17 posts categorized "Under The Umbrella - Spiritual Warfare"

The Sword Of The Spirit

Gang, Can you believe it? Today, is my last post in my Spiritual Warfare series. I truly hope that you were empowered and found yourself with more armor, more protection and greater understanding of the real battle that is at hand every day and every moment of our life. We have talked about the Word of God, or the Sword, as our truth and it ties into all the other pieces of armament in Ephesians chapter six. My friends, the Word is our offensive weapon. It is double edged, in that when we swing it, speak it, read it, love it, believe it, follow it. Two things happen. It slices one way, upward, as it pierces into the heavenly realms to open up more of God’s favor and revelation. (Faith and belief comes by hearing the Word of God) and it also slices downward at the same time, cutting off... Read more →

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The Helmet of Salvation Defeats The Religious Spirit

What is salvation? I can bet you know the answer but the answer is so much bigger than you know. Can I ask you a few questions? Do you serve in church? Attend Bible study? Watch the babies during first service? Organize the potluck? Work tirelessly to organize the Christmas event? Do you feel like you have worked yourself to exhaustion and your kids miss their mother? And let’s not mention our spouse and how he feels. Yikes! I ask these questions, NOT to cast condemnation. I’ve done all of the things above. But what I see often in these scenarios is the Religious Spirit. —Religion tries to tell you that if you do more, God will give you more grace. So you do more and become a tired Christian trying to earn God’s love and grace. Religion will kill you because you are trying to earn what has already... Read more →

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The MIGHTY Shield Of Faith

Pick up the Shield of Faith Raise the shield when our marriage is hanging by a thread. Raise the shield when the bottom of our finances drop out. Raise the shield when that prodigal child goes from bad to worse. Raise the shield when you’ve said to yourself, I can’t take one more thing. Raise the shield when life doesn’t make sense Raise the shield even when you don’t feel like it. SUMers, up until now the garments of Ephesians 6 are the armor pieces that every believer dawns and wears every day. But the next few portions of this armament, they are to be picked up as life circumstances demand. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. —Ephesians 6:16 When all hell breaks loose in your life, it is the day of... Read more →

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HALLOWEEN

Yep, it’s that time of year. This “holiday” is a difficult thing to write about because Christians have very different views about what to do with it. But today, in my quiet time, I was led by the Holy Spirit to share a few things that I believe we must consider in light of our Spiritual Warfare Series – Under The Umbrella. This month there is always an increase in witchcraft. Some of you may be feeling the attacks of the enemy through oppression and opposition. Conflict in relationships, headaches, fatigue and other weird and unexpected issues in our lives. This is a season when wearing our Spiritual Armor is imperative. Also awareness of what is happening in the spiritual realm, helps us to pray and defeat any weapon formed against us because we know it cannot prosper. (Isaiah 54:7) So here are a few thoughts I’m compelled to share.... Read more →

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The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

Hello SUMites, My friends, fall is in the air and in some places it’s already winter! Wacky weather! But I LOVE this time of year and I am especially fond of my pumpkin flavored coffee. Yum and eee! Weather is a perfect metaphor of our lives. Our circumstances will and often change drastically, unexpectedly and even violently. Loss of a job. Divorce. Wayward children. Financial crisis. Health. Weather disasters too. How do we walk through these life events that are often unchangeable? How do we keep ourselves from crippling fear? How do we handle life’s great challenges as believers? SUMite Nation, we put on the SHOES! Kingdom Shoes. We shod our feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace! (Ephesians 6:15) What does this mean? How do we do this and how does this part of our armor serve in spiritual warfare? The shoes are our steadiness... Read more →

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Your Mismatched Marriage Isn’t a “But” (part 2)

