He Overcomes! . . . The Promise of Luke 1019

soldiers in a prayer circleOften when I pass out my ministry card to people they ask, “What’s the 1019 stand for?”

I respond with Luke 10:19 where Jesus says to His disciples,

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” (NIV)

It’s a truth that is central to our faith yet seemingly known by few and lived out by fewer.

I run into believer after believer, ministry leader after ministry leader, and church after church who are more comfortable with explaining away or misdiagnosing spiritual oppression in their life and in the life of their church body rather than calling it for what it is and biblically dealing with it through a long season of prayer, typically 40 days.

I’m not talking about looking for a demon behind every rock nor am I seeking to simplify the complex spiritual attacks which often beset us.

I am challenging us as believers to take the example given us in Mark 9:14-29 where Jesus explains to His disciples concerning the demonic spirit that they couldn’t drive out of a boy,

And He said to them,“This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Mark 9:29

When we’re unwilling to deal with spiritual oppression through a long season of prayer, we spiritually limp around beset by fierce spiritual attack the remains undealt with.

Is the enemy coming against your church body with a flood of spiritual warfare and attack? Is. 59:19

If so, then it is possible that the enemy has established a stronghold or a series of strongholds that can be dealt with through a 40-day prayer focus.

Are you a pastor or ministry leader who is silently struggling with:

  • heavy depression
  • weighty and unexplainable emotional struggle
  • repetitive and persisting spiritual attacks
  • unexplainable delays in personal and spiritual progress

Prayerfully consider if spiritual oppression is a hidden reason behind these things (Mark 4:22). Consider a 40-day prayer focus.

We follow a Leader and Guide who wears the victor’s crown! He has overcome and has given us authority to overcome all the power of the enemy!

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Churches: Do You Have a Prayer Team for Weekly Services?

Country Church from Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com“It is written,” He said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer'” – Jesus (Lk 19:46, Is 56:7)

One of the most pivotal moments of the week in the life of your church is when your church body is hearing the truth of the Word.

Hebrews 4:12 tells us what occurs as we hear or read the Word of God:

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Spiritual activity occurs in people’s hearts and lives as they hear God’s Word. In hearing His Word, Father brings to the surface of His children’s hearts:

  • Places He wants to heal – Ps 146:7-8; 147:3
  • Areas He wants to deal with – 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Aspects of their relationship with Him that He wants them to grow in
  • Sins He wants to root out of their lives and set them free from – Psalm 66:18
  • In the heart of a seeking person, His desire to rescue them from the dominion of darkness and bring them into the kingdom of the Son He loves – Colossians 1:13-14

As churches, what are we doing with these opportunities to minister and come alongside the members of our body in these pivotal moments?

Moreover, how did Jesus handle the pivotal moments after He delivered truth to the crowds?

  • Did He tell them to write down their prayer requests and hand them in so He and His disciples could pray about them later in the week?
  • Did He say to those who came to Him with needs, “Yes, I’ll pray for you” and then walk away?
  • Did He just send them on their way, not even giving them an opportunity to respond?

No, He didn’t. Jesus ministered to them by laying His hands on them and praying for them in those pivotal moments following His teaching (Mt 4:24, 8:16, 15:30) . . . and we should seek to do them same for spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the members of our church body.

There is a place for written prayer requests, but a church who doesn’t have a prayer team for their weekly services is missing many significant opportunities to minister and to be the house of prayer Jesus has called our churches to be (Luke 19:46, Isaiah 56:7).

Few churches would let themselves be without a team of elders, deacons, deaconesses, ushers, greeters, and volunteers to teach in their children’s and adult groups and yet many churches don’t have a prayer team for their weekly services. Why is that? 

Possibly because in the functioning of our weekly services having a prayer team isn’t a logistical necessity. Yet it is a spiritual necessity. I talk more about the vital need for intercession in our churches in my book, Precious Stones of Intercession: Specific and Persistent Prayer on Behalf of Others.

There must be a place for the individual ministry of prayer at our weekly services, it is essential for the spiritual health and the maturing of our body.

In building a prayer team for your weekly services, look for these qualities which make the word STABLE:

SSpirit-Led – Galatians 5:17-25 – an excellent resource for study is Spirit Rising by Jim Cymbala with Jennifer Schuchmann
TTeachablethey don’t talk or act like they know it all, they are humble in their wisdom
AAccountable to both their prayer team and church leadership for living a life that is above reproach and striving in His strength to be continually growing in their walk with Christ
BBiblically-Based their prayers are based on Scripture and not their own thoughts or understanding. A helpful tool is Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore
LLeaders & Learners – both in their walk with Christ as well as in their prayer life
EEquipped to handle Spiritual Warfare – an excellent book for deeper study is The Invisible War by Chip Ingram

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What’s a Prophetic Intercessor?

Angela Intercedes

It’s the kind of question people don’t ask – they’re afraid the answer could open a can of worms. But it’s on their minds: What is a prophetic intercessor?

