HOLY SPIRIT 2

In the next few articles, I want to talk about knowing the Holy Spirit. Not just knowing who He is as the third part of the Holy Trinity, or know that there is a “Holy Spirit”. But rather knowing the purpose of Holy Spirit, knowing his plans, and knowing how he works to accomplish His purposes and plans. And also we’re going to look at the warfare that’s happening in the earth, and that warfare is aimed at robbing the Christian believer from walking in the “Spirit led” life.

There is an enemy that tries to oppose the fulfillment of God’s power and promises in the lives of God’s people.  And so we agree together, as the people of God, that the weapons of the enemy will not prevail against the righteous of the Lord, and no weapon formed against us shall prosper. And every weapon that rises up against us, or every tongue that rises up against us, we cast down by the authority of Jesus’ name. We now release the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the earth, we combat the powers of darkness and the works of the enemy that are trying to advance and birth fear or panic into the hearts of people. And so we claim our rights from the written word, that the power of God prevails through His people and through His church. Amen.

Ephesians chapter six tells us to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. What is important to realize is that His power is working through His Spirit filled people. Paul goes on and tells us to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, for we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, and against the rulers of the darkness of this age. We wrestle against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Now, this is a foundational rudimentary truth from the Scripture, but it’s also rudimentary and foundational truth from which we must build our understanding concerning the role we play in the advancement of God’s kingdom on the earth.

And so understanding what God is doing and understanding the power of His Spirit and the power of his mind working through us, we need to understand the purpose of that is to destroy the dominion of darkness that has functioned on earth, and to cast down the authorities of the enemy that have worked in the earth, to oppose the people of God from establishing his kingdom on earth. And that is done through faith in, and the proclamation of the Word of God. It is done through prevailing in our stance upon the Word of God. And it’s done only when we learn to walk in the Lord, to be strong in Him, and to walk in the power of his might. We must have a good understanding of His purposes if we’re gonna advance his kingdom on earth.

Isaiah 59:19 talks about how God marveled that there was no intercessor. This verse is actually prophesying the coming of Christ, and the Holy Spirit raising up a standard against the enemy. In chapter 60, we read; “arise, shine, your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” Amen, Christ is that light and His Holy Spirit filled people are that standard.

Now, in Zechariah, chapter four and verse six, it says, “so he answered to me, this is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.” And then he goes on to talk about all of branches that are dripping with oil, and he goes on, and he prophesies about some things. And it talks about how he, that God, is going to expose and bring justice in the earth, he’s going to expose the liar and the perjurer, or the thief and the liar is going to be exposed and justice is going to be brought to them. Now, today, I’m not going to get into too much detail on the prophetic value of that. But I do want to just call to attention that these things are going on in the earth.

These last few verses that I’ve read, are showing us that the enemy is not a political party, the enemy is not a husband, or the enemy is not a wife. As Christians, we must learn to recognize how the spiritual forces of darkness are driving these battles and when we fight these things in the flesh we lose. Powers of darkness that are coming against the formation or the foundation of solid government, and attacking marriages, motherhood and attacking fatherhood, and attacking the powerful influence that those things were meant to bring.

And so there is a standard of the Spirit of God that’s being resurrected or being raised up, brought to life even. Not necessarily resurrected, but being raised up as an army and that power in that presence of God is working through people, it’s working through his church. And so we’re going to talk about the indwelling of the Holy Spirit a little bit. And we’re going to talk about the work of the Holy Spirit. And as we get towards Pentecost, which is three weeks from today, and maybe a little bit beyond that, we’re going to start talking about knowing, working with, partnering with the Holy Spirit of the Living God as His people, and following His voice that’s inside of us and walking in the power of his leading and the direction of his leading, as the people of God in this generation, so that we’re in partnership with the Holy Spirit working with the Holy Spirit and the Lord working with us confirming his word with signs and wonders following and we will see the kingdom of heaven established on Earth. How so? Through God’s Spirit led people…More next time!

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