Because we’ve never been this way before!
For those who follow our weekly manna, this word may feel different from other messages published over the years. Together with the body of Christ, we are now moving into new and unfamiliar territory that is dramatically different from anything we’ve experienced before—it is hard to wrap your head around. Yet God wants us to see clearly what He is doing so that His Church, the Warrior-Bride of Christ, can rise up in unity and live victoriously through what is coming next.

Blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear. Mt.13:16

Proclaim this among the nations—
Prepare for war!
Rouse the warriors!
Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
Beat your plowshares into swords and
Your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weak say I am strong!
Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
And assemble here.
Send down your warriors, O LORD!

Joel 3:9-11
We are in the midst of an epic struggle—a clash of crowns like we’ve never experienced before. This is true in both the spiritual and the natural realms. Light and dark contend for dominance. But we have the power of God-given spiritual tools and weapons. We have the advantage of knowing who wins.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

God’s plan to dismantle demonic systems and structures, to expose enemy schemes and restore justice to the oppressed is at hand. But so too are we confronted by global power strategies to reorder the nations and create governmental one world disorder.

The church is at a collision point with worldly powers that be. These forces will stop at nothing to halt the advancement of the kingdom of God. They silence truth, pervert justice, collapse economies and steal the wealth of nations. They pit one against another to divide and conquer, break laws and crush freedoms, abrogate rights and institute controls we never imagined possible.

They do not want us to wake up. They do not want us to see truth. They do not want us to recognize how much we are about to give up if we do nothing.

Make no mistake—this is war! The upheaval is intense.

But we have been given power to stand, to watch and to see the victory of the Lord.

It is time for the people of God to rise up and speak out.
It is time for us to lift up a banner of worship and praise, no matter how we are feeling!
It is time to pray like we’ve never prayed before—not as those who are ignorant of their authority in Christ or the unfailing love and sovereignty of God. No!

We are not unaware of the enemy’s schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:11

This is a time for the Warrior-Bride to rise up in the fullness of her Bridegroom-Redeemer, the weak made strong in the name of Jesus—wielding swords sharpened in the Word of God, burnished in the Refiner’s fire, and gleaming with the bright light of Christ. The body of Christ is not on the defense here—we stand at the offense, alongside Angel Armies of the Lord.

Yahweh fights for us.
El Shaddai goes before us.
So, Wake up, sons and daughters of the Living God!

Your prayers in this time are crucial and powerful.

Find your kingdom battle position and footing to contend for His kingdom come and will be done.

Throw off the death shrouds of fear, intimidation and despair.
Put on the full armor of God. 

Renounce fear and repent of anything that creates a breach between you and God. 
Lay down your fear and take up your faith.

Place the blood of Christ over allto cover, cleanse and complete.
Render the enemy helpless and defeated by the blood of Jesus.

Embed yourself in the living Word of God, sharper than any two-edged sword.
Move into deep alignment with Jesus and one another—He will join you there.

Call for the Spirit of Truth to reveal lies.
Expose evil plans and deceptions to the light of day.

Discern where forces of hell have taken up residence and dismantle their platforms, strategems and influence.
Shine light into dark places where corruption may no longer remain hidden.

Call for angel armies to defeat the wicked foe.
Tear down their strongholds. 
Turn back on the heads of the wicked their schemes and exploitations.

Summon the warriors of the Lord to the battlefield.
Proclaim this day the victory of the Lord.
Declare the One who is mighty to save is saving us.

You can do this, for you have been called for such a time as this!

When you stand in your true gifting, capability and position in the body of Christ, you allow others to stand in theirs.

Where do you sense God calling you to stand?

How do you see your position, gift or weaponry for this battle?

Prayer? Worship? Warfare? Equipping? Words of affirmation & encouragement?

Whatever it is, do it in the power of the Holy Spirit and the confident trust that God is with you and goes before you.

Be brave and stand free—becauseTruth has set you free!

The Lord will march out like a mighty man,
like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
and will triumph over his enemies.

Isaiah 42:13
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