TEN REASONS WHY EVERY MINISTER SHOULD PRAY

  • PRAYER IS THE FOUNDATION FOR EVERY MINISTRY
  • PRAYER IS ACTUALLY THE MINISTRY
  • ANY WHO DISCOVERS THIS REALITY WILL HAVE A GREAT AND UNFRUITFUL MINISTRY
  • LET ME GIVE YOU TEN REASONS WHY EVERY MINISTER SHOULD PRAY

THE TEN REASONS

  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER IS A GREAT ACT OF FAITH
  • PRAYER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTS OF FAITH
  • I NEVER USED TO THINK SO, I ALWAYS USED TO THINK THAT PRAYING WAS DIFFERENT FROM EXCERSING FAITH
  • BUT NOW I REALISE THAT PRAYER DEMONSTRATES AND RELEASES FAITH
  • THE REASON FOR THIS IS SIMPLE, WHENEVER YOU PRAY, YOU ARE DECLARING THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE IN THE ARM OF FLESH
  • HAVE YOU NOT NOTICED THAT EVERY TIME YOU BEGIN TO PRAY, ONE HUNDRED DIFFERENT “THINGS TO DO” COME TO YOUR MIND?
  • SOMETHING TELLS YOU TO MAKE A CALL, SOMETHING SAYS TO YOU, ‘GET UP AND GO’
  • SOMETHING TELLS YOU TO ORGANISE THAT MEETING SO THAT YOU HAVE GOOD SUCCESS
  • WHEN YOU DECIDE TO PRAY , YOU ARE SAYING THAT PRAYER WILL HAVE A GREATER EFFECT THAN ALL THOSE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO
  • IN OTHER WORDS, YOU ARE SAYING THAT GOD’S DIRECT INTERVENTION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOUR MINISTRY
  • THAT IS FAITH IN THE ARM OF GOD
  • “AND HE SPAKE A PARABLE UNTO THEM TO THIS END, THAT MEN OUGHT ALWAYS TO PRAY, AND NOT TO FAINT;SAYING, THERE WAS IN A CITY A JUDGE, WHICH FEARED NOT GOD, NEITHER REGARDED MAN:AND THERE WAS A WIDOW IN THAT CITY; AND SHE CAME UNTO HIM, SAYING, AVENGE ME OF MINE ADVERSARY.AND HE WOULD NOT FOR A WHILE: BUT AFTERWARD HE SAID WITHIN HIMSELF, THOUGH I FEAR NOT GOD, NOR REGARD MAN;YET BECAUSE THIS WIDOW TROUBLETH ME, I WILL AVENGE HER, LEST BY HER CONTINUAL COMING SHE WEARY ME.AND THE LORD SAID, HEAR WHAT THE UNJUST JUDGE SAITH.AND SHALL NOT GOD AVENGE HIS OWN ELECT, WHICH CRY DAY AND NIGHT UNTO HIM, THOUGH HE BEAR LONG WITH THEM?I TELL YOU THAT HE WILL AVENGE THEM SPEEDILY. NEVERTHELESS WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMETH, SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?” LUKE 18:1-8
  • AFTER THIS GREAT LESSON ON PRAYER, JESUS ASKED AN IMPORTANT QUESTION
  • WILL I FIND FAITH ON EARTH? HE WAS ASKING: WILL I FIND PEOPLE ON EARTH WHO PRAY?
  • IN OTHER WORDS, JESUS WONDERED WHETHER HE WOULD FIND THIS EXPRESSION OF FAITH (PRAYER) WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE EARTH

PRAYER IS AN EXPRESSION OF FAITH

  • DON’T YOU WANT TO BE A GREAT MAN OF FAITH? A MAN OF FAITH IS A MAN OF GREAT EXPLOITS
  • BECOME A GREAT MAN OF FAITH BY BECOMING A MAN OF PRAYER
  • PRAYER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH IN GOD
  • “BUT WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM: FOR HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM” HEBREWS 11:6
  • AS YOU CAN SEE, YOU CANNOT PLEASE GOD WITHOUT FAITH
  • THAT MEANS YOU CANNOT PLEASE GOD IN THE MINISTRY WITHOUT PRAYER
  • YOU DO NOT PLEASE GOD BY BEING AN ADMINISTRATOR, ACCOUNTANT OR COMPUTER WIZARD
  • YOU PLEASE GOD BY PRAYING AND DEMONSTRATING FAITH IN HIM
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER MAKES YOU INTO A MAN OF AUTHORITY
  • “AND IT CAME TO PASS, WHEN JESUS HAD ENDED THESE SAYINGS, THE PEOPLE WERE ASTONISHED AT HIS DOCTRINE:FOR HE TAUGHT THEM AS ONE HAVING AUTHORITY, AND NOT AS THE SCRIBES. MATHEW 7:28-29
  • YOU WILL NOTICE THAT JESUS WAS A MAN OF AUTHORITY
  • AUTHORITY CAN BE EXPLAINED AS THE “NOT-EASILY-DEFINED, INVISIBLE, MAGNETIC AURA THAT SURROUNDS A MAN OF GOD”
  • AUTHORITY EMANATES FROM YOUR CLOSENESS TO GOD
  • THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO A PERSON, THE MORE CONFIDENTLY YOU SPEAK ABOUT HIM
  • YOU WILL HAVE MORE AUTHORITY WHEN YOU SPEAK OF HIM
  • FOR INSTANCE, WHEN A GREAT MAN DIES, HIS DEATH MAY NOT BE ANNOUNCED IMMEDIATELY
  • THERE ARE DIFFERENT REASONS FOR THIS
  • FOR INSTANCE, ONE OF THE HEADS OF STATE OF NIGERIA, GENERAL AGUIYI-IRONSI, WAS ASSASSINATED ON THE 28TH JULY 1966, BUT IT WAS NOT ANNOUNCED 14TH JANUARY 1967
  • HOWEVER, IF YOU WERE CLOSE TO THE FAMILY YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SPEAK AUTHORITATIVELY ABOUT WETHER HE WAS DEAD OR ALIVE
  • IF YOU SAID THAT THE PERSON WAS DEAD, PEOPLE WOULD BELIEVE YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR CLOSENESS
  • THE CLOSER YOU ARE, THE MORE AUTHORITY YOU HAVE
  • THE MORE YOU PRAY THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO GOD
  • IF YOU ARE CLOSE TO GOD IT MEANS YOU HAVE MORE AUTHORITY WITH GOD AND WITH MAN
  • AS YOU PRAY PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THAT INVISIBLE MAGNETIC AURA THAT SURROUNDS YOU
  • YOU WILL HAVE A FOLLOWING WITHOUT EVEN UNDERSTANDING WHY PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU
  • YOU WILL HAVE A CROWD WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO EXPLAIN WHY! YOUR TEACHING WILL HAVE MORE POWER! YOUR INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE OBEYED! ALL THESE ARE THE RESULTS OF MINISTERIAL PRAYER THAT MAKE YOU INTO A MAN OF AUTHORITY

HOW JESUS BECAME A MAN OF AUTHORITY

  • JESUS WAS NOT INTRODUCED TO THIS WORLD BY ANYONE
  • HE WAS NOT APPOINTED AS A TEACHER BY ANYONE
  • IN FACT, HIS BACKGROUND WAS QUESTIONED AND MANY HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT HIS PARENTAGE
  • BUT JESUS KNEW THE SECRET OF HAVING AUTHORITY WITH MAN
  • HE WENT INTO THE WILDERNESS AND WAITED ON GOD
  • “AND JESUS RETURNED IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT INTO GALILEE: AND THERE WENT OUT A FAME OF HIM THROUGH ALL THE REGION ROUND ABOUT. LUKE 4:14
  • THE WORD “POWER” IS TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK WORD DUNAMIS
  • DUNAMIS MEANS “MIRACULOUS POWER, ABILITY, ABUNDANCE, STRENGTHS, VIOLENCE, MIGHT WONDERFUL WORK AND ENABLING POWER
  • JESUS HAD BECOME A MAN OF AUTHORITY
  • HE HAD NEW STRENGTH, ABUNDANCE AND POWER
  • THIS NEW INVISIBLE MAGNETIC AURA AROUND JESUS WAS DERIVED FROM PRAYER
  • THE RESPONSE TO HIS FIRST SERMON IN NAZARETH WAS AMAZING
  • “AND ALL BARE HIM WITNESS, AND WONDERED AT THE GRACIOUS WORDS WHICH PROCEEDED OUT OF HIS MOUTH.” LUKE 4:22
  • JESUS HAD EQUALLY GREAT RESULTS IN CAPERNAUM, PEOPLE WERE SIMPLY AMAZED WITH HIS PREACHING AND MINISTRY
  • “AND CAME DOWN TO CAPERNAUM, A CITY OF GALILEE, AND TAUGHT THEM ON THE SABBATH DAYS.
  • AND THEY WERE ASTONISHED AT HIS DOCTRINE: FOR HIS WORD WAS WITH POWER.LUKE 4:31,32
  • WHERE DO YOU THINK THIS AUTHORITY AND SUCCESS CAME FROM?
  • WHERE DID ALL THESE CROWDS COME FROM? WHY WERE PEOPLE SUDDENLY LISTENING TO THIS THIRTY-YEAR OLD MAN?
  • THIS IS WHAT I CALL THE “NOT-EASILY-DEFINED, INVISIBLE, MAGNETIC AURA THAT SURROUNDS A MAN OF PRAYER.”
  • PERHAPS YOU DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO INTRODUCE YOU IN MINISTRY
  • LIKE JESUS, YOU CAN BECOME, A MAN OF AUTHORITY AND RECEIVE RECOGNITION
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER MAKES YOU A MAN OF ANOINTING
  • WHEN YOU ARE CLOSE TO SOMEONE, SOMETHING RUBS OFF ON YOU
  • WHENEVER YOU SPEND TIME IN PRAYER, YOU ARE SPENDING TIME TALKING TO GOD
  • THE MORE YOU TALK TO SOMEONE, THE CLOSER YO BECOME TO THE PERSON
  • THE CLOSER YOU ARE TO SOMEONE, THE MORE THINGS RUBS OFF ON YOU
  • DO YOU WANT SOME OF GOD’S GLORY TO BE ON YOU? DO YOU WANT THE ANOINTING TO BE ON YOUR LIFE?
  • I WISH I COULD OFFER YOU AN EASIER WAY BUT ONLY PRAYER WILL BRING YOU CLOSER TO GOD
  • THE EXAMPLES OF MOSES TELLS IT ALL. MOSES WENT INTO THE MOUNTAIN AND STAYED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD FOR A LONG TIME
  • “AND MOSES WENT INTO THE MIDST OF THE CLOUD, AND GAT HIM UP INTO THE MOUNT: AND MOSES WAS IN THE MOUNT FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS.” EXODUS 24:18
  • YOU WILL NOTICE THAT MOSES WAS A MAN WHO SPENT LONG HOURS WITH THE LORD
  • AFTER BEING SO LONG ON THE MOUNTAIN, THE GLORY OF THE LORD WAS EVIDENT ON HIM
  • DEAR PASTOR, THIS IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN YOU SPEND HOURS WITH THE LORD
  • THERE WILL BE GLORY ON YOUR LIFE AND MINISTRY
  • “BUT IF THE MINISTRATION OF DEATH, WRITTEN AND ENGRAVEN IN STONES, WAS GLORIOUS, SO THAT THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL COULD NOT STEDFASTLY BEHOLD THE FACE OF MOSES FOR THE GLORY OF HIS COUNTENANCE; WHICH GLORY WAS TO BE DONE AWAY:” 2 CORINTHIANS 3:7
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER BINDS DEMONIC ACTIVITIES IN YOUR MINISTY
  • DEAR PASTOR FRIEND, A CHURCH IS NOT A SECULAR ORGANISATION
  • YOU NEED TO BIND THE DEVIL FOR SEVERAL IMPORTANT REASONS:
  • YOU MUST BIND HIS ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES DIVISIONS AND DISLOYALTY AMONGST LEADERS
  • YOU MUST BIND HIS INFLUENCE THAT CAUSES BACKSLIDING, IMMORALITY AND SIN IN YOUR MEMBERS
  • YOU MUST BIND THE DEMONS THAT CAUSE POVERTY, DEPRESSION AND OPPRESSION IN YOUR MEMBERS
  • YOU MUST BIND THE SPIRITS THAT RAISE ACCUSATIONS AND SLANDER AGAINST THE CHURCH
  • WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, SATAN ASSIGNS DEMONS TO ATTACK AND DESTROY THE CHURCH
  • I SUGGEST YOU READ MY BOOK, THOSE WHO ARE IGNORANT TO GET A FULLER REVELATION OF THE ACTIVITY OF DEMONS AGAINST YOUR MINISTRY
  • IF YOU DO NOT BIND THE DEVIL HE WILL BIND YOU IN YOUR OWN CHURCH
  • YOU WILL BE UNABLE TO MINISTER
  • NO ONE WILL RECEIVE FROM YOU AND YOU WILL WONDER WHAT IS GOING ON
  • THE DEVIL WILL SCATTER YOUR CONGREGATION TIME AND TIME AGAIN
  • THERE WILL BE A COMPLEX NETWORK OF STORIES, ACCUSATION, SLANDER, AND DISCUSSIONS THAT CONSTANTLY DIVIDE THE CHURCH
  • RISE UP TODAY AND BIND SATAN AND DEMONS IN YOUR CHURCH
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER CREATES AND GIVES BIRTH TO NEW DIMENSIONS IN MINISTRY
  • “….FOR AS SOON AS ZION TRAVAILED, SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER CHILDREN.” ISAIAH 66:8
  • A VERY IMPORTANT REVELATION ABOUT PRAYER IS THE FACT THAT PRAYER HAS A CREATIVE POTENTIAL
  • IF YOU ARE STARTING OUT IN MINISTRY, YOU WILL NEED TO PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T EXIST COMES INTO EXISTENCE
  • CREATING SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT FROM MAINTAINING IT
  • MANY PEOPLE CAN MAINTAIN WHAT HAS BEEN CREATED BUT IT TAKES A MAN OF PRAYER TO CREATE NEW THING
  • IF YOU ARE SENT OUT TO DO A PIONEERING WORK, BE A MAN OF PRAYER
  • A MAN OF PRAYER IS A MAN WHO CREATES NEW SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS A MAN OF PRAYER, HE SAID
  • “MY LITTLE CHILDREN, OF WHOM I TRAVAIL IN BIRTH AGAIN UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU,” GAL 4:19
  • PAUL HAD TO TRAVAIL FOR CHRIST TO BE FORMED IN THESE CHRISTIANS
  • PAUL DID NOT TRY TO DO IT BY ANY OTHER MEANS
