Chuck Pierce has just started a “28 Day Prayer Focus” for us to see our way into victory. Each day is jammed full of awesome insight, revelation and Scriptures to meditate on. Now I know from Chuck that you can start the focus the day you receive this article. Just start on Day 1 and go from there. We’ll post more days of this prayer focus as we receive them from Chuck Pierce.
I just left Ché Ahn’s Prophetic Seer Conference in Pasadena. The meetings were incredible. Beginning today is the new Devotional Series, 28 Days to See Your Way into Victory! Devotions and Prayer Focus to Release You to See Your Future! We begin this week by entering into and allowing the Lord to open our eyes so we may SEE! Seeing is a prophetic dimension that allows you to gain the revelation you need to advance into your future. Without prophetic revelation a people perish. This is a season to SEE before we HEAR! Get ready for your eyes to be opened!
My dear friends in California, Marilyn and Glenn Noorda, just sent this picture (which was taken just a few days ago) of their Almond Tree. Robert Heidler has explained how the almond tree is the first tree that blossoms, representing the change in season. This tree also represents the power of watching. The Lord is watching to perform His Word. Let us begin this season of AYIN 5770 (the Jewish calendar year) by seeing the performance of our promises.
As we enter this season of SEEING, let us be like Jeremiah as the Lord asked him, “What do you see?” He answered, “I see an almond tree!” Look below…start this season by seeing the almond tree and watching for the performance of His Word! Below is the first day of devotions. The Lord instructed me to help us “see” better. In the process of seeing, we see our enemy in a new way. He showed me a three-fold spiritual force set against us! This evil structure consists of poverty, infirmity, and self-pity. These spirits work together in an attempt to blind and stop us from seeing the Lord’s best in our lives. Let’s begin to SEE, and then turn aside to LOOK as the Lord manifests Himself to us in a new way. Enter into Day 1!
Day 1: See Past a Spirit of Poverty!
The Church is in an incredible season of change, and I believe we are all sensing those changes in us and around us. I can hear the Lord saying to us, “What you seed will begin to produce great fruit.” There is a grace for our offerings to multiply—thirty to a hundredfold. This is a season to gain victory through giving in order to break the curse of robbing God. The Hebrew letter symbol for the year 5770, Ayin, not only means to see, but the word means to BUD FORTH! I declare that in this year and season ahead, you will see everything you have seeded, and everything you do seed, multiply, blossom and bud forth!
Cry out for an open Heaven over your life, family, territory, business, and ministry. Ask the Lord to shine His Light on all darkness so you can see! If the windows of Heaven open, every dark spiritual force that has trapped us in the past will flee. When the Heavens open, the Earth comes into a divine realignment. When the Heavens open, man worships and God renews covenant with man and the earth. Man’s authority activates God’s power! He then wars on our behalf! We need a wind of change from an open Heaven to blow upon us and produce victory! Victory is the defeat of an enemy or opponent. Victory occurs when we gain success in a struggle against some difficulty or some obstacle that is impeding our path! Victory is the state of having triumphed.
One cycle that I feel we must break is linked to the spirit of poverty. In a materialistic society, this spirit tends to blind us from seeing the will of God. We must declare victory over the spirit of poverty! This spirit has violated God’s perfect order and produced instability in many individuals. I feel that the Lord is saying that we need to take a violent and passionate stand on behalf of the Body of Christ concerning this spirit—that we must press through difficulties and storms to force an atmospheric change.
I declare that any atmosphere of poverty encircling around you or your sphere of authority will be invaded with the atmosphere of blessing and glory from Heaven. See His glory and then see how poverty is speaking to you. The Body of Christ needs to see restoration in our provision! Restoration is always linked with multiplication. Debt and past financial defeats in our lives need to reverse. Any spirit of poverty that has held our generational bloodlines in captivity and kept us from the fullness of the prosperity that God has for us must be broken. The Lord is breaking the power of begging in His people. He is making us a people of faith. He will change the identity of His people from beggars to kings! Ask HIM to reveal POVERTY now. See how poverty works in your life. Tomorrow we will continue.
Read Genesis 6-8…Noah found favor in His EYE. The Heavens and earth realign.
