This a.m. as I was seeking after Father God’s heart, I was given a vision. I saw Jesus mounted on a white horse, dressed in all of His kingly glory. I have seen this vision many times over this past season of praying in and preparing a generation to follow Him wholeheartedly. The vision quickly shifted to seeing myself dressed in knight’s armor (silver), mounted on a white horse with a sword in my right hand. In the vision, I kept awkwardly struggling to lift up the visor of my helmet with the Gauntlet on my left hand, while trying to wrestle my sword and helmet with my right hand, which was also in a Gauntlet. The visor kept falling back down over my eyes and I kept trying to lift it up, the end result being a crooked visor and frustration. I then noticed the struggle had impacted my posture on the horse, as well as my readiness to ride. The focus went next to the helmet alone with the visor clearly down. The vision shifted back again to me mounted on the horse, fully ready, sitting erect, looking courageous and bold, and ready to ride into battle.

As I pondered what I had seen I began asking the Holy Spirit to specifically reveal to me what I was supposed to understand from this encounter. I proceeded to research horse-mounted knights and their armor. I also studied Ephesians 6, which is the armor of God chapter. (While participating in the vision I recalled the Ephesians verses about the helmet and sword, and knew I was to pursue it further.) I began to sense for myself that trying to see where to go from here with my natural eyes will hinder me and cause me to be unprepared for the battle ahead; that watching and waiting for His promises to me and my family to come to pass with my natural eyes will only delay them because I need to move forward into the unseen with eyes of faith, boldly and confidently knowing I am following the Victorious One into this battle. The silver armor I was wearing represented being clothed with the knowledge of God and His redemption. The sword in my right hand indicated His authority and the power of His revealed word. The struggle with my left hand pertained to my weakness, which is to be rightly positioned in order for God’s strength to be demonstrated through it. The white horse represented a work of God’s spirit through man in purity, truth and righteousness awaiting those He has been preparing. It also indicated definitive warfare. The Lord had spoken to me earlier this week about the need to “go up a level” in preparation for the season ahead.

Too many believers are living by and for what they see with their natural eyes. It is paramount to understand verses 10-19 in Ephesians with the our eyes of our spirits, because there is necessary revelation contained within them. We have come through a season of preparation for holding onto our sword of the Spirit, the powerful word of the Lord, and moving forward in faith, following Jesus as He leads us, His sons and daughters, in establishing Kingdom dominion on the earth; “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9-13). In that position, we keep our focus on Jesus, and are now being called up as His elite warriors into the ensuing battle to uphold Kingdom truth and the principles and values this nation was founded on. We are being called up to be a voice of action on behalf of the weak, defenseless, helpless, and the general welfare of all. This call begins within the very regions we have been placed, and advances outward to the specific states and nations He is calling us to. This call is going out to every major mountain of society: government, media, education, arts and entertainment, business and economy, family and church.

What does this look like in our daily lives? It begins and ends with love for the Lord and love for others. The powers and principalities we wrestle with and Satan himself are incapable of operating in love. Therefore, when we operate with the supernatural love of Christ Jesus as the goal, the Ten Commandments are no longer religious outdated rules, but are rather a guide to protecting and manifesting His supernatural in and love through us to our Heavenly Father and to others. On a larger scale, it means this coming November, we become a voice with our vote for good stewardship and fiscal responsibility, character and integrity, for life, and for the family as covenanted and ordained by the Word of God. We move out to take a stand and to assume leadership positions that promote truth to again be revealed in this nation; revealed to all those “…whose minds the god of this age has blinded…” (2 Cor. 4:4, NKJ).

In 2 Timothy 3:16, it states “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (NLT). For far too long people have been trying to pick and choose verses and interpret them according to the times we live in; even voting as to whether they are relevant. There is nothing in the Word that gives us permission or direction to do so. Either we believe ALL Scripture is the inspired Word of God or we don’t, and we are blessed to believe it by faith. We don’t get to rewrite it according to our own agendas. We were not the ones chosen or called to write down the very Scriptures that have stood the test of time. We are rather privileged to be the ones chosen and called to give testimony to the truth contained in Scripture during a time in history (His story) where the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of Light will engage more violently than we’ve witnessed before in our lifetimes. We can no longer compromise the truth of His Word, of who we are called to be, and expect to be blessed. We are the ones chosen and called to manifest as the sons and daughters the earth is groaning for (“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” (Romans 8:18-22, NKJ)

We must become a voice who will visibly stand up in love at all times for the rights of: 1) the unborn, 2) orphans and children who are being victimized and trafficked, 3) the truth and preservation of healthy families, and 4) stewarding responsibly all we’ve been given, including character, integrity and purity. This is only the beginning, but we have to start doing what we are called to do and being who we are called to be. These issues are not political issues…they are issues of life. We are called to bring Heaven’s solution to the problems now facing so many on the earth through the love and shed blood of Christ, specifically and strategically to a world in need, and deceived by a world-wide anti-Christ spirit, which is a spirit of death.

His Church IS being built. His house of prayer (Matthew 21:13a) IS awakened to the realization of being in the midst of a battle against principalities, powers, rulers, and spiritual hosts of wickedness and darkness in the heavenly places, whose only goals are to kill, steal and destroy. His Kingdom, which is about love and abundant eternal life, WILL advance on the earth as it is in Heaven.

Where do we even go from here? Ephesians 6:1-9 says, “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth. And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Servants (employees and those not in a position of leadership), be obedient to those who are your masters (employers and those in positions of leadership) according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does,he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. And you, masters (employers and those in positions of leadership), do the same things for them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”

In America, we daily walk out encounters within the roles contained in these verses. If we choose to follow in faith these words of instruction, we are putting into action “loving God and loving others”; the two greatest commandments result in blessing and life. If we are struggling in any of these areas, we can “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). Repent means to make a change in the direction we’ve been heading. It’s time to make a major change in the direction this nation and the church has been heading. The resultant fruit of where we’ve been heading should be all the convincing we need that it’s time to reverse directions. We are called to “pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,” and to “open our mouths boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which we are ambassadors surrendered to His leadership and purpose, that we may speak boldly as we ought to speak!” (Ephesians 6:18-20, NKJ)

The Church is to be His hands, His feet, His voice and His Light invading the darkness and decreeing truth. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only life; He is the only answer to every problem on this earth and for every individual. There is so much more to be revealed through the obedient life of Christ, and His powerful sacrificial shed blood, death and resurrection. It’s time to awaken from our slumber, complacency, compromise and busyness with things that are not eternal. Let’s put on our armor, take up our sword, mount up and prepare to ride, mightily carrying and demonstrating the supernatural love of the Lord Himself, and the power of who He is in and through us – His Body – His sons and daughters. Let’s move out by faith, following His victorious leading into this very real spiritual battle between darkness and Light (the real battle has never been between people, cultures, political parties, doctrines or ideologies – liberalism vs. conservatism or humanism vs. Christianity vs. Muslim, nations, etc.).

Heaven is anxiously waiting to rejoice over multitudes of invaluable treasures of lost and hurting souls coming out of darkness and into the Kingdom of Light. It’s time to advance into the darkness of the enemy’s camp to take back ALL he has stolen from the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s not only time to advance, but it’s time to lead the charge in truth! We have been prepared with faith that rests firmly in the Truth. The Truth we move out for is Hope; Christ who lives in us, the only hope of glory! And the greatest of these we live, breath and move for is Love made manifest. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13, NKJ). May the light of His truth dispell the darkness in every nation, and especially in the nation we have been called to be awaken!