The Weapon of Praise


Today, I finish the study of Spiritual Warfare by taking a look at the final weapon in the series. Before we do, I want to say that I hope you are receiving your call to advance the kingdom of God. We are not depending upon politicians or programs to bring about the kingdom: we are actively using the authority that God has given us to bring about His will and kingdom on the earth.

We are bold because the blood speaks on our behalf. We establish kingdom rule by speaking the word of God over ourselves, our family, our church, our nation. We dismantle darkness through prayer. We win the momentary skirmishes through putting on the armor of God. Finally we have an anthem that puts fear into the enemy:

Praise!

Let’s look at how this works.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 NKJV

This passage details the actions of a victorious believer before the victory is manifest.

Faith is evident through the entire process: Absence of worry. Prayer for God’s will. Internal peace.

One more thing is present: praise.

Praise is the song that is written and sung by faith. It is the language of faith.

When you have spoken the word of God and activated the presence of God through praise – power and authority are the result.

One of my favorite praise scriptures:

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let he people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them–this is the glory of all his faithful people. PSALM 149:2-9

The saints praise the Lord in the dance. They praise Him on instruments. They praise Him in bed.

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Such praise events turn into weapons. Remember how I said that speaking the word of God and activating the presence of God through praise results in the release of power and authority?

Notice verses 6-9 of Psalm 149 again.

The vengeance of God spoken of in Isaiah 59 is being released. Principalities and powers of darkness are being bound. God’s will is manifest.

This honor have all His saints!

Remember Paul and Silas in prison! Remember Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel in 2 Chronicles chapter 20!

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What is in your heart will come out of your mouth! Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks – Jesus said that!

You win spiritual warfare just like you were saved: confess with your mouth and believe in your heart.

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We continue our study of Spiritual Warfare with a look at another aspect of our weaponry: the Armor of God.

You find the teaching on the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18

Most people look at the Armor of God metaphorically. In other words, they don’t think that it should be taken as a literal weapon of our warfare.

But, the scripture tells us that we are to “take up” the armor of God.

The Greek word used here means to literally:

Pick up and put on

The same word is used to describe Jesus being taken up into heaven, Paul being taken on board a ship, the tabernacle of Israel being carried.

Since the attacks against us by the world, the flesh, and the devil are not metaphorical but real, our armor is real and is to be put on.

Decisions determine focus and action. When we take time to set our mind on the armor of God and to determine that it is going to direct us into God’s victory and security, we are determining outcomes rather than simply responding to them.

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Soldiers prepare for war long before they encounter it. We prepare for war before we encounter it so that we know how we will respond in the day of the enemy’s attack.

Jesus said that it was the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32). Yet, the violent take it by force (Matt. 11:12).

Why? Because there are adversaries to God’s will for our lives.

The Bible tells us to “run in such a way as to win the race” (1 Cor. 9:24). There must be a way to run and not win so focus and preparation are necessary. Paul told us to “press toward the mark for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”. If we have to “press” there must be obstacles.

My first pastor used to say that “cruisematics” those who are seeking to just cruise through life – never obtain the high calling.

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Do you know why the Armor of God is so effective?

Because it is the same armor Jesus put on to come to the earth!

The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man; He was amazed that there was no one to intercede. So His own arm brought salvation, and His own righteousness sustained Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance and wrapped Himself in a cloak of zeal. So He will repay according to their deeds: fury to His enemies, retribution to His foes, and recompense to the islands. Isaiah 59:15-18 Berean Study Bible

When we put on the Armor of God, we are putting on the Lord Jesus Christ! What can defeat you clothed in the Lord Jesus?

You make a decision to walk in truth. You make a decision to accept the righteousness of God. You make a decision to walk in the path of the gospel of wholeness. You make a decision to apply faith to every attack. You make a decision to apply deliverance to every thought. You make a decision to take the Word of God and attack the enemy with it when he attacks you.

And, when you need strength, you make a decision to pray in the Spirit and trust the Spirit to intercede according to God’s will for you.

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To win your battle, you make your stand in the Armor of God. There is no plan “B” – no going back – no compromise.

Set, Ready, Go!!


Let’s continue with our study of Spiritual Warfare by taking a look at another weapon of warfare: prayer.

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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3-5

This life is a battlefield for those who are serious about living for the glory of God. Why?

For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 JOHN 2:16

The motivations and goals of the world operate contrary to the motivations and goals of the Kingdom!! To win this battle we must set things in order in our lives. This doesn’t just happen, it comes through intentional focus.

