The Power of Prayer

Since the beginning of 2018 I have been fasting and interceding in accordance with two prophetic words the Lord revealed to me on January 2nd, 2018 and January 20th, 2018.

The word of the Lord I received on January 2nd, 2018:

This is the season of spiritual warfare with a more radical strategy. It is time for the Body of Christ to become militant in the public sphere, in the market place. To take back territory for God. A remnant will rise up and this will start a military type assault to force back the powers of darkness. A warrior spirit will be released upon the people of God who are ready and willing to fight the spiritual battle here on earth even as it is already being fought in the heavenlies. This is the word that must be spread throughout the Body and this is how we must pray and intercede. It is a time to get into the public space like never before so the truth of the gospel is preached with boldness with signs and wonders following so God’s name will be glorified and reformation and transformation come to our nations. SOUND THE ALARM!!

The word of the Lord I received on January 20th, 2018 was the topic of my blog published on January 28th, 2018 entitled “God Wants Unity”. You can click on the link to see this post. (God Wants Unity)

I know the Lord has also been revealing His will to many intercessors and prophets throughout Jamaica and prayer has been going up for God to move upon His people so they will arise as a mighty army to take back territory from the enemy in this nation.

On Wednesday, February 14th 2018, I saw the power of prayer at work as a mighty and militant Gideon army rose up to take back territory for God in Montego Bay. This remnant came from many different denominations and different parishes. The labels were gone. We were the Kingdom of God united together against a common enemy. The curse of divisiveness that Satan has orchestrated within the Body of Christ is being broken in the name of Jesus!! It is marvelous in our eyes!! It was a day of victory as reinforcements from outside of St. James were sent in to wage spiritual warfare to break the bondage of Satan over that section of the island. This is just the beginning. We must be persistent in prayer to break the enemy’s power over our nation. Jamaica belongs to Jesus!! Continue to bombard the heavenlies with warfare prayers saints of the Living God. As the effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous are achieving and will continue to achieve much (James 5:16b). Thy will be done, thy kingdom come on earth even as it is in heaven, Lord! Hallelujah!!

Freedom Come – Montego Bay (click to see video)

Shalom!

God Depends On Your Prayers

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Luke 18:1)

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Have you ever wondered why there is such a struggle in the church to get believers to pray? Satan has purposely ramped up demonic opposition towards prayer because he knows that this is the weapon that has the greatest power to push back his forces of darkness in the earth. God’s hands are tied until believers activate the spiritual forces of heaven to act on our behalf. We are waiting on God but He is waiting on us. If Christians knew and began to exercise the power they have been given through agreement in prayer (Mt. 18:19) and truly believe that they will receive what they pray then the mountains of murder, corruption, injustice, sexual immorality, witchcraft and all forms of spiritual bondage would be removed.

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have 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. (Mt. 17:20, emphasis mine)

The Lord said in Luke 19 that we are to occupy till He comes. Occupation is a military term. To occupy means to infiltrate and win ownership of territory through force. Occupy is not a passive term but an active, even aggressive term. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Mt. 11:12). Our nation and God are depending on the army of the Living God to override Satan’s authority in the earth!! It is time to do all that we have been told to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14. We have been given the authority and the power. We need to believe we have them and begin to exercise them in Jesus’ name!!

Shalom.

Who is in Control?

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Luke 18:1)

You may be wondering how this verse of scripture ties in with the topic of this blog. As you will soon discover, the two are intricately linked. How many times have you heard someone (usually a Christian) say, “God is in control”? How many times have you heard someone say, “Why doesn’t God do something about the pain and suffering that is taking place in the world?” So, who is really in control of this world system? Let us go back to the Book of Beginnings to see if we can gain some insight.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, OVER ALL THE EARTH and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26, emphasis mine)

So, man was given dominion (control) over the earth by God. However, we see later in Genesis 3 that Adam and Eve allowed Satan to deceive them into disobeying God’s instruction. Consequently, man lost his dominion (control) and Satan became the god of this world.

In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Cor. 4:4). (See also John 12:31 & 16:11)

Satan is also referred to as the prince of this world.  Jesus said,

“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.” (John 14:30)

We find further support for this fact when Jesus was being tempted of Satan in the wilderness.

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ “ (Mt. 4:8-10)

This could only have been a temptation to Jesus if Satan in fact had possession of the kingdoms of the world.

