16 October 2010 (Shibi'i/Sukkot)|
Day #214, 5934 AM
The Ordered House
Turning Home into Yahweh's Temple
Everything that we give importance to has power over us. If Satan manages to keep us worried, discouraged, sad and in defeat, he is doing so because we give him authority over us. This way we give him the glory instead of Yahweh. Complaints are the sound of hell, praise the sound of the Kingdom of Yahweh. Destructive thoughts allow Satan to sow seeds of defeat in our hearts and to break into our bayyit (house):
Learning to wield the sword of Yahweh comes only after we have learned to see Him through the column of fire and the pillar of cloud that leads us away from our 'pharaohs' and to our 'Promised Land':
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Prov.4:23, ISRV).
We have got to stop leading defeated lives in the area of sickness, financial problems, and problems in deliverance. Yahweh has given us power to heal the sick, create wealth, and deliver the captives! It's that simple:
"For Yahweh our Elohim is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory" (Dt.20:4, ISRV).
I don't think we've even begun our ministry yet. I don't think we have even begun to claim the power that is available. After Yah'shua baptised in water and the Ruach (Spirit), He was immediately taken to the wilderness to be confronted by Satan. There He learned how to triumph over the devil. He established His position of victory before the enemy of men's souls. All He did was to decree - to declare - that the eternal Elohim is the One who has all power! The moment He did that, Satan had no power over Him. Once we decree that Yah'shua has been given all power, and it is in Him we trust, we win victory over Satan too.
"Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Master Yah'shua (Lord Jesus) and your love for all the set-apart ones (saints), do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the Elohim (God) of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Lord Jesus Christ), the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the set-apart ones (saints), and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Messiah (Christ) when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the messianic community (church), which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all" (Eph.1:15-23, NKJV).
We've been waiting for Yahweh to act in our lives without going into the wilderness to confront the father of lies and of fear and without claiming the victory that is Yah'shua's. There, like Yah'shua, we declare that the Word of Yahweh is the supreme authority in our lives. There we make the decision to defeat Satan out of spiritual resources instead of being defeated by the temptation to rely on fleshy sustenance. It means living by principles that are totally contradictory to natural laws - the laws of biology, the laws of prosperity (generating money), the laws of 'deliverance' (going through complicated proceedures). In short, we must declare, like Yah'shua, that our lives are absolutely sustained and protected by the word of Yahweh. The devil has to know that before he will stand down and withdraw. This not a mere intellectual decision: it has to be part and parcel of our spirits, in the very deepest parts of our being. This can only be once we know that heaven and earth will pass away, but never Yahweh's Word.
The moment we believe that our sustenance (like income) depends on our own strength, or the government or on material resources of any kind, we are surely under a curse. That was Adam's curse (Gen.3:19) but Christ has now become that curse (Gal.3:13). That curse is taken away the moment we stop trusting our own abilities (something deeply engrained in me [in my upbringing in] the world system) and start trusting in Yahweh's [abilities]. So long as we rely on our own strength the devil will continually steal from us...as he most certainly has [already].
We must affirm, therefore, that we do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of Yahweh-Elohim (Mt.4:1-4).
The devil's next attack on Yah'shua shows us how we do that, by resisting the appeal of human pride (Mt.4:5-7). Here Satan says: 'Use your power in Christ to be admired, to get rich, to manipulate people, to act independently. After all, you are holy. In fact, you are wonderful! Christ will keep you, the angels are at your service. What are you worried about?'
We have to serve Yahweh through Yah'shua in humility, in love, in self-denial, even unto death. We have to overcome the accuser "by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of [our] testimony"" and not shrink from death (Rev.12:11, ISRV).
Victory only comes with self-denial for the love of the Gospel. What does that "testimony" consist of? Faith (true faith, emunah) and praise to Yahweh instead of a testimony of complaints and selfishness. We shall be anointed only when we understand that the power to overcome does not lie within or even in our own self-sacrifice, but the sacrifice of Yah'shua...in His blood.
