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Breaking News! – War in Heavenlies! – 90 Days Global Matthew 6:10 prayer and fasting – Day 39 + God’s Greatest Assignment for You and Me IS?  How to Deliver a Miracle – The Five (5) Steps that Leads to a Miracle Delivery –  Deliver the Miracle and transfer the Credit 10, 11 of 14

Breaking News! - War in Heavenlies! - 90 Days Global Matthew 6:10 prayer and fasting - Day 38 + God’s Greatest Assignment for You and Me IS?  How to Deliver a Miracle - The Five (5) Steps that Leads to a Miracle Delivery -  Deliver the Miracle and transfer the Credit 10, 11 of 14
Breaking News! – War in Heavenlies! – 90 Days Global Matthew 6:10 prayer and fasting – Day 38

Friends, I welcome you to today’s message for the body of Christ. Today marks the 39th day of our global prayer and fasting using Matthew 6:10 as our anchor verse.

I like to start today’s discussion on War in the Heavenlies.

It is important we remind ourselves that we are not here as ambassadors of Christ to wrestle with human beings. Humans are our treasure throve. Be it Boko Haram, Trump, Bidan, Buhari, or the drunk down the street. Our warfare is in the heavenlies – As foot soldiers, we are here to enforce what Jesus has already accomplished and take up human spoils back to the kingdom as originally intended. We are to love people and hate the sin. Especially systemic sin powered by the evil forces of this world. The evil forces that powers systems that say, “Gods laws are outdated and new ones must be enforced on everyone, no matter how evil they may seem.”

We read In Ephesians 6:10-20

The Passion Translation

Spiritual Warfare

10 Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force[a] of his explosive power flowing in and through you.

11 Put on God’s complete set of armor[b] provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser![c] 12 Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms.[d] For they are a powerful class of demon-gods[e] and evil spirits that hold[f] this dark world in bondage. 13 Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer,[g] for you are destined for all things[h] and will rise victorious.

14 Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. 15 Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.

16 In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One![i] 17–18 Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword[j] of the spoken Word of God.

Pray passionately in the Spirit, as you constantly intercede with every form of prayer at all times. Pray the blessings of God upon all his believers. 19 And pray also that God’s revelation would be released through me every time I preach the wonderful mystery of the hope-filled gospel. 20 Yes, pray that I may preach the wonderful news of God’s kingdom with bold freedom at every opportunity. Even though I am chained as a prisoner, I am his ambassador.

We must realize that God does not give prophecy for fancy or for records or for keeps. Prophecy is for warfare. God gives advance notice on His intentions for the world. He knows men and women have free will but we also know that the spiritual ruler of this world has peoples free will under his bondage and can redirect thoughts, decisions, and actions to line up with his agenda.

This is where we come in with Matthew 6:10. If we remain at ease in Zion, by burying our heads in the sand like Ostriches, the devil’s agenda will prevail and that agenda will be implemented upon us which eventually will affect or hinder our core mandate of taking up human spoils for Christ.

Hear what Jesus said when the 70 returned from gathering human spoils:

Luke 10:17-21

The Passion Translation

The Seventy Return

17 When the seventy missionaries returned to Jesus, they were ecstatic with joy, telling him, “Lord, even the demons obeyed us when we commanded them in your name!”

18 Jesus replied, “While you were ministering, I watched Satan topple until he fell suddenly from heaven like lightning to the ground. 19 Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over his kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power[a] Satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority. 20 However, your real source of joy isn’t merely that these spirits submit to your authority, but that your names are written in the journals of heaven and that you belong to God’s kingdom. This is the true source of your authority.”

21 Then Jesus, overflowing with the Holy Spirit’s anointing of joy, exclaimed, “Father, thank you, for you are Lord Supreme over heaven and earth! You have hidden the great revelation of this authority from those who are proud, those wise in their own eyes, and you have shared it with these who humbled themselves. Yes, Father. This is what pleases your heart and the very way you’ve chosen to extend your kingdom: to give to those who become like trusting children.

Also, read this from Jesus’s lips

Luke 15:7

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [[a]especially] wicked person who repents ([b]changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.

