Every job he found didn’t last. Doors were shutting with no explanation. In every direction he turned he encountered closures. Some employers would hire him and then suddenly change their decision. Others would tell him he was doing a good job but was no longer needed. It suddenly became clear he was facing spiritual adversity. He sought prayer of agreement, and commanded hindrances to move in Jesus’ name. Victory was immediate. Someone called him for a position he has had now for nine years with yearly pay increases. When he noticed similar barriers in his relationships, he began to war effectively discerning the true interference.
We might not recognize we are facing spiritual adversaries, so we should pray daily against them. Preventive prayer is so valuable. Daily we oppose whatever is coming against God’s will for our lives. Enemies are to be expected for every door God opens for us. Foes are confirmation that the doors God is opening for us are to take us further than can be seen. When doors keep shutting, we can trust God is preparing a greater door.
Extension is for His expansion. What takes longer in the natural to come to pass is enlarged until the time of manifestation. We can rejoice today knowing the doors God opens cannot be shut, and the doors He shuts cannot be opened as He brings about His perfect will in our lives. Praying for obstacles to move out of our way becomes part of our walk, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 16:9 “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”
Each of us encounters the risen Lord. One primary way we encounter Him is through personal encounters unique for every person — intimate and private.
We grow in our awareness that God knows and understands us with love and compassion. What we find in the process is that God draws us to know and understand Him. He does so personally: to a gardener, He reveals Himself and speaks through the gardening process; to the fisherman, through fishing; to the shepherd through sheep; to a parent, through a child. He meets us where we are and ministers to us through personal experiences and situations so we can know Him for ourselves. Mary recognized Jesus after He had risen when He called her by name. This showed His knowledge, love and care for her like only He could. When we seek the Lord, amid our tears, we will find Him closer than we ever expected.
The personal relationship we have with the Lord is such an individual experience we cannot compare it with others. We can never think that one is experiencing the Lord more than another, because it’s not the more or less, it’s the one on one. It can never be the same, because God’s ways are new every day. Familiarity can hinder our hearing from God through a fresh approach. We are taught not to take things personally, but that doesn’t apply to what comes from the Lord: it is personal, from glory to glory!
John 20:15-16 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
We don’t give up, we give it up. We surrender to God as we give ourselves up into His powerful care. From that place of surrender, we are able to resist controlling forces and wrong influences. We become quicker to set healthy boundaries. No longer do we back down and allow compromises to infiltrate our lives. When war strikes in our soul we find we don’t surrender to despair but to hope; not to fear but to faith; not to defeat but to victory. Most of all, we do not surrender to the flesh, but to the Spirit.
A woman was tempted to fall into adultery. It happened suddenly, without notice. One conversation with someone alone lead to a hug of comfort that escalated quickly to a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment she saw herself giving in. She was surrendering to a temptation that was planned to take her down into a pit of destruction. That very moment, in her spirit, she surrendered to God and was able to move away from that situation. We might surrender to the wrong thoughts, negative words, controlling spirits around us if we are not surrendered unto the Lord. We surrender by faith, moment by moment.
Giving up is not an option. We yield to the only power able to keep us victorious, the power of God. We lift up our hands, not as a gesture to give up to opposition, but as a gesture of praise. We walk free, from glory to glory!
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
Every member of the body of Christ has a very important part in the plans and purposes of God. Just as the joints of our physical bodies work together in an amazing fashion, each one of us contributes an effective share to the whole. We personally obey the leading of the Lord with the grace our God supplies and we know we are linked to other’s walk of obedience as well.
This is seen so clearly in couples. One may be willing to work on the relationship, but if the other is not, the unity and victory pursued is hindered. It is difficult for the one who is giving their all to stand when the other is only making a very little effort, if any. One gives their best, and then they need to trust God to intervene and lead the others to do their part. In all relationships and for all that pertains to the growth of the Body–prayer and unity are the most effective weapons.
Prayer and agreement help uphold the other parts, and bring forth obedience to the Lord. As the Lord unites us together so we may conform to Him, let us pray together for one another with the understanding that in Him, we are members of the same body. As we walk in love, and with love–every joint is being strengthened. The Holy Spirit is leading everyone to fulfill their call, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 4:15-16 … but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
The opposition of the enemy comes in many ways. He either tries to make us ineffective where we are, or completely move us from our place of destiny. To do so, he moves from bringing distraction–to bringing depression. With depression, he brings discouragement. The fear of not making it can cause us to move away, to flee. When we give in to these lies of defeat, we give up.
Nehemiah and Elijah both had a report that someone was coming to kill them. Jezebel was indeed after Elijah, but the word that Nehemiah received was a lie. In both situations, the fear of dying or not making it was used by the enemy to make them flee. Elijah fled with much depression and fear, but God rescued him. Nehemiah refused to flee, and didn’t believe the false prophetic word because it didn’t line up with God’s Word.
Elijah looked at his own life and feared to lose it, so he fled the scene. The enemy attempts to get us to focus on ourselves and save ourselves. We cannot. We have already died in Christ, so we have no fear. We confront every conflict by God’s grace. We do not flee from fear; we stand by faith. Only God has the authority to tell us to move to another place. When He does, it’s never out of despair, but out of peace. He truly leads us from glory to glory!
Nehemiah 6:11 “And I said, ‘Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!’ ”