>> Thursday, December 9, 2010
Who are we willing to fight for?
Recently I have been bombarded with such extreme needs within my christian community. Churches in need of pastors, facebook strikes again with the spirit of jealousy, envy, and lusting into adulterous affairs. Facebook is now citied in 81% of divorce cases! People struggling/dying of cancer. Out of 50 prayer requests 20 are for those who have cancer! Finances, so many out of jobs, threatening to be laid off, or being cut back in pay, strikes, and benefits taken away. The list goes on.
In the last days, the Scriptures tell us that God himself warns us that many will fall away, leave doctrine, want their ears tickled and even the very elect will be decieved. How can this happen?
We can speculate and even over opinionate our thoughts, however the main thing to hold onto is girding ourselves up in the Word and guarding our hearts, minds, eyes, and company we keep against evil. Maintaining our relationship and intimacy with Jesus and our spouses!
Within our churches we will wax cold, calling good evil and evil good. Wonder how that can happen? We just keep sweeping it under the carpet in the name of "love." Where is our integrity that honors the Lord and demonstrates Jesus works just fine being obedient His way and not making it about us doing it our way? The ministry of reconciliation is God's opportunity to use his people to instruct those who oppose themselves in meekness that if he preadventure will grant repentance and be saved from the snare of the enemy. It also shows forgiveness and restoration. It is a beautiful picture of how God restores when one is submissive to repentance and it also demonstrates that God is serious if your not willing to repent then there is broken fellowship. Broken fellowship is not to be mean, but to stand against the seriousness of sin and in hopes the believer will feel put out and be drawn back into the fold.
The scriptures are CLEAR Heb 3 while it is yet TODAY let us encourage one another that our hearts be not hardened! Dont wait till tomorrow, who guarantees we have it?
Church...Body of Christ... we seriously need to fast and pray. We seriously need to put aside our feelings and our emotions and weigh it all on the table of FACTS and TRUTH. We refuse to address sin for sin. We refuse to step into conflict to make peace. We refuse to get involved in someone else's business for their own good. The Scriptures command us to tell the truth in love. Using scriptures and not our personal opinion to hold up truth to a matter.
We must fight the spiritual realm of complacency and do life God's way. His way is the only way we will see transformation. I shutter to think we go through our trials unwilling to fight for life in the spiritual realm.
A call to fight, fight through fasting to set the oppressed free, for wisdom and favor, for health, and most of all deliverance! May we walk in truth, worship in Spirit and truth, and speak the truth in love. Our battle is not of this world, it is spiritual and the only way to combat it is in the spiritual. The best action of love is to fast for families.
I have called a fast to many I commune with. I felt a welling up to fight for those in the body of Christ. I woke up with the onset of a headache. I fasted from 1:30 yesterday to 1:30 today. By 12:30 I was hit with the most intense mingraine headache. As I was praying with my husband prior to a wave of nausea came over me. I must admit any other time I would have ran for the Advil. This time I didnt. I fought it out. For one hour I fought the depths of hell with such severe pain in my head I thought I was going to pass out. I cried out to God and paced and rocked that I would not give in to one minute of a committed 24 hour fast for those I love. As I prayed and claimed promises, all I could think about were the marytrs that fight against being tormented and they dont give in.
Everytime I claimed Jehovah-Rophe a release came over me as if God where saying I am with you, but the pain would come back double fold like a sledge hammer and it was if God said I need you to go through this so I can teach you something.
The hour passed long and hard, I have never endured anything like it in my life. Our natural man runs from pain, looks for the quick release and God taught me today endurance. That I fought for those I love and didnt cave in. I have never fought for anyone like that ever. I have never prayed and cried for mercy like that and it was if God opened my eyes to the next level of spiritual warfare. I truly believe I experienced the enemy trying to distract me from my commitment to fast and pray.
By 1:29 a release came over me and the battle was almost done, I had made it. And then.... Jesus came to mind, how he fought in the garden of gethseme...the drops of blood...the agony...the beatings...the torment...the cross. Jesus fought a fight unto death for me. I must say, I was made aware today of how hard it is to stay focused to fight for a cause when you are being tormented. I only fought a hard fight for an hour, Jesus fought for days while he was physically tormented and he endured.
The obedience in fasting.. Matthew 6 says, "When you fast" not if you fast brings about new spiritual truths along with deliverance for those who we lift up and the out pouring of wisdom when in need.
Today, was the most enlightening fast I have ever done. I must say, the most powerful. I believe God honors His promises and that I experienced a spiritual battle like no other because I chose to fight for my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. I am glad to share I didnt retreat, I didnt quit. I had my armor on and the enemy was defeated and Jesus has given me the victory because He already fought for me that I may fight for others.
People want to know they are loved and worth fighting for. Who in your realm of influence needs to know you are willing to give up something of yourself, lay down your desires and fight for them and the trials they face? They need intercession for the release and deliverance over them most are to weak in their state of deception.
May we understand the seriousness of our position IN Christ, in the Body of Christ, and our reasonable service to be a living sacrifice to love one another. Tell someone you love that is ensnared or entangled that you wont give up on them, that you will fight for them in the spiritual realm! ~Be Blessed