The Church indestructible ( by Fenny West)

The Church indestructible

 

The hands and feet of the Almighty God

The Bride of the Prince of Peace

The Ambassador of heaven on earth

A composite of living stones

Light of the World, salt of the earth.

Rooted by God, can She be uprooted by man?

No! never, not in a million years.

Can man negate His word or divine plan?

Definitely No! It’ll only end in tears.

The Church will march on stronger

And stronger, rising higher and higher

Satanic obstacles will lead to miracles

Devilish barriers will bring blessings double.

Principalities and powers are under her feet

She shall not cower. There shall be no retreat

She was born to overpower, not for defeat.

She was launched to tower, ’Cos She’s complete.

She draws strength from the throne of grace

The brightness of her shinning comes from His face

She shall not tire or surrender in this race of grace

But be renewed in power, conquering all Her days.

Matt.16:18, Eph.5:30, Luke 10:19, Acts 8:1-4

 

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Authority In Three Worlds ( by Fenny West)

Authority In Three Worlds

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All Authority In the three Worlds Is Ours
Permitted by the Father, Son and the Spirit
Regardless of what we see, we’re victors
In this Church age; we Reign and rule
Leaving a legacy for all time

9      Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

10   that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

11           and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil2:9-11

We have authority in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth. In these unprecedented times, we need to remind ourselves and take our rightful place as the light of the world, salt of the earth and City on a hill that cannot be hidden. This is not a time for lukewarm Christianity. We must stand up to be counted without fear, timidity or half-heartedness. We must the bold as a lion. Stand up for what we believe. Paul said “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …”

We must know and affirm who we are in Christ- more than conqueror, Victorious, able to do all things, sold-out to God, able soldiers of Christ, uncompromising like Daniel and his friends. Those who know their God shall be strong and they shall do great exploits. (Dan11:32). We must arise and shine in these dark days. We are still in the Church age and every machinations and strategies of the anti-christ spirit must be exposed, debunked and expelled in Jesus’ Name. We must exercise our authority in the Name of Jesus without any equivocation. We must stand up against any dress-rehearsal of the events that will happen after the rapture. What we bind here is bound in heaven and what we allow here is allowed in heaven. This is why we must intensify our prayers without ceasing so we are delivered from the hands of wicked and unreasonable men, collaborators and perpetrators.

Deceptions of the Last Hour
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

18   And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

19   And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matt16:18-19)

Jesus has a Name above every other name and at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow – of things in heaven, of things on earth and things underneath the earth. ( Phil2:9-11)

The kingdom of God suffers violence but the violent takes it by force. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of their testimony, that they loved not their lives even unto death.Rev12:11

We are in a spiritual warfare and need to be armed with the whole armour of God to stand in these evil last days. Eph6:10-18

So child of God, take authority in the Name of Jesus. Use that name boldly. Cast out demons, heal the sick and if you touch, eat drink any deadly thing, know without a shadow of doubt that you dwell in the secret place of the Most High and nothing can by any means hurt you. Don’t be afraid of principalities and powers.  They are under your feet. Jesus disarmed principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through the cross. ( Col2:19)

Let us Pray:

 

Father, I give you glory and honour for your goodness, love and abiding presence.

I thank You for the authority that You have given me in the three worlds. I know who I am, what I have and Whose I am in Christ Jesus.

No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement I will show to be in the wrong. When the enemy comes, like a flood Your Spirit will raise a standard against him.

Thank you for making me more than a conqueror. The righteous are as bold as the lion. Principalities and powers are under my feet. The blood of Jesus speaks for me. Greater is He in me that he that is in this world.

Thanks be to God who always causes me to triumph and diffuses the fragrance of your presence wherever I go. If God be for me who can be against me?

35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

37   Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38   For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39   nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hallelujah!

