HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES

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Today I want to talk to you about praying for your enemies. What? Yes, praying for your enemies. Believe you me, I get it. I don’t want to pray for my enemies when I am hurting badly either. I understand. However, the Word says we must. So how can we pray a sincere prayer for someone who has offended us and not feel like a phony?

The Apostle Paul gives us excellent examples to follow regarding prayer that will do nicely as we struggle to pray for people who have hurt us. Therefore, let’s look at the prayers Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-21 that will enable you to pray with sincerity for those who have hurt you. Furthermore, these are definitely good prayers we can pray for ourselves on a daily basis as well.

Knowledge of God

The first prayer is from Ephesians 1:17 which says, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” This is a powerful prayer in that many times those the enemy uses against us do not have intimate knowledge of God, and that precisely is why they act the way they do. They may not even be saved at all. We all need daily intimate contact with the Master so that we can elevate our maturity level to the point where we are able to encourage and build others up instead of tearing them down.

Enlightenment

Ephesians 1:18 is also packed with prayers that will make a difference in the life of those by whom you have been offended.  One prayer reads as follows: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”  This impactful prayer asks God to open their eyes to what they are doing and how they are impacting others.

Fulfilment of Potential in Christ

As we read the rest of verse 18, we find another great prayer. Paul writes, “…In order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” The apostle is praying for us to be able to get to the place where we are mature enough to fulfill the call of God on our lives and recognize the gifts and talents God has deposited in us to be used for building up the Kingdom. When we pray this prayer for our enemies, we cry out to God for them to ultimately be able to fulfill their potential in Christ and make a significant, positive impact in the world.

The Experience of God’s Power

Finally, Paul prays in Ephesians 1:19-20 that we who have faith in Christ will experience God’s “incomparably great power.” He further describes that power as being “the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead.” We all need that power to transform us once we get saved. It’s also the power those who don’t know the Lord need to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and be transformed as well.

So as you can see, Beloved, these are the kind of prayers we need to pray so that the power of God will be able to operate in the lives of difficult people we may encounter on a daily basis. Even if you are still hurting, can you sincerely pray any of these prayers for those you must forgive? To personalize the prayer, simply put the individual’s name in there as you read the prayer out loud. If you need transformation, you can even pray for yourself and put your own name in there if necessary. Just keep on praying daily until you get your breakthrough. You may be surprised how fast the healing comes when you pray for those who have hurt you.

Getting emotionally free is a process, but it starts with the decision to forgive and pray for your enemies.  Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to keep you in an emotional prison. Pray the prayers Paul prayed so that you can walk free of offense and stay peaceful.

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THE STRONGHOLD OF SHAME, FEAR AND CONTROL

 

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Today I want to talk to you about the negative emotion of Shame. I heard a statistic the other day that 80% of the population operates with a shame-based nature.  The first question is what is shame? How is it different from conviction, guilt and condemnation?

  • Conviction is the Holy Spirit simply making you aware that you have committed a sin without any negative judgment about you as a person.
  • Guilt is the emotion that results when you become aware that you have done something wrong via the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
  • Condemnation is the sense of being a bad person the devil puts upon you after you become aware that you have sinned and experience guilt.
  • Shame is a general feeling of being hopelessly defective or not good enough in your own eyes and/or in the eyes of others, including God.

The Shame, Fear, and Control Stronghold

Chester and Betsy Klystra, founders of Restoring the Foundations Ministry, introduced an interesting paradigm I think all of us should be aware of. They called it the Shame, Fear, Control Stronghold. Shame, fear, and control can each be a stronghold in and of themselves. However, the Klystras relay that when they are combined, they form a “super stronghold” that is very hard to break.

Chester and Betsy point out that the first time this pattern was introduced to mankind was in Genesis 4. In  the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve sinned by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Adam basically told God, “I was naked, I was ashamed, I hid myself, so I covered myself.” We do the same thing today.  We are aware and ashamed of our flaws and imperfections. We fear that people will find out who we really are, and we behave in ways to keep our flaws and imperfections covered so we can control how people see us or perceive us.