A great book definition of it:

Prophetic Intercessor – seems to hear from God almost as much as they speak to God.  Exhortation, faith, wisdom, words of knowledge and discernment flow from the prophetic intercessor.

With those who are “eyes” and “ears” (prophetic intercessors), God often shares the secrets of His heart and the strategies of His work.  God reveals His plans to them.  At times He reveals the plans of the enemy, as well. (Jeremiah 33:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21) – Beyond the Veil by Alice Smith

Your burning question may still be, “But what does a prophetic intercessor do beyond pray lots?”

Father has a job description to fit His unique and specific calling on the life of a prophetic intercessor. Yet there are also similarities amongst the differences. Below is what living out Father’s calling on my life looks like:

Ministry Leaders and Friends

Connect with and Encourage Ministry Leaders

Over the years, Father has had me encourage and connect with ministry leaders all over the world. Some connections become a long-term partnering, some are for just a season of ministry, and some are for the length of a phone or email conversation.Through these relationships and connections, Father has me live out the heart of Hebrews 10:24 to His Beloved shepherds and leaders.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Onsite Intercession

Teach and Train

I teach about intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare at churches or small group gatherings.

I train short-term mission teams through a training called Luke 10 Training to prepare the teams to effectively intercede for the people and the country they are traveling to as well as how to knowledgeably battle the spiritual warfare they will face there.

Sometimes, I lead mission teams in intercessory prayer on-site on the mission trip.

ministry leaders of today and tomorrow

Come Alongside Churches, Ministries, and Individuals

 . . . in dealing with long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in their church body, ministry, or in their personal lives.

I have given you authority . . . to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare is an opportunity to join Father in believing His promise to us in Psalm 20:6-8 and countless other verses.

Precious Stones of IntercessionNow I know that the Lord saves his anointed; He answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

I detail more stories of churches, ministries, and individuals experiencing freedom from bondage and from long-term, ongoing, and debilitating spiritual warfare in my book Precious Stones of Intercession: Specific and Persistent Prayer on Behalf of Others.

Speak and Write

Angela Speaking

Our churches, ministries, families, and world are in desperate need for us as believers to daily walk in the power and authority we have been given and to actively and boldly fight against the spiritual warfare that attacks us on all fronts.

My mission in speaking and writing is to help build up the body with practical strategies to make the above a functional reality in their church, ministry, and family life.

Even I Have Asked the Question

As a prophetic intercessor, I have the honor and the privilege to intercede, and to strengthen, encourage and comfort the body of Christ through Father’s words (1 Cor 14:3).

It is a calling I never thought of having. It’s a calling I and others have questioned. It’s a calling that invites both the curiosity and critique of others. It is a calling I wouldn’t have chosen for myself.

And yet, in submitting to Father’s plan and living for an audience of One, I increasingly find that there is no greater honor and no greater privilege than to be who He has called you to be and to do what He has called you to do (Eph 2:10).

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Finishing (Adventures in Faith series)

Knight Kneeling

O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.

In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” – Isaiah 25:1, 9

Finishing well . . .

It is the cry at the core of every believer’s heart who has fixed their eyes on Jesus.

The battle scene from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rivets my heart each time I see it. This scene encapsulates the core aspects at stake in the battle for us to finish well as believers.

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The dialogue from this scene breaks down into these core aspects that are at stake in the battle for us to finish well as believers.

FEAR

DRYAD: Fear not my princes. I come with tidings of grave news..
Peter walks out of the tent.
PETER: It is true, he’s gone
EDMUND: Then you’ll have to lead us. There’s a whole army out there waiting to follow you.
PETER: I can’t
EDMUND: Aslan believed you could. And so do I.
OREIUS: what are your orders?

Let us replace our “I can’ts” with “I can with His power and strength.”

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6

…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. – Philippians 2:13

BATTLE VIEW

GRYPHON: They come, you highness, in numbers and weapons far greater than our own.
OREIUS: Numbers do not win a battle
PETER: No, but I bet they help

From our human vantage point in the physical realm, it will often seem like we are outnumbered in both strength and force. We lose sight that the victory is sure; the battle has already been won.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-4

ENEMY’S VIEW

WHITE WITCH: I take no interest in prisoners. Kill them all
Army charges, gryphons attack
OTMAN: Look to the sky

In whatever way he can, the Enemy will seek to “take you out,” to emasculate (to deprive of strength or vigor; weaken) your spiritual strength, and cloud your spiritual vision.

For every person who doesn’t have a living relationship with Jesus Christ, this is their fate: death and destruction. What are you doing to be a part of the rescue effort for their souls?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. . . – John 10:10

BATTLE VICTORY

BATTLE TRULY BEGINS
PETER: Are you with me?
ORIEUS: To the death!
PETER: FOR NARNIA, AND FOR ASLAN!!!!

Do we have that level of voracious, unwavering commitment to our brothers and sisters in Christ?

Where are you in the battle?

  • Are you letting His courage trounce your fear?
  • Is your battle view accurate based on our King who has already gained the ultimate victory?

Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty;
the LORD, invincible in battle. – Psalm 24:8

  • Are you giving the Enemy a foothold in any part of your life?
  • Are you unwaveringly committed to your brothers and sisters in Christ in your local church family and in the Body of Christ worldwide through prayer and support?
  • Are you actively involved in the rescuing of those who haven’t yet escaped the Enemy’s grasp?

As soon as you are washed in Christ’s blood and clothed in His righteousness, you must begin to hew your way through a lane of enemies, right up to the eternal throne. Every foot of the way will be disputed; not an inch will Satan yield to you.Charles Spurgeon

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Adventures in Faith

I was in the middle of the ocean, sitting in a canoe with many other people.  Out of nowhere, a fighter jet appeared and started shooting at us.  We immediately ducked.  With our backs bent and faces bowed, we started fervently interceding that God would rescue us.

It was then that Father placed something like a spiritual force field around us. Though the fighter jet continued to fire at us, its exploding shoots couldn’t penetrate the force field.

We continued interceding for a period of time.  Then we noticed that the fighter jet was gone.  The force field fell away and we sat safely in the calm ocean waters.

At that point Father awoke me from my dream and said, “That was an illustration of 2 Chronicles 20:12-17.”

During the past six years, I have recounted the encouragement of that dream to many believers in person and through copies of the picture.

In every adventure of faith we embark upon, the Enemy sends out his fighter jets with the menacing message of:

You’ll Never Make It!

And from those fighter jets, he and his demons fire shots at us to try to cause us to slow down, sit down, and give up.  These shots usually carry the themes of:

  • Danger – “Watch out!  Don’t go any further! It’s not safe!”
  • Doubts – “You can’t do this!  God won’t come through for you!”
  • Discord – “They’re against you! They don’t understand you!”
  • Distractions – “You’re too busy…This can wait…Do it later.”
  • Discouragements – “Give up now…it’s too hard…you’re already losing.”

They come at us in a million varieties, specifically aimed at causing us to doubt that Father will truly come through for us.

If we allow these 5 D’s to become louder to us than Father’s voice, we soon despair and start to believe the Enemy’s message of, “You’ll never make it.”

We give into despair and our train of faith is derailed for a time or for good.

Adventures in faith are for the stout-hearted who are willing to take Father at His promise to make our feet like hinds feet:

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! – Hab 3:19 (AMP)

Join me as we spend the month of December exploring “Adventures in Faith.”

Kids: They’re Already Ready

Are we empowering our kids as mighty servants and ministers of the King now or is that a future thing?

I grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia.  As a young child, my parents taught me to serve, to minister to those around me, and I was thrust into the crosshairs of intense spiritual warfare.

I have worked in KidMin in various capacities throughout the U.S. and the world (volunteer, Christian school teacher, and vocation) for the past twenty years.  Through these experiences, I have become thoroughly convinced that “they’re already ready” – to serve, to minister, to engage in spiritual warfare, and to set an example for the believers (1 Tim. 4:12).

Ready to Serve

Serving in our church children’s ministry for 4 1/2 years, I provided the staff support for our 5th and 6th Grade ministry – a service-based pre-youth group experience based on Acts 1:8.  Our students had opportunities to serve in our children’s ministry, our church, our city, and through Operation Christmas Child and Kids Against Hunger.

Again and again, these 5th and 6th Graders rose to the challenge – serving with joy, purpose, and maturity.  Over and over I saw their hunger to make a real difference in their world, so much so that they inspired the adults who served as their small group leaders.

Our kids are Already Ready to serve.

Ready to Minister

I taught 3rd Grade at a Christian school this year.  One of my student’s father was diagnosed with a fast-acting cancer.  Over the year as she would share updates with us, I saw my class of eight and nine year olds effectively minister to her and to each other.

As we discussed the realities of life, death, suffering, and God’s answers to our prayers; I saw my students process, understand, and apply the concepts we conversed about.  I saw them minister with compassionate honesty, genuine comfort, and biblical wisdom & maturity. Time and again during our Bible time, they would gather around, placing their hands on her, ready to comfort and intercede for her.

Our kids are Already Ready to minister.

Ready to Engage in Spiritual Warfare

For two years, I led a week long children’s ministry outreach in conjunction with a ministry my church partners with in Asia.  Having grown up in Indonesia, I know firsthand the level of spiritual warfare these children are already dealing with in their youth.

During one outreach, I shared the testimony of my experience with spirtual warfare and oppression with this group of children whose ages spanned from two to fifteen years old.  I will always remember the look of understanding and connection I saw in their eyes.

Children worldwide are dealing with spiritual warfare and are in dire need of knowing the principles of how to effectively deal with spiritual warfare.

Our kids are Already Ready to engage in spiritual warfare.

Ready to Set an Example

In every setting I have engaged in KidMin – camps, Christian schools, churches, mission trips – I have seen kids who are ready to set an example for the believers (1 Tim. 4:12).  They only need to be esteemed, empowered, and equipped to do so.

They’re Already Ready . . .

What are we doing to enable them to soar?

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