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Reflections on faith
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If you have been a follower of Christ for any length of time, you are familiar with the numerous passages that speak of faith. In fact, without faith it is impossible to please God! Most certainly faith is of utmost importance. Recently in a time away studying and seeking the Lord, the Spirit impressed the words “spiritually apprehend”. The context of what I was reading and reflecting on spoke of the need to spiritually apprehend the meaning behind the scriptures. Apprehend katalambano properly signifies "to lay hold of;" then, "to lay hold of so as to possess as one's own, to appropriate." Hence it has the same twofold meaning as the Eng. "to apprehend;" (a) "to seize upon, take possession of," Perhaps we see faith as believing,......
The devil's gospel
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Jesus came declaring that the Kingdom of God has come. It is a Kingdom of light in which there is no darkness at all. He instructed His disciples to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and cast out demons. This was a command that required power. Jesus instructed them to wait for that power from on high. The early church moved in that power. Unfortunately, over the centuries, in many movements and denominations, that power from on high has undergone a makeover. Along the road, pronouncements were made. Among these is the belief that the gifts of the Spirit are not for today. They teach that they are no longer necessary. Due to such beliefs and teachings like this, the church is stripped of power. Believers are not taught of their authority in Christ. Expectant faith......
The rise of satan
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A man with an experience is not at the mercy of the man with an argument. Like a cosmic boom the fireworks began! Seemingly, out of nowhere, thoughts pommeled my mind. The rise of Satan. Jesus Christ never walked the earth. You have been mesmerized. It was group hypnosis, a hoax. Test it. Relinquish this supposed prayer language. If this new language is of God, He will give it back to you. Baptized a warrior became my disclaimer. I was a marked woman from the beginning in 1975. I did not choose this disposition; it was chosen for me. My journey’s theme would remain constant, in this regard, through the many years ahead. In the book War on the Saints this is expressed: “The Bible throws much light upon the Satanic powers, which cannot fail to be discerned by all who search......
Whispers to the heart
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Like whispers to the heart, a small voice speaks . . . He will live and not die... in response to a life threatening crisis. She is OK... in response to worry for a friend late into the night. They are safe... in response to fear for loved ones. The package will get there... in response to concerns over loss or theft. Many times, over many issues big and small, a small voice speaks. . . Is it your voice? It sure sounds like you. Is it your hopeful thinking? Certainly that is there. And yet each time you lift your heart in concern, prayer, thought, you hear the same thing. Is it the voice of the Spirit? This is the walk of faith. It is a path that requires faith, and tests faith. It is a journey of learning, a journey of lessons. In the midst of it is an opportunity for God to show us......
The basis of authority
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What is the basis of spiritual authority? On what foundation is it built? Does it come by knowledge? Does it come from learning the right prayer style? Or is there a much deeper work that must be done. After all, if it is spiritual authority, must not growth in that authority come in and by the Spirit? It is only by a comprehensive understanding and spiritual apprehension, assimilated into our innermost being that we are brought into spiritual reality. Scriptural knowledge alone is insufficient to give a believer authority. If it were, would we not see more victory in lives, more power in prayer? All authority is in Jesus Christ alone! In and of ourselves we have nothing. No matter how holy, self-sacrificing, loving, giving and forgiving. No matter if a religious institution elevates one......
The clashing kingdoms
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As I sat looking out at the beautiful North Woods my thoughts were all toward the Lord. For more than 25 years this place has been my personal Garden of Eden. Each path is full with memories of my walks in the Garden with God. And yet this time my spirit was stirred in a very different direction. As I looked out at all the tranquility, listening to the wind stir through the trees, I saw a vision and fully felt the passion of it in my spirit. I saw myself as if I were standing right next to the Father, looking outward toward the earth. A passion gripped me and I could hear myself say, "I want to do only one thing. I just want to war! I want to war with an unrelenting ferocity!" Can it be that God is amassing His soldiers and we are waiting for the strategy and our orders to go......
Weapons of war
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Weapons of war In Christ you have authority! You have powerful weapons of war at your disposal. You can change situations and set captives free. There is no better time than now to stand up, take your place, and exercise that authority. I am going to make a bold statement. Everything that is not the will of heaven can be bound, turned around, and forced to loosen its grip if we will persist in one thing. Do I have your interest? God certainly had my attention when He spoke this to me - You need to take authority over the devil on each and every front! It changed my perspective. I saw the need for this one thing above all else. No matter what approach I took in prayer, it must include a stand of authority, claiming both protection and the enemy's defeat, through the blood of the......
The faces of intercession
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Recently, as I sat praying, I found myself seeking the solace of a few simple facts. Facts that were simple and yet profound, facts that I could sink into and rest. I thought of the utter hopelessness of the man in Romans 7. Once again, I identified myself with him. I was totally hopeless and helpless without Christ. I thanked God that in my hopeless state He delivered me from the shackles of death. Thanked Him that as I reckoned myself dead with and in Christ, that Christ now lives His life through me. I found additional comfort in the confidence that the Holy Spirit was given to me as counselor, comforter, strengthener, and helper.[ii] In the fact that I am a son of God and can expect to be led by the Spirit of God.[iii] That I can trust in His great ability and not in my ability. I......
Prayer as a mystery
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"True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length." C. H. Spurgeon When a friend or loved one is struggling or suffering, I am sure we all feel for them. We feel a burden, a heaviness of heart. If there is any closeness in the relationship, we are not surprised that we seem to carry their burden. But what of the times when we feel heavy or downcast when there is no apparent reason? Have you ever had that happen? Have you ever found yourself in a mental battle of defense? Somehow, you feel the need to examine your every action, looking for failure or fault. Or perhaps a myriad of other accusations arise in your mind. If you pay attention, you may discover that often these......
Stepping up in prayer
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"We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth." "Our prayers lay the track, down which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails."[ii] The Bible is clear in the instruction to pray. In this life, many needs and situations that require prayer will present themselves. We know we are to pray about everything that worries us.[iii] Nevertheless, it is important to remain sensitive to the quickening of the Holy Spirit in our spirit. We begin by praying with our own understanding, praying the Word of God over the situation. If, after some time in prayer you sense no quickening in your......
That is not acceptable
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Have you ever noticed that black material has a magnetic quality? It has an uncanny ability to attract everything within its near proximity. Imagine what would happen if you wore a crisp new black dress or suit and kept brushing up against fuzzy clothes as you stroked your dog and cuddled with your cat. It does not take much imagination to picture how much lint and hair you would collect. Removal of all you collected would certainly require some determination. With that as a picture, consider how many ideas, concepts, and beliefs you have gathered in your walk as a Christian. Walking through life, we collect ideas and concepts from the natural world's view as well. Perhaps it is time to consider a spiritual lint roller. We often walk around unaware of the beliefs that have become a......
Access permission required
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We live in an age of technology. We want access to information with the touch of a few keys. The systems that bring us this instant access, however, require access to us. Although some access is necessary for applications to work, many seek to gather unnecessary information. Most of us regard this need for permission as the price that we must pay to get the service we want. Many times if we read it at all, it is quick perusals at best before we click accept. The wisdom of this is debatable. There is, however, another arena where access is required that is far more critical. That arena is the spiritual realm. As in the natural realm, the spiritual realm has laws. Spiritual entities do not have free access to us. They require our permission. God does not force anything on us. We need to......
Prayer on steroids
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"All we can do is pray." We have all heard those words. More than likely we have said them many times ourselves. They are often spoken in situations where we feel we have no control, no power to change things. How has the power of prayer been dwindled down to such a place? Perhaps it happens slowly in the battles of life. Certainly the patience required can be wearing. It is exasperated in our present age of push button, order ahead, you can have it now living. “Cast not away your confidence because God defers his performances. That which does not come in your time, will be hastened in his time, which is always the more convenient season. God will work when he pleases, how he pleases, and by what means he pleases. He is not bound to keep our time, but he will perform his......
Don't take the bait
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"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. Heis boltedto earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” The above quote refers to underwater ocean exploration. Life at the bottom of the oceanis not affected by theweather conditions on the surface. All is calm and undisturbed in the depths. By way of analogy, our natural life is like life at the top of the ocean. It isweatheraffected. Affected by the winds and waves, we find ourselves caught in the ups and downs of our emotions. We are subject to the outside forces that thrust themselves upon us. God's life lies deep within us. It abides in our spirit. Because of this, it is critical that we keep our spirit as quiet and undisturbed as the ocean floor. Don't take the bait......
Wide-awake, persistent, and tireless
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The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy. You say you believe in demons. Good, how many have you rousted today? How many have you stopped dead in their tracks as they tried to disturb your peace? How offensive were you as they stirred up others? Jesus contrasts what He came to do with Satan's work. Life and that more abundantly vs kill, steal, and destroy. Stop and think about that. Why did He contrast these two things? Does it not signify power, two mighty forces at work in this present world? One to be received, one resisted. Both require action! Satan's work is aggressive. There are no pacifists in this war. It is truly a move or die battle. Consider the following statements by Paul Billheimer: The fallen condition of mankind, the sin of the human heart alone, does not......
To whom are you called
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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” You may find that those who you are called to, will be the ones you are most vulnerable to. These very ones may hurt you. It is not intended. It is not purposed. Nevertheless, it may be part of the price of the calling. You may find yourself often misunderstood. While you allow time for others growth it seems you are not allowed the same. You are not given time to learn, grow, and make mistakes. They expect you to have it right. This is the lot of those called to help bring others forward. It is that they may increase. You may be young in this calling, or you may be old and weary, but your burden persists. You may want to quit, but the burden persists. This is an encouragement......
A seedy beginning
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There is a natural law of seed plant and harvest. Reproduction is a part of life. God created all things with the intent that they reproduce after their own kind. As it is in the natural, so too is it in the spiritual. The life of Christ is planted within believers. As they grow and mature, they are to reproduce that life in others. Using the analogy of plants, consider the vast variety. There are over 400,000 plant species and counting. Each of these plants reproduces after its kind. Now consider the vastness of God. We have His life within an earthen vessel, a seed in a jar of clay. Each jar has both common and unique characteristics. No single jar can give a total expression of God. He has chosen to produce and reproduce aspects of His life in each jar. As all of the creation manifests......
To me or not to me
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Bicker bicker, slam, bang, argue, agree, disagree, take sides, arm yourself ... Civilized people consider themselves above such behavior. Christians recognize this as unchristian behavior. Recognize, certainly, but staying above it, not so certain. One area that seems particularly prone to such activity revolves around the subject of salvation. The term often used is saved. Much of the debate starts with this statement - If you are saved, followed by what proves you are or are not saved. I believe confusion comes from not recognizing that salvation covers a broad scope. Often the words salvation or saved are used synonymously to mean eternal life. Eternal life is a part of salvation, but salvation means much more. In The Salvation of the Soul by Watchman Nee, the saving or losing of our......
Mind over matter
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Mind over matter is a proverb. As a man thinks in his heart so is he, is a proverb also. In its most common usage, it is using your mind to overcome real or perceived difficulties. There are also examples of much more extreme cases of mind over matter. Both exemplify the power of the mind. Psychic (soul) power falls into the latter category Man is fearfully and wonderfully made.[ii]Man's spirit is the place of communion with God. After man's fall, God's order was reversed. Man's spirit, formerly in ascendency governing the soul and body, sunk into his soul. Man's soul rose to the seat of power. The soul is the seat of the personality, the mind, emotion, and will. There is a latent power in the soul. It is latent - present or potential but not evident or active. Satan......
The devil's diet
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You are what you eat is a statement we have all probably heard at one time of another. Garbage in, garbage out is another such adage. The first relates to the body, the second to the soul. I would like to add a third to this list. It relates to both soul and spirit. Let's coin it the devils diet. I recently heard a statement that gave me pause. The gist of the statement was that the foundation for all demonic oppression in a person's life is rejection and/or fear of rejection. I considered the statement in my own life. I found it to be absolutely true. The fear of rejection was the cornerstone for building. Given the right dynamics, it opened me up to fear and control. Ultimately, it led to an unknown fear of rejection by God, my Heavenly Father. The fear of rejection was planted......
Positioned for battle
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What is spiritual warfare? It is an engagement spirit against spirit. It is spirit to spirit, the spirit of man against the enemy. It is the spiritually mature that engage in this warfare. Watchman Nee sums the spiritual battle up this way: What is meant by being a “spiritual man” ? It means being one who has placed himself under the total subjection of his spirit, one whose whole man is governed by his spirit. Those who are spiritual perceive the reality of the spiritual foe and engage him in battle (Eph. 6:12) This warfare is not fought with weapons of the flesh, but with spiritual arms. It is a struggle between the spirit of man and that of his enemy an engagement of spirit with spirit (2 Cor. 10:3-4). Each stage of the believer's walk possesses its own particular hazard......
Perspective - perspective - perspective
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Are you blinded by the backside Are you looking up to heaven trying to see if what you need will come down? Or are you standing above, on location, watching the movie shoot of your life. Are you watching the events live, from heavens perspective, as the camera rolls? As a believer, you are seated in heavenly places whether you realize it or not. You have every spiritual blessing in Christ. It does not matter how you feel or what you see with your natural sight. What is your perspective? When you feel blocked or blinded, seemingly incapable of receiving, you may be in need of an adjustment. Those feelings can indicate the need for a perspective change! Perhaps you have been trained incorrectly. You learned to expect things to look a certain way. For instance, if I am being blessed, it will......
Declaring god's kingdom
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God desires to make you a declaration to the kingdom of darkness. A declaration that the kingdom of God is at hand! If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. In Christ, you become a totally new creation. In Christ is a place, an identity, a relationship with a completely new order of thinking and acting. From this position, He has made available to us the use His name and His authority. In Christ, there is no division, not Jew or Gentile, no male or female. In Christ, there is neither circumcision nor un-circumcision. All divisions and separations fall. In Christ, we have entered a new kingdom, the kingdom of God. All other kingdoms are merely the kingdoms of man. Are you in Christ? I mean are you really walking as one in......
The soul cycle
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In the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God... “If you spend your quiet hour in your soul, it will be the most perilous hour of your life!” [ii] Satan made man suitable to his government in the Garden of Eden. He did not use force to subject man. He broke into man's being where man linked to God. He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.[iii] Man communed with God by means of his spirit. Man's soul and body were under the government of his spirit. The enemy reasoned with man through the desires of his soul and captured the will by deception. Man violated the organ of his union with God, his spirit. Failing to react out of his spirit, the place of his fellowship with and knowledge of God, he dropped down on to his own soul. The enemy......
Spirit to spirit connection
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Connecting... We are living in a connected generation. We expect quick no-fail connections via phone and the internet. A dropped call, a failure to connect on-line, is a cause of immediate consternation. After all, it is supposed to work! It has been said that the natural is a picture of what is happening in the spiritual realm. Have you had any connection problems? If so, what is wrong with the connection? Is there a better company or device available? As a matter of fact, if the device you are relying on is your soul, there is indeed a problem.That device was never designed for heavenly communication. It is imperative that you know that you have a spirit.It is not merely the latest in technology. It is built into every model at the time of assembly. Every communication of God with man......
Mastering spiritual geography
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Location, location, location Where were you born? Most people would respond by stating the location where they were born. That could be a country, a city, or a geographic area. In the United States, you may say you were born in the North or the South, East or West. This location can also designate a culture into which you were born. The family, culture, and location all affect us in varying ways as we develop. Believers are born again into the spiritual realm.This new birth experience takes your family, culture and location to a completely different level. It takes you into an entirely different realm! Now, in this present time, believers are both in heavenly places with Christ Jesus and with Him in these flesh bodies on earth. Yes, we exist in two places during the same moment in time.......
An open heaven
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Do you feel the pressure rising? Are you longing, unsettled, discontent in your relationship with heaven? Does your heart cry out there must be more? I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the One who is the stairway between heaven and earth. What is the key to an open heaven? When I first heard the term open heaven my question was, what does an open heaven feel/look like? I had a preconceived idea of what the experience of an open heaven would be like. That preconception left me waiting for an experience, an event. Waiting for something over which I had no control. The experience of an open heaven does not come by knowing what it feels/looks like. It begins by knowing what it means to live under an open heaven and......
Where the rubber meets the road
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You are on a journey What I believe statements abound, as well as debates and theological discussions. You can say all you want about the many varying thoughts and proclaimed truths. Nevertheless, life happens to us all. Life is the place where the rubber meets the road. What happens when these boxed and bowed philosophies seemingly fail? All is not as it appears. We have all experienced it. Something that seems set in stone suddenly changes. It may be the future we envisioned, a doctor's diagnosis, a relationship, or . . . What you believed comes into question! You cry out asking what is wrong. Is not this the way they said it would work. If you did 'this' then 'that' would happen. Was it a lie? Now just hold on for a second or two, or three. God's promises are......
The end . or the true beginning - part 2
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm The corporate manifestation of Christ God's first concern is that Christ be formed in us, as our very life, so that we are together an ever increasing measure and expression of Him. It is through the Church that God will manifest His wisdom to the principalities and powers.i God's life is manifested in an individual and then God brings those individuals into fellowship with our own company of God's children. Indeed here iron sharpens iron as we are brought into the fires of life together. The end purpose is to produce in us the brokenness of the Lamb, who is meek and lowly in heart. Corporately, we are to manifest Christ's life and function together as He has placed us in the body,......
The end . or the true beginning
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Epilogue God is intent on achieving His purpose. When we understand what He is after, what He is focused on, we can align ourselves with that. It is the plum line that keeps everything else straight. If you have ever hung wallpaper, or built anything, you realize there must me be a line, a mark to align with to keep everything straight. God has a plum line for us too. In today's world, and indeed the Christian world, there are many venues and teachings, activities and issues that we can get involved with, causes we can crusade for, and even spend our life advancing. How do we gauge whether those issues, however true and noble, are worth the focus of our time and effort? God's eternal purpose......
Secret agent man . . .
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Sometimes the return is just the beginning . . . Clara gathers the morning mail and finds an envelope addressed to her. It looks very official. To her surprise it is a certificate of completion for an elective she attended on discipline. There is a note of apology enclosed regarding the delay in the issuance of the certificate. It seems there was an error in the attendance records. They did not realize that she was present for all of the classroom training. Clara pauses, classroom training? That course had classroom training? Indeed she was not present and accounted for in anything like that. She was being trained in the field! It is curious though. She sees nothing of field training in the flyer......
Present to the lord
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm In the night I dreamed that I sought for the one whom I love. I looked for him, but could not find him.i Clara loves the Lord and she wanted more of Him. That is when she chose to take the elective on discipline. She had no idea that it would change her entire world-view! She must not have read the small print. She longingly remembers how His presence was her center. Everything she did and taught revolved around it. She was a person of His presence. Now, beamed up, beamed down, and bounced around in between. Having to traverse zones, find barracks, and cut paths. Watched, guided, and slam-dunked, Clara wonders where His presence has gone. Again she thinks, have I missed the path? “Stop it”......
Beam me up scottie
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Intergalactic travel never interested Clara. Perhaps it is time to reconsider . . . Clara was never a 'Treckie', a serious fan of Star Trek movies, but now she wishes she had been. Perhaps then she would know how to navigate her starting and ending locations. “OK” she says, “calm down and get your bearings” . She felt like she needed a spiritual dusting off. Something seemed dirty here, and yet the building was gleaming from top to bottom. Clara was in the middle of a very large, very expensive church. It appeared she was free to go from meeting room to meeting room to join in and listen. There were planning meetings for the finance committee, the deacon board, the......
