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The Dichotomy of Weapons

I am rereading Tony Evan’s book on Spiritual Warfare, and it reminded me of the dichotomy of weaponry that we come against in the spirit realm.
I think that when we stop treating them as GIFTS and start acting like they are accessories that we tack onto our spiritual wardrobe, we forget how freely they function. These are the gifts of the Spirit.
Tony Evans writes about the weapons of Satan
  1. The Weapons of Power & Wealth. Tony Evans writes, “Did you know that the devil can give you lots of stuff.” Evans supports this by what is stated in Luke 4:6 where Satan tells Jesus that I give it to whomever I wish, meaning Satan can give people power, wealth, friends, and fun on a huge scale, Tony Evans writes. That says to me we shouldn’t judge our relationship with God based upon the things that we get and the things that we have.
  2. The Weapon of Deception. Everything Satan has and does is based upon a deception of some sort and maintained by a “deceptional” strategy. He is so gifted in this area that he is called the Father of Lies.
  3. The Weapon of Adversity. If he doesn’t trick you with wealth or power or even with the lies, he will then resort to the weapon of adversity. Tony Evans writes that it all comes back to the fact that we are in a war with a powerful enemy. In the Book of James, we are told that by submitting to God and resisting the enemy, we can push forward.
  4. The Weapon of Accusation. If Satan can’t get to you with money, wealth, deception, or opposition, he’ll then try another strategy, the weapon of accusation. Remember, Satan is called the Accuser of the Brethren. He has a boatload of stock accusations that he uses to attack the integrity and the identity of the believer.
  5. The Weapons of the Flesh and Expectation. Satan understands about the nature of man. Back in the garden it was Eve before she had even fallen, her desire for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil caused her to make and take the fruit of that tree and violate God’s plan. We all are living this life based upon the information that produces the resources that we need to survive. But there are those events that seem to distract and contort the way things appear to be. Right after Jesus was baptized and told by His Father that He was His beloved Son; the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness. I think there’s a good parallel for all of us. Even after a great spiritual Victory, if we encounter a desert, it may not be the devil; it may just be the Father continuing with our personal development program. We are blindsided by this disappointment and ask “What happened?” Jesus was fasting for 40 days, and then all of a sudden the devil shows up and tells Him or actually suggests to Him that He turn the stones into a meatball hero. Based upon this encounter, we can understand that survival is not goal number one, obedience is. We must always be reliant upon God to provide all of our needs according to His riches and glory. Cain and Esau, both, were very, very successful providers, but it was that success that became their impediment to knowing God as Jehovah Jireh.
But all of these weapons of the dark kingdom are counterfeits of the weapons that God has given to each one of us.
The Weapons of Our Warfare
Satan will use his weapons of money, power and titles to achieve his objectives – our deception. But God has given us His power to tread upon serpents and scorpions. These weapons are best manifested through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. David is a classic example of God using a rock and a slingshot to defeat that well-tooled soldier, Goliath. And remember how God used the rod of Moses to deliver the people across the Red Sea. And then there’s Solomon whose wisdom was able to discern which mother was the true birth mother. And then there is also the five loaves and two fish, and the six urns that Jesus filled with wine at the wedding of Cana.
The Weapon of Revelation
Whereas Satan relies upon the power of deception, the Holy Spirit is moving in each one of our lives through the power of revelation. Revelation gives us an understanding in real-time of the character and nature of our condition. Paul reminds us in 1st Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God.”
We are Overcomers
Just because we are saved doesn’t mean that we will not have to navigate the weapons of opposition. If you recall Jesus right after he fed the 5000 with the loaves and the fishes, placed the disciples in a boat at night and required that they cross the sea. Without a doubt, Jesus understood that he was putting them in a difficult position. Not only was it dark but they were also about to hit a big storm. Jesus knows about the storms that we will hit in our lives. He doesn’t always remove the storms, but He does provide us with the tools necessary to sail through them. So in Psalm 23 it states, :Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Opposition is sometimes a good barometer that you are walking IN the will of God, not OUT OF IT.
 We are Justified
Perhaps one of the greatest assets that we can have in the midst of spiritual warfare is justification. When Satan is accusing us, it is a good indication that he (satan) is trying to get us to act like we are not justified. In Romans chapter 8:30-1, Paul writes, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, then he also called, and whom he called, them he also justified, and whom he justified, those he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us who can be against us?”
We are Accepted
For all the condemnation Satan throws away, Jesus Christ has provided for us Eternal Acceptance with the Father. This is not based solely upon our performance, but rather upon Calvary. In Ephesians 1:6 it says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the Beloved.” Acceptance is God’s gift to us. After the fall Adam was hiding from God. But it was God Who searched him out and found him. When Adam heard the Lord, he was convicted and afraid, but when the Lord found Adam He provided the covering that Adam needed for his nakedness.
Ephesians chapter 1 provides us a check list of the blessings that God has for each one of us, we are blessed, chosen, predestinated, accepted, redeemed, abounding with wisdom, we are known of God, He is giving us an inheritance, and finally we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
I highly recommend the books by Graham Cooke Developing Your Prophetic Gifting and by John Eckhardt’s The Prophet’s Manual.
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7 Dimensions of Obedience

