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There have been several themes that I have been hearing in my spirit this month. One of them is, “Strike the ground!”
In 2 Kings 13, we read that Joash, King of Israel, left his palace to visit Elisha as the prophet lay upon his sickbed. Elisha was dying, but by means of a prophetic action, he assured the king that God was not done with Israel. Elisha told Joash to shoot an arrow from his bow out the east window, and when he did, Elisha called it the “Arrow of the Lord’s victory.” Then he directed the king to take more arrows and strike the ground. The king struck the ground only three times; his half-hearted response upset the prophet and he said “If you had struck five or six times; you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will only defeat it three times.”
I find it interesting that the “Arrow of the Lord’s Victory” goes forth through the air first, creating the means for a complete victory. The king is then asked to strike the ground with more arrows, but he falls short of a response that would bring about that completion. I believe that just as we see in this story, the Lord goes before us and creates a victory in the spirit realm—He opens the way into what we cannot see—but then we, as kings and priests in His family, must partner with the victory that He has accomplished by striking the ground here on earth. Our strikes must match what is necessary to completely destroy the works of our foe. Yet so often we stop short, and though we have victories, we do not see the complete destruction of the plans of the enemy.
We have seen this on many fronts; from moves of God that displace the enemy and establish the Kingdom of God through His ekklesia to the issues in the land such as abortion and identity. I believe that the arrow of the Lord’s victory has once again been aimed and fired and the prophets are directing the church to pick up arrows and strike the ground. Not once, twice, or three times, but the full amount needed to completely destroy the enemy and the sin that has come upon the land. Our nation (and many nations) have done evil in the sight of the Lord and God is calling for repentance; He tells us to turn away from our sin and the sins of our people and call out to Him for mercy and cleansing. The church has been found with sin and stain and that has stopped us from receiving full victory.
This time can be different! A remnant is arising that is repenting and striking the ground until the enemy and the “evil done in the sight of God” is thoroughly destroyed. We have come to the end of an era where the church fell short, allowing offenses to divide us and opening gaps in our defenses for the enemy to exploit and advance his agendas. But we are beginning to strike the ground of the places in our hearts and lives that have been occupied by the enemy. We are simultaneously striking the ground of the land with repentance, prayer, the blood of Jesus, declarations of His Word, and worship.
The accuser is presenting “evidence of wickedness” before God regarding the lives of the His people, but because there is great repentance happening now (in this hour), I hear the Lord saying, “INADMISSIBLE!” The evidence of sin has been covered in the blood of Jesus and can no longer be presented. Authority is being restored to the innocent, His ekklesia!
There is personal and corporate repentance taking place now that is changing everything. It is moving the church in an offensive advance instead of causing her to hide in the posture of defense. The evidence we bring against the enemy IS admissible and God is judging the evil that he has done.
Repentance is freedom. It is as though we have been held in a prison cell and repentance is the key that opens the door to set us free. It is release from the captivity of the enemy! It is such a great gift!
We are marching forth in March—marching out of prisons that have held many individuals captive for years. Even “life sentences” are being reversed! God’s arrow of victory has been shot and now we must strike the ground and not stop short of full victory. We strike the ground for the evil that has been done in the sight of God in our personal lives, in the church, and in the land. We will strike the ground for unborn in the womb and the unborn in the spirit. It’s time to birth sons and daughters! It’s time for a move of God that has no end!
The arrow of the Lord’s victory has flown with power, and now is the time to strike the ground that brings forth change!