Jesus’ death and resurrection was God’s strategy for wresting control of the world back from Satan. God had no legal authority in the earth so He had to send someone into the earth who could pay the ransom for the sin that had been committed by Adam and Eve.

I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. (Rev. 1:18)

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Mt. 28:18)

Jesus is no longer in the earth. He has given believers power and authority to act in His name.

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; (Mk. 16:17)

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Lk. 10:19)

Believers of Jesus Christ have been given authority over Satan. However, He still has dominion in the earth over those who are not followers of Jesus Christ and have not been born again into the kingdom of God. This is why we see the pain and suffering. He still has power to occupy human vessels and cause them to do his bidding (Lk. 11:24-26) or to put thoughts into their minds upon which they act (2 Cor. 10:4-6). God cannot legally and justly move in and take away that authority from the devil because He has made man a free moral agent who can make choices. However, Satan has no authority over believers in Jesus Christ other than that which is allowed by God. God has given believers the mandate to take back territory from the enemy (Mt. 28:19-20).

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 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.” (Mt. 18:18-19)

Have you ever wondered why there is such a struggle in the church to get believers to pray? Satan has purposely ramped up demonic opposition towards prayer because he knows that this is the weapon that has the greatest power to push back his forces of darkness in the earth. God’s hands are tied until believers activate the spiritual forces of heaven to act on our behalf. We are waiting on God but He is waiting on us. If Christians knew and began to exercise the power they have been given through agreement in prayer and truly believe that they will receive what they pray then the mountains of murder, corruption, injustice, sexual immorality, witchcraft and all forms of spiritual bondage would be removed.

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have 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.” (Mt. 17:20)

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mk. 11:24)

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Jas. 5:16b)

The Lord said in Luke 19 that we are to occupy till He comes. Occupation is a military term. To occupy means to infiltrate and win ownership of territory through force. Occupy is not a passive term but an active, even aggressive term. The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Mt. 11:12). Our nation and God are depending on the army of the Living God to override Satan’s authority in the earth!! It is time to do all that we have been told to do in 2 Chronicles 7:14. We have been given the authority and the power. We need to believe we have them and begin to exercise them in Jesus’ name!!

Shalom.

God Wants Unity

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psa. 133:1)

We are all well aware that God wants brethren to live together in unity. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines unity as “the state of being in full agreement”. When there is unity, people are not only in agreement but act together to achieve a particular purpose. Who is it that should dwell together in unity? – brethren. As far as God is concerned every believer is a part of His family and therefore fall into the group called ‘brethren’. All believers are spiritual brothers and sisters. Why then is there so much division within the Body of Christ? Is this not in opposition to God’s will? It certainly is! And who has orchestrated this division we know as denominations within the Body of Christ? Man has, under the influence of the great author of confusion and disunity himself – Satan. The only division we see in the early church came about only because of geographic location but there is no mention of denominations within the early church. There is also no instruction given for such division to be implemented.

Satan, the master strategist, has wielded his spirit of deception and has used the same tactic of “Has God said?” he used in the Garden of Eden to bring about opposition and competition within what should have been one Body of Christ. God is not pleased!! He says we have fallen prey to the enemy and continue to partner with him in divisiveness in direct opposition to His Word. We ask, “why is the church so powerless and unable to do the exploits that Jesus said we would do, that would be even greater than He did?” One of the reasons the Lord has revealed is that we continue to walk in this sin of divisiveness. He has given to His Body the ministry of reconciliation to the world (2 Cor. 5:18) and we cannot even reconcile our own differences!! He has said in John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

The fracture within the Body of Christ has brought about confusion in the minds of unbelievers and has reduced the power of the gospel of the kingdom of God. As saints of the Living God we need to intercede for our church leaders for the release of conviction of sin and that repentance would lead to unity within the Body of Christ. We need to focus our attention on the real enemy and join hearts and hands together to take back territory for God by pushing back the spiritual forces of darkness arrayed against this nation!! We cannot win the victory with a fragmented army. I cry out for the army of the Living God to come together so that our power can be increased!!

The Lord revealed to me that each church is trying to be all things to all men. That was not His intention. We have applied the scripture in Ephesians 3:16 only to our own local church but God meant it in reference to the whole Body. We each have a special mission and He has placed special giftings within each local church for that specific part of the mission. The intention is that we would get support from other local churches around us to provide the giftings that we lack. In this way, we would be joined and knit together. Instead, each local church is spreading itself so thin that it is being ineffectual. Let us reach out to each other and be an example to the world of what true love and caring is all about. We will never grow up into all that God the Father desires until we edify ourselves in love and become one Body in Christ. Leaders the ball is in your court!!

