Victory!

Day 91

On Day 91 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we stir up faith for the fight by setting our eyes on the assurance of the victory through the power of the Name of Jesus as we learn principles for powerful and effective spiritual warfare!

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Agreement

Day 43

On Day 43 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we expose one of the devils most cunning and subtle tactics as we continue to strip away his weapons of warfare. We break down the power of agreement from both God’s view and the devil’s as we break agreement with the enemy and come into agreement with the truth!!

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Fear Not

Day 32

On Day 32 of our 120 Day Upper Room Prayer Campaign we recognize that Fear is a cage for faith and today we break out as we rebuke the Spirit of Fear!

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No Weapon Formed Against Me!

warrior-angel-help“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” – Isaiah 54:11-17

When you look up “afflicted” in the Strongs, it means “depressed of mind” and “Tempest” means “anger”. Many people exhibiting these emotions or told that they or bipolar, depressed, or angry. I can relate, that was me! But let’s read on, it gets good. 

All our borders will be pleasant. All our children shall be taught by God and great shall be the peace of our children. This is a promise from God! Verse 4 says, “in righteousness shall we be established”.  RIGHT STANDING with God! It says that oppression shall be far from us! We don’t need medications to find peace! We need Jesus who is the Prince of Peace! All we need is to be in right standing with Him. Mental illness, as it is called, is nothing more than us needing God not medication or any other substitution. 

I can speak to you today on this subject with authority, because I have been completely delivered from what the world called mental illness. I was told that I was bipolar and depressed, would forever be so, and would need life long medications. However my God said otherwise and I now live completely free from that oppression. All I have to do is trust God and stay in right standing or alignment with Him. However if I choose to step out of alignment with God and willfully return to sin then I would give the devil access by agreement. So stay in line with God, His words, and His will with full trust and you will walk in peace. 

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3 

The passage continues however to say that people will come against you, but God says in verse 18 that whoever comes against us will fall for our sake. Boy we serve a good God exclamation! He is our protector! And of course, the last verse should be one that we all memorize and stand on! NO WEAPON formed against thee shall prosper! 

So anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, oppression, sadness, or anger, it’s time to get into right standing with God and then tell those things to “Go in Jesus Name!” You can be free! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! I am free! By the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony is the enemy overcome. I’m here to testify today that I overcame and you can too! Amen!

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” – Revelation 12:11

Submitted by Wayne Aucoin

Praise Wins The War

“And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.” – 2 Chronicles 20:20-21

Many enemies where marching against Israel at this time, three different armies to be exact. Upon seeking the Lord for a battle plan, Israel received a strange response. They were told not to be afraid, but that God Himself would fight for them, they needed only to believe in God and His words being spoken through His prophet and praise the Beauty of His holiness!

So what does it mean to praise God “in the beauty of His Holiness”? Holiness means to be set apart. It encompasses God’s faithfulness, His uniqueness, His unmatchable power and strength, His unfailing wisdom and glory, His omnipotence, His impossible miracle working limitless ability. It is to vocally acknowledge that He is set apart from all other things and nothing can compare, compass, confound, contend with, or conquer Him.

You see, sometimes we lump Thanksgiving and Praise together, and they should both be given, however their is a difference between them. Thanksgiving is vocally expressing appreciation and faith in the things that God has done. While praise is vocally expressing appreciation and faith in the things that God can do, and will do, and is doing, but has not yet fully done, even when you see no current physical evidence or showing of it yet. It is your faith in God vocalized, not to others (as in witnessing), but to God Himself that equates to praising!

The most amazing thing about this story is that this Praise turned the tide of the war. As they praised God in faith, God Himself fought the battle for them and caused their enemies to destroy each other leaving them only to then turn their Praise into Thanksgiving!

This happened at other times in scripture as well and still happens to this day, for God is unchanging. As Debra the Prophetess and Judge over Israel sang, the very angels of Heaven came and fought along side them, defeating their oppressors. Then in the very next chapter after their victory, their song of praise changes to a song of thanksgiving.

“Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people: the Lord made me have dominion over the mighty….The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. They fought from heaven; the angels in their courses fought against Sisera.” – Judges 5:12-13, 19-20

This again happens in the time of King Hezekiah, as well as many other biblical accounts. God truly does inhabit the praises of His people because while worship is love expressed, praise is faith expressed. It confessed and professes the beauty that is God’s Holiness and all that it entails. It draws Him to take notice, it stirs Him to take action, it pleases Him beyond measure, and it turns the tide of the war. So praise Him in the Beauty of His holiness! Praise the impossible power, love, faithfulness, wisdom, and ability of our King and He will come and inhabit those praises, and when He steps into the situation, everything changes. So praise.

“Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” – Psalms 100:3-5

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth:…” – Psalms 96:8-10

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is God, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

“… he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the armies of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” – 2 Chronicles 20:21-22

Sin Opens Closed Doors

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” – Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭

Temptation in itself is not sin, for even Christ was tempted yet the scriptures record that He was without sin. However, Jesus was not continually tempted by the same temptation as many people are because He took authority against it, resisted it, rebuked it, and overcame it.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭

We can do the same because the same authority that Christ had, He has given us through His blood and Spirit and the power of the adoption that it afford us, which is grace, the authority of sonship!

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; …” – Romans‬ ‭8:16-17‬ ‭

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” – Romans‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭

If you are a blood bought, born again, Holy Ghost filled child of God then you not only have the authority to kick sin of your life, you have the authority to also chase away the temptation and not allow it to linger at the door of your heart!

Temptation is sin at the door! Think of it as a devil knocking on the door of your heart offering an unholy council. You do not have to open that door! You can tell it to go away and it must obey! This is where “resisting” the devil comes into play.

If you choose to open that door and let it in you have given place to the devil and sin has entered your heart. When you receive the devil’s council you have opened the door and let him in. When you act upon that council you are in open sin and have chosen to give the devil place on the thrown of your heart.

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” – Romans‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭

This is all by your own choice because Jesus suffered and died to grant you the power to say, “no, get ye behind me Satan. You are under my feet. I Am above and you are beneath, I’m not trading places with you. You are a defeated foe! You have to go, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ, my King!” Rebuke him, cast him out.

In the same manner we see in scripture that Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks also. Yet still, you have to choose to let Him in, to give Him the thrown of your heart, to listen to His Holy council, and to obey it unto righteousness. It’s your choice, it’s all your choice, you have the power to make it. You have been given dominion over your own heart, it is your choice what you give access to it. Even Jesus won’t force His way in, you have to choose to open that door and let Him in. It is the same with sin. It has no dominion over you, the devil only has the authority that you give him. Start believing that and stop giving him dominions that he has already lost. Your victory has already been won, believe it, live it, and by that faith you will overcome.

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (the power and  authority of sonship)” – Romans‬ ‭6:12-14‬ ‭

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” – Revelation‬ ‭3:20-22‬ ‭

The Hands of Christ 

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:27‬ ‭

We’ve all heard the phrase, “we are the hands and feet” of Christ. This phrase is an indirect quote that summarizes chapter 12 of the book of 1 Corinthians. The chapter as a whole explains that though Christ’s Spirit still remains, His physical body is no longer in this world. Therefor, until He physically returns on that fateful day, we are to allow our physical bodies to be used by His Holy Spirit to continue His work and ministry in His stead. 

This is why the chapter begins with Paul identifying the spiritual gifts that Christ functioned in and explains that those who have His Spirit will allow themselves to be used as His body continuing His physical work by continuing to function in these gifts, as He did that the overcoming power of the Kingdom of God against the works of the kingdom of Satan would continue to be demonstrated in the earth to the freeing of souls from it’s lies, bondages, and limitations. This is why, “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!” It is the power to set at liberty those that had been captive! Liberty from fear, from sin, from sickness, from demonic oppression, from torment, from all the works of the devil, because it is authority!

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭

This is the truest since of what it means to be the hands of Christ! Demonstrating the authority of the Kingdom! Through out the New Testament when the command was given to “lay hands” on someone, the Authority of the Kingdom of God was about to be demonstrated in the Name of Jesus! The sick were healed, the oppressed delivered and set free, demons cast out, the dead raised, the lame made whole, the Spirit of God was given, gifts were stirred up, callings manifested! The power of Christ’s authority became alive causing people to have faith in the grace (or power) that had been made available to all through Jesus Christ! 

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant… But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY MAN to profit WITHAL.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:1, 7‬ 

Here’s the exciting news! Nothing has changed! It still works the same today! Only our faith in it has changed so that you see only the rare few who dare to read the bible for themselves and belief it actually walk in the truth and power of it! A lot of people talk the talk but only the few who know who their God is and truly believe actually walk the walk in freedom bringing, hell overcoming, demon stomping, territory taking, life changing, faith stirring, miracle working power and authority! 

