A Sudden Good Break by Doug Addison
Watching for my sudden good break!
Watching for my sudden good break!
I encourage you to pray over these 13 prophetic decrees and meditate on them and apply them to your lives as the Holy Spirit leads you.
Have a Blessed 2013!
Throughout the bible we read about incredible encounters that people had with God. In the book of Exodus He led the children of Israel with a cloud by day and fire by night. In chapter 33 Moses told God; “if Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here”. He didn’t want to do anything without the Lords presence. Then he said to the Lord, “Please, show me Your glory.” This is the cry of every Christians heart. We sing it and we pray it but many of us are not experiencing His manifested glory in our lives the way that we desire. In the book of John chapter 17 when Jesus was praying to the father He said, And the glory which You have given Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. Jesus is looking for those who are totally yielded to Him, who He could trust with His glory.
The Lord says I am looking for those who are focused, those who are courageous, those who are determined and immovable. I am looking for those who are willing to put their own agendas aside for My Kingdom. I am looking for those who are strong to do great exploits. They will know My leading and not be confused by counterfeit voices. They will know My word and not be moved by every wind of doctrine. I am looking for people who will go forth to fulfill My plans for this generation. They will walk in My authority and power. They will not be weak or frail and will teach others how to live a life of faith. They will have a revelation of My truth, therefore they recognize what I have assigned them to do. They are not double minded but understand their calling and the authority that has been given to them. They understand the preparation and submit to the process of growth, as they allow Me to work in their lives. Many are those who have been tried and have overcame difficult trials in their lives.
Tenacious in Warfare
I am looking for those who are tenacious in spiritual warfare. They will not be fearful of the enemy’s tactics but they will rest assured that no evil shall befall them. They have been released from the enemies camp, and are not afraid to go in and set other captives free. They will never retreat in adverse times. They will be My witnesses on this earth and will not fear the days ahead. They see what is on the horizon and will not be moved by an approaching storm.
They will discern false teachings and false prophets, because they will recognize My voice. They will walk in a life of victory because they are Spirit led and not led by their own desires. They know how to enter into the Holy of Holies, and will teach others how to enter without guilt or shame. As the veil has been torn and they come into this higher dimension, they will receive the fullness of what I have for them.
There is now an open door to enter into My presence in a new way. I have provided for you to receive My anointing without measure. There is a greater glory and a new authority available to you that you have not known before. Make yourself available to this by simply saying yes and receiving all that I have for you in this time of transformation says the Lord.
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
Daniel 11:32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Dear Believer, I want to write to you today to encourage and impart to you courage for this season. Though we face what seems to be increased darkness, we must be reminded that we are the light that drives away darkness and the powers of darkness. However, as we continue to serve Christ, we are faced with increased persecution. The other day I heard the Lord speak to me concerning our season of favor. He reminded me of Isaiah 49:8 (RSV) which says, “Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I have answered you, in a day of salvation I have helped you.” I knew immediately that God was speaking to me about entering into a new season of favor and that in that season He was going to reveal hidden mysteries and give answers (revelation) to those mysteries. So, therefore, we can expect to hear from God and receive answers to prayers! Believer, just be assured that God is releasing not only great favor right now, but also a divine boldness to confront powers of darkness.
Webster’s defines persecution as “the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another group.” Webster’s goes on to say that one of the most common forms is “religious persecution.” This involves, according to Webster as an inflicting of “suffering, harassment, isolation, imprisonment, fear and/or pain.” I can relate to persecution from our enemy, Satan, as I am positive that you can also. Our enemy is seeking ways to imprison us with fear and bondage. However, when we refer to “religious persecution,” we must conclude that this harassment can come not only from Satan and his cohorts, but also from a religious system or a religious belief system that persecutes us as we continue to advance the kingdom of God. In this article, I will address both types of persecution- religious persecution from a religious system and the persecution that occurs when a Jezebel spirit is active within a church, organization or a family.
Demonstrating the Kingdom
Dear ones, there is not a single one of us that enjoys persecution. However, if we are determined to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom of God on earth, we will definitely confront powers of darkness. Let’s just be real a moment and admit that there have been times that we have been challenged with a lack of courage and boldness when we attempt to do as Jesus commissioned; heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils (to name a few).
