CAN THIS BE THE WILL OF GOD? – – Part Three…


James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  NASB

It is powerful and troubling that James constantly instructs us to Rejoice (vv 1-2;8-9).  That gives us a good barometer as to how we are doing in the midst of all.  Are we having a Blue Monday (depressed), totally despondent on Tuesday wanting to give up and throw in the towel?  Are we ready to kick down the walls and throw something in rage?  If we are following what the Holy Spirit is directing, we are Rejoicing and filled with Joy.  Ouch!

The question becomes, “How is this even possible?”  Look at verse three and he says, “Knowing this…”  How is it possible?  It is possible, only when we know that the trial of our faith is working something in us for God and good!  That produces Hope!

What is the evidence that this is transpiring in us?  Consider verses 3-4 and we realize that there is Endurance in Testing.  We either grow to the place in our confidence and trust of God that we rejoice and are filled with joy or we cave in, to the pressure and depression reigns.  We either relax and trust Him or we become despondent, angry, jealous, etc.  Those are carnal reactions and reactions that these tests and trials are seeking to help us overcome.

There is a Key Word that we dare not miss and it is used 7 times in the Book of James. (1:3-4; 5:7,8,10,11).  That demands we define this word “Patience.”  The Greek conveys the idea of enduring rather than giving in.  It is more than a calm resignation to what seems inevitable.  It does not mean to sit back with a bowed head and let things descend upon us and say, “I’ll just tough it out.”  It is not sitting passively until the storm passes over.  It is not adopting a “Trying to hang on mentality.”  That is ‘toleration’ not ‘patience’ as used here.  There is a dramatic difference and we are talking about having Divine Patience not Coping or Caving.

I hear Christians ask, “How are you coping?”  My response is, “I am not simply trying to cope.  I am not simply trying to hang on.”  That is a worldly mentality, not a biblical one.  I believe we can live above all that.  Patience is not grimly waiting for the end.  Patience (Hoop-o-mo-nay) is an active aggressive working in us.  It is a spirit that bears all things with a blazing hope and a flaming joy.  It is enduring with a victorious spirit that has Joy as its chief characteristic. That is far more than coping!

The word Patience is illustrated as the ability of a small plant to survive, flourish, and come to fruitfulness under unfavorable circumstances barraged by the tempest and storm.  We are tender plants planted in the House of our Lord.  His purpose is never to blow over us and destroy us but to bring us to fruitfulness and enable us to develop endurance that does not fail and never gives up.  He is bringing us to fruitfulness not defeat.

It is in that condition that we can do the works of genuine faith so that people will be drawn to the Living God.  We can demonstrate our faith, even in the face of severe tests and trials.  It is here that we manifest an active faith and people see Jesus in our character and our works.

Then, he says, “Wanting nothing” (v 4).  If you find yourself filled with frustration and unfulfilled desires and expectations and you are striving for this or that, then there is an area in which God needs and wants to work to bring you to victory.  He wants us to reach a state of Divine Contentment.  Remember the words of Paul in Timothy, “Contentment with godliness is great gain”?

His purpose is to bring us to a place of security in our relationship with Him and bolster our trust and confidence in Him and His promises.  In that condition, no storm will overcome us because we know Who He is and Who We Are in Him.  We grasp the reality of His Blood Covenant and His inability to fail.  Therefore, the Goal is Perfected Character, enabling us to Rejoice in the times of trial and bring us to full maturity where we lack nothing.

The question is, “Where Are We?”  I suggest these closing thoughts for our meditation:

Acknowledge – Your lack and need.

Repent – For being offended.

Realize – You cannot, in your own strength, do this, it requires the Holy Spirit.

Request – The Holy Spirit to come and help.

Renew – Your covenant commitment to God.

Honesty is an absolute requirement.  Allow the Holy Spirit the total freedom to fully expose any deficiency in your thinking or character.  Allow Him to point you in the right direction and as you do, you will discover the ability, through inner strength, to rejoice and become like a little lamb skipping and dancing in the face of trials.  As He reveals what He wants, do it.  If you fail don’t quit but get up and try again.  This is a process not a one-time infusion of His strength into your life.  You Grow in Grace!

