What To Do When You Feel You Have No Strength
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in Heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in Heaven with Someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:1-2 (NIV)
The word "perilous" is from a Greek word,chalepos (pronounced khal-ep-os'), and it describes a time which is "dangerous," "difficult," and "fierce." It is further described as a time where "strength is reduced." I have written numerous times concerning this passage, but while I was in prayer recently concerning the events occurring in our nation, as well as worldwide, I was reminded of the Biblical account ofIsaiah 37:3 which says, "...Thus says Hezekiah: This day is a day of trouble and distress and of rebuke and of disgrace; for children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth" (AMP).
If you recall the situation, Hezekiah had been reforming the nation of Israel, and the people themselves were experiencing the process of reformation. Though their land had been laid waste by their enemies, Israel was basically willing to settle with what little restoration was available to enjoy. In other words, passivity found a place in their hearts!
Hezekiah had experienced a rather peaceful period with Assyria for a while – all which seemed good. Then one day, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, decided to infiltrate Hezekiah's realm. Evil messages were sent and delivered by the king's messenger, Rabshakeh, with the evil intention to blaspheme God and frighten Hezekiah, as well as the people.
The speech he delivered was done so in their familiar Hebrew language – so that all would hear and understand what he had to say. His speaking in their own language was done so with very evil intent. Rabshakeh wished to sound "familiar" to them and, by speaking in a "familiar voice," he could more easily sway them, through fear, to align with Sennacherib through him. Of course, the enemy of the Jews is always attempting to seduce their hearts away from God and His covenant of faithfulness. So, all of this was done in an attempt to dishonor their king, Hezekiah, and also to dishonor God.
Interestingly, these evil ploys from the Assyrians caused King Hezekiah to run to God, rather than from God. Again, Hezekiah's declaration of the season he was experiencing was that it was"...a day of trouble...and of disgrace...," and he further explains that it was such a difficult season that those who are pregnant have come to a season of birthing, yet there is no strength to do so.
Why You Must Battle Against the Contender
Believers, I believe it is the same for us today. Many of us are pregnant with the manifestation of the Spirit. Our spiritual wombs are carrying seeds of breakthrough and glory – yet, we have lost our strength to deliver the child (i.e. the breakthrough, the miraculous, a present-day move of God's Spirit) due to many evil messengers and planned assignments from the enemy.
We have been contending for the glory of God to be manifested, and the contending has taken its toll on us spiritually, mentally, and physically. Yes, there is a "contender" that is opposing us during this season as we press into more of God's glory. The word "contender" is another word for "adversary." Therefore I believe it is safe to say that satan is revealing himself to many of us as the "contender." Due to the contention in the spirit realm, the result is a struggle to maintain strength as we seek realms of God's glory. My main point is this: The contender is furiously opposing us at the threshold of breakthrough.
How To Recognize and Have Victory Over the Schemes of the Enemy
Going back a bit to Hezekiah and the warfare against the king of Assyria, remember that the king's cupbearer and messenger, Rabshakeh, spoke to the Jews in a "familiar voice." Our enemy, the contender, is like a familiar spirit of witchcraft that speaks lies to the ears of God's people.
A familiar spirit, put simply, is a spirit that has become familiar with us individually, as well as generationally. Oftentimes a familiar spirit is considered a "personal demon" because it knows much about us – especially how to ensnare us! We must become alert to the evil whispers and the familiar spirits in this season. The enemy will seduce us with all that is familiar to us if we allow fear to guide our hearts.
When in a "narrow place" (similar in the natural realm as a "birth canal"), the enemy targets our faith by speaking lies! I have written extensively about the narrow place and the familiar spirit in my recent book, The Jezebel Yoke. Allow me to quote from that particular book as I discuss the "yoke" of "Egypt" which is used against Believers as they attempt to take ground for the Kingdom of God:
"The yoke of 'Egypt' represents not only slavery but, more broadly, a slavery mentality. Our use of this term represents mind-sets, religious legalism, patterns of behavior and false beliefs that keep us from entering into our Promised Land... This yoke...was similar to the yoke that the Israelites had upon them...(See Leviticus 26:13)... "Egypt" means, among other things, 'double straits,' and the word 'straits' describes times of great difficulty...(further translated as) to press, as though something narrow..."
