WE NEED TO GET DRESSED AND READY FOR BATTLE…


Ephesians 6:14-20 – “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints —  19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”  NKJV

The morning began a bit later than usual and things have a vastly different appearance when that happens.  The quietness and solitude are not so quiet and there are many of God’s creatures scurrying about. I sense things astir in the spiritual realm. I have and am enjoying my coffee, bible reading, and conversation with the Lord.  Today, He told me to “Get Dressed…”

I was praying for this country and the state she is in and what we can and should do to right the ship.  He let me ramble for a while and heard my rants, fears, concerns, and complaints, and then finally when I took a breath I heard in my spirit, “Get dressed to go out to Battle.  Get dressed to take a stand and not be moved.  Get ready for the battle after the battle.  Be prepared not just for the battle but for the war.”  That stopped me in my tracks and caused me to think for a while and after about an hour I came inside to the computer.

We are to stand “wrapped” in truth, God’s truth.  His truth is the truth that shall make us free!  This is the truth that leads us to life!  This is the truth is impeachable and impeccable!  The Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Righteous! 

Wrapped in that truth is step one!  Then, we are to have on the breastplate of righteousness.  Our hearts must be covered with righteousness, not ours but His.  Our righteousness is but filthy rags, but His righteousness is whiter than the driven snow.  It is pure without human imperfections.  We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness! 

That’s when things happen, not before!  Take the shield of faith.  We must exhibit faith, trust, and confidence settled assurance in Him, His word, His will, and His way.  We are to walk in Total Confidence in Him and His promises, walking without wavering.  We must not be double-minded but steadfast in our confidence. 

We are to take the helmet of salvation.  It is most interesting that salvation would be a helmet (head covering) but that is because we must get our minds right, our thoughts right.  We are to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.  As a man thinks in his heart so is he.  We are to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  We must immerse ourselves in God’s word and become so saturated with that word that if you cut us, we would bleed the word.  So, we are ready always to give an answer to every man for the reason of the hope that is within us.

Finally, we are to Pray, which is a vital portion of this attire.  We are to pray Always!   Praying with ALL prayer and supplication in the spirit – watching with perseverance for all the saints and then we can Stand and Stand Boldy.  It is then we can become unmovable, steadfast.  Dressed up and ready to go to war and ready to go home if the need is but Unmovable!   Prepared for Battle!

For us to see revival, renewal, and restoration come to this world we must fight the good fight of faith.  We must continue to pray for our leaders and our land.  We must continue to be clothed with God’s prescribed attire for battle and we must use the weapons of our warfare, which are mighty through God to the pulling down strongholds.  The battle is before us, and the Lord is with us the only questions are – – Will we endure to the end?  Will we after having done all to stand, stand?  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

May the rich and bountiful blessing of the LORD be upon you as go through your day and may the Lord of Hosts grant you peace and wisdom to do all that you have been commissioned to do on this beautiful day He has made!

PONDER THE PATH OF YOUR FEET…


PONDER THE PATH OF YOUR FEET…

Proverbs 4:25-27 – “Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.  26 Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.”  NKJV

It is another beautiful morning with a refreshing breeze.   We had a little rain last night for the second day in a row.  Not a lot, but anything is appreciated. As I sat on the patio with my Bible and my cup of coffee before the sun rose, I listened to the world spring to life. As the creatures began to stir, I sat in solitude thinking of the things of God.  I sit drinking my morning cup of coffee, reading my bible by the light of the porch light, and conversing with the Lord.  The thought that arose in my heart was “Ponder the path of your feet…” 

I want to give you a small sampling of what the Holy Spirit is birthing in my heart about this subject and hopefully, it will encourage, challenge, and inspire you to dig a little deeper into God and His Purposes.

When we consider parental instructions, we almost always think in the natural realm, but we need to elevate our thinking to that of our Heavenly Father’s advice and counsel to us, His children.  These three verses are filled with incredibly valuable counsel and should be heeded, daily. 

  • FOCUS – – The writer directs our thoughts to the need to keep focused on the journey and not become sidetracked by peripheral issues.  We are to keep our eyes on the Cross, the empty tomb, and turned heavenward looking for the soon appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ the Righteous.  We are to “seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”  Our focus must be maintained lest our journey takes unnecessary detours and have unnecessary delays in reaching our destination.  
  • PONDER – An Interesting word that among other things means to “roll flat,” “revolve,” and “weigh mentally.”  It is a word that could be used in describing the road-building techniques of the Romans.  They would grind to a powder and pulverize the rocks, etc. to make them into the sand-like material that they could be placed where they wanted the road or ramp and then roll them flat to make them compacted together and smooth.  We need to ponder our path or make a smooth road out of life through the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
  • ESTABLISHED – We need to ensure that our course of life is fixed, settled, determined, and prepared.  We do this through our relationship with Him by our deep settled commitment to Him and His purposes.  We cover every plan, desire, and purpose with prayer, seeking His face for our every move, and walk in the quiet confidence of His guidance.  We fix our eyes on Jesus, stay on the course, and run the race to its conclusion.
  • REMOVE. – We turn back from the past and press toward the prize of the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus.  We remove our foot from evil by our complete surrender to Him.  We resign as the captain of our fate and the master of our soul and allow Him to be Lord of All in our lives.  We shun the very appearance of evil and cling to Him the author and finisher of our faith.

