Answer Every Attack of the Enemy with the Word, Mind Attacks, Spiritual Warfare

Don’t Allow the Enemy to Make You Your Own Worst Enemy – And How to Win the Battles

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God’s sons and daughters can allow the enemy to plant lies and accept them as their own, allowing them to also become rooted. Thus, the enemy can succeed in making a child of God their own worst enemy.

HOW TO WIN THESE BATTLES…

1. Know the Word for yourself, so you are always ready to answer the enemy with it to take every thought (lie) captive and make them obey Christ, the Word.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

For example, when the mind is attacked with the lie of the enemy:

LIE: “You’re never going to be free from that situation.”

Answer with the promise of God, believing it as fact, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us from them all,” (Psalm 34:19). Since this promise is for you, you can also boldly and confidently say, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers ME from them all.”

LIE: “You’ll always be sick and lame.”

Answer with a promise of God, believing it as fact, “Be Jesus’ stripes, I WAS healed.” Or, from Proverbs 4:20-22, “God’s Word is life and health to my body, so I speak His Word to my body and it has life and health.”

Note, the enemy will also use people around you to speak his lies, even God’s children, because they don’t know the Word for themselves.

Knowing the Word for ourselves doesn’t mean knowing it second hand through a pastor who may or may not even be interpreting the Word correctly depending on his willingness to fully submit to the Holy Spirit as his main Teacher and Guide through the Word.

We are blessed to live in a time where, as we learn the Word, we can easily search for any promise of God related to our situation online. It’s a great idea to print or write out the promises and put them where you can easily see them, pray and declare them.

2. Know there is an enemy seeking to steal, kill, and destroy, seeking whom he MAY devour.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10).

If one is unaware to begin with of the reality of an enemy who isn’t into child’s play but is seeking to steal from, destroy, and kill us, then one can become the thief’s effortless, easily devoured prey.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Peter 5:8).

A child of God doesn’t have to become a MAY. What posture must we stay in to avoid the snake’s devouring? Sober. Vigilant. Readied with the Word. And God says we can be kept in perfect peace through it because our minds are fixed on Him.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3).

He wouldn’t say it if it were not possible. This will only happen when we get His Word, promises, and truth rooted in us.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you,” (Philippians 4:8-9).

The Word of God fully equips us for everything the enemy throws at us.

3. Know born again believers are under a new covenant, established and paid in full by Jesus, with new and better promises and that we are no longer slaves but children of God.

“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises,” (Hebrews 8:6).

God is not dealing with us as He did in the law under a blessing and cursing covenant. Jesus fully fulfilled the law for us and took all its curse upon Himself. E.g. The curse of the law included sickness which Jesus took all of on His body by His stripes.

“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12).

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:4-7).

To summarize, it all boils down to knowing the Word for ourselves and walking with the Lord by the Spirit, knowing the full power of God dwells in every child of God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).

That He is, is the Great I AM who rewards those who diligently – how? – diligently seek Him.

I pray this helps and blesses someone who really needs it. It is the calling of every believer to build up his sisters and brothers.

Pray for the Church, Prayer for Pastors

How to Pray for Pastors in the End Times Church

HOW TO PRAY FOR PASTORS FOR THE END TIMES CHURCH

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

ESTHER 4:14

We can easily discern by what is happening in the church and what isn’t that it is far from God’s will and mostly in compromise. Everything of God – His Word, gifts, prophecy,  giving, etc. – has been twisted and abused by the enemy, driving people into further confusion and deception. Then instead of seeking Him to know His Word for themselves and what He says about matters, giving, the gifts of the Spirit many, not all, are abandoning them altogether out of disappointment, disgust, and all that the twisting His Word and way brings.

But when His Word and gifts are used as He intended, they draw people, heal them, and set them on fire to continue to co-labor with Jesus to help others for the saving of souls and setting free by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So strongly, I’ve heard the Holy Spirit say how terrible the state of the church looks to the lost and how these perversions of God’s truth are keeping them from Jesus. That’s why we must pray.

When in prayer, the Lord gave me Esther 4:14 to speak to me about pastors.

He used it to speak to me about the overall church and the lost to say if pastors today do not obey His voice or are quenching it, so they can no longer hear Him, that He will raise up others in their place. And all they think they are doing or all of God’s truth they are not speaking to “hold on to” and protect “their” church, position, salary or to prevent “members” from leaving is self-deception and will lead to the very thing they fear – losing it all.

It’s not their church, and there’s nothing they can do to hold onto it if God removes them from their position for not taking care of His sheep. For harming them, lying to and deceiving them, and withholding His truth. For not loving them and for being lovers of self.

God has been, is, and will continue to raise up others to replace every false shepherd and prophet, every wolf in sheep’s clothing with sons and daughters of thunder who don’t “look like” or “seem like” God would use them in the eyes of man. Oh, but praise God, He looks on the heart alone.

