Pastor Ray shared…
If you weren't able to be in the service last night, I encourage you to watch it on the website. I thank God for the church that I'm in. We have pastors that don't sit by the side watching the world go by.
I wanted to read a couple things from The Believer's Authority by brother Kenneth Hagin. Then Erika will follow up with things about authority and those that are in positions of authority—kings, presidents, and the like.
I like the first statement in the chapter titled, "Risen With Christ." [quote] "The Bible says Satan had the power of death but Jesus conquered him. Jesus says in Revelation 1:18, "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Jesus Christ took the keys away from the devil, glory to God! Keys belong to the Authorized One. Those are the keys of authority."
"This is precisely where the church world as a whole has failed. It has understood that Jesus Christ is the Supreme Head of the Church, but it has failed to understand that the Head is totally dependent on the Body for carrying out His plans; that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places; and that His exercising authority over the powers of the air has to be through the Body." [end quote]
Who are we? The body! We are the body. One comment that Pastor Lynne made last night was some people that are always in prayer should get up from prayer and do something. And other people that are doing things should get in a place of prayer. So here we as the body, we are to exercise the authority and that's something that Miss Erika will read about.
[quote] "Now we can understand as never before what Jesus meant when He said, "Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt. 18:18). That's using His authority upon the earth. Do we have authority that we don't know we have? When I began to study the subject, I found that we do have authority, thank God. I also found that heaven will back us up on what we refuse and what we allow. We've allowed a lot of things, but we just haven't exercised our authority. That's why things are as they are many times: we haven't done anything about the situation. We're waiting on God, and He's waiting on us. And He won't do anything until we act." [end quote]
Last night we were singing for quite a while, "We wait for You." I like that. We are to wait on Him, but I kept hearing in my spirit while we kept singing, "I'm waiting on you!" I kept hearing that in my spirit, real clear. Hello! We're singing "We're waiting on You, Lord, to enter the room" and He's saying, "I'm waiting on you to enter My room." Sometimes we just don't act when we need to act.
[quote] "No earthly father desires to do more for his children than I do, if my children would just let Me!" Some people think that God's a tyrant sitting on His throne holding a giant fly swatter in His hand. The minute you do something wrong, they believe He's ready to smash you to smithereens. But that's not a true picture of the Father. The Lord is hindered in His plans because His Body has failed to appreciate the meaning of Christ's exaltation and the fact that we are seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. We have a part to play in this: we must cooperate with the Lord in faith. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit, who comes to dwell is us when we are born again, would guide us into all truth. A preacher once picked up a Bible and threw it to the floor, declaring he didn't need it because he had the Holy Spirit. But he did need the Bible, because you can't follow the Holy Spirit into truth apart from the Bible. When you get out beyond the written Word of God, you're getting out too far. Stay with the Word. The Word of God is from the Spirit of God: holy men of old wrote it. The Word of God is of utmost importance. But you'll never understand it with your head; you must understand it with your heart. Don't put the Spirit above the Word. Put the Word first and the Spirit second, and you'll be safe. A well-known Pentecostal editor Stanley Frodsham, the author of Smith Wigglesworth's biography, brought out the fact that Wigglesworth was, first of all, a man of God's Word, and, second, a man filled with the Spirit of God. That's an excellent combination. [end quote]
It's hard not to talk about this every day when we're watching what is happening on the earth right now. Jerre, when you were singing, you said something about the glory in the nations. The nations are in big, giant capital letters these days. NATIONS. For us to be able to do what we're called to do as pray-ers, we need to stand on the Word, what the Word tells us we can do, what the Word speaks to us about the authority that we have to do it, what the Word makes clear to us, the power and authority that's in the name above every other name and continually use the blood of Jesus everywhere. We need to see ourselves covered in it and keep covering others with it, all the while using our authority.
Erika shared…
Reading once again out of Patsy Cameneti's book, For Such a Time as This in the chapter titled, "When the Righteous Are in Authority." [quote] "Proverbs 29:2 says "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan." There are two ways we can interpret this scripture, and both are correct. First, it is certainly true that when godly people are leading a country, the wise and just decisions they make are a cause for the people to rejoice. The same is true when godly people are in any position of authority, for that matter. The Holy Spirit often leads us to pray that godly people rise to these places of government. We have also seen, and will further discover in this chapter, that having a godly person in a position of authority does not guarantee right decisions will be made. Leaders must have a supply of divine wisdom by which to rule. [end quote]
What does it say in Timothy? First of all, I admonish you to pray for all those in authority. What do we pray? Just "bless them, Jesus"? No. Grant them a spirit of wisdom and revelation.
[quote] "Again, this is where prayer comes in. Another way to look at this scripture is to take the meaning from each word literally. Let's look at the verse again. "When the righteous…" Who are the righteous? As born again believers, we are righteous (2 Cor. 5:21). "…are in authority…" We've established the fact that Jesus has given us a place of authority. Moreover, it is imperative that we are conscious of and exercise that authority in prayer and in our lives. [end quote]
Did you hear that imperative? So, what do we do? Moses was crying to God and God says, "Quit your crying at Me and use your authority." Hello! Pastor Ray just read about that. He gave us authority.
[quote] "When we do, we have the same effect as Moses did when he raised his rod on the mountain and the Israelites prevailed. When believers are exercising their blood-purchased authority, God's purposes on the earth advance. If a nation has a godly king, but the believers in that land are lax in their responsibility to dispense God's rule, the godly king will stagger in his office and be vulnerable to the wisdom of the world. The result can be ungodly and foolish decisions which negatively affect the people.