However, I recently read how Peter, while under serious scrutiny from the Pharisees, prayed not to be delivered from persecution, but rather receive increased boldness to stir things up even more!
Healing the Lame Beggar
If you will recall the account in John chapter 3, Peter and John were on their way to prayer and passed by a lame man who was carried daily to the gate called Beautiful to beg for alms. Rather than donate to his beggar’s cup, they healed him!
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:6-10 (NIV)
The Gate Called Beautiful
This gate referred to as Beautiful is translated in Greek as not only being beautiful, but interestingly also means “belonging to the right hour or season (being timely)” and “flourishing.” I feel it is safe to say that it is a beautiful thing that happened that day when Peter and John demonstrated God’s heart to heal the lame beggar. In fact, it was his “time and season” for a miracle. Dear ones, I believe we are in that same season. The Spirit of God desires for us to flourish also- He wants to touch us with His beautiful expression of grace and His divine love through demonstrating His power on earth.
When the people around noticed this miracle, they followed Peter and John to Solomon’s Colonade. It was as if they could not believe their eyes, they actually witnessed a miracle from God! Yet, Peter addressed the crowd and addressed their doubt and unbelief. He reminded them that Jesus had just been among them and demonstrated heaven on earth with signs, wonders and miracles. Yet, they disowned Him and killed the author of life. Peter explained that Christ had been resurrected and that it was not by their own power that they were able to heal, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Power of God Stirs Up Religious Spirits and Legalism
Acts 4 picks up with the leaders and the Sadducees who approach John and Peter as they boldly addressed the crowd. These religious leaders and teachers of the Law were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching about Christ’s resurrection and demonstrating resurrection power and then seized them and put them in jail until the next day. Persecution comes with demonstration, doesn’t it? And when we demonstrate the grace and love of God it stirs up legalistic spirits. Yet, we must remember to focus on the fruit of demonstration rather than the persecution that is coupled with demonstrating God’s power on earth. Scripture says that many saw what happened and heard the message and the number of men grew to five thousand! Wow, now that is a sign flourishing, isn’t it? It truly is the love and grace of God that brings people to repentance. Yet, we must make note that there was boldness in operation when the apostles were demonstrating power and pointing to the life Jesus was offering His people.
Acts 4 goes on to discuss even more persecution. More leaders approached Peter and asked, “By whom and in whose name are you doing these things?” (My words). And again, the Holy Spirit fell upon Peter and he spoke with even more boldness. Peter and John were on trial because they healed someone. How ridiculous is that? Just to imagine that when the apostles healed people from diseases, lepers and spirits of death, etc., that it upset the religious leaders. Rather than rejoicing, there was persecution.
Yet, Peter and John did not ask to be delivered from this persecution, but as noted in acts 4:29, they prayed for more boldness! They asked for the Lord to continue to use them to demonstrate His miraculous power- regardless of the persecution.
Acts 4:31 (NIV) After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
Please take some quality time and read through the entirety of Acts 3 and 4. Your faith for boldness will arise and you will become even more empowered to demonstrated God’s’ kingdom on this earth!
Confronting Jezebe l – A Demonic Power of Intimidation
In my travels, I come across many believers who claim they are intimidated by a spirit of Jezebel. When we are intimidated, our boldness to do great exploits for God is dwarfed. I have written two books on this evil spirit. The first book, Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord: Exposing the Seductions of Jezebel, Athaliah and Delilah will empower you to understand the power of a demonic threefold cord the enemy still uses against us today. The most recent book, The Jezebel Yoke, discusses how easily we’re yoked with the deceptions of Jezebel. If we are in agreement with doubt and unbelief, we are easily yoked with the deceptions of an evil Jezebel spirit.
