BUT NOW…


Ephesians 2:13-16 – “But now in Christ Jesus, you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.”  NASB

I love the ‘but now’s in the Bible.  They are always filled with incredible revelations and promises.  Here the apostle is speaking to Gentile Christians who were under fire from the Judaizers in their area.  He informs them that although they were once ‘afar off’ and ‘separated’ from God without hope and without God, BUT NOW… 

But now?  But now, through the Blood of Jesus and His work on the Cross they have been made one with the Jewish Christians.  They were grafted into the Body of Christ and were fellow members of the Family of God.  It was exclusively the work of Jesus that brought about this completion and opened the door for access to God for the Gentiles.

But Now, the barrier or dividing wall between the Jew and Gentile had been abolished through the Blood of Jesus.  His sacrificial death on the Cross abolished the division and made both groups into ‘one new man’ and brought God’s indescribable peace to both groups. 

There are still those in Christianity who erect dividing walls between sects and insist they are the ‘only ones’ with the truth.  They exclude other believers who do not see everything as they see it.  They exclude those who do not embrace the same interpretations as they.  They become separatist and legalists insisting that everyone does, it their way or they are not Christians.  That is not what Jesus came to do.

In the basics or the core foundational principles of God’s Word, we must agree.  I won’t give you a list of the essentials but if we do not believe that God is creator, Jesus is the virgin-born sinless son of God who died for our sins, we have little avenue to God’s grace.  Jesus declared, contrary to the opinion of some who want to be overly inclusive, “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life.”  He said in John 14:6 – “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”  That is anything but ambiguous.  It is definitive.

I’m sorry if you disagree and believe that there are many roads to God, the Bible disagrees, and I will stake my eternity on God’s Word, not man’s opinion.  We were aliens and sinners separated from God BUT NOW through the finished work of Jesus, we have access to the Father through Jesus. 

The Bible is clear in 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  The apostle Paul informed us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” 

We are informed in Acts 4:12 that, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Jesus told John in the vision of Revelation, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in with him and eat with him, and he with Me.”  (3:20). 

Paul reminded us in Romans 10:9-10, “…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

You were lost and undone without God or His Son BUT NOW…  Receive the But Now and call upon Him before it is everlastingly too late.  Receive Jesus today!

Have a Great Day!

PRAYER POWER PRINCIPLES – – Part 2…


Matthew 6:9-13 – “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10’Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11’Give us this day our daily bread. 12’And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.]’  NASB

As we opened this discussion in the previous session, we identified Six (6) Topics and Actions or Activities in Prayer.  Today, I would like for us to turn to Four (4) areas of focus and launch into a new journey of prayer.

THE FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Yourself.

It is important and necessary that we place ourselves on the altar of service daily.  It is important we continually renew our relationship and commitment to God and His purposes.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to establish the will of God and His priorities in our lives and help us to stay focused on the commission and command.

We must determine that we are going to stay before Him in prayer until the course charted before us for that day is clear.  That might mean that we will go throughout the entire day in prayer and meditation.  I understand that you may have to go to work or do other things and cannot stay in the prayer closet all day, but you can remain in a consciousness of His Word, Purpose, and Presence.  (Pray without ceasing).

  • Your Family.

I believe that it is important that we make it a daily practice to pray for your mate, their needs not our wants for or from them.  We need to bring our children before the throne of heaven and dedicate them to God, daily.  We must pray specific prayers and ask for God’s guidance in their lives, not just a confirmation of what we want for or from them.   We need to pray for other members of the family and allow the Holy Spirit to direct us in our prayers and involvement with them.

  • Your Church.

Let’s begin with the Pastor or Pastors.  We should be praying for God’s anointing, guidance, leadership, wisdom, and strength to be infused into their hearts and minds.  We should be praying that God would develop a shepherd’s heart in them.  We are not going before the LORD to tell on them but ask His help in their lives.  We should pray that God would anoint them with the Spirit of God and allow the gifts to flow through them and enable them to become vessels of healing to the community.

We should pray for the Leadership of the Church.  Call their names in prayer and as God to give them wisdom and favor so they can lead and help others rise to the place God desires.  (Equipping the saints for the work of ministry.)

