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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).

Opening Blind Eyes

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)

How do you see things that are invisible? The Bible says that spiritual things must be spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:9-16). And I must say, there has never been a time in history when we have needed spiritual discernment more than today. The key is to set our eyes on Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit. Our affections will follow our focus and our lives will conform to what we set our eyes to behold!

Spiritual Eyes:

Remember when the Apostle Paul was commissioned to preach the Gospel, he heard Jesus say “open the eyes of the blind… in order to turn them from darkness to light” (Acts 26:17-18). Obviously, this was not a question of opening physical eyes, but spiritual eyes. His calling was to preach in such a way that people would understand the Word of God, receive forgiveness of sins and find the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. He prays for the Christians in Ephesus, that the eyes of their spiritual understanding may be enlightened to know things that can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18).

Jesus’ mission was also to open the eyes of the blind. When He quoted Isaiah, He said the Holy Spirit had anointed Him, “to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind” (Lk. 4:18). Jesus did heal blind eyes, but His greatest mission was to transform how people saw (Mt. 4:17). The most important healing comes when a person turns to the Lord and a veil of darkness is lifted from their spiritual understanding (Jn. 3:3)(2 Cor. 3:16-17). Jesus tells us we must be born again… from above!

Blinded by the Devil:

Many people do not understand the meaning of the Gospel; not because they lack intelligence, but because they have no spiritual perception. They are spiritually blind in the sense that they do not understand spiritual things. They are blinded by the god of this age, the devil (2 Cor. 4:4). They may have physical sight. They may have intellectual sight. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have spiritual sight. They can have perfect “vision” and be blind when it comes to spiritual things. We can be very intelligent, but unable to make sense of spiritual Truth. But when your spirit is revived, you have the capacity to see God and see yourself in relation to His purpose and Glory.

The Church Must Begin to See:

It really is time that the Church begins to see spiritually and live according to the Truth of the Bible. First, we must set our own eyes upon Christ and second, we must begin to fervently intercede for our regions. That the veil of spiritual darkness will begin to be lifted off of those who are lost and blind in unbelief. We have thought for too long that if we could just get the world to agree with us, things would change. But in fact things remain unchanged, because real transformation can only come when we set our eyes upon Christ and He captures our affections.

Freshly Anointed

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

The Apostles, Peter and John; carried an anointing that was fresh and obvious to everyone! Their behavior, boldness and supernatural influence were tangible and appeared as rich evidence that they had been with Jesus. Their courage and character looked like Jesus! Their impact in ministry lifted them beyond their education or their status in society. Something was visible… and that will always make the religious culture a bit nervous.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed (chrio) Me…” (Luke 4:18)

The Greek word anointed, ‘chrio’, means to smear or rub with oil… and as you could imagine, there are wonderful things produced when the Holy Spirit anoints human flesh. There is something in the experience of Jesus, a powerful picture that is prophetic… conveying the Father’s heart and purpose for our lives. The common English expression, “to rub off”, means to have an effect through close association or contact – so as to make similar. For example, if you brush up against a freshly painted door, wet paint will rub off on you… the same color and texture will show up! Jesus’ attributes and anointing rubbed off onto His disciples, and in like manner; they show up on us when we fellowship with the Holy Spirit. The close contact with Him changes our perceptions and our boldness.

“Rubbing Off”

God desires to get up close and personal with you. When you encounter Christ, the Holy Spirit’s power rubs off on your life in such a way that others witness it and hunger for a similar relationship with God. The anointing is not a commodity; it is not a thing. It is the Person of the Holy Spirit revealing Himself in and through you. I want to encourage you, that the spiritual hunger that you have right now for the invisible, undefinable “more of God”, will change you and transform your outer man! And that, truly is the richest gift of the Spirit.

4 More Ways to Receive a Fresh Anointing

1. A Fresh Encounter with God Through His Word: The Bible (Heb. 4:12)(Jms. 1:21-25)

  • (2 Cor. 3:18) ‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s Glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’
  • The Greek word translated ‘contemplate’ in this verse, means to look into a mirror. In context, Paul is saying that we don’t have a blinded understanding—we have the fullness of the Gospel that reveals Jesus. It is on God’s heart that you encounter Him in the Bible, catching a fresh revelation of Who He is and see mirrored there who you are in the process of becoming. When you do, you experience transformation, you encounter God and you receive a fresh touch from Him.

2. Make Room for More: Surrender (Heb. 12:1)

  • (2 Tim. 2:20-21) ‘In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’
  • The ‘latter’ that Paul referred to was false teaching and ungodly talk. What is that thing that the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on in your life right now and He is saying, ‘It’s time for that to go’. Maybe it is fear or intimidation, or lack of self worth. Perhaps you need to release bitterness and forgive someone. Maybe it is an area of struggle or temptation, and you need to bring it into the light and share what is going on with someone you can trust. It could be distractions that are keeping you from focusing on God. Sometimes in order to be filled and receive more, we need to make room… we need to be cleansed and separate from some stuff.

3. Close Association with Others who are Anointed: Fellowship (Heb. 10:23-25)

  • (Eph. 4:16) ‘…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth to the body for the edifying of itself in love.’
  • What is ‘rubbing off’ onto you from the people who are around your life? What is ‘rubbing off’ from you onto others? If possible, get around people who have the Presence of God on their lives and who carry the integrity, attributes, gifts and spiritual DNA that God has called you to have on your own life. Learn from them, receive from them, and study them and what they do.

