We cannot fight today’s battles with yesterday’s victories. Each day is a new challenge, and we need life-sustaining infusions of the blood of Jesus to empower us for the battles that lie ahead.
Strategy is also defined as “having a stratagem,” which is “a scheme or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.” Dear one, the enemy has deceived us long enough. Yes, he is the master schemer, but can you agree with me that it is time to be wise as serpents and gain strategies to deceive him and thwart his plans? Heavenly strategies help us outthink and outsmart the devil.
Isaiah Gained Strategy in the Throne Room
The prophet Isaiah received strategies from heaven’s throne. In Isaiah 6, the prophet describes how he found himself before God’s throne and what occurred there. Through this account, we learn several things about approaching the throne.
First, King Uzziah had to die before the prophet could fully witness God’s glory. Isaiah experienced the death of “an old thing” and in that same season was finally able to see the “Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted” (Isaiah 6:1). Wow! Imagine that.
What has to die in us before we are able to embrace a throne room experience, to gain further understanding of God’s glory and receive our inheritance? I used to believe that God wanted to strip me of all my dreams in order to test my heart and faithfulness toward Him. I now realize that God wants to bless me. He is always ready to resurrect our dreams—especially those that were stolen due to pain or trauma. I believe with my entire heart that God wants to fulfill our desires, but to do so His way. In other words, if we attempt to fulfill our destiny in Christ through our own methods—that is, control, manipulation, selfish gain—God will put His finger on it and then we have to die to our own manipulative measures.
Death to an old season is difficult. And, yes, it is necessary to let go of the past in order to move forward into our destiny. King Uzziah had to die before Isaiah could see the Lord. I believe that this, to a degree, resembled death to an old governmental structure. Old “kings” (I also refer to these as “strongholds”) of our lives and their governmental control have to die for us fully to embrace God’s government in our lives.
This does not mean that we should take up a martyr syndrome. On the contrary, we are in a season in which to shift out from legalism and limited thinking. You may be wondering what limited thinking is. Limited thinking is “any type of belief systems that short-circuits our ability to hear God and move forward with faith.” Many times we have to let the old thing die so we can receive His life. Only then are we really able to see God high and lifted up—above our situations and circumstances.
Isaiah shifted into a new place full of God’s glory. He witnessed throne-room life. Thrones are where kings sit, right? And, since Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, and since we are seated with Christ in heavenly places—well, guess what: You are royalty!
Now, who would ever want to leave a place like that? Most of us would like to bring our sleeping bags and camp there a while. Take a moment and read Isaiah 6. Imagine observing the angels crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty.” Witnessing this glory and the doorposts moving at His voice would cause us, like Isaiah, to be totally awestruck.
But, oh! My goodness, what about that angel with tongs and the hot coal? He touched it to Isaiah’s lips—how painful that must have been. Was God punishing Isaiah? Had Isaiah “hung out” too long with an old king (a particular season or perhaps a stronghold)? No. God Himself was purifying Isaiah. I love how God’s grace simply takes over any time we need help.
The angel declared, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven” (Isaiah 6:7, NLT). Isaiah had to be cleansed from impure thoughts, sins and iniquity before he could approach the throne and be given strategies to proceed into his destiny. God, in His mercy and goodness, prepared him for the ministry ahead.
After Isaiah was cleansed, he heard the voice of the Lord saying, “‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And [he] said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8). So the Lord sent him, complete with fresh strategies to move mountains and change governments.
So let’s review. In order to receive direction for his life, Isaiah first had to move past the death of an old thing, to visit the Lord in His throne room, to witness His glory and to be cleansed from impure thoughts, sins and iniquity. Isaiah desired to be sent forth, but his sending only happened because the other steps had been accomplished first.
Are we willing to move past a season and serve the Lord in a fresh way? Or will we shut our mouths, roll up our sleeping gear and run for dear life? We cannot allow past guilt, disappointments, despair, fear or trauma to keep us from approaching the throne of God for a fresh touch and a fresh cleansing of Jesus’ precious blood. Holiness comes from being righteous in Christ. Remind yourself of that daily. Say to yourself now,
I am righteous in Christ Jesus; therefore, He lives in me. I have prepared for Him a holy tabernacle. Today I am cleansed and holy and prepared for His service. I am royalty and I shall possess my full inheritance through Christ Jesus.
Isaiah was sent out from the throne room with God’s power and authority. He knew who he was—he was God’s messenger. This prophet had a fresh strategy, fresh empowerment and fresh direction after his throne room experience. Isaiah was “sent” from the throne room to reform political and social wrongs, to confront witches and soothsayers, to challenge the wealthy and to denounce ungodly kings. He also foretold the birth of the Messiah and gave specific prophetic instruction to the godly kings. Now, that is what I call heavenly strategy!
We are living in an apostolic age. The word apostle means “sent one.” Like Isaiah, our authority in the spirit realm is given to us because we are sent out with authority.
There are some differences, however. The strategies Isaiah received were somewhat different from warfare strategies we might receive from the Lord today. Isaiah gave prophetic demonstrations, such as going barefoot for three years and wearing only a loincloth (see Isaiah 20:2–6). He was instructed to do this during a time in biblical history when society measured status by meticulous dress codes.
Today status is measured in similar ways, but a prophet who wore only a loincloth would most likely be arrested for indecent exposure! We must hear God’s instruction for our time today, not times past, and in order to hear Him clearly, we, like Isaiah, must be positioned at His throne.
A New Door Has Opened
The throne room awaits us. We are children of the King, and He bids us enter. It is in that place that we will learn to walk in the power of the blood and embrace our royal inheritance.
Are you ready to receive specific direction from the throne of God? The Lord is inviting you to come up to a new level, a new dimension, because He wants to help you move out of past difficulties and receive fresh strategies for a new season of life. His voice is as a trumpet sounding forth.
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:1–2
By Sandie Freed