On the night that Jesus was betrayed – in the looming darkness before the enemy attack – Jesus told His disciples that to be ready for what was coming, they must pray. Upon finding them sleeping instead of praying, Jesus said these words to them:

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Could you not tarry with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt. 26:40-41

That’s our truth: prayer helps us overcome temptation. Our problem: the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

If you want to overcome, you must become a person of prayer.

The exciting thing is that Jesus didn’t just command us to become people of prayer but taught us how to do it!

When a football team lines up to run a play, they first go through a sequence that could be described as “set, ready, go!”

The team will first “line up” to run a set play. Then, they will ready themselves by calling out signals to the entire team to be sure that they are on the same page. Then, the ball is hiked to begin the action. Here’s how it works in prayer:

SET

Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

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Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

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GO

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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Then, we leave reminding ourselves who has made all this possible:

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever!

Prayer is not just where we place our order for God to fulfill but a place of revelation, transformation, and relationship.

Through time with Him, we hear His voice, are changed into His image, and experience His presence.

Jesus told us what is to be our priority. He used it by using the word “first”:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33

Did you catch that?

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

Kingdom priority is a key to answered prayer and victory over the enemy!

Your Words as a Weapon


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Today, we continue our study of spiritual warfare with a look at another weapon given to believers: the word of our testimony. 

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. REVELATION 12:11 NKJV 

The word of our testimony is one of the weapons through which we overcome the enemy. 

The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess and are saved. ROMANS 10:8-10 NKJV 

We have long been taught that the scripture we just read teaches us how we are saved. I agree.  

But, think of this: what spiritual victory do we win in our lives that is greater than salvation? 

Now, the word translated as “salvation” and “saved” in these passages are the words: 

Sozo: “saved/rescued from destruction and brought into divine safety 

The “salvation” that is spoken of here is related to other victories such as: when Jesus calmed the stormy sea –  when Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood – when Jesus spoke of overcoming hatred against you because of your relationship with Him. 

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Got that? 

So, this is not just a scripture that teaches us how to be saved but how to win spiritual warfare. 

Remember what it said the keys are? 

Believe in your heart. 

Confess with your mouth. 

The word of your testimony is a part of your weaponry.  

Confession: homologéō (from /homoú, “together” and /légō, “speak to a conclusion”) – properly, to voice the same conclusion, i.e. agree (“confess“); to profess (confess) because in full agreement; to align with (endorse). 

This is not just an aimless confession but a “legal record” founded upon faith. Faith is the power behind the word which releases authority. 

Negative, unbiblical testimony spoken in faith (belief) enforces what is spoken. 

Biblical testimony spoken in faith enforces what is spoken.  

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire. ISAIAH 55:11 NKJV 

Remember David? He defeated Goliath but spoke it and then it occurred: 

This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. The battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into my hands. 1 Samuel 17 

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:3: 

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. 

Jesus says to us: 

“Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:22-23 

Numbers, chapter 13 tells us about the value of a good report. Moses sent the spies into the Promised Land. They brought back a bad report – a report contradicting what God had said. This was more than a situational analysis – this was an opinion – a belief. 

Joshua and Caleb believed God’s report and entered the Land! 

This type of victory begins with knowing God’s word and meditating on it. You know what the definition of meditating is? 

Talking to yourself! 

Talk to yourself about it and remove your doubt by making you and the Word one!

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Then, speak it out and see your mountain move in Jesus’ Name!

The Blood as a Weapon


Today, we continue our study of Spiritual Warfare by beginning a study of our weaponry. The first weapon?

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The blood of Christ.

The overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. REVELATION 12:11 NKJV

When speaking of victory over Satan, the blood is listed as one of the instruments of our warfare.

What is it about the blood that makes it so effective against the enemy?

We are first introduced to the meaning of blood in the OT. The Hebrew word for blood:

Spelled with two Hebrew letters: Dalet and Mem.

Dalet: Pictograph meaning: Pathway or Doorway. Number value is 4.

Mem: Pictograph meaning: Liquid. Number value is 40.

The number 4 means: Creation. The number 40 means: trial or probation. Since 5 (grace) and 8 (new beginnings) are products of 40, then the gematria for blood means:

A period of trial in Creation that ends in an action of grace followed by revival.

The plural of the Hebrew word for blood:

Retribution; Payment

The Hebrews were taught that life was in the blood.

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Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat. Deuteronomy 12:23 NKJV

The Hebrews were also taught that blood has a voice.