  • FORMING COMMITTEES, ORGANISING MEETINGS, HAVING BIBLE STUDIES AND SHOWING LOVE DOES NOT CREATE DIMENSIONS
  • I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING NEW CHURCHES, FELLOWSHIPS AND MINISTRIES FOR MANY YEARS
  • FROM MY EXPERIENCE I CAN GIVE YOU A LITTLE SUGGESTION
  • THE FIRST SUGGESTION IS PRAY, THE SECOND SUGGESTION IS ALSO TO PRAY, AND THE THIRD IS TO PRAY
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER IS THE FIRST APOSTOLIC COMMAND TO EVERY MINISTER
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL HAD A LOT OF GOOD ADVICE AND TEACHING FOR HIS SON TIMOTHY
  • HE WAS TAUGHT ABOUT EVERY CONCEIVABLE SUBJECT IN THE MINISTRY
  • PAUL TAUGHT HIM ABOUT BIBLE STUDY, ABOUT TRAINING OF PASTORS AND EVEN ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE REBELS
  • HOWEVER, A GOOD ANALYSIS OF PAUL’S INSTRUCTION TO HIS SON TIMOTHY WILL REVEAL THAT THE FIRST COMMAND WAS TO PRAY
  • “ I EXHORT THEREFORE, THAT, FIRST OF ALL, SUPPLICATIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, AND GIVING OF THANKS, BE MADE FOR ALL MEN;FOR KINGS, AND FOR ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY; THAT WE MAY LEAD A QUIET AND PEACEABLE LIFE IN ALL GODLINESS AND HONESTY.FOR THIS IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR;” 1 TIMOTHY 2:1-3
  • THIS SCRIPTURE IS USUALLY REFERRED TO WHEN THE CHURCH IS BEING TAUGHT ABOUT PRAYING FOR THE GOVERNMENT
  • I AGREE THAT THIS VERSE IS TEACHING US TO PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS
  • BUT I WANT TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT IT WAS THE FIRST MAJOR INSTRUCTION THAT PAUL GAVE TO TIMOTHY
  • AND IT WAS AN INSTRUCTION TO PRAY
  • THE FIRST CHAPTER OF FIRST TIMOTHY DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY MAJOR COMMANDS TO TIMOTHY
  • IN THIS ALL-IMPORTANT LETTER, THE APOSTLE FOUND IT IMPORTANT FIRST OF ALL TO TELL TIMOTHY TO PRAY
  • A MINISTER HAS MANY THINGS TO DO, BUT FIRST OF ALL HE MUST PRAY!
  • PRAY BECAUSE THE APOSTLE REFUSED TO GIVE UP PRAYER WHEN THEY WERE UNDER PRESSURE FROM ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
  • “THEN THE TWELVE CALLED THE MULTITUDE OF THE DISCIPLES UNTO THEM, AND SAID, IT IS NOT REASON THAT WE SHOULD LEAVE THE WORD OF GOD, AND SERVE TABLES.WHEREFORE, BRETHREN, LOOK YE OUT AMONG YOU SEVEN MEN OF HONEST REPORT, FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST AND WISDOM, WHOM WE MAY APPOINT OVER THIS BUSINESS. BUT WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER, AND TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD.” ACTS 6: 2-4
  • WHEN THE EARLY CHURCH GREW THE APOSTLES CAME UNDER PRESURE TO BECOME ADMINISTRATORS
  • THE MYSTERY OF MINISTRY IS THIS – WHEN YOU PRAY YOU WILL GIVE BIRTH TO MANY SOULS AND MUCH FRUIT
  • THESE NEW FRUITS WILL DEMAND CARE AND TIME FROM YOU
  • THEIR NEEDS WILL OVERWHELM YOU
  • YOU WILL HAVE A GENUINE BURDEN TO HELP THEM
  • AS YOU  BECOME ENGAGED IN HELPING THESE ONES, YOU WILL FIND LESS TIME TO PRAY
  • AS YOU PRAY LESS, YOUR MINISTRY WILL PLATEAU OR DECLINE
  • YOUR GREATEST DUTY THEREFORE, IS TO BE ABLE TO BALANCE THE NEED TO LOOK AFTER THE SOULS AND THE NEED TO PRAY
  • I FIND MYSELF STRUGGLING WITH THIS ALL THE TIME
  • PETER AND OTHER APOSTLES TOOK THE RIGHT DECISION AND PRESERVED THEIR MINISTRIES
  • THE BATON HAS BEEN HANDED OVER TO US, OUR GREATEST NEED IS TO SPEND HOURS IN PRAYER
  • LET US NOT SUCCUMB TO THE PRESSURE THAT WANTS US TO NEGLECT OUR GREAT RESPONSIBILITY OF INTERCESSION
  • IF WE NEGLECT PRAYER, WHO WILL DO IT?
  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LIVING SECTIONS AND THE DEAD SECTIONS OF THE CHURCH TODAY?
  • IT IS PRAYER!
  • THE SECTION THAT IS ALIVE IS WHERE THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS FLOWING AND WHERE PEOPLE ARE BEING SAVED
  • MEDICALLY SPEAKING, A PERSON IS ALIVE WHEN HIS HEART BEATS AND THE BLOOD FLOWS THROUGH THE BODY
  • A PERSON IS ALSO DECLARED TO BE ALIVE WHEN THE DOCTOR CAN HEAR AIR BLOWING THROUGH THE LUNGS
  • SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, WHEN THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS FLOWING THROUGH THE BODY AND PEOPLE ARE BEING SAVED, WE CAN SAY THAT THE CHURCH IS ALIVE, WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS BLOWING THROUGH THE BODY WE CAN ALSO SAY THAT THE CHURCH IS ALIVE
  • THERE ARE MANY CHURCHES WHERE NOBODY IS EVER SAVED OR FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
  • THESE ARE THE DEAD PARTS OF THE CHURCH
  • THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DEAD PARTS OF THE CHURCH
  • DO YOU WANT YOUR CHURCH TO DIE? DO YOU TO BE CLASSFIED AS A DEAD CHURCH? I HOPE NOT!
  • “AND UNTO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH IN SARDIS WRITE; THESE THINGS SAITH HE THAT HATH THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD, AND THE SEVEN STARS; I KNOW THY WORKS, THAT THOU HAST A NAME THAT THOU LIVEST, AND ART DEAD.” REVELATION 3:1
  • ONE OF THE HALLMARKS OF WHAT PEOPLE CALL REVIVAL IS PRAYER
  • WHERE DO YOU HEAR SHOUTING AND PRAYER ALL NIGHT LONG? WHERE DO YOU HEAR OF LONG PRAYER MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE SPEAKING IN TONGUES?
  • IN SUCH PLACES YOU WILL SEE PEOPLE BEING SAVED AND FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTINUALLY
  • DO NOT TAKE THE SUBJECT OF PRAYER LIGHTLY! PRAYER IS THE LIFELINE TO YOUR MINISTY
  • THAT IS WHY THE APOSTLES DID NOT GIVE UP THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER EVEN WHEN THEY WERE UNDER PRESSURE
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER WAS THE GREATER PART OF CHRIST’S MINISTRY

