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Taking Your Stand

Scripture: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (Ephesians 6:13-14a)

Thought for Today: “Having Done All – Take Your Stand”

When you find yourself at the place where you have done all you can, prayed, fasted, stood your ground, fought the battles and declared your position then all that is left is… to stand. As futile as it sounds, the battle is the Lords and we must let it be won by Him.

Moses told the people of God, “Do not be afraid – Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today! The enemy you see today you will never see again.” (Exod 14:13)

Stand & See:

When your back is to the wall and the enemies are breathing down your neck, hype and empty promises feel like a wet blanket. The battle is for your stance. Its the highest prize of all, because the ground you have already taken came at such a cost. A weary saint must be able to keep their heart in the fight (Mt 15:8). So positioning to see His salvation can feel like waiting for a victory in the midst of the midnight hour. What we reach for and what the goal has meant to us is that we be found faithful in Christ Jesus.

Trust Positioned:

Our trust in Him is a prevailing force that enables us to now be still and watch His hand at work on our behalf. This lifestyle of prayer and fasting can be bitter-sweet, because at times its triumph and at times its stillness. Its the knowing part of the Psalmist’s words “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Having done all to stand… we stand… and stand again.

3-Ways We Take Our Stand:

  1. Resistant: (Jms 4:7) We resist the demonic forces that battle in the spirit realm, defying our advancement and challenging our right to the promises of God.
  2. Consistent: (Ps 149:5-6) We stand firm in our praise of God as warriors, equipped for battle wait for the sound to advance.
  3. Persistent: (Mk 11:22-23) We speak His Truth in faith to friend or foe and acknowledge that the battle is the Lord’s. He shall do it!

Now the Just shall live by Faith! (Hab 2:4)

The Foundation!

I believe the most common reason people fall away from the Christian faith is because of how they are building their life… the wrong foundation leads to the offended heart.

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” (Lk. 6:46-49)

The building of a life is a process of listening and learning, growing and trusting those who are around us. But it requires us to test the words and actions of those we love and those who seem to be influencing others. Building a life is all about who we put our faith in… ultimately. Jesus tells us that it requires a good foundation… one that is based upon some work. Notice: that Jesus tells us that in order to have a good foundation, we must dig down deep and lay our faith and belief on the rock… not just any rock, but the truth that Jesus is Lord. Its not lip service, but heart belief… hearing and responding to the voice of heaven as it comes through the person of Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Living God! (Mt. 16:16)

Who to Trust:

Sometimes we put our faith in a church. We become very passionate about our church and may even develop a “my-church-is-better-than-your-church” attitude. But there are a lot of great churches in the world. And we are all part of the Church, not just a particular church. We may have a favorite Bible teacher or like one pastor better than another. This even happened with first-century believers. The Apostle Paul warned, “For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?” (1 Cor. 3:4–5).

There is nothing wrong with liking a certain pastor or enjoying a church that you are a part of… but don’t build the foundation of your faith on these things. Churches will disappoint you, because they are run by people. And people make mistakes, and sometimes they are misunderstood. Pastors will disappoint you as well, because they are human… like everyone else. So if you build your foundation on a church or on a pastor, you will find yourself vulnerable and susceptible to offense, because those people might mess up. When I speak to people who have given up on God… they usually say things like “their just a bunch of hypocrites” or “Christians are judgmental and intolerant”. Those are the words of an offended heart.

The Apostle Paul said, “…no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11).

Jesus is the True Foundation!

Jesus said all other ground is “sinking sand”… all other things, even good things; have their limits as to, how far they can be trusted. When you stand before God one day, He will want to know what you did with His Son – Jesus. He will not be asking whether everyone you knew, who claimed to be a Christian… behaved like one.

So don’t build your faith on people. Build your life on the foundation of Jesus Christ!

Capturing A Heart

I am Your Chosen Child

Jesus is the Master… “At Capturing A Heart”

It was what a friend of mine calls “a life intervention”, between Saul of Tarsus and the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet it becomes the life changing event where Saul becames Paul and a destiny is transformed. It was somewhere along the Damascus Road that a light from Heaven peered directly into a very dark place… Saul’s heart.

A Stubborn Heart:

His was no ordinary heart, it was thirsting for blood and zealous for a law without mercy. The determination and hatred seemed to overflow in his quest for letters of approval from the governing leaders of Jerusalem. It made him a persecuter of the Church and pursuer of Christians. “Still breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, this ruthless man seemed convinced that the followers of “The Way” needed “to be bound and brought to Jerusalem”.

Divine Encounter:

What could have been an end, becomes a transformation. A light from Heaven, the voice of Jesus and three days without physical sight made all that seemed so desperate, pale in its urgency. Saul was now waiting for a visitor in a place he had never been, from someone he had never met, with a message he would never have imagined.

What could this mean?

While at the house of a man named Judas, on Straight Street, Saul was left to consider the vision of the Risen Lord Jesus for three long days. Would this end in death? Would it be quick or was God’s Son so angry that He would torture the persecuter? Saul would have no sight, just an echo in his heart of an encounter that struck him to the ground. ”Could it really be true that this Jesus had risen from the dead?” This would re-focus anyone’s life, but what could Jesus mean by “you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6).

