"Arise and Shine! God Is Giving Cities!"
By Ella Onakoya
Recently, the Lord gave me a dream where I was invited to speak at
a church with a large number of Believers. They were waiting in expectation for what the Lord had to say.
Casting Down Idols to Walk in Glory
I was ushered to a seat in the church, and my
heart grew in expectation as I started to hear the message I was to share in my heart. I heard these words: "I will give you the city. Arise and shine for your light has come (Isaiah 60:1)." This was a glorious message, but Genesis 31:34 was highlighted in
my heart as the Scripture to share with this message.
In the dream, I was surprised, as I knew the Scripture did not match with what I was given to share. I wondered why the Lord would give me a verse that seemed to have nothing
to do with it.
I woke up before I shared the message at the church. After I woke up, I looked at Genesis 31:34 to see what was in this verse. Intrigued, I read, "Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them in the
camel's saddle and sat upon them. Laban felt all about the tent, but did not find them.”
I asked the Lord what this could mean. Why would I be given what seemed to be two conflicting messages to share? I had a message
of a glorious awakening for the Church, where the Lord wanted to give the Church "the city"; then I had a message from Scripture that clearly had to do with idolatry.
As I meditated in prayer, it was impressed upon my heart
that the two messages were not, in fact, conflicting; they went together. The Lord revealed that there is some idolatry in the Church which needs to be removed and repented of so that the fullness of the glory can manifest.
Bible verse, Genesis 31:34, is about Rachel (Jacob's wife) stealing her father Laban's idols. Rachel sat on the idols to hide them so that Laban would not find the idols as she and Jacob escaped from him. When Laban overtook them and asked who took his idols,
Rachel continued to hide the idols and would not reveal that she had them.
Unfortunately, Jacob, who was unaware that it was his wife who stole the idols, made a curse that whoever stole them would die (Genesis 31:32).
Sadly, Rachel did die at childbirth (Genesis 35:16-19). Because she hid the idols, she was not able to fulfill her full destiny on the earth.
What Is an Idol?
our present day, idolatry is not restricted to physical images but has a much wider context. Idolatry (or other gods in our hearts) is every thought, idea, culture, mindsets or anything that we exalt above God. God is wanting us to release these idols to Him
in repentance and to exalt Him alone in our hearts. When He takes the highest place in our hearts, the fullness of revival that we seek will come.
God is wanting to take His rightful place where "church," for
many, should no longer be church as usual, but a meeting place where the perfect will of God is exalted in all we do. God's Church is not meant to be a kingdom made with hands, but a body of Believers whom God indwells to release His Kingdom on Earth as in
Heaven. Whenever we exalt our own ideas or anything else that is precious to us (i.e. gifts, family, leaders, etc.) above God Himself, it becomes idolatry.
A Joel 2:17 Moment
The Lord desires for us to walk in the greatest glory, but we must not hide our idols as Rachel did, but instead repent of them.
We are in a Joel 2:17 moment, where there is a clarion call to the Church
to seek the Lord with all of our hearts. Joel 2:17 is to be our heart's cry to God in this hour: "...Spare Your people, LORD. Do not make Your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their
God?'" Where the fire of God is present, the idols of this age will fall.
Testimony: Idols Removed!
Do you have a call on your life to possess a place or city for the Kingdom of God that has
idolatrous strongholds? This testimony will encourage you. Receive and walk in the fire of God's glory that will cause these strongholds to fall!
A few years ago, I was on a ministry trip where I was to stay
with one of the leaders in the church. When I arrived, the leader explained that the room I was to stay in had been occupied but that a place was available for me at her distant friend's house.
When we arrived
at her friend's house, we found various demonic-looking masks around the house that emanated evil. Upon seeing this, the leader, who had been unaware of what was in the house (since they were not close friends), assured me that she would drive me to a pastor's
house to stay. I was about to agree not to stay in that house, when I heard the Lord tell me to stay.
This was out of the norm for me, as I was always very careful to stay in a place filled with the presence
of God when I was ministering, or wherever I lived. I would also encourage others to remove demonic images from their homes (which is the right thing to do), but in a place where I had no authority or permission from the owners of the home to do so, God was
about to teach a useful lesson on walking in "dominion" authority!
I obeyed God, and for two weeks I stayed in this house of unbelievers who were living an immoral lifestyle, with demonic masks present in almost
every room. However, the Lord encouraged me to be fearless and that an atmosphere of worship and prayer would cause the evil presence to have no effect on me. In my room, the presence of God kept increasing as I worshiped throughout the day and night and prayed.
I walked in love with those in the house who were not saved. They began to comment that whenever I came out of the room where I slept, I emanated a "holy presence." The presence of God stifled the demonic activity in the house while
the Holy Spirit started to convict them.
One night, they came with me to a conference where I was ministering, and they gave their hearts to the Lord and repented before Him! I started to disciple them as they
began to hunger and ask questions about the Lord. Before I left, I saw one of them gathering the demonic masks in a black bin bag to remove them!
Dagon Will Fall Before the Carriers of the Ark of God
I hear in my heart that Dagon will once again fall before the carriers of the ark of God. (Dagon was a Philistine god that fell before the ark of God in 1 Samuel 5:4). The gods of this age will once again fall before the
presence of God, released by the sons and daughters of God who carry His glory. Idols of whatever form are not to be hidden, cherished or worshiped. They have to be removed for the glory so that we can possess our inheritance.
The Lord clearly wanted idols removed from that home, and He wanted hearts to be saved. The keys that the Lord used to do this were faith, worship, a lifestyle of prayer and the power of the Gospel.
also hear in my heart, "The power of corporate prayer from pure hearts will pull down idolatrous strongholds in government levels in the nations that had been hindering the manifestation of the moves of God. The saints of God are to carry and release the Jeremiah
1:10 mandate to uproot and pull down what is not of the Kingdom, and build and plant what is of God's Kingdom.”
Saints, let us seek the Lord and invite Him to shine His light on our hearts so that structures
that are not of Him will be removed, as this is the time for His glory to be revealed in us and to take the cities He has given to us.
By Ella Onakoya
Harvest of the Nations
Ella Onakoya is
the founding leader of Harvest of the Nations and the director of Harvest of the Nations School of Ministry. She is an evangelist, a prophetic watchman and an author. She preaches a message of revival and awakening in various churches and conferences in the
UK, Europe, America, Africa and Asia. She also teaches at equipping schools where she trains and equips the Body of Christ. She often ministers as a prophetic speaker to release God's heart and voice to churches, communities and nations. God releases salvation,
miracles, prophetic insights and various moves of the Holy Spirit where she ministers. For further information about her ministry please visit www.harvestofthenations.com .
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