PRIORITIES, PETITIONS and the PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS

“Redeeming the time because the days are evil.” These words are found in Ephesians 5:15 and they define the approach that we should take concerning our allotment of days in this world. Our love for Jesus, the level of our appreciation for this great salvation, and our understanding of the situation before us will determine how we respond to this admonition. Our choices in life, our words, and the campaigns that we place emphasis on will reveal whether  we operate from an eternal perspective or we are obsessed with our status in this present world. Most of us who claim to be in Christ would tell ourselves that we are “in the world but not of the world” and yet few of us live this out in it full. It brings up a question that we each must ask ourselves and ask the Lord to open our eyes concerning. “Have we truly forsaken all to follow Jesus?”

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” 

This isn’t a one time thing; it’s an examination that we must continually engage in. This becomes all the more imperative as the countdown toward the end of days is underway. A two-fold countdown; both in the prophetic and in the natural. From a prophetic angle, we can see a beast system rising before our eyes and we know that soon a son of pedition will make his official debut. From a natural angle, none of us have a promise that we are going to awaken in the morning. Ecclesiastes 8: reminds us that “No man hath power over the spirit, to retain the spirit.” Despite our noblest efforts to secure longevity in this world, every hour that finds us breathing has the potential of being our last.  

The year of 2011 is largely a mystery at this point. I know of many areas in which I have to take it to a higher level, however two stand out as being primary. First, ventures into the streets, or into any arena for that matter, must be entered into with an increased seriousness and understanding of the forces that are in play. The arena of street ministry is one that I thrive in. If it were possible to quit the hourly job and spend that time in the streets, I would do it in a moment. But while I’m at home in this venue; even in the troubled neighborhoods, the element of spiritual warfare must be addressed more directly. The enemy never sleeps and he doesn’t like the prospect of losing prisoners. When a person is under the influence of something (alcohol, drugs, entities,) and held captive, they need a supernatural deliverance. When a person is believing a lie to the point that they will consciously seek to reinforce the error instead of earnistly seeking the truth, they are in need of having their eyes opened. Only the Lord can perform such a thing.

The second area is that of fervent intercessory prayer for others. The lists are incredible. saints in my ambience, saints with whom I have contact via the blogosphere, those who abide under this roof, extended family members, co-workers, people who don’t even know I exist but I’m minded to keep them in prayer, and what hacve you. This would seem to be the easier of the two, however, I think that it’s even harder. The enemy really fights to keep us from coming before the throne of grace and offering a sweet savor.(Revelation 5:8) He especially doesn’t like it when we petition on the behalf of those under his control. Late one night, it was on my heart to pray for a wiccan girl who used to work at the plant. (This has been long-time project) Suddenly pains developed in my chest; kind of what a heart attack may feel like. It was so severe that I considered waking Kimberly and heading to the ER. Minutes later it subsided, but I knew what was going on.

This same person has been hard to pray for in the past as well. The enemy is determined to derail any such endeavors; wherein prayer is offered up that can bring down strongholds. We can be anywhere; driving own the highway, machining gears at work, performing tasks around the house, and simultaneously engage in spiritual warfare, (or combat prayer) for the captives. (Albeit quiet uninterrupted time is preferred) I’m minded to spend every possible moment in this fashion. We know that it’s effective; not only because we are admonished in scripture to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17) but because the enemy goes to any length to keep us from fellowshipping with the Lord. He’ll do anything possible to hinder us; from stuffing our calendar with obligations in the physical world, to luring us into harboring contrary attitudes which hinder our prayers. Anything to disrupt the lines of communication. Anything to cause us to focus on the temporal elements and dramas instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal the bigger picture to us.

This post is running long, but one example comes to mind. In the past, there has been contention in this household on a variety of fronts. There were times when I could have reacted to circumstances in a very destructive way and convinced myself that I was justified in taking that course of action. In such moments, I would cry out “Lord I have to see this from your perspective because ‘m wanting to fly off the handle.” Every time this prayer went forth in sincerety, he would open my eyes and allow a glimpse at what was really going on. Suddenly I no longer saw the actions of another driving me nutty; I saw a priceless soul in need. It would be like seeing the enemies playbook and realizing that I had come incredibly close to taking the bait. Today, things in this household are stablized because of the tender mercies of a faithful Creator who answers prayer and, if were atuned, lets us know when we are about to react in a destructive fashion.

When we view things from an eternal perspective, all of the sideshow issues lose their standing. There are lives that are in turmoil as the enemy seeks to devour the priceless eternal ones. For their sake (and ours) we cannot get caught up in the drama. We have to divorce the appearances on the surface and understand what’s really taking place. In every campaign;there is a common singularity. The devil is seeking to run out the clock on his captives and he’ll employ any distraction at his disposal to keep them occupied. One of the most bizarre things that I’ve ever seen transpired last spring when my sister was in a Hospice facility. There was a room that I would pass whenever I visited. In this room was a guy who spent his days watching CNBC. It was so strange to see someone who was in their final moments glued to a continuing story that was soon to have no significance.

WHEN WE LEAVE THIS WORLD, THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS WHETHER OR NOT OUR NAME APPEARS IN THE BOOK OF LIFE.

Well I have to go as it’s now approaching 4:00 am. My prayer is that we would be about the issues that really matter. That we would ferently seek the Lord and be obediant to that which he places on our heart. That we would have our sences exercised to discern both good and evil as we strive to be a city set upon a hill in a land where confusion has become normal. Please check out the Twitter link to Pat Holliday as she exposes the third wave movement and stargates. Also please visit the january 2011 issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, entitled THE CALL to WATCH AND PRAY The title alone speaks volumes.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

Psalm 9o: 12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.”

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5 Responses to “PRIORITIES, PETITIONS and the PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS”

  1. Words of wisdom as always from a my dear brother. God bless you Timothy. I thank God for the stability that you have in your home……..brother Frank

  2. Hi Frank. Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s almost scary to think of how easily things in this house could have gone in a very wrong direction. There’s a potentially volatile mix of situations and continual prayer is a must. To keep the eternal perspective and be atuned to the promptings of the holy Spirit. Much progress has taken place over the past few years and I give God all of the glory.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  3. Hi Timbob. Thought I would stay by and check out your new site. I too, am endeavoring in 2011 to step up efforts as far as prayer and fasting and witnessing go. My daughter and I made a committment to go to the church early a couple of mornings to get in some more prayer. As a result of the revival we were in for the past month, the whole church is really more focused on praying and reaching out more. My husband preached a message on Sunday night that he entitled, Stretch Forth Thine Hand, and God really moved in a mighty way in the altar service, and I know that new consecrations were made for the Lord. I know we live in dark times, but I am believing God for great things in 2011!

    Blessings to you and your family,

    Carol

  4. Hi Carol. You have touched on some very important truths. we need to get in really close to Jesus and let go of every distraction that hinders. Seeking the Lord fervently through prayer and fasting is a must. Thank you for the good report concerning your church. When saints are with one accord and focused on Jesus, It’s truly awesome.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  5. Timbob, this was such an excellent post!!! Thank you and bless you!

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