The gates of hell
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Tis far sweeter to ponder heaven than hell . . . The corps finds themselves standing in front of a massive, ominous looking black iron gate. It is the entrance to the grounds of the planning and distribution plants of hell. The plants pulse with rage and murderous intent; indeed the structures themselves grow and form out of all the malevolence emanating from the hordes of demons. Demons are the structures! Gaseous billowing cloud-like substances belch from a multitude of chimneys and swiftly descend earthward. The pulsing, deafening sounds are at once audible and inaudible. Like missiles large and small, the bottled up sound rockets earthward exploding over strategic targets. The sound makes Clara......
The quiet before the storm
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Rules of engagement - In the heat of the battle, never question your orders! The orders are precise. Nevertheless, easier said than done Clara thinks, as she shifts uneasily from foot to foot. Infiltrate the Vast Horizon Remain undercover Gather information Plant bombs with the uncertain Rescue the uninitiated Move to the next assignment before detection The corps is camped on the outer perimeter of the Vast Horizon, set apart from the center of activity. From their vantage point, it is like looking down on a metropolis from a descending airplane. Assess, define, plan, and infiltrate. Each of these things will take time and wisdom from God. For now at least they feel safe, sheltered as they plan......
Shazam, bang, disappear
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Poof! Watch out for that first step It's a doozy. “Where did everyone go?” Clara turned around and around and her comrades were nowhere to be seen! All she could see, if you call this seeing, is the direction her thoughts will take her. If she thinks faith thoughts, she sees a path ahead of her. If she worries, she circles round and round, spiraling downward. Fear creates a downward pull into the dark shadows. She wonders if this is what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. Meantime, back on the mountain everyone is perplexed. What happened to Clara? She chose to be the first to step out on the nonexistent path and then she just disappeared! “Clara can you hear us?”......
Sir yes sir
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm “Move over GI Jane, here we come!” Clara declares this with more than a little attitude. This as she looks at the pile of enemy weapons and traps they have confiscated. Not to mention the paths they have cut. “I don't mind saying that it's a fine job well done!” and everyone seconds the motion with a cheer and a salute to their warrior King. The training has been hard, the work even harder, but the fruit of their labor is evident. Tonight is officially declared an evening of celebration! What comes tomorrow? Perhaps they will receive a new assignment or a new location. No one seems to know. As with everything they have been through, when the next thing comes, the Holy......
Stand up and fight
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Men ablaze are invincible. Hell trembles when men kindle. The strongholds of Satan are invincible against everything but fire.i Attention it is time for action! “Soldier ... your assignment is to scout out the path ahead of us. Look out especially for any snipers.” “Next in line ... your assignment is to look for land traps, find them, and expose them. Beware of traps and land mines.” “Next ... take up the rear. Watch, listen, and sound an alarm if something is creeping up behind us. Make sure no one is fallen, trapped, or lagging behind.” “We may be a small corps, but let it be known that although small, we are mighty in Him!” Clara is back in shape now and......
The enemy arsenal
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Satan has in fact a plan against the saints of the Most High, which is to wear them out.i "Help! Help! Can anyone hear me?" Clara cries out repeatedly. Exhausted, she slumps to the ground with a weary oomph! How long has she been here anyway? As the corps gathers for food and debriefing, they notice Clara is not present. "Has anyone heard from Clara? When was the last time she checked in?" They all looked at each other and then down at the ground. Surely somebody was keeping an eye on Clara, weren't they? Finally comes the voice of authority, “What does it matter, send out a search team!” When they finally found her, it took several of them to dig her out. Poor......
Friend or enemy . . .
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm To dream the impossible dream . . . Clara is exhausted from thinking! Who would have ever imagined prayer and waiting time could cause exhaustion like this. Just a quick catnap, she thinks, and perhaps God will answer my questions in a dream. Clara sighs with contentment as she feels the warmth of the fire and smells the wonderful sent of food wafting through the air. There are soft low voices, barely above a whisper, punctuated by an occasional chuckle. Strategies are being discussed and plans worked out, strengthened by the comradeship. What a wonderful dream, if only she didn't have to wake up. Clara jumps to her feet with a start when she realizes there are real people, not far from where......
The trailblazer motto
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Trailblazers do or die! This motto scrawled at the top of the map is the first thing Clara sees. It's not hard for her to believe that whoever cut paths through this thicket needed that motto. The wide red line looks like the main path. Then there are smaller green lines coming from different directions and converging with the main path. That is a good idea Clara thinks, others certainly need to get to this place. It looks pretty well pioneered and she wonders what she will need to do. As if out of nowhere, the journal appears. The book opens to a rich history of the original path and the pioneers who went before her. It records the diversity of things they had to work through to get this way......
The point of no return . . .
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Thunder rumbles, lightning ignites the sky, and the earth shakes. Then it starts! It seems to come from nowhere and everywhere all at once. From above, below, and some other dimension. The wind turns into a multitude of voices. It is hard to distinguish one voice from another. The effects are different with each tone. The clouds rain down a gooey substance, then something fiery. The merciless wind blows Clara to the edge of one of those awful pits! With no small measure of resistance, Clara manages to back off from the pit. Now she needs to put her training gear on. Why did she ever take it off! She tries to zip up the vest. No chance. She's covered with something so thick the vest wouldn't......
Enter the zone
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm “Pioneer, I'm no pioneer!” In all the intrigue of strange attire, sinister invasions, and confusing terrain, Clara failed to notice the barracks off in the woods.Truly tired, she heads straight for it.It looks as if it has been lived in, but no one is here. There is a schedule posted on the back of the door with days checked off.The last line reads: Training ended.Pioneering work to begin tomorrow. Off to war! If only she had arrived earlier she thinks, company sure would be nice about now. In the morning, much to Clara's surprise, there is a new schedule posted on the door.How did it get there?Was she so sound asleep that she didn't hear someone enter? Perhaps so, as gym......
Mighty strange weaponry. . .
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm What in the world . . . or is this otherworldly? UFO weaponry? Bonk-goes her head as Clara crawls low to avoid an infestation.It looks like it could be head lice! Bonk, bonk, bonk.What is she running into?Where has that pack gone?As Clara looks up she sees what appears to be a large plow.What is it doing in this landscape?Doesn't that belong to farm work? Perimeter Plow is written on the side.What in the heck is a perimeter plow? Crawling to avoid any incoming flack, Clara falls into a bath! What is a bath doing out here?The title on this nifty little tub is judgment bath, whatever that means.She had better be more careful, who knows what else is out there. Ah ha, she sees a pack just ahead.It......
Dressed to kill
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Good grief, this isn't a nightmare. I'm back!What am I wearing now? Clara had no idea that through the past months she has been shedding her old garments.It happened so naturally. Her motto has been -when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Being tough included:Not fearing the neighbors seeing her without makeup.Not fretting about proper protocol.Not attending every social event.Not doing everything she thinks is expected of her. Fear of man was one of the early garments she took off! Now where is that Sunday bonnet she was sporting?There have been many challenges to her doctrines and ideas of who God is and how He works.The bonnet seems to have gone the way of those many other ideas......
Falling down the rabbit hole
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Starry heaven to starry heaven, where am I? Clara can hardly believe what she has been through since she found herself back at home. The training has been coming fast and furious. She has at times felt totally overwhelmed. She was sure she would ring the bell to opt out. Then she would find herself encouraging others to take the course. Although she must admit she felt a little guilty when she saw their enthusiasm. When she encouraged them, she was reflecting on how it had changed her life. She didn't tell them what was involved in the process. She also failed to tell them how many times she questioned her sanity for signing up! Over all though, she wouldn't change a thing. At least that is......
Choose your weapons
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm As in the natural, so too in the spiritual. Resistance training builds muscle. Just about the time Clara starts to feel confident, a series of events thunder down like an avalanche. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. The women's ministry has planned a glorious event. Clara looked forward to being a part of it from beginning to end. The local newspaper would spotlight the event because of its impact on the community. The whole town was buzzing with excitement and expectation. The committee, of which she is a part, had been such a joy due to the team spirit. Now however, the atmosphere has changed. Clara hears bickering, backbiting and gossip. It was never......
The good, the bad, and the ugly . . .
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Freedom! Clara is marching to the beat of a different drummer. Clara no longer feels she has to take charge of the whole world. At least not her small part of that world and all that is in it. She has discovered that true freedom is the freedom to follow the Spirit. He knows what is and what will be. She just needs to follow Him. How sweet that is . . . and what a battle will rage to prevent it! The more Clara learns to hold all things loosely, the more interesting life becomes. The good, the bad, and the ugly of it, that is. The good ... seeing it Clara groaned as she looked at her house. "I get so tired of trying to keep up with this. As soon as it is done, it is undone." The Holy......
Re-entry is a real trip
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Warfare Guide Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Did I just pass through a Stargate? If so, it is really a mind trip! Clara shakes her head to clear it. It has been a trip all right. Thankfully it appears she had a round trip ticket! Clara finds it amazing how quickly she returns to life as usual. There are so many things to be done. Even without adding the list of extras she has scheduled to do before winter. Aside from all the things on her list, there are the expected social events, church meetings, and the holidays. Life has been good to her and she certainly can't complain. Her relationship with God has been close. In times of crisis, His guidance is a true comfort. She lives by the principles she has been taught. She is a good person and is very well......
I surrender all... really
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm I surrender God. I will do anything to get out of this place... anything! Clara desperately wanted the pages of that journal to open up. Finally, they did. Now here it was, a way out. All she needed to do was follow the directions. Surrender “After my confession to do anything, I surrendered everything. It became clear to me that all that was happening to me was the hand of God on my life. As part of my surrender, I resolved to release everything. I wrote a list of everything and everyone I held precious. I determined not pick up anything on that list unless God told me I could. I was His and so everything I had was His also and He could do as He wished. I realized I needed to share my sin with......
The mysterious journal
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm All that is gold does not glitter. Not all those who wander are lost i There is something on the path. It is glowing! Relieved that the path is no longer blocked, Clara picks up her pace. She is determined to cooperate and perhaps, if possible, shorten this journey. In the distance, Clara sees the book. It's a journal, someone must have left it behind. She opens it and begins reading. This is how God ended my life ... “My life was going along just as planned. My career was progressing nicely, my family was prospering and life was good. Like the flashes of lightening announcing an approaching thunderstorm, my physical life began to change. Debilitating arthritis took hold of my body and it......
Rumblings in the distance
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm It is a dream, a bad dream, wake up, just wake up! As Clara awakes, she thinks the movie she saw the night before was just a bad dream. As the grogginess clears, she realizes it was not a dream after all. She considers the possibility of it being just a trick of her overtired mind. Certainly, there is some explanation. No matter she thinks, wherever that movie came from it was definitely wrong! Whoever orchestrated it certainly did not have the facts, well at least not all the facts. She was raised to be responsible, dependable, and assertive. The qualities looked for in those who would excel in life. She was raised to care about others and their needs. Certainly, nothing is wrong with such good......
What not to wear
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Clara is a bit shocked! She had a totally wrong impression of what this elective of discipline involved. Clara realizes fancy clothes, perfect makeup and dainty shoes are definitely part of what not to wear. Clara feels like she is in the middle of Survivor, the reality television show. Like it or not, here she is. Surrendering to this reality, she scouts out her surroundings for supplies and directions. As she opens the first bundle, she finds directions that shock and appall her. Are they serious? The instruction is that she has to undress, layer by layer, and there seems to be nothing to put on in place of those garments. Layer by layer is what the instructions say. The first layer is the belief......
Power dressing to camouflage in one not-so-easy-step
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Clara has arrived at The Stone Archway. It has not been without struggles, failures, bruised emotions, ranting fits, arguments, and finally, surrender. Periods of pouting and withdrawal aside, she has made it with her discipline. She will later have to return with new assignments. We have to applaud Clara because she didn't choose an exit door when things got difficult or try to find a short cut around the cross when things took too long getting to the Vast Horizon. Clara has come a long way on the new path with God. She is excited about the journey. It has been scary at times, confusing, upsetting, and overwhelming, but she has come through to the Stone Archway victoriously. As Clara stands in......
Fear - fret - freakout
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Fictitious Fearful Franny has a problem, but she may not know it. She loves the Lord and wants more of God. In that pursuit, she has chosen this elective of discipline, and has arrived at the entrance to The Great Room. Fearful Franny lives in a world of contradiction, fear, and torment. Fear rules in Franny's life. It often goes to extremes. For example, she read in a Christian magazine about a man who pleaded with God for more love. Later, he lost his only daughter to sudden death. He recounted how through this tragedy God's love was released into his heart. The story was good, but it gripped Franny with fear. Now she finds she is afraid to pray for love, fearing what may happen. Reason......
Surprised by sight
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Fictitious blind Betty has a problem, but she may not know it. She loves the Lord and wants more of God. In that pursuit, she has chosen this elective of discipline, and has arrived at the entrance to The Great Room. Betty reads the Bible and acknowledges that demons exist. She believes in deliverance ministry. Despite these beliefs, she fails to recognize that demons can influence and affect her life. Nevertheless, God is about to provide Blind Betty with night vision goggles. The fateful day came when Betty joined others on a ministry trip. At one of the home meetings, the woman of the house asked for discernment. She was suspicious of demonic activity in her home. She asked if anyone present......
I will succeed... well maybe
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Fictitious do or die Dora has a problem, but she may not know it. She loves the Lord and wants more of God. In that pursuit, she has chosen this elective of discipline, and has arrived at the entrance to The Great Room. Dora is more of a Martha than a Mary. She measures success by what she accomplishes each day. If she does not meet her own internal standard, she struggles with frustration, condemnation, and sometimes torment. Has she done enough for God? Has she read her Bible and prayed enough? Has she taken time for others? She's tried setting goals to get things accomplished. She's prayed and asked God what she is to do. He only shows her a few things. In Dora's mind that can't......
The theology conundrum
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm God is about to bring Clara into conflict with her ideology! As Clara's preparation for The Great Room, she sought God for the area of discipline He required of her. Claire is being controlled by her upbringing and the culture around her. Because of this, God has directed Clara's steps to bring her into conflict with the teachings and culture she has adopted. Remember, many of the things around us are not inherently wrong in themselves. The problem comes when we are controlled by those things. Clara has spent much time focused on the love of God. She has a paradigm as to what that should look like. It fits well with her perfect world. Love covers, doesn't it? Love turns the other cheek,......
The undercover operative
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Fictitious controlled Clara has got a problem, but she may not know it. She is being controlled on the outside and controlled on the inside. She loves the Lord and wants more of God. In that pursuit, she has chosen this elective of discipline. We meet her at the entrance to The Great Room. As we dissect her problems, take note if there might be any of this in you. Clara is a Southern belle. She has embraced the cultural expectations of the South. She waits on her husband's every desire. She is at church whenever the doors are open and serves whenever asked. She idolizes family and desires to make them perfect. If it is up to her, her husband will indeed sit at the city gates. Clara is careful to......
The vast horizon
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm « «... Zoom! Off we go into the wild blue yonder ... « « i Ah, the expression walking on air takes on a completely new meaning! Stepping out of the Stone Archway requires letting go. From the place that seemed so solid and secure, it may feel like stepping off the planet and into space. To each, the experience will probably be as different as the individual who takes the journey. When the Holy Spirit presented this place to me, it looked and felt much like that. In a clear vision, I saw a fenced roadway. I had come to the end of the road with its secure fencing. I was faced with a choice. If I wanted to go farther, I would have to step out into the road-less sky. This place......
The stone archway
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm « «... To dream the impossible dream... To fight the unbeatable foe... To bear the unbearable sorrow... To run where the brave dare not go ... «i Massive stone covers the expanse above you. Surely, this must be like unto the mighty fortress of our God. Solid, sure and safe are adjectives that come to your mind when you contemplate your surroundings. What a destination! Here you are in control. The former temptations, assaults, and traps overcome. In your world, you are the king of the mountain. What a wonderful feeling this evokes. Applause, a bow, an award, or at least a time to bask in your accomplishments is expected. . . “What is this?” “What do I hear?”......
The great room
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm DISCIPLINE The word chiseled over the doorway stands like a drill sergeant. It commands your attention! The Great Room is where we begin. Every new discipline the Holy Spirit requires brings us here. He directs and then we determine with our will to obey, despite the obstacles. Obstacles are actually good things. It is in the midst of the obstacles that we gain insight into the nature of our natural man. Picture a starting line right inside the doorway. Here you stand with an assignment, a goal. Ahead, like a mirage, is The Great Room through which you must journey. It is the way into the Stone Archway, and the space beyond. That space, that Vast Horizon, beckons you. The room appears shadowy,......
The sound of discipline
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm « «... (Hooh! aah!)... (hooh! aah!) ... That's the sound of the men working on the chain ga-a-ang ... « « i Although that song may describe how you feel about the word discipline, the truth is that without the liberty of the Holy Spirit, we are forever bound to the chain gang through the control of the spirit of this world. Control from outside, pushing us in one direction or another, keeps us under the influence of unholy spirits. The spirit of the world, for our purposes, is composed of a compilation of things. It is a complex web also known as the cosmos. Therein are spirits that usurp authority over man and oversee the systems that men have created. There are cultural......
Dreams and visions
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm Dreams and visions are the language of the Spirit. They can instruct, direct, and bring insight. The guidance conveyed may be momentary, needed in the immediate, or instructive for the future. There are dreams and visions that remain before us. Etched in our memory, they provoke us to action. Three such etchings have deeply influenced my course. The first etching was a vision of mountain paths. Each path ascended, but only one went to heights that afforded panoramic views. That solitary path was very narrow. I saw this vision during a time spent seeking direction. I was feeling the weight of responsibility for correct teaching and leadership. God assured me that I was on the correct path. This steep......
Warfare guide for cosmic travel
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Warfare Guide for Cosmic Travel Part fact - Part allegory Realities of the Spiritual Realm THINK! Can we see spiritual reality at all except we believe what God has told us? Can we surrender our lives without letting go of control? Can we understand redemption without seeing the destruction of the fall? Can we see clearly without starting and ending with the eternal? Can we see God's eternal plan without backing out of time? The Frame Time is framed in eternity, or you might say that time exists in the midst of the eternal. If you separate time from its frame, you have only a life. That life is then left vulnerable. Its resources are limited greatly and dependent largely on human strength. A believer has the hope of eternal life, but he often sees that as something yet to come, not......
The drawing of the spirit
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Do you feel the drawing? Do you sense a longing in your heart to touch the reality of the spirit realm more deeply? Is there a yearning deep within? Are you aware of your soul drawing back? Can you feel the fear? Do you feel your heels starting to dig in? Do you hear the arguments? Do you sense the no as it reverberates inside of you? To which direction will you yield? Will you allow your spirit to lead and overcome the hesitation and self-protection of your soul? Will you boldly dare to follow? Many times over the years I have felt, sensed, and heard all these things. Each time I knew I was experiencing the drawing of the Holy Spirit and the drawing back of my soul. Combined with this was the fear......
The army of god
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. "This word is either going to be right on, or you are going to think I have left the reservation!" It was an out of state meeting. Ministry time was in full swing. As I looked across the room, my gaze settled on one particular woman. She was mature, very refined and attractive. As I looked at her, I saw a vision. She was standing on the outside of a cottage. It looked much like a quaint country painting. She appeared to be looking in at life. It was as if she stood outside of it. She seemed to be a remote observer. She was either unable or unwilling to break through the invisible barrier. When I spoke those words, the effect was like the shattering of glass! Whatever held her shattered......
