Sandy Warner ~ ~ swauthor777@usa.net ~ ~ www.thequickenedword.com


FROM WARFARE TO REPENTANCE TO REWARD

Changing Our Mindsets About Circumstances

January 17, 2002

Hi Loved Ones,

I have had something on my heart recently and I have tried through this post to communicate it clearly. Some posts that I write are very easy and flow like honey. Some of them I wrestle with and hope that by the time you see them, that the paper is not worn thin from all the eraser marks. (smile) And so right nowÖ..

I am going to try and cover all the eraser marks on this particular post and tell you the whole post in a nutshell! I perceive that even after so many Words released about the need for repentance, some people are like myself and are still misinterpreting demonic opposition inappropriately. It has to do with a preconceived mindset and a lack of understanding of the season that we are in.

In April of last year I heard the Lord talk to me about the demonic storm we were suffering. And one of the things He imparted to me in context was the following scripture: "In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Prov 16:6-7 NKJV) Having a mindset of a well seasoned warrior, hearing that surprised me and I realized something must be missing from my warfare mentality. I was about to learn there are other ways to defeat ones enemies than what I had thought.

Sometimes when we have been involved or trained in warfare for a long time, we become so acclimatized to shooting at anything that moves, that we end up shooting when we shouldnít. In every step of a long term battle, there are times and seasons. Sometimes we move, sometimes we wait, sometimes we stand and resist, sometimes we lay low in humility. In literal war, sometimes we are commanded to dig a fox hole and lay as low as we can. In spiritual war, laying low is an allegory of humility and repentance.

Last year the Lord took me through quite a journey of teaching me this concept and helping me understand that I had a certain warrior mindset that was striving with Him and it kept me from understanding the truth. It never dawned on me that He might be using my enemies to get my attention. My goal was only to defeat my enemies. But He had two goals, and yes, one of those was for me to defeat my enemies, but not the way I thought. His other goal was even more important; He wanted to "capture" my life and line it up with His Word. If I may put this in stronger terms, He wanted to defeat me, for I was my own worst enemy.

DREAM - IF WE HAD NOT REPENTED

In the early hours of January 21st of last year, 2001, I received a dream: I was at the back end of an ocean liner, looking backwards at where we had been. I saw two sober looking angels whose faces were set like flint. They were standing in 2 towers up over the back end of the ship and facing forwards in the direction we were going. I suddenly became alarmed, for I saw a huge black wind tunnel like a destructive tornado coming from a distance towards the ship. It was so huge that it filled the horizon. We were in direct line with it and I realized there was no way to escape this impending destruction. I started yelling at the watchmen angels to look behind them for I felt we were doomed. They were ignoring me and keeping their post. I made such a clack, that finally one of them looked straight at me and said, "Yes we know about it."

At that point, I ran to find a place of protection and noticed there were other people hiding too. It was just moments prior to the onslaught and so I braced for it. My spirit knew the moment of impact and it felt like a holy hush, as it was totally quiet. I waited as it swept through us with no noise, no disturbance, no nothing. It was like a hush of silence. I was totally shocked and wondered if I had seen the black sky as a mirage, or what. At that moment I awoke surprised and startled. I heard the Lord immediately say it was what would have happened if we hadnít repented. (Jer 18:8, Jer 26:3, Jonah 3:8-10)

VISION - DEMONIC RANKS BREAKING UP

The same night I also saw a vision of ranks of army type warring demons and they were departing row by row, section by section. They had been a huge massive unit joined for a purpose, and now they were separating and breaking up. I heard the enemy say they were breaking up because of the spirit of intercession that had been released. (2 Chron 7:14) This experience occurred in the dawn of the same day that President George Bush proclaimed Jan 21, 2001 a National Day of Prayer. (Amos 3:7)

However in pondering the vision I realized that even though the huge unit was breaking up, I had seen them depart in units. They were small units as in rows or small sections, but these were still united as though they still had a purpose and an assignment yet to fulfill.

