Keeping our minds renewed in Christ also protects us from deception. The sword of the Spirit is used for both defense and offense. The better we know the Word of God, the more adept we will be at wielding this weapon to oppose the powers of evil. William Gurnall writes: To put on the armour of God … involves first and foremost a change of heart. The person who boasts that he has confidence in God but does not truly believe with his heart will never be safe in the war zone that separates earth and heaven.
Success is not guaranteed if certain words are spoken concerning a specific situation. Prayer and warfare must be solidly based upon faith in God and a relationship with the God whose Word we declare. The following verses will help spiritual warriors come to a place of faith and readiness so that their prayers can be truly powerful and effective.
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak Mark Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up Luke The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds 2 Corinthians Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I [Paul] am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should Colossians Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses 1 Timothy Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God Hebrews Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do 1 Peter The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and selfcontrolled so that you can pray 1 Peter Prayer Lord, thank You for providing the spiritual armor I need to be an effective spiritual warrior.
Because of my personal relationship with You, I am fully confident that You hear and will answer my prayers. Help me to daily be clothed with the full armor of God —the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit. Only one tree was declared off limits. Now, sin would have power to rule over the human race. Why was the devil so determined to seduce men and women to sin? Bible teacher Dean Sherman clarifies: Satan wanted the authority God had given to man.
Although he was on the planet, the devil did not have authority and jurisdiction over the planet. Just as God transferred some of his authority to man, so man passed it on to Satan … but Satan can only use it through man. He can only influence the world to the degree that man chooses to sin and live in disobedience to God. This is what we might call the balance of power. Now humankind, through Christ, can regain the authority that Adam squandered. Dean Sherman explains further: The balance of power on the earth rests with man in the name of Jesus Christ. The authority is complete in man as long as man is in relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
It is up to us. Satan knows of our authority, but hopes we will stay ignorant. We must be as convinced of our authority as the devil is. Without a close relationship with Christ, we have no basis for taking authority over Satan and he knows it. But God has placed Christ at His own right hand in heaven in a position of authority over all other powers.
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body Ephesians The book of Acts records the story of a group of men who tried— to their sorrow—to cast out demons in the name of Jesus when they had no relationship with Him: Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding Acts He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed Daniel The crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law Matthew When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to men Matthew The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
A new teaching—and with authority! I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. Therefore God exalted him [Christ] to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father Philippians He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy Colossians Praying for the Unprecedented Few believers pray and exercise faith at the level Christ intended for His followers.
Do we ever dare to pray for the unprecedented? The whole atmosphere of the age tends to make us minimize what we can expect of God, and yet His Word reveals that the extent of legitimate expectation is literally without limits. As though to anticipate our reluctance to ask audaciously, God employs every universal term in our language in his promises to the praying soul. Here they are: Whatsoever, wheresoever, whensoever, whosoever, all, any, every. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom Deuteronomy I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven Matthew Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick Luke I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you Luke You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.
Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name John As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ Romans Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God 2 Corinthians Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him Colossians These, then, are the things you should teach.
Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you Titus Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you James To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations … just as I have received authority from my Father Revelation Thank You that when we remain submitted to Christ, He invests us with the authority to use His name against the strategies of the evil one.
Lord, strengthen me to do this with boldness and to see victories that will bring praise and honor to You alone. Thank You for the privilege of being Your representative in the earth. In obedience to the law, the Jewish people had for generations offered animal sacrifices to atone for their sins and to satisfy the justice of God.
But when Jesus came to earth, He fulfilled the law by becoming the perfect sacrifice, atoning for the sin of all humankind. His blood is not only precious but also powerful, abolishing forever the need for animal sacrifice. Why did Jesus submit to a bloody death on a cross, when all the power of the universe was and is available to Him?
The great expositor G. Campbell Morgan explains: He was not only the Sin-bearer; in the activities of that dark hour, he was the Sin-destroyer; in some infinite transaction beyond human power of thought, he destroyed the works of the devil. His blood opens the door to reconciliation with the Father. It is also the basis of our authority over the enemy. Maxwell Whyte writes: We can hardly claim to be under the Blood of Jesus if we are walking in deliberate disobedience.