 

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Fight Undaunted, Unrelenting ( by Fenny West)

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Fight undaunted, Unrelenting

 

 

Fight undaunted, unrelenting
Fight vigorously, with importunity
Fight with your face like a flint
Fight in the night and in the day
Fight without surrender as conqueror
Fight the devil and his cohorts
Negotiate no truce or ceasefire
Consign the foes to the mire
Dig your hills through thick and thin
In the summer or in the winter,
In the valley or on the mountain
Sharpen your sword with the  word
Put on the whole of God’s armour.

fight on your knees

fight with prayer

fight with praise

fight with worship

fight with the word

fight with thanksgiving

fight with your testimony.

fight in the power of His might

Fight, fight, fight, Day and night

 

 

 

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matt11:12

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1Tim1:12

10   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 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.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – Eph6:10-18

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Rev12:11

 

Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Win (By Fenny West)

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You Beat the Odds
When many did not
In the ‘First Race’
To reached the goal.

 

You faced many hurdles
But you beat them all
Despite the challenges
You kept on going.

 

Yes, you kept pressing on
Till you burst through.
A new life began
You disembarked in the earth.

 

And now you still face the odds
And all around is darkness
You are tempted to pack it in.
Winners never quit, winners never win.

 

 

Cast Down but Unconquered

7     But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

8     We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed — Seeing the Invisible

16   Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

17   For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

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9     But as it is written: ” Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

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God’s Everlasting Love

31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32   He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

33   Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.

34   Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36   As it is written: ” For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37   Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38   For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39   nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom.8:28,31-39

©Fenny West2013

Forever Grateful

Forever Grateful

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The going is good

Hotel is five star

Am out of the woods,

Covered in cotton wool,

Pampered, well-supplied;

Watched over, protected,

Served hand and foot.

What more do I want?

It’s honey moon

Five-course meal;

Spring water  and all

At my beck and call.

The ravens come to serve

On divine assignment.

Let the music play!

I’ll have it no other way.

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Then the drum beat changed.

The mood and tone turned sour.

For a drink, it was gull and vinegar.

For a pillow, it was a stone.

Bread became a stone.

Fish became a snake.

Mama’s countenance changed.

I complained but it was no use.

There was fire in her eyes.

I was tossed out of the nest,

Much to my dismay.

Why? Why? What have I done wrong?

I could not believe my eyes.

Was  it a dream? No it was reality.

Was it a movie? No, it was my life at stake.

It was for real. It was no joke.

 

I was cascading down fast to my death,

 Plummeting into the abyss,

Going down to the dust of death.

My heart  raced a million miles

Facing premature death;

Facing concrete justice.

I gasped; my heart in my mouth.

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I tried to cast out the demon

From her but to no avail.

I prayed against the madness

But mummy would not budge.

She set her face like a flint.

 

Therefore I said my last prayers

Resigned to die before I lived.

 

But just before I crashed to death

Mercy triumph over justice;

Something soft I felt underneath

It was just in time; in the nick of time

It was mama, right under me.

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She carried me on her pinions

Back into the hotel half-destroyed.

I heaved a sigh of relief, praised the Lord;

Hope it will never happen again.

But I was so wrong.

Soon it happened again.

 

O, she was teaching me to reign.

She was passing some skills-

Skills for life that I will need.

It was training for reigning.

The penny dropped and I saw.

Revelation dawned. I was wiser.

It was painful but gainful.

Divine direction was dealt.

 

Then I went with the flow

Began to learn the lesson

Spread my wings to go

It took a while for the flow;

Very awkward at first.

But I was determined.

It became exciting

I had a thirst and quest.

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Soon came the conquest;

I suddenly found my wings;

And I began to sing in the swing.

 

I could soar too, believe me!

I could mount up to surmount

And became a king of the sky.

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Thank God for mummy;

So wise to train me

Put me through the mill

Cruel to be kind

So I could provide for my meal

And pass on the baton

Fend for myself and offspring;

That I may stand tall

Be a bread winner

Be a life winner

And not a quitter.

Forever grateful!

Forever thankful.

 

 

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The molten process of an eagle is not a pleasant one. However, as they go through it, they come back with a new coat and a second wind that is able to take them to a good finish. Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as the eagles….

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Great trials bring great triumphs

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This man(William  Stanley) garnered  78 patents during his life time and left a legacy that is still a blessing long after he has gone.

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You too will finish well

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Prayer power comes with severe trials.

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The greatest enemy of the gospel became its greatest champion. He suffered greatly also but through it came 13 best-sellers of all-time.