We cannot walk this walk, run this race, or finish the course in victory without Him leading the way and being Lord of all.  The road is too rough, the race too long, and the course too uncertain to do it in our own strength.  We must have Him pilot our ship through the troubled waters of life.  Jesus, you are Captain my Captain, and Lord of All to me!  Guide my life!  Guard my heart!  Give me the grace to walk before you in all things!  

May the Lord bless you as you go through your day in Him.  Have a spectacular day on this wonderful day that the Lord has created for us!

OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS – – Vehicles – CONCLUSION…


2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”  NASB

Let’s get into this final installment of our Spiritual Weapons of Warfare and the vehicles used to launch them. 

Prayer and the other weapons of spiritual warfare impact everything including our human government (1Timothy 2:1-4).  When we pray for our government, we are to pray that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. Good government allows us to have the ability to preach the Gospel freely and openly.  It guarantees civil liberties and protects freedom of speech.  We can do more on our knees than in any other fashion but that does not mean we cannot or should not be otherwise active.  But always remember that OUR WEAPONS ARE MIGHTY!

There are Eight (8) Laws or Elements of Prayer.  I will call them Laws for the sake of understanding:

The Law of Boldness.   (Hebrews 10:19) – “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”  The Blood of Jesus enables us to access the throne room of heaven.

The Law of the Blood.  Prayer is offered on the foundation of the Blood of Jesus.

The Law of Faith.  (Hebrews 11:6) – “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”

The Law of Right Relationships.  (Mark 11:24-25) – “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”  NASB

The Law of God’s Will.  (1 John 5:14-15) – “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”  NASB

The Law of the Holy Spirit(Romans 8:26-27) – “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” NASB

The Law of Praise.  (Psalm 34:1) – “I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES, His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth.”

The Law of Right Motives.  (James 4:3) – “You ask, and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

All of these are extremely important and are an explanation as to why sometimes we are ineffective in our praying.  It does not explain everything, but it should give us things to consider and a personal examination of our hearts, motives, and lives.

We looked at the launching Rocket of Prayer now let us consider more launching rockets for the Weapons of Spiritual Warfare:

THE VEHICLE OF PREACHING….

At the risk of being misunderstood, I say that Preaching is an incredibly essential element and activity for the Body of Christ.  It is one of the great tools that God has given to launch spiritual weapons effectively.  It is by the ‘foolishness of preaching’ that men are saved!  Paul counseled Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word!” 

When anyone stands at the sacred desk (pulpit) or anywhere and preaches The WORD, that person is launching a weapon of warfare against the devil’s strongholds.  Preachers should expect strongholds to come down as they preach.  Our preaching should go forth mixed with faith knowing that we are launching mighty weapons against the forces of hell.

When I look at the life and ministry of the apostle Paul, he epitomized the importance and power afforded in preaching.  He was a preacher from the moment of his conversion.  He was commissioned from the very beginning of his ministry to take the Name of Jesus before the gentiles and kings!  Everywhere he went he proclaimed the Name of Jesus!  He continually preached the Word, the Name, and the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and mighty things took place in his preaching.

THE VEHICLE OF THE WORD OF OUR TESTIMONY….

In Revelation 12:11 – “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” NASB.  The word Testimony in Greek is ‘witness,’ so to testify means to witness.  In a court of law, you are asked to testify or give witness of only what you know, things you saw and/or heard.  You are to speak from direct personal experience, not from opinion or presumption.

The word of our testimony is an immensely powerful launching rocket.  I believe that your testimony is powerful no matter what that testimony is because it is a witness of the Power of God transforming your life. 

Sadly, many are robbed of the beauty of their personal testimony because they have deemed it not to be as significant or colorful as someone else’s, but it is your testimony, and it is your account of your experience in God and that is powerful.  There is nothing more real and moving that a personal account of what God has done.

THE VEHICLE OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP….

Praise & Worship are very personal things but can be significant and powerful in corporate gatherings. When congregational praise & worship is offered there is incredible power generated.  Psalms 22:3 tells us that God Inhabits the praises of His people.  Therefore, as we worship & praise as a group we manifest a unity, harmony, and agreement that opens the door for the Holy Spirit to move freely in our midst.  In doing so we are launching the Word, the Name, and the Blood of Jesus and pulling down strongholds.

