We are still on the topic of Victory in Spiritual Warfare! Chris Foster did an outstanding job last week at explaining the internal battle we face as believers. And, umm...Did anyone memorize Romans 12:1-2? I hope so! That renewed mind mentioned in the aforementioned verse is made evident through the VITAL thing we are going to talk about. In fact, you cannot win in spiritual warfare without this one vital element. We're going to dive in deep! Bring your Bibles, and prepare to take notes because tonight, we're going to slay the dragon of pride. Before we begin, PLEASE read Job 41, slowly. If you take heed to the message tonight and be DOERS of the Word, you'll be mighty spiritual warriors, starting TODAY!
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of
Wow...we have a few changes tonight! Ose and Niral 2 are both in Washington DC. They both will be ministering to thousands of college aged students at the Proclaim Crusade. With all that is going on in Washington DC at the moment, we need to be sure to remember them in our prayers. With that in mind, tonight will be a bit different without them. So, Sarah Foster and CJ Thomas will be leading worship tonight. Also, Chris Foster will be teaching and leading the discussion on Spiritual Warfare. Finally, Aaron Soap will be serving communion, and Desiree Soap will update us on missions opportunites. As for me, I will not be teaching tonight, but will certainly get back on topic, asap. Instead, I'll be cooking!
IMPORTANT: If you have not come to Night Watch prayer on Tuesdays, I want you to know that some of the most important lessons on warfare prayer are taught and demonstrated, there. If you already understand all there is to know on prayer, then we need you. Come pray and contribute what God has put inside of you. There's much going on in our world. Let's make prayer an urgency.
Finally, I am so pleased to see that some of you have begun giving consistently. This helps a LOT! We have missions and endeavors that will not be done unless you support the work that is going forward. Thank you for honoring what God is doing in your life at First Love Fellowship. It is greatly appreciated. If you have not given this week, you can give here.
Jesus answered the cry of his disciples, “Lord, increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5)
Faith is the conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it.
Jesus answered the cry of the father in the multitude, “Help my unbelief”” (Mark 9:14-23)
Jesus answered the cry of his disciples, “Why could we not cast him out?
It’s almost cliché. We hear it in many Christian circles: “I am believing God to take care of my situation” or, “I am believing God for a breakthrough.” But, believing God is essential to a relationship with Him. Think about it. Can you say, “I love Randall, but I don’t believe what he says!” Or, “Karen is my friend, forever, but she cannot be believed!” This is why the scripture says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). When it comes to warfare prayers and deliverance, we have to cross this hurdle, early. We have to overthrow unbelief or our prayers, declarations, intercession, and fasting are all in vain. But, how do we overcome unbelief?
“That He is” (Hebrews 11:6)
I assumed this was going to translate as a word meaning “God”, but it did not! It is the Greek word ginomai.
It is a verb that actually means:
What does it mean to “diligently seek” Him?
What does this have to do with deliverance and spiritual warfare?
The subject of Spiritual Warfare is one where mis-information by Satan meets a warm embrace by soulish ministers who allow the needs of their bellies (money) to make them prefer to see saints wallow in ignorance. Of those who blight the nominal Church with the enslavement of blood washed saints as they make obeisance to Mammon, Paul had this scathing report in Philippians 2:17-21. Let no one be in any doubt that ignorance means big business for such ministers who have given deliverance a bad name as saints rely on them for even minor challenges of life.
Our King, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Jesus the Messiah stated plainly in John 8:32 that the knowledge of truth brings freedom. For added effect, He proclaimed that those He sets free are free indeed (John 8:36). Today, let us be open for Holy Spirit to tell us the full truth about three realms of spiritual authority that will clear all confusion on this vital subject.
1. Realm of Spiritual Authority: Inheritance of Individual Saints
Every saint, no matter how young in the Kingdom or lacking in spiritual growth has an inherent inheritance in King Yeshua which guarantees the capacity to confront and overcome Satan and powers of darkness by whatever name they may be called! This is a redemptive blessing saints receive from Yeshua, Jesus Who is head of His Body.
It includes these indisputable rights:
“11 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
These two legal tools (The name and Blood of Yeshua, Jesus) are what gives us the right to resist Satan who will flee (1 Peter 5:8-9) and bind his spiritual agents who will comply!
Caution: know when to embrace Divine dealings and when to war!
Let it be said that discernment and wisdom is vital to know when one is undergoing a general process of life through challenges (in which case understanding of Romans 8:28-39 brings great comfort that ultimately, things will work out for good).
On the other hand, if a saint is outside the will of Yahweh or has sinned, His divine discipline may take effect any way He chooses and one needs to embrace it and come out better, not bitter as Hebrews 12:4-11 states.
In the same way, wisdom and discernment will reveal when Satan or his agents are at work which require the right response of spiritual warfare, using the Authority of the Name and Power of the Blood of Yeshua, Jesus!
In doing the above, saints are treading upon serpents and scorpions; pushing back the frontiers of darkness! It is not about them and their spiritual, intellectual or physical ability! Whenever they exercise the authority of the Name of Yeshua, Jesus and Power of His shed Blood, the Holy Spirit takes over to enforce the moving of the 'mountain' involved! Zechariah 4:6
For this reason, it is advised that saints should not use the Name or Blood of Yeshua, Jesus, in vain! They are not religious totems or amulets to be bandied about in fear or as acts of superstition! What some deliverance ministries have done in this regard cheapens these two powerful instruments of divine victory graciously made available to saints as an inheritance from King Yeshua.
The question somebody may ask is this: can a saint therefore get deliverance from a Satanic attack all by himself/herself? The answer is Yes, absolutely! The principles stated in this book are truths that set free for those who will receive in meekness and exercise faith in Yahweh and His Word! But we cannot stop at the individual because there is more to life in the Spirit!
