Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains. And the mountains were mountains of bronze. Zechariah 6:1
(Caveat: I appreciate the Godly calling of our military men and women and their sacrifices. In the End of Days, it will be people who assemble into armies to wage war against God and His anointed, that I take issue with. Not the average solider of today. That said, times are a changing, and individual human beings have a choice to make on which side they will be on. CS)
Assembling the Armies
The militaries of the world are in their nascent stages coagulating to make war against God. The military has identified four essentials, which I call the Four Chariots of the Apocalypse.
You make mankind like the fish of the sea,
like crawling things that have no ruler.
He brings all of them up with a hook;
he drags them out with his net;
he gathers them in his dragnet;
so he rejoices and is glad. Habakkuk 1:14-15
Whether the militaries realize it or not, they are following God's command and His biblical principles. It is God arousing these militaries into action towards judgment.
Zechariah's Vision & Book of Daniel
Zechariah's saw a vision of four chariots from between two mountains of copper. Traditionally, it is thought that these represent the four great kingdoms of history: Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. These nations were granted supremacy from God through His heavenly emissaries. The horses in Zechariah's vision can mean four empires that enjoyed great power over a multitude of nations. The two mountains were of copper; tough, hard, and strong. Symbolically they can also represent the two "ends of the earth".
Personally, I believe in different or numerous levels or interpretations of Scripture.
I have recently have been seeing familiar passages come to life as emerging technologies unfold. Could the mountains of copper also represent the animation of the biblical giants Sihon and Og, with their flaming red hair, through advanced technology?
The first horse was red אָדֹם ʾāḏōm in color. It represents Babylonian Empire, being seen in Daniel, as gold which has a reddish glint. The color represents the shedding of blood by slaughter.
In Hebraic symbolism, the myrtle trees are the righteous that follow God with a fragrance which permeates all they come in contact with, while the pool is Babylon.
In Nebuchadnezzar's vision in the Book of Daniel, the red horse was Greece, the kingdom of copper.
It is a power that emerged from others, similar to what we see with emerging technologies coming out of other advancements.
The second horse was black סְרֻקִּים/ seruqqîm which represents the Medes or Persians. Remember wicked Haman who blackened the faces of the Jewish people with intended annihilation. This horse is also called sorrel because it combined two kingdoms. As our future unfolds could this hint at the combining of God's creation with artificial intelligence, a sinister and demonic kingdom?
Remembering, the spotted horse heads south.
In Nebuchadnezzar's vision in the Book of Daniel, the black horse represented Rome who like the Greeks spilled much blood and caused darkness to fall upon the world.
Remembering, the black horse heads north.
The third horse was white וּלְבָנִים / wûleḇānîm representing Greece who prided itself on wisdom and the white finery of their apparel.
In Nebuchadnezzar vision's in the Book of Daniel, represents the many peaceful kings who reigned after the Roman Empire collapsed.
The forth horse was spotted or ashen אֲרֻמִּים /ʾărummîm in color representing a combination of Rome (Edom) and Ishmaelites (Arabs). This is the horse of mixing various systems. Could this be the mixing of humans with technology and/or the offspring of the rephaim?
In Nebuchadnezzar's vision in the Book of Daniel, the spotted or colored horse was a peaceful kingdom that emerged to wage war. It is from them that Gog and Magog will go forth to battle Israel.
Remembering, the spotted horse or ashen horse traversed the whole earth.
