Overcoming Trial

Galatians 5:25; If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Romans 8:1; There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

If you go into almost any Spirit filled church today and the speaker says “raise your hands if you need prayer”, the chances are a large majority of people will put their hands up. Many will have very pressing and serious needs that are not being met. Others will be discouraged, afflicted, financial oppressed, heartbroken, etc.

In many instances, the Body of Christ is worse off than those of this world.

The main reason for this is that Christians have forgotten they are in a spiritual battle. We are accused day and night before God because we are judged in this time, and not in that time to come. So every time we yield to the temptation of the flesh, we bring ourselves back under the law where we can come under legitimate attack and condemnation.

Galatians 5:16-24 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

What is the secret to walking in the Spirit? It is spending time with God in prayer and the Word. One thing is 100% certain and that is if a Christian is going through real hardship and damaging trial (not that which God allows to refine us to a higher level), we can be assure that their prayer life is not where it needs to be. If you are facing a such a trial now, you need to spend more time with God. How much is enough time? Are you praying an hour a day, 2hrs, 3hrs? Are you fasting? Have you taken leave from work and fasted and prayed unceasingly for a week or more for revelation or breakthrough?

Because if something is so afflicting and traumatic, it requires a supreme amount of intervention to get the breakthrough. You need to move something in the spiritual realm so the change can manifest in the natural. Every breakthrough has got to start with a spiritual victory. Natural efforts alone are doomed to failure. “shake heaven and the earth will move out of its place.”

Here are a few tips for breakthrough in prayer.

1. Always ask God to convict you what you are doing wrong? Sometimes bondages (those of our own or from our forefathers) are hard to discern because they are part of our character. In this regard a 3 day water / juice fast is very beneficial
2. Ask God what the cause of the trial is. Sometimes the symptom is far removed from the cause. Dealing with symptoms (such as sickness or loneliness) is a waste of time. Press in and pray until you start to receive conviction of the cause.
3. Getting revelation of sin / the cause of our distress must automatically lead to repentance and renouncing of related sin or behavior /actions/ thoughts.
4. Prevail in prayer and ask God to remove the effects of those past works, not only for yourself but for others that have been afflicted by this.
5. Ask God to establish a new way forward and give you the strength not to succumb to the same temptations again. (the devil will earnestly seek to re-establish his authority in this regard)
6. Stop complaining and talking about your troubles. It afflicts others and you are in fact prophesying and establishing the same affliction further into your future. Rather prophesy and declare the things you seek to happen and the changes you are trusting God for. After all, “God establishes the words of his servants”
7. Forgive others to the level you want God to forgive you. If you cannot pray blessing onto those that have harmed you, you are still in bondage and dare not expect anything from God. Prayer for those that have harmed you until you have the love of Christ for them. Only then have you really forgiven and being set free from your own bondage of un-forgiveness and bitterness. Anything else is delusion.

A prevailing issue for Christians is that we measure sin and determine who is more at fault in a matter. If you are suffering or afflicted, you need to deal with your own issues and not worry about the other person. If you are only 1% at fault, deal with that 1% and receive your breakthrough. Get yourself back in line with the Spirit and you will see breakthrough. If you get this right you will not need someone else to pray breakthrough into your life; you will be living in Spirit and establishing perpetual breakthrough.

The big questions are…..
Are you desperate enough and willing enough to sacrifice enough time and effort to hear directly from the Holy Spirit?
Are you humble enough to take stock of the state of your heart and make changes?
Will you persist no matter what you are feeling, thinking or being told by others?

Most of us aren’t and that’s why we need others to step in and pray for us. But is really is a very poor 2nd choice.

Christianity Captivity at Hand

The Christian church is divided into 2 groups – the righteous and the ungodly.

1 Peter 5:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

The Old Testament parallel for the church split is the divided nations of Israel and Judah. Israel was carnal and behaved in a ungodly manner from the beginning, whilst Judah was generally more righteous, serving God. (although it too had seasons of rebellion and ultimately followed the ways of Israel)

At this point in history we are in the parallel OT times of the kings of Ahaz (Judah) and Hoshea (Israel). Ahaz is the Charismatic church movement (the manifested response to the most recent outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit) and Hoshea represents every Church that has resisted this latest move of God. Churches from every denomination fall into either of these two group based on their receptiveness to the Holy Spirit – God’s Spirit is not bound by man’s natural barriers (denominations), but it is by the state of the heart, especially that of the spiritual leaders of a fellowship. (Those churches that resists and yoke themselves unto men or the old works of God are like old wine skins that cannot receive of the new outpouring of God – this is why you never see a new revival burst forth in existing denominations. If they were fully submissive to the Spirit of God, there would be no need for a new outpouring)

At this very time the king of Assyria has started the process of bringing Israel into bondage, ultimately sending carnal Christian’s into permanent captivity. That means the majority of believers are about to go into spiritual slavery, never to return, much like the nation of Israel in 722 BC. The great falling away is just ahead.

