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The Weapon of Binding And Loosing

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This next spiritual warfare weapon, the weapon of binding and loosing, may be one that you have not heard much about, but is a good weapon to use against the enemy. When we enter into spiritual warfare we are not fighting against people, but as the scripture says in Ephesians 6:12, “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”.

I am sure you, as I, have heard stories of people going into a dark room, yelling and shadowboxing or karate-chopping the devil, all done in the name of intercession. Please do not think that the use of the spiritual weapon of binding and loosing is in any way similar to the practices of those who have become out of balance in their prayer lives. Sometimes we fear things that are new to us or that we don't understand. Binding and loosing is one of those concepts that may not be familiar to you, but it is definitely not a part of “flaky” intercession.

The way to avoid “flaky” intercession is by submitting yourself to someone in spiritual authority over you who will help keep you in balance and by using sound biblical principles as a foundation and standard for intercession. Allow the Word of God to be your standard of measurement. The Holy Spirit will never tell you anything that goes in opposition to the Word of God. Test the spirits of what you think you've heard from God. He doesn't mind you questioning Him to make sure you have heard correctly. When going into prayer, always go before the Lord with a clean heart which follows the guidelines of Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

When keeping a clean heart you must first ask God to reveal to you any area of contamination or sin within your own heart. Be willing to confess it and repent of it and then allow God to cleanse you of the sin in your heart before trying to intercede for someone else. Also allow Him to deal with the wounds in your heart as well as the sin. Any type of sin or hurt that you have experienced, but not dealt with, can distort what you hear from God as it is filtered through a grid of those emotions, and in order to be able to hear His voice clearly sin and past hurts must be cleansed and healed. In order to intercede properly we must hear clearly from God the plan that He wants us to use in praying and then be able to carry it through exactly as He has said.

With all that said, let's look at the weapon of binding and loosing.

Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

As I said in yesterday's teaching on the weapon of the name of Jesus, we, as believers, have been given the authority to present prayers through the name of Jesus or through His character and nature as His representative and God will hear and answer them. Jesus is the head of the church and we are His body. As we receive instructions from Jesus, our Head, as to what to bind and what to loose we can put this weapon into practice, thus accomplishing the work that the Lord would have us do in defeating the enemy and setting the captives free. Jesus said that binding and loosing are the keys to the kingdom of heaven and that whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. That means that all of heaven is backing our words as we stand against the enemy to bind him from actively coming against ourselves or another believer and as we loose the power of God into the situation. In Matthew 16:18 He told Peter that His church would be built on the rock of the revelation of who He is to individual believers who have joined together as His church and that the gates of Hades would not be able to prevail against it. Through using the keys of binding and loosing His church would be able to defeat the forces of Hell.

Again in Matthew 18:18 Jesus said: “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.”

When binding and loosing through prayer, we bind the spirit of whatever is affecting a person and we loose something else into their lives. For example: we might bind the spirit of infirmity that is causing a health problem for the person and loose healing to flow freely throughout their bodies. If someone is demonically oppressed we would bind the spirit of oppression and loose freedom into their life. You might bind the spirit of weakness and loose strength to them. As you proceed into situations where binding and loosing is required, you will find that the Lord will reveal to you what to bind and what to loose. Binding and loosing is done through prayer, through speaking into the spirit realm, and is not in any way manifested in the physical realm. We do not bind people; we bind spirits. The spirit behind the person is what is causing the problem in relationships because according to God's word we do not fight with flesh and blood but with entities in the spirit realm. (Ephesians 6:12)

The job of an intercessor is to saturate people in prayer and God's job is to convict and heal. It is as we follow His directions as to how to effectively pray that we can use the weapon of binding and loosing.

Father, I thank You for the weapon of binding and loosing that you have given us as Your body, the Church. Thank You for backing our words that bind the enemy and loose Your will into a person's life. Father, as we seek Your will for those folks who we are interceding for, please cause us to hear Your voice clearly to know exactly how You would have us to pray. May we always come before You with a clean heart to receive Your directions for our intercession. Father, thank You, for placing us in Christ Jesus as His body and for giving us the instructions from Him as our head so we can effectively carry out Your will to destroy the works of the devil in our lives. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer as I've prayed in the name of Jesus. Amen.

