Lionheart – Richard Coeur de Lion! The above image spoke about my boyhood hero as soon as I espied it. Alone, it lay amidst paintings by James Nesbit at Dr Sharon Stone’s Mentoring Day last weekend. Whilst sipping a quick coffee after arrival, I saw the vendor getting her goods ready. “It’s mine!” I exclaimed and explained why. The meeting was just about to start and so the lady kindly put it aside for me.
This painting complemented several personal impressions and words over the last few years, as well as more recent words brought by prophetical folk (eg. my remarks about HMS Warrior here). But little did I know how it would plug straight into what Sharon was going to say, and into a few things recently happening as well as some destined for the following week! (See previous two postings and comments.)
Below are my notes, hastily scribbled in keeping up with Sharon as she delivered her message entitled.:
Having an enemy is a fundamental requirement!
This season suits God’s prophetic people better than any I’ve known, because we were made for seasons of conflict when people need to hear us and what God is saying. That is, it’s not so much a time for the ministries of apostle, pastor, teacher, evangelist as it is for the prophet.
More than at any other period, we now need to be on time with prophetic words.
Critics say spiritual warfare is no longer required as we can function from a position of ‘rest’. That’s deceptive because our use of weapons needs to be updated from ‘hand-to-hand’ to our enforcing Jesus’ victory by means of decrees from the ‘heavenly courts’. Our enemy – ‘that worm’ – is to be kept underfoot!
We’re at a new level of time. One where we become warriors and overcomers. So having an enemy is a fundamental requirement to achieving that goal !!
We can’t find and move into our destiny without having and overcoming an enemy. King David’s enemy Goliath defined him.
God changed his life as a result of killing that giant. Shepherd boy David moved from obscurity into notoriety as a national hero.
God’s ‘suddenlies’ do occur but we need to deal with our personal giant and not live under its shadow.
God promotes us when we deal with giants.
We never go back to the same defeated giant!
The spiritual enemy signals the part of our life (eg family/generational issues) in which he’s afraid of us because, were we single-minded in it, he would be overcome. That is, issues are not our weakness but our unrecognised strength – we just need to keep up the m o m e n t u m!
The present season is going to show who are heroes and who are cowards!
THIS SEASON IS WHEN THE WORLD AND CHURCH WILL SEE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN AS OUR FAITH GOES ON TRIAL – AND GOD IS WATCHING HOW WE RESPOND AND STAND.
- He wants us to be vulnerable to Him and to being inspected by Him.
- It’s our faith that refines us by fire and aligns us to our destiny.
- All we have to do in this season is to be strong and courageous and to learn as we progress –
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” [Josh 1:9]
[I’d already referred to the early verses in Joshua, which are highlighted in my Bible because they led into the personal prophetic words received in 1996 – as here]
THIS IS THE SEASON FOR THE CHURCH TO BE DEMONSTRATED IN THE WORLD LIKE IT’S NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE!
In what we’re not, in all aspects of being a warrior, then we are to be fearless because Jesus Christ is in us and fulfills all that we need; as in 1John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Also, ‘for a great effective door has been opened but there are many adversaries’ (1Cor 16:9).
Whenever an enemy pops up this signals that we’re moving from one season to another through a ‘new door’. [Note: the ‘open door’ again!]
Waiting upon the Lord a few weeks ago I had a vision of the huge dark green side of a mountain bursting up through the ground in front of me and close to my feet. I believe this may indicate the time has arrived for the manifestation of an open vision I had for the UK. That first vision meant that, as society fell apart, the solid rock that is Jesus Christ would appear (see Comments upon collapse of society). Hence, the imperative need for believers to take a stand upon The Rock.
Readers may wish to read > In case anyone’s puzzled or got questions…