Breaking the Super Stronghold

The Bible says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (I Corinthians 13:10). Therefore, how can you break the stronghold of shame, fear and control? With the help of the Holy Spirit you must:

  1. Become aware of the shame that binds you.
  2. Become aware of controlling behaviors that are based in fear.
  3. Ask God to heal you of soul wounds that caused the shame in the first place.
  4. Receive a deep revelation of who you are in Christ based on the Word of God.
  5. Make a deliberate choice to face fear and stop controlling behaviors.

Beloved, you must make it your goal to live free of shame if you are ever to fulfil the purpose and plan God has for you. Be willing to do whatever it takes to get the truth into your heart and allow God to heal you of every soul wound. With the help of the Lord, the stronghold of shame, fear, and control, can be broken, and you will be able to live your life under the sole control of the Holy Spirit.

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WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

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Have you ever had a time in your life, where you felt you were doing everything right, and your life still seemed to fall apart? Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people. How we handle those bad events will determine the course of our destiny. We have to keep our thoughts going in the right direction. We cannot afford to allow the devil to deceive us into being mad at God because if we disconnect ourselves from the Power Source, we’re doomed. Therefore, if you’re going to stay connected to the Lord in the difficult times, you have to remember a few things:

  1. Jesus said in this world you will have tribulation. Doing the right thing does not exempt you from trials. In Matthew 14:22-24, the disciples found that out when Jesus told them to get in the boat and go across the lake, and they ended up encountering a storm. They did what they were told and still entered rough waters, and so will we. However, Jesus says in John 16:33, although we will experience tribulation, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
  2. No weapon formed against you will prosper. God says the weapons the devil uses against you won’t prosper. He never said they wouldn’t form. So why is it that we get bent out of shape when hit a proverbial snag, and the devil hits us with his best shot? God said it won’t work! Therefore, you must ask the Father for His instructions, follow them, and then “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.”
  3. God uses adversity to get glory for Himself. One of the reasons we have to go through adversity is so that God can make Himself visible and tangible to us. How else are we going to “see” Him or know that He exists unless He manifests himself through supernatural acts? God wants to get glory for Himself. Why? Not because He is an egomaniac, but because He needs to be seen in this earth so that people know that He exists. Only then will they come to Him for the salvation and help they so desperately need.

Therefore, when adversity strikes, you must cling to God with all your might. You must have the bulldog kind of faith that refuses to let go of God’s promises. You must be determined that no matter what happens, who lives, who dies, who gets healed or doesn’t get healed, whether the money comes or not, you will serve Lord.  As Peter said in John 6:68 when Jesus asked the disciples if they were going to abandon Him, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

Beloved, we all are going to have “situations” occur in our lives even if we are doing everything we are supposed to be doing. That’s not negative thinking. That’s just reality. Jesus has already told us this. The question is how will you handle the adversity when it comes? Will you trust in God’s love for you, expect Him to keep His Word to you, and believe Jesus has already overcome any circumstance in which you may find yourself?  Or will you get angry with God, turn your back on Him, declare He’s not real, or that He doesn’t love you? You must make up in your mind now, before adversity strikes, that you will go all the way with God no matter what. Then you can truthfully sing that old hymn, I Have Decided to Follow Jesus, which ends with the declaration, “No turning back, no turning back.”

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ARE YOU EXALTING YOUR OWN KNOWLEDGE ABOVE GOD’S?

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I pray that the blessings of God are chasing you down and overtaking you! He wants to do great things in your life and use you in a mighty way. In order for that to happen, it’s imperative that we think the way our Creator thinks. That is why Romans 12:2 says be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.

I recently discovered an area where I needed to renew my own mind. In one week I had three different occasions where I felt people had said things to me to boost their self-esteem at my expense, appearing to build themselves up while attempting to tear me down. I got angry and said to myself and God, “They know exactly what they are doing!”

THE REVELATION THAT CHANGED MY THINKING

One day shortly after those three incidents I was in my kitchen preparing a meal and having a conversation with God about this, and He said to me, “They don’t know what they are doing.” I asked, “How can they not know what they are doing?” He brought to mind 2 Timothy 2:24-26 which says:

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

I was able to glean the following insights from this passage:

  1. They are deceived by a lie Satan is feeding them at the moment. Satan is telling them that they have to operate in a certain manner to get their deepest needs met instead of depending on God to meet their needs. If they knew better they would do better.
  2. They really don’t know what they are doing. If a group of people murdered Jesus and He said, “Forgive them because they know not what they do,” then it could be possible that people really don’t know what they are doing when they are engaging in behavior that is far less hurtful.
  3. They are being controlled by the enemy himself. The devil operates through people’s soul wounds to hurt those around them. As the old saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people.”

