Have you grown weary and question whether breakthrough will ever come because the opposition has become so fierce? The Lord began to reveal an important word to me regarding the “Day of Adversity” that is vital for this hour.
It was one of those times when I knew God was speaking and attempting to open new revelation up to me, however, at that moment I had no idea what He was saying. It would only be after several days and after much digging in the Word, that I would receive the revelation He was about to impart.
It began a few moments before our partner prayer call. I was praying about the direction the Lord wanted me to go in prayer for our partners, when He led me to a word that was just released by Johnny Enlow.
As I read it, my spirit leapt, and I knew it was what God wanted me to pray over our partners that night.
The word said,
We are in a huge, huge breakthrough season. Great “Promised Land” is available. “Breakthrough” does not mean challenges disappear and that there is no more opposition. Forget “Breakthrough” (as) meaning things are unopposed. Rather it is the realization that the enemy/opposition has been softened and is in a very beatable posture if you will rise up in faith, vision and courage- like 85 year-old Caleb did in Joshua 14:12, when he demanded he be given the land of the sons of Anak (giants). His “breakthrough” consisted not in avoiding a conflict, but in volunteering for a ground-taking battle- that he then easily won. “Breakthrough” is the name of your courage.
After I prayed this over our partners, the Lord brought a scripture to mind that my mom had shared with me. It is found in Proverbs 24:10 and it says; If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
He then reminded me of something Kelita had said to me continually that week. Each time a challenge would come for either of us, her response to me was…keep moving, just keep moving forward.
All night long those words from Kelita, the prophetic word from Johnny Enlow and the scripture rolled over and over in my mind and in my spirit. I felt the Lord was saying, “They are all connected.” I read and re-read and meditated on each of them, but I just wasn’t seeing the connection clearly.
The next day I began to study the words in the scripture, one at a time. Let me share with you what I found.
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
1. “Faint” means to let drop, slack off, abandon, let up or be quiet.
2. “Day” means temporary and hot.
3. “Adversity” means a narrow, tight place, a place of darkness or a place of being harassed.
4. “Strength” means human strength and the power of God within you.
I sat at my desk, pondering each of these words, but still not fully understanding. I knew God was asking me, “Do you know what this scripture means?” And I thought I did. I thought it meant, if you give up when things get hard it is because you have no strength.
Oh, how wrong I was!
The word “strength, “just didn’t feel right and I knew I had to dig deeper to find my answer. Therefore I called a minister friend who digs in the word of God more than anyone else I know. I shared my thoughts with him and asked, “Do you have any more insight into this scripture?”
He was kind enough to stop what he was doing and conducted a word search utilizing research software which was far beyond what I had access to. He began to share with me what he had found. Suddenly, the dots connected for me and I knew what God was saying! It was about the word “strength.”
You see, as we dug a little deeper, I found the word “strength” means to be distressed, tied up, bound up, with no freedom or liberty.
Now, let’s put those definitions together so we can look at what God is saying. “If we back off, stop moving forward, stop speaking the word, or let up, in the day of adversity, the day of a narrow, tight place, a dark place, when the enemy comes in to harass and discourage us, then the enemy has a right to come in and bind us up. If we let up, he will come in and we will be bound up, not only our physical strength, but also the strength of God that is at work in us.”
And if that happens, we will miss our breakthrough as we will be unable to move forward!
Oh my word! In the day of adversity, in the temporary, narrow place, where we are being harassed by the enemy …WE CANNOT STOP…WE CANNOT LET UP…WE CANNOT STOP DECLARING THE WORD, WE CANNOT STOP WORSHIPPING GOD. For it is in that place, that the enemy is watching and waiting for an opening to allow him to come in and stop our breakthrough.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4, ‘give no place to the devil.’ It is in this narrow place that it is more important than ever to refuse to give place to the enemy.
It is imperative that we do not stop! If we will continue moving, continue going forward in strength, God has promised that we will have our breakthrough. The key is that we don’t stop.
If you now find yourself battling in a “day of adversity,” don’t let anything stop you from pressing in and continuing to move forward. Be like Caleb and recognize that while you may be in a battle, God has empowered you to move through it and past it for it is actually a time of weakened resistance from the enemy. If you will move ahead during the adversity, you CAN and WILL take the land.
Remember, the day of adversity is a temporary place. You can walk right through it and see your breakthrough as long as you don’t get stuck and quit in the middle.
Let me encourage you today, this is not the time to quit or even slack off. It is the time to press in further and with more determination than ever and take your ground. God’s strength is in you and nothing, NOTHING can stand against that.
There is only one way you can lose and that is if you quit or slack off.
Declare with me today:
• In the day of adversity, my strength is in you, God.
• In the day of adversity, I will remember that this too shall pass and I stand firm and declare, “My heart is steadfast God. My heart is steadfast.”
• In the day of adversity, I will remain immovable.
• I will continue to declare God’s Word regardless of what I see, hear or feel.
• I will move forward based on the Word of God alone.
• In the day of adversity, WE SHALL SEE VICTORY!