[anzac] FROM an INTERCESSOR

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 23:02:49 -0500
NOTE:  The below word is from an intercessor that I know 
personally, who has spent years and years praying and waiting on
the Lord.  Intercession has been the hallmark of her Christian walk. 
And yet, she is one who has recently told me what a "CHANGE
OF SEASON" she has been sensing in her spirit. A very interesting
article by her below:
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"From PLOWING to REAPING"
-A Word to Intercessors by E.F. (-USA).

1 Kings 19:19-21 (NLT):
"So Elijah went and found Elisha, son of Shaphat, plowing a field 
with a team of oxen. There were eleven teams of oxen ahead of 
him and he was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to
him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and walked away
again. Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and 
said to him, "First let me go and kiss my father and mother 
goodbye, and then I will go with you!" Elijah replied, "Go on back!
But consider what I have done to you." Elisha then returned to his
oxen, killed them, and used the wood from the plow to build a fire
to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the other 
plowmen, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant."

As I was reading this several weeks ago, the Holy Spirit began to 
stir some new insights in my spirit. Firstly, Elisha, the one destined 
to receive the double portion, was plowing when Elijah found him.  
Many of us have likened our service of intercessory prayer to 
plowing - preparing the way for the Lord. We have prayed and 
waited, prayed and waited, and prayed again.  We have prepared 
by faith for a season to come.  Many of our young people have 
been destined for the double portion anointing, and we have been 
praying for them, prophesying to them, and training them in the 
trenches of intercessory prayer.  We have seen them diligently 
crying out for their generation in places like Kansas City, the 
boiler rooms of 24/7 prayer, the Calls and the Cause, plowing as 
Elisha did. Yet, when Elijah threw his mantle upon Elisha, the first 
thing Elisha did was to run away from the plow!!

Elisha was the twelfth plow, with eleven others going before him.  
He was following the lead of others, and his words to Elijah confirm 
his regard for those who preceded him. Elisha's heart must have 
leapt at the invitation to move forward with the very spirit and power 
of Elijah!  And if there was any hesitation in him, Elijah's admonition, 
"Consider what I have done to you" must have sealed Elisha's resolve.  
He would move with the purposes of God, and no turning back!

Elisha then does something curious: He slaughters the oxen, and 
burns up his plow.  This was a radical move, and put him past the 
point of no return - he had cut the ties to his former occupation.  
This has often been the case with men and women God has used 
mightily; think of the disciples of Jesus just walking away from 
their fishing boats and following Him.  Think of missionaries like 
CT Studd, who left a life of wealth and privilege to serve in the heart 
of Africa. Think of your own life... These sacrifices (in Elisha's case, 
a literal burnt offering) demonstrate our commitment to God, and 
our resolve to obey.

The roasted ox-meat soon became a meal for all the plowmen. 
Was it a form of witness that by participating in the eating of the 
former thing, they came into agreement with what Elisha was doing, 
even though it may have seemed sudden, radical, even revolutionary?

Many who have labored in the field of intercessory plowing are 
sensing a stirring of the Lord that it is time to shift from plowing to 
planting and reaping.  There are fields that are prepared for the 
sowing of the Word of God, and there are fields that are now ready 
to be harvested.  Isaiah 28:24-25 says; "Does a farmer ALWAYS 
PLOW AND NEVER SOW?  Is he FOREVER CULTIVATING the 
soil and NEVER PLANTING IT?"  The point of plowing is not just 
to have a nice, smooth field.  It is to prepare the soil to receive the 
seed... The sower MUST go out and sow!  If nothing of value is 
planted in the soil, weed seeds will overtake the field.

There are some among us who have been laboring at the plow for a 
long season.  Some have removed many boulders of offense and 
stones of stumbling through their faithful intercession.  Some have 
found rich soil in which to work, laden with the promises of God.  
But some of us are so yoked to the plow that we have not noticed 
the changing season, or falsely believe that the harvest we are 
believing for will spontaneously spring up from the ground! 

Romans 10:14 says, "How will they believe in Him whom THEY 
HAVE NOT HEARD?  And how will they HEAR WITHOUT A 
PREACHER?" The seed of the Word MUST be sown!  The gospel 
of the kingdom MUST be preached to all nations! (Matt. 24:14).

This will not happen all by itself, for we who have received faith from 
God must act on it!  In James 2:14-26, we are instructed that faith 
needs corresponding works to be complete.  If we truly believe that 
God wants to move in America, out in the world, amongst the 
youth, etc, are we lining up what we do with what we believe? Are 
we preaching in the streets, or supporting those who are?  Are we 
discipling young people?  Are we healing the sick, in Jesus' Name,
proclaiming liberty to captives, the favorable year of the Lord, and 
the day of vengeance of our God? Are we willing to give up the 
thing with which we have become comfortable (the prayer closet) 
and "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD and PREACH THE GOSPEL TO 
ALL CREATION" (Mark16:15) ???  Are we, like Elisha, willing to 
burn the plow?
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