DISCIPLES OF JESUS MINISTRY

Where He leads us we will follow

 

 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom

2Co 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.


Just a wee thought on those two verses. Isn't it wonderful to know the freedom that only Christ can give- where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Praise God!
V 18. I think of this as beholding in a mirror “reflecting” as well as “looking into.” We are meant to behold something of the glory of the Lord, the veil has been rent in two, we are to be continually transformed into the same image by the Spirit of the Lord. We with ever-increasing glory, are to reflect what we behold, to become more and more like our Lord.


Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,



Philo says, “What the eye is to the body, that is the mind to the soul;”


The desire here is that the eyes of your heart and mine are enlightened. The heart refers to the whole inner man. The soul has eyes that need to be and can be enlightened, flooded with divine light. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes and hearts in order that we can see something of the glory of our Lord. The purpose of spiritual illumination and spiritual perception is that believers may know and experience God’s calling, inheritance, and power. The hope of his calling is from Him and summons us to Him. It is a call to a victorious new life in Christ, through Christ, for Christ, and with Christ. It involves perfect deliverance and perfect fellowship. We are called to herald in the Kingdom of God in all it's fulness, we are to take the full gospel of Jesus Christ out to the people around us. If a friend at work is sick why not offer to pray for them and lay hands upon them in prayer in the staff room if at all possible?

A prayer declaration

 

 A Prayer Declaration

 

   I thank you Father that healing and forgiveness is mine because of what Jesus has done for me, by dying for me and I receive that healing now of body, mind and spirit and I give you thanks that the blood shed for me has washed away all of my sins.

 

Therefore I will not live like as a captive any longer, because freedom is mine, because of what Jesus has done, and those whom the Son set free are free indeed.

 

I renounce all ways of thinking, even religious thinking that does not come from you Lord and I declare that my mind is being transformed and renewed by you Lord each and every day.

 

I repent of every word of negativity that I have spoken over myself, my family and  I renounce them now in Jesus Name.

 

Every iota every semblance of unforgiveness that  I hold on to in my heart towards anyone or any organization or church fellowship I repent of it now and ask you to forgive me Lord,  in Jesus Name I ask it.

 

I align myself totally with your Word for your Word is truth.

 

My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I declare that I will not allow any unholy thought or deed to take hold of me and infact defiling the temple; I am to be holy as He is holy.

 

I thank you that a life of abundance is mine because Jesus came to give me a life overflowing in abundance.

 

I thank you that all my sins are washed away and your Word also declares that all my sicknesses are washed away.Ps103: 1-3

 

I will not give away or break any covenantal rights that are mine because of the new covenant which Jesus has made with me, for what Jesus done was for my healing and deliverance.

 

I will love and accept myself because you first loved me and I will not despise that which Jesus loves. I thank you for that love which you pour out on me Abba Father. Thank you Jesus.

 

Your love is so great and I ask you to help me love others the way you love to care like you care, also to be able to show tough love when necessary, let me do all things your way and not mine, your way Lord and not mine.

 

I listen to the voice of the Lord and follow Him; I will not listen to the voice of another.

 

I declare that I am a child of the living God, I am adopted into His family and I am an heir to the Kingdom, therefore the Kingdom of God is within me.

 

I shall walk with Kingdom authority because God gave authority to mankind over every living thing and through Jesus that dominion authority has been restored and I belong to Jesus Christ.

 

I will not walk in fear of men because Jesus has not given me a spirit of fear; instead I am empowered by the Holy Spirit and will walk in might and power.

 

No generational curses will stand within this family because I do not belong under the curse, for freedom is mine, and freedom is theirs because of what Jesus has done. I renounce every curse word spoken over myself and my family throughout the generations. On behalf of my ancestors I repent of every involvement in witchcraft, freemasonry, the occult, religious man-made traditions, every sinful way and I declare that as from now on as for me and my household we shall serve the Lord and Him alone. I declare that my family are being saved in Jesus Name.

 

I thank you Lord that every generational blessing which has not been taken up by previous generations I can take up now on behalf of myself and my family.

 

I declare that I am the head and not the tail.

 

I shall walk in righteousness and I am more than a conqueror through Christ who lives in me.

 

I will not walk in defeat any longer because the victory is won for the Lord has gone before me into the battle.

 

His glory lives within me and I shall be salt full of savour and a light that beams strongly into the darkness, for the light of the world  indwells me and dispels that darkness.

