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Did you know that there is a battle for your soul?

That the people of God are in a battle for their soul?

Throughout history, as great moves of God are just on the brink of happening, that is the moment of the greatest battle for the people of God.

• There are battles for holiness.
• There are battles to hear the voice of God.
• There are battles to make the right stand, and to be bold in areas where it will be very difficult to be bold.

We are living in that time…it is RIGHT NOW.

God has provided everything that we need to win the war.

He has given every single weapon possible and the greatest spiritual weapons able to take down the biggest giants…yet so many times the people of God are CONTENT to sit and look at their weapons, when our job is actually to WIELD OUR WEAPONS.

Wielding the weapons of our warfare puts us squarely in the battle.
There is no more sitting back and expecting God to use SOMEONE ELSE, when we are the ONE HOLDING THE SWORD!

So we are reticent to pick up the weapons, we just want to talk about them, and talk about what God is GOING TO DO, when in reality, the Holy Spirit is trying to LEAD INTO what God is ALREADY DOING.

Can I tell you a secret?

GOD IS ALREADY ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

He has stepped into the theater of warfare, and he is calling brave men and women to come alongside of him and wield God’s mighty weapons of spiritual warfare.

As I am writing this post, we are at the time of Pentecost…The day the church was BORN! The day the Holy Spirit first descended upon the people of God!

We all know what happened at Pentecost.
It was LOUD, it was UNCOMFORTABLE for some people in the city to see and hear.
Pentecost brought the city to a decision point.

It was no longer what God was ABOUT to do, or what God was GOING to do…it became, IN AN INSTANT, about what God is DOING!

The flood gates of heaven opened up and the Holy Spirit rained down in power on the lives of 120 brand new believers. They became empowered, not just to be witnesses, but to ENGAGE IN BATTLE.

There were demonic strongholds that began to tremble as the new anointing from heaven descended on the people of God.
We BECAME the CHURCH that the gates of hell would not PREVAIL AGAINST.

It was in this moment.
It left everyone in the room with a decision…
“Will I use what I’ve been given, or will I simply continue to talk about it?”

Can I tell you that the time for talking is OVER.
We have moved into the time for action!

God’s mighty weapons, used under God’s mighty authority, through God’s mighty HOLY SPIRIT, in the lives of God’s mighty people.
We ought to be coming against strongholds instead of just holding on for strongholds to be broken.

We ought to be breaking the strongholds.

That is the power of authority that the church has been given.
We are to step into the NAME OF JESUS and break apart the things of the enemy using GOD’S MIGHTY WEAPONS.

We wield them in the name of our savior, and through his power, under his anointing.
I’m telling you…
IF the people of God will receive it, THIS IS THE TIME for breaking yokes of bondage, and for people to become free!
It happens when we stop talking and start USING…begin wielding the weapons of our warfare.

Let’s read the verse…

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NKJV
[3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

Let me remind you again, that you are NOT battling flesh and blood people.
That is why it sometimes feels confusing and disheartening.

But instead, we fight principalities and powers, mights and dominions.
These are the forces of darkness with which we wrestle.

You cannot fight demons and strongholds with a ten step system or a twelve step system…instead you need a ONE STEP SAVIOR!

A savior who came into this world to SET MEN FREE!
He still has the power to do that, and he has committed to the CHURCH, the weapons of our warfare, that we ought to wield!

Scripture says…

[4] For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, [5] casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, [6] and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

The enemy of your soul battles on the battlefield of the heart and mind.
• He tries to sway thoughts and opinions. • He argues.
• He disagrees.
• He dodges truth, and tries to convince you of things that are untrue.
• He is a liar.

So we cannot “try our best” to defeat the enemy, we have to allow the weapons of our warfare, wielded in our hands to do what they do best, and through God…to tear down the strongholds.

There is a difference between KNOWING something is available and USING what is available.
Too often, we know what we have, but we don’t use it.

With this being said…You and I must remember…
THE MAIN ACTIVITY OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE HAPPENS THROUGH PRAYER.

• If you and I won’t pray…we are LOSING the battle.
• When we cease to pray, we cease to fight.

So many times we want to see things in our life, our family, our kids, our church, our job, our community, our health, our mind…we want to see these things go forward and be victorious, BUT WE WON’T PRAY!