  
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GABY1948 6/26/2012 5:34PM

    Avanell, you are so right! Binding and loosing is a WONEDRFUL weapon. I use it often! Thanks for all your teachings...I could never pick my favorite (they change with the need) but this one is right up there among the top ones!

God Bless you!

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SLIMLEAF 6/26/2012 4:51PM

    Hmmm... you're right - this is something I really haven't heard much (if anything) about and have never understood.

I'm still not at all sure about it, but your blog has certainly made me think.

Thanks

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GAYLE119 6/26/2012 2:07PM

    great post! God bless! emoticon

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HANDYV 6/26/2012 10:53AM

    A very refreshing read.

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MARYJOANNA 6/26/2012 7:46AM

  Good blog!

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EDITOR 6/26/2012 7:02AM

    Good read, Avanell, and I am so glad you mentioned binding and loosing. I haven't even thought about this for quite awhile now, but it is effectual and relevant for the mature in Christ, excluding the kooks.

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The Weapon of the Name of Jesus

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ephesians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

What is in a name? Is it simply a form of identification; of recognizing a person as who they are? Or is there more to it? The NIV study Bible notes gives this definition of the significance of a name. “In Bible times a person's name stood for the person--and represented him and his characteristics. God's name... is a symbol of [His] nature, character, and person... The name of the Lord is the manifestation of His character... it is synonymous with the Lord Himself. To Jews a name stood for the full character of a person in all he was and did.”

The name of Jesus is to be highly exalted. It is above all other names. God has given Jesus a place of pre-eminence above every other name. The name of Jesus represents His character and nature; that of the Father. John 5:43 (NIV) [Jesus] "I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him." The name of Jesus means “Yahweh is Salvation”. Another name for Jesus is Immanuel, meaning “God with us”. Salvation, the Greek words Soteria and Soterion, meaning rescue, deliverance, safety, liberation, release, preservation, forgiveness, healing, prosperity and restoration. In the name of Jesus is His character and nature to save, heal, deliver and set free. The name of Jesus is above the name of sickness and disease; above the name of poverty and lack; and above the name of the devil and all his demonic power. Every knee must bow to the name of Jesus!

Ephesians 1:20 says that God worked His mighty power in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places. He goes on to say in verses 21-23:

21) far above principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come,
22) And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23) which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

God highly exalted Jesus when He ascended back to heaven after nailing our sins to the cross and regaining the authority and dominion that Adam had relinquished to the devil in the Garden of Eden. He seated Him at His right hand and gave Him authority over all principalities and powers! He gave Him the Headship of the church, which is His body!

So, how did we gain the privilege of using the name of Jesus in spiritual warfare? How does all this tie together and how can using the name of Jesus help us defeat the enemy in our lives?

Jesus, when speaking to His disciples of His upcoming crucifixion said this in John 16:22-24:

22) “Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23) “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.
24) “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive that your joy may be full.”

Jesus was saying that those coming to the Father with requests after His crucifixion would be able to ask in His name, as being one with Him and representing His character and nature, and the Father would answer those requests. This is a privilege we, as born again believers, in the resurrected Christ, have. When we ascertain God's will in a situation in our lives and come before Him asking in the name of Jesus, as His representatives, we will receive, according to what Jesus Himself said. The name of Jesus is a powerful weapon that we have been given to defeat the enemy in our lives. Jesus Himself has given us the authority to use His name! The words 'in Jesus' name' are not a magical formula which enable the user to get his will done, but are actually used as a representation of Him, as if He has clothed Himself with us and is doing the works through us. Oswald Chambers said of using the name of Jesus: "'... In my name,' i.e., in My nature. Not--'You shall use my name as a magic word,' but--'You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.'


In John 14:12-14, we are told by Jesus that if we have faith in Him, we will do what He has done and even greater things. He goes on to say that anything we ask in His name, He will do it.

12) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
13) “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14) “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

So, according to these scriptures, Jesus and the Father will honor our prayers when we come, asking anything according to His will and presenting it in the name of Jesus, according to His character and nature and as a representative of Him. Jesus, Himself, said we would have the power through His name to do the same works that He did and even greater works because He was going to His Father. Jesus was limited in His earthly ministry by being able to be in only one place at a time, but now that He has gone to be with the Father, His Spirit is in all believers and will work through them representing Jesus to accomplish the works that He comes to do in the lives of all people, tribes and nations.

Father, I thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who bore my sin on the cross and purchased me back from the kingdom of darkness translating me into the Kingdom of Your Son. Thank You, Jesus, for being my Savior and Lord. Father, I pray that we will be able to understand the power that You have placed in the name of Jesus; that same great power that raised Him from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly places at Your right hand. I thank You for giving us the name of Jesus as a weapon to defeat the enemy in our lives. It is when we pray according to Your will, presenting it in the name of Jesus, His character and nature, that demons tremble and must flee from our presence. I thank You that the name of Jesus is above all names! It is above the name of cancer and all forms of sickness and disease; it is above the name of financial disaster, poverty and lack; it is above the name of unemployment; it is above the name of mental and emotional distress; it is the NAME above ALL NAMES! And at the name of Jesus all sickness must bow; all poverty must bow to the name of Jesus; all mental and emotional problems must bow to the name of Jesus! I praise You, Lord Jesus, for Your name! All glory and honor and praise be unto You! Father, thank You for hearing my prayer offered up to You in the name of Jesus! Amen.


  
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SLIMLEAF 6/25/2012 9:17AM

    Amen!

I want to say more but can't find the words, so 'Amen' will have to suffice.

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EDITOR 6/25/2012 6:54AM

    He is not a magical formula that we say at the end of a prayer. He is the Name above all Names and we honor Him and recognize the privilege of bringing all concerns and praises to Him.

This is excellent and thank you, as always.

And also thank you for your generous goodies and notes.

May we call upon Him in all sincerity today.

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The Weapon of the Word of God

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hebrews 4:12 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 the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is our most powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. In Ephesians 6:17 where the Lord is talking about the armor that a soldier wears when going out to fight the enemy, it is called the “sword of the Spirit”. The reason that it is called the “sword of the Spirit” is because when we are in the battle the Holy Spirit will give us the scriptures that we need to use to fight the enemy that will be effective for the battle at hand. The way you find out the scriptures to use in your particular situation is by seeking the Lord through prayer and the study of His word. You must have an intimate working knowledge of the word of God in order for the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance the particular scriptures that you need to fight the battle you are in.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The Greek word for “word” in that scripture is Rhema, which means “spoken”. The Holy Spirit speaks to you the scriptures to use as your sword; the ones that will work for the battle at hand.

Jesus, when fighting the devil in the wilderness, used scriptures that pertained to each one of the devil's attacks.

1) Matthew 4:3, 4 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
2) Matthew 4:5-7 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'”
3) Matthew 4:8-10 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.'”

God knows exactly what scriptures will work to defeat the enemy in your life. When you seek Him, he will give you the weapon of the word of God that you need to use as your sword, but if you never put the word into your heart, the Holy Spirit does not have anything to bring to your remembrance when you need it. A regular feeding on the word of God is necessary for success! God told Joshua when he was getting ready to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land that he needed to meditate on the word of God day and night, follow it's instructions, and in so doing he would be prosperous and have good success.

Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Notice also that the Lord told him the word shall not depart from your mouth. In other words, keep speaking the word of God. It is as the word is spoken that becomes a weapon. Jesus spoke the word to the devil, He didn't just think it and win. It is the spoken word that is becomes a sword. Also, notice that the instruction to Joshua was to be a doer of the word. James mentions that in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” If you have known sin in your life you will not be able to defeat the enemy. God told Joshua to make sure he did all that was written in the Book of the Law. God wanted him to be free from sin by obeying His commandments. Sin hinders your prayers and give the enemy a foothold, or a legal right into your life.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

The words that a person speaks carry the power to kill or to give life. When God's word becomes the weapon that is coming out of your mouth it will always work. Make sure that you are speaking death to the enemy and not to another person. The battle is not against other people, it is against the enemy of our souls, the devil.