We would take the disinfectant and sprinkle or pour it upon the infection, and the result would be that all germs and living organisms present in that infection would die. Now we should have no difficulty in doing the same thing spiritually. Wherever Satan is at work, we must apply the only corrective antidote there is—the Blood of Jesus. There is absolutely no alternative, no substitute. Prayer, praise, worship and devotion all have their part in our approach to God; but the Blood of Jesus is the only effective counteragent to corruption.
But we must not treat this as some magic formula that guarantees protection from adversity. God instructed the people of Israel to kill a sacrificial lamb and place the blood upon their doorframes, thereby protecting their households from the plague of death He would send upon the Egyptians. That lamb was a foreshadowing of the Lamb of God, Jesus Himself, whose sacrifice at Calvary provided a way for all humankind to be delivered from spiritual death.
Scriptures The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt Exodus Romans Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup 1 Corinthians Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ Ephesians For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him [Christ], and through him to reconcile to himself all things … by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross Colossians Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil Hebrews He [Christ] did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
Hebrews , Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. But now he [Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself Hebrews b,26b. Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body … let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed … but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake 1 Peter If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin 1 John The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb.
Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb Revelation They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death Revelation I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.
With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God Revelation Prayer Father God, thank You that Jesus was obedient to Your plan and willingly shed His blood to provide my redemption and defeat the enemy. I know that His blood is precious and powerful. As I apply the blood of Jesus over myself and my loved ones, I am declaring to the enemy that he cannot violate that boundary.
I give You praise for the protection we have through the blood of Christ. William Gurnall aptly describes this piece of armor: The sword is the weapon continually used by soldiers to defend themselves and to rout their enemies. And the Word is a spiritual sword. The Word of God is the sword which affects both—it has two edges. Jesus had studied Scripture from His boyhood and filled His mind with its truth.
Thus, in the moment of crisis, His sword was sharp and ready. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. It contrasts with rhema, which generally refers to a word spoken or given. This recommends our understanding the difference between all the Bible and the single promise or promises the Holy Spirit may bring to our mind from the Word of God.
If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account Deuteronomy Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you— they are your life Deuteronomy When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.
My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end Psalm ,, The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word Psalm I [God] make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it Isaiah The LORD has done what he planned; he has fulfilled his word, which he decreed long ago. Lamentations ; You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned Matthew Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away Matthew For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment Luke , AMP.
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ Romans For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
The word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one 1 John These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth Revelation , Prayer Lord, I rejoice that the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God, our chief weapon—helps me to pray both defensively and offensively. Thank You, Jesus, for setting an example for us when You declared Scripture to defeat Satan in the wilderness. Teach me to wield this Sword of the Spirit with power in my prayers so that I may have victory over the enemy.
In Your name, amen. But keen spiritual warriors learn the power of praising God before seeing evidence of His intervention in the matter they are praying about. We can offer thanksgiving with such confidence because of who He is—a God of love, faithfulness, holiness and justice. When we praise God despite negative circumstances, we affirm His power and victory over those circumstances.
Three important results flow from our praise: 1. God receives glory. Our faith is increased and we are energized by the joy of the Lord that accompanies praise. The enemy is terrified and his plans are confounded see 2 Chronicles Since the devil knows the power of praise, he works diligently to discourage Christians from using this potent weapon against his dark kingdom. Jack R. Taylor writes: Nothing terrifies the devil and his demons like praise. Praise brings the consciousness of the presence of God with all that accompanies it.
The liars from the pit cannot effectively market their wares in an atmosphere of praise. Since it is a garment, we can make a choice to put it on as we do a shirt, a blouse, or a coat. The constant wearing of it will ward off the spirits of depression, discouragement, and despair. The memory of the aborted revolution, in which they all lost their lofty positions, is haunting and all too clear in their minds. They are irritated and devastated. Like metal scratching glass is the sound of praises to them. They praised God in spite of the circumstances, knowing they could trust Him completely, no matter what the outcome.
