Anointed for War: Armed and Ready - Dyed4you Art

Anointed for War: Armed and Ready reminds us that whether we see it or not, and whether we feel it or not, God has equipped us for whatever fight is before us. 

  • 2 Corinthians 10:4 (VOICE)The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down the strongholds erected against His truth.
  • Ephesians 6:11-18 (VOICE) [including commentary from the Voice Translation in quotes] Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No, this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places. And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground. Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate, and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace. Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one. Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. “Paul knows that the real battles and dangers we face are not against flesh and blood. The enemies we see are real enough, but they are animated by spiritual forces of darkness that stay strategically hidden from view. These powers often reveal themselves in institutional evils—genocide, terror, tyranny, and oppression—but the weapons needed to combat them are not earthly weapons at all. What is needed, Paul advises, is to stand firm in God’s power and to suit up in the full armor of God. Although the devil and his demon armies are destined for destruction, they are serious threats now and must be resisted and beaten back. For Paul, the best offensive weapons we have are the word of God and prayer.” Pray always. Pray in the Spirit. Pray about everything in every way you know how! And keeping all this in mind, pray on behalf of God’s people. Keep on praying feverishly, and be on the lookout until evil has been stayed.

A Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “See Yourself Rightly.”

Psalm 139:1 (VOICE) O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am;

Beloved, I have seen you and I know who you are. I know you intimately, for everything concerning you, concerns Me. There is nothing about you that is beneath My notice, and in fact I know you far more than you even know yourself. I created you. So trust My understanding of who you are over your own skewed understanding.

Refuse to be the lion looking in a mirror convinced they’re seeing a house cat in the reflection. Understand the strength and power you have been given. To refuse to see the gifts I’ve given you does a disservice to all those around you because it robs them of the beauty of all that you are. 

So beloved, see yourself rightly. For it is not pride to acknowledge how you’ve been made, nor is it arrogance to acknowledge the strength you’ve been given. I AM with you and I sustain you – of course you are mighty! My hand upholds you, and in Me you can do all things. So embrace the fullness of all you are.

A Gemstone Reflection by Naudia Willbroad entitled “His Banner Over Me is Love” is connected to this. 

{Dream} A tall lean woman with long brown hair down her back fighting against a whipping wind to erect a banner flag on a make shift pole out of a crooked long piece of wood. The banner has the colors of purple and turquoise. There is a tree in the middle that with a closer look are made out of peacock feathers. The phrase running through my head as she is raising this banner is “His Banner Over Me is Love.” The environment gives the sense of a war torn land. It’s dark with the wind whipping like there is a storm yet there is almost a glow of that purple and turquoise that are being reflected from the flag. 

The sense as I woke up from this dream is that this woman is persisting in the knowledge of truth that God’s banner over her is love and she will be victorious in this battle raging around her. She is declaring that truth as a statement to the enemy and also as a statement to her brothers and sisters in Christ who are losing hope. She is declaring that God is victorious and they will be too. Her strength against the opposition comes from this truth that God loves her, He is covering her, and they (God and His children) will be victorious!

As I was recording this dream the song, “In The Eye of the Storm,” – featuring Gabe Real with Ryan Stevenson started playing.  This song reminds us that even as the storm is raging God is still in control. He is guarding and protecting us and His love surrounds us always. It is up to us to choose to trust Him no matter what is going on because He will never fail us.

Psalms 20:1-9 (AMP) May the LORD answer you (David) in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high [and defend you in battle]! May He send you help from the sanctuary (His dwelling place) And support and strengthen you from Zion! May He remember all your meal offerings And accept your burnt offering. Selah. May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your plans. We will sing joyously over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, But we will remember and trust in the name of the LORD our God. They have bowed down and fallen, But we have risen and stood upright. O LORD, save [the king]; May the King answer us in the day we call.

Psalms 60:4-5 (AMP) You have set up a banner for those who fear You [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder–a banner to shield them from attack], A banner that may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That Your beloved ones may be rescued, Save with Your right hand and answer us.

Another Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Powerful Weapons.”