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.

The weapon of the word of God, when ordered by God, will be absolutely effective in the mission it is sent out to do. But you must get the proper orders to have the right weapon. When you pray, ask the Lord what scriptures you will need to use to fight this particular battle. Trust Him to give you the plan of action that will work. Then when He has given the plan to you, follow it to the letter. Receive it and obey it immediately. Don't improvise or change it, just obey it, persevere in fighting, and watch the results unfold before you. Thank God for the plan and expect it to work.

Father, I thank You for Your word! I thank You that when I seek You for the plan of action to take in fighting spiritual battles You always give me the right scriptures to use as my sword. Thank You, Father, for causing Your word to go forth with such power! I know that Your word is living and active and it will work in defeating the enemy in my life. Father, I pray this morning, that those who need to use Your word as their weapon in fighting the battles of life will seek You for the right scriptures to use. Give them the Word that will work in their lives, Father. Show them how to fight effectively so the enemy has to flee from them. Empower them by Your Spirit to win! Thank You, Lord, for hearing and answering my prayer because as Your word instructs in Matthew 21:22 I believe that I receive when I pray. In Jesus' name. Amen.

  
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    Praise the Lord for the Word of God. emoticon Thanks.

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GABY1948 6/24/2012 8:01AM

    You're RIGHT...it's the WORD that convicts and does the work! Thanks, as always, Avanell! HUGS

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EDITOR 6/24/2012 7:52AM

    That sword is two-edged. tI cleanses and convicts. It does battle as we wield it. If we don't use it, learn it, know its intricacies, we lose the battle, but never the war.

Read, know and welcome the Word daily!

Thank you!

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LIN1111 6/24/2012 7:41AM

    Amen...Beautifully written and Thank you for sharing...God Bless You...

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The Weapon of Praise

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

For the last couple of days we've talked about spiritual warfare being two parts: 1) standing in the gap before God asking Him to intervene in the life of yourself or someone else; and 2) fighting against the enemy to defeat his plan of destruction in your life or the life of someone else. Now, I want to talk with you about the weapons that God has given us to fight these battles.

Psalm 149:5-9 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples; To bind their kings with chains of iron; To execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!

In this portion of scripture the Lord gives us a couple of weapons to use in winning the battle. Praise in our mouths and the Word, noted as a two-edged sword, both go together to win the battle. Things in the old Testament are types and shadows of things in the New Testament. I want to talk this morning about the power of praise to defeat the enemy.

We see a good example of how praise defeats the enemy in people's lives in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. The Israelites were being attacked by some of their enemies so King Jehoshaphat called a for a fast and petitioned God for the plan of attack to use in defeating their enemies. God's answer to them was “Do not be afraid....for the battle is not yours, but God's. He told them they would have to go down against the enemy, but that they would not have to fight. So as they went down against their enemies they went singing and praising the Lord and this is how the battle went:

2 Chronicles 20:20-22 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe the prophets, and you shall prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

When you go on to read the remainder of that story you find that the enemy was confused when they came out against them praising the Lord. In their confusion they began to fight each other instead of the Israelites, and wound up killing those who were on their side instead of the Israelites. Praise coming from the mouth of a believer silences the enemy and strengthens the believer.

Praise as described in Psalm 149:5-9 binds the enemy with chains and fetters of iron! Praise confuses the enemy and renders him powerless! When you praise during the battle you are acknowledging God as being bigger than what is coming against you. Magnifying the Lord gives Him the place of pre-eminence that He deserves and minimizes the power of the enemy. As you praise the Lord you will feel yourself being built up, strengthened and empowered! Sometimes the battle seems so great that you don't know how you could possibly take your eyes off the wind and waves of the storm to focus on the Lord, but Hebrews 13:15 says that we should continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God! You see, God sees praise coming from us in the midst of our storms as being an offering unto Him. It pleases Him. Praise often requires that we put to death our own fears and pride so we can exalt the name of Jesus and bring honor to Him.

