By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of April 30, 2023
Recently, Holy Spirit showed me the Words “Decision Words” and “strategy traits” in visions. So, as I began to prayerfully research the Words, this is what He led me to see:
A decision can be an act or a process but either way, discernment is involved in decision-making, such as a judgment in a courtroom. Decision can also mean a determination of victory by a score and not a knock-out, such as in boxing. The Word “Decision” stems from a Latin word that literally means “a cutting off” (Dictionary.com).
I’ll pause here and say, if you’re into metaphors, like I am, you’re already beginning to see some of the interpretation.
In Holy Scripture, the Word “decision” can mean firmly decided (or fixed) by God (Job 14:5). It can mean "destined for completion" by God (Isaiah 10:22 AMP). It can mean to act in agreement with and submission to God’s decisions in battle (2 Samuel 5:24). And it can reference something that has been separated out or cut away as a distinction of what is and is not acceptable to God (Exodus 11:7).
According to Strong’s, decision means to “sharpen” or “point sharply.” it means “to be alert, to decide” and to “move” promptly.
When we think about it, isn’t this what the Word of God does for us? And aren’t we, as arrows, purposed to be alert and move swiftly to hit the mark?
Hebrews 4:12 NIV tells us that "… the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
I believe that God will continue to demonstrate His delineation of good from evil in nations and individuals to the point that He will allow His law of reciprocity to work as He completes a work in each (Joel 3:14, Philippians 1:6).
I believe we will see that God is just and merciful and has compassion on those He chooses, according Romans 9:14-18.
I believe there are those of faith and noble character, like Ruth, who will go forward and be aligned and re-mantled with a restored covenant inheritance, as God reinstates borders, priorities and provision for those who continue to walk with Him.
Therefore, for new life, it's important to align our thoughts, attitudes and words with the mind of Christ and the Word of God, quickly discerning good from evil and making Godly decisions. According to Hebrews 5:4 AMP, our senses are trained by this practice.
There are powerful and purposed strategies Holy Spirit has already given to us and specifics that He is revealing now and forward. Like Naomi, who was a wise and enduring strategist, they will help keep us aligned with Him, as we keep step with Him.
So, for those whose character has been marked by God, it's time to receive His plans for next assignments and draw them up. It's time to make firm decisions to commit to them. Because God is turning up the spotlight on His people as beacons to multitudes.
Holy Spirit highlighted Proverbs 12:22 TPT, which says, “Live in the truth and keep your promises, and the Lord will keep delighting in you..." Through our active faith is how we please Him.
"You will be learning some new things as you go," says The Lord. "But I will be with you and help you learn them fast."
So, as we step out to boldly carry them out, His power will work through us and He will reveal more. The sequence He showed me in this process is "Decisions, wisdom, strategy, management and victory" in this order.
Also, we are to pray for God to give us the right words, to speak boldly and travel equipped, as described in Ephesians 6:11 NLT, which says, "Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil."
God’s armor pieces for us are His “strategy traits.” His purposed plan and qualities, His direction and wisdom for victory in movements (Ephesians 6:13-19 NLT).
In all of this, I am reminded of Romans 9:23 NIV, which asks, "What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory?"
Pray with me, if you will . . .
Thank You for Your rich mercy and truth that brings change. Please reveal more of Your strategies to me and strengthen me to commit to them. Help me to walk closely with You, to align tactically and swiftly with You (2 Samuel 5:24). Thank You for redeeming my life on earth as it is in Heaven, for delivering me into Your promise of a blessed future (Jeremiah 29:11).
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.
Originally published Sunday, 30 April 2023.