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Looking forward to koinonia on Sunday. Be travelling away this week. No-one will be doing a sermon. We don't do sermons at our ekklesia (assembly). We do paraklēsis (exhortation). We do oikodomē (edification). We do diakonia (ministry). But we don't do sermons. No sermons. How do you like them apples?
2 Corinthians 10:4 - "The weapons we use in our fight are not the world's weapons, but God's powerful weapons with which to destroy strongholds." We deal with the devil by dealing with the carnal thought systems, the strongholds, that protect the enemy. The pulling down of strongholds begins with repentance. The energies we expend in keeping our sins secret are the actual "Materials" of which a stronghold is made. The demon you are fighting is using your thoughts to protect his access to your life. AFFIRMATIONS: The glory of the Lord has risen upon me. I express radiance as my heart thrills and rejoices. I keep the Word before me until I receive a revelation of Jesus as my healer or my deliverer or whatever I need Him to be. I refuse to settle for a shallow mental understanding of Jesus. Silence those negative voices. Forget the cutting remarks of relatives. Dismiss the crippling theories of misguided counselors. Rebuke your self-doubt and turn off the broken record of your past failures. Let God redefine you. He alone decides your true potential. “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come." - 2 Corinthians 5:17 God's dynamite (dunamis) power reigns and rules by the strength of the Holy Spirit in our inner man, standing strong and firm in the things of the Lord. "Be strengthened with might through His Spirit.." Ephesians 3:16 The most radical social teaching of Jesus was his total reversal of the contemporary notion of greatness. Leadership is found in becoming the servant of all. Power is discovered in submission. The foremost symbol of this radical servanthood is the cross. "He (Jesus) humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross." - Philippians 2:8 Affirmation: I make a fresh commitment to walk in union with God. I give my attention to His Spirit in my inner man. We must pray for those we know are lost for their hearts to be seasoned by God, so they can be drawn by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord as their personal Savior. Let us release the Holy Spirit's action, through prayer to draw all people to the Father. You cannot sit at the Lord's feet while you are running around on your own feet. Stop being Martha, if you don't, you cannot be Mary (Luke 10:38-41). We must so live in God that the Spirit of God can operate through us. God is waiting to manifest His divine power through believers. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father." - John 14:12 "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse." (Romans 12:14) Learn the art of blessing, for in blessing a thing or a person, that thing or person must bless you. When you bless, blessings will be drawn to you, or as Deuteronomy 28:2 says, "blessings shall come upon you and overtake you. " Conversely, in cursing a thing or a person, you draw curses upon yourself. There was no room for Him in theinn, so that there will always be room at the cross for your healing, deliverance, wholeness and prosperity and a mansion in heaven waiting for you! It should be the goal of every believer to have the light that is in them to have more influence over their environment than any power or philosophy from hell ever could. "You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men..." - Matthew 5:14,16 ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY http://afministry.ning.com