The Return of the Prodigals and Unprecedented Harvest
In the days ahead of us, we will see a tremendous miracle – the return of the prodigals – on a level so far unimaginable for us. They are even now starting to return. Increasingly, I hear reports of prodigals who have a sudden awareness of the truth of their present condition and return to their Father.
We are entering a time of unprecedented harvest, something foretold since the days of Christ. As a generation, we will reap a great harvest for the Kingdom and yet, historically, we know that in the days of the harvest the enemy waits lurking in the shadows to try to devour what the Lord is restoring to us. One way he does this is through offense and the attitudes and strongholds of the "older brother" toward the returning prodigal as in Luke 15:25-31.
It was in the time of the harvest that Cain, angry at his brother Able because of his own jealousy against him, killed his brother, causing the harvest to come to an abrupt stop. Able was killed and Cain was cursed because of his sin and the harvest suffered (Genesis 4:3-12).
As our eminent harvest looms on the horizon, I feel a unsettling anger attempting to threaten the harvest we are about to enter. Can you feel it?
Similar to the spirit that plagued Cain, I see even the most seasoned Christians fall prey to this devouring spirit of death. Clamoring to be heard, they cry "deceiver" or "heretic" about anyone who does not agree with them – often times their anger is directed at those who are winning the lost to Christ. Their own jealousy causes them to strip their brother of his humanity by their unreasonable demands of perfection.
If someone disagrees with them, they become judge and executioner and under the control of this spirit they see only what it wants them to see. They are unable to see that the person they're attack might just have a different point of view, or a different call or even that they've made a mistake. When we seek to control or to devour a brother, we strip them of their humanity and this stops the harvest.
This is obviously a planned attack by the enemy. Those who are swept up in its hold are deceived, yet cannot see it. They are in danger, and while they suffer, they endanger the harvest. It is the enemy's plan to offend us and distract us from our calling. He will do whatever he can to turn us away from claiming our inheritance and unfortunately it is often all too easy to offend us.
This slanderous spirit is as vicious as the spirit that possessed Cain when he killed his brother and it releases a spiritual death, not only to the ones being slandered, but also to the ones slandering. Just think of all the countless babes in the Lord who listen to the slander and are turned away from hearing about their Redeemer. Think about those who listen to the anger and rage in Christians as they gossip and strike with their slander. They are turned away from the only One Who can save them.
And who is to blame?
Yes, the enemy of course, but we will be held accountable. Caught up in his lies, he can use us as a tool to fight for the accuser of the brethren.
That's why the Lord says, "Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves"(Matthew 10:16). We've got to interpret our enemy's actions if we are to keep ourselves from being used by him.
In my years under Francis Frangipane's ministry, he taught often about the dangers of offense. He made up a word that I will share with you because this is what we must become, "Unoffendable." To be honest, I really didn't like that word when he taught on it at first – I thought it was impossible to achieve. Now I realize, it is not impossible, but it does take concentrated effort – it is a battle.
Pray for Laborers
In Matthew 9:35-38, Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to His disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields."
As the disciples of Christ, we are commanded by Him to pray for the workers for the harvest, and we are, indeed, in great need of laborers. For too long we've asked faithful Christians to sit in a pew with very little thought to their actually laboring in the fields. Now is the time to activate the laborers and fight for the harvest. And, even more so, pray for them to be sober and vigilant – to watch for the enemy and guard their hearts to keep them from the snares of the enemy that would keep them from receiving their harvest.
The Lord has promised us an inheritance; it is our destiny! Watch and stand guard over it, because our adversary the devil "prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8). He is seeking those he can use to steal all that belongs to us – our rightful inheritance as God's sons and daughters (Psalm 2:8).
Guard your heart from those who seek to poison it with the slander of a brother. Watch and be wary of those who call themselves saints, yet devour the humanity of God's creation.
Pray for those who persecute you (Matthew5:44); they are under attack as well, and only by interceding for them will you be able to counter the attack against yourself.
Beloved, remember, if you were not a threat, the enemy would not attack you. Be encouraged and know, He Who is Faithful and Just will deliver you. He is able to use every attack, every vile word thrown against you to make you an iron tower of His strength. Strengthen yourself in the Lord. "Be strong in the Lord and in HIS MIGHTY POWER" (Ephesians 6:10).
The battle we fight is God's war. It's the battle for mankind. We are made victorious in Him – we can endure – we will persevere and be victorious. We do not battle with flesh and blood (with people). Our battle is with unseen forces for the souls of men (Ephesians 6:12) – all souls, even those who persecute us.
Dear One, please pray with me:
Dearest Father, please forgive me for any unforgiveness I may harbored against those who persecute me. Give me Your forgiveness for them – I choose to forgive them! And give me YOUR LOVE for them.
Protect all that You've birthed in me. Make me strong IN YOU and in Your name I will persevere. In Your name, I declare: I will be mighty in the power of Your strength – I will not stop, I will not even slow down!
In Jesus' name, I come against every word curse or soulish prayer prayed against me and I cancel its assignment against me. In Jesus' name, it will have no power to affect me in any way, shape or form. I declare it will not manifest in my life at all!
Father, I ask that You would deliver those caught in the bondage of the accuser of the brethren. Redeem them and restore them to their rightful place in Your family. Pour out Your love on them and help them to fulfill their destiny in You. Make us one, Lord – one with You and in You and may we truly become a glorious, radiant example of Your goodness and power!
In Jesus' name we pray.
Victoria Boyson met Jesus at the age of seven. At thirteen, she started ministering using music as a platform to tell others about Jesus. She and her husband, Steve, ministered as pastors in the mid-west, but in 1999, the Lord told them to move to work for Francis Frangipane, who was extremely influential in their development as Christians and as ministers.
Victoria is a powerful prophetic voice to this generation and cofounder of Speaking Life Ministries. Based out of the Houston, Texas area, she is called to awaken and prepare the Bride of Christ for the end-time harvest and compel His Church to embrace a passionate relationship with their Heavenly Father. She is the author of The Birth of Your Destiny and His Passionate Pursuit, Awakening: The Deep Sleep, and her latest book "God's Magnum Opus - The Value of a Woman."
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