ARE YOU EXALTING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD?

Furthermore, God said when I say they know what they are doing, and He says they don’t, I am exalting my knowledge against His. 2 Corinthians 10:13 Says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Casting  imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” God was showing me that I needed to bring my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

Do you have any thoughts that are exalting themselves against the knowledge of God? Ask the Holy Spirit where your thinking needs to be changed. Once He has revealed to you the thoughts you have that are contrary to his Word, then it’s up to you to meditate on and confess the Word out loud so that you will believe right and agree with Almighty God. Only then will the fiery darts of the enemy launched against you through people be quenched.

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WAIT ON THE LORD

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Today, my goal is to encourage you to wait on the Lord daily. What I mean by that is that you will wait quietly in His presence, saying nothing, not asking Him for anything, just enjoying His company every day. When you do this, you demonstrate that you are not just coming to Him for what you can get from Him, but you are connecting with Him because of Who He is.

WAITING ON THE LORD IS A COMMAND

First of all, Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” That’s a command.  Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait on the Lord, and be of good courage. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” There it is again: a command, and God spoke through the Psalmist and said it twice! That should be a clue.

HOW TO WAIT ON GOD

Personally, each morning when I wake up, I go to my office, power up my laptop, and pull up a song on youtube.com because I like to listen to music while waiting on the Lord. You can use instrumental praise music if you like or sit in silence. Music is not even a requirement. However, the lyrics of the right song will minister healing to your soul in areas where you may need it most. These songs have ministered to me greatly:

  • Saturate – Vicki Yohe
  • Known – Tauren Wells
  • Saturate Me In Your Anointing – Candy LaFlora
  • Kari Jobe – The More I Seek You

Next, I sit quietly in my chair while the music plays, and I imagine myself in the presence of the Lord in His embrace. I can feel His heartbeat. He speaks to me, heart to heart, no words are exchanged. He tells me how much he loves me and who I am in Christ. During this time, I don’t ask Him for anything. I just abide. This session may last a few minutes to a half hour or more as the Lord leads. I have really come to enjoy this time with Him each day, and I believe you will too.

THE BENEFITS OF WAITING ON GOD

If you haven’t tried this, I encourage you to do so. I believe when you wait in God’s presence:

  • He’ll smile with pleasure when you show up each morning because, believe it or not, He enjoys spending time with you.
  • You’ll receive the anointing to heal the soul wounds the enemy inflicts upon you through people and situations during the previous day.
  • You’ll be filled with power to accomplish His will for the day.
  • You’ll receive the truth you need to become rooted and grounded in your identity in Christ.

With these benefits, who wouldn’t want to wait on the Lord?

I challenge you to try waiting on the Lord. While in His presence, I pray that you will experience His comfort, love, acceptance, joy and peace. It’s a really wonderful experience. After all, He sent His Son to die for us and went to such great lengths so that He could accept each of us into His presence. Therefore, let’s show our appreciation by taking full advantage of that truth on a daily basis.

 

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SUPERNATURAL BOLDNESS

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This past week in Bible study at my church, Life Unlimited Empowerment Center, we discussed the importance of staying motivated while on our spiritual journey and taking bold steps toward our dreams. I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams and boldly move forward as you are led by the Spirit. If you are going to realize your dreams, boldness is imperative.

