began / tuesday 25‘08‘09
What initiated this 40 Day Devotional is the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18-19. God sustained him by feeding and nurturing him for 40 Days after Jezebel pushed him from his gate of triumph. The Lord revived him, spoke to him again, and then renewed his mission. I believe the Body of Christ is entering a 40 day window to get back on track in areas where the enemy has waylaid or caused us to be knocked back after we have gained ground. This is a time to get repositioned to enter the season ahead so we can overcome the enemy and advance. This is a time to sing forth in the midst of the enemy’s strategy to take your inheritance and watch our Lord and His hosts rise up for battle.
RIDING THE WIND of REVELATION!
Robert Heidler and I have been teaching on the winds of God. After this week, you can purchase the complete series. We have been in a “Whirlwind Season.” Many of you have felt the effects of the winds of change all around you. Some of you have remained spiritual and strong. Others have experienced these whirlwinds in a tangible, physical way, and they have tossed you to and fro. These 40 days are to help get our emotions stable, our hearing accurate again, and our focus established for the next season ahead. Remember, whatever wind you have experienced, whether adverse or calm, the Lord wants to use that wind to get you to a new place!
Let’s begin this 40 Days with a heart of blessing. Bless God for all you have experienced in this season. Since you are still here, He wants to use every experience to define you. Now is the time that we must CATCH ANOTHER WIND! Do not fear the wind and the waves during this time. You are already beyond a halfway point – do not go back, but press on to the other side! You will reach the other side.
However, look for the Lord to come to you in some unusual ways. Learn the word: “COME!” Jesus is going to teach us how to move forward on the waves of change around us. When He told Peter to get out of the boat and “Come,” Peter’s faith became buoyant. He was fine until he looked at his circumstances. This year when you hear the word “come,” remember to keep moving and do not look at everything around you. Expect the Lord to move on your behalf.
A Day to Bless the Lord
So many times we want to enter a new season without blessing God for the last season – the good, the bad and the ugly. To bless is to salute, congratulate, thank, praise, or kneel down. To bless someone, you would kneel, and then speak forth and release an adoration or eulogy. Before you enter into this next season, spend a day doing that to the Lord. This will cause the Lord to bless you and grant you favor for the next season. Make a list of defining situations of the past season, and then bless the Lord that He has sustained you in the midst of these situations. Watch Him as He completes one season and opens up another. Sing a song to Him, wave your hands before Him, and let Him know that you love and trust Him with your future.
Meditate on Psalm 34:1, Psalm 103:1-3, Psalm 115:13, James 3:9, and Psalm 145:1-2.
Read 1 Kings 17-19, and Matthew 14.
Memorize Philippians 4:12-14. (Memorization is not simply recalling a scripture word for word, but the ability to speak forth the concept of what you have processed in your mind.)
Look carefully at the emotional shaking in the life of Elijah as a model for you today! You will gain a good perspective at this time if you will look and meditate on the scriptures at the end of 1 Kings 18 and the beginning of 1 Kings 19. Elijah had gained a great victory after 3 1/2 years of battling the demonic structure holding Israel from its future. He had exercised the spiritual authority that God had granted him to block any rain from coming on the land of Israel. This would cause those operating under the influence of the Baal structure of worship to take notice that God was the God of Israel and greater than any demonic force. He then confronted the prophets of this system and triumphed.
Elijah recognized the timing for “the word of the Lord” to come into Israel’s atmosphere. Similarly, we must recognize our time of change. This can lead us into intense intercession. Some of you know that change is “NOW” for your family, vocation and business, city and nation. In this passage we see that Elijah interceded and brought the word of the Lord from the heavenlies into earth’s atmosphere. He had run faster than the present ruling force and gained his authority at the gates of the city. He had overthrown the supporting structure of the ruling force of influence in the nation.
However, there came a time that he needed to face the strongman that was holding the spoils of Israel captive. There also comes a time when you must face the structure that is holding back your blessings. In Elijah’s case, this happened to be Jezebel.
