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God Will Turn the Tables


A few days ago, I mentioned what theologians call the “law of first mention.” This refers to the general rule that the first time a major subject is mentioned in the Bible, significant facts are introduced concerning it that will remain consistent and relevant throughout the scriptures. The first mention of the serpent - satan - is in Genesis 3:1:


Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which

The Lord God had made. And he said to the woman “Indeed, has God

said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’” (emphasis added)


It is easy to see this law at work here, as the verse speaks of satan’s subtlety or craftiness. God is informing us of one of the most important things we must remember about satan: He is far more dangerous to us as the crafty serpent than the roaring lion.


“Crafty” is the Hebrew word aruwm, taken from aram, which means “to be bare or smooth.” We actually use the same concept in our English language - someone who is crafty or wily is often referred to as “slick” or as a “smooth operator.” Such is the case with satan. He is very cunning, and we must be wary of his attacks and deceptions. He is always seeking to steal, kill, destroy (see John 10:10) and grab the bigger portions - and he does it with great skill.


Adam was not wary enough of the crafty serpent in the garden. He heard and saw him, but was unaware of his plans. Because of this, satan was successful in invading and violating his garden.


This same word, crafty, is used in Joshua 9:4, to describe a plan the Gibeonite people used to deceive Israel: “They also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins worn-out and torn and mended” (emphasis added). The Gibeonites were one of the Canaanite tribes Joshua and Israel were supposed to dispossess. This nation, however, deceived the Israelites into believing they were from far away and had made the journey to form a covenant with them. Joshua and the people neglected to pray about this - always a part of satan’s subtlety - and were therefore deceived into entering a binding, covenantal agreement with these people.


It must be said that the Israelites were not without warning. In Exodus 34:12, they were told. “Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going or it will become a snare in your midst” (emphasis added). The Israelites failed in their responsibility to watch, and just as the verse warned, the crafty snare was laid.


We can conclude from the Israelites’ suspicion of the Gibeonites that God was obviously trying to alert them. Joshua 9:7 says, “The men of Israel said to the Hivites [Gibeonites], ‘Perhaps you are living within our land; how then shall we make a covenant with you?’” Rather than heeding this caution, however, they acted on what they saw. The Israelites were not watching. We must remember things are not always as they appear. The following story illustrates this:


A traveler between flights at an airport went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies, sat down, and began reading a newspaper. Gradually, she became aware of a rustling noise. From behind her paper, she was flabbergasted to see a neatly dressed man helping himself to her cookies! Not wanting to make a scene yet wanting to let him know that they were hers, she leaned over and took a cookie herself.


A minute or two passed, and then came more rustling. He was helping himself to another cookie! Finally, they came to the end of the package.

There was one cookie left. She was so angry she didn’t dare allow herself to say anything. Then, adding insult to injury, the man broke the remaining cookie in two, pushed half across to her, ate the other half, and left.


Still fuming sometime later when her flight was announced, the woman opened her handbag to get her ticket. To her shock and embarrassment, there she found her pack of unopened cookies!


How disheartening it is to discover the error of wrong assumptions!


Though Israel “ate the wrong cookies” and was subsequently taken advantage of, there is an incredible and positive ending to the Gibeonite story. God used the “craftiness” of the Gibeonites to picture satan’s craftiness. He told Joshua to make them “hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord” (Joshua 9:27, emphasis added). The altar of the Lord was where the blood of atonement was shed, and as such pictured Christ’s Cross. Just as the “crafty” Gibeonites were used to prepare items for the animal sacrifices, God used satan, the “crafty” one, to make preparations for the ultimate sacrifice - Christ’s crucifixion. One can only imagine satan’s excitement as he “hewed the wood” (prepared the Cross) for Christ’s sacrifice. How crafty must he have felt as he orchestrated the making of the Crown of Thorns, watched the spikes being driven, and the spear being thrust into Christ. But his joy turned to terror when he learned he was aiding in his own destruction. God had turned the tables on the crafty one!


The outcome of the Gibeonite story is an incredible assurance that God can reverse the subtleties of our adversary, the devil, and use them to bring about good. Through His amazing wisdom, which always supersedes satan’s subtlety, our mistakes can actually become the instruments of God’s redemptive purposes. The Cross is God’s ultimate proof that He can turn your circumstances around and even bring good through evil.


God intends to do this for America. Satan has deceived many in our nation. Some believe we simply don’t need God. The devil has convinced others that there are many gods and/or many ways to God. Others have been deceived into outright rebellion. God, however, is going to save millions of deceived Americans. There is coming a strong revelation of his son, Jesus, and His salvation. The presence of the Lord will be heavy in our land, opening the eyes of many. Do not doubt this. He is coming with a tidal wave of love and mercy to the lost and hurting.


