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Sin’s Progress

“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.” (Psalm 19:12-13)

Remind yourself that sin has a progress! It takes you further than you want to go, costs you more than you can pay… and it keeps you longer than you intended to stay. So give it no ground! (Jms. 1:13-16)
· It goes from passing temptation to chosen thought (errors).
· It goes from chosen thought to object of meditation.
· It goes from object of meditation to wished-for fulfillment.
· It goes from wished-for fulfillment to planned action (secret faults).
· It goes from planned action to opportunity sought.
· It goes from opportunity sought to performed act.
· It goes from action to repeated action.
· It goes from repeated action to delight (presumptuous sins).
· It goes from delight to new and various ways.
· It goes from new and various ways to habit. (idolatry)
· It goes from habit to idolatry, demanding to be served.
· It goes from idolatry to sacrifice.
· It goes from sacrifice to slavery. (bondage & dominion over me)

We can fight the good fight of faith: (2 Cor. 10:3-6)(Eph. 6:10-18)
1st) Pull down strongholds of the mind
2nd) Cast down everything that argues with the knowledge of God
3rd) Bring every thought into obedience to Christ
4th) Punish all disobedience, when obedience is achieved

Recognize that you do not have to open the door, when thoughts come knocking at your heart… don’t think about, meditate upon or even entertain evil thoughts, because they aim to rob you of your peace and joy in Christ! Hide the Word of God in your heart! (Psa. 119:11)(Heb. 4:12)

The Valiant Heart

“Now therefore, let your hands be strengthened, and be valiant for your master Saul is dead; and also the House of Judah has anointed me king over them.” (2 Sam. 2:7)

There comes a time when the former regime has fallen, old ways have come to an end and a new day appears over the horizon. When a new generation of kingly righteousness is authorized and new energy is released for good… something must be engaged. This was the case for King David, he stood at a crossroad that required followers of God (Israel) to take on a new posture. To see differently requires vision and anointing. It also requires a valiant heart!

Are we Valiant?

I am convinced that a Spiritual battle rages all around us (2 Tim. 2:3-4). This battle is of utmost importance as the souls of men, women and children are hanging in the balance against time. We are the Redeemed, called to be the Church of the Living God, Kingdom Agents with authority and power. Something has shifted and we must step up into this reality. Yet the question calls for an answer within… are we the valiant? If so, then it compels us to engage the enemies that oppose the Kingdom of Light! We must use every available means at our disposal to reach the lost with the hope of the Good News… that Jesus Christ has come to set the captives free! Jesus said of Himself, “the Spirit of the Lord has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, release the captives and break the bonds of sin… to bring recovery of sight to the blind and set at liberty the oppressed” (Lk. 4:18-19). This was the assignment of the most valiant of hearts. To “proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”, was more than a message… it was a commission to go and engage the kingdoms of darkness.

This is our High Calling in Christ Jesus.. our mission on the Earth!

We need an army of mighty men of valor who understand the times, who will draw up in battle formation against wicked principalities and powers, knowing how to skillfully use their spiritual armor (1 Chr. 12)(Eph. 6:12-18). We need more men like Joshua and Caleb who take God at His Word, rely on Kingdom Authority, obey and fearlessly conquer the enemies that defy entry into the Promises of God. Such spiritual warriors will wholly follow the Lord (Josh. 14:9) and advance the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Josh. 1:3-9)(Rom 14:17)

We need more David’s who will take down the uncircumcised Philistines who mock the Living God, His Son, His Word and His armies (1 Sam 17:26). We need more spiritually balanced leaders like Ezra who experienced the good hand of God because he had set his heart to study the Word, to practice it, and to teach the principles, statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10). We need more strong spiritual women like Esther (Est. 4:14) and Deborah (Judg. 4:14) who seized their moment… who found grace “for such a time as this”. These who knew their God and submitted to what He was doing.

Kingdom Character:

The need today, is for all Christians to rise up out of the clutter of the world and walk in newness of life, knowing their position and opportunity in Christ. We are commissioned with delegated authority (Mt. 28:18-20) and seated in heavenly places with Christ… at the right hand of God (Eph. 2:6-7). Such nobility will not be self-exalting nor self-appointed; but surrendered to the Will of God, anointed by the Holy Spirit and practicing the holy and royal responsibilities (1 Pet. 2:5-9). The character of Christ is experienced and evidenced by those who have freely given themselves to His purposes. Its found in those seeking to know the power of Jesus’ resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, in order that they may attain the power of a resurrected life… overcoming and abundant in every way. (Phil. 3:10-11)(Jn 10:9-10)

6 Principles of The Valiant Heart:

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:7-10)

  1. Submit to God: Set your mind upon God’s Will and Purposes! (Rom. 16:19-20)(Col. 3:1-4)
  2. Resist the devil: He is your enemy. He will flee, because he is defeated! (Acts 10:38)(1 Jn. 3:8)
  3. Draw near to God: Relationship and intimacy establish your authority in Christ! (Jn. 15:14-16)
  4. Cleanse your hands: Renounce evil practices because they hold us in bondage! (Jn. 5:14)(1 Jn. 1:9-10)
  5. Purify your hearts: Confess evil imaginations and strongholds of the mind! (2 Cor. 10:3-6)(Ps. 139:23-24)
  6. Humble yourselves: Rely and lean upon God’s Fathering heart! (Prov. 3:5-8)
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