Have you been experiencing spiritual warfare lately? Does it feel like there are blockades and obstacles in your way? Have things been difficult? Listen: This is happening because you have just been promoted!
Promotion time is here! On Thursday, February 11th, at sundown we entered a brand-new Hebrew calendar month, Adar. Adar means completion and is known as the month of joy. It is the 12th month on the ecclesiastical calendar, which started at Passover in 2020. During this month, the Jewish people celebrate Purim. Purim this year is sundown, Thursday, February 25- Friday, February 26, when the Jewish people remember how Esther went boldly before the king to share Haman’s evil plan for the annihilation of the Jewish people. Esther risked her life to properly position the Jews and their nation to be saved. God gave her favor and a plan. Just like God prepared, promoted, and put her in a place for, “such a time as this,” He is doing the same for you, for the purpose and destiny that He has called you to.
Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, told her about what would happen to the Jewish people if she did not speak up. These were the words that invited Esther to her place of promotion. They were words to save her nation. We are never truly promoted until we are faced with a situation where we have to stand for righteousness. There are steps to promotion -and Esther’s first was coming into the palace and being purified for a year before seeing the King. The second promotion was when she was asked to stand in her position to save her people. Your promotion is not just about you. It is about others too.
Esther 4:12-14 reads, “When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: ‘Do not think that because you are in the king’s house, you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’“
We need to remember the importance of our promotion as we see the increase in spiritual warfare and our response to it. The enemy always wants to push back whenever we get promoted. Let’s not forget that in January, we gave God our first fruits and consecrated ourselves before Him. He brought us to capacity and expanded us upon a strong foundation. You’ve gone to the next level! This is why you feel the friction in the spirit realms. You have been given a greater responsibility than you have ever had before.
God has properly positioned you not to sit around like royals, but to minister to a remnant. He has given you a sphere of influence to use the power He has given you to make changes. You must open your mouth! God has given you a voice and His Word. When you speak, it’s like a spark of God releases and ignites things. You can change a nation!
Promotion comes with a test that proves we walked into the promotion. The enemy is prepared to convince you that this promotion didn’t happen, that you’re not good enough or that you couldn’t possibly be called to do this. He tries to get involved in the things of God and the progression of the Lord. He tries to push it back by bringing hindrances.
Let’s go back to Esther. What did she do? Esther 4:15-16 (NIV) reads, “Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’“
She asked her people to fast and pray for her for three days and nights. They joined in agreement that she would obtain the strength needed to go before the king. If she didn’t go, she and her people would perish. The secret to getting past the pushback of the enemy is to step into the heavenly places. We must operate in the joy of the Lord. Remember, you’re a citizen of heaven and the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
In His presence, there is fullness of joy. That is where you need to position yourself: in His presence. Get in that secret place with the Lord and let Him build you up. Fasting and praying will discipline you to sit with the Lord and hear Him. He will give you strategies and show you how to navigate the sphere of influence He called you to. Our God is forever moving and does not stagnate. We have to keep up with Him!
The Lord will promote you many times to the next levels. Two times of the year, there are regular times of fulfillment of the promotion. Those are at Passover and Rosh Hashanah, the two main Hebrew New Years. God usually starts adjusting us for the promotion about four to six weeks beforehand. Why? Our God is cyclical. He works in cycles. God wants you to walk in the totality of each promotion for six months. This brings strength. It helps you stay in the proper position, keeps your joy steady, and allows you to carry His power until He turns the calendar again with a new promotion.
So be encouraged! You have stepped into a new season, a new time and place where God is using you in a mighty way. Do not shrink back. The righteous do not shrink back; they live by faith. No matter the opposition, press forward. The enemy cannot take your promotion. There is joy in His presence, and that is what it’s going to take for you to fulfill your purpose and destiny.
Dr. Candice Smithyman is an international prophetic revivalist & healing minister who is Executive Pastor of Freedom Destiny Church, and Vice President of Dream Mentors International. She is also Host of the Glory Road Television broadcast shown on a variety of networks and also Hosts Your Path to Destiny on ISN- It’s Supernatural Network. She has appeared on Sid Roth’s Its Supernatural among other shows, and is the author of “Releasing Heaven: Creating a Supernatural Environment through Heavenly Encounters.” among other books and publications. For a full bio you may visit: www.candicesmithyman.com
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