So you see, dear saint, that whenever we attempt to be completely free of a slave mentality, we are being opposed by a contending spirit that attempts to abort all that we are anointed to birth! And, the enemy uses a false voice to speak lies during difficult seasons. Once again, this false voice is strongly linked to witchcraft and the occult. As I have written in so many of my other books, the occult opposes revelation because it hides the truth which God is revealing!
Let's press in to His Spirit – let's be determined to "come up" and hear His voice. There is a higher level of revelation which He wishes to reveal and speak forth. Don't let your past dictate your future – and don't stop forward progression simply because it is "unfamiliar" and uncomfortable.
Precious saint, God is promising to give us renewed strength and vision so that we can make what I heard the Lord term as "throne room decrees" that will empower us with the strength to push into breakthrough and, at the same time, push through this narrow place. But first, we need to "come up higher."
Come Up Higher
Our destiny in God requires that we journey with Him on a path which He has laid out before us. Problem is, as He leads us into new areas or introduces us to new territory, we often get uncomfortable with the "unknown." And, at the same time, we are being required to pray Heaven to earth. In other words, we are being instructed by the Lord to access what is unseen and bring it into reality. This new realm of accessing God's glory will release miracles, signs, and wonders. What we pray in faith to receive from Heaven can become a reality!
There are so many supernatural encounters with God that await us; therefore, we have to come up higher to spend more intimate time with Him. He desires to give throne room strategies that empower us through prayers and decrees that unlock our future and will shift our lives and nation.
I'm sure you can testify with me that there is presently a "homing device" in our spirits that continually calls us to bring the unseen realm into reality. Using the key of faith that we each have will keep the doors open for accessing what is needed in our lives. The same key of faith will unlock hidden mysteries that have been held up until now. Some of the hidden mysteries we are accessing today are strategies on how to bind the spirits of darkness, especially the spirit of Jezebel and Belial, in this season.
The Spirits of Jezebel and Belial: Don't Listen To the False Voice of the Enemy
Both of these spirits are territorial – meaning they influence territories and regions, as well as individuals. We have been given the victory over these evil spirits; however, they will still attempt to contend against us as we press from glory to glory.
Again, I have written extensively on both of these spirits and how they seduce God's children into unbelief, especially in my books, The Jezebel Yoke and Breaking the Threefold Demonic Cord. If you have purchased these books, I encourage you to do a re-read. For those of you who have not read them, I assure you they would be excellent books for your warfare arsenal.
Jezebel and Belial are attempting to steal your inheritance – both in the natural and in the spiritual. These two spirits team up together, just as they did when they murdered Naboth and stole his vineyard; they are attempting the same today (see 1 Kings 21). Belial's name means "worthless, useless, and valueless." He seduces Believers with a lying voice which says:
• You are hopeless.
• You will never get a breakthrough.
• You are completely useless – your prayers do not touch Heaven.
• God doesn't care about you.
• You will never measure up.
• You are shameful.
• You have no value – why don't you simply give up?
Be on guard, dear Believer! Don't listen to the false voice of the enemy. Though you are in a narrow place, God will turn it around and use it for your good. He is giving you strength, right now, to birth your future! You are now being positioned to make what I refer to as "throne room decrees."
It Is Time To Make Throne Room Decrees!
Revelation 4:1-2 speaks about a door opening into Heaven and then a trumpet sounding. Take a moment and reread that particular passage and you will notice three important facts which relate to us now, in this season:
1. A door opening into Heaven
2. A voice as a trumpet speaking
3. Come up here...to the throne!
Just as John was being called up to a higher place, so are we also! We are being called up higher – to hear God's voice – and to be equipped with the voice which speaks from the throne. Why? Well, I believe it is time to make "Throne Room Decrees!" These are decrees that we receive by accessing the prayers from Heaven and also from God's throne.
A throne has always represented a high and elevated place where one in authority is seated as a king, queen, ruler, etc. It also speaks of power and dignity. Isaiah 6:1speaks of Jehovah's throne being "high and lifted up."Therefore, as God calls us to come higher, we are also being empowered to sit at His feet and listen to His divine directives. God is calling us nearer and empowering us with throne room decrees that will shift the atmosphere in our spheres of influence, such as our families, workplaces, etc.
