The Forbiddings Pt. 6

Today we continue our discussion on the believer’s authority. Specifically we are discussing what the believer needs to do to walk in and hold on to that authority. Did you know that many believers have let go of their authority in Christ?

If you need to catch up on our previous discussions they can be found below:

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

Pt. 4

Pt. 5

Sunset Prayer

Yesterday I asked you what spiritual weapons were in your arsenal that could help you walk in authority. Today we are going to identify and discuss those weapons.

THE FIRST WEAPON IS PRAYER!

 It’s time for the church to start praying.I don’t mean wishing for things to be different and I don’t  mean listing off our struggles in a passing prayer request in our morning devotions. I mean it is time to pray regularly, intentionally and in the Spirit until something happens. It is time to begin spending lunch hours doing nothing other than speaking in tongues. Can I encourage you here? If you are not Baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, God will never force you, but trying to wage spiritual war without the gift of tongues is like taking a knife to a nuclear war and thinking your going to come out on top.

Let me explain something about tongues. Paul said tongues was the least of all the gifts (I Cor, 14) and that is true but as often happens with God, He has chosen to use the weakest of things to bless the strong. I have learned that tongues is the gateway, the door that opens  to us the availability of all the other gifts. It is when I am praying in tongues that the supernatural gift of faith is most frequently activated in my life. It is in that space that the gifts of healing flow; Prophecy comes; Miracles take place. In fact, I would say that probably 85% of all the supernatural events that have taken place in my life have occurred in and around times of praying in tongues. Praying in tongues is a big part of spiritual victory.

IT IS TIME TO PRAY IN THE SPIRIT.

ANOTHER WEAPON IS THE WORD OF GOD!

It is time to start spending  copious amounts of time listening to or reading and studying the Word of God. Nothing should be getting in the way of Bible study. If you are saying I don’t have time to join a Bible study what you are saying is “I don’t have time to work on getting the victory in that tough area.”

FASTING!!!!!

It is time to start adding regular fasting to our prayer. Prayer and fasting in the days ahead is going to become a normal part of the powerful Christian’s life. Christians who won’t fast won’t have power. Listen, this is a huge challenge to me personally but one I am looking at taking up.

The Lord’s desire is to take down the strongholds of the Devil in our personal lives, our family lives and also in our communities but He did not say the gates of Hell will not prevail against God. He said the gates of Hell will not prevail against the church. The gates aren’t coming down because He says so. They are coming down because the church says so. He has given that authority to us to see what we are going to do with it.

Jesus told this parable.,

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Ma. 25:14-30

You see we have been given the authority, the spiritual capital, to deal with the gates of Hell, the forbiddings, which the enemy has raised against us. But we have to begin to use that capital. Folks in the days ahead your protection your power is not going to come because you have physically prepared for the apocalypse. That might be an important directive but your power will come from prayer, from you study of the Word of God,  from fasting and from the Spirit of God who enters through those disciplines and nowhere else. Your level of authority and victory is going to be directly linked to how much time you spend in the Word of God, and in prayer and in church.

WALK IN YOUR AUTHORITY!

The Forbiddings Pt. 5

I had to take a brief break from our spiritual discussion on the believer’s authority in Christ due to my writing and pastoring schedule this week, but tonight before I launch into another marathon book edit session I am going to publish the next portion of our discussion.

Here are the last installments to refresh your memory:

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

Pt. 4

Sunset Prayer

I meditated on the first part of this  message (part 4) for about a week and then in another time of prayer God began to speak to me again about “forbiddings.”

HE said to me, “ My people were not meant to be on the defensive against the enemy all their lives. My people were meant to walk in authority according to Matthew 28:18-20 and Matthew 16 and Luke 10. “But the enemy has raised up “forbiddings” against them. These are called the gates of Hell. They are those areas in people’s lives and relationships where the enemy has built walls and strongholds that the people cannot seem to break through.”

“Just like the enemy has been shut out of certain victories by the prayers of my people so the people have been shut out of certain victories because of the spiritual power the enemy has exerted in areas of their lives. But I have said that ‘the gates of Hell would not prevail against my church’, and I have said ‘the weapons of my people are spiritual and mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.’ The problem is my people are trying to use carnal weapons to tear down spiritual power and that will never work to do anything other than exhaust them. The forbiddings the enemy has built against my people are going to come down but only when my people begin dealing with them using their spiritual weapons.”

Is there any area of your life that you are struggling with? Does it seem like you cannot get victory in that area no matter what you try? Have you been to the doctor and the psychiatrist?  Have you been to therapy and have you tried meds? Have you sought out human counsellors and found they don’t work?  Have you tried confrontation or have you attempted to run away only to find none of those things work? Then its time to  try the spiritual weapons.

In your estimation what spiritual weapons do you possess?

Share Your World 2015 Week #36

Here we are once again folks at SHARE YOUR WORLD. Every week Cee shares 5 questions and each of us share our answers and in the mix of those things we all share little pieces of our world with one another. Very healthy stuff! When you have done reading what I share, click the underlined link above and share a bit of yourself with Cee by reading her blog.

Here are the questions Cee shared!

If you were a pen, what type, style and color would you be?

If I were a pen I would be an old-fashioned ink quill or maybe a stylus. I think there is room in this world maybe even a need for a mixture of the old in with the new.

How many languages do you speak?

Well that depends if you count speaking in tongues. Sometimes I speak in the heavenly language and then have to pray for the interpretation. I am Pentecostal remember.

glos·so·la·li·a

NOUN

  1. the phenomenon of (apparently) speaking in an unknown language, especially in religious worship. It is practiced especially by Pentecostal and charismatic Christians.

Are you a listener or talker?