The narrow path
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. A mountain stood before me. There were several paths, but one was very narrow. Along this path there were occasional small pools of water where one could drink. It steadily wound upward, wide enough for only one person. Every path I saw led upward to some extent. All held clear beautiful views, but only the solitary, narrow path would take an individual high enough for views others could only imagine. God assured me that this was the path of His design and that I would lead others to walk it as well. A man with an experience is not at the mercy of the man with an argument. For over 38 years I have climbed that mountain. My experiences, and the resulting revelations, laid the path. In this narrative,......
The plumb line
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Was it a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Some may have questioned this. I questioned it. Not that it was sudden, certainly not, and yet, I was changing. I traversed the land on the charismatic side of the church for many years. I grew in wisdom and knowledge. I experienced the weird and wacky. At times, I literally had to close my eyes in order not to judge! After all, in a gathering of thousands, each person is at a different place in their seeking, in their walk with God. Oh, the things you see with your eyes open . . . God knows at times, I too may have appeared to some as a bit out there. I did my time, I had notches on my belt to prove it. I persisted, persevered, loved and encouraged a......
Conflicting of gifting
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Like two rams circling, horns lowered, we eyed each other. I discerned one thing, he another. I recognized a spirit in operation consuming the time, distracting, and causing other problems. He saw a purpose, a needy individual, and his ability to help. How great is our God, how unsearchable His ways. This being true, I ask you, how multifaceted are His gifts to men? Consider the complexity of it all. God chose to flow through flesh and blood. We all have different personalities, ways, quirks, and idiosyncrasies. It begs the question, how different then must the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit be through us as well? The two rams circling happen to have very similar gift packages. We both......
Phone booth transformations
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Man or superman, what would you rather be? The narration of her past life was painful to hear. All along her path the wreckage lay strewn, from early childhood on. Her testimony of salvation, however, was incredible. Dumped in the confines of a cell, left to go through withdrawal alone and unaided, she was very, very sick. Her cellmate cleaned up after her during the day. At night she wept at her bedside, calling out to God on this newcomer’s behalf. She was asking God for this woman's life. The devil may have had her, but God called her. She is yours God, pleaded the woman who knelt by her sick, broken body. A stranger was pleading with God on her behalf. These actions did what mere......
A territorial engagement
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Off with a bang! That is how the trip began. I thought this ministry outing to Ohio would be short and enjoyable. From the start, it was evident that something else was in the works. I was irritated throughout the five-plus hour drive. I could not concentrate. I felt totally disconnected from God. Our evening began with a dinner engagement. I found myself unable to flow in conversation, unable to flow in the Spirit, unable to focus. My only desire was to leave. I just wanted to be in the hotel room. That made no sense to me whatever.As we entered our room for the night, I prophesied. "I will be in an intercession that will make me feel trapped, as if I am bouncing off the walls. My companions......
The twilight zone
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Georgia: The wildest 15 hours of my spiritual journey thus far! Since my Spiritual odyssey beginnings, I have successfully navigated through uncharted waters. I have experienced suggestions to my mind bizarre enough to be the plot in a psycho movie. Nevertheless, it was only now that I understood the importance of my encounter the day before with the spirit of insanity. Yes, I experienced A demonic visitation. However that visitation was not just an engagement with a spirit. It was also a word of knowledge. It forewarned of what was just ahead. I would have to navigate in the strange landscape where insanity sought to rule. Demonic entryways Our next stop brought us to a beautiful rustic lodge......
A demonic visitation
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. South Carolina: 2:15 a.m. and I awake with a start. I am freezing! The thermostat shows the temperature is 73 degrees. Why am I so cold? I add another blanket and return to bed. As morning arrives, two new challenges confront me. I awake with a headache. My mind barraged with thoughts that I am crazy.
You have lost your mind. Your supposed revelations are just vain imaginations.
The Holy Spirit graciously intervened. In a vision, I saw myself rocking, which to me was a sign of intercession. Upon seeing this, I began praying in the spirit. Nausea came in waves. My mind continually barraged with the thought that this will last all day, that I will have no revelation from the......
Engaging the enemy
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. A dream is a dream . . . until it isn't! In the dream, I was out of town, looking for directions to a particular church. I entered a building to ask directions. There stood a group of executives. One man came over to me, warmly greeting me. I understand that you know what spirit is oppressing our area. I am anxious to hear what God has revealed to you! After speaking with him, I proceeded down the street. A woman came out from a yard holding a statue. The statue had outstretched hands, as many religious statues portray. She wanted to know if the statue was good or bad. As the dream progressed, I was intensely aware that the statue was demonically infused. Touching the hand of the statue, I was......
Turning up the heat
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. "God is going to send you into a battle. If you do not go, He will discipline you." As I heard this word of prophecy from a trusted friend, I was puzzled. After all, I am by rite of passage, a warrior. Why would God send me this word? At a different meeting a week later, I prayed for and prophesied to a woman. She was from another state, in the area to visit a friend. I commented on the pretty pin on her lapel. She approached me before she left, handing me the pin. She said the Lord impressed her to give it to me. As it was a gift, she asked her friend’s permission to give it away. Thinking no more about it, I placed it on my dining room table and temporarily forgot about it. A few......
The cave of adullam
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Like the spies of old, they drove the neighborhood, scouting out the land. Having driven by this building on several occasions, they were surprised to see it lit. They hoped to gather information about this ministry, which was new to the area. They also wanted to leave information about their church. The Pastor told the women to go in while he waited outside with the children. On the inside, the fireworks were about to begin! The women entered a meeting full with people enjoying the presence of God. The sparks were almost instantaneous. It was a kind of spontaneous combustion in the spirit. Discerning the spirit in the room, they readily entered into the worship. Everyone welcomed them, embracing......
Delivered by fire
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. I was literally three steps out the door when the revelation hit! Something existed, the likes of which I was completely unaware of before. I never heard any reference or inference about it. Nevertheless, God had just delivered me from it! The year is 1997. Over 23 years have passed since I opened that little book and my eyes fell on the words Covenant with God. Close encounters of the God kind was just the beginning of an adventurous journey. All these years, church had been my world. In fact, God and church were seemingly synonymous in those days. Our journey took us to several different churches. We worked in several different para-church ministries as well. Some moves were by choice, some by......
What skulks behind
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The lobby was buzzing with activity. People were visiting, children gathering, kiosks buzzing with business. Off to the side, I spoke with a dear friend who was struggling. We were in a church after all, what better place to counsel and pray. Yet I felt watched, spied on, threatened! I stood there, the feeling bearing down on me with all the menace of a bully defending his turf. Stop or else! I mentally filed the incident, wondering what it was that I was sensing. On another occasion, in the same church, I spoke with a board member's wife. I could see she was very troubled. She confided that she was under extreme duress. Her emotional state was explosive. It took her as far as road rage. She......
Curses curses curses
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Break the curses! Bolting upright from a sound sleep, the words themselves served as an alarm clock. It was obvious that God was giving me instructions. There was a slight problem though. I knew nothing about curses, nor how to break them! Thankfully, there was someone to call. The man, a friend of the couple, was also a recognized deliverance minister, speaker, and pastor. He confirmed my discernment, the foreboding storm I saw over the church all summer. He informed us that the Pastor's wife was operating under a spirit of divination. That surely accounted for the accumulating darkness. As we prayed and broke the curse, it was darkness to light! Like the prince's kiss to Cinderella, she......
Enemy 1 -home team 0
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The enemy scored at the end of the first period. Much like in a game, there was a time out. That wonderful nest, the prayer group, fell into disrepair. Friends separated, I had a baby, and we moved out of the area. I was now homeless. I found life in the prayer group, not the church of my childhood. I knew nothing of other churches. You could say I was spiritually dazed and confused. I found it hard to tell my 6-month-old daughter Jesus loved her. I was not sure He loved me. One night while I sat in the dark watching Christian television, I cried out to the Lord. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of His holy hill. A few days later, a former teen who we led to the Lord called......
Score one for the enemy
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. Fear is an excellent shut off valve. The fear in my soul triggered a response. I shut down the anointing of God. We were hungry, eager, excited and lacking some vital knowledge. That would aptly describe where our prayer group was at the time. Don't get me wrong. We were being fed richly the truth of our new life in Christ. What we lacked was an understanding of the difference between the anointing of God and our own soul's power. I do believe the anointing of God was in our midst. God was divinely healing, emotional, and physical ailments. Many were coming into the Kingdom. There were lasting results. Nevertheless, lack of knowledge left us vulnerable. Energy and auras came into the......
Showdown at the ok corral
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. If your God is so strong, let me see Him heal my daughter, right now! Her eyes flared like fire with the challenge. She was as confident of our failure as she was bold. She smugly proceeded to lie down on the couch and take a nap. I cringed as I realized that my purse lay on the coffee table right in front of that couch. In the meantime, we escorted her ill daughter to a downstairs room. Like Jesus, we were not going to try to pray for healing in a room full of unbelief. Let alone a room full of witchcraft. As I said earlier, my prayer for the sick often took a different turn. This case ran the same course. The girl looked seriously sick. Her animated personality added to the drama of the event.......
Spiritual odyssey beginnings
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. DEVIL? WHAT DEVIL? You mean there is a real devil! With that revelation my spiritual eyes sprang open and I was off and running. I was hungry to learn. I was also a bit unnerved. We lived in a ground floor apartment surrounded by woods. I remember thinking that if I opened the bedroom curtains at night I would see a demon just outside the window. Nevertheless, I was not the one who started the fight. What brought about such an abrupt change after the Baptism in the Spirit? Why then and not before? Why did it not happen weeks earlier when I was born again by the Spirit? Doorways The Baptism in the Spirit opens you to the spiritual realm. That is a good thing. Two kinds of spirits operate in that......
A marked woman
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The journey has a theme. The theme of my journey would be stamped by its very beginnings. I was a marked woman, marked by the devil! Perhaps that would be understandable if I had been involved with the occult. If I were dabbling in hidden arts, astrology, astro-projection or the like, even expected. I had not. In fact, in my teen years, I had an inner knowing. I somehow knew that if I ventured into astrology or any such thing that I would contact something! Thus, I steered clear of all, with the exception of brushes with childhood dabbling. Years later, a pastor would tell me that it was my conscience steering me clear. Thankfully, I listened and obeyed. Baptized in the Spirit It was the......
Close encounters of the god kind
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Every life has a story. Every story is part of a journey. Every journey has a destination. The weekend retreat was interesting, and at times a bit troubling. This or that makes me feel like . . . was the prescribed dialogue technique between husband and wife. Well, we were always open to new horizons, new adventures. As the saying goes, been there, done that, now what? Then The Call came! A different invitation extended. I would be in a different chair, a different setting, and positioned for a dramatic encounter. Ring! Ring! Ring, ring... We wanted to extend an invitation to a deeper marriage weekend. It has been a long while since we have asked new couples to come to this weekend. We were in prayer, and felt we were to invite you! This new weekend was called a sharing weekend. There......
Every life has a story . . .
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Every life has a story . . . Every story is part of a journey Every journey has a destination Once upon a time, is the beginning of many tales. There is a once upon a time beginning for us all. There is a God given, God desired destination for us all as well. The story of man started in the Garden. The story of man ends in the book of Revelation. In-between is my story and your story. The Holy Spirit is like a heavenly GPS. A natural GPS recalculates the directions when you miss a turn or encounter a road closure. The heavenly GPS guide, however, may not take you around a barricade. You may in fact find yourself right in the middle of a de-construction zone! It is at just such a place that my journey took an unexpected turn. A point in time There I sat. The chair was so comfortable and I......
Pressure cooker revelation
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Steadily increasing pressure, building steam, the hiss and rattle of the knob the only release. Turn the heat too high and there will be an explosion! That seems an apt description of the situation where I found myself. At times, I was in the pot, hoping for a release of steam. At other times, I was turning up the heat! Then there was the inevitable explosion! Opening my eyes to the light of morning, I anticipated the usual cleanup. By that, I mean looking to God for His direction, strength, and comfort. After all, this wasn’t my first round; life is often like a pressure cooker. If you spend enough time in it, you have lots of practice. God orchestrates things in our life for our greater good. In all the practice, I have grown. Every challenge required that I draw near to Him.......
One of us has to go . . .
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Oh the wonder of the new creation, it is a wonder all right! We may wonder when it will fully come forth. We may wonder if we will ever have victory in this or that area of our lives. The problem is that there is a 'we' in the equation.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
You passed away. Did you go to the funeral service? When someone passes away there is need of a complete burial. At a wake it is easy to recognize that the person, as we knew him or her, is gone. What remains is the shell that gave expression to that life. Herein lays the problem. There seems to be two of us fending for the same shell. We have the idea that we have to improve. We have to learn to live......
Cloaked caustic and contagious . . .
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Sticks and stones will hurt my bones but names will never hurt me. Are you sure about that? We were in close fellowship, friends working together, pushing through and past the inevitable challenges that come. Certainly, these were friendships expected to last a lifetime, until they didn’t . . . Have you ever experienced something like this? In my mind, there is no explanation, no logical reason for the division. That is, there is no way to understand it unless you see the enemy, front, center, and all around the edges! Fast forward several years to the present. There is an adage, out of sight, out of mind. Certainly, no one from that past gives a thought to it or to those shunned. I believe we all strove to bless and not curse, to move on. God placed it on one woman’s heart to......
It is out there . . .
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Either you overcome it or it will overcome you . . . What is IT? Have you ever had the feeling that something was just standing there like a giant ball about to roll over you? It is a feeling that has substance, invisible substance, but very real nonetheless. Oftentimes when it comes, it rolls over you slowly, mildly. At other times, it strongly overwhelms you. It gets behind you and seems to push you along on a path of its choosing. If you stop to think about it, you wonder if it is just your imagination. You look at others around you and they seem earnestly involved in the busyness of life. As you also get involved in life, you too become totally unaware of its presence. You still wonder if anyone else felt it. You become concerned or even fearful to think about it, and yet just as......
Seeing into the unseen
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What folly it is to believe we are king of the mountain, when in reality we are merely sitting on a swarming anthill! Sight is a precious gift. In our development from infancy, we see objects first, learning their name and purpose later. How much more difficult the process of learning would be without sight. Could this very gift be causing us to stumble when it comes to spiritual perception? We grow up in a tangible world and by our teen years believe we have a good handle on reality. We pretty much expect things to line up to our understanding of how the world works. That may be fine with natural things, but that will not translate in the spiritual realm. A working understanding of the spiritual realm requires spiritual sight. We begin as infants again, learning by sight. This sight......
The clutches of control
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Who is really in charge here? When we are children, we have need of instruction and direction. This is both natural and necessary. Our environment molds us, to some extent, using geography, religion, the type, and composition of our family, and the normalcy or lack therein. External control originates outside of yourself because of some factor you believe you have to obey. That factor may be fear, honor, protection, etc. It is apparent in such things as fear of man, fear of authority, false submission, and outside programming. Internal control is more difficult to see. After all, we are in charge of it! We may even be miserable, yet fail to realize that it is still by our own choosing. We place on ourselves a preset standard. It is what I think and do in regard to myself. Fear is a large......
Mirror mirror on the wall. . .
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It is all about me, isn't it! Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Who doesn't remember those words from the Snow White fairytale? In it, the beautiful and vain new wife of the king asked the mirror this question every morning. She was obviously vainly self-focused. Since the fall, self-focus has infested and eroded mankind. Try as we may, it seems an unrelenting force upon our souls. It is in the nature of man to seek approval, acceptance, esteem, and praise. If we fail to find that in God's love, we will strive to find it from others. This can lead us to the doorstep of control. At its foundation, control is self-focus. We attempt to create an environment that will bring about what we desire. Because of this self-focus, man's approval becomes......
Choose your ground partner ...
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Live in the spirit or live in the natural! Many believers desire to live and walk in the Spirit. Nevertheless, they find that they waiver between the natural and the spiritual. They move in and out of the two realms, much to their frustration and consternation.
Run with patience the race that is set before you ...
There are two types of ground on which to run the race of life and you must make the choice. The default is what we will call NATURAL GROUND. This ground forms in part through teachings you receive, your experiences, and your own determinations of right and wrong. The second type of ground we will call RESURRECTION GROUND. You access and maintain this ground by faith. This ground forms as you believe what God has accomplished for you through Christ, how......
The great indwelling
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We are fearfully and wonderfully made... and how little we may comprehend of our own being. God created us in His image and He is Spirit! We often relate most strongly to our bodily image and our soul’s personality and have little understanding of the dwelling place of God within us.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Knowledge of the inter-workings of spirit, soul, and body is important. An experiential understanding of how they work together is vital. It increases our ability to recognize God's direction. It opens the way for greater spiritual discernment.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that......
Spiritual traffic jams
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The atmosphere is buzzing with a multitude of voices and thoughts. Pressures are increasing physically, mentally, and spiritually. What are you hearing? What affect is the atmosphere having on you? Hearing the voice of God is a precious gift. A believer’s ability to hear God is a widely accepted fact, stated clearly in the Word of God. When we say we hear God, most understand that we hear not with our physical ears, but through our spirit. God is spirit and He created us in His likeness. We have spiritual capacity that takes us beyond the realm of our five senses. Does it not follow logically that this same ability enables us to hear other voices in the spiritual realm? Jesus perceived the thoughts and intents of others around Him. This was not audible communication, but thoughts......
Sound bite disorder . . .
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Chatty, chatty, bang bang... Twitter, twitter, tweet tweet... Here a little, there a little... Now where was I? Do you ever feel like you are experiencing an episode of attention deficit? The only problem is... you don't have attention deficit! You may be coming down with 'sound bite disorder'. Information fired in short bursts can bring this on. Trying to sort through true information, disinformation, and misinformation can leave you with no information. Worse yet, it may leave you with a repository of false information! Picture an overflowing file drawer with paper strewn helter-skelter. Is this your brain on overload? Take two aspirins and call me in the morning. That is probably what the good doc would advise. There has to be a better way. Sound bites can be like......
Spiritual building blocks
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Trying to line up the blocks of a Rubik’s Cube can be quite challenging. Aligning the building blocks of the Spirit, however, may challenge your settled norms. God governs by His Spirit through His Word and His principles. A principle is defined as a fundamental truth, law, doctrine or motivating force. God’s work must be completed God’s way. Ways and means to God's end are just as important as the ends themselves. We must keep this alignment of Holy Spirit and principle clearly before us. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can complete God’s purposes on earth, and we must learn to follow His leading. It is much easier to follow a format, teaching, or law. In other words, it is easier to follow a structure. That does not require our constant dependence on the......
Constructs in the spirit
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What are you talking about anyway? Now you are speaking my language! In conversing with others, we have probably at one time or another had one of these thoughts. Some say that communication is an art form. That is ever so true when it comes to communicating about things unseen. Communicating spiritual observations, occurrences, interactions, revelations, and working premises require language. An individual's language about unseen things often develops from a construct. Personal construct theory:
People develop internal models of reality, called constructs in order to understand and explain the world around them in the same way that scientists develop theories. Like scientists, they develop these constructs based on observation and experimentation. Constructs thus start......
