Standing Your Ground.

[Editor's Note: This post is decidedly not intended to tell you what to do in response to prophecies like those from our previous post. Nor is it intended to take the place of you hearing God's instructions for yourself. This is a competent prophetic word, but unlike others, this word comes out of the Northwest, from a community that is deeply committed to the Northwest and to God's purposes in this region. Read carefully, and judge for yourself. (1 Corinthians 14:29) ]

I know there are good intended people suggesting that we need to consider moving out of certain regions and cities that are in danger of being torn to pieces via earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or other possible disasters. Of course, ultimately, everyone needs to get the mind of the Lord for their own lives. However, I want to share with you a few reasons as to why I think it would make matters worse, not better, if you were to leave an area just because of the possibility of a threatening event.

On one hand, it certainly seems like the responsible thing to do is to take your family and run for your lives. However, just the sound of that casts a negative light on trusting in God, especially if you are living there because the Lord directed you there to begin with. I know this does not mean he cannot change his mind and have you move somewhere else for whatever reason. Yet, fear should never be the driving force behind our decision-making. Fear is like a cancer, once you give in, it keeps spreading from one area to the next.

Relocation certainly requires careful consideration. However, it requires more consideration than buying a car or house. The region you reside in carries with it the power of kingdom occupation. Whatever the measure of kingdom glory living in you, great or small, is also living in your city or state. It might not seem that way from a personal perspective, but looking at it from the perspective of multiplication it can have a profound impact, even if you are a traveling ministry or financial entrepreneur. Think about it. When you are home, you are praying, meditating on the word of God. You are listening to his voice; letting his thoughts occupy yours. Hopefully this describes you. Thus, your place of residence is housing the glory of the Lord. This is unquestionably no small thing. This kingdom authority stays with us regardless of our geographic position in the earth. Even when we are temporarily absent from our natural dwelling, there is still a degree of spiritual influence that is left behind.

During a time of great famine, not just in Egypt, but also across the world, God led Joseph into the house of Pharaoh. There he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh concerning the future, thereby gaining access to all that Pharaoh possessed. Joseph prepared the people for the future by helping them to store up for a famine that was to come. I think one of the most important things to note here was that God needed Joseph to settle down in that territory in order to carry out His plans for the people. Greater yet, through the occupation of Joseph God was able to pave a way for the nation of Israel to come and settle in the richness of that land. (Genesis Chapter 47)

It is important to understand that your place of dwelling has the potential to become a refuge for those in need. Regardless of any impending danger, the promise of Abraham’s seed has carried over to you and me. When famine came into the Land in Isaac’s day, Isaac received the blessings of God, which was based on the faithfulness of Abraham.

Then the LORD appeared to him and said: "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath, which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." (Genesis 26:2-5)

Wow! The promise of God was given to Isaac through Abraham. Due to the conditions around him, Isaac was making plans to dwell in Egypt, but God said, “Live in the land I tell you to live in and the blessings of Abraham will be upon you.” What am I trying to say? The blessings of God is wherever He leads you, it is wherever you dwell. Regardless of any potential danger, the life of the Spirit in you and through you is dependent upon your obedience to the word of the Lord for you.

Now let’s get down to the heart of this message, “It’s time to stand your ground.” I believe the impending strategy of the enemy in this nation, and in certain parts of the world, is to get the people of God to exit the regions and states that God has sent them to dwell in. Why? Because, if the enemy can persuade the dwellers of God to leave a city or state, he has just increased his chances to carry out his evil intentions in that particular territory. I hope you can see just how huge this strategy really is. You are the sustaining power in the earth. You are the ones that are keeping the platelets from shifting in your land. The glory of God working through you is the refuge of any geographic area in the earth. You are the portals in your city that enable the angels of God to carry out the will of the Lord.

Can you hear this? You are not where you are at today by mistake. You are where you are at by divine appointment. Many years ago you moved to your city knowing God said, “Go.” Now, negative circumstances are trying to convince you otherwise. You know the voice of the Lord. I believe you heard Him rightly. Do not let the enemy turn your heart away simply because things are not going the way you hoped they would. Do not let him move you because of fear. Yes, I am speaking to those who have been gripped by fear. You have looked out across the world and said, “I don’t want to die like that. I don’t want my children to suffer an earthquake, flood, or volcanic eruption.” Of course you don’t. Who does? Nevertheless, remember, “God is our refuge, He is our fortress.”

Come on now. A spirit of survival is brooding over the earth right now. People are building survival shelters. Storing up food and water. They are being driven by fear, not wisdom. Do I think it is wise to store up food and water? Yes. I think it is always a good thing to prepare for any unexpected emergency. However, I have watched some of the Christian channels lately. They are profiting on your fears. I have seen this spirit at work in previous years, right before the year 2000. It is just as ugly and gross now as it was then.

Do not allow yourself to be seduced into a survivor’s mentality. You are an overcomer. You are more than a conquer. This means you are not here to just get by, or just get the victory; you are here to possess the land with the heart and mind of God. I stated in my latest video, “Transposing Circumstances” Lord send me to Japan! Did I mean it! Absolutely. Why? Because the spirit of David is in me. It’s the same spirit that is in this younger generation. I want to run into the middle of crisis, not away from it. I carry the solution of heaven in me. So do you. You have the courage of Joshua. You can take a few and overcome enormous odds.

April 14, 2011, Michael Danforth, Mountain Top International