1 UNIT OF PREACHING: 571.4 UNITS OF PRAYER

  • THINK ABOUT IT
  • JESUS PREACHED AND TAUGHT FOR THREE AND HALF YEARS
  • SINCE THEN, HE HAS BEEN INTERCEEDING FOR US
  • THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF TEACHING COMPARED TO TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF PRAYER!
  • THIS GIVES US A RATIO OF ONE UNIT OF PREACHING FOR EVERY FIVE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE UNITS OF PRAYER THAT IS AN AMAZING RATIO!
  • MOST MINISTERS HAVE MORE THAN TEN UNITS OF PREACHING TO ONE UNIT OF PRAYER
  • PERHAPS YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT JESUS IS STILL CARRYING OUT HIS MINISTRY TOWARDS US
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES VERY CLEARLY THAT JESUS IS OUR SHEPHERD AND THAT HE CARES FOR US
  • CONSIDER IF YOU WERE A PASTOR CARING FOR A CONGREGATION WHO HAD TO TRAVEL ABROAD
  • WOULD YOUR HEART NOT BE WITH THE PEOPLE YOU HAD LEFT BEHIND? WOULD YOU NOT PRAY FOR THEM?
  • WOULD YOU NOT SEND MESSANGERS TO THEM?
  • WOULD YOU NOT SEND GIFTS TO THE CONGREGATION TO HELP THEM ALONG THEIR WAY?
  • THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING TO JESUS
  • HE KEEPS SENDING MESSAGES, GIFTS AND BLESSINGS TO US
  • NOTICE THESE REVEALING SCRIPTURES
  • “WHEREFORE HE IS ABLE ALSO TO SAVE THEM TO THE UTTERMOST THAT COME UNTO GOD BY HIM, SEEING HE EVER LIVETH TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR THEM.” HEBREWS 7:25
  • “…WHO IS HE THAT CONDEMNETH? IT IS CHRIST THAT DIED, YEA RATHER, THAT IS RISEN AGAIN, WHO IS EVEN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, WHO ALSO MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US.” ROMANS 8:34
  • JESUS IS ALIVE! HE IS ABLE TO SAVE US TO THE UTTERMOST
  • IN OTHER WORDS, HE IS RESCUING US FROM EVERY EXTREME AND DISTRESSING SITUATION
  • WE ARE BEING SAVED TO THE UTTERMOST BECAUSE OF JESUS’PRAYER
  • SALVATION IS AFFECTING EVERY PART OF OUR LIVES BECAUSE OF JESUS’ INTERCESSION
  • THINK ABOUT HOW YOUR CONVERTS WOULD BE SAVED TO THE UTTERMOST IF YOU PRAYED LIKE JESUS PRAYED

