I sat at my desk, reading an email I had just received from a friend who was traveling for ministry work.
Upon reading, I realized it was actually a prayer request. Due to the many attacks taking place at the time of her travels, she was requesting prayer.
As I read down the list of attacks shared in her email, the spirit of God rose up within me and said to me, “Tell her to rejoice and be exceedingly glad. The little foxes only come once harvest has begun. Tell her to rejoice for she is standing in the midst of her harvest.”
Oh my, if we could always see through the eyes of the Father, our God!
His perspective is so different from ours. What we see as attacks, He sees as signs that we have entered into the fields of harvest. Isn’t that a wonderful viewpoint?!
As I have said many times this year, harvest is here! It’s not time to slack off or sit down, nor is it time to relax your sword, which is the Word of God.
Over the past thirty years I have been reminded over and over again of something a wise woman once told me. She said, “When breakthrough begins, do not lay down your sword.” Those words have kept me in a proper position of faith more times than I can count.
Remember Shammah in 2 Samuel 23:12? The Bible says, “But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field, defended it, and struck down the Philistines. So, the LORD brought about a great victory.…”
He refused to lay down his sword. He stood in the very midst of his harvest field and fought. He would not let go of the harvest that God said was his. Ultimately, the Word of God says God wrought a great victory that day.
God desires the same for you and I in this season. A great victory! However, we must stay in our harvest field, sword in hand, and fight for what belongs to us.
I was recently reminded of a conversation I once had with Pastor Dave Roberson, from Tulsa. I went to him with a question. “Pastor Dave, every time I pray in the spirit for a long period of time, I get horrible headaches. And every time I fast and pray, it seems to bring on attack after attack.”
Pastor Dave simply laughed that little laugh he has and replied, “Wonder what the devil is so afraid of?”
I am thinking the same thing this week – when myself and many of my friends are experiencing battle after battle – I can’t help but wonder – what is the enemy so afraid of. What does he see on the other side of these battles that we have yet to see? It must be an enormous victory.
The thief comes after the Word of God has been sown. The foxes come to spoil the harvest after it has begun. (Song of Solomon 2:15)
The devil comes to bring attacks after you are pressing in. It seems there is a pattern here. The attacks actually come when you are getting somewhere or when the harvest or time of visitation has come. That truth alone should cause us to rejoice and be exceedingly glad, don’t you think?
If you are one of those who are experiencing attack after attack, take heart! Ask God to reveal His perspective.
Remember in the book of 2 Kings 6, Elisha and his servant were literally surrounded by the enemy. The servant was afraid, but Elisha stood firm in faith. Elisha asked God to show the servant what was going on from God’s perspective. God opened the servants’ eyes, as Elisha declared, “Do not be afraid, there is more with us than there is with them.”
I propose it is the same with you today. Regardless of what you can see with your natural eye, God has not left you. He is with you. And perhaps, just perhaps, you are standing in the midst of your harvest field. If so, do not move and do not lay down your sword. As you continue to trust in God, He will bring great victory!
Today, I ask God to open your spiritual eyes so that you can see from His perspective. I also ask Him to help you realize, there are more with you than you know, for that my friend, is truth. Now, remain in your harvest field, sword in hand and defend what is yours.
Meditate on this!
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.’ John 4:35