Quiet Time With Jesus – What do you want from God?

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

There are three battlegrounds – the mind, the church and the heavenly places. Someone wrote: Any time the Spirit of God’s kingdom is truly manifested in the earth, it will ultimately confront the strongholds of hell. Whenever evil spirits have either a foothold or a stronghold, we can expect that the overcoming church will be engaged in warfare… When I read this, I remember what Jesus said,

… on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
— Matthew 16:18b-19

When the Spirit leads us through the three arenas of spiritual warfare, the Spirit is building in us a foundation of insight, wisdom and discernment on the nature of the battle and the keys to victory.

From the book ‘The Three Battlegrounds” by Francis Frangipane: Is your love growing and becoming softer, brighter, more daring and more visible? Or is it becoming more discriminating, more calculating, less vulnerable and less available? This is a very important issue, for your Christianity is only as real as your love. A measurable decrease in your ability to love is evident that a stronghold of cold love is developing within you.

No matter what we are facing (whether it is a sickness or a breakdown in relationships), and no matter where we are facing it (whether at home, at the workplace, among friends or in a community of people, in our own nation or in other nations), we are actually doing battle with the devil’s army not man.

Satan’s objective is to hinder and defeat the work of repentance. The Bible talks about wisdom as though wisdom is a person; Let us imagine repentance as a person too. Repentance works miracles in the inner being of a sinful man, not forgetting that we are all sinful. The sin nature is still in us. The difference between a mature Christian and an immature Christian is NOT how much he knows about the Bible but how he deals with sin.

The work of repentance is powerful. When we allow repentance to work through us, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us. Hallelujah! We can be assured that Christ is working through us, renewing our minds and transforming us – spirit, soul and body.

Truly, isn’t that what every Christian wants?

Please don’t tell me that you become a Christian because you want wealth and prosperity, success and fame i.e. things of the world. The one and only desire of a true Christian is: to be transformed into the image of Christ i.e. the image of God.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Please help us to see and know that there is a war, a real war going on. It is an ancient war between the spirit of Elijah and the spirit of Jezebel. In this age-old battle, Elijah represents the interests of heaven: the call to repentance and the return to God. Jezebel, on the other hand, represents that principality whose purpose is to hinder and defeat the work of repentance. 

Thank You for John the Baptist who prepared the way. Matthew 3:1-2 tells us that in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the desert and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Thank You for Billy Graham and many others who preached and are still preaching the message of repentance. Yes! Your Will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Thank You for calling us to preach the message of repentance. John was called to prepare the Way for the First Coming of Christ; we are called to prepare the Way for His Second Coming. Hallelujah!

Please help us to hear every command, obey and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. Surely, we have VICTORY IN CHRIST, now and forever. Our LIFE IN CHRIST is eternal.

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling