July 2018 Prayer Letter

 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

 

There is without question a demonic attack on the Church today. The demonic realm is strategic and it is real. Satan’s only power is to deceive. If we think this is a physical battle with those around us, we have been duped and deceived already. Satan is a thief and liar.

 

When Israel was in Egypt, they were in bondage, unable to do what they wanted to do or be who they wanted to be. But, when they called out to God through Moses, God brought judgment on Pharaoh, his kingdom, on the pagan gods of that nation, and set His people free. Satan is a thief and liar and must be confronted! If you do not confront him, he will deceive you and lead you into a life of bondage. His attacks are relentless and his goal is total destruction. He must be confronted. He cannot and must not be given a foothold in our homes, our lifestyles, our marriages, our friendships or any of our other relationships or circumstances.

 

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

 

Our spouses, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are not the adversary. Satan is our adversary and we must wake up and take action.

 

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

1 Peter 5:8

 

Satan looks for entry points, places we ourselves leave open! Don’t leave an open door nor an opportunity for him to enter because he will! Sometimes our very own words give way to the devil and grieve the Holy Spirit.

 

 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Ephesians 4:26-32

 

It seems marriage is a favorite target of the deceiver. Proverbs 5 speaks of the temptations of adultery, how it ultimately ends in destruction, and advice to counter the attack. In verses 7 and 8 (paraphrased) we are told to ‘Listen to our Father’s instructions, not depart from His words, remove ourselves far from the temptation, and not go near it again.’ Verses 15-19 more poetically instruct us to spend intimate time with our spouse. We need to remove ourselves from that which would cause harm to our marriage and invest time in our spouse.

 

What are some doors you have left open to allow the enemy access to your life, family or relationships? Close them and lock them up tight!

 

A pastor was sharing a difficult time he had with his young adult daughter. She was making choices in life that were not godly or profitable. Her father approached her and pleaded with her to rethink what she was doing. He asked her to trust him and what he was saying. The daughter thought for a minute and replied, “No!”, and she proceeded down a destructive path.

 

We do the same with God. He knows what’s best for us and provides instruction in all areas of life. His desire is to lead us from the destructive path of the enemy and for us to follow Him and live an abundant life. If we would only do what He says and follow Him. It’s an issue of trust and lordship.

 

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23

 

We will be judged by His Word as we are surrendered to His will. Jesus modeled for us a life completely surrendered to the Fathers will.

 

 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.  John 5:30

 

The very words Jesus spoke were completely according to the Father’s will. Certainly, in the many confrontations with the Pharisees, and when questioned in front of Pilot, He would have wanted to speak more freely, but He spoke only what the words He received from His Father. What if we did this in all of our situations and relationships? What would happen if our words were surrendered to that of the Father’s will?

 

“…I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” John 8:26

 

Jesus only wanted to please the Father. He only wanted to speak life and restoration and not destruction.

 

Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” John 8:28-30

 

 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:29-30

 

Our prayer is that you would evaluate your lives and secure any open doors that would allow the enemy to enter. Allow no place for Satan to have presence in your lives. That you would surrender your will to that of the Father and that He would be Lord over all areas of your life. That you would follow the model that Jesus gave and speak life into others around you.

 

 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20

 

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”      Matthew 17:5