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See your Goliaths and giants as bread like David, Joshu and Caleb did and so they will be.

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Live in the power of the Spirit

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Keep your eyes on Jesus, not on your trials

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2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

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Live Before You Die (By Fenny West)

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Live before you die
Looking to the Most High
Who created you
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He has made you to live
An abundant life
One of purpose and passion
One that will bring adoration.

In your jar of clay is gold-
Gold that is yet untold.

This gold, God wants to unfold
Whether you‘re young or old.

But you have to yield
Agree to till your fielddream
Until you uncover-
The gem discover.

Live before you die
Let life not pass you by.
Be a blessing to your world
Engage with your world.leave a legacy

Release yourself

Give of yourself

Live for others

We need each other.

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Victors Through Christ! By Ruth Paxson

Text Sermons : Classic Christian Writings : Victors Through Christ! By Ruth Paxson

 

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While it is foolish to underestimate the devil’s power, it is fatal to overestimate it. However great and powerful he is, he has been overcome by the mighty Lord, whose victory is our victory (1 John 4:4). Let us now see how that victory is made ours.

The Assurance Of Power In Christ

Ephesians 6:10 says: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

“Be strong.” Never fear nor falter nor faint, but always be prepared through an enduement with fresh strength which enables you to be victorious from the start to the finish. The devil says, “Be fearful, look around at difficulties and dangers. Be cowardly and give up, for you can never win out against such hindrances and opposition. Be discouraged; look in at your own weakness.”

But God says, “Be strong!” Victory is ours when we realize that strength lies first of all in our inward attitude. To assume power we must be assured of power. But that assurance will never come if we look in at ourselves or out at the enemy. If we try to match our power against his, we will succumb in ignominious defeat. We may raise up all kinds of sandbag defenses of our own making, but the master strategist will make a surprise attack on our blind side, or drop a fiery dart from the air, and we are overcome.

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“Be strong in the Lord.” Our strength lies in a Person, and oh, what a Person! Note His Name. THE LORD. Ponder that name until it stands out before you in all its singular glory and solitary grandeur. Not “Jesus,” His personal, human name that indicates His Saviourhood, sweet and precious as that name is. Not “Christ,” His official meditorial name, The Anointed One, indispensable as that is to us.

But “LORD,” His sovereign, kingly name that stands for His rulership over the universe and all in it. “The Lord, the mighty God, the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords.”

“IN.” Yes, capitalize, italicize, and underline this two-lettered word. But why give it such emphasis and importance? Because herein lies hidden the secret place of victory over the devil. Where we are determines our victory, because it determines our strength and power of resistance.

“In the Lord” we are both strong and secure. Our Victor envelops us, for “we are hid with Christ in God.” So, as someone has said, “Before the devil can touch you, he must get through God and Christ.”

 

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“And in the power of His might.” Our strength lies not only in what He is, but in what He has. Our power is in a Person whose power is extraordinary, for “it is the power of His might.” This is exactly the same word used in Ephesians 1:19, when describing the quality of the power used in raising Christ from the dead. In the strength of the mighty power of the Lord we are equipped to fearlessly meet Satan and all his hosts, confident that we shall be “able to stand,” “able to withstand,” and “able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”

Our part, then, is calm, confident assurance of power over all the power of the enemy. We enter the warfare victors through faith in the victorious Lord, upon whom we keep our eyes fixed. Dear reader, do you know in your daily experience the conquering power of His might?

The Assertion Of Our Position In Christ

Ephesians 6:11: “That ye may be able to stand against all the wiles of the devil.”

6:13: “Having done all, to stand.”

6:14: “Stand therefore, having…”

6:13: “That ye may be able to withstand.”

“That ye.” Every Christian, even the least and the lowliest, is included. Not one need fear the enemy, for there is victory for every Christian who has heard the call to arms and offered himself as a warrior.

May be able.” What intense relief and courage these words, used three times in this passage on warfare, bring to the warrior! They are God’s pledge of perfect provision for victory. God cannot lie and will not mock us, therefore, “ye shall be able.”

