Stare the Enemy in the Face

1 Samuel 17:35
And I went out after him and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth; and when he rose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

What has the devil attacked that belongs to you? How long will you stand by while he attacks what is precious to you?

The way to defuse his attacks against you is to begin with a decision to become aggressive toward him. The devil is not prepared for aggressive believers with determination to refuse to sit around recovering from another blow. A believer who understands that Jesus did not go to the cross to have His body plummeted more than once will not put up with attacks.

Every time you and I tolerate another beating from the devil, it is as though Christ is being crucified at Calvary again. Bless God, once was enough. Since Jesus rose from the grave having had His body beaten, bruised, and bloodied, with the sins and transgression of humankind placed on Him, we the body of Christ no longer have to be passive in this battle.

David went after what was rightfully his and delivered his father’s sheep because they were in his care and he felt responsible for them. As pastors, we must go after attackers of the congregations assigned to us. When David recognized the enemy turning on him, he aggressively went after the thing trying to destroy the sheep. He ran to the enemy, got up in his face, took hold of his beard or jaw, and did what was necessary to eliminate him as a threat.

How exciting it is to get a reputation among the enemy’s crowd that you are not only a slayer of animals, but of giants! After a while, one stupid enough to try you again for size will surface when you least expect it. Rejoice: Not only do you know ahead of time the outcome, but your weapon is far superior to any other.

Believers believe that the name of Jesus and the Word of God are more powerful in the mouth of one of His than anything Satan can pull together.

Today, choose, “I am through enduring the devil. I am no longer waiting to see what he will do next. I am going after him first by making sheep out of his goats with God’s help. Amen?

Having Confidence in God and His Word

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”–I John 5:14-14 (NKJV)

No one wants to be rejected when making a request. Yet most, if not all, of us, have never received all that we have petitioned of God. What is the solution? First, we must find out what God’s will is, and we find it in His Word. Second, we must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God never denies Himself. The Father never says “no” to Jesus because Jesus never asks anything not in accordance with the will of God. We need to learn this principle to receive our desires from God. Knowing this provides us with assurance, confidence, and elimination of doubt. Third, we must rest in the fact that requests according to God’s will always get God’s attention. Fourth, because we do not doubt that He hears us when we ask of Him what He has already willed, we confidently know that what we requested is on its way to us. Our Father never denies Himself.

One of the wisest decisions I ever made was to stop going to God with every little thing that came to mind. Most of it was never realized, and it was affecting my faith. I thought, “Surely if I cannot get Him to give me the little stuff, there is no chance that He will give me the big request.” With that kind of attitude, one could find oneself no longer making petitions. Satan knows that when we don’t ask God, He will probably not sovereignly give us what we don’t ask for. The key for me in changing this attitude was to go first to the Word of God, locate His will regarding what I desired, and then boldly march into the throne room as a child of the King and say, “You said when we as natural parents are reminded of what we said, we seldom, if ever, do not honor our word.” Amen?

LOVE: The Weapon of Choice

Let me see what I am capable of without the Holy Spirit’s first controlling and directing my life. It frightens me to understand that apart from daily contact with the Vine, Jesus Christ, that I could be reduced to such vile things. But because of Him and My union with Him, nothing is impossible to me.

Others are permitted in my life both to hinder and to develop me. However, I do not have to yield to anything or anyone who operates contrary to God’s Word or plan for me. I am all that He desires me to be, because I follow His voice and promptings. They are never wrong.

Victory is mine in Christ Jesus. Defeat knocks regularly at my door, but I refuse to go out to play, because God has a better choice to offer that will benefit mankind and me. That brings glory to Him.

Endurance has become my battle cry when I find myself overwhelmed by the mire of things sent to attract or to distract me. Once I settled that I do not have to have anything until the Father provides it as a gift—without the strings that the world attaches to what it offers—I began to see beyond my limited eyesight into a realm that most people ignore or disdain.