God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!

CAN THIS BE THE WILL OF GOD? – – Part Two…


James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  NASB

Let’s look at James and the message in a little more detail.  I feel directed by the Holy Spirit to embark on a journey through the Book of James to learn how to ‘Rejoice’ in times of trial and testing.  I want to discover how to come to full maturity in Christ and thereby be the of the greatest use to Him and His Kingdom that I can become.  Are you with me?

In verse one we find a very interesting and necessary word to unwrap before we proceed.  It is the world ‘bond-servant’ or the Greek (dulos).  He is self-identifying as a willing servant of God and thereby as a servant to the rest of the Body of Christ.

This James, in the natural, is the half-brother of Jesus. He is the son of Mary and Joseph, the eldest natural son, as in the listing seen in Matthew 13:55.  In Galatians 1:19, we know that he was apparently a leading figure among the apostolic leadership in Jerusalem.  It appears from everything that we can discern that he may not have been a believer until after the death and resurrection of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:7).  History and scripture reveal that James was a man of devout character and a man of prayer.  Some have suggested that James prayed so much that his knees became hard and calloused like camel’s knees. 

He is a bond-servant (dulos).  He is a natural relative in the eyes of man and yet he calls himself a ‘dulos’.  That means, “I have nothing for myself, I am totally His and I joy exquisitely in carrying His name.”  He spoke to the twelve tribes scattered.  He was not writing to natural Israel within the confines of the geographic boundary but to all people everywhere.  In verse two he speaks to ‘brethren’.   This is not a corrective message to the world, but a message to believers.

Let me offer this thought, “The Character of the Believer is perfected through testing.”  Before you reject that consider verses 2-4.  Then, in that context verse 5 and we discover that God desires to make us fully cognizant of what and why.  It not only touches us but those we minister to as we go forward in life.

None of us like times of testing and trial.  But God allows us to have times when our faith is tested and our resolved exposed.  This is designed to help us be steadfast and confident in Him and His provisions.  He works on us bringing us to the place that we are spiritually mature, lacking nothing. (vv 3-4).

I believe that God wants us to know that the trying of our faith is working something specific and wonderful in us.  It is not designed to frustrate or anger us, which is of no value.  It is designed to bring us to maturity and enable us to help others as they face tests, trials, and difficulties hard to explain.  The word in the KJV is ‘temptation’ and in its usage does not mean temptation to sin but carries the idea of testing directed toward an end.  What is the end?  The end is that we will become stronger, purer, more mature, and if you will, perfected.

The word in verse two in the KJV ‘divers’ or ‘many-colored’ means we are going to have trials of all shapes, sizes, duration, and appearance.  How we respond will determine if we take another lap around the mountain as did Israel in the wilderness or if we move on to the next level of maturity and victory. 

Let me illustrate it this way: 

You may have some Blue Mondays when you are discouraged.  You may get depressed and things don’t seem to work out exactly as you wanted or expected or think they should.  At that point you get offended. 

You may have some Black Tuesdays.  You thought Monday was hard, but Tuesday is even worse and all you see are the dark clouds and no relief in sight. 

Then, those Tuesdays turn into Red Wednesdays and you see ‘red’ all day long in anger, frustration, and disappointment.  Everything that can go wrong goes wrong and you are like a volcano ready to explode.  Things are bad and you are mad at everything and everyone including God. 

Next comes Green Thursday, where you are filled with envy.  You are jealous of the seeming ease and success of others who do not seem to be as devoted as you.  They get blessed and you struggle. It is just not fair. 

You transition to the Golden Sunday where you discover that sometimes even the good days are a time of testing. When things are going bad you are diligently pressing in, seeking God’s presence, but when things are going well you say, “It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good day, I don’t know how to handle it.”

God shows us through the message of James, how we will act in our natural carnal man when tests and trials come.  We will have those days, in the flesh, but God’s purpose is to bring us to a new dimension spiritually and enable us to mature and lack nothing.  He wants to move us out of a flesh view to a heavenly view of life. 

