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Friday, December 20, 2013
Warfare prayer...how to do it! Spiritual warfare guidelines...
Warfare prayer...how to do it
Fri, December 20, 2013 | link
“Every source of blessing is a point of attack.” ~ David McGee
often do you hear inane and wimpy prayers?
I hear them too often, unfortunately often coming out my own mouth.
It’s really disappointing!
I know the power of God, I know how to pray with power, yet I still often fail.
how I do, I was wondered if we all have difficulty in this area?
it just seems as if we put forward a mess of words rather than focus and drive them into the spiritual realm with power, accuracy
Prayer is the one area of life in which a Christian is expected to be aggressive not passive.
Sadly, I cannot say I have been excelling in this area and I now bind my passivity in Jesus name, asking to be protected
by the power of his blood spilt at Calvary and pray that Holy Spirit would propel me towards prayer that breaks down evil
I pray the same for you!
men and women prayer is the type of prayer that takes no prisoners and goes up against the forces of evil with power and authority.
How do we do this?
Well it’s not as difficult as one would
think... the problem is that prayer is the one thing that hurts evil in all its forms ...horribly.
This means that every defence mechanism known
to the spirits is put out by these evil spirits to try and undermine our prayer. I spoke a little of this in a previous blog.
This blog is more focused on how we can take on the enemy.
can destroy the evil strongholds and hold those pesky evil influences away?
Firstly we need to look to our
armor and every Christian worth being called a spiritual warrior knows that means visiting the armory
where the protective aspects are kept. Ephesians 6 in the bible is the armory. Here is what we are to do when we get there...
be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your
stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may
be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt
of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet
fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take
up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the
helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with
all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
people focus only on the sword of the spirit as the weapon, and it is, but it is not the ONLY weapon. We
need to remember the last point is equally important.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all
kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Pray on ALL occasions!
When do we pray? On some occasions or ALL occasions?
I could do better there, what about you?
What types of prayers?
I guess I could do better there, as well what about you? I could extend the
types of prayers to be more than request, but to protect others, combat illness of body and mind, to heal, pray for governments,
ALL kinds of prayers!
What kind of requests?
ALL kind of requests!
do better on because I like asking for things. However, notice that how much of that can become self-focussed, an almost greedy
intrusion that can lead to the downfall of prayer requests.
I guess I could do better there
as well, what about you?
I need to ask myself "Am I alert, do I keep these things in mind,
do I focus on prayer for God’s people everywhere?"
We have been to the armory and
have covered up our failure points as a first step.
We also now realize that evil will be trying to limit
our abilities by changing the all’s of the instructions to us to some’s, and these evil spirits
will be trying to focuss our prayers on limited areas instead of penetration prayer that hits everything for
all God’s people.
Perhaps we are now ready to do battle (let's just check that our
armor has no weak areas since that’s where we could get hurt)
There is one last action
to be performed before going into battle.
Before we step into the fray, we have to come under the supreme commanders protection and control.
fighting a large sophisticated enemy loses. An army fighting under supreme control has much more success! This is especially
true if one knows the ultimate weapon the bomb that blows the enemy apart every time.
to discover how we can come under our commander-in-chiefs control and use the Blood Bomb?
the advice in this verse...
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them
before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed
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. Revelations 12
The accuser of us is Satan.
You are my brothers and sisters.
Satan accuses you all the time for the mistakes you make. He does the same with me. That’s why we need the armor, to
protect ourselves against those mistakes!
Yet this piece of writing says evil fails but notice what does
it...the Blood of the Lamb.
The blood of Jesus!
Jesus died on the cross spilling
it years ago, but somehow the spiritual power of that blood grows each day. Don’t we celebrate this power when we each
drink the wine at communion?
The first power prayer is to ask God
to protect us by His blood and enable us to explode the power of His blood onto the spiritual forces, beating
them back and down!
I like to think of that as the Blood Bomb!
now we know the power of the Blood Bomb, where do we go from there?
Jesus of course!
a few verses to help us understand his power, delegated to us, but first do you believe in Jesus. If not this isn’t
Here it is...
And these signs will accompany those who believe:
In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues Mark 16:17 NIV
Wow! There is power! In Jesus name we can blast the evil forces out of the environment. We can route
the enemy, chase them away.
In Jesus name!
more than saying his name like a good luck charm, much more.
We need to have the full
armor on, then we call out to him and use those powerful words “In Jesus name...” knowing we are under the control
and protection of our supreme commander.
They are not a spell cast by some mumbo jumbo relic of the incapable magic past.
us putting ourselves under Jesus control and operating under the power of the eternal God of heaven.
Supreme power directed in a blast to bow away evil spirits like a paper caught in the blast of a hurricane.