1.Observe to do all the commands 8:1

2.Remember all the way which the Lord your God has brought you these 40 years in the wilderness 8:2

3.Consider in your heart the chastening of the Lord verse 8:5

4.Keep the Commandments to walk in His ways and to fear Him 8:6

5.Bless the Lord for the good He is giving you 8:10

6.Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God 8:11

7.Remember it is the Lord who gives you the power to get wealth 8:17 – 18

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The Season of Storms

John Chapter 13 is not one of my warm and cozy little chapters. Betrayal, disappointment and crucifixion are not my idea of a good time on a Friday night.

But there are huge lessons that Jesus wants to teach us here. I think the first lesson is that he understood the season he was entering was different than the season he was in. Too often we are looking to maintain those blessed and anointed seasons when we feel like we are winning every battle and are in control to last forever. But they never do.

We need the Holy Spirit not only to teach us and to show us but also to lead us to stay in agreement with what heaven is doing, even when it feels like we are going in the wrong way.

Listen, just look at all the things that are happening in our world today: the catastrophes, the hurricanes, the fires, the dissension, the craziness in politics, it’s all coming to a head. If we think that we are going to argue and negotiate God or others into agreeing with our point of view, we are mistaken.

A Season of Wrestling
We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and rulers of the darkness in high places.

There is a sports brand of attire called Under Armour and I think in some ways it points to what the Holy Spirit wants us to be wearing which is called Inner Armor not Under Armour. The Inner Armor is the conversations of Heaven that take place in our heart. It states and Proverbs 4:23, guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life. We need Inner Armor on our inner chambers of our heart. That is the place that the Holy Spirit dwells.

Tony Evans talks about the definition of a stronghold, and he says, fortress or stronghold is a mindset that holds you hostage. It makes you believe that you are hopelessly locked into a situation that you are powerless to change. That’s when you hear people saying I can’t, I can’t, I can’t… every believer has new data that he is expected to live by, but many of us are still living by the old data that will not be erased completely until we get to heaven. Even though we are on our way to heaven, we are still being programmed by the enemy in some areas. That’s why Paul had to write this in 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6:

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

We need heaven’s wisdom.

Wisdom is the organization of information through divine revelation to effect a divine outcome by faith and obedience. Tony Evans writes, “This is the question we always face: are we going to use human or divine methods?”

All of life is a war for wisdom and consequently, James addresses this daily battle in his epistle, James 1:5-8:

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

James continues to explain the process further in verse 12: “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

James is warning us to stand vigilant against operating with a double-mindset – which is when we are operating by two different sources of data concurrently.

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Change of Seasons, a Change in Perspective

Understanding a season requires more than a calendar. It is not all about a temperature change. There are other forces at work. The activities of each season reflect its function.