We should pray for the other members of the congregation that God would help them overcome difficulties and enable them to live victoriously in every dimension of life. 

We should pray for the Harvest.  God desires to give every church a spiritual harvest.  Pray for the harvest (Isaiah 43:4-6). Pray for the Holy Spirit to draw people into your church from the north, south, east, and west. 

You will discover that the devil will prolifically resist you when you commit to that kind of prayer but if you will persist you will find a new awakening take place in you, your family, your church, and your community.  We can reach our world.  God’s commission is never impossible.

  • The Nation.  This goes without saying that it is vital that we pray for the nation because if the nation fails our liberties and freedoms are destroyed.
  • Israel – The Bible instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalms 122:6).

We can be more effective in prayer, but we cannot be selfish in our prayers and we must recognize that our commission and directive are to enforce the victory of Jesus.  That is done largely on our knees!

God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!

PRAYER POWER PRINCIPLES…


Matthew 6:9-13 – “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. 10’Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11’Give us this day our daily bread. 12’And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.]’  NASB

In Jesus’ Prayer Strategy we find six (6) definite Prayer Topics, which, when followed as a guide lead to tremendous spiritual victory for ourselves and others.  Victorious Prayer affects others!  We are dealing with the supernatural in a natural world.  We are engaging in warfare in the heavenlies.  We are pulling down strongholds and demonic fortresses.  We are standing against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.  Jesus has given us a plan for Victorious Spiritual Warfare on our knees.

THE SIX TOPICS:

  • Praise – – The appropriation of the Promises. “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
  • Priorities – – The submission to the will of the Father. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
  • Provision – – The pathway to appropriate God’s Daily Supply. “Give us this day our daily bread.”
  • Peace – – The method and means of getting along with others all the time. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
  • Power – – How to consistently and effectively defeat the devil. “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
  • Praise – – How to obey God’s Word. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

For the believer to become mighty in God, we must learn to pray!  For us to fulfill the commission of our LORD, we must learn how to pray!  Prayer is as vital for spiritual victory as breathing is to natural life.

I see two specific steps involved in this process.  First is Praise.  In praise, we shift our focus from self and circumstances to God.  As we turn our attention to Him and focus on Him, His will, His Kingdom, His glory, power, and purpose we create a place for faith to grow in our hearts.  Confidence begins to flourish, and we become strengthened enabling us to engage in the more difficult aspects of spiritual warfare and enforcing the victory Jesus won at Calvary.

Step two is Submission.  Until we reach the place of total submission to God, we will never discover the true power of prayer and the place that God intends for His body to function.  It is important, to begin with, Praise, and invite God into our time of prayer and intercession. Once we have done that, we need to move to step two and submit ourselves totally to Him.  We make up our minds and set our will to do the will of God.  We make God the first priority in our lives.  We totally surrender ourselves to Him, body, soul, and spirit. 

Then and not until then can we effectively pray.  Effective prayer is praying the will of God and if we pray his will according to 1 John 5:14-15, He hears us and if He hears us, He grants the petition.  We verbalize the will of God with our tongues and allow the tongue to become a rudder to guide us into God’s purposes. We learn to pray in agreement with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and that charts the course for our lives.

If you are interested in developing a more powerful and effective prayer life, I ask that you join me in the next session as we turn our attention to some specific areas of focus and attempt to make this practical and applicable to daily living.

God bless you as you enjoy this day He has provided.

PRAYER POWER PRINCIPLES – – Part 2


Matthew 6:9-13 – “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.  10’Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11’Give us this day our daily bread. 12’And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’”  NASB

In the last devotional on prayer, we considered the six (6) topics which are, praise, priorities, provision, peace, power, and praise.  We listed two steps involved in engaging in prayer warfare and becoming mighty warriors in prayer in the spirit realm.  Those are, we begin with praise and then we move into total submission.

We must make up our mind (our will) that God’s will is the top priority in our life.  It is first, in us, then in the world around us.  There must be a total commitment and surrender to God and then we enter into the atmosphere and attitude of prayer where we verbalize our desires and His.  We use the rudder of the tongue, in agreement with the Holy Spirit, and allow that action to set the course of our lives. 