The enemy simply cannot overcome that kind of faith, and his plans are plunged into confusion. Declare the following verses of praise from Scripture to set the enemy into confusion and to push back the forces of darkness and despair. Some of these passages can also be sung, which can multiply the effectiveness of praise. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger Psalm May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds—his name is the LORD—and rejoice before him Psalm Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things. Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked Jeremiah Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers Daniel Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights Habakkuk Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ Ephesians Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name Hebrews To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
Amen Jude Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed Revelation Prayer Lord, strengthen me to praise You no matter what is going on around me.
You have created all things. You have authority over all, and You alone are worthy to receive all praise and adoration. Teach me the power of praising You even before I see answers to my prayers. In my waiting times, help me to keep my eyes on You and not on circumstances. I know You are forever faithful! Bold as a lion. Jesus tells a parable about a persistent man who goes at midnight to ask his neighbor for three loaves of bread for unexpected company. He knocks, knocks again and keeps on knocking. He states a specific request.
Finally, the reluctant neighbor gets up and gives him the desired three loaves see Luke Bible teacher Jack Hayford says of this parable: The lesson revolves around one idea: shameless boldness. Your assignment is to ask; his commitment is to give—as much as you need. Too many hesitate to pray. Ask with unabashed forwardness; ask with shameless boldness, he commands. Jesus was always in agreement with His heavenly Father, never doing or saying anything except what the Father instructed. In like manner, we can ask the Lord for His mind about a situation or problem and then pray in agreement with a prayer partner until we see results.
And each battle requires a different strategy—for that, we need the guidance and agreement of the Holy Spirit.
Ask the Lord for the right prayer support—be it one person or a team—who will agree in prayer with the way God has shown you to pray. Find partners who will remain steadfast and pray with you until victory is accomplished. Here are two illustrations of the power of agreement from Scripture: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.
He [God] has delivered us [Paul, using editorial plural] from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many 2 Corinthians Angelic Intervention Not only are we to pray boldly and in agreement, but we can also count on God to send heavenly reinforcements: angels.
Psalm An angel comes to the aid of David. Daniel An angel shuts the mouths of the lions and delivers Daniel. With Peter in prison Acts 12 , the church prayed earnestly, and an angel came to set the Apostle free. Acts gives evidence of the possibility of guardian angels. But we cannot know, nor should we try to find out, the extent to which the angels are dependent upon our prayers. Our confidence must be that when we pray in faith, the Lord hears and chooses the means through which he will work.
But we see no biblical support for the idea that we have the right to command angels to do our bidding. Thank You for keeping him safe. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. This day the LORD will hand you over to me. It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes 2 Samuel , You will not have to fight this battle.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall Psalm When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever Proverbs Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah But the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God] Daniel , AMP.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth Acts I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought 1 Corinthians Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong 1 Corinthians Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up Galatians Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings 1 Peter Prayer Lord, thank You that I can come fearlessly, boldly, confidently to You in prayer. Give me insight and understanding to pray what is on Your heart. Lord, help me always to pray according to Your will. Link me with prayer partners so that in agreement we can call forth Your plans and purposes.
Thank You for the privilege of prayer! Depending on what God wants to accomplish through us during a particular time of intercession, the Holy Spirit can guide us as to when to use each specific tool. Fasting Abstaining from food is a physical act but one having great spiritual significance. Coupled with prayer, it can be a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. Once when the disciples could not cure a child suffering from seizures, Jesus told them that their ineffectiveness was due to their unbelief.
Jesus Himself fasted prior to momentous events in His ministry, and He clearly expected His followers to fast as well: When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do. Jesus replied that as long as the Bridegroom was with them, they need not fast. But when Jesus was taken away, then His followers would fast see Matthew That certainly includes us today. In addition to setting free the oppressed, fasting and prayer can also yield direction and answers from God, strategy for warfare, new revelation of Scripture, a closer walk with the Lord, a humbling of self, healing, and deliverance from evil spirits.
Prayer is warfare. Prayer is wrestling. There are opposing forces. There are spiritual cross currents. Allow time for God to speak to you, either through the Word or by the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit whispering in your heart. The prophet Daniel recorded his experience with fasting: So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD … Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.
If for health reasons you cannot go on an extended fast, you can try a modified fast, or you can give up a favorite food or activity as an act of denying yourself during a specific period set aside for prayer. Start with one-day to three-day fasts before attempting a prolonged period, and drink lots of water or diluted clear juices while fasting. The motive of the heart is more important than the length of the fast.
