Spoken June 2008 through Prophetess Theresa Johnson
The Lord has been speaking strongly to my heart for quite sometime about raising up a new generation of warriors in the body of Christ. In fact, this was our theme for the 2007 Christian Poets & Prophetic Writer's Retreat, and part of the word the Lord released to us in December of 2007, "I Have Declared Scribal Warfare Upon the Land." As of late, this word has been resurfacing in my spirit – especially as it relates to the worship arts.
This is the prophetic word the Lord spoke just this week: "I am building an army of specialists – undercover agents for covert operations. I am releasing them as companies, my secret weapons within the earth."
Further Insight: Holy "sanctified" scribes! You are the Lord's secret weapons. He is preparing you for covert operations in the earth realm. Of all the gifts within the ministry of the worship arts, your literary ministry is among the very last in this dispensation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to arise from the ashes and bombard the principalities and powers of the air. For years, your sound has been silenced in the congregations and muffled behind open mics and the intense fusion of entertainment that now clouds the pulpit and removes the power of God from the pulpits in the Western church. Yet, I've heard the Lord say to me – there is a remnant.
For years, many have sat comfortably in churches hearing the Lord clearly speak to them creatively. But because it wasn't the season or because many had their own definition concerning who you were – you were only pulled out of the closet for Christmas speeches, wedding receptions, and men's or women's day programs. Today, the Lord is revealing your purpose. You may be an evangelist or a pastor, but if you are an evangelist and pastor walking under the passion of The Scribal Anointing – then you are a secret weapon. Know surely, that the Lord has a very unique plan for using your "creative scribal ministry" to preach and teach the gospel. You've either entered into a season where the desire to be "set loose" in this call is overtaking you or you have entered a place of recognizing that there is "more to this passion to write" that meets the eye. I beg you, don't miss God as he calls you forth and moves you away from "traditional" type ministry. Understand by the spirit that he is releasing a fresh oil upon you and targeting key areas for attack in the kingdom of darkness using your unique scribal ministry.
Here is my testimony to this: I am a prophet called of the Lord who fully walks under the mantle the Lord has placed on my life at this point. Yes, I preach and I prophesy but there is another targeted ministry within me that comes forth in poetry, spoken word and prophetic teaching. However, this "targeted" aspect of the prophetic mantle draws the unsaved, convicts and delivers the religious, and breaks the bonds of entertainment, comparison, compromise and competition off the body of Christ through God's prophetic poetry and spoken word. YES! Our Father is that specific. Each word he prompts you to speak through your pure, sanctified, love-led ministry is a "guided" missile or bomb set upon a predetermined target in the heavenly realm.
My God! Don't think it's strange when you are sitting in the pews and all of a sudden poetic or scribal revelation begins to fill your belly as you hear the pastor preach. Don't be surprised that the Holy Spirit snatches you awake in the midnight hour to write his words. Don't think it's weird when you are standing behind the pulpit preaching and suddenly you feel the urge to enter into a realm of creativity with your words and they flow from your belly like butter. Don't think it's strange when you begin to be pulled to the streets, the market place, the corner cafes or other venues to release what is in your spirit. I tell you, this is the Lord your God and many WILL NOT understand!
But guess what? There are generals, lieutenants, majors and other ranked officers who are ready, waiting, and appointed by God to help you understand who you are and what the Lord is doing in this season! He has raised them up SPECIFICALLY to help launch you into this new place in your walk with the Lord. He is using them to ignite the fire that is shut up in your bones that will enable you to, in turn, move up in the ranks and eventually build "special ops" in the spirit realm that will snatch souls from hell and break the spirit of entertainment off the body of Christ. I tell you, the Lord is calling you but can you hear him?
I tell you, the Lord uses my scribal gift almost always to infiltrate the "entertainment" arena of the church. Many of the poems, plays, and spoken word pieces that he gives me address "body corruption" and "the need for corporate repentance." So my word-missiles are targeted at the spirits who overtake church folk with religion and entertainment. When the Lord speaks through me these are the yokes that are destroyed and the burdens that are lifted. Do you know your area of "specialty?" Yes, my writing hits other places to from time to time, but I tell you my training in the army of the Lord has caused me to "specialize" in this area. Every scribe (and worship arts leader for that matter) has a specialty. Some may be encouragers and exhorters, while others may be like John the Baptist who only spoke of repentance!
A specialist is a person who has moved from general practice in a subject to an area of specialty. You wouldn't let a gynecologist operate on your brain would you? No. You wouldn't seek out a dry cleaner to extract a tooth would you? Well guess what? Just as there are specialists in natural professions, there are also specialists in the spirit. There are pastors who specialize in grief counseling. As a poet or creative writer, their scribal ministry may be full of words of comfort, joy and encouragement. An evangelist who has a heart for the youth may end up writing rap or creative spoken word that simplifies biblical truths to bring understanding. A prophetic teacher may break down a hard to spell word in an acrostic poem that describes or defines the very word itself.
I tell you, no one can limit God! These armies are gathering in pockets all over the world. They are traveling in teams with a foundation built on intercession and prayer. They are being led by radical Jesus-focused men and women of God who have nothing to lose! They've stripped their grave clothes and embraced the full joy that comes with following Jesus Christ! Man is NOT their god.
1 Chronicles 12:1-14 is a most excellent example of what the Lord is doing in this season. If you have the patience, I'm going to touch on this a little bit with you beginning with verse 1. I have not quoted all of the verses, only a few. I encourage you to read this entire chapter on your own.
1 Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war, 2 armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul's brethren.
David represents the ministry of the worship arts – which also includes scribal ministry. He was sold out for the Lord, yet his exploits as a warrior in that time were well known. He was walking in his purpose, even then. As a result, the Lord God begins drawing men to him for the purpose of preparing for battle. Though these men were trained and skillful in the art of war, they were still not quite ready. Some fine tuning still needed to take place in them BEFORE they could actually fight in God's army. You see, though we have many scribes for the Kingdom, there's still too much "world" in many of them. God wants to prune this ... and get it out. So you see... many of the companies that are forming in this season will be a catalyst for pulling the "true" Jesus out of people and casting down the counterfeit. Come on...
8 Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains...
David was already facing the stronghold. Again, these warriors were skilled and ready. Like many prophetic writer's today, the poetic flow and the skill to release those words is there. In addition, they have a desire and zeal to go and do especially when they believe they've been called to "lead the army" or to serve under a proven leader.
17And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, "If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment." 18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said:
"We are yours, O David;
We are on your side, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you."
So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.
Despite how good they looked and how skilled they were, this general in the army, David, knew that skill and zeal alone WAS NOT enough to take this stronghold. So he said in so many words, "Are you sold out for my Jesus! Is he your Lord and Savior!" As soon as David laid down the law, the Spirit of the Lord came over the chief captain upon them and these men made a conscious, sincere commitment to serve the Lord and not man. David, in his wisdom and authority under the Father, weeded out those who wanted God's glory, and found those who only wanted to be servants.
22 For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God.
You see, when the Lord does it ... a great army will be formed, and that army WILL BE victorious. There is absolutely no way we can lose in this season, even when we see people "losing," churches closing, and men and women of God giving up. There is always a "REMNANT" in preparation by God. What you are doing may seem like a "lone ranger" plan of action ... but in the end, the troops will be numbered to a point where no man can count.
It's up to you now. It's time to choose between the master of this world or the lover of your soul. It's time to move from undergrad to graduate and enter into your SPECIALTY. What weapon is in your hand? Who are you commissioned to walk with in this season? Are you waiting on man to validate you? Are you waiting on man to invite you into their clicks and small groups?
If you are, then you just might miss God. Trust him. Seek him. Find him. Let him have his way in you...
IN JESUS' NAME!
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