There are Four (4) Areas of Focus.

  • Ourselves

We must place our lives on the altar of sacrifice, daily.  There must be a continual and regular renewal of our relationship and commitment to God.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to lift the Will of God and His Priorities to the top spot in our lives.  We determine to stay before Him, in prayer, UNTIL. 

Until what?  Until the Holy Spirit has charted the course for our day in accordance with the mind and will of the Father.  We must do, as the disciples and followers did in the Book of Acts and tarry UNTIL.  That is vital.  Before you argue that you have to work and don’t have time to do this, realize what is most important and you will find a way to make time for God.

  • Our Family

If we are married, one of the key prayers we should be praying is for our mate.  We pray for their needs, not our wants.  We pray for their fulfillment of the purposes of God, not what we think they ought to do or be.  If we have children, they must be a high priority in our prayer focus.  Pray specific prayers.  Ask God for guidance in their lives, in everything.  Then, we pray for our extended family.  It is important that we allow the Holy Spirit to direct us in our prayers.  We may have opinions as to their needs and what they need to do or be, but it is God who makes the final decision, not us.

  • Our Spiritual Fellowship (Church).

Pray for the Leaders that God will anoint them giving them wisdom and strength.  Pray for God to give them the heart of a shepherd and use them in the Gifts of the Spirit and that they operate under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Call the names individually of all the leaders in the fellowship.  Next, pray for the other members that God will enable them to be faithful in everything.  Next, pray for the Harvest.  Isaiah 43:4-7 is powerful.  I suggest you read it and incorporate it in your prayers.  God wants to draw from the North, South, East, and West.

I suggest that this will require determination and persistence because the devil will not willingly give up those he has under his control.  But, remember we are overcomers and through the Power and Promise of God, we can overcome.

  • The Nation

Pray for the leaders, not just the ones you like.  I do not say pray for them to succeed in deviousness or personal agenda, but in doing His purposes and for the good of the nation. 

  • For Israel

Psalms 122 gives the basis for this.  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. 7 “May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.” 8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.” 

Never allow discouragement to distress you.  Allow the Holy Spirit to direct your praying and if you find that you do not sense a release in the Spirit and use up all your available time, don’t fret.  Simply put it on hold, meditate on it as you can through the day, and in your next prayer time, pick it up again and press into the Presence of the Lord and the Promises. 

If we will allow the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers, we will find that being to pray the will of God and discover that we are Praying the Promises of God and seeing results. 

God bless you as you embark on your spiritual journey in becoming a Prayer Warrior.  Have a fantastic day!

THE SEVEN (W’S) of SPIRITUAL WARFARE – The Warfare & Winners…


TEXT:  Ephesians 6:12-13; Colossians 2:15

Now we come to another aspect of Spiritual Warfare and realize that this is a battle between the devil and Jesus, and we are warriors in Christ.  We have considered the War, the Warriors, the Wiles, the Wardrobe, and the Weapons.  Now we other “W’s.”

THE WARFARE…

I believe that this is where far too many get off track and miss the message and revelation.  When we put on the Whole Armor of God, we are ready to go to war, but where do we fight?  In my, over 50 years of Christian ministry I have realized that many believers do not have the slightest idea where the Battle really is.

            Is the Warfare in Visitation and Evangelism?

            Is the Warfare in Attending Meetings and Compiling Statistics?

            Is the Warfare in Buildings and Memberships?

            Is the Warfare in Conducting Busy Church Programs?

            Is the Warfare in Preaching and Teaching?

            Is the Warfare in Printing materials and Conserving Institutions?

            Is the Warfare in Charity and Caring for the Distressed?

Maybe partially, but overall the answer is NO!  The real warfare is in Prayer!  That may shock some, but that is where the real battle is won.  It was in Gethsemane that Jesus won the Victory over the devil.  The Cross was the visible evidence of that victory.  Prayer is not part of the Armor and not even listed as a weapon because it is the Warfare!