Screech -- intersection ahead
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Are two worlds intersecting? Do angels interact with us, unseen in this present age? Do demons affect your life? Does God's power flow through His people? Do you recognize that His power flows through you? These and other spiritual phenomena do not require our validation. Our witness of, or experience with such things, does not validated or invalidate them. We cannot base our belief in these things on our experience or lack of experience. Neither can we base the reality of such things on the claims of others. God's Word is the basis of our belief. Throughout the bible, we find examples of this kind of interaction. We need to step out, reach out in faith on and for, all that God makes available. We are to test the spirits to see whether they are from God.i All too often, however,......
Shifting from problem to presence
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And the big bad wolf said I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in! Do you ever feel like there is a wolf threatening to blow your house in? Does it seem that problems have more power over you than they should? As believers, we need not fear the huff and puff of the enemy. Our house stands on the Rock, which is Christ. God is our fortress and high tower. His Presence is our confident resting place. When you feel the breath, hear the huff and puff of problems come to threaten your house, a shift is in order. Shift your source. God is the believer's source. He who provides for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field will certainly care for you. Ask yourself, am I depending on my own ability and natural resources or His ability and resources? Shift......
Pistol powered prayer
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Partner, there are situations we meet where we need to be packing heat! Do you have a reputation for being armed and dangerous? Is your face on a most wanted poster in the offices of the enemy? If not, perhaps it is time to head to the range for some target practice to bring your skills up to snuff. To check your level, consider how many times recently that you started a prayer objective with your guns drawn. Prayer has many forms. Depending on the need at hand, the form taken can be critical. The correct approach brings results. God instructs us to ask, seek, and knock. We approach Him in faith based on His Word. There are prayers of petition, intercession, praise, and warfare to name a few. Unfortunately, however, too many times we remain in petition mode. We ask God to help, to change......
Rules of engagement
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Come up here . . . You are a dead man! Believer, do you know that you are living in a battle zone? There are several fronts in this battle. Each front’s fight has its own rules. What are the battle zones? What must you overcome? Simply the world, the flesh, and the devil that’s all! One thing each front has in common, however, is that they all require correct positioning to advance. For the war with the spirit of this world - Reckon yourself dead and alive unto God. Dead in Christ to this world. The world crucified to you and you to the world. For the war with the flesh - Reckon yourself dead and alive unto God. It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me. For the war in heavenly realms - Reckon yourself dead and alive unto God. Your real life is hid with Christ in......
Pieced together for purpose
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Have you had any horse problems lately? Hi Ho Silver, away ! With this shout the Lone Ranger would depart on his white stallion. With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early west. Saul of Tarsus was a man with with a mission also! He too was passionate about his cause to expose, arrest, and incarcerate Christians whom he regarded as a dangerous breakaway sect of Judaism. Struck down to the ground while on the road to Damascus, he heard a voice saying, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? When Saul asked who addressed him the response was, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Tradition and art portray Saul as being knocked off his horse. Horse or no horse, the important point is that God had a......
In the moment . . .
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God will be as present to me, as I choose to be to Him. I will to live in the moment. I will to be present to my God. In His Presence shall I abide. I refuse to be pushed, pulled, cajoled or chided. I am His child, precious in His sight. In the moment, I bask in this joy. He will be as present to me, as I choose to be to Him. In the moment I will push back, refuse and resist. Whatever seeks to remove me must desist. One day every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. For now, surrounded by His Presence, the knee of every contrary thought, fear, or worry, must bow. In His Presence I can stand, while judgment and condemnation fall. Peace reigns over fear, joy over sorrow, healing, and hope over pain and loss. My moment will expand. It will stretch out and cover......
Extradition free zone
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Ahhh, peace at last! Respite from all the tension and anxiety of late. All the chicks are in the nest, the storms of life have subsided. Now this is more like it! BOOM BOOM, crackle, fizz, FIRE! Now what? Is there no safe place? Where is the place of rest? There is a place in God that is extradition free. All who take refuge there are safe. A red blood line marks the boundary. Do be careful of that boundary line though! There are terrorists who watch the line. They will use cunning and trickery to get you to step over the line. If you get too close, they will attempt to pull you out of the place of refuge. Pssst . . . be reasonable, if you just think about this one more time.
This isn’t worry or fear, it is your responsibility to come up with a plan. God helps those who......
Following the herd
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Beware, unseen dynamics in play! Most of us like to think of ourselves as freethinking individuals. People who make intelligent decisions based on our beliefs. Although this may be true to some extent, there are other factors to consider. Studies have shown a change in behavioral dynamics when more than one person is present. Example: You see a person fall on the street. You are very likely to go to their assistance. If two or three people are present, you will likely wait to see what the others will do. One term for this is herd mentality. Herd mentality definition Urban Dictionary:
The inability or refusal to listen to one's own instinct or 'gut feeling' but to instead follow the majority for fear of being wrong, ostracized or ridiculed Researchers at Leeds......
Close your eyes
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Life can feel like a series of roller coaster rides. There is the upward climb , the peaking moments , the thrill of the downhill speed and alas, the stopping points. Think of your life. Certainly, you see your failures; they seem to stand out in bold print. You see the successes and all the steps in between. Scripture instructs us to look at what is unseen. What does that mean on a practical level? Perhaps the place to start is by closing your eyes.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus
Paul was a man full of zeal. Most would not be able to hold a candle to his zeal,......
Caught and cuffed
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Don't judge me. I do an excellent job all by myself! I should do this, but I didn't. I shouldn't do that, but I did. Others do so much better. All I ever do is mess things up. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Failure! This is the voice of judgment. This type of judgment is the natural man deciding right and wrong, good and bad. In performing this judge and jury act, we put ourselves in a high place, albeit unknowingly. We position ourselves in the place of the all-knowing judge. Our natural man wants to judge by right and wrong, good and evil. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil stood in the midst of the Garden. In case you didn't know, it was the wrong tree, its fruit forbidden. So why do we insist on eating of that same tree now? It ties into the lie Satan sold to Eve; .......
Because he lives
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HE HAS RISEN! Who now will govern the heavens? The words of a popular song refrain state because He lives I can face tomorrow. As true as this is, it is still an earthly view of a vastly greater spiritual occurrence. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended to His heavenly Father. The mighty resurrection power that raised Him from the dead seated Him in heavenly places. What does this mean for those who are born again through His resurrection life? The usurper assumed the government of the heavens after the fall. The early church knew with unshakeable certainty that Jesus ascended. They knew their King sat on the throne. His government was now to rule the heavens. Satan knows the power of the resurrection. He recognizes the authority that the church holds. He continually sows seeds of......
As in the days of lot
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What is the world coming to? How can things get any worse? Perhaps you have heard, or even been involved in conversations just like this about the state of the world. Jesus associated His return with the days of Lot. Why then are we surprised by the rampant changes toward evil in this generation? The Holy Spirit begins his record of the heavenly order of Melchizedek in the days of Lot. Just before His cross, Jesus warned His disciples, both then and now, that they were to endure days like the days of Lot. They were going to have to endure through very difficult days. Perseverance would take prayer and courage, the necessary ingredients to stay strong and not give up. Lot chose to live in Sodom. His days were involved with Sodom and Gomorrah. Both towns were associated with all kinds of......
The challenge ahead
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There are countless circumstances. One question stands in front of it all. . . Are you going to believe God? Pressures come from many places. Testing and trying at times seems endless. Often we think if this or that were resolved, all would be well. When our physical body is affected, it can feel all consuming. Living in stressful environments can command our constant attention. Worry and fear over provision may continually knock at the door of our mind. Physical, mental, and emotional problems seem to be the plague that threatens to take us out. Our heart cry is Lord change it, remove it, release me! Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years. The issue before them was the same. Are you going to believe God? Their challenges arose on every front. Certainly they questioned how......
Accessing the kingdom
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There is a great cosmic clash. It is the clashing of kingdoms! The kingdom of this world clashes against the kingdom of our Lord of and His Christ. The ultimate and final end is established. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of the Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever! In the powerful transaction of new birth, believers’ extradition from the kingdom of this world is complete. They are citizens of a new kingdom. Although their physical body yet remains on earth, their dependence is no longer on its government. Their source is the kingdom of heaven. How then do we access the kingdom of heaven? In its pure simplicity, as with all things in Christ, it is by faith. If it is by faith, then what part does this declaration by Jesus play in kingdom......
Time to rise up . . .
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Let the Abraham inside of you arise!
Grab hold of the heavenly vision and walk in it. Do not look to the left or the right for confirmation. Do not look back, look ahead, and dare not even a glance over your shoulder to see if it is coming forth.
Let the Moses inside of you arise!
Stand up and resist. Refuse to let the world enamor you through worldly accomplishments and recognition. Refuse to be enslaved. Rise up to lead in word and deed.
Let the Daniel inside of you arise!
Maintain your alien identity. Cling to your allegiance to a King that is foreign to this land. Refuse to bow a knee to this world’s idolatries, no matter how seemingly legitimate it dresses them.
Let the Esther inside of you arise!......
There will be war
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The one world government already exists! Believer you are living in a hostile land! Behind all that is tangible, there is something intangible. It is wicked in its intent, highly organized, and hostile to God. The mind behind this ultimate mob organization is Satan himself. The apostle John tells us that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.i He is the rebellious kosmokrator , world ruler. This word, used only once, is in the plural. It speaks of Satan's lieutenants, the world rulers of this darkness.ii The Prince of the power of the air was determined to stop Israel from taking and occupying the land that God had promised. He is even more determined to stop the church from living in the good of what they have in Christ. The powers that be, the world rulers of this......
My diet starts tomorrow
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YES, this is the answer, the key to success. I am sure of it! You heard the wonderful testimonies. You read the success stories. The plan laid out for you to follow is clear. You assure yourself that you have finally discovered the secret. Does any of this sound familiar? There are a gazillion diet plans that claim to have the solution where others failed. They all but guarantee success. Do you know that most any of those gazillion plans will work? They will work if you actually take hold of the plan and walk it through. There is an old adage if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. When that fails, perhaps it is time for some good old-fashion detective work . Put on your sleuth hat and begin the surveillance. It is time to search out the rascals that are contributing to......
Releasing the power
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Like the return of the Frisbee, it all comes back to you. Every truth in Christ is inherently powerful. For that power to be manifested in your life it must be planted inside of you. It must find a place of residence deep within your heart. The process is important and only you can carry it through to the end, the resolution within your heart. It can be likened to the light dawning, the marble dropping into the hole, that aha moment, or whatever you choose to call it. It is when mental assent descends into the heart. It is then that you go beyond merely knowing, you own it! This necessitates a transaction. There needs to be interaction. There may even need to be confrontation. Often God puts us in between the proverbial rock and a hard place to press us. Situations arise that will not go......
Embrace the faith
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Wait a minute, wait a minute; isn’t the title supposed to be contend for the faith? Hmmm, perhaps there is another way to consider what contending for the faith involves. First, let’s look at contending for the faith, and then perhaps it will become clearer. ...that ye should earnestly contend for THE FAITH. Most of the time the word faith used in the New Testament expresses our faith in Jesus Christ. It expresses our faith, trust, belief, and total dependence on Him. Why is there then this urgent exhortation to believers to contend earnestly for the faith? The Amplified Bible states it this way:
Beloved, my whole concern was to write to you in regard to our common salvation. [But] I found it necessary and was impelled to write you and urgently appeal to and......
The hostage crisis
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Is something holding your faith hostage? Could it be a case of mistaken identity? There are reports of this happening everywhere. Due to the close resemblance, one passes off for the other. They often travel together, close associates in their work. That fact makes the case even more difficult to solve. There is, however, a major difference between these two. One is the wind for your sail; the other is the anchor for the storm. Anchors are very important. When boating, they prevent a vessel from drifting. Using an anchor when you want to move, however, is a problem. Consider this discussion:
God is a good God. Yes He is. I am just trusting Him. That is a good thing. May I ask for what you are trusting? Well, I am trusting He will take care of me and do what is best for me.......
Divide to overcome
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Divide and conquer we understand, but divide to overcome? You can't be serious! Divide and conquer is the battle cry. Break apart the unity and the forces will disperse. It has certainly been an effective tactic on the war front, both naturally and spiritually. Most times, we view division as a negative destructive thing. Division is everywhere and certainly plagues believers. Unity, solidarity, one team, one mission, these are recognized as calls to conquer and win. Despite thinking of it in its negative aspect, there is a positive aspect as well. Divide, conquer, and overcome Dividing from Saul’s army, Jonathan and his armor bearer took on the Philistine garrison. Jonathan knew that nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few. God divided Gideon's company......
The pressure bowl
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The Super Bowl is among the most watched sporting events in the world. It is highly publicized and it is hard to believe there is anyone who has not heard of it. The pressure bowl on the other hand, is a highly kept secret. The corporate head of the pressure bowl is Satan himself! He runs a worldwide organization. This organization hides behind the material things of this world. It is a very orderly organization. It is intangible, a planned system, and a world order that is hostile to God. This world is an enemy of God. It is an enemy of all that is of God. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. Just before the cross, Jesus prayed for those that were His --
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that Thou should take them......
No deposit... no return
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Have you forgotten . . . Have you forgotten your beginnings? Have you forgotten how you received your new life in Christ? Do you remember it as something you obtained by a proper prayer or the following of some ritual, rules or regulations? On the other hand, do you remember it as a stretch into the unseen, a leap of faith into the unknown? You heard a word, a message of faith, and your heart responded. You knew nothing of the rules of the road. As your heart responded and your spirit leapt inside of you, you reached out and received. It was your eternal YES! The response of your heart, no matter the way, initiated a Divine exchange. Your homeland changed. A quote from the movie Matrix puts a modern spin on the dramatic relocation change – Fasten your seat belt Dorothy, cause Kansas......
Who are you . . .
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Butcher, baker, candlestick maker . . . Blue-collar worker, white-collar worker . . . Mother, father, sister, brother . . . Rich man, poor man . . . Hopefully, not beggar man or thief! But seriously, do you know who you are? This world often constricts and constrains us. Through various means, it holds us in, limiting us. It may also force us toward a particular course of action using such things as circumstances, relationships, hardships, and expectations. Though these many things may shape you, that is not who you are. These are merely things that shape the outer man. You are more than an outer man; you have an inner man as well. The inner man is the man of the spirit. Man by nature, because of the fall, is born with a spirit that is dead to God. When you are born-again, the Holy......
Satan will have none of it . . .
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Ahoy -- CONFLICT AHEAD! Can you imagine what life would be like if you lost your sight? You would lose a great deal of freedom of movement, activity, and ability to interact with the people and things around you. When you are born again, you are born into a different world. You are born from above. You shift worlds, delivered from one kingdom and translated to another! Your removal from the kingdom of darkness is complete; you are now in the kingdom of light! To gain entrance into the kingdom of light and yet be blind, how unfair would that be? Well, fairness was never a part of the equation, so perhaps it is time to understand the ground rules! The god of this age hath blinded... Satan blinds the eyes of the unbelieving. I can already hear you - I am a believer! Yes, that is true. You......
High road or low road . . .
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You'll take the high road and I'll take the low road, And I'll be in Scotland afore you Now then, lads and lassies, if you want to go to Scotland, I advise you take the low road. If you want a life in the Spirit, you will have to take the high road. In speaking of spiritual things there are two types of ground. There is natural ground, the ground of nature, and there is resurrection ground. The ground of nature is all that we are naturally. The ground of nature always draws things toward self and views everything in the light of oneself. In other words, it is all about ME . It is all about how it will affect ME. It is very self-centered. Resurrection ground is the ground of the Spirit . Resurrection ground is where the life of nature is set aside. It is the place where the......
Watch your step
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Thankfully, kingdom gravity pulls us up and not down! The kingdom of God is a new gravitation - to heaven and not to earth! Gravity is a certainty on earth. Sir Isaac Newton established that fact, and apparently so did Wile Coyote! Like Wile Coyote, the church is encountering gravity lessons as well. There is a never ending pull to earth and earthly things. The church is a heavenly thing. The church came into being after Christ ascended to heaven and must come to Christ on heavenly ground in a spiritual way. It must leave earthly ground and be a heavenly spiritual thing while here on earth. What is the church? It is Christ. It is Christ in us that make the church. It is the presence of The Lord in those gathered that makes the Church. Believing in Christ gives us new life. That life......
The bottom line . . .
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The battle to live in the Spirit . . . It is a spiritual battle. It is a carnal battle. It is a battle that we must win! When we are born into this world, we are born equipped to grow and develop. We are born with the senses we need to perceive and understand the world. It is no different when we are born from above. We are born from above with the necessary senses to understand this new world. Light enters with the new birth. God quickens your spirit and it comes alive to Him. You receive empowerment and the capacity to learn and grow in understanding of the heavenly realm into which you are born. We are born from above with the capacity of sight. Albeit in its infant stage, it is the capacity to see beyond the natural. It is the ability to comprehend and understand spiritual things. It......
A cracked entrance . . .
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Tell me there is another way! Our entrance into spiritual usefulness begins with a crack! That crack needs to grow increasingly wider. As the crack widens there is a greater outpouring of the substance inside. Think of the richness of the center of an egg. That is where all the fat is, and oh so tasty. The richness in the center of our being is the Holy Spirit. When we are born again, He comes to dwell in our spirit, our inner being. Now as to the problem of letting that rich presence of the Lord flow out... Isn't there an easier way? Perhaps there is a way around. Certainly, we can learn how to do it. After all, this is the age of self-help books, seminars and an abundance of blogs. Like The Little Engine That Could , many are chugging up the hill trying to 'could'! I......
The beta stage . . .
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Walking the walk, talking the talk, but coming into maturity, that is an entirely different matter. Oh, the tangled webs we weave ... Everyone and everything is conspired against me! Do you ever feel that way? Both our soul and the enemy conspire against us. If we lived merely in the world, it would be simpler. In the world, the rules are clear. It is a dog eat dog world, as the saying goes. It is an - I will climb your back to get to the top understanding. It is even expected. At least the rules are clear. Then our world changes ... Christians hold different values. They are not to act like the world. Thus, a new arena opens before us. The rules have changed, but have the participants? Therein lays the problem. Yes, believers are new creations. They have as it were a new operating......
Am i too small in my own eyes
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Who am I? Who is this new creation? Have I despised your word by judging from what I can see?
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
April 1, 1975 marked the passing of the old and the entrance of the new. My life has never been the same. It seemed like new creation life was celebrated everywhere I went. It was the charismatic revival and God was sweeping through many denominations. We, who lived in darkness, experienced new life and we could not but proclaim it. Is it possible Christians have lost sight of this wondrous truth? Have the struggles with the old creation life overwhelmed and......
Special delivery -- signature required
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Consider the source. . . We have all probably heard this expression. It is a very important consideration, if you are depending on that source to carry you through the circumstances of life. When you look at yourself as the source, your possibilities are limited at best. What God requires He provides. Your signature, however, is required. When you sign your name, you verify that you are the person designated as the recipient. Daily we sign our name to various things. We do this in our heart, and with our words. All around us there are unseen forces working. They work for our destruction or our preservation. If Satan and his hosts had their way, believers would have been extinct from this earth eons ago. Nevertheless, God has sustained a people for Himself. God's special delivery......
