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Spiritual Warfare In The Book of Daniel

Spiritual Warfare In The Book of Daniel

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book, "Faith Science". After teaching on The Book of Daniel at The School of The Bible on Tuesday night this revelation was one of the highlights.

In the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future—times of war and great hardship. When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks. All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed. On April 23, as I was standing on the bank of the great Tigris River, I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist. His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people. Only I, Daniel, saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide. So I was left there all alone to see this amazing vision. My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak. Then I heard the man speak, and when I heard the sound of his voice, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground. - Daniel 10:1–9 nlt

I am about to share with you one of the most poignant demonstrations of God’s love. Through prayer, he has given us a direct connection between the invisible and visible worlds. For three full weeks, Daniel went through an intense season of fasting and prayer. In a fascinating display of discipline, he put his natural desires under subjection and focused his life on deep spiritual intercession. Fortunately, the hierarchy of heaven noticed, and God sent an angel with a message that blows this teaching on the invisible world wide open. Like he did with Elisha’s servant, God opened Daniel’s spiritual eyes while he stood on the banks of the Tigris River. In the form of a vision he was given instant access to the invisible world.

Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling. Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twentyone days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.” - Daniel 10:10–14 nlt

For twenty-one days Daniel prayed for something that God released from heaven the first day. While Daniel engaged in spiritual warfare on earth, for twenty-one days an invisible battle was waged in heaven. The angel holding his answer battled the fallen angel of the kingdom of Persia until Michael, the archangel of war, was dispatched to help him. Once Michael arrived, he took over the fight while the angel holding Daniel’s answer slipped away with the urgent delivery. Daniel could not have known exactly what was going on in the spirit realm during those three weeks, but he trusted God. He felt the necessity in his heart to keep praying because God must have been doing something. Carefully observe the name of the spirit that opposed the angel of God, because it will become very important as we move along.

While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. Then the one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, “I am filled with anguish because of the vision I have seen, my lord, and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.” He replied, “Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia, and after that the spirit prince of the kingdom of Greece will come. Meanwhile, I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one helps me against these spirit princes except Michael, your spirit prince. - Daniel 10:15–21 nlt (emphasis mine)

Daniel’s vision reveals so much wisdom that it can change how we approach the spirit realm altogether. The angel asserted that even while he spoke with Daniel, Michael the archangel was still fighting against the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. The heavenly war was far from over, and once he was done with delivering his message he had to return to the battlefield. Nonetheless, the hidden message in this portion of Scripture begins in verse twenty. Since there is no time in the spirit, the angel knew exactly what would happen after they were finished with the territorial spirit over Persia. An intense battle with the territorial spirit over Greece would follow. Why is that so significant? I’ll show you.

I have been standing beside Michael to support and strengthen him since the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede.) “Now then, I will reveal the truth to you. Three more Persian kings will reign, to be succeeded by a fourth, far richer than the others. He will use his wealth to stir up everyone to fight against the kingdom of Greece.” - Daniel 11:1–2 nlt

The spiritual battle that was taking place in heaven was a precursor to the physical battle that was coming. In the spirit realm, God’s angels were already in the middle of a heated fight with the fallen angel assigned to Persia. Soon after, the Grecian fallen angel was on his way to the battle. In the natural realm, after the reign of Cyrus, the current king of Persia, three more Persian kings were rising to power. Then a war with the kingdom of Greece was next on the schedule. What looked like random wars between opposing earthly kingdoms was really a reflection of the spiritual war. The real war was invisible and was being fought between God’s angels and the spirits behind these kingdoms.

That is so important for us to understand because in these few verses dwells the entirety of spiritual warfare and its effects in the natural realm. While Daniel prayed, angels were fighting for the people of Israel. They were being physically controlled by the Persian kingdom on earth but may not have been aware of the spiritual consequences. The territorial spirit in control of the Persian kingdom used that authority to resist Daniel’s prayers from being answered. Once he was defeated by the angels in heaven and the Greek spirit took over, it was only a matter of time before the Persian kingdom on earth lost its power over God’s people to the Greeks. So many conclusions can be drawn from that, but I’ll leave it right there. The mystery revealed here is the direct connection between the invisible and visible realms.