That brings us to a crucial point – The Power of the Tongue!  We use it in praying, preaching, testifying, and in praise and worship.  It is with our mouths that we launch the weapons of warfare, but we can also launch weapons of the enemy by engaging in gossip, backbiting, undue criticism, unrighteous judgment, fear, and doubt.

No matter how dark things may seem around you the power of God surrounds you and as Paul and Silas sang praises in a prison cell at midnight, we can launch the weapons of warfare in our darkest hour and see the Hand of God move mightily.

Learn to utilize and launch God’s weapons of warfare!  May God be with you as you go through your day!

OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS – – Vehicles – – Part Two…


2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”  NASB

In the last devotional we began considering this subject and reached the point where we were ready to identify and discuss our Spiritual Launching Rockets.  I ask that you join me as we consider them.

What are our launching rockets?  

They are Prayer, Preaching, the Word of our testimony, Praise, and Worship!  These vehicles launch the spiritual warheads against the enemy and bring the Power of God to bear on the situation.

We have considered the NAME, WORD, and BLOOD of JESUS as Spiritual Weapons of Warfare, and we have some launching rockets to propel these warheads into the battle. 

Let us begin by looking at them:

THE LAUNCHING ROCKET OF PRAYER….

I suspect that the only people who do not believe that prayer is of any significant benefit are those who do not pray!  I do not mean to be calloused, but I believe that to be the truth.  In my mind, there is absolutely no doubt about the validity, importance, or power of believing prayer! 

Prayer receives its power from the weapon of the NAME, the WORD, and the BLOOD of Jesus.  When we pray the Name, the Word, and the Blood of Jesus we find an incredible release of spiritual power yet at the same time we find it vain to pray meaningless and unbelieving repetitions.  One prayer warrior of old declared that “Prayer is the greatest force in the universe” and I do not argue that because prayer that carries the spiritual warheads of the Name, the Word, and the Blood of Jesus is armed with the greatest power known. 

If you remember the words of Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you did not know…” you understand.  Simply, God has declared that IF we pray, He will work and bring great and mighty things to pass even beyond our ability to know or comprehend.  In a sense, God has limited Himself to working in conjunction with our praying!

It is my conviction that in prayer we can touch lands thousands of miles away, send help to divine prisoners, minister in every city in the world, and cross every barrier and obstacle.  Prayer can penetrate where human flesh cannot. 

That includes everything in life including our government.  But I feel that I must pause again and hold the remaining thoughts until the next devotional. 

May God be with you and give you grace and peace as you walk through this day in His Victory!   Have a great Day!

SPIRITUAL WEAPONS – – Vehicles…


2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”  NASB

As I read passages like this my excitement and anticipation in God are renewed.  I see unlimited possibilities in the Christian walk rather than gloom and doom.  Please know that I am not oblivious to the problems in our present world, but I am also very cognizant of the Person, Power, and Potential in God!  We all either have strongholds or face strongholds in our lives from the opposition of the devil.  God offers a solution and gives us equipment to combat the forces of hell. 

I want to focus on Three Primary Weapons in this discussion which will span more than one post.  Those are The NAME, the WORD, and the BLOOD of Jesus. 

It is my biblical understanding and life experience that when the Word of God confronts a stronghold of the devil it renders it powerless and devoid of strength.  When the Name of Jesus is used against the enemy that name prevails every time!  When the ‘Blood of Jesus’ is brought against a Stronghold by the Word of our Testimony, the stronghold is utterly destroyed.  Our weapons are MIGHTY THROUGH GOD to the pulling down of strongholds.

You can have a powerful arsenal but if you have no delivery vehicle or cannot get those weapons to the battle, they do you no good!  Most are aware that the Name, Word, and Blood of Jesus are weapons, but the question is How do we get them to the point of attack?

Let me use something in the natural to convey a spiritual truth:

In our military arsenal, we have ICBMs or Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles which are extremely large rockets capable of being launched over thousands of miles and destroying a target with pinpoint accuracy.  They are particularly important to the defense strategy of any nation that has them.  Yet, we must make a distinction between the rockets and the warheads on those rockets. 

The power is not in the rocket but in the warhead.  The rocket is simply a vehicle to get the warhead to the proper place at the proper time.  If the rocket were launched with no warhead, it would do minor damage upon arrival but armed with the warhead it has the capability of destroying an exceptionally large target. 

The power is in the warhead!  This is equally true spiritually.  The power is in the weapon.  The power is in the WORD, NAME, and BLOOD of Jesus!  Yet, until these warheads are launched, they do not pull down strongholds.  They must be launched against the enemy to bring the desired victory.

