It is time to occupy in October! Today, I want to share with you 3 Keys to Occupy and Claim Your New Position in the Spirit!
For the past couple of months, God has been speaking to us about changes that were coming, and shifts that He has been doing in the heavens.
Last month, in September, we celebrated the Hebrew new year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This was the period where God made decisions for people and shifted things over their lives. Many people were promoted or moved into new spiritual positions.
Now, we are entering into the season where we are being called to occupy those new positions we have been given or appointed to.
October is the month to occupy.
What does it mean to occupy?
To occupy something means to move into it as if it is yours. It implies ownership and possession of a thing, and means that you have an established and recognized authority in that particular area.
It means your words, your presence, and your desires in that place carry weight and are paid attention to … because it is yours, and you occupy it, you have taken ownership of it.
To occupy a position or a new assignment that God has given you means that you walk in the authority and the covering of that position. It means in the area of your authority, what you say has influence, what you do matters, and what you want to accomplish gets carried out.
We are in a season of new authority being released to those who have been promoted or those who have proven faithful in the last season. It is time to establish your authority and claim your ownership or rule for the position to which God is calling you in this next season.
What Is Required To Occupy?
In order to occupy something, there are three things you need to make sure are in alignment with Heaven for your life. You have to position yourself to rule in your new area of assignment. The three keys to understanding occupancy in your new position are prayer, identity, and authority. Let’s look at them each in more detail.
There is great power in prayer, and when you pray from a place of occupancy, you pray from a position of power. Your words matter. Prayer is not just making a petition to God to ask him to do something. Prayer is also making decrees and declarations.
The Bible says to “decree a thing and it shall be done.” (KJV) another translation says to declare a thing.
“You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28 NKJV
So decrees and declarations are words we speak out in faith from a position of occupancy, from a position of rulership in our assigned area.
When you make a decree from that place of occupancy, you are creating a new reality with your words.
Some examples of decrees and declarations include:
I decree that my home is filled with love, joy, and peace.
I decree that my family is blessed and protected by the hosts of heaven (angels).
I declare that I am healthy, prosperous, and wise and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.
I declare that when I encounter a problem, I always have creative and productive solutions.
If you notice when you say these power filled statements from your mouth, you can feel your internal strength rise.
Practical Action Steps to Create Decrees
Take some time and think about the areas of your life that you want to see change to and bring a positive influence over. Begin to speak positive and life giving decrees and declarations over those areas each and every day.
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21 NLT
In order to occupy a territory or a position that God has called you to, you must do so from a place of affirmed identity. You must know who you are.
As a believer and as a child of God you have been given power. You have been given power to create a new reality for yourself and your family. You have been given power to walk in success and victory all the days of your life.
“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth …” Deut 8:18a NIV
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 NLT
The Bible teaches us that we have been chosen to be a royal priesthood … royalty implies an established power and authority.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
The authority of a royal is not questioned, the instructions or decrees of a person of royal lineage are carried out with expediency and excellence. When you know who you are in God, then it becomes easier to move into the position He has called you to and to occupy the new territory He is giving you. When you understand your royal identity in the heavens, then it becomes more natural for you to walk in the Earth altering authority you have been granted.
Practical Action Steps to Walking In Your Identity
Look up some Bible verses that uncover your identity in Christ and begin to personalize them and declare them over your life, then watch the transformation that takes place in your spirit man … you will feel transformation as you reach a new understanding of your life and who you are in Christ.
You have been given authority in the area(s) that God has called or appointed you to operate. It is important to understand that you ONLY have authority in those areas that God has given you authority in, and you must be careful to operate only in the areas!
To try and operate in areas outside of the scope of your authority will only result in frustration, and maybe even cause you problems you don’t want to have to deal with down the road.
So, in exercising your authority do so with consideration and honor to what God has called you to and in such a way that it continues to honor those who are in authority over you or in areas that are outside of your scope of influence.
Authority exercised outside of your assigned scope is dishonoring to God and others, and is also rooted in pride rather than humility.
It is imperative … like super important … that your authority is carried out in a spirit of humility that honors the giver of all authority—God. Remember, no man (or woman) is given a position of authority unless God himself has established them there.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.” Romans 13:1-2 NKJV
Your level of authority or influence is often contingent upon the amount of honor you give to others who are in positions of authority. So as you walk and move confidently in your authority, also remember to honor God by maintaining humility and staying within the lanes you have been granted the keys of authority.
Humility is a big key to maintaining and keeping your authority. So always, be humble, no matter how much authority you are granted, humility is necessary when using your spiritual authority.
“Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone.” Titus 3:1-2
Good leaders rule from a place of confidence, flexibility and humility, not from a place of insecurity, control, and pride. Always remember to seek the direction and guidance of the one true governing authority—God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Practical Action Steps to Knowing Your Authority
Make it a point to identify the leaders and those in authority in your own life and then make sure you walk in honor toward them. Honor God by honoring others.
I realize that sometimes this isn’t easy, especially if there is someone who is just a really bad leader, who is unkind and rules from a position of insecurity, control, and pride rather than confidence, flexibility and humility. BUT—as you put forth the effort to honor them, then God will honor you. As a result, your words and your influence in the areas you have been given authority in will continue to expand and grow.
Prayer of Activation
As we close today, I want to pray for you.
Father, in Jesus name, I bless those reading this article and I ask that you would release them into the positions of authority that you have called them to function in. I ask that you would bless them in their areas and spheres of influence in their home, workplace, church, city, and region. I ask Lord that you would guide them, lead them, and direct them as they make decisions and begin to flow in the anointing that you have called them to. I also ask Lord that as they show favor and honor to others, that you would show favor and honor to them. I bless each and every person reading this today and call them forward into the destiny for which they were created, in Jesus name, Amen!
“I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else in this world or in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:19-21
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Dr. Krista Abbott is an Internet revivalist, author, speaker, creator, and coach spreading a message of love and hope. She is passionate about helping people discover and fulfill their purpose in life while equipping them with the resources they need to realize success. Through her business, Krista serves multiple international clients in the areas of publishing, writing, product development, social media management, internet marketing, and leadership training, as well as business and life coaching.
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