Meditate on Genesis 45, especially verse 11, There I will provide for you, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty; for there are still five years of famine. (NKJV)
Memorize Proverbs 11:24, There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right…but it leads to poverty. (NKJV)
Day 2: Poverty Refuses to See God’s Best!
The comments we are getting on these devotions are amazing. I want to be sure you gain momentum so that by Passover you have fully moved into the new, and are progressing toward the Lord’s best for this season. Lisa Lyons just wrote. She is in the process of moving here to Denton. She is doing the daily devotions, and this is what she shared: “During this moving process the last couple of weeks, the Lord has shown me some interesting things about how poverty operates. One is that you can never war or build effectively under its influence because it will not allow you to truly ‘count the cost’ of what is set before you…it causes you to underestimate, cut corners, and turn a blind eye to potential ‘giants’ in order to make the thing ‘affordable’ or ‘do-able’. Refusing to acknowledge the existence of the giants is just as bad as running from them!”
Here is today’s devotion:
The greatest spirit that we seem to be contending with in our material society is the second cord in the three-fold braid of captivity: poverty. (In the following days we will address the cords of infirmity and self-pity.) Poverty is refusing to become what God has created and destined us to be! Poverty includes the mindset of not believing that the Lord can branch us into the fullness of His plan.
Poverty is not just experiencing lack but also the fear that we will lack. Poverty occurs when we conform our circumstances to the blueprint that the world has surrounded us with. Therefore we never SEE who God really made us to be. Poverty occurs when the god of this world surrounds and influences us with only a world perspective, causing us to forget God’s ability in the midst of our circumstances. Poverty is the voice that says, “God is not able!”
Poverty can occur through various means. Two of the most common are oppression and wrong authoritative structures (see Isaiah 5:8). Fear can cause us to develop a mentality of covetousness or gluttony (see Proverbs 23:21) and produce poverty. Poverty causes us to become indolent or lazy (see Proverbs 24:33-34). Haste leads to poverty (see Proverbs 28:22), which occurs when we fall into “get rich quick” schemes. Poverty can occur if we resist the Holy Spirit and therefore negate the blessings of the Lord.
What Are the Causes of Poverty?
The main cause for poverty in our lives is the failure to harvest. When we do not gather the harvest, a poverty mentality is set against us. Many times, the enemy will wait until our harvest time to develop strategies of devastation against us. Like the Midianites who always stole the harvest from the Israelites (see Judges 6), the enemy has already devised a plan to eat up our assets and returns. We can plant. We can watch our crops grow. We can even have a time of harvest. But if we do not take our opportunity to gather and steward the harvest, a strategy of poverty will begin to develop against us. When we increase without developing the storehouses to contain what we have harvested, the enemy will gain access to our excess and to our future.
Other causes of poverty include: aligning with structures that cause interest rates to go beyond a godly mentality of interest (see Nehemiah 5:1-5), fear and an unwillingness to face our enemy (see Proverbs 22:13), and (succumbing to) persecution of faith (see 2 Corinthians 6 and 8).
Command the power of poverty and all blindness that has invaded your atmosphere to leave!
Read Judges 6. Memorize Proverbs 28:22. Meditate on Nehemiah 5.
Day 3: The War to See Poverty Break!
If you are sent to war but lose the battle, you wear a reproach until you gain a subsequent victory. Many in the Body are afraid to war. But war is necessary in order to conquer our enemies and take possession of what has been promised to us. War is receiving grace to fight (see 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:3-4). War is receiving the necessary armor for victory (see Ephesians 6:11-17). War produces an opportunity for us to enter into victory (see Revelation 3:21).
The Lord used armies to bring His people out of Egypt (see Exodus 12:51) with a trumpet sound and a battle cry. He brought them out with the Ark, the presence of God (see 1 Samuel 4:5-6). He used forces of nature when necessary to help them defeat their enemies (see Joshua 10). God always releases strategies that enable us to plunder the enemies’ holdings, to prosper and to stand (see Matthew 10; Ephesians 6). He has a banner of victory over us. While Jehovah Nissi puts a banner over us to cover us, the Lord Sabaoth sends the hosts of Heaven to help us. He is God of the armies of Earth (see 1 Samuel 17:45) and God of the unseen armies of angels (see 1 Kings 22:19). He is the Lord of the armies (see Romans 9:29). He already has victory for you! See your victory over poverty!