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The important thing is openness and obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Expect opposition from Satan when you enter a fast. He attacked Jesus in the wilderness and tempted Him to turn stones into bread after His forty days without food. Ask God for strength to overcome attacks of weakness, exaggerated hunger pangs, nausea or headaches. Collective Fasts When a coalition of enemies determined to attack the people of Judah, messengers brought word of it to King Jehoshaphat.
God responded to their fasting, confession and prayer of agreement by giving them a strategy to prevail over their enemies. See the entire chapter in 2 Chronicles for the inspiring story of this victory. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly Joel Prayer for Fasting Lord, help me heed Your call to fast and pray and seek Your direction. Grant guidance for how long to fast and for Your strength to do it. My spirit is willing, but my body is often frail. Give me Your wisdom, Lord, and help me to glorify You through my fasting. Dick Eastman, popular teacher on prayer and intercession, comments on this psalm: Tears in Scripture play a unique role in spiritual breakthrough.
Here we discover that the planting of seeds accompanied by a spirit of brokenness will not only bring a spiritual harvest of results, but will leave the sower with a spirit of rejoicing in the process. Teach your students what you are learning yourself. Open up a dialogue about manifestations and how people experience them. We bless your school to be even more full of the Spirit, to be a place for people to discover the depths and the joys of Heaven on Earth!
You are drinking from a cup of delusion, are in danger of shipwrecking your faith, and are a partaker in their wickedness. Now let me be clear that I am not advocating a legalistic approach to our separation from the world. I am not calling for local churches to burn their electric guitars and destroy all modern technology. This would be the current world system along with its underlying ideologies ruled by Satan.
An ideology is simply a system of ideas based upon an individuals or groups world-view. Therefore, it is critical that Christians develop a robust biblical world-view in order to identify worldly ideologies and then be able to resist them while standing on the firm foundation of biblical truth. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
These individuals are key leaders in movements that are looking more and more like the world with each passing year. What if there is pain and suffering ahead of me? What if I die tomorrow? Why should I leave a legacy? May I offer an explanation? A great place to start would be separating from the ministries and teachings of Brian Houston and Andy Stanley! Flee from these movements! Stand firm upon the true Gospel, which is not about you, but rather about what Christ has done to save you from the wrath of God, which will come upon all who continue to follow the course of the world.
The Bible makes it clear that we are called and saved to make a clean break from all forms of worldliness, false religion, and especially those who come under the guise of Christianity. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved , and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Slick marketing ensures new books and courses have mass appeal in the visible church. Catch words and claims of revelation bait the biblically illiterate into believing they need these teachings. Under the veneer of spirituality that coats these products, lies the cunning of men and women who know exactly how to cater to itching ears.
The really sad part is that they also fool the desperate, hurting, and those passionate for God. I am going to list some examples of various winds of teachings available to consumers. These teachings do not line up with scripture, and contribute to the billion dollar industry known as the industrial evangelical complex:. As I worked, it was as though the words flew out of my fingertips.
I wonder if God had the same fiery vision when he inspired the scriptures? I placed authorities in the church with the full intent that My children could not get all they needed just from their prayer life. They would have to learn to recognise and hear My voice through their leaders as well. Perhaps after reading their books, something is still lacking in your life. Could the reason be your ignorance regarding your prophetic personality?
She identified what all the real Apostles missed — there are four types of prophetic personalities. I thought the scriptures had already been translated from the original languages into English, but Shawn Bolz goes a step further. If a house in her neighbourhood needs paint, Dawna will declare that the house gets painted. If the house owner cannot afford paint, Dawna will declare that money will come to the owner so that he is compelled to paint his house. Dawna will declare that a person waters their neglected garden.
By now you are Adamant, under a covering, have dealt with the bait of Satan, killed your Kryptonite, know your prophetic personality, can hear God, and have managed to shift atmospheres, but still struggle financially. God is releasing an anointing to deal with that cycle. When we believe recession is a superior reality, we turn in fear, and our fear causes a collapse. This message has caused a ripple effect in our church and to many around the world who have suffered loss and financial hardship.
