Ever felt like the tide is against you, where it seems like every part of your life is under siege, under fire and in a state of contention when you are trying to move forward? Does it feel like every door that should be opening is delayed, as if there are a thousand men holding every way shut? Does it seem like your mind and heart are the targets of a million fiery arrows from the enemy trying to take you down?
In the last four days, I've felt such a burden of the Lord to pray over those in this specific place. Today I want to bring encouragement to those facing opposition in the transition. So if this word resonates with you and one or more of these areas grip your heart, please take it and let the power of the Holy Spirit bring you breakthrough as you read this.
This Doesn't Look Like Increase!
A few mornings ago, I woke up early with a pull of intercession for many who are looking at giant-sized obstacles and discouraging outcomes and results in a season that has been prophesied to be marked with birthing and crossing over into promise.
Many who have felt like they've been walking through months of loss and robbery in health and marriages, finances and destinies are saying, "God, this doesn't look like the increase You promised." The signs don't seem to be pointing to what God has shown you would be taking place, and for many, a deep discouragement is trying to set in.
Then as I was praying, I saw people holding maps in their hands, looking bewildered and confused at the landscape they were seeing. With big sighs of exhaustion, they dropped their maps, fell to the ground and gave up. So many are wanting to give up and drop their assignments and dreams because it looks too hard or bleak. For many this is just pure exhaustion, discouragement and defeat, but to many others this is so much more. This has been an assassination attempt.
Assassination at the Threshold
There has been an assassination attempt on many at the threshold because of what is at stake. Many who are crossing over into that place of promise have not just been dealing with difficult circumstances surrounding them, but an actual assignment sent to take them out before they access it!
In the last three days, before writing this word, I recognized this spirit when praying for people who shared that they'd had thoughts of committing suicide. One young person I prayed for even admitted to actually attempting to do so. This assassination attempt has come to surround the minds of God's people with such a deep oppression and hopelessness that they long to give up. The Good News is that Jesus came to set us free from all kinds of bondage, and if you have felt this spirit trying to come on you, He wants to break that spiritual assignment off you right now!
I command that spirit of death and suicide to be broken off your life, right now. You have the mind of Christ and every lying demon must go, right now, in Jesus' name!
I had a very vivid dream a few nights ago where I was praying for a lady who had back and shoulder pain and tension. In the dream, I was walking past her and gave her a word of knowledge about this. She said, "Yes, that's right. How did you know?" As soon as I began praying, it manifested as something more than just physical. The sweet presence of Jesus came and she cried out with a deep wail: "I've been carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders!" And instantly she was set free: body, mind and spirit.
I want to pray for those of you reading this; those who have been through months of being burdened by the spirit of heaviness, foreboding fear, worry, troubles and mental torment. I command that this spirit's assignment be broken off your life right now, in Jesus' name, and every physical affliction attached to it be broken in Jesus' name. Backs, shoulders and necks, I speak shalom over you. All pain and tension leave. Bodies come back into alignment in Jesus' name!
I speak peace over minds that have been under the barrage of torment, causing sleeplessness, fatigue and hopelessness. No longer will the atmosphere of your homes, your families or your marriages/relationships be heavy.
Jesus, You are our healer, and we thank You for the anointing that breaks the yokes and sets free people from bondage.
"To preserve those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,
that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified" (Isa. 61:3).
Receive Your Mantle!
I heard the Lord say that instead of the heavy yoke, this is the time to receive your new mantle! Just as David was commissioned by Samuel to be king and given the anointing and mantle to walk in that function, God is mantling you for this new season and dismantling every heavy weight and burden of the past season.
Heaven is rejoicing. Angels are dancing and shouting in anticipation as you step into the new growth and promotion. You are being redefined and reassigned. The old armor and unction simply won't carry you any further. For months now, the Lord has been telling me that He is pouring out "mantles for reigning" because He is not only commissioning many of us with a double portion, but He wants us to move into a governmental authority that causes the body of Christ to reign instead of being ruled. Reigning releases inheritance, and that is why the enemy is so afraid of you accessing it, and why the war has been so great.
This Is Where the Tide Turns
"In the day I cry to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, that God is for me" (Ps. 56:9).
As I was praying into the week heading into May, I kept seeing a vision of tables being overturned, much as Jesus did in the temple when the money changers were using God's house incorrectly. The word "overturned" kept rising up in my spirit, and the Lord began to speak to me, saying that He was overturning assignments of the enemy that had been waging war on you and turning the tide.
He hasn't turned a blind eye to you, in fact, He is rising up in holy anger and justice to see that which has been coming against you not only stop, but flipped, becoming something that works for you. This is where God fights fiercely for you and reverses the flow of calamity and opposition. Every weapon forged against you that's come at you, that tried to take you out, burden you and enslave you as you step into new depths of destiny, cannot and will not prosper (Isa. 54:17).
I prophesy that this will be the week you get new strength, new joy and begin to shake the earth with the sound of your new mantle hitting the water, in Jesus' name!
5 Keys to See Your Tables Turned
1. Feast on the Word of God and allow Holy Spirit to give you new rhema (living) words for current situations. As you do, they will begin to override the verdict and diagnosis of the enemy that has been screaming at you.
2. Fast and consecrate yourself to the Lord. (Obviously this is only if God is asking you to, but fasting not only connects you to God's heart and what He is doing in your life, but it is also a catalyst to see breakthrough.)
3. Speak, prophesy, worship, thank and magnify Jesus in your storm. There is something so powerful about strengthening yourself in the knowledge of who God is and giving Him praise that breaks obstacles.
4. Sow where God leads you to, whether in finances, blessing people with help, prayer or encouragement. The enemy wants you focused on your own world, but as we begin to look for opportunity to bless others, things begin to shift!
5. Activate your mantle by finding a problem to point it at. Don't lie down and accept defeat. Get fierce and authoritative and watch as things that have been out of alignment come back into place.
Nate Johnston is a revivalist and worshiper who has a heart to see sons and daughters unleashed into passionate friendship with God and an effective supernatural lifestyle. Through his ministry, Everyday Revivalists, he teaches on intimacy and hearing God's voice which was birthed from a hunger for authentic, real, and powerful relationship with Jesus. Christy Johnston was born and raised in Australia. After living the majority of her life plagued with insecurity and fear, she came to learn the power of her identity in Christ. She now lives with the mandate to breathe fresh hope and life into God's sons and daughters through her passion of writing, uncovering the truths of living in Grace and freedom through our identity in Christ. Nate and Christy have two daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, and currently live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
This article originally appeared at elijahlist.com.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Great Resources to help you excel in 2019! #1 John Eckhardt's "Prayers That..." 6-Book Bundle. Prayer helps you overcome anything life throws at you. Get a FREE Bonus with this bundle. #2 Learn to walk in the fullness of your purpose and destiny by living each day with Holy Spirit. Buy a set of Life in the Spirit, get a second set FREE.