IN DEBT to the Believer and the Unbeliever
"Both to Greeks and to barbarians
(to the cultured and the uncultured), both to the wise and to the foolish,
I have an obligation to discharge and a duty to perform and a debt to pay."
Romans 1:14 (Amp

23 September 2012

Intercession at the Cross

The Cross - the place of New Beginnings

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
the power of God unto salvation."
1 Cor 1:18

     As an intercessor who seeks to know, feel and hear the heart of God, I stand in the gap and I gather these that I love and that God has called me to pray for; my family, my church, my city, my nation, and even this world, and I gather them in as a mother hen would gather her chicks. (Matt 23:37)  I gather them in around the cross, and I bring them by the power of the Spirit to a place of surrender and deliverance.  And along with them I bring all the lying demons of torment and control that have held them bound; all the demons of fear, anxiety, depression and oppression, the antichrist spirits of atheism, doubt, and unbelief, the spirits of pride, rebellion and self will, the perverse spirits of lust and pornography, the spirits of addiction, jealousy and anger, the spirits of poverty, lack and greed, sickness and infirmity.  And I bring them all to the cross, applying the blood of Jesus over them, letting it run down over their minds and bodies.  It's here at the cross where the demons are disarmed. It's here where their powers are broken and where the captives, the ones that I love and that God loves, are set free.  And it's here where Jesus disarms those spirits and makes an open show and a public display and spectacle out of them. (Col 2:15)  The power is in the blood of Jesus.  It's at the foot of the cross.  It's at this place of surrender and receiving by faith all that Jesus did for us 2000 years ago and continues to do for us everyday.  It's here that the demons lose their hold and that the new resurrected life that's found in Christ Jesus takes place.  And it's here that a person receives deliverance from the bondages of the old and the grace, anointing and empowering for their new life to begin again.

In my defeats and failures I always find comfort and strength at the cross. In the exchange of my brokeness, weakness, fears, doubts, disappointments and sins of my yet unsanctified carnel nature, I take comfort and strength in the repenting, crucifying and disarming of these things and the receiving of the new, refreshing and empowering of the Spirit of the living God that is resurrected once again on the inside of me through Christ Jesus. It's here at the cross that I come to know Him in a fresh, deep and intimate way, that I come to know and feel the depth of His love for me and for the world and the sea of lives and souls that He gave His life for.
It's so easy to get distracted and covered up in the cares of this world, so easy to let the old habits, behaviors and attitudes of my old carnal nature creep back in and allow the distractions and cares of this world to pull me away from this precious place of seeking God's heart and the face of Jesus that I treasure so dearly so that I may truly know Him. It's times like these that I know how easily and quickly I am set off course unless I purpose to guard this place as the treasure that it is, and unless I guard and prioritize my time with Him, reading and meditating on His Word and lifting my heart and voice in praise and worship to Him. As lovers of God He needs to hear our love and adoration for Him, but SO DO WE. You and I need to hear our soul pouring out its love and passion to the Lover of our soul. Your relationship with Him is strengthened and focused as you share your love for Him through your worship. Praise says "Thank You". Worship says "I love You."  He needs to hear "I love You" more often through our worship and sacrifice of praise. 
So if you have missed out on this, if you have gotten off course and lost your joy, if you have known the Lord and given your life to Him but have somehow missed the mark,  it's at the cross that this new life and victory can begin again. It's at the cross where you can begin to experience the new life of freedom in the Spirit that you were created for.