Therefore, it would be useful for us to consider what our Launching Rockets are Spiritually.  But, for the sake of space, we will pause and pick this up in the next devotional. 

God bless you as you enjoy this day in Jesus and walk in the fullness of His Victory!

WAIT, GOD SAID WHAT?


Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” NKJV

When you study Scripture, it is always important to notice certain words such as, therefore.  Anytime you see the word therefore you need to find out what it is there for!  This is one of those examples and as I read it for the first time the first thought came to mind, “God said what?”  Is He suggesting a lackadaisical attitude toward the future and promoting a life of no planning, no preparation, and helter-skelter?  That is why we need to find out why the, therefore, is there in the first place.  Thus, we have to go back to the previous verses to get the context.

Matthew 6:25-34 – “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” NKJV

I like what John Calvin said: “The highest proof of Scripture is derived in general from the fact that God in person speaks in it.”

If God speaks, it must be important and worth paying attention to.  God has never suggested that we live a life without plans for the future or preparation for the days to come.  What He said was that we Dare Not let them Rule Us!  That is the key!  It is a matter of “in whom” we place our trust, faith, or confidence. 

Do we place it in our ability or God’s? There is a bit of difference between the two.  I and you are limited, but God is without limits.  You and I suffer from human frailty, but God is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent!  We are subject to succumb to temptation, doubt, fear, and failure but God is above all that and Can Not Lie or Fail!  Therefore, while it is not always an easy matter to trust God in all things it makes more logical sense than trusting myself and my inabilities or any other human being because they are made of the same stuff I am and subject to the same flaws and deficiencies.

THE BIBLE IS UNIQUE IN ITS AUTHORSHIP

One such evidence that the Bible has been copied accurately in the past is shown in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These scrolls, found by a shepherd boy in 1947, are dated from 250 to 150 BC. This discovery pushed back our available oldest Scripture text by almost 1,000 years. And when the content of the scrolls was compared to later copies, no significant differences were found. That means scribes had been copying with great precision for almost ten centuries. This amazing discovery moved us one millennium closer to the originals.

The Scripture has authority because God has all authority. And because God is the author of all Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16), Scripture is authoritative. God is the basis for the Bible’s authority. Since God has ensured the transmission of the message of His Son and since He reinforces this message by His own authority, mankind has only two choices: to obey Him or reject Him.

The fact that God gave us the Scripture is the reason we know that it is accurate and that it is exactly what He wants us to have. And because God has spoken it, we can be confident in the Scripture’s authority. It is true and represents faithfully His offer and promise of forgiveness and eternal life to those who meet His criteria of belief in His Son.

Today, as in every age, we have the choice to Believe God or Believe man.  To me, that is no choice and since God is all the above and sees the “End from the Beginning” and we see the “Beginning from the End” the choice is obvious.  I want to put my confidence in the one who knows the now, the past, and the present rather than the one who knows only the past in a limited fashion, the present in an even more limited manner, and has no clue about the future but lives in speculation, conjecture, and theory.  Do I choose Man or GOD?  This does not require a Harvard Education, GOD is the obvious logical, reasonable, and even faith-filled answer.

Therefore, I encourage you in all those situations where you ask or wonder, “Did God really say that?” to determine to put your trust in Him, His love, guidance, protection, and Word, and rest in Him. 

You can fret over tomorrow, adopt a lackadaisical attitude and be completely slothful or you can roll all your cares over on God and be determined to Trust Him!  One brings peace and will end in success the other brings, doubt, confusion, and turmoil and will end in disappointment and defeat.  That, to me, makes the choice simple.  I Will Trust the LORD! 

So, as you begin your week, I encourage you to lay to rest the question and determine that you will Trust God in All Things and at All Times!

May God’s presence, peace, and power guide you in all things.  Blessings!

CAUTION – THE WORD OF GOD IS INCLUDED, TAKE AS NEEDED…


Possessing The Promise.  CONCLUSION.

READ – – Numbers 13:1-3; 17-33 (I Ask that You Read those passages…)

Let’s jump in with both feet and pick up where we left off yesterday on this subject that I believe is essential to a Life of Victory and Overcoming in Christ in this present world.  We have a biblical pattern to follow in Numbers 13 or a beginning point.  God is an orderly God and has an order that He operates in and requires us to operate in.  This does not mean, necessarily, that one thing is more important than another, it simply means Order!

GOD’S STRATEGY FOR TAKING OUR CITY.

Why is it necessary to have a strategy to take your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the uttermost part of the Earth in your efforts for the Kingdom?  Why not just go out and do whatever comes to mind that you see or feel needs to be done?  Why be concerned about the Unseen Realm, after all, we do not live there, we live in the Natural Realm.  Why invest the time and energy?

