The Honor of War

We came into our weekly Wednesday gathering called Roaring Lions Intercession.  For those not familiar, it is a meeting where we spend 45 minutes praying (warring) in the spirit, spending the last 15 minutes releasing revelation and decrees we received from the LORD.

Tonight, the spirit of heaviness was present in the atmosphere as people were missing our papa, Dr. Don Lynch, who was now in heaven, roaring with the Cloud of Witnesses.  The mourning process of missing him was still taking place, and people had heavy hearts.  Getting airborne with a heavy soul is a skill that takes mastery through training as a warrior.  

Every week God does something different through our intercession.  It’s always a mystery to know what we would be praying out; what we would be birthing.

Our leader, a spiritual daughter of Dr. Don, walked up to the front with the mic.  The music was playing, setting the tone for the intercession.  When she began to speak, I felt my spirit quicken and stand to attention, as if we were soldiers being called into formation.  Her voice was serious and deliberate, as if she was releasing a pre-mission brief to get us prepared for what we would be facing. The pressure to rise up into greater levels of maturity was present. It was no time for kid games.

As a prophet, she already had a sense of what we would be walking into, and as a good leader, she started spiritually and mentally preparing us for what we would need to do to get the victory.  We had to get out of our soul and into our spirit.  With her authority in her assignment, she started to bind up any work of the enemy that would limit our efficacy in battle.  She let us know we would be warring for territory, and we would be warring to take back what had been stolen from us.  

It was a Ziklag kind of moment, where the “soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and daughters.  But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God . . . . So David inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop?  Shall I overtake them?”  And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”  1 Samuel 30:6-8

Dr. Don Lynch wrote about this powerful moment in scripture in his book, “Blacksmith Shops of Ziklag.”  He was a spiritual papa that trained and prepared us all to fight with the heart of David, a man after God’s heart who was willing to get God what He wanted.

So our leader, put into a position of authority, spoke the words that would rouse us all into our positions as warriors.  

“We were trained and prepared for this!  We are headed to a higher level of intercession, and we are going to take back what was stolen!”  

In the spirit, I saw a giant eagle grab us by the shoulders and pull us up up up into the spirit, so high I couldn’t see the ground.

As we entered into prayer, I heard our voices rising into oneness like a cacophony of thunder rolling through the atmosphere.  Fire entered into the room and the roar of swords clanging and battle raging filled the place from wall to wall, floor to ceiling.  

In our weakness, we surrendered to HIM and He made us strong in battle – our voices like a crescendo of fire power against an unseen, but acutely perceived enemy.  

We warred and warred and warred, receiving revelation about what we were fighting in the spirit.  We pressed in, pushing the pace and raising the intensity for what was needed to win.  Eventually, there was a shift.  The battle came to a lull and the room was quiet as we were each sensing and perceiving what Holy Spirit was doing.  Then I heard the clear, clarion voice of our leader announce, “Don’t stop, we are taking a turn.”

At the sound of her leadership, my spirit responded, and I felt the acceleration and pick-up as we were making the turn.  Our voices picked up yet again with a different sound this time.  While we were warring against the works of hell before, now it felt as if we were birthing God’s promises to fill in the empty places where we had evicted the enemy.

We flowed and flowed together in oneness.  Like Elijah atop Mt Carmel, bent down to the ground (1 Kings 18:42) we began producing sounds of labor as we pushed, pushed, pushed out the promises of God.  

We began to get close to the end.  We began to get weary.  And right on time, our precious leader spoke again, “Don’t stop!  There’s an afterbirth!”  

In a final push, we rose yet again, running and contending in a final kick to the finish line.  We were tired, but our leader was pushing us toward a strong finish, her voice like an echo of our spiritual father.  I recalled the Give Him 15 post from 2.22.22, where Dutch Sheets had done a video honoring Dr. Don Lynch with a video of him declaring, “Finish this!  Finish this!  Finish this!”  

Our intercession leader wasn’t trying to sound like Dr. Don, but she was carrying her own mantle of authority, and her sound echoed the tenacity, grit, and fortitude that he had trained us to carry.  We were overcomers.  Finishers.  It didn’t matter how much our souls missed him, God had given us an assignment, and she was faithful and obedient to lead us toward that finish!

At the end, we released our declarations and decrees, and when our intercession was complete, a thick peace hung in the atmosphere like an afterglow.  I recalled a moment I had shared with my spiritual father, Dr. Joshua Todd, after a particularly powerful gathering where he had described a similar atmosphere.  “This is what it feels like when you get God what He wants.”  

As I drove home that night, I thought about the battle.  I felt God’s heart, like a proud Father, pleased with his children for completing the assignment.  I imagined Dr. Don Lynch in the Cloud of Witnesses, seeing his spiritual children down below honoring him the best way we knew how: by overcoming and finishing.

There’s no doubt in my mind that we had an overwhelming, overcoming victory. 

As Dr. Don Lynch says, “We war and we win!”

Beauty in the Gap

The picture from this post is called Beauty in the Gap. Ezekiel 22:30 says, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” The rose represents the beauty of the intercessors rising up and taking their place in the gap, standing at the point of conflict between the Kingdom of Light clashes and the Kingdom of Darkness. Prints will be made available at my ETSY Shop.

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