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Preparation to Rule and Reign

12366218_1073317959397977_345114264233161110_n“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people
for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies
of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”
(1 Peter 2:9).

We must not forget in the midst of our daily struggles that God is preparing us to rule and reign with Him when we comes. We are called to pray in His Kingdom and to understand that He is preparing us for a very glorious purpose. So let us not get disheartened at the trials that we face. They are only to develop us in spirit and in truth. We are all going through a purifying process. May our faith be strengthened in Him.

“Not only are we a priesthood, we are a ‘royal’ priesthood.  Christians are the true royalty on the earth. We are sons and daughters of the King of kings. We should conduct our lives with the dignity, grace, and integrity of such royalty. We should also understand that a priesthood is for the purpose of first serving the Lord, but also serving all nations, races, and cultures with intercession and ministry.” Rick Joyner

Keys to help in your personal battles in spiritual warfare and trials:

  • Ask your pastor and church leadership to cover the intercessors in your church in prayer – This could eliminate much of the spiritual warfare that Satan is attacking intercessors with in these days. A pastoral prayer covering for all of the intercessors in your church will make a big difference. It can help you to walk in greater victory and remove some of the attack that is on your life as an intercessor. We need to remind one another that we are a royal priesthood and will one day rule and reign with Christ. Together we can intercede for one another and stand in united strength.
  • Silence the voice of the enemy by starving out the spirit of criticism, irrational fear, and unbelief – God wants us to fast not only from food but from critical, unbelieving, negative speech. Let’s fast from these negative forms of speech and release the opposite spirit and the nature of Christ Jesus. Instead of being negative, let us bless others with positive words, and declare that God is going to reign over the earth. Declare that the “earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
  • Realize that God is preparing you for His KingdomHe is making you ready to take responsibility and authority with Him when He comes. May none of us lose sight of this reality.

“Everything happening in our life now is training for reigning. Do not waste your trials. They are coming upon you because the king loves you and wants to use you for a glorious purpose. It is by passing these tests
that we advance step-by-step into the place of being ready for service to the king.”
Rick Joyner

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Strategic Joy in the Midst of Warfare

11351336_964567213606386_5770670982150967644_n-2“Joy and gladness are the currency on which heaven runs… Joy is deep-rooted happiness in the presence, person and nature of God. It sits in our heart and directs our life, displacing grief, mourning and sadness. When we have a quiet, God-given joy bubbling up inside us, the negative is pushed out.” Graham Cooke

Living strategically in the end times is a key to victory. The strategy of the enemy is to steal your joy. God’s strategy is that we are joyful in the midst of spiritual warfare. This may seem quite difficult when facing hard, strenuous battles. I went through some difficult warfare when praying towards and pressing through in battle to get books on prayer published,  new prayer websites up and running, and an International School of Prayer developed. There seemed to be no forward movement, and anything to do with prayer faced the greatest spiritual attacks. I knew this. Yet the enemy really tried to bring discouragement into my life. Along with this was a battle  with my health. But God is greater, and there was another way of looking at all of this. We have the hope and reality of heaven! It is time we bring the joy of heaven to earth.

Joy is our strategy against the works of the devil.  

“Heaven is a place of exuberance, and we must bring that enthusiasm to earth. All of heaven – the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the angels, the saints – they all love to rejoice. Everything that God makes and touches manifests His happiness. It is embedded into our DNA.” Graham Cooke

God began to speak strongly to my heart. He was saying, “Do not despair or give up.” At that point, I realized that the enemy wanted to invade my life with a spirit of discouragement and despair, but God wanted to give me joy. I began to study about joy.

Did you know that there are nearly 300 verses in the Bible about joy? The Bible commands us to be joyful always, and pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:16), to be joyful in God (Hebrews 3:18), to consider it pure joy when we encounter trials (James 1:2), to tell of God’s works with songs of joy (Psalm 107:22), and the list goes on and on. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), there is joy in God’s presence (Acts 2:28), and the Holy Spirit gives joy (Luke 10:21). God wants to anoint us with the oil of joy (Hebrews 1:9), and He wants us to pray with joy (Philippians 1:4). Throughout Scripture, we are exhorted to shout and sing for joy (Psalm 118:15, Isaiah 52:9). Even the heavens, the earth, the mountains and trees are commanded to sing for joy! We are called to a high quality of life that includes joy in the midst of difficult circumstances.

“We are called to this same thriving quality of life, that no matter our circumstances, we live in the promise of God’s joy. It is impossible to keep God from being happy, and because of that, His Church cannot be denied joy either. Sadness and grief can only overlay our joy; it cannot prevent a breakthrough into it. We may have to look hard on days for that cheerfulness, but it is always present in the heart of God. Sadness must be infiltrated by joy.” Graham Cooke

 Why then do we sometimes get heavy-hearted? We are in spiritual warfare, and Satan hates prayer so strongly. He doesn’t mind when we do many other ”good” things, but he trembles when we pray. He actually attacks us with a spirit of despair or discouragement. He will do everything he can to stop the advance of the prayer movement.