GREATNESS IN MINISTRY DEPENDS ON INTERCESSORY ABILITIES

  • EVEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, PREDICTIONS WERE MADE ABOUT THE GREAT MINISTRY OF JESUS BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO BE AN INTERCESSOR
  • INTERCESSION TRULY MAKES YOU INTO A GREAT MAN OF GOD, I HAVE RARELY SEEN A GREAT MAN OF GOD WHO IS NOT A MAN OF PRAYER
  • THE CYCLE IS LIKE THIS: MAN OF PRAYER MEANS MAN OF FAITH MEANS GREAT MAN OF GOD
  • “THEREFORE WILL I DIVIDE HIM A PORTION WITH THE GREAT, AND HE SHALL DIVIDE THE SPOIL WITH THE STRONG; BECAUSE HE HATH POURED OUT HIS SOUL UNTO DEATH: AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH THE TRANSGRESSORS; AND HE BARE THE SIN OF MANY, AND MADE INTERCESSION FOR THE TRANSGRESSORS.” ISAIAH 53:12
  • DO YOU WANT TO BE NUMBERED THE GREAT AND STRONG IN GOD’S ARMY?
  • MOVE AWAY FROM DEBATES, ARGUMENTS AND ENDLESS DISCUSSIONS. BECOME AN INTERCESSOR TODAY
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER RELEASES CAPTIVES
  • IF YOUR EYES WERE OPENED SPIRITUALLY YOU WOULD SUDDENLY SEE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN SPIRITUAL CAPTIVITY
  • THEY ARE CAPTIVE TO DEMON POWERS THAT ARE LOOSE ON THIS EARTH
  • …..TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES,” LUKE 4:18
  • IN MY OPINION, THE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING THE STRONGEST OPRESSION ARE THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN EUROPE
  • OUR DUTY AS MINISTERS IS TO WEAKEN THE GRIP OF THESE DEMONIC POWERS OVER THE SOULS ON THIS EARTH
  • AT BEST OUR SPIRITUAL WAR CAN DISLODGE, DISPLACE OR TEMPORARILY RELOCATE DEMONIC FORCES SO THAT GOD’S KINGDOM CAN GAIN ASCENDANCY FOR A SEASON.
  • “…..PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS” 2 CORINTHIANS 10:4
  • THE DEMONS IN THE MADMAN OF GADARA WANTED TO STAY IN THE AREA AND THEY GOT THEIR WAY IN THE END
  • JESUS ONLY RELOCATED THEM WITHIN THE GADARA COMMUNITY
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT THE DEVIL HAS A RIGHT TO BE AROUND
  • THERE IS NO USE IN TRYING TO CAST THE DEVIL OUT OF THE EARTH
  • SATAN HAS A LEASE PERIOD THAT IS EXPLOITING TO THE FULLEST
  • HE REMINDED JESUS THAT HE HAD A LEASE AND A RIGHT TO BE AROUND
  • HE REMINDED JESUS THAT IT WAS NOT YET TIME FOR THEM TO BE PUT OUT OF THE EARTH
  • “….JESUS, THOU SON OF GOD ART THOU COME HITHER TO TORMENT US BEFORE THE TIME” MATHEW 8:29
  • A TIME WILL COME WHEN SATAN WILL BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM THE EARTH
  • WE WILL NOT HAVE TO DO THAT JOB
  • IT WILL BE DONE BY A MIGHTY ANGEL FROM HEAVEN
  • OUR DUTY IS JUST TO WEAKEN THE STRONGHOLD SO THAT SOME CAPTIVES CAN ESCAPE
  • WE CAN WEAKEN THE STRONGHOLD OF THE DEVIL BY PRAYER
  • THIS IS WHY THE DEVIL SAID “HAVE YOU COME BEFORE THE TIME?
  • THE DEVIL CAN ALSO READ AND WRITE AND HE SEES HIS FUTURE JUDGEMENT IN BLACK AND WHITE
  • WHEN THIS HAPPENS HE WILL NO LONGER HAVE THE POWER TO DECEIVE AND TO DESTROY THE PEOPLE ON THIS EARTH
  • READ IT FOR YOURSELF
  • “AND I SAW AN ANGEL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, HAVING THE KEY OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND A GREAT CHAIN IN HIS HAND. AND HE LAID HOLD ON THE DRAGON, THAT OLD SERPENT, WHICH IS THE DEVIL, AND SATAN, AND BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS, AND CAST HIM INTO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, AND SHUT HIM UP, AND SET A SEAL UPON HIM, THAT HE SHOULD DECEIVE THE NATIONS NO MORE, TILL THE THOUSAND YEARS SHOULD BE FULFILLED: AND AFTER THAT HE MUST BE LOOSED A LITTLE SEASON.” REVELATION 20:1-3
  • ONE THOUSAND YEARS LATER
  • “…….AND THE DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, WHERE THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE, AND SHALL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER.” REVELATION 20:10
  • FOR NOW, THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS TO WEAKEN THE GRIP AND HOLD OF SATANIC POWER ON THE SOULS OF MEN
  • WHEN THIS GRIP IS WEAKENED, THE CAPTIVES WILL WALK AWAY IN FREEDOM
  • WHEN YOU PRAY, THE POWER OF THE DEVIL TO HOLD UNBELIEVERS IS WEAKEND
  • OUR GREATEST WEAPON IS PRAYER
  • THAT IS WHY NOTHING HAPPENS, WHEN THERE IS NO PRAYER
  • THAT IS WHY A LOT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE PRAY! THAT IS WHY THE DEVIL IS DOING EVERYTHING TO PREVENT YOU FROM PRAYING
  • “(FOR THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS;) 2 CORINTHIANS 10:4
  • BECAUSE THE DEVIL KNOWS THAT WE HAVE NO WEAPONS IN THE NATURAL, HE OFTEN TRIES TO KEEP US OPERATING IN THE NATURAL REALM. WHAT A MISTAKE IT IS TO FUNCTION MAINLY IN THE NATURAL, A REALM WHERE WE ARE UNARMED AND WEAPONLESS! MAY THE LORD OPEN YOUR EYES TO UNDERSTAND THIS REVELATION OF PRAYER
  • PRAY BECAUSE PRAYER AVAILETH MUCH
  • “CONFESS YOUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER, AND PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER, THAT YE MAY BE HEALED. THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.” JAMES 5:16
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT PRAYER HAS GREAT EFFECTS
  • ALMOST EVERY CHRISTIAN KNOWS THIS FAMOUS SCRIPTURE ON THE POWER OF PRAYER
  • THE TERM “AVAILETH MUCH” IS A LITTLE BLIND TO US