We are required to combat poverty by being kind and generous to others. Like Ruth in Boaz’s field, we combat poverty by allowing people to glean in our vineyard and provide them with access to our excess (see Ruth 2). We combat poverty by developing strategies to help those who have been ravaged by systemic poverty. In other words, we help others gain wisdom on how to break out of the system that satan is using to hold them captive financially. We are also required to develop reaping strategies (see Amos 9:13). When we do this, we overcome and our increase will go from multiplication to multiplication.
Give Your Way Out of Poverty!
The issue of giving is probably one of the most controversial topics in the Body of Christ. Giving does not mean bringing a check or dollar to the Church. Rather, giving is built around a covenant relationship that is linked around an altar of worship. Giving occurs when we recognize that our King is righteous and legitimate. We bless the Lord so that He will take His stand righteously on our behalf. Giving occurs when we worship! Giving occurs when we respond to authority with generosity and blessing. Giving occurs when we realize the lesser is blessed by the greater—that God is the Greater King and we should want to give all to Him. Giving occurs when we do not hold back what we have been entrusted with by the Lord! Find a place to give. I awaken each day and ask the Lord to show me opportunities to give. He took our poverty by giving His Son!
The generation that came out of Egypt was filled with poverty resulting from slavery. Therefore, they resisted the war that would be necessary for them to be established in the abundance of God’s promises. Their fear caused their perspective of God’s purposes to be clouded and confused. They lost the ability to advance and enter into success. They could only see their enemy and not their victory! The enemy was in fear of them because they knew God was backing them. Riches were waiting for the covenant people of God and had to be postponed to another generation that would develop a mentality of dominion.
I decree that you succeed. May you be blessed and have success in all that you put your hands to! The Lord will give us the power to adapt to every circumstance so that we can have success and bring forth His covenant plan (see Deuteronomy 8:18). To succeed means to follow after, dispossess the enemy and possess or occupy his territory. It means to master the place or position that the Lord assigns to us. Success occurs when we accomplish God’s redemptive plan for our lives. If we receive revelation, honor the prophets and are at the right place at the right time doing the right thing, we will succeed.
Joshua 1:8 says, This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Success occurs when we behave wisely and act prudently and when we study to develop skill and understanding. There is already help on our road to cause us to succeed.
Read and Meditate on Numbers 14, Joshua 1, and Deuteronomy 1-2, 20.
Day 4: See Your Way Into Wealth!
We are in an era of seeing and establishing our future. During this time, the Promises of God are extended from one generation to another. We are being called to worship in a new way and develop a memorial through our giving!
In Jacob’s quest as he fled from Esau, he traveled three days to Bethel. That night, he took “one of the stones” to rest against as he slept, and God gave him a vision of a ladder (or staircase, as some translate it) from Heaven to Earth.
John 1 explains that the ladder symbolizes Jesus Christ. Jacob was unaware of God being near him. Many of us in our journey of life are unaware of how close the Lord is to us to save us from all of our messes and manipulations. He opens Heaven for us and brings Heaven’s blessings to our lives. He alone can take us to Heaven. Jacob thought he was in a lonely wilderness and discovered that he had been at the very gate of Heaven! Jacob, who still has some scheming, offers God a tithe of everything he has if He will be with him on his journey ahead and bring him into the fullness of his destiny! We can “see our way into a new dimension of wealth.”
We have been Given the Power to Get Wealth and Riches!
Wealth is an abundance of possessions or resources. During the times of the patriarchs, wealth was measured largely in livestock—sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and camels. This was true of Abraham (see Genesis 13:2), Isaac (see Genesis 26:12-14) and Jacob (see Genesis 30:43; 32:5). People of the ancient world also measured wealth in terms of land, houses, servants, slaves and precious metals. The prime example was King Solomon, whose great wealth is described in 1 Kings 10:14-29. That power to get wealth is key to our covenant advancement (Deuteronomy 8).
Never forget—wealth comes from God! The prophet Amos thundered against the rich and prosperous inhabitants of Israel, who sold “the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals” (Amos 2:6). Their wealth was corrupt and under a curse because it was founded on exploitation of the poor. Wealth and money are two different things. Many times we look at how much money we have, and that determines our faith level. When we SEE the balance in our bank account we experience anxiety or our faith rises up. Money can be a great tool for bartering and advancing or the love for money can be the root of all evil.