GOD WEEPS WHEN HE SPANKS

Now back to the night the Lord spoke to me about the scripture: "In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Prov 16:6-7 NKJV)

I had a picture vision and saw the words, "Disconnect storm persecutions." Then I heard Him say, "When My people humble themselves and pray, I turn the tide. Thatís all I wanted or needed was their heart. Go weep for David."

His phrase, "Go weep for David" is a poignant Word coming from a dream my husband had in January 99. I posted the dream in the Quickened Word on 2/11/99 called, "God Weeps When He Spanks - David Come Home". This dream was about David in the Old Testament but it was a prophetic dream speaking about todayís David: the king, the leader, the servant, the warrior, the prophet, the anointed one.

WAYNEíS DREAM: I was in a palace that looked like a palace in Napoleonís day. There was a great sadness throughout the whole palace. I am standing before some kind of a booth and there was an angel who was working a video game controller really fast. Many other angels were standing around him and they all had on long white robes. When the angel was done, he handed it to the angel who was in control of that station. That angel said, "You have 200. David at his very best only got 15." They were speaking of David of the Old Testament. The angel started to hand me the controller and said, "No, I just canít do that, it belongs to David." This angel had been Davidís teacher and he walked off crying for David.

Another angel came by and said, "Jesse is coming home." At that moment I knew in my spirit that David had been wounded in battle by a sword. I walked out on the portico and I could see a big long fountain in the courtyard. The whole palace belonged to David and it was filled with many angels, all dressed in long white robes. All these angels were dedicated to Davidís service. I could see that God had done all this for David while he was a young man, and now he had left the palace and gone out into the world. The angels had been waiting for David a long time, and had nothing to do but wander around the palace. They were all extremely grieved and at the point of tears.

As I looked down the long courtyard, I saw a jeep driving into the palace grounds. Two children angels were with the jeep. One was driving and the other was laying on top of the hood. David was in the passenger side. As I watched David coming down the driveway to the palace, I knew David had been living with the Romans and partaking of the debauchery of their world.

The jeep stopped where all the angels were standing. David got out and climbed on top of the short wall surrounding the fountain. Dressed in a foolís outfit like the court jester, he began to talk about all the wine and the women and the song and joys of living in the debauchery. I could see a wistfulness in his demeanor and eyes ó that he still wanted to live that life. When he finished talking about his longings of the world, he said, "A sword has brought me home."

I looked at his body and he wasnít wounded in a physical sense. David, with great submission and even compassion, said, "The sword of the Spirit." At that moment, all the angels in the courtyard raised their hands in unison to the Lord in heaven and began worshipping God. I did the same thing and could not see anything because I was sobbing so much. [end of dream] (Duet 32:39, Hos 6:1-3)

VISION - AN AX TO THE SINS OF DAVID

As I was praying over writing this post, I saw a vision of an ax at the bottom of a tree, then I saw the flat cut surface of the stump of a tree, after it had fallen. I heard the Lord say that this tree was the sin of David. He said the sin was not only Davidís affair with the pleasures of the world, but every sin that did not line up with His Word. I knew this was down to the nitty gritty like sins of the tongue and also how we neglect our physical body as the temple or tabernacle of His Holy Spirit!

Amos 9:9-11 NKJV

"For surely I will command, and will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.' "On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old."

SUMMARIZING THE DREAMS & VISIONS

The intercession that has taken place was enough to break up a very horrific, massive destruction. It did not completely avert it, but when comparing the horizon filled with the moving massive doom, and seeing the huge united demonic army breaking up into smaller sections, the intensity was certainly changed. In the first dream and vision, what brought this change was repentance and intercession.

2 Chron 7:14

"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 will forgive their sin and heal their land."

In the next dream we see that David had become wounded in battle and it was the sword of the Lord that had not only wounded him, but brought him back to his palace, his place of abiding kingship with the Lord and to a waiting host of angels.

Hos 6:1-3 NKJV

"Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth."

In the last vision we see the Lord has taken an ax to the fruit of Davidís sin. The entire tree was cut down. An ax is a more severe cutting then a wounding with the sword. For some, depending upon their degree of resistance to Godís Word; their tree shall be cut down; nevertheless their stump shall remain.