HERE ARE TEN DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS OF THIS EXPRESSION

  • “TO AVAIL MUCH” MEANS:
  • TO SUCCEED
  • TO PREVAIL
  • TO OVERCOME
  • TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING
  • TO BE STRONG AGAINST AN OPPOSING FORCE
  • TO BE HELPFUL
  • TO MAKE AN IMPACT
  • TO STRIKE AN IMPRESSION
  • TO BE EFFECTIVE
  • TO ACCOMPLISH MUCH
  • I ALSO ENJOY THESE TRANSLATIONS OF THE SCRIPTURE – JAMES 5:16
  • TREMENDOUS POWER IS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH A GOOD MAN’S EARNEST PRAYER JAMES 5:16 (PHILIP TRANSLATION)
  • THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN CAN BRING POWERFUL RESULTS JAMES 5:16 (OLAF M. NORLIE TRANSLATION)
  • THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN – MAKES TREMENDOUS POWER AVAILABLE – DYNAMIC IN ITS WORKING JAMES 5:16 (AMPLIFIED TRANSLATION)
  • AN UPRIGHT MAN’S POWER, WHEN IT KEEPS AT WORK IS VERY POWERFUL JAMES 5:16 (WILLIAMS TRANSLATION)

EIGHTEEN FACTS ABOUT SPIRITUAL WARFARE

  • SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS THE ART OF FIGHTING AGAINST SPIRITUAL FORCES ON THE EARTH
  • THESE FORCES HAVE CAPTURED THE SOULS OF MILLIONS
  • LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS, THE DEVIL HAS DECEIVED THE WHOLE WORLD
  • WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET RID OF HIM NOW, BUT WE WILL DEFINITELY WEAKEN HIS GRIP ON THE MASSES THROUGH OUR PRAYER
  • WE KNOW THAT ONE DAY HE WILL BE DEALT WITH PERMANENTLY
  • “AND I SAW AN ANGEL COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, HAVING THE KEY OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT AND A GREAT CHAIN IN HIS HAND.AND HE LAID HOLD ON THE DRAGON, THAT OLD SERPENT, WHICH IS THE DEVIL, AND SATAN, AND BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS, AND CAST HIM INTO THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, AND SHUT HIM UP, AND SET A SEAL UPON HIM, THAT HE SHOULD DECEIVE THE NATIONS NO MORE, TILL THE THOUSAND YEARS SHOULD BE FULFILLED: AND AFTER THAT HE MUST BE LOOSED A LITTLE SEASON.” REVELATION 20:1-3
  • “….RE:20:10: AND THE DEVIL THAT DECEIVED THEM WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, WHERE THE BEAST AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE, AND SHALL BE TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER. REVELATION 20:10

LET ME NOW SHARE WITH YOU TWENTY FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OUR BATTLE WITH THE DEMONIC HORDES ON THIS EARTH

