Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spiritual warfare montage

This isn’t, obviously, really a montage; just a collection of Bible verses that tell a story, with a prayer tucked in amongst them.  If you know of a better term for this than “montage,” I’d be happy to learn what it is . . . please leave a comment.

(Scriptures are from the NIV)

Psalm 24:8
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Isaiah 54:17
“. . . no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.
(No weapon can prevail because it is God who created the blacksmith who forges weapons, and it is God who has created the destroyer to work havoc [Isaiah 54:16] — God created them, and God controls them, and they cannot stand against God’s own beloved children.)

Romans 8:31-32
What then shall we say in response to this? [God’s sovereign power to work for good, and His predestined plan for our salvation.] If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

James 4:2-3
You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Matthew 6:32-34
For the pagans run after all these things [food, clothes, material provisions], and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 7:7-11
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!

Luke 11:13
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.

John 14:13-14
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

John 15:7
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

John 15:16
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

John 16:23-24
In that day you will no longer ask me anything.  I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Dear Lord Jesus, 

Thank you for your word, your truth, and your mighty salvation that comes from your unfailing love.  Thank you that you never fail.  Thank you that your purposes will be accomplished perfectly—your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Thank you that you are faithful and good.  Thank you that you always keep your promises.

Please help us to abide in you.  Please help us to study your word and learn your promises so we can ask in your name and receive the good things you have for us.  Please form our hearts to seek you and find you and love you and rejoice in you.

Lord Jesus, your word says that you are the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).  This is amazing and wonderful.  You have paid in full the entire mortgage for all the sins of the world.  It is finished.  The victory is won.

Lord Jesus, please pour your great salvation over the men of earth.  Please grant repentance unto salvation.  Please demonstrate your glorious mercy through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, that men may bend their hearts to you and find forgiveness, grace and freedom from the bondage of the enemy’s lies.

Please Lord Jesus, save people everywhere who yet stand in need of your salvation, and especially the ones we know and love.  Draw.  Rescue.  Cleanse.  Heal.  Restore.  Comfort.  Prune.  Use us for your glory.  Thank you, Jesus, for who you are and what you are able to accomplish.  Thank you for how your past triumphs assure us that your kingdom will indeed come in righteousness for all eternity.

Lord, we are lost without you, but you came to seek and save the lost.  Apart from you, we can do nothing, but you will never leave us nor forsake us.  Thank you, Jesus.

Amen.  Amen.  I have brought it to you, and I leave it with you.  Amen.

Psalm 33:13-15
From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;
from His dwelling place He watches all who live on earth—
He who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

Psalm 33:22
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

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