Posted By Marionne Tucker
Dear brothers and sisters, Chain prayers - October 7th to 9th. Topic is ‘Praying out the darkness. Lord, may your light in me dispel the darkness….’ In the last couple of months, our topics have been, ‘waiting on the Lord’, ‘Standing in the gap’, ‘Roll the stone away’, and seek ye first….’, among others. Our verses are Phil 2:15-16 - Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. God has called us to be lights in this darkness - Matthew 5:14. John 1:5-6 tells us that ‘In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the light dispelled the darkness. God has given us the spiritual authority to bind the crooked and perverse spirits in our generation. Our lifestyle, behaviour and attitudes should positively affect the society we live in and it should be in contrast with the world. Our lives should glorify God. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do we should do to the glory of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20 refers to us as ‘Ambassadors of Christ’ and Acts 1:8 refers to us as ‘Witnesses of Christ’. We also need to practically demonstrate that we are children of God by our lifestyle. May it not be said of us as we go into this time of warfare against the forces of darkness ‘Paul I know, Jesus I know but who are you…’ (Acts 19:15). Brothers and sisters, Prepare yourselves…..Position yourselves to plunder hell and pray against the evil spirits that have possessed God’s creation. As we prepare and position ourselves, we should examine ourselves and not continue in habits we know that are wrong before the Lord. By His grace, may we "… be dead to sin, (immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed), but alive to God" (Rom. 6:11; Col. 3:5). May we replace the bad habits with new ones that glorify God, and in that way bring glory to God by a change in our lifestyle, new boldness in proclaiming our faith in Jesus and interceding with expectation. The habits and lifestyles we are going to pray against include the following: The spirit of homosexuality • 1 Cor. 6:9 – “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men” • Leviticus 20:13 - “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.” The spirit of (sexual immorality)Adultery, incest and fornication • Matthew 5:27-28 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” • 1 Cor. 5:1 – “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife.” • 1 Cor 6:9-10 – “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” • Col. 3:5 – “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” • 1 Thes 4:3-4 - It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, SOLUTION – Gal. 5:16 – “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Compromise • Rev. 3:15-16 – “ I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth. • Rom. 6:1-2 – “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” • 2 Timothy 2:4 – “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” • James 1:21-22 - But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing... Conduct or habits not approved by Jesus • Ephesians 4:31 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” • Ephesians 5:3-5 – “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[“a • Colossians 3:8-10 – “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” • Proverbs 2:13-15 - “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. Brothers and sisters, may we rise up and pray. Acts 18:9-10 encourages us to ‘Pray (Speak) and be not silent. For God is with us, and no one shall hurt us….’ We are called to take on this task as sinners, saved by grace. Not as Pharisees. We agree that ‘but for the grace of God, there go I.’ The crooked and perverse society we find ourselves has become acceptable in most quarters. God’s standards are being replaced with man’s standards. Christian consciences have become diluted. Pray against the spirit of homosexuality. God loves the sinner and hates the sin. Pray against churches that compromise in this regard. May we pray homosexuals to give up this abomination, by His grace, and live their lives for His glory. Let us pray against abortion. Let us pray against a form of godliness while denying the power. May we, as1 Peter 2:9 puts it, live "that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light." We bear witness of the light to those who are still in darkness. That means that though we are no longer of the world (John 17:6), we still must live in a world that is often crooked and perverse. My prayer is that the darker the darkness, the brighter our lights shine. May our lives speak. May our lives attract….May our lives take people from darkness to His marvellous light. Into such a perverse and crooked society boldly walks the Christian, with power and authority, demonstrating that he/she is indeed a child of God by a behaviour that is blameless and above reproach. In doing so, we not only prove that we belong to Jesus as His child, but we also impact those around us as agents of change, lights of hope and examples holiness in a dark, depraved and sinful world. 1 John 5:14-15 reads that’ this is the confidence that we have that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us….’ In His service, for His glory, Sister Onike Gilpin
 
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