Identifying the NEED
Each military has discovered that for AI warfare they need increase speed, precision, and effectuate accuracy in a platform lethality, concurrently increasing mission effectiveness and warfighter safety and survivability. Future Advanced Engagements will be:
… compressed in time, as the speed of weapon delivery and their associated effects accelerate enormously;
… extended in space, in many cases to a global extent, via precision long-range strike and interconnectedness, particularly in the information environment;
… far more lethal, by virtue of ubiquitous sensors, proliferated precision, high kinetic energy weapons and advanced area munitions;
… routinely interconnected – and contested — across the multiple domains of air, land, sea, space and cyber; and
… interactive across the multiple dimensions of conflict, not only across every domain in the physical dimension, but also the cognitive dimension of information operations, and even the moral dimension of belief and values. TRADOC
Identifying the NEED within the context of these future Advanced Engagement characteristics is critical to the success and requires innovations. You first saw FLIR in action against the WACO population. First-generation FLIR systems gave a limited ability to detect objects on the battlefield at night. It was large, slow, and provided low-resolution, short-range images. The need was for greater speed, precision, and range in the targeting process to unlock the full potential of infrared imaging. Today we have Third generation FLIR which uses multiband infrared imaging sensors combined with multiple fields of view which are integrated with computer software to automatically enhance images in real-time. These sensors can be used across multiple platforms and missions, optimizing equipment for battle conditions, greatly enhancing mission effectiveness and survivability.
Identifying the VISION
Vision requires looking beyond the need and what is possible to what could be possible.
As we look toward the future Operating Environment (OE) militaries will utilize revolutionary technologies to provide a decisive edge over adversaries not similarly equipped. These potential Game Changers include:
Laser and Radio Frequency Weapons – Scalable lethal and non-Lethal directed energy weapons can counter Aircraft, UAS, Missiles, Projectiles, Sensors, and Swarms.
Swarms – Leverage autonomy, robotics, and artificial intelligence to generate “global behavior with local rules” for multiple entities – either homogeneous or heterogeneous teams.Rail Guns and Enhanced Directed Kinetic Energy Weapons (EDKEW) – Non explosive electromagnetic projectile launchers provide high velocity/high energy weapons.
Energetics – Provides increased accuracy and muzzle energy.
Synthetic Biology – Engineering and modification of biological entities has potential weaponization.
Internet of Things – Linked internet “things” create opportunity and vulnerability. Great potential benefits already found in developing U.S. systems also create a vulnerability.
Power – Future effectiveness depends on renewable sources and reduced consumption. Small nuclear reactors are potentially a cost-effective source of stable power. TRADOC
Understanding these technologies is central to identifying the VISION and looking beyond the need to what could be possible.
There are many promises being heralded by various technologies, but can they deliver what they promise in the Last Days?
Militaries struggled to identify requirements necessary to sustain a successful program. They drew heavily upon the user community’s understanding of a vision of what could be possible (ideas and consensus). Requirements were based around the perceived limitations of what technology could provide. To overcome this, the research community developed a comprehensive strategy for educational outreach on the full potential of what technology could achieve. This campaign highlighted not only the recognized need, but also a vision for what was possible and which served as the catalyst to bring the entire community together.
Identifying the EXPERTISE
To gather expertise from all possible sources into a comprehensive solution.
The last few decades the visible militaries and the invisible militaries began gathering human creativity capitol which is the most transformative force in the secular world. These people were able to compound the rate of innovation and technology development. This expertise is fueling the convergence of technologies that is already leading to revolutionary achievements for advanced technologies and the artificial intelligence system.
Identifying the EXPERTISE leads to the exponential convergence and innovation that will afford strategic advantage to those who leverage them. The expertise required to achieve advanced technology success was from the integration from significant research and development projects from multiple organizations. The talented workforce of the military research community strategically aligned with individual activities, manufacturing technologies, defense contractors, small and large business partnerships, and whole federal government resources provide a comprehensive, interconnected final solution.
Identifying the RESOURCES
To consistently invest in innovative technology by partnering with others to create multiple funding sources.
Resource streams were necessary to produce the advancements necessary for the future OE. The 2017 National Security Strategy introduced the National Security Innovation Base as a critical component of its vision of American security.
The Department of Defense and other agencies established strategic partnerships with U.S. companies to help align private sector Research and Development (R&D) resources to nurture innovation. These appropriate, consistent R&D investments partnerships were necessary to ensure a secure resource foundation.