Consider the last thing mentioned in Ephesians 6, “The Word of God.”  The soldier is equipped with defensive armor and offensive weapon preparing for war.  But where is the war?  Look at verse 18, “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”  The scene of the conflict is the Place of Prayer.  That’s where we win or lose the battle.  I suggest that this is the reason for the lack of victories on too many fronts in today’s church.  We are spending our energy and resources on things that are not the real war but peripheral issues.

The devil is not threatened by all the ministries of the Church. He is not bothered by busy church programs if they are not anchored in prayer.  Truthfully, none of the ministries carried on by the church are more powerful than Prayer Warfare and Intercession.  My plea is for us to head for the Front Lines and find our Prayer Closets and begin to do Spiritual Warfare and Pull-Down Strongholds.

THE WINNERS…

The winners of the War have already been declared!  Jesus is the Victor and we are in Him.  He sits in the Place of Authority and is far above the powers of darkness.  He has already Won and has passed that Victory on to us.

Romans 8:37 – “We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

More than conquerors?  That means more than simply winning a battle, it is benefitting from the victory and enjoying the spoils of war.  It is more than simply giving the devil a whipping on the battlefield it is making him a slave to Jesus’ Chain Gang!  It is to have not only the Victory but also the Spoils of that Victory.  It is to storm the very citadels of the devil where he has stored up treasures that belong to us and recover them. 

More than conquerors?  That means that we are to be the aggressors and keep the devil off balance and refuse to allow him time to regather his forces.  It is to take the battle to the devil and stand in the Victory of Jesus, having done all to stand, stand!

2 Corinthians 2:14 – “Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ…”

2 Chronicles 20:15 – “…the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Romans 8:31 – “If God be for us, who can be against us.”

We are Victors through the Blood of Jesus Christ.  My question is, “Do you know Him as Savior and Lord?  Are you a member of the family of God?  Have you been born again?”  If you are, we have a War to fight, weapons to fight with, and we know where the real war is.  Are you willing to enlist in the Army of God and fight the good fight of faith?  This is a war that has already been won but we must enforce the victory of Calvary. 

Why Not Now?  Why Not Enforce His Victory Now?

PRAYER POWER PRINCIPLES…


Matthew 6:9-13 – “Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.  10’Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11’Give us this day our daily bread. 12’And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’”  NASB

Jesus gave His disciples and the Body of Christ a Prayer Strategy in these verses.  In them, we find six (6) definite prayer topics, which, when followed as a guide, not a formula, will lead to tremendous spiritual victory.  That victory will be experienced in our own lives and others.  We will engage in victorious prayer that impacts others positively.

We are dealing with the supernatural.  We are waging warfare in the heavenlies.  We are pulling down strongholds or fortresses.  We are standing against the principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.  Jesus has given us a plan for Victorious Spiritual Warfare.  It is time for the Body of Christ to both realize it and engage in prayer warfare.

The six (6) topics are: 

  • Praise – –Here is were we appropriate the promises.  “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name.”
  • Priorities – – Here is where we discover and engage in submission to the Father’s Will.  “Thy Kingdom Come.  They will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
  • Provision – – Here we appropriate God’s Supply.  “Give us this day our daily bread.”
  • Peace – – Here we find the key in interpersonal relationships. “And forgive us our debts (sins), as we also forgive our debtors.”
  • Power – – Here we discover the ability to consistently defeat the devil.  “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
  • Praise – – In this we find the strength and power to obey God’s Word, Will, and Way.  “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen.”

Jesus provided a means whereby we could become mighty prayer warriors and thereby, mighty warriors in the spirit realm.  For us to fulfill our mission and commission, we must learn to pray.  We must be able to pray fervently and effectively.  Prayer is vital for spiritual victory. 

Step One is to begin in Praise!  Here we change our focus from self and our circumstances to Him and His Purposes.  As we focus on Him, His Promises, and Provisions we create a condition in our hearts for faith to grow and develop.  Our confidence and hope begin to flourish in our hearts, and we are enabled to achieve a place in the spirit realm where we can engage in even the most difficult aspects of spiritual warfare.

