VALIANT & FEARLESS
In the book of 1 Corinthians 16:9 the apostle Paul writing to the Corinthian church said: A great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. The Holy Spirit has given many of you an open door but you are hesitant to walk through it because there are many adversaries. You are settling for less than what the Lord has for you. Before Paul’s conversion his name was Saul. He was a murderer and anti-Christ until Jesus visited him on the road to Damascus. The Lord changed his name and transformed his life.
Paul suffered constant persecution, was imprisoned on more than one occasion, he was stoned and shipwrecked and threatened repeatedly for the sake of the gospel. He converted many to be followers of Jesus, he had a ministry of miracles, signs and wonders and even raised the dead. His life was threatened repeatedly but he continued to give his testimony and would never renounce Jesus.
Yesterday there was a story on the news about a brave teenage girl who fought off a bear to protect her dogs. It was in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles by the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains where bear sightings are not uncommon. The bear was walking down a dividing wall followed by her two cubs in a family’s backyard. When the dogs ran at the bear and begin barking, the cubs ran away but the bear swiped at and picked up a small dog. The young lady ran and pushed the bear back causing it to fall off the wall on to the other side.
The whole incident was recorded on surveillance camera. Later on in an interview the young lady called the dog her child and said: At first I didn’t realize that it was a bear. “I had to protect my child”. The bear’s natural instincts were to protect her cubs. the dogs instincts were to protect their territory and the ladies instincts were to protect her dogs. As I watched this video the Holy Spirit brought me to a scripture in Genesis when Abraham was making a sacrifice to the Lord and the fowl of the air swooped down and tried to steal it but Abraham chased them away.
There is a fearless generation who will go to extremes to protect the anointing that has been entrusted to them. They will protect the sacrifice that they have offered to the Lord. They are those who have been anointed for tough times. The Holy Spirit showed me “Golden girls” who are fearless women who will pursue the Lord with courage and tenacity. He is raising up men who are “Mighty men of valor” and equipping believers for this end time revival. He is looking for those who are not afraid to rescue the younger generation who are in dire situations because they themselves have overcome through grueling trials.
The Lord has created you to be fearless. You have been created to be strong rather than timid or fainthearted. The Lord has created you to be a warrior and has a purpose and a plan for you. When you rise up and take your rightful place in Christ you will find that demons tremble at the sound of your voice because you carry the Holy Spirits anointing and authority. You will then realize that there are no limits to what the Lord could do in your life.
And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.