Facing a Supernatural-Energized Military
- Identifying the spiritual NEED
- Identifying the Spiritual VISION
- Identifying the Spiritual EXPERTISE
- Identifying the Spiritual RESOURCES
Identifying Spiritual NEED
When you boil it down, this war is between God and Evil. You are a player and by your very actions you are taking sides in this battle. There never has been a middle-ground, but in today's supernaturally charged environment, you need to consider whose side are you on. The first step is to make a decision for Jesus. You need Jesus in this world and certainly for your eternal life. His Name is above all names. Every mouth and tongue will confession that Jesus is Lord one day.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in shrines made by human hands, and he isn’t served by people as if he needed anything. He Himself gives everyone life, breath, and everything else. From one man he made every nation of humanity to live all over the earth, fixing the seasons of the year and the national boundaries within which they live, so that they might look for God, somehow reach for Him, and find Him. Of course, he is never far from any one of us.
In this day of deception, be very clear, God chose you, you did not chose God. All salvation, power, and honor and glory belong to Him, not to you. This helps us to be in a state of humility.
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16
Whatever life the Lord has called for you, and we each have a unique mission, we need to accept it with grace. You need to believe and verbalize that His mission for your life is sufficient. You do not need the next tantalizing gadget, travel the earth, or distract yourself into oblivion. Rich or poor, free or slave, pain or suffering, we can all live an overcoming and abundant life, doing His mission.
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. John 14:8
In the Book of Ezekiel the prophet, inspired by God, said that He will:
I will deliver my people out of your hand (hunter of souls). And you shall know that I am the Lord.
Right now we are like live birds, our souls being hunted, but the Living God says this:
Identifying Spiritual VISION
A people with no vision perish. Scripture declares it and secular professions seek a clear vision. AI seeks to impair your vision by dangling great 'signs' and 'wonders' of significant technology before your eyes to distract or dim your vision, distancing you from your Creator.
Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law (God's instruction), happy [is] he. Proverbs 29:18
I listened to class last night on how to overcome exhaustion. One of the suggestions was taking a difficult passage in Scripture and writing it down, and then studying it (even though you are exhausted). Hash it through until you grasp what God wants you to glean from it. I know for a fact that this technique works because sometimes when I write, I am exhausted, but merely digging into God's Word sets me on spiritual fire! Next thing I know I have 20 books open and 20 tabs on the computer too! Maybe your writing will not only be for yourself, but will be an encouragement to others as well.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Habakkuk 2:2
Throughout history people say that it is a vain thing to wait upon the Lord. People have thought His return was imminent and yet we are still waiting. There is an appointed time for His arrival, and though we do not know the day, nor the hour, we do know the season, and that season is now.
For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3
Many of you have this idea in your head that God is wrathful, angry, and hates you. You see the challenges or trials in your life as punishment. Maybe this is because you did not have a good father, or maybe you are prejudicial, or mixing your experiences (your perception of reality) with God's reality. As a reality check I have this pasted inside my bible:
I wrote a letter to you. I told you that I love you, I miss you and I truly want the best for you. I said, "Let me show you the tenderness of this Father's heart...Maybe you weren't quite ready to trust me then. I understand. All I really care about right now is that you find healing, and that our relationship be restored. For that to happen you really need to get to know me better. You need to know who I really am. I am God the Father, I am also God the Son Jesus Christ. I am also the Holy Spirit. I am not three gods. I am one God. I am the Creator of the universe. I am the Voice who spoke to Moses from a burning bush. I carved the Ten Commandments in the tablets of stone. I am the baby in Bethlehem. I am the One who said, "Let the little children come unto Me." I am the carpenter who was nailed to a tree. I am the Spirit who dwells within each Believer. I am your Creator, your Father, your Savior, your Lord, and your Friend. What am I like? I am like a Lamb. I am gentle and warm and soft. Hug me. Love me. Be comforted by Me. I am like a lion. I am strong and powerful. But don't be afraid. Think of yourself as one of My cubs and think of Me as your Protector. When you hear Me roar, take courage. You have a powerful defender at your side. I am the Bread of Life. Come to Me and you will never be hungry. I am the Vine. Cling to Me; you will be My branch, and you will have a fruitful life. I am the Light of the world. Follow Me and you will never walk in darkness. I am the good Shepherd. I have given My life for you. What more can I do to prove My love for you?...I am your Father-that's how I want you to think of Me-not as some remote mystery in the sky but as your Daddy. I want you to trust Me and come to Me as a little toddler trustingly approaches his daddy. Perhaps I am the Father you wish you had. Or the Father you never had. Whatever fatherhood should be, I am. Feel my arms around you. Strong arms, yet gentle. I would never hurt you. My arms are safe and protective. I love you My child. If you only knew. If only I could make you understand...If you ever feel sad or distrustful or fearful, please come back and tread this letter again. And come to Me in prayer, and let's talk it over. Don't forget to read the Bible I've given you. With each new day you meet Me in My Word, I promise to give you new insight or comfort. Until we talk again. Blessings today and always, Your Heavenly Father.
