Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SPIRITUAL WARFARE - EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED TODAY REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA

                                       AS THE TITLE OF THIS BLOG STATES, THERE IS IMMEDIATE
 SPIRITUAL WARFARE NEEDED T0 BE TAKEN BY THE BODY OF CHRIST!

IT HAS BEEN DECLARED BY METEOROLOGISTS THAT THE POWERFUL AND DEADLY HURRICANE 5 STATUS IRMA IS FAST APPROACHING THE COAST OF FLORIDA AND ITS DIRECTION
AT THIS MOMENT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED -
REGARDLESS, IT HAS BEEN DECLARED DEADLY!  INCREDIBLE THAT THIS NATION IS STILL IN THE MIDST OF THE ATTACK BY
HURRICANE HARVEY, AND HERE COMES ANOTHER ATTACK!

REMEMBER, IT DECLARES IN EPHESIANS 6:12 "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."
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WHAT ARE WE AS BELIEVERS TO DO  IN ORDER TO DECIMATE THIS HORRIFIC HURRICANE IS THE THRUST OF THIS BLOG!

I REFER YOU TO MATTHEW 11:12 WHICH DECLARES "AND FROM THE DAYS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST UNTIL NOW THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERS VIOLENCE, AND THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE" MEANING THAT SPIRIT-FILLED BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY BY GOD ALMIGHTY THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SPEAK TO THE "STORMS" IN OUR LIVES, VIOLENTLY, NOT WIMPISHLY!

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN LOYAL FOLLOWERS OF MY BLOGS, YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT IN MAY OF 2015, I POSTED A BLOG DEALING WITH SPIRITUAL WARFARE, ESPECIALLY FOCUSING ON MARK 4:35-41WHICH DEALS WITH THE WIND AND THE WAVES OBEYING JESUS!

                                     "ON THE SAME DAY, WHEN EVENING HAD COME, HE SAID 
                                              TO THEM, 'LET'S CROSS OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE.' NOW
                                              WHEN THEY HAD LEFT THE MULTITUDE, THEY TOOK HIM
                                              ALONG IN THE BOAT AS HE WAS. AND OTHER LITTLE BOATS
                                              WERE ALSO WITH HIM. AND A GREAT WINDSTORM 
                                              AROSE AND THE WAVES BEAT INTO THE BOAT, SO THAT IT
                                              WAS ALREADY FILLING. BUT HE WAS IN THE STERN,
                                              ASLEEP ON A PILLOW. AND THEY AWOKE HIM AND SAID TO
                                              HIM, 'TEACHER, DO YOU NOT CARE THAT WE ARE PERIS-
                                              ING'? THEN HE AROSE AND REBUKED THE WIND, AND
                                              SAID TO THE SEA, 'PEACE BE STILL!' AND THE WIND CEASED
                                              AND THERE WAS A GREAT CALM. BUT HE SAID TO THEM, 
                                              'WHY ARE YOU SO FEARFUL? HOW IS IT THAT YOU HAVE NO 
                                              FAITH?' AND THEY FEARED EXCEEDINGLY AND SAID TO 
                                              ONE ANOTHER, 'WHO CAN THIS BE THAT EVEN THE WIND
                                              AND THE SEA OBEY HIM!"

SO WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ME, YOU ASK? AGAIN, CONSIDER THE STATEMENT I MADE ABOVE, THAT WE SPIRIT-FILLED BELIEVERS HAVE THE SAME AUTHORITY/POWER THAT JESUS AS MAN HAD IN THE BOAT!

WE MUST KEEP IN MIND WHAT IT DECLARES IN JAMES 1:22 " BUT BE DOERS OF THE WORD, NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING YOURSELVES."

AGAIN,  HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME...I AM NOT JESUS! AH, BUT IF WE ARE BELIEVERS, JESUS ABIDES WITHIN US AND AS HE WAS EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SPEAK TO THE STORM, WE TOO  ARE EMPOWERED TO WIELD THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT AGAINST ANY/ALL ENEMIES AS FOUND IN EPHESIANS 6:16 WHICH STATES THAT WE ARE TO TAKE "THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD....". AND THE MEANING OF "WORD OF GOD" IN THIS SCRIPTURE IS THE "RHEMA" WORD OF GOD WHICH IS THE "SPOKEN (POWER) WORD OF GOD AND NOT THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD, WHICH IS THE LOGOS.

DR. BOB, ARE YOU SERIOUS?  INDEED, I AM!  LET ME SHARE A PERSONAL EVENT CONCERNING TAKING MY AUTHORITY OVER 5 TORNADOES!  SOME OF YOU MIGHT REMEMBER MY SHARING THIS IN AN EARLIER BLOG: SEVERAL YEARS AGO, MY WIFE AND I WERE VISITING OUR DAUGHTER AND FAMILY IN A KANSAS CITY, KANSAS SUBURB. IT WAS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND IT BECAME UNUSUALLY DARK! ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS A NEWS FLASH ON THE TELEVISION ANNOUNCING THAT FIVE TORNADOES WERE HEADING OUR WAY. OBVIOUSLY, THAT WAS AN ATTENTION GETTER, TO BE SURE! IT WAS GETTING CLOSE TO DINNER TIME, AND OUR SON-IN-LAW HAD ORDERED "TAKE OUT" AND ASKED ME WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT OUR GOING TO PICK IT UP!  I WAS TRULY DUMBFOUNDED BY HIS QUESTION, THINKING "THERE IS NO WAY WE NEED TO VENTURE OUT IN THE MIDST OF WHAT WAS HEADING OUR WAY!" THEN I HEARD MYSELF DECLARING "YES, LET'S GO FOR IT"!!  OUT WE WENT AND NOT LONG AFTER WE HAD BEEN ON THE HIGHWAY, I SAID TO MY SON-IN-LAW, "THIS IS GOING TO SOUND VERY STRANGE TO YOU, BUT I AM GOING TO PRAY AGAINST THESE FIVE TORNADOES HEADING STRAIGHT FOR US AND I AM GOING TO USE A WORD IN MY PRAYER THAT IS NOT A WORD I USE VERY OFTEN, IF AT ALL, AND THE WORD IS "DISSIPATE".  I RELATED TO HIM, THE STORY OF JESUS IN THE BOAT WITH HIS DISCIPLES AND HIS DECLARING TO THE STORM "PEACE BE STILL" AND THE STORM CEASED! I PRAYED OUT LOUD, TAKING MY AUTHORITY OVER THE STORM AND DECLARED "PEACE BE STILL" TO THE STORM!  WE CONTINUED ON, ARRIVING AT THE RESTAURANT. WE HAD TO GO INTO THE BAR AREA WHERE THE "TAKE OUT" WAS LOCATED...AS WE WALKED IN, THERE WERE SEVERAL TELEVISION MONITORS ABOVE THE BAR AND WE SAW/HEARD A METEOROLOGIST DECLARING: "FOLKS, WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS, BUT THE FIVE TORNADOES HAVE DISSIPATED AND ARE NO LONGER A DANGER!"  ONE COULD HEAR SUCH A SIGH OF RELIEF FROM THOSE SEATED AT THE BAR. OBVIOUSLY, WE DROVE HOME MUCH RELIEVED, AND I WITNESSED THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKING THROUGH ME, AS HE WILL WORK THROUGH YOU!

