What is Spiritual Mapping?

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What is Spiritual Mapping?

 “It is an attempt to see our region as it really is and not as it appears to be. It is the discipline of diagnosing the obstacles to revival in a given community through fervent prayer and diligent research.” (George Otis Jr.)

Cindy Jacobs says that it is the researching of a city to discern any inroads Satan has made which prevent the spread of the gospel and its evangelization for Christ.

Victor Lorenzo says that spiritual mapping combines research, divine revelation, and confirmatory evidence in order to provide complete and exact data concerning the identity, strategies and methods employed by spiritual forces of darkness to influence the people and the churches in a given region.

Harold Caballeros says that, “what an X-ray is to a physician, spiritual mapping is to intercessors.”

Modern spiritual mapping involves following Holy Spirit who reveals the roots of darkness which are holding back God’s kingdom of light. When Holy Spirit reveals what we need to repent for, declare, bind and loose, which prophetic acts need to take place, what light to bring in, what redemptive gifts need to be strengthened in the spirit, etc., and we follow through, then the Church grows, people are eager to be saved, healed, delivered, grow and hear from God and they come willingly and easily. Spiritual mapping can involve transformation of the family, a church, a city, a business or a region. And it always involves prophetic or transformational intercession. (Melissa Nordell)

Some promoters of spiritual mapping identify three levels of warfare:

  1. “Ground-level” warfare, which involves casting demons out of individuals, repentance, prophetic acts, etc.
  2. “Occult-level” warfare, which tackles more organized spiritual wickedness and witchcraft (the most dangerous aspect)
  3. “Strategic-level” warfare, which directly battles the “territorial spirits” (rulers of darkness and principalities), larger demons and demonic structures. Territorial spirits are thought to answer directly to satan and are responsible for coordinating all demonic activities within their sphere of influence.

 

Eph 6:11-12 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Lev 18:27 “”All these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled.”

Ezek 36:18 “So I poured out my wrath on them because they had shed blood in the land and because they had defiled it with their idols.”

2 Chron 7:13-15 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

Gen 1:28 “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “’Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”’

Isa 58 – read the whole chapter

Num 35:33-34: “This will ensure that the land where you live will not be polluted, for murder pollutes the land. And no sacrifice except the execution of the murderer can purify the land from murder.You must not defile the land where you live, for I live there myself. I am the Lord, who lives among the people of Israel.”

Lev 19:33-34: “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land. Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” (mistreatment of foreigners)

 

(copyright 2019 SPCM Melissa Nordell)

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Sample Staking Scriptures

 

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A sample of tent stakes used for “staking”

 

Sample staking scriptures to put on stakes

(Use sharpies or other permanent marker to mark the scripture names and numbers that you choose on large tent pegs or large nails; pray over them and anoint with oil; then drive them into at least the 4 corners of the property; place anointing oil on the whole perimeter as you walk, praying in tongues and declaring His Word)

 

  1. Isa 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”
  2. Isa 65:16 “Whoever invokes a blessing in the landwill do so by the one true God; whoever takes an oath in the land will swear by the one true God. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes.”
  3. Deut 15:4 “However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lordyour God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you”
  4. Deut 28:8 “The Lordwill send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you”
  5. Deut 28:12 “The Lordwill open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.”
  6. Ps 67:6 “The land yields its harvest;God, our God, blesses us”

 

The following scriptures are specifically to stop Jezebel and Witchcraft:

  1. Isa 47
  2. Rev 22:14-17 “Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star. The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”
  3. Lev 20:6-8 “I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will cut them off from the community.So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy.”
  4. Ps 143: 11-12 “For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
    Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.In your unfailing love, silence all my enemiesand destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”
  5. Micah 5:12 “I will put an end to all witchcraft,and there will be no more fortune-tellers.”
  6. Rev 2: 26-28 “To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations.They will rule the nations with an iron rodand smash them like clay pots. They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!”