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Undercover Spiritual Warfare

Undercover Spiritual Warfare

Today's blog is dedicated to Janice. She reached out to us yesterday asking for the daily messages to return. Saying we're a little busy these days is an understatement. As you should already know, we started The Body Church a few months ago. We will also be releasing a new book soon. We also have some new developments in other areas. Nonetheless, if you enjoy reading these daily devotionals let us know so we'll make sure you get them. We need to hear from you. 🙂

2 Corinthians 10:4-6(NIV) - The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

Do you know that one of the most popular spiritual warfare scriptures in the Charismatic Christian church is usually not used in its proper context? 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 is not necessarily referring to evil spiritual forces roaming the earth. It’s directed to mental strongholds on the inside of people that cause them to disobey God. This type of spiritual warfare is really a war for control of our minds. We win or lose this war by the decisions we make in response to God’s directions.

James 4:7(KJV) - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When a Christian submits to God’s directions he is resisting the devil by resisting his temptations. When the devil cannot influence a Christian to disobey God, the devil is powerless and has to run. Hence, spiritual warfare in this context is really pulling down disobedient mindsets with the simple decision to be obedient. Every Christian has The Spirit of Obedient Fear of The Lord so every Christian can win the war for their minds.

Meditate on James 1:12-17

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Watch Out For The Invisible!

The Invisible World

2 Corinthians 4:18(KJV) - While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What you see is not what you get. Sometimes you get what you don't see and by the time you see it, it's too late. There's a parallel world in existence right now simultaneous to the world we know. Whether we believe it or not, the invisible world is pulling the strings that control the visible world we live in. It operates by a different set of rules and can either greatly benefit or hamper our daily lives. How we interact with it determines which option will manifest.

Right now at The Body Church we are doing a teaching series on The Holy Spirit. Yes, He's invisible but He's more real than anything or anyone you can see.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. - Colossians 1:15–17 nlt

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book "Faith Science".

Biblical faith is “complete trust in the invisible evidence provided by the Word of God confirmed by commensurate action.” Based on the Scriptures, there is an invisible world that exists simultaneously with the visible world we live in. In that world are thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Thus, if we believe the Word of God, we cannot ignore it. In the same way that Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, what we see in our lives are visible images of what’s happening in the invisible world. Even if we choose not to acknowledge it, our lives are directly affected by what we cannot see with our natural eyes. Now let’s apply this perspective to the following biblical account.

The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?” “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!” “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.” And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.” So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked. - 2 Kings 6:11–18 nlt

When life is seen through the eyes of faith, it is completely different from physical reality. Elisha knew that God’s army was there to protect him, so he had no fear of the Arameans. It didn’t matter to him what his natural eyes could see. As long as God existed, he was safe. His servant, however, was not as confident. He looked up and saw troops, horses, and chariots everywhere, so he responded just like any intelligent human being would. He was panic-stricken. He shared his fears with Elisha, and one of the most amazing revelations in Scripture took place.

Elisha prayed for God to give his servant spiritual vision so he could see into the invisible world. Instantly, his perspective changed. If he thought the Aramean army was impressive, what did he think when he saw the hillside filled with horses and chariots of fire from God’s army? Did they all arrive as soon as the servant’s eyes were opened, or were they already there? Did the fact that they became visible validate their existence? Of course not! The invisible world is real all by itself and can only be seen through the eyes of faith. What happened with Elisha’s servant was necessary for him to believe what Elisha already believed by faith.

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Video of The Month - Strongholds: Slavery Of The Mind

2 Corinthians 10:4(KJV) - (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

We are in a war for our minds. Don't let the enemy win!

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The Hidden Gospel

The Hidden Gospel

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book, "The Mysterious Kingdom Of Heaven"

2 Corinthians 4:3-5 - But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

The gospel is hidden. The message of hope that can change every person in the whole world just does not make any sense to some of them. It's not like God's plan of redemption is difficult to understand but with a heart full of rebellion it's difficult to accept. After reading The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven I hope your eyes were opened to see the inner workings of God's system. When Jesus died on the cross He didn't just pay the price for our sinful nature but He restored our access to God's Kingdom. That's the part of the gospel that applies to our present time on earth and that's the part that remains hidden even to some Christians.

Matthew 13:10-17 - And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

What seems like the simplest message to some of us continues to confuse others. Hence, it's sometimes hard for us to perceive how anyone could reject God's Kingdom. Nonetheless, the scriptures are clear that the enemy has blinded the eyes of the world. It also says that he has clogged their ears. That's straightforward information but what's interesting is what Jesus said in Matthew 13:17. Many prophets and righteous men wished that they would be alive to see God's Kingdom established in the hearts of His people on the earth. They had to live through the Old Covenant until Jesus became the sacrifice for the new.

