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Serious Alignment

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!” (Ephesians 6:10)

Thought for Today: “Becoming Armed and Dangerous”

The Apostle Paul makes it clear that we have been given supernatural tools for warring against spiritual forces (Eph. 6:13-18). He first says, “put on the whole armor of God so that you can stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11). We find ourselves wrestling with principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. I believe we can be armed and dangerous. We can be equipped, shod and gird about with the most impressive sounding weapons God has in His arsenal, but it all works through prayer and fasting. Praying, watching and persevering with all kinds of prayers.

Not by Human Might:

We are ambassadors of Christ with amazing potential to do exploits and achieve the impossible things Jesus did, but it only happens with the help of the Holy Spirit (Zech 4:6). You see, we are battling invisible forces. Spiritual enemies that cannot be seen with our natural eyes. We can see the effects, but never get to the source of the real battle unless we are trained through prayer and fasting.

The Apostle’s Boldness:

Notice how the Apostle Paul writes these words to the Church in Ephesus while he was in prison, saying “I am an ambassador in chains”. He is making the point that his warfare is not fought in the flesh, but in the spiritual realm (Eph 3:10). His boldness was based upon an awareness that God’s grace was flowing through his life (Eph 3:8). Being armed does not necessarily make us dangerous to the devil, unless we are trained in the use of the weapons of our warfare… trained in prayer and sharpened by fasting.

Delegated Authority:

Its all about knowing who you represent! God has chosen you, called you by name and He will work in and through you… but your standard of training is up to you. Jesus was always calling His disciples up higher! He lived with them and taught as one holding the authority, but in a new season, new skills are needed. In John 15 a new season was about to begin. They would no longer be called “servants”. They would begin to discover what their Master was doing (Jn 15:15). As servants, they followed according to commands, but as “friends” they would follow the “heart” of their Master. Jesus was now shifting the relationship, deepening the responsibility and trusting that they would begin to live from what they understood – heart to heart. Friends discover the secrets that give them an advantage in how they walk together. Jesus wanted His disciples to achieve victory in every area of their spiritual journey. Knowing the heart of God is a key to real spiritual trained and impact in the spiritual battles we face. When we know the heart of our friend Jesus, we are able to carry our delegated authority into any challenge. One of the greatest spiritual truths is that your authority gets established through your intimacy with God.

Representing Heaven on Earth:

Becoming a dangerous threat to the devil means you will need some serious alignment with heaven. You are an ambassador for the Kingdom of God… you must represent heaven on earth in a way that makes the devil nervous and demons flee. That is what prayer and fasting will produce in you… the capacity to be armed and dangerous.

Submit to God (through prayer), resist the devil (through fasting) and he will flee from you (Jms 4:7).

Pray In The Spirit

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (1 Cor. 14:2)

Something I have noticed in Scripture is that praying in the spirit is equated with the gift of tongues (1 Cor 14:15)(Eph 6:18). The Greek word translated “praying in” can have several different meanings. It can mean “by means of”, “with the help of” or ”in the sphere of” and “in connection to”. Therefore in this context, praying in the spirit is praying from our spirit man, according to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Praying in the spirit means we become alerted to what’s happening around us by way of a nudge inside of our spirit. Note: ”…and to this end be alert or watchful…” (Eph 6:18). 

Holy Spirit Help:

Praying with the Holy Spirit’s help is the essence of real effective prayer (Rom 8:26-28). We can continue to pray with the limits of our own understanding or we can become more effective, more alert and more confident that our prayers are making an impact. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weak prayer lives with groanings and expressions that go beyond our understanding, because He searches our hearts and knows the “mind” of the Spirit. Interesting right! God is a Spirit. We can not connect with Him through our flesh (Jn 4:24), so we pray in the spirit in ways that might seem like mysteries to us, but they are effective in the spiritual realm.