Time and space demand that we tap the brakes and pick this up in the next devotional. 

God bless you richly as you press in and enter His presence on this beautiful day!

CAN THIS BE THE WILL OF GOD?


James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  NASB            

I strongly suggest that you read the first twelve verses of James 1 as you consider this discussion. I ask that after you have done that you look at verse two with me.  This is an amazing and almost incredulous declaration, “Consider it all joy…”  The word is ‘chara’ which means exuberant joy.  Wow!  “…when you encounter various trials.”  The KJV uses the word ‘divers’ which means many colored and the word ‘trials’ is tests. 

I suggest that for impact, you read that one more time very slowly.  If you are like me, your initial reaction was, “Hold it just a cotton-pickin’ minute, James, how can this be the will of God or what God wants me to do?”  There have been times, when I would read this that I would think, “James, are you seriously telling me that in my Christian walk, development, and maturity I am supposed to express ‘exuberant joy’ when I face trials, tests, and difficulties?”  My next thought was, “How in the name of sanity am I supposed to do that?”  Can we all acknowledge that most do not like trouble?  Some seem to enjoy causing it, but virtually nobody likes to experience it, right?

Let’s put the rubber on the road and lay this straight.  According to these verses we are expected to, and it is the desire of our heavenly Father that we come to the place that we can express joy, exuberant joy in our times of testing and trial.  I discussed this with a Bible college professor and said, “Then, there must be something I have missed in my study of scripture and my walk in Christ, thus far.”

I’m sure that some can relate to the trepidation, I had and expressed.  When was the last time you danced for joy over your problems?  In verse one, the word, “greetings” is not simply a salutation, a ‘Hi, how are you?’  It is imperative!  The word ‘chario’ means rejoice.  The idea conveyed is that Joy is the direct result of God’s Grace and the picture painted here is that of a young lamb skipping and jumping around for joy or dancing! 

Let’s take this one step at a time and see if we can reach a reasonable conclusion.  We have the injunction to ‘Rejoice’ in our trials and tests.  We also must realize that God asks nothing of us that He does not enable us to do. (1 Thessalonians 5:24).  If James, through the Holy Spirit, gives this injunction, he must also tell us how to achieve this and enable us to realize why we are not successful now, if we are not. 

With that in mind, James (The Book) becomes a very important study for all who want to progress in the Lord and come to full maturity and victory.  In Romans 12:1-2 we are encouraged to give our entire selves to God.  We are instructed to not become conformed or pressed into the mold of the world but to be transformed (metamorphized) into Christ’s image by having our thought processes renewed or reprogrammed.  We are to have the mind of Christ in us and walk in total submission and obedience to the will of God. 

The question then is, “Does God allow and even ordain times of testing in the lives of believers?”  If so, why?  I believe that God has a divine purpose for each of our lives and in that process of testing, He is working on our character enabling us to progressively come or be transformed into the Image of Christ. 

That does not mean that we look for, long for, or hope for trouble, trials, and tests.  That would be sadistic, and God is certainly not sadistic.  That does not mean that when trouble comes, we passively accept it and not aggressively seek to defeat it or get out of it.  However, it does mean that we look to see and listen to hear what God is saying to us.

Hopefully, I have inspired a bit of interest in digging deeper into this subject and we will investigate it a bit more in the next devotional. 

Until then, may the rich and bountiful blessings of our Lord be upon you!

BINDING AND LOOSING – Part Four…


Matthew 16:13-20 – “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  NASB

I believe that God’s Revival, Renewal, and Restoration are in full progress today.  I believe that He is still building His Church and that the Gates of Hell are unable to stand against it.  I do not believe that the Church is simply a fort holder waiting for Jesus to come on a rescue mission and save us from the devil.  I believe we are ‘more than conquerors’ through Jesus and we have ‘authority over all the power of the devil.’ 