I AM COMING TO THE PART WHERE YOU BECOME A PARTICIPANT IN TAKING AUTHORITY AS A CHILD OF THE LIVING GOD  EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PRAY AGAINST HURRICANE IRMA. KEEP IN MIND WHAT JESUS DECLARES IN MATTHEW 18:19 "AGAIN I SAY TO YOU THAT IF TWO OF YOU AGREE ON EARTH CONCERNING ANYTHING THAT THEY ASK, IT WILL BE DONE FOR THEM BY MY FATHER IN HEAVEN."

EPHESIANS 6 IS OUR FOUNDATION FOR TAKING SUCH AUTHORITY AGAINST HURRICANE IRMA, AND IT IS WORTH REPEATING THAT WHICH IS FOUND IN VERSE 7 "...AND TAKE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT (OUR WEAPON WITH WHICH WE DO SPIRITUAL WARFARE) WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD, AND IN THIS VERSE THE MEANING OF WORD IN THE GREEK IS RHEMA, I.E. THE SPOKEN /ACTION WORD OF GOD...JESUS SPOKE THE RHEMA WORD "PEACE BE STILL TO THE STORM"! THEN THERE IS THE WORD OR LOGOS WHICH IS THE WRITTEN WORD IN THE SCRIPTURES - FROM THE LOGOS, WE FIND THE RHEMA WORD...FOR WITHOUT THE LOGOS, THERE IS NO RHEMA WORD!

TO CONCLUDE, I AM WRITING OUT A PRAYER THAT I ENCOURAGE ALL OF US IN ONE ACCORD TO PRAY OUT LOUD AGAINST HURRICANE IRMA:

                         "HEAVENLY FATHER, WE COME TO YOU IN THAT POWERFUL
                         NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, JESUS THE CHRIST, THANKING
                         YOU FOR THE AUTHORITY/POWER GIVEN TO US BY YOU HOLY                                            SPIRIT IN TAKING OUR DOMINION RIGHTS IN COMING AGAINST
                         HURRICANE IRMA. WE SPEAK 'PEACE BE STILL' TO YOU, IRMA
                         AND COMMAND YOU TO 'CEASE AND DESIST AND DISSIPATE AND
                         BE OF NO ACCOUNT' IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR
                         AND LORD. AMEN AND AMEN."

SAINTS, IN ADDITION, WE ARE TOLD IN SCRIPTURE THAT "IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, YOU WILL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN, MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE AND IT WILL MOVE AND NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU"...THUS WE ARE SPEAKING TO THAT MOUNTAIN 'HURRICANE IRMA' AND COMMAND IT TO BE CAST INTO THE SEA TO BE REMEMBERED NO MORE!  MATTHEW 17:20

                                   BE GLORIFIED ALMIGHTY GOD, BE GLORIFIED


                     











                                               
                            
                                              
                                              


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

HOUSTON, TEXAS - WHAT THE ENEMY MEANS FOR EVIL, GOD WILL TURN TO GOOD



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AS WE WERE HAVING OUR MORNING PRAYER YESTERDAY (AUGUST 28, 2017)       FOCUSING ON THE TRAGEDY TAKING PLACE IN THE HOUSTON, TEXAS AREA
CONCERNING THE NEWS DEALING WITH THE INCREDIBLE DANGEROUS STORMS RESULTING IN SEVERE DESTRUCTION, DISMAY, DEATHS, WE WERE IMMEDIATELY BLESSED WITH THE STRONG PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND WERE LED TO THE SCRIPTURE IN GENESIS 50:20 WHERE JOSEPH WAS TALKING WITH HIS BROTHERS CONCERNING HIS RESTORING THEM - "BUT AS FOR YOU, YOU MEANT EVIL AGAINST ME; BUT GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD, IN ORDER TO BRING IT ABOUT AS IT IS THIS DAY, TO SAVE MANY PEOPLE ALIVE."  

CONSIDER THIS...THE MOST POWERFUL WEATHER DISASTER LIKE NEVER BEFORE IS HAPPENING IN TEXAS AS THIS IS BEING WRITTEN WHICH THE ENEMY (SATAN) MEANS FOR EVIL, BUT GOD CAN TURN TO GOOD...WE FOUND OURSELVES PRAYING FOR A POWERFUL HOLY SPIRIT-LED REVIVAL TO SWEEP ACROSS TEXAS AND THE NATION, "LIKE NEVER BEFORE"! 

THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG IS THAT WE SO ENCOURAGE EACH OF YOU TO JOIN US BEGINNING NOW AND THE DAYS AHEAD TO PRAY FOR SUCH A POWERFUL HOLY SPIRIT REVIVAL TO COME TO BE AND THAT THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND THE COUNTRY WOULD WITNESS "LIKE NEVER BEFORE" SUCH A MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND AS A RESULT, MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO THEIR SAVIOR AND LORD JESUS AND BECOME FOLLOWERS OF HIM AND BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT! 

THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT ASKED TO BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, PLEASE GIVE MUCH THOUGHT TO THE SCRIPTURE - (PAUL TALKING) "HE SAID TO THEM, 'DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?'" SO THEY SAID TO HIM, 'WE HAVE NOT SO MUCH AS HEARD WHETHER THERE IS A HOLY SPIRIT'.....AND WHEN PAUL LAID HANDS ON THEM, THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME UPON THEM, AND THEY SPOKE WITH TONGUES AND PROPHESIED.'" (ACTS 19:2,6)

A QUICK HISTORY OF REVIVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.  THERE WAS THE WELCH REVIVAL (1904-05) AT BETHEL BIBLE COLLEGE IN TOPEKA, KANSAS. THEN CAME THE AZUSA STREET REVIVAL IN LOS ANGELES, CA WHICH BEGAN ON APRIL 9, 1906-1915. THEN THERE WAS THE REVIVAL IN 1975.  MY WIFE AND I BECAME CHRISTIANS DURING THIS REVIVAL, PRAISE GOD!

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND JOHN 15:1,4,5 "I AM THE TRUE VINE, AND MY FATHER IS THE VINEDRESSER; 4: ABIDE IN ME, AND I IN YOU.  AS THE BRANCH CANNOT BEAR FRUIT OF ITSELF, UNLESS IT ABIDES IN THE VINE, NEITHER CAN YOU, UNLESS YOU ABIDE IN ME; 5: I AM THE VINE, YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. HE WHO ABIDES IN ME, AND I IN HIM, BEARS MUCH FRUIT; FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING." IT IS CRITICAL TO ADD FOR WITHOUT YOU I WILL DO NOTHING.

AS RELATES TO THE REQUEST TO PRAY FOR A MIGHTY MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACROSS TEXAS AND THE NATION, CONSIDER GOD'S PROMISE IN JAMES 5:16B "THE EFFECTIVE FERVENT PRAYERS OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILS MUCH".  PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WE AS CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHTEOUS BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, THUS WE QUALIFY, THANKFULLY!  ALSO, THE WORD "EFFECTIVE" RELATES TO THE "ACTIVE OPERATION OR WORKING OF POWER AND ITS EFFECTUAL RESULTS". (WORD WEALTH - THE NKJV SPIRIT-FILLED BIBLE). THUS LET OUR PRAYERS BE EFFECTIVE BECAUSE OF OUR FERVENCY...AMEN? 