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark‬ ‭16:17-18‬ ‭

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel‬ ‭11:32‬ ‭

Until Christ returns, we have been given the commission to continue His ministry in every aspect that He preformed it, functioning as His body led by His Spirit moving in His gifts by the power of His grace that He made available to us by His sacrifice. Upon His return, we will all have to face Him and give an account of what we did, or didn’t do with this great gift and commission that He suffered so much to give us. I for one would like to hear those words, “well done, My good and faithful servant. Inter into rest.” Yet I fear for the many who will hear, as the unfruitful servant who buried his talent did in Matthew‬ ‭25:30‬, “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Note that this was a servant of God, a believer in God, yet he did not make it in because He did not bare fruit for the kingdom. He hid and wasted that which Christ had given all to give to him. Yes, he called Him Lord, yes he believed in Him, but he did not do His will, he trusted in his own ability and buried the gift that God had given him, that had he used, would have allowed him to do greater things then he could have ever done on his own. God would have multiplied and compounded the return of souls for the kingdom like interest on money in the bank if he had just used the gift that he had been given access to. Don’t let other people’s fear and unbelief rob you of your faith unto the hiding of your talents. Let your faith rob other people of their fear and unbelief by the digging up and using of your talents. 

“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: …;” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-8‬ ‭

The gifts are given as tools for the harvest, to continue His work and demonstrate the reality of the authority granted by the victory over Satan that was won for us at Calvary. If you truly believe that Christ overcame His enemy and put Satan under our feet then these signs will follow you because you will walk in victory and authority speaking, doing, and living the power of this good news! If you will only believe, then you will give His Spirit, your body, to do His will. Then will you truly be His hands and feet, then will His gifts and talents be used to the harvesting of souls with interest! Then will signs, wonders, and miracles follow you, because you have believed, truly believed. 

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans‬ ‭8:14‬ ‭

Purged For The Master’s Use

“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭

I see this passage in two lights this morning. In the first I see the reality that many times throughout scripture when God desired to use Israel He could not because of sin, rebellion, or complacency in the Kings, priest, governors, and so on. Though He wanted to move through them, He could not do so because it would endorse their actions as acceptable by Him and misrepresent His character. God is Holy, therefor can He only endorse a people that demonstrate who He is to the world and in doing so become a light in the darkness and a beacon on a hill.

So then God would have to purge his people of these impurities through the fires of affliction and trial. Through seasons of being pressed by their enemies, through wildernesses, through times of desperation, dependency, oppression, rebuke, wrath, correction, crying out, and coddling He would slowly work these weaknesses to the surface and skim them away until He had a people that were pure, holy, devoted, and faithful that He could use for His glory.

He does this even to this day in ministries that He desires to use. He cannot endorse with the power of heaven, that which does not rightly represent Heaven. Therefor does He take them through trials, battles, and wildernesses until the vessels of dishonor have been purged and the ministry is refined that He might use it to the fullest of His glory.

“And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” – Malachi‬ ‭3:3‬

The second light in which I see this truth applied is in the life of the individual believer. Despite what a preacher might have told you at salvation, Jesus never promised that the journey would be easy, only that the destination would be worth whatever it cost you to get there. Not unlike the Israelites in the wilderness, the journey was full of trial but those that made it through entered the Promise pure, even though they lost some vessels of dishonor along the way. 

Likewise each of us carries some junk with us from the Spiritual Egypt (our old life that we were delivered from) and we can’t take that stuff into the Promise Land so the hardships and attacks of the wilderness come to prod us to decide what is most valuable to us that we might be willing to discard the vessels of dishonor that we are still hauling with us from Egypt. There are things that will keep us from the promise God has for us, but if you will be willing to simply purge yourself of those things, then the vessels of honor that are fit for the masters use can enter into promise and be used by Him to the fullest. 

“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.” – Isaiah‬ ‭48:10-11

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” – 1 Peter‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭

Is Anything Too Hard For God?

“The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.” – Habakkuk‬ ‭3:10-11‬ ‭

Mountains tremble before Him, floods obey Him, the sun, moon, and stars stand still for Him, the very universe is the works of His hands, nothing that is would be without Him making it so, is anything too hard for God?

The heavens are silent in anticipation of His words, the dust of the earth comes alive at His breath, the seas part at His unrest, is anything too hard for God?

The sick are healed by His mere thought, at His command the dead are raised, the possessed and oppressed are set free with no battle fought at the mention of His Name, is anything too hard for God

Creation groans, the unknowable made known, the lost were called home, and the ages sewn when He rose to His thrown.

Time was divided, hell’s fate was decided, sin was requited, and love reignited. It’s time to get excited that nothing is too hard for God!

He is smarter, wiser, stronger, more fierce, and more faithful. Whatever you’re facing, our God is able. Believe that He is that which He is and nothing will shake you knowing that He won’t forsake you. And if He be with you, what can overtake you? He’ll make you to breakthrough, He will prepare you a table in the presence of your enemies.

Kingdoms fall before those who believe, if only more had ears to hear and eyes to see the great and mighty things that happen on your knees they would be more eager to run to the King, if they truly believed that nothing is too hard for God.

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” – Jeremiah‬ ‭32:27‬ ‭