Psalm 34:1-6 gives a good understanding of how praise affects us and our problems.

I WILL bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.

When we praise the Lord through difficult times He hears and comes to our rescue. Our eyes are turned away from the problems and onto the Lord. This changes even our countenance. We see things differently. God is exalted and our problems are minimized. It is when we release our fears and emotional ties to the problems that God is able to move in and change us and our situations.

I remember a time when I was walking through a storm that concerned my daughter and granddaughter. They were in the midst of a battle for custody of my granddaughter with her father. He was into drugs and dog fighting and lived in an atmosphere that would not have been the best for my granddaughter to be raised in. It was hard for me to take my eyes off the battle and look to the Lord, but at His direction I did. I began to praise the Lord for His intervention in this situation and the day came when my daughter was to go to court. At the very last minute her ex-husband dropped the case. He relinquished his right to fight for custody and allowed my daughter to continue to raise my granddaughter in the ways of the Lord. This little girl was delivered from having to be exposed to drugs and dog fighting. She didn't even have to go to court. The battle was fought by the Lord on her behalf.

Father, I thank You that You are bigger than any problem that we might encounter. You are greater than our enemy. You have given us weapons to fight against the enemy that are not physical or fleshly, but mighty in You for pulling down strongholds and casting out arguments or those things that try to place themselves in a higher position than You. You are greater, Lord Jesus; You are mightier; You are magnificent! Thank You for fighting these battles for us when we praise You. Thank You for defeating the enemy through our praises and for silencing His voice of fear and discouragement. Thank You, Lord, for strengthening us as we praise Your name! Worthy are You, Lord Jesus, to receive glory and honor and praise! Hallelujah! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  
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SLIMLEAF 6/24/2012 4:06PM

    Amen

I do praise God regularly but I have not thought of it as a way of fighting / dealing with battles before.

I'd better put in a lot more practice!

Thanks for explaining.

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EDITOR 6/24/2012 3:12AM

    Wonderful blog and personal testimony of the weapon of praise. We enter into His courts with thanksgiving and praise. He acknowledges us with favor. Even at what appears to be an 11th hour rescue, He is there waiting to glorify Himself and extend His hand to those that seek peace.
Thanks you for coming to my blog yesterday and responding to the grace of God.

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GABY1948 6/23/2012 9:39AM

    Thank you for this one, Avanell! The horridity of this world (of which you spoke some here) just really bring me such a heavy heart! But, yes, I am SO glad that my God is such a BIG God and bigger than ALL the evil in the world! I praise Him for that and for giving you the gift that you have to bring us your messages! emoticon

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SWIMLOVER 6/23/2012 8:38AM

  Thank You so much for this inspirational and very true blog! We should be PRAISING
THE LORD for everything! The LORD is worthy of our praises. I have been trying to do this more and more. I remember reading a book about a man who never asked the LORD for anything--he praised the LORD for everything. The LORD supplied the
man with all his needs. Notice I said needs not wants. Our LORD is worthy of all Praise!

Again, Thank You for this reminder.

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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Still Standing?

Friday, June 22, 2012

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

There are two parts to spiritual warfare. One is the prayer of intercession that we talked about yesterday where we stand in the gap before God on behalf of our loved ones, friends and nation. We talked about the importance of prayer. This morning I want to talk with you about the other part of spiritual warfare, which is standing against the enemy on behalf of yourself, a loved one, a friend, a ministry or a country.

Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'” 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.'” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

In this portion of scripture we see a perfect example of the other part of spiritual warfare. When we look at how Jesus handles the devil we see five main principles that we can follow to defeat the enemy in our own lives or the lives of another.