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE SCRIPTURES WHICH DECLARE:

           - "AND WHATEVER THINGS YOU ASK IN PRAYER, BELIEVING, YOU WILL                              RECEIVE." (MATTHEW 21:22)
           - "SO I SAY TO YOU, ASK, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU; SEEK, AND YOU                          WILL FIND; KNOCK, AND IT WILL BE OPENED FOR YOU;.....FOR EVERYONE                      WHO ASKS RECEIVES AND HE WHO SEEKS FINDS, AND TO HIM WHO                                  KNOCKS IT WILL BE OPENED." (LUKE 11: 9,10)
           - "BUT EVEN NOW I KNOW THAT WHATEVER YOU ASK OF GOD, GOD WILL GIVE               YOU." (JOHN 11:22)
           - "IF YOU ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT" (JOHN 14:14)

IT IS MOST APPROPRIATE TO CLOSE WITH PSALM 5:1-3 "GIVE EAR TO MY WORDS, O LORD, CONSIDER MY MEDITATION. GIVE HEED TO THE VOICE OF MY CRY, MY KING AND MY GOD, FOR TO YOU I WILL PRAY. MY VOICE YOU WILL HEAR IN THE MORNING, O LORD; IN THE MORNING I WILL DIRECT IT TO YOU, AND I WILL LOOK UP."

THUS LET'S PRAY AND BELIEVE JEHOVAH JIREH (GOD OUR PROVIDER) TO HEAR AND ANSWER THE FERVENT PRAYERS OF HIS PEOPLE CONCERNING A MIGHTY MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ACROSS TEXAS AND AMERICA...AMEN?


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAIN" - A CRITICAL SPIRITUAL WARFARE STRATEGY


Beautiful landscape of Himalayas mountains THIS BLOG HAS ITS FOUNDATION IN MATTHEW 17:14 AS WE READ ABOUT THE DISCIPLES TRYING TO HEAL AN EPILEPTIC YOUNG LAD BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE FATHER FINALLY TOOK HIS SON TO JESUS WHO CHASTISED THE DISCIPLES BY DECLARING "O FAITHLESS AND PERVERSE GENERATION, HOW LONG SHALL I BEAR WITH YOU? BRING THE HIM HERE TO ME (VERSE 17)
THEN THE DISCIPLES ASKED JESUS WHY THEY COULDN'T CAST OUT THE DEMON HARASSING THE BOY.  THIS BRINGS US TO THE VERY CRUX OF THE LESSON JESUS WAS TRYING TO TEACH THEM AND THANKFULLY, US ..... "SO JESUS SAID TO THEM, 'BECAUSE OF YOUR UNBELIEF; FOR ASSUREDLY I SAY TO YOU, IF YOU HAVE THE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED, YOU WILL SAY TO THIS MOUNTAIN, 'MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE,' AND IT WILL MOVE' AND NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU. (VERSE 20) THE SCRIPTURE DECLARES "AND IT WILL MOVE"... FOR GOD'S WORD DOES NOT RETURN TO HIM VOID...WE CAN STAND ON THIS PROMISE.   
                  "SO SHALL MY WORD BE THAT WHICH GOES FORTH FROM MY MOUTH; IT SHALL NOT                                                  RETURN TO ME VOID, BUT IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I PLEASE, AND IT SHALL                                                        PROSPER IN THE THINGS FOR WHICH I SENT IT." (ISAIAH 55:11)
 PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT EACH OF US HAS BEEN GIVEN "FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED"! AND AS WE MATURE AS CHRISTIANS, THANKFULLY OUR FAITH MATURES AS WELL. 
MANY YEARS AGO, I HEARD PROCLAIMED, WHICH COULD WELL BE WHERE JESUS CAME UP WITH HIS ANALOGY IN MATTHEW 17, CONCERNING "SPEAKING TO THE MOUNTAIN"....IN THE DAYS OF KING HEROD, IT HAS BEEN TOLD THAT HE WAS OFTEN "MOVING MOUNTAINS" WITH JEWISH SLAVE LABOR IN ORDER TO RAISE, LOWER, OR REMOVE A MOUNTAIN FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER! COULD IT BE THAT ONE DAY, JESUS WAS LOOKING OUT OVER THE HORIZON, AND OBSERVED THE JEWISH SLAVES "MOVING" A MOUNTAIN?  CONSIDER THIS...IF MAN COULD MOVE A MOUNTAIN, WHY CAN'T OUR POWERFUL HEAVENLY FATHER MOVE WHATEVER MOUNTAIN(S) THAT EXIST IN OUR LIVES?  THANKFULLY, HE CAN AND WILL FOR US, HIS CHILDREN, AS WE READ IN MATTHEW 17:20!  BUT WE MUST CONSIDER THAT CRITICAL WORD "IF" WE HAVE FAITH AS A MUSTARD SEED AND ACT ON THAT MUSTARD SEED FAITH!


IT MUST BE CONSIDERED AT THIS JUNCTURE THAT "ONE MUST TRULY DESIRE TO SPEAK TO THE MOUNTAIN!!" AND NOT ONLY DESIRE TO SPEAK TO THE MOUNTAIN
BUT AS IS STATED IN MATTHEW 11:12 "....AND THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE" MEANING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN! IN OTHER WORDS, WE MUST BE FORCEFUL AND ADAMANT AS WE SPEAK/DECLARE TO THE MOUNTAIN BELIEVING THAT IT WILL MOVE,

CONSIDER THE MOUNTAIN IMAGE ABOVE.... I CAME ACROSS THE EXCEPTIONAL PHOTO SHOWN ABOVE.  IT MUST BE CONSIDERED THAT THERE ARE UNSEEN MOUNTAIN RANGES IN THE BACKGROUND OF THIS PHOTO, THUS THE MESSAGE HERE IS THAT EACH OF US HAS A MOUNTAIN(S) (STRUGGLES/SUFFERINGS) IN OUR LIVES, AND IT IS MOST WISE THAT WE TACKLE ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME, IF POSSIBLE! THANKFULLY THE LORD GOD DOESN'T CAUSE, BUT ALLOWS SUCH CHALLENGES (MOUNTAINS) IN OUR LIVES FOR OUR  SPIRITUAL BENEFIT/GROWTH, THANKFULLY! I CAN HEAR MANY DECLARING AT THIS POINT "BUT, BUT, BUT...WHY WOULD A LOVING GOD ALLOW SUCH SUFFERINGS/STRUGGLES (MOUNTAINS) TO COME INTO MY LIFE"?   KEEP IN MIND THAT OUR SAVIOR AND LORD JESUS SUFFERED/STRUGGLED WHILE ON THIS EARTH! THUS AS HE DID, SO SHALL WE WHO ARE HIS CHILDREN! AND THROUGH ALL THE SUFFERINGS/STRUGGLES WE HAVE AND WILL EXPERIENCE, IT CRUCIAL THAT WE KEEP BEFORE US THE TRUTH "HE HAS GIVEN US HIS VERY GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES"! (2 PETER 1:1-4) AND WE CAN REST ASSURED THAT HE NEVER EVER BREAKS HIS PROMISES, PRAISE GOD "FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW", AMEN?