Shalom.

 

Are You Battle Ready? Pt 3

Over the past two weeks I have been sharing insights about the armour that believers have been instructed by God to put on as we go into the battlefield on a daily basis (Eph. 6:10-18). Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against Satan and his demonic forces (Eph. 6:12). One of the prophetic words from the Lord for 2018 is that He requires His people to become the warriors He has purposed for us to be to push back the forces of darkness in the nation. Therefore, it is particularly important that we accept the urgency of becoming battle ready.  It is our responsibility to ensure that all of our armour is in place so we do not become casualties or prisoners of war.

For those of you joining us for the first time, in Part 1 I covered the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and upon our feet the gospel of peace. In Part 2, I discussed the Holy Spirit’s revelation about the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation.  In this final part of the series, I will share on the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT and PRAYER.  Up to this point, all of the armour has been defensive in nature.  The SWORD OF THE SPIRIT and PRAYER are the two offensive weapons in the armoury.

As noted in Ephesians 6:17, the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT is the Word of God. We are not to believe that because the Word of God is stated so far down in the list it is not important. In fact, the opposite is true. All the other pieces of the armour cannot exist apart from the Word.  Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation all built up in us through the Word.

Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth. (John 17:17)

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isa. 26:3)

The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all – (Acts 10:36)

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Rom. 1:16)

It is not sufficient to know and understand that the Word is integral to the defensive pieces of armour. It is also critical that we learn how to use it aggressively in our warfare against the enemy.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

The word is so powerful that we see Jesus showing us the example of how to wield it against Satan as He was tempted by him in the wilderness (Matt. 4:3-11). Each time Jesus fought back the weapon of Satan by quoting the Word. He won the victory over Satan’s strategy by skilfully wielding the sword of the spirit.

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matt. 4:11)

If Jesus had need of the sword of the spirit in his warfare, how much more we must need it as His disciples. But how can you wield it unless you know it? This is part of the powerlessness we are observing today in the Body of Christ. We are sitting targets for the enemy because we do not spend sufficient time studying, meditating and memorizing the word of God. We memorize and sing the latest songs of the world though and what does that achieve for us? We need to establish our priorities if we want to live the abundant life and take back territory for the Lord!!

PRAYER is the final piece of our armour. We are given specific instructions with regards to how prayer is to be used as a weapon. Not every kind of prayer is a weapon.

With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people. (Eph. 6:18, AMP)

It is evident from the passage that intercessory prayer is the main type of prayer that is to be used for warfare. Because the enemy never sleeps, we are told to be praying “on every occasion, in every season, staying alert, with all perseverance”.  This is a sacrificial type of praying. Secondly, we are to pray “in the Spirit”. That is, to pray in tongues that we receive through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. If we were only able to pray with our understanding it would be very difficult to be persevering in prayer as we would soon run out of words.

For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. (1 Cor. 14:14-15)

For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. (1 Cor. 14:2)

The great thing about praying in the Spirit (praying in tongues) is that we know that we are praying in accordance with the will of God.

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Rom. 8:26-27)

Note also from the Ephesians 6:18 verse, we are to intercede for – “all God’s people”. In essence then, not only is prayer an aggressive weapon it is also the weapon that will cover our backs. Note, none of the other armour protects your back. We are expected to be there for one another during the battle, covering each other. Could this be why so many of God’s people are not living the life of overcoming Christians? Are we guilty of not caring enough about each other; not being alert to the enemy’s attacks on each other; and not standing in the gap for our brothers and sisters in the Lord? I have no doubt that this is an area of weakness in the Body of Christ. We do not come to prayer meetings generally, so I doubt that we are at home praying for each other. Paul, a powerful man of God, requested that the Christians in Ephesus pray that he may have boldness to speak the gospel of the good news as he should (Eph. 6:19-20). How much more do all of us need this kind of intercessory prayer to be lifted up on our behalf.  We need it now more than ever, as God is demanding that we stand up for righteousness in spite of the opposition we know we are going to face. We have to encourage each other in the Lord and stand in the gap on each other’s behalf if we are going to be a victorious army. Think about it, you could be the reason we have so many prisoners of war being held in bondage by the enemy. It’s not too late to be part of the rescue team!! God does hold us responsible to be one another’s keeper.