The morning after attending the Bible study, I was led to focus on Numbers 13, the account of the twelve spies sent to the Promised Land. The question popped into my mind, why were Joshua and Caleb so bold? What caused them to see things differently than their ten other counterparts? As I did the character studies, I found that Joshua and Caleb were different from the other spies in that they possessed the following characteristics:

  1. A strong confidence in the promise God had made to them. For example, in Numbers 13:1 we read that God promised them the land. They believed God would do what He promised, and that was fuel for their boldness. God has made you some promises. Believe that He intends to bring them to pass, and boldness will rise up in you.
  2. A strong faith that was birth out of circumstances orchestrated by God. In Exodus 17:14, we are told that Joshua fought and won against the Amalekites and told Moses to write it down so Joshua would remember. Because Joshua had experienced God giving him victory in the past, he developed a strong faith that he would need for the future. You too can expect God to orchestrate your circumstances to build the faith you need in the future to do exploits.
  3. A commitment to trust in and follow God no matter what happens. Joshua 14:14 states that Caleb “followed the Lord, the God of Israel, completely.” In Numbers 14:24 we read, “My servant Caleb…has a different spirit and has followed me fully.” Therefore, we can conclude that the level of commitment in following the Lord is directly proportional to the level of boldness you will possess. If you are fully committed as Caleb was, you will be able to forge boldly ahead into your destiny in spite of the adversity that appears to loom before you.
  4. A proper view of God and themselves. The ten spies said they saw themselves as “grasshoppers” in Numbers 13:32. However, Caleb said in Numbers 13:30, “Let us go up at once and take possession of it; for we will certainly conquer it.” Apparently, Caleb saw himself as a conqueror. In Numbers 14:6-9, Joshua and Caleb said, “Do not fear the people of the land…Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us.” That signifies that they saw God as protector and defender, the decisive factor in gaining the victory, and that view of God was a solid platform for their spirit of boldness. Knowing Who your God is and who you are in Christ will enable you to be bold as well.

So if you want to be as bold as a lion, Child of God, stand on the promises of God. Embrace the circumstances that He allows to come your way for the purpose of building your faith. Be committed wholeheartedly to following the Lord and be determined that you will never turn your back on God regardless of the circumstances you encounter. Finally, know who you are and Whose you are on such a deep level that no one can convince you otherwise. If you have these four characteristics present in your life, you will find that boldness will rise up in you supernaturally.

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KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE WITHIN

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Today I want to talk about keys to activating your peace.  Peace is a very precious commodity. We need to maintain our peace for several reasons: 1) to be able to hear from God; 2) to maintain our health; 3) to be a good witness to unbelievers; 3)  to be able to be able to dominate and speak peace to situations in our lives; and 4) to maintain joy which gives us spiritual strength. That being said, obviously, maintaining a peaceful spirit is imperative.

THE FIRST STEP: RECOGNITION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The first step to activating peace in your life is to recognize and acknowledge that you have it. Jesus said in John 14:27, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” That tells us that if you have the Spirit within, you have peace residing within. Finally, Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart.” Therefore, it’s your choice whether you let the peace that’s in you rule or not.

KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE YOU HAVE

So now that you acknowledge that you actually do have peace within you, the question is, how do you activate that peace? It’s a shame that we allow the peace Jesus died to give us to lie dormant while the enemy wears us out with unnecessary anxiety and worry. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some keys to activating the peace which already resides within you:

  1. Identify wrong believing. I Corinthians 10:4 says that joy and peace are found in believing. When you uncover errors in your belief system and focus in on the promises of God, your heart will be settled and fear and worry will be dispelled. What are you believing?
  2. Pray and give thanks. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, make your request known unto God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Have you prayed about it? Have you expressed gratitude to God for what He has done in the past to show Himself faithful and expressed confidence in what He will do in the future?
  3. Focus on the Word. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” When you maintain a focus on the Word through worshiping God and speaking, meditating, and memorizing the Word, you are focusing on the Prince of Peace. God says He Himself will keep you peaceful. What are you focusing on?
  4. Focus on the peace within. When you feel anxious, you first have to recognize that you are out of peace, look within and “zoom in” on the peace in the midst of all the internal noise. Once you find the peace, you’ll begin to feel more peaceful, and then it’s a matter of maintaining that focus. It’s kind of like being in a crowded room with many conversations, but you hone in on the one person with whom you are talking. That’s called selective attention. What are you “selectively attending” to today? Your negative self-talk?

Beloved, you have to be intentional in your pursuit of peace, not passively stand by and let the devil beat you down with anxiety and worry. Peace is not going to just fall on you. Hebrews 4:11 says you have to LABOR to enter into rest. God has made the fruit of the Spirit available, but you must decide to pick it off of the Tree of Life and eat it.

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