Spiritual Warfare Prayer and Declaration

This past weekend, I encouraged us as a church to face our fears using the resources God has given us. Those resources, as described in 2 Timothy 1:7 are “power, love and a sound mind.” To face our fears with power involves realizing our fears are sometimes rooted in a spiritual attack. Here’s a prayer you can use when/if you sense that your fear may be rooted in a spirit of fear:

Heavenly Father, I renounce any hold that a spirit of fear has had on my life. I bring the cross of Christ—His crucifixion, His resurrection, His ascension—against the work of the enemy.  I cut off every foul spirit that has been harassing me. I command them to leave in the name of Jesus. I claim the blood of Jesus over my life,  over my family, over my church.

For an extended spiritual warfare prayer to pray, I encourage you to follow this link to John Eldredge’s “Daily Prayer”. http://www.ransomedheart.com/sites/default/files/fileuploads/daily_prayer_regular_4-5-14.pdf

We also talked about the importance of a sound mind when facing our fears. By that, I mean that we are to focus our minds on God’s character and His promises to us. One practice to help in this regard is that of declaring out loud promises and truths found in God’s Word. Here are the promises and truths we declared out loud together in church this weekend:

I declare my faith in Jesus, who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead that I may have life.

I declare that His life is now my life. His power– the same power that raised Christ from the dead– lives in me.

I declare that nothing can ever separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. I belong to Him forever.

 I declare that nothing can thwart God’s good purposes and plans for me. My God is absolutely faithful.

 I declare that God’s perfect love is driving out my fear. Fear will not rule my life. I am strong and courageous because Jesus lives in me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 We declare God’s blessings upon our church. We will follow Jesus together, trusting Him to do above and beyond what we could ever ask or imagine.

 

 

Fasting Thoughts

So proud of how many Christ Community Church people are fasting some or all of this week, in response to the ‪#‎ccconething‬ challenge offered last week. It’s so awesome to seek God together in this way.

I’ve been reminded yesterday and today of how hard fasting is. I suddenly realize how important food is in my life…and it’s hard to give that up! In the midst of the difficulty of this, I remembered this morning a phrase Paul uses in Philippians 3:10. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard anyone talk much about this phrase. But in it, Paul says that he wants to “know Christ and….the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings.” That word “fellowship” means participation in. Huh. Paul considered it a privilege to share in, to participate in, Christ’s sufferings.

What struck me this morning as I thought about facing another day of fasting was this thought: In a small way, I am sharing in the suffering of Christ. I am choosing Him over something that I really want to do. Honestly, in our society, I’m not sure we deny ourselves very often of things. We have so much. We are used to having what we want when we want it. By fasting, we are choosing to say no to a desire, for the purpose of stoking a greater desire–that of love for Jesus.

So if you are feeling frustrated or discouraged about how hard this fasting thing is, be encouraged. You are choosing suffering for Jesus’ sake. It is in the difficulty of the fast that we find the true power of the fast–learning to seek Jesus over any thing else in our life.

Praying for you!