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There is a lot of talk about spiritual warfare these days (ie – warfare against demons and the kingdom of darkness).  And a lot of suggestions about how to wage spiritual war and what weapons to use.  I had a dream awhile back in which I am given a rifle that had two bullets in it — and in the dream, I am told that with these bullets I can hold off a lot of enemies.  The two bullets were humility and obedience.

Yes, things like targeted intercession and fasting can be very helpful in fighting against forces of darkness and extending the Kingdom of God — but we must never lose sight of how important and effective such “simple” (and profound) things as Godly character and obedience are.

Jesus, when He was referring to the devil, said “the ruler of the world is coming, and He has nothing in Me.” (John 14:30)  What He was saying is that there was no area of compromise in His heart or life that the enemy could use against Him.  And when we walk in humility and obedience to the Holy Spirit, our hearts are like strong towers that the enemy cannot penetrate.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:6-9)

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The blessings and deliverance that this nation has experienced are from outpourings of Grace — outpourings that have periodically happened throughout the history of our nation. And they can happen again…or not.

“…IF My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

What will it take to pull us away from the minutiae and distractions and self-centerdness of life and pray for God’s deliverance for our nation?  How bad does it have to get before we get on our knees and passionately, seriously cry out to the only One who can truly help us?!

…IF…not now, when?

You can tell how popular a church is by the Sunday meeting attendance.
You can tell how popular Jesus is by the prayer meeting attendance.

“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations!” (Isaiah 56:7)

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“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they CANNOT see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
(2 Corinthians 4:4)

This, my dear friends, is why we MUST PRAY. This is ultimately, and has always been, a SPIRITUAL BATTLE — and it can only be won in the Spirit. We can craft messages and art and be nice and work for justice and do many other good things and still accomplish very little, because only Holy Spirit can open the minds of the lost so that they have a chance to actually respond to our message.

“Finally, brothers, PRAY for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

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“And I PRAY that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the saints,

to GRASP how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to KNOW this love that surpasses knowledge

— that you may be filled to the measure
of all the fullness of God.”

(Ephesians 3:17-19)

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:6-7)

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“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
(1 Timothy 2:8)

 

I LOVE HOLY GHOST IMPROV!!!  Just today, at the mall, I thanked and prayed for a veteran, blessed another veteran in the name of Jesus, gave a little Jesus booklet to a guy waiting for a ride, told this Muslim lady that I would be praying for her health in the name of Jesus, and interceded for the people around me.

I am def not saying these things to brag on myself — these were all little baby steps of faith, and all by His Grace.  Just a good reminder that we all (including me) sometimes need: Everyday, everywhere, there HE is — with His amazing adventure!! His WIND is always blowing — all we have to do is remember to keep our sails up and be ready.

It can be at the mall, at work, on the street, the grocery store — wherever.   All we have to do is stay engaged with Him, keep listening, and keep our eyes open to the souls and opportunities around us.

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Is your first reaction (to what’s been taking place in Washington DC) to complain?  Or maybe you’ve just tried to ignore it?  I know — I am tempted at times to do the same things — because it often seems that it is an impossible, tangled mess of political and moral linguine.

But maybe one of the reasons it is so bad is that many of us thought that we had done our complete patriotic duty by merely voting. (DOH!)  Maybe we should have been more “spiritually hands-on” by regularly interceding for our leaders…

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

Faith = Action = Prayer = “Money talks and BS walks.” = Just sayin’

 

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