They have no chance of opposing this type of power, if we are under that control and protection of the supreme commander.
The words actually mean little, but the position of authority in the spirit world means a
I call this the AWESOME AUTHORITY.
So we have
now got the Blood Bomb and Awesome Authority, what else?
Orders are everything to a soldier. Men on the battle field do exactly
as the commander indicates because to do otherwise is to lose the war.
We also have a Compelling Command!
We need orders and we have them. Here are
the orders Jesus put out for us to hear and use.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent
me, I am sending you.” John 20
We are sent out by Jesus our commander-in-chief. Who sends us?
Are we to sit passively on our butts? No! We are sent out!
We are to get
off our butts and move. God wants action not passivity. We are to move off our butts and do what he wants.
Jesus called his twelve disciples
to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10
This is what he asked his disciples to do? Hmmm!
Strange...how much of that do we do?
Because our supreme commander knows we are not ready, we don’t have on the armour;
the Blood Bomb prepared and we are not under the Awesome Authority, so how can he give us Compelling Commands.
Jesus doesn’t tell them they are to heal others or drive out evil.
They are to use Jesus authority to do it!
That means Armor,
Blood Bomb, and Awesome Authority need to be in place first! Right?
Then we only do what God tells us to so. We do it under His
authority when he says so!
Not on our desire or direction, on Jesus and Holy Spirits desire and direction. Not
to see more of that authority in action
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority
to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However,
do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10
So what is the Compelling Command...
authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28
This is our order. The one we are to carry out
. There is also a Superior Sub-order that is summarized like this...
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest
commandment. 39 And the second Is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All
the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22
So what is now in our weapons cabinet?
2. Blood bomb
3. Awesome Authority
4. Compelling Command with Superior Sub-order
God expects us to use the Authority he gives us doesn’t he?
Do we do this? Do we
use Jesus power in this way, or do we wimp out?
Next God wants Clear Communications!
wants our words to be clear and heard clearly, both to ourselves, to him and to the enemy. That means speaking out
loud sometimes. Communications tend to be better when heard don’t they?
Here are some verses that
show the Clear Communication requirement...
We should speak to God and reason
But I desire to speak to the Almighty
and to argue my case with God. Job 11
to tell of Gods amazing power and praise him in the presence of others
Lord, every living thing you have made will
Your faithful people will praise you.
11 They will tell
about your glorious kingdom.
They will speak about your power. Psalm 145
We need to sure our words are meeting with this communication check
may the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
be pleasing in your eyes. Psalm 19
We need to be careful of the
words we use...
The mouths of those who do right are a fountain of life.
But the trouble caused by what
sinners say destroys them.
12 Hate stirs up fights.
But love erases all sins by forgiving them.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips
of those who understand what is right.
But those who have no sense are punished.
14 Wise people store up knowledge.
But the mouths of foolish people destroy them. Proverbs 10
People need to hear the love of God and forgiveness of sins when we speak!
Our weapons cabinet now has
2. Blood bomb
3. Awesome Authority
Command with Superior Sub-order
5. Clear communications6. ??
What is the 6th item of the weapons cabinet.. I am sure you must have guessed
Wielding the Word!
We need our Sword, the word of God in the authoritative writings God left to us. It even says so in that Word...
12 The word of God is living
and active. It is sharper than any sword that has two edges. It cuts deep enough to separate soul from spirit. It can separate
joints from bones. It judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4
Encompassing pieces of God word into our prayers is like adding lead to a bullet casing or shrapnel
to a bomb.
is the propellant and is the force, the explosive power, but the WORD causes the impact and damages the enemy.
It’s interesting that
failure to read God’s word and pray are among the most common things causing Christians to fail. Reading God’s
word and praying is what causes most Christians to succeed!
So there we have a number of warfare items we can have in our weapons chest...
2. Blood bomb
3. Awesome Authority
4. Compelling Command with Superior
5. Clear communications6. Wielding the Word, a winning sword
The last is probably the most
unexpected...and one of the critical seven...a humble heart.
So don’t be proud. Put yourselves under God’s
mighty hand. Then he will honor you at the right time. 1 Peter 5
Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead,
be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves.
4 None of you should look out just for your own good. You should also look out for the good
5 You should think in the same way Christ Jesus does.
6 In his very nature he was God.
But he did not think that being
equal with God was something he should hold on to. Philippians 2
So here is the contents of our weapons chest...
2. Blood bomb
4. Compelling Command with Superior Sub-order
5. Clear communications
the Word, a winning sword
7. Humble Heart
Consider using them today.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Why Pray? Why not?
Why Pray? Why not?
