Why Is Intercession A Leathal Weapon?

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A LETHAL WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF GOD

A surrendered life in the hands of God becomes the lethal weapon. The Lord seeks intercessors, those that will stand in the gap. See: Nehemiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Death to Self

When we are willing to give up our life and die to all that is self, God will powerfully work through us. Giving your all to God means complete honesty, allowing God to have all the junk and imperfection, everything that makes you who you are and ever hope to be will be given over to him. God works through us by the amount of us we are able to surrender to him. For him to cause us to have a considerable effect then he must have a notable hold on or be in greater possession of our being, spirit, soul, mind and body.

To love him with all our heart, mind, and strength suddenly becomes a deeper revelation. Paul’s conversation about dying to self shines brighter. It doesn’t make it any easier, except to say that Holy Spirit has promised to assist us in reaching this higher place in God. There is no other way that this type of lifestyle can be attained aside from his help. All God needs is our willingness to trust his love for us and to trust that same love and anointing that he desires to pour out of us.

God seeks after those that will intercede. Why?

Past revivals are great examples of how God loves to position us to ask of him the very thing he wants to bring into our midst, and yet he doesn’t want us to stop there. God ordains spiritual events and finds willing servants to stand before him and have him move his hand. It’s an extension of his love for us poured out and through the intercessor and back to him. He wants us to participate in his agenda. To know his heart and will for us and for others.

So how does the intercessor reach this place in God?

Firstly God has willed that we as mere incomplete humans should share in the glory of his creation and experience his closeness and intimacy. That we should become his friends and know his thoughts and plans for those he loves. We are thrust into a privilege and are commissioned to accomplish his will. How can his will be accomplished through the intercessor? We make ourselves willing to say, “yes, I will die to self that you oh Lord may live through me in intercession, just as you are before the Father so let me be also.”

This positions us into a place where God is able to fill our lives with himself and brings us to a place of intensified prayer, a place of identification, agony and authority.

(From the book; The Intercessor, Reese Howels.)

Did Jesus bring the disciples to this place, before or only after the resurrection when Holy Spirit had been released from heaven? What about the need for constant renewing and infilling of our spirits to remain in tune and on fire? Wouldn’t you agree that the passion of Christ must be renewed and renewed so we can continue to carry the torch of intercession?

Praying for and with others of like calling and faith helps here.

Purification: A Process

These truths to us may seem to be afar off. To be able to address God on behalf of others, to be able to stand in his presence and cry out and move his hand for them. To watch our prayer/intercession have great effect then we must move into a position where God can release us from ourselves and all that self inflicts against what his will is for us. For some the uncovering of self can mean dealing with things you would have sooner forgotten, but if there remains a root of anything contrary to the Spirit it needs to be exposed and cut off. For us to abide in the vine with Christ, the purity of Christ must purify us allowing the glory of God to flow out with fuller consistency in our anointing.

Being purified can be an exhausting process, we must trust the Father and not fight him. Our imperfections are many, but his love is greater. His love for us covers a multitude of our sin and inconsistencies.

Tensions

Now is the time to be abiding in the vine and receive purpose, power and design. Holy Spirit cannot abide in power if we have two masters. There will always remain this tension of two worlds but Christ HAS overcome the world. (Jn.16:33) It becomes a daily exercise as Paul describes; “dying to self” that Christ may reign. Some have made this position so unattainable and so lofty that no mere person could ever get there. Thanks be to God that he simply desires our heart and willingness, and he helps us with the rest. Then he can do what he has promised through Holy Spirit, he has commissioned to indwell us. The mind of Christ can have completeness within us; this is Gods goal and intent for all. This will not happen overnight, it takes time to die to self. Our flesh really wants to live because it hurts to die.