Eyes wide open
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Do you desire to perceive beyond the natural? Do you desire to see into the unseen? There have been many seers throughout the centuries. There are many who have pursued hidden arts -- psychics, magicians, sorcerers, and various other spiritual seekers. In our day, the pursuit of hidden knowledge has greatly increased. The Old Testament gives examples and warnings of many such practices. In the days of Moses, the magicians brought forth many of the same signs and wonders that God instructed Moses to perform... that is, up to a certain point! Up to a certain point, the souls of men and their magic arts can produce wonders. They can perceive into the unseen. The realm of the spirit is a vast realm. Searching inquirers have and ever will be pressing in, seeking knowledge and understanding.......
The animal of war
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God’s chosen people missed Jesus the first time because He did not come as a warrior. Will we miss Him when He returns because He does come as a warrior? We all know that Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a meek and lowly donkey, right? Now let’s read that again:
And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethpage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find a donkey tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them. All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of......
Say no to the seeds of death
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Life and death - powerful forces contending over mankind The battlefront is before us. No tolerance is the rule, violence the force, and declarations of faith the battle cry! Satan is the lord of death; he gained a foothold in the race of man at its beginning through sin. Death reigns by the work of Satan. He is personification of death. In order to overcome death we need life, triumphant life. Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life. He is the personification of life.
Jesus came to give us life and that more abundantly. Satan has come but to kill, steal and destroy.
We need Jesus Christ resident within our very being to eject death. We need His life to overcome him that has the power of death, that is, the devil. Salvation begins at the time when our......
Taking your measurement
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Where did that come from? Have you ever been surprised by what came out of you? Perhaps you came forth with authority, or perhaps unforeseen strength. You not only rose to the occasion, but you transcended! Now really, where did that come from? The natural man has a tendency to measure things by what is visible. Natural eyes cannot see into the unseen. It is in the unseen realm that strength, wisdom, faith, and authority builds within you, as you persevere. How we look forward to mountain top experiences. Often what we find, however, is more wilderness experiences. Spiritual growth rarely happens on the mountaintop. Most often, it happens in the valley. As we trek through the valleys of life, we are rarely aware of positive things happening. After all, we are trudging along, just trying......
Say no to hitchhickers
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I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. Perhaps you do! A phenomenon happens among closely related people. It is easier to recognize in a marriage relationship. The phenomenon is this -- If one of the two parties is carrying the burden of something, the other party is free. This is not speaking of shared responsibility. It is more like shifted worry. It functions something like the pedals of a bicycle. When one pedal is up, the other is down. If the up pedal is fretting, worrying, carrying the load, the down pedal can rest. There is something beneficial in this up to a point. Problems arise, however, when one or more people shift their responsibility onto another's back. If he/she is worrying (praying, concerned, trying to resolve the issue), I don't have to......
Fire from the clouds
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War rages in the heavenly realm! Can there be any other place to start our prayer engagement? Spiritual warfare fought in the heavenlies clears the way for the ground troops. Breaking through the enemy’s defensive is imperative for those sent to reach the people. The military began the wide use of aerial power during the Second World War. This, however, has always been God’s directive.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In order to wage war in high places, believers must take their position in the heavenlies. They must declare Christ’s victory over the aerial forces opposed to the plans and purposes......
Spiritual realm activities
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We are constantly interacting with the spiritual realm . . . Both the physical and spiritual realms co-exist. God created both and He holds them together. As both physical and spiritual beings, we interact within both realms, whether or not we are aware of it. The spiritual realm exists in a different dimension, but it is just as real as the physical dimension. Think about it, prayer is an activity in the spiritual realm. Prayer is one way we interact with the spiritual realm. We are reaching beyond our natural world and accessing the promises, the authority, and the provision of God, who dwells in the spiritual realm. Effective prayer affects the physical realm. Experiencing the Presence of God is an engagement in the spiritual realm. Worship that is in spirit and truth is a spiritual......
What is your covering
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My People are covered with the demons because they INSIST on living as natural men! When the Spirit of God spoke these words to me, it took me back. You too may feel affronted by such a statement. How can this be? First, consider what it means to live as a natural man. By simple definition of the word, we can conclude it is to live by one’s own natural thought, reasoning, and power. The Corinthians were graced with many gifts and yet not spiritual. They were living like natural carnal men. I believe the Lord was addressing the natural man’s insistence on understanding on a human level. Understanding through the five senses. If there is no substantial natural proof, there is refusal to believe. This is very true when it comes to a real awareness of the demonic and their......
No never again
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You will never do this to me again. I don’t know who you are or what this is but, I declare, you will never do this to me again! Have you ever felt an oppression that would make you react like this? I have, and it brought me to a complete new understanding and view of the world. After I made that declaration, I spent time in prayer. The Holy Spirit said - something is over you, but you must come over it! Naturally, my response was - how do I come over it if I do not know what ‘it’ is? Sometime later, the Holy Spirit spoke - the problem is that you do not recognize that ‘the world’ is a spirit. You never allowed it into your quiet time, but because you do not recognize it as a spirit, it can come over you unknowingly at other times. This I had to ponder ... ......
We were going by there anyway...
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This air force motto brings to mind the thought of surprise assistance! It speaks of others, while on their journey, taking the time to lend a helping hand. Most, if not all of us, have been blessed by unexpected help from others. Their help comes in different ways, perhaps through encouragement, physical intervention, or prayer. We are also helped by others in the realm of the unseen. We are a body and as such, we are closely interrelated. Our actions whether positive or negative affect the entire body.
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
One member, rising up in God to their heavenly calling, brings the whole body heavenward. Not only is our life not our own because we......
Take hold of heaven
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Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Believers must take hold of heaven’s will and bring it into the earth. We hold the authority and must enforce the victory. We must take hold of heaven in prayer and refuse to relent. God’s promises are not just precious, like the little precious moments statues. His promises are powerful, full of the necessary power to bring His will to earth. Prayer is interaction with God. Prayer is an affront to the enemy’s will. Prayer is a testing ground within us. How we approach prayer, our willingness to study God’s Word, and our perseverance, all show us something of where we stand. Will we take the steps necessary to bring God’s kingdom will into life situations? Unbelief causes us to release a hold......
Rise up church
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The enemy does not fear the church on earth. He fears the magnificent church in the heavenlies. Let us cause him to tremble! What is the Church? It is Christ! God redeems man and lives His life through them. It is Christ revealed in man. Corporately, this is the church. God requires that the church to come into maturity – so it is Christ manifest, not the soul or flesh of man. He is looking for mature sons. The body of Christ is composed of individual members. The members are living stones. Unlike bricks, which are easy to assemble, living stones require precise fitting. Type and shadow God’s eternal purpose is the manifestation of Christ in the heavenly realm. God knows the end from the beginning. He starts with full knowledge and brings His plans into time.
God......
A ubiquitous name
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Ubiquitous: existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent. Reflections on the name that is truly omnipresent. In an article The Terrible, Traumatic, and Intolerable Name of Jesus Christ - Stephen H. Webb cites the following:
The earliest Christians used the name of Jesus Christ to cast out demons, but today atheists use it to cast religion out of the public square... Some secularists have come around to tolerating the occasional public benediction or blessing, as long as it is generically addressed, but many still draw the line at the concluding phrase of a Christian prayer that typically begins, “In the name of...” It is almost as if secularists instinctively realize that hearing is believing. They just don’t want to take that risk.......
Aligned to spiritual life
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Navigating the course Do you ever feel you are like a car, just driving through life? Some days are warm and sunny and you can put the top down and just absorb the sunshine. Other days you feel your drive is on the worst roads anywhere. You have to swerve, creep and sometimes leap to get over the potholes. In order to navigate the road, correct alignment is invaluable. When a car is out of alignment, you end up with uneven or rapid tire wear. The car pulls or drifts away from a straight line. The car wanders even when on a level road. Finally, the alignment of your steering wheel is off center. When you are out of spiritual alignment, you too grow thin around the edges and tire quickly. Things just keep pulling you from the straight path. You wander from thing to thing. Like a car, your......
Who cares what you believe
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TALK, TALK, TALK ... The airwaves are full of sound. If you have ever listened to talk radio programs, you will hear the sound. I think this and I believe that , talk, talk, talk... Who really cares what you believe, is a common response. Nevertheless, let's look into this a bit further. Perhaps someone is watching after all, watching and testing you to discover this very thing. The devil cares what you believe. If you believe he does not exist, he has free access. If you believe he has no influence over your thoughts, the world around you and those you love, he has a hunting license. God cares what you believe. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward him. God responds to faith. His......
Are you candy coated...
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Thoughts not taken captive coat the mind... Layer upon layer they hide the presence of God. Layer upon layer they hide spiritual reality. Layer upon layer they hide and thus diminish your authority.
Something hidden is something you cannot see, rendering you in essence... blind!
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not...
The enemy blinds the eyes of the unbelieving. If you accept thoughts that are contrary to God’s Word (thus showing your unbelief), the enemy can and will blind you. It is of little matter whether those thoughts originate from your flesh, the thoughts of others, or the enemy’s suggestion. The result is the same, blindness! Consider the effects of blindness . . . On your......
Shoe exchange - a cure for judgment
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It is easy to judge right and wrong, until you walk in someone else's shoes . . . There are times and there are times ... Several times in my 37 years of walking with the Lord, I have experienced what I would call times! One of those times covered a period spanning many months. Anyone following the decisions I made, based on the leading of the Lord, would have concluded that I missed it on every front. Toward the end, I too struggled to understand the unfavorable outcomes. God, however, was bringing me through a fiery ordeal for His purposes. God was delivering me! He delivered from a mindset that limited. It opened the way for His plans and purposes in a much greater way. When it was over, I had come full circle, back to the beginning. I was standing in the same building in which I......
The ceiling is the limit
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Do you believe your current circumstances limit God? Do not be too quick to answer that you do not. Whether we realize it or not, our faith is often restricted under just such a ceiling. A ceiling is an overhead surface seen from a lower plane by looking up. When we consider what God can do or will ask us to do, while looking at our current situation, we restrict our faith. Our faith can go no higher than the ceiling this limited view sets. Looking at things from the natural realm deals a deathblow to overcoming faith. God is ... God dwells in an eternal dimension. He is not limited by time; He is not limited to the measure of what currently exists in the dimension of time. For example, you find yourself at a stage in life where you feel hemmed in. Demands on your time are totally......
In god we trust: all others we monitor
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Cursed is the man who puts his trust in man ... Jesus trusted in the Father. He knew the nature of man. Jesus came on behalf of man and yet did not trust Himself to man. We see this clearly in the gospel of John:
But when He was in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, many believed in His name [identified themselves with His party] after seeing His signs (wonders, miracles) which He was doing. But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all [men]; And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men’s hearts.]
So too, our trust must be in our God and Father. This is not a disdain of man, but a recognition of the......
Hook, line and sinker . . .
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On the other hand, perhaps it would be better to call it hook, line and stinker , the name of a Looney Tunes cartoon. Upon further consideration of the subject at hand, I believe the latter would indeed be an appropriate title. The phrase hook, line and sinker , is an idiomatic expression to describe a situation where a person or group accept wholesale and uncritically an idea or set of beliefs. Strive, strive, strive ... Most of our lives we are encouraged to strive. We strive for good grades in school, in sports competition and in many other areas to achieve a goal. Striving is required in most worthwhile pursuits. God’s Word exhorts us to strive also.
For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as......
The mystery of contradictions
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The enemy charges God is not good, You cannot trust Him! Your mind reels, your knees feel weak, nevertheless, you must stand! You must trust Him despite the seeming unanswered prayer, the silent heaven. Believers are required to walk and live by faith. That faith is to stand apart and aside from evidence. God is not proved by our experience. He is true, no matter what we do or do not experience. Consider the challenges to faith to John the Baptist. He was the forerunner. An angel of the Lord told His father that he would be great in the sight of the Lord. Many of the children of Israel would turn to the Lord because of his ministry. He would go forth in the power of Elijah, turning the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people......
Demonic work in progress
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What in the world is happening? Just when you thought everything and everyone was at peace in your world, the ground trembles. Many things happen in life that make us ask what in the world is going on. Situations occur that seem to have no logical beginning, let alone resolve. You may just mutter under your breath, or you may take the more analytical approach. You may consider your thoughts and feelings, the impressions you have of the people and situations around you. You look at events and analyze conversations. You come to conclusions you believe are true and valid. Nevertheless, is your conclusion correct? Sometimes the pieces that we process to form a conclusion are not all they appear to be. ALL may be real, but that ALL may not be limited to the natural realm. Consider this before......
Embrace the wilderness
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When someone mentions wilderness most of us tend to shy away. It speaks to us of hard, difficult, dry places. This does not draw our attention or desire. Thank God that He is not moved by our thoughts on the subject, and takes us where we need to be. God took many of His people through the wilderness. There were times of temptation, times of testing, times of teaching, and even times for stripping and relearning. It seems an obvious conclusion to draw that the wilderness is a very important place. If of such biblical significance, would it not be important for us to consider it? What does it mean in our lives? What might it look like? I believe there is a very natural aspect to be considered first. We are presently living in an age of ever-increasing busyness. Our minds are subject to......
Heavenly word pictures
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This universe is the most wonderful, complex and breathtaking word picture in existence! God breathed words created this world, calling it into existence. His words described things that exist in eternity. His words painted a picture of a small measure of His own Glory. A word picture creates an image on our imagination of things unseen. In literature the best writers are those who can take mere words and engage our imagination. They take us into an unfolding story by using words that cause us to see, in effect a visual tour. They capture us and move us to other places, other times, even other dimensions. God’s great word picture is to cause us to see the unseen as well. He desires us to perceive His Glory, His power and His awesome beauty.
For ever since the creation of......
Where in the world am i
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Your translation out of this world is complete. Your adjustment time is yet to be determined!
That old chair definitely needs to go don't you think? Please, put on the new garments provided, they will make a world of difference in your self-image. The full makeover will take a bit longer, but it can be done. Now, as to how to navigate ... Your thoughts have a powerful effect on your elevation and need to be carefully monitored. You will also notice there are a few changes in your internal circuitry. You may notice, shall we say, static or an uncomfortable feeling when choosing some of your former ways. This too is part of the new navigation system you received at translation. Just follow your new GPS instructions and you will arrive at the correct......
What is the spiritual realm
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The spiritual or heavenly realm is the realm of God’s rule. The Lord’s Prayer speaks of God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven. The heavens govern the earth and the earthly. After the fall, heaven and earth lost their harmony. There is a system and an order in heaven, which ultimately God will bring to earth. Our new life in Christ is from heaven and related to heaven. We are seated with Christ in heavenly paces. We are sojourners here on earth looking forward to our heavenly home. These are just a few of the many scriptures regarding our relationship with the spiritual realm. When we are born again God translates us from one world to another. When my husband and I accepted Christ our change was so dramatic it frightened an artist friend of ours. There was a......
The impossible we do every day, miracles take a bit longer
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Believers can do the impossible every day. God desires His will to be done on earth. He has given believers and His church authority to release His heavenly will in the earth. He waits for our earnest prayer.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
We have power in prayer, mountain moving power.
And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! And does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you ad you will [get it] .
God desires......
Sticking your neck out
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Fear is paralyzing and mindsets can lock us in place. When they are combined, the cocktail can be deadly to spiritual growth. Let us consider the ways... Consider the love of knowledge. Knowledge is very important, but to benefit one needs wisdom. Consider the following excerpts taken from an article in Christianity Today:
True wisdom is not rooted in great learning or in human intelligence, but in the understanding of our place before God. “For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”... Or as rugby star Brian O’Driscoll once said, “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."
From early childhood each of us experience the paralyzing power of fear. I......
You win... now run the race
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The life that wins is an exchanged life. You cannot change, you may nevertheless, be EXCHANGED! It is from the position of victory that we become victorious. Victory is not you overcoming, but Christ who overcomes for you.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
Change is never God's way His way is always exchange. We have a mistaken idea that because salvation comes to us freely, that victory depends on us as well. We realize that we cannot be saved by works, but reason that for sanctification, we must do good works. This leaves one depending on good works for victory. (In this context, sanctification is rightfully defined as holiness, but is dependent upon the ability to stand before God on one’s own merit). As salvation is not dependent......
Trouble ahead... coming soon to a theater near you
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Music can strongly affect our mind and heart. We have all felt the power worship music can have on our soul. It can raise our hearts to heaven and create longing for God...
Draw me close to you, never let me go ... I surrender all ... I just want more of you Lord ... Though none go with me I will follow. The cross before me the world behind me ...
The proverbial rubber meets the road, however, when you purpose to have more in God. You can expect trouble ahead.
God is the Father of our spirits; therefore our spirits are the seat of sonship, and all His dealings are with our spirits. Thus it is a matter of spiritual growth, spiritual enlargement. Oh yes, it is experience.
We are asking to come closer and become more fully acquainted with......
True spiritual growth
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The nursery is overflowing. It is time to grow up! A baby requires someone to do everything for them. That is natural and expected. What is also expected is that the baby will grow and develop, able to do those very things for themselves. We expect them to grow into full mature adulthood. If this does not happen, certainly something is wrong. As believers, we are expected to grow from babyhood into maturity. This requires that we come into spiritual revelation of truth. For this to happen, God must bring us into the experiential revelation of the work of Christ and the truth of His word. Thus, God will bring us into difficulties where ultimately only He can give us the answer. Others can point the way and encourage, but the conclusion of the matter is with His revelation. If we press on,......
Staying in tune
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Spiritual maintenance There are days, and there are days . There are cycles of the moon and of the ocean tide. There are changing emotions and fickle fancies. Moreover, let’s face it; sometimes life is just too full of drama. We are all grateful to know that God changes not. Therefore we must ask, when God seems far away, who moved? As you consider this, you may very well be unable to point to a conscious move on your part. You are still the same person toward God. You have not changed in your beliefs or your heart intent. Still, something has changed. Certainly, our spiritual life is not to be an up and down, in and out, inconsistent luck of the draw experience. God created man as a triune being with a spirit, a soul, and a body. Each part has a separate, yet dependent function. A......
Marching orders... with company to boot
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There is a war in the heavenlies. You soldier, together with your comrades throughout the ages, must prevail. The Christian life involves active engagement in the great conflict of the ages. The conflict is with the elemental forces of this universe. When you came to Christ, you were called into this spiritual conflict. On the one side is the whole host of the kingdom of God and of heaven. On the other side is the vast and vicious kingdom of Satan. We, as the church, are in a battle. The battle is fierce and unrelenting. There is no discharge in this life from that warfare. The church is God’s instrument to bring about God’s end, the revealing of Jesus Christ on His throne and the ushering in of God’s kingdom. The book of Ephesians is the companion book to the book of......
What came first the chicken or the egg
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In the first boxing ring of the world, contending in one corner, the serpent, in the other corner, the human beings... We all know the fight results. Well, perhaps those results are just a part of the story. To make matters worse, the part we did not see seems to have embedded itself into the human experience. Man came to consider his human experience first and his spiritual experience last, if considered at all. Talk about reverse psychology! When it comes to the chicken and the egg, the chicken represents the fact that we are spiritual beings. The egg represents our human experience. God created man in His own image, and God is spirit. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of spirit of life, and man became a living being. God......
One team, one mission
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We are all connected ... HOLD YOUR FIRE! Basic training in any military organization builds soldiers into a team. This is even more deeply entrenched in the minds of the Special Forces. The reasons are obvious; their lives will depend on it. If this is true in an earthly army, how much more important is it to soldiers in spiritual battle. Believers are the body of Christ and the army of the Lord, intended to be God’s Special Forces (overcomers). As such, there must be cohesive unity for fluid movement and success in life and on the battleground. Although most, if not all believers, would agree with the statements above, it is questionable whether this is actually true. Actions speak louder than words and the arguing, divisive behavior, party spirit, and continual division, say that......
