In recent months, we have been pressing in, co-laboring with the Lord in the healing and restoration of our souls. We have learned the importance of allowing Him to heal our emotional wounds and to “transform us by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2). These emotions, wounds and ungodly beliefs form the stronghold in which demonic spirits seek to reside. But, in order to know how to deal effectively with them, we must not confuse their voices with our own. Often, familiar spirits speak in the first person. If they have been passed down to us generationally, they are all we have ever known, and so we do not realize they are not actually our own thoughts and feelings.
So, what is the strategy for defeating these spirits and walking in the victory Jesus purchased for us at the cross? First, we must yield to Him, appropriating His healing and liberating work to the strongholds in our soul. Then, we must ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern and recognize whether we are dealing with our own thoughts or a demonic entity. Most often, we are actually dealing with both. And so we will need to receive healing for our emotions and truth for our minds. Then, we must deal ruthlessly with these demonic spirits… because we have been given all authority!
Recently, during worship, the Father sent fiery heavenly beings with lion faces to come and place on each person who was willing a lion face of their own. We received the grace and strength to rule and reign… over our own beings, over the forces of darkness that seek to hinder us and over this earth that God has given us to steward.
So, join us by faith now and receive your roar!
Jesus, thank You for Your finished work on the cross. I receive Your healing and Your freedom into every area of my soul and into my physical body. Holy Spirit, You are the Spirit of Truth who lives inside of me, guiding me into all truth. I ask You to give me discernment and to help me learn to recognize the voice of the enemy so that I don’t believe the lies. And Father, right now, I receive the lion face and the lion nature You are giving to me, so that I can rule and reign with You. Into my life and into the earth I roar: “Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”
For quite some time, the Lord has been very clear that we are in a season of being prepared to rule and to reign with Him. He has given us numerous keys, such as allowing Him to heal our souls and to purge us of false judgment. Our heart’s desire is to say yes always, holding nothing back, and to yield humbly to this deep work of preparation and maturation.
Several weeks ago, in our corporate gathering, we were led by the Holy Spirit to crown the Lord with our worship. We saw clearly that we were placing upon Him a crown of praise in the place where the crown of thorns had been. It was a holy moment, as He was enthroned on the praises of His people. Then, suddenly, the atmosphere shifted as the Holy Spirit downloaded a song calling for the mature sons of God to arise and to take their place. He was saying that, in this hour, He is tearing down kings and setting up kings, shaking those things that can be shaken so that His unshakable kingdom will remain. And then, to our surprise, He crowned us as kings. Like the Roman centurion who understood both having and being under authority, we began to see that true spiritual authority flows out of utter submission to the King of kings.
The following week, the Father sent the Fear of the Lord into our midst, accompanied by a tangible sense of His great mercy. We began to realize that they are sent to us to enable us to see our shortcomings so that we can repent and come back home. They are also sent to us to enable us to rule righteously.
Then, several weeks later, we corporately entered a realm of worship that went far beyond words or songs. As the sound and the frequency of heaven was released in our midst, we found ourselves standing in the gate, decreeing and declaring God’s heart and His will. We were saying yes to His love, His gifts, His mercy, His righteousness and all that He has for us. And we were saying no to injustice and the things that grieve His heart. Since that day, the Lord has been singing over His bride, “Isn’t she beautiful? She is the gate of heaven!” It is a sobering and exciting assignment that has been given to all God’s people to release His presence and His will upon the earth. And by walking with Him in humility and intimacy, we will be well prepared to steward all that has been given to us through His shed blood.
So be encouraged… What God is doing at All Things Restored is simply a barometer of what He is doing globally. It is available to all who truly know Him and are willing to yield to His preparation. So, step in by faith:
Father, I submit myself to Your lordship and Your preparation, and I stand in the place of authority that You have for me. I receive the Fear of the Lord and a deeper revelation of Your great mercy, so that I can receive Your Truth, repent and find restoration, and so that I may rule righteously.
Today, I choose to love and accept myself and to see myself as You do: Your gate of heaven upon the earth! Let Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth, through us, Your people.
Here is a prayer to help you begin to engage with the Heavenly Hosts that Father has sent around your life. This is just a starting point for you to ultimately get to a place of discerning the Ones that Father is sending realizing more and more that this is normal Christianity. Blessings&SHALOM!!!