2014-10-19 The Lord of Hosts Is Encouraging

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When you say “Yes, Lord” to your destiny, you coincidentally sign up for some great victories and some additional warfare. A decision to be part of the Kingdom and have an influence in your mountain comes with an anointing for persistence, work and warfare. In the Old Testament there is a clear emphasis on God fighting for His people. “The Lord of Hosts” appears 261 times in the Old Testament as a reference to the legion of angels, who are available to win any victory.

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex 14:13-14 NIV

Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes.  Deut 1:29-30 NIV

All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. Josh 10:42 NIV

You yourselves have seen everything the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake; it was the Lord your God who fought for you. Josh 23:3 NIV

One of you routs a thousand, because the Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised Josh 23:8 NIV

David became greater and greater, for the Lord God of hosts was with him. 2 Sam 5:10 NASU

That same flavor is not present in the New Testament. Jesus is seen interceding for us, but now God’s people are empowered to fight the battles themselves because He dwells in each one of us. He is still the Lord of Hosts, but we are part of His army now.

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Heb 7:25 NIV

The nature of warfare is that things go wrong. Opportunities are snatched away, relationships struggle or dissolve, and finances or health may be attacked. We cannot help but wonder if God is judging us. There is a very unhealthy stream in Christian circles that assumes the existence of some threshold that provokes God to switch teams and join the devil in trying to destroy us. It’s simply bad theology. However, we all have to admit that we’ve wondered if God isn’t the source of our suffering.

Breakthroughs – Getting through a period of struggle requires faith that God is still fighting for us, plus this one thought: His Spirit is dwelling in our hearts and He’s clothed us with armor and given us a weapon. The message is that, in the Kingdom, we’re not waiting for God to fight our battles passively. We are fighting them in His strength and power. Here’s what that looks like. While I’m believing God for His miraculous intervention (which does happen), I’m knocking on every door, praying every prayer and trying every possible solution. Breakthroughs do not come to people who don’t believe they will come! Our very first priority is a heart belief that God has our back and we are bigger than our obstacle or enemy… without that confidence, we all give up.

Confirmations – As I write this on a Saturday, we have been visited by a rabbit for the last three days. We’ve had workers in our house installing new carpet. They had the doors open on the first day and the rabbit invited himself into the front room. I assumed our new house guest was someone’s lost pet, and was surprised how gentle and friendly he was. Today Porsche, our granddaughter, was particularly fond of petting this new friend. He is usually found eating grass in the front yard or parked in some bushes planted in front of our house.

2014-10-18 rabbit

Today the Lord spoke to my heart and asked me to consider what the rabbit meant as a sign. We’ve been through a great financial struggle the last 3 years. It’s been a season of dodging bankruptcy, working without vacations, being thankful to have a job, trying to develop other streams of income, and knocking on lots of doors…  and releasing Kings. There have been times of wondering if we would survive. Our needs are met, the bills are paid, but we are believing God to restore time and ministry from a cup that overflows.

My first thought was that rabbits go with Easter and the theme might be resurrection. I posted the picture above on Face Book, and a friend suggested “multiplication.”  That was my confirmation. It might seem like a small thing, but if we’re not watching for God’s intervention, miracles like this rabbit get overlooked. God is fighting with us; Jesus is ever interceding at the right hand of the Father… for me and you. This is His loving way of saying, “You’re going to make it, and multiplication is coming.”

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6 NIV

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Heb 13:5-6 NIV

We need encouragement – Believing that God’s favor is on our lives to lead us into the desires of our heart is a Kingdom foundation that cannot reside in our heads. It has to be an experience that we receive from His presence and His voice. We have to expect God to send prophetic confirmations, rabbits, whatever. Your heart really needs those kinds of encouragements directly from the Lord. We are not prisoners of fate living on bread alone. We are more than conquerors who live by every prophetic word that comes from Jesus Himself. Set your heart on receiving yours. To be mighty in battle, we must be humble enough to admit that our hearts need this encouraging confirmation from God. Ask for it.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matt 4:4 NIV

Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:6-8 NASU

Suggestions:

Books – Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny

Newsletter Archive – http://releasingkings.com/newsletter

Coaching Tools – http://releasingkings.com/coaching-tools/

Personal note:

Clive Wilson is a friend who has known me for several years and is familiar with Releasing Kings, attended our conferences, etc. He suggested I look into Larry Napier’s work on Rediscovery of the Heart because it ties in with so much of our work at Releasing Kings. Clive is right, and I want to recommend that you take a look at it. I liked it so much that I became an affiliate http://rediscoveryoftheheart.com/johngarfield …haven’t been able to stop watching the videos. They are really good.

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Debra Blaszak October 20, 2014 at 6:57 pm

John,

I wanted to confirm, strangely enough, that we received a tortoise in our home this weekend. 🙂 For real! I thought nothing of it until God showed me that it was a prophetic sign of what plans my husband has for this town we just moved to. He doesn’t know it yet, because he is a new believer, but he is being released as a king.

My word to you is “be of good courage”. You are right on the money and multiplication is a correct interpretation for the prophetic showing up in your physical house. Three days of a visit before entering is significant also. Blessings to you and thank you for your continued vision. I’m getting on board!

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