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Importance Of Prayer

As we go about living our Christian lives, we need not to forget the one very important aspect of walking in the faith; that is remaining in constant prayer. As believers, we need to not only be watching but to also be on guard. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our battles are not carnal but of a spiritual nature. We fight in the spirit, with the word of God, which is our sword. Hence why Ephesians warns us to put on the whole armor of God.


The thief who comes to steal us away from the protection of God does not always come in plain sight. Often times, he will sneak in convincing us little by little to open doors for him, or to lay down pieces of our armor until eventually, he has full access. Before we know what has happened, the thief is in our house destroying our walk , tearing down our faith, and putting up divisions in every aspect of our lives.

PREPARING FOR THE THIEF

How can we prepare and watch for the thief?

We can start by examining ourselves to see if we are in the faith and have not all ready been knocked off course, as according to 2 Corinthians 13:5. Look for open doors, which can be books, movies, music, artifacts, and games that are of the occult or related to the occult, or worldly sinful things that can plant seeds in our minds.


What is taking up the most time in your life? Are you neglecting the more important things of God for the things of the world?


Remember the movies you watched before you were saved, where the evil entity needed permissions to gain access into your home and into your life? This is the one truth that the movies got right. We need to be very careful and cautious that we do not give the devil any room to have access in our lives. What you need to understand is that the faintest yes or the tiniest crack is all he needs. He has had millennia to become a professional at what he does. In fact, he is rather versatile at doing it. We need to understand that he is not a low IQ, uneducated, stupid spirit.

OUR TOOLS

We must arm ourselves with the word of God and stay in constant prayer, and hide under the covering of Christ. As Psalm 91:1 says, “abide under the shadow of the almighty”. Stand with your full armor on and be prepared to fight. Keep watch for the enemy, praying for eyes to see and ears to hear, so you are not blinded by his evil manipulating sneaky ways.


The more time we spend in prayer, the more sensitive we become to the voice of God and the counsel of the Holy Spirit.


1 Thessalonians 5:6, “Therefore let us not sleep, as others; but let us watch and be sober.”

1 Peter 5:6-8, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God; that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your cares upon him, for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour."


James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

1 John 3:8, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.”

2 Corinthians 2:11, “So that we would not be outwitted by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

2 Corinthians 11:14, “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

Ephesians 4:27, “And give no opportunity to the devil.”

Ephesians 5:11, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”


We have been warned that we have an enemy who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. An enemy that is so good at what he does that he can reveal himself as light, as something that is good. We are not ignorant of his devices, we have been told of his ways of operating. We have been warned of the darkness, and how it will destroy us and lead us to the second death. Part of our tools that we can use against the enemy is that we have been told all about him, so that we are not ignorant of him.


Romans 8:31, “What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:37, “No, in these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loves us.”

Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 121:2, “My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Romans 16:20, “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.”

1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

God will keep your feet securely planted if you stay in him. He is our help in troubled times, he is our strength, our peace, our rock, and our firm foundation. The enemy knows that he cannot get in to destroy us, as long as we abide in Christ. We do this through reading the word and prayer.


BEING TRULY REPENTANT & UNDER GOD'S PROTECTION

We need to bear in mind that the same fronts we put on for the world to see, doesn't work in the spiritual realm. The demonic army knows where you stand with Christ. They live in the spiritual places and can see whether or not if you are under the covering of the blood. They know if you are truly repentant or honestly committed to serving Christ or if your commitment is an act.


Starting in Acts 19:11, we read of vagabond Jews, who had witnessed the miracles that was done through Paul. And they called a possessed man over and tried to cast out the demons in “the name of Yeshua that Paul preaches.”


Acts 19:14-15, “And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and a chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Yeshua I know and Paul I know, but who are you?” The evil spirits that was in this man, then leaped on these men, overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and wounded.


Just as Christ knows who is truly in him, so do the evil spirits. You can be poised on the outside, so that man sees you in praise and yet, your heart be in an all together different place. Christ said of the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 15:8, that the people draw close to him with their mouth, and honors him with their lips, but their heart is far from him.

Is your heart fall from God when you are speaking to him or worshiping him? Is the word of God hidden in your heart?

Psalm 119:11, “Your word, I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”


YOUR POTENTIAL IN CHRIST

Romans 6:19, Galatians 5:17, James 4:1, and 1 Peter 2:11, all warn us of how our flesh is at constant war with our spirit.

Luke 13:24, “Strive (Struggle) to enter in at the straight gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter it and will not be able.”


When you turn your life over to Christ, you have an enemy that will give it all he has to destroy you. The army of darkness makes it their mission to knock you off the straight and narrow. These goals are accomplished through discouragement, trials, attacking your mind, attacking you physically, attacking those you love, using those you love and those around you, tricking you into dropping your armor, setting a trap for you to open a window or a door, lying to you, deceiving you, baiting you to be offended, and whatever other means necessary to draw you away, and back into the world.


This is why it is a struggle to stay on the straight and narrow, and why those who enter in, do so by striving. It is not an easy walk but it is a walk that holds rewards and promises. It is a walk worth fighting for. Demons are nothing to be afraid of if we are walking in the power and might of our Lord and savior Yeshua Christ. But we must be prepared, knowing that when we enter salvation, the spiritual battle for our souls becomes more prevalent. We become more aware of the enemy who once had us in chains, and the power that set us free. Satan seeks to put you back into that bondage at all costs.


I cannot stress enough how we must remain in the word of God and in constant prayer.




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