By: Norm Rasmussen
I am impressed of the Holy Spirit to write and remind Christians
to hear this) that they need to be asking the Lord to keep them from
intensified evil ON
A DAILY BASIS.
Not every once in awhile'
ON A DAILY BASIS!
'Why?' may be your immediate question.
'Why NOT?!' would be a suitable answer. 'How can it hurt anything?'
Of course it wouldn't - couldn't. When it comes to keeping demonic attacks at bay in our lives, can a person possibly go wrong in asking the Lord for 'extra" Godly protection ' just in case?
I'm sorry to come across as so blunt to whomever, but if you are about to delete this off your computer screen without reading further ' chances are excellent that you have NO CLUE (or have just "conveniently" forgotten, which is Satan at work I hope you realize) of just how intense the battle is in the spirit realm between good and evil and your active involvement in it IS ... whether you want to be or not.
If you are growing more and more discontent with Jesus Christ ... it surely isn't because our heavenly Father wants it that way.
If your faith (trust) is dying in God's wisely interpreted, wisely applied Word ... it surely isn't because our Heavenly Father wants it that way.
If you have progressed to the place "where you can take God or leave Him" ... it SURELY isn't because our heavenly Father wants it that way. THE REASON IS: YOU ARE ALLOWING SATAN FAR TOO MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO BRAINWASH YOU, SO STOP HIM BEFORE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST STOPS DANGEROUSLY ... AND POTENTIALLY COMPLETELY!
This spiritual battle we are in ... moment by moment ... is not some make-believe delusionary fantasy,
dear reader! It's the real deal, and it's a matter of spiritual life and
spiritual death that can ultimately effect our eternity if
we remain angry - confused - disillusioned - apathetic about it.
Dear reader, even WHEN you ask the Lord to keep evil from you on a DAILY BASIS, evil is STILL going to be looking for ways to keep you ineffective in various ways in your walk (of obedience and passion) with Jesus Christ. Your joy will be diminished. Your faith in God will be diminished. God being able to use you to minister and witness to others who need being ministered to (Encouragement; often prayed for when they don't ask for it and maybe even are so hurting they don't even realize its important at the moment!) and witnessed to will be diminished ' meaning that your willingness (burning desire works better) to be used of the Lord to help establish His Kingdom rule (Gods favor is included by the way in His "Kingdom rule") in the lives of others will be diminished.
Saying it a little differently: Just because you ask the Lord DAILY to keep evil from you that day doesn't somehow guarantee evil isn't going to be able to touch you at all. However ' it WILL make you much more sensitive to the Holy Spirit in how demons ARE messing with you that day (and probably your loved ones as well), and your need to dig in more solidly with the Holy Spirit in how to deal with those demonic attacks. THIS IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT IN WAGING EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL WARFARE: BEING IN TUNE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT MOMENT BY MOMENT IN WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SPIRIT REALM AND THE PART YOU PLAY IN IT IN HOW TO WISELY GOING ABOUT COMBATTING IT - RESISTING IT.
The Lord's prayer (The Father's answer to US disciples of Jesus Christ) as is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV) gives us ample admonition and wisdom in our need to ask God DAILY to keep evil from us:
"In this manner, therefore pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
There is another 'daily spiritual discipline' that needs to work in conjunction with asking God to keep you daily from evil. If you want to walk in greater victory over daily demonic attacks that are mostly directed at your thought life (which invariably are designed to keep you depressed to various degrees, pessimistic (degrees of faithlessness) and maybe even fearful of things going on around this planet, prayerlessness and fasting individually, AND prayerlessness and fasting CORPORATELY...
...(Which the Body of Christ at large is sadly and pathetically pandemically apathetic about (at this fall 2014 writing) as governmental political intrusion increases (subtle increasing demonic control, yet NOT so subtle anymore to the discerning!), terrorism intensifies, sickness and disease increases (with doctors and assistants sometimes "throwing darts for a fix at them at OUR expense, both in $$$ and often complicated side-effect issues), financial hardship(s), marriage and family and work relationship issues, etc.)
