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 having 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)
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.)
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)
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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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)
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.”
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.
Jehovah’s Covenant Remains
God’s Word, God’s promises, God’s covenant with His people have not become void or suspended or even diminished. “Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.” (Isa.55:3, Amp) Panic and/or despair are nothing but wasted thoughts and emotions. Those people who walk uprightly before their God will be kept in the shadow of the Almighty. “For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Ps.84:11, Amp) Jehovah (“self-Existent”) is still Jehovah and remains all that He has ever been and His Word is still good and cannot be changed. “God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, God’s Law will be alive and working.” (Matt.5:18, Msg)
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WEAPONS FORMED WITHIN
Realizing that trouble is not always just a common venture of life, but rather a customized weapon, can be the first challenge in the war of embracing promise. It is easy for pain and problems to demand our focus and become a pattern and a norm, so it is essential that we realize our patterns and norms themselves can be weapons formed against us. Our own life issues can snare us over and over as they cycle through our lifetime. It is essential that we recognize weapons so we can make conscious efforts to defuse them.
(This is a continuation of the “Weapons of War” series by Kathy Gabler)
Rest is not giving up and flopping down on the ground. And after kicking and screaming until we are worn out, then lying in a puddle of tears while God, in bountiful pity, puts all the puzzle pieces in place just as we prefer them. “Rest” is not sitting down and doing nothing. After recent events in this nation, it is not time to pray less or stop praying. We must not stop assembling ourselves, must not stop giving, must not stop shining. It is time to pray more, assemble ourselves more, give more and shine more. “Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isa.60:1)
“Rest” is responsibly acting in the authority we have been given; our rest is that “I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day. (2Tim.1:12) Rest is not inactivity but activity couched in a holy confidence in spite of circumstances.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.” (Matt.11:28)
Nebuchanezar was in office for an unlimited term. Nebuchanezar is the one who took the choicest of Israel’s future and enslaved them for the purpose of culturizing them to the values of Babylon. In spite of that fact the Hebrews Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego triumphed and impacted the culture of Babylon with the precepts of Jehovah. (Let us not forget that much prayer was the habit of Daniel.)
Saul was in office for an unlimited term. Saul is the one who attempted to murder the future of Israel’s government. In spite of that fact David triumphed. Saul was actually used as a catalyst to join the tribes of the nation to David and see that he was seated on the throne. (Remember: David is an OT type of the NT Christ) After being under Saul’s government, Israel much preferred the government of David (NT Christ) over the government of Saul (Heb.: “desired”). He who was so desired became so undesired. (Let us not forget that much worship was the habit of David.)
Healed Of Evil Spirits
One day as I read Lk8:2 I asked God what that would look like. “And also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses…” I could grasp, fairly well, the healing of a back or a heart condition but healing someone “of evil spirits” was not a concept my mind could readily get wrapped around. As I waited on the Lord He spoke to my heart and simply said, “I healed them of the wounds in their lives where the spirits were going in and out.” There are some people who are disturbed and sick in their mind and emotions. Their mind and emotions can be healed as we minister to the emotional wounds that caused the damage. Also, there are some people who will be delivered of physical ailments and infirmities if we will minister to the wounds in their life because emotional wounds will take a toll on the physical being.
This is an excerpt from Marty’s teaching on “Healing And Signs And Wonders”. NO FEE. He will be teaching Saturday Nov.10, 2012 at Grace International in Willis,TX just north of Conroe. We will also be sharing testimonies of some of the miracles in recent months including three more testimonies of people healed of cancer. There will be teaching, worship, ministry and activation. CLICK HERE for more info.
Obedience is essential to Kingdom life. “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.” (Mt7:21) We don’t have the option of doing “churchy stuff” instead of His will. If a father/son relationship exists between us and our God, obedience is going to be in evidence. If we try to do signs and wonders just because we are good little Christians, what we will get is a hernia. We do signs and wonders because Father said, “Do ‘this’” or “Do ‘that’”. It is then that we get Kingdom results. We have to do what Father is doing… in His way and in His time. “So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way.” (Jn5:19)
This is an excerpt from Kathy’s teaching on “Healing And Signs And Wonders”. She will be teaching Saturday Nov.10, 2012 at Grace International in Willis,TX just north of Conroe. We will also be sharing testimonies of some of the miracles in recent months including three more testimonies of people healed of cancer. There will be teaching, worship, ministry and activation. More info about “Nov.10” CLICK HERE.
God does so much; there are so many elements in a miracle. I have been praying for two years, “God, help me to start connecting the dots. I want to see you. I want to learn your ways. Help me to connect the dots.” When I was little I got spankings for asking, “Why?” Many people say, “Oh, don’t ever ask God, ‘Why?’.” I don’t agree with that. If you are asking “Why?” in accusation, then it would just be better to be quiet. But if you are asking “Why?” to learn His ways, I say He will show you His ways.
“He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel.” Ps103:7
(This is an excerpt from Kathy’s teaching on “Healing And Signs And Wonders”. She will be teaching Saturday Nov.10, 2012 at Grace International in Willis,TX just north of Conroe. We will also be sharing testimonies of some of the miracles in recent months including three more testimonies of people healed of cancer. There will be teaching, worship, ministry and activation. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE INFO AND HEAR AUDIO EXCERPTS.)
Another stealth mode weapon that had long term effect in my life kept me focused on rules instead of relationship until I realized that God is not looking for perfect Christians but sons who will hold firmly to their sonship. Look at the weapon formed against us as the church with the implication that our salvation is based on perfect behavior. That misconception, that our salvation pivots on behavior rather than the cross, is a slap in the face of Christ, yet is widely embraced as though it were the gospel. The cross is the pivot of our salvation. Righteous behavior is a result of centering on the finished works of Christ. The inordinate priority of legal and illegal behavior is a weapon, a religious misbelief that God is grading behavior to measure righteousness. Instead, God is looking for sons who cannot be talked out of their righteousness, sons who will not be manipulated by fear and legalism, sons who will not be robbed by condemnation. A son does not believe more in his ability to fail than in his relationship with his Father. That kind of trust will enable mature sons to take the fuse out of any bomb thrown.