Sometimes living in this world overwhelms me. One of those times happened recently. Concerns and fears were pressing in on me, and I was trying to hide. I realized that I had spent most of my life avoiding any person or situation that I thought would hurt me. In my mind’s eye, I could see myself. I was a pitiful, little field mouse. I was running from one hiding spot to another, not wanting to be in the open field. I knew that if I ventured there, the powerful birds of prey would pick me off. I felt like a victim, too small to fight back, too lowly to be confident. I felt ashamed of all that I was not. The snakes of shame were hissing reminders of what I was – a pesky, dirty, little rodent.
Then I felt the slightest breeze of the Spirit. The picture in my mind flipped. I rose from the ground and began to ride the wind. I was an eagle.
I WAS THE BIRD OF PREY.
I saw that pesky vermin running on the ground.
THAT WAS MY ENEMY.
The enemy was so small, yet I could spot him from a mile away. I could easily hunt him and swoop down to finish him off. And all the shame? Those filthy snakes of shame? Those were my food!
The Hunted had become the Hunter!
How glorious it felt to fly above the ground! How freeing and beautiful it was to be who God had made me to be! How wonderful to not be afraid! Then I remembered a passage of the book I had been reading by Rick Joyner, “The Valley.” In this prophetic allegory, a group of sojourners were making their way to the Mountain of God. They had to pass through the Valley of the Shadow of Death in order to get there. Elijah had come to give them guidance.
“You do not defeat an enemy by just getting past him. You defeat fear by growing in faith. You defeat despair by growing in hope. You defeat death by growing in life. True life is only lived by those who no longer live for themselves, but for The King, and do all things for His sake and for those He gave His life for.
“This valley is here to help you find true life…but to find that path, your goal must be greater than getting through the valley. You must resolve to seek out and destroy the enemies that are in it,” Elijah continued…
Finally Charles spoke up:
“This would be a radical change of not just our strategy, but my understanding of our purpose. So the path of life is found by seeking the enemy? And then to be on the offensive and attacking? I am sure most of us were thinking we needed to do all we could to avoid the enemy, to just get through it. I thought finding the path of life was done by seeking the path of life, not fighting.”
“To do His will is the path of life for everyone. This is His will for you here. This valley has a high purpose, and part of it is to prepare you for the rest of your journey to the mountain, and then to be of use to The King in the great battle to come. You must become true warriors, and no true warriors seeks to avoid the enemy…
“In this valley lie your greatest fears. They are your greatest threats and your greatest challenges. That gives the potential to be the place of your greatest victories…
“The Lord created this valley, but men made it the Valley of the Shadow of Death. So He uses it to seal in His people who they are called to be – warriors that do not kill, but impart life. They do not wound, but heal. They do not oppress, but set captives free.”
The enemies that I am to hunt and destroy are fear, doubt, and shame (just to name a few) in myself and others. But when I flap my great wings, I will bring the wind of healing and refreshing to people. People are not my enemies.
A few days later I randomly opened my Bible and started reading Esther 8. Again I found an example of divine reversal.
The Hunted becomes the Hunter!
The King had given Haman permission to draft a law that authorized the enemies of the Jews to rise up and kill them. The King didn’t realize that his lovely queen was a Jew. Her people were facing utter annihilation. The queen went to the king and in one moment, with one decision of the king, the entire picture flipped. He allowed Mordechai to draft a law that permitted the Jews to strike back. Fear of the Jews fell on all the other people. Just the day before Esther was praying for the courage to reveal that she was a Jew. But in that day:
“In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.” (Esther 8:17)
Esther was bold, and she and her people fasted and prayed. But it was God who gave them victory over their enemies. I went back to reading Psalm 18. I had been reading it for a few weeks and I just wasn’t getting it. Why did I keep returning to it? What did God want to tell me? Finally it became clear. God was taking me from being the prey to being the predator.
The Hunted becomes the Hunter!
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes. (NIV)
As I was pondering all these things in my heart during the next week, I encountered this scripture on Facebook and then Pandora.
Psalm 2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
1 Why do the nations gather together?
Why do their people devise useless plots?
2 Kings take their stands.
Rulers make plans together
against the Lord and against his Messiah by saying,
3 “Let’s break apart their chains
and shake off their ropes.”
4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs.
The Lord makes fun of them.
As soon as I picture God up on His throne, laughing at my enemies, I am up there in the sky with Him. I can see how small and weak the enemy is compared to my God. I can see the joy on His face, the fire in His eyes. He isn’t worried. Not about the mice or the snakes. Not about me either. He is laughing because He knows all that there is to know. He sees all that can be seen.
He is laughing because He sees His eagles rise and begin to hunt.
(Recently David Lebo released a prophecy confirming all of this. “I am setting My Eagles Free.”)