Now, we can live in the middle of the world by a superior system that completely opposes it. Even if it gets challenging, we have the scriptures and The Holy Spirit to help us through it. If you learned anything while reading this book why not share this gospel with someone else who's willing to listen. Those in the world need to know that with His death Jesus paid the price for their sin. However, those in The Church need an understanding of the system He set up before He died.

Matthew 11:11-12(NKJV) - "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus confirmed that the Kingdom of Heaven is superior to any other system that ever will exist. After calling John the Baptist the greatest man who ever lived, He made a strange statement. The person at the lowest level of the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. How is that possible? Not only did John personally welcome Jesus into the ministry but he baptized Him and saw a rare manifestation of The Trinity. What made John so great were not the miracles he performed but what he represented. He declared the end of the old religious system and the beginning of The Kingdom.

After all the great prophets and men of God who prepared the world for the coming of Jesus, John was privileged to be the last. He beheld with his natural eyes what they could have only seen in the spirit. Now we have an even greater advantage than John. In the Body of Christ, we can live in the Kingdom of Heaven that John prophesied was imminent. We can operate in the authority of the name of Jesus and The Holy Spirit lives inside of us. We have the entire New Testament to teach us how the new covenant of faith operates.

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The Power of Agreement

Agreement Is The Key!

Matthew 18:18-20(KJV) - Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Today is Part Three of this week's series on Intercession. For Part Two, "Lord, Release The Spirit Of Intercession!" click here!

Agreement is key to the advancement of God's plan for His Church. First, we must be in agreement with Him and once that is complete, we can be in agreement with each other. In Acts 2, it was when they were all in one accord in one place on the Day of Pentecost that The Holy Spirit was able to move mightily among them. However, they were there in response to specific instructions from Jesus in Acts 1:4.

The Power of Agreement

John 17:20-23(NKJV) - “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

How does Jesus expect us to be one? That's a really easy question because the answer is right there in John 17:21. Jesus expects us to be one in Him. When we are one in Him we will be one with each other. We can't be one with each other if we're not one with Him. Many of us are all over the place and that's why God is calling each of us to come into His presence. He wants us to be one in Him.

When we spend time in God's presence we get to see His glory manifest in our lives. As Jesus said in John 17:22, it's His glory that fuses us together. So that's why we feel this sense of urgency to seek His face. It's the first step in the process. God is calling us to Himself so that He can release us together to the world.

It's time to seek His face. It's time to be one with Him. It's time for us to be one. It's time!

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Lord, Release The Spirit Of Intercession!

Lord, Release The Spirit Of Intercession!

2 Chronicles 7:13-15(KJV) - If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

Today is Part Two of our new series on Intercession. For Part One, "Lord, We Need Intercessors!" click here!

Release The Spirit of Intercession, Lord! Make us burn for you! Do something deep within our hearts! We are ready for you to move in our lives. The time has come for us to decrease so that you can increase in our lives. We surrender....

I don't know if you can sense what's happening right now but The Spirit of The Lord is quickening us to seek His face. He is calling His children to come before Him. Jesus said in John 10:27 that His sheep know His voice and He knows them and they follow Him. Can you hear Him calling?

Lord, Release The Spirit of Intercession

Jeremiah 3:22(NLT) - “My wayward children,” says the LORD, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the LORD our God.

God has been speaking to my heart lately and should also be speaking to yours. Are you listening? There really is no reason to delay the inevitable. When God starts drawing our hearts to Him we will have no peace until we run into His presence.

In you, Oh Lord, do I find my rest. There is no other place I rather be than in your presence. Have your way today. Have your way.... There is so much that you want to do in the earth. You can use me. If you give me the words, I will say them. If you show me the way, I will go.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”

God is calling..... Respond!

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How Christians Fight Depression

Isaiah 61:3(KJV) - To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Psalm 22:3(KJV) - But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Psalm 16:11(KJV) - Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

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God's Word Gives You Power Over Sin

Psalms 119:11(NLT) - I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
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Conversations With God

The time for "he say, she say" is over! You need to hear from God for yourself.

Isaiah 30:20-21 - Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. 21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left.

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