In recent decades it has become popular to constantly tear down, erase, and attack our core values and history. What’s up with that? Whether it was by taking a knee at a football game or changing common words and phrases that implied a sense of morality into other words and phrases that are similar but neuter the impact, Satan’s tactics are always slight, slippery, and deceiving. No longer is anyone guilty of sin because sin “doesn’t exist”, nothing is absolute, all is relative – and to not do it “their way” is to hate and not love. The thought of attempting to eradicate accountability may be embraced by what feels like a whole generation, but in reality it creates a hunger to know right from wrong that is growing at light speed.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”Edmond Burke
The Issachar anointing. What exactly IS it, and who ARE the Sons of Issachar? They are a group of men in the Old Testament known for their keen insight and understanding of the times and knowing what Israel should do (see 1 Chronicles 12:32). One of their primary secrets, however, is simple. They were able to grasp the future because they studied God Himself, His character and actions, to see what He was doing in the past and the present.
I was fascinated recently by what all comes up whenever you search on the Sons of Issachar, and amazed at just how many out there want to capitalize on it! I posted a blog back in February of 2022 that highlighted the Sons of Issachar, but thought it might be worth revisiting and expanding upon because I believe the insight and understanding these men had is something we should all have!
Three questions come to mind that are in alignment with what the Sons of Issachar may have been asking:
- What is the Lord doing?
- What has the Lord done in the past?
- What is the Lord going to do?
Looking at this through the lens of scripture we can see:
- Revelation 1:19 confirms the importance of these three questions, when the Angel tells John to “write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later”.
- Ephesians 6 tells us who our enemy is, providing us with our armor.
- Daniel 2:22 tells us that it is God who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.
- Psalm 25:14 tells us there’s a private place reserved for the lovers of God, where they sit near him and receive the revelation-secrets of his promises.
Why is this important? How does knowing about the Sons of Issachar help us define tactics that align with God’s partnership strategy and give us insight to pray? Luke 12:35 tells us that we are to be dressed in readiness and to keep our lamps burning, and in verses 56-57 of that same chapter we find Jesus chiding the pharisees for knowing how to predict the weather but not the times.
56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? 57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?
This tells me that we should all be looking at the signs of the times, to be casting aside the speculation in detail we get from so-called media sources, and through the lens of who God is, His character, promises, and His word, to be judging for ourselves what is right!
Think of our children in this dark age and all the pressure they face through a constant bombardment from the secular worldview. Even our elementary kids are now being lied to about gender and encouraged to keep dark secrets from their parents. When we (as the Church) don’t have the answers they seek, they will automatically be given their answers from the father of lies instead. Having insight with understanding on the Lord’s character, who He IS, what He has done, is doing, and will do is what enables us to have the answers they seek, and to do effective battle against the enemy.
What this means is that through abiding (staying connected to Him), any one of us can ask the Lord for and expect to walk in the Issachar anointing. Those who have this anointing and understanding have a firm foundation of Biblical knowledge and Biblical worldview.
Keep in mind this is not about rules, it’s about relationship. Rules says, “If you do these things then I will love you”. Relationship affirms to us that when we willingly surrender our power to His power, His power can flow through us. Ask God to give you a visual of that. Purposefully seek Him on a continual basis – meaning if you have to miss meeting Him in your secret place for a time, no guilt, but you intentionally purpose to pick back up and begin meeting Him again, and again, in the mountains and valleys of life, in the fiercest of storms as well as in the doldrums where the wind doesn’t blow – not so that He will love you more but so His power can flow through you as you stay connected and He is able to impact your world through you. This vital connection is how you hear God speaking, how you see where God is moving, how you know God’s heart, and receive His orders for action.
Picking up on the radio waves of Heaven is sometimes kind of like picking up on the pipe music playing in a loud, crowded grocery store. Most people completely ignore it. Some hear it but don’t really discern it. Others may tune in. A select few not only tune in but sing along. Ask the Lord what song is playing in the Heavens that He wants you to tune in and sing along with today, in this moment of time. Then call down into the earthly realm what you are hearing in the heavens, for this is emphasized several times in scripture – “what you bind on earth”; “what you loose on earth”; if any two of you agree on earth”; “Your Kingdom come and will be done on earth” (Matthew 16:19; 18:18-19; 6:10).
God chooses in His sovereignty not to do in spite of you what He has already made possible to do through you
Consider this passage from Ezekiel 22:30-31, spoken at a time when the nation of Israel was far from Him, in light of this:
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD" Ezekiel 22:30-31
The judgement God brought on the people was deserved, but what if He had found someone willing to stand in the gap? Like Abraham with Lot in Sodom, would he have spared the city (or nation)? Apart from the work of salvation that the Holy Spirit alone can do, if the Church will not pray and stand in the gap, will God act? This verse is an indication that He chooses not to interfere and intervene if we choose not to ask Him to do so. This should make us all want to better understand our sphere of influence and how to exercise the authority we have been given, and to realize that corporate prayer – where two or more are gathered (Matthew 18:20) becomes like a multi-stranded rope that is unbreakable in strength.
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“God chooses in His sovereignty not to do in spite of you what He has already made possible to do through you,” God is making good on the commission he gave us in Genesis 1:26-28. Shortly, man surrendered that authority to the devil. Most believers act as if they were still powerless, though redemption has caused the limitless power and authority of the Almighty to take up residence within us and hand back the authority that had been surrendered.
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That is exactly right, amen and well said! Thanks for reading and commenting 😊
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