Get in the groove and move
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"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there" . . . Life is movement. If something is alive, it moves! Passivity is a problem. Religion can make one passive. Preach to me, pray for me, think for me ...
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
God expects believers to grow in stature and become fit teachers. To grow you must move! God has accomplished everything for you in Christ. You must take the facts of God’s Word and press in by faith until you have the experience. You must continue to press in until that fact impacts your life. Each fact must......
Inheritance... music to the ear
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Dear Beneficiary, I am pleased to advise that we have now completed the administration of the estate of Jesus Christ. We are enclosing a redemption check representing the amount of the inheritance due to you. I would be grateful if you could sign and return the enclosed form to acknowledge its safe receipt. Yours sincerely, The legal department
GOD THE FATHER IS OUR INHERITANCE When we recognize that the Father is our inheritance, we can freely and boldly set out to know Him. True believers are part of the royal priesthood. The inheritance of the royal priesthood is the persons of God and Christ. The priests of Israel had no inheritance among the tribes because God was their inheritance. The fourteenth chapter of John speaks of the Father dwelling in Christ and......
Satisfied or ... satisfied
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I'm only satisfied with the dissatisfaction that has been satisfied . There was a very popular song in the sixties by the Rolling Stones. The lyrics went like this ...
I can’t get no satisfaction I can’t get no satisfaction Cause I try and I try and I try ... I can’t get no satisfaction No satisfaction, no satisfaction, no satisfaction
Do you know that God is not satisfied. He is not satisfied to leave us where we are. His desire is for us to grow in the knowledge of Him. Paul gives expression to this kind of longing –
But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord... Not that I have already obtained, or am......
Did god really say ...
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WARNING ... challenge ahead! Most of us are familiar with the challenge. Satan tempted Eve with a very similar challenge...
And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?
God’s Word commands us to walk in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is not a recommendation it is a command.
Walking in and by the Spirit speaks of following the lead of the Holy Spirit. There are principles and guidelines in the Bible. God’s Word is an anchor to keep you on course. The leading of the Spirit will not violate the Word of God. All of this is true, nevertheless, it still remains a walk by faith and not by sight! To walk by the Spirit requires that you walk in the unseen. It......
Operation cast down
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Do you hear voices? Sure you do! For one, you hear the voice of your own thoughts. The next question is, are all those voices your own thoughts? The mind is the battlefield. That fact is never more apparent than when one enters into the realm of prayer and intercession. The military attacks the enemy from the air before troops enter on land. Advance aerial battle is just as necessary for the success of the ground troops in the work of the kingdom.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of......
Jezebel is not a woman
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It is very dangerous to think that Jezebel is a woman! Jezebel is a spirit. There was a woman named Jezebel in the Bible. From those accounts, we can see the characteristics, agendas, and murderous plots of this spirit. The Jezebel spirit, like all spirits, can operate through the male or female soul. Keep in mind what the Old Testament shows us the activities of Jezebel. Through the woman Jezebel this spirit set up a false system of worship with its own prophets. It killed the true prophets of God. It is obvious that it is religious in nature. It is seductive in that it seduces the mind. It cultivates self-righteous pride. If allowed, it will bring death to any true prophetic person, group, or work. It keeps God’s people in a state of immaturity through its oppressive control. One......
Raise your voice and declare ... god
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Declare His Love for it is the love of God that brings men to repentance. Man does not change by preaching or pummeling. His love for sinner and saint brings all alike to repentance. Shall we not declare His love? Declare His power to bring freedom, hope, vision, and purpose in this life. Declare His power to give everlasting life, not by your works at any time, not before or after you are saved. It is all of and by Jesus Christ, not works lest any man should boast. We receive His life by believing in Him. Declare His power to keep you from falling. Declare the power of His Spirit within you to overcome the power of sin, mental and physical illness and all manner of disease. Declare your decision to trust Him above all that dares to exalt itself against the truth of His Word and His......
Pop goes the weasel
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A religious spirit! The fall of man was a complete and total accomplishment. The scripture there is no good thing that dwells within us sums this up well. There is nothing redeemable in fallen man. God’s answer for the fall is death and the establishment of new life. Jesus Christ bore the punishment justly due to us. His death, resurrection, ascension, and the subsequent pouring out of His Spirit gave the necessary new life. That life is new creation life, which we receive when we are born again by His Spirit. God is after a spiritual people. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, a completely new order was established. The new order is God’s people governed by His Spirit. This is a people obedient to His leading and not that of an established religion. The contrast between the......
Yes - i will
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I will to ... I will not ... I will myself to will ...
In the natural realm, will power is what brings us through many things. Is it possible that what we call stubbornness is just will power turned in the wrong direction? One only needs to start the subject of diet to hear the lament of the lack of will power. There is a tendency to categorize certain people, as strong willed. There are a myriad of books about strengthening your will power. Let us not forget the instruction books for raising the strong willed child! In the spiritual man, the will functions differently. To walk by the Spirit is to walk by the will that is joined to God. The test of genuine spiritual life is the degree in which the will is so joined. The spiritual man retains his will, but it is......
Pursuit of his presence
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The promise of God’s Presence is the heart’s truest pursuit. God has called us into the fellowship of His Son. That call resonates throughout eternity and the hungry heart responds.
And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called unto companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.i
I have often described myself as a person of the Presence. I have long given voice to the fact that......
What is missing ...
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New age seduction Satan is more subtle and crafty than any living creature. Should we not expect the highest, purest, most correct sounding doctrine? If this is true, how can we detect his new age seduction? One sure test is to look for what is missing! God created man for fellowship. However, God had to insert a parenthesis in the plan He had for man. In that parenthesis is the fall and thus the loss of fellowship with God. Also in that period of human history is the redemption of man by and through Jesus Christ. God’s plan for fellowship with man started in eternity past and is going forward. God will have His end.
Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them ...and be their God.i
Between Genesis and Revelation the Bible contains......
What are you talking about ...
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Do you really know everything you think you do? We live in an age of knowledge. Education at higher levels is a prerequisite for many jobs. Experience oftentimes counts for nothing, the degree reigns supreme. We are in an age of talk radio. Everywhere you turn, people are expressing their opinions. Experts abound, telling us the real truth on any number of subjects. There is a non-stop superhighway of information on the web and on social media sites. People post and repost articles, opinions and supposed facts. Some of this is true, other things are not, passed on without ever checking the veracity of the report. In all of these changes, there are positives and negatives. The question is how has this age of knowledge affected what we think we know about God and His Word? Are we in danger......
The great union ...
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All spirit you fly up ... all Word you dry up ... Spirit and Word you rise up! Have you ever heard this statement? The point of this is obvious. The Word of God is to give life -- It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The Word of God is vitally important in all things. In addition, walking in and by the Spirit is vitally important in all things.
We need the foundation of the Word of God with the Spirit of God bringing life into it. We need the Spirit to use and apply the Word to us, for us, and in us. We cannot say that we ‘walk by the Spirit’ and do not need the Word of God for this is foolishness. He is the Spirit of truth and God’s Word is truth. On......
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
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It may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you're gonna have to serve somebody ... But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed You're gonna have to serve somebody, It may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you're gonna have to serve somebody.
I can hear the chorus of response ... I will serve the Lord! Nevertheless, consider unknown ways in which we may worship Satan. Worship to Satan G. H. Pember makes the argument that the devil has received far more direct personal worship than those who are not accustomed to investigate such matters would imagine.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are whom ye obey?” Rom 6:16 There are two laws set before us, that of god......
Crash course – compass included
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THE CRASH ... Case study one: You were going along just fine with life in this world. You felt reasonably sound, given the nature of things. You were fairly confident you had everything under control. You had a plan for the future, in other words, you had it pretty much figured out. Case study two: You were raised in the faith of your heritage. You too are confident that you understand what they had to give. You either accept this or you venture out to find your own way. Either way, you too feel you have things under control. You have a plan for the future, in other words, you have it pretty much figured out. Then God invades your figured out world ... No matter your background, when Jesus Christ comes into your life, it will never be the same. It is never meant to be the same, never on......
Speaking of spiritual things ...
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Good communication is an art form! Communicating spiritual thought, perception, visions, or revelations certainly fits this description. There are several ways to communicate the seeming abstract things of the spiritual realm. We can describe things using images and symbols common to people. Jesus spoke to the people in parables using the things they understood. We may also use a language we have developed in the process of understanding what we see/perceive. This is most often personal and certainly subjective. It develops in part during the time we spend in prayer and meditation. We come into the understanding of how something works acts or interacts and we convey it using specific language. Different people have different experiences and communicate those using varying elements,......
Open the door to the kingdom
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The kingdom of God is the place of God’s rule. The kingdom of God includes the entire reign of God from eternity past to eternity future. The kingdom of the heavens is a smaller sphere within the kingdom of God; it is the heavenly ruling among believers in the present church age and a reward in the coming kingdom age. Believers walking under the Lordship of Jesus Christ walk under the rule of the kingdom of the heavens. God gives authority to believers and to His church. God’s provision is in the heavenly realm. We receive the things of the heavenly realm by faith. Reaching out in faith is not believing for something that does not exist, but rather receiving something that God has already made available in the spiritual realm and bringing it into the natural realm. Beyond the......
Gift discovery ... to be or not to be
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How much of what is labeled as spiritual gift assessment is nothing more than testing of natural, physiological/psychological propensities? How can one test for a spiritual gift? By its nature, spiritual is of and by the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit flows through the person. Each gift will accordingly manifest differently through different vessels. How can this be measured or tested in such an academic or intellectual manner? When man tries to catalog the things of God, things really end up quite convoluted. As a believer exercises the gift/calling of God, the body of Christ is to recognize the gift/calling. This places responsibility for the gift/calling on the believer first and then on the body for discernment and recognition. The true church, the body of Christ, is not a political......
The oak was once a little nut that held its ground
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God has a plan and a path predestined for you to walk in . . . When you are a child, your parents may have asked what you wanted to be when you grew up. I remember my son announcing to me that he wanted to be a G-man ... no, not a government man. He wanted to be a Garbage man. In similar manner, you may have pondered what you would like to be when you grew up in God. Perhaps the desired ‘occupation’ led you to take classes, go to school, or even pursue a position in that particular area. It becomes a little trickier when the desires were for a healing ministry, a great preaching, evangelistic ministry or the like. At the least, you could begin by earnestly praying. No matter what the desire, you began a journey on a path. You probably thought you knew where the path would......
The resistance . . . demonic fronts
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A DEMONIC FRONT IS A STRONGHOLD OF RESISTANCE! It is a deeply entrenched belief that exalts itself against God, while holding many captive. One example of this is large geographic areas where people are resistant to the Gospel. Collective strongholds (false belief systems), widespread prejudices, large areas of oppressive darkness (control, hatred, violence) and other such things are possible demonic fronts. In the book Twilight Labyrinth, George Otis, Jr. describes the battle:
For a great battle is being waged – a conflict whose banners and implications have invaded the borders of at least two dimensions. From the secret places of the human heart, a complex tangle of front lines extends out through thousands of earthly cultures and communities, only to reconnect in the......
Trust the process ...
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A diamond is a mere lump of coal that did well under pressure.
Love the Lord with your whole mind and heart ... Check! Walk in obedience ... Check! Study to show yourself approved unto God ... Check! In addition, ... check, check, check!
You are checked out! What can you possibly have missed?
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
As a disciple of Christ, not only are the hairs on your head counted but they are also numbered. Do you realize that everything that happens to you is under God’s ordering. No environment, no circumstance,......
Feeling squished ... time to stand up
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Quit living in the underworld Are you a resident of the underworld? It is the plane where your view of yourself, your accomplishments, and your worth always fall short. You find yourself apologizing more times than not for whom you are or what you feel you have failed to achieve. It is the plane where you assume a wrongful servant attitude. You assign yourself an underling position. You reside in the underworld, under anything and everything that comes your way. You unconsciously agree with the enemy. Do you recognize this person? Is this you, or shades of you? IT IS TIME TO STAND UP! Stand up in the face of judgment - ... To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand ... Rom 14:4 Stand in the grace of God Stand up in the face of the......
Playing tennis with the devil
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Ladies and gentlemen, the ball is in play and, if I may add, with quite a powerful stroke of force! And the opponent is running, running ... and the comeback, missed . The game continues and it is 40-love, with the man in the red zone in the lead. How does he do it? He has won more matches this year than any other contender. His volley is powerful, his aim accurate, and his stroke ingenious. This announcer can only wonder where he trained! The year is coming close to an end, with the powerful contender in the red zone taking the lead, nearly decimating his opponents. Will the season close this way? Wait, someone has just entered the court. The posture, the stance, the resolve on the face is different from those who came before. What will this mean for the contender? What is this? The......
The masquerade ball
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Behind the mask, I can hide. I can hide who I am from others. I can be who they want me to be. Behind the mask, I can hide even from myself. Are you involved in the dance of the masquerade ball? At first, how safe it seemed. You could move freely amidst the various groups. You could be what you felt you were expected to be. So many others had masks on, certainly moving about in disguise was the best. It is safest when no one really knows you. Yes, it is certainly safest that way. It is only now, late in the dance, that you realize that the price of anonymity is loneliness. You realize you have unknowingly worn this mask, even in your relationship with God. You have worn the mask for so long, how can you ever take it off? Identity checkpoint ahead, your papers please! Here is the entry......
The dynamic duo . . . fear and control
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“The closest to being in control we will ever be is in that moment when we realize we’re not." Control is everywhere. Fear and control form a two-sided coin. Together this dynamic duo stalks the airways. The prince of the power of the air rules this present age and control is his calling card. There is external control and internal control. External control is somewhat easier to see, as in the diagram above. Internal control often hides behind things we consider understandable and justifiable. Control hinders your ability to walk in the Spirit. Control blocks revelation. Control blocks your access to the deeper places in the spirit. Control is insidious and can hide in seemingly innocent places. Aside from the obvious desire to have your own way, consider the following:......
Where am i ... project relocation
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God is in the moving business! God moves us from death to life with the new birth. He moves us from being a natural man to being a spiritual man by giving us His Spirit.i He moves us into paths that He has prepared specifically for us.
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them . . .ii
Oh, the joy of moving . . . God I just want to grow in you! God not only hears the cry of your heart, but also sends an advance team to help with the move. Possible advance team registry:
, Trouble , Perplexity , Frustration , Blockades , Misunderstanding ,......
The blood boundary
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Once upon a time there was a man named Adam ... I refer not to a mythical tale, but to the story of man’s beginning in Genesis. His choice to disobey God broke the relationship between God and man. The first blood shed was by the hand of God as He slew an animal to provide a covering for His creation. There would be many more blood sacrifices before the ultimate sacrifice of God’s Son on behalf of all mankind. Faith in Jesus Christ and His redemptive sacrifice restores the relationship that was lost. Believers through the ages have understood the power of the blood to cleanse from sin and give them right standing with God. Blood boundaries There is a critical boundary, however, drawn in blood and confirmed in scripture. That boundary divides two sides. It divides our......
The voice of ... a stronghold
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Strongholds have a voice of their own... that voice can mimic the voice of God! The bible speaks of pulling down strongholds, which are arguments, theories and reasonings that set themselves up against the true knowledge of God.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)”
Strongholds are reinforced fortresses of thought. They are mental, emotional, experiential mindsets that......
Dear god ... i quit
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My life stinks ... you want it God, you can have it! What is wrong with this picture? You have placed your faith in Him. You are going to church, reading your Bible and trying to live as you believe you should. In spite of all your efforts, everything just seems to go from bad to worse! What the heck is going on! Ok, you tell yourself to go on, keep trying; it has to get better doesn’t it? Days turn into months with ups and downs, but the general forecast doesn’t look promising. You are trudging on nonetheless, but you don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. At this point, any light would be welcomed, even if it were a train! But no, bad just seems to keep going to worse and you are beginning to get really ticked off. Do your efforts mean nothing to God? Oh the......
The fight of the year ... you vs you
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Now, on center stage, contending for the heavyweight championship -- The former champion, the natural man and the new contender, the spiritual man. The fight is on with the natural man taking the lead. He pushes hard for all his thinking, acting and performance to meet worldly standards. POW! There is another hard punch to the jaw of his contender as he draws everything close to himself. All he cares about now is making sure everything is for his advantage. He is unwilling to lose any ground, experience any disadvantage. He is neglecting the Holy Spirit as guide, counselor and teacher. He is going to others to guide and teach, to this authority and that asking what they think. This is fatal to spiritual knowledge. What is this? It appears he is being aided and abetted by some dark......
Praying heaven down
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Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven... As believers, we have access to the power of heaven. We have access to the very throne room of God. This is not just a hope it is a spiritual reality. If this reality were not true, you would not pray. Your prayer is a testimony to what your spirit knows about God. When you believe in Christ, you are born from above, and the Holy Spirit witnesses deep within your spirit that you are a child of God. It comes as a revelation, an assurance that you did not have before. You can spend all your time reading what others have to say about how to pray. You can study, plan, outline, and seek to perfect the process. Nevertheless, one thing remains most powerful and effective, this reality within your spirit, and before God. If you......
Desert vacations now booking ...
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YOU NEED A BREAK TODAY Honestly, you need more than that! The world has dramatically changed in a very short period of time. The age of technology has changed how we relate to the earth and one another. The stress it has added is often unrealized. Many live in almost constant noise. Many places take on the feel of living in seeming mechanical and/or concrete jungles. Quiet please! We need regular times in a place of quietness to hear God. We need to spend time in the desert, both physically and spiritually, a long enough time to quiet our mind. There is healing for the soul out in nature, away from this too busy madness we call life.
Be still and know that I am God” and “In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting]......
When god speaks . . .
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God speaks in many ways . . . The more common ways include dreams and visions, through others, through environment, and certainly through the intuition of our regenerated spirit. Our spirit is vital to all issues of life in God. New birth is something that happens entirely within our spirit. Man’s soul does not relate directly to God. Man’s spirit relates to God. God is Spirit and all who worship Him, therefore, must worship in spirit. Your spirit alone has the capacity to commune with God. The Bible references:
Serving with my spirit i Knowing through the spirit ii Worshiping in spirit iii Receiving revelation in the spirit iv
When our spirit is in its proper position, our perception of the people and things around us is dynamically different. When......
What do i know that i don’t know that i know...
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Your spirit KNOWS The words caught in my throat. My soul dug its heels in ... NO! The words remained, waiting, insistent - I KNOW I must go. What was happening? The voice of my spirit was speaking. Although it is an unuttered and soundless voice, it speaks just the same. The bible speaks of the activities of your spirit in these and other scriptures:
I will sing with the spirit If you bless with the spirit He sighed deeply in his spirit My spirit rejoices in God my Savior The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth
The human spirit has three functions, communion, conscience and intuition. The Holy Spirit dwells deep in the spirit of every believer. The apostle John speaks of the anointing that teaches.
You have been anointed by the......