 

I welcome you, Holy Spirit to come and fill me now, up and over to overflowing.

 

I declare that I will walk boldly as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and I will see many healed, saved and delivered and the glory of the latter house shall be much greater than the former.

 

I declare that seeking your face and more of you is my first priority, that my greatest desire is to draw close to you

 

 

IN Jesus Name I make this Declaration

 

This day.

 

AMEN.   Signed this day

 

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Keeping your armour on.

Keeping your armour on.

                                                                                                                                                                     Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


a) Loins girded with truth

The first part of the armour is perhaps the most important for us to wear, because the truth that is being m challenged by the powers of darkness constantly . See 2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; In Jude 3 we are exhorted "to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints." We really do need to become strong in the Word of God to counter attack the lies of Satan in this day and age.

b) breastplate of righteousness

The Amplified Version reads "having put on the breastplate of integrity and moral rectitude and right standing before God." Isn’t it sad to reflect that integrity and moral rectitude are qualities that are not commonly found today, and they are even lacking in the church. Surely in these last days when integrity is becoming an increasing rarity amongst our national leaders, and the moral standards in the world are becoming almost non-existent, it is surely this time for the church to put on the breastplate of righteousness and integrity and shine in this world of darkness and immorality.

c) having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace

The Amplified Version reads "And having shod your feet in preparation to face the enemy with firm footed stability, the promptness produced by the good news of the gospel of peace." The sandals of the Roman soldier were heavy to give sound footing to those who would stand. We are to be prepared to do and suffer all for the sake of the Kingdom; readiness for march as Christian soldiers, readiness to preach the good tidings of peace. In Isaiah 52:7 it says "how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings...."

d) Taking the shield of faith with which you can quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.

The shield here is the large heavy shield covering the whole body, in which the fiery darts i.e. the arrows with the points made hot or wrapped with burning tow, may fix and burn themselves out without harm. Polybius, the Greek historian describes their shields "the shield measures 2.5ft x 4ft with a depth of 3" and there is fitted to it an iron boss which wards off great blows from stones and pikes and in general from darts, though hurled with violence.
Satan’s attack on the church is increasing, and will not cease, particularly as his time grows short, but God has given us the shield of faith which is more than adequate to withstand his every assault. "Resist the Devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)

e) And take the helmet of salvation

The soldier’s head above the shield was frequently open to attack. The arrow could shoot over the shield’s edge, and inflict a deadly l blow. We need to protect the mind. In Romans 12:2 Paul exhorts us "to be transformed by the renewal of our mind," and in Ephesians 4:23 "to be renewed in the spirit of our minds"1Th 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.


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Jamieson comments
"The head of the soldier was among the principal parts to be defended, as on it the deadliest strokes might fall, and it is the head that commands the whole body. The head is the seat of the mind, which when it has laid hold of the sure Gospel "hope" of eternal life, will not receive false doctrine, or give way to Satan’s temptations to despair"



f) And the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

The sword is undoubtedly a very powerful and lethal weapon, and so is the Word of God in the hand of the Christian. Hebrews 4:12 says "the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Jesus used this weapon against Satan in the wilderness and it is the weapon God expects us to use in spiritual warfare, but how many of us really know how to use it effectively. Smith Wigglesworth said that he would pay anybody £5 (probably about £100 in today’s money), or $190 if they ever caught him without his Bible.
It is quite surprising how many people do not even take their Bibles to church these days isn’t it. We need to stay strong in the Word

To sum up God has called us to be soldiers of Christ, but he doesn’t want us to be weak, compromising, wishy-washy Christians, but to be soldiers of Christ, ready and prepared for whatever he calls us into, to be prepared for any sacrifice in his service, and to put aside our personal agenda, and work together as one in winning our town, our city and countries for Jesus. This is a challenge as much to myself as much as to anybody else. Let's keep our armour on.

 

 

SATAN IS SO VERY REAL, YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT,   BUT JESUS SETS US FREE!

 

  1. GOD is Spirit

    Joh
    4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    2. MAN consists of a spirit dwelling in a physical body

    Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
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    3. ANGELS are spirits that serve God.

    Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
    Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


    We can't always see  these angels or ministering spirits, although some do, yet the Bible repeatedly tells us that they exist. Similarly the Bible describes Satan as a living spirit being, who has other spirit beings (demons) who serve him.

