Being Hidden - The Life of a Sniper 

 
Being Hidden:
 
Does it seem like you are in a hidden place with darkness all around you?
 
Is the enemy breathing down your neck?
 
Be encouraged. You may have the makings of a spiritual sniper.
 
Sniper: A skilled military shooter assigned to spot and pick off enemy soldiers from a concealed place. 
 
Attributes of Snipers:
Concealed by darkness in the time of war
Skilled in how to be hidden-concealed
Close to enemy territory and often in enemy territory
Often outnumbered and outgunned by your adversary
 
If it seems you can't see daylight, you may be right on schedule.
 
Darkness brings out a sniper's full potential – eyes adjust – focus shifts away from what you presently can’t seem to do - to what is ACTUALLY being accomplished in and through you in the moment – season you find yourself… give your physical and spiritual eyes a chance to adjust…
 
Things are not always what they seem
The brightest and the darkest light signal that the eye can sense are a factor of roughly 1,000,000,000 apart. However, in any given moment of time, the eye can only sense a contrast ratio of one thousand. What enables the wider reach is that the eye adapts its definition of what is black.
 
He made darkness his canopy around him–
the dark rain clouds of the sky… 2 Samuel 22:12
 
"We Own The Night!" is their motto.
 
Not many of God's people can stand being hidden for long periods of time. It's a lonely, dark place – but you are not alone. God is with you, and He's creating something powerful out of you. Rather than asking to be removed from the darkness move in this canopy that has been placed around you as part of your protection and provision – move with the expectation as God reveals things you would otherwise be unable to see – He has prepared your eyes to see to adjust to see the hidden things…
 
Daniel 2:19-22
During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said:
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.   He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.   He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
 
The Lord is saying to many:
 
"The enemy will soon know why you haven't been heard from as of yet. He will soon wonder where you came from. Treasure your hiddenness. It's your advantage. And don't fear the darkness. Your hardships and enemies have come to train you. Don't go AWOL! The moment you were born for is coming or upon you. Your light will pierce darkness. My spiritual snipers are coming forth in this season of war."  You may see the darkness another is moving through to whom you are connected – ask God and intercede as you hear.  When you sense you are in darkness, be still – let your Spirit eyes adjust and you WILL see the hidden things of God!
 
Each release from you comes as a blinding light to the enemy – he feels the effect but can’t tell where it came from – his eyes can’t adjust that quickly…
 
Communication and Unity
 
Communication Is a Must In Your Hiddenness
 
Although hidden, you must have clear communication with God and your comrades.
 
In order to hear - You must learn the to use the weapon of silence
 
Silence makes the enemy wonder what you are up to while God is giving you strategy.
 
Silence enables you to hear not only God's still small voice but also the enemy's next plan of attack.  You have a “built-in” ear fob made by God that picks up His voice and frequency that only you can receive….
 
Through the prophetic word I was reading it said - the Lord is saying, "I'm corporately anointing your ears to hear and eyes to see what no other generation has ever heard or seen for this end time spiritual war. Keep in communication with one another. At times your comrades will be your eyes and ears which means you may not be seeing which causes you to rely on those placed around you and increases the need for communication. It's the lifeline to win.
 
Communicate even if you don't agree. Communicate until you do - as you remove anything that is interfering with moving as one.  This deliberate act eliminates speculation and prevents misunderstanding.
 
Paul put it, “Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another” (Rom. 14:19). And, “If possible, so far as it depends upon you, be at peace with all men” (Rom. 12:18). In other words, peace won’t just happen as we’re indifferent or passive. We’ve got to make an effort to pursue it.
 
Jesus said that if you’re worshiping God and suddenly remember that your brother has something against you, leave the worship service, go be reconciled to your brother, and then come back and worship God (see Matt. 5:23-24). We are to take the initiative to do all we can to restore strained relationships.
 
love covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8); we aren’t supposed to confront a person for every minor offense. We should absorb a lot. But if I’ve offended someone or if his offense is such that I can’t relate to him without clearing it up, then I need to attempt to seek peace.
 
1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For
 “Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil
 
We are one body, and no one goes anywhere without each other. A body that can move as one is a dominating force. Laying down your life for each other is not a question. You are no longer considered your own." 
 