Believers Become Influencers:

I believe there are signs that follow those who believe (Mk 16:17) and one is our language will come under the unction of the Holy Spirit. This is called intercession. I personally experience this many times each week in seasons of prayer, where the Holy Spirit begins to move me into an atmosphere of intercession that is beyond my natural or normal prayer routine.

 

Pray in the spirit

Co-Labourers:

Prayer is all about communion and the way God uses a human vessel that is fully surrendered to Him in fellowship. To minister in the spiritual realm, as a co-labourer with Christ in prayer, is not just the role of the ”super-believer”. Its the privilege of every believer (Eph. 3:10). I consider it to be an honor to remain available to Christ in any way He would so use me. It encourages me to know God will use me if I will make myself available. In fact Scripture speaks often to the idea that if we posture ourselves properly, our prayers will pull His influence into our natural world (Jms. 4:8)(2 Chr. 7:14). He hears the prayers offered in faith and is drawn to those who will commune with Him. As His Kingdom Agents, He allows us to partner with Him to influence our world.

Building Up Our Faith:

So this becomes a valuable platform for our understanding when we read Jude 16-21. Praying in the Holy Spirit will keep us strong in faith and build us up in our spirit man. This platform is in direct contrast to mockers (vs 16), who would have their faith undermined and corrupted by their words. Note that verse 20 tells us to build yourselves up, edify yourself in your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. This is alluded to in the Apostle Paul’s teaching (1 Cor 14:14) where we see that our understanding is unfruitful when we pray in tongues. Again, it becomes a faith activity where our spirit man communes with the Holy Spirit and builds us up in faith… our most holy faith.

“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” (1 Cor 14:15)

Armed and Dangerous

Today is day 8 of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-20
Thought for Today: “Armed and Dangerous”

The Apostle Paul makes it clear that we have been given supernatural tools for warring against spiritual forces. He says, “put on the whole armor of God so that you can stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph 6:11). We find ourselves wrestling with principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. I believe we can be armed and dangerous. We can be equipped, shod and gird about with the most impressive sounding weapons God has in His arsenal, but it all works through prayer and fasting. Praying, watching and persevering with all kinds of prayers.

Not by Human Might:

We are ambassadors of Christ with amazing potential to do exploits and achieve the impossible things Jesus did, but it only happens with the help of the Holy Spirit (Zech 4:6). You see, we are battling invisible forces. Spiritual enemies that cannot be seen with our natural eyes. We can see the effects, but never get to the source of the real battle unless we are trained through prayer and fasting. 

The Apostle’s Boldness:

Notice how the Apostle Paul writes these words to the Church in Ephesus while he was in prison, saying “I am an ambassador in chains”. He is making the point that his warfare is not fought in the flesh, but in the spiritual realm (Eph 3:10). His boldness was based upon an awareness that God’s grace was flowing through his life (Eph 3:8). Being armed does not necessarily make us dangerous to the devil, unless we are trained in the use of the weapons of our warfare.

Delegated Authority:

Its all about knowing who you represent! God has chosen us, but training is up to us. Jesus told His disciples that they would no longer be called “servants”, because a servant does not know what the master is doing (Jn 15:15). The servant does not know the heart of the master. Jesus was now going to call them “friends” and let them find the secrets that would give them an advantage in all areas of their spiritual journey. The key of knowing the heart of God offers real trained and real impact in the spiritual battles we face. When we know the heart of our friend Jesus, we are able to carry our delegated authority. Authority gets established through intimacy.

Representing Heaven on Earth:

Becoming a dangerous ambassador for the Kingdom of God means we represent Heaven on Earth in a way that makes the devil nervous and the demons flee. That is what prayer and fasting will produce in us… the capacity to be armed and dangerous. 

Submit to God through prayer and fasting, resist the devil and he will flee from you (Jms 4:7).

Confrontation

Confronting A Culture

Our Symbol of Truth

Every ”born again believer” has been endowed with delegated authority in the natural and spiritual environments of life. Although a clash of kingdoms continues around us, we can choose to respond in a number of ways. We can ignore the battles that swirl around us, surrender, withdraw, compromise or become radically different… become Kingdom agents. The choice is ours, but the impact of our choice is significant. We can choose to live passive Christianity; a peace-at-all-cost ideology, practiced by most of the Church or step out of the shadows and confront the darkness head-on.