“To stand.” Do not fear, falter, faint, fall nor flee before the foe. Never expect defeat or plan retreat, but wait to see the devil depart from you as he did from Christ in the wilderness. Do not even fight. The battle is not ours, but the Lord’s. Our part is to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, for the Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

“Stand” in the perfection of Christ’s finished work and in your divinely-appointed position in Him. Seated in Christ in the heavenlies, far above all principality, power, might and dominion, we are able to stand against Satan. In Christ the enemy is under our feet. We do not wrestle for a position of victory, but from one. Therefore standing in Christ we may reckon on the battle won before it is begun. Calmly, confidently, take your position in Christ and assert it courageously. Stand unafraid.

“Stand against the wiles of the devil.” Note it does not say “the power,” but “the wiles” of the devil. He is a practiced strategist who has been in warfare against God and His people for many millenniums, and there is no art, no craft of cunning, no machination in warfare of which he is not the master. He can out-maneuver us completely by his deceptions and devices. But Christ, the wisdom of God, is Victor over Satan, the master of wiles. So in Christ we stand undaunted.

“Having done all, to stand.” Having fully equipped ourselves according to God’s directions, and having nothing more we can do to prepare ourselves for battle, then during an especial attack of the enemy we must stand unmoved. However fiery the trial of faith may be, however long it may last, we must stand in faith, refusing all doubt and depression, knowing that all is by the Father’s permission and in the fulfillment of His purpose.

The Lord of hosts anticipates no cowards or deserters in His army. It is not enough for us to resist sometimes and to gain occasional victories, then, when some peculiarly hard trial or severe affliction comes, to go under in defeat. However fierce or often the attack, or however many the forces massed against us, let us never give in, nor retreat one step, but in the thickest of the fight and in the darkest hour, let us see the enemy overwhelmed and overthrown, the battlefield covered with victor’s spoils, and ourselves standing in the midst as overcomers.

Stand unconquered. “Stand your ground in the day of battle, and having fought to the end, come off victors on the field.”

“Stand, therefore, having…” After one attack, do not be worried or worn out, but stand firmly holding your ground, fully equipped for the next assault. Stand without flinching or faltering, but joyously and peacefully when all is pitch-dark before you, when you cannot see a step ahead, when the enemy seems to be in the ascendant and to have complete control over your circumstances. Stand with a victor’s spirit, faith, courage, assurance, conviction. Stand invincible.

“That ye may be able to withstand.” The believer’s exalted position in Christ is not one only of high privilege, but also of great responsibility, for Christ shares with him His authority over all the power of the enemy, as well as His victory, So it is not enough that, as a member of Christ’s body, we stand in victory in our personal conflict with Satan. We must also resist his attacks against the corporate Body and against individual members of it.

We must withstand Satan in his efforts to block world evangelization and the deliverance of individual souls from his kingdom, and in his opposition to revival within the Church. There is an offensive as well as a defensive warfare to be waged. Christ’s victory over Satan must be enforced and the spoils must be claimed.

We rejoice exceedingly that on Calvary’s Cross the Lord spoiled the principalities and powers and triumphed over them. But the practical part of that victory involves stripping these evil powers of all the authority they previously exercised over us and, instead, exercising authority over them.

Just before our Lord’s ascension He said, “All authority hath been given unto Me in heaven and on earth.” He assumed that authority when He sat down at the right hand of God in the heavenlies and was exalted as Lord over all created things and beings. He shared that authority with the Church, His Body, when He was made Head over it. Therefore, every saint in Christ is the possessor of the authority of Christ.

This is a staggering fact which we hesitate to accept and from which we consciously shrink. The responsibility for such a possession is simply overwhelming, and most of us would gladly shirk it. The failure of the Church to assume and exercise this divinely-imparted authority accounts in large measure for its impotence today before the massed hosts of evil.

Let us understand clearly just what this authority is and involves. Authority should not be confused with power. The distinction is made clear in the following quotations:

“Authority is not power, it is only the imparted right to bring the power of another into operation.”

