A Word by Jo Ellen Stevens
James 4:7 “So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”
I had a dream last night and in the dream someone was knocking at my door, so I went to the door and peeked out. The person standing at the door looked an awful lot like the devil! I asked him what he wanted and he said, “I would like to come in.” I simply said, “No! I am sorry but you cannot come into my house.”
The next thing I know, the devil began to walk down the street and I saw him walk up to a person and begin a conversation. I saw this person arguing with him and picking a fight. I realized this person didn’t recognize him and was about to lose this fight. I realized that he was a lot more vulnerable being outside of the house, rather than inside. In fact, he barely recognized that it was the enemy! He thought that it was just another man.
SHUT THE DOOR, KEEP OUT THE DEVIL
I felt the Lord showed me that this dream was a warning to us. The first part was telling us that, when someone comes knocking at your door. Look out before you open it! Then we must discern and if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck. Know that it is a duck! In this case it looked like the enemy! Then we must learn to say “NO!” No, you cannot come in my house! No you can’t come into my church and no you can’t come into my family! Then KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED! Whatever you do keep it closed! Let your no mean NO!!! THE ENEMY WILL FLEE AFTER RESISTING HIS ATTEMPTS AND MOVE ON DOWN THE ROAD!
STAY IN THE HOUSE!
We are in a season when the enemy through much in house persecution is trying to get people away from the house of the Lord and by that I mean away from true people of God (the church). This isn’t necessarily a church building but what I mean is the true house of God. The Spirit filled house of God with the five fold ministry in place.
Ephesians 4:11-15 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
FIND YOUR TRIBE AND GET INSIDE!
It is time to find our apostolic hub and get under its protection. This will keep us from getting off into the Devil’s territory. We cannot fight him in the street by ourselves and we definitely can’t fight him if we barely recognize him! We are about to have great revival in the Highways and bi-ways and if so then we must learn not to fight the devil in our own strength but in His and with the help of our Tribe inside! WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO WAR ALONE! We need one another! We were not created to function alone! What you do not have, I may have. All of our experiences have been different in the processes that God has brought us through and in them we have learned different skills and we have learned the enemy’s tactics. “He teaches our fingers to fight” (Psalm 144:1).It is time for those out wandering to find their tribe and get inside! We must bring this well trained army together!
WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHERE WE NEED THE SAFETY OF THE HOUSE
In this time of evil and false doctrine, we must find our place of safety. The book of Ephesians is truly a book of telling us about covering. It is time to get under our covering! This is not coming under a hierarchy but coming under a place of safety. Knowing that we in ourselves do not know it all, but need those who know other things than we ourselves know. Being able to be teachable. This is not an “I am over you” thing, but a coming together and putting our knowledge and wisdom together in a confirmation that what we do know is truly God! We just do not know it all! But together, we find is safety!
Proverbs 11:14 “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” It is time to get into your safe place, shut the door and say to the Devil “You are not coming in!”
Arise Shine, Jo Ellen Stevens
There is a lot of talk about “tribes” now and that is a good idea but sometimes it is not that easy to do. Like me there are no apostolic hubs anywhere near me, few in the whole country and the churches aren’t my tribe. I have a couple of people so I’m holding onto them. You can’t always move yourself to where you can have a tribe but God will surely help you find a couple of people you can link to and gradually build a tribe.
Sharing my heart and the heart of the Father from my Prison of Hope! Be blessed and trust God above all. ~ Charlene