I have Jesus, who has made me complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). I have His character and nature of love, which allows me to wield it as a weapon against the adversary or to yield to it as a representative of the One I serve. The choice is mine. It’s also yours. The devil has no say in these matters.
Remember, Love never fails…
1 Corinthians 13:8

Spirit-Led or Flesh-Led Mind

“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death—I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So with the mind I serve the law of God but with the flesh the law of sin.”–Romans 7:24-25 (KJV)
The mind is our intellect and can be geared toward the divine or the human side in our thoughts, feelings, and will. Therefore, Paul advised us by the Spirit of God to renew our minds, training them with God’s truth to serve the divine side because the human side leads to corruption.
Romans 12:2 states: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” As Christians, we need to walk and live in two kinds of perfection: our justification in Christ and our sanctification in the Holy Spirit. Justification makes us pure before God when He wipes our slate clean. Sanctification makes us holy before God and man.
Since Jesus was made unto us sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30), we are to walk out that state of purity in this life in order to allow others to see what can be done while they remain in the flesh. Uncontrolled flesh will serve the law of sin, which will result in corruption. A Spirit-managed mind will control the flesh in order to serve the law of God, resulting in life here and there. A Spirit-led mind will always dominate the body. A flesh-led mind will choose sin every time.
Only Jesus makes the difference!

I Will Trust God in Everything

Daniel 3:18: “But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Our dreams, passions, and desires may not yet be a reality, but hope hold on to them for a future manifestation.

The day is quickly approaching when we will be tested so that what is in our hearts will be known. Now is the time to settle in our hearts how we will respond during that test. We should daily rehearse our response and call on the Holy Spirit to assist us with everything so that approaching Him in the midst of disaster will not be foreign to us. God our Father is concerned about everything that concerns us, so we can cease from trying to figure anything out in our own heads.

Stop waiting for what you consider the “major stuff” to happen; it’s all minor to God. However, He considers it a major thing when His children bring everything to Him in prayer.

Aren’t you pleased when your children love and trust you enough to talk to you about whatever is on their hearts and minds?

Sometimes we parents are able to do it, and sometimes we’re not. Yet our children keep on believing in us; their love does not wane. How much more should we be able to believe in and love our Father, who is able and willing to respond to our faith in Him? He is the good God.

Dear Father God, I know You are able. I also believe that You are willing to keep me from the evil in this world (John 17:15). Therefore, if You decide that for Your plan deliverance is not the order of the day, then know, my Father, that I love You and will love You and will never bow down to worship or serve any god except You, the one true and living God.

I sow the seeds of these words this day because I have within me the Greater One to cause it to be so. The Hebrew boys had a measure of Your Spirit on them, and You did not fail them. I have You in me. I am Your body. Since “no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it” (Ephesians 5:29), how much more will You love Your body, Your church? Thank You, Father, for Your love and faithfulness to me. In Jesus’ name I say and pray it. Amen and amen.


Believer’s Voice Of Victory Magazine

Several things clicked into place for David, pastor of Ambassadors’ Christian Center. The previous Monday, he had spoken to his congregation. “Something is about to happen,” he warned in a calm voice. “I have no idea what it is, but I do know that we have no reason to be afraid. Whatever it is, I want us to be prepared. First of all, step up your prayers for protection, especially praying Psalm 91. I also want you to stock up on emergency supplies and buy extra food and water.”

A couple of nights after that, David dreamed about a flood. In the dream he saw rain that wouldn’t quit. Buildings disappeared under the water, falling apart—homes and businesses destroyed.

Now this, he thought looking outside at sheets of unrelenting rain. “Ashley’s here!” his wife, Donna, called.  Their daughter, Ashley, was the senior executive assistant to the city manager and lived downtown.

“Today at work I felt impressed by the Lord to pack a bag and spend the night here,” Ashley explained. “I thought it over and decided to come watch movies with you this evening but not spend the night. But when I got home from work, the Lord told me again to pack a bag and stay. So here I am!”

“I’m glad you’re here,” David said, hugging his daughter.

He’d like to think that their home was the safest place in Columbia.

