Cease Not To Pray

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Warfare

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high place Eph. 6:12 KJV

Man must be aware of being at war. There is a contest over every Man’s life. This truth must be known and understood. It is about this war or contest that God at the start (in Eden) gave Man that de facto mandate; have Dominion. We must understand that Man was created for a defined and intentional purpose. Man was created to solve a problem; to manage God’s estate (the Earth) and counteract the works of a wicked being whose target was to decimate the works of God.

After God had created all things; He needed a Manager; someone to direct and govern the earth and so He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26 KJV). Notice, Man was created to have dominion…over all the earth.

The notion “to have dominion” itself informs of contest and tussle to hold and maintain control by the exercise of Power. It takes power to wield dominion. This important notice is the basis of Man’s existence. Man was designed and “developed” to exercise power, authority and governance on the earth; to represent God as god of this earth directing and controlling all things under the rule and instruction of God; to enforce and administrate order and perpetuate peace on earth. This was God’s charge to Man.

Man could not wield this dominion for long; the challenger upstaged Man and Man lost dominion. The Bible would later identify and describe satan as the god of the world who blinds people’s mind. (2 Cor. 4:4) The activities of satan destroyed the order and peace on the earth and according to the Bible, the whole world (now) lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19 KJV).

Wickedness is everything that is not the nature of God. Wicked is the art and act of the devil; the devil is the wicked one (Matt. 13:19 KJV). Wickedness is opposed to the nature and candor of God. It refutes and rebuffs all goodness and wellness. Wickedness is the trade of the devil and he perpetuates it. Wickedness is against God and Man and so seeks to destroy everything that is of God or related to Man.

But God is good (Psalm 106:1). It is about this wicked and his wickedness on the earth that God by His Mercy and Infinite Wisdom sent Jesus our Savior to reinstate and restore Man to Glory and Dominion. The Bible says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 KJV). This is the important need for everyone to allow and receive Jesus into his/her life so the wicked one will not wound or hurt him/her. Beloved, give Jesus a chance in your life…to help you. He came to help, save and restore you. Peace!

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Pray Without Ceasing

Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17 KJV)

Prayer is the custom of God’s Kingdom. As it is customary for everyone to pay for everything in the (our) human kingdom, so it is customary to pray for everything in the Kingdom of God. The Bible says, “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” (1 Tim. 2:8 KJV).

God desires and requires us to pray without ceasing. One cannot leave off praying otherwise the wicked one will prey on the person. This is key and notable. The Bible says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 KJV). The good cause for praying always is to resist or prevent the attack of the wicked one. Prayer is the battle ground of the Saint. We wrestle in the place of prayer.

The Bible recorded the planned onslaught of the wicked against the life and Ministry of Peter the Apostle ever before he (even) began the Ministry but for the prayer and intercession of the Lord Jesus, Peter was target for the devour of the wicked enemy. About the attack on Peter, the Bible says, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32 KJV).  Presumably, Peter not being as prayerful at the time had no means to locate the prowl of the wicked inkling against his life but for the prayerful lifestyle of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus located the planned attached and foiled it at the root by prayer. Notice, the Lord said, “But I have prayed for thee…”.

Beloved, as Habakkuk says, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.” (Hab. 2:1 KJV), We must stand strong in the place of prayer to watch and see what the Lord will say unto us…things to permit and things to disallow.

The Lord says “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. “ (Jer. 33:3 KJV). God shows us as was shown the Lord Jesus the plan of the wicked against the life and Ministry of Peter to foil the plan of the wicked. Oh! How we must stand strong in the place of prayer.

The Bible further command us to always prayer rather than faint when it says “men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1 KJV). Let us gain grace from the Lord to pray (without ceasing). We cannot leave off praying and be playing…that will be catastrophic. Rather let us arise and be strong in the place of prayer as the Bible says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; “ (Eph. 6:16-18 KJV).

There is no substitute for prayer; we must pray. Amen!

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The Nature of an Attack

God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Cor. 10:13)

 God rules over all. This is a prime and premier understanding every man must have. He rules over all the affairs and interest of Man. God is the owner and the possessor of all things; according to the scriptures, all things were made by God and without God was not anything made that was made. This is the basis and premise of God’s rule over all things.

The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1 KJV); because all things belong to the Lord; He’s able to direct and control all things for His good and proper end.

Life is akin to a voyage; a passage from one side to another on water. Typical of every sail, storms are encountered though not desired. The storm could be both fierce and furious; that is the nature of storms: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds that may include rain, thunder, lightning, etc. bringing with it the threats, pressures and intimidation for potential loss or damages. The presence of storm heightens apprehension, worry and trepidation.

About a storm encountered by Paul, he wrote, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” (Acts 27:20 KJV); according to Paul, “all hope that we should be saved was then taken away”; humanly speaking there was no hope.

During life’s traverse, event or situation does arise that may be so frightening and startling, but we must always remember God rules over all. This is the escape route in all life’s situation.  God “maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. (Psalm 107:29 KJV)

In the encounter of Paul, God intervened! As He still does when we call upon Him; Paul would later inform others on Board the same ship, “I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” (Acts 27:22-25 KJV)

Beloved, in all of life’s tempestuous situations; God reigns and rules. This must counsel and comfort every believer as we journey through life. Notice Paul said, I believe God. This is the tool and instrument to calm all of life’s trauma and make one’s way to the other side; Believe God!

The Lord Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. “(John 14:1 KJV). This is the pain killer against all life’s pain, anxiety or panic. Believe God for “He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” (Psalm 107:29 KJV).

God is both able and faithful to bring His children out of the precipice and establish them in the place of honor and glory for… if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God (John 11:40 KJV) 

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