Receiving Sight!

Ananias enters the house; and laying his hands on Saul he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17). Jesus was saying, “I have chosen you as My vessel to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings and the Children of Israel” (Acts 9:14), but more than that, He was capturing the heart by an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he would never be the same again! Scales fell away and a new determination was birthed within his heart. Saul would be wrecked forever, because his heart had been captured by Love, Himself… not the emotion, the Holy Spirit.

Filled with the Holy Spirit!

The Lord Jesus captured the heart of the persecuter; Saul, by filling him with the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt for anyone to become completely captured, they must be completely filled with the Holy Spirit. I have heard it said that in order to remove a passion from a heart, like fear or hate; it must be conquered by a greater passion, like chosenness and love. My only comment is that when the Holy Spirit fills a person, He captures the seat of all passion.

“I count all things loss…that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8)

We read in the Apostle Paul’s words, an expression of the captured  heart. He holds forth a compelling satisfaction in knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and a desire to see the salvation of his fellow countrymen. This formerly driven persecuter was now focused on preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike (Rom 10:1-4). His greatest desire and prayer to God for all of them was that they might be saved. His longing was that they turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for the capturing of their own hearts.

Pursuit of the Valiant

Psalm 110:1-3  A Prophetic Picture of Christ’s Valiant Army!

The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule (Rada) in the midst of Your enemies!
Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth.

As dew emerges in the early morning dawn to blanket the ground by a silent, mysterious vapor; so heaven has compelled a valiant generation of Saints. These are the righteous ones, who are emerging in the Earth. Our Messiah’s mighty host of followers, sent forth from the Throne Room to the harvest fields. The Valiant go from intimacy to victory! And their pursuit is for the enemies of Christ and the advancement of the Kingdom of their God. Its a pursuit of more than just land or promise… it has become personal. For the valiant with embolden hearts; their passion is for dominion and occupation until their King returns. And is there not a cause… for the poor, the brokenhearted, blind and captive of the Earth. The god of this age, the devil has blinded and deceived, in order to kill, steal and usurp truth and authority from God’s children. This is the hour for the valiant heart, the acceptable year of the Lord’s favor… this is their season of Jubilee! For the banquet has been prepared and the call has gone forth, “Make ready the Bride, for the Groom stands waiting!”

The Pursuit:

He shall be enthroned upon the Praises of His People and His enemies shall become a footstool! Its the clarion call of the Gideons of our day, the Davidic heart and the Spirit of Elijah is being stirred. Should God’s Glory be ignored or should there be no fire upon the altar? Yes, there is going to be a wedding at the culmination of these things. And there is going to be a day of feasting upon the goodness of our reward. But today, the Valiant are in pursuit… as the “Rod of His strength, sent forth out of Zion!” And at what cost… the valiant give all – in order to rule in the midst of His enemies! For the reward of the valiant is given to those who rule well… the warriors of prayer, the soldiers of the Word and the guardians of worship! Its a company of Kingdom purpose!

Today, the invitation remains while it is still morning… will you become a volunteer in the day of His power? To those with an ear to hear… Jesus says, “Come!” find the Pursuit of the Valiant!

Having Done All

Today is day 15 of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Scripture: Ephesians 6:13
Thought for Today: “Having Done All” 

Spiritual Battles in Uganda

Spiritual Battles in Uganda

When you find yourself at the place where you have done all you can, prayed, fasted, stood your ground, fought the battles and declared your position then all that is left is… to stand. As futile as it sounds, the battle is the Lords and we must let it be won by Him. 

Moses told the people of God “Do not be afraid- Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today! The enemy you see today you will never see again” (Exod 14:13) 

Stand & See: 

When your back is to the wall and the enemies are breathing down your neck, hype and empty promises feel like a wet blanket. The battle is for your stance. Its the highest prize of all, because the ground you have already taken came at such a cost. A weary saint must be able to keep their heart in the fight (Mt 15:8). So positioning to see His salvation can feel like waiting for a victory in the midst of the midnight hour. What we reach for and what the goal has meant to us is that we be found faithful in Christ Jesus.   

Trust Positioned: 

Our trust in Him is a prevailing force that enables us to now be still and watch His hand at work on our behalf. This lifestyle of prayer and fasting can be bitter-sweet, because at times its triumph and at times its stillness. Its the knowing part of the Psalmist’s words “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). Having done all to stand… we stand… and stand again. 

3-Ways We Stand:
Resistant: (Jms 4:7) We resist the demonic forces that battle in the spiritual realm, defying our advancement and challenging our right to the promises of God.
Consistent:
 (Ps 149:5-6) We stand firm in our praise of God as warriors, equipped for battle wait for the sound to advance.
Persistent:
(Mk 11:22-23) We speak His Truth in faith to friend or foe and acknowledge that the battle is the Lord’s. He shall do it! 

Now the Just shall live by Faith! (Hab 2:4)

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