Revival is a world word, but Renewal is a Church Word.  However, the world cannot be revived until the church is renewed.  We, Christians, are in a Covenant Partnership with God.  If God is going to manifest Himself as the Bible promises the church MUST realize that we have dominion over the devil.  If God is going to come into our world, He is going to come through us.  The world will go to hell if the church does not get renewed and restored.  Therefore, God is working on His church today and in a sense waiting on us!

One of the things God is doing, is restoring order.  We have allowed people to become shoe-horned into wrong offices, ministries, and positions.  We have assigned to them, duties and positions that demand a gift they do not have.  I believe that one of today’s move of the Holy Spirit is to redo much we have done.  He is seeking to set things in order so that He can move and manifest His presence in power.

We read in Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  Also, in Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  We cannot command the devil, bind or loose without knowledge of God’s promises and provisions.  It is as we KNOW that we are able to progress toward the goal and learn to effectively apply that knowledge.  Binding and Loosing are directly connected to the Cross and the Victory of Jesus there.  We must LEARN what He did, how it affects us, and our Authority. 

The ministry of the Local Church must include recognizing Gifts, Callings, and Abilities.  It must then raise them up, equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4), and release those ministries in the proper time and the proper place.  God is doing that in every congregation that will allow the (Zaw-kan) to function.  In a very real sense, Jesus is saying (my paraphrase): “I have overcome the enemy for your sakes, so whatever you bind on earth shall be as having been bound in the heavens.”  (Matthew 18:18 – Original).  It says, ‘heavens’ plural ‘pois-quinois’. 

Therefore, whatever you bind on earth is bound in the heavens and whatever you loose on earth is loosed in the heavens.  You bind and loose based on God’s word and the authority of Calvary.  It is the authority Jesus gave us.  It is from our position in Christ that we can ‘bind’ and ‘loose.’  When you and I, from our position in Christ, speak God’s Covenant, the angels of heaven go to work in heaven, and the Holy Spirit makes it a reality on earth.

You have power and authority over all the power of the devil, not some of the power of the devil. Therefore, I call on all believers and say, it is time that we become who God said we are and begin to ‘bind’ and ‘loose’ in the name of Jesus and for the cause of the Kingdom.  Our binding and our loosing must be with restoration and redemption in mind never personal power, prominence or prestige.  It is all about Him and not about us!  He must increase but we must decrease.

God bless you as you enjoy this walk in Him!

BINDING AND LOOSING – Part III…


Matthew 16:13-20 – “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  NASB

God is doing a work in the church today and there is going to be a whole lot of shaking in the near future.  One of the things that God is doing is called a ‘merismos’, a separating of the soul and spirit, joint and marrow, thought and intent of the heart.  (Hebrews 4:12-13). 

Let me venture out on thin ice and say that some of what took place in the movements of the 60s and 70s was purely flesh.  It was, too frequently, more about the psychic man than the spirit man.  It was, too often, deeply rooted in emotionalism and idealism rather than the life-changing power of the Spirit of God and reality.  Some drifted into intellectualism rather than into the depths of the Spirit of God.  I believe that God has been correcting that and bringing the Body of Christ to a new awareness of His Person and Power and conditioning us to receive His Release in a new and powerful way.

What I see, is the Holy Spirit taking strands of truth from various movements and groups and putting them together in a new way.  In that, He is taking truth from the mainline denominations, restoration, Pentecostal, charismatic, and evangelical churches and blending them into a more full revelation of Him and His Purpose.  God is moving us from our self-imposed identifications, as was the problem and hindrance of the Church in Corinthians.  He is moving us away from sects, schism, camps, and tags and forming us into His Body, the Body of Christ.  You may disagree, but that is what I see.

One of the problems God is overcoming and correcting is, what has happened over the past 100-150 years. In that time-frame pastors have often been culprits, unwittingly at times, in promoting and allowing error and disorder in the churches.  Some have given in and are controlled by boards rather than the Spirit and Word of God.  Through this system and process, we have watched the church, in many ways, become fouled up and powerless.