And this

Luke 15:10

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

10 Even so, I tell you, there is joy among and in the presence of the angels of God over one [[a]especially] wicked person who repents ([b]changes his mind for the better, heartily amending his ways, with abhorrence of his past sins).

So, brothers and sisters who are praying and watching and enforcing Gods kingdom and Gods will in ourselves, our families, our churches, our nation and our world, we should not relax but stand our ground until what He Himself has shown prevails.

Concerning the events in Nigeria or the USA or other parts of the world in particular, I dare say that the battle just began and it is in the heavenlies with visible impact here on earth. Stand strong..

As we look at events unfolding around the world, and as I bring this section to a close, I present to you for analysis two nations who had the blessing of Abraham upon them. Both were not perfect like all of us who are still work in progress. BUT one of the nations stood for righteousness and the other stood for systemic wickedness. I am talking about Jacob and Esau. I am talking about the people of the nation of Israel and the people of the nation of Amalek – Esau’s descendants. Read what took place and may the Holy Spirit grant you further illumination as you look closely at verse 11 and what you as a Christian presently here on earth must consistently do…

Exodus 17:8-16

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Then came Amalek [descendants of Esau] and fought with Israel at Rephidim.

And Moses said to Joshua, Choose us out men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.

10 So Joshua did as Moses said and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the hilltop.

11 When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and when he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.

12 But Moses’ hands were heavy and grew weary. So [the other men] took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side and one on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

13 And Joshua mowed down and disabled Amalek and his people with the sword.

14 And the Lord said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in the book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens.

15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The Lord is my Banner;

16 And he said, Because [theirs] is a hand against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

You can see here that the result of the war on the ground was not dependent upon Joshua’s war abilities, although that is important. The result was because of a spiritual exercise up on the mountain.  Go and do likewise until victory is assured concerning the events on the ground as the Lord as shown LONG before the storm began.

Now let us look at : God’s Greatest Assignment for You and Me IS?  How to Deliver a Miracle – The Five (5) Steps that Leads to a Miracle Delivery –  Delivery the Miracle and transfer the Credit 10, 11 of 14

In the last series, we said for a personal miracle to take place, we must have

–       A person (The recipient of the miracle)

–       A need (The purpose for any personal miracle)

–       An open heart (The place where a personal miracle is completed)

–       A Delivery agent (The means for getting the miracle where it is needed)

–       God (The person who does the miracle and receives the credit)

We said, these steps are universal, learnable, repeatable and aligned with how Heaven actually works in a miracle situation.

We call them the Five Steps for Delivering a Personal Miracle:

1)    Identify the person.

2)    Isolate the need.

3)    Open the heart.

4)    Deliver the miracle.

5)    Transfer the credit.

When we put these elements in the order in which most miracles unfold, we have a set of action steps that we can learn and use. All five steps play important role in every personal miracle.

Today, we look at Deliver the Miracle and Transfer the Credit.

Deliver the Miracle

In this step in the process, we actively partner with the Spirit to deliver the miracle for God. Our role is to facilitate and invite, responding to the Spirit’s guidance. That’s why I say that even though the miracle itself is God’s work, the step of delivering the miracle is our responsibility.

Until now in the delivery process, our role has been like John the Baptist’s—preparing the way for God. Through circumstance and miracle-specific signals, we have been led to both the person and the need God has in mind. And we’ve done our part to open the person’s heart.

Now it’s God’s turn to act. Thankfully, He desires to deliver miracles through us even more than we want Him to. That means we can relax. We don’t have to try to understand exactly how our unseen partner works. We only have to trust that He will and that we have a necessary role in the event. In this step of the process, God often guides us to do or say something important during the miracle delivery process that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

So there you are, God’s delivery person, standing at the door of a person’s life. The heart is open. What comes next? Here is a sequence I find helpful:

Take your thoughts off yourself and place your faith consciously and directly in God’s Spirit to lead. Continue making eye contact with, and focus completely on, the other person. What needs to happen next or start second-guessing yourself. Jesus told His disciples not to be anxious ahead of time about what to say in a difficult situation when they were asked to speak for Him:

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12

You might find yourself quoting a Bible verse you didn’t even know you’d memorized or suggesting a solution that hadn’t been in your thoughts a second ago. Plenty of times you won’t even realize what you said or why it mattered until later. Sometimes you won’t notice, but the other person will—“I think God must have sent you!

