The greatest offensive weapon of the church: PREVAILING PRAYER.
Prevail by definition-“to persevere and gain absolute triumph.”
Let’s come out of Laodicea. We haven’t arrived yet.
Consider 1 Chronicles 16:11; Acts 1:14; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:17,18; 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 16:18; James 4:6; etc.
Church of the living God-please push it through in prevailing prayer! Jesus Christ had to. Are we now to believe we don’t?
Stop playing defense, focusing on past mistakes or what hasn’t happened yet, thinking no-one really wants this message or lifestyle, or feeling like a perpetual, helpless victim of circumstances. This is not meant to be unsympathetic at all to those of us who struggle.
There’s no church growth, impact, revival, resource, etc., we can’t have with prevailing prayer in the will and timing of God, also assuming a follow up effort to evangelize and reap a harvest that is BEYOND OVERRIPE!
The only thing that can stop this is the church itself.
Stagnant water is an incubator for malaria, encephalitis, typhoid, cholera, pathogens, bacteria, diseases, mildew, parasites, mold, viruses, e.coli, amoebas, maggots, etc. It can be fatal if swallowed. It is lukewarm. It will, at the very least, produce nausea and vomiting. Signs need to be posted.
Once again, the spiritual follows the natural.
Laodicea was located in Asia Minor-4 miles north of the modern city of Denizli in southwestern Turkey. Laodiceans had to get hot water from the closest thermal springs and cold water from nearby mountains, but by the time these waters reached Laodicea, they were both lukewarm and unusable.
Jesus Christ told this church, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit) thee out of my mouth.” Rev. 3:15,16.
Spiritually, if we are lukewarm, we have the same issues stagnant water has. All of them!
If we are in this condition, perhaps our church sign should say, Danger: Stagnant Water.
Apostolic church-we are at the very end of the church age, in the midst of an 11th hour outpouring of the Holy Ghost on all flesh, with the last few names (relatively speaking) being added to the Lamb’s Book of Life, during the waning days of the times of the Gentiles.
We are at a tipping point, on the cusp & precipice of being on the edge of a cliff with this generation which is staring down at a dark abyss of no return, to reach them.
Even those without His Spirit can sense it.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision right now.
We have such great hope of His soon return!
Last night in our midweek Bible study service, a man was in attendance who told us his story-he was a drug dealer living off of the money he made and he had 50 pounds of marijuana in his possession when suddenly one night some “friends” of his decided to come by and at gunpoint take all of his drugs. Not satisfied with that, they shot him with an automatic weapon 13 times! As proof he showed us the bullet wounds and scars.
Taken to a local hospital ICU, he soon had no heartbeat and was evidently clinically dead. But his mom wouldn’t let go of God in prevailing prayer, and pleaded with doctors not to take him off life support and keep working with him, saying, “Jesus didn’t tell me he was dead. Go back to him one more time and try to help him.” Doctors tried one last ditch effort to resuscitate him and they finally found a heartbeat. One doctor said he’s never seen anyone that shot up survive, and turned his heart over to God as a result!
Our visitor works a regular job and says he feels better than he did before he was shot. He told us emphatically he wants to be baptized…in Jesus name (which was our Bible study).
We don’t have a baptistry but are making arrangements for it to happen right away.
The 2 men involved in the shooting-one committed suicide in his home and the other got Life + 60 years.
He was seeking for the Holy Ghost last night also and with his level of hunger it’s doubtful it will be long before he gets it.
He lives almost right next to us.
My greatest impact on the body of Christ is not just when I preach a good sermon, but also when I prevail in prayer and move the hand of God, loose angels to minister, and see lives permanently changed for His glory!
Persecution has never stopped church growth, with documented conversions to prove it. And those conversions include religious people. We are to occupy (sit in the town hall or city gate of the enemy and preside as a vigilante magistrate) until he comes.
Are we to believe that Israel was to conquer 60,000 square miles of Promised Land (Numbers 34) without going on the offensive? Not hardly.
“The best offense is a good defense” might work in the NFL, but doesn’t in the Christian church.
With all due respect to legal victories, legislation, voting rights, gun rights, petitions, peaceful protests, rallies, God fearing elected officials, etc., the greatest offensive weapon of the church is still prevailing prayer in the name of Jesus Christ!
“And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no, I’m a rocket man…”
Today, during lunch with my wife, this song was playing in the restaurant. The Holy Ghost spoke to me and said, “I called him, but he didn’t respond.”
A half hour later, I walked into a retail store and another song was playing by this same artist. The Holy Ghost spoke to me again and said, “I called him, but he didn’t respond.”
Friend of mine, God is not fooled by the mere appearance of success, whether in or out of the church. We need to obey the will and call of God that He’s been dealing with us about.
Just like Elton John needed to.
“A monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.”
Winston Churchill, referring to the Nazi oppression and occupation of Western Europe.
Now seventy five years from D-Day, lead Army medic Ray Lambert, one of the very last men standing at 98 years old, tells his story. He was part of the 16th Infantry Regiment,1st Division, the “Big Red One” at the very tip of the spear, and one of the first men off the landing craft in the first wave of the amphibious assault.
Immediately after the ramp was dropped, Lambert caught a bullet through his elbow, and later shrapnel tore through his thigh. Undaunted, he continued assisting wounded men all around him while under withering fire, pulling many out of the water to safety on shore behind a large rock-“Ray’s Rock,” while drenched and on morphine himself for severe pain.
Eventually, a landing craft ramp weighing hundreds of pounds crashed down on him as he was helping a wounded soldier from drowning. Unconscious, his back broken, he was soon on a ship heading back to an English hospital, where he would spend almost a year learning how to walk again. His weight dropped to 130 pounds.
That day, Ray Lambert was credited with saving 15 men.
Though there were 4,414 Allied fatalities on D-Day, Lambert is today a part of ceremonies at Colleville-Sur-Mer, the American cemetery at Normandy.
Ray Lambert was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, & Purple Heart for bravery. But according to him, he was no hero. The young boys who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives were.
It was hard to choke back the emotion while writing this.
Maybe Tom Brokaw was right-they really were the greatest generation.
Loved seeing our pastors Bro. & Sis. Gordon and Kathryn Alexander from Dexter, Mississippi. They married us in 1992 and dedicated our son in 1998. What a wonderful time we had with them recently! You will not find more caring and dedicated people. We love Bro. & Sis. A! You were always there to help and encourage young ministers, a rare quality indeed! Looking forward to the next time we see you.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…”
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
“If the last thing you weep over are the souls of men, you’re a Babylonian.” Quote by James Kilgore, former Assistant General Superintendent, UPCI.