!!! Amen and Amen!!!

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Barbara Janicki
August 4, 2022

Thank you for this encouragement to persevere and stand firm. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, . . .” – It says “stand” three times in just that short space – to stand firm – we are able to stand on God’s word, on Him as our Rock and firm foundation. We cannot allow the enemy to steal what God has graciously given us – our children, our families, our churches, our freedoms, our country complete with Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Too many have died in years past defending our nation for us to concede now and let her die – her light of freedom no longer shining for the rest of the world to see and take hope. Lord, help us to hold fast to the truth of Your Word and live accordingly. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

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Tom Rooney
August 4, 2022

This reminds me of Lou Engle at Prayer Sieges in front of abortion clinics, quoting the poem:

“The Last Word”
“Charge once more, then, and be dumb!
Let the victors, when they come,
When the forts of folly fall,
Find thy body by the wall.”
Persevere in prayer…until!!!
God bless!

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Beth
August 4, 2022

What a fantastic article. You are spot on. We the church do not concede! Thank you for this encouraging reminder to never concede to evil. To stand with the armor of God upon us and do everything we can to stand! God’s word tells us to “occupy” until His return and that’s what we must do. Maranatha!

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John Conaghan
August 4, 2022

I needed to read this. I’m in Kansas where we lost the Value Them Both vote to undo the right to abortion somehow found in our 1851 constitution. This “right” was what unelected activist jurists appointed by pro-choice governors conjured up in 2019. I just finished responding to a blog of of people boasting about the victory. After pointing our the separation of powers and why they just proved that voting works and not legislation form the bench I ended with my dig asking them if their side would now stop vandalizing our churches and fire bombing pregnancy advise and aid centers. Still, though, I felt very down so this author’s article gives me hope the the resolve to never concede.

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    Allena Jordan
    August 4, 2022

    My heart was broken, too. I heard that the bill was confusing. Maybe people didn’t do their research before voting. You might want to read Dutch Sheets Give Him 15 for August 4. It’s appropriate for your situation. Here’s a verse that should encourage you:
    2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Amplified Bible
    8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; 9 hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed;

    We are in this battle and it is long. May the Lord our God refresh and strengthen you as you wait on Him. Blessings.

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Jodi
August 4, 2022

Yes and AMEN! I will not concede!

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Virginia in Tennessee
August 4, 2022

Keep fighting the good fight, my sister in Christ. We must be salt and light in this dark world even when we seem defeated. God is fighting our battles and is with us holding us up. Know that multitudes are longing for spiritual leaders in government and just spiritual leadership in the market place. Thanks for your inspiration!

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