We have testimonies of lost items being restored, legal cases dropped, financial shifts and market sales contrary to the current economy. Now you are even better off — adamant, under a covering, have dealt with the bait of Satan, killed your Kryptonite, know your prophetic personality, can hear God, and have managed to shift atmospheres, and finally… wealthy. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
The Lord is dealing with the spirit of heaviness so you can have new garments of praise Isaiah Now if you were unaware that God is doing this kind of thing, your problem is that you are not awake to what is being released over us from heaven — you need to wake up! Let us not grow too old to welcome mystery, but dream as a child again. You will see children being released to pray with a focus on how to continue to press in for a complete healing miracle. Still not satisfied…something missing in the package? Then of course we have countless seminars, conferences, stadium meetings and workshops available.
A good example of yet another gathering is the upcoming Global Summit in Pasadena this August. Children tend to put things in their mouths that are not edible because they lack knowledge, the ability to reason, and cannot distinguish between what is good and what is harmful. Children can be easily influenced, and led astray by others. They are led astray by eloquent teachers who distort the truth. People can choose what tickles their fancy.
Those who have been tossed to and fro, carried about by every wind of doctrine have been robbed! They are paying in dollars, but the cost is far higher than any monetary expense. The have been robbed of truth; they have been robbed of Christ. The teachers who have robbed them, are not the ones that are going to lead them back to truth. There are no valid reasons to keep listening to those who distort truth; there are no valid reasons to sit under a ministry that distorts truth.
He will never see the full fruition of the travail of His soul till all His people are completely saved. The reverse is true of Satan. He can never be content till he sees the believer utterly devoured. He would rend him in pieces and break his bones and utterly destroy him if he could. Do not, therefore, indulge the thought that the main purpose of Satan is to make you miserable. He is pleased with that—but that is not his ultimate end. Invalid reasons for staying in a church you know teaches false doctrine. To be clear — this is not judging the salvation of those currently caught up in the teachings of the NAR.
God knows those who are his, and like myself and thousands of other believers who have come out of the NAR or charismania, our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes, and that the truth will set them free. Many who have bought into these false doctrines are passionate for God and may have good intentions, but have failed to exercise discernment. This Council has no direct government into any local church except through its cluster leadership. For example, does scripture instruct us to change culture and transform nations by discipling literal nations?
Does God speak directly to current day apostolic leaders and give them annual words regarding His latest strategy or supernatural moves? If apostolic leaders claim to have such important words from God, then surely scripture is insufficient in that it has left ordinary believers in the dark unless current day apostles hear correctly?
Do COTN leaders associate with false prophets? These questions will be answered in this article. What do COTN envision? We see authentic Christianity as coming under the loving Lordship of Jesus Christ and being joined to a community of believers who are learning to live a new life in a new way. We want each and every person given to us to live a self-governed life while fulfilling their God-given destiny within a community of believers. The Great Commission was given by Jesus as an apostolic mandate to disciple nations.
Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, not the gospel of the church. So we see local churches reaching their destiny when aligned to an apostolic vision. Those who are familiar with the aberrant teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation would have to read no further to know that catch phrases in bold indicate that we are dealing with a movement heavily influenced by the NAR.
When building a house, an architect is brought in to design the plans. This blueprint for the structure must be implemented by the builder. The builder does not use his imagination, vision, or feelings to decide how the structure should look. In similar fashion, God has given a blueprint to build his church — not only has he supplied the plans, but He is also the builder. As we will see, this is indeed the case in this instance. However, when that community of believers is governed by leaders who hear from God on their behalf, the community are in effect being governed not by God, but by their leaders.
We shall find out shortly.
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There is no apostolic mandate to disciple literal nations, simply an instruction to make disciples of people from all nations. In the message, Scholtz laments the fact that the gospel of salvation replaced the gospel of the kingdom. There is only ONE gospel, and it includes salvation and discipleship — both possible because of what Christ has done. Scriptures teaches that prior to our Lords return the world will be marked by godlessness not godliness 2 Timothy 3 and a falling away, not revival 2 Thess 2.
