IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: CONTROLLING THE CONTROLLERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Rev innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war in the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Cor. 10: 3–6)
Dear people of God,
One of the foundations of the Christian faith is a certain belief in the sovereignty of God..
We live in a world that seems in many ways to be out of control. There is a lot of frightening stuff happening in our personal lives, and all around us. We just need to watch the daily news, read our newspapers, or become aware of bewildering circumstances in our own lives, or the lives of those we love.
And yet we sing:
This is my Father’s world
and though the wrong seems often so strong:
God is the ruler yet.
Bible believing Christians have always believed in the sovereignty of God.
The church holds the balance of power in world affairs . . . Even now, in this present throbbing moment, by means of her prayer power and the extent to which she uses it, the praying church is actually deciding the course of world events. (Billheimer 1982, in Jacobs 2009: 215)
There is a raging battle going on day and night between two opposing forces. You may not believe it. But whether you believe it or not, you are involved in that battle anyway. This battle is going on between negative and positive powers, evil and good, the real thing and the counterfeit, light and darkness, right and wrong. Even if you do not like to talk about wars and bloodshed or violence, you have no option when it comes to spiritual wars because you are already involved.
God is looking for his children to be world – changers by inviting God’s Presence and changing the atmosphere. It is exciting to be part of God’s plan to release his kingdom on earth. The Scripture says, “the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chron 16:9a). God is looking and searching for those who will be his ambassadors on earth. We have the opportunity and pleasure of seeing God at work in these days. The world may seem to be succumbing to the effects of sin and Satan, but we must remember that as long as we are still here, God is at work changing the atmosphere one salvation at a time…
We control and change the atmosphere through violent prayer. Because violent prayer coupled with violent faith gives you uncommon breakthroughs . . . It is adamant prayer; stubborn prayer; enough-is-enough prayer; unapologetic prayer, that is, prayers you pray without regret; bold prayer, that is, fearless with courage to demand a response; unwavering prayer; steadfast prayer. It has just one goal: controlling or outright elimination of the enemy.
Often times, our secular framework of thought prevents us from receiving truth as clearly revealed in scripture. Many naïve and uninformed Christians may dismiss the phenomena of angels and other spiritual entities as imaginary because they may not fit well into secular and scientific paradigms . . . It is thus important to understand that the geopolitical and cultural systems of a nation consist of more than the people, the structures and institutions. There is an attempt by these princes or ruling spirits over nations to exert a negative influence over schools, churches, companies and organizations. We are presently caught in a conflict of forces. The failure to recognize this territorial dimension of the spiritual realm is making many Christians ineffective in fulfilling their purpose. Every sub structure of human society has a spiritual dimension seeking to control and influence the individuals, its economic institutions and the political order. Behind the systems of this country, behind NPA, PHCN the Nigerian Police Force and every other institutions of politics is a raging war!
Now I take the Great Commission more literally when it tells us not to make as many individual disciples as we can but to disciple whole social groups – such as entire nations. This is kingdom theology . . . It still includes healing the sick, casting out demons, saving souls, multiplying churches and feeding the hungry, but it goes far beyond these activities. It is putting feet to the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” . . . The battle will be ferocious, and we will suffer some casualties along the way. However, we will continue to push Satan back and disciple whole nations. (Rev. 11: 15)
WHEN YOU SPEAK, GOD HEARS.
Faith comes from hearing the Word of God broadly, in its entirety, and specifically from hearing the Gospel of Jesus … His prayer in itself did not raise Lazarus from the dead. 1 Samuel 17:45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Where is God trying to take you today? This darkness is driving me crazy.” He didn’t call Gabriel and Michael and say, “Come look at this darkness. You can stop your universe with your words. Jesus said the words he spoke were spirit and life. Speak to Your Mountains!
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