Except for one thing. About 800- 880 yards away, on the other side of the neighborhood clubhouse, the Broad River had already overflowed its banks. If it flooded, they were right in its path.

A Bright Light

“That evening we alternated between watching movies and the weather,” David recalls. “ e next day, Saturday, Oct. 3, the rain was heavier. Weather forecasters and city officials gave continual warnings to stay inside and off streets as the situation worsened. People were rushing to stores and emptying shelves. Businesses closed early as people settled down to ride out the storm.

“That evening it seemed as though a bucket broke and the heavens opened. This was way past what could be considered normal amounts of rain. We’d lived in Columbia since 1989, and we’d never seen anything like it. It rained hard and heavy, the sound of rain interrupted by great claps of thunder. We prayed Psalm 91 and thanked God for His protection.

“We had eight security cameras which allowed us to monitor the rain from every direction. It was an incredible sight; hard not to watch. That night, Ashley went to bed but Donna and I stayed up until 2 a.m.”

David locked all the doors and turned off the inside and outside lights. Finally in bed, he and Donna listened to the raging storm, unable to sleep.

“What was that?” Donna asked, sitting up in bed.

“What?” “I just saw a bright light out the window.”

“I turned out all the lights,” David said, climbing out of bed to go check. Looking from the second story toward the front of the house, he saw a bright light but couldn’t tell where it came from.

David walked down the hall to the bonus room and adjusted the channel on the television so he could monitor all eight surveillance cameras. Every camera showed the same thing— pounding rain and lightning—every camera except one.  at camera, pointed toward the front of the house, was lit against the storm.

Leaning forward for a better look, David felt the hair rise on the back of his neck. A light, the size of Ashley’s sedan, was shaped like a hand. Hovering above the cars, it appeared to be a great hand of fi re. He could make out the thumb and the pointed index finger.

Supernatural Help

“Donna! Come here, you’ve got to see this!”

“Oh!” Donna gasped. “Look at that!”

David turned on the DVR to record the scene as they watched in awe. “The light was so bright it lit the bedroom,” David explained.

“Look at the direction the hand is pointing,” Donna said.

“Yeah?” “It’s pointing toward the Broad River!  The hand of God is holding back the water!”

After an hour or so, Donna went back to bed. David stayed up the rest of the night, staring at the phenomenon and pondering its meaning. He was tempted to go outside and stand in the rain just to be near it. But the weather was strange and everything outside looked peculiar. Lightning flashed on the horizon and the rumbling thunder felt ominous.

David knew that angelic activity had increased on the earth in these last days. And in their lives, there had been more manifestations since Norvel Hayes had prayed for them, prophesying that angels would start assisting them with their ministry. Neighbors walking down the street had stopped and said, “I’ve seen things in your backyard that look like angels!”

In the fall of 2012, the IRS had claimed that their church owed more than $50,000 in withholding taxes. It wasn’t true; the church didn’t owe anything. But the battle still had to be fought, and going up against the IRS felt a lot like facing Goliath.

David and Donna had planted seed for victory into Kenneth Copeland Ministries, both personally and through the church. When Kenneth Copeland traveled to Columbia for the 2013 Word Explosion, David had taken the opportunity to tell him about the situation. Brother Copeland prayed, using his authority in a powerful way.

Twelve days later, when David checked the security monitors in the morning, he was stunned at what he saw. The cameras had captured the image of two angels with swords drawn, guarding the front of their house. Later that evening, another angel had appeared at the back door.

“Lord, what is this?” David asked.

Your angels. He and Donna knew without a doubt that those angels had come in response to Brother Copeland’s prayers. Sure enough, the IRS conceded that they hadn’t done anything wrong after all. The battle had been won in the heavenlies, not in the courtroom.

A while later, David was in the grocery store when he ran into a neighbor who said he had seen something in David’s backyard that looked like angels. David asked, “Did they look like this?” and showed him the pictures of the angel at the back door.

The man studied the photographs. “Yes!  They looked very similar.

“I’m an engineer,” he said, “and I can tell you that these have not been photoshopped.”