REMEMBER, SATAN CAN DO NOTHING TO US (KEEPING IN MIND JOB'S CHALLENGES IN JOB1: 6-8) WITHOUT GOD ALLOWING IT, "FOR IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO FOR HIS GOOD PLEASURE" (PHILIPPIANS 2:13), PERFECTING/MATURING US!  REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE NO OOPS IN HIS KINGDOM! AGAIN, IF WE TRIED TO ADDRESS ALL THESE MOUNTAINS AT ONE TIME, WE WOULD BECOME A "BASKET CASE", WOULD WE NOT? JESUS DID NOT TELL US TO SPEAK TO THE "MOUNTAINS BUT TO A PENDING MOUNTAIN", THUS...ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME, AGAIN, ONE MOUNTAIN AT A TIME  BELIEVING THAT THE MOUNTAIN WILL MOVE FROM HERE TO THERE! THIS IS A PROMISE FROM THE LORD!

IT IS CRUCIAL THAT WE ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF FAITH, FOR THIS CONCEPT IS SO FOUNDATIONAL/CRUCIAL FOR US CHRISTIANS AND FOR UNDERSTANDING WHAT JESUS IS DECLARING IN MATTHEW 17:20.  I AM SURE YOU HAVE HEARD MANY PULPIT MESSAGES CONCERNING "FAITH"! KEEP IN MIND WHAT HEBREWS 11:6 DECLARES: "BUT WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM, FOR HE WHO COMES TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM." OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY DEALT TO EACH ONE A MEASURE OF FAITH". (ROMANS 12:3) AGAIN, ANOTHER PROMISE!

LET'S CONSIDER HEBREWS 11 (THE FAITH CHAPTER), WHICH DEALS WITH FAITH TESTIMONIES.  VERSE 1 IS ONE OF MY FOUNDATIONAL SCRIPTURES WHICH IS THE SPIRITUAL "PEG ON WHICH I HANG MY HAT " - "NOW FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN".  IF WE LOOK AT THINGS SEEN, WE CAN BE SO DEFEATED IMMEDIATELY AND TRAGICALLY, OUR LOOKING AT THINGS SEEN PLAYS RIGHT INTO SATAN'S HANDS!  PRAISE GOD FOR HIS REASSURING INSTRUCTIONAL AND COMFORTING WORDS IN THE SCRIPTURES.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, THAT AS WE SPEAK TO OUR MOUNTAIN(S), THEY ARE NOT MOVED IN A DAY!  HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT TOOK THE JEWISH SLAVES TO MOVE A MOUNTAIN AND BY HAND? SUCH AS IT IS WITH OUR MOUNTAIN(S) THAT WE "SPEAK TO"...WE CANNOT AND MUST NOT EXPECT OUR "MOUNTAIN(S)" TO MOVE IMMEDIATELY, ALTHOUGH, ".....NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU"(GOD), AS IT IS DECLARED IN JEREMIAH 32:17 AMEN?

WITH ALL THIS BEING SAID, WHAT IS/ARE THE MOUNTAIN(S) (STRUGGLES/SUFFERINGS) IN YOUR LIFE?  LET ME RECOMMEND THAT YOU MAKE A LIST EXPECTING BY FAITH, AND CROSS OFF EACH MOUNTAIN AS YOU EXPERIENCE VICTORY!   THEN THANK HIM FOR DOING SO... FOR IT IS FOR HIS HONOR, GLORY, AND PRAISE!  AMEN?

BE ENCOURAGED, SAINTS AND BE LIKE THE BEREANS "TO FIND OUT WHETHER THESE WERE SO". (ACTS 17:11)  KEEPING IN MIND JAMES 1:22-25." BUT BE DOERS OF THE WORD, AND NOT HEARERS ONLY, DECEIVING YOURSELVES...."AMEN?

                     AS ALWAYS, YOUR COMMENTS ARE VERY MUCH WELCOMED.

             










Monday, May 15, 2017

SPIRITUAL WARFARE - SATANIC FIREBREAK TO STOP THE GODLY FIRE WITHIN CHRISTIANS


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FIREBREAK - "A  STRIP/BARRIER OF PLOWED OR CLEARED LAND MADE TO SLOW DOWN OR STOP THE PROGRESS OF A BRUSH OR FOREST FIRE - OR IN OTHER WORDS, FOR PURPOSES OF CONTAINING THE FIRE."


"WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH SPIRITUAL WARFARE?", YOU MIGHT WELL ASK...

RECENTLY, I WAS LISTENING TO A PASTOR DISCUSS THE STRATEGIES SATAN USES TO CONTAIN/INTERFERE IN THE LIVES OF BELIEVERS WHO ARE PASSIONATE IN THEIR SPIRITUAL GIFTS MINISTERY TO THE LOST AND AS WELL, THE BODY OF CHRIST...ONE SUCH STRATEGY BEING THE "FIREBREAK" AS YOU WILL OBSERVE IN THE ABOVE PHOTO.

THE MORE I CONSIDERED SUCH A STRATEGY OF THE EVIL ONE - SATAN, THE MORE I WAS INTRIGUED CONCERNING ITS "ALL OUT" DESTRUCTION REGARDING THE BODY OF CHRIST.

REGARDING THE DEFINITION GIVEN ABOVE, CONSIDER IT MOVING FROM THE NATURAL WORLD TO THE SUPERNATURAL WORLD AS AN ANALOGY REGARDING SATAN BUILDING A "FIREBREAK" IN THE LIVES OF "ONFIRE" CHRISTIANS.  WHY DO I FOCUS SOLELY ON "ONFIRE" CHRISTIANS, BECAUSE SUCH COMMITTED SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIANS ARE PASSIONATE,  AND SERIOUS IN THEIR COMMITMENT FOR SERVING THE TRIUNE GOD (THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT), OR AS DECLARED IN THE WELL KNOWN POWERFUL DEVOTIONAL AUTHORED BY OSWALD CHAMBERS IN THE EARLY 1900'S, MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  THUS SUCH CHRISTIANS ARE SATAN'S ENEMIES WHO ARE IMPEDING HIS DESTRUCTIVE MISSION
FOR DESTROYING THE LORD'S "ON FIRE" DISCIPLES ON THIS EARTH, AND THEREFORE, MUST BE "CONTAINED" BEFORE THEY CAN GET IN THE WAY OF HIS WILES, OR BETTER STILL, LET'S PLACE A "FIREBREAK" ON HIS DESTRUCTIVE WORKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS!

AND JUST HOW WOULD WE CONTAIN SATAN...IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE?  CONSIDER THIS GODLY ASSURANCE "YOU ARE OF GOD, LITTLE CHILDREN, AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM, BECAUSE HE (ALMIGHTY GOD) WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER THAN HE (SATAN) WHO IS IN THE WORLD." (1 JOHN 4:4) AND PLEASE REFER TO ALL THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT BLOGS POSTED EARLIER!

WITH THIS BEING SAID, THE QUESTION BECOMES "DO YOU HAVE A HOLY SPIRIT PRODUCED 'FIRE' WITHIN YOUR VERY BEING THAT IS A THREAT TO THE FOUL SPIRIT WORLD?  THINK ABOUT....IF NOT, WHY NOT?  MAY I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU CRY OUT TO THE LORD AND ASK HIM TO BUILD/STOKE SUCH A "FIRE" WITHIN YOU.  IT IS DECLARED IN  JAMES 4:2 "YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT"!