By this all will know you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)

It is my earnest prayer that this series has provided powerful insights about the importance of each part of the armour the Lord has provided for our victory in battle and has convicted you to inspect and strengthen any weak areas so that your answer to the question “Are you ready for battle?” will be a resounding “YES!!”

Shalom

 

Are You Battle Ready? Pt 2

Thanks for joining me as we seek to arm ourselves continually for the spiritual battle we have been called to fight by our Commander-In-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ. Last week we covered the first part of the armour that we are required to put on daily – the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and upon our feet the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:10 -18).  Now, we continue the Holy Spirit’s revelation regarding the rest of the armour.

Recall that the armour is provided to cover the vulnerable areas of our body. Those areas that Satan targets the most. We can therefore conclude that these are the areas that need the greatest protection as we seek to withstand his attacks.

Next, we have the SHIELD OF FAITH. A shield is used to protect the entire body from the piercing weapons of the attacker. This is an indication of the importance of faith. Every area of our body is vulnerable without the shield. The role of the SHIELD OF FAITH is to quench all of Satan’s fiery darts. The opposite of faith is fear. Intimidation is one of the greatest weapons that Satan uses against us. But we must continually declare to ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. In essence then, he cannot pierce us once our shield of faith is intact. We MUST build up our faith through vocal declaration of the Word of God. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! Satan plagues us with doubt and unbelief. He constantly asks “Hath God said?” Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. When we know the Word for ourselves, and confess it, our faith is built up. Satan knows that without faith it is impossible for us to please God (Heb. 11:6). One of his greatest strategies is to break down our relationship with God in any way he can. In Mark 9:23 Jesus said to a father who had brought his child to be healed, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!” This must be our constant cry. It is interesting to note that this child actually required deliverance from the stronghold of a deaf and dumb spirit that manifested as epilepsy. Satan is well aware that once the people of God begin to believe we have been given power and authority over ALL the power of the enemy it’s all over for him.

The fifth piece of armour is the HELMET OF SALVATION. Salvation is our overall covering. A helmet guards the head wherein is housed our brain which controls all the functions of our body and where our thoughts are generated. Our minds are the real battle field. This is where Satan begins the process of temptation (Jas. 1:14-15). This is why we are told to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5b). We must be constantly tuned into our thoughts and line them up with the Word of God. Our initial thoughts are not under our control, however, once we begin to entertain the thought we now become accountable for it. God tells us further that our transformation into Christ’s image takes place through the renewing of our MINDS (Rom. 12:2). This alone should be an indication of how critical our minds are and why we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12b). We cannot afford to take our salvation for granted. Jesus suffered too much for our sakes for us not to be willing to make the sacrifice of our own lives for His sake. Many of us have fallen captive to the deception of the enemy that we cannot lose our salvation. When I read the Word of God it is clear on this matter (Heb. 10:26-31; 2 Pet. 2:20-22). Through salvation we inherit the kingdom of God. Let us not allow Satan to rob us of our inheritance.

Up to this point, all of the armour has been defensive in nature. Now we come to the two offensive weapons in the armoury – the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT and PRAYER. We will cover these in the third and final part of this series. I hope you have been blessed.

SHALOM

 

 

Are You Battle Ready? (Pt 1)

On November 21st 2017, the Lord told me to sound the alarm declaring this as a season when He is calling all believers to rise up and fight spiritual warfare to push back the forces of darkness in our nations. He has reminded me again of this word and that 2018 will be a time when the Body of Christ is not only to fight the battle on our knees but to go out into the public sphere, into the market place, to stand up for righteousness. This is not the time for believers to keep quiet about the immoral laws and policies that are being implemented in our nation. Many of us are asleep and don’t even know that healthcare workers are being trained to record patients’ gender not as God created them but according to how they perceive themselves. In other words, if a man feels he is a woman and wants to be treated as such when health records staff are registering them they are being required to record their gender not based on biological evidence but on their requested preference. Yes, that is happening right here in Jamaica and this is only one of many issues that are overtaking us as we remain at ease in Zion. This is not the time to sleep. This is time for the sons of God to arise and to speak out with boldness. We need to be delivered from the fear of means faces and the pride of life.

