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To purposely pursue the lost with the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ.
To passionatley pray for God's divine leading and wisdom in the care of His redeemed sons and daughters.
To praise Him and give Him all the glory for the blessing of redemption.
Involve God - Prayer works
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
III. God’s timing and what to consider.
IV. The journey and partnering with God, his invitation, our privilege.
We fight against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Scripture calls us a great army with banners. Does that apply to us?
Warring may not be the nature of Christianity unless it is spiritual warfare.
In the case of spiritual warfare there is no one else equipped for spiritual warfare but Christians.
There is spiritual darkness and corruption in leadership environments that have influenced a landscape and opposes Christianity.
Spiritual wickedness in high places has become the reality in which we live and the arena in which we must become involved.
Would you agree with me that there is notable hostility to faith in Christ and a unified rise in boldness marshalled by a movement to minimize and squelch God's design for man and to extinguish the light of the gospel.
What should be our response?
Political involvement? Possibly.
Complaining and frustration? Probably?
Most importantly we must respond by doing what others are not equipped to do ...pray in faith, pray intentionally, pray fervently, and pray collectively.
What should these prayers look like?
How do we change course and reset the direction of our country and the world?
The answer is much easier than we might imagine.
Remember who we are and what God created us to be.
Remember that our trust is in God and we do not place our trust in horses and chariots, we place our trust in God and our eyes are on him.
Current challenges may look political but in most cases there is a spiritual attack against faith in Jehovah God. All this is a result of spiritual separation from God. Which is brought on by spiritual complacency, spiritual dullness and a disconnect from God's people from the God they serve.
Remember that this is a spiritual battle and is ours to fight. Surrendering to the dark clouds on the horizons is not an option.
Remember how we fight, when we fight and what the weapons of our warfare are.
The call to fight is sounding in our spirits and we know that if we do nothing it will cost everything.
The whole earth is in jeopardy and the faith handed to us in scripture is unmistakably under the attack of darkness.
The visible disregard for the lives of the unborn and the malice of evil against the gospel message is bold and unapologetic.
The spiritual numbness in the hearts and minds of many Christian brothers and sisters signal an urgency and demand that we respond.
What is our plan of action and the method of our warfare?
What is our Plan?
Embrace God's directive when entering spiritual warfare. Avoid trying to recreate the wheel.
When you are overmatched and out flanked don’t look inward until you’ve looked upward, then you can see clearly to look outward.
The plan is to pray and “Involve God - Prayer Works.”
Pray against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Pray against spiritual darkness.
Pray against the power and influence of demonic forces in society, and political environments.
Pray against government positions that are contrary to God’s spoken Word.
Ask God to confuse all enemies of righteousness and truth.
Ask God to turn spiritual wickedness and darkness against itself.
Ask God to destroy the strongholds of satan and to set the imprisoned free.
Also we must Pray for ourselves, because Prayer Works
Ask God to help us accept his empowerment because we are his people and the work of the kingdom requires it.
Ask God that his will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.
That’s our plan. Involve God, Because Prayer Works.
What is our method?
Embrace the call of God to respond with light to dispel darkness.
Think about the salt of the Earth and think about becoming the salt of the Earth.
Study to show ourselves approved of God.
Put on the armor of God and be in a state of spiritual readiness to fight the good fight.
Be spiritually alert and use the gospel as our rule of faith and lifestyle.
We must unite ourselves with God and with each other in the war against spiritual wickedness and spiritual darkness.
The spirit of confusion used by the enemy to cloak evil that appears as good must be exposed.
What do we do:
Ask the Lord for a spirit of prayer.
Ask the Lord for the gift of faith.
Ask the Lord to send his angels to keep charge of us while we enter the battle.
Ask the Holy Ghost to shape us and mold us into God's purpose for our lives.
Fast 1or 2 meals per week in a personal growth plan.
Spend time in God's word daily.
Ask the Lord to help us tell someone about him daily.
Accept this call to arms against spiritual wickedness, reach out to others by sharing the urgency of the plan and the method by whatever means you choose.
Create accountability circles where you can reflect. Challenge and encourage each other.
Put the enemy on your prayer list.
Pray the enemy will become confused.
Pray that he will turn on himself.
Ask the Lord to reward him according to his own works.
Join me this Thursday evening 4/23/2020 on Facebook Live for a 20 to 30 minute debriefing of today's service. To find us on Facebook search for cog2day or Farmers Branch Church of God.
Remember the most important thing.
“Involve God because Prayer Works”
Let’s take back our nation for Christ, it is God's will.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
A message from Pastor Bruce Gregory:
Dearest church family and friends.
I am so thankful to the Lord for his mighty hand of intervention on our behalf. Today the enemy tried to do what he does, and the Lord used it yet again to bring himself glory. I give the Lord God almighty all the glory for his hand of protection and endless grace and mercy to me and all who place their trust in him.
About an hour after this morning's service our middle son Jeremey lay in a parking lot having what seemed to be a heart attack. As we got the news we went immediately to the Lord and marshaled the army of prayers that surrounded us.
In the service today we called these same prayers and others to declare war on spiritual wickedness in high places as well as spiritual darkness and the enemy’s cloaking of evil with confusion making it appear to be good. I want to note we also prayed for the protection and covering of the Lord for whoever would join this cause.
Within the hour in a parking lot in West Texas my son made a call to his wife and told her he thought he was having a heart attack and thought he was dying. By the time paramedics arrived the prayers were praying, and God was using this day to bring himself honor and glory. Because God is all powerful and merciful our son Jeremy was just released from the hospital with no evidence of anything wrong in his system.
When the paramedics arrived his blood, pressure was 66/44 and continued to improve. I know the Lord intervened in several ways.
1st an answer and intervention to the prayers prayed in faith with total dependence on God.
2nd evidence that God’s hand of protection will be on those who fight for his cause.
3rd. A testimony that God will do the very things he promises he will do if we walk in courage with our eyes are on him and we humble ourselves before our living, all powerful, fully able God.
As I knelt in prayer and realized this attack on Jeremey was really an attack against the word of God today, I laughed out loud at the enemy. Who does he think he is in compared to God? Nothing else needs to be said. The enemy does what he does and God does what he does.
As for me and my house I will serve the Lord.
Those who are responding to the call against spiritual wickedness and darkness take heart. This is kingdom work and we are kingdom warriors. We fight under the authority and banner of God.
God is able and waiting for his body to respond to his call to do kingdom work.
Please celebrate today's victory with me. Our God is on his throne.
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