Why so down cast oh my soul
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HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HEAVENLY SEATING? Roller coasters need to remain as entertainment for amusement parks! What roller coaster you say? I am referring to the roller coaster of your emotional soul. OK, let’s back up! You know what I mean, this is how movies start with a scene and then take you back in time. Why so down cast oh my soul? Have you ever noticed how fickle emotions can be? They can change in a moment. They can make you feel like you are on a rollercoaster ride. Up one day, hour, or even minute, and down the next. Not exactly stable, and certainly not what God intends. Female and male emotions may be similar or different, but it is emotion just the same. I once said to a man “you don’t have any emotions ... his answer was that anger was an emotion!” Be......
Attack on mr. rogers neighborhood
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It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood, a wonderful day in the neighborhood . . . Why can’t we all just get along? What indeed is the problem? The neighbors are meeting with the following agenda:
Reconsider neighborhood watch groups Consider organizing posses Clean up gang graffiti Issue concealed weapons permits
Whatever has happened in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood to provoke such a reaction from the neighbors? Isn’t this a nice Christian neighborhood filled with God loving people. How can this be? If you are asking that question, you must be new to the neighborhood! Did you happen to notice that roaring train over our little trolley? Perhaps not, many fail to look in that direction. It happens to be the soul train . The soul train is run by......
The soul train
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THE CALLING CARD OF THE SOUL IS INDEPENDENCE Following the Holy Spirit requires a smashing of independence, thus bringing the soul into dependence on God. Your soul is your natural human life. The soul is the life human beings and other living creatures share in common. This life is distinctly different from the new life the Holy Spirit gives in the new birth. The Holy Spirit imparts God’s uncreated life. The life of the soul is created life.
The Holy Spirit gives supernatural power; the soul is merely natural power. Your soul life is the power source that animates your actions. Simply put, soul life is what we regard as self-life.
Our natural life is a formidable obstacle to spiritual life. God’s life flowing out from your spirit is to be the source......
Spirit power training
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YOU ARE A SPIRIT... YOU HAVE A SOUL... YOU LIVE IN A BODY WALK IN THE SPIRIT ... therein lies the power!
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.i
Our new life in Christ is by the Spirit. The passage above makes a simple statement. As a natural consequence of our life from the Spirit, we will be able to walk in the Spirit. If God commands us to walk in the Spirit, He will also empower us to walk that walk. God is Spirit and all communication, revelation, empowerment, power and authority comes through our spirit. Given our spirit’s potential, we need to keep it in the primary position. With the fall, man’s spirit lost its primary place. Man’s soul ascended into power. Like all dictators, it is not easily overthrown. It is quite......
The devil wears prada
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IN STYLE -- SHAPE -- COSMOPOLITAN -- GQ -- ESQUIRE -- VOGUE -- GLAMOUR OPRAH -- DR PHIL -- DR LAURA -- DEAR ABBY -- DEEPAK CHOPRA Are you being driven to seek acceptance from the world? Are the opinions of the experts influencing you? Do you find yourself referencing them chapter and verse? You are not alone! Through the airways the traffic is relentless. Many voices are vying to be the authority that governs your thoughts and actions. Do you sometimes feel like a reed swaying in the wind? Realize that wind is of hurricane force and you need to brace yourself! The counsel of man changes regularly . Just think of scientific and medical knowledge. These are certainly more solid than psychology or new age thinking, and yet their conclusions change regularly! If these considerably learned......
The great cosmic battle
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Who will rule the earth that is the question! Redemption is God's plan to restore everything back to His original intent . . . God needs His church to restore the earth using the authority of His Kingdom. God placed man in dominion over His creation. Man is now to overthrow the power of Satan. Man must bring the authority of the kingdom of God to bear and displace the kingdom of Satan. It has not been fashionable to speak of warring against Satan and his wicked forces. We speak of various ministries and their impact on man. Who would want to be associated with demon chasers? After all, aren't they radical extremists? And yet, that is exactly where Genesis brings us in the opening chapter. God gave Adam charge on the Earth with instruction to subdue it, which can also be......
Expand your horizons
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The omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal, infinite, Holy, just, and loving God offers His Kingdom! On my way to write a second book in 2005 I stumbled upon the Kingdom. Stumbled and almost fell flat in fact... what is the Kingdom of God? I had formerly written about aspects of the dark kingdom. Being impressed that I needed to write another book, I was at a loss.
God, I complained, there has to be another side. I can give testimony to what I have seen, felt, encountered and experience of the demonic side. I have never seen an angel or been to heaven; what do I write?
After a considerable time of wrestling with this issue, the answer came like a jolt. The other side is the Kingdom of God! I knew that was it. I, however, knew very little about the Kingdom......
Throne room ministry -- choose wisely
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Two activities continue around the Throne of God We can participate in one or the other at any given time. It is even possible to participate in both at the same time. Is this not a good thing? It can be good or evil, depending on your choices. Your action and speech determines the results. One ministry that is continual at the throne is that of intercession.
Jesus ever liveth to make intercession for the saints according to the will of God.i
As we avail ourselves to God, He can use us to intercede on behalf of others. Intercession may or may not involve prayer. Jesus made intercession for us by dying on the cross.
So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it......
Is anyone thirsty
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I have oftentimes heard believers refer to the promise of rivers of living water flowing from their belly. Did you know there is a condition for the fulfillment of this promise? IS ANYONE THIRSTY?
Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood forth and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! He who believes in me ... as the Scripture has said, Out from his innermost being springs and rivers of living water shall flow (continuously).
The key to the rivers flowing is to come to Jesus thirsty! Jesus cried out those words on the final and most important day of the feast. He cried out above the sound of the crowds. He was looking for a response in the hearts of the people. His desire was to see His Spirit......
Think . . . the unseen affects you
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hisssss . . . mutter, mutter, mutter . . . hissssssssssss Did you hear that? Consider the recognition Jesus gave to the unseen. Immediately after His baptism by John the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, whose dwelling place is in the unseen realm. He recognizes the storm at sea as demonically incited and rebukes it. At Peter’s urging to avoid the cross, Jesus addresses Satan directly, completely bypassing Peter. In healing the sick there are many instances of demonic activity affecting the people. The encounter with the demoniac is yet another dramatic example of the unseen affecting man. Jesus walked this earth as a man, dependent on the Holy Spirit and His relationship with the Father. In John He says: I only do what I see the Father doing, What......
It is not loose goosey ... it is hold things loosely
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THE WAY OF THE SPIRIT The way of the Spirit differs from the ways of life. The ways of life are often rigid . . . responsibility, duty, and pressure. We understand from a western mind-set, very concrete. The way of the Spirit is fluid as typified in water and oil; therefore we must remain moveable not rigid. We must hold all things loosely. We must receive and ponder . . . holding it loosely until we really understand. God told me . . .God showed me . . . This is what is going to happen . . . Although some or all of what is seen may be of God, it is still a fact that the ways of God are not our ways and our interpretations can often be skewed. I can assuredly tell you that your mental image probably won’t look anything like the actual fulfillment! We indeed see through a glass......
Stepping into the unseen
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THE ROAD YOU ARE ON IS ABOUT TO END . . .
You will be stepping into the unseen! Ahead there appears to be nothing to guide you. Must you step into this place? How will you know where to walk? Can you trust?
Will you go on, or will you be satisfied to stay in the place where you are? Some 25 or so years ago, I too faced this decision. In a vision, I saw myself standing in the heavens at the end of a fenced road. The path ahead had neither fence to hold on to nor road to follow. I understood what the vision represented. My perceived roads and fences, man’s direction and guidelines, could take me no farther. I would have to rely totally on the Holy Spirit’s direction. A choice must be made, step out, or come to a standstill. God wants to wean us from......
Attention! ... battlefield basics
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SOLDIER THE HEAT OF BATTLE IS NOT THE TIME TO QUESTION YOUR ORDERS! We walk by faith and not by sight. By faith, we commit our way to the Lord and He directs our steps. He leads us in His way and directs us into often-unknown paths. Have you not found yourself in places you did not foresee or plan?
God does not call be equipped; He equips the called! We tend to look for the equipping to fulfill the call. Thankfully, as we set our hearts to obey, our loving Father equips us and moves us in the path He plans.
As you look back, you recognize His guidance. You see the prayers for direction and the decisive moments that brought you to this place. This is both comforting and exciting. Left to yourself, you may never have felt adequate for the task. This is the positive......
The monster mash
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I was working in the lab late one night When my eyes beheld an eerie sight My monster, from its slab, began to rise
It pops up at the most inconvenient times that old man of mine! The Bible calls that monster the old man . It is everything we have inherited from Adam. We can identify the old man by knowing what the new man is. The new man, whom we receive in Christ, embraces everything that come from the Lord. The old man loves sin and is under its power. When the old man is in control, you find yourself doing the things you do not want to do. How are we to keep him down? Put your foot down on that monster, a reckoning foot! To reckon simple means to believe what the Word of God declares.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the......
Perpetual propulsion power
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Where did the early church get their power? The anointing from on high!
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.i To anoint means to pour over, smear on and rub into . You anoint yourself with suntan oil. Christ is a Greek word; the English meaning is anointed . Jesus being the Christ means the one who has been sent by God and anointed with God’s delivering power. What does the anointing do?
It shall come to pass in that day that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing .ii
If someone is anointed, they then have the burden removing......
Supernatural spiritual life
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To lose spiritual vision is to lose the supernatural feature of the spiritual life. Many years ago, I struggled under the accusation and mockery of the enemy ... You are just too spiritual! What is wrong with you? Do you think you are something special? At the time, I feared pride as if it were the unpardonable sin and so it was tormenting. Little did I realize that the fear of pride was pride in itself. I had yet to recognize what God’s Word so clearly states...
For I know that in me (that is in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
One day the Lord broke through that assault and said...
You are normal. Many are not where they need to be, which makes you appear to be......
Spiritual sight -- a problem to the enemy
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I SAW THE LORD . . . and the enemy saw me! Spiritual sight encompasses, facilitates, accelerates, and gives authority in the Christian’s walk and work. Spiritual Sight -- darkness to light opens the way for the Christian life. We need to recognize the great importance of spiritual sight. Most certainly the enemy does. I recall my experience as a new believer. . .
Did Jesus Christ really ever walk the earth? With my head in my hands, doubt bombarding my mind, I tried to answer. He did, it is historical fact that there was a man named Jesus Christ that walked the earth! For several days I sat, reading the Bible as the only thing I knew to do to try to make it stop. What is this? How ashamed I feel, how can I tell anyone I have these thoughts?
DEVIL, WHAT......
Spiritual sight -- darkness to light
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Close your eyes. Imagine life without sight . . . You live in a community of the blind. Your perception of the world limited to descriptions, pictures painted by words. Some things you can come close to, touch and smell, which helps. After a while, you become familiar with your surroundings, even comfortable. You have heard and studied about so many things that you come to believe you really do see after all. One day a few newcomers happen upon the community. They speak and there is something different, something indefinable. Something causes wonder in you. You know they have truly seen the world of which they speak. HAVE YOU TRULY SEEN HIM? We need to be aware that we must SEE and not just have a learned knowledge of the things of Christ. In this time of multi-media with its deluge of......
A million suns and one son
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The Great Globular Star Cluster in Hercules is a brilliant, shimmering ball of more than a million suns and yet . . .
When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? i
CONSIDER THE STAR CLUSTERS
NGC 6205 – As astronomers know it is the Great Globular Star Cluster in Hercules. It is a brilliant, shimmering ball of more than a million suns lying 25,000 light years away (a light year is 6 trillion miles) in our Milky Way galaxy. The statistics: It is 25,000 light years distant, 150 light years across. A 747 jetliner traveling 24 hours a day would take 170 million years to travel across it and 150 quadrillion......
Huh... god uses snail mail
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REALLY? God lives in a foreign kingdom. As in many distant places, the language spoken is foreign. The customs and the communication style are of a different kind. Before going to a foreign country, it is wise to study the culture. What is commonly acceptable where you live, may be misunderstood or perceived as offensive in another land. It is arrogant to barge in and expect others to respond favorably to your ways. In the foreign kingdom in which God lives, He can afford to wait. He who knows the end from the beginning can wait until you are in a position to hear Him. In our instant messaging society, it may indeed seem like God is not with the times … But really, does it have to be SNAIL MAIL? What is God waiting for? Is there a necessary protocol, a position to take? God looks......
Stop the world -- i want to get off
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When you were 11 you just wanted to be 13. Then it was on to 16, ahhh , sweet sixteen! At 17 you were sure that to be 21 would be the top of the world. Then it seems you just turned around and . . . I am how old? Slow it down! In case you haven't noticed, time is going faster. When we were just squirts, most of us remember long summer days, some even plagued by boredom. You just knew you had all the time in the world. What were we thinking? Perhaps we felt that way because we were yet to have the world fully engulf us. There are three definitions of the world: , The material earth or universe , The people on the earth , The things of the earth Behind all these is an orderly arrangement or organization. It is intangible, a planned system. In the system there is a harmonious......
The new contender
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Jesus chose to come to earth at a time when there were no major communication networks in place. . . What was He thinking? The world has dramatically changed with the development of the World Wide Web. There are blogs, podcasts, video galleries, photo streams, twitter accounts, and many other social sites. Individuals and businesses can share a message with millions of people and never leave their living room. Facebook Stats and Facts for 2011-2012 With over 800 million users, Facebook is now used by 1 in every 13 people on earth, with over 250 million of them (over 50%) who log in every day. The average user spends over 700 billion minutes a month on Facebook, 20 million applications are installed per day and over 250 million people interact with Facebook from outside the official......
Demons playing hide and seek
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In your personal thought life demons hide . . . and seek YOU! They operate whenever and wherever they find access. They strive to remain hidden and undetected. They lay low, operating behind events, avoiding detection and thus resistance. They must be exposed and rousted. As we discussed in DIVIDE and CONQUER, step back and assess problematic or troublesome events. Next, consider demonic intrusion. Our warfare is not with flesh and blood. This is just one of many scriptures that clearly reveal that there is a war. You either stand up and fight or lie down and die. There is no neutral ground.
"My people are covered with demons because they refuse to believe!"
I received this word from God several years ago. By refusing to believe God's Word about the......
Divide and conquer
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HOW CAN I DIVIDE WHAT I CANNOT SEE? It may not be as difficult as it first appears. Dividing the unseen will enhance your discernment. As we continue our exploration of the unseen, and in particular discerning of spirits, it s division time! Discernment has many facets. One significant part is division. Separating each of the component parts, which act and interact, enables you to discern their source. We have all probably heard the comedic routine about the downhill slide of irritation that ends with the proverbial kicking the cat . In that scenario the cat stands dazed and confused, wondering what it ever did to deserve such a fate. Have you ever felt like that cat? You may have felt just like that at one time or another. In that dazed state, many people are likely to just retreat and......
Discerning of spirits - mission possible
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Stepping from the seen into the unseen requires a shift in perspective. This perhaps leaves you with the question How do I begin? In the previous post, DISCERNING OF SPIRITS , I presented examples of discernment. Now, let s consider some of the ways that discernment may come. Discernment comes in varying ways. It oftentimes comes through a word, a vision, a dream, or a revelation of activity in the spiritual realm. This revelation may sometimes come as a knowing deep within. As your spirit perceives, a comprehension comes, which is best expressed by the words I know this . God has given spiritual gifts to enable us to work in the spiritual realm. Development of those gifts, not unlike developing natural gifts or talents, requires time and practice. TIME: Spend regular time in quiet with......
Discerning of spirits
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Discerning of spirits is the ability to differentiate between human, holy, and evil spirits. As with every gift, revelation comes as the Holy Spirit wills. He gives the discernment. Most of us enjoy telling the story of Elijah and Elisha. Elijah sees the army of God while Elisha only sees the army of man. How empowering that story is, and how exciting it is when God opens Elisha's eyes. Nonetheless, those with the gift of discerning of spirits often encounter suspicion or rejection from other believers. Man has a propensity to lean on his own reasoning. Believers are no exception to this rule. We tend to validate that which is true from our own experience, instead of the Word of God. The Word of God is clear from Genesis to Revelation on the fact of demonic presence in the earth. We......
Is it truly me . . . or . . . other than
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Something is impersonating you, it sounds like you, it even feels like you . . .
It is very familiar with you. It knows your habits, your thoughts, and every intimate detail of your life.
Have you ever found yourself in an argument with yourself? You wrestle with thoughts you do not want, have not invited. Perhaps you struggle with images parading across your imagination that will not stop. You repent, perhaps even beat yourself up, but nothing seems to help. It is time to consider that something other than you may be at work. A demon or demons, familiar with your patterns, can barrage your thinking. They can mimic your voice and imitate your feelings. Scripture tells us that the mind is the battlefield. Nevertheless, many give little thought to this and have no......
Here comes the judge
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All rise. Hear ye, hear ye, the Court is in session -- the Judge of the universe presiding. All having business before this honorable court draw near, give attention, and you shall be heard.
Present as Prosecutor . . . the accuser of the brethren.
Present as Defense Counsel . . . YOU!
The Prosecutor presents a carefully crafted case against the defendant before the Court. The raging charges are relentless and convincing. This prosecutor has a reputation that strikes terror in the accused. YOU must plead the case on behalf of the defendant. What will your defense stand on? What precedent can you claim? Will you be as unrelenting and determined as the accusing counsel will? Jesus is our great High Priest and He ever lives to make......
Resurgence of joy
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Joy is not just an emotion, it is a major spiritual force! The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit.i These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.ii Jesus spoke to His disciples about joy that remained and was to be full in the context of the parable of the vine and branches. What things was He referring to when He spoke of this joy?
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothingi.iii
It......
God desires a dwelling place...are you the man
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God is looking for a resting place, a habitation in which to dwell. God wants to dwell reveal, manifest Himself in the natural realm His way . For this to happen, He needs a people consecrated to Him. God created man with a desire for fellowship. He has not changed in His desire. , God desired to talk with His people, but they were afraid. They asked to hear through Moses. , God asks that they make a sanctuary that He may dwell among them. , God instructs the building of the Mercy Seat. There He would meet with Moses and speak intimately of all He would give in commandments to Israel. , God brought His people out of the land of Egypt to dwell among them. God declares Heaven as His throne and the earth as His footstool , then where is the house that man can build for Him? Where can He......
It is finished . . . now it is time to receive
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Type and shadow allows us to see heavenly realities. It is a picture of a finished work in heaven, manifested through the type, before God brings it into time. Throughout the Old Testament God directed His people to build the tabernacle, celebrate feasts, offer sacrifices and other such things. These events were types and shadows of their heavenly reality. For example:
, Sacrificial offerings were a picture of Christ's sacrifice. , The Passover lamb is a type of Christ, the Lamb of God , The tabernacle was to be constructed exactly according to pattern. This is because the tabernacle is a type or figure of the true things in heaven. , The Holy of Holies is a figure of the throne of God in heaven. , the High Priest was the only one allowed to enter the Holy of Holies.......
Contending - for a sure word from god
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GOD SPEAKS. . . He speaks through nature, for no man can look at nature and not recognize there is a God. He speaks to man, both to kings and lowly servants. He speaks in the small still voice and He speaks through circumstances. His sheep hear His voice. In so many ways God speaks, guides and leads His own. We hear and we follow, even though we see through a glass darkly.i There are times, however, that require you to contend for a sure word from God! A sure word from God strikes a stake in the ground of your heart that is immoveable. It empowers you from that time forward. It resounds in your spirit. You have heard Him! Yet it is beyond hearing, it is the thing revealed You SEE it it imprints your spirit! And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the......