I know what it is to have a program that needs a body to lead it and nobody has a burden for that program.  Tragically, too often we sought to find somebody willing to fill the gap.  We even coerced, pressured, or collared somebody to do the job.  We would say, “Just do it for Jesus.”  We didn’t concern ourselves with the Gifts or Calling of that individual only that the program needed someone to lead it.  We allowed things to be called “offices in the Church” that were not offices of the Church but the Organization.  What we need is to have God establish the eyes, ears, hands, feet, noses, etc. of the Body and put them where they need to be.

But what does this have to do with Binding and Loosing?  We will get there, just bear with me.  God is restructuring His church in terms of biblical gifts and offices, therefore, someone who has been a Sunday School teacher for 30 years might truly be an intercessor.  God is seeking to change positions and put people into the ministry and function He has called and anointed them for rather than simply to perpetuate a program.  He is seeking to put the ear back on the head where it belongs in the position the foot has been occupying.  That is not without disruption and some pain and difficulty.

If we are going to be able to “Bind and Loose” in God’s order and according to His purpose we must allow the Holy Spirit to help us discover our Gifts, His Grace upon us, and His Call for us.  As we know what He desires we can be trained and developed and released to function in our Gift and Call.  If we are a toe. we cannot be an ear or vice versa.  Toes cannot hear but they are vital for the function of the body. 

I realize that I am taking the long way around to get to the heart of the matter, but in a sense, this is the heart of the matter.  We pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done but fail to understand that we might need to be reordered to get in His order so His Kingdom can come, and His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven.

God bless you as we await tomorrow!

BINDING AND LOOSING – – Part II…


Matthew 16:13-20 – “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  NASB

Let’s look a little closer at this topic of “Binding and Loosing.”  As we make the transition that is experienced in moving from Praise to Worship corporately it enables the minister to stand like an “old man” (Zaw-kan), in a cathedral, with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Power, and Authority. 

It is important to note that a Cathedral is different from a Regular Church or Temple.  Let me address that in this way:  When Jesus taught the Beatitudes or the Sermon on the Mount which was the constitution and by-laws of the Kingdom, He Sat Down!  That is important but seldom noted by readers of the Bible.  The Bible tells us that as He prepared to teach, He Sat Down to teach.  He sat on a Rock on a Mountain because He knew that He was going to be the culmination of the Plan of Redemption on another mountain about 3 years later.

The point is, He Sat Down!  Anytime a Rabbi spoke officially, he sat down.  Any time the Pope speaks officially, he speaks ‘ex-cathedra.’  Cathedra is a bench or seat, the place of authority.  Religion has corrupted this because God alone gives the authority and it is backed up by Life and Power.

A Cathedral has a bench that only the bishop can sit on. It is the place that he speaks officially for the Kingdom of God.  If he is a (Zaw-kan) man, he speaks, and the angels of God back up His words and Life flows forth in the Power of the Holy Spirit.  We seldom see this in today’s church and have corrupted it with form, ceremony, and pomp rather than power and purpose.

That is why anytime an ‘old man’ (Zaw-kan) stands behind the pulpit, the church (temple) becomes a cathedral.  The glory of God falls, heaven comes down to earth and the Power of the Holy Spirit is released.  We need more of this today. 

However, if the one who stands in the pulpit has not wrestled in the Spirit. If he has not had the angels ascend and descend upon him. If he does not come with the vision of God burning in His spirit, he does not have the authority nor will he be backed by the power of God.  He might be a ‘young man’ (visions) but he is not an ‘old man’ (Zaw-kan).  The anointing may be there, in a measure, but will not be there in the fullness as when the (Zaw-kan) stands.  When he stands and speaks as an ‘old man’, as a presbyter, as an oracle of God, God’s Power is released.

When you have an ‘old man’ (Zaw-kan) in the church, the revelation (Rhema) of God flows freely and fully and the church can become all that God has designed and desired it to be. 

Young men can be trained and developed and should be.  Ministries can be raised up and released.  The apostolic anointing flows forth.  Restoration and Renewal are present and apparent.  It is God who sets the ‘old men’ in place, not man.  As the Body recognizes and comes under the apostolic authority of the ‘old man’ or ‘old men’ (nothing to do with age), God’s order becomes established, the devil has no legal ground to operate and the Gifts and Power of God are released for God’s Glory, not for show.