First, let me ask you a simple natural question: “How do you get rid of thistle bushes or crabgrass?”  Do you clip them off at the surface level or go for the roots?  One way you get to repeat the job year after year, the other way you do the job once and it is a permanent fix.  Which is more effective?

Second, it is important to understand that the devil cannot operate unless he has Legal Ground or unless we are Ignorant of our provisions in the Lord and through His word!  So, we need a strategy that allows us to investigate and determine if there is legal ground or ignorance in play.  That will allow us to go for the roots not just clip off the problem at the surface and leave it festering and very much alive to come back again and again.  There are four things I suggest here:

  • Discern the Gates – – – (History).  Discover the “fruit” and the “roots” that are in existence.  This will help you formulate a strategy through the wisdom of the Spirit of God.
  • Discover the History of God’s People – – (Covenants).  What has God promised and what does He require from His people in order for those Covenants to be realities in our present generation?
  • Identify the Prophetic People – – (The Intercessors & Spiritual Fathers).  Those that can do battle behind the scenes and those that can organize and lead the Army into battle.
  • Know the Demographics – – (Where and Why the people are where they are).  This identifies needs and allows you to formulate a plan that addresses the need rather than using the “scatter gun” approach hoping to hit some!

Then as we are informed as to the identity of the enemy we are fighting we are able to plan for the battle and expect success!  As Paul stated, we are not to be those fighting blindly, beating the air, or shadow boxing unseen and unreal foes, but our blows are specifically directed at a specific target with the precision of a highly technical smart bomb.  (1 Corinthians 9:26).

LEARN HOW TO FIGHT…

There are several things that I suggest here that will help us become more efficient and proficient in our strategy and warfare against the forces of hell.

  1. Realize that we were born for battle spiritually.
  2. Learn how to recognize the Unseen Realm.
  3. Realize that we are in and learn how to pray in the presence of the Heavenly Hosts.
  4. Learn about Angels and their ministry.
  5. Learn about Territorial spirits and their authority and power.

I realize that each of those needs much more attention but there is not the time or space to adequately deal with them here, maybe at another time.  But it gives you something to study on your own.

LEARN THE PROCESS OF VICTORY…

Again, there are some suggestions that I will make without much comment, and hope that these give you ample ammunition in your efforts and personal study, growth, and development.

  • Learn the beginning place of Worship.  (Praise focuses on God’s acts.  Worship on God’s Person.)
  • Learn to WAIT ON GOD.  Wait for His input and insight.  (I would call this the development of spiritual discernment)
  • Identify the Sins of your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or Uttermost part of the Earth or your Personal Life.  (Repentance individually and even corporately is important in removing the “legal ground” through which the enemy of our souls operates).
  • Determine that you are going to overcome evil with good.  (Make the principles of Righteousness the core or foundational principles upon which you live every hour of every day 24/7/365.)

I am going to say something that may sound controversial, but it is biblical.  There are times when the Lord allows the devil to attack, and I believe there are three factors involved in this. 

  • God wants to build or test our character as with Job. (Please do not understand me, I do not believe that God wants us to suffer and sends sickness and disease upon us to teach us lessons.  If you do, that is between you and God.  But I do believe that God will test our character for our sake, not His, He already knows what we will do.)
  • God always wants to expose and defeat the enemy, at our hands to encourage us and give us confidence that “through Him” we can do all things!
  • God wants us to occupy, not Wall Street but the Earth for the Kingdom of God and remove the strongholds of the devil, and set the captives free to walk in Victory!

A good question here would be: “How do we overcome evil with good?”  I believe that one of the most efficient ways is to address and defeat the Spirit of Greed.  If the Body of Christ learns to develop and manifest Radical Generosity, we will see a breakthrough in the realm of the Spirit like never seen in our lifetime! 

In traveling as an itinerant minister there have been times when God spoke to me to have the ushers leave the offering taken for me in the receptacles and pass them around again and this time take the offering for the pastor or some need that I was aware of in the Church.  God blessed me and every time we saw a breakthrough in the Church locally.

Baal Perazimis a name that might be important to mention here.  It means: “Master of Breakthroughs.”  We need for God to be allowed to be our Master of Breakthroughs!  We need to identify all hindering forces in our lives, churches, communities, states, nations, and world and target specific warfare against those forces.  However, if you do not know what the hindrance is you cannot wage warfare against it.  If you do not know you are lost, you cannot be found!  If you do not know you are in error, you cannot receive correction or instruction!

