I am tucked away in a lodge outside of Bend, Oregon on a
writing retreat. For the last three days
I have been assembling and editing my personal God-experiences and testimonies,
an exercise I have been encouraged by the Lord to do over the last two years.
For three days I have been reading again the personal words,
testimonies and stories of God’s interaction with me over my lifetime. Revisiting these words and their accompanying
testimonies has overwhelmed me with the faithfulness and presence of God.
One morning on this writing retreat, the Lord awakened me
before sunrise to sit and pray in front of the fireplace. As the flames danced before me in the early
morning darkness, the Lord began to speak. “Have
My people assemble their testimonies about Me and begin to declare them into
their approaching future.”
As I heard this instruction from the Lord, I immediately saw
an image. It was an image of an advancing
army of believers. The weapons they carried were not rifles or spears. They
carried testimony. As they advanced declaring
their individual testimonies, the enemy strongholds embedded in their future were
being destroyed by the power of their words.
I saw these followers of Jesus holding simple sheets of
paper before their faces reading the words of their testimonies as they walked
forward. The words went out with such
force that they struck the waiting armies of darkness like powerful exploding rockets. I saw entire encampments of demonic forces explode
and come apart from the impact of these words of testimony.
The release of the miraculous power that was now present was
the same power that created the testimony in the first place. It was now being released again with the same
force into the future. The anointing that empowered the original testimonies
was now fully present in these future battles.
In this vision, I was reminded that as we speak words of
testimony into our approaching future, words that define and proclaim God’s
faithfulness in our past, the weapons formed against us that wait in our future
will be destroyed. Lies attached to a foreboding image of our future will lose
their ability to prosper.
Like Joshua and the people of Israel, everything God had
promised came to pass. God had promised that Israel would have victory and
rest, possessing and dwelling in a land of promise.
Joshua 21:45 says, “Not
a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of
Israel. All came to pass.” This confidence in God to fulfill what He
promised was repeated by Joshua at the end of his life in his farewell
address. Joshua repeated these same
words, declaring his personal testimony and reminding the people, “…not one thing has failed of all the good
things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for
you; not one word of them has failed.” (23:14)
We can rise up in the same confidence Joshua possessed and
declare our testimony. Today, assemble
the words of God’s faithfulness from your past and begin to speak them into
your future. We were not given these
testimonies to remember them only as documents of history. These words have been given to us as supernatural
weapons to send out into our approaching future.
As the power of our testimony is released, we will arrive on
future battlefields and find the enemy lying in ruins upon our arrival. These
will be places of victory where the only weapon discharged will have been words
of faith spoken in a personal testimony of God’s faithfulness.