February 13, 2013
Every Christians is well aware of spiritual warfare. While warfare can come as an all out frontal assault, it usually begins as a seed planted in a person’s heart. The tares of the enemy thus begin as a seed that grows until it chokes out the spiritual life that is our inheritance in Christ. At the very least, the effect is a distorted view of life and that of others. If left unchecked, these seeds grow until they dominate a person’s thoughts and feelings as revealed by their persona. The fruit of their words are often termed as “white witchcraft” for what comes out of the mouth reveals what is rooted in the heart. As James tells us,
Therewith we bless God even the Father, and with the mouth we curse men, which are made after the image of God. Out of the mouth proceeds blessing and curses. My brethren, these things aught not to be so (James 3:9-10).
While God’s Word is rooted in Christ and His love, the seed of witchcraft is rooted in a person’s carnal nature. What is viewed as God’s thoughts and understanding, when filtered and ministered through the soul, can open the door for white witchcraft. Because we are made in the image of God, as His children with the power of speech, our words have authority. Thus, vocal communication that express our opinions that cast someone down, degrades them, finds fault or proclaims an accusation, is speaking into the air words that have power. Thus, Christians suffer from the curse issued by their well-meaning brothers and sisters, who do not see them through the eyes of the Father’s heart after the Spirit. This is what is termed as “white witchcraft.”
But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom does not come from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish. For where there is envy and strife, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:14-16).
One of the reasons why a Church may not be experiencing the glory of the Lord with heaven invading the services with signs and wonders is because of the heart condition of the people. God’s heart is for restoration, redemption and renewal. Without the heart of the Father and His love, what often infect the life of a congregation are strife, confusion and division.
The shocking thing is that the adversary is working in the midst of the Church as the accuser of the brethren. Since he cannot accuse the people of God directly at the throne of God, he uses the voice of the people to issue accusations towards others who worship at God’s throne. Thus doing his work for him. His power is rooted in the power of deception to the point where he uses Christian that actually believe God is using them. The primary strategy of the accuser is to cause division at every possible level of relationship. Between members of a congregation and it’s leadership, between husbands and wives and employers and their employees.
The Battle For the Mind
The battle is for the mind! When a plaguing thought or feeling arises within that is contrary to the nature of God; I will drop into my heart. It is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness (Ro. 10:10). And it is thus from the heart that I offer to God my praise in love. Our relationship with God is a “heart to heart” relationship. The power of worship enables me to get out of my head to enter into His presence. It is with the heart that I connect with the Lord until I am abiding in His love and I become, as He is – that of love for His love never fails!
You can break a persisting thought pattern by making a transition from the natural to the spiritual that allows you to drop from your head to worship God from the heart. The key is to shift from the earthly realm (soul) to the heavenly realm (spirit) for God is a Spirit who “Will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in you” (Is. 26:3).
If you are then risen with Christ, seek those things that are above… (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Col 3:1-2).
The adversary is an expert when it comes to engaging the mind with thoughts that create division within that produces the fruit of animosity without. Just as God’s thoughts float gently into our mind and His heart is impressed upon ours, the adversary works the same way. Nothing has power over you except what you come into agreement with. It is not the evil thoughts that God condemns, but the nest we provide for it when we entertain it. What we entertain will incubate and eventually hatch to become something birthed in our realm of thought life that becomes “our child.” It is much easier to dismiss an ill thought or feeling when it comes, than it is to get rid of it, which requires repentance and often deliverance.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan came as a “subtle” serpent. He did not come forcefully but rather with a tantalizing suggestion that he presented to Eve. His plan was for Eve’s mind to come into agreement with his rational thought that would impact the purity of her heart. Because Adam and Eve’s’ heart and mind was in perfect union with their heavenly Father, when they spoke, it was with divine authority. Thus, the serpent’s purpose was to influence their communications by infecting their mind with the wisdom from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He knew that once they came into “agreement” with something other than the mind and heart of God, their soul would become separated from the unity that was theirs in God. Thus, the source of their communication with the power to either speak forth life or that of death.