The fact of the matter is that God wants you to have peace and goodness in your life.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
In this hybrid, age we really need to stop listening to the soothing promises of the AI prophets with their emerging technologies dazzling before us. They have NO power to back up their promises. AI is so new that the designers and engineers do not have a clue as to all of the inherit dangers with their technologies. For instance, did you now that it is surfacing that virtual reality is HIGHLY addictive?
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, [and] not out of the mouth of the LORD. Jeremiah 23:16
The Lord makes many promises about the Last Days. One of those promises is that He will provide vision to His people, as it says:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17
Identifying Spiritual EXPERTISE
In God's domain, spiritual expertise is reliance upon His wisdom and understanding. If we glean wisdom and knowledge from any other source it demonic and evil in nature, though it may be deceivingly attractive.
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth and He also created knowledge. Those who are wise seek His counsel and instruction, but the fool despises God's Word. This a critical juncture to discover men and women who speak God's truth as mentor's. But beware, you should test the spirit(s) and see if one who is preaching the Word follows up that teaching with fruit, by which we can examine to see if the words are truly in the Spirit of God.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
We can spend our days gleaning treasures of this world, but when we gather wisdom from God who sits upon the throne in the heavenly realm, we attain knowledge for this lifetime and for our eternal home. It is interesting that God equates knowledge with the heart when most of us would perceive knowledge to be in our brain. It is also fascinating that when we seek knowledge, it is through our sense of hearing first generating wisdom.
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
Without knowledge there can be no understanding. It takes no stretch of the imagination then to discern that fools feed on folly. They take endless hypotheses and like a magician, transform them from their very building blocks, into something else, fooling only the deceived.
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. Proverbs 15:14
Find the Lord while He is discoverable, for the day will come when the majority of people will hate God until their demise is imminent, and then they may call upon the Name of the Lord, but He will not answer. In fact, they will find themselves in the place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me, For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof... Proverbs 1:29-30
Identifying Spiritual RESOURCES
It is time that we all examine the gravity of our situation. We need to face the ungodly values of the world system that is ramming into our lives a hatred of God.
We all need to embrace, affirm, and in our actions accept God's grace in our lives and speak His truth exclusively.
We all need need to get proactive in refusing pride. God hates pride and He will be working on destroying the prideful. He will humble some severely before the great and awesome Day of the Lord.
One unequivocal qualification is that we submit to God and His authority. If you do not it allows the demonic authority, possibly legions of of demons, into your life.
God promises that if you resist the devil, he will flee. As a Believer you have the authority to clean your temple (you body), your home, your property, and break any generational curses. You must accept that this is possible and once you do it DO NOT LOOK BACK, keep walking forward with the Lord. Demonic hordes are always on the prowl and will revisit seven times stronger than when they left your habitations.
Draw near to God. There are so many reasons to draw close to the Lord. Faith is a belief of the invisible God and His power, might, and salvation. It is not a tangible commodity. Drawing close to the invisible God helps attune you to the activities within the invisible realms giving you a strategic advantage.
God promises that when you draw close to Him (taking that first step) He will absolutely draw close to you.
Is Spiritual Warfare Real?
There is allot of emphasis these days on superhero powers. It you want the real super-hero powers try supernatural warfare. Have I personally experienced demonic interference? Yes! If you are not receiving fiery darts from the adversary then, humbly, I would recommend that you reevaluate your standing in alignment with the Word.