2 Corinthians 10:4 (AMP) The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

Beloved, the things of My Kingdom rarely make sense to the natural mind. From a human perspective, brute force seems like strength, while tenderness and compassion can seem weak and powerless. But from a spiritual perspective, love and compassion are two of the most powerful weapons you can wield. 

So resist the urge to assume you are weaponless and ineffective, for that is simply a lie from the pit of hell. You have more than enough assets on hand with which to wage effective warfare. So use them well. Love well. Walk in truth. Be righteous. Stand in faith. And in all, know that I AM with you and working in and through you.

A prophetic download from Dorinda Agosto is connected to this. It’s called “My Promise to You.”

A sky so dark, smoke rising from the ground.
Broken and battle weary, not an ally to be found.
Bruised and battered, I fall to my knees.
I cry out loud, “Lord help me please!”

The enemy sees me and feigns sympathy.
He sighs and says, “If you’d only serve me.
I can fix everything just as you like.
A peaceful life without any strife.”

“Away from me, Satan! I don’t belong to you!”
He roars in defeat and says, “God doesn’t love you.
Stay on the ground covered in sin!!
That’s where you belong and you will never win!”

Sobbing out loud, I sink face down.
In my heart I feel I have no right to make a sound.
I dig at the ground to bury my sin.
But the sound of my cry is lifted up by the wind.

It floods Your throne room and You hearken my cry.
Out of the heavens You quickly fly.
You come to my rescue, lift me up from the dirt.
You cleanse me with hyssop, You heal my hurt.

You remove my tattered garments, a new robe I adorn.
“My child I rejoiced on the day you were born.
You’re destined for greatness, just wait and see.
Stay steadfast, stay focused, keep your eyes fixed on Me.”

A gold sash for my waist, a crown for my head.
You tell me to always remember what You’ve said.
“I love you forever no matter what you do.
Just call out my name and I’ll be here for you.”

You hug me tight and I lean against Your chest.
Safe in Your arms is the best place to rest.
“You’ll love me forever no matter what I do?”
“Yes my child. That’s my promise to you.”

Another Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “Strengthened and Made Whole.

Psalm 51:17 (NKJV) The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.

Beloved, when you come to Me with all your precious, broken pieces, I make you whole. So resist the urge to continue seeing yourself as somehow less than what you are, for you are no longer the same. You have changed. By My Spirit you are strengthened and made whole. 

And as you submit your yielded heart to Me, that is an offering most pleasing. And then together, My beloved one, we can be a force as you move in My strength and authority on behalf of the Kingdom. Know who you are in Me.

A final Prophetic Nugget from “Daily Downloads from Heaven” by Meghan Williams is connected to this. It’s called “A Warrior of Peace.”

Ephesians 6:15 (TPT) Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.

Beloved, I AM YHVH Shalom – the Lord your peace. But peace that comes from Me is no passive, fragile thing. My peace is a force to be reckoned with. My peace isn’t powerless in the face of turbulence or chaos, for My peace wars against it. 

And beloved, you have been given My peace and are called to walk in it. This includes taking territory for Me. You are an atmosphere changer. You restore My peace everywhere your feet may land. You are a warrior of peace – doing battle against the confusion of the enemy simply by being who I have made you. So walk in peace you have been given.

The name of the silk in this image is My Carrier of Peace. The colors in it are sky blue representing open heaven and rain, electric blue representing intensity, brandy representing rich life coming forth from the dry places, and black representing shadow of the Almighty and hovering of Holy Spirit. When God first highlighted this silk to be included it felt contradictory to the warrior theme, but then He brought to mind a couple things. The first is inherent in the Hebrew word for peace, “shalom,” which isn’t a passive peace, but rather a peace that wars against chaos. In the same way, we are called to carry His peace which wars against the chaos of the world and the evil one. The second thing He brought to mind was in Ephesians 6 where scripture outlines the armor of God. In verse 15, we are called to have our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Thus our identity as a warrior is perfectly aligned with being His “carrier of peace.”

Thank You, Father, that You equip and prepare us. We don’t have to “feel” ready to be ready. As we step in faith – trusting who You are and who you’ve made us to be – we can be assured of victory. For Your light always breaks through the darkness. So we yield, and trust ourselves to You.