I’m a preacher. I love to talk. But I would have to say I try to listen a lot more than I speak. I fail at that sometimes

Rather Have:  Which would you rather have, 2 million dollars or true love? 

I have true love in my relationship with God and I can honestly say 2 million dollars is way to cheap to be selling this great love!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am so grateful that last week I got to spend a week planning ministry and playing in the Berkshires.

Sunset from Jiminy Peak, Lanesboro MA

Sunset from Jiminy Peak, Lanesboro MA

This week I am looking forward to signing my first book contract with Rose Hall Media!

Festival Of Leaves 2015- Week 1

The Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA

The Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA

Well fall has officially started here in Massachusetts. The Fall Fests are ramping up. In a few short weeks the trees themselves will regale us with their autumn light show, but for now we have the apple festivals and pumpkin festivals to color our world. See how the beginning of autumn is shaping up in other places by visiting the Home Page of Festival of Leaves 2015.

More than that why don’t you consider joining us and showing us what fall looks like in your part of the world.

logofestivalofleaves

The Forbiddings Pt. 4

We have been discussing over the last several days the nature of the Christian’s authority. Today we continue that discussion in “The Forbiddings Pt. 4”  but if you have missed any of the previous parts of our discussion they can be found in the underlined links below:

Pt. 1

Pt. 2

Pt. 3

Sunset Prayer

Now here we are at today’s discussion on authority:

So far we have established that, it is vitally important in the days ahead to come to know and understand what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches.

A few weeks ago the Lord began to speak to me in my prayer time and he said, “My people have raised up forbiddings against the enemy in this land. Some have taken up their authority in prayer and they have begun to raise up walls of power in the spirit realm that are shutting the devil out of territory he has controlled for many generations in this land. The enemy has been free to exercise authority in this region for many years because my people did not know they through prayer had the authority to change anything. They did not understand that prayer was more than a wish list but that it was a powerful tool that through persistent use by praying over things again and again they could begin to deal with issues in the spirit realm. Now because of the prayers of some of my people I have raised up forbiddings against the enemy and he is  forbidden or shut out of those areas. He is angry. He has not been forbidden anything for many years in this land and he will not take this lying down. He cannot undo the forbiddings. He cannot unlock the doors my people have locked against him through prayer. But he my people can unlock them. Knowing that he will attack the people in hopes of getting them to unlock the doors and let him back in through frustration or weariness. If my people will not hide behind me during this time they will be greatly tempted to just give in and give up and then they will lose all the ground they have begun to gain.”

Can I ask you this morning. Have you begun pursing God in new ways recently? Have you begun to try to follow God more obediently and are things in life making that journey very difficult? Are you being tempted sometimes to just give up and go back to the way things were. Are you finding yourself saying. “Life was easier when I wasn’t so crazy for God?”

Then you are one of the people being tempted by the Devil. The question is What are you going to do about it?

The Forbiddings Pt. 3

Over the last few days we have begun discussing the authority believers in Christ have. We are continuing that discussion today. But before we do if you have missed the opening Scripture section or the beginning of our discussion they can be found at

Opening Scriptures

or

Discussion Pt. 1

Sunset Prayer

For many years one of my lead pastor’s chief prayers has been that the body of Christ would come to be like the men of Issachar who understood their days and knew what to do in them. The truth is,that unless we gain an understanding of what is going on in the Heavenly realms, those realms not seen with the eye, we will never truly understand our days or know what to do in them.

Now I know many of us are very nervous about getting too deep into the spiritual realm. Most of us are far more comfortable with the things we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell but the sense of the Spirit and an understanding of what He can reveal is going to be far more important in the days ahead than any news broadcast on BBC or CNN or any other news agency. Being able to key into the Spirit of God and His voice is far more important than being able to discern things with our ears or eyes.

The enemy is setting things up a powerful delusion in the world that is geared to confuse the natural senses even of believers

Paul the apostle said it this way to his protégés among the Thessalonians,

1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessnessa is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.”- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11

It is not our eyes or our natural senses we will be able to trust but the voice of the Spirit and that alone. His voice is found in His Word first but also in His direct commands to our hearts that are framed from Scripture. Jesus said it this way.

27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than allc ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30

What has to change in your life so that you can hear the voice of the Shepherd more clearly in the days to come?

The Forbiddings Pt. 2

We started yesterday with our discussion on Spiritual Authority. If you missed the beginning you can find it

Here:

Now let’s move on to today’s discussion

Whether we realize it or not the church is in a very great battle in our time. I am not talking about the things that are going on in our culture or in the governments of the world. The battle goes much deeper than that into a spiritual place that we cannot see with our eyes or hear with our ears. The true battle of the church is not to change laws or fight against Presidents or Kings. The true battle of the church is not fought on a picket line or even in a soup kitchen although many of us are called by God to do these.

The battle of the church is fought in the spiritual unseen realm. We only ever truly engage in it when we pray. In the end as Paul said “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers which are unseen in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6). Prayer is the chief weapon of the Christian and always shall be. For it is in prayer that we connect to the power of the Spirit of God and wring the power of God’s blessing into our lives to make our natural work resonate with supernatural power.

On a level from 1-10 1 being not at all and 10 being excellent how would you rate your prayer life at the moment? What would it take to move that number up two increments?

Sunset Prayer

The Forbiddings Pt. 1

“The Forbiddings” is the most recent sermon I shared at Cornerstone Church. It speaks specifically to situations that our church faces and generally of the authority all Christians possess. As you read it you will find that this sermon is less expository in nature and more directly prophetic than most of my sermon work but I felt it important to share…

Opening Scriptures:

” Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

“7 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hadesc will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will bed bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bee loosed in heaven.”  20Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. Matthew 16: 18-20

We are going to be talking about our authority as believers!