As we come up higher, we will also become ever more cognizant of the fact that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places and that Jesus gave to us, as Believers, all power and authority over the enemy who contends against us as we demonstrate God's Kingdom on earth.
Decrees Are Using Your Voice as an Instrument Against the Injustice on the Earth
A decree is a written command that has the effect of law. When we verbally declare a written decree, we are using our voice as an instrument against the injustice on the earth. Queen Esther saved an entire nation by issuing decrees. King Cyrus issued decrees that empowered the Jews to rebuild the Temple. There are several examples in the Bible that discuss the importance of decrees.
Again, we are being called to a higher level. This is our season to spend time with the Lord – in intimacy...in prayer – and at the throne. God desires to equip us with fresh prayer strategy which will silence and defeat the contender.
I have provided some Throne Room Decrees for you to speak forth in faith. Expect the Lord to deal with your contender and defeat your enemies as you speak forth these decrees. As you spend time with the Lord, He will add to this list; I'm sure of it! For now, I'm supplying you with a "jump-start" list of Throne Room Decrees. Expect Him to multiply your decrees. He is faithful and He is giving you strength to birth and fulfill divine destiny!
Throne Room Decrees For Our Nation
I decree that the kingdom is the Lord's and that He is the governor of my nation (Psalm 22:28).
I decree that the leaders of my nation will come into the light (Isaiah 60:3).
I decree that our leaders are just and that they will rule by the fear of the Lord (2 Samuel 23:3).
I decree that my nation will serve the Lord (Psalm 72:11).
I decree that all wickedness is cut down and rooted out of our land (Proverbs 2:22).
I decree that my nation is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, and all that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1).
I decree that my nation will submit to the rule and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ (Daniel 7:14).
I decree that my nation be sprinkled by the Blood of Jesus (Isaiah 52:15).
I decree that the glory of the Lord will be revealed to my nation (Isaiah 40:5).
I decree that every covenant with death and Hell be broken in our nation (Isaiah 28:18).
I decree that the Lord's dominion is established in my nation (Psalm 72:12-13).
Throne Room Decrees of Blessing
I decree a blessing over you that you will know who you are in Christ; that you are the righteousness of Christ; that you are holy and that you are God's child called to reign in life (2 Cor 5:21; 1 John 3:1; Romans 5:17).
I decree a blessing over you that you will be transformed from glory to glory into the image and character of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29).
I decree a blessing over you that God will heal you physically. I decree that you will walk in divine health and prosper in all that you do (Acts 10:38; 3 John 2).
I decree a blessing over your finances; that God will give you the power to gain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18, 28:11; Proverbs 11:25).
I decree a blessing over you that God will grant you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God's love (Ephesians 1:17; 1 John 4:19).
I decree a blessing over your family, relationships, co-workers, employers, and all that concerns you (Acts 16:31).
Believer, I want you blessed! I also want our nation blessed! I desire for God to move powerfully in other nations and bless them as well, don't you? Let's all be obedient to the Lord as He calls us higher. It's time to make godly decrees once again!
Co-pastor, Lifegate Church, Hurst, Texas
Dr. Sandie Freed co-labors with her husband, Mickey Freed, doing the work of the Lord as a ministry team. In addition, they are the founders of Zion Ministries Training Center in Bedford, Texas, and Lifegate Church International. Sandie has traveled nationally and internationally teaching dreams and visions seminars and on spiritual discernment. Her ability to adequately prophesy and discern spiritual strongholds over regions has released numerous breakthroughs for individuals and ministries. Sandie has authored, Dream On, and eleven other books, most of which are in several different languages. Dr. Sandie and Apostle/Pastor Mickey are ordained with Christian International Ministries, serving on their Board of Governors. They have been married since 1973, and have one daughter, Kimberly.
Sandie Freed's Itinerary:
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Each Sunday at 10am
Mickey and Sandie Freed at Lifegate Church Service
Lifegate Church International
1550 Norwood Drive, Suite 300, Hurst, TX 76054