Facing the Forces
Jesus Said Would Come Against Us
IN MATTHEW 13:36-43 Jesus told of the children of the Kingdom. They are the good seed whereby Gods Kingdom is spread
in the earth. This month we pray about the forces that come against these.
While our understanding is still imperfect, our hearts can be perfectly
settled in knowing our King.
AS SOON AS THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM
IS PLANTED IN A HEART,
THE DEVIL WAITS TO SNATCH IT AWAY.
wicked one will do what he can to bring a child of the Kingdom to defeat.
Job 16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth
upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eves upon me.
7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise:
when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.
· FATHER, I see Your grace. The forces that
have come against me have been fierce. But they are not greater than Your
grace. The enemy in his determination to stop me is meeting more than
his match. Oh, yes! You are moving in me against him!
Jesus entered His full ministry, He faced a demanding encounter with Satan.
Luke 4:1,2 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from
Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days
tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing: and when they
were ended, He afterward hungered. ... And when the devil had ended
all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.
· DEAR LORD, let me learn from You how You
dealt with the devil. Show me the power of the written Word like You used
it. Help me get it so planted in my mind and heart that it will be immediately
available for any test the devil may put on me.
salvation is a bulwark of defense against the enemy of our souls.
Isaiah 26:1-3 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of
Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and
bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the
truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
· LORD, even in this advance Satan has made
on my soul, my mind is stayed on You. I am seeing the salvation to which
the Prophets pointed. Thank You for this grace. The attacks are not achieving
their purpose. In the midst of them I am finding peace. Oh, what powerful
grace! What powerful peace!
the Name of our Lord Jesus we have authority to withstand the wicked one.
Pro 18:10 The Name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous
runneth into it. and is safe.
Mk 16: 17a And these signs shall
follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out devils...
· GRACIOUS LORD, thank You for the authority
You have given me to use Your Name. Please release in me that Spiritual
Gift called Discerning of Spirits. Help me discern when it is the
enemy who is opposing me. Help me withstand him so I can walk in the freedom
You have obtained for me.
will make a grand, but vain, last-days attempt to deceive all the world.
Revelations 12:9,11 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast
out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.... And they
overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony:
and they loved not their lives unto the death.
· FATHER, while Satan's wrath grows more fierce,
help my trust in You grow all the stronger. Please let the blows that
are coming against me have a good purpose. Let them drive me closer to
You and to Your Kingdom's call upon me.
TRIBULATION IS A FORCE WITH WHICH A
CHILD OF THE KINGDOM MUST RECKON.
It can serve us well.
Lord Jesus taught that we can find peace in the face of tribulation.
John 16:32,33 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that
ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone:
and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I
have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye
shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.
· LORD, facing this pressure alone is difficult
for me. More and more, my own weakness is a force I have to deal with.
I didnt know before just how weak I really am. Please let me find
Your strength. In the face of this trial let me find Your healing grace.
taught the young churches tribulation will help us to enter the Kingdom.
Acts 14:21,22 And when they had preached the Gospel to that city,
and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and
Antioch, confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to
continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter
into the Kingdom of God.
· DEAR LORD, help me hear this. Plant deep
in me the understanding that tribulation can press me into Your Kingdom.
Ive renounced complaining and distrust. I am ready to let this trouble
press me on into Your arms of love. Please hold me tight.
learn to rejoice in tribulation when we know Gods enabling grace.
Romans 5:1-3 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom also we have access by faith into
this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
· FATHER, I need the help of Your Spirit here.
Please teach me. Ive been justified and I have peace. I stand in
Your grace and my hope is steadfast. But, I have not learned to glory
in tribulation. Please forgive my complaining and teach me how to rejoice
in this trial.
tribulation may come upon us, it will help us minister better to others.
II Corinthians 1:3,4 Blessed be God even the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort: Who comforteth
us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are
in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of
· LORD, help me learn all You want me to learn
in this test. Teach me well. And, please, help me remember what You teach
me. Help me keep my eyes off my own troubles so I can reach out to comfort
others in their trouble.
will prepare us to receive a Crown of Life.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:
behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried:
and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and
I will give thee a Crown of Life.
· DEAR LORD, today I renounce fearfear
of sickness, fear of tragedy, fear of satanic attacks, fear of whatever
may bring me to death. I renounce fear over what is happening to my loved
ones. Please help me remember my time on earth is short. In tribulation
help me keep my eyes on the glory of eternity.
after The Great Tribulation the Lord Jesus will return.
MATTHEW 24:29,30 Immediately after the tribulation of those days
shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and
the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall
be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:
and then shall all the tribes (every people group) of the earth
mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory.
· LORD, there is confusion as to whether we
who believe will remain in the earth through The Great Tribulation. Please
teach us what is right. In any event, please prepare me, and these I hold
before You, that we can stand through any trial that comeseven the
great one if we remain.
After the Great Tribulation the Lord will send
angels to gather His elect from every corner of the earth
DAY 12The ELECT who will abide through the Great Tribulation are those who
are CHOSEN in Christ.
Luke 18:7,8a And shall not God avenge HIS OWN ELECT, which cry
day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that
He will avenge them speedily. ...
Romans 8:33a Who shall lay any thing
to the charge of GODS ELECT?