We need to stand against the Spirit of Apathy in our lives individually and corporately!  We need to take such passages as Psalm 145:5-9 and prophesy against the forces of hell and enter into a state of Praise & Worship to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

We need to identify and come against the Spirit of Religious Pride.  Too many church organizations are sectarian and exclusivist, holding other groups at arms-length over petty differences and building walls instead of bridges.  That allows the devil to gain a foothold in our lives, communities, and churches and hinder our progress!

We need to tear down the Spirit of Individualism.  I grow weary of hearing people say, “My church, My ministry, My, My, My….”  None of it is yours it all belongs to the Lord.  Jesus said, “Upon this Rock, I will build MY church.”

We need to allow the Spirit of God to place upon us a Spirit of Travail that moves us into deep intercession being determined to “travail until birth.”  If that becomes a foundational part of our spiritual walk, we will become victorious our churches will become victorious as will our communities, state, and nation!  It is up to us through the Power of the Spirit of God!

We can either become a Spiritual House or a Stone Pile made up of a bunch of isolated, individualistic stones.  We can be “fitted and framed” together into a building that becomes The Church that Jesus said He would build or be individuals seeking our own.  As for me and my house, we choose the Lord.  May God be with you as you make a determined effort to Possess the Promise and move into total victory in Jesus! 

Are you ready for the miraculous and God’s Fullness?  May the Blessings of God be yours today as you embark on your new journey in Jesus’ Victory!

IF YOU READ THIS YOU WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE…


Possessing The Promise – – Part II

Numbers 13:1-3; 17-33 – – (I ask that you read these verses…)

Let us pick up where we left off yesterday regarding Possessing the Promise and the Paralysis of Analysis.  The student of the Bible understands that throughout the Holy Writ there is evidence that the battle we discussed yesterday is very real and is waged and won so that it can be walked out or lived out here on Earth.  The life and times of Daniel is an exceptionally good example that we will not go into at this juncture.  Instead, I want us to turn our attention to another figure in Biblical History found in 2 Kings 6 – Elisha who has been called the “Double Portion Prophet”.

In this account, Elisha thwarts the efforts of the entire Syrian army through his ability to See and Hear in the Unseen Realm!  The Syrian army had arrived at Dothan to take Elisha captive.  It is remarkable how foolish unbelieving man can be at times!  Elisha’s servant woke up, looked out at the massive Syrian army, and was terrified.  He ran to Elisha in complete terror crying out – WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? 

You realize that this is not really a question but an expression of desperation on his part.  Elisha calmly and casually woke up, sat up, and prayed a simple prayer, “Lord, open his eyes that he may see….”  What?  He does see!  He sees overwhelming odds against them, that is the problem.  He Sees, but only with the eyes of the natural! 

Elisha’s prayer is not that his natural eyesight, improve but rather that God would allow the servant to See the Unseen!  That was Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-18 when he prayed that God would grant to them the “spirit of wisdom & revelation”, and “the eyes of their understanding be enlightened.”  That is clearly something that each of us could greatly benefit from.

God honored the prophet’s prayer and opened the eyes of the servant and his Fear immediately turned into Faith!  The ability to See into the Unseen Realm enables the individual to see what God sees.  The servant could now see the angelic host that was prepared to do battle for them.  He understood the calmness of the prophet because Elisha knew that there was more with them than with the enemy!  That will bring calmness to the heart like nothing else.

The Promise that God made to Abraham, “The land is yours” came with a Problem, “There are occupants in the land who have controlled it for a very long time.  People who did not recognize or honor God’s, Decree and were determined not to give up the land they occupied.”  That is a Problem!  Therefore, they had to strategize, learn how to fight, and move into an attitude of victory. 

Simply put, God had given them a Promise, but the inhabitants refused to honor the Promise or Covenant, so it was up to Israel to move into spiritual and physical warfare and Possess the Land (Promise)!

DO YOU GET THE PICTURE?

This is all an example for us!  Canaan was the land in question.  A good discussion here would be “What does Canaan represent?”  This is more than just a plot of ground in the Middle East.  I say that because the promise made to Abraham was The World according to Romans 4:13. This is more than the Jewish people in Canaan!  It involves the Church too!  What took place in the natural was to instruct us in the spiritual.  God wants us to “take” and “possess” the Land, or the Promise!

Let me break it down in this way:

  1. God gave Adam RULE over the Earth.  [Genesis 1:26,28]
  2. God repeated that AUTHORITY to Noah.  [Genesis 9:1-2]
  3. God gave man RULE over the Earth.  [Psalm 8:6]
  4. God’s Kingdom is EVERLASTING, and His DOMINION endures for ALL GENERATIONS.  [Psalm 145:13]
  5. God promises to SUBDUE people & nations under our feet.  [Psalm 47:3]
  6. God has given AUTHORITY or DOMINION over all the POWER of the enemy.  [Luke 10:19]

Those are biblical facts!  Those are all Promises of God!  Needless to say, the enemy does not want us to inherit or possess the Promises of God, so we have the responsibility to Reclaim the Land and Appropriate the Promise by Enforcing Calvary’s Victory! 

