Ziklag and Amalek

1 Samuel 30:1-2 (AMP)
Now it happened when David and his men came [home] to Ziklag on the third day, [they found] that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev (the South country) and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they had taken captive the women [and all] who were there, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off [to be used as slaves] and went on their way.

During the Appeal to Heaven conference in Daphne, Rev. Dan Blacksher of Hope Fellowship, Brandon, MS gave a prophetic word. God told him that 2016 is the year of Ziklag (1 Samuel 30). We are to go after the enemy to reclaim all that he had taken.

It was just in the last two days that one aspect of the story dawned upon me. Amalek separates the women and children from the men by kidnapping and enslavement. I had previously associated Amalek with bloodthirst. Never before had I recognized that Amalek is a disrupter of families.

This is the second day of Purim (a celebration of Esther’s defeat of Haman, a descendant of Amalek royalty). Let us seize the moment.
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Exodus 17:8-13
Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
Our Father in heaven,
We are pitiable creatures, often blind and deaf. Open our eyes and ears to recognize the work of Amalek in our midst. There are so many assaults upon fatherhood in our culture.
Guide us in our prayers and deeds so that we hold up the hands of those who are our leaders in Christ warring against Amalek. We bless them so that the whole people of God will be blessed by You.
We bless the faithful fathers of the Mississippi Delta. We bless the counselors of troubled marriages. We cry out, The covenant of marriage shall be defended! The covenant of marriage was instituted by God and is blessed by God. We loose Your holy angels to defend the marriages of the Delta.
We loose Your holy angels to overturn the lies about fatherhood that are entrenched in the Delta. Just as Jesus overturned the money changers’ tables in the temple, we say, The tables of those who benefit financially and politically from disruption of our families shall be overturned! No more lies about fatherhood! We declare God’s alignment over the families, not Amalek’s!
We bless the Mordecais, the father figures who stand in the gap for the fatherless children. We bless the clergy, coaches, Boy Scout leaders, teachers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes leaders, and other mentors who are present in the lives of the fatherless children of the Mississippi Delta. Raise up more Mordecais, we pray. Amen.
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Exodus 17:15-16 Complete Jewish Bible
Moshe built an altar, called it Adonai Nissi [Adonai is my banner/miracle], and said, “Because their hand was against the throne of Yah, Adonai will fight ‘Amalek generation after generation.”

Psalm 24:7-10 (NIV)
Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.

Adonai is our miracle in the Mississippi Delta. Adonai will fight Amalek in the Delta.
O King of glory, the gates of Hades will not overcome Your church in the Delta.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.

Adonai is our miracle in the Mississippi Delta. Adonai will fight Amalek in the Delta.
O King of glory, the gates of Hades will not overcome Your church in the Delta.
Matthew 16:18
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1 Chronicles 4:42-43 (NIV)
And five hundred of these Simeonites, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, invaded the hill country of Seir. They killed the remaining Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.

Simeon–God has heard
Pelatiah–let the Lord deliver, deliverance of the Lord in Israel
Neariah–child of God
Rephaiah–Jehovah has healed
Uzziel–God is my strength
Ishi–salvation

Dear Heavenly Father,
You are a God who hears His children. You are our Deliverer, our Healer, our strength and our salvation. Have mercy.
With You, nothing is impossible. Your name is Jehovah-nissi. The Lord is our banner!
We loose Your holy angels to war against the forces of Amalek that are disrupting the families of the Mississippi Delta. The enemy has come in like a flood. So many of our children are fatherless. We lift a standard against the enemy! We rebuke the spirit of Amalek in the Delta! We declare that Amalek shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.
Amalek shall fear the name of Jesus in the Mississippi Delta. Though Jesus was in the form of God, He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We decree that at the name of Jesus, every knee of Amalek in the Mississippi Delta shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Amen.
Isaiah 59:19, Philippians 2:6-11

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