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Thursday, February 23, 2017

DEMONS SHIVER-Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

Demons shiver when we storm the gates of Heaven, sword in hand. 
 Satan cowers, knowing he is defeated by the Word of God and prayer.
What happens when we don't use Scripture to fight or beckon the power of God daily?
We become casualties of war.
Satan and his minions prey on those who are unarmed for the spiritual battle. They target the weak.
Victorious Spiritual Warfare is won, with the Word.
Scripture prepares us for battle and protects us in the midst of the fight.
I see the effects of prayer in my life and others. Especially when I pray Scripture and claim the promises of God.

 If you just joined us, welcome. We are dissecting  THE PRAYER.  Please take a minute to read it.

The Word can be used for battle and surgical healing.
Like any surgeon using his scalpel, we will open each word with precision and accuracy.
Let's continue the Surgical Prayer so we may obtain healing, strength, and correction.

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith— Ephesians3:17a

The Greek words and definitions adapted from Blue letter bible.

DwellkatoikeĊ: to house permanently,  reside, inhabitant(-ter).

Heart- kardia: the heart, the thoughts or feelings (mind)

Faith - pistis: persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction, assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.


 What would I do if Jesus walked into my home?  Would He feel comfortable?  Would He want to dwell there? Would I be sweeping all the mess into the closets?
The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, convicting,
teaching, and encouraging. 

The Word is His instrument to work in and through us. The Word sees through walls and into locked rooms.
 God sees what I see, He knows what I think and hears the words I say.
He knows what I'm trying to hide.
Do I bring Him to questionable places, do I watch questionable TV or videos?
When my son asks to watch something, I ask him, "Would Jesus want to watch that with you?"
"Maybe not, mom."

Christ desires to reside in our hearts, to be comfortable
When we think, say or do anything questionable the Spirit in us should get restless.
 The occupant is not comfortable with sin and makes His discomfort known.
 A restless Spirit is a sign of possible disobedience.
I admit my spirit has been restless more than I care to admit.

 The evil one's mission is for me to stay in guilt and sin. He wants me to feed the desires of my flesh and not listen to the Holy tenant that resides in me.
The war rages, so I turn to the truth and wield the sword of the word to fight the lies.

The Word pierces the soul and convicts me. The surgical process aided in the eviction of the previous tenants of my heart.
The desire to watch horror films, react to criticism with anger or go out to nightclubs no longer dwell in me.
The Holy Sprit begins to remodel and decorate to reflect His nature.
 He feels more at home when the walls aren't shaking with disobedience.

Lies and disobedience still try to take up residence. I turn to the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and the sword, we kick out the unwanted visitors.
 I desire Christ to dwell in my heart through faith, the faith that moves mountains. I want Christ to feel at home.  Don't you?

Next week we continue to learn how to wield the sword with accuracy -defeating the flesh and demonic influence that fight to take over our hearts and minds? Will you join me?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

SPIRITUAL SURGERY

in a person's innermost being.(Tweet This)

I experienced the sword of Gods word first hand. 
My deepest desire is to know the love of God and make it known to others,
 to have 
delicate discernment in all aspects of my life.
My attitude hindered me from fully being used by God.
I needed to forgive my childhood abuser and see him as God sees him. 


I clung to my right to fight. 
I was wronged.  I should be able to hold on to a grudge, right?
Wrong.
I studied the prayers of Paul.  
Oh to obtain the inner peace that Paul had. He was wronged, thrown into jail and left for dead. I wanted that peace.
I began to pray the Scripture for a changed heart.
 I continue to pray for myself and others daily.
I interweave Bible passages as I pray 

Ephesians 3:17-21, 1 Corinthians 13:4-4, and Philippians 1:9-11-all adapted from ESV

Lord, I pray that according to the riches of your glory that you may  strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we would be rooted and grounded in love.  Your love that is patient and kind; love that does not envy, boast,  is not arrogant or rude. Love that does not insist on its own way, not irritable or resentful. Love  that does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
 I also pray that we may have a strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of your love for us,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.   My prayer is that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. 
I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.   Help us to approve what is excellent.   Lord change us so that we will be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Change ensued.
The process was painful. 
My hatred toward my abuser turned into biblical love. 
I began to see him through the eyes of God. 
I no longer wanted revenge.

Praying the Scriptures brings supernatural change.

The Holy Spirit surgically removed the sin and replaced it with love.

Do you need spiritual surgery?
It may be minor surgery or major surgery.  
In my case, it was major surgery.
Pray the above prayer with me daily, for yourself and others.

Please Join me for the next few weeks as we break down the prayer into bite size pieces and digest its truths.

Will you allow the Word to perform Spiritual surgery?
Join the conversation.
If you have a personal, confidential or specific prayer  that you want me to pray for, send me a personal email at godsfruit@juno.com