Therefore, Canaan represents The Place of Promise!  The Place of Abundance!  The Place of Victory and as Jesus declared, “The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force.”  Some things in this walk require engaging in Warfare albeit Spiritual Warfare and not with flesh & blood!  The question immediately becomes: “How Do We Do It?” “How Do We Possess the Promise?”

That is where we will stop today and pick up there tomorrow and consider the application of this so that we can, in our individual lives and corporately begin the process of Possessing the Promise! 

Until we meet again, may the blessings of the Lord abound in your life, and may the Holy Spirit enable you to see clearly into the Unseen Realm!

WARING IF YOU READ THIS…YOU MAY HAVE TO FIGHT AGAINST THE PARALYSIS OF ANALYSIS!


Possessing the Promise…

Numbers 13:1-3; 17-33 – “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” 3 So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the LORD, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel.

17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, 18 and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; 19 whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; 20 whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.

21 So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. 22 And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. 24 The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. 25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” NKJV

I do apologize for posting such a large portion of Scripture but wanted to make it easy for you to read as I delve into what I want to write about.  I believe that the Spirit of the Lord would have me take a Historic Life Experience from the pages of the Old Testament and communicate a Spiritual Principle from the New Testament.

Romans 15:4 – “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction….” NASB

1 Corinthians 10:6 – “Now these things happened as examples for us…”; “11 … they were written for our instruction…” NASB

Paul informed us that “these things” were an example or stamped as a model or a scar upon our hearts and were to be permanent reminders.  They were for our instruction or to be placed in our minds as constant reminders of this truth.  Therefore, I am confident that the Holy Spirit will communicate this to each of us in a most profound manner and we will receive enlightenment and thereby be drawn into what the Spirit of God is both saying and doing in our time!

God, in fulfilling His covenant to Abraham made some specific promises:

Genesis 12:7 –“The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants, I will give this land….” NASB

Galatians 3:7 – “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.” NKJV

Galatians 3:16 – “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.” NKJV

Galatians 3:17-18 – “And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” NKJV

Galatians 3:27-29 – “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” NKJV

Therefore, God instructed Moses as to how he was to Possess the Promised Land in Numbers 13:1-2.  God tells him, “Go get the needed information.”  Simply God was saying, “Do your research, evaluate the obstacle, the potential, the problem, the solution, and develop a plan.”  I realize that to some that might seem unnecessary and even foolish, but it is God’s Order and has been used by military strategists for centuries.  You know the enemy or discern the gates of the city!

Then in Numbers 13:3 as Moses is obedient God gave detailed instructions and the specially selected men were sent out.  In verses 17-20 we find specific instructions as to What to look for and Where to go in pursuit of that information.  God does not leave things to chance.  He gave four keys:  The Land, the People, the Cities, and the Fruit of the Land.  You will find as you study Scripture that God Never sends out an uninformed army.  He always desires to equip and prepare us for the battle.  Our problem often lies in our failure to understand or remember that “God’s ways are not man’s ways.”

When they came back there were both Unity and Division in their report and in the evaluation of that report.  It was a single report that was consistent, everybody agreed about the goodness of the Land.  However, they had two very diverse mental attitudes:  One group (10) could only see the Natural.  The other group (2) could see the Unseen Realm!  All agreed that the Land was everything God had said it was and was bountiful, but the majority saw the inhabitants of the Land as too strong to overcome and the Cities too fortified to take.

We see the same thing today.  People either view the problem and the promise through God’s eyes or natural eyes.  One opens the door to victorious overcoming and the other reduces us to a place of timidity and fear which will result in the paralysis of analysis and inaction!

I must stop here and pick this up tomorrow to further consider this thought of Possessing the Promise in more detail. 

So, until then may the Lord watch over you and guide you through His wisdom and love through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Blessings!

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UNITY – Key to Victory (Part 3)

1 Corinthians 1:10; Matthew 18:18-20; Ephesians 4:13 – – – [I ask that you read these passages…]

Let us pick up where we left off yesterday and dig a little deeper into this subject, which I consider to be revolutionary in our spiritual walk, work, and warfare!  I want us to consider some of the things that Gideon did that will be of benefit to us today:

He Worshipped through Prayer.

I have always said, “Never pray just to pray.”  I believe that we should pray to be “heard of and hear God.”  It is both communion and communication not just a religious exercise to salve our consciences.

