“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
I recently started watching a series on World War II bomber pilots and crews as they fought against the German strongholds in Europe. As I was watching a particular mission set on target that would eliminate a factory that would damage the supply chain of the enemy, I was in awe of this generation of young men who risked their lives, flying into danger to hit a target with a payload of power.
They flew for hours towards their mission. Upon getting closer to the place where the bombs were to be released, they experienced the threat of the 88mm German cannons or “Flak” guns that exploded in the air shredding the body of the bomber planes and at times pilots and crews with sharp metal. If the cannons stopped that meant the German fighter planes were close by getting ready to tear through the formations of the bombers with their fire power. In war, each side does what it needs to do to keep the strongholds in place. The flying war machines were going into enemy territory and experience resistance. That was a fact.
The key to the success of the missions were planning and execution. The decisions from the pilots in the middle of taking fire from the fighters and canons to keep going toward the target to drop the bombs was crucial. Of course, not every plane would make it, but those who got through the resistance would reach the location for the ammunition to take its effect. Bombs away! Target hit! With a consistent pounding, the bombs would hit their assigned target and the enemy would suffer the casualties on the ground and interruption to their infrastructure.
One morning I was reflecting in my prayer time about a battle I had been experiencing. It seemed like the enemy had a “strong” hold on the situation and no matter how much time was spent in counseling, consulting, teamwork and of course prayer, something was being missed. I was sharing this burden with a few others as we worked together to help solve the situation. No matter what we did, it just did not seem to get better. Then God reminded me of the bombers and the missions. He pointed to the cannons and the fighter planes and spoke this phrase to my heart. “Put it on blast!” I knew what He was saying. He was speaking to the proclamation of His Word over the situation. Not once, not twice, but a pounding over the target that would produce His results.
Here are questions to consider. What are you speaking over your target? If it is a stronghold, do you try to ignore it and hope it goes away? Do you simply give up and think it is hopeless and nothing will change? Are you tired of being lit up by the bombardment of spiritual, mental and emotional cannon fire so you turn around and look for a softer target? OR… Do you take the mission and instead of allowing the negative to have the authority, you take back the authority by proclaiming what God says about the situation?
God was giving me instruction to share with others to begin to change the vocabulary and the approach. Stop coddling and counseling and begin to proclaim, encourage, speak truth and each time you do, it is like spiritual bombs hitting and softening the target allowing a place for God’s Word, His seed of truth to take root. When we do, we are allowing the words of my mouth and the meditation of our heart be pleasing to the Lord. (Psalm 19:14 ) We are acknowledging His truth, His power, His very words spoken to go forth and accomplish what they were sent into this world to do.
His Word is living and active the writer of Hebrews declares. His Word goes forth and heals our diseases and destructions according to Psalm 107. When hearing God’s Word, it gives faith as Paul writes in Romans 10. God’s Word goes forth into the darkness and gives light as the gospel of John declares.
Look in the Bible and you will find more about the power of sending God’s Word into your situation. When we pray, we are to declare what God says. When we encourage others, we are to speak over them what God says. When we give counsel, we do so after hearing a word from God. When we do this, we together with others take on the mission of tearing down strongholds. We simply drop what we used to call back in the day, “Truth Bombs” on the situations that seem to be impossible. Allow God to give you “Drop the Mic” moments in warfare.
When you declare His Word, you are providing the atmosphere for faith to take root and arise. When this happens, then you begin to disrupt the supply chains of the enemy that fortifies the powerful hold on people, finances, problems. The more you speak truth, the more you will see God’s Word accomplish what it was sent into this world, your situation to do.