DOING SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE

Sunday, 22 May 2016 14:13 Written by 

 

 

Some time ago I recall walking into a prayer meeting where they were interceding for the city. I stopped frozen in the doorway…what is this? People were shouting at the top of their voices with arms waving…some bouncing up and down. For the most part their words felt scriptural and sincere with the few exceptions of expressions of distain and hate for their enemies. As a newer Christian the experience left me shaken. I remained at the back of the room trying to make sense of it. Yet strangely it never turned me away…rather it pulled me in deeper to explore where God was in all of it.

 

Over the years following I believe I have come to insights that would speak to that initial experience. First there is a difference between being moved emotionally to physical manifestations versus building a theology around the same manifestations as if there is power in the manifestations themselves to bring about the answers to our prayers. So let me say…the effects of intercessory prayer or spiritual warfare are not determined by how much we shout or jump up and down or wave our fists. The realms of the enemy do not suffer violence by such expressions. Rather it is when we are at rest that the enemy experiences the violent assault of our prayers. Let me explain. When we muster up the manifestations as mentioned earlier we are actually doing warfare on our strength more so then in our faith…I believe the enemy interrupts such expressions as unbelief. True heartfelt faith and trust penetrate the spiritual realm because it puts God out front to accomplish the very thing we are asking for. When the enemy sees we are at peace he knows we have positioned ourselves resting in God to enforce our petition. Let me give you a picture of where it positions us. Envision Jesus standing tall in His bigness facing the enemy. Standing on His feet (like a child learning to walk standing on his dad’s feet) is us also facing the enemy. From this stance we speak to the enemy…”In the name of Jesus (the big guy behind me who’s feet I am standing on) I command you to ……..”. This is the stance of faith, of trust, of absolute belief. Oh yes we will likely at times will be moved emotionally…not because of what we are doing…but because of who’s feet we are standing on. Luke 10:20 reads…”do not rejoice at this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are enrolled in heaven”.

 

Jesus never taught us to hate our enemies or in any way express such attitudes. He taught us to love them and pray for them…not against them. Listen to Matt 5:44…”But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”. 

 

Just my thoughts…

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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  • Comment Link Tuesday, 06 December 2016 12:25 posted by Penelope

    Thanks for finally talking about >Freedom House Canada - DOING SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE

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