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The Attack

Over the last few weeks there has been a real stirring in my heart. I have witnessed so many individuals that are going through so many issues!
Now let me church that up a bit. I am seeing so many people under attack. You may not realize it, but just under the surface of our lives is a very real and complex battle going on! If you find yourself searching for answers; or you asked yourself why do I feel this way? Why am I so tired, irritated, or questioning everything?

You are under an attack and you need to realize it. Then go on the offense with the weapons of warfare that believers have been given! I shared with our church about these attacks and how to deal with them. I have posted a portion of the message for you. You need to know you are not alone and that through the power of prayer, you will remain victorious.

Question.  What is a spiritual attack and for what purpose are you  under this attack?

A spiritual attack is a series of incidents or events that has been coordinated by the enemy of your soul. It’s purpose is to derail you from your destiny, to abort you from the promises that God has given to you. The attack has been brought to shipwreck your faith, to  destroy your marriage, and to ultimately get you to give up on God.

So often people don’t realize that they are under an attack.

Here are just eight, no doubt that there are more, symptoms if you will of whether or not you are under a spiritual attack.

Click the link below for the eight symptoms…

 

This reminds me of an old bible story found in the Old Testament.
It’s a story where God’s people are learning some really valuable lessons. In the wilderness after having been in bondage, God’s people needed to learn some lessons.
They learned that God saves, God delivers, along with His guidance, provision, and that He is always with you. After having learned all those lessons, they needed to learn an exceptionally difficult one.
If you and I learn this one it will certainly help us in our spiritual battles.
The next lesson had to do with prayer. There is an invisible war between the powers of darkness and the children of light. In the course of these hostilities, God’s enemies often attack God’s people, and the only way for us to prevail in this spiritual battle is by persevering in prayer. This lesson for you and I was taught to God’s people in Exodus 17.
Exodus 17
1 Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.
2 Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, “Give us water, that we may drink.”
So Moses said to them, “Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?”
3 And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, “Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?”
4 So Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!”
5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 So he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
Why would God lead His people from a place where they were being satisfied with manna to a rest stop where the drinking fountain was out of order?
Maybe that’s you, and you’re asking why am I in this place? I was just at conference, I just left church, or I was just in a prayer meeting and now I’m in this  “I don’t understand,” you say.
“I was doing so well—but now there is an attack. I feel tired, dry, exhausted, depressed, and defeated.  Why am I so dry? Is there sin in my life?”
 God led His people to Rephidim in order to do something very important. You see, after they ate of the manna, to make them aware of their need for a fresh drenching of water, God brought them to Rephidim to create in them a thirst for more of Him. Why would He do this? Because He knew what was about to happen…
And what was about to happen, was bigger than just a drinking fountain not working. There was getting ready to be an attack.

When the Israelites were brought out from Egypt, the first enemies they faced were not external but internal. Their struggle was the war within—the battle that is waged in every human heart. The difficulties they encountered at Marah, in the Desert of Sin, and at Massah and Meribah were not caused by their outward circumstances, primarily, but by their own disbelief and discontent. They did not trust God to provide, and as a result they were divided and discouraged. Then suddenly and unexpectedly they were attacked from the outside by an enemy:

Here is the attack, In Exodus 17:8
8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Amalek was the descendant of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. Jacob was the one who, although he made mistakes as we all do, had a heart for God. Esau, on the other hand, was carnal, not interested in spiritual things, one who sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. Amalek, Esau’s grandson, fathered a people who, like their forefather, Esau, were people epitomized by carnality. The Amalekites were a brutal people, intimidated by no one, who sought to wipe out the children of Israel as easily as they did other nations…
I am not sure what caused Amalek to attack, whatever the reason, it was a brutal attack, unprovoked, and without warning.
Moses later told God’s people, “Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and cut off all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God” (Deut. 25:17, 18). Not only was the attack unprovoked—it was targeted against the weak and the helpless, the stragglers at the back of the caravan. Rather than waging an honorable war for just cause, the Amalekites made a sneak attack on defenseless women and children.
Remember this attack was after they were set free from Egypt. It is after their “salvation”.  That is when Amalek struck, after they were set free. Why? To derail them out of the destiny that Go had set before them.