From a howling spirit which possessed a college student just before her deliverance; to being kicked to the ground by a generational spirit inhabiting an elderly woman just before a heavenly worship session glorifying Jesus sent it running; to a supernatural battle on both in the earthly and heavenly realms simultaneously; to a 40 days fast for the soul of one young woman. Each one was delivered and set free by Jesus, to enjoy a life with Him! I could fill books with such testimonies. All I can say is that these will pale in comparison to what is coming. I attribute all glory and honor and power to Jesus, using His word, as my sword!
For battle one needs to put on the armor of God.
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:11-20
When you are a Believer in Jesus everybody has their favorite resources. I would like to share a few of mine.
Are you a Believer in Jesus but have not had allot or any experience with spiritual warfare? My favorite go-to book is the Handbook for Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Ed Murphy. The reason I appreciate it is it is biblically based, does not promote a demon behind every bush (although these days that might be the case). The author methodically goes through every book in the bible from the lens of spiritual warfare along with riveting stories of spiritual warfare in action. You have favorite books of the bible, now you can easily glean what they have to say about spiritual warfare. This book is highly organized and has a detailed Table of Contents and Index. You do not have to be a highly skilled prayer warrior or deliverance professional to use it. Just look up the type of spiritual warfare you are experiencing and turn quickly to the applicable pages. Sigh..yes, it is over 900 pages but you can quickly look up 2-3 page on your particular topic or issue.
At the end of the book there are two prayers that I would highly recommend for everyone. When we awaken none of us knows what will happen in our day. It could be a great day for a dreadful day. These two prayers are so packed with Scripture that they insulate you no matter what happens!
You may also want to read and print out the Four Levels of Spiritual Warfare for a condensed version which is excellent.
I can personally speak to the power of these two prayer tools. There is nothing of any substance that I could add at the close of these prayers. God bless and God speed, to each of in these you in these days of intense warfare.
“The Daily Affirmation of Faith” was written by Dr. Matthews to provide a concise, clear statement of the truth of the Word of God as it applies to our victory. I commend this affirmation for daily reading aloud on the part of those who are experiencing intense warfare. It will do much to build spiritual foundation into your soul. It will keep the ground of your victory aggressively in action against your enemies. Study the texts of Scripture for your own enlightenment and edification.
The Daily Affirmation of Faith
“Today I deliberately choose to submit myself fully to God as He has made Himself known to me through the Holy Scripture which I honestly accept as the only inspired, infallible, authoritative standard for all life and practice. In this day I will not judge God, His work, myself, or others on the basis of feelings or circumstances.
- I recognize by faith that the triune God is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator, Sustainer, and End of all things. I confess that God, as my Creator, made me for Himself. In this day I therefore choose to live for Him (Rev 5:9,10; Is 43:1,7,21; Rev 4:11).
- I recognize by faith that God loved me and chose me in Jesus Christ before time began (Eph 1:1-7).
- I recognize by faith that God has proven His love to me in sending His Son to die in my place, in whom every provision has already been made for my past, present, and future needs through His representative work, and that I have been quickened, raised, seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenlies, and anointed with the Holy Spirit (Ro 5:6-11; 8:28; Phil 1:6; 4:6,7,13,19; Eph 1:3; 2:5,6; Ac 2:1-4,33).
- I recognize by faith that God has accepted me, since I have received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:6); that He has forgiven me (Eph 1:7); adopted me into His family, assuming every responsibility for me (Jn 17:11,17; Eph 1:5; Phil 1:6); given me eternal life (Jn 3:36; I Jn 5:9-13); applied the perfect righteousness of Christ to me so that I am now justified (Ro 5:1; 8:3,4; 10:4); made me complete in Christ (Col 2:10); and offers Himself to me as my daily sufficiency through prayer and the decisions of faith (I Co 1:30; Col 1:27; Gal 2:20; Jn 14:13,14; Mt 21:22; Ro 6:1-19; Heb 4:1-3,11).