Jesus understood this better than anyone else in Scripture, and consequently, He offers to us an opportunity to learn from Him.

John Chapter 13 clearly shows that this is a period of time when Jesus’s ministry takes a significant and severe turn that most who were following Him did not expect.

Everyone was expecting a complete break-out and breakthrough of Jesus’s ministry onto the scene to the degree that they even expected the overthrow of the Roman government to occur.

But what did Jesus do?

First, He didn’t continue in the old model of miracles, raising of the dead, healings and feedings. So when Satan comes at Jesus, He didn’t begin to battle Satan on the terms and at the level that Satan was engaging Him.

The book that I’m reading by Tony Evans is helping me get a grasp on the times that we are living in.

Tony Evans writes that “the whole world lies in Satan’s power and we have to recognize that he exerts influence over the world’s leaders and structures. Once we understand this principle, we realize the answer to all those lies much deeper than just electing the right person to office. That’s certainly important, but there is a bigger battle going on here. Until we begin to trace our individual family, church and societal problems back to their spiritual source, Satan will continue to take spiritual POWs [prisoners of war] in bunches.”

“You may feel that Satan has taken you prisoner in one or more areas of your life. Your problems may go all the way back to childhood in the form of an abusive parent. You may be repeating destructive patterns in your family that were present at your birth.”

“Whatever the case, you may have been a prisoner of war so long that you think and act like a POW. Identifying the source of attack is one important step toward your liberation. Another is to find out how he attacks us.” P.82

“… if your problem, your struggle, your need is induced and orchestrated by your spiritual enemy, your flesh can’t win the fight. Unless you choose a spiritual response, all the time, effort, and resources you spent trying to fix the problem will ultimately be a waste of time, a band-aid on the situation.”

“And if your battle is a spiritual battle, it needs a spiritual cure. You don’t fight cancer with skin lotion. You don’t fight a brain tumor by taking two aspirin and lying down. Those kinds of problems demand another kind of help. So do spiritual problems.” P.83

So now think a little bit about what happened with Joshua and the walls of Jericho. God had them walking around the walls of Jericho for 6 straight days. Not talking not saying a word but walking around the whole place. I think part of that exercise by God was to begin to cause them to exercise a disciplined mind in their throat life.

Truly the battle is in the mind and if we manage our minds, we will manage our outcomes. It says in Proverbs, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” Jesus wants us to begin to think His thoughts to begin to see His outcomes and also to begin to act in concert with His timing.

If Jesus began to retaliate against the Pharisees at the time, the Romans at the time, and even other religious groups at the time, He would have missed His divine appointment and destiny. Jesus had a place to go, He had something to do, and He and the Father were in agreement on this thing. We need to have our assignments nailed down, in more ways than one. We have to be unmovable.

This may take a little doing because the force that has been brought against you didn’t start 20 minutes ago, it may have started 20 years ago.

John Chapter 13 is not one of my warm & cozy little chapters. Betrayal, disappointment and crucifixion are not my idea of a good time on a Friday night.

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Days of Decisions

When it comes to electing a president, the election takes place on a single day, and then you are stuck with the results, for better or worse, for the next 4 years.

The same thing holds true with an Acknowledged Life: the decisions you make today you will be stuck with, for better or worse, for months, years or decades.

So consequently, realizing this, I see that my daily decisions and acknowledgements will either translate into victory or defeat! A fact about war, victory is never an accidental event, whereas, defeat often comes by virtue of complacency.

But life is all about decisions. You cannot change something by ignoring it. Face it or serve it: those are the two choices Christians must face with respected to spiritual warfare!

Here are some notes I took from Tony Evans’s book on spiritual warfare.

I am rereading Tony Evans’ “The Battle is the Lord’s” and am rediscovering what I have ‘seemed to have forgotten.’ As a result, I am providing a quick snapshot of some take-aways from the book. Here they are:

All of us have tried to change people who are not doing right. What we need to understand is that what happens through people, including you and me, has its roots in something much larger. This fact does not excuse the wrong things people do. They are still responsible. But it helps us focus on the Real Enemy.