    We must believe the devil exists for the same reason we believe in these other spirit beings, not because we can see him, but because the Bible teaches it.

    Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
    Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
    Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
    Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?
    Job 1:10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
    Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
    Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

    Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
    Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
    Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
    Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
    Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
    Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
    Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

    Satan is described as a real living being, just as real as God, Job, Job's family, and Job's friends. He could speak and reason.

    Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
    Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward hungry.
    Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
    Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
    Mat 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
    Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
    Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
    Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
    Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
    Mat
    4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.


    Satan tempted Jesus. He is pictured as a real person, just like Jesus, the angels, etc. Again, he spoke to Him and tried to reason . This is recorded as a historical fact, just like other events in Jesus's life.

    Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

    In the parable of the sower, Jesus called him the "evil one" who snatches the word from men's hearts.

    Mar 4:15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

    Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

    1Jo 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
    1Jo 2:14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

    1Jo 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

    1Jo 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.


    The devil was sinning from the beginning, he lied to Adam and Eve in Eden.

    1Jo 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

    SATAN is a wicked Adversary.

    1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

    Do you see he wants to devour us?

    He is the enemy of God and Man.

    Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

    Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever


    The nature of Satan is completely opposite to God's. God is always good with no evil. He always acts to achieve what is best for all His creatures.

    Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

    He rules in the unbelievers life.

    Satan caused the death of Job's children, loss of Job's possessions, and loss of Job's health: See Job chap1

    Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

    The devil oppresses.

    Luk 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

    Satan caused the woman to be sick and bowed over with an issue of blood for 18 years.

    2Co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

    Paul's thorn in the flesh came from Satan.

    Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

    Satan has the power of death, but he is a defeated foe.

    Suffering, disease, and death are all caused by Satan.God originally placed man in a beautiful garden without pain, suffering, or death. None of these would be on earth if sin had not come, and the one ultimately responsible for sin is satan, not God.


    Joh 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;

    Satan tempts.

    Satan is the enemy of man in every possible way: he wants b to cause our eternal condemnation and hinders the spread of the gospel and makes every effort to prevent our escape from it. He also hinders Christians in their walk. Can you see that we need to understand his evil purposes? We must neverfall into his trap but oppose him in every way.


    Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.


    Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
    2Co
    11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
    2Co
    11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.


    Satan is a liar and a deciever.

    Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

    He will affect worship and decieve with false teachings.

    Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it

    Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
    Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.


    Jesus built His church and is the head of it but satan has his counterfeits.

    Mat
    7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    Mat
    7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    Mat
    7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    Mat
    7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    Mat
    7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    Mat
    7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
    Mat
    7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat
    7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    Mat
    7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    Mat
    7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    Mat
    7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    Mat
    7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    Mat
    7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
    Mat
    7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Mat
    7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    Satan likes the current move towards a one world religion.

    Act 26:16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
    Act 26:17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
    Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.


    Satan is powerful. Paul's preaching turned men from the POWER of Satan towards God.

    Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

    Satan is the Prince of this World.

    2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

    He wants people to be in bondage and captivity.

    Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

    If you commit sin you are his bond servant if you continue in them without repentance.

    SATAN IS A DEFEATED  FOE


    1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
    1Co
    15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

    1Jo 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.


    Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan. He defeated Satan when He died on the cross for us , then arose from the dead, paying the price for our sins.
    Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
    Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
    Eph 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
    Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
    Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
    Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
    Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.


    Satan may be strong , he can't defeat Him who is "above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named."

    Jam 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    Eph
    4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
    Eph
    4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

    Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
    Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    Eph 6:12 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.
    Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
    Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


    Far too often we have a problem in that we simply do not fight hard enough. We give up! We do not look for the way of escape. We don't resist the devil! Then we start to wonder why we fall! We need to keep our armour on.

    Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
    Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.


    Jesus wants to deliver us from the bondage of sin.

    Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
    Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


    The truth will set us free. JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, THROUGH HIM WE CAN HAVE FREEDOM.

    Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

 

 

Christians being bewitched

CHRISTIANS BEING BEWITCHED
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Demonic powers intend to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly.

Joh 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

There is a type of witchcraft which is an enemy of the church for it comes in by the back door giving place to demonic activity, and battles against the minds of men. It challenges the Church of Jesus Christ by hindering maturity of believers, hindering church growth, coming against families, marriages and relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and it holds back advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ..
You may be thinking that you would never get involved in witchcraft and cast spells and I am sure that as a truly born again believer you would not. But could it be that other forms of witchcraft warned of in the Bible? Can we look beyond our traditional perception of witchcraft and explore some other manifestations of the force of witchcraft, namely those that operate through our old fallen nature, in other words “the flesh.”

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?
Gal 3:2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Paul taught that witchcraft is released through our own stubbornness and rebellion to God’s will.

Note 3 words in the above passage

BEWITHCHED - The Greek word translated “bewitched” is baskaino, and means to be charmed, seduced or placed under a spell..


FLESH – The word “Flesh” here is translated from the Greek word sarx, which refers to the carnal mind, which is enmity towards God.
(The word “Flesh “ is better understood as the earthly nature of man apart from the Spirit of God.).



Think about this, have you ever been around somebody whose negative body language, harsh voice tone, stubbornness, or contentious attitudes made you feel like you were walking on eggshells? Did those actions and attitudes make you feel like he or she might lash out at you any moment? Even if nothing much was said, you could probably still feel some sort of negative force emanating from that person. Did you feel you were getting a nonverbal message? Could that feeling be the result of a subtle form of witchcraft emanating from sarx?



SPIRIT – The word “ Spirit” translated from the Greek word pneuma referring to the breath of God, the Holy Spirit, that which is the nature and breath of God.


Gal 5:16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Gal 5:17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
Gal 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
Gal 5:20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
Gal 5:21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

To live in the Spirit is to live in the opposite direction to living under the spirit of ‘sarx.’


Deu 18:9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.
Deu 18:10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,
Deu 18:11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
Deu 18:12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD , and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
Deu 18:13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
Deu 18:14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.


Lev 20:5 I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech.
Lev 20:6 " 'I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.
Lev 20:7 " 'Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.
Lev 20:8 Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD , who makes you holy.


I have included those passages here to show how we as believers can actually prostitute ourselves and cut ourselves away from growing in God because we allow ourselves to be bewitched, if we allow the flesh our old nature to preside. We are called to be holy and blameless before our Lord.

Pro 18:20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled;
with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.
Pro 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.


The words we speak over others or in situations are vital for the power of life and death is in the tongue.

Jas 3:5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
Jas 3:6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Jas 3:7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
Jas 3:8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Jas 3:9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

Can the same mouth speak blessings and cursings? Surely this should not be.

2Ti 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Negative words stating it’s not happening, or I haven’t seen much of signs and wonders on the streets could actually be denying the ’dunamis’ power of God.

Religion can also release this type of bewitching when it intentionally avoids the ministry of the Holy Spirit..

Eph 4:22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
Eph 4:23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Eph 4:24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.


. The good news is that through our love for Jesus Christ we can see the old nature crucified.. The Word of God instructs us to leave behind or take off our old corrupted manner of living and put on the new man, change our mindset, change our attitudes becoming that which is created in righteousness and true holiness in God’s likeness.


God wants us free.

Joh 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

The word “Free” is from the Greek word eleutheroō and it means to liberate, to deliver , to set free.

If Jesus has set you free, you are free indeed you do not need to remain in slavery to the flesh. You are a new creation- it’s time for the body of Christ to walk in that freedom which Christ has already obtained for us.

 

JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE SO TOTALLY FREE


You can be free of those deep seated hurts from childhood days,
Someone took advantage of your innocence behind closed doors,
But there was an unseen witness to the proceedings always,
Your Heavenly Father wants to wipe away your tears forever more.

He has watched you hurting there throughout the years,
And He has longed to set you free, wiping away every tear,
His love for you his child is love that goes beyond all measure,
Right now he is beckoning you to come hither, come closer.

You need to recognize what your abusers have done and forgive them,
Remember what we pray “Father forgive those who trespass against us,”
He has forgiven us of so much, his commandments we have broken,
The blood shed for you wiped away your sins, take all those hurts to Jesus.

Oh dear one, can’t you see he felt every hurt, every bit of your pain?
He has cried and travailed with you when you have shed those tears,
Now he wants to take every one of those deep seated night fears,
Giving you a precious new freedom and you will never be bound again.

So take it all to Jesus, ask him to help you to forgive your abusers,
It can’t be done on your own, you need to have his help on this,
Remember his love and compassion goes well beyond compare,
Give it all over to him today and he will help you with the forgiveness.

And soon you will know what it is to be so totally free,
For He will do for you what he has already done for me,
Every chain , every shackle, He wants to break away,
That you might know real joy and freedom in him today.

Irene McGough 2008

 

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