As we continue to go through the first eight days (five 8-day segments within the 40 days) we can discover from the blueprint that the Lord laid out before us, from Zechariah 3, that there is a battle over our lives and destinies.
“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.” Zechariah 3:1
Satan was standing on the opposite side of Joshua from where the Lord stood “in order to oppose him”. To oppose someone means to disapprove of and attempt to prevent, especially by way of an argument. The enemy actively resists God’s plans for your life. He attempts to persuade you to resist as well through his arguments against God’s faithfulness, character and the truth of His will and Word. Satan refuses to comply with God’s ways and so he continually shouts arguments against truth.
When we begin to shift away from the perfect alignment with God’s will and Word we take upon our lives a lie. which in turn, is an accusation against the Holy One. All lies equate to accusation and every accusation is rooted in an accusation against the Lord Himself. This is why we are allowing the Spirit of the Lord, along with the help of angels, to remove the accusations and lies that have shifted us from being fully aligned with “oneness of spirit” with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17).
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
The Lord is even now rebuking Satan on your behalf. Just as He did with Joshua the high priest, He fights on our behalf.
I saw a vision of this scene where Joshua stands in between the Lord and Satan. But in the vision Joshua no longer was content to stand in the middle (between two opinions). Instead he rushed to the Lord. When he did this he came into absolute alignment with Christ and he no longer heard the arguments that the enemy shouted to resist him. I saw oneness, unity and authority restored as well as a protection from the enemies assaults.
Today, rush to the arms of your Beloved Savior! We no longer want to stand between two opinions or even allow our ears to hear the arguments and accusations against our God and His will for our lives. We fall into the arms of Mercy and Grace and let Him fight for us.
“Be it unto me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
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