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Reason for Going to War

Kathy—I’ve always thought the only reason to go to war is to win, but I’m beginning to realize there are other reasons for warfare.  Some battles are a matter of training our soul (our mind and will and emotions) to stand and develop muscle to be able to stand no matter what.  Eph. 6:13 puts it this way:  “And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.”  The goal of warfare can also be to take ground incrementally in Divine timing. There are many maneuvers needed to pull down strongholds in this present darkness.  It is a bigger war than we can wage from one battlefield.  This present darkness is a matter of world rulers that are spirit forces of wickedness in the spirit realm.  These forces gather to form strongholds, and there they influence and manipulate people like puppets for their evil intents to kill, steal and destroy.  That’s why Eph 6:12 tells us “we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”  These forces must be dismantled strategically and incrementally along with the workers of darkness they deploy into this present darkness.

King of the Hill?

Kathy — King Of The Hill? — The problem with strongholds in the soul is that self takes the lead, surrounding itself in a defensive determination, demanding a right to survive. As king of the hill, the banners of NO SUBMISSION and SELF-SUFFICIENCY defy all comers – even God. Soulish determinations, demands, self-justifications and self-sufficiency are the opposite of humbling self; and it is those who humble themselves to God that receive God’s enabling grace, His ability to overcome. (1 Pe 5:5b) “…for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Tides and Mountain Strongholds

kg_looking-upKathy — Tides And Mountain Strongholds—Like tides coming and going, there will always be problems. Ps.34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (NKJ) 1Pet. 4:12 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (NIV) It is not life that builds blockages in our hearts and understanding.  It is our reaction to life that causes us to build isolated forts atop high mountains of the soul every time we try to protect ourselves rather than trusting God, or when we try to justify our offenses rather than forgive or repent, or when we try to avoid pain rather than obey God. So God’s goal is to change me to the point that the tides cannot stir the same reactions within me. He desires to equip us so that troubles, afflictions and offenses are confronted with the Word and displaced by the Truth instead of a reactionary blockage or the false strength of a mountain-stronghold I erect in my soul.

Call on Jesus

Call on the name of Jesus throughout the year. Let His name be upon your lips. You will invoke His Name and see Him heal,  see Him deliver others out of impossible strongholds of bondage and strongholds of fear. You will invoke His Name and see how marvelously He delivers you from the threat of harm, from bullies, from a violent spouse or parent or other relative. You will see God deliver elderly people from abuse by their children and others. You will invoke the Name of Jesus and the atmosphere will change.

Name of Jesus Powerful

JesusHealLameIn the next few days and weeks I believe you will find the name of Jesus to be very powerful in your life and your environment — if you will call upon His name, “Jesus”, see Him heal, watch as He delivers others out of impossible strongholds of bondage and fear. Say His name and see how marvelously He delivers you from the threat of harm, even from bullies. The children’s ministers at our church have taught them to declare, “The name of Jesus is my super power”. In Acts 3:16 (Amp) Peter declared: ”And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man…”  May you discover more of the power of the name of Jesus this week.

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