  • OUR PRINCIPAL ENEMY IS SATAN AND NOT OTHER HUMAN BEINGS
  • HE IS THE LEADER OF THE HORDES OF DEMONIC FORCES ON THIS EARTH, SATAN IS POWERFUL BEING WHO FELL FROM A GLORIOUS ESTATE
  • “HOW ART THOU FALLEN FROM HEAVEN, O LUCIFER, SON OF THE MORNING!  HOW ART THOU CUT DOWN TO THE GROUND, WHICH DIDST WEAKEN THE NATIONS! FOR THOU HAST SAID IN THINE HEART, I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD: I WILL SIT ALSO UPON THE MOUNT OF THE CONGREGATION, IN THE SIDES OF THE NORTH: I WILL ASCEND ABOVE THE HEIGHTS OF THE CLOUDS; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH.YET THOU SHALT BE BROUGHT DOWN TO HELL, TO THE SIDES OF THE PIT.THEY THAT SEE THEE SHALL NARROWLY LOOK UPON THEE, AND CONSIDER THEE, SAYING, IS THIS THE MAN THAT MADE THE EARTH TO TREMBLE, THAT DID SHAKE KINGDOMS; THAT MADE THE WORLD AS A WILDERNESS, AND DESTROYED THE CITIES THEREOF; THAT OPENED NOT THE HOUSE OF HIS PRISONERS? ALL THE KINGS OF THE NATIONS, EVEN ALL OF THEM, LIE IN GLORY, EVERY ONE IN HIS OWN HOUSE. BUT THOU ART CAST OUT OF THY GRAVE LIKE AN ABOMINABLE BRANCH, AND AS THE RAIMENT OF THOSE THAT ARE SLAIN, THRUST THROUGH WITH A SWORD, THAT GO DOWN TO THE STONES OF THE PIT; AS A CARCASE TRODDEN UNDER FEET.” ISAIAH 14:12-19
  • SATAN , AN INTELLIGENT BEING, HAS RESORTED TO THE WARFARE FO DECEPTION, TRICKS AND FANTASTIC SCHEMES
  • SATAN ,WHO IS OUR PRINCIPAL ENEMY, KNOWS THAT HE DOES NOT STAND A CHANCE AGAINST THE MIGHT OF THE CHURCH
  • “PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE WILES OF THE DEVIL.” EHESIANS 6:11
  • IN ORDER TO DEFEAT OR ENEMY, WE MUST KNOW AS MUCH AS WE CAN ABOUT HIM
  • THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RULES OF WAR
  • THIS IS WHERE SECULAR ARMIES ENGAGE IN RECONNAISSANCE AND INTELLIGENCE WORK
  • WITHOUT THIS KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL BE DEFEATED EASILY
  • ASK THE US ARMY WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM IN VIETNAM
  • SATAN HAS A CONTAGIOU NATURE/CHARACTER WHICH HE PASSESS ON TO HIS FOLLOWERS
  • A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ENEMY CAN BE GLEANED BY ANALYSING THE TWENTY NAMES AND TITLES OF SATAN, KNOW YOUR ENEMY SO THAT YOU CAN DEFEAT HIM
  • SATAN HAS A RIGHT TO BE ON EARTH
  • HE TOLD JESUS THAT HE SHOWED JESUS THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD AND OFFERED THEM TO HIM
  • JESUS DID NOT TELL THE DEVIL THAT HE WAS LYING
  • HE KNEW THAT THE DEVIL HAD THE POWER TO HAND OVER THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD
  • HE DID NOT ARGUE ABOUT THAT, IF IT WAS NOT SO, JESUS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TEMPTED
  • “AND THE DEVIL SAID UNTO HIM, ALL THIS POWER WILL I GIVE THEE, AND THE GLORY OF THEM: FOR THAT IS DELIVERED UNTO ME; AND TO WHOMSOEVER I WILL I GIVE IT.” LUKE 4:6
  • THE DEVIL KNOWS THAT HE HAS A LEASE ON THE EARTH
  • THIS LEASE WILL EXPIRE SOON AND THE DEVIL KNOWS IT
  • OUR ENEMY IN SPIRITUAL WAREFARE IS THE DEVIL
  • SATAN IS AWARE OF THE EXPIRY DATE ON HIS LEASE
  • “: AND, BEHOLD, THEY CRIED OUT, SAYING, WHAT HAVE WE TO DO WITH THEE, JESUS, THOU SON OF GOD? ART THOU COME HITHER TO TORMENT US BEFORE THE TIME?” MATHEW 8:29
  • IT IS NOT OUR DUTY TO RID THE EARTH OF SATAN AND HIS DEMONS
  • EVEN JESUS DID NOT TRY TO DO THAT
  • YOU DO NOT TRY TO GET A TENANT OUT OF YOUR HOUSE BEFORE THE LEASE EXPIRES
  • YOU KNOW THAT HE WILL FIGHT YOU IN COURT
  • OUR DUTY AS MINISTERS IS TO WEAKEN THE GRIP OF DEMONIC POWERS OVER THE SOULS ON THIS EARTH
  • AT BEST OUR SPIRITUAL WARFARE CAN DISLODGE,DISPLACE, OR TEMPORARILY RELOCATE DEMONIC FORCES SO THAT GOD’S KINGDOM CAN GAIN ASCENDANCY FOR A SEASON
  • ….PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS” 2 COR 10:4
  • SATAN IS A VERY WICKED LEASE
  • A LEASE IS A PERSON WHO HOLDS A PROPERTY BY LEASE
  • SATAN IS THE GOD OF THIS WORLD FOR A PERIOD
  • THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THE WHOLE WORLD LIES IN SATAN’S WICKED ARMS OF THIS
  • “ AND WE KNOW THAT WE ARE OF GOD, AND THE WHOLE WORLD LIETH IN WICKEDNESS” 1 JOHN 5:19
  • THE PROPERTY THAT SATAN THE LESSEE HAS IS TREMBLING UNDER HIS EVIL TENANCY
  • ONE DAY THAT POWER WILL BE BROKEN FOREVER
  • EVEN THOUGH WE CANNOT GET RID OF THE DEVIL PERMANENTLY, WE CAN ENGAGE HIM IN DIFFERENT KINDS OF WARFARE
  • WE CAN WRESTLE WITH HIM, EPH 6:12
  • WE CAN CAST HIM OUT OF PEOPLE MARK 5:13
  • WE CAN BIND HIM MATHEW 18:18
  • WE CAN PULL DOWN OR WEAKEN HIS STRONGHOLDS 2 COR 10:4
  • WE CAN FIGHT HIS DECEPTION WITH THE WORD HEB 4:12
  • SATAN’S MAIN STRATEGY IS TO CAPTURE THE WORLD INTO GROUPS OF “STRONGHOLD” WHICH THINK IN A CERTAIN WAY
  • THE DEVIL ‘S STRATEGY IS TO MAKE THE WORLD THINK IN A CERTAIN WAY SO THAT HE CAN LEAD THEM INTO SELF-DESTRUCTION
  • THE GREAT PHILOSOPHIES OF THIS WORLD, HUMANISM, ATHEISM, COMMUNISM AND MARXISM ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE IMAGINATIONS OF THE DEVIL
  • IT  IS THESE IMAGINATIONS (TRENDS OF THINKING) THAT LEAD MASSES OF PEOPLE INTO SELF-DESTRUCTION