The first thing we notice is that Jesus was totally committed to the Father. He had fasted and prayed for forty days and nights. His will was to do the Father's will. He was totally in tune with the Holy Spirit. The Word says in 1 John 3:8 that the Son of God was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.

The second thing that we see is that He coupled fasting with his prayers. Fasting while praying builds you up and strengthens you for the battle. We gain the power and anointing to win our battles and victories for Him through prayer and fasting. However, fasting by itself doesn't do anything but waste your time. You must couple the two together to get the desired results. Jesus said in Matthew 6:16-18 “when you fast”. He didn't say “if”, He said “when” so fasting is a normal part of a disciple's life.

The third thing we see in the example of Jesus is that He persevered until He saw the manifestation of the victory. He didn't give up before the enemy was defeated. Sometimes when we are in the heat of the battle against the devil we get tired and quit before we win the fight. Jesus gives us the perfect example of fighting to the end! 1 Timothy 6:12 says to “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life”. The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and if we are going to experience all that Jesus died to give us, we will have to fight when the enemy comes trying to steal, kill or destroy our lives and the lives of those around us.

The next thing that we see is that Jesus had an intimate knowledge of the Word of God and He used it as the Sword of the Spirit. He spoke not what He saw, felt or thought, but what God's Word said. He used the Word to defeat the enemy. Hebrews 4:12 says that the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It pierces and divides and is a powerful weapon to use against the enemy. Ephesians 6:17 refers to the Word of God as the Sword of the Spirit; that which the Holy Spirit has spoken to us to use in fighting against the enemy.

The last thing that we see in this example is that He spoke directly to the devil. He didn't beat around the bush, He addressed Satan with the Word of God. He didn't carry on a conversation with the devil but He spoke the Word that was a Rhema Word from the Holy Spirit to address the problem He was encountering. James 4:7 says that when we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil that He will flee from us.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Jesus showed us several of the weapons that God has given us to defeat the devil and tear down strongholds in our lives. A stronghold is a fortified thought process that Satan erects in a person's life that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. It is a battle in the mind. Satan will speak to a person's mind things that are totally against God's word and have a person convinced that nothing will ever change even though God's word tells us that nothing is impossible with God. Jesus applied the Word of God to His situation and won the battle. We can petition the Father on our behalf or on behalf of someone else, but we must also fight the good fight of faith to defeat the enemy. Both are necessary parts of spiritual warfare. Many times we beg God to do something for us when we need to be standing strong in the power of His might to overcome the devil and enforce the victory of the covenant that Jesus purchased for us. He defeated the devil on the cross, but it is our job as the Church to enforce that victory. We do that through spiritual warfare.

Father, I thank You for showing us how to properly fight and win the victory over the devil. Thank You for the example, Lord Jesus, that you gave us! Father, help us to seek you for just the right plan that will give us the victory. I pray, Father, that we will seek Your face and ask You for the scriptures that we need to pray and speak to the devil to defeat him. Father, help us to guard our hearts and minds and to keep our focus on You, Lord. Show us the plan that You have for every battle that we encounter. Thank You for empowering us by Your Spirit and for speaking clearly to us what we need to do to overcome. To You be the glory, Father! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  
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SWIMLOVER 6/23/2012 8:55AM

  Thank You so much for this blog!

GOD BLESS!
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NELLJONES 6/22/2012 9:24AM

    I can't really compare myself to Christ (he is God, after all) but He is my inspiration.

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EDITOR 6/22/2012 7:33AM

    Our arsenal is always full! Thanks for today's reminder that Christ is alone the Victor and we ride on His coat tails. He has done it all and our intimacy or familiarity with Him wins the battle.
I still stand and serve but always need others for exhortation. Thank you!
Also thank you for the goodie and the fascinating notes that come along with it, Avanell.

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GABY1948 6/22/2012 7:26AM

    Thank you for such an AWESOME blog again. DH and I have been studying this very subject in regard to a longstanding bondage I have been breaking. You are so in tune to the Lord with what is needed...at least in my case and I suspect a LOT of others! God Bless you, Avanell!

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