The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Prov. 29:25)

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:10)

We must remember that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). As we go into battle each day we are to put on the whole armour of God so that we will be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. This is very important. Holiness and righteousness are essential so that the enemy will find no foothold in our lives to undermine our power as we fight. I believe there is purpose in the order the armour has been stated in Ephesians 6:14-18. As I meditated on this, I would like to share with you what the Holy Spirit revealed to me.

Armour is protection and is therefore designed to cover the most vulnerable areas. Based on this, the most vulnerable issue faced by Christians is sexual purity. The first piece of armour mentioned is the girdle of truth to gird up our loins. God’s Word is truth and we must use His Word when faced with temptation to commit sexual sins – fornication, adultery, pornography, masturbation, homosexuality and others. Recall that when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness each time he withstood by declaring “It is written”. It should be no surprise that over recent months there has been the revealing of sexual sin among church leaders. We cannot afford to be ignorant of the enemy’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). We are being bombarded on every hand. We are instructed to be vigilant and sober because the enemy is just waiting for our guard to fall so he can pounce (1 Pet. 5:8). We must pray daily for our spiritual leaders and ourselves as sexual sin is eroding the power of the Body of Christ.

Next, is the breastplate of righteousness. The Lord says we are to guard our heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life (Prov. 4:23). We must always be aware of our attitudes, motives, emotions as these are under constant attack. Included here is our self esteem and our passion for the things of God and for God Himself. We are constantly at risk of loving the wrong persons and the wrong things. God says love of the world is enmity with Him. Love of money is the root of all evil. Idolatry comes out of loving people and things more than we love God. The Lord tells us we must love God and others more than we love ourselves. Love is to be the main motivator in the life of a Christian. The enemy wants us to be lukewarm in our love towards God and towards each other. He is constantly trying to attract us to other things and many of us have fallen prey. It is time to examine our hearts.

The third area of vulnerability targeted by Satan is our feet.  We need our feet to take us to the places God is directing us to go. Many times though we allow ourselves to go to places that are not in keeping with God’s will. Many times also we use our feet for violence and not for the purpose for which God created them. We rob ourselves of peace by not walking in paths of righteousness that God has prepared for us to walk in. We are required to have our feet shod (covered) with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Wherever we go peace is to go with us. Not the peace of the world but the peace that God gives even in the midst of the storm. This means our minds must be constantly focused on God (Isa. 26:3). The conflict we have many times is not with others but conflict within ourselves, which then manifests in conflict with others. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He accuses us so we will lose our peace. He seeks to rob us of our peace by tormenting us about past sins and making us believe that we have not been forgiven. Romans 8:1 says we are not under condemnation if we are in Christ Jesus and walk not in accordance with our feelings and desires but in accordance with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. With regards to conflict with others, we must not allow the sun to go down upon our wrath. We must be quick to forgive and show mercy towards others even as we desire the Lord to forgive us and to be merciful to us.

Join me next week as we continue to arm ourselves for the battle.

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (Rom. 8:20-23)

Shalom.

 

Whose Time Is It?

Many times when we are taught about being good stewards over the resources that God has made available to us, the focus is usually on money. There is an even more important resource that God has given to us and most of us are guilty of squandering it on useless activities. That resource is TIME!!

If you were to take the time to make a journal of how you spend your time each day you would be surprised to see how much of it is spent doing things that are not adding any value whatsoever to your life. In particular, not adding any value to your spiritual growth. Believe it or not, we are accountable to God for how we spend the time HE has given to us. Yes, it’s HIS TIME to be used according to HIS PLAN for our lives. I wonder how many of us really recognize this? Does this perspective of time make you see the need to change how you use your time? Does it make you see the need to be more critical of how you spend your time? It should!! I know it has made a difference in my own life. I have reached the point now where I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in the use of my (oops, I mean God’s) time. I literally ask Him what does He want me to do next. Sometimes, He leaves it up to me but many times there are specific things if left up to me I probably would not have done. Like writing this blog every Saturday morning 🙂

I have a confession to make. Until a few months ago, I used to spend a lot of God’s time watching series on Netflix and other useless videos on You Tube. I would spend whole nights doing this as some of those series are really captivating! Then, I would feel so tired the following day and not be as productive as I ought to be. I was actually robbing myself of well needed sleep. I even began having headaches and my eyes were constantly burning. It’s amazing what lack of sleep does to your health. It doesn’t have to be specifically watching TV or videos on your laptop or phone, it could be going to social events, parties, playing video games, watching sports – anything that causes us to use extended periods of time in unfruitful activities and losing valuable sleep doing it.