Maneuvering Offensively
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force. Matthew 11:12
 
A former sniper shared how he was sent ahead of his troop and how he concealed himself close to the enemy. He said, "A vacant building or any forsaken covering gave me an edge for my deadly aim." He also said, "I became a terror to the terrorists. I could paralyze a large troop with one fatal shot to their comrades. Terror would grip them, for they didn't know where I was. At times I shot from a window of a forsaken building and then ran. If they suspected where I was they would immediately launch heavy artillery into that place. Bounties were placed on my head."
 
He was asked, "Were you afraid of dying?" He said, "No, I died when I left home. If I had any fear in me, I wouldn't have survived what I went through."
 
His words, "I died when I left home," pierced me. I wonder how many of us realize the day we gave our life to Jesus Christ was the day we died to ourselves, and He now lives in us. "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20). And Jesus is never afraid. When we feel intimidated by the enemy, the truth is: that's really when he is terrified of us. So we move beyond what intimidates me and find sweet victory.
 
Staying Focused
Many will see other comrades being elevated during this season. Don't be jealous or envious. They are being called to the front line where increased danger lies. Their advancement is your protection. It's a most dangerous time to compare ourselves with one another. Some will think that their strong anointing that's promoting them lessens their need for their comrades or those in authority over them. It actually increases your need for them. 
 
You may seem to be ahead of them in rank, but they are behind you to cover your back. If left alone with our increased anointings, we become dangerous to ourselves and others. This often results in "friendly fire." We need each other to keep speaking into each others lives to adjust and sharpen our spiritual gifts and weapons in order to stay effective. Our training never ends. God will always have someone over us to learn from and someone under us to teach what we have learned.
 
Recognizing Your "Sniper" Weapons
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4
 
Throughout history snipers rise from obscurity to win wars. One person stands out to me as the greatest sniper in the Bible: David, a shepherd boy, hidden in the hillsides of Judea. Trained by a bear and a lion, he makes his debut with a giant named Goliath. David becomes a sniper in the eyes of the Philistine army as he takes out Goliath with a slingshot and stone. He knew that giant would look good on his resume.
 
Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. Psalm 144:1
 
David was also a warrior as a scribe. His writings still pierce the darkness in our lives today. The Lord is releasing a scribe anointing upon many for new songs, books, and movies to be written to dismantle powers of darkness upon the earth. Pick up your pen and fight!
David's greatest weapon in his arsenal was worship. David was a full-time worshiper and part-time shepherd. He worshiped in secret, and God met him on the battlefield. Worship didn't keep David away from trouble. Worship brought God down into the troubles, and God never lost a battle.
 
In the wars that rage against us today, our greatest weapon is still to worship God in the midst of chaos. Through worship, Heaven comes and fills us with His love and presence, which can touch our worst enemies to surrender all to Jesus. Loving our enemies keeps them from getting inside of us. We will be facing giants in the days to come. Don't leave home without your slingshot. Remember, as a Believer, Jesus lives in you, and He is not afraid. Besides, you died when you left home.
 
 
In Summary:
Be Hidden and Own the night
Adjust your eyes to see the hidden things
Use the canopy of darkness around you
 
Communicate and Be in Unity
Use the weapon of silence
Communicate until you reach a place of understanding and peace
Your eyes and ears are anointed to see and hear what no other generation has ever heard or seen
 
Maneuver Offensively
Move beyond what intimidates you which strikes fear into the enemy
Remember you died when you left home…
 
Stay Focused
As your anointing increases your need for authority and those with you becomes more necessary for your protection
We need each other to keep speaking into each others lives to adjust and sharpen our spiritual gifts and weapons in order to stay effective.
 
Recognize and Use Your "Sniper" Weapons
Silence – listen and hear
Communicate
Move beyond that which intimidates
Focus
Worship God in the middle of chaos
Lord is releasing a scribe anointing that is not limited to only a few but on you all as you practice doing it:Write and speak new revelation
Write and speak prophetic words
Write and sing new songs
Write and publish new books
Write and direct movies
These dismantle the powers of darkness upon the earth. 
 


Steven Tipps, 11/8/2015