Listen UP Pastors, because YOU Pastors establish in the local churches God's national agenda far more than many of you realize when you engage in spiritual unity with the rest of the Body of Christ ... even IF you are the only local Church in your area willing to work with God in waging corporate spiritual warfare through prayer and fasting for those who are willing and able [NOT agreement on doctrinal issues; that's not the "unity" God is talking about.] If Pastors and the people in our local church fellowships can't realize and believe that PRAYER AND FASTING is the primary weapon God has given His people down here to combat evil, what in the world CAN we agree on?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, ... because God isn't going to hold you accountable for what OTHER Pastors are or are not doing nor believing and teaching, but you WILL answer (be rewarded or rewards withheld if you are truly spiritually born again, which so many people calling themselves "Pastors" are not these days, but are really nothing more than wolves in sheep's clothing and most of them don't even realize it) to how you are shepherding the people God has given YOU to shepherd.
Let's take our Body of Christ wuppin' while we still have time ... before moving forward in this writing. Pastors and leadership who do NOT persist in setting an example as well as continuously admonishing their flocks to actively participate in CORPORATE prayer and fasting for those who can and will are being diluded by Satan to a degree that makes God sadly have to shake His head ... at the Church's expense by the way. (The gates of hell will not prevail over the Church, scripture promises, even though the Church may have to be pretty "shot up" before it wakes up and realizes just how intensely desperate and ruthless the demonic warriors manning "the gates of hell" currently ARE!)
This is NO attack on Pastors either. It's cold, hard, SOBERING reality. If the Church on planet earth is the Army of Jesus Christ to help hold back evil on this planet ... how in heaven do we think we can endlessly continue to preach and teach people to death (life!) only and SELDOM IF NEVER fire anything but bullets and NOT ALSO FIRING SPIRITUAL RPG's, BOMBS and ROCKETS (Reinforced Hint: CORPORATE prayer and fasting) when the enemy is firing literal RPG's and ROCKETS at US?! (BOMBS, FOOD AND WATER SUPPLY ISSUES, BIOLOGICAL AGENTS, COMPUTER ATTACKS, [GOVENMENT AND MILITARY CONTROL ULTIMATELY] as well if they can get their hands of them, and technology and the people qualified to use these weapons).
Let me say one last thing about corporate prayer and fasting. Satan knows full well what can happen to him and his plans IF the Body of Christ in America (and even more so around the world!) unites in one accord regularly in that capacity. It is NO COINCIDENCE the American church is so prayerless and fastless corporately. Satan has done an excellent job to date at keeping it suppressed. It may well be the very thing that may well threaten him the most these days -- the possibility that Church leaders choose to persistently work with God in making it happen.
Okay - moving on:
This secondary 'daily spiritual
discipline' God calls: Building yourself up in the most holy faith
praying in the Holy Spirit. (See: Jude 1:20)
You "build yourself up in the most holy faith' by:
1) Allowing your mind and spirit to be freshly - nutritiously - fed (AND CONTINUOUSLY REMINDING YOURSELF OF GOD'S PROMISES!) with God's spiritual food ' the Holy Scriptures, (See: Colossians 3:16) and singing spiritual songs to the Lord and to yourself (See: Ephesians 5:18-19).
(God has given humanity music and singing to help us stay in healthy connection with Him, which Satan fully realizes and uses to his advantage as well to accomplish his purposes, though those who are brainwashed by it don't have a clue until they become spiritually born again).
Ephesians 5:20-21 are vitally necessary as well in the process of "keeping ourselves built up in the most Holy faith."
(More and more Christians are
resorting to pain killers and anti-depressant medications to deal with fear,
depression and Satan is LOVING it! Suppose their doctor(s) and doctor's
aides are asking
them how diligent they are in waging effective spiritual warfare -
DAILY - to combat what is happening inside their brain and spirit?)
2) Praying by the unction ' leading ' assistance - of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 6:18 and 1 Corinthians 14:4 speaks specifically to this matter.
Folks ' surely you don't have to be reminded that more sophisticated evil (which includes increased sophisticated demonic deception) is growing around this globe. Waging effective spiritual warfare cannot be put on a backburner for those who consider themselves to be true Christians. Evil is not going to be complacent and park on everyone else's front doorsteps. YOUR front doorsteps are TOP PICK for the demons assigned to you, dear one. Don't let the devil cleverly persuade you differently - EVER! You're the one who will pay the price one way or the other, you can be 100% certain.
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