 

(copyright 2019 SPCM Melissa Nordell)

 

 

Staking and Anointing the Land & Buildings

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A sample of 8-inch nails used for “staking”

Staking and Anointing     by Melissa Nordell

What is “staking”?

We “stake” the land, whether we own the property or not, which is our dwelling, church, ministry or business for reasons below. We also must anoint the outside and inside of these structures, dedicating them to the Lord.

KJV Dictionary definition of staking (verb) = “To fasten, support or defend with stakes; to mark the limits by stakes, without as to stake out land; to stake out a new road, or the ground for a canal.” or “That which is pledged and wagered; that which is set, thrown down or laid, to abide the issue of a contest, to be gained by victory or lost by defeat.”

Since the devil is defeated by Jesus’ shed Blood, we have the right and obligation to take authority in the spirit realm over the land, dispelling darkness and bringing His light.

 

Reasons for staking the land:

  1. To rid the land of evil spirits. To take the land back from the enemy. Num 33:52: “Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:”
  2. We are taking our territory, saying we possess it; and no one can take it. Num 33:53: “You are to take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.…”
  3. We are decreeing that this land belongs to the one true and only God
  4. It brings protection and safety, as you are anointing the land and pleading the Blood of Jesus over it
  5. God gave the land to us and we are to take care of it. Josh 1:3 “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”
  6. We are dedicating it to Him
  7. This puts a blessing on the land. Deut 28:8: “The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.”

 

How to do staking:

Buy 6-10 inch large nails or tent stakes that can be firmly hammered into the 4 corners of the land you will stake. Use a permanent marker and write the scripture name/number that you choose on the stakes – as many as you wish. Then anoint each stake with oil and pray over them, declaring that these stakes will protect the people inside, keep darkness outside, etc. Declare the scriptures out loud that you have written on the stakes, saying that these scriptures are permanently imbedded into this land for God. Then hammer one stake into each of the 4 corners of the property as far down into the ground as you can so that they are not pulled out or caught in a lawnmower. For sample scriptures, see my blog “Sample Staking Scriptures”.

 

Anointing a building

Always anoint all entrances when moving into a new house, apartment, building or church; then periodically, since people come in and out.

Pray over your oil, then anoint the doorposts and windows with the oil (sparingly so as not to mar surfaces), like the children of Israel did, signifying the Blood of Jesus. Every door and window should be anointed. Anoint your house, church or business after staking the land. It is best done with more than one person, in agreement (Matt 18:19). Read the scriptures out loud, intercede or worship when you do this. Anoint inside and outside. Keep your spirit alert to hear from the Lord during the process – He may tell you roots of history on the land that need repentance or deliverance, sin of previous dwellers, etc., or He may alert you to anoint certain other places as He leads. Many people anoint a hotel room when traveling as well.

Ex 12 is the story of the Israelites anointing the doorposts with blood so the angel of the Lord passed by them and did not kill their children, meaning protection.

Ex 40:9-11 is God’s instructions for anointing the Tabernacle. He said to anoint the Tabernacle and we must do this periodically.

 

The Jewish Mezuzah always includes Deut 11:13-21 (‘“If you carefully obey the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul,  then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil.  He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat. But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods. If you do, the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is giving you. So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”) and Deut 6:4-9 (“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”) and is placed on doorposts of Jewish homes. We now have Holy Spirit and Jesus in us and use anointing oil that has been prayed over, thereby using His authority.

 

Why and how can we do this? Why do we have this power?