They were headed for the Land of Promise, Amalek  ambushed those in the back of the pack. And that’s still the tactic of the flesh. That is, when a person is no longer front and center, no longer fully engaged like he once was, Amalek is sure to strike. Whenever we say, “I’ve been on this journey a long time. I’ve gone to tons of Bible studies. I’ve been to countless prayer meetings. I’ve had my share of Communion”—that is when the flesh rises up, when the flesh takes control, when Amalek launches an ambush. Front and center, fully engaged is the best place, the safest place, the only place to be.

That’s why I told you the signs, the symptoms, of a spiritual attack. When your flesh begins to grow weary of the things of God. You’re exhausted and starting to lag behind, you start becoming disconnected from the body. Watch out Amalek is trying to snuff you out. That would be a good time to head to the front of the pack, get involved, get connected and don’t stop praying.

Now everyone who comes to faith in Christ is free from the powers of death and Hell. However, the enemies of Christ have not yet surrendered; so on our journey to our destiny we continue to be ambushed by Satan. We are engaged in a constant spiritual struggle to resist temptation and continue the work of Christ and his gospel. The attacks we face are often sudden, but unlike the wars of the Old Testament, they are spiritual, not physical. The Scripture says that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 6:12.

The War is raging all around us. More importantly this war is actually being waged inside of us. It is the fight for the inner man, to drop his guard so that the flesh of the man can be in charge, and fail without a fight.

The Israelites fought their battle with real weapons. The next day they launched a counterattack: “Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.’ So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill” (Exod. 17:9, 10). This is the first time Joshua has been mentioned.
Appropriately enough, his name means “the Lord is salvation.” Here he is introduced so matter-of-factly that the Bible seems to assume that we already know who he is.

First Joshua carefully selected Israel’s bravest warriors, and then he went down into the valley to fight. And he fought with real weapons, for the Scripture says, “Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword” (v. 13). It was necessary for Israel to fight; God required the proper use of means. However, the victory did not depend merely on Joshua and his weapons. Rather, it depended on prayer: “As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning” (v. 11).

The lifting up of hands speaks of prayer (1 Timothy 2:8). As long as Moses reached out to the Lord on the mountain of intercession, there was victory below in the valley of interaction.

The battle was won not just with the sword in the valley of interaction, but also through prayer on the mountain of intercession.
Moses saw this firsthand as he watched the battle unfold. As Joshua closed in on the enemy, Moses went up the hillside and raised his staff. At first everything went in Israel’s favor. Things were going so well that prayer hardly seemed necessary; so Moses gradually lowered his staff. Then the fortunes of war seemed to turn. The Amalekites were gaining the upper hand. In desperation Moses lifted his staff even higher, appealing to God for victory. But soon his arms grew tired. When he lowered his staff, the same thing happened again. As the battle went back and forth, eventually Moses figured out that what happened down in the valley depended on what he was doing up on the hillside. When his hands were up, Israel was winning; when his hands went down, they started to lose. Their success in battle depended on prayer.
The same principle holds true for our own spiritual warfare. Our spiritual battles against the world, the flesh, and the devil are won and lost through the heavy artillery of prayer. This is why the Apostle Paul ended the Armor of God teaching by commanding Christians to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” Ephesians 6:11-18.
What happens when we do not pray? It is very simple: We start losing the battle, even if we have put on the full armor of God.
My friend if you want to be victorious in the valley, then there must be prayer on the mountain.

Communion

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Growing up in church, I didn’t understand Communion all that much. As far back as I can remember, we took Communion on what we called “Watch Night Service”. This was a service held on December 31st every year and we would watch the New Year come in together as a church body. However, we also had what I thought, was one of the most terrifying practices ever. Keep in mind, I was but a young boy at the time. The practice was called foot washing and Communion. We would gather tubs of water and take turns washing one another’s feet and then after that, we would take communion. Over the years that practice faded away. I now know that it didn’t just fade away in my local church, but that it faded away in a lot of churches. I read an article about a denomination that practiced Communion each Sunday, but over the last few years they have gone completely away from practicing Communion. What was once emphasized is now forgotten. I feel that we are one of the first generations in the history of the church that doesn’t emphasize Communion; however, if you want biblical results you must do biblical things. The early church, you know the book of Acts church which stands as the model church, kept Communion as being something central to life. Just read the book of Acts and you will see how the church remembered the Lord’s Supper and so should we!

