This week’s post is written by Joey.
In the Bible Paul writes “For we struggle not against flesh and blood, but against the kingdoms, against the powers, against the world leaders of this darkness, against spiritual wickedness in the high places” Eph 6:12
This week Barry reminded us about satan’s plans to attack us. Jesus himself says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10)
Do not be scared though, for the truth will set you free! And we have Jesus so we dont need to worry! 🙂 If everything you think, and do is with Christ in mind then you do not need to worry as satan can do nothing because Christ is already there.
Satan always tries to attack our weakness and physical needs. So be careful. 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
I encourage you to be alert (and equipped with the Bible so you are ready for battle) and pray at all times as Paul states in Ephesians. When he attacks resist and stand firm in Christ Jesus. Flee from temptation.
Barry also reminded us of the sinful nature, in Gal 5:19
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish, ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkeness, orgies and the like. I warn you as i did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
As Barry read this list i was thinking to myself which or if any of these things concern me and no joke i was like ‘yep.yep.yep.yep..’.
Some of you may remember that in 2008 I spent a few weeks at Jackie Pullinger’s drug rehab centre. I thank God that during my time there i was given the opportunity to attend the healing ministry. I believe it was from God that i had this chance to see truly miraculous healings and personally experience them for myself. Receiving healing in those few weeks changed my life and even today more things were revealed to me that i also need deliverance from. Which goes to show how messed up i am! I better get praying…hehe 😀
The couple which guided me was Frank and Catherine Fabiano. I have their book if you would like to read it. I received prayer for things which i never even realised had a stronghold in my mind and in my life. I want to share with you somethings which God convicted me of and things which i received prayer for: fear of rejection, alcohol, hatred, films in particular horror films (which i love by the way:P..still trying to hate it..), self doubts, acupuncture, lucky charms, trust, clubbing, insecurities and yoga..and the list could go on and on. I have continued to pray against many of these since leaving HK and i can see a major change in my life and my walk with Christ. This can happen for you as well.
And so Brothers and Sisters i encourage you to have a think about your life..
“What strongholds do you have in your life?”
Do you have any? If so pray and claim the power of Christ over it.
If you feel comfortable ask others to pray with you, trust that God will respond and then rejoice in the victory!:D
These were some thoughts about the seventeeth episode in our series on Joshua. You can find all the the messages as well as the worship at the BCEC Sermon Page or or listen to the sermon directly – Spiritual Warfare.