Insights & Inspiration – #10

According to 2 Corinthians 5:18, 20 as NEW CREATIONS, we have been given an assignment, AMBASSADORSHIP, from the King of Glory and for the Kingdom of God.

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and GAVE US the ministry of reconciliation, Therefore, we are AMBASSADORS for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

I have noticed over the years that when someone first enters new life in Christ there is a zeal that is unmatched. It is as if you cannot stop them from bubbling over  and sharing the truth and freedom they have encountered.  They don’t even have to be told that they have an assignment.

But, over the years LIFE HAPPENS, and as trials come and go, enthusiasm for the things of God often begins to wane.  Weeds of worries begin choke out the assignment of ambassadorship.

Life can easily become routine,  drudgery, a struggle for survival in the race (the rat race) of earthly life.  If we pray, we mostly pray survival prayers instead of revival prayers.

There is great need for the honor of the ministry that the The King of Kings has given us to be recaptured, so joy  can be rekindled. WE are the carriers of the message and the power of salvation, deliverance and healing.  We have received His ministry.  We have received the favor and approval  of the King. We do not need the affirmation, or validation,  from men to obey the instructions of the King.

Just as Jesus came to preach, proclaim and announce deliverance and favor (Luke 4:18-19) we are to do the same.  Jesus was about His Father’s business.  And we must be also.

We have “truth-treasures” that others have great need of….FREEDOM, VICTORY, FORGIVENESS, RELEASE FROM PAIN, purpose and a future.

Today and everyday ask God for at least one person in whom to plant a seed of truth.

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Insights & Inspiration – #9

Deliverance is initiated by God, not us. It is NOT our responsibility to run around trying to get everyone delivered.  It is our responsibility to discern what God wants to do and when. Not everyone has reached the point of willingness, readiness, or faith.  That is what is needed by every person.  God is always ready, but people are not. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit not the needs.  He did what the Father told Him or showed Him. See John 5:19 And He was always looking for faith, not problems.

Here is an important passage from Psalm 107:10-14

“There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains; because they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High.  Therefore,He humbled their hearts with labor; they stumbled and there was none to help.

Then they cried out tot he Lord in their trouble; He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke the bands apart.”

Describe the scene:

1. Discuss why the people were in those conditions:

2. Discuss what God did, or allowed and why:

3. Describe the results:

This passage demonstrates how God uses circumstance to bring people to the point of deliverance.  Remember there has to be deliverance before restoration. And there has to be a strong cry of faith to touch God for help.

No other scenario will provide the atmosphere to release the delivering, healing and restorative power of God into an individual or family.

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SOME BACKGROUND AND THOUGHTS BEFORE WE GET STARTED

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On July 17, 2015 as I drove to our ministry headquarters in Richland, Mississippi, the Spirit of the Lord showed me a picture in my mind of a banner facing the street that said “EndTimes” and on the second line it said “Monthly Warrior Bootcamp.”

I told a friend what the Lord had showed me.  I really thought this was something I was supposed to begin doing almost immediately. (That is simply how I normally respond when I hear or see something from the Lord). But, as I began to pray, I became aware that I was to spend the next few months in preparation and then start the training in 2016.

Now, as yet I hadn’t heard that there was a movie named “War Room”.  But, believe me that is where I have spent much of my time over the last 35 years – warring in the prayer closet. 

Why? Because our battles are really not with people or even with our circumstances,  because people and circumstances are just visible manifestations of the invisible conflict that continues between the kingdom of darkness with the Kingdom of Light.

The bible tells us: we  are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)

Once we fully believe and embrace the truth of Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, we can pretty well live in victory and peace regardless  of what is or is not going on.

See, it simply isn’t enough to “believe” these verses, we must USE the powerful supernatural weapons God has given to us. We use spiritual weapons to conquer spiritual enemies – for ourselves and for others.

Again, it is written: “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient” (2 Corinthians 10:5 – 10:6 NLT)

My heart’s desire is that EVERY believer will become skilled in using the weapons of warfare and walk in God given authority, always advancing the Kingdom of truth….remembering that the truth of God’s word frees and liberates, it does not put anyone in bondage, especially not in religious bondage.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)Pick it up. Believe it. Use it. Declare it.  “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”  

JESUS WON IT!  We enforce it.

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