As with anything, if we aren’t consistently reminded of the importance of something, that something will lose its value.

Just a little while after the initial Communion, the Apostle Paul reminds the church located at Corinth of the importance of Communion.

Look at what Paul writes about Communion:

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Co 11:23–26). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Paul uses the text to remind us of what Jesus stated at the institution of Communion. Jesus asked that we remember Him. That we remember why He came, what He did for us and what that does for you. How do you remember that? It is through Communion, the breaking of bread and drinking from the cup. Paul said that as often as we do this, we are to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. We should be drawn back to this often until Jesus returns. We likewise should never get so familiar or so used to Communion or the Cross, that we fail to remember that is was the Ultimate Sacrifice. Familiarity breeds contempt.

We should at the time of Communion remember this free gift of salvation nearly bankrupted heaven of it’s most precious gift, Jesus Christ. It really wasn’t free, there was a cost associated with it. It is free to us, but Jesus paid it all. That’s what we remember through Communion.

Paul says to the church at Corinth, if you cannot remember what the Sacrifice cost or what it afforded you, there is a risk involved in that. As a matter of fact, you could be compared to those that jeered, mocked and spit on Jesus as He went to Calvary. It should be that when we take Communion, it is with reverence and remembrance or in awe that the King of kings would lay down His life for me. That what the Prophet Isaiah declared would happen, did happen and it happened for me and because of me. Here’s what Isaiah stated of Jesus:

3He is despised and rejected by men,

A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;

He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4Surely He has borne our griefs

And carried our sorrows;

Yet we esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten by God, and afflicted.

5But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Is 53:3–5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

In that text we find the cost of every benefit that we, as the people of God, have through the Cross of Calvary.

He was smitten by God and afflicted.  He was wounded, bruised, mocked, despised, rejected and whipped. Yet He borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Through each of those there was a benefit attached to us that we must remember through Communion.

He took your grief upon Himself.

He carried your sorrows.

He was wounded for your transgressions.

He was wounded or pierced by the thorns, the nails, and the spear.

He was bruised for our iniquities. The word bruised is used because there wasn’t an expression in the Hebrew language that could describe the severity of the suffering of Jesus.

He was crushed by the amount of punishment inflicted upon Him.

He was chastised for our peace. This put a stop to the punishment or correction that the sin of our lives demanded. He took the punishment and the correction and put us at peace with God (Romans 5:1).

He took the stripes so that we are healed. The medical doctors state there are different types of wounds: abrasion, contusion, laceration, penetration, perforation and an incision.

Jesus suffered all of these.

The contusion happened when He was struck and beaten.

The laceration happened when He was scourged with a flagellum.

The abrasion happened when they pulled the clothing from His wounded back.

The penetration happened when they forced the crown of thorns upon His head.

The perforation happened when they drove the spikes through His hands and feet.

The incision happened when the spear was thrust through His side.

Why would He go through all of that? Why did He have to absorb every single one of those? So that you could be healed!

Communion must cause us to remember that He went through all of this so that we could escape it. He was broken, bruised, beaten and bloodied so that we wouldn’t have to be.

Paul states it like this in 1 Corinthians 11:27 – 30 (The Message):

27-28 Anyone who eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Master irreverently is like part of the crowd that jeered and spit on him at his death. Is that the kind of “remembrance” you want to be part of? Examine your motives, test your heart, come to this meal in holy awe.

29-32 If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences. That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave. If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later.

Paul is saying when we don’t value the cost of Calvary, or we fail to remember the cost of Calvary or when we do not take advantage of what was provided at the Cross of Calvary, then we remain in a condition that has been conquered!

Communion is not just a common tradition or ritual; it’s powerful. Communion represents the benefits of the cross by reminding us of what was paid for and how it was paid.

There is no need for you to die spiritually, emotionally or physically to things that have been conquered by the body and the blood of Jesus Christ!

I believe one reason that communion is fought so hard by our enemy is that he knows the power that is in it. I also believe that we don’t take communion because we feel that we must be perfect in order to partake in it.