  • “(FOR THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS;) CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST;” 2 COR 10:4,5
  • MINISTERS MUST UNDERSTAND THE ROLE OF THE WORD IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE
  • THE CHURCH MUST DESTABILISE AND WEAKEN STRONGHOLDS ON TERRITORIES, NATIONS, PEOPLE AND CHURCHES
  • ALL MINISTERS MUST ENSURE THAT THE WORD OF GOD GAINS PRE-EMINENCE
  • AS THE WORD OF GOD INCREASES, SATAN LOSES HIS GRIP OVER THE SOULS
  • READ THIS AMAZING SCRIPTURE AND BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE WORD
  • “AND THE WORD OF GOD INCREASED; AND THE NUMBER OF THE DISCIPLES MULTIPLIED IN JERUSALEM GREATLY; AND A GREAT COMPANY OF THE PRIESTS WERE OBEDIENT TO THE FAITH.” ACTS 6:7
  • AS THE WORD OF GOD INCREASES THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS WILL MULTIPLY
  • THAT’S WHY I WRITE BOOKS AND PREACH AS HARD AS I CAN AS MANY TIMES POSSIBLE
  • I KNOW WHAT IT DOES TO THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS
  • CHRISTIAN LEADERS MUST USE THE TWO-PRONGED WEAPON OF PRAYER AND THE WORD TO DEFEAT SATAN IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE
  • THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER AND THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD IS REAL MINISTRY
  • THAT IS THE TWO-EDGED WEAPON THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO  US
  • THE APOSTLES PRACTISED THIS!
  • THEY REFUSED TO BE DRAWN AWAY FROM THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD AND PRAYER
  • “THEN THE TWELVE CALLED THE MULTITUDE OF THE DISCIPLES UNTO THEM, AND SAID, IT IS NOT REASON THAT WE SHOULD LEAVE THE WORD OF GOD, AND SERVE TABLES. : BUT WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER, AND TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD.” ACTS 6:2,4
  • THE BEST EXAMPLE OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE WAS CHRIST
  • HE TAUGHT AND HE PRAYED
  • “AND IN THE MORNING, RISING UP A GREAT WHILE BEFORE DAY, HE WENT OUT, AND DEPARTED INTO A SOLITARY PLACE, AND THERE PRAYED. AND SIMON AND THEY THAT WERE WITH HIM FOLLOWED AFTER HIM. AND WHEN THEY HAD FOUND HIM, THEY SAID UNTO HIM, ALL MEN SEEK FOR THEE. AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, LET US GO INTO THE NEXT TOWNS, THAT I MAY PREACH THERE ALSO: FOR THEREFORE CAME I FORTH.”MARK 1:35-38
  • IF WE WANT TO HAVE THE RESULTS THAT JESUS HAD, WE MUST USE THE METHODS THAT HE USED AND HIS METHODS WERE PRAYING AND TEACHING
  • APART FROM WEAKENING STRONGHOLDS, MINISTERS CAN DISLODGE, DISPLACE OR TEMPORARILY RELOCATE DEMONIC FORCES SO THAT GOD’S KINGDOM CAN GAIN ASCENDANCY
  • IN THE MINISTRY OF JESUS, HE RELOCATED DEMONS FROM PEOPLE’S BODIES INTO WINE
  • “AND FORTHWITH JESUS GAVE THEM LEAVE. AND THE UNCLEAN SPIRITS WENT OUT, AND ENTERED INTO THE SWINE: AND THE HERD RAN VIOLENTLY DOWN A STEEP PLACE INTO THE SEA, (THEY WERE ABOUT TWO THOUSAND;) AND WERE CHOKED IN THE SEA.”MARK 5:13
  • ANYTIME YOU DEFEAT (WEAKEN OR DISLODGE) THE DEVIL, YOU CAN EXPECT A COUNTER ATTACK
  • WHEN JESUS DEFEATED THE DEVIL IN THE WILDERNESS, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT SATAN RELOCATED FOR A SEASON
  • THE DEVIL DID NOT LEAVE HIM FOREVER
  • IF YOU WERE THE DEVIL WOULD YOU LEAVE YOUR ENEMY FOREVER? NO! YOU WOULD RETREAT, REGROUP AND ATTACK AGAIN ANOTHER DAY
  • “AND WHEN THE DEVIL HAD ENDED ALL THE TEMPTATION, HE DEPARTED FROM HIM FOR A SEASON LUKE 4:13
  • PRAYER AND FASTING ARE WEAPONS THAT WEAKEN AND DISLODGE DEMONIC FORCES
  • JESUS TAUGHT THAT DEMONS COULD BE DISLODGED BY PRAYER AND FASTING
  • “HOWBEIT THIS KIND GOETH NOT OUT BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING MATHEW 17:21
  • THE WORD OF GOD ALSO WEAKENS AND TORMENTS SATAN
  • YOU WILL NOTICE HOW DEMON SHOUTED OUT WHEN JESUS TAUGHT THE WORD
  • “AND BESOUGHT HIM GREATLY, SAYING, MY LITTLE DAUGHTER LIETH AT THE POINT OF DEATH: I PRAY THEE, COME AND LAY THY HANDS ON HER, THAT SHE MAY BE HEALED; AND SHE SHALL LIVE. AND JESUS WENT WITH HIM; AND MUCH PEOPLE FOLLOWED HIM, AND THRONGED HIM. AND A CERTAIN WOMAN, WHICH HAD AN ISSUE OF BLOOD TWELVE YEARS,” MARK 1:23-25
  • IN THIS STORY, JESUS DID NOT PRAY OR BIND THE DEVIL, BUT THE DEVIL SAID, “STOP IT! YOU ARE TORMENTING ME! YOU ARE HURTING ME! THE BIBLE DESCRIBES THE WORD OF GOD AS A SWORD
  • ANYTIME YOU ARE SPEAKING WORDS, YOU ARE RELEASING SWORDS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE
  • EVERY PASTOR MUST USE THIS GREAT SWORD TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN MINISTRY
  • EVERY MINISTER MUST BE CAREFUL OF OPERATING IN THE NATURAL
  • THE BIBLE HAS WARNED US THAT WE HAVE NO WEAPONS IN THAT REALM
  • “(FOR THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS;) 2 COR. 10:4
  • BECAUSE THE DEVIL KNOWS THAT WE ARE DISARMED IN THE NATURAL WORLD HE TRIES TO KEEP US OCCUPIED IN HUMAN, SECULAR AND NATURAL THINGS
  • THAT IS WHY MANY MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL TODAY ARE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, MANAGERS, ETC
  • BECAREFUL NOT TO FALL INTO THIS TRAP

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