THE SONG OF THE OVERCOMERS – WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! CONFRONTING GIANTS & TAKING BACK WHAT WAS STOLEN
By Nate Johnston
It’s no secret, you and I are in a fight whether we realize it or not. Some choose to live in denial, while others choose to ignore or hide from it. This word is not a theological debate on warfare but a word of hope and insight into this season of clashing Kingdoms. One central thought and revelation fuels the fire on this word, GREATER IS HE! In light of that truth ,every obstacle and opposition fails to compete. But God has created us to take down the strongholds and principalities on this earth and to advance the Kingdom. I pray this word illuminates not the problem or the enemy, but the solution, bringing insight and remedy.
After completing our vision board for 2017, we immediately faced ongoing attacks that consisted of; sickness in the family, discouragement, friends and family opposing what we were doing, control and manipulation, insomnia, and our children waking from nightmares, just to name a few. This was not at all what we imagined the start of the New Year was to be like! We were not alone, people we knew especially ministry friends were facing something similar attacks and warfare.
One night before bed, I asked the Lord to show me what we were facing and how to combat it properly. That night I had a dream that I will never be able to forget. I was in a shoulder deep body of water watching a strange and terrifying scene unfold before me. I was surrounded by men and women all standing, trembling in fear, then one by one huge tentacles would come up out of the water and take them into the depths of the sea.. I went under the water to see what this creature of destruction was and it was then that I saw a gigantic octopus that was wrapping her tentacles around her prey. I decided to grab one of the tentacles and I pulled it to the surface and towards the shore. As it emerged from the shoreline, it morphed and transformed into a combination of a woman and a sea creature. She had the hair and skin of an octopus but with a seductively beautiful face. She turned to me, and she shrieked in anger that I would oppose her and confront her. In that moment I knew two things; this creature was the spirit of Jezebel and I was in the second heavens to see her for what she really was. She then took my arm and led me down a corridor where I began to see the most horrific scenes play out before me. In the first room, I saw had people that were all sitting in the fetal position crouching in fear and talking to themselves like they had lost their minds. I could hear the Lords voice tell me that this was the result of being bound by fear; their minds had been distorted and they could no longer see or think straight. The second room was filled with ropes from the ceiling to the floor, like a web of sorts but made from ropes that were also attached to people’s necks, legs, arms, and waists. I instantly had the revelation that these were soul-ties to the past and knew that they were bound and prisoners to shame and condemnation. There were many other rooms but the last room was the most unnerving of all. Jezebel led me to a room that was filled with people committing sex acts. It was the most horrible and gut wrenching scene and what stood out to me was that they were in autopilot, like they were drugs or under a spell. As Jezebel led me past them we approached a door that I could see was her own chamber. Then I heard the Lord say to me, “Don’t tolerate her, confront her!” So I pulled my hand free and I said, “You have been exposed for what you are, and today your assignment has ended!.” I walked out hearing her scream behind me like the sound of a thousand shrieking voices.
“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols”. – Revelation 2:20
The next morning, the Lord reminded me of a word I wrote in late 2016 about double portion prophets. He said “This is the final frontier to the greater I have waiting.” I knew He was saying that in this hour Gods prophets would have to confront and take down Jezebel if we wanted to cross into the more He has for us.
In 1 Kings 21 Jezebel wanted to turn Naboth’s vineyard into a vegetable patch. Naboth means “words and prophecy” and the vineyard represents you and I grafted into the vine of Jesus. The enemy wants nothing more than a church of vegetables, not mighty branches grafted into the vine that are carriers of the new wine! The intent of the Jezebel spirit is to silence Gods prophets and remove the power from the church. But, I believe we are beginning to see prophets of purity arising to take down this spirit once and for all.
Often times as we step into new territories we are suddenly met with resistance. It doesn’t mean we need to be afraid to step out but we must realize that the land we are stepping into has a high value otherwise there would be no battle for it. When the Israelites entered the Promised Land it didn’t mean the war was over. Their wandering days were coming to an end, but they then had to confront the giants in the land and “take possession” of the promise given to them.
FEAR YOU WILL NOT TAKE MY SONG AWAY
A few days after my dream, I woke up singing a lyric to a Jonathan David Helser song, “Fear you will not take my song away!.” I then saw in a vision that my mouth was muzzled and I was desperately trying to break free and speak out. In the vision I felt frustrated that I was muzzled because that is how I had been feeling. I was shut up and except for the dream, no revelation had been flowing!
The vision and encounter reminded me of a scene from the movie “A little mermaid”. In the movie, the evil Ursula, also an octopus, wanted Ariel’s voice. Likewise, Jezebel is seeking to take away the voice of the prophets and Gods people. There is no greater enemy to your voice than fear. Fear drives us to flee and hide, like the prophet Elijah who ran and hid when he heard his life was in danger.