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”

Eph 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

And we can always judge by the fruit of what we do. (Matt 7:16)

 

(copyright 2019 SPCM Melissa Nordell)

15 Good Characteristics of a Humble Intercessor

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15 Good Characteristics of a Humble Intercessor    by Melissa Nordell

  • You are teachable and you can be corrected (Heb 12:6; Prov 15:31; 1 Pet 2:23; Prov 13:18 and Prov 12:1)
  • You are eager to learn and grow (Prov 9:9)
  • You rejoice when others are celebrated (Luke 15 The Prodigal Son; Jonah 4 Jonah and Nineveh – the prodigal brother and Jonah did not rejoice in other’s change for the good)
  • No job is too small for you with God (Mark 10:27)
  • You don’t have to be right (Matt 5:9; 1 Cor 13:5)
  • You naturally seek the wisdom of others and God (James 1:5; Eph 1:17; Prov 1:7)
  • You actually DO pray/intercede (1Thess 5:17)
  • You freely, readily admit your flaws, mistakes, and failures; but don’t focus on your shortcomings and the shortcomings of others (2 Cor 5:17; 2 Cor 7:10; Matt 7:1)
  • You live to help others succeed (Rom 15:1; John 15:13)
  • You aren’t “entitled” in an ungodly way (James 4:6; 1 Cor 13:4)
  • You are patient (1Cor 13:4)
  • You don’t promote yourself (1 Cor 13:4-5)
  • You give all the glory to God (Ps 115:1)
  • You respect others (including not interrupting others or being rude) (1 Cor 13:5)
  • You are joyful, happy, positive, hopeful (Prov 17:22; Phil 4:4; Jer 29:11)

Great helps regarding “character” for intercessors can be found in the Beatitudes (Matt 5), the Love Chapter (1 Cor 13) and the Fruits of the Spirit scriptures (Gal 5:22-23)

(copyright 2019 SPCM Melissa Nordell)

 

Binding Backlash: How and Why

Binding Backlash: How and Why    by Melissa Nordell

It is very apparent that one of the biggest mistakes intercessors have made is to not bind backlash with every prayer or intercession. This means that the intercessor does not realize how vengeful, vindictive and hateful the devil and his cohorts really are. He is not a human being, does not have any redemptive qualities or compassion in him and does not play fair at all. Think of the worst dictator, terrorist or criminal – he is much worse than that! That is why every intercessor needs to know the enemy. We do not give him power, but we must be wise and know how he operates. Satan hates it whenever you pray the slightest prayer, never wanting you to communicate with God since he wants to be god himself. He is extremely jealous.

It is imperative that after every prayer or intercession session, whether alone or corporately, you MUST bind backlash for your protection and the protection of others. To think that it is not necessary for any reason is just ignorance and foolishness. Even if the leader does not bind backlash (although it is a good idea to teach them or remind them), you can always do it yourself for everyone present. Do not think that any session of talking to God will not cause the enemy to retaliate.

I have had so many saints tell me how they have been attacked, the many things they are going through with health, family, finances, how their church is attacked, etc. and I always ask if they bound backlash with every intercession and the answer is always: “no”. Do not discount that your intercession is important and damaging to the enemy’s camp, no matter how brief. It will always make the devil and his minions furious. I have seen churches destroyed, families torn apart, intercessors and their family members extremely ill, finances and properties stolen, and even death occur whenever this is not done. To not bind backlash is to leave doors wide open for satan to attack. In natural warfare after a fight, the soldiers must assure that the enemy will not be able to attack again – the area must be cleared and made safe.

Spiritual warfare is serious business and we always need to take strategic precautions. The “backlash script” included below is what has been developed through trial and error; and it works for all intercession. The most dangerous type of warfare is binding and loosing but this script is imperative for all sessions. Take my word for it, in 30 years of strategic intercession I have learned the hard way and have seen others learn the hard way – so take our advice and be safe, keep your family and church safe! Don’t be a needless casualty.

Copy this and put on your mirrors, in your car, in your Bible, in your prayer journal and share it with others. Please do not change it, as this is what works well.

War on, mighty warriors!

Melissa Nordell, SPCM

 

End of Intercession Declaration (Binding Backlash)

I (we) bind all backlash, retaliation and revenge and stop all assignments of the enemy against what I (we) prayed, and for any reason against me (us), all my (our) family and friends (and the land and its people and our destinies) in Jesus’ mighty name. And I (we) stop all communication of the enemy about my (our) intercession, in Jesus’ mighty name. I (we) plead the Blood of Jesus and place the hedge of protection around me (us) and all that pertains to me (us), all my (our) family and friends and all that pertains to them, in Jesus’ mighty name.