Are you serious . . . then pioneer
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The heavenly realm can only be known by experience! You cannot study your way in. You cannot buy your way in. You cannot travel with others who know that realm and thus arrive. You must pioneer the way for yourself. You can adopt the language. You can imitate the actions. You can pray ever so fervently, but even this will not open the way. The heavenly realm must be explored and understood personally. God Himself will teach you as you walk this pioneering way. You must walk it out. Others have cut the paths before us. We gain from their work, their words and their experiences, but we must walk the road. T. Austin Sparks expresses it this way:
If really and truly we are on the heavenly road -- if we have not just started and sat down or given up: if we are moving on the......
The power of god -- mystery or history
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Where is the power of God? Have you ever wondered at the lack of it in God's people? Why was it so manifest in the days of Moses and the early church? Why do we not see that same power today? Indeed, during past moves of God, there have been manifestations of power. Why have they not continued? Why do we not see them more today? THE POWER OF GOD Mystery or History? I would ask you to consider the following from War on the Saints:
A perspective view of the ages covered by the history in Bible records, shows that the rise and fall in spiritual power of the people of God, was marked by the recognition of the existence of the demoniacal hosts of evil. When the Church of God in the old and new dispensations was at the highest point of spiritual power, the leaders recognized,......
Do you hear me ... stomp...stomp ... i need help
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Do you ever feel like God isn't listening? Have you considered stomping your feet to see if that works? Hmmm, probably not going to get you anywhere. So what are you to do?
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Why does the psalmist lift up his eyes unto the hills? Perhaps it is because God met His people there. He called them from the place where they stood to come up , where He would meet with them. We too need to come up to where He is, the place where He will meet with us. For example, you need wisdom. The place that you must come up to is heavenly ground where Jesus sits . . . Jesus has been made unto us wisdom. When we take our position in Christ, we have come to heavenly ground and God can respond. When Jesus appeared to......
The realm of the spirit
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A REALM BEYOND The realm of the spirit is a realm beyond, a very real place. It exists beyond the reach of your five senses. If you believe that only what your five senses perceive is real, it is time to rethink that paradigm. Although the function and expanse of this dimension is greater, it is somewhat like the physical realm in that laws govern both. We make contact with the earth through our five senses. We make contact with the realm of the spirit through the senses of our spirit. To understand this realm you must recognize that just as the physical realm has substance, so too does the spiritual realm. Substance is defined as physical material from which something is made. John G. Lake described it as follows:
Now as to the composition of the personality of God, for God......
So . . . you want kingdom power
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The power of the kingdom of God is contained in a seed. You determine the fate of that seed!
The kingdom of God is that spiritual state in which the life of God and of heaven is made accessible to men, and they enter into its enjoyment here on earth.
In order to possess the privileges and powers of the kingdom, it must first possess you! Begin by embracing the truth that no good thing dwells in you. It is only then that you will acknowledge your emptiness and be willing to surrender. You will then recognize the need for casting out all that is dark and evil, so that God can fill you. Next, the kingdom of God must take root in your heart. Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God, likening it to seed. If you have been a Christian for a while, I am sure you have heard the......
To be or not to be . . . sin conscious
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What are you focusing on?
, Are you making a list? Does it include right, wrong, good, bad, success, and failure. Does your day end with a pass or fail grade written over it? Do you focus on your actions to decide if you have succeeded or failed before God? Do you live under a cloud of accusation? Do you have a persistent obsession of your own sinfulness, weakness, and helplessness?
The accuser accuses night and day before God i and to our conscience. His accusations can cause us to become weak and completely powerless. Believers are to come boldly into the throne room of grace. Although we are aware of our own unworthiness and weakness, we must take hold of what Christ has done on our behalf. Your focus must be on Christ! TO BE OR NOT TO BE sin conscious......
How do i access the spiritual realm
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To answer that question we may need some background. There has been interaction with the spirit realm throughout the generations and cultures. In the book Twilight Labyrinth , George Otis Jr. explores that interaction in various cultures worldwide. The Bible speaks of the interaction of God and man. It addresses the many gods of the cultures and in the book of Corinthians exposes the offerings to those gods to be offerings to devils -1 Corinthians 10:20. God called Abraham out of a culture of many gods. He recognized a voice that resounded with authority above every other god of the age. Through Abraham God called a people to represent Him in the earth, not with a religion, but with a relationship. They were to manifest God s presence in their midst, God dwelling with man. Jesus Christ......
Exploring the unseen
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UNSEEN - how does one explore what they cannot see? God imparts spiritual sight to every individual that is born of the Spirit. We must grow in our understanding of what we see, much as a baby learns to focus and understand what it sees.
T. Austin Sparks describes it as . . . a spiritual faculty. It is so true and pierces right through every encompassing realm to our souls, and it pierces right through our souls into our spirits. The Light from heaven brings to birth this spiritual sight so that we are not governed by these outer realms, principalities and the powers of this world with its system and its standards. Also, our spiritual faculty is not governed by our soul, our own, self reaction to propositions. This spiritual faculty appeals to the self, our soul: it comes......
Paradigm shift ahead
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WHAT IS A PARADIGM? A paradigm is like a set of lenses from which we view life. We embrace this view as correct and often expect others to agree. In other words, we accept these views as fact. It is the world as it really is . . . through our eyes. One definition of a paradigm is the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time. Thus depending on the time and disciplines you grew up in, your paradigm will reflect those views. For instance, if you grew up in the 50's, your view of the role of men and women was significantly different then that of today. Our paradigm provides proverbial mental hooks to hang things on . In other words, I understand your line of thinking because I already accept similar perspectives. HOW CAN I HANG SOMETHING WITHOUT A HOOK?......
The road to destiny - dealing with transition
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Transitions qualify us and position us for destiny fulfillment! There is a seed of destiny in all of us. It may be a desire to fulfill a purpose, walk out a calling, make a difference, or stand apart. In some, it is very strong and clear. In others, perhaps through life circumstances, it only seems like a flickering candle, but it is there nonetheless. In the post The Road to Destiny - transition, the process and goal of transition was discussed. Now, we will consider the issues God deals with, within us, in the transition process. Issues in Transition: God deals with the old . . . Who am I? Esther went through transition when she found herself an orphan after her parents death. She did not say I can t because I was orphaned. Daniel endured captivity and Joseph suffered through slavery.......
The road to destiny - transition
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Transition qualifies and positions for destiny fulfillment! Transition begins with an ending your past is over. Transition means to pass through, to pass over, and to pass across. It is a point where we pass from the old through limbo to get to the new.
, There is an ending, an in-between period, and a new beginning. , The old is gone. You try to grab the new but it is not there yet. It is very uncomfortable! The past is gone, but there is nothing of the new yet in sight. , Transition is passage from one state or condition to another. It is like a tunnel. It is away from the old and into the new. Transition and change are not the same. Transition is the passageway. Change is what takes place in the transition phase. Change is to make different or to alter in some way. Part of......
God invites you . . . to dance
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WILL YOU DANCE? Where you are in life right now, may or may not be what you thought you would grow up to be. It may or may not be what your family expected of you. Nevertheless, the good news is that God has a good, acceptable, and perfect will for you, personally.i
Do not be conformed to this world (this age). . . but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind. . . so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you] . ii
He has every hair numbered and all your days are in His hand.
But [even] the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be struck with fear or seized with alarm; you are of greater worth......
No, no, no, ... not first thing in the morning!
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Bzzzzzzzzzz, Bzzzzzzzzz . . . MOO, TIME TO GET UP MOO, MOO, MOO A blaring alarm clock . . . not what you want to hear first thing in the morning! Nevertheless, most everyone needs a wakeup call! Sound sleepers may have to rely on the more obnoxious alarm clocks. Like the cow clock for instance, that repeatedly bellows moo, moo, moo, get up lazy bones. God does not resort to such means. He does not cajole or coax us to come and spend time with Him. However, scripture does speak of the morning watch. Even Jesus, the Son of God, left His disciples to be with His father, sometimes all night. Imagine that, even the Son of God needed quiet time alone with God to receive revelation and direction. Did Jesus have our busy schedule? Let s consider that. He often had multitudes waiting for Him. At......
Do you hear what i hear
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Said the night wind to the little lamb Do you see what I see . . .
Have you ever perceived His presence beyond what your physical eyes can see? For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made.[ii]
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy. Do you hear what I hear A song, a song High above the tree
Do you hear His voice above the tree? He is the sole expression of the glory of God . . . upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.ii Many years ago, I experienced these very things. I was heading to my cabin in the North woods.......
Do you see what i see
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To be an authentic Christian in today s culture you are automatically a radical Christian . Consider your world-view, is it blinding your spiritual eyes? Does one's world-view affect spiritual vision? Does it hinder spiritual sight? Your world-view can blind your spiritual perception.
A world-view is a set of presuppositions (assumptions, which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic make-up of our world.ii
How would you define your world view? Typical western view -- Materialist, meaning more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual or cultural values. Rationalist -- Accepts reason as the supreme authority in matters of opinion,......
All things spiritual
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You are a spiritual being created to relate to God who is Spirit! How often have you heard reference to God being Spirit?
God is spirit. There is no article in the Greek text before the word spirit, and that emphasizes the quality or essence of the word. Furthermore, the word spirit occurs first in the sentence for emphasis. The literal idea would be something like, Absolutely spirit in His essence is God. Jesus did not leave any doubt about this truth. God is spirit! [ii]
The Bible instructs that we must worship God in spirit and truth. Everything relating to the Kingdom of God relates to a spiritual kingdom. Our enemy is a spiritual enemy. We are required to receive by faith, a spiritual activity. We are to pray, walk and live in the spirit. With all these......
Afraid - call 911
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Dialing 9 1 1 . . . ring, ring, ring . . .
Operator: 911 operator, what is your emergency?
Caller: I am afraid. There is terror in the night. I believe someone is in my home.
Operator: You did call out to 9 1 1 did you not?
Caller: Yes, for help!
Operator: Sir, you need not be afraid if you have called out 911. That is the safest place to be. From that place you are inaccessible.
Caller: But I don t feel inaccessible, I feel afraid!
Operator: Sir, let me clarify your contract.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]
Operator: You are covered from night terror,......
Do you ever feel ostracized
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Ever feel like you are on the outside looking in? Possible feelings . . . You just don't seem to fit in. You march to the beat of a different drummer. You feel rejected, inadequate, or just plain invisible! If the answer is yes, perhaps you need to consider your options.
You can wait until someone invites you in. However, it could be a long wait. In addition, it is possible you have felt this way most of your life, which exasperates the wait. You can begin a deconstruction project.
If you are thinking there it is again, I never get it right or any other negative thought about yourself or your ability, you just discovered your starting point. Congratulations, your first positive step! Now that you have a starting point, I challenge you to write every......
The devil says god is good -- you should follow him -- tomorrow!
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An old adage goes something like this . . . Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Another word for putting things off is to procrastinate. It means to defer action; delay; to put off till another day or time. I feel fairly certain most of us have been guilty of this at one time or another. But procrastinate on following God? Who would ever think of doing that? Before you answer to quickly, let s consider . . .
I will pray later, I am late, I have to run . . . Ring, ring, ring later God, the phone is ringing . . . Demands, demands, demands as soon as I finish my list . . . If I had a schedule like other people I could . . . I have responsibilities, others expect me to . . . I ll try again tomorrow I am just too tired . . . After and after and after . .......
Are you called ... or feeling left behind?
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Destiny is not as much a dramatic encounter, as it is a seed planted inside of you. DESTINY -- It is in the walk of the normal Christian life that you begin to discern your destiny. Jeremiah speaks of God calling him from the womb. Moses, John the Baptist, the prophets and the apostles, all set apart unto God. You too have been called apart and separated onto God for His plans and purposes. Because we tend to view only certain jobs or positions as 'set apart' we can find ourselves striving to become this or that. Keep in mind, however, that as you walk with God in the normal day to day things of life, you are preparing for your destiny. We are called to be priests, set apart for Him. We carry within us the kingdom of God and that is to be carried into all aspects of life, not just......
Knock, knock ... who is there?
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I m so happy, so very happy . . . there is a song with those lyrics. Somehow, I don t think it is playing in our head when we encounter trials. Oh Lord, I just want to be used mightily for your Kingdom. Have you ever prayed that or something similar? God does answer the deep cries of our heart. Sometimes we just fail to recognize His answer when it comes as a knock-knock at our door!
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort . . .
Do you know how God brings increase? One certain way is through trials. People who are rich before God are people who have gone through trials and circumstances and have a history with God. Those who spend their lives peacefully and at ease have no wealth, no history before......
Can i ever really please god?
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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can . . . Trying to please God can eventually lead to one of two roads. One is a feeling of frustration and/or failure. The other is a self-righteous attitude about your accomplishments. Are you tired of trying yet? God is pleased with His Son. He places us in Christ . Christ becomes everything for us and to us. In Christ we are acceptable and pleasing to God. The gospel presentation is often only partial. A sinner in need of a savior is a large part of the message. Equally important is the truth that we are powerless in ourselves to live the Christian life. When presented with the gospel, I had no problem believing I was a sinner. I knew the Ten Commandments. I knew I needed a Savior. I came from a salvation plus works background and that fit......
Freedom is messy!
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The book of Exodus finds God's people in captivity in Egypt. God hears their cry for freedom and sends Moses. Moses brings a command for Pharaoh -- let my people go! Does the oppressor immediately respond and release the people? NO! Not only does he not release them, he increases their oppression. We know that their deliverance came, but let s consider the process. First the declaration, next more oppression, FINALLY release. Is there a Pharaoh in your life , figuratively or literally, that holds you captive? Are you at the place of being willing to do anything for freedom? If so, you are in a good place. Back to Pharaoh's response . . . Whatever your oppressor is, mental, physical, spiritual, or all of these, expect a strong counteraction to your request. It is not that God has......
Think...don't let your mind get in the way!
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Spiritual things have substance. It is not a material substance, but it is substance just the same. So how will you learn such things? God is spirit and spirit is a substance. The composition of heavenly things is spiritual substance. The body of the angels is of some substance, not the same material as our bodies, which are earthly, but substance just the same. So how will you learn such things? How can you think and not let your mind get in the way? For one thing, before you approach a subject for new consideration, lay down preconceived ideas and prejudiced mindsets. There are strongholds of the mind. These well-guarded fortresses have layer upon layer of reinforcement. Many people start from what they consider fact and look for a confirmation of their already formed conclusion. This......
How do i know god's will?
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Your desire is to walk in God's will, but how can you be sure you are hearing Him? You can rest assured that God's ability to make His will known is greater than your ability to hear. Personal revelation is subjective. When I say subjective, I mean that your understanding will be in direct relationship to things personal to you. The question then comes, if it is personal to me, how will I know it is God? Consider the following as aids to determining the source:
YOUR SPIRIT PERCEIVES REVELATION. Your mind then apprehends and understands. This is an action deep within, as opposed to a mental or emotional process. In order to discern the still small voice of the Spirit, you need to quiet your emotions. Can you hear your voice over the sound of a roaring storm? It is......
Think -- the unseen is visible!
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HUH? Welcome to things to ponder! Things unseen cover an area broader than the spiritual realm. For instance, attitudes are seemingly unseen. If you want to see an attitude, you only need to watch the expressions, actions, and words of people with attitude! Then you will see them. Many emotions are unseen, until you know where to look. For instance, you will see anger that turns inward when it manifests itself as depression! We do not see or recognize many fears -- it s not macho! They often pop up as anger and aggression. You cannot see God but the book of Romans states:
For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and......
What is in your hand?
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If you want to know the will of God, release what is in your hand! In John chapter 6, a small boy offers his lunch to Jesus to feed the multitudes. Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed five thousand. The boy released what was in his hand to the Master. What is in your hand? Perhaps the visions, dreams and desires for your life. On the other hand, it may be your identity, talents, or appearance to others. You have held these things, nursed them, fought for them, or doubted and feared them . . . but they remain in your hand. Now God says release them!
Release: to let go of, relinquish the right to, disconnect from, separate.
How final those words seem, but how freeing this can be! Release for some will mean a fresh new revelation, an......
God calling -- r.s.v.p. required
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God sends out invitations . . . R.S.V.P. required! R.S.V.P. on an invitation indicates the request for a reply on your attendance. Many people fail to respond. It seems to have lost its meaning. God's calling card is HUNGER! The Holy Spirit sends out a prominent invitation. How will you recognize it? He creates a hunger within you for His presence. What do you do when you feel hungry? You probably respond rather quickly. You R.S.V.P. your stomach and attend a food party. With food so abundant, it is not at all difficult to satisfy the request. However, how do you respond to spiritual hunger? Is spiritual food that readily available?
First, send in your R.S.V.P. Respond by expressing your desire to attend to His presence. Next, clear your schedule. The party begins the......
Raise your voice!
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Shout to the Lord with the voice of triumph [ii] I have believed, and therefore I have spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak [iii] Calling things that are not as though they were [iv] RAISE YOUR VOICE IN DECLARATION Declare the promises of God over all that pertains to you. Declare the victory of Christ over all the works of the devil. Declare your determined purpose to walk in the paths that God has appointed for you. Raise your voice in declaration! As you speak out those declarations, your countenance will lift. You will raise your level of expectation. Your spirit will engage in faith and you will release the power of God over your life. You will also release the power of God over the works of darkness. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. [v] In a world filled with......
Don't even think about it . . .
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Have you ever started the day feeling like you got up on the wrong side of the bed? There are other expressions for such days, like it is just a bad hair day! But then again you might not have noticed until someone asked you "Where did that dog go that bit you?" Isn t that life? Everyone experiences it, ups and downs, highs and lows. If your thoughts focus earthward, you are subject to the wide spectrum of moods, emotions and sometimes-erratic actions. Nevertheless, there is a better way! Take the thoughts that circle around your mind captive. You are the Master Sergeant and your thoughts are the trainees. Bark out the questions: Who are you? . . . I am a chosen, accepted, and redeemed child of God. Where is your alignment? . . . My real life is hid with Christ in God. Where......
Feeling stuck -- change your purr - perspective!
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Grind, grind, grind . . . day in and day out can be full of duties. Grind, grind, grind . . . up and down like a roller coaster. Busy, busy, busy. You are happy, sad, blah, or somewhere in between. Repeat and start another month, only to begin all over again. Life does not have two modes. It is not a life in the Spirit, working for God, and a life with all the tedium and duty, responding to the world at large. There is only one life . . . a life set apart unto Him. Life from the circle Picture a circle in your mind. You are in the center of this circle of what you view as your life/work in and for God. Picture those things that draw your mind heavenward, your heart soaring. Spend some time envisioning that life, complete with your desires and vision for the future. Now . . . what is......
Dark passage blinding light
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THE CANVAS OF REVELATION The Divine artist paints pictures on the canvas of our heart. He gives impressions and opens heavenly realities with brushstrokes in varying shades of color and intensity. Many times in the process of seeking to know the will of God for our lives, we interpret what we hear in a literal way. When Jesus spoke to the disciples, He did use literal objects to convey reality in the spiritual realm. Jesus spoke of things that people understood, such as wheat and tares, to paint a picture. He warned the disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. He was not speaking of literal leaven, but of their erroneous doctrine. It is important to learn to listen and then wait on God for the meaning of what we perceive -- not allowing our own mind to build a picture from our......