THUS, MAY I ENCOURAGE YOU, DEAR SAINT, TO SEEK THE WISDOM OF LORD (JAMES 1:5) AS YOU EXAMINE YOUR WALK WITH THE LORD SO AS TO DETERMINE IF, IN FACT, SATAN HAS OR IS PLACING A "FIREBREAK" IN YOUR LIFE FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SLOWING YOU DOWN OR CONTAINING YOU IN ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU ARE "ONFIRE" FOR YOUR LORD, AND SO DESIRE TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THAT YOUR LORD HAS DESTINED FOR YOU WHILE ON THIS EARTH.

WHAT MIGHT SATAN'S "FIREBREAK" LOOK LIKE IN YOUR LIFE? IN OTHER WORDS, AND AGAIN, WHAT MIGHT HE HAVE IN HIS TORRID TOOLBOX FOR SLOWING YOU DOWN OR CONTAINING YOU IN YOUR SERVICE OF THE LORD?  COULD HE BE:

    - MINIMIZING THE "WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD" IN YOUR LIFE AS DESCRIBED IN                   EPHESIANS 6:10-18?

    - STEALING YOUR PEACE/JOY BY CREATING DISTRACTIONS IN YOUR                                   LIFE OR THE LIVES OF YOUR LOVED ONES?

    - HEAPING MORE TASKS UPON YOU THAT INCREASE YOUR BUSYNESS?

    - PLACING MORE TEMPTATIONS IN YOUR LIFE?

    - BRINGING PEOPLE/SPIRITS INTO YOUR LIFE FOR PURPOSES OF CONSTANTLY                 HARASSING YOU?

    - STEALING YOUR QUIET TIME FOR DEVOTIONS/PRAYER AND SEEKING THE LORD?

    -  CREATING CONFUSION IN YOUR LIFE?

    - INTERFERING IN YOUR "MINISTRY" ACTIVITIES/OPPORTUNITIES CAUSING THEM         TO DIMINISH?

    -  DRAINING YOUR "GET UP AND GO" ENERGY AND PASSION?

    -  PELTING YOU WITH WORRIES/ANXIETIES THUS DISCOURAGING YOU IN YOUR              CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORS?

     - PLAGUING YOU WITH INFIRMITIES?

I AM SURE THERE ARE MANY OTHER "FIREBREAKS" THE ENEMY CAN/DOES USE TO SLOW, STOP OR DISCOURAGE YOU FROM ACCOMPLISHING ALL THAT THE LORD HAS FOR YOU IN THE DAYS TO COME! THUS, MAY I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE SO DISCERNING CONCERNING ANY/ALL FIREBREAKS THE ENEMY IS TRYING TO USE FOR PUTTING OUT YOUR "FIRE"?

I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE WITH A PRAYER FOR YOU TO PRAY OUT LOUD: "LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, MY SHEPHERD, AND LOVER OF MY SOUL, YOU ARE FULLY AWARE OF ALL THE STRATEGIES SATAN HAS IN HIS TREACHEROUS TOOL BOX FOR THE PURPOSE OF PLACING A 'FIREBREAK' IN MY LIFE.  IF I AM NOT FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, I ASK YOU TO BAPTIZE ME IN THE HOLY SPIRIT SO THAT I AM FULLY 'EMPOWERED' FOR BECOMING AN OVERCOMER IN ANY AND ALL SPIRITUAL BATTLES, AS WAS MY SAVIOR AND LORD JESUS SO EMPOWERED. HELP ME BE SO DISCERNING AND BOLD CONCERNING SUCH STRATEGIES THE ENEMY USES AGAINST ME FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONTAINING ME IN MY SERVICE TO YOU, FOR I WANT THIS TO BE FOR YOUR GLORY, HONOR, AND PRAISE.  IT IS IN THAT POWERFUL NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES, JESUS THE CHRIST, THAT I BRING THIS PRAYER BEFORE YOU...AMEN AND AMEN."

                                                     





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SPIRITUAL WARFARE - THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT - PART 5

                             
                  WE ARE AT WAR                                        THANKFULLY

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                     HOWEVER....WE MUST DO OUR PART
                          AS THE HOLY SPIRIT LEADS US
                                  


PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SHARED IN BLOG 4, AND   EPHESIANS 6:12 "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."   IN SO DOING, IT WILL CHANGE OUR VERY WAY OF THINKING/ACTING CONCERNING THE BATTLES WE FACE EACH DAY..."WRESTLING IN THE FLESH RESULTS IN DEFEAT WHERE AS WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT RESULTS IN VICTORY!"  THE LORD LEAVES THE CHOICE UP TO US....WE ARE TOLD IN JOSHUA 24:15 "CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE.....BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD."

A VERY CRITICAL POINT MUST BE REITERATED HERE BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER, AND IT IS THIS...FOR BELIEVERS TO BE VICTORIOUS IN WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT REGARDING SPIRITUAL WARFARE, ONE MUST BE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND IN ADDITION, ALLOWS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AND GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT TO FLOW!  I REFER YOU TO GALATIANS 5:18 AND I CORINTHIANS 12-14

WE READ IN MATTHEW 3:16 AND 4:1-11 THAT JESUS AS MAN, HAD TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ORDER TO BE EMPOWERED IN DEFEATING SATAN INITIALLY ON EARTH WHILE IN THE WILDERNESS !  IF IT WAS MANDATORY FOR JESUS, THEN WHY IS IT NOT MANDATORY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST TO FOLLOW SUIT? THE ESSENTIAL QUESTION BECOMES "HAVE YOU BEEN FILLED/BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?  IF NOT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO COME UPON YOU, AS YOU HAD TO ASK TO BE BORN AGAIN! THE SCRIPTURE DECLARES "YOU HAVE NOT BECAUSE YOU ASK NOT..."!  I WOULD REFER YOU TO ACTS 1:8 "BUT YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU....", AND ACTS 2 WHERE THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT CONCERNING THE DISCIPLES AND RESULTING IN THE BIRTH OF THE NEW COVENANT (COVENANT OF GRACE) CHURCH IS SO EVIDENT!  ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!

TRAGICALLY, ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THE BODY OF CHRIST IS BASICALLY IMPOTENT, IS BECAUSE CHRISTIANS TRY TO WALK OUT THEIR CHRISTIAN WALK IN THE FLESH!  WHAT BETTER  WAY FOR SATAN TO DEFEAT CHRISTIANDOM THAN TO CONVINCE CHRISTIANS THAT THE NEED FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT NECESSARY! CONSIDER JUST HOW MANY CHURCHES HAVE SPLIT BECAUSE OF SATAN'S LIES?

AS STATED IN 1 SAMUAL 17:47 "...THE LORD DOES NOT SAVE WITH THE SWORD
AND SPEAR (BY CARNAL MEANS); FOR THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU (GOLIATH) INTO OUR HANDS."  THIS RELATES TO THE BATTLE UNDERTAKEN BY DAVID, AS YOU REMEMBER, WHO USED JUST ONE STONE TO KILL GOLIATH, WHO BY THE WAY STOOD 9'9" TALL. SURELY THIS SHOULD COMFORT US WHEN WE FACE OUR "GOLIATHS" THAT GOD IS THE GOD OF THE "IMPOSSIBLE", WITH "NOTHING BEING TOO DIFFICULT FOR HIM"?  AMEN?

