We are entering a time that the Spirit has spoken the words,
“I am about to do for My people what they have not been able to do for themselves.”
As He spoke this He took me to three separate passages of scripture. The first was the 3rd chapter of Zechariah where the account of when Joshua the high priest is brought into the presence of the Lord with filthy garments and Satan is accusing him. The Lord rebukes the Accuser and instructs the angels of the Lord to change his garments. It is a chapter of miraculous restoration and removing of iniquities (read this chapter).
This is a picture of what the Spirit of the Lord and His angels will do for us as we finish out this year and posture our lives to yield to His work within us.
Second the Lord took me to Luke 1:38 where Mary has just been visited by an angel who is announcing that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and she will bare a child. Her response in this verse is as follows,
“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
This is the posture that the Spirit is looking for within His people. We need to say, “Be it unto me according to your word.”
Finally, the Lord spoke His words from Zechariah 4:6,
“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.”
As we yield to His Spirit, He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. He will remove accusations that we have worn as garments. The root of all accusations believed and agreed with are actually accusations against the character and faithfulness of God. He will remove these iniquities that have soiled our lives and removed authority.
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering