I was sitting with the Lord the other day and this word appeared right before my eyes — “Vanguard.” Instantaneously, I sensed the Lord wanted to send a message to His warriors who are on the FRONT LINES of a furious battle and the ruthless foe has hit them really HARD. The next day I heard that still small voice speak to my spirit, “You are in the vanguard of progress.” I was immediately filled with such a strong unction that it made me utter “Lord, release and increase!”
Vanguard, according to the Free Dictionary, means the foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle, or leading position in a trend or movement. It is also defined as the position of greatest importance or advancement.
Progress means increase, improvement, growth and promotion, breakthrough, to gain ground, to bring nearer to completion, maturity or perfection. It also means advancement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage; continuous improvement, development and advancement toward a destination.
REFUSE TO DISENGAGE, BE DISARMED, BACK OUT, BE SILENCED OR BE DEFEATED
In the spirit, I saw many warriors — soldiers of faith, soul-winners, messengers of His Heart and ministers of the Most High — were seriously injured by Satan’s fiery arrows yet standing still on the front lines of a furious battle. The adversary knew he had hit them really HARD and released his evil horde to strategically destroy as many as possible. These warriors “were pressed on all sides, perplexed and persecuted” (2 Corinthians 4:8). They were deeply troubled, tortured and tormented.
Hurt, harassed and heartbroken, I saw them sit at the Lord’s feet. Then I saw a nail-pierced hand healing them; I saw them arise, put on the heavenly armor and take up the Sword of the Spirit. Suddenly, there came a mighty rushing wind — the wind had shifted. These warriors refused to disengage, be disarmed, back out, be silenced or be defeated. Now, this infuriated the enemy and so he had attempted to block and blind them before they took their next position. I then heard him “prowl about like a ROARING LION!” (1 Peter 5:8)
STAND ON THE WORD AND THE LORD WILL STEP IN, SILENCE AND SCATTER HIS ENEMIES
Warriors, the enemy may have roared at you by bringing intense pains, plagues, lack, losses, calamity, chaos, disease or disaster your way. You feel the ground shake beneath you but stand your ground and listen closely to God’s whisper which has a tremendous power and can cause you to triumph in the cool of the day. Roar back at the devil with God’s word, and stand on His word and promises. Roar back with faith, then watch and see God steps in, silences and “scatters his enemies!” (Psalm 68:1)
HIT THE ENEMY BACK AND KEEP FIGHTING A GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
The enemy may browbeat you into believing you’re a worthless loser but we know that he is eternally a defeated foe. It’s time to hit him back with the Sword which is God’s word and “keep fighting a good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12), God has got you! You are moving forward, don’t you retreat. You are advancing toward your destination — you are going to make it. You see your adversary is determined to beat you down, beat you up and break you. But refuse to be defeated, keep pressing on and pushing through.
YOU ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO YOUR “LAND OF PROMISE”
The wind is changing, and this wind is already blowing even as I write this word. I see you are gaining ground and invading territories under the protection of the Lord. I see you are advancing toward a goal, to a further or higher stage — I see you are on the verge of breakthrough. Watch, there is going to be a dramatic change coming in your life that you will have to dramatically adapt yourself to these changes in store for you!
The Lord of Hosts says, “You are in the vanguard of progress.” Keep pressing on, warriors, for I see you are one step closer to your “Land of Promise.”