Step Two is Submission.  We must come to the place of total surrender to God.  Anything short of total surrender will leave the door open for doubt, discouragement, and defeat.  Once we have invited the presence of God into our prayer time through praise, we are able to take this step.

I believe that prayer is the most critical element of the spiritual life and spiritual warfare and until we learn to pray, we will never fully achieve and receive the abundant life that Jesus came to bring. 

We will pause here and address this one more time in the next devotional.  Until then, God with God and He will go with you. 

Have a Great Day!

THE SEVEN W’s of SPIRITUAL WARFARE – The Wardrobe & Weapons…


Text:  Ephesians 6:12-13; Colossians 2:15

 What we wear to the War is important.  We must dress for success and put on the Whole Armor of God, which is God Himself and God’s Armor.  This armor is designed to render the believer untouchable.

1 John 5:18 – “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.”

THE WARDROBE…

When we consider the Wardrobe, we see the five (5) listed garments and/or tools or weapons.  We have the Girdle of Truth.  In the ancient armies, the girdle held the different weapons and pieces of armor in place.  Every piece of armor connected to the girdle – TRUTH.  Then we note the Breast Plate of Righteousness which signifies right standing with God.  It is a heart covering.  Next, we note the Gospel Shoes, or the feet shod with the preparation of readiness in the Gospel of Peace.  Footwear in the soldier’s wardrobe was essential.  In the Roman Army great care was given to the feet of the fighting men.  If they could not walk, march, run, or stand the army would be terribly weakened. 

We then move to two items that could be defined as weapons. There is the Shield of Faith, which signifies that we are protected by Jesus who Himself can take anything the devil can dish out.  We are empowered by the Holy Spirit’s anointing.  Then we see the Helmet of Salvation.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, we discover that we are to live in Confident Expectation.  The mind that is helmeted cannot be attacked by the devil and overcome by the lies that depress, discourage, and defeat.  We have our minds covered so that we can bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  We have the mind that was also in Christ Jesus in us. 

When we put on the Whole Armor, we are putting on Christ Himself.  Whether we attempt to put it on as individual pieces or receive it all as the infusion of Christ in us, we need to understand that the Armor is Jesus.  He is the Truth.  He is Righteousness.  He is Faith.  He is Hope and Assurance.  He is Readiness.  Therefore, when we have on the Whole Armor of God we are dressed up in Jesus! 

THE WEAPONS…

The only offensive weapon in that list is the Sword of the Spirit.  It is the Spirit’s sword and therefore the most powerful of spiritual weapons. 

Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” 

It is vital that we become intimately familiar with our Sword and learn its power and capabilities.  We need to distinguish ourselves in the use of it.  We need to never be without it.  We need to have it hidden in our hearts and our minds.  We need to meditate on it day and night.  It needs to be as close to us as breathing.

The Blood is a symbol of the finished work of Jesus and the ultimate defeat of the devil.  When we employ the Blood of Jesus we are declaring: “I believe that through the Blood of Jesus, we have been delivered from the power of darkness and we have authority over him now.”

Next time we will consider the Warfare and the Winners but will pause here and pray that you embrace the provision we have in Jesus and begin the process of becoming Warriors for Him, exercising our authority and enforcing the Victory of Calvary in this present world.

God bless you as you enjoy this day in Jesus!

THE SEVEN W’s of SPIRITUAL WARFARE – The Warriors & Wiles…


Text:  Ephesians 6:12-13; Colossians 2:15

Today, I would like for us to take the next step in the Seven W’s of Spiritual Warfare.

THE WARRIORS…

The antagonists in the War are Jesus and the devil.  Paul refers to the devil as, “The god of this world.”  Jesus’ purpose, as expressed by our LORD, is to “destroy the works of the devil.”  That suggests conflict.

One writer described it powerfully saying, “Our adversary is a supernatural person occupying a superior position and exercising a supernatural power.  He is the supreme dictator of the kingdom of darkness; a past master in every phase of diabolical deception and deviltry to be used in the seduction and rebellion toward God and His Son.  In the light of such a revelation what utter folly for anyone to underestimate or ignore the power of the powers of darkness.”  That is not to say he is Omnipotent, but he is a supernatural being and therefore, we need the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to defeat our defeated foe.  We must never forget that he is a defeated foe, he just hasn’t given up.

