The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O LORD, endures forever–do not abandon the works of Your hands. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.
Psalm 138:8, 1 Corinthians 1:8, Philippians 1:10
“My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.” -Jesus
The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
John 17:15, 2 Corinthians 2:9, Matthew 5:48
Jesus didn’t pray that God would remove us from the evil one’s domain, earth, but that God would deliver us from him.
Because Christ is the Pioneer and Perfecter of our Faith, we too should pray this prayer for other believers.
“Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and He would send them instantly?” -Jesus
In other translations, Jesus refers to the fact that there are twelve legions of angels that the Father has ready at our disposal to do His will in an instant when we ask according to His word.
To put this into perspective, remember in Mark chapter 5 where Jesus healed a man from Gadarenes possessed by demons while traveling, known as exorcising the Gerasenes demonic. The demon in charge of occupying this one man identified himself as “Legion“, because of their multitude.
And He (Jesus) asked him (the man), “What is thy name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion: for we are many.”
The major unit of the Roman army consisting of 3,000 to 6,000 infantry troops and 100 to 200 cavalry troops.
Jesus said that at His disposal, the Father had 36,000 to 72,000
forces trained, armed, and equipped to fight on foot and 1,200 to 2,400 special forces that were highly mobile working together as one–a single unit using light armor.
Angels are actively involved in carrying out God’s will and promises according to His Word as we speak in agreement with it!
A careful read of this account clearly shows that this multitude
of demons fears Jesus; and despite their rebellious nature, ran to kneel in worship of Him.
He begged Jesus not to send them out of the territory. (Mark 5:10)
Looking closer, the Greek word chora (χώρα) used to signify the place the demons were occupying by possession of this one man was terrorizing a confederacy of ten major cities of commerce, translated into the word for “country” in the King James Version, but can also be defined as meaning “the space lying between two places or limits” or “an empty expanse.”
“When an unclean spirit (demon) goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none” (Matthew 12:43). In other words, he has been displaced at great displeasure to him. Demons are rebellious former angels that have been removed from their original place, position and purpose; and the term, displaced refers to one without a place of belonging or home. They roam the earth seeking unguarded places to seize possession whether by suggestive thoughts or intimidation by their banding together with others of their kind.
“Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” -Jesus
This is why the Bible tells us to guard our hearts for out of it flow the matters of life or death! For out of the heart, the mouth speaks and reveals what you really believe.
“I am coming soon; hold fast what you have so that no one may seize your crown.” -Jesus
Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?
God has already given us everything that we need to live a life free from sin in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For this purpose was Jesus manifest to destroy the works of the devil!
Change is truly real when we no longer are thinking and doing sinful behaviors and have replaced them with godly ones. That is why John the Baptist came to preach, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Matthew 3:8).
This was confirmed by Jesus Himself in Matthew 4:17, where Jesus demanded “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
There is freedom from all the works of Satan and his demons have no dominion over you when you turn to Jesus by faith in what He has already accomplished for you. God will remove our sins and He will cast out demons, but real change comes as we transform our minds to will and to do according to His perfect will (purpose) for our lives. We begin by focusing on His Kingdom and His Right and only True Way to live as found in the example of the only sinless and truly obedient Son, Jesus Christ.
We renew our minds by agreeing with His Word which is Faithful and True. And this is the key: change is not something God can do for us! We must fill up our house rather than leaving it empty, swept, and put in order ready for sin to return. We must keep ourselves occupied with Kingdom business, pleasing God through how we help others come to know Him as a loving Father who is the Lord of life.
The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans.
Rather, they are powerful weapons from God.
With them we destroy people’s defenses, that is, their arguments.
We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
While we hold ourselves in readiness to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as ever you as a Church have fully shown your obedience.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
Human pride will be brought down, and human arrogance will be humbled. His work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.
Only the LORD will be exalted on that day of judgment.
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
Isaiah 2:11, 1 Corinthians 3:13, Matthew 16:27
“To whom much is given, much is expected.” (Luke 12:48)
And do not give the devil a foothold. Never get revenge.