(copyright 2019 SPCM Melissa Nordell)

Good Teens who Make Bad Choices: Family turns Tragedy into Marketplace Ministry

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Garison Steele

Good Teens who Make Bad Choices: Family turns Tragedy into Marketplace Ministry

by Melissa Nordell

Garison Steele, 14, was an energetic teen with a big heart for evangelism. Concerned that all of his friends would accept Christ and be in heaven with him later in life, Garison had prayed for months that his friend Troy would visit his family’s church, Joyful Sound in Porter, Texas, northeast of Houston. Troy accepted Garison’s invitation, partly to return many favors Garison had shown him.

At the end of the church service at Joyful Sound Church, Troy came forward to accept Christ as his personal savior. Garison was ecstatic, and after the service the boys asked if they could go to a local gas station less than a mile from the church. “I told him he better drive safe,” Garison’s mother, Betsy Steele, told Troy. “He was carrying my life with him.”

It was Garison’s first ride with a young, non-family driver. As he was leaving, Garison remembered he forgot to say goodbye, so he rushed back to the church, told his mom he loved her and kissed her on the cheek.

But it seemed to be taking a long time for the boys to return, so Betsy and Garison’s Aunt Jeannie phoned Garison on his cell phone — but there was no answer. Alarmed, Betsy and Jeannie got into Betsy’s car and traced the route Garison would have taken to the gas station.

The two sisters soon saw fire engines, police and other first responders a very short distance from the church. Behind the fire engines was a lone car wrapped around a tree, barely recognizable, which happened to be in the front yard of the house where Pastor Betsy and Garison’s father had been married.

Betsy tried to get to the vehicle as soon as she recognized it, remaining calm but praying for life, as she asked police about her son. However, the police restrained her because Betsy’s only son and his newly saved friend were killed instantly in the horrific crash.

First responders and neighbors began to ask Betsy, “Who was the third person in the car?”  Several people reported they were sure that they had seen a third person when the car crashed. But there were only two boys in the car!

Betsy, Jeannie, and Grandmother Sally are convinced that third person was Jesus Himself. Both boys were carried to heaven in Jesus’ loving arms.

Investigators determined that Troy lost control of the vehicle when he hit a culvert at a high rate of speed, then the vehicle went airborne. The speedometer inside the vehicle was stuck on 84 mph.

“The boys both wore their seat belts, and alcohol and other drugs were not factors,” Betsy said. “It was just a young driver with his friend in the car making a bad decision.”

Like many parents, Betsy had no idea that car accidents were the leading cause of death for teens. However, statistics show that crashes account for more teen deaths than suicide and homicide combined. Drivers aged 16 to 19 are three times as likely to crash as more experienced drivers.  Plus carrying passengers exacerbates those statistics. Only one teen passenger can increase crash risk by 48 percent.

With forgiveness, and after a few years of healing, Garison’s grandmother, Sally Pritchard, Senior Pastor of Joyful Sound Church, felt the Lord calling them to do something about these statistics. The family wants not only to save lives, but to reach out and tell others about the saving love of Jesus Christ to honor young Garison, his life gone too soon.

They soon joined the Teen Safe Driving Coalition and the HEARTS Network, both established by The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council. They also started a driving school, along with a “Garison Steele Safe Driver Elite Award,” an annual scholarship whose theme is “Steering Teens in the Right Direction”. The scholarships award teens who demonstrate safe driving based on recommendations from adults, writing a winning essay on responsible driving, and demonstrating a good example for their peers.

They named the school “G and P Community Driving School” after Garison and his “Papaw,” grandfather and Senior Pastor Harley Pritchard who graduated to heaven a few years after Garison. Harley had taught Garison about fixing cars and welding. They had together won “Best of Show” in the Houston Car Show with their jointly restored ’63 Mustang.