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And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. Genesis 4:10 NKJV

Let’s carry this to Jesus’ sacrifice.

The blood of Jesus is our liquid doorway into an act of grace which produces a revival in our lives!

The blood of Jesus pays the payment for our sins and guilt and sets the stage for retribution against our enemies!

The blood of Jesus gives us the essence of the very life of Christ! The victorious overcoming life of our Savior!

The blood speaks on our behalf!

You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:23-24

What victory does the blood speak over you?

I am spared from God’s wrath!

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9)

My judgment has been satisfied!

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

I am a victor!

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)

I am more than a conqueror through Him who loved me! (Romans 8:7)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength! (Phil. 4:13)

The blood has the final word!

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How Big is Your God?


Last week, we talked about Spiritual Warfare. We looked at what happens when the church neglects it call to intercede.

Here’s a question we must confront: Are we afraid of our enemy?

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 JOHN 4:4

I’m talking to the people of God now. The Spirit of God that is in you is greater than the spirit that controls the world.

Let me give you some words translated from the Greek word used here:

Abundant, all the more, arrogant, big, completely fierce.

These words describe the ability of the Spirit within you!

A lot of people see Satan and Jesus as two equals fighting it out for victory.

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Because of this image, many are afraid of the enemy when in reality, this image is a false representation of reality.

After speaking of Lucifer’s fall in Isaiah 14, the Word of God records this regarding those who will see Satan’s end:

Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?” ISAIAH 14:16-17

Satan and Jesus are not equals – far from it. Therefore, the Spirit that lives in you is much greater in power and authority then the spirit of the enemy.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. LUKE 10:19

Tell yourself: “Authority over the power!”

The Bible tells us:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 PETER 5:8

Before this is said, the Bible tells us that we should be submitted to God – humbled under His mighty hand. If we are not, we have reason to be concerned. If we are submitted, we have nothing to fear.

The Bible tells us:

Resist him, steadfast in the faith….1 Peter 5:9

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Again, a key to victory is listed: submission. But, notice what is said to the submitted child of God: he WILL flee!

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Satan is a rabid dog but he is on a leash! He cannot release the full reign of the Antichrist until the church is removed!

The church has power and authority over the enemy.

As part of His church of which Jesus is the head, you have Satan under your feet!

Next time, the weaponry given to us by God.

National Day of Spiritual Warfare


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I’m beginning a series of teachings today on spiritual warfare – a critical teaching for the Body of Christ. Let’s begin today with an introduction. 

My grandmother had a saying that she used often to warn me about potential danger. If I told her I was thinking of doing something she didn’t like, she would say: 

You’ll get there, and then there you’ll be! 

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The Body of Christ has made some decisions that have gotten us to where we are. 

For years, the body of Christ has operated in a country founded on Christian principles. These principles became law and the church neglected its call to spiritual warfare because we were safe – our people in agreement over how we “should” live and in many segments of society we were comfortable. We looked to American culture as the manifestation of the kingdom of God. 

While this was happening, Satan continued his war against humanity. He used the church’s complacency and sin to bring discontent into American culture. People began to look to things other than the kingdom of God for peace, fulfillment, enlightenment, etc. 

Philosophies that exalted man and his desires took hold in our institutions of higher learning. Prayer was kicked out of our schools. The Bible was kicked out of our schools. Abortion on demand became legal. 

Now, we are in a crisis. Our land is divided in factions that have such stark differences in philosophy they cannot coexist. 

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What is the church doing? 

We are finally waking up. The problem? We are still depending upon corrections to come from the State level. 

We need to work politically. But, we must understand that our problems have a common origin: the demonic. We must fight and win these battles in the spirit before we can expect to see any movement in the natural. 

We have found out after years of “relative” prosperity that the enemy is at our doorstep and if he is going to be defeated, the people of God are going to have to do so by enforcing the victory of Jesus. No one else including a political party is going to do that for us! 

We made a decision to enjoy our prosperity while Satan continued his war. As my grandmother said: “We’ve gotten there and there we are! 

Kingdom strategy never changed – we did. Now, it is time to return to our calling. 

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matt. 11:12 

The kingdom of God advances through violent intercession – through calling the kingdom of God into existence where the devil’s kingdom reigns. Satan is not just God’s enemy – he is yours. God won His war against Satan – we must win ours. 

The good news? 

