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Prophetic word released on August 15, 2021:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:12)
Born in the Midst of a Battle
This morning I was acutely aware of the demonic forces that try to come against the Body of Christ. We must not deceive ourselves. We were born in the middle of a storm. We were born in the midst of a battle. This realm we live in, while quite beautiful, wonderful and even pleasing, can be filled with great fear and darkness. Many are captive to many things.
The struggle is real, but it isn't against flesh and blood (as the Scripture above notes). It is against the powers of the hidden, dark realm. Things that can't be seen with the natural eye become our greatest obstacles to succeeding spiritually. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus comes to give abundant life (John 10:10).
We need to live in the awareness of this battle. We need to be able to examine the hiding places of the enemy and correctly discern the truth that will set us free. The battle is in the mind and the lies of the enemy are like darts that could destroy but for the grace of God. Colossians 3:2 says, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." We are to pray like Jesus taught us and to declare and command, "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven" (Matthew 6:10). (Photo via Piqsels)
We need to be people filled with the Holy Spirit and we need to rest in His peace. All that comes against the peace of God we must resist. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
We must be resistance fighters. The enemy may have a stronghold on most of the world, but we must continue to resist him. Invite the Spirit and the truth of God to abide inside of you, as Scripture says, "...the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). The truth and the Word are only in Christ, which means we need His Spirit inside of us. This truth will become our greatest weapon and our greatest defense. God wants His Word to pour forth from you like a fountain. You will become like Saint George who destroyed the dragon with the spear.
The Rhema Word and the Logos Word Set Us Free
The Word of God inside of me has a way of defeating the enemy every time. Whenever I am found in chaos I turn to the Lord. I ask Him to come to my defense. His defense is His Word that rises in my heart. The Word comes by the Bible and it comes by the Holy Spirit. There is a difference between the Rhema word and the Logos word, but both are the truth that sets us free.
The Logos word is the written Word. Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You." All that is revealed in the Scriptures are gems that can heal and deliver me. But the Word also comes by the Holy Spirit, and so we must learn to speak to Him.
I pray and hope that your heart is fertile soil where the Word might be planted. I pray that the garden has and will continue to be cultivated by the glory of God inside of you.
If we are humble vessels submitted to the voice of God and obey Him as He speaks, then our lives will be protected by His peace and joy. It is His manifest presence inside of us that guards us and keeps us in all of our ways with the help of angels – His merry band.
We must examine our hearts with the Word of God and all that is corrupt in there and submit to Him for His pruning.
He Is the Potter and We Are the Clay
The good news is that He is the Potter and we are the clay, and He is fashioning us for His glory. I declare that you will see the goodness of God! (Photo via Unsplash)
The demonic forces like to hide in the dark caverns of our brokenness. The Lord sees those places clearly, and a part of remolding the clay is to reform those places so that the cleavages of the enemy no longer have a hold on our lives. God will break and remold many times. I have experienced it. Just when I think the breaking is done, His hand comes quickly and reshapes me again. I think of these as promotions, a "humbling" that takes place to help me carry more of His glory.
I am not there yet! I have not arrived! I can see the port of call in the distance and all that is within me longs to walk on the eternal shores of glory, where I no longer cleave to any of the flesh and filth of this world. Please, God, release me into Your manna. Please, God, open my heart and fill it with good things.
I pray for you today that you will find your peace in Jesus. God is good so turn to Him with your whole heart. Don't lean on your own knowledge or wisdom but ask Him, who gives freely, and He will give you the gold of Heaven – His glory in your life as knowledge and understanding of the ways of God that will protect you and keep you in the struggle.
We win this spiritual fight only by the Word of God. So, in all that you do, get the Word inside of you.
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Darren Canning Ministries
Darren Canning is an international speaker, painter and writer. He is a seer in the spirit and believes that God is moving in this hour in such a way that many millions are about to be reaped into the Kingdom of God. As he travels the world, he is blessed to see the Body of Christ in its glory. He has been among people of different cultures and languages and they are growing into the spotless Bride.
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