Having a fear of man will cause your voice to be stifled and eventually shut down. I have experienced the fear of man firsthand and those of you who have struggled as well, know the burden it carries. I grew up with an unhealthy fear and dependence of trying to please others and seeking their affirmation. I got my needs met through performance-based acceptance. The very thought that someone was upset with me or angry with me, tore me up! The fear of man and the unhealthy preoccupation with pleasing others was stealing my song.
Coming into 2017, the Lord had spoken to me and stirred my passion to start writing songs again. But as I would sit down to write, I sensed there was something in my spirit that blocking my creative flow. Much like being pregnant and unable to birth or release what was in me.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe” – Proverbs 29:25
“The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil” – Proverbs 19:23
As we can see in these two proverbs, the fear of man actually snares us. It’s a crafty tactic the enemy uses to trap us and attack us, BUT, the fear of the Lord is life and defends us from evil.
The Hebrew word for fear is “Yirat” which means “reverence” and the root word means, “wonder” and to “see”. The key to fearing God and removing the fear of man from our lives is by coming into His presence and being overcome by the wonder of all that He is. The more time we spend with Him the less fear of man can get access to our hearts.
Since the beginning of January, I have felt like there was an impending explosion of fresh new voices about to emerge but also that the tactic of the enemy was to muzzle and mute the mouths of the messengers. He was sending all kinds of distractions to stop the words of power being released from Gods people. If that has been you, right now shake it off and say, “I’m taking my voice back, nothing is going to shut me up!”
I feel that many people reading this have felt like they have a new song wanting to emerge, but the enemy and fear has gotten you bound up. I command that fear off you right now in Jesus name! Your voice is needed in this hour!
FINGERS FOR WAR
From as young as two years old, I was thrust into the world of spiritual warfare. I can still clearly remember the tormenting nightmares that went on for most of my childhood. In my teens, I would see demonic spirits manifesting and I constantly perceiving the effects of unhealthy spiritual atmospheres. As I grew in my faith and intimacy with the Lord, he assured me that He was greater and stronger than any darkness I had or would experience. And in His great love and compassion, He proved it to me time after time.
“You gave them authority over all things.” Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority” Hebrews 2:8
“Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle” Psalm 144:1
We need to know that we fight from a place of victory and not defeat. Jesus has already secured the victory and He has handed us the keys to the kingdom. He wants us to exercise our rights to take dominion over the earth and resist the enemies’ schemes to keep us quiet.
God is calling us higher, a place where we are no longer bothered by the onslaught of the enemy. We are coming into greater authority that will cause us to dwell above the snake line, and from this vantage point we will be able to truly be the people of power and might God ordained us to be.
PAYING BACK WHAT WAS STOLEN
For the past few weeks I’ve been seeing the number 777 more than usual, enough to make me notice. Yesterday I looked at the car next to me at a red light and saw its number plate read 777POWER and my spirit jumped. The numbers 777 represent restoration, restitution, breakthrough and a 7-fold payback of everything that has been stolen.
“Yet when he is found out (the thief) he must pay back 7 fold what he stole” Proverbs 6:31
This is the promise over this season, I hear the Lord saying, “You will be repaid in full, everything that has been stolen will be given back to you!”
Some of you have been laboring in a prolonged wilderness season. You have felt attacked by the enemy on every side, left broken and battered, dreamless, hopeless and confused. I declare and decree there is a power and strength that is returning to you, there is a payback coming to you!
AN ARMY OF OVERCOMERS
This is a double year; a year in which the body of Christ will advance and rapidly extend. In fact, I see this as a year of rising, ascending and upgrades in every way. There will be a major shift from a defensive posture to an all out offensive mode. Never before has the church experienced the arsenal of the weapons of warfare they possess and the unlimited power that is at their disposal.
I believe we are in a time where God is foiling and confusing the plans of the enemy. I’ve seen angels handing out strategies over regions and cities and I know those who are positioning themselves will receive insight to evict the long standing strongholds that have occupied places and positions in the earth. It’s time!
God told me there is a “sudden flip” coming to the body of Christ. Where we have felt powerless we are coming into our inheritance as powerful sons and daughters. Where you were plagued and tormented, and always “under” the circumstances, a sudden flip is placing the power back in your hands and you will see yourself as God sees you, HIS OVERCOMER!
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” Romans 8:37I pray you see that behind every giant is glory, and on the other side of attack is advancement. As you leave the wilderness, you will soon discover that what the enemy sent to take you out will actually thrust you into your future destiny. You may smell like fire and ashes but you have not been defeated, God will use your experiences and victories to set the captives free. You are rising above in this season, far above every voice of accusation, and every threat, and taunt.. I prophesy new eyes to see from heavens view, and the confidence knowing your Father is backing you up as you advance.