Our Calling in Christ:

All believers are called to run to the battle line and exercise their kingship authority and take dominion of this earth. Scripture is filled with the stories of those with a reforming spirit. Joshua and Caleb; for example, had an overcoming spirit within them, that made them confident in God to take possession of the land they had been promised (Num 13:30). Standing alone must never deter us, in spite of the confrontations we might have to endure. Jesus said that we are to be “salt” and “light” to a flavourless world (Mt 5:13-16).

We are Ambassadors:

As Ambassadors for Christ and good stewards of our sphere of influence, we are called to release the Gospel of the Kingdom throughout the entire earth. The Gospel of the Kingdom is more than a message we must agree upon. Its Christ’s dominion, culture and rule on this earth through His Body, the Church (Eph 3:10)(Ps 110:1-2). God has established a mandate upon the Church, whereby we become the scepter in the Lord’s hand, who rule in the midst of His enemies… until God makes all of Jesus’ enemies, a footstool.

A Reformer’s Spirit: 

We must become like young David who ran to the battlefield with a real confrontational spirit. When he heard the challenge of Goliath and saw the fear on the faces of God’s warriors, his spirit arose within him: “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God”. (1 Sam 17:26) It was as if he felt this giant had overstepped his bounds and needed to be reminded that God’s Children carried a mark of authority. David understood that those who belong to God, were to rule and never be intimidated by enemy threats.

Spiritual Warfare:

As believers we have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of Light (Col 1:13). We are called to be the invading influencers in all the kingdoms of this world (Isa 2:2). This world belongs to our King; Jesus, (Ps 24:1) and our response to the confusion we see about who is to take charge, must be settled in our hearts and established through our convictions. We may not wrestle with flesh and blood, but we cannot let go of the truth that we do wrestle! We fight the spiritual battles and prevail over the powers of Satan with the weapons that carry Divine strength. There is just no way around the fact that spiritual warfare is a confrontation. Its time to awaken our courage and step up into our position as soldiers for Christ.

Hear the Trumpet Sound Forth!

“The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

The Kingdom of God is at hand, Christ’s Kingship Rule has arrived. Its time to change the way we think. The confrontation is inevitable when we begin to believe the Good News. Jesus puts the trumpet to His lips… Let the revolution begin!

Blueprint For Enlargement

“Some time in the future I’m gonna look much better than I look right now!” This proclamation was heard at a conference I recently attended where we felt the compelling urge to prophetically step into the new places God had carved out for us.

 I am absolutely convinced that radical steps must be taken to shift us into the ground already “possessed”.

 The activity of taking the possession is a militant call for a “dis-possessing” of the present squatters. Unforgiveness is a squatter, bitterness and envy are squatters, competition, jealousy, pride, fornication, sorcery, heresies and uncleanness of all kinds are squatters upon the promise ground of God’s work in our lives. 

These deceiving spirits lie and establish false ownerships. They communicate through intimidation… not face to face, but beneath the radar. It is Satan’s goal to kill, steal and destroy without making a ripple in our daily routine. We must first awaken ourselves to the reality of the battle; then we must speak with faith and conviction into the spiritual realm (Eph 3:10). Life and death are in the power of our tongue and we overcome Satan’s lies by the word of our testimony.

His (God’s) destiny is not far from our possession; it just gets obstructed by the deceiving perspectives that the Enemy sets in our path. Deut 30:14 declares God’s pathway for obtaining the inheritance…

He says look now …..the Word is near you even in your mouth and in your heart that you may do it.

 He is speaking here of the opportunity to move into promised land through our obedient use of believing and speaking. Its the activity of faith… and the obligation of all who aim to have influence for the glory of Christ. In this day we must have Kingdom enlargement for the obtaining of every mountain of influence.

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