One morning after such a series marathon, the Holy Spirit asked me, “So, what did you achieve? What great insight did you gain? What lasting reward has that provided for you? How has it equipped you for the work of the Lord to which you have been called? How could you have used that time better?” Of course, I was thoroughly rebuked and convicted of my own sin. After all, when the tyre hits the road, it was all about my will and not the will of the Father. I have discovered that as you submit and surrender God’s time back to Him and find out what He wants you to do with His time He still allows you times of entertainment and relaxation but in the right balance with the time spent building up your spirit man and ministering to the needs of others. Repentance anyone??

Well, 2018 is upon us and I know that this new-found stewardship of God’s time, guided by the Holy Spirit, will indeed be a continuing discipline in my life. There are books to write, ministries to establish, lessons to teach and battles to be fought in the realm of the spirit! I encourage you to join me. I guarantee you will obtain an everlasting reward as you hear the Lord saying to you, “This is My beloved child in whom I am well pleased. Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Abba Father is wanting our TOTAL SURRENDER to Him for 2018. We will be facing perilous times ahead and only those who spend time with God will know God and be strong enough to do the exploits required to gain victory over the forces of darkness.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Eph. 5:15-17)

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isa. 40:31)

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Mt. 16:24-27)

Have a blessed 2018!!

Shalom.

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt 5

As promised, in this last part of our series, I will be taking us through the steps required for healing of sicknesses that have a spiritual root. Just before we proceed, I want to re-emphasize that not every sickness has a spiritual root. How do we therefore know those that do? Here are a number of indicators:

  1. Diseases that are chronic in nature, that is, that have no cure and physicians say it will be with you for the rest of your life.
  2. Diseases for which doctors do not know the cause.
  3. Disease for which doctors can find no clinical evidence for the symptoms. All the tests are negative yet there are symptoms of disease.
  4. Diseases that have a known generational history. In other words, it runs in the family.
  5. Disease that have fear, stress, anxiety, self-hatred, rejection, unforgiveness, bitterness, shame and other emotional components that require ministry rather than medicine.

Due to the spiritual nature of the root, the cure must be spiritual.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Cor. 2:13)

The steps for healing of a disease with a spiritual root consist of the “8 Rs to Freedom” proposed by Dr. Henry Wright. These 8 Rs are scripturally based concepts that have been tried and proven very effective.  I was healed of fibromyalgia some years ago and although unaware of the 8 Rs at the time when I reflect upon the process that led to my healing I can recognize clearly the role of each of the 8 Rs in my healing.

The eight steps are Recognize, Responsibility, Repent, Renounce, Remove, Resist, Rejoice, and Restore.  I will provide a very brief summary of each step here. For further details of each step you may visit http://www.beinhealth.com to purchase the book 8 Rs to Freedom.

RECOGNIZE – The first thing you must do before you can be free is recognize you have a problem. You must recognize the connection between your spirituality, your thoughts and your disease. To gain better understanding of the spiritual roots of disease requires knowledge of the theology of disease and the pathways of disease. In this first step, the ultimate aim is to identify the opening in your life where the enemy gained access to you and began to teach you his ways. It could have been generational (past through the blood line), due to ignorance, or due to willful disobedience to God’s word. In essence, we are using discernment.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

RESPONSIBILITY – It does not matter whether someone defiled you, whether it was your sin, or whether you inherited it, you became one with the root of your disease and you have to take responsibility for it and deal with it. When you agree with sinful thoughts you become one with the sin. You must stop blaming others or blaming God and accept responsibility for the part you have played in allowing the unclean spirit to inhabit your body.

REPENT – Repentance means ‘to turn away from’. The two preceding steps are essential preparation for repentance.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19)

It is obvious that this scripture is not speaking about repentance associated with initial salvation of the sinner, but rather to persons who are already believers. These are the only persons who can experience times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

RENOUNCE –  After repentance, you renounce the spiritual root by telling it to go so it can hear. For example, if you recognize that the spiritual root of the disease is fear you rebuke that spirit boldly and command it to go in Jesus’ name. You also speak the word of God against that wicked spirit.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7)

Repentance does not mean that we have fallen out of agreement with the sin. This is why renouncing is critical. You are formally declaring that you no longer accept or agree with the spiritual wickedness that is making you sick.