Unfortunately members of Harvest Christian Church John Scholtz was senior pastor for many years can access these kinds of teachings from their own library. We have wafted a long ways from the most fundamental and essential truths of the Christian faith, such as the doctrine of God, man, Christ, and salvation. Jesus commanded us to preach the gospel, not dominion theology. This seven mountain mandate has become the gospel of NAR churches, and in their haste to increase their sheep have allowed goats into the flock by offering the world a cross free Christianity.
The apostolic vision was in fact presented by real apostles and recorded in scripture. Local churches reach their destiny by teaching and obeying scripture, not by aligning with the vision of current day apostles who receive extra biblical instructions directly from God. In many places today, this destiny includes sufferings, imprisonment and martyrdom, a far cry from the American dream that has conveniently become the NAR envisioned destiny.
The not so subtle message in this statement means that without an apostolic vision, local churches will fail. This is a way for the leadership to elevate themselves above mere members, and stamp their authority on the flock. Tony Fitzgerald is no stranger to the apostolic move. I spoke on a panel dealing with Apostolic Mission to the Nations…In preparation for the panel, Peter Wagner in his report highlighted a prophecy by Chuck Pierce given in For a host of articles on Wagner, click here.
In the light of their beliefs, they are forced to construct their own narrative of reality. Only good news will do, and in many cases facts are exaggerated to suit their agenda. Contrary to scripture that teaches of a departure from the faith and increasing wickedness on earth during the last days, the NAR believe in a mass revival a billion soul harvest and growing influence of the church over the world.
While the visible church has certainly made their presence felt through the establishment of mega churches and countless meetings in packed out stadiums, the falling away continues at a rate second to none as false doctrines dominate the industrial evangelical complex. So what exactly does Fitzgerald believe? Has he fallen for the NAR narrative that portrays a world dying to know Christ, resulting in an influx of converts and a growth in the number of believers on earth? Let me begin by asking you a question: what percentage of the visible church in your opinion are true believers?
As I mentioned earlier, we are winning! The prophet Isaiah wrote that the Kingdom of God would know only increase. By , it was 1 out of every By , the number of followers had risen to 1 out of every 7. By , It was estimated that with over 7 billion people on the earth, 2. Another NAR catch phrase, but sadly the real shift we are experiencing is a shift towards greater delusion as the NAR continues to dupe millions. The past two decades we have been hearing about breakthroughs, outpourings, mantles, a new move, and now a new shift, yet nothing changes.
Unfortunately their method and timing are out. Prior to that, the world will be in a chaotic state, and the wrath of God will be poured out on the wicked — a fact those in the NAR simply ignore. Even worse — the majority of the visible church will reject true believers who refuse to bow the knee to a post modern gospel and the lies of the NAR.
It must be patently clear by now to any reasonable person that Tony Fitzgerald has accepted the teachings of the NAR. He participates in their conferences, and does not warn COTN members of all the false prophets he surrounds himself with. Does the apostolic council of COTN fulfil this role? But do they hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches? Only through hearing and seeing accurately we contribute to the whole effectively in advancing the Kingdom!
What if they are wrong and a member questions their doctrine or vision? We all know how that usually works out. Many of us have witnessed or experienced the chain of events following legitimate questions. The leaders are always going to win this battle because the truth of scripture is not the final arbitrator — the opinion of the leaders is what counts.
Leaders have power, and if you question their word from God you will be called into a meeting where your allegiance to God himself will be questioned. Many do not eve n reach the upper echelons of leadership. Leade rs or assista nt home and cell group leaders deal with the initial query. The next step would be area leaders, or leaders who have completed the required leadership courses. In smaller churches the pastor may have the time to step in, or will step in if the individual or family are influential in any way.
Either way, the leadership will close ranks, and questioning members will be labelled rebellious, divisive, and be accused of quenching the Spirit and operating out of hurts. These Bereans will not be commended for comparing what is taught to the word of God, but shamed and shunned. Has Louis Els seen and heard accurately?
Find your space and your place quickly! The God of fine design, intelligent progression and process causes an acceleration that supersedes natural laws! Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! Why would God repeat a false word spoken by false prophets? Are the scripture not complete, is God adding to the blueprint? Well, in Hebrews , the author shows us how to prevent the enemy or ourselves from robbing us during this season of acceleration. The book of Hebrews reveals the superiority of Jesus Christ, and the new covenant.