Get ready!


“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (or craftiness) of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:11-13 NKJV)


Pray with me:


Father, there is no one in our nation that has not been fooled by the serpent’s craftiness. But I hear Holy Spirit saying You are releasing a spirit of discernment into the church that will cause us to be much more skillful at recognizing satan’s activities, so we ask You for this. Train us to be alert. If we are alert, You are faithful to make us aware of satan’s schemes.


Raise up effective watchmen and women to protect us from satan‘s schemes and plans - at personal, as well as corporate levels. Give us government watchmen. Raise up city watchmen. Give congregations watchmen. And train us to do this for our families and homes.


Forgive us for allowing so much ground to be taken by the deceiver in our nation. Forgive us for allowing the crafty one to take over our education system, our government, our media, and other segments of our culture. Forgive us for allowing him into the church. Even after this past election, when the church should be rallying together for prayer and strategy to stop the hideous plans of darkness, we find many leaders preferring to fight with other believers. Forgive us. You have told us the greatest of all spiritual traits is love - not sound doctrine, not theology, not the gifts of Holy Spirit - but love. And yet, we allow the crafty one to deceive us into causing disunity and strife. This must break Your heart. Please forgive us and deliver us from this deception.


In spite of this, Lord, You are going to reverse the strongholds of darkness over America. You are going to take the crafty one in his craftiness. You will use satan‘s own plans and strategies against him. Like they did at the Cross, his plans will backfire. Therefore, we ask You with fervent prayer: Bring it! Turn the tables! Work his evil for our good! We know You can do this, for Yours is still the Kingdom (the rule), and the power, and the glory...forever!!! In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Our decree:


We decree that a higher level of discernment is now being released to the church. The prophetic anointing (that brings this discernment) will not be despised; it will be celebrated.



Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Watchman Prayer.


Arkansas and South Carolina are Standing for Life


The fact that we are having to fight for the life of unborn babies is in and of itself mind-numbing. Yet, America has been making significant strides for life over the last few years. President Trump was a supporter of life and made that evident by his placement of 3 conservative, constitutional justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first and only president to march for life. He rolled back the Mexico City policy, which ended the provision of U.S. tax dollars supporting abortion providers and practices internationally, and defunded Planned Parenthood here in the U.S. In the years of his presidency, America chose LIFE! The religious leaders referencing we who fought spiritually for him in the election as a “Trump cult” should give these facts some thought.


Biden, on the other hand, immediately reinstituted the Mexico City Policy and is working quickly to re-fund abortion providers domestically. In fact, Jay Sekulow’s ACLJ reported this week, “Biden has just nominated quite possibly the MOST PRO-ABORTION Secretary of Health and Human Services EVER. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has not only spent his entire career promoting pro-abortion laws, but he has also vindictively targeted pro-lifers. He’s not just pro-abortion, he’s anti-life… He sued Little Sisters of the Poor to force them to pay for abortion pills, fought to allow race- and gender-based selective abortions, tried to overturn pro-life laws – not only in California, but NATIONWIDE – and prosecuted pro-lifers.” And get this… he has no medical experience at all. You can click here to sign a petition to demand the Senate reject Mr. Becerra’s nomination.

The battle for life is now going to have to be won at the state level. As I told you the other day, a number of states are positioning themselves to choose life when Roe v Wade is overturned at the Supreme Court. (This will not make abortion illegal natonwide; it simply returns it to the states to do as each chooses.) There is confidence now that the right case is going to come to the Court in the next few years, and Roe v Wade will be overturned.


I am very proud to live in one of those states—South Carolina. Last Thursday, Governor Henry McMaster signed South Carolina’s Heartbeat Bill into law. This bill prohibits most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. This is possible between 6 and 8 weeks gestation. Almost all babies will be protected under this law! It was immediately opposed in court by the usual crowd, led by Planned Parenthood. The state’s Attorney General Allan Wilson said of the opposition, “[We will] vigorously defend this law in court because there is nothing more important than protecting life.” 1


This week, Arkansas is considering a state Senate Bill to protect life in the womb. AR SB 6 is based on The Moral Outcry. Let me remind you what that is, then we’ll talk about the significance of this bill.


Allan Parker is a constitutional attorney who spearheads The Moral Outcry. Allan represented Norma McCorvey, the woman who was Roe in Roe v. Wade. She is now deceased and sadly will not see her case overturned, as she so desired. Allan understands the case completely and is on our side – the Lord’s side! He explains the reason The Moral Outcry is necessary:


“In the 1992 landmark case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the US Supreme Court had an opportunity to reverse Roe v. Wade, and its companion Doe v. Bolton. In conference, the justices voted 5-4 to overturn Roe and Doe but at the 11th hour, before the opinion was released, a centrist coalition of moderate judges – including Justice Kennedy who switched his vote – was formed to write a compromise that would weaken the Roe and Doe decisions, but still leave abortion as the law of the land. What might have happened on that day if more pro-life voices had been heard? What if a massive moral outcry had emerged from the American people? The Moral Outcry petition will serve as a symbol of that moral outcry. It will wake up the nation and galvanize the national conscience to end the scourge of abortion in America. It will declare that, as a people, we do not accept the compromise that leads to the unnecessary death of millions of innocent babies.”


Arkansas’s SB 6 is titled, “TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT; TO ABOLISH ABORTION IN ARKANSAS AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF UNBORN CHILDREN; AND TO PROTECT ALL HUMAN LIFE.” It will be considered a landmark bill if passed and goes to the Supreme Court.


You can go to the bottom of this page to find a link to the entire text of the Bill. For now, here are some highlights:


1) “It is time for the United States Supreme Court to redress and correct the grave injustice and the crime against humanity which is being perpetuated by its decisions in Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.” [You may want to read about the Supreme Court cases mentioned in the next few sentences if they are unfamiliar to you. We should all understand them.]


2) “The United States Supreme Court committed a grave injustice and a crime against humanity in the Dred Scott decision by denying personhood to a class of human beings, African Americans.” [This is stated in the context of the unborn being denied “personhood”.]


3) “The United States Supreme Court also committed a grave injustice and a crime against humanity by upholding the ‘separate but equal’ doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson, which withdrew legal protection from a class of human beings who were persons under the United States Constitution, African Americans.” [This, of course, is stating that the unborn are also “persons” currently being denied legal protection.]


4) It goes on to note:

a. The three abortion-related cases mentioned in #1 above have been the most continuously contested in history, speaking to their rejection by the American people.


b. New scientific information confirms that life begins at conception and a child IS a person from that moment.


c. All 50 states have “safe harbor” laws, meaning that a woman now has options if she does not want to care for a child she delivers.


d. Many other supportive points are given.


5) There is clarification and definition of what an abortion is and is not. Spontaneous miscarriage, for example, is not the same as an elective ending of a pregnancy.


Allan Parker goes on to say this about the Bill: “SB 6, proposed by Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert, Representative Mary Bentley, and other courageous legislators, is the first immediate statewide ban on abortion to be based on The Moral Outcry Petition. Thank you for your prayers. Keep praying!” It was approved by the Arkansas Senate yesterday. It will now go to the House and, if passed, to the Governor for his signature.


Please contact the Governor and Representatives of Arkansas if you live in the state and want them to know you support SB 6:

Arkansas Governor

Arkansas House of Representatives


“Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people of their sins!” (Isaiah 58:1 NLT)


Pray with me:


Lord, You have awakened Your Ekklesia to battle. We know You mean for us to experience victories in the battles we are engaged in. We are no longer merely intercessors crying out in intercession hour after endless hour. We are also Your Ekklesia - spiritual legislators, joining together in faith to form our nation’s future.


We will partner with You until we see Your Kingdom advanced and established in our earthly systems. Acting on Your direction, we will discern the times and seasons, and act accordingly. We believe abortion in America will end under our watch. We know You have already provided for the victory, but we will lobby legislation after legislation after legislation from the states to the Supreme Court until we experience what pleases You. We will secure life for the unborn and protection for the mothers.


We pray for the Arkansas Senate Bill 6 and other pieces of legislation being written. Lord, give them favor. Holy Spirit, may these bills become law. When they are challenged, get the best ones to the Supreme Court. Overturn Roe v. Wade, we pray; give states what they need to throw off the culture of death, abortion has brought to us.


Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert, Rep. Mary Bentley, and other Arkansas legislators gathered and asked You for a strategy of life for their state. You sent Allan Parker and the concept of The Moral Outcry to them to give the constitutional framework needed. You have helped them. We acknowledge You as the Savior and the Giver of Life. We expect the very best to come from this! We expect a great victory for life. We ask You this in the name of our Lord Jesus, Amen.


Today’s decree:


The people of the United States of America are rising up and will seek justice for the unborn!


1https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/feb/18/south-carolina-governor-awaits-bill-banning-most-a/. 2/18/2021


NOTE:Here is the link to the Press Conference which explains AR SB 6. Please note Senator Rapert's reading of the Moral Outcry Petition which are the Legislative findings in the Bill. Also, watch Operation Outcry's own Nona Ellington's testimony of the harm abortion causes women, even for victims of rape.


You can read the full text of the Bill here.


Be On The Alert


As we learn of and pray in accordance with the watchman concept of prayer, two New Testament verses are meaningful. The first is Ephesians 6:18: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (emphasis added). The King James Version uses the word “watching” for the phrase “be on the alert.”


The second verse is 1 Peter 5:8: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (emphasis added). Again, other translations use the word “watchful.” Significantly, the context of both verses is spiritual warfare. Each mentions our adversary and challenges us to alertness or watchfulness, both for ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to draw four important conclusions from these two verses.


  1. Protection from the attacks of our enemy - even for believers - is not automatic. There is a part we play in receiving protection. Though God is sovereign, this does not mean He is literally in control of everything that happens on earth. He has left much to the decisions and actions of humankind. If God were going to protect or safeguard us from satan’s attacks regardless of what we did, these verses would be totally irrelevant for Christians. Somewhere in our theology, we must find a place for human responsibility. At some point, we must begin to believe that our decisions and actions matter, both for ourselves and for others.

  2. God’s plan is to warn or alert us to satan’s tactics. This is a simple deduction. If God says, “be on the alert” for satan’s attacks, He is obviously willing to make us aware of them. God would not ask of us something He was not going to enable us to accomplish.

  3. We must be alert - remain watchful - or we will not be aware of God’s attempts to warn us of satan’s attacks and plans. If these attacks were always going to be obvious, alertness would not be necessary. Isaiah 56:10 speaks of “blind watchmen.” What an amazing oxymoron! I am afraid it has been a fairly good description of many of us in our watching roles. We are too often like Christ’s disciples of old, whom He said had eyes but at times couldn’t see (see Mark 8:18). We must do more than glance; we must alertly watch!

  4. If we are not alert and watchful, and if we are ignorant of satan’s attacks, he will devour. As yesterday’s post stated, he will gain on us, taking advantage of our ignorance. Contrary to popular belief, we really can be destroyed due to ignorance or a lack of knowledge (see Hosea 4:6). We don’t like to admit it, but satan really has gained a lot of territory in America.


Satan and demons are real. They seek to oppress, deceive, steal, kill and destroy. We must not deny the reality of, or ignore, spiritual conflict. Obviously, we are not to be preoccupied with satan; but neither are we to live in denial of him. The results of both can be disastrous.


Don’t be like the desert nomad who awakened hungrily one night and decided he’d have a midnight snack. Lighting a candle, he grabbed a date and took a bite. Holding the date to the candle, he saw a worm, whereupon he threw the date out of the tent. Biting into the second date, he found another worm and threw it away, also. Deciding he might not get anything to eat if this continued, he blew out the candle and ate the dates.


Sometimes we, too, prefer the darkness of denial to the light of truth. Though the truth does hurt at times, it is still truth. Denial does not change it. Where satan has made gains, let’s admit it and determine to take them back!


“Remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage” (1 Corinthians 16:13 TPT).


Pray with me:


Father, we are not in denial. We realize satan has made great gains in America. He has taken much ground and infiltrated pretty much every segment of our culture. He and his allies have programmed the minds of a generation. They have eroded hunger for You, even convincing many that You do not exist. And, as always, he thinks he has won.


He has not! You have the power to awaken. Your spirit of revelation can peel back the covering that blinds the minds of unbelievers, causing them to see clearly who Jesus really is. Like the 3000 saved on the day of Pentecost, and the 5000 born again when the lame man at the gate called Beautiful was healed, You can lift the veil, open spiritually blind eyes and cause people to finally see You. Our prayers are creating and releasing this revelation. The appeal is working.


As You instructed us, we command Your Kingdom rule to invade America - we say, Kingdom come! We command Your will to be done (Matthew 6:10), we decree that no government will stop this. No corruption in government will prevail, all deception and corruption will be exposed. Pride will be exposed. Dishonest motives will be exposed. And You will be shown to be King and Lord - You, the Creator and Savior of America.


You are coming, and will not be stopped! We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


Let’s decree together:


We Decree that wave after wave of revival, a deluge of Holy Spirit outpouring, is coming to America - AND IT WILL NOT BE STOPPED!



Portions of today’s post were taken from my book Watchman Prayer.


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