“Parents need to prepare their teens and make sure they demonstrate good driving habits,” Betsy said. “Even good teens make bad choices, and one wrong decision could take their teen forever.”

Turning a tragedy into marketplace ministry, they expect the scholarship and school will save lives and honor the memory and testimony of Garison Steele. At an annual church ceremony in his honor, his mother, Betsy, testified that Garison “carried the light of God’s love everywhere he went, and many hearts were changed.”

Betsy says that at first she wondered “why God would want me to go outside the church, but then one day while worshiping, I felt that God said I would reach teens that would never set their feet into a church and I would be able to show and demonstrate God’s love, joy, and peace to those teens and their parents…and that is exactly what happened.”

Pastor Betsy used the scripture 1 Peter 2:9 for the award ceremony: “that we may proclaim the love and praise of God who has called us out of darkness into his marvelous LIGHT.” Along with his family, Garison’s life has proven to be a legacy for saving lives, both in the physical and for eternity to come for many.

 

“It’s Time for a New Thrust in Spiritual Warfare”

 

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“It’s Time for a New Thrust in Spiritual Warfare”    by Melissa Nordell

(published on Elijah List August 25, 2018)

The Old Vacuum  

I had a dream recently that I must explain. In the dream, I was vacuuming with an old, red vacuum that was not picking up all the dirt. I could see what it had left on the floor as I was vacuuming. The smaller things were consumed by the vacuum, but the larger debris were not.

The vacuum was not a typical vacuum, it was also an old radio that looked “outer-space-like”—a design made from back in the last century. I remember items in the last century were sometimes designed to reflect what they expected the 21st century would look like—but they could not see how things would exactly unfold.

Get Ready for the New and Improved

Next in the dream I heard the Lord say, “I have a new vacuum.”

From the beginning, I knew this was a dream about spiritual warfare, as God has shown me transformational intercession as a “cleanup” many times in dreams. According to Dr. Barbie Breathitt in her A to Z Dream Symbology Dictionary, the color red symbolizes: “the Spirit of the Lord, anointing, power, prophetic anointing, prayer, evangelist, thanksgiving, the Blood of Jesus, Jesus’ healing Blood.” A vacuum cleaner can represent: “dust, debris, and dirt being removed by the wind of the Spirit.” Also, a radio can depict: “an ability to receive frequencies from airways, spiritually sensitive, prophetically gifted to hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, prayer that activates the angels and the Spirit of the Lord.”

This old, 20th century vacuum was prophetically gifted but not as powerful as new vacuums would be in the future; however, it served its purpose for a time. It was an old design that needed improvement in both hearing (radio) and cleaning (vacuum). I believe this radio/vacuum was a symbol of hearing from God clearly, and cleaning up cities, churches and regions from evil. During the past movement in spiritual warfare, no one could see how the “new” one would look. Now it is time for the “new and improved.” God is giving us new spiritual warfare tools. He is developing, training and healing wounded and weary soldiers to clean up much more efficiently and so much quicker. 

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“It is time,” says the Lord, “for a newer, deeper, higher, bigger movement or thrust in spiritual warfare.” The most prominent apostles/prophets of our day are sounding this alarm. And “surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

The Spiritual Warfare Movement of the 90s and into the early 2000s was strategic and so necessary; transforming lives, cities, groups and churches. Now God is awakening something new, building on the old for new generations, a synergy of the ages.

The “Dry Bones Army” is Rising!

I am convinced that the decline in moral values, the 2008 financial crisis, the decline in church attendance, and ungodly political changes in the United States of recent years were due to the decline in the quantity and quality of spiritual warfare activity. As the last movement abated, God’s Kingdom lost ground. But we are arising now as the Ezekiel 37 “dry bones” army who have been given the breath of God again.

We are not just returning to an old movement. Rather, let us improve on it, increase it, restore what needs to be restored, revive that fire and passion, and pull out the rocks that have stopped up the wells of revival and transformation (Genesis 26). The wineskin of spiritual warfare of the last century is in a new wineskin; with new, ready, healthy and properly aged (matured) wine; better and sweeter than before.

This time, the renewing of spiritual warfare will be more united—as one army for a common cause. Saints will war with more insight, knowledge and wisdom. They will war with more faith and trust in God and with less assumption and presumption. Intercessors will follow Holy Spirit precisely, without getting ahead of Him. Warfare will be done in love for the Kingdom and its people, like Jesus said to do. Saints will war with precise prophetic direction and strategies, going deeper and more strategic than ever before. Intercessors will be trained properly in schools of intercession, learning safety precautions given in His Word. They will even be knowledgeable in safely combating witchcraft as they are properly trained.

The Waters Have Been Stirred, Now It’s Time to Submerge

We are not waiting for the water to be stirred. It has already been stirred and it is time to submerge (John 5).

I declare this over all Godly warriors of intercession:

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:18-21). (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Melissa Nordell
Strategic Prayer Command Ministry 

California is Going to Rise up out of the Ashes

 

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“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations. (Is 61:1-4 NIV)

California has currently 18 major fires throughout the State, from north to south with major devastation and several deaths. But I hear God saying that California is going to rise out of the ashes in an amazing way, as only Jesus can do. As in this scripture, it is HE that does the restoration, it is HE that does the work. It is HE that bestows the crown of beauty in place of ashes. Even when it looks impossible.
Just as the large Redwoods in California’s National Parks have large seed pods that only can sprout when there is the high temperatures brought about by forest fires, God’s seeds of revival have been sprouted.
For the Lord says, “Don’t look at the natural, but look at the spiritual. Is anything too hard for Me? Yes, many in California have seemed to turn from Me; but there are so many of my righteous, faithful ones who have warred, prayed, interceded, worshipped Me in the Spirit of Holiness, cried out and honored Me. Do you think that I have not heard them? And then there is My Grace, love and concern as well.”
It does not matter what it looks like in the media, in politics, in Hollywood, in the justice system; a State with such utter sexual sin, human trafficking, drugs, lawlessness and abortion – just watch what God can do.
As I was hearing this from the Lord, I had a vision of a horribly hot fire, billowing up with tornadic wind and heavy smoke. However, out of the very center of the fire rose a mighty, gold archangel; like the counterfeit phoenix myth that rose out of ashes. But this was God’s angel to bring Restoration, Revival, Reformation and Restitution – God’s “4 R’s.”
As this golden angel arose, it was a symbol of God’s golden Shekinah Glory returning to California. Many revivals started here, and the State of California began with the Gold Rush of 1849. But God says that this will be His Gold, His Shekinah Glory returning in a new and mighty way, in The Golden State.
In Pastor Bill Johnson’s words on Sunday after the fire’s most wicked devastation, July 29, 2018, he said: “We have heard the voice of the Devourer; but you are about to see the Restorer.”

“And you will be called priests of the LORD,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours. (Isa 61: 6-7 NIV)

Melissa Nordell
Strategic Prayer Command Ministry   (copyright 2019 SPCM)

The Army is Being Called Back Up

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The Army is Being Called Back Up    by Melissa Nordell

(this was published by ElijahList.com on Nov. 6, 2017)

Just the other night I had a revelation of God’s Army of soldiers being called back into battle. The alarm has been sounded. The activation orders have been sent. Some of you have felt like you would never get back into the fight; at least not like you had it before. Some of you have lost so much in your wilderness season that you have felt like you could never get back up on your feet, much less fight. But the Lord says that was only for a time, a seemingly dormant season of testing and learning. Henceforth you are called back in the fight stronger and more energetic than ever before, unimaginably so.

Leaders, teachers, pastors and prophets that have given up are being revived by the Lord. It’s like a shot in the arm as young and old are in this together, bringing a new sound, a new word for the harvest to be brought forth. Those who have been wounded are back in the fight with new limbs, new strategies, healed with scar tissue that is stronger than the old. What you thought was dead has only been resting and growing, developing. Things will just happen with no effort on your part. Doors will open, and you will know that it is God because you don’t even have to ask for the supply or the help to do the task.