Assyria represents the world power of this age and is the 3rd beast as prophesied by Daniel. In this age this beast manifests as capitalism (as opposed to free trade, capitalism is essentially enslaving others through financial might) and is also the power behind democracy. Democracy is simply the tool used by capitalists to convince the people they have power, whereas in reality they have none. Those with real power, financial might, simply;

– ensure that the chosen people are presented as the candidates for public service;
– direct their media mouthpiece to convince the people of what issues must be debated and which decisions must be made;
– manufacture events that convince the people to act and vote in a certain direction;
– manipulate vote counting as an outcome when required.
(should any ‘non-preferred’ leader gain selection, they will be continually opposed, marginalized and even disposed of)

In the season ahead, the system of capitalism will start to assume authority over the carnal church. If anyone is in doubt in this regard they need only look at recent events in the Vatican where the latest pope, Pope Francis has literally opened the doors of the Catholic church to every possible Capitalist entity to audit the books and the church as a whole. I have no doubt globalist capitalist entities will fleece the catholic church of all its assets and spiritual power in time, but not without a short lived rebellion as evidenced by the rebellion of King Hoshea.

In future carnal Christians will no longer be led of the Lord or the ideals of the Lord, but:
– they will be motivated and moved by the desire for self gain, even at the expense of others,
– success will be defined as natural gain and increase as opposed to spiritual;
– democracy will increase within these churches, deposing the anointed and appointed of God
– Association with other religions will increase as they desire a unity out of the Spirit
– doctrines of devils will abound and the carnal church will increasingly mirror the fallen world.
– Much of the church will become irrelevant to God.

Thankfully, in God’s mercy, Assyria will not overcome the Spirit filled church, but not for a lack of trying. A new revival will come upon those that continue to seek the Lord. The excesses and corruption of the Charismatic movement will be rejected and a hunger for righteousness will lead to the most powerful revival (Hezekiah) since the days of the Apostles (Solomon).

Now is the time to draw close to God. There will come a time where living a carnal and compromised Christian faith will have grave consequences. Now is the time to recommit to God without compromise. Those that don’t will succumb to the beast of this age and will not even see their downfall coming.

Wikileaks

The Christian faith is all about truth.

John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 16:13 – Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come

John 8:32 – And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

So how is it then that Christians are still defending Donald Trump in spite of the fact that he now obviously the greatest liar that has ever filled the president’s office?

Lets accept that we were duped when he said he would cease wars around the world. He is actively supporting military action in several countries which is directly resulting in the death of civilians, he is supporting terrorists who are killing Christians, he has bombed Syria, he is demanding more spending on the military and has stirred up animosity with North Korea.

But of all things Donald Trump has done an about turn on, the renewed effort to terminate Wikileaks, is no doubt one of his greatest evils. Here is an organisation that has repeatedly exposed the evil intent of wicked people and governments around the world, an organisation that has a history of 100% honesty and accuracy in its reporting and which is apparently now a threat to the United States??? The United States used to stand for truth and justice. It was a country that other nations admired and respected. Now it is threatened by truth?

The same intelligence organisations that are so intent on destroying Wikileaks have been caught selling weapons to terrorists, supplying drugs into the USA, overthrown numerous countries, killed countless people, subverted justice and truth, corrupted the media and lied to Congress and the public at almost every opportunity. How do Christians simply accept their attempts to suppress the truth? Where is the Christian outcry and demand for justice in this instance?

Christianity is going to be judged in the future, this is very clear from the scriptures. What is not so clear is why we fall short and come into judgement. I have no doubt that choosing to no longer stand up for righteousness, for justice and for truth will contribute to the coming judgement and falling away.

Wikileaks is one of the very few organisations that does not supply false NWO misinformation to corrupt and mislead society and Christians should be praying and fighting to keep this information source available. Ordinary people who become aware of crime, deception, lies, abuse and injustice use this unique outlet to expose evil without being murdered, fired from their employment, ostracized or ridiculed. Christians should recognize this avenue of justice and get their support behind it.

John the Baptist criticized the evil leaders of the day and paid for it with his life. Jesus opposed the evil rulers in his day and paid with his life. History is full of Christians who have opposed evil authorities at great cost. Is there an American pastor or church leader that could stand up for truth this weekend? Perhaps donate the week’s taking to supporting truth? Is there any such church leader in the USA?

I doubt it. But individual Christians need to stand up for truth and defend it. At the very least we can pray for truth to prevail and overcome the evil of this age. After all, faith without works is dead. If we don’t, truth will be lost and next time it may be our truth that is lost.

Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
We are strong in the Lord, when we are weak in the flesh. When we choose to not act in the flesh we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest through us in wisdom, knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues through us – 1 Corin 12:7-11. When we yield and allow the Holy Spirit the authority to manifest through us, He overcomes the works of the devil.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The devil has no power of his own, but he tempts us to act in the flesh or yield our authority to him so that he can resist the efforts of the Holy Spirit through us. We are the only resistance to the Holy Spirit; either through our yielding of authority to the devil or succumbing to temptation and acting in the flesh. This the only battle we need to focus on for the Holy Spirit to be victorious. The following scriptures of warfare in Ephesians 6 advise us how to facilitate this:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Anything we do out of our own strength is a waste of time. Flesh cannot fight and overcome in the spiritual realm and real victories only come when when we achieve spiritual breakthrough. When God has authority through us he stirs us up to act and move something in the spiritual realm first, after which the breakthrough will manifest in the natural. Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place….

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Our role in this battle is to withstand and resist the devil

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
To resist the devil we firstly need to be walking in truth. Truth comes through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. In other words we need to be in fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit. When in fellowship we rightly hear His voice and are led of Him, walking in truth.

and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Righteousness means ‘being right with God’. If God is convicting us of sin or of action, we need to respond. If it is sin, we need to repent, renounce, turn from that which God convicts us of. If God is convicting us to act or say something we need to respond in faith. The Spirit of God may be bringing the spiritual victory but he does it through the Body of Christ. Often a simple act of obedience from us is all it takes to allow God to bring a breakthrough.

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The motivation for our journey into battle is to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ; his dying for our sins so that we can have eternal life. We do not share the gospel so that we can build a ministry / get an income / gain authority / gain preeminence. To have any personal motivation makes us ineffective and a hindrance to the Spirit of God working effectively and powerfully through us. Assess carefully the motivation for any works for the Lord. Are we led of the Spirit or led of the flesh.

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Faith is the elixir of the Christian walk. But faith comes through spiritual maturity and spiritual maturity comes through the making of our testimony which comes through yielding to God, which is possible as we get to know Him (through prayer and the Word). So if you want the shield of faith to be in place, spend time with God in the Word and in prayer. Your will get to discern His voice which will allow you to be led on a journey of faith, which will establish a testimony, which will in turn allow you to act in faith in the future. In this way we overcome the works of the devil. Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the
Let us not grow weary in this battle ‘for the end of our faith is the hope of salvation’. We are shaping the eternal destiny of others as we resist the devil and we should always bear this in mind as we labor in love. 2 Timothy 2 :10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The word of God is the written word, but Christ was also the Word made manifest. If God brings a word to remembrance or gives us a spoken word, we need to respond and act / speak it out in faith. We are made in the image of God and God spoke things into existence. We therefore can establish the will of God by speaking out the things he convicts us to say – be this in prayer, intercession, prophecy or proclamation. God establishes the words of his servants. Isaiah 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers;

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Don’t pray in the flesh which is ineffective and without direction. If you are looking for breakthrough through prayer, hold no hardness in your heart towards anyone and forgive those that have harmed you. (If you have any bitterness in your heart towards any person, begin to intercede for them until you only have love for them. Once you have this, you are in a place to have powerful prayers). Thereafter draw close to God, shed all fear and anxiousness and pray as the Spirit leads, prevailing until the victory is established. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Sometimes fasting is required to fully led of the Lord in the matter at hand.

Faith Without Works is Dead

James 2:17-18 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

What is God stirring you up to do at this very moment in time? What are you doing for the Kingdom of God? If you are doing nothing for the Lord, you need to ask yourself are you really under the authority of the Holy Spirit? Are you really in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ?

The Spirit of God gives each one of us gifts to empower us in the spiritual realm, fruit to manifest the goodness of Christ and a ministry to establish his Kingdom in some way. That is just the way it is… The Holy Spirit will continually move each one of us to pray for, minister to or help others, daily. And if not, we deceive ourselves by thinking we are Christians.

We are then like the servant in Matthew 25 who hid his talent when he was too afraid to respond to the leading of the Lord.

Matthew 25:26-30 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Each day there are people departing to hell for all eternity and we are the antidote. We, the Church, are the only solution God has in place to stop this separation from abundant life. Yet some of us are worried that we might be rejected, that somebody might take offense, or that we are too busy…! There is no excuse; we are all called to do some works by the Holy Spirit. It may be the simplest of things; an act of kindness, a support to others, a powerful ministry or persistent, daily prayer… but our faith, if it is indeed alive, will be demanding something of us daily.

If you don’t have a sense of what to do, then you are too far away from the Lord to hear Him. Give up the social media, the television, the making of money and doing of business, the shopping and the pursuit of happiness. Spend some time in fasting, prayer and in the Word. Eventually it will come ever so clearly. God will move you and in so doing you will find your real purpose in life; your true happiness.

Don’t quench the Spirit by rejecting His advances. Don’t resist acting out in faith.