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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).

Amazing Riches

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior they are instantly enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ. They are complete in Him (Col 2:10) and connected to the amazing riches found in Him. This idea of being “in Christ” is the key reality toward discovering the “relational path” that leads to God’s amazing riches. Freedom, fruitfulness, wisdom, peace and joy all come as precious treasures accessed through our posture in Christ. Our greatest needs can be met and our deepest thirst satisfied, but we must access the riches of Heaven through living in Christ.

Its so simple, many miss it.

Becoming a Child of God is a beautiful gift; but, because it is freely given, it is often taken for granted or misunderstood as some religious formula. Access to the relational blessings of God requires us to place our trust in the finished work of Calvary and then follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

When God raised Jesus from the grave, He was demonstrated His power over sin and death… defeating these enemies once and for all. God proved His power over the poverty that was released through sinful acts of rebellion that brought brokenness into God’s original plan for creation. Although everything was effected by sin, God has made a path that leads to restoration and recovery of all that has been lost. Sin has been defeated and in Christ, forgiveness and freedom have been made available through our walk in the Spirit. Did you catch that? Its through our walking in the Holy Spirit that we access the riches found in God’s gift of salvation. The Bible clearly says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:1).

The Believer’s walk in the Spirit:

For the many Christians who live without victory over sin, poverty, fear and brokenness; I want to suggest they look deeply at their walk in the Spirit. Jesus makes it clear that it was better that He go away, because the Holy Spirit would offer a greater opportunity for accessing the things of God, than He was able to in His bodily form. The Holy Spirit would reveal the riches of God’s power and make them available as we move freely in faith and trust. Accessing the riches of our salvation is all about the Spirit, filling us and leading us into growing relationship with God. Our victory and satisfaction come out of this blessed relationship.

Life in the Spirit reveals Blessing:

The Apostle Paul refers to this blessing as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). Unfathomable means “past finding out” or ”unsearchable”. The idea is that the believer’s blessing is too deep to be measured. The amazing riches in Christ are beyond our ability to wrap our minds around. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful reality to experience… more blessing than you could wrap your mind around? When we begin to live as Children of God, we become aware of the amazing riches beyond our natural imagination… riches revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and made available as we live by faith. Listen to this promise from the heart of God, your Father…

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” (Isa. 61:7)

  1. Instead of shame… receive your double honor!
  2. Instead of confusion… receive your double portion!
  3. Instead of poverty… receive double your possessions!

God’s amazing riches are your supernatural inheritance… in Christ!

The Way of Escape

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:12-13)

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:10-12)

These two passages almost sound as though they contradict each other, but I have found them to be equally helpful in reaching God’s destiny for my life. I believe in these two important keys… first, to find the purpose for which God created you, and second, to fight for it in spite of all opposition. Abundant life is when you connect your passion with God’s purpose and know that God is receiving pleasure in the journey!

Throughout my life, I’ve had my fair share of heart-wrenching situations, including the loss of ministry vision, abandonment, rejection, and betrayal from those whom I thought were trustworthy friends. The list could go on and on. Each of those hard places tried to blind me and imprison me. Satan’s goal is always to keep me from defining Kingdom purpose and destiny. Yet each time, God broke in to offer the way of freedom. I have learned to trust that in trials and temptations, God will always set before us a way of escape so that we will not be overcome or abort the dream that He has for us. If you can recognize it, you will succeed!

Face Your Giants!

Every time you are face-to-face with a “giant” of opposition, you must decide whether you will allow God or the giant to define who you are… and the character of your heart! In recent months, the Lord has spoken to me several times about the story of David and Goliath. I’ve become intrigued with the fact that the name Goliath means “expose or reveal”. When the Philistine giant came against the Nation of Israel, Saul and his soldiers’ exposed their fear. They allowed words to get in their head and intimidate their hearts. At the same time, and with the same words… the courageous heart of a warrior was revealed in David. Stop and meditate on that for a moment.

Who we Really Are:

Life’s giants expose our hearts and character… revealing who we are. When we face crisis, trials or opposition, those circumstances either reveal and amplify the greatness of God within us, or expose our weakness. God wants us to see this stuff; and we need to see it if we ever hope to overcome the world and its intimidating ruler, the devil. He is a liar and thief, but his ultimate aim is to rob us of the Glory of God.

The Good News:

The way of escape is a two-way opening! Sometimes it is not a doorway open for you to run for cover, but for God to enter and strengthen you with His might! When God’s greatness within you is revealed, run toward the giant with whatever stones God has placed in your hand. And when your eyes are opened, the weaknesses that lie within will diminish and you will feel the anointing engage… its the great opportunity to be made strong in Him (2 Cor. 12:9-11)(Phil. 4:13).

“Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.” (Eph. 3:8) …and I will not miss God’s dream for me…

True Riches

Ugandan Children

Children of Uganda

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the Living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Tim. 6:17-19)

Trust in God!

We are warned that we cannot serve two masters… money or Christ, one of these will win our affections (Mt. 6:24). We must not allow our affections to be lured into captivity. When we invest ourselves in true riches; like the goodness of an upright heart or the power of an enduring testimony, then our wealth carries eternal significance. I often remind folks that we must take ownership of our heart in order to put our trust in God… it will not just happen naturally.   

This World’s Wealth:

The world will try to tell you that riches and wealth are defined by how much money you have in your pocket or how much stuff you can pack into your barns. The issue is not the amount, it is the allure. Recently, we have seen how money can be lost overnight. Businesses close their doors, homes enter foreclosure and real people find themselves hurting, because they trusted in an unstable economic system. Anyone who listens to the reports on Wall Street can see that the environment is changing every minute… and not for the better. 

Reliable Foundation:

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy warning him to not trust in this World’s wealth. He told those who were wealthy not to be proud and arrogant nor to put their trust in their riches, because they cannot be relied upon. Instead he encouraged them to put their trust in God who provides all that we need (Phil 4:19). The goal is a reliable foundation!

Understanding Blessing:

Notice the issue is not the money as much as the trust. Trust is easily given when we understand our blessing in Christ. When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they are enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). They are declared complete in Christ (Col. 2:10) which means they are capable of manifesting His character and power. In fact, the Apostle Paul refers to these spiritual blessings as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). Unfathomable means they are past finding out, unsearchable and beyond tracking down. The idea is that the believer’s blessings in Christ are too deep to measure and too great to be exhausted. But they are recognizable when invested in others. They are recognized as a good foundation for the time to come, when folks will need something of eternal value. What we must come to understand is that Christians are blessed… to be a blessing through the true riches of Christ!

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).

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