YOU MIGHT WELL ASK, IF THE "BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD", WHY THEN MUST I ENTER IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE?  WHY CAN'T I JUST SIT BACK AND LET THE LORD FIGHT THE BATTLE? ALSO, YOU COULD DECLARE: "WELL, DAVID FOUGHT 'AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD' WITH THE STONE AND THE SWORD (CUT OFF HIS HEAD)!" HOW DOES ALL THIS FIT TOGETHER?  OBVIOUSLY, THIS ENTIRE EPISODE WAS ORCHESTRATED BY GOD ALMIGHTY FOR HIS GLORY THUS USING DAVID AS HIS 'BRANCH' (INSTRUMENT) TO DESTROY GOLIATH. GOD COULD HAVE DESTROYED GOLIATH ON THE SPOT WITHOUT DAVID...BUT HE CHOSE TO USE THE "HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERED" DAVID, AS HE CHOOSES TO USE THOSE OF US WHO ARE EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, THANKFULLY...CONSIDER THIS AS WRITTEN IN JOHN 15:5 ....

                "I AM THE VINE, AND YOU ARE THE BRANCHES.  HE WHO ABIDES IN ME, AND 
                    I IN HIM, BEARS MUCH FRUIT; FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING."

                     HOWEVER, IT  MUST ALSO BE STRESSED..."WITHOUT US BELIEVERS, HE WILL DO                                       NOTHING. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE HIS "BRANCHES" (INSTRUMENTS) AND WITH                                HIS HELP, WE ARE TO DO OUR PART AS DID DAVID AND COUNTLESS OTHERS                                                (INCLUDING US) THROUGHOUT HISTORY! PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, THAT JESUS AS MAN                              WAS HIS "BRANCH", FOR WITHOUT JESUS DOING HIS PART, WHERE WOULD MAN BE?

IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT "COOPERATION WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ESSENTIAL TO VICTORY" (NEW SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE BIBLE NKJV INTRODUCTION TO JOSHUA-PAGE 278)  THAT IS ONE DECLARATION THAT ONE CAN "TAKE TO THE BANK FOR DEPOSIT"!

BE ENCOURAGED, SAINTS AND BE LIKE THE BEREANS "TO FIND OUT WHETHER THESE WERE SO" (ACTS 17:11)

             (I APOLOGIZE FOR THE IRREGULAR LINE UP ON THE JOHN 15:5 QUOTES)

                                       
                                           *TO GOD BE THE HONOR AND GLORY*

                        TO BE CONTINUED IN THE "SPIRITUAL WARFARE BLOG 6"




Saturday, February 18, 2017

SPIRITUAL WARFARE - THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT PART 4


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I CHOSE THIS PHOTO TO MAKE A POINT (NO PUN INTENDED)...WHAT IS SHOWN HERE IS TRUE IN SO FAR AS IT GOES!  LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE PHOTO AND SEE IF YOU CAN DISCOVER THE "POINT" I AM TRYING TO MAKE.  IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME READING THESE BLOGS CONCERNING THE "SWORD OF THE SPIRIT", THEN YOU ARE EXCUSED FROM THIS QUIZ!  FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE READ BLOGS 1-3 CONCERNING THIS TOPIC, HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION CONCERNING THE "POINT" I AM TRYING TO MAKE?  I WOULD SO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GO AROUND THE ROOM IF THIS WERE A CLASSROOM AND HEAR YOUR RESPONSES.

IT IS SO EXTREMELY CRUCIAL THAT SOME KEY SCRIPTURAL LIFE-SAVING STRATEGIES BE ESTABLISHED HERE AND NOW:

        "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."
           (EPHESIANS 6: 10,11). PLEASE NOTE - FOR IT IS MEANT TO BE KEPT ON 24/7...NOT TO BE TAKEN 
           OFF!
        "ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE           FIERY DARTS (CORRECTLY TRANSLATED 'MISSILES') OF THE WICKED ONE." (EPHESIANS 6:16)
       "THEREFORE, SUBMIT TO GOD. 'RESIST THE DEVIL' AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU." ( JAMES 4:7)
       "FOR THOUGH WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE DO NOT WAR ACCORDING TO THE FLESH FOR THE
        THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL BUT MIGHTY IN GOD FOR PULLING 
          DOWN STRONGHOLDS, CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS
          ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY TO
          OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST." (2 COR. 10:3-5)
         "NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER....." (ISAIAH 54:17)
         "AND FROM THE DAYS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST UNTIL NOW THE KINGDOM OF GOD SUFFERS    
         VIOLENCE AND THE VIOLENT (THOSE WHO ARE SO EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY
         SPIRIT) TAKE HEAVEN". (MATTHEW 11:12)
        "I AM THE VINE, AND YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. HE WHO ABIDES IN ME, AND I IN HIM, BEARS MUCH 
         FRUIT; FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING." (JOHN 15:5) 

 THEN IN EPHESIANS 17 "......INDEED, THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT IS THE WORD OF GOD....". IT IS CRUCIAL TO REITERATE THAT THERE ARE TWO ASPECTS OF THE 'WORD' OF GOD...ONE BEING THE WRITTEN WORD WHICH IS THE LOGOS AND THE OTHER BEING THE SPOKEN (ACTIONWORD WHICH IS THE RHEMA.  THEY HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED IN BLOGS - "SWORD OF THE SPIRIT 1-3" AND CAN'T BE STRESSED ENOUGH BECAUSE OF THE THEIR POWERFUL SIGNIFICANCE - HOPEFULLY YOU AS A CHRISTIAN KNOWS WE ARE AT WAR IN THE HEAVENLIES!

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TOO OFEN, EACH OF US AS CHRISTIANS IS UNDER SPIRITUAL ATTACK ON A DAILY BASIS, WITH THE WAR BEGINNING IN OUR MINDS, SUCH AS BESETTING SIN, INAPPROPRIATE THOUGHTS, ANGER, UNFORGIVENESS, BITTERNESS, NEGATIVE THINKING, FEAR, ANXIETY, ETC. THEN THERE IS THE WORLD, SATAN, OR DO I EVEN DECLARE...THE CHURCH!  MORE ON THESE "FOUR FIELDS OF BATTLE" IN A LATER BLOG.  KEEP IN MIND AS JUST STATED, OUR "BATTLE BEGINS IN THE MIND" WHICH SO OFTEN TRAGICALLY, AFFECTS OUR BEHAVIOR IN SUCH A DISASTROUS NEGATIVE WAY RESULTING IN FLESHLY CARNAL BEHAVIOR I.E. WALKING IN THE FLESH, NOT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT (HOLY SPIRIT) AS IS STATED IN ROMANS 8:1-17.

AND HOW DO WE OVERCOME THE BATTLES WHICH TAKE PLACE IN OUR MINDS?  ISAIAH 26:3 HAS THE PERFECT SOLUTION...."YOU WILL KEEP HIM
IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON YOU BECAUSE HE TRUSTS IN YOU".
AND IN ROMANS 7:25 "SO THEN, WITH THE MIND I MYSELF SERVE THE LAW OF GOD, BUT WITH THE FLESH THE LAW OF SIN."   WE ARE ALSO COMMANDED IN ROMANS 12:2 "AND DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, THAT YOU MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT WILL OF GOD".