By contrast, “riches” means receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit to enable us to accomplish what we are called to accomplish. A person’s gift is linked into the concept of wealth. Riches are linked with accumulation, or what we have amassed. A stewardship plan is devised from our riches. The more we steward our riches properly, the more we will receive. This is not just a money issue! God is looking for people who will shift in their stewardship so that He can release a transfer of wealth.
Look up! See your provision in a new way. See your wealth in a new way. See your money supply in a new way. See how to take what you have and multiply! See your increase in assignment!
Read Genesis 13, Genesis 28, and Deuteronomy 8. Meditate on Luke 19.
Day 5: See Past Greed, Unbelief, and Fear
I am enjoying these devotions. Many are gaining revelation on how to see poverty working in their lives. Keith Pierce, my beloved brother, and a wonderful prophet just sent me this: “I saw a plate of cookies set before a group of children, POVERTY said, ‘Grab at least three and hurry back and take the last one for soon they will be all gone.’ PROVISION said: ‘It does not matter, you can have the last one and not worry, because Mom will cook more because she loves you and wants you to be satisfied.’ Know that GOD is like the Mom, there is always an ample supply to be cooked. The ingredients for our provisions in the future never run out. The Lord has many ways to create abundance. Plenty is there for the asking. HE will supply. Fear makes us grab! Greed makes us horde!”
Sheryl Price, a key apostolic leader in the Body of Christ, sent me the following: “In 2 Kings 6, we find Elisha and his servant surrounded by Syrian military forces. This assault was ordered against them because the prophet had been given supernatural knowledge of the King of Syria’s military plans. Elisha seemed to be oblivious to the impending attack, yet his servant was quite worried. All he could see, in every direction he looked, were soldiers, and they were coming after him! Fear and unbelief gripped his heart and anxiety grew with each passing moment.
In this season of Ayin, the Lord desires to open our eyes to see what He sees, not what we are looking directly upon! From the very beginning of time, His plan was for us to see through our spiritual eyes which are imbedded with a lens of faith. God did this so that our physical vision would be directed by Heaven’s view rather than our own shortsightedness and unbelief! He created Adam and Eve with this capability as they looked upon and beheld the Lord daily in their communion with Him.
Adam was able to look at multitudes of animals and name them. If he saw that task through his natural eyes only, he would have fainted at the magnitude of his assignment. When the serpent deceived Eve, and both she and Adam sinned, the eyes of our lower nature opened. At that moment we lost our ability to see from Heaven’s viewpoint. But God! Sanctified by the blood and washed by its forgiving power, the way has been made for us to regain our true vision. LOOK AGAIN!
Elisha was able to face his serious situation with great faith because he saw something his servant did not see. Empowered by Heaven’s view, he went about his day in full assurance that God was on his side, and nothing the enemy could do would harm him. He had nothing to fear. After all, he could SEE that there were more on his side than the tiny Syrian army surrounding him. Elisha perceived his servant’s fear and unbelief and cried out to God asking that this man’s spiritual eyes would be opened. God answered, and the servant could see! Heaven’s view instantly empowered him with faith! The Scripture tells us that the entire mountain was full of chariots and angels of fire sent to protect God’s servants.”
Does it seem like God has forgotten you and the serious predicament you are in at the moment? Do you feel so surrounded by the enemy that you think there is no way out? God says, LOOK AGAIN! He is opening your spiritual eyes today to see what He sees. He is positioning you on the Heavenly vantage point. He is empowering you with great faith to win every battle before you, without fear. Lord, open our eyes that we may SEE! Don’t grab for your future, the provision is there for you to see.
Read: 2 Kings 6. Memorize: Genesis 3:7. Meditate on: 1 Chronicles 21:16, Luke 24:31.
Day 6: Sabbath is a Window Cleaner that Helps Vision!