The following scriptural application is a parable taken from Nebuchadnezzarís life:

"And inasmuch as the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying, 'Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave its stump and roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze in the tender grass of the field; let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let him graze with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over himÖ And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules. (Dan 4:23-24, 26 NKJV) (Job 14:7-9)

I heard the Lord tell me more about these people who so strongly resist that they need the ax, and it is very sobering. For lack of space I will be very brief. Due to the strongholds of their mind, the spirits to which they are captive are pride, self righteousness, blindness and finally bitterness. They raise proud arguments against the Lord as He brings them through the kiln. But instead of becoming better through humble repentance - they become bitter by pointing the finger to judge others. Like David, the Lord will bring them home, but they will take the long way around to do so. (Rev 3:17,18)

It is only through Godís mercy that we each are delivered from blindness to see our own need for repentance! The Lord opened my understanding recently to the following scripture: "And he said, "Yes, go. But tell my people this: `You will hear my words, but you will not understand. You will see what I do, but you will not perceive its meaning.' Harden the hearts of these people. Close their ears, and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn to me for healing." (Isa 6:9-10 NLT) Part of judgment is being turned over to blindness so that we do not repent! He is such a loving God that His heart melts when we humble ourselves with repentance. He gives us over to blindness and strongholds of the mind as a part of judgment! Oh Lord we pray that You open our eyes and break our mindsets to bring us to quick repentance. (2 Cor 10:5)

MAKING DECISIONS

When coming into difficult circumstances that appear like an enemy attack we need to learn to discern between 5 choices.

1.) Is this warfare about opposing resistance, delay, and/or a wearing down tactic from the enemy Ö because I am in the right path and doing the will of the Lord? If so, I am commissioned to stand and resist and overcome. This produces growing authority and spiritual muscles. (Eph 6:10-18)

2.) Did I open a door to demonic distraction, intimidation and abuse Ö because I have become presumptuous in my warring and thus lost focus on the Lord? If so, then I am commissioned to pursue the Lord and turn my back on the enemy. (Matt 16:23)

3.) Is this a chastisement, a spanking, a buffeting or even a judgment from the Lord Who is using my enemies Ö because I am not in the right path in lining up with Godís Word? If so, then I am commissioned to repent, humble myself and become obedient. This produces rightful living and my sanctification. (Heb 12:11)

4.) Is this the result from a wounding that occurred through any one of the above? If so, then I am commissioned to turn to the Lord and afterwards I am to strengthen my brethren. (Lu 22:31,32)

5.) Understanding the season is very helpful in making these appropriate decisions. Right now the body of Christ is in a season of #3: humility, repentance and obedience. After we do this, the Lord is moving us into #4, recovering from wounds.

THE REWARD

By fearing the Lord through acknowledging He is Boss over all wars, then lining up with His Word, we are rewarded. "And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." (Prov 16:7 NKJV) As we line up with His ways and His Word, we please Him and then we reap the results from both the Lord and our enemies.

The two phrases, "He makes" and "be at peace" is actually one Hebrew word (Strongs 7999) translated 116 times in the OT. This word is translated as these phrases in the KJV: make amends, (make an) end, finish, full, give again, make good, (re-) pay (again), (make) (to) (be at) peace (-able), that is perfect, perform, (make) prosper (-ous), recompense, render, requite, make restitution, restore, reward, X surely.

In this Hebrew word, there is actually no He/he in the original, rather it just refers to the result, not the one who gives the result. In various context it refers to different subjects as the Lord, the enemy, the unrighteous or the righteous. Here are some of them to give you an idea: Ex 21:34: shall make it good / Ex 22:1: shall restore / Ex 22:3: make full restitution / Ex 22:7: let him pay / Lev 5:16: make amends / Deut 32:41: will reward / Josh 11:19: made peace / Ruth 2:12: recompense thy work / 1 Sam 24:19: reward thee. Of all the 116, here is my favorite!!!!

Joel 2:25 KJV

And I will RESTORE to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

May the Lord help us to change our mindsets, be quick to repent and let us pray that He will quickly restore our wounds in Jesus Name.

Lovingly,

Sandy

 

 

 

 


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Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandyís book, ď101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.Ē  Website:
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