That is a lot of foundation to get to where I feel the Lord would have us go, but in my heart, I feel it was needful.  Next time we will consider “Binding and Loosing” in a more detailed manner.  Hopefully, this will be inspirational and beneficial in your walk, work, and warfare in the Kingdom.

Until tomorrow, have a fantastic day in Jesus!

BINDING AND LOOSING…


Matthew 16:13-20 – “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He began asking His disciples, saying, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  NASB

I am convinced that one of the most powerful and important things that we can learn and develop in the Body of Christ is becoming fine-tuned to and sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  We need to develop an intimate, close, consistent and constant communion with the Father.  We need to do that to enable us to become adept at discerning the spirits we encounter.  We need to develop spiritual ears to hear the Holy Spirit and allow Him to reveal to us the mind, mood, direction, and desire of God.  I believe this would save a tremendous amount of heartache and frustration but would also keep us moving in the right direction as we follow the Plan and Purpose of God.

I read an interesting story about Corrie Ten Boom that intrigued me and inspired me.  She was flying over mid-America (Branson, MO.) in a jet, praying in the Spirit.  Suddenly she jumped out of her seat and yelled, “Stop the Plane!”  The pilot was startled and said, “Lady, I can’t!  We are flying at over 600 MPH I can’t just stop!”  She said, “Turn the plane around and land, land right here!”  He said, “I can’t land here!  I can’t land within 20 miles of here.”  She said, “Then land and get me a car!”  They landed got her a car and she gave them directions as to where to turn and when to stop.  Finally, she said, “Stop right here!”  She got out of the car and walked onto a strip of land and said, “This will be the site of a great revival center in the Last Days.”  Unknown to her a Christian Group had just purchased that land and were planning to build a Convention Cathedral that would seat 20,000.  That is amazing!

We must learn to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  He will work supernaturally through us if we are yielded and sensitive to Him.  He knows the mind of the Father and will convey the heart of Jesus and reveal to us what to do when to do it, and where to do it.  We must learn to listen for that “still small voice” rather than waiting for the megaphone declaration.  Sometimes God speaks in whispers, not shouts.

I have asked churches to do the following exercise with me.  I don’t do this kind of thing very often but when prompted by the Holy Spirit I have and will.  I asked that everyone stand, hold their Bible up and repeat the following declaration:

“In the name of Jesus, I bind the enemy today.  I bind all principalities, powers, and the rulers of darkness in this world and this place. I bind the spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places, and I ask God to loose the angels of heaven to minister.  I pray for the release of the Authority of God and the Power of Heaven to manifest itself in this place today.  I ask God to send forth His ministering spirits to lift burdens, bring deliverance, release authority, flood us with joy, power, and comfort.  In the name of Jesus, I pray this!”

I am never trite or flippant when I do something like this.  I believe that God has given us authority over all the power of the enemy.  I believe He has given us the authority to speak to the unseen world and speak release to the captives through the Holy Spirit and based on His Word and His Covenant.  I believe that Jesus won that for us at the Cross.

Anytime we attempt to bind or loose in the spirit realm there is an activity that must never be omitted or eliminated.  There are several including prayer, but the one that I am speaking of is Praise and Worship!  In Praise and Worship we make the progression from the outer-court (celebration – praise) into the Holy Place (adoration) and then the Holy of Holies (Worship).  It is then that we are in a position and condition to most effectively feast on the Word of God and enhance our ability to receive, assimilate, and digest His Word.  All that is directly connected to the effectiveness and sincerity of our Praise and Worship!

I am laying a foundation for the next devotionals in this series on ‘Binding and Loosing.’  I hope that in some small measure I am able to whet your appetite spiritually and cause you to desire to become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and become a people who can ‘pull-down strongholds’ and can ‘bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.’  It is my prayer that we will learn to Bind and Loose biblically and become formidable forces for the Kingdom of God in this corrupt world.

God bless you until next time.  Have a great day!