When a heavy weight of discouragement threatens to overwhelm you, and if there is no known sin in your life, you can be sure that the enemy is attacking you with a spirit of despair or discouragement. When you pray against the spirit of despair in your life, it can lift. I pray for each one of you to know the joy of the Lord which is your strength, and that every trace of discouragement or despair is lifted from your life in Jesus’ Name. I pray that the stronghold of hopelessness will be broken in the Name of Jesus. I pray that the joy of the Lord will permeate your prayer life and everything that you do.

God does not want you to be disheartened but He longs to fill you with His joy. He has anointed you to help others who are going through difficulty, and to actually bestow the oil of gladness, joy and praise on those who have a spirit of despair. This is the job description of Jesus. We are to be like Jesus.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:1, 2b-3).

A few years ago when we lived in Virginia Beach, we had tropical storm Ernesto pass through our city. Rain was pouring down, the streets were flooded, and clouds and wind were everywhere. People were told to stay in their homes due to the flooding. It was hard to imagine sunshine in the midst of the storm. On a flight, I experienced the plane flying through many clouds on the right and the left as it was ascending. Suddenly the plane came out into the sunshine above all the threatening clouds.

Circumstances can be like both of these examples. Heaviness and darkness can invade our lives because of what is happening around us, when we can’t see past the clouds and trials, and the devil takes the opportunity to attack us with a spirit of discouragement or despair. This is when we must rise above the clouds, and see life from God’s perspective and vantage point through His Word. The sunshine will one day return. We do not have to live in gloom or despair. God has provided a way out.

If you are feeling down and can’t seem to get out of it, take the authority in prayer that is rightfully yours, and break that discouragement in Jesus’ Name. Then ask God to fill you with His joy and peace. Write down the positive things in your life, and thank God for each one of them. God is able to push the negatives out as we begin to praise Him and dwell on the positive things that God has provided for us.

Don’t live your life according to your earthly circumstances but according to your position in Christ. Remember that you are seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3-6), are God’s possession (Ephesians 1:14), are chosen of God (Ephesians 1:11), are complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10), are a kingdom of priests and a royal priesthood (Revelation 1:6, I Peter 2:9), are the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16), are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are able to do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13).

Strategic joy in the midst of warfare is yours. This is how you will live victoriously. This is your birthright!

“Don’t deny yourself that which is your birthright as a child of God. Don’t be satisfied with a joyless life. There ought to be in every Christian a deep, settled fullness of the joy of Christ that no circumstance of life can dispel. This comes as you allow the Holy Spirit to express Himself in your life. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy (Gal. 5:22). This joy is unlike any happiness that is produced by the world. It fills you and permeates everything you do. Jesus did not pray that you would merely be happy or even that you would escape grief. He prayed that you would have the same joy that the Father had given Him: a divine joy, a joy that comes from a deep and unwavering relationship with the Father. It is a joy that is grounded so firmly in a relationship with God that no change in circumstances could ever shake it. This is the kind of joy that Christ is praying will be in you.” Henry Blackaby

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

Maintaining Your Peace 
in the Midst of Warfare

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:16-18).

Spiritual warfare is part of the Christian life. Psalm 144:1 says, “Praise be to the Lord, my Rock. Who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.” Exodus 15:3 says, “The Lord is a mighty warrior; the Lord is his name.” We are living on earth and in enemy territory, and, therefore, we experience spiritual warfare. We must always be on the alert. The enemy comes in like a flood, trying to fill us with doubt and discouragements. But our God always has victory when we trust in Him.

You and I want to be healers and helpers in battle. We must be clad in His armor, by the grace of God. We must have a strategy to rescue those taken hostage or left wounded on the battlefield. We must understand the seriousness of war. How can we walk in victory and maintain our peace right in the midst of personal, and sometimes unrelenting, spiritual warfare? How can we be joyful in war?

It is possible to walk in a level of joy and peace even when things on earth seem to be getting worse. We can bring peace wherever we go. Below are two important ways to maintain peace in the midst of warfare.

Ways to Maintain Peace in Spiritual Warfare

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:17-18).

  • We must be a lover of God first and then a warrior – Jesus must be our all in all. We must concentrate on our relationship with Him, and abide in that intimacy always. The busier we are, the more we must cultivate our relationship with Him.  The enemy is crafty, and he knows where your power lies. We must develop a life of praise and worship. Worship is powerful warfare. When I go to the nations, I bring my worship music. I play it and pray it over countries. I find that this to be of my greatest strategies in seeing breakthrough in the nations. Prayer and worship open the way for everything else. God opens the door for His grace to come pouring into the nations.

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge… The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior” (Psalm 18:1, 46).

  • We are here to fight, and we must take a stand – The enemy is intent to stop us as we move forward. We need perseverance. Nothing good happens without perseverance. We are all living in enemy territory. We are called to destroy the works of the devil. To take our stand against the enemy means that we refuse to give him ground and that we will not retreat. We settle that in our hearts. We are not going to retreat or depart because of enemy pressure, but we are going to go on from glory to glory to victory. God’s grace is sufficient. We resist the enemy, stand firm in the Lord, and do not give way (James 4:7-8).