“One stands at the crossing of two great thoroughfares. Crowds of people are surging by; multitudes of high-powered vehicles rush along. Suddenly a man in uniform raises a hand. Instantly the tide of traffic ceases. He beckons to the waiting hosts on the cross street, and they flow across in an irresistible wave. What is the explanation? The traffic officer has very little ‘power.’ His most strenuous efforts could not avail to hold back one of those swiftly-passing cars. But he has something far better. He is invested with the ‘authority’ of the corporation whose servant he is. The moving crowds recognize the authority and obey it. Authority, then, is delegated power. Its value depends upon the force behind the user.”

The Authority Illustrated

Having authority defined, now let us have it illustrated. Paul was an ambassador of Christ, sent into Satan’s domain to rescue sinners from his power and kingdom. On his first missionary journey he met two men in Paphos. One was Sergius Paulus, deputy of the country; the other, Elymas, the sorcerer, a false prophet. The deputy desired to hear the Word of God through Paul, but the sorcerer withstood Paul, “seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.”

He is the picture of a man, filled with the devil, withstanding a man filled with the Spirit. One has behind him the authority of Satan, the other of the Lord. Which would be the victor? Let Scripture answer.

Acts 13:9-12: “Then Saul, (who also is called Paul) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, and said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?…And now, behold the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand…Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.”

Note the three-fold expression of authority. In Paul’s look: “set his eyes on him.” Did not Elymas know he was defeated the moment his eyes met Paul’s? Did he not see in every expression of Paul’s face fearlessness, conviction, courage, victory?

In Paul’s words: “Thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness.” What man would dare or would have the right to say such words to another man? Paul was only bringing the power of the Lord into operation against the power of Satan.

In Paul’s act: “Thou shalt be blind.” How awful for one man to inflict such a punishment upon another! But no; a man did not do it. “The hand of the Lord is upon thee.” Paul was the Lord’s agent in the administration of punishment. But even acknowledging that the authority is the Lord’s and Paul was merely the channel for its exercise, who is sufficient for such a task? Only he who is “filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Satan sought and found entrance into the early Church through Ananias and Sapphira, through whose sin he aimed to destroy the purity and power of the Church, thus dishonoring and defeating Christ, its Head. Peter used his God-given authority in discipline and in the destruction of Satan’s work (Acts 5:7-14).

The spiritual condition of the Church would be vastly different today if such authority had been exercised during its history by those responsible for its leadership. God calls His warriors fearlessly to bind the strong man and his spiritual hosts of wickedness and of darkness in all parts of the world, as through the Spirit’s enlightenment they are made aware of their working.

The Acceptance Of Our Protection In Christ

As our power and position are in a Person, so also is our protection. This is fully consonant with the whole truth of Ephesians in that all our wealth which is deposited in Christ is sufficient for the requirements both of our walk and our warfare.

God gives persuasive reasons why we should accept this protection: “For we wrestle against” a foe so powerful in himself, in the hosts united with him, in the strength of his organization, in the cleverness of his wiles that, if unprotected, we will meet certain defeat.

“Wherefore” we need an armor that is sufficient to protect our whole being and that will equip us for both defensive and offensive attacks. “Therefore” be prepared, either in an emergency or in ordinary circumstances, for any kind of an attack. Never knowing where, how or when Satan will attack us, we should never be unprotected or unprepared. His attacks may come at the most unexpected time and from wholly unlooked-for quarters. There will not be time when the attack comes to put on our panoply. “Therefore” it is well to anticipate that “evil day,” and to stand every moment fully protected by our divinely-provided armor.

Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

6:13: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.”

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“The whole armor.” There are six pieces of armor, each of which is a source of strength and security in warfare. Five are for defensive and one for offensive warfare. No part of the life must be exposed, for even one vulnerable place would mean defeat. So we cannot pick and choose what parts of the armor we wish to wear. We need to wear the whole armor all the time.

“Of God.” What a relief to know that we do not need to provide the Armor! How ignorant we are of the strength and the stratagems of the enemy! How inadequately we gauge our own inability and impotence! But our omniscient God, who knows all about our foe and about us, has provided armor both suitable and sufficient.

“Put on.” Clothe yourself with this armor for defensive protection against every wile of Satan to despoil you of your wealth, to decoy you from your walk, and to disable you in warfare. The armor is not a museum piece, but for the battlefield. “Take unto you” the whole armor as protection in offensive warfare. God makes the armor, but we must take it. Note that God has provided no protection for the back, for He expects no deserters.

