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Preparation Against Weapons

Preparation Against Weapons (Kathy)

Our daughter, Melissa, was recently awakened at 5:00 am on a Sunday morning with a terrible pain in her thigh.  Something was biting her.  She was already conditioned to panic with a memory root of RomanBootshaving been bitten in her sleep before by a brown recluse spider.   Added to that, she had killed a scorpion in her house three weeks earlier.  So conditioned, she jumped up in a frantic search to find her attacker.  Suddenly, however, the Spirit of the Lord said, “Don’t you think I have prepared your body to beat the weapon I saw being formed against you?”  She then remembered the downloads the Holy Spirit had been giving her in recent weeks concerning foods and specific nutrients to take.  Her panic turned to peace as quickly as it had sprung up, and the bite lost its threat. She found the culprit, dead from her slap, and the bite was a tiny dot by midmorning. 

“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.” (Eph.6:13)


HOW ARE WEAPONS FORMED AGAINST US?


HOW ARE WEAPONS FORMED AGAINST US?

A cunning enemy attacks an individual by FORMING a weapon.  A formed weapon is not standard issue with off-the-shelf ammo.  It is formed to be uniquely effective on an individual or a set of individuals.  The most formidable weapon is one in your historic files; a weapon that already has a memory root within you.  Past battles form memory roots, experiences with a particular pain or dysfunction form a memory root, past threats form a memory root, bloodline patterns form a memory root, etc. This customized weapon is formed to hit patterns or experiences because we are more likely to recognize it and unconsciously bow or agree with something familiar.  We cannot deny experience or bloodline issues; therefore we can easily or passively agree with past pain and dysfunction by default or follow a memory root to subconscious agreement. So, cunning attackers look for vulnerable memory roots.

“Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.” (Isa.54:4, Amp)

This post is a continuation of Kathy’s article on “Weapons of War.” The previous posts relating to this subject may be found farther down this page.)

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Warfare And Tipping Points

Warfare And Tipping Points (Kathy)

      In the old western movies, when the town was too conditioned to the reign of an old foe, the lone sheriff (governmental agent) had to fight him alone. The governmental agent, (the God-appointee to the situation), moved forward and equipped them through example, inspiration and direction.  Then “the few” stepped up to unify and finally brought the tipping point. The eventual key to victory was when enough of the townspeople and landowners decided to defy evil and stood together.

However, realistically, the tipping point can take a long time to develop because victims are so conditioned to corruption or fear of bucking it.  During the time it takes to unify a corporate tipping point, unfortunately, the government agent more often than not becomes the target of rulers of darkness who hold tenure.  While being targeted by the enemy, there will be attacks on relationships, circumstances and health to the point that it can seem like the real challenge is keeping the governmental agents ALIVE for the mandate! 

How in the cat-hair do we fight for a corporate cause when we are fighting to survive individually?  First, we must take hope that God has positioned gifts and strengths geographically and relationally for corporate wars ahead of time, and we must believe corporate agreement will defeat customized weapons as well as enemies with tenure that are attempting to protect ungodly strongholds.  Secondly, we have to be confident that being the target does not mean we have to just take a right hook and then wait helplessly for a left jab every time the enemy gets upset.  We are not a victim nor a God-authorized target.  Once that is settled in us we can fight with confidence and win through time and perseverance.  (Mt.24:13;Heb.3:14)
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The Real Need

The Real Need

Is the real need of this nation a great politician or a real church? Politicians would hardly ever get a mention in the news media if the church was being and doing everything Jesus was and did when He was on earth. Jesus was shaking the present religious and political scene when He was recorded to say, “All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and earth has been given to Me. Go then…” (Matt.28:18-19a) and “…just as my Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.” (Jn.20:21) Key factors we must be aware of: “all authority” and “just as” and “go then.”

One of the major factors that got Jesus crucified was that He was getting more press than Caesar.  People were following and clamoring after Jesus because of His acts which so effectively represented the Father. When Jesus confronted and contradicted darkness through redemptive acts it got the nation’s attention. After consistently revealing the Father in this manner, there was a snowballing effort to make Jesus king. Simply put, Jesus was more representative of life and productivity than was Caesar with all his financial resources and all his millions of citizens. Needs were met and problems solved that Caesar had no capacity for.