Thu, December 19, 2013 | link
“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware
of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley, Standing
for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes
I wonder how many people actually
I know we go to God for those events that knock us off our planned paths of life or
that take us into doldrums or painful situations, but how many people pray in appreciation of daily events, to thank God for
the wonderful things around us and provided for us, for our health and ability to do and think.
and he is God. Okay he was in human form, but doesn’t that teach us something. When in human form and wanting
to communicate with God, God himself prays. Why should we not do so?
Not those big complicated self-inflating,
fancy word prayers, just those direct from the heart, simple and honest prayers.
Prayers telling God how
we feel, that connect us with our own emotions at a deep psychological level and the forge the entity of our soul and spirit
with God’s eternal spirit through the works that spoken in the world domain cross from there into the throne room of
God connecting us immediately with the heavenly spiritual realm.
has instantaneous supernatural power like prayer.
Yet we falter, we are ashamed to open our
mouths, we get tongue tied and words lock up before they start.
It is because
Satan will use anything against us to stop this power from destroying his plans. He will make you feel embarrassed,
inadequate, self-focused, tongue-tied and many other things.
We need to get that this is happening. We
need to understand each time we plan time to pray we will find interruptions or sleepiness will descend.
because prayer is powerful.
Know that and use it for powerful Christian advantage.
Prayer is the vehicle by which God’s word penetrates the world and gets an edge to cut all the nonsense
away from our life tasks.
Let’s use it!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Chicago statement on biblical inerrancy
The Chicago statement on biblical inerrancy
Tue, December 17, 2013 | link
"I have long wondered if
it would be a refutation of inerrancy if someone were to light a candle and put it under a bushel basket."- Roland Pagano
Today I thought it would be good to reproduce “The Chicago statement
on biblical inerrancy from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Statement_on_Biblical_Inerrancy so that it is available for review and considerations of Christians worldwide.
I want to emphasise that the inerrancy statement does not necessarily apply to every copy of manuscript of the bible but
rather to the original copy as written by the original author.
Anyhow, with that short lead in, here is this
rather complete statement…
that the original document is located in the Dallas Theological Seminary Archives.)
A SHORT STATEMENT
1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order
thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is
God's witness to Himself.
being God's own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters
upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God's command, in all
that it requires; embraced, as God's pledge, in all that it promises.
3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture's divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds
to understand its meaning.
and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God's acts
in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God's
saving grace in individual lives.
5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired
if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible's
own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church.
ARTICLES OF AFFIRMATION AND DENIAL
We affirm that the Holy Scriptures are to be received as the authoritative Word of God.
We deny that the Scriptures receive their authority from the Church, tradition, or any
other human source.
We affirm that the Scriptures are the supreme written norm by which
God binds the conscience, and that the authority of the Church is subordinate to that of Scripture.
We deny that Church creeds, councils, or declarations have authority greater than or
equal to the authority of the Bible.
We affirm that the written Word in its entirety is revelation given
We deny that the Bible is merely a witness
to revelation, or only becomes revelation in encounter, or depends on the responses of men for its validity.
We affirm that God who made mankind in His image has used language as a means of revelation.
We deny that human language is so limited by our creatureliness that it is rendered inadequate
as a vehicle for divine revelation. We further deny that the corruption of human culture and language through sin has thwarted
God's work of inspiration.
We affirm that God's revelation in the Holy Scriptures was progressive.
We deny that later revelation, which may fulfill earlier revelation,
ever corrects or contradicts it. We further deny that any normative revelation has been given since the completion of the
New Testament writings.
We affirm that the whole of Scripture and all its parts, down to
the very words of the original, were given by divine inspiration.
deny that the inspiration of Scripture can rightly be affirmed of the whole without the parts, or of some parts but not the
We affirm that inspiration was the work in which God by His Spirit,
through human writers, gave us His Word. The origin of Scripture is divine. The mode of divine inspiration remains largely
a mystery to us.
We deny that inspiration can be reduced to human
insight, or to heightened states of consciousness of any kind.
We affirm that God in His Work of inspiration utilized the distinctive personalities and literary styles of the writers
whom He had chosen and prepared.
We deny that God, in causing these writers
to use the very words that He chose, overrode their personalities.
We affirm that
inspiration, though not conferring omniscience, guaranteed true and trustworthy utterance on all matters of which the Biblical
authors were moved to speak and write.
We deny that the finitude or fallenness of
these writers, by necessity or otherwise, introduced distortion or falsehood into God's Word.
We affirm that inspiration, strictly speaking, applies only to the autographic text of Scripture, which in the providence
of God can be ascertained from available manuscripts with great accuracy. We further affirm that copies and translations of
Scripture are the Word of God to the extent that they faithfully represent the original.