"On the other hand, if a nation with an ungodly leader is blessed with believers who not only know their rights and authority, but exercise them in prayer for that leader, there will be supernatural intervention for the general good of the people in that nation. Divine intervention would be reflected on a natural level in areas such as education, social justice, and economy, bringing about a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Tim.2:2). [end quote]
Pastor Lynne talked about this. God used a wicked king to bring about His purposes. She goes on to talk about Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Notice the government rests upon His shoulder. In other words, the government shall rest upon His Body, and the Body of Christ is the Church. We as the Church are to uphold the government. To be sure, there are various ways of interpreting this verse, but picturing the government resting on the shoulders of the Body of Christ helps us grasp the fact that the Church has a responsibility to pray and utilize its God-given authority. God's intervention in governments is limited to the action the Church takes. The welfare of the government is our responsibility.
"This is the order of God. The Church is not under the state, or the government. The Church is under the Head. We are the Body of Christ, and the Body of Christ is positioned far above all principality, power, might, and dominion of demon spirit or office of man. … The Church is to dispense the anointing which is necessary for the government to do the job God wants it to do." [end quote]
That's clear isn't it? We know we have authority. We have to use it. God gave it to us. We're to dispense it in the realm of prayer. Then she goes on to talk about Queen Esther. We talked a little about that last week. God uses a lot of people but remember Esther was given the opportunity to help her people. At first she was like, "No, I'm not going to do that."
[quote] "God knows the plans of the devil in advance. He purposefully brings people to positions of authority who are best suited for the time. At first, they may not understand their divine purpose for being in authority. They may think they came to that political or military or otherwise influential position for a totally different reason. Then something happens which gives them a defining moment." [end quote]
Remember what Esther did? She said, "Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat or drink and fast for me." They all got together and prayed. Then Esther was able to do what God wanted her to do. That dispensing of an anointing and strength and power to execute the plan. She received courage to risk her life. Think about how many people in governmental positions need some kind of courage. When every devil in hell and lots of people who are cooperating with him are screaming another message to them. They need an internal supernatural supply of the Spirit to give them a defining moment to wake up and say, "I think we're going to go this way!" If the Church will arise and stand in that position of authority and pray, dispensing help from heaven to those… God said to do it. If we do it and do it in faith, something will happen.
[quote] "In answer to prayer, Esther received courage to risk her life on her people's behalf. As the story unfolds, we see her operating under the influence of such divine wisdom and favor that the king not only granted her access into his presence, but promised her up to half his kingdom!" [end quote]
If we would just simply believe God and lift those people up, such a change would come.
[quote] "It is important to pray for the right people to come into positions of authority during critical times. But it is grossly irresponsible, after having fervently prayed a person into a position of authority, to then resort to a passive, apathetic mode, saying, "Now you work for us. Do a good job for us." Abdication of our position puts the welfare of the government and nation at risk. … Through prayer, the Church will issue and dispense the anointing by which these people will fulfill the prophecies, in much the same way that Elijah and Elisha dispensed the anointing." [end quote]
Let's pray now. We believe the Church is rising and having a defining moment, every believer waking up and saying, "This is my responsibility. I must pray. I will pray. I know my authority in prayer." So we're going to join forces with believers all across the world because as believers all across the world, we're all joined together. What we do affects them and what our nation does, affects them.
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Prayed…
Father, thank You that we operate in a position of authority as the body of Christ
We come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and grace and help in time of need
There is need in the earth and we will not abdicate our responsibility
We stand in our authority and declare in the name of Jesus Christ, power and authority being dispensed
We lift up all the leaders of authority in this nation and apply the blood of Jesus over them
We bind lying, deceiving spirits in the name of Jesus
We lift up those defining moments to wake them unto truth
You turn the hearts of the kings
They are awakening to the plans of God and turning to the righteousness of God
That we would stand by our friend and the people and the nation of Israel concerning this deal negotiated not rightly
We're declaring righteousness being dispensed in this nation
Speak to them by Your Spirit
Voices lifted up, the voice of the Church
In the name of Jesus, you stumbling block, be removed!
Men being prepared for such a time as this to do the work of God
In the potter's hands, the Church arising to speak
Ascending, ascending, ascending
The Church will finish the highway for our God
We've entered that door, the rooms of God, open that up, revelation
Pastor Ray shared…
While we were praying, I saw pastors staggering almost like they were drunk because of the pressure from the status quo, from PC, from the world to derail the plan and purpose that God has for the Church. It's what Erika was reading about, those positions of authority and for the Church to dispense what the Church has to dispense. The Church has to be directed by pastors that are filled with the Holy Ghost, declaring every day under the power and anointing of that Holy Ghost in authority! Not moved by every wind of doctrine, not moved by what is popular these days, but standing strong under the grace and power of God and what the Word has said for today is the same today as it was yesterday and tomorrow. It shall still be the same. We lift up pastors all over the earth. I can almost feel it. It's almost like a weakness that tries to come upon those that are supposed to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Prayed…
Be strong and be lifted up!
Stand strong!
Be a demonstration—strong in the Lord
Transformed and changed into another man
Wisdom from on high
How to negotiate, how to navigate, how to finish the job and to finish their course
A word fitly spoken
Strengthen them in their inner man
Strength and power from heaven—power that raised Jesus up
We pray for their bodies to be strong—be well, by the stripes of Jesus, you are healed
Some things are being rearranged right now
Time, situations, plans, decisions…
Not what someone else says that you should say, but you say what He says to say!
Clarity, understanding, revelation
That's the high standard of God almighty
Pastors! Supernatural strength!
This battle is not natural
Don't throw the towel in today
There's more to be done; there's more plans to be laid; there's more situations to be straightened out
Erika shared…
I wanted to make you aware that on the church's website, we have posted a help for you to contact the Senate and House. They have 60 days to review the Iran deal. There is a place you can click on for their phone numbers, and we encourage you to call your representatives and let them know you do not want them to vote yes for the deal. Do it more than once. Click here.