When you are not walking in the plan that God has designed for you, you are often and usually miserable!  No amount of money, recognition, or so-called success will satisfy that longing inside of you!  But, to know what His plan is you must “communicate” and “commune” with Hm. 

It is important to always remember that it is God’s Desire to talk to you!  We just need to remove the clutter of busyness.  I like what the prophet Jeremiah had to say: “Call unto Me and I WILL…” (33:3) First, He will answer, but it goes so much further than that because He is the I AM THAT I AM!

As Gideon prayed, God spoke a Rhema Word to him!  It was a specific, explicit word for a specific time in a specific situation. That is how God operates.  He is not vague or hard to understand.  He is crystal clear when we clear away the clutter of busyness and Listen! 

I am convinced that God has a word for each of us today in our present situation.  He does not want to go through somebody else to bring that word to you He wants to communicate directly and personally with you!  He will often confirm that word through others and events, but He desires to have your attention and speak to you!  If you go back to Genesis, you will find that God is a “speaking God” and as Jesus and Paul advised, we can come boldly before the Throne of Grace and ask…

Gideon Heard a Word from the Lord.

THE WORD TO GIDEON: “Arise, for the Lord has delivered into your hands the hosts of Midian.”  That is a Now Word for Gideon.  It was a direct word that inspired confidence and it was a promise made by God Himself to this man.  The word was “You Win!”  Gideon’s response was, “I receive that, and He acted upon the Word of God.”

I am convinced that one of the reasons that many do not make more progress as individuals and as corporate bodies is that they are not “hearing what God is saying right now” to them. 

Another possibility is they hear but either do not heed or hold on to that Word.  If God gives you a Word of guidance and direction, hold on to it and allow it to become the driving force in your life and vision.  It just could be that the reason that Matthew 18:19 is not working for you right now is that you need to “hear what God is saying right now” in your life and situation. 

Once you have that Word, find somebody to come into “agreement” with concerning what God is Now Saying in your life.  I am not talking about what you would like God to say, but what God actually says!  I am not talking about your desires, but God’s actual direction.  It may not be what you would have preferred but if God says it, you can take it to the bank!

Another caution: “We cannot speak the same thing (agree) unless we hear from God.”  It is imperative that we “only” speak what God is saying not what we want God to say!

Gideon spoke what he Heard God Said.

Gideon had a Word from the LORD and as a result, he went to the army and said: “When I say, the Sword of the Lord and of Gideon, you say, the Sword of the Lord and of Gideon.”  In other words, “say the same thing.” 

That is one of the reasons that God had him send so many away!  The doubters and fearful would have polluted the Word with their interpretation of the situation and what should be done.  They would have prevented the miracle!  They would have not fully obeyed the Word!  That is why you do not need multitudes you need one or two who will agree to see the victory come! 

The strength of Gideon’s army was not in their numbers it was in their UNITY!  They were willing to “say the same thing.”

The questions for us today are:

  1. What are we saying?
  2. What is God saying?

We need to become totally aligned with what God is saying!  That is our strength!  That is our power!  That is our confidence!  We need to Hear God and then Speak what God Speaks!  I do not mean to go off on a tangent but that gets God’s attention!  It attracts the Presence of God, the Authority of God, and the Power of God!

The pattern is simple:  We pray.  We hear God.  We speak or agree with what God has said.  We align our hearts, our minds, and our actions with what God has said and refuse to deviate from it no matter how things look.

James 1:5-8 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” NKJV

What happens?  You pray, hear what God is saying, find someone to come into agreement (say the same thing), and having done all to stand, stand firm!  Refuse to be shaken from that promise of the LORD!

The problem is that too often we speak the same thing until difficulties or delay presents themselves.  Then we or they begin to speak doubts or fears and become double-minded and the door shuts!

I want you to carefully hear this:  The only thing that can shipwreck God’s Plan in your life is for you to start agreeing with the devil.  Follow the directive of Paul and “Be not weary in well doing, for…”   If you hold on to you will see the harvest.  The devil cannot win unless you quit!  Therefore, it is imperative that you remain in agreement with God and hold to His Promise!  It does not matter how large or how small that promise is, Stand On It!

I encourage you to “pray until” you Hear God and once you have Heard God stand on that word and refuse to be shaken.  It does not matter how long it takes to become reality.  Remember Moses spent 40 years training in Pharaoh’s house, 40 years getting Egypt out of him and emptying himself of self, then 40 years fulfilling the purposes of God.  God is not concerned with time for the most part.  He is concerned with the finished product not how quickly it comes to pass.  He is very very very patient contrary to what some have preached for generations!

Hopefully, this has inspired you to follow this prescription to victory and in doing so take the battle to the devil and reclaim territory and lives that have been stolen and deceived.  

May God bless you as you go through your day in Him!