We obviously can't resist the devil until we are submitted to Yah'shua (Jas.4:7). The authority (toqef) that will flow and move through us comes from the substance which is in Yah'shua and therefore in Yahweh on the basis of fellowship. Being with Yah'shua is what should satisfy our soul, which will in turn nourish our bones and fill us with shalom (peace), by making ourselves nothing (Phil.2:6-7). And the surest way to lose that fellowship is by surrounding ourselves with people who do not share the same faith (emunah) because they don't speak our 'language' -what happens is that we may, instead, learn to speak their again. We want to be with people who speak the language of the Ruach. I am sure that is why I returned from the USA last year feeling so much better than I do now: here nobody speaks emet (truth) - here I hear enemy-talk, and it rubs off.
Yahweh is reliable (Jn.8:26): Yah'shua said so. Yah'shua is reliable - we know what He did for us. And Yah'shua's true servants are reliable. By yielding to the will of Yahweh instead of a self-centred life we prevent the devil from touching us. Yah'shua could have tended to the thousands of needs around Him but instead He focussed on what Yahweh told Him to do. That is a discipline we are only just learning, I think. Various people we know who have wasted our time have taught us much (see Jn.8:28). When Yah'shua healed the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, He healed only one among the many sick (Jn.5:1-8). Why? Because Yahweh said so. He did not need explanation. And it is the same with wives to husbands, if that is what the Ruach directs a husband to do (or not to do). When Yah'shua delayed seeing the dying Lazarus, it was in response to Yahweh's will, not reason or passion. That delay and Lazarus' death had, as we know, a reason.
But how to we know Yahweh's will? The cheating way is to ask as pastor, prophet or spiritual friend to find out for us. But we can neither learn nor be empowered that way. We have to go to Yahweh face-to-face for His word. It requires disciplining the flesh (Yah'shua fasted for 40 days) and being irrevocably committed to submitting to His will even if we cannot understand it. Victory lies in listening, and whatever it takes to acquire that skill.
To be willing to go this far means to be utterly fed up with Satan to the point you declare total war on him. It requires spiritual violence and a war to the death. You are determined to overcome no matter what the cost...and that cost is inevitably, if not invariably, a radical change of lifestyle.
"Yah'shua said, 'from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force'" (Mt.11:12, ISRV). Does this mean that the kingdom of Satan is to be taken by tickling him with a feather? What is the testimony of the spiritual warfare and deliverance we have done so far? It means we ourselves must be filled with spiritual violence and anger against the enemy! We must draw a line a declare: 'If Satan or his demons cross this line, "all heaven" will break loose!' It is a determination to conquer hell. It is a declaration that if Satan gets involved with us we are going to trample him down with all the power and strength of the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God)! We will send him to the Divine Tribunal for judgment on the slightest thing he does to us. We will beat him with the word of Yahweh and with the blood of the Lamb and with all the angels put at our disposal to make war on him. We will refuse to spend disturbed nights by his opposition. We will sleep deeply, praise Yahweh and entrust ourselves to Him. From this day on, Satan is going to be the one in trouble.
We must stop looking at circumstances and lift up our spirits into Yahweh's presence through praise - every day, at any time, all the time. We are to praise Yahweh's greatness no matter how big the problem [we face]. He is "close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but Yahweh delivers him from them ALL" (Ps.34:19-19, ISRV - also 32:1,2,6-9).
Lifting our hands in worship is the same as lifting swords in a powerful battle. We have the power to injure the enemy. "He trains my hands for battle" (Ps.18:34, ISRV). We must stop falling like victims oppressed by circumstances, lift up a new song of praise, praising Yahweh from the innermost parts of our being and exalting Him for His greatness, power and strength.
Yah'shua returned from the three temptations in the Judean wilderness "in the power of the Ruach" (Lk.4:13-14, ISRV). Our anointing will come when we have done three things, then:
We will never have authority over a demon in someone else's life until we have defeated the devil in our own. And that is why we have been so weak as a covenant. We must make the decision to grasp hold of Yahweh's power by overcoming the devil. Banks and doctors will not solve our problems. We must take up our allocated positions seated with Christ in the heavenly places and not give away our place of authority to the enemy of our souls.
- 1. When we are submitted to Yahweh;
- 2. When we resist the devil; and
- 3. When we make a categorical determination of the position we want Yahweh to have in our lives
(From the Diary of Lev-Tsiyon, 22 October 2003, England)