When the church is truly the church, in all its God-ordained function and authority, and takes her place in culture, culture will place so much attention on the life and productivity that is flowing out of the church (please refer to the entire Book of Acts) that politicians will be reported and lauded very little. In the book of Acts the church was getting more press than were government officials. “…These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” (Acts 17:6) No politician or governmental entity was being given credit for “turning the world upside down” but the disciples of Jesus that He gave His authority to and the disciples He sent out. Jesus and His disciples (count them: 12) impacted the mighty Roman world and jolted its foundation so, that He and they were deemed a national threat. It was not because they directly threatened Rome or Caesar but because they acted in an authority that, because of its results, was obviously a higher government than that of Rome. 

Rather than Christians and the church intimating a dependency upon particular politicians and  government in general (as has obviously been the case since 2007), we should be displaying the results of the government of heaven. The authority of the government of heaven is not the ability to get particular politicians strategically placed but it is to do the works of Christ that make the need for such desired persons and positions much less necessary. (Matt.11:12; Eph.2:10)
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Fighting Wisely

Fighting Wisely

Discerning the intent of a particular weapon can reveal a strategy for its defeat.  An example is that many weapons seem personal when you are actually one of many being targeted.  An individual can get overwhelmed by being caught in the crossfire of a bigger, corporate target.  Like the Untouchables, who were governmental agents caught in the crossfire between the purpose of a nation and the corruption trying to undermine it, they took personal hits but the war was much bigger than the individuals. Their mandate or calling and purpose put them in the crossfire. In addition to persevering in spite of their personal hits, the strategic elements that made the Untouchables untouchable, or undefeated, were purity of motive, skill, and corporateness. (2Co.10:3-4)

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Yet Many Shouted

Yet Many Shouted
May the Lord grant, by His Holy Spirit, a cry of praise and victory to be heard coming from the assembling of His people today for it will set the enemy to flight. May the enemy of the church and Israel be scattered in seven directions.

10 “When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood[a] in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel.  11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.”  Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.  12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.”

The sound of the shout of victory was heard for God was in the midst of Israel working presently. The sound covered the cries and shouts of agony over what had been and what had been lost in the past. “YET many shouted aloud for joy.” (v.12b) It seems that the shouting and weeping over the past was as loud as the shouting over what was progressing in the present.

But the present generation was able to give forth the shout of victory that God was working presently  in the midst of His people. Thank God there was a heart in the present generation that openly received the present work and presence of God. It stands to reason that a shout of victory would witness more of a heart for war and victory to an enemy than the sound of bemoaning the past or agonizing over what was lost… “For His mercy endures forever” (v.11).

The older generation couldn’t move with what God was doing in the present because they were bemoaning the fact that what was happening now was not the same as the original structure.

The generations must join forces in expectation for what God is doing presently and what God shall do and know that Jehovah will not move without His sound foundation in place in any generation. “YET many shouted aloud for joy.”

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Removing The Stinger

Removing The Stinger (Kathy)

The most common way to defuse a weapon from within is by pulling the stinger out of our emotions. When we pull the emotions out of memories of upsetting events, conversations, incidences and experiences, it is like taking the stinger out of a wasp wound.  Once the stinger is removed, the pain can begin to fade and the wound begins to heal. Sometimes we must remove stingers from more than memories.  We must also remove the emotions from the wound to our self-image. Self-image cannot become healthy unless stingers are removed and resolved.  Emotion can be the stinger in our opinion of others.  Emotion can be the stinger in our thought patterns.  The power of emotion is that it commands attention.  Emotion calls for agreement and expression which in turn sustains it and perpetuates its fire.  Emotion affects our mind and body and demands expression through thoughts and health, which in turn affect our lifestyle and relationships. Emotion must be brought to resolve or its demands for expression continue.  Resolve will only come through change of mind or heart.  The defusing of a weapon rooted in emotion boils down to repentance or forgiveness.

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