- I recognize by faith that the Holy Spirit has baptized me into the Body of Christ (I Co 12:13); sealed me (Eph 1:13,14); anointed me for life and service (Ac 1:8; Jn 7:37-39); seeks to lead me into a deeper walk with Jesus Christ (Jn 14:16-18; 15:26,27; 16:13-15; Ro 8:11-16); and to fill my life with Himself (Eph 5:18).
- I recognize by faith that only God can deal with sin and only God can produce holiness of life. I confess that in my salvation my part was only to receive Him and that He dealt with my sin and saved me. Now I confess that in order to live a holy life, I can only surrender to His will and receive Him as my sanctification; trusting Him to do whatever may be necessary in my life, without and within, so I may be enabled to live today in purity, freedom, rest and power for His glory (Jn 1:12; I Co 1:30; II Co 9:8; Gal 2:20; Heb 4:9; I Jn 5:4; Jude 24).
Having confessed that God is worthy of all praise, that the Scriptures are the only authoritative standard, that only God can deal with sin and produce holiness of life, I again recognize my total dependence upon Him and submission to Him. I accept the truth that praying in faith is absolutely necessary for the realization of the will and grace of God in my daily life.
Recognizing that faith is a total response to God by which the daily provisions the Lord has furnished in Himself are appropriated, I therefore make the following decisions of faith:
- For this day (Heb 3:6,13,15; 4:7) I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as He has revealed Himself in the Scripture to obey Him. I confess my sin, face the sinful reality of my old nature, and deliberately choose to walk in the light, in step with Christ, throughout the hours of this day (Ro 6:16-20; Phil 2:12,13; I Jn 1:7,9).
- For this day I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as revealed in the Scripture--to believe Him. I accept only His Word as final authority. I now believe that since I have confessed my sin He has forgiven and cleansed me (I Jn 1:9). I accept at full value His Word of promise to be my sufficiency and rest, and will conduct myself accordingly (Ex 33:1; I Co 1:30; II Co 9:8; Phil 4:19).
- For this day I make the decision of faith to recognize that God has made every provision so that I may fulfill His will and calling. Therefore, I will not make any excuse for my sin and failure (I Th 5:24).
- For this day I make the decision of faith deliberately to receive from God that provision which He has made for me. I renounce all self-effort to live the Christian life and to perform God’s service; renounce all sinful praying which asks God to change circumstances and people so that I may be more spiritual; renounce all drawing back from the work of the Holy Spirit within and the call of God without; and renounce all nonbiblical motives, goals, and activities which serve my sinful pride.
— I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my sanctification, particularly as my cleansing from the old nature, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of Christ accomplished for me in the crucifixion. In cooperation with and dependence upon Him, I obey the command to “put off the old man” (Ro 6:1-14; I Co 1:30; Gal 6:14; Eph 4:22).
— I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my sanctification, particularly as my enablement moment by moment to live above sin, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of the resurrection so that I may walk in newness of life. I confess that only God can deal with my sin and only God can produce holiness and the fruit of the Spirit in my life. In cooperation with and dependence upon Him, I obey the command to “put on the new man” (Ro 6:1-4; Eph 4:24).
— I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my deliverance from Satan and take my position with Him in the heavenlies, asking the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of the ascension. In His Name I submit myself to God and stand against all of Satan’s influence and subtlety. In cooperation with and dependence upon God, I obey the command to “resist the devil” (Eph 1:20- 23; 2:5; 4:27; 6:10-18; Col 1:13; Ja 4:7; I Pe 3:22; 5:89).
— I now sincerely receive the Holy Spirit as my anointing for every aspect of life and service for today. I fully open my life to Him to fill me afresh in obedience to the command to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Eph 5:18; Jn 7:37-39; 14:16,17; 15:26,27; 16:7-15; Ac 1:8).
“Having made this confession and these decisions of faith, I now receive God’s promised rest for this day (Heb 4:1-13). Therefore, I relax in the trust of faith, knowing that in the moment of temptation, trial, or need, the Lord Himself will be there as my strength and sufficiency (I Co 10:13).”