My friends, on Tuesday we started talking about seeing our marriages instead of a but, to see them as a "But God..." My heart is to encourage you to walk in God's truths and to be all that His heart and love have declared and planned for you to be. The more I work in our healing rooms here, the more I understand that God has asked me to partner with Him to help people do this, to realize their divine destiny and walk in it. And this calling He's placed on my heart is not limited to healing rooms. He puts me into action all over the place. What an adventure! And I love, love, love that I can bring that to our SUM nation. Dear friends, Lynn and I love you so much! We are passionate for you to walk in freedom, in the truths that Jesus came... Read more →

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Your Mismatched Marriage Isn’t a “But” (part 1)

My friends, I want to touch on an area that I feel the Holy Spirit has placed on my heart. I sense there are some of you out there who are reading this spiritual warfare series and seeing your marriages (regardless of how you got there) as blocks to all that God has for you. As a “but.” Instead, I want to encourage you to think of your marriage not as a “But God…” We’ve talked about sanctification before so I encourage you to go read this post on that subject and study and seek God for more truth and understanding of 1 Cor 7:14. That is a powerful foundational truth to understanding the influence your faith has on your marriage, your pre-believer and your children. But today I want to talk about our places in these marriages, the truths that protect us and how this relates to spiritual warfare.... Read more →

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Authority - The Believer's Responsibility

Last Monday we took a look at authority. The central message of this post is to clearly establish through scripture that Jesus passed His authority to His disciples, including modern day disciples. That would be us. We are commanded to follow in His teachings and to fulfil the purposes of the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission, healing, deliverance, support the poor, etc. (Luke 9:1&2) Also we reviewed the power of our spoken words and the supporting scriptures. What I didn’t have time to share was that authority and power that the Lord shares with His people on earth can vary. And there are limitations, significant responsibilities and great expectations God places on His people with regard to authority. So let’s take a quick look at what these are. Prayer Life/Intimacy: Nothing is available from the Heavenly Kingdom without a personal relationship with the Lord. Intimacy and prayer are central... Read more →

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Let's Talk Trash!

The Shield of Righteousness Hello Nation of Amazing Believers! You are conquerors. Overcomers, sealed by the blood of Jesus. You are destined for GREATNESS. You are filled with the love our Sovereign God and blessed with the power of the Holy Spirit. You are people who live in a standard of truth and righteousness. You are victorious in battle. You bring holiness into your home and sanctify your spouse and children. The promises of God are for you. Our Lord is our shield and our strong tower. AND NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER!! Woo Hoo! Hallelujah! AMEN! These are the promises of God which you claimed on Monday. Lord, open up the floodgates and teach us to walk fully in all of these truths and promises. In Jesus name. Amen Gang, We are going to dawn a new part of our wardrobe today. The Breastplate of Righteousness. Before... Read more →

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Wearing Our Armor—God’s Word

My friends, I want to share with you today how I “pray on” my armor. And I do this out loud whenever possible. I know that can be awkward at times in our spiritually mismatched places, but I find bathrooms, closets and cars to be good places when needed! Lord, today I am putting on my armor. My belt of truth, which is You, Lord Jesus. You are my way, my truth and my life. In You I live, move and have my being. (John 14:6, Acts 17:28). My breastplate of righteousness, because I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21). My shield of faith for the righteous live by faith and You, Jesus, are the author and perfector of my faith. My shield is strengthened and empowered by the truth of Jesus to deflect the barbs of the enemy. (Rom. 1:17, Heb. 12:2) My sword... Read more →

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Under the Umbrella of Our Amor and Identity

My friends, forgive me if my last post confused you but I promise that as I wrap this up it will all make sense. As the Holy Spirit has revealed more and more of the importance and power God’s Word plays in our lives, I am undone by it. And my prayer is that by the end of this series, you will be too. The Full Armor of God is representative of our identity of Christ. We’ve covered the belt (truth), the breastplate (righteousness) and the shield (faith). Let’s move on to the rest. Our feet are to be “fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:16). This too is built upon all the other pieces of our armor and identity. We are grounded to stand (Paul repeats this word many times in Eph. 6:10-17) in truth, righteousness and faith. “Therefore everyone who hears these... Read more →

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They Are ALWAYS Listening. Our Authority