Everything visible and physical is the result of something invisible and spiritual. Therefore only by addressing the invisible spiritual cause can we fix what is wrong with what is taking place in our visible, physical lives.

Your five senses are not the limits of reality… not only are your physical senses very limited, but they are often of little help in spiritual warfare.

There are two worldviews, one which is materialistic or natural and the other one is spiritual: it includes competing spiritual world views such as variations of how the spirit functions and operates.

The one spiritual worldview that we follow is biblical-based; it is theocratic and it believes that there is only one true God.

There are other competing spiritual views that believe that horoscopes, palm readers and all sorts of new-age teaching function and work just as much as a biblical worldview.

In order to understand spiritual warfare, we have to address it through the lens of the spirit, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Many believers are seeing the wounds of spiritual warfare in their own personal lives. This doesn’t mean these people are doing something really bad. It could be that they have a problem such as uncontrolled anger. Please note that failing to control anger grants the devil an opportunity to gain a foothold of your life. Then he can use it as a base of operations to launch more spiritual attacks against you. If Satan can see it’s our emotions he can destroy our ability to function by crippling us emotionally or leading us into all manner of destructive and addictive behavior.

Spiritual warfare also has an impact on Church Life. Paul told Timothy to watch out for doctrines of demons. The church is being undermined in many places today by teachers who purport to teach the Bible but are teaching “the doctrines” from hell. Anyone can quote the Bible. But the devil will use or misuse the scriptures when it is to his advantage to do so.

Finally spiritual warfare affects the life of a nation, the culture in which we live. Satan’s job is to get us to ignore the spiritual realm and give us a low-value. If he can divert us from the spiritual realm, he can divert us from finding spiritual solutions.

According to Ephesians 3:10, spiritual rulers and authorities are dominating the spiritual realm. These are angels. This is important from the standpoint of spiritual warfare, because it takes an angel to beat an angel. If your problem originates in the Heavenly places or Heavenly realms you need a solution that originates in the Heavenly places. You and I are no match for the power and deceptiveness of Satan and his army. We need the power of God to neutralize Satan’s attacks against us.

If you need Divine help but don’t have a ‘Heavenly places’ mindset you won’t know how to get the help you need at the time you need it.

The good news is you can take a trip to the spiritual realm anytime you feel like it, because spiritually, you’re already there. You are seated with Christ in Heavenly places.

In Washington DC, sits Capitol Hill, is where Congress makes decisions about how our country will be run. What is decided there will affect you no matter where you live.

Heavenly places refers to the Capitol Hill of the universe. It is where decisions are made that affect our lives. There are two opposing parties, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, each seeking to promote its agenda. Our party headed by Jesus Christ, occupies the spiritual White House, and he has veto power. Satan’s party however seeks to undermine and sabotage and destroy all those who’ve aligned themselves with Christ Jesus.

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Defeating the Deceit of Disappointment

Our lives are stories and in times of great change there are simply more words being written.

Today, we become disappointed when we set our hearts on people or on circumstances. God wants us to set our hearts only on Him. He wants us to trust in His goodness, even in the midst of our deepest disappointments.

It is very easy to become disappointed during seasons of great change.

Some people may call it transition, but change represents ending what was, and sometimes what was was good.
So how are we to navigate change, also known as seasons of disappointment?

I did some research and found a few verses that provide a consolation of heart during such times; here are a couple of them:

■  Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
■  Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens
■  Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain
■  Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
■  Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
In times and seasons of great change and disappointment, it is not only knowing what to do, but what not to do.
During such seasons have a conviction in God’s:
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How Acknowledgement Leads to a Godly Perspective

Your perspective is what usually leads you into your God-given promises OR BOXES you out.