Never hold a grudge against any of your people.
Instead, love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the LORD.
Avenge not yourselves, beloved, but give place unto the wrath of God for it is written, “Vengeance belongs unto Me; I will recompense (repay, restore)“, says the Lord. If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
Ephesians 4:27, Leviticus 19:18, Romans 12:19, James 2:8
God expects us to use all that He has blessed us with to effectively change others. If we accept God’s blessings without accepting our responsibility to change, it will be said of us: “the last state of that man is worse than the first” because the demons will return in more forceful numbers to invade our “house” and our complacency allows him to infiltrate our ranks in the position of authority which God has given us to the detriment of those He has called us to serve in love.
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for the nations but you have turned it into a den of thieves. (Matthew 21:13)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. -Jesus
The devil is the father of all lies and his minions go about his business in perpetuating lies, falsehoods and half-truths seeking to destroy life.
God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.
So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.
Romans 14:17-21; 23
This is when you come together at the same place where there is only one thing that really matters–and it is pleasing the Lord God in really loving others. We see people as He sees them lost, wayward and struggling on their own and He gives us His light so that they might see His Son’s abundant everlasting life ablaze in us and desire it for themselves. We are given that light as a candle to enlighten (awaken) their spirits to find Him too.
Father show me how I may manifest Your power in my daily living.
Discipline me in Your great love to that I am ready to meet every opportunity to allow others to see You in me. In Jesus’ name Amen.
In 2 Kings 6:16-17, the servant of God’s prophet Elisha saw the vast forces of the enemy coming against them yet when he spoke this fear (which is the devil’s weapon of intimidation to seize our faith),
God spoke His Word of Truth through His messenger and–
Elisha answered, “Don’t be afraid. We have more forces on our side than they have on theirs.” Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes so that he may see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and let him see. The mountain around Elisha was full of fiery horses and chariots.
Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
When he saw them, Jacob said, “This is God’s camp!” He named that place Mahanaim [Two Camps].
Many years prior to this time, Jacob had passed through this place fleeing for his life out of fear of his brother. But in a certain time and place, God showed Jacob by vision, Himself as Provider of his life. Not only did God promise and mark the territory given to Jacob but guaranteed His promise by His presence and the great company of angels to enforce His promise and it was to go on in ever-increasing measure God’s blessing to Jacob’s as yet unborn descendants thousands of generations still coming. Jesus was the offspring of the house of David who was the descendant of Jacob’s son Judah. In Christ Jesus, we are the offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for God is not the God of the dead but of the living. For in Him, we live, move and have our being.
This is none other than the house (the family) of God, and this is the gate of heaven!
What, then, shall we say in response to this?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
” for He will give His angels the duty and responsibility to guard you in all your ways”
Oh what true peace the security that is ours by faith in knowing God our Father and His kingdom’s hierarchy are actively engaged for our benefit. Watching over His family, and all who call upon His name, to perform His word. But how can two walk (live) together unless they agree? This great blessing is ours as we live our lives in response to God’s Word by actively appropriating it by the prayer of agreement, releasing God’s protection over us and all that He has placed in our sphere of influence for His good purposes. We know Him as Lord and Savior and trust that He hears our prayers because we believe He sent His Word (Jesus) to heal and deliver us from the curse of sin and death. Jesus is Faithful and True and the Same from Everlasting to Everlasting. The Word of the Lord endures forever but every lie and work of Satan is ashes under the feet of
the Son of God and His offspring who are co-inheritors with Christ.
” Bless the Lord, you His angels
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will ”
Psalms 103: 19-22
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and He knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best— as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.”
The angels of the Lord form a wall of protective fire around His children delivering them home to Him. What a promise! The God who created, provides and has insured us that we have no need to worry or fear but that in everything only believe and do whatever He says! This is truly freedom to simply be–His beloved child!
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. But when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
Isaiah 26:3, 1 Corinthians 13:10, Philippians 3:12
Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Philippians 1:6, 2 Corinthians 9:13, 1 Timothy 6:19