We have the authority and the weaponry to win this battle. The problem? We must stop ignoring what is going on. We must stop cowering in the corner – denying reality. We must step up into what we are called to be – warriors in the Kingdom of God. 

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 

A conqueror is someone who has fought a battle and won it! Many don’t fight. We cry, we complain, we moan, we give up, we ignore spiritual truth. 

It is time to answer the call for you, for your family, for the kingdom of God, for those who are deceived. 

Over the next several weeks, we will examine our authority, our weaponry, and our victory! 

It’s not too late. If the devil’s power equaled or exceeded God’s – yes. But, it doesn’t even compare! The ground is still there to be taken.  

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chron. 7:14 

Who will answer the call! 

Actions that Bring Division


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The disciple’s life with Jesus was like following a “mobile kingdom of God”. Everywhere He went, He was displacing demonic strongholds and confronting bad doctrine and healing people broken by life. In Mark, chapter 3:20-30, He releases His disciples to do the same. 

As one of His disciples, you are called to be a version of the “mobile kingdom of God”. Everywhere you go, you are displacing demonic strongholds and correcting bad doctrine and healing those who are broken.  

Have you noticed how controversial Jesus’ life was? 

His family thought He was out of His mind. The religious folk thought He did what He did through the power of Beelzebub – another name for the devil. 

Yet, it took such devotion to bring about the freedom and authority of the kingdom of God. 

In response to the accusation against Him that He was casting out demons by the power of Satan, Jesus gave a teaching that is important to us. 

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A house divided against itself cannot stand. 

These words are applicable in any instance: a home divided – a business divided – a church divided – a nation divided – a life divided. 

When true division sets in, it takes authority to displace it. Jesus’ authority!

It doesn’t matter if two people say they are in the same family or members of the same group, nation or church: if one sees the other as the “devil”, it will take authority to displace division and restore unity. 

Jesus was being called an agent of the devil as He performed His ministry. This accusation wasn’t coming from outside the “church” but from within! 

Jesus called this type of accusation “blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”. 

What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and why did Jesus call it that? 

Jesus used the term because they were saying of Him that He had an evil spirit and was under its influence. 

“Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” is conscious and hardened opposition to the truth, “because the Spirit is truth” (1 John 5:6). Conscious and hardened resistance to the truth leads man away from humility and repentance, and without repentance there can be no forgiveness. 

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit calls a work it cannot control – in this instance God’s work – a work of the devil. It resists truth to hold onto an agenda. This prevents true conversion and is a roadblock to unity. 

How can people who profess to serve the same God be so divided in their opinions? 

  1. An ungodly agenda 

Most of us start off with a desire to serve God. At some point, we will all be challenged to fight for an agenda that has motives that do not align with the motives of the Holy Spirit. The deception comes because we think they are the motives of the Spirit but if you truly ran them through the Word of God, you would find that they seek to promote a position that is in some way exalting a plan that is out of line with God’s word or His order. 

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  1. A lack of accountability 

The scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees had begun to tailor the Word of God to fit their agenda. To do this, you must ignore certain parts of the Word and excuse your sin against other parts. They left behind true accountability to the Word and became a law unto themselves. When Jesus or anyone else for that matter (the case of the man healed who was born blind) tried to restore these leaders to the accountability of the Word, they became angry. 

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  1. A desire for self gratification and self exaltation 

When you begin to pursue an ungodly agenda and are confronted by the Holy Spirit or someone in the Body about it, you have a choice: to return to the truth of the Word or to pursue your desire to be right and to get what you want. The scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees wanted to be looked at as God’s voice and His gift to the people. They fought for this desire at the expense of the truth. Their desire for self gratification and self exaltation affected their choices. Sometimes, we don’t have to have anyone else exalt us – we can do that just fine by ourselves. 

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  1. A desire for power/control 

We often get angry at what we cannot control. Many who say they are working for God are actually angry at Him because He is not acting according to their desires. But of course, this is something that is hard to admit. So, eventually the person who has this desire becomes more and more isolated over time because they find nothing that will absolutely respond to their spiritual demands. They keep leaving things behind that are out of their control until it is just them and God. And often, they are mad at Him as well. 

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Just think: Jesus stays united with you despite all the things that you do that displease Him!

To have this unity among ourselves, we must truly love one another and put the good of the Kingdom of God before our own desires. There, the Lord commands His blessing!!

Baptism into Greatness


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According to Romans 8:28-29, our destiny is to be conformed into the image of Christ.