Jesus Possesses ALL Authority in Heaven and Earth.  In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 11, we discover the power of the strongman and the stronger man, Jesus.  Jesus has defeated the devil and given us authority over him.  Jesus is our Captain or Commander in Chief. 

1 Peter 3:21-22 – “…Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.” 

Colossians 1:13-14 – “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

The Battle is the Lord’s and we are His Warriors.  He is “in” us and “on” us.  We battle in His Name, in His Stead, and we Impose the Victory He Won over the devil.  We do warfare in the Might Name and Power of God.  We are His heirs by birth.  His Blood gives us position and His Resurrection gives us hope.  Christ in us is our Hope of Glory.  We are more than conquerors through Him, and we overcome by the Word of our Testimony and the Blood of the Lamb.  It is In His Name!

THE WILES…

The apostle Paul declared that we are not ignorant of the devices of the devil (2 Corinthians 2:11).  The reason he emphasized knowledge of the devil’s devices was, “lest Satan should get an advantage over us.”  The word “Wiles” is the Greek word from which we get our English word “Methods.”  The devil has been using the same methods with great success for centuries and we must recognize what he is doing and learn how to negate his efforts.

One of the methods the devil uses is “Deceit” or “Deception.”  The apostle John identified him as the old serpent, the deceiver of the whole world. (Rev. 12:9).  He uses “Lies”, “False Teachings”, and “Accusations.”  In Revelation 12:10 we are informed that the devil is the ‘accuser’ of the brethren and accuses believers day and night before God.  He accused Eve and accuses us to God.  He accuses us to ourselves, to others, and others to us.  He is a divider.  He uses “Doubt” and does not always tell an outright lie but uses shaded truth to deceive us and cause questions to arise.  He uses “Contention” and is a sower of “Discord.”

I must remind everyone that He works with limitations.  He is not Omnipresent, although he maneuvers around quite speedily and easily.  He is not Omniscient, although he is well informed.  He is not Omnipotent but is a supernatural being.  It is vital that we recognize who he is, who we are, and to whom we belong.  We stand against the wiles of the devil in the Name, Blood, Authority, and Power of the Holy Spirit

I want to deal with the next aspect in the next devotional but will pause here and encourage you to do some deep introspection as to your position and allow the Holy Spirit to convict and convince you of Who You Are! 

God bless you and have a great day in Him

THE SEVEN (W’s) of SPIRITUAL WARFARE – The War…


Text:  Ephesians 6:12-13; Colossians 2:15

Let’s take the next step in our discovery of Spiritual Warfare and how it affects the believer in today’s world. 

THE WAR…

I cannot stress enough that this is no ordinary war.  It is a battle of invisible antagonist not a battle between flesh and blood.  Therefore, man’s methods will not work.  The devil never gets excited about human methods because he knows they are not a threat to his kingdom.

The War is real.  It may be invisible, but it is very real.  Until we step into the spiritual realm, we cannot see nor sense the immensity of this war and the powers involved.  I have discovered that in what are deemed ‘Cultured Lands’ few people recognize the existence of the devil and his hordes.  They never truly realize that a War is raging in the spiritual realm.  However, in those lands deemed ‘Heathen’, they are very aware of the existence of the devil and his demons. They are very cognizant of the War.  They may be terribly wrong in their interpretation and understanding but they know it is transpiring.

One of the first requirements for us to be effective in this warfare is to acknowledge that there is a War and then seek to discover our weapons, position, condition, and authority. I hesitate to bring this into the discussion but believe it is germane and will refer to an article published years ago about an event that transpired in 1986.  It was concerning “The New Age Movement.”  I realize that for many, that is ancient history, but bear with me, please.