4. Receive a Fresh Anointing Through Prayer: Ask, Seek and Knock (Mt. 7:7)(1 Tim. 2:1-4)

  • Praying and receiving prayer are 2 of the most effective ways for you to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit’s anointing. Recently I received prayer with some leaders who anointed me with oil for healing (Jms. 5:14). It was powerful and transformed my thinking toward that which seemed to hinder my faith. The fragrance of the oil lasted all day and when I remind myself of that moment I still feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the very act of humbling yourself and confessing to God and others your need, makes all the difference in our spiritual battles.

Declare with me…”I’m hungry for more of You, God – and I embrace Your anointing!”

That is all it takes to receive a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit in your life!

The Brightness of God’s Glory

Jesus is the Brightness of God’s Glory.

“Who being the brightness of His Glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:3)

Jesus Christ is the “radiance” of God’s Glory, because He is God. The “brightness of His glory” refers to the Shekinah Glory of God that would manifest in the Old Testament tabernacle and temple (Ex. 40:34-38; 1 Kings 8:10). The cloud, the fire and the powerful manifestations of God were more than just traditions. They were the platform of His relationship with humanity until God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. These amazing experiences with the Glory of God were vital to the healthy expressions of worship, because until the Day of Christ (Gal 4:4-7), sin still stood as a barrier between God and man. The Glory was in many ways a visible sign to God’s people that He was close and available! In fact, the Glory that would manifest upon the Ark of the Covenant was a demonstration of God’s heart desiring to meet with Moses and speak to the People of God (Ex 25:21-22).

In Jesus Christ - the Invisible becomes Visible!

Jesus Christ is the “exact representation” of God’s Glory – revealing His nature. All that God is, in His nature and being, is expressed and revealed perfectly in Christ. This is why Jesus is called Immanuel, God with us. Its because Jesus “is the image of the invisible God”. He has explained Him and shown the Glory to us, so we would be without excuse (Jn. 1:14-18)(Jn. 14:23)(Col. 2:9). If you want to know what God is like, take a long hard look at Him in His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). When you see Christ - you see the Glory of God, bright, brilliant and wonderful… the Light of the World (Jn 8:12).

Revealing God’s Heart:

Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s Glory; the radiance of God’s “spiritual substance” in the sense that God was manifest in the flesh. We get to enjoy the real heart of God as a Father, in Jesus Christ. It is impossible to separate the concept of Glory from the nature of Christ’s three and a half years of ministry among us. He came to take away the sin of the world, to destroy the works of the devil and He went about the Galilean countryside healing the sick and delivering the captives from demonic oppression. Without Jesus Christ we are in the dark, utterly in darkness concerning God. It is in Christ that God is revealed (Jn. 17:5). Our illumination is found in His brightness. He is the revelation of the Father’s heart toward our sin, sickness and deliverance. He has come to set the captives free and display the Father’s will.

Revealing Glory:

To the leper, in need of cleansing… Jesus said “I am willing” (Mk 1:41). To the woman with the flow of blood, reaching for the hem of His garment… Jesus said “Daughter your faith has made you well, go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mk 5:34). To the deaf man… Jesus looked into heaven and said “Be opened” (Mk 7:34). In all of these cases and more, we see the Glory manifest and revealed in Jesus. He said of Himself, ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).

Jesus said to Martha at the death of her brother Lazarus, “Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the Glory of God?” (Jn 11:40)

Set Your Eyes

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)

How do you see things that are invisible? The Bible says that spiritual things must be spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:9-16). And I must say, there has never been a time in history when we have needed spiritual discernment more than today. The key is to set our eyes on Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit. Our affections will follow our focus and our lives will conform to what we set our eyes to behold!

Opening Spiritual Eyes:

Remember when the Apostle Paul was commissioned to preach the Gospel, he heard Jesus say “open the eyes of the blind… in order to turn them from darkness to light” (Acts 26:17-18). Obviously, this was not a question of opening physical eyes, but spiritual eyes. His calling was to preach in such a way that people would understand the Word of God, receive forgiveness of sins and find the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. He prays for the Christians in Ephesus, that the eyes of their spiritual understanding may be enlightened to know things that can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18).

Jesus’ mission was also to open the eyes of the blind. When He quoted Isaiah, He said the Holy Spirit had anointed Him, “to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind” (Lk. 4:18). Jesus did heal blind eyes, but His greatest mission was to transform how people saw (Mt. 4:17). The most important healings come when a person turns to the Lord and a veil of darkness is lifted from their spiritual understanding (Jn. 3:3)(2 Cor. 3:16-17). Jesus tells us we must be born again… from above!

Blinded by the Devil:

Many people do not understand the meaning of the Gospel; not because they lack intelligence, but because they have no spiritual perception. They are spiritually blind in the sense that they do not understand spiritual things. They are blinded by the god of this age, the devil (2 Cor. 4:4). They may have physical sight. They may have intellectual sight. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have spiritual sight. They can have perfect “vision” and be blind when it comes to spiritual things. We can be very intelligent, but unable to make sense of spiritual Truth.

But when your spirit is revived, you have the capacity to see God and see yourself in relation to His Glory.

The Church Must Begin:

It really is time that the Church begins to live according to the Truth of the Bible. First, we must set our own eyes upon Christ and second, we must begin to fervently interceed for our regions. That the veil of spiritual darkness will begin to be lifted off of those who are lost and blind in unbelief. We have thought for too long that if we could just get the world to agree with us, things would change. But in fact things remain unchanged, because real transformation can only come when we set our eyes upon Christ and He captures our affections.

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