REMOVE – You make adjustments in your life so as to remove yourself from further influence by the spiritual root. You don’t place yourself in situations that encourage the influence to gain the upper hand. For example, if you realize you struggle with fear you do not watch movies or participate in other activities that will again encourage fear to gain a foothold in your life.

RESIST – When spiritual root is renounced and removed it is going to come back to check you out. This is why you do not seek to perform deliverance on the unsaved person as the latter state of the person can become worse than the former state. The unclean spirit will return to test the individual.

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, I will return into my house from where I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also onto this wicked generation. (Mt. 12:43-45)

Resisting the enemy begins first with submission to God.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (Jas. 4:7)

REJOICE – This step involves giving God thanks. An attitude of gratitude is a powerful weapon to help you maintain your new found freedom.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Phil. 4:4)

RESTORE – After God has met you and set you free, you need to turn your attention to others.

Restore onto me the joy of Your salvation; and uphold me with Your free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Your ways; and sinners will be converted onto You. (Ps. 51:12-13)

Part of restoring others is being a witness to others of what God has done in your life. In this way you help to build their faith to fuel their own deliverance. Restoration also includes sharing the knowledge gained, even as I have in this series of blogs, so that believers will not continue to be destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). We are indeed our brothers’ keeper (Gen. 4:9)!!

Shalom.

 

 

 

Spiritual Roots of Disease Pt4

As promised, in this penultimate blog in our current series I am highlighting some additional scriptures to support the proposition that many dis-eases have a spiritual root. We know that God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore (Heb. 13:8). He does not change (Jam. 1:17b). Hence, the scriptures we find in the Old Testament are just as representative of the mind and will of God as the New Testament.

Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. (Deut. 28:45)

What were some of the curses listed in earlier verses?

The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. (Deut. 28: 27-28)

The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole or your foot to the top of your head. (Deut. 28:35)

Many persons will say, “a gracious and merciful God would not do these things today. These were only relevant for the Israelites who were under the law and not under grace.” The Lord’s requirement for holiness and obedience are no less today than in those days. In fact, I would argue that believers today, because of their access to the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, are in a much better position to fulfill the Lord’s instructions in Deuteronomy 28:45 than prior to Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. The Lord makes it quite clear what He requires and also equips us with the ability to fulfill the requirements.

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (2 Pet. 1:3)

For those of you who may not have read Part 1, I had laid the foundation for the link between our health and the state of our spirit with the overarching scripture in 3 John 1:2.  The soul-spirit connection was also discussed in Part 1. Therefore, I will just give you some additional scriptures and pray that the Holy Spirit will bring revelation.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, (Psa. 103:2-3)

He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (Ps. 107:20)

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. (Prov. 13:12)

A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. (Prov. 15:13)

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Mat. 4:23)

And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” (Mk. 5:34)

Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring and lay before Him. …………When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” ……….But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. (Lk. 5:18, 20, 22-25)

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (John 5:14)

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (Jam. 5:14-16)

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Pet. 2:24)

I would like to close with a few parting statements.

  • The spiritual root of disease is sin. It can be the person’s own sin or generational iniquity passing down the family’s blood line. We are in sin when we are outside of God’s will and are seeking to do things in our own strength (Prov. 14:12; Prov. 3:5). Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23). Therefore, we are in sin when we have doubt, unbelief, anxiety and fear (Mk. 5:34). These, together with unforgiveness (Heb. 12:14-15), are major triggers of disease. I thought I would emphasize this because I know many times when we think of sin we think only of murder, lying, sexual immorality and other more obvious sinful actions.
  • In the Psalm 103 verse, we note that the forgiving of our iniquities precedes the healing of our diseases.
  • A person with a broken spirit is someone without hope, in other words, a person suffering from depression (Prov. 15:13).
  • The preaching of the gospel of the kingdom preceded the healing of persons (Mat. 4:23). The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). All speak to man’s spiritual condition.
  • Faith is essential for healing – either the faith of the person being healed or the faith of the person ministering healing. However, for healing to be maintained the person healed must be faithful.
  • Confession of trespasses is required for healing when the illness has a spiritual root as seen in the James 5 scripture above.

Join me next week for the conclusion of our series when I will be going into the steps required for the healing of diseases with a spiritual root.

Shalom.