    We worship and praise God right in the middle of the difficulty. Satan will not give us territory without a fight. We are taking ground in heavenly places, even if we do not see it. We must not relax our vigilance. It doesn’t mean that we are frantic, nervous and anxious. We walk in that supernatural perfect peace that is totally possible only as we abide in Him. This is the amazing truth of the Christian life and especially for all of us entering into the harvest in the nations. We are living a life that is not of our own strength.

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).

Times of Testing in Warfare

When we were going through months of endurance and spiritual warfare on our missionary ship where the trials seemed endless and without any let-up, I would go out on deck during a voyage (feeling seasick and tired), put on my headphones and worship God for a period of time. Before long, the clouds in my own mind and heart would clear, I would see light on the horizon, and my perspective would change. The devil will always try to steal our hope. But God gives us hope when we spend time with Him. He would give me hope again and again; hope that He would finally break through, hope that the seas would one day be calm again and hope that God would turn my very trial into something supernatural and good.

When we are in the midst of a difficulty, this is how we are to handle it. The enemy brings in discouraging thoughts, false reasoning, doubts and disappointments. He will try to steal our peace. We choose to worship and acknowledge God, grow intimate with Jesus, and the clouds have to lift. The perseverance is all part of the testing time. We are being stretched. It’s part of the package of how God plans to train and work through us, bringing maturity and victory. Now I thank God with all my heart for every day that He had to stretch me. I have spiritual muscles I would never have had before, and it is so worth it. I see now that it was all part of love, and I never knew it quite so fully at the time. And God loves you. This is why you are going through whatever trial you are facing. It is for your good. He is making you a worker of great stature and purpose, and you shall not be disappointed.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

A Steadfast Spirit in Corporate Warfare

1457653_964485856947855_2406289042869588908_n“Our God is not afraid of anything; nor is He upset or provoked by anything. He is a God of war and He laughs in the face of His enemy, because God knows who He is in Himself. He has total knowledge of His own identity. He is wanting to put all the qualities and characteristics of His own warring nature into the church. However, he only puts them in us on the battlefield. So we have to get on the battlefield… We have to win the internal battle as individuals. We also have to win on the corporate level so that we come together as one people with one heart, one mind, and one voice. Then we are ready for real warfare, and then all hell will break loose around us. Then we will find that God will reveal Himself in a way that we never thought possible.” Graham Cooke

The battles we are facing corporately in God’s church are on a cosmic level. God is calling for a steadfast spirit in corporate warfare. This cosmic battle can only be won on our knees through prayer and fasting. Many wonder why are all of these things are happening in the world. The battle we are facing is against the powers of darkness.

It’s light against darkness. It’s truth against error.

We can’t believe everything we hear in the media. We must be very discerning. We must see behind what is happening in the nature and realize that we are fighting a battle against the antichrist spirit in the world. our need for a steadfast spirit corporately.

In warfare and spiritual confrontation, the perseverance and long-suffering we face actually births a greater anointing to pray powerfully and to do the works of God in the world. The Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12). When we persevere, it is purposeful. God is entrusting us for greater things. We are building God’s Kingdom through warfare and long-suffering.

We cannot build without steadfastness during times of war. We need to violently stand on God’s promises – We need to passionately pray God’s will into our corporate situation – We need to stand strong in prayer against the powers of darkness – We need to believe God steadfastly for breakthrough and not give up. God is not upset by anything that is happening around us.

He is a God of war and is not intimated by the enemy.

Daniel was Steadfast in Prayer

 “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist (Daniel 10:2-5).

Look at the life of Daniel. He was a man of unceasing prayer who had tremendous influence in the Babylonian courts. His name actually means, “Who in the name of God does justice”. He was a man of devotion, humility, integrity, courage, self-control, intercession, and authority. He was an interpreter of dreams, a man who was intimately acquainted with heaven. Daniel was one who spoke of the purposes of God and the vindication of His righteousness. He prayed three times a day facing Jerusalem on his knees even when it was costly. He was not afraid to steadfastly pray in reverence to God. Daniel had a steadfast spirit in prayer. Although men tried to destroy him because of his prayer life, God protected him even in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:1-19).

Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:3-19 is a marvelous Scriptural prayer. His prayer reveals his vast knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures. It shows that he knew them inside and out. His prayer was a heartfelt, sincere prayer. He prayed passionately. His prayers were powerful because they came from a heart transformed by the Word of God and alive to the situation around him needing God’s intervention.

“His prayers were a declaration of reverence and allegiance to a God whose name and kingdom were in direct conflict with Darius’ preten-sions.” Prayer Devotional Bible

In Daniel 10:1-11:1, we read about the revelation that Daniel received from God concerning a great future war. The understand-ing of the message came to him in a vision. Daniel prayed, fasted, and mourned for three weeks regarding the vision. You can imagine the intensity of the battle as he endured in fasting and persevering prayer. What were some of his feelings during that time? Perhaps hunger, loneliness, sadness, yearning, anxiety and fear. The Bible mentions terror, helplessness, no strength, trembling, and anguish. But on the twenty-fourth day suddenly he received a visitation from an angel