Let’s pray that every pastor, shepherd, and teacher of the Word …

Put God and His Word first no matter what. No matter if it causes a church split, no matter it offends, no matter if they lose their 501c3 status, no matter if they lose their position.

See and know that they know God is their Source alone. Not donors, etc. Him alone.

Return to their first love Jesus and always have the Lord and His namesake, His reputation, His people, and the lost in mind when they preach and teach.

Obey God as Micaiah who said in 1 Kings 22:14, “As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.”

Be defenders of the Word like Paul as we defend His Word out of our love for Him, His truth, and people. Everything else leads people into bondage or hell. True love speaks His truth to keep people from these things.

Fear You more than they fear man and be totally delivered from people pleasing.

Be delivered from every man-made side doctrine that adds to and takes away from the Word.

Be delivered from exalting their denominational beliefs above the Word.

Be led by the Holy Spirit.

Teach the full gospel including that the gifts (the ministry of the Holy Spirit) and healing are for today. Perverting the gospel by withholding His truth in any way very serious in the eyes of God and robbing people of freedom.

Make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

Bow their knees and fully submit to the Lord and everything the voice of the Lord tells them or be replaced by those who will. Souls, lives, His truth and namesake are all at stake here and matter more than pastors being removed from their positions for bringing much harm to His people.

Also pray that…

Every false teacher, prophet, bowed to money and power ones, etc. be exposed and His people learn and study the Word for themselves, so they know that what they are being taught is His truth, that they not blindly accept everything they are taught, and test every spirit as many wolves abound to devour God’s flock in these times.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Pray for the Church

The Light of God’s Word Vs. Man-Made Denominations, -Isms, and Free Will

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“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”

JOHN 17:20-22

Jesus prayed that we, His church, be one. Why? That the world, the lost, may “believe that You sent Me.” 

It’s no surprise then that the devil, the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12) plot, plan, and scheme to divide the church in every way possible.

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works,” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

After being led by the Holy Spirit through His Word on the matter of denominations and the myriad of -isms, it is clear that these man-made side doctrines, not in the Word of God, are not God’s will, contradict His Word (John 17:20-22), and were inspired by the enemy, masquerading as an angel of light to the divide the church again, again, and again.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28).

Because God is good and merciful, He will cause our free will choices to work together for our good.

But truly, umpteen denominations and -isms are not God’s will and passionate desire for us because they divide greatly and do not unite us as one.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

I can’t take credit for this revelation, but on one of my social media accounts, someone commented that in mathematics, the “denominator” is the bottom number of a fraction which divides. E.g. 1/99, the number 99 is the denominator.

We get the meaning of the word “denominations” from the same root as denominator. Every denomination and other man-made side doctrine outside of the Word are intended to divide His church. Period.

This is not God’s will. No, denominations are man’s free will exercised in opposition to and despite knowledge of John 17:20-22, were inspired by the father of lies, and were often borne of pride, unbelief, intellectualism (interpreting the Word with the natural mind and not being led into the truth by the Holy Spirit), and elitism.

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them,” (Hebrews 7:25).

Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear, with discernment by the Holy Spirit, knows the Lord is calling us to be as one so the lost will know that Jesus is truly the Way, the Son of God, the Hope of glory.

He prays now for His church to wake up and shed our man-made side doctrines and come under His Word and authority alone. To be deceived by the divisive devices of the enemy no more.

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all,” (Acts 4:32-33).

What happens when the church obeys Him and operates of “one heart and one soul”? We are powerful witnesses for Christ operating with great grace upon us ALL.

“And Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak,'” (1 Kings 22:14).

His Word shows, corrects, guides, not to condemn because there is no condemnation for those in Christ, but because He desires His best for us. And His best is not a weak, ineffective, divided, and powerless church but one that glorifies Him, destroys the works of the devil in His name, and gets people set free. This is what He showed me in the Word, so this is what I speak or in this case write.

He didn’t pour out His Spirit on us that we cork it up for ourselves. He poured out His Spirit on all flesh so it could flow from us as living water and minister to the world. O that we be one, so the world could really see our beloved Jesus.

Prayer

Father, in light of Your Word, I boldly share these Spirit led words and pray that Your lukewarm church wake up. Wake up so we can be one, in Your will, and an effective, powerful force for Christ by the Holy Spirit, for Your glory. So the world will be drawn unto You by the clear evidence we display “that Jesus was sent by You.” I pray Your church can humble itself and put You and Your Word first for the saving and setting free of many in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Healing

The Thorn in the Flesh False Doctrine and Healing

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The ‘thorn in the flesh doctrine’ is a false one that is widely taught regarding healing.

“Thorn in the flesh” has also been adopted by unbelievers and is used to describe annoyances or annoying people in their lives. So, it’s also been widely secularized in addition to being misused in the church.

Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” is NOT a sickness God refused to heal him from. This lie against God is still widely taught in the church.

That’s why we have to study the Word ourselves. ❤️

2 Corinthians 12:7 says, “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a THORN in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!”

We must keep 2 Corinthians 12:7 in context of the chapter, book, books, and the entire Word, not use that one verse then willy-nilly substitute any old thing for it and falsely accuse God of refusing to heal Paul. In context, Paul is talking about persecutors. NOT sickness.

The Holy Spirit used this to lead me lead me further into the truth about this pesky thorn.  He said, “Paul knew the Old Testament (Hebrew scriptures) well and often quoted from it.” So, I did recall that he was used to be a Pharisee and looked it up and found the confirming verses in Acts 22:3, Acts 23:6, and Acts 26:5.

Keeping in mind that Paul knew the Old Testament well and often quoted from it in the New Testament, let’s read the following verses:

  • “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and THORNS in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell” (Numbers 33:55).
  • Because of Israel’s disobedience God says to them regarding the ungodly inhabitants of the land, “Therefore, I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be THORNS in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.’” (Judges 2:3).
  • But evil men are all to be cast aside like THORNS, which are not gathered with the hand. (2 Samuel 23:6)
  • And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. (Ezekiel 2:6)
  • No longer will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. (Ezekiel 28:24)

So, we now see by ‘thorn’ Paul means, persecutors as in people, NOT sickness. God, in both the Old and New Testament, always intends for thorn to mean: a person or people who persecute, torment, and harass His people. Jesus said we’d be persecuted for the gospel, so He didn’t deliver Paul from persecutors that were being inspired by a religious spirit – NOT sickness. 2 Corinthians 11:4, Paul says, “For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” We all know that “we wage not against flesh and blood.” You can read more about Paul’s persecutors here.

Again, pastors/people can’t just substitute what they want to make a cute message for the praises of man. Look at the damage it causes both to how people see God and how people who are praying for healing would be greatly affected by this lie.

I’m saddened at what this false doctrine does to the name of the Lord as it continues to be spread amongst the church by the inspiration of father of lies – Satan. I have heard many “popular” pastors teach this wrong and substitute a MULTITUDE OF THINGS for thorn in the flesh which spreads lies against God and His character.

Lord, I pray someone here is helped by this in Jesus’ name, amen.

In order to believe that Paul’s thorn was a sickness, a NEW COVENANT believer must DISBELIEVE or reject THROUGH UNBELIEF a significant part of the atonement  (Jesus’ finished work) and so much more.

One would have to reject through unbelief:

  • “But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises,” Hebrews 8:6. New Covenant believers in Christ are under the best covenant yet. We are not under the law nor any covenant that predates the law.
  • Paul and all New Covenant believers were purchased, through the blood of Jesus, the IRREVOCABLE POWER by an IRREVOCABLE contract (covenant) with God to heal the sick. Spoken in command form by Jesus: Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” Matthew 10:8. No need for Paul to beg God to heal Him when He and the disciples could simply exercise their authority to heal the sick.
  • “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you,” Luke 10:19, which is preceded by, Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,” Luke 10:8-9. 
  • “Surely He has borne our [a] griefs and carried our [b] sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:4-5. The original Hebrew for [a] griefs and [b] sorrows are sicknesses and pains respectively.
  • “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed,” 1 Peter 2:24. In fulfillment of Isaiah 53, this is now given in the past tense. Jesus ALREADY paid for for healing for ALL, but we must receive it by faith NOT reject it through unbelief.
  • “He sent His Word (Jesus) and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions,” Psalm 107:20. 
  • “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,” Psalm 103:2-3.
  • “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities AND bore our sicknesses,” Matthew 8:16-17.
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NYC, For His who Fear Him, Not Man – A Vision

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I don’t get visions like this often. This wasn’t an open vision, but something the Lord was showing me over and over in my mind’s eye. Nothing I would have come up with on my own, and I could see it so clearly.

I saw people who feared God and not man going out, in twos, and prayer walking the length and breadth of New York City. I saw them praying in the Spirit most of the time as they walked it, stopping to pray at points of interest as led by the Holy Spirit.

They had such a lack of the fear of man and man’s opinions of them, they obeyed God without wavering. If the Holy Spirit fire of God fell on them and caused them to give a (Spirit-controlled) loud shout to take down principalities and powers of darkness, they didn’t hold back.

The vision represents the beginning of this happening all over the nation.

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Prayer

Father, as an intercessor for You, it’s assigned to me to call forth the words You give me and others through intercession. I call this word forth right now in the name of Jesus. Your people are mighty on the earth in New York City and this nation and take back land for Your kingdom through powerful, fervent, prayer and intercession. In Jesus’ name, amen.