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Isaiah 60:1 - 3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.


 The scripture above challenges Israel to arise and to shine, we know it doesn't mean 'arise' as in to 'stand up' physically, but for a prophetic acknowledgement of change of season and a signal to fulfill a prophetic destiny of reflecting the glory that is risen upon them in the spirit.

Jehovah God being our light in the same way commands us to arise and to shine, he is our sun and we are his moon to reflect his light to a dark earth.


THE SPIRIT BEHIND THE MASK
Satan is the prince of darkness, so he rules through ignorance, the entrance of Gods words gives light and understanding to the simple which destroys the very atmosphere that Satan needs to operate and dominate. The devil needs men to believe on him to continue rule them.

The preaching of the gospel announces the victory that Jesus has gotten on mankinds behalf over the devil, the announcement of this wherever the enemy is operating brings a great light to bear upon thier spirits, it is like laser piercing the thick canopy of darkness and letting through light into hearts, regions and communities

Matthew 4:15 -17 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

No matter how heavy and palpable darkness is you never fight it by trying to hold or capture it, you fight it by Introducing light, the best way to destroy the devil is to destroy his hold on the souls of men by preaching and teaching about Christ the light of the world.

THE CHURCH - THE TORCHLIGHT

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 that HE will build his Church (Ecclessia) and the gates of hell shall not prevail. this reveals that the church with deliberate intention is birthed into a conflict, it is deliberately built and configured to contend, hold ground against the gates of hell (authorities, arsenal, will and purposes of hell in expression), it is equipped to overcome it and establish the kingdom of God in the hearts, minds and experience of men by introducing Light (the knowledge of God).

The Church is God's response to the gates of hell (darkness), so we should naturally have the desire, impetus, will, and seek 'know how' and opportunities to engage the gates of hell and stop them in their tracks.

WHAT IS DARKNESS?

Darkness is nothing more than the absence of light, cold is nothing more than the absence of heat, sickness is nothing more than the absence of health, whilst poverty is the absence of resource. All of these no matter how chronic, will disappear once the absent resource is introduced, Jesus is the abundant resource to cure all these deficiencies.

Jesus explained that the thief has come for a three fold operation; to steal, to kill and to destroy, but Jesus came that he might give life and give it abundantly John 10:10.

1st John 3:8 declares that the son of God is made manifest for the destruction of the works of the devil (the prince of darkness) so darkness is the experience of mankind outside of God, governed by the devil.

"No matter how heavy and palpable darkness is you never fight it by trying to hold or capture it, you fight it by Introducing light"

THE UMBRELLA OF DEATH

The way the prince of darkness does his works is by keeping men away from light (by deception to sin and iniquity), then darkness and poverty of soul and spirit sets in, this results in the symptoms of death, just as keeping a plant away from sunlight is sentencing it to death. Darkness of the ignorance of God has covered the earth (men) like a canopy, they are not able to receive essential sonlight (Yes I meant SON light!) from the throne of God. This Sonlight is able to transform men and women,into sons which they were created to be 2 Corinthians 3:18.

THE DARKNESS IS GROSS...

Iniquity is abounding today and the love of many for the light is waxing cold Matthew 24:12 , there is so much ignorance of God today, it is dizzying! because men have not retained God in their knowledge, they are doing most uncomfortable and inconvenient things to fill the gnawing hole in their hearts Romans 1:28, groping about pitifully in darkness hoping to find some light outside of God, but any light (knowledge or wisdom) outside of God is darkness! Luke 11:34-35.

THE LIGHT

There is so much darkness, the answer is to introduce light... This light is Christ! as he embodies the essense and the fulness of the Godhead, who dwells in unapproacheable light. Colosians 2:9, 1 Timothy 6:14-17

He is the light of the world, he is the king of the kingdom, he is the theme of our message. He is the answer, he is the way , he is the truth, he is the life .

He has come to bring life to us by giving us the opportunity to know the Godhead (knowledge here means intimately connect to and becoming one with the Godhead, as in a marriage relationship, a relationship that is meant to be fruitful and produce spiritual offspring for God).

THE BRIDE

The Church is the bride of Christ, as the wife is the glory of the husband, the church has been raised to reveal the glory of Christ the conqueror (this is why we are 'more than conquerors' - he is the conqueror, we are the ones who enjoy his conquest). We as his bride also have the responsibility to bring forth many more sons unto him.

But the devil is after the woman (the church and her seed), but the seed of the woman the sons of God will bruise the serpents head, according to the prophecy in Genesis 3:15

THE WARFARE

Our warfare is unique, it is not fought to obtain victory, it is fought to enforce victory already acquired by Christ.

