What a morning it's been!!! Some intense spiritual warfare with a diabolical presence contending for the atmosphere of my home. First, I walked and prayed, and worshipped, resisting it in the Name of Jesus. Did not feel the breakthrough. Then, I walked and praised the Lord, and worshipped, eve beating the tambourine. Did not feel the breakthrough. Then, I got on the organ, pulled out all the stops, praised the Lord with songs that usually always bring victory, and some old worship songs, and it ministered life to my own spirit, but still did not feel the breakthrough against that diabolical force in the atmosphere. THEN, I was weary of everything I was doing that has usually always brought results in the past. So, I thought....I know what I'll do, I'll put gospel music from On Demand on, and maybe THAT will blast the devil out of here.
So, I did that, and thank God, I tuned in on an anointed song playing, but then something else came on that had the label but just sounded sensuous, and totally carnal. So, I switched to the Contemp Christian station. A little bit better. So, I decided, maybe I just need to sit here and switch channels back and forth. Then I thought, I cannot do this all day, and the Lord dropped into my spirit,
"In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength".
So, I went upstairs to get alone with the Lord. In that simple act of obedience, not realizing how very quickly God would go to work.
My son, Stephen, came out of the bedroom with purpose, and I could see that "mad at the devil" look on his face. I said to him, "There's been warfare this morning, can you feel it???" (I am sure if he did not feel it, he sure heard it.) He didn't say a word to me, but I told him to turn off the TV for me. He shot past me, flew down the stairs like he was ready to rip the head off the devil. He turned off the tv, and THEN I heard another sound.
It was the sound of powerfully anointed preaching and prophesying of a man of God who had gone to be with the Lord ministering to saints in another town several years ago.
The atmopshere of this house came TOTALLY into surrender to the anointing working through God's servant, and there was BREAKTHROUGH!!!! Can you imagine having a legacy like that, that even after you're dead and gone, the demons STILL fear, tremble, and FLEE!!!!
Knowing this brother in the Lord as I did, I realize the last thing he'd want is anyone giving too much attention to his own name, and so in order to keep the focus on JESUS, I am not sharing it in this particular article. But, I believe the reason there is still such power in his ministry is because he was a man who HIGHLY exalted the Name of Jesus, and always gave Him the preeminence in all things in his ministry. It is still the power of that exalted Name at work!!!
In times past, everything I did this morning has given me victory on some level or another. In fact, I could even give some powerful testimonies of previous conquests fought and won! They are weapons of warfare that work. And everything I did, I did giving MUCH attention to glorify His Name, praise Him for this glorious gospel, thank Him for His grace and mercy, and to especially honor the shedding of His blood on the Cross of Calvary. But, this morning God wanted to remind me that it's THE ANOINTING that breaks the yoke, and just because we do something that is understood to be very spiritual, that does not obligate God to anoint it!!!
This morning reminds me of the following passage of scripture:
4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden,
and the staff of his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise,
and garments rolled in blood;
but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:4-6
This is exactly how the battle was this morning....with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but when that preaching came on through a "sold out" man of God, it was the fire of the Holy Ghost with an intense burning working through him that set the devil running!!!
And what a powerful confirmation that the very following scripture (verse 6) is one that this particular man of God lived to preach many times as he walked in it's revelation!!! Glory to the Name of Jesus!!!!
Tomorrow may be another battle, and the Lord may show us a totally different strategy for winning it, but for today I am SO THANKFUL for the servants of the Lord who live their lives so surrendered to him that we can still draw strength from the anointing they flowed in as they ministered in His Name, and for His glory!
FOR CONNECTING US
SO MUCH BIGGER
Dearest Heavenly Father, in the Name of the One whom You HIGHLY EXALTED, and gave a Name that is above EVERY Name, please help me and others of like desire be like that!!! Let the sound of our voices also make the devil shake in his boots when we are dead and gone!!! Lord, thank You for godly heritages that You leave in the earth that love and exalt the Name of Jesus!!! May it be our portion forever, and may it be passed from generation to generation, and may all our dearest friends and relatives find comfort, and strength, and restoration and liberty whenever they get around us, or anyone in our families!!! In Jesus Name, AMEN and AMEN!!!
Always in His GREAT Name, and Glorious Love,