This is one of the most important post to read. Please take the time to make it to the bottom. Hugs, Lynn SUMites, after writing the post, Legal Permissions, that I was originally intended to post today, the Holy Spirit strongly impressed upon me that we need to first consider our authority in Jesus. That post will be shared later in this series. In the past couple of weeks, Dineen and I have been hitting hard on our identity in Christ. Because it’s out of knowing who we are and whose we are that we then begin to exercise the authority we have been given through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. So let’s look at authority. Turn in your Bible to, Luke 9. If you have been a reader here for a number of years, you may remember that I shared an encounter with a woman I met at... Read more →

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The Belt of Truth

Okay, I feel better. Let's get going..... Do you have a Buddha statue in your front yard? How about a stone idol that you worship in your front room? Ahem, NO! My friends, the enemy isn’t that obvious. Do you know how he goes about with his deceptions? He asks a question. Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” —Genesis 3:1 He said to Eve, “Did God really say”……. And vwala, doubt rushes in. Guess what this looks like today? Unbelieving spouse says, “You don’t really believe all that stuff do ya? I mean really, the science is irrefutable.” In an instant a seed of doubt is planted. This is the main tactic the enemy uses to draw us out from... Read more →

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We are Righteous, Shielded and Unlimited!

My friends, I heard a speaker once explain that the belt was a crucial part of a Roman soldier’s armor, because it held the rest in place. I find that so symbolic in that it is the first piece of armor that Paul speaks of and because all that we are and do as believers is about who Jesus is and who He says we are. Let’s jump in today with our breastplate of righteousness and our shield of faith. These two pieces of our armor are so connected that I’ve had to truly sit and study these Scriptures to take it all in. Again, my goal is to show you how our identity in Christ is our armor. Take your time to study these Scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to bring this truth home deeply to your heart and mind. First, let’s look at righteousness. In the Greek... Read more →

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Lies, Fear and Armor. Oh my!

Over my next couple posts (possibly more) I want to talk to you about our identity and our armor. I’ve felt the need the last few weeks to pray on my armor every day and as I’ve done so the Holy Spirit has shown me a stunning truth. Our identity in Christ and the Armor of God are the same. Our identity in Christ is our armor. My friends, I’m so enthralled by this revelation. Once I understood this truth, suddenly the Scriptures that support it came to life and that is what I’m excited to share with you. Some of it you may find challenging as it will require you to look inward to identify some lies that you may still be operating under, what we’re calling “umbrella crushers” for this series, but I promise you that once you identify a lie, sweet freedom rushes in are you will... Read more →

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Are You Stepping Out From Under The Umbrella of God's Protection?

The response to our series is overwhelmingly enthusiastic. It’s becoming crystal clear that God’s people are yearning to know the truth about whom we battle and how to win. I’m so encouraged by your eagerness and your commitment to the process. We need to start with understanding the Theater of War of the Kingdom of God. It’s earth baby! We are intricately involved in war whether we want to be or not or whether we realize it or not. So it’s WAY past time to put on our armor and recognize that: 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. —Ephesians 6:12 It’s war. —Move and Countermove Move: God Created the angelic Countermove: Lucifer sinned. Move: God kicked him out of heaven to earth and... Read more →

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Under The Umbrella - The Battle For My Life!

Standing Under The Umbrella- The Battle For Our Life! Ephesians 6 Series Earlier this week I posted a question to our Facebook Reader page the following: There is a need to write and study through the SUM blog about many practical needs for the spiritually mismatched such as tithing, friendships, sex, attending church alone, prayer at the dinner table, etc. Yet there is also a need to develop our spiritual life because out of that all the rest flows. Currently I'm feeling the prompt of the Holy Spirit to write about our Spiritual Armor and preparing for spiritual warfare as we deal with these battles in our homes with our spouse, DAILY... So, I'm wondering what would you like to study? Both, at the same time? Tackle one subject on Monday the other on Friday? What other topics do we need to review for all the new readers who are... Read more →

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