A Thousand-Year Flood

It was 5 a.m. and rain was still hitting their house like machine-gun fi re. Certain that angels were on guard, David fell into an exhausted sleep.

The next morning when they turned on the news, Governor Nikki Haley was urging everyone to stay inside. “ is isn’t a hundred-year rain,” she explained. “It’s a thousand-year rain!  at means it’s been an estimated thousand years since we’ve had this kind of rain.  The city is flooding and roads have been washed away. Stay inside!”

“When we got up Sunday morning, we realized that the Broad River had been flooding during the night but we hadn’t known it at the time,” Donna remembers. “There were two major streets into our neighborhood and both of them were flooded. One of the roads had collapsed and two trucks had fallen into the sinkhole.  There was no way in or out of our neighborhood.

“None of this made sense to us. Our house is a two- to four-minute walk or a one- to two-minute bike ride to the Broad River.  That river had flooded in every direction except ours! We should have been underwater, but not a single house on our street was flooded.

“Looking out our back window, it looked like Niagara Falls cresting over the upper part of our yard. Th e gushing water should have flooded the back of our house. But it was as though Moses was standing there with his rod lifted, because the water parted and gushed down either side of our home to the street. What we were watching wasn’t possible in the natural! “

The downtown area where Ashley lived had been hit hard. If she’d stayed home, she would have been trapped, alone with no way out. Yet we were right next to the river and not a single house on our street flooded. Two to three days later, people would walk down to the river and scratch their heads—it had flooded in every direction except toward us.”

The Power of the Blood

The situation was so dangerous, the city issued a curfew. Some who ventured out drowned. People who left home and weren’t back inside by 7 p.m. were ticketed or sent to jail.  The Jenkins weren’t able to get out of their neighborhood for three days.

True to the word of knowledge given to David Jenkins—something had been coming. He and his congregation were prayed up and stocked up, ready to ride out the storm of a millennium.

“It reminded me of the children of Israel when they put the blood of the lamb over their doorposts,” David says. “When the death angel passed over, every living thing died except those protected by the blood. I’m so grateful to be a Partner with KCM. I’m grateful for their teaching on Psalm 91 and for teaching us how to live by faith. I’m grateful for the power of prayer that dispatched angels to our door, right when our city was hit with trillions of gallons of rain.”

David and Donna Jenkins are convinced that the Broad River was forbidden to flood their street because the hand of God was set against it. Those angels and that hand were reminiscent of the story of Elisha in 2 Kings 6:14-17:

So [the Syrian king] sent there horses, chariots, and a great army.  They came by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fi re round about Elisha ( Thee Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, emphasis added).

The thing about angels is this: Whether you see them or not, they are there, ministering to you, surrounding you and protecting you. In uncertain times, God’s Word is certain.

Keeping Ourselves 

We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. (1 John 5:18)

It is our responsibility to keep ourselves from the influence of the wicked one, even when we cannot avoid his attacks.The devil tries to lure us into sin. He attacks us to destroy our influence for God. The New Living Translation tells us, “We know those who have become a part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning.” We frustrate the grace of God’s forgiveness by habitually sinning versus occasionally missing the mark.

Some of our prayers are such a waste. We call on God to rescue and deliver us from situations that we are responsible to rectify. For me, I find that I usually have to return to where I opened the door to the enemy or at least revisit where I did not walk in my authority based on God’s promises to me. When I correct and adjust what I can as His child, He takes over from there.

But it is comforting to know that the spiritual equipment He has given is enough to keep me in the first place. Consider the many benefits of being born of God: The grip of habits resulting in sin is broken. As the Body of the Begotten–the Body of Jesus Christ–in the earth, we can keep ourselves, just as He did. And the evil one cannot arbitrarily get his hands on us. As re-created humans, born of the Spirit of God, we are equipped with the power of God’s Spirit and His Word. We can resist every attack, win every war, and benefit from every battle. Ask yourself right now: “Am I taking responsibility for what’s going on in my life?”