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The author had no intention of helping believers position themselves for a season of supernatural acceleration! My friends, you need faith to enter into this rest. Did you get that? Faith comes by hearing what God is saying NOW. W e need to hear and keep on hearing the Word of God to see strong, consistent, and reliable faith at work in our lives.
Notice it does not say, faith comes from having heard. The whole nature of faith implies a relationship with God that is current. Els fails to point out that this faith refers to saving faith, not faith to hear from God on a daily or annual basis. And how are they to preach unless they are sent? Whether we fail or succeed, we celebrate taking bold steps of faith. This is Bethel terminology. Scripture never instructs believers to take risks, but to obey scripture.
The greater works are certainly not what the NAR teach — greater in power. Bethel have signs that make you wonder, because they are not found in scripture — angel feathers, gold dust, glory clouds…. These two articles shed further light:. The NAR teach that the gospel is incomplete without signs and wonders. Bethel teach that all can prophesy, and their supernatural school teaches students how to be activated in the supernatural — EXCEPT two of the signs clearly mentioned in Mark 16 — picking up serpents, and drinking deadly poison….
Bill Johnson on the other hand, believes that any theology that allows for sickness, is a false gospel. In other words he believes total healing for every sick person is guaranteed in the atonement. Tickets cost R Eric Johnson has learnt his theology from his father, so what COTN members will be subjected to is pure dominion theology and other false doctrines taught by Bethel. We have to start f rom that premise. Does that sound like people are inherently good? Is each of the five fold ministries represented by a finger?
Who came up why this, why is it not in scripture? Bob Hazlett is a friend to leaders and a sought-after speaker and author. Strong healing and prophetic gifts follow his ministry. A world-renowned prophet , Julian has a proven track record in the fulfilment of words released over individuals, communities and nations. If we can understand and learn to be aware of the co-existing reality of heaven, we will be able to shift the atmospheres around us.
What heaven looks like is meant to be revealed here on earth. Katia teaches in theological courses, church conferences and leadership events internationally. Who is holding it back? Whether they acknowledge the existence of the NAR is irrelevant as they condone some of the false teachings common to the NAR. The fact that one of their leaders is in involved with the International Coalition of Apostles and rubs shoulders with false prophets in the NAR should be grave cause for concern to members of COTN. Ultimately, allegiance to God and his truth as revealed in scripture, must supersede any earthly allegiance.
Corruption, nepotism, and blatant criminality are synonymous with the ANC. Instead of uniting a fragile nation, the ANC have chosen to polarize the races even further in order to hide their incompetence and corruption. At this point in history the nation sits on a powder keg.
In their desperation to find hope, many are looking to the church for answers. Unfortunately a false narrative is on offer, and is being propagated by various churches and ministries in South Africa. The Situation: Bluntly put — South Africa is in a mess. Here is a list of seven fallacies or false teachings: 1. Revival will change South Africa. Unity is necessary for revival. Is there hope for South Africa? Firstly, I think we need to ask this question: 1. Which citizenship really matters? Discernment preserves sound doctrine, and sound doctrine enables us to have the correct view of God, self, the church, the world, and Satan.
If we believe discernment is the epitome of spiritual maturity or guarantees balance in other areas, we are mistaken. Naturally, we need to ask the following questions: 1. What is the solution? Under the guise of Christianity, they offer those with itching ears a false gospel of dominion, prosperity, comfort, and peace among the nations. In this post, we examine the false prophet from Bethel — Kris Vallotton.
The lyrics to the song have been regarded as a poetic masterpiece, which is probably why he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in The third verse in particular uses imagery which is akin to something we see in the visible church today. Everything up to that point had been left unresolved. Their decrees and declarations could not extinguish a single ember. The weather did not obey their commands, the dead were not raised, and Bethel has had to be content with doing the not so miraculous by operating as a distribution hub for the Salvation Army. So what does Bethel do when their talk differs from their walk?
They make assumptions, camouflage their failed teachings, and continue in their deluded state.
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