“Stand – Having Your Loins Girt About With Truth”

We have seen that Satan comes to us first as the liar and deceiver, so we can understand why God provides first of all the girdle of truth for our protection. Christ, the Truth and the true God, is our armor against the attacks of Satan, the liar and deceiver.

John 14:6: “I am the truth.”

Revelation 3:7: “These things saith He that is holy, He that is true.”

The soldier’s girdle was no mere ornament. It went around the body, holding other pieces of armor in place and giving the soldier freedom in movement. So this divine girdle of truth must encompass our whole life. The whole circle of truth should wholly encircle us, leaving no gaps.

This will really mean the two prayers of Ephesians answered in us; the revelation of God’s truth to our minds through the Spirit’s enlightenment, realized in our experience through the Spirit’s enablement. Truth apprehended will be applied. This involves a very intimate dealing of truth with every department of our lives, which the apostle John described as “a walk in truth.”

Third John, 4: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Such a walk implies a stern, strict dealing with sin and self; allowing no conscious hypocrisy or insincerity; no compromise with known sin; no excuse or vindication for wrongdoing; no condoning of sins such as temper, irritability, worry or depression on the ground of physical causes or domestic circumstances. It compels us to face things just as they are and call them by their right names. He who is the truth encompasses our whole being, making every part true, beginning with the inward character, and ending with the outward conduct.

“Stand – Having The Breastplate Of Righteousness”

Satan comes to us as accuser and tempter, so God provides for us the breastplate of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 1:3: “Christ is made unto us righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 4:24: “Put on the new man which is created in righteousness.”

“Having on.” Righteousness is not a day a week luxury, but a seven days a week necessity, if we are to resist Satan’s temptations. “Wear integrity as your coat of mail.” “The breastplate” – covering the vital organs where a wound would be fatal. “Of righteousness.” Being right because adjusted to God’s will, and doing right because acting according to God’s Word.

This breastplate of righteousness is ours when we live according to the pattern of Christ and the precepts of the Word in our relationship to men. We can then stand before Satan’s accusations with a good conscience and without self-reproach. We can also stand before his temptations without yielding.

But there must be no flaw in the breastplate in the form of permitted wrong habit or practice. In all things, large and small, there must be strictest integrity up to our knowledge of God’s Word and ways. A lustful desire allowed to rest in the heart can result in adultery; a love of money can lead to theft or to dishonesty in securing or handling funds. “Nothing exposes a saint in conflict more readily than a bad conscience in his ways.”

“Stand – Your Feet Shod With The Preparation Of The Gospel Of Peace

We have seen how Satan is the destroyer of peace between man and God and the instigator of discord between men: how also he will rob the saint of the peace of God through all kinds of inward distress of spirit, mind and heart, that he might hinder him from being the messenger of peace. But Christ our peace is our protection against all such attacks.

Ephesians 2:14: “For He is our peace.”

John 14:27: “My peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

“Your feet shod.” For progress in our daily walk or for protection in our warfare we need to be well shod. No warrior would think of entering a battle in dancing slippers. If you ever noticed a soldier’s shoes you know they are substantial and suitable for any kind of road, weather, or hardship.

“With the preparation of the gospel of peace.” God has told us we would have temptations, trials, testings, so we must be prepared to stand the strain of slippery paths of temptation and of the stony hills of adversity and affliction. Only the peace of God is sufficient for the heart in the midst of life’s losses, infirmities and tragedies. As we walk through this disordered world there are a thousand things to bruise and wound us, but “the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

 

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Stand – “Above All Taking Up the Shield Of Faith, Wherewith Ye Shall Be Able To Quench All The Fiery Darts Of The Evil One”

Satan’s very first work with man was to create doubt of God Himself and then of His love, in order that man might be separated from God. On the manward side faith is the first necessity, for it is the cable that links us with Christ and keeps us united with Him. But even this faith is not our own; it is the gift of God, and is the creation of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:8: “By grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

Hebrews 12:2: “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

“Above all.” All other parts of the armor are put on or taken by faith, so faith really equips one for warfare. “Taking up” – as a gift, faith must be appropriated, as are all other gifts, and then used. Faith is not faith unless it is at work. True faith is always active.