Ephesians 1:4 .HE HATH CHOSEN (elected) US IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
and without blame before Him in love...
· FATHER, thank You for Your election upon
my life. I have trusted the Lord Jesus and You have received me as one
of Your chosen ones. Bring me through this trial with a heart that will
trust You through anything. Oh, help me face any darkness in a way that
will make me fit for Your eternal Kingdom.
Through Christ Jesus, those who once were not
a people have now obtained mercyI Pet 2:7-10
PERSECUTION ALSO CAN SERVE A KINGDOM
PERSON WELL AND BRING US INTO A DEEPER AWARENESS OF GODS LOVE.
the early church, persecution resulted in the spread of the Gospel.
Ac 8:lb,4 And at that time there was a great persecution against
the Church which was at Jerusalem: and they were all scattered abroad
throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the Apostles....
Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the
· LORD, thank You that we have been able to
live here without much persecution. But please prepare us for the day
it will come. Teach us who minister to prepare our people for the
time of trouble that is already under way. As it increases, please
let the pressure of it result in the spreading of Your Kingdom.
From the beginning Jesus taught His disciples
they would face persecutionMt 10:16-25
Kingdom-character is at work in us, persecution can serve good purpose.
Genesis 50:17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive I pray thee
now the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin: for they did unto thee
evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the
God of thy Father. And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him. And his brethren
also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be
thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place
of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me: but God meant it unto
good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
· FATHER, help us learn what Joseph learned.
Teach us clearly how to forgive those who persecute us. Oh, show Your
Church the grace that will be released when we learn fully to ask forgiveness
and to forgive!
Forgiving others Is a prime character trait
in a Kingdom personMt 6:12-15: Mk 11:25,26
Lord Jesus taught us to rejoice when people persecute us.
Luke 6:22,23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when
they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and
cast out your name as evil for the Son of Mans sake. Rejoice ye
in that day, and leap for joy: for behold your reward is great in heaven:
for in the like manner did their fathers unto the Prophets.
· LORD, please do a work in my inner man that
will make my response to others like Your response would be. Please work
something into my mind and conscience that will make me quick to rejoice
when persecution comes. Only You can do this in me.
It Is Christ In us Who will bring us to a maturity
acceptable for Gods KingdomRom 8:1-14
put, everyone who lives godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
II Tim 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
II Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we
shall also reign with Him...
· LORD, teach Your people how suffering and
persecutionno matter how they comecan serve us well. Release
in us the enabling grace that will help us find courage in our persecution.
Let strength come in our spirits, in our minds, and especially in our
emotions so we can forgive.
Even little children can be taught in a way
that will help prepare them for persecutionII Tim 3:10-15
THE PRESENT AGE CARRIES WITH IT A POWER
THAT CAN CHOKE OUT GODS KINGDOM IN US.
Jesus calls us to follow Him, we may find the world a less friendly place.
Jn 15:18-20a If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me
before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his
own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of
the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted
me, they will also persecute you...
· LORD, work in me whatever it takes to help
me stand firm when the world hates me. I dont want to make people
hate me. Actually, I want them to see You in me. But if they choose to
hate me, help me love them all the more as a child of Your Kingdom.
As children in the Kingdom we learn a new way
of responding to othersMt 5:43-48
we choose the ways of the world, we become enemies of God.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be
a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
I Jn 2:17 And the world
passeth away, and the lust thereof but he that doeth the will of God abideth
· FATHER, the world is enticing these little
ones I hold before You. Please work into them, and into me, a love for
You that will rule out the friendship the world is trying to win from
us. Cause Your Spirit to generate in us a love for You so powerful that
nothing from the world can win us over.
Spirits that are in the world will try to seduce
us, but the One dwelling in us is more powerfulI Jn 4:1-6
we are blessed with this worlds goods, we are called upon to learn
I Tim 6:17,18 Charge them that are rich in this world, that
they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living
God, Who giveth us richly all things to enjoy: that they do good, that
they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate (share with others)...
· LORD, teach me to give more liberally.
Even now, as mature as I would like to think I am becoming, I find Im
often afraid to give. Forgive me. Teach me to give even more than I can
afford that I might learn more of Your faithfulness.
A Kingdom person will often give without anyone
knowing except the LordMt 6:1-4
trust in our King will set us free from anxiety over tomorrow.
Mt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that
heareth the word; and the care of this world (the anxiety of this
age), and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he (it) becometh unfruitful.
Mt 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take
no thought (hold no anxiety) for your life, what ye shall eat,
or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is
not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
· LORD, right now, I renounce anxiety. Indeed,
I repent for holding it so long. It has ruled me enough. I am ready to
live as a child of Your Kingdom. I am ready to know You are at hand with
me. Your Kingdom is present. Rule in me, O King!
Knowing that the Lord is at hand brings stability
to a child of the KingdomPhil 4:4-7
has promised to keep us from the great time of trial that will come upon
the whole world.
Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also
will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all
the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Dan 11:35 And
some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and
to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for
a time appointed.
· FATHER, my trust is complete. No doubt tests
will come, but please hold me close so they will only make me more pure
for Your Kingdom. Help these dear ones. Draw them. Help them that their
trust can become complete also. I long for my family and this includes
these friendsto become a family for Your Kingdom.
With the Lord Jesus, even little children have
a dear place in Gods KingdomMt 18:1-6
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