Choice

The degree to which Holy Spirit reigns within us is up to us. Since God has given us free will, then we constantly will what we desire. He desires a complete and undivided heart totally surrendered but just the way we are. He through his enormous love for us completes the rest. When we let that love for an ungodly world bring about change in us first, then his glory can flow out of us in prayer and intercession through Holy Spirits direction. The flowing river of Gods love pours out from us. We must not let only a trickling stream surface. When the river is flowing there should be no resistance, no stagnancy, no dead water, instead life-giving flow. Here is where there is the need for self discernment or need for submission to peers.

What are resisters to this flow?

These are the damns of pleasure, selfishness, familiar sins, lack of self-control, all and everything that has to do with the flesh. (See: Gal.5) The greatest of these are pride, doubt and unbelief. These things pollute the discernment, block sensitivity, even stop or deflect God’s intervention.

God’s Heart in Us

For the intercessor to touch the brokenness of the world around us we need to be able to feel the heart of God.

God our Father has proven himself through Jesus to be an emotional person and that emotion will come through Holy Spirit within us. This will take on different aspects within each of us because of our individuality. Much of this depends upon the depth of what God calls each of us into. He calls us to participate in the full ministry of Jesus and Jesus himself saying, “that we will do greater things.” (Jn.14:12) Our part is to allow Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into the heart of God.

(See; John 11:33-43, Matt.9:36,14:14, 15:32, Mk.1:41, 2Cor.1:3, Jms.5:11)

Experiencing identification, agony and authority.

There is difficulty in interceding for others where we have not worn the shoes of the one we are interceding for. But when we have been there or are given revelation through the Spirit so we feel, sense, are touched by their need then we have gained a greater position for our intercession to have effect and faith to be released to vanquish the burden. This type of intensified intercession becomes our quest. For God to use us to a fuller extent as if it were Jesus himself touching others and so it should be, because that is exactly what will be happening in us. There is “authority in the pains that we have suffered” allowing others to be set free because we have identification with them. Jesus, healing through the stripes/wounds he bore; authority to give life because he died, but more so because he was raised from the dead. (Is.53:5)

AMBASSADORS: 2Cor.5: 20 We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.

How does an ambassador get his position?

He is an accredited diplomatic agent of the highest rank, appointed as the representative of one government to another. A personal messenger.

We are Gods earthly appointed representatives to make appeal to the world around us and to bring them all the fullness of the Godhead. This can only happen once we have grasped his word to us and allow Holy Spirit to live it out through us by faith. By faith in what? Us? No by faith in what God says he is willing to do through us. Then as the world looks upon us they no longer see us but Jesus. In this the actions of the intercessor is only one part of what God desires for his church. We want God to work freely and so as intercessors we need to be ever closer to his heart. The closer we are the less priming it takes from Holy Spirit to get the life giving water flowing.

Keeping the renewing flame burning, and the streams of life flowing.

How do we accomplish this?

One of the ways is to be in contact with other intercessors, sharing prayer for and with one another. Waiting on the Lord as scripture encourages us so we will not become weary and faint. The Lord is inexhaustible, but we are not. We need to be comfortable with saying no and stopping to rest letting Jesus be the shepherd, who leads us beside still waters and to places that restore us.

(Is.40:31, Ps.5:3, 27:14, 33:20, 37:7)

Rest, Restore, Restoration

Rest: a noun> inactivity, taking a breather, downtime, halt, holiday, let up, pause for peace, refresh, silent, stillness or motionless.

Verb> be calm, to dream, recline, relax, unwind, be at ease, be still.

To refresh oneself, wind down, pause.

Opposite of being calm> agitation, anger, restlessness, terror, turbulent

What happens to you when there is turbulence in an airplane> panic.

Restore: build up, cure, heal, improve, reconstruct, redeem, reestablish, refresh, rehabilitate, rescue, strengthen.

Cleanse> absolve, purify, refine, also rinse, scour, sanitize (this can hurt) a restoration process.

Enliven> cheer, excite, invigorate, quicken, stimulate, zap, juice up, recreate, wake up.