I am convinced that a very large segment of the Body of Christ is totally ignorant of what is happening in the realm of darkness.  I place much of the blame for that at the feet of pastors (I was one for decades).  Pastors are charged with teaching, equipping, training, and warning their flocks of dangers.  Too much emphasis as been on feeling good about ourselves and not enough focus has been on the destructiveness of the powers of darkness.  We have sought to ‘grow our churches’ numerically rather than ‘empower’ them spiritually.

On December 21, 1986, the “New Agers” organized a group of 50,000,000 in a major effort to effect, a shift in the way humanity views reality.  They announced this would usher in the “New Age” or the “Age of Aquarius” and free the world from the influence of Christianity.  Their effort was not done in the shadows but openly and well-publicized.  John Randolph Price, Barbara Marx, and a host of other New Age leaders openly publicized the World of Instant Cooperation and few took note.

What is the World of Instant Cooperation?  This was designed to create a unified field of consciousness toward world unity or synergy.  It was hailed by its sponsors as a “planetary Pentecost”.  Interesting wording because of the biblical Pentecost it is countering.  They claimed this would restore man to ‘godhood.’  They chanted that this would result in the healing of the goddess earth.  This is the belief of those who practice Wicca (witchcraft).  The result, they claimed would be a new One World, New Age Religion born.

According to numerous New Age authors and proponents, the view and objective was that anyone who failed to cooperate would need to be eliminated.  One of their authors expressed the belief that would result in the elimination of about one-half of the world’s population. 

I ask you to get the picture in your mind of 50 million occultists, new agers, and mystics entering a state of hypnotic meditative prayer simultaneously.  But as bazaar and unthinkable as that might seem, we have information that there were likely as many as 150 million who joined in.  The ensuring difficulties and turmoil since the end of 1986 can be directly attributed to this event and subsequent events by the followers of darkness.  There is a War going on and it is imperative that we realize it and learn how to fight the good fight of faith. 

One of the organizers of the 1986 event declared that the only thing they feared was a counter-force from Christians who were empowered with the Word and Spirit of God. They followed that December event with an August one with the declared objective to achieve “Harmonic Convergence” and “Planetary Surrender.”

The War is real, and this is not the only prong of the devil’s attack but is one that transpired over 30 years ago and cannot be ignored.  The devil is serious, and the Body of Christ must be as well.  We have authority over all the powers of darkness, and it is time that we enforce the Victory of Jesus.  I caution you to remember that earthly battles fought in the energy of the flesh have no hope of victory, no victors and no spoils of war.  But, if we fight this War with God’s spiritual weapons, WE WIN!

God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!

THE SEVEN (W’s) OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE – – Part 2


Ephesians 6:12-13 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” NASB

Colossians 2:15 – “When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”  NASB

We must never lose sight of the reality that a War is going on in the heavenlies.  It is disturbing that some Christians never truly become aware of that reality.  Others suspect a War is going on but cannot decide with the side, they are on.  What I mean is they seek to get by without committing to God and seek to enjoy the best of both worlds.  Others have discovered that a War is going on, know whose side they are on, but are not confident of the outcome.  They live in fear, often dejected, discouraged, and defeated.  Finally, some know a War is going on, are certain of the outcome, because they know – “Christ has already won the victory!”

I feel compelled to remind everyone that no sooner did the Holy Spirit come upon Jesus that He led our LORD into the wilderness for a personal encounter with the devil.  Jesus did all He did as an example for us.  The devil never came out better than second-best in his encounters with Jesus and should not with us. 

The Casual or Carnal Christian (if there is such a creature) has been so invested in the world that he/she has no eyes for another world only this one.  But, when the quickening of the Holy Spirit comes, the spiritual eyes begin to open, and we see the battle lines drawn in the heavenly places and recognizes the desire of the devil.  God wants His people to awaken from their slumber and awaken to the reality of this War.  I am convinced that until we realize the realness of the devil and the power, he possesses we will not grasp the importance or urgency for us in this struggle.  We open ourselves to deception and defeat.

In Ephesians 1:18-21 we see a powerful truth. 

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”

I want us to begin looking at the War but do not want to venture too far and have to leave the matter dangling too much.  Therefore, I will pause here and pick this up in the next devotional as we begin looking at the First W of Spiritual Warfare – The War.

 God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!