Warriors, it is vital to maintain our one on one love relationship with Jesus. This is how we maintain health in spirit, soul and body. It is also how we receive instructions for the day, encouragement, as well as how we maintain focus on His priorities. Everyday what a delight it is to just enjoy being with him.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked of the LORD; this is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and seek Him in His temple.
Here are some powerful “take-aways” (reminders) from my time this morning as I read and meditated in Psalm 4; 5; 56; 57; and 58.
I can and should meditate on my bed. I should take time to be still.
I can, and should, offer sacrifices of righteousness to the Lord.
God blesses and surrounds the righteous (me) with favor as with a shield! Wow!!!
Psalm 56:4, 8
Because I put my trust in the Lord I do not have to fear anyone.
God takes note of all my wanderings. He puts my tears in His bottle.
God performs all things for me.
There is a reward for the righteous (me). I am righteous by His grace and faith alone.
Now, after a sufficient time reflecting and thanking God for these things, I am readied for whatever I may encounter in the natural or spiritual realm.
I pray that you will be used mightily today through your prayers or in direct ministry.
We all have mindsets, belief systems, and strongholds in our thinking. Many of them have been established by our early life experiences, our unique perceptions of events and through “life-conditioning” – training by parental figures, teachers, television, culture etc.
Many of our beliefs are not accurate. They are skewed in wrong directions and not built upon truth. (Truth is a person who is revealed in the scriptures. John 8:32 “Know TRUTH and you will KNOW FREEDOM”. John1:1 tells us that Jesus is “THE Word”.)
God desires that all of our mindsets that are opposed to the truth be transformed. To do so requires a desire as well as a commitment to learn the “language of heaven”. It does take a significant investment of time to remove old thought patterns and to bring our thinking in line, in agreement, with God Himself and His word.
WHAT IS A STRONGHOLD?
Stronghold defined: A stronghold is an established way of thinking, or a habit pattern of thought. Strongholds can be individually personal, familial, or corporate [societal]. The Greek word (Strong’s #2192+3794) means fortress or castle. So it is a fortress, castle or wall built with thoughts (either lies or truth).
In a positive sense, the Name of the Lord is a stronghold and the Word of God is a stronghold to those who believe. This is why we must meditate on the truth as found in scripture: Joshua 1:8; Philippians 4:8; Romans 12:2. (Meditate on relevant verses from the whole bible, from Genesis to Revelation related to whatever issue you are facing such as hope, or fear or loneliness etc. and what God’s solution is.)
As stated above, on the negative side, or unhealthy side, a stronghold can be formed by believing anything that was taught us through our parents, siblings, media, friends, society and/or repeated traumatic experience.
Examples of negative strongholds include: racial and denominational prejudice, anorexia, bulimia, poverty, sickness, homosexuality, “get rich quick schemes”, unworthiness, rejection, fear, even infirmity etc. etc. etc.
A stronghold is not a demon, but demons can empower a stronghold/fortress/castle to stay in place. Demons can, and do, often hide behind the fortress walls of a stronghold.
Read: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, learn, believe, speak these scriptures until they are well established in your mind.
The weapons we have been given are supernatural. Fleshly strength and wisdom cannot free us for wrong thinking.
“Supernatural weapons” (tools to war with) mean that the “super” is the God part. Super means beyond the natural realm and abilities: His Word + His power.
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:14) and is supernatural. When Jesus faced the devil prior to beginning His ministry, He used the sword to speak to him. He said “It is written…..” Matthew 4:4 The Holy Spirit empowered Word of God defeated all lies and temptations thrown at Jesu and will do so in our lives as well.
The “natural” part is my part: My voice speaking + my heart believing. See how believing and speaking are connected.
Read: Romans 10: 9-10
Read: Deuteronomy 30:14
Read: Luke 6:45; 2 Corinthians 4:13 We believe therefore we speak.
We must use our voice – our words. Imagine going into a restaurant and not opening your mouth to place your order. Nothing would happen. You would not get what you want. It is the same with dealing with the enemy and with your own soul. Your voice must be used to “place your order”
Look, according to the 2 Corinthians passage noted above, we are to v.4 pull down, v.5 cast down and to bring every thought into obedience of Christ. (Our words should line up with the Word, John 1:1 Jesus is the living Word of God.)
Practice saying: “I take this thought, this lie, captive.” [Say aloud whatever the “thought” happens to be.]
Example: “I pull down this thought of ___________________”
“I bring this thought into the obedience of Christ, to the Word of God which says_______________________[this should be a relevant scripture like “God has not Given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind”. Or “I am favored by the Lord”.]
In preparation to take thoughts captive read and meditate on: Romans 1:25 then exchange lies for truth John 8:32. Also, meditate on Philippians 4:8
Purpose in your heart to make the exchange from wrong thinking to right thinking. (Think God thoughts, which equal what the Word says.)
(Read Isaiah 61– See that you can exchange – beauty for ashes, oil of joy for mourning, garment of praise for the spirit of depression…) Practice making the exchange of lies for truth until it becomes habit.
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.
As one who is going forth to “set the captives free” we must have a deep TRUST in the word of God that restoration is part of God’s plan not only people but for the earth itself.