“The shield of faith.” In olden times the shield protected all parts, and had to be movable so as to repel attacks from any quarter. Faith has but one value for a warrior. It connects him with the Victor, the all-powerful, all-sufficient Lord, whose victory over Satan is his victory.

“Wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.” Oh, how many of Satan’s darts are fire-tipped, hellish balls of fire with but one purpose – to produce distress of mind, depression of spirit, disappointment in our relationships or in our work or in ourselves.

“Of the evil one.” It is sometimes hard for the child of God to distinguish between a dart from Satan and discipline from God. The Lord tests, but He never tortures. The Lord’s discipline is for the purpose of making us a partaker of His holiness, while Satan’s dart is to make us a partner in his hellishness.

“Able to quench.” The shield in olden times was made of skins and saturated with water. As the fiery darts of the enemy came against it, they were quenched. As we daily take our shield of faith, that enables us to rest fully upon the faithfulness of God, the finished work of Christ and the fulness of the Spirit, we shall be able to quench every fiery dart of Satan.

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Stand – “And Take The Helmet Of Salvation

Satan wages a real battle for the possession, control and use of the mind of the saint. He tries in every possible way to corrupt or confuse it through his false teachings and teachers. The Christian has but one safeguard against his attacks.

1 Corinthians 2:16: “We have the mind of Christ.”

Philippians 2:5: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:23: “Being renewed in the spirit of your mind.”

“Take the helmet” – the covering for the head. There is tremendous need of protecting the mind of the Christian, for Satan finds an undiscerning mind a ready prey to deception and delusion, and an undisciplined mind an easy mark for his defiling thoughts and suggestions.

“Of salvation.” This is the great all-inclusive Gospel word that gathers into itself the exceeding riches of God’s grace, and then gives out those riches in election, predestination, adoption, acceptance, redemption, enlightenment, inheritance, sealing and security. Salvation covers the whole range of the work of God, the Father, Son and Spirit in creating a saint out of a sinner and making him an heir of God and joint heir with Christ.

The experimental knowledge of full salvation in Christ is absolutely essential for the Christian warrior, for if he has any doubt of his own salvation, how can he confidently meet the foe, or how can he effectually win a sinner to Christ? And in these days of manifold satanic counterfeits, how can he discern the false from the true?

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Stand – “And Take The Sword Of The Spirit, Which Is The Word Of God”

Five pieces of armor were given for our defense against satanic attacks upon us. But God provides one piece for offensive, aggressive warfare, that we may be able to deal deathblows to the enemy, and gather spoils from the battlefield.

“Take the sword of the Spirit,” which God Himself defines “which is the word of God.” The sword is God’s own utterance given to us in His written Word, inspired by the Spirit, revealed to us by the Spirit (1:17,18), used by the Spirit in us to sanctify and cleanse (5:20), and then wielded by the Spirit through us to defeat the devil (6:17).

The Word of God was the one weapon used by Jesus in the wilderness when, as the Representative Man, He won not only His victory, but ours too, over the devil. Each of Satan’s three attacks was met with a sword of the Spirit – “It is written,” and three times Satan was repulsed. Only as we use this mighty weapon with intelligence and skill will we be able to withstand Satan successfully. This will require of us a constant, systematic study of God’s Word, that our sword may be easily and quickly unsheathed, and that just the needed part of it may be used at the right time and in the right way.

With such power, position and protection ours, should not our battlecry ever be “able to stand” and our battle song, “the Lord hath given me the victory!”

I Will Trust You

I Will Trust You

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I will trust You

To thrust through

Despite the Giants

That are adamant

They will all fall-

Great and small.

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Like the walls of Jericho

Like the Berlin wall

Like the Apartheid wall

In a twinkling of an eye

Suddenly, without warning

The way will be opened.

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My God is well able

To turn any table

His angels are around

So His praise will resound.

The heavens have opened

And  the prison doors are opened.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the L

ORD and depart from evil.

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