With the pursuit of this destiny comes a desire – to be recognized as having achieved the purpose that we were born for. We eschew earthly fame for a heavenly one.

The mother of James and John wanted this for her sons. She was bold enough to ask Jesus for its fulfillment (Matt. 20:17-28).

Notice that Jesus did not rebuke the desire for heavenly greatness or reward. It was something He wanted His disciples to aspire to.

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But, He did open a revelation for her – for us – into greatness in the Kingdom. He stated that it requires baptism.

Most would say, “I have been baptized – when I was saved.” This is not the baptism Jesus spoke of. He revealed a different baptism – one that led beyond salvation into greatness and reward.

You see, too many stop at the door. Just being saved is enough for them. But, that is not the essence of what we are called to. We are called to emulation of our Savior which will take us to greatness in the Kingdom.

But, it can only be achieved through a baptism that many are unwilling to enter.

Jesus called this baptism “My baptism”. What was He speaking of?

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Willingness to give it all for the Kingdom of God.

You see, the only sacrifice that fully revealed Jesus’ commitment to and love for His Father was His willingness to give everything for Him.

“I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and the I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” John 14:30-31

Jesus’ love for His Father was recognized in His desire to put Him and His kingdom before everything – including His own life.

To fulfill this desire, a new baptism is entered – a baptism for those willing to have their love revealed for all to see.

Then, Jesus opened a further look into this baptism.

He said that love for the Father was revealed in love for each other – that greatness in the Kingdom equated to servanthood and sacrifice for others.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” JOHN 15:13 NKJV

Christianity finds its essence beyond a philosophy, beyond a model for a good life, and beyond a pathway to blessing. The essence of Christianity is seen in giving it all for the Father and the things He loves.

Kingdom love is not given according to the worthiness of the recipient but by the desire to love the Father.

It’s a baptism of greatness. It’s the pathway to Kingdom recognition and reward. And, it finds its complete revelation in the Author of Salvation.

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How much is enough for you? Being baptized into salvation? Be baptized with Jesus’ baptism and one day, you will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Ask, Seek, Knock


Have you ever had to wait for an answer from God? What were the thoughts that came to your mind during the waiting?

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After teaching His disciples how to pray in Luke 11, Jesus began to speak to them about answered prayer. Simply praying the outline of the Lord’s prayer will lead to answered prayer because it focuses on the will of the Lord before our desires.

It focuses on the goodness of God – trusting the heart of God in all things. Isn’t that the definition of true faith?

Then, Jesus prepares His disciples for what happens in response to prayer. One of the things that we experience when we pray is waiting on an answer.

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Jesus tells the parable of a man going to a friend at an inopportune time for a need. The friend doesn’t help the man because of his relationship with him but because the man continues to knock.

Then, Jesus tells His disciples that they are to request from God with the following knowledge:

Ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you; seek, and keep on seeking, and you will find; knock, and keep on knocking and it will be opened to you.

This is the true tense in the original language of what is being said by Jesus.

Our lives are a series of events directed by one dominant factor. We are saved once, but die daily (1 Cor. 15:31). We give our lives to God once but submit to His will daily. Prayer follows that same pattern: we have faith but keep on moving into the unknown to find faith’s answer.

It is a process of certainty. It works itself out as a process but the outcome is certain during the process.

Jesus tells us of the value of persistence. If you follow His pattern you will get to the answer even if you have to wait – and sometimes we do.

We only see from our perspective, but we must know that there is much more to what we are asking for than what we can see with our eyes. My answer may involve other moving parts that need to respond within the will of God to meet my request.

Jesus said for us to not be discouraged during this process.

Notice the process again:

Ask – Seek – Knock

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Asking is easy and quick. It only takes a moment. But, after asking, we move into seeking.

Seeking implies time. Seeking implies search. Seeking implies learning through the search. Seeking leads us to knocking.

Knocking implies eminence. Knocking implies face to face contact. Knocking implies divine encounter with God.

Godly prayer is just like everything else in our walk with God – it involves revelation, transformation, and intimacy.

Jesus told us not to be surprised at the process. It will involve these three aspects and will require perseverance.

At the end of this passage, Jesus reminds us that in prayer, we are approaching Someone who does love us and desires to see the process of asking, seeking, and knocking come to its full completion. The friend answered the door because the man wouldn’t stop knocking. In prayer to God, the door is answered because of our relationship with Jesus.

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Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4

In Christ, answered prayer will also lead to spiritual growth! Be patient and persistent! God will respond and grow the person praying in the process!