He had even gained the position of being “At the Gate”. But instead of standing and waiting for the Lord to back him at the gates of the city (representing who will rule in the future), he lost his footing and got knocked out of his abiding place! Jezebel threatened his life and devoted herself to the demonic forces to overtake him. He “SAW” the battle ahead and the spiritual forces that were backing Jezebel, and chose to run!
The next few days, we will deal with words and emotions that cause us to move from our next place of victory. I am declaring that you will stand fast and triumph in the assignments you have been given. You are on the verge of victory. Stand and watch the Spirit of God give you new strength. Do not lose ground now and do not let the waves and winds of your circumstances knock you out of your abiding place!
This is a time to receive a new anointing. The anointing will break the yoke! Forget your past times of abandonment. Do not think that you have been forsaken. This is a time to deal with hardships, trials, and tribulations by receiving the anointing. Let the pain from your past subside and be used to bring a metamorphosis, or transformation, so you are reflecting fully God’s plan for your life. Let your soul be purged of past trauma. Begin to use your word and prophecies to war against the enemy’s plan to stop or block your way. Do not hesitate to yell at the enemy and proclaim that the Lord will satisfy you with benefits (Ps. 103).
Meditate on Psalm 46
Read 1 Kings 19 (again)
Memorize Matthew 12:29: “Or how can a person go into a strong man’s house and carry off his goods (the entire equipment of his house) without first binding the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” (AMP)
I have been asked, “Why 40 Days?” The first pattern in the Word we find for the concept of “40” is with the Great Flood when the Lord released rain for 40 days and nights. After Elijah legislated the heavens and declared that there would be no rain, you find him at the Brook Cherith for 40 days being fed by ravens. This was a supply issue as well as God’s way to reveal the timing of change. When the brook dried up, Elijah had to shift. He was instructed to find a widow who would sustain him for the remainder of his intercessory call.
As I discussed yesterday, when Elijah ran, he was emotionally and physically exhausted. 1 Kings 19:5-9 says, “As he lay asleep under the broom or juniper tree, behold, an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Arise and eat.’ He looked, and behold, there was a cake baked on the coals, and a bottle of water at his head. And he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came the second time and touched him and said, ‘Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.’ So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and nights to Horeb, the mount of God. There he came to a cave and lodged in it; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” (AMP)
So the angel visited him a second time and brought new food to him because he had a 40 day journey ahead until he could hear clearly again. That is what these devotions are about: getting you revamped and positioned in the next 40 days so you can hear clearly for the 10 year season ahead. May you gain a new strength today so you can make the journey ahead of you. Forty (40) is linked with developing a new overcoming testimony in the earth realm. We will look at Jesus’ 40 day assignment tomorrow.
Allow new strength to arise today! Be STRONG! Strength means the ability to withstand your next attack. Let the Lord complete and fulfill various issues in your life where you have been waiting for a manifestation. May you lack nothing. End or conclude this season and your projects with victory! Ask for all the supply that you need to finish strong! Declare that God’s healing grace will bathe all of your wounds and you will be healed so you can make the journey ahead. Let Him revive you! Break every death wish you have made against yourself because you felt you failed. Stop and allow your spiritual exhaustion to be turned back to life. Break the power of casualty covenants you have made with the enemy. Just as the enemy spoke to Elijah and he agreed with Jezebel’s words and ran, reverse the power of words that knocked you out of your place of joy and victory. Stand up, raise your hands, and receive a new wind of strength. Let the wind blow! Expect the Spirit of God to speak to you in a new way. Declare that you will prosper. RECEIVE a new measure of strength and authority. Let His love overtake you. Allow faith to increase. Let a new wind blow upon you. Do not fear your next attack, for the Lord is releasing strength NOW!
Read Genesis 6-7, Ephesians 6, and 2 Peter 2.
Meditate on Isaiah 40:25-31.
Prophet Chuck D. Pierce