Our war is not natural, but supernatural, it is not physical but spiritual... we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, pulling down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity unto the obedience of Christ.

THE WEAPONS

As Paul said that he didn't come in the enticing words of mans wisdom, but in the demonstration of the spirit and power of God.... 1 Corinthian 2:4. This is the very same arsenal that were used by Jesus, the Church in acts and Paul to expand the frontiers of our kingdom. The two powerful ingredients are The indwelling holy spirit and the Preaching of the word.

WEAPON NUMBER 1 - The Leading and baptism of the Holy Spirit

Those who are led by the spirit are the sons, who are able to represent the father. Only sons (not children) are able to represent the kingdom. The distinguishing characteristic of the sons is their ability to be led by the spirit of God, through their recreated human spirit and renewed mind. Ability to yield totally to the spirit of God is the first weapon we need, as the spirit will guide us into all truth, right action, right words and right praying . Mark 1:12, Acts 10:38, Rom 8:14, Acts 16:7

WEAPON NUMBER 2 - The preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom

The preaching of the gospel (which is the power of God into salvation) Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 4:20. The spirit led preaching and declaration of the gospel of the kingdom (not the gospel of salvation, nor the gospel of church, healing or miracles e.t.c) is the most potent way to destroy the gates of hell and its effects.

THE SIX SEQUENCE BALLISTIC ASSAULT

For those who have matured in the spirit and are full of the word, there is a six sequence ballistic assault that the sons of the kingdom must use constantly and skillfully to release the kingdom of God and destroy hell's operations. All these protocols require skill in the things of the spirit, a high level of discipleship, kingdom focused lifestyle, a deep understanding of the word and death to self desires and the world. Here goes...

Sequence 1. Spirit led prayer: Looking into the template in heaven and declaring the will by the power of the spirit and faith to create the spiritual channels, energy, opportunities, resources to accomplish the pattern seen in heaven.

Sequence 2. Dynamic Presence: After praying, we must seek opportunity to manifest what we expect to happen, we must be aware and available at all times to submit our vessels to be used by God by the leading of the spirit to demonstrate the kingdom. if a believer is not present at the right place, at the right time, with the right preparation, God will be hindered from acting. (Dynamic presence involves you reckoning that your whole mind, body and soul is at the service of the master 24/7).

Sequence 3. Spirit led action: We must be ready to act our faith and conviction, there is such power in spirit led, word based prophetic action that reveals the kingdom, when we pray 'thy will be done' we have to realize it actually has to be done by someone! and we are the ones to carry out his will through spirit led actions.

Sequence 4. Spirit laden Words: God does nothing without words, demonstrating the kingdom will always involve speaking under the inspiration of the holy spirit, you must refrain from using your mouth and your mind to 'prophesy' your feelings, opinions or those of others, remember that every idle word we speak, will be judged. The word of God is the sword of the spirit, it is the weapon that destroys the strongholds of the minds, the imaginations and high thoughts in mens minds that are contrary to the knowledge of God. A veteran son is skillful in the words of life, challenging, encouraging, rebuking, refuting, instructing, exhorting using the word!

Sequence 5. Christ authored and spirit led fellowship: We use the power of agreement to bring the presence of God down, where two or three believers are gathered in his name, there he will be, we use fellowship to draw encouragement, comfort and to be built up and enjoy accountability. We use fellowship to secure spiritual agreement, multiply the power of faith in bringing heaven down- if two shall agree concerning a thing, it shall be done.

Sequence 6. Sacrifice: The giving of yourself for your kingdom is the greatest of all, we lay down our life for the king and kingdom, and that other men may have life. It is the reckoning of every thought and act as a non-neutral seed that is empowering a kingdom, it is deliberately offering every thought and act of yours consistently as a willing sacrifice for the kingdom, ensuring that all your heart thinks and your body does reveals his glory.

CONCLUSION

All of these steps must be active in a believers life to make an impact for the kingdom of God and against the gates of hell. Not practising one or more adequately compromises our experience of victory as a body.

All these must be practised by all believers, together in unity, and with purpose to consistently see the kingdom of God manifest and prevail against the kingdom of darkness.

The Lord promised he will be with us always, confirming our witness with signs and wonders following.

I pray we will all together come into sonship, and take on the noble task of expanding the kingdom.

(For those who have the book The Battle We Fight the steps are better explained there)

Keep the conversation going...


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Posted: Tuesday, 17th February 2015


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