It is important to understand that the Jezebel spirit operates strongly through a spirit of religion (religious spirits) and legalism, Religion hinders the demonstration and power of God. Elijah confronted Jezebel and her false gods. As a result, she sent an evil messenger with words saying that she was going to kill him for what he had done. Actually, Elijah “saw that” which she was prophesying. Jezebel will always send a false message to us that causes our imaginations to picture utter defeat- even death! This evil messenger sent Elijah running off and ending up in a cave! Elijah was persecuted for standing up to Jezebel and her false gods. We also will be persecuted when we confront Jezebel. However, we must not cower down and run away from confrontation- we must become as Peter and pray for even more boldness.
I believe that if we will pray for boldness, God will bring a shaking and fill us with even more boldness and power just as He did in the books of Acts.
We must be on guard and remain aware of how Jezebel easily slips a yoke upon us:
These are only a few examples of how Jezebel operates and attempts to rob us of boldness and courage. Remember, if God asks you do demonstrate His power, He will give you to grace and the boldness to do it. I have many other examples in the books I have written that may help you break off any influence of Jezebel.
Dear one, I believe that it is our season for beautiful and timely things to occur. It is our season to flourish. Have faith today in His divine grace to equip and empower you to do whatever He has instructed for you to accomplish as you advance His kingdom. God is going to shake things and fill us to overflowing with power and boldness. Just as He encouraged Joshua to be bold and to be strong (see Joshua 1), God is saying the same to us today! Let’s cross over into our promises- with divine power and demonstration!
Allow me to pray for you:
Father, I pray for every reader that you led to read this article. They are reading this by divine appointment. It is their season of favor. It is also their season to receive divine revelation and answered prayer. I pray for the spirit of Might to be upon each reader and for a supernatural boldness to confront evil powers that are opposing their breakthroughs. Father God, I thank you for the finished work of the Cross and the shed blood of Jesus that was the ultimate sacrifice for our victory over the enemy. Lord, I thank You for Your grace which will empower us today with greater boldness to confront and defeat spirits of darkness- especially a Jezebel spirit! And, I also thank You for a divine impartation of boldness today as well as an anointing of power and demonstration for every reader. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
Many of you are wondering why you are not able to go to a higher level with the Lord. We are called to live by a higher standard than the world. We serve a holy God and we cannot compromise our walk with Jesus and expect to receive His anointing without measure. Your spiritual level depends entirely on you. Jesus wants to do extraordinary things in your life that are beyond human comprehension but It is not possible for Him to approve of or promote someone living an ungodly lifestyle. There is an enemy that vies for your attention to keep you from what the Lord has for you. You have to realize that greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world, and you are able to break through any barriers that the enemy tries to use to block you from advancing in the kingdom of God.
The Lord says, I am calling you back to a place of intimacy. I am calling you back into a holy alliance with Me. You who were once sensitive to My voice, sensitive to My leading and sensitive to My conviction, hear My call once again. Don’t get caught up in the seduction of this world or entangle yourself with the affairs of this life. Don’t allow those things that are meaningless to entice you and lure you in the wrong direction. Watch for the little foxes that spoil the vine. As you acknowledge and turn away from the things that are hindering you and the sin that so easily besets you, you will begin to advance once again. Push aside anything that is obstructing your walk with Me. Guard your heart so that your conscience will not become seared, to where you no longer become repentant. As My conviction comes upon you, you will respond in one of two ways. Just as fire is applied to a wax candle, some will melt in submission but some will become more hardened.
Going Back to the Place of Your First Love
I am calling you back to the place of total surrender and to enter into My rest once again. This is the place of your first love. Recognize all that I have made available for you in My Covenant. I have wonderful plans and great exploits to release but I must have clean vessels to work through. Do not despise My chastisement. I have provision beyond what the world could offer. Do not compromise your salvation or take it lightly but treat it with reverence. Open your eyes and open your ears My beloved so that you will recognize the days that you are living in. I desire to move in a mighty way among you but you must be submitted. There is much I could do with an obedient heart. As you throw off the soiled garments and that which defiles, I will move in your life once again. I have called you to a higher place. I have called you to a higher standard. Rise up above temptations and allow Me to work in your life once again says the Lord
Romans 8:6-8 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Ephesians 5:8 -11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
2 Timothy 2:3-7 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
Hebrews 12:6 “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”