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Turning Up The Heat

by on January 16, 2012

Shari and I moved to Florida some eleven years ago for several reasons, not the least of which was to get out of the cold weather of the more northern states.  In those short years I’ve truly become a Floridian; shaking my head as I walk on the beach in January with a hoodie and long pants while watching the “tourists” frolicking in the water along the beaches edge.  And yes you’ve guessed it, the furnace has already been on in the Jones’ homes this year.  Well, friends I’m here to tell you it’s time to turn up the heat.

During last week our attention was on personal consecration and preparation; yet that personal preparation was not exempt of spiritual attack.  During these seasons of preparation it is not uncommon to see manifestations of spirits of judgmentalism, religion, legalism and pride.  Flares arise in households and attitudes between friends as the enemy does his very best to undermine and fracture unity between believers.  Yet in succumbing to these attacks with others, we fail to remember an elementary truth that “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”[1]  I don’t know about you, but when the enemy dares attack my relationship, and dupes me, even for a moment to participate in that attack, it serves to give me even greater resolve to armor up and fight the good fight of faith.

This second week of our fast could see as great, if not greater, opportunity for spiritual attack as we turn our focus from our own condition to that of the things God has called us to steward over.  Yesterday, the Holy Spirit set the tone for declaration of liberty over strongholds and demonic oppressions that are wreaking havoc over families (think even beyond the walls of your own home), finances, health and destinies.  I challenge you to start at home then broaden your prayer focus to include your church family (asking the Holy Spirit to even bring specific people to mind as you pray), your neighborhood, the community in which you live and the five mile radius of our church campus.  God has promised that as we strategically pray, releasing the Kingdom of God, His righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit over areas of family strife, financial limitations and bondage, over physical illnesses and over abandoned and abducted dreams, we will begin to see ripples become waves as the releasing power of the Holy Spirit begins to sweep over every specific matter of prayer we bring to the Throne.  It’s time to turn up the heat of prayer, first in asking the Holy Spirit to make our prayers targeted and laser sharp.   Then to pray with bold confidence, as He leads, believing that whatever you ask in Jesus’ name will be done for you.

Next, consider turning up the heat of your fast as well.  What is it, in this week that the Lord would ask you to specifically sacrifice in order to draw even closer to Him?  Make a decision that for the next seven days it’s not just food you will surrender.

Today’s suggested scripture reading:  Malachi 6:3-8

Pushing away and pressing in
Pastor Terry


[1] Ephesians 6:12

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