If you want to win the war, it’s time to pull out some BATTLE PRAYERS.
• Prayers that avail.
• Prayers that threaten the enemy’s holdings.
• Prayers that draw lines in the sand.

Without this type of prayer that seeks God, and calls things that are not as though they were, we will not advance.
And I get it, there are some people who simply won’t do this.

They are CONTENT, but their contentedness won’t last, because we are in the last of the last days, and everything about being a Christian is amping up…including the fight.

No longer can we simply sit on the sidelines and get in when we want to or get out when we want to. That sort of mentality won’t prepare your heart for what is coming.

Everything in your life has to revolve around three things:

1. Obedience.
2. Faithfulness.
3. Prayer.

Obedience to God keeps us in a place where the holiness of God can wash over our soul, and holiness keeps us in right standing with the Lord.
Faithfulness keeps us in connection with the will of God in our life.
But…
Prayer is where we step onto the battlefield and begin to seek God, dwell with God, and fight until we see the will of God come to pass.

With this being said…Let’s move into the weapons of our warfare…and we will only hit the high points of each one.

FIRST, we’ve been given the NAME OF JESUS.

When Jesus gave us his name, he extended to us HIS AUTHORITY.

We can pray in the name of Jesus.
We can speak in the name of Jesus.
We can call things out in the name of Jesus.

Listen to what Jesus said to his disciples right before he physically left the earth…

Mark 16:17-18 NKJV
[17] And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; [18] they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

It is implied that we will DO ALL OF THESE things IN HIS NAME.

These things make some people nervous because there are sections of Christianity that do crazy things like handle rattlesnakes, but that isn’t what Jesus was talking about.

In his name, we pick up those evil serpents, demons, spirits, and we throw them OUT!
In fact, in the book of Revelation, the Lord even calls the devil, “that old serpent.”

He is referring to spiritual warfare, I believe.

John 14:12-14 NKJV
[12] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. [13] And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

The NAME of Jesus is SO powerful. Don’t just wait on it to work. Pick it up, use it, trust it, wield it as the weapon of war that it is!

SECOND, we’ve been given the BLOOD OF JESUS!

Every single time you USE THE BLOOD, or talk about the blood, or plead the blood of Jesus, you are REMINDING THE DEVIL OF HIS DEFEAT because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Colossians 2:13-15 NKJV
[13] And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, [14] having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. [15] Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

The blood of Jesus is not a “good luck charm,” rather it is the ratification of a brand new covenant between God and man, through the sacrifice of Jesus.

It symbolizes and gives authority to every promise of God.

Hebrews 9:11-12 NKJV
[11] But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. [12] Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Scripture also says…

Hebrews 10:19-23 NKJV
[19] Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, [20] by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, [21] and having a High Priest over the house of God, [22] let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

There is wonder working POWER in the BLOOD OF JESUS.

We are going to speak about the other weapons of our warfare in the next post, but right now we need to get ready to USE what we’ve been given. On this birth day of the church, this Pentecost day, we have authority to USE the name of Jesus and call things out.

• We can call things that are NOT, as though they WERE.
• We can speak to our mountains in the name of Jesus and tell them to MOVE.

Then we can plead the blood of Jesus, apply the blood of Jesus, and draw our battle lines with the blood of Jesus.

If you are facing battles, or someone you love is facing a battle, it’s time to use the name of Jesus and the blood of Jesus, and wield God’s mighty weapons to tear down the strongholds!

• If you need to have your sins washed away, it can happen in an instant through the blood of Jesus.
They are not just covered, they are GONE!
• You can accept Jesus’ sacrifice for your life, and be saved TODAY!
• You can renew your commitment to him TODAY!

Furthermore, the Holy Ghost is not a weapon, but he is a person that still wants to fill up the church.
If you want to be filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, God can fill you TODAY!
There is no better time than on the anniversary of the first outpouring!


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Larry Shankle

My heart is for the church that Jesus is building and returning for...the church that the gates of hell will not prevail against.
More than anything, the desire of my heart is to see the greatest revival of the Holy Spirit, salvations, spiritual awakening, and for the miraculous to come back to the church, preparing believers for the return of Jesus.

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