We have been declaring that poverty would no longer rule or blind us. Our conscience is the key to seeing! When Jesus is defining the conscience, He admonishes us that the antagonist of our seeing is MAMMON. Matthew 6:19-24 says, Do not gather, heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in). (AMP)
There seems to be a key relationship between how we see, our heart’s desire, and whom we serve. Bob Dylan’s song, “You Gotta Serve Somebody” is so true. God made us to serve Him and to set aside one day a week to rest and meditate on all that He is about in our lives. This is key to our seeing. For in six days the LORD made the Heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11, NIV)
By remembering the Sabbath we will see clearly? From the Mount, God told Israel to remember the Sabbath and sanctify that day. This meant to stop doing any creative work and break out of the cycle from the preceding week. God made all creation in six days and rested on the seventh. To be a true Son or Daughter, we are commanded to rest on the Sabbath. I was recently in Las Vegas, and I asked the Lord, “What is the real problem here?” I heard Him say, “Sabbath is not part of this culture!” Until Heaven and earth pass away, we must recognize Sabbath (Matthew 5:17-19). When we do, we acknowledge Him as Lord over creation and time. This is part of seeking Him first and seeing. There are blessings, vision, and rewards for those who seek Him first!
Isaiah 58:13-14 says, ‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’ The mouth of the LORD has spoken. (NIV)
Be intimate with Him today and seek Him. Break out of your old cycle of the week. See Him in a new way. Ask Him to cleanse your conscience from any infiltration of the world that invaded you the preceding week, and prepare yourself to see in the week ahead!
The conscience is a window between our soul and spirit. This window is easily dirtied. Sabbath is a major part of cleansing the window. You can gain more insight on this by reading The Rewards of Simplicity. Pam Pierce explains Shabbat in detail. Robert Heidler also has a wonderful book, The Messianic Church Arising, which will help you understand this principle.
Read Isaiah 58. Meditate on and memorize Matthew 6:22-24.
Day 7: Recover What Seems to Be Lost that You Have Borrowed
The cares of this world are blinding. The debt structure of so many is overwhelming and preventing them from building and seeing clearly into the future. We are given liberty to borrow, but we must remember that whatever we borrow, we must take care of until the owner receives his/her return. Linda Heidler recently wrote me about a passage of Scripture in 2 Kings 6. This is better known as “The Floating Ax Head” or “Recover What Seems to Be Lost that You Have Borrowed.” Linda writes:
“I saw something in the passage about the axe head being borrowed. The man who borrowed it was a good man. However, once we borrow something, we are obligated to give it back. In the man’s serving, that which he was using was lost. Not only is this a hard thing, but what he was using was loaned to him. Since it was lost, he owed a debt that he could not repay. This is a key passage about getting out of debt. The young prophet had to seek wisdom from the seasoned prophet to recover his loss!
2 Chronicles 20:20 encourages us to ‘heed the word of the prophet and we will succeed.’ If you will seek prophetic counsel and follow it, you will see God intervene to get you out of debt! This is what happened to us when we were so far in debt, and you told us to sell our house and pay off our debt. That was in 1997. It took almost a year, from February until November of 1997 to get the house in good enough shape to sell. During that time, the property values in our neighborhood increased dramatically and the interest rates for home loans dropped dramatically. We sold our house, paid our debts and came out with enough to build our present house which is almost twice the size and three times the value of our old house.
Debt can be blinding. When we borrow, we must remember that we are obligated to pay. Many feel trapped in the midst of debt and come into a place of just wanting someone to remove this burden or to pay-off what they have borrowed. To do this violates a principle of asking for, receiving, and following prophetic direction. Each one of us has something we can use. There is a resource that you have to pay your debt. Do not fear letting go of what you have. Do not fear of being left without any resources.
We had considered selling our house to pay our debt before we went to you, but were afraid of being left with nothing. We had to trust God that if we followed the counsel you gave us that He would not leave us in need, but would provide what we needed. We never imagined that He would provide so much, so far above even what we could have imagined. What happened with the axe head was a miracle, but when I think of what happened with us, it is no less a miracle. It takes faith to heed the word of the prophet for getting out of debt, but you will prosper if you do.”
Let’s ask the Lord to remove the debt that has blinded us. Thank Him that He redeemed you from debt so He can show you how to be delivered today from any debt that surrounds you. Even if you have lost what you borrowed, you can recover! You can SEE your way past your debt.
Read 2 Kings 6. Memorize 2 Chronicles 20:20. Meditate on John 3.
Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries