Win the Battle You’ve Been Fighting Too Long
By Rebecca Francis
The scripture the Lord gave me for 2019 is the story of Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 19, specifically the phrase “how long will you argue over who is the true God?” Of course, as believers, we’re not arguing over whether God is God. But in our lives there may be circumstances that have not yet lined up and submitted to God’s dominion. This could be anything from receiving promotions God has for us that we’ve been overlooked on, to finally accomplishing a particular vision that’s been in our hearts, to overcoming lifelong struggles. Certain things that are not God’s highest purpose have wrestled against us for a long time, but in 2019, we will confront and overcome the things hindering God’s best in our world! Below are some keys to winning the battles we are in, but first let’s look at what was really going on in this prophets’ showdown.
When Elijah said, “how long will you argue,” he was talking to Israelites. These people had both “feared God and served their idols for generations” according to 2 Kings. This was an estimated 600-year saga among God’s people! Meanwhile for 3 years, Elijah had been responsible for the drought the Israelites faced. In other words, Elijah had been fighting this centuries-old war for at least 3 years, but this was the appointed time to confront the darkness and end the draught. In the same way, 2019 is an appointed time to win the war we’ve been fighting too long. After this confrontation, there was about 100 years of no Baal worship in Israel. In other words, an entire generations were blessed because of this generation’s victory!
Another interesting aspect is that God didn’t even tell Elijah to confront the prophets of Baal. He only said “I’m going to end the drought.” God gave a promise of blessing. So what made Elijah confront the darkness? What made him draw a line in the sand? I think it was the prophetic mantle on him! The same prophetic mantle that was on David when he said “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine?” Elijah chose to make the start of the drought also be the end of the war. He chose the confrontation himself, and God gave him victory. This year the prophetic mantle we walk in will embolden us to confront the issues head-on and win once and for all.
Victory over every struggle was won on the Cross, but it is still to be manifest in the earth. God told Jesus, essentially, ‘sit here while I make your enemies your footstool.’ Jesus was already supremely victorious. He had no unconquered enemies. God did not need to win anymore battles. Yet He said ‘sit here while…’ What was God saying? That now the victory would become visible! It would become obvious, dominating, overwhelmingly evident, readily perceived by the senses.
One final note is that in every war, there are strategic battles won along the way before the war is finally won. Whatever area you’re fighting for victory, don’t think this battle means you didn’t win the last one. If you’ve fought for your health and had victories in the past, you may still need a victory today. That’s ok. If you’ve fought for your marriage and had great blessing in the past, you may still need a victory today. That’s ok. The difference between all the previous battles we’ve fought on these long-standing issues, and this battle we will fight this year, is that this year is the final battle. It’s the one where we win the war. A huge chunk of the Old Testament is God wanting Israel to overcome Baal worship—for 600 years! Valuable victories were won in those 600 years, but the real war ended for entire generations at the appointed time. This year is our appointed time.
How to Win the War
Win the war like Elijah did with these key strategies.
Hear the Word of the Lord
First Elijah heard from God. Get God’s clear promise for you. Grab it. Cling to it. Don’t let go! “My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8) “Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul” (Jeremiah 15:16). So many prophetic promises have come for this year, this generation, and probably to you personally. If you don’t have a prophetic promise, the Bible is full of them! I grabbed Proverbs 3:24 and Psalm 127:2 for sleep.
Reject any counterfeit
In search of God’s promise, be ready to recognize and reject any substitute. BAAL was sometimes known as the God of rain or of the "fruit in the land," meaning harvest. Since it was a time of drought, Israel was trying to meet their need another way than God. “O Lord, you alone are my hope” (Psalm 71:5). For example, shopping to make ourselves feel happy is a substitute for true joy. Get joy! (Then go shopping anyway ☺)
Draw the line in the sand
This personal decision is key. Elijah determined to end it that day. Make a decision that breakthrough is now. “The breaker [the Messiah, who opens the way] shall go up before them [liberating them]. They will break out, pass through the gate and go out; So their King goes on before them, The Lord at their head” (Micah 2:13 AMP).
Do not be intimidate
Elijah challenged the false prophets to give it their best shot. He wasn’t afraid of what could happen to him. He must have felt untouchable. When we have longstanding issues, especially if we ruminate over them, we can start to believe they are strong. Maybe even stronger than us. “Oh no… not this again,” “This always happens to me,” and “I don’t know if I can take it in anymore.” Thoughts like these are lies of intimidation. Don’t let the devil in your head! “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 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” (Luke 10:18-19).
Build an altar
Elijah built an alter not so that he had something for fire to show up on. He did it to honor God, to humble himself, and to worship. In this season, worship is not optional. A humble and worshipful heart puts us in alignment with God in a powerful way! I recently heard it said like this: “When we question God, we take Him off the throne. When we humble ourselves and worship, we let Him rule on our behalf like only He can.”
Use your resources
Next Elijah “wasted” the most precious resource at the time by pouring it out on his altar. Whatever we need, there’s nothing we have worth withholding to get it. If we trust our resources, we’ll lose them anyway. But if we use what God has given us for the purpose He called us to, He will do the rest. The widow at Zarephath is a great example of this. And God told Moses, “what is that in your hand?” Whatever you have, use it, don’t cling to it instead of to faith in Him.
Kill the enemy
You read that right. Kill. Utterly destroy. Show no mercy. “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains, And their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saints. (Psalm 149: 6-9) It’s our honor to destroy the works of darkness! “When the Lord your God gives them over to you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. Make no covenant with them and show them no mercy…the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 7:2,6).
Stand in your victory
Finally, take your place of victory. There’s so many ways to do this.
Know the Scriptures about your particular breakthrough. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV). "The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
Pray as though you already have it. I learned this from Bishop Bill Hamon. Once you’ve asked once, don’t keep asking. Instead, pray with thanksgiving that God did it! Shift your prayers from petition to faith declarations.
Prophesy to your prophetic word. This comes out of Dr. Tim Hamon’s recent prophetic word that we are in the second wave of the prophetic movement. Once the dry bones had all come together, they were still dead bodies just laying on the ground. Then God said prophesy again. This second prophecy was to the first one—hear the word of the Lord! Say that to your circumstance, to your promise, and to yourself. Hear the word of the Lord!
Key areas to Expect Victory
Victory is possible in every area of our lives. Along with that, the Lord showed me some key areas He has empowered believers to confront and bring transformation in 2019.
As Holy Spirit touches hearts that are weighed down in depression or anxiety, there is a supernatural grace to be healed in both soul and body. The underlying shame and negotiation tactics the enemy has used to trap believers in these struggles for decades are now being exposed. With that, lies of doubt, anger, isolation, abandonment, self-hatred, rejection and pride will shatter and oppression will flee in the light of God’s love. “And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).
Holy Spirit is comforting the hurting places and raising the expectation in our own hearts for health and wholeness between husbands and wives. We will rise up and do whatever it takes to esteem our spouses in this season, getting passionate when we’re not passionate, serving where we haven’t been served. At the same time, we will break through the demonic assignment that has tried to displace spouses in the previous season.
Addictions may have a variety of sources: demons, or genetics, or a need for inner healing. But it has the same solution as every other problem—Jesus. This year we will win the battle. Receive the love of God. His love is raining in our hearts!
As we walk by the Spirit, He is leading believers to break generational patterns of poverty and establish His Kingdom in our finances. These are not get-rich-quick or even work-smarter-not-harder self help techniques. They are prophetic strategies and divine appointments just like the Widow of Zarephath encountered.
This is the year to reproduce! When there is a drought, nothing grows. Seeds lay dormant. Then when the rain comes, seeds that were dormant for years and years finally spring forth and produce fruit. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been barren, how long your seed has not produced fruit. The rain is here, so it will produce!
If the victory over something in our lives is not yet visible, now is the time to demonstrate it! Victory is not a hope that something bad doesn’t come back, or that something good does. It’s final proof—through a supernatural exchange of faith with natural, visible results—that the war is won. We will demonstrate God’s victory in our lives this year!