The greek word for restoration is katartizo. It means to adjust, finish, to put a thing in appropriate condition; to establish, set up and equip. It also means to bring back to a former condition or position; reinstatement and RESTITUTION.
Restoration truly is God’s plan. We must desire this for our own life and for everyone we encounter.
In the beginning we were created for wholeness, intimate communion with God, safe relationships with others and to reflect His glory.
He wants us to personally press forward for full restoration and bring and that good news to others.
- We were created for:
- Wholeness….not brokenness
- Intimate communication with God and people….not isolation and loneliness.
- To reflect God’s Glory…..not be absorbed by darkness.
In Leviticus 6 we learn that God established regulations regarding restoration at the human level. Verses. 4-6 say that if a person is found guilty of stealing, extortion, or swearing falsely about a matter he must restore full value of what was lost and add 1/5 to it (20% more). That was a basic human regulation regarding restoration.
Now we learn in Job 42:10 That God restored double what Job lost in the extreme trial he lived through. Notice that his personal restoration was tied to his praying for those friends who had accused him, betraying friendship, in his distress.
Let’s get hold of the reality of God’s heart for full restoration! This is a vital truth and part of the good news….the message we bring to those to whom we minister.
The Hebrew word for salvation is y shuw ah, #3444 in the Strong’s Concordance. It means:
In the New Testament there are two words for salvation. Strong’s #4991 soteria and #4982 #4982 sozo . These two words have these English implications:
- DELIVERANCE FROM DANGER (see Hebrews11:7)
- DELIVERANCE FROM SLAVERY (see Acts 7:25)
- DELIVERANCE FROM ENEMIES (see Luke 1:77)
- DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONS
- DELIVERANCE FROM IMPENDING PERIL
- DELIVERANCE FROM SICKNESS
- DELIVERANCE FROM ETERNAL DEATH AND PUNISHMENT
- VICTORY (BY IMPLICATION, ESPECIALLY FROM DEFEAT IN BATTLE)
- VICTORY FROM SIN’S POWER AND CONSEQUENCES OF SIN (see Luke 1:77; Luke 19:9)
1. Meditate upon all of these varied expressions and provisions of salvation with thanksgiving and praise. (Taking time to do this will help put roots down in your own heart, which gives greater confidence in your personal life and in ministry.)
2. Make a list of situations and circumstances where the different aspects of salvation are needed.
Consider all areas of life:
- EMOTIONAL RELATIONAL/SOCIAL
Get SALVATION (the gift or grace) deeply rooted in your heart, mind, words and life. Jesus came to SET US FREE. John 8:32 …Know TRUTH….TRUTH shall set you free.
It is really amazing to see all the benefits of salvation. We have a great opportunity to deepen our faith and to assist others in believing that the work of salvation, by Jesus on the cross and through the resurrection, makes victory possible in EVERY AREA of life.
We are to believe and enforce victory in our own life. We do not have to come short of complete deliverance. There is no situation, whether a habit, a need or a problem, that the grace of salvation cannot intervene with deliverance, welfare and prosperity.
The final thought today is this, salvation in our soul and in all other areas of life is a process. In Philippians 2:12-13 we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, because God is working within us to WILL AND DO His good pleasure.
Do you see it? 1) it is a “work-out” 2) it is a partnership between the individual and God.
BE FREE. LIVE FREE.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6
Are you aware that many, many sincere Christians are being destroyed by lack of personal, and practical working knowledge of the scriptures pertaining to freedom and wholeness? (Years ago I read in the preface of The Bondage Breaker, by Neil Anderson, that the number of Christians struggling with bondage may be as high as 85%) The percentage may even be higher in these days.
Many people are in chains of depression, rejection, addictions, fears of all sorts, and on and on. Many live defeated, miserable and empty lives, because they lack knowledge.
1. Many have had an initial experience with Jesus as Savior, but never have gone on to experience Him as Lord and transformer, through application of the word to all areas of daily life.
2. Many have sat under teaching that never went beyond the initial salvation message. And others have been encouraged to “try, try, try to be good” (without the power of the Holy Spirit).
Isaiah 42:22 says But this is a people robbed and plundered; All of them are snared in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They are for prey, and no one delivers; For plunder, and no one says, “Restore!” This sounds to me like there is a GREAT need for many believers, ordinary believers, to step up and step out as deliverers.
Willingness to be used as a “deliverer” or “healing minister”, means that although you probably feel inadequate and/or unprepared, you are stepping up to the high calling of being used as the VOICE of the Lord on the earth….calling out to all the captives you encounter…“Be FREE.” “Be HEALED.” “Be RESTORED.”
What is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word salvation?
Salvation is a multifaceted word and you need a good understanding of its fullness. In the bible the the word “salvation” is used 162 times, “save” is used 160 times and “saved” is used 101 times. Now, with access to the internet, or by using an old fashioned Strong’s concordance, you can do an in-depth study of the word from the old and new testaments.
Write down all the varied English words and applications of the words. Study the scripture references also. Jot down your insights. Salvation is an awesome gift and provision of God’s Grace.
See what revelation the Holy Spirit will give you regarding the need for salvation past, present and future.These revelations and insights should propel you into sharing freedom, healing and restoration with as many people as God brings your way, who are desiring all God offers.