Do you need a new beginning?  Do you need things to change in your life?  Do you need to start over?  I invite you to come to the cross.  I invite you to come and receive the healing and restoration that is yours through Christ Jesus at the foot of the cross.  It's the place of total surrender, the place of new beginnings, the place of starting all over again, the place where the new life - the resurrected life of the Christ in you has its new beginning. 
Bring your defeats, your failures, your disappointments, your broken heart and the broken pieces of your life that don't seem to make sense anymore, and lay them at the cross.  Then wrap your arms and life around the cross, drawing upon its life and power, and let the exchange take place. Feel the washing, cleansing, and empowering of the cross. It's here that there is a supernatural tranference of God's life giving power that takes place, where He breathes new life into you replacing the old with the new, replacing the brokenness with His healing and the old life with the new life of the Spirit.  And bring with you those tormenting spirits of fear, anxiety, depression, oppression and addiction.  It's here at the cross that those powers are broken off your life.  Jesus disarms them by the power of the blood that was shed from His body upon the cross.  As you receive what He did for you through the cross by faith, you receive the delivering power of His blood and it's here that He makes a public display and spectacle out of them and triumphs over them and you receive the victory that is yours through Christ Jesus. (Col 2:13-15)   
It's supernatural. It's only something that He can do, but it's yours to receive.

The power of the's the place of New Beginning. 

09 September 2012

Facade VS Truth - The Reality

"While we look not at the things which are seen,
 but at the things which are not seen,
 for the things that are seen are temporal,
 but those things that are not seen are eternal."
2 Cor 4:8 

As born again believers when we're living & walking in the Spirit, circumstances and symptoms are like a facade. They're like a painted canvas that stands before us tugging at our five senses but that hides the truth of what is truly ours as children of God. The definition of a facade is "a superficial appearance or illusion of something." Negative circumstances are superficial and illude us from seeing and knowing what is really ours through Christ Jesus. It appears real, but behind that facade, that painted canvas, is the truth. Behind it is the reality of the redeemed.  Behind it is the truth and reality of your redemptive state. It may not be seen in the natural yet but it IS the reality of the redeemed. "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen for the things that are seen are temporal, but those things that are not seen are eternal." (2 Cor 4:8) The eternal things are REAL. They are the REAL THING, and that's where our focus needs to be.

So when your hands are tied and the circumstances of your situation are in your face; when the facade, the painted canvas, the mountain of lack that appears SO real, and the stress of it's appearance has backed you up to a wall, and you have no way out and no way of escape, let the Spirit of the living God on the inside of you, the Spirit of the "I AM" rise up, and begin speaking and declaring the truth of who you are and what is yours in Christ Jesus! Begin to use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and slash that facade, that painted canvas of the mountain of lack to pieces. Begin to speak and declare with the authority and conviction of the believer who knows the truth of who he is in Christ and knows what's been purchased for him through the blood of the Lamb, and begin to cut to pieces the intimidating facade and canvas of lies that stands before you as the redeemed of the Lord. Don't let the facade of circumstances defeat you, but rise up in your spirit man and declare the truth! It's the truth that will set you free. It's the truth that needs to come out of your mouth and out of the depths of the Spirit of the living God on the inside of you. THAT'S kingdom authority. That's the authority that cuts through the impossible and exposes and reveals and manifests the truth. The Spirit of God wants to rise up in His children, in the ones that have sought Him with their whole heart. He wants to expose and manifest His power and greatness in their lives as they draw upon His life and power and authority within themselves. 

So rise up! Put the enemy in his defeated place! Don't let that facade, that painted canvas of circumstances send you into a spiral of depression and discouragement. Let it be the trigger that sets off your spirit shouting forth the praises of your God, the One that is all powerful, the One that is your vindicator, the One that is your Savior, your Deliverer, your Redeemer, the One that is faithful to save. Let it be the trigger that sets off the Words of truth that cuts through the facade and that painted canvas and exposes the reality of the truth. "Let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich!" In the Lord you ARE these things. In the Lord you ARE redeemed and manifesting the glory of God. In the Lord you HAVE the victory! "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!"

Lets turn things around by speaking God's Word. Let's declare the truth of God in the face of the enemy and in the face of his huge pile of circumstances. Let's do it God's way and give God a chance. Say what He says and put ALL your trust in Him. Amen?!