God has given to us two eyes – and I believe it is a reminder that if we only see things through one eye, we are not seeing the full picture. It is a biologic and physiologic fact that even though the two eyes are just a few inches apart – with two eyes our vision is clearer, multi-dimensional and discerning.

I think the two eyes are a metaphor for how we are to view our lives and situations: from our perspective and from God’s perspective.

When we see things only through our own perspective we limit ourselves.

Prayers of Acknowledgement open up the possibilities.

Scientists have discovered that there are at least 7 benefits of seeing with our two eyes:

  • It offers the person the ability to see when one eye is injured or damaged.
  • It broadens the person’s field of vision – with two eyes a person’s field of vision is 190 degrees. With one eye a person’s field of vision is ONLY 40 degrees.
  • It produces a parallax effect – producing a depth of field. It also allows us to break through the camouflage of another creature.
  • It offers to us a different line of sight.
  • It allows us to see more of an object behind an obstacle.
  • It gives binocular vision – the ability to detect faint objects.

It also allows us to apprehend objects in 3 dimensions.


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Conducting a Vision Audit – The Acknowledged Life

What was the last impression that you had from God leading you in a direction?
What was the circumstance?
what were the obstacles that you saw?
What was your response?
How did you introduce God into the situation?

How did it affect my own identity?
How did it affect my community?
Who else did it involve?

How did I circle it in prayer?
How clear was the vision?


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Spiritual Snap-Back

Adding “Overcomer” to Your Dictionary

When I was typing into my Evernote my April Acknowledgements, I began by writing, “Jesus is Alive! He has come to give me life, an abundant life. I don’t settle or compromise with the Truth. I am an overcomer….

That is when an alert popped up asking, “Do you want to add overcomer to your dictionary?”


When we come to Christ, and we confess him before men, our name also appears in the heavenly document log, and what happens is that Jesus is asked, “Do you want  to add this name to the Book of Life?” to which He answers, “Yes!”

When we come to Christ, of course, we are redeemed, delivered and set apart; and all of those words need to be added to our spiritual dictionary or lexicon. But there is also a number of other works that have to be added as well, one of which is the word, ‘Overcomer.’

There was this bad king of Moab in the Old Testament who wanted this prophet to curse the Children of Israel, but God wouldn’t allow it. Read the story:

Balaam said to God, “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent word to me,
‘Behold, there is a people who came out of Egypt and they cover the surface of the land; now come, curse them for me; perhaps I may be able to fight against them and drive them out.'”

God said to Balaam, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”  

Numbers 22:10-12

We need to not only start added to our spiritual lexicon, but also deleting some words that no longer belong there. Here’s how to add a word to your spiritual dictionary:
  1. Get in the Book – literally and figuratively.
  2. Become intentional about adding to your spiritual vocabulary.
  3. Walk in agreement with God.
  4. Develop a “Snap-Back” mentality; when bad things happen, learn to spiritually Snap Back!
  5. Like any new language, whenever you stop using it, you start losing it.
  6. Signs that you are losing the battle come after we have forgotten our language.
  7. Our identity gives birth to your language!
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Remarkable Romans

All of the ‘licenses that we have must be renewed on a regular basis: driver’s license, dog license, passport, registration, and so on.

I think it is also true for our calling and life vision. The book of Romans is a great book for Spiritual Renewal. It is as close as you can get to getting God in a box [and I write that with all respect.]

Through Paul, God was able to communicate so much truth in just 16 chapters. He covers salvation, justification, predestination, glorification, transformation and any other “ation” there is out there that God would have for us.

One of my favorite chapters in this book, [and I am sure that I am not alone], is Romans 8. It is a huge reminder of what God has done and provided for us. I put together a brief PowerPoint that covers some of the highlights from the book of Romans. I titled the PowerPoint: Remarkable Romans.

It begins with a definition of the word ‘remarkable.’


worthy of attention; striking.

Extraordinary, exceptional, amazing, astonishing, astounding, marvelous, wonderful, sensational, stunning, incredible, unbelievable, phenomenal, outstanding, momentous.

Click Here.







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