Evangelists who used to speak of God’s love in the streets and even in tent venues, are being called up. “Now is the time to do this again,” says the Lord, “but in a new and modern way. It will be sans religion as signs and wonders will now follow you with ease, for you have dropped the pretense and striving in order to do My will for all the right reasons. Now is the season that I must bring in the greater harvest,” cries the Lord.

Some of you are crisis intercessors who used to have words of knowledge, dreams and visions of disasters and terror attacks, wake-up calls to intercede in times gone by, but it seemed like these calls might never return. Some of you had been translated to intercede in different countries and cities but that was in times past as well. God is reactivating these gifts after your season of drought. You may not have even asked for this to happen again, but it has come. You are ready.

God is calling up some who are in kingdom mountain structures other than religion, such as business. Businesses that you thought were over (or not so successful) and inventions and ideas that you put on the shelf are being revived. These may have seemed dead but were only lying dormant beneath the surface. God is saying that it is time for these to break ground and be seen in the light. “The harvest needs to be funded in this late hour,” says the Lord. “I am now presenting to the world examples of My wisdom, maturity and integrity in business and other areas of the marketplace.”

You didn’t ask to be called back up into the war. It’s your Commander-in-Chief who has sent His orders and is calling you. He has need of you. He has need of your gifts and training at this critical time. But it is only the humble that can stand in this war – the last push.

Joseph was such a one, who must have thought his dreams were over while in captivity in Egypt. Realize that he must have wondered about that prophetic dream about his brothers bowing down to him. “Did I hear right?” “Did circumstances change God’s original plan for my life?” “Maybe I was too haughty for my own good and God will not be able to use me,” were all words he might have said to himself. However, that was only a time of dormancy to the seeing eye above the surface. During that time, Joseph was maturing in this humbling, learning experience. He must have felt weakened at first through the trial, but ended up strengthened and more wise and mature than ever before. God was with Joseph that whole time, from being sold into slavery to his time in Egypt. “”Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him…” (Acts 7:10).

Joseph must have been praying for his family while in Egypt even though he had no way of knowing what had happened to them. He had to have been thinking about them, wondering if his Jewish ancestors were able to survive and where they had gone, especially his adored father. Maybe Joseph had given up at times. Maybe he even got mad at God for his circumstances. These times of wilderness can be very humbling…if one does not give up entirely. After the time of famine reached a critical point, God sent Joseph’s brothers into Pharaoh’s land at the perfect time when Joseph was ready to receive them and act properly, humbly. He no longer had a need to brag about his dream of his brothers bowing to him.

What an impossibility for the brothers to have a personal audience with the second in command of Egypt, the one they had sold into slavery! But God…. He showed up and called Joseph suddenly back into the battle that he was bred and trained for.

“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still living?’ But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Come close to me.’ When they had done so, he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you’” (Gen 45: 3-5).

What a changed Joseph! What an amazing leader and hero to the Jewish people. What a wonderful maturing in Joseph since the day he was taken away from his family. He was not concerned with revenge or being right. He was just glad to see his family and wanted to know if they were being honest. God had also done a work in his brothers. Now Joseph was ready.

For some of you, it has been like Joseph: a time of being hidden, outside of the same surroundings and positions where you once were. You have learned well and are able to now do kingdom work for all the right reasons. For in the dying to self you have been able to heartily and willingly give up those dreams and plans to just “be” in Him, to just worship Him in wholeness and certainty, willing to serve but give up the plans you once held. Therefore, you can now be used and those promises can come to pass.

It takes a seed to die to bring life and harvest. That seed also must break out of the outer harder shell of flesh. God has been training and flesh-purifying those that can stand in the fight. “I am awakening you”, says the Lord, “In this time, I have need of every gift, every talent, every age, male and female. The doors and gates have been opened to those humble enough for the task.”

Melissa Nordell, Strategic Prayer Command Ministry