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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).

Value Your Anointing!

“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – Eternal Life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 Jn. 2:24-27)

Allowing the knowledge of God to abide in you, is more than just theology or Church Doctrine being understood. Our minds are incredible in so many ways. God has given us the capacity to process facts, but spiritual truth requires spiritual discernment… an anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing is an abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit that offers influence (Exousia or authority) and power (dunamis or dynamic impact). Those benefits go beyond the natural realities of our five senses. We have by way of the anointing, a supernatural ability to see, hear and move in the spiritual realm. The Apostle John is trying to help us understand the value of this anointing, as we process Eternal Life.

1st) We need to Experience Eternal Life…

The Anointing within us is designed to turn spiritual knowledge into fellowship with the Father and the Son. This is fellowship in the Glory of God at its best! When we are saved, we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light; whereby our lives are no longer held by the power of sin, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is a process, recognizing the influence of our new abiding “Helper” (Holy Spirit); but it is also, an awesome and powerful freedom that allows Eternal Life to be released into all of our decisions. Its by the anointing that we know spiritual truth and have power to overcome the enemies of our soul (Isa. 10:27)(1 Jn. 2:20 & 27). If you desire to see deliverance and breakthrough in your life, then you must value the anointing! Even Jesus was aware of the impact the anointing carried upon His life and ministry. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me…” (Lk. 4:18).

2nd) We must Hold On to Eternal Life…

The Apostle John warns us that many are trying to deceive and lie about the truth of God. They are jealous or intimidated by the life they see in the Believer and aim to discredit the Child of God, because they walk in rebellion to a Biblical world view. There are so many hostile environments in our world, that it requires us to value the anointing above any other influence in life. We must have a fresh anointing abiding within us to build ourselves up and carry a bold testimony of God’s goodness and power in our lives. Without question, trouble is always knocking at our door and we cannot give in or make room for the enemy’s lies or perversions. We give no place to the Devil… by standing firm against his schemes (Eph. 6:11-13), his approaches (Jms. 4:7) and his accusations (Rev. 12:10-11). It is the anointing that destroys the demonic strongholds and offers freedom in the midst of spiritual battles (2 Cor 10:3-6)(Acts 10:38). We must value the anointing if we want to continue to receive the blessings of Eternal Life… in ourselves and for those within our reach.

3rd) We are called to Advance Eternal Life…

Believer’s are called to become Ambassadors for the Message of Eternal Life. We are like the mouthpiece of God, flesh and bone, but anointed with the Word of Hope. Our declaration is that God has set His love upon the world and lifted up His own Son in the place of the sinful. We cry out with trembling voices, “Be reconciled to God!” Because He made Him, who knew no sin; to become sin for us, so that we might become His righteousness, by the pure blood shed at the cross (2 Cor 5:19-21). We must value the anointing of the Holy Spirit, because it is not about the eloquence of our preaching or the depth of our experience. It’s all about the One who abides in us, speaks through us and empowers the message… so that it is “good news”. As Kingdom Agents we advance Eternal Life with the anointing, through the anointing and by the anointing. Jesus said, “All authority, and all power has been given unto Me, therefore go… preach, teach and disciple the nations of the Earth… and I will be with you!” (Mt. 28:18-20 -my paraphrase).

That is the anointing defined… “I will be with you – I will be upon you – I will abide in you and live through you!” Why would you have no need of a teacher? “For He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

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)

Resisting Evil

“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom. 8:6)

We often tend to forget that worldliness and worldly people act as they do because they are carnally minded. People sin, because they take no initiative to fix their minds on Christ and His Word. Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit, humanity is in a state of confusion and “spiritual death”, having fallen from God’s promise of grace and experience in His Glory.

I like to meditate on these 2 verses:

  1. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:14)
  2. “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6)

We must remind ourselves to behold the Glory of the Lord in the face of Jesus every day. Jesus came, not only to forgive our sins; but to destroy the “daily works” of the devil in our lives (1 John 3:8). ”IT IS FINISHED!” was the most powerful word from the cross, in that it released a shift in the atmosphere and locked in the greatest victory humanity has ever experienced. For in keeping with God’s promise to crush the head of the serpent, Jesus removed the authority of sin, hell and the grave. Indeed you and I can enjoy life… free to live out of the freedom Christ has won for us. Satan has been defeated!

A Spiritual Battle:

To accept this truth and live in its reality, sets up a spiritual battle on the inside. And it causes us to seriously see our need to resist evil on all levels. The flesh fights and the devil roars to maintain dominance over the spirit, but in Christ the battle is already won. He has destroyed the power of sin that wants to rule in our hearts and minds. If we have accepted the forgiveness of God, in Christ; then there are no chains that can hold us in bondage to fear any longer… the curse has been broken. The platform for the devil’s power resides in deception, perversion and blindness (2 Cor. 4:4). Now that we know of God’s gift of reconciliation, we can pull upon the grace freely given to us through the work of the cross; and walk in life and peace… and experience the Glory of God once more. All things can become new! (2 Cor. 5:17)

And the promise in the midst of resisting evil, is that the devil must flee! (Jms. 4:7)

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” (Deut. 28:7)

A Strong Tower

 “From the ends of the earth I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.  For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.” (Ps. 61:2-3)

“The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”  (Prov. 18:10)

Have you ever watched an old movie where a group of people were being pursued by an enemy? Just when it seems their destruction is sure they come upon a cave or stronghold where they take refuge. When the enemy arrives they are unable to penetrate the stronghold and those taking refuge are kept safe behind its walls.

Being Pursued: 

Many times David found himself being pursued by the enemy. When his heart grew faint from running he cried to his God for help. He called to the Rock who was higher and bigger than himself. He knew that God would be his refuge and strong tower. And God did not fail him. Time after time David found the Lord to be a faithful refuge. A place where he was kept safe from his enemies.

Run 2 God 4 Safety:

And this is what the Lord promises to all of us who run to Him for safety. He becomes the strong tower for all who call upon Him. When we find ourselves pursued by the enemy we can find safety and refuge behind the strong walls of the Lord. When our hearts grow faint, God will become our Rock of refuge. He will keep us safe from the enemy’s reach. If you are feeling pursued by the enemy today, then call upon the Lord. Run to Him now. He will not fail you. He will not allow the enemy to overtake you.

Safety is Assured:

He will become your strong tower and a Rock where you can find safety. How, you might ask… Through His Name! This is the most powerful reality of all… the Apostle Paul tells us that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that He is Lord! (Phil. 2:9-11) There just is no higher authority in the universe. The Apostle James tells us that when the enemy (Satan) comes, all we need to do is resist him and he will flee from us (Jms. 4:7).

So, let this be your reminder my friend – draw near to God and resist the devil and safety will be assured, because He is a Strong Tower of Refuge.