YEARS AGO I HEARD DECLARED THIS POWERFUL ACTION STATEMENT THAT HAS BEEN EMBEDDED IN MY VERY BEING EVER SINCE - "RUN TO THE ROAR OF THE LION"! PICTURE THIS SCENE...IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE LION'S DEN, THE ELDEST LION IS PLACED IN FRONT OF THE DEN'S OPENING.  WHY THE ELDEST LION? HE HAS NO TEETH NOW, BUT HE IS STILL USEFUL IN THAT HIS ROAR KEEPS THE ENEMY AWAY!  ARE YOU "ROARING" ("THE VIOLENT TAKE HEAVEN) TO KEEP YOUR ENEMY AWAY?  AND JUST HOW DOES ONE "ROAR"?  TO BEGIN WITH, KEEP IN MIND THE LION DID NOT "WHISPER"....HE ROARED, AS MUST WE!  ARE YOU AFRAID OF SATAN AND HIS WAYS OR DO YOU TAKE YOUR "DOMINION RIGHTS" AS A CHILD OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND CONFRONT HIM WITH THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT?

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I HEARD A POWERFUL STORY WHICH SUPPORTS THAT WHICH
I AM TRYING TO DECLARE:

       "A LADY WOULD LEAVE HOME EACH MORNING TO CATCH THE BUS FOR WORK.  RIGHT BEHIND 
      WAS HER LITTLE POODLE BARKING AND NIPPING AT HER HEALS.  ALONG THE WAY, SHE WOULD                   TURN AND GENTLY SAY TO HER DOG ' PLEASE, OH PLEASE, PRECIOUS DOG, GO HOME' - SADLY TO NO
      AVAIL!  THIS WENT ON AND ON AND ON, UNTIL ONE MORNING, HAVING HAD ENOUGH, SHE TURNED
      TO THE POODLE, STOMPED HER FOOT, GOT DOWN AT THE EYE LEVEL OF THE DOG AND SHOUTED 
       'DOG, YOU GET HOME AND YOU GET HOME NOW!  IMMEDIATELY, THE DOG TURNED AND RAN
       AS FAST AS HIS LITTLE LEGS WOULD TAKE HIM." SHE HAD TO BECOME VERBALLY VIOLENT BEFORE
       HER DOG WOULD HEED HER WORDS!  

AGAIN, THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT IS THE RHEMA WORD! THUS THE RHEMA (FIGHTING ACTION) WORD IS THE SWORD - THE WEAPON WE WIELD AGAINST OUR ENEMIES AS LISTED ABOVE! KEEP IN MIND THAT WE MUST
FIGHT THE ENEMY BY CONFIDENTLY VERBALIZING WITH AUTHORITY, THE RHEMA (SPOKEN WORD) AS IS DECLARED IN MATTHEW 11:12 " AND FROM THE DAYS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST UNTIL NOW THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERS VIOLENCE, AND THE VIOLENT TAKE IT BY FORCE"!  WHO ARE THE "VIOLENT"?  WE AS GOD'S CHILDREN....HIS SOLDIERS WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT!

                                                TO BE CONTINUED IN BLOG 5

IT IS SUCH A BLESSING TO RECOGNIZE COUNTRIES (IN ADDITION TO THE UNITED STATES) WHICH HAVE THOSE WHO FOLLOW THESE BLOGS:  FRANCE, LATVIA, UKRAINE, THAILAND, GERMANY, RUSSIA, NICARAGUA, ALBANIA, POLAND, AND PORTUGAL.  I AM "RESTFULLY AND PATIENTLY" TRUSTING THE LORD TO ADD OTHER COUNTRIES.

I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR INFORMING ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR NAME DELETED FROM THE EMAIL LIST.

ALSO, DEAR READER, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE LIKE THE BEREANS: "TO FIND OUT WHETHER THESE THINGS WERE SO" (ACTS 17:11)  AS ALWAYS, YOUR FEEDBACK IS
SO VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

                                                     








Monday, October 17, 2016

SPIRITUAL WAREFARE - SWORD OF THE SPIRIT PART 3

             
               
Image result for images of sword of the spiritHOPEFULLY, YOU HAVE READ PART 1 AND 2 BEFORE READING THIS...AND YOU MIGHT WELL ASK "WHY SPEND SO MUCH TIME CONSIDERING THIS TOPIC?" SURELY YOU MUST KNOW WE ARE AT WAR IN THE HEAVENLIES, FOR THE SCRIPTURE DECLARES, "WE DON'T FIGHT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES (SATANIC FORCES) IN THE HEAVENLIES! (EPHESIANS 6:12) IF WE DON'T KNOW WHO OUR ENEMIES ARE, HOW WILL WE BE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY ENTER INTO WARFARE, AND BE VICTORIOUS IN SUCH BATTLES? TRAGICALLY, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THIS VERY DAY!  THEY REFUSE TO IDENTIFY THE ENEMY BY NAME AND THUS WE ARE EXPERIENCING WORLD-WIDE THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES THAT EXIST!

WE ARE TOLD IN 1 SAMUAL 17:47 "...THE BATTLE IS THE LORD'S...". KEEP IN MIND WE CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT HIM AND HE WILL DO NOTHING WITHOUT US! (JOHN 15:5) OUR VERY LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS COULD WELL DEPEND ON OUR PUTTING INTO ACTION THESE TRUTHS AS FOUND IN SCRIPTURE, FOR WE ARE TOLD IN JOHN 14:12 THAT WE WILL "DO GREATER WORKS...", NOT IN QUALITY, BUT IN QUANTITY, AS JESUS WAS EMPOWERED TO DO BY THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ORDER TO FULFILL HIS MINISTRY WHILE HE WAS ON EARTH. THUS, SO ARE WE CALLED TO GO DO BEING EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!  

IT IS IMPERATIVE, THAT IN ORDER TO TRULY FULFILL GOD'S PLAN WHICH ALL TOO OFTEN INVOLVES SPIRITUAL WARFARE CONCERNING EACH OF US, WE MUST BE EQUIPPED/EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT SO AS TO ENTER INTO BATTLE AND BE VICTORIOUS AS WE FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!  KEEP IN MIND, WE ARE HIS SOLDIERS AS THE CLASSIC HYMN DECLARES "ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS, MARCHING AS TO WAR...WITH THE CROSS OF JESUS GOING ON BEFORE..."!  THE CRITICAL QUESTION IS "ARE YOU EQUIPPED TO GO INTO BATTLE IN THE HEAVENLIES" AND WIN?

WE ARE TOLD TO "THEREFORE SUBMIT TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU." (JAMES 4:7)  EPHESIANS 6:10-18 CLEARLY ADDRESSES TAKING A BATTLE-STANCE AGAINST SATAN AND HIS MINIONS THAT WE "MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY". (VERSE 13)  KEY QUESTION..."ARE YOU RESISTING THE DEVIL AND WHAT STRATEGIES ARE YOU USING TO DO SO?"