Give God time to act. You’ll know when this is a good idea, because at the time you won’t know what else to do! You need to get out of the way. God will begin to work in the heart in one way or another. Purposely slow down. Stop talking. Use more pauses. Consciously depend upon the Spirit, and pray silently.”

All of our delivery examples show that this part of the process can look different in different situations. One wonderful constant, though, is that the recipient is nearly always the first one to know that a miracle has taken place. Often he will say something that lets you know this is the case: “Wow, that was an amazing breakthrough for me!” Or “How did you know?” Or simply, “That was a miracle!”

Which leads to the last step in the process: making sure that the Person who did the miracle, not the delivery agent, gets properly recognized.

Transfer the Credit

For delivery agents like you and me, our mission is not complete until we have shined the spotlight on what God has just accomplished. We intentionally do everything in our power to help the person make the all-important leap between the wonderful experience and the wonderful source of that experience—God Himself.

To give God credit means showing gratitude. But thankfulness is just the beginning. You might remember the story from the Gospels where Jesus healed ten lepers yet only one returned to give thanks. Notice how Luke records this man’s response:

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. Luke 17:15-20

Thankfulness to God focuses on how we feel about His gift, whereas glorifying God focuses on what we now know to be true about the Giver.

God is the ultimate source of the miracle. After a personal miracle, worshiping Him with gratitude, sincerity, thankfulness—and maybe even with a “loud voice”—is the ultimate acknowledgment that we really understand what just happened.

The closer we help the miracle recipient get to that kind of truthful response, the more completely we will have delivered the miracle.

When you’re dealing with people who don’t seem to have an open relationship with God at the time, you need to bring their attention to a personal, caring God in a way that feels natural, not “churchy,” to them.

Of course, sometimes a miracle unfolds in such a way that God’s involvement is never in doubt. This is what makes prayer miracles such a great vehicle for revealing God’s goodness and power. When God answers a specific request with a miracle, His hand is immediately evident.

How do we make sure God gets the credit?

I think the first thing is to help the other person put words to what just happened. Help him recognize that it was God who just showed up. But don’t tell him that. If that’s what obviously happened, help him reach the conclusion for himself.

For example, you might begin by asking, “What just happened?” If God did something in his heart, he’ll be quick to say something like, “That was God!” or, “I can’t believe what just happened—it feels miraculous!”

It’s so important for people to hear themselves saying in their own words what happened. That way the meaning of the event—not just the event itself—rises into their awareness and stays in their memory.

As with opening the heart, the step of leading a person to understand what happened and to respond to God is our responsibility. It’s our work—and wonderful privilege—to link that person’s heart to God’s actions so that he or she can express appreciation to God. I typically move through this in three stages.

First, I help the other person identify and describe the specific need that was met. For example

“What did God show you about how much He really cares about you?”

Finally, I help him transfer the appropriate credit to God. I might say something like this:

“Can you say a short prayer to God, thanking Him for that gift? Or may I offer a prayer for you?”

“Don’t you think God would like to know how you’re feeling about Him right now?”

For many, what they say next will be the first time in their lives they have expressed glory to God for something He did for them personally.

I hope you’re seeing by now that transferring the credit might sound optional—like the bow on top of a nicely wrapped present—but it’s not. It really goes to the heart of what we’re talking about.

Good people doing good works in the world is not enough to fully accomplish what God wants done. God seeks to reveal Himself in majesty and truth in our generation—and to do so through us. That’s why a miracle just delivered and received is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to give Him the glory He deserves.

When your miracle appointment has fully transferred the credit to God through a heartfelt statement or prayer, it’s time to celebrate. You’ve just completed a miracle delivery!

Five words, another story to tell

You’ve seen a process described that God can use in your life. It begins when you get up in the morning as a person who has asked to be sent. Then it has you partnering with God for a personal miracle in an exciting sequence of events from “Hello” to “Mission accomplished.”

We have now finished the 5 delivery steps to a miracle.

In the next section, we are going to apply these five steps to three different kinds of personal miracles on Wednesday God willing, and Until then, remain blessed, remain Joyful, and remain in Peace which only Christ provides! Amen

Shalom!

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