2. Realm of Spiritual Authority: Corporate Inheritance
One of the most underestimated power centres on earth is the Body of Yeshua, Jesus! Satan knows it so and works over time to sow seeds of discord which prevent saints from becoming as united as Yeshua prayed for in John 17.
He also works over time to make saints neglect the divine concept of Church as a living, loving organism of various Body parts united in the Spirit to manifest Yeshua, their head. He does this by making leaders focus on an organisational construct which emphasises hierarchy, stiff systems such as committees that provide ambitious people pathways to 'climb' and achieve their humanistic ambitions, passing them off as the will of Yahweh.
Satan and his agents know that The Church, functioning rightly as The Body of its head, Yeshua, Jesus, will automatically be of same substance as Him, enjoying His unlimited authority and power on earth. This scripture needs to be understood and appreciated. Colossians 2: 9-10
One of the greatest and most untapped realities is the fact that once two or more saints are gathered in His Name, Yeshua, Jesus is automatically present! Matthew 18:20
We need to take Him at His Word and begin to consciously invest in walking in unity with saints that Yahweh aligns us with spiritually! Alignment is what releases the potency of our corporate strength as these scriptures show:
“19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in
“10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be
perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment”1 Corinthians 1:10
Saints, it is time to restore the invaluable ministry of prayer partners who meet to intercede, pray' war and not gossip! Joel 2:73.
3. Realm of Spiritual Warfare: Specialised Anointing
In His wisdom, Yahweh has ordered His Kingdom on earth in a way that beyond the individual and collective realms of authority for spiritual warfare, some of those called to ministry are vested with extra grace and gifting so that their core
contribution to building up the Body is to be used by Him to heal the sick, deliver the oppressed, cast out demons and conduct deliverance whenever the Holy Spirit prompts them.
Not all preachers, including five fold leaders are called into this realm of ministry. Majority of Pastors, Teachers, even some Apostles, Prophets and Evangelists are not gifted to function as deliverance ministers or workers of miracles. All ministers should eat humble pie and stay within the remit of their callings and gifting! We lose nothing but rather gain all when we accept who Yeshua has made us to be in the Spirit and give room to others who are gifted differently to make input into the well being of saints.
In the same way, those who are called to function with gifts of healing, working of miracles or ability to discern spirits that oppress saints and conduct deliverance are not in any way superior to other ministers. It is immaturity gone berserk when deliverance ministers boast of their 'powers' and try to use such to control lives of saints by constantly creating negative scenarios or diagnosing their problems in such a way that inspire fear and consequent faith in them, rather than Yeshua who is head!
“4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7.
“11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” 1 Corinthians 12:11-12.
“28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues”.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?” 1 Corinthians 12: 28-29
Deliverance ministers cannot and should not rely on the charismatic nature of their gifting to speak down on those who are not called. Their best comes forth when they walk in alignment with other five fold ministers so that the brethren in the ministry/network or City Church can tap into the collective pool of spiritual strength embedded in corporate leadership as Ephesians 4:11-16 reveal.
A real problem arises when people called ‘deliverance ministers’ to isolate themselves from the Body to run exclusive or predominant 'Deliverance Ministries' where their 'members' are starved of the full counsel of Yahweh as they are rather fed very limited, narrow dogma which validate their 'founders' personal doctrine.
By such isolation, both the ministers and their 'members' are not built up on a regular basis by what other joints of the Body supply. They become proud and before long turn aside into vain jangling, creating dogmas and inventing points of contact by their soulish realms. Before long, they gravitate towards enjoying control over the lives of other saints who become 'soul tied' to their 'anointing'. As people buy all their 'books', specially 'anointed' anointing oil (Olive oil), ministry becomes big business whose bottom line is money made and crowds gathered, not the glory or honour of the King! This breeds idolatry of the worst order.
Is it not ironic that in running such deliverance ministries, saints who fall victim are ensnared further, losing the ability to make decisions on even minor issues of life like marriage, career, education, where to live or when to travel! Have you ever wondered why the goal posts of fasting for deliverance are shifted with impunity?
There are cases where it appears some saints are asked to fast for, say, 7 days which is later shifted to 21 days; then 30 days, then 40 and 50 days and at times 100days with countless vigils and loud prayers that shift nothing! In some so called 'African Churches deliverance 'candidates' are even asked to make pilgrimages to their headquarters on the continent for 'topping up' where even more 'seed' is sown.
Unfortunately and sadly, few have testimonies of being 'delivered'. In further dishonour to the King, saints passing through spiritual or emotional oppression are video-taped/filmed for promotional purposes, without their consent or the 'consents' are blackmailed off them and broadcast to draw more crowds in. In some cases, testimonies of healings and deliverance are 'staged' and found to be false!
Those who are making a show of blood washed saints in this way are in for trouble with their King on the Last Day!
Final word: those who will not invest in educating saints to know who they are in
Yeshua and who He is in them and their awesome inheritance in Him just to create victim-conscious clients through series of psychological operations are guilty of mind control and witchcraft! They are not engaged in the gospel of the Kingdom but a dangerous subversion of it!
If they do not repent on this side of eternity, rejection by the King, as pronounced in Matthew 7:15-23 may be sure on the Last Day! Those who have ears to hear cannot claim that Yeshua did not tell them! Whatever confines fellow saints to permanent spiritual yokes of serf-dom does not have the Imprimatur of He who came to give His own abundant life and Liberty. Deliverance ministers who are truly called will invest in the empowerment of saints with truth that sets free, even if that means reducing the number of those who flock to them as sheep without shepherd. This will be the acid test for knowing those who are called, chosen and sent and those who sent themselves into ministry!