The Warfare Prayer
Another doctrinal tool that has proved of great benefit to me and to many others is the “Warfare Prayer” composed by Dr. Matthews. As a theologian, his unique and thorough way of including sound doctrine in this prayer is most helpful. I would urge anyone facing obvious spiritual warfare to use this prayer daily. It is good to read it aloud as a prayer unto the Lord. Eventually one will be able to incorporate the doctrinal truths expressed into his own prayer life without reading it.
The devil hates this prayer. Usually before working with anyone who has deep demonic affliction, I will request that we read this prayer in unison. Many times the oppressed one can read only with great difficulty. Sometimes sight problems, voice problems, or mind confusion become so intense that the afflicted person can continue only with great effort.
It is the truth of God that Satan cannot resist, and he vigorously fights it being applied against him. Those serious about warfare should daily use a prayer of this type along with other prayer examples shared in this book.
Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection during this time of prayer. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to Yourself. I do take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in this time of prayer, and I address myself only to the true and living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.
[Satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons, and I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.]
Heavenly Father, I worship You, and I give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer.
I am thankful, heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity, that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute that I would be redeemed. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative, and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him You have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.
Heavenly Father, come and open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this new day. I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, take my place with Christ in the heavenlies with all principalities and powers (powers of darkness and wicked spirits) under my feet.
I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies; therefore, I declare that all principalities and powers and all wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am thankful for the armor You have provided, and I put on the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace, the helmet of salvation. I lift up the shield of faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy, and take in my hand the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, and use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life; and I put on this armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit.
I am grateful, heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject out of my life all the insinuations, the accusations, and the temptations of Satan.
I affirm that the Word of God is true, and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. I choose, heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that would not please You. Work in my life that there be no ground to give Satan a foothold against me.
Show me any area of weakness. Show me any area of my life that I must deal with so that I would please You. I do in every way today stand for You and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life.
By faith and in dependence upon You, I put off the old man and stand into all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me there to live above sin.
Therefore, in this day, I put off the old nature with its selfishness, and I put on the new nature with its love. I put off the old nature with its fear and I put on the new nature with its courage. I put off the old nature with its weakness and I put on the new nature with its strength. I put off today the old nature with all its deceitful lusts and I put on the new nature with all its righteousness and purity.
I do in every way stand into the victory of the ascension and the glorification of the Son of God where all principalities and powers were made subject to Him, and I claim my place in Christ victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.
I am thankful, heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I therefore claim all the will of God for today.
I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and self-control in my life. And I recognize that this is Your will for me, and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and of his demons to rob me of the will of God.
I refuse in this day to believe my feelings, and I hold up the shield of faith against all the accusations and against all the insinuations that Satan would put in my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for today.
I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, completely surrender myself to You, heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of the will of God today.
I am thankful, heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan, and I smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, blessed Holy Spirit.
I affirm, heavenly Father, that You have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my emotions today, and I give my emotions to You. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today, and I give my will to You, and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my body today, and I give my body to You, recognizing that I am Your temple; and I rejoice in Your mercy and Your goodness.
Heavenly Father, I pray that now through this day You would quicken me; show me the way that Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and counterfeiting and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer. Enable me to be aggressive mentally and to think Your thoughts after You, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.
Again, I now cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I surrender myself to You.
I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way Your victory over all satanic forces active in my life, and I reject these forces; and I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.
Excerpt from “The Adversary”, Mark I. Bubeck Reprinted by permission Moody Press.
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Celeste has worked as a contractor for Homeland Security and FEMA. Her training and activation's include the infamous day of 911, flood and earthquake operations, mass casualty exercises, and numerous other operations. Celeste is FEMA certified and has completed the Professional Development Emergency Management Series.
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Celeste grew up in a military & governmental home with her father working for the Naval Warfare Center, and later as Assistant Director for Public Lands and Natural Resources, in both Washington State and California.
Celeste also has training and expertise in small agricultural lobbying, Integrative/Functional Medicine, asymmetrical and symmetrical warfare, and Organic Farming.
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