It was this agreement to embrace the deception that the serpent offered, which empowered Satan with the authority to establish a rule in the Garden that was not his. The rule that God gave to Adam and Eve was given to Satan through deception. Thus, he was able to influence the power of speech through God’s creation to fulfill his own purpose. He cannot rule over the over the affairs of this earth or the Church, unless it is given to him. And so it is today.
Jesus came not only to redeem mankind, but also to restore mankind to his original purpose, which is given to us in Genesis 1:27, 28, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them. And God blessed and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion….”
The original commission of mankind was to be clothed in light after His image, with the authority to be fruitful, subdue and have dominion. Thus, from the place of the covenant, they ruled with authority in the midst of their Eden. God never retracted this commission. It is still ours today through the New Testament Covenant.
It is through Christ death and resurrection, that all authority in heaven and earth became His. The authority that was once given to Satan is now in Christ possession who holds the keys of the Kingdom. As the second Adam, Jesus restored the ordained mandate that empowers you to rule with dominion as God’s new creation in His image, within the sphere of your influence. As a manifest Son/Daughter of God, they keys of the Kingdom are yours in Christ. It is also through the Holy Spirit that we have been empowered to speak with divine authority.
You have the power of speech to prophecy; proclaim God’s thoughts and minister God’s grace in the power of the Spirit. When your heart and mind is aligned once again with God, through the power of unity, as you speak the Holy Spirit will anoint your words that have supernatural authority. The church is called as an oracle of God to shift atmospheres, release healing and bring forth light in the midst of darkness and life where there is death. The power to reverse a curse and bring forth new life lies in the power of anointed speech.
We Must Judge Ourselves
The thoughts and feelings that we entertain, no matter how small or trivial, must be tested to see if they are in agreement with the heart and purpose of God. A question one might ask is, “What eternal fruit is this bearing and is this motivated by love?” If this is not in God’s mind, I don’t want it in mine either! We must discern when and where the enemy is at work and cast down every vain imagination that is contrary to the nature of God. It is written that,
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and hypocrisy (James 3:17).
The apostle James tells us that the fruit of rightness brings peace and is sown in peace by those that make peace (James 3:18). God’s love, peace and joy must therefore reign in our heart. If the mind is engaged in negative thoughts, it will cause the heart to respond with corresponding ill feelings. The reverse is also true. If anger, envy and jealousy arise in the heart, the mind will respond with thoughts of animosity, fear and so on. What we imagine in our mind has the ability to spring forth into reality. What we carry within affects our domain without. God’s Word rooted in our heart will release the life of His love that is contained within them.
The adversary’s strategy is simple. His goal is to preempt a coming move of God by hardening Christian hearts one toward another. He knows that God‘s love is the power that unifies the Church and that a house divided will not stand. He knows the heart is the seat of life where God’s love is to rule. Because God is love, those who abide in God will abide in His love. As we abide in His love we become centered in His heart (1 John 4:17). We are thus admonished to “Keep your heart with all diligence: for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).
There is coming an outpouring of God’s love with the revealed mind of Christ on the horizon that will transform the heart and mind of the church. A heart that is one with the heart of the Father is in alignment with heaven. It is this alignment of our heart and mind with His that enables heaven to be revealed to a lost and dying world in the power and demonstration of the Spirit. We are the oracles of God called to minister His Word – the faith that works by love.
The Holy Spirit has been given to convict us of sin, reveal to us the Truth and the person of Jesus Christ. We must make room for the Holy Spirit in our lives until He fills us to overflowing with the life of His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is about to once again move throughout the earth as He did in beginning and in the book of Acts. Messengers of fire that know His voice who carry the Father’s heart, will once again do the works that Jesus did, and even greater works by the power of the Holy Spirit.
My prayer is for the Lord to teach me more about His ways that I may know His thoughts, be filled to overflowing with His love and minister His Word. To be a voice that reveals Christ as the risen victorious King in the power and demonstration of the Spirit. To be a messenger of fire and declare as the prophet Isaiah,
The Lord God has given to me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. He (the Lord) wakes me up every morning and He awakens my ear to hear as those that are learned (is. 50:4).
In His heart and love,