Heal> fix, rebuild, resuscitate, soothe, make whole, make sound, breathe new life into.

Invigorate> exhilarate, excite, rouse, stir, turn-on, liven up, vitalize, strengthen.

Redress> adjust, make amends, put right, recalibrate, turn things around.

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QUERY (Passages from Handbook)

A Lethal Weapon

1) The Lord seeks> Ez. 22:30 …before me

Death to Self

When we are willing to give up our life and die to all that is self, God will powerfully work through us. For him to cause us to have a considerable effect then he must have a notable hold on or be in greater possession of our being, spirit, soul, mind and body.

All God needs is our willingness to trust his love for us and to trust that same love and anointing that he desires to pour out of us.

2) When we are willing! We are not forced to do anything. This aspect affects our whole walk.

3) Intercessors, why?

God seeks after those that will intercede. Why?

Past revivals are great examples of how God loves to position us to ask of him the very thing he wants to bring into our midst, and yet he doesn’t want us to stop there. God ordains spiritual events and finds willing servants to stand before him and have him move his hand. Tensions

4) Abiding in the vine. Connected to a true, choice, best, stock (Christ). We are grafted in. Fruit = time = wine, wine needs fermentation, a blending together of substance prepared by the wine master, (God & Holy Spirit). Not only individually but as a group also. God’s selection always the best. Jn.15

Being purified can be an exhausting process, we must trust the Father and not fight him. Our imperfections are many, but his love is greater. His love for us covers a multitude of our sin and inconsistencies.

 Holy Spirit cannot abide in power if we have two masters. this position so unattainable and so lofty that no mere person could ever get there.Thanks be to God that he simply desires our heart and willingness, and he helps us with the rest. This will not happen overnight, it takes time to die to self. Our flesh really wants to live because it hurts to die.

Choice

5) Reigning:

The degree to which Holy Spirit reigns within us is up to us. Since God has given us free will, then we constantly will what we desire.

Example: fishermen, joggers, golfers, motorcyclists, computer games etc, activities that please us. Why? Because it is easier to will what we enjoy doing.

God’s Heart in Us

6) Feeling the heart of God. Is God emotional? Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Jeremiah; the weeping prophet.

For the intercessor to touch the brokenness of the world around us we need to be able to feel the heart of God. God our Father has proven himself through Jesus to be an emotional person and that emotion will come through Holy Spirit within us.

You can at times feel actual pain of those you are interceding for. Such as; pains in certain body parts, stomach, head, heaviness of heart, remorse with weeping and mourning. Ask questions as to why I am feeling this way Lord?

7) Authority: Release of power, Jesus wounded = our healing.

(Is.53:3-12, 61:1-6)

There is “authority in the pains that we have suffered” allowing others to be set free because we have identification with them. Jesus, healing through the stripes/wounds he bore; authority to give life because he died, but more so because he was raised from the dead.

8) Ambassadors:

He is an accredited diplomatic agent of the highest rank, appointed as the representative of one government to another. A personal messenger.

We are Gods earthly appointed representatives to make appeal to the world around us. To bring to them all the fullness of the Godhead. This can only happen once we have grasped his word to us and allow Holy Spirit to live it out through us by faith. By faith in what? Us?

9) Waiting on the Lord: Is.40:31, Ps.5:3, 27:14, 33:20, 37:7

Rest, restore, restoration: Restore> build up, cure, heal, improve, reconstruct, redeem, reestablish, rehabilitate, rescue, strengthen, give back

REST: noun> inactivity, take a breather, downtime, halt, holiday, let up, pause for peace, refreshment, silence, stillness, motionless

Verb> be calm, dream, recline, relax, unwind, be at ease, be still, to refresh oneself, take it easy, wind down, pause

Opposite of calm: agitation, anger, restlessness, terror, turbulence, storminess, (turbulence in an airplane = PANIC)

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