We deny that any essential element of the Christian faith is affected by the absence of the autographs. We further
deny that this absence renders the assertion of Biblical inerrancy invalid or irrelevant.
We affirm that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us,
it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses.
deny that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time infallible and errant in its assertions. Infallibility and inerrancy
may be distinguished, but not separated.
We affirm that Scripture in its entirety is inerrant, being free
from falsehood, fraud, or deceit.
We deny that Biblical infallibility and inerrancy
are limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes, exclusive of assertions in the fields of history and science. We
further deny that scientific hypotheses about earth history may properly be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on
creation and the flood.
We affirm the propriety of using inerrancy as a theological term
with reference to the complete truthfulness of Scripture.
deny that it is proper to evaluate Scripture according to standards of truth and error that are alien to its usage or purpose.
We further deny that inerrancy is negated by Biblical phenomena such as a lack of modern technical precision, irregularities
of grammar or spelling, observational descriptions of nature, the reporting of falsehoods, the use of hyperbole and round
numbers, the topical arrangement of material, variant selections of material in parallel accounts, or the use of free citations.
We affirm the unity and internal consistency of Scripture.
We deny that alleged errors and discrepancies that have not yet been resolved vitiate the truth claims of the Bible.
We affirm that the doctrine of inerrancy is grounded in the teaching of the Bible about
We deny that Jesus' teaching about Scripture
may be dismissed by appeals to accommodation or to any natural limitation of His humanity.
We affirm that the doctrine of inerrancy has been integral to the Church's faith throughout its history.
We deny that inerrancy is a doctrine invented by Scholastic Protestantism,
or is a reactionary position postulated in response to negative higher criticism.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God’s
We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit
operates in isolation from or against Scripture.
We affirm that
the text of Scripture is to be interpreted by grammatico-historical exegesis, taking account of its literary forms and devices,
and that Scripture is to interpret Scripture.
deny the legitimacy of any treatment of the text or quest for sources lying behind it that leads to relativizing, dehistoricizing,
or discounting its teaching, or rejecting its claims to authorship.
ARTICLE XIXWe affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility,
and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the whole of the Christian faith. We further affirm that such
confession should lead to increasing conformity to the image of Christ.
deny that such confession is necessary for salvation. However, we further deny that inerrancy can be rejected without grave
consequences, both to the individual and to the Church.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Eternity and greed
greed“As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble
is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.”
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― J.K. Rowling, Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The quote above shows that most people struggle with choices between material gain and life itself. There
is a biblical text talking of God explains why…
“He has made everything beautiful in its
time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” ― Bible(NIV): Ecclesiastes 3:11
life struggle is a struggle to recognize God. Almost everyone knows that there is something out there bigger and wiser than
us, yet many of us don’t respect it. Let’s see what a some people say about this…
People feel they want something
they’ve lost, and they don’t remember what it is they’ve lost. But it has left a gaping
hole. ~ Charles Nuckolls
There is a worldwide stirring among people today. They
are tired of the experience of life and they are looking for a sense that God is with us. ~ Tommy Coomes
When we choose to recalibrate
our lives round Christ, we’ll wake up to new meaning, comfort, and joy. ~ Robert Bilmont
We are all searching for that peak experience
to uplift us and release our creativity, giving meaning, value and a sense of purpose. Some of us achieve these in an ongoing
manner, a plateau experience. We have risen to the point of continual connection to the eternal God.
This is a state of resting in God and comfortably
telling others about him. This is not achieved easily and requires much prayer, dedication and hard work but it is worth every
bit of the path.
Mankind was created by God
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life, and the man became a living being. – Gen 2:7
Our existence was established and then our
spiritual connection with god was established. Being human we screwed it up. Fortunately God decided that if humans had to
pay for this mistake he had a way out for us.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
John 1:9This is our Christmas experience. God coming to earth as man (or baby).
Those that recognise God in Jesus for who he is are awe struck.
As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him. John 9:15
Yet he was not always popular and mankind
again screwed up and killed this God man.
Yet, he came alive (you cannot kill God) and rose to be with his Father in eternity.
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32
People at the time recognised that he was
God and one of the greatest movements on earth was established as people wanted to listen to what he said and do what he did.
Yet, this is difficult. It is not easy. God knows that so he made it easier and sends Holy Spirit back to be with us, within
us, and guide us.
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and
judgment John 16:8
That is so good!
We can now understand…
The Son is the radiance of
God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided
purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.Hebrews 1:3
With this as our understanding we can dump
the mall crazy shopping as being Christmas and instead enjoy the peace and joy of God.
Some people chase money and the wrong life,
let’s make sure that is not us!
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