One of the more pronounced ways in which the Lord speaks to me is through dreams. I am of the belief that very few of the messages given in this manner are for the corporate body of Christ. Most seem to be for personal intercession or insight. However, I feel compelled to share the dream I was given November 23, 2010 on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. I believe the Lord is emphasizing this insight as an encouragement and admonition for this next season.
The dream begins in a conference setting. As I enter the building I can discern that corporate intercession was taking place. Many who have attended conferences can easily imagine this scenario. As I stood there watching what was taking place, I heard a voice saying, “From this time forth you are to pray from a posture of victory proclaiming and declaring in agreement with the Lord, the ‘battle is already won!'”
The voice then continued saying, because He is…. and began to articulate all the names of God revealed in the Scriptures. I could only remember the next-to-last name that was given in the dream that said, “Because He is—I Am.” At that declaration thousands of voices joined in unison shouting, “because Jesus Christ is Lord!”
Needless to say it was an overwhelming and powerful moment. When I awakened I felt undone and stirred by the impact of the booming voices declaring, “Jesus Christ IS Lord!” Since that night I have spiritually processed and contemplated these revelations. I believe it is an exhortation or word of wisdom for this next season of the Spirit that we are entering in 2011.
All of the Lord’s redemptive attributes are resident in His names that we proclaim and declare in agreement with the Spirit. He is the victor and because of what He has done the victory is also ours. Even so, this does not mean we can be in denial concerning circumstances that we face nor assume that the enemy will not oppose us on multiple levels. Moreover, it is quite possible that the reason this has been highlighted is because the level of warfare has increased in this season as the Bible predicts will take place at the end of the age.
Our revelation and admonition is to approach this conflict from a “posture of victory.” This means we cannot approach it from the mindset of intimidation, fear or anxiety. Instead, God’s lion-like nature is given in this season to create valor, courage and an attitude of spiritual victory in Christ Jesus.
Foremost among our enemy’s most successful strategies is to emphasize negativity through circumstances in life and amplify them beyond their reality. Nevertheless, the Lord wants us to view them from His perspective which is true reality. We do this by spending time with Him, intercession, meditation on the Word and the apprehension of His heart. As we join His attitude of victory through the warfare, the demonically imposed stress and anxiety will be alleviated.
One of the ways we can enter into this attitude is by not allowing anything in us to have agreement with the enemy and his accusations. When there is agreement in our heart with the enemy’s words spoken through other people or when he whispers them in our ear, it gives those words power; unbelief, defeat and hopelessness is then allowed to enter our hearts and rob us of our peace and victory in Christ. The Bible teaches us how to discern the Lord’s wisdom from the enemies tainted attitudes. James 3:17-18 tells us:
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
We must not allow our focus to be taken off who the Lord is and His purposes. I believe this attitude will be paramount in catapulting the body of Christ into the faith of the Son of God. According to Galatians 2:20:
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
By understanding this we can reach into the unseen realm and call forth those things that are not through agreement with the Lord. (Romans 4:17) Even though they may have not manifested in our present circumstance we can approach them from a posture and attitude of victory and maintain that mindset through all opposition of the enemy and his schemes.