IT IS DECLARED IN MATTHEW 11:12 "AND FROM THE DAYS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST UNTIL NOW, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN SUFFERS VIOLENCE, AND THE VIOLENT (SPIRIT- FILLED CHRISTIANS) TAKE IT BY FORCE IN USING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT...AGAIN THE RHEMA SPOKEN WORD OF THE WRITTEN WORD (LOGOS).

AS WE READ IN CHAPTER 4 OF MATTHEW, IN ORDER FOR JESUS TO BE EMPOWERED TO BE THE VICTOR IN THE BATTLE AGAINST SATAN ON EARTH, AS I DECLARED EARLIER, IT WAS IMPERATIVE FOR HIM TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE RIVER JORDAN BEING BAPTIZED BY JOHN THE BAPTIST.  IT IS WRITTEN THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT LED JESUS INTO THE WILDERNESS TO HAVE A SHOWDOWN WITH SATAN WHO WENT THERE TO TEMPT JESUS AS HE BEGAN HIS MINISTRY,  FOR THIS WAS THE INITIAL BATTLE THAT HAD TO BE FOUGHT BETWEEN GOD AND SATAN SO AS TO ESTABLISH WHO JESUS ACTUALLY WAS AND IS! JESUS DIDN'T FIGHT THIS BATTLE ALL BY HIMSELF, FOR HE WAS EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, JUST AS WE ARE FIGHTING, NOT BY OURSELVES, BUT EMPOWERED AS WELL BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

I AM FULLY AWARE THAT I AM BEING REDUNDANT IN SOME OF MY COMMENTS....BUT AGAIN, THESE TRUTHS MUST BE SHARED OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN ORDER FOR US TO IMMERSED IN SUCH ACTION TRUTHS!

THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHERE THE “SWORD OF THE SPIRIT” I.E. THE RHEMA, WHICH IS THE SPOKEN WORD (SCRIPTURE) OF GOD, NOT THE LOGOS WHICH IS THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD, WAS SEEN IN ACTION WITH JESUS TAKING HIS AUTHORITY AGAINST SATAN IN VERSES 4,7,10 OF MATTHEW, FOR HERE WE SEE JESUS WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT AT SATAN…I.E., HE SPOKE , OR "DECLARED A THING..." AS DID GOD WHEN HE DECLARED (COMMANDED) "LET THERE BE LIGHT, AND THERE WAS LIGHT AS WELL AS OTHER COMMANDS IN GENESIS 1:3-31.

JESUS, NOW WITH HIS AUTHORITY AND EMPOWERMENT, SPOKE BOLDLY TO WHATEVER THE ATTACK HAPPENED TO BE AND AS YOU WELL KNOW, HE HAD MANY DURING HIS 3 YEARS OF MINISTRY AND THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, HAVE THAT SAME AUTHORITY/EMPOWERMENT OVER THE ENEMY'S ATTACKS UPON US AS JESUS DID.  PRAISE GOD...HAVE YOU EVER CONTEMPLATED WHAT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE FOR US IF THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD NOT BEEN LEFT WITH US WHEN JESUS ASCENDED TO THE FATHER?  WHAT A BLESSING AND AN ALL PROVIDING ALMIGHTY GOD IS FOR HIS CHILDREN!  THANK YOU, OUR MOST CARING AND LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER.

FOR IT IS WRITTEN IN ACTS 1:8 (WHICH IS THE KEY VERSE IN ACTS) "BUT YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU AND YOU SHALL BE WITNESSES TO ME IN JERUSALEM, AND ALL JUDEA AND SAMARIA, AND TO THE END OF THE EARTH." THIS IS A POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WARFARE STRATEGY WITH WHICH WE AS CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN TRULY BLESSED...KEEP IN MIND - POWER IS OURS TO USE!

THUS, THE QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ASKED..."DO WE TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES AND N THESE BLOGS,  AND ARE WE PUTTING THESE TRUTHS INTO ACTION"?  AGAIN, PLEASE REMEMBER JESUS' DECLARATION IN JOHN 14:12 "MOST ASSUREDLY, I SAY TO YOU, HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO HE (WE) WILL DO ALSO; AND GREATER WORKS THAN THESE HE (WE) WILL DO BECAUSE I GO TO MY FATHER."
 AGAIN, BACK TO THE WARFARE IN MATTHEW 4:4, JESUS BRANDISHED THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT (THE RHEMA WORD) AGAINST SATAN: “IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.” 
AND VERSE 7 "JESUS SAID TO HIM, 'IT IS WRITTEN AGAIN, YOU SHALL NOT TEMPT THE LORD YOUR GOD.'"
THEN JESUS AGAIN USING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, SAID TO SATAN BOLDLY IN VERSE 10, 
"AWAY WITH YOU SATAN! FOR IT IS WRITTEN, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND HIM ONLY YOU SHALL SERVE,'  SATAN HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO FLEE BECAUSE HE COULD NOT ARGUE WITH JESUS WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, DECLARING THE RHEMA WORD, WHICH AGAIN, IS THE SPOKEN WORD (SCRIPTURES) OF GOD ALMIGHTY! "THEN THE DEVIL LEFT HIM" (VERSES 10,11) FOR A SEASON, FOR HE WOULD BE BACK...AND WE KNOW ALL TOO WELL MANY TIMES HE RETURNED, TRYING HIS BEST TO DESTROY JESUS, AS HE DOES WITH US! AND WE KNOW THE CROSS WAS THE FINAL ATTEMPT BY SATAN, TO DESTROY JESUS.  PRAISE GOD, HE FAILED, THANKFULLY! NOW SATAN MOVES ON TO DESTROY US...THOSE OF US WHO HAVE DECLARED, "YES, LORD, I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CAME TO EARTH TO SET ME FREE."THEREFORE IF THE SON MAKES YOU FREE, YOU SHALL BE FREE INDEED." (JOHN 8:36) PRAISE GOD!
NOTE...IT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT SATAN HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER US - NONE WHATSOEVER, EXCEPT THAT WHICH WE LET HIM HAVE IN OUR REBELLION/SIN! THUS, WHENEVER WE ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM SATAN, WE MUST FIRST CONSIDER, IS THIS ATTACK UPON ME AS A RESULT OF SIN IN MY LIFE? IF IT IS, IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR US TO RUN TO 1 JOHN 1:9 "IF WE CONFESS OUR SIN, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE OUR SIN AND CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS".  I REFER YOU TO MICAH 4:18,19 FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT CONCERNING THIS TOPIC. 

IF YOU HAVE WIPED THE SLATE CLEAN FROM ALL SIN, AND YOU ARE STILL UNDER ATTACK, THEN IT IS TIME TO COME BOLDLY AGAINST SATAN, WIELDING THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, FOR IT IS WRITTEN AND AS WELL A PROMISE..."YOU ARE OF GOD, LITTLE CHILDREN, AND HAVE OVERCOME THEM, BECAUSE HE (JESUS) WHO IS IN YOU IS GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD" (1 JOHN 4:4) AMEN? 

                            TO BE CONTINUED IN BLOG 4

AS I CONTINUE TO DECLARE, DEAR READERS OF THE UNITED STATES, UKRAINE, LATIVA, RUSSIA, THAILAND, TO NAME A FEW, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE LIKE THE BEREANS: "TO FIND OUT WHETHER THESE THINGS WERE SO." (ACTS 17:11)