We read the words of Paul and we feel unworthy to partake of the Lord’s Supper. We believe that if we are struggling or have succumbed to the struggle, we are disqualified from partaking in Communion. I would tell you that Communion is the answer! Communion reminds us that Jesus’ blood washes away sin’s stain!

One man said it like this, “If this passage disqualifies you from taking communion, then it would be equivalent to…

  • a doctor saying to a sick person, “Get well, and then come and see me,”
  • a loan officer saying to a poor person, “You need a loan? Get some money, and then I can help you”; or,
  • a cook saying to someone who is hungry, “Starving? Gain some weight, and I’ll give you a meal.”

 

What I see there is that all three people recognized their shortcoming, weakness and/or need. They went to someone who had the power to change their circumstance! Isn’t that what we do at Communion?

By remembering and partaking of Communion, I recognize my weakness, my sin, my failure! But I also remember that through His body and blood, I am victorious! In my weakness, He is made strong! That’s why we must remember through Communion.

 

As often as you do this, remember!

The Spiritual Treadmill

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The Spiritual Treadmill

Even the great, accomplished Apostle Paul experienced resistance numerous times.

1 Thessalonians 2:18 (NLT)18 We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us.

The word “prevent”=egkopto= which means “to cut a ditch across the road.”

Robbers would do this in order to get travelers to stop in the middle of the road, making them easy prey. The ditch was there to impede progress, by cutting off the path, creating a diversion, so that the travelers would take a different route.

Satan loves to use everyday life to divert from and impede progress in your life. He doesn’t want you to drink from the cup of redemption. He will hinder you and prevent you from traveling down God’s road for your life. You see when you are in the road and you see the ditch, the impediment, the block on your progress, all you see is the ditch, you don’t look for the big picture. You develop spiritual near-sightedness. The devil keeps us focused on our problems, our issues, ourselves, our own comfort and convenience. God, however, keeps bending over and picking us up, moving us forward into His big picture.

The Apostle Paul talked about this in His own ministry in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—

Here Paul is saying we face all kinds of ditches, problems, issues, and yet, we were never derailed from the mission. He gives the secret to it later in the same chapter.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Remember this: If the devil cannot keep you out of heaven, then he’d at least like you to be as ineffective as possible on your journey to get there.

The enemy would love for you to be stuck in the second cup, always struggling with deliverance and constantly needing to be delivered from self-absorption. This is the spiritual treadmill – you’re running, but staying in the same place. It’s exhausting, yet not accomplishing anything for the kingdom. So find your purpose and move forward into the third cup, and be restored to greatness.

As I mentioned in a previous article, our dog Dutch, stands as a reminder of redemption for me. We redeemed him, changed his name, and began to change the areas that we could immediately. We gave him a bath, a haircut, and then began to treat him like he was a Schnauzer, not a creature placed on this earth to take abuse. He was saved, and we did our best to move him past the memories, and the syndromes brought on by abuse (hiding syndrome).

The first step in finding your purpose is the cup of sanctification (salvation), then moving on to the second cup, deliverance, and allowing God to heal the scars of yesterday.

In the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, the three individuals were not all given the same amount of talents. 1 received 5, 1 received 2, and 1 received 1. They all had the same opportunity to use the talents wisely and profitably for the master. The difference was that the one who received only one talent allowed His fear to produce failure. He developed the hiding syndrome. If you are living in fear and everything else it brings with it, you’ll bury your talent. We should bury our fear instead and invest the talent, instead of the other way around.

God designed you

Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV)

13 For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

We were all created by the same God yet we are all different. The Word states: There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 KJV)

Three times the word “diversities” or “different” is used and “same” is used three times. We are each unique and different from everyone else, but we are all united in serving the SAME God. God has redeemed you to restore you to your purpose. Find it. Find your design and once you’ve learned it, apply it. God is omnipotent. All potential is in Him and His potential is great in you. The closer you draw to Him, the closer He will become to you.
He has redeemed you, and His desire is to take you on a journey to your destiny, your promised land.

4 Cups

set-of-four-cups-and-saucers-midwinter-by-stonehenge-made-in-england-4be0d7ea5ab0a940b74d4dc7b03f88ffThroughout Scripture, we find all kinds of meals and feasts, such as the Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or Ingathering). After the exile, the Jews added memorial days for the fall of Jerusalem (eventually fixed as the Ninth of Ab), Purim, and the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah). In addition, the Israelites observed the Sabbath every week and the Feast of the New Moon every lunar month. It seems as if all the Lord’s promises and covenants are sealed with a cup at the table. In the New Testament we find the Last Supper and it’s also here that the disciples are gathered in an upper room, seated at a table, while Jesus breaks bread, then takes a cup.

Likewise He also took the cup after supper saying, “this cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20) Within the church and in the world, people struggle in four major areas: freedom from sin, deliverance from bondage, finding their purpose, and living a life of fulfillment.

In amazing God-like fashion, the same four areas that man struggles with the most, God not only provides solutions, but also a way to overcome. The four cups are within the new covenant. The people of God were given four promises even though they were in captivity when they received them.

God promised them in Exodus 6:6-7 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

The four promises located here:

 

1.) I will free you from your oppression

2.) I will rescue from slavery in Egypt

3.) I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgement

4.) I will proclaim you as My own people, and I will be your God.

 

There was a celebration of Passover each year and to this day, the people place four cups of wine at the celebration to commemorate the four promises of God.

 

They are celebrating the fact that God brought them out of slavery into freedom, redemption, and fulfillment. These same four cups hold the same significant promise for us as they did the people of Israel in the first passover. By placing our faith in Jesus Christ, we become recipients of the promises of God in our lives.

 

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Jesus came to fulfill the promises that God made to His people. He fulfilled the promises of God to free people from oppression, to free people from slavery, and to stretch out His hand and do mighty works, but also extended these promises to as many generations as come after us (Acts 2:39)

This promise is extended through what we know as the Great Commission. Let’s compare the Exodus 6 story with Matthew 28:

Exodus 6:6 “I will bring you out from under the yoke of bondage” and in Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore.”

The first cup is the cup of sanctification. Christ’s first directive is to go and rescue people who are still lost in their sin. This, therefore, is the church’s first directive: Go! Evangelism is not them coming to us, but us going to them, sharing the message of Christ’s death, His resurrection, and how He paid the price for our sins. We are called to share how we are restored to a proper relationship with God. Sanctification is being set apart as special or holy to God. Perfectly paired with evangelism, we are to welcome others into the family of God, showing them how God set them apart for His purpose as well. Even though we aren’t slaves in Egypt, we have all been in bondage and sin of some sort, in desperate need of freedom through Jesus Christ. He rescued us from that heavy yoke of bondage, the weight of sin, and removed the issues that caused separation.

The good news of the first cup remains: Christ performed the ultimate rescue, approaching us while we were steeped in sin, unlovable, and weak. He came to us when we couldn’t get to Him.

The church needs to adopt the same mentality Jesus possessed. We don’t sit in our spot, twiddling our thumbs, waiting for the broken, the hurt, the addicted, and the failing to come to us. We must get up and go. Maybe they cannot make it here, but we can make it to them.

The words of Jesus as He established the church were  ”And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) Jesus tells Peter that the church is to be on the move. It is built and from that point on, it takes on the forces of hell.

Gates are designed to keep some things out and others in. If the owners of the gates are really concerned about safety, then the gates are locked and secured, and have watchmen upon them. The gates of hell were designed to keep the church out because behind those gates are what the enemy wants to keep in: people. The gates of hell are designed to keep the church out, from taking the cup of sanctification into his camp. We storm the gates of hell with the cup, proclaiming to the world locked up behind the gates, that they weren’t born to be addicted, depressed, abused, or to live a life sub par. We are set apart for the Lord, formed in our mother’s wombs.

The devil is not clueless and he has a plan to keep people under his control, under wraps, and under his authority, all the while whispering “There is no way out.” Whether this is news to you or not, you’ve been in bondage. The idea the enemy wants you to believe is that God is very far away. In reality, and if you take the time to feel it, God is very near to you. In fact, He made a promise that He is always pursuing you. He is after you. When you feel a nudge, it’s God calling you out, to drink from the cup of sanctification. The only way to find your true purpose, the purpose you’ve been set apart to fulfill, is to turn to Jesus. He is the only one with the book on your life.
Let’s charge the gates of hell, fighting, warring, battling, and declaring and decreeing the Scriptures, engaging the enemy, setting the captives free, all through the cups of the new covenant.