that we have a great High Priest
who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our confession."
We are continuing to study on the Secrets of Intercession. If you haven’t read the previous two lessons, just scroll down.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…” 2 Timothy 3:1
Perilous, difficult times can produce pressure. How are you dealing with it?
Definition of Pressure: a constraining or compelling force or influence; sway, power, force, bias, compulsion, hurry, urgency, necessity
the state of being pressed, compressed; harassment, oppression, stress, difficulty, strain, tension, adversity, trouble, trial, grievance, burden, affliction, anxiety, distress, care
A compelling force or influence; sway. Wow!
What does scripture say about this?
“We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
1 John 5:18-19
Jesus prayed for you before you were born.
Before the cross, He asked His Father:
“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:15-17
We’ve been chosen by God to live in the End-of-Days. That means He knew we could handle it! And we’ve been trained for it.
People of prayer are right in the center of God’s purpose and plan for earth as we work with God to prepare for the great harvest of souls and the glory to come: to meet our Savior in the air!
“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
SECRETS OF INTERCESSION: Part 3
PRAY! THEN CAST OFF ALL CARE.
Just like a fisherman casts his line away from him, out of his boat, after you pray, cast the CARE of it onto the Lord, for it’s not yours to fix!
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5:5-9
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33
Guard Your Heart!
Carrying care has consequences.
“Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Mark 4:18-19
If care is allowed to be imbedded in your soul and enter your spirit man, your intercession will begin to be smothered out and there will be a sense of weakness and loss of strength. Why? Because carrying a bundle of care chokes the Word and the Word is the supply of all power. Hebrews 1:3
“The words that I speak to you they are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63
Relying on The Helper: The Spirit of Might
“Let not your heart be troubled…” John 14:1
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:15-17
Total dependence on our Coach and faith in God and His Word are a requirement to be victorious in our day.
Body builders know that, if they stop exercising, before too long their muscles will become weak and flabby. Your spirit, the new creation man, requires Bible Food every day. Your spirit also needs to exercise.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 20-21
There is nothing that can take the place of developing your spirit man as you pray in tongues. It not only strengthens you with might in your inner man, Ephesians 3:16, but it can open up knowledge not previously known.
And when your spirit is strong it will dominate your flesh. See Galatians 5:16-26.
NO WORD? NO FRUIT!
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:4-8
LIFE IN THE YEAR 2014: Whole lot of shaken goin’ on …
New Testament Prophecy:
“Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.”
“Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:26-29
Dual Citizenship—Dual Occupancy Philippians 3:20
Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you. See Luke 17:21. That Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom that cannot be shaken. It is secure and it is stable.
“His kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19
“So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.” Isaiah 24:13
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SHAKING, HARVESTING, AND THE GLORY!
It seems that shaking and harvesting go hand in hand. Something unseen is also going forth—the Glory of God!
Old Testament Prophecy:
“ … ‘And be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts.
“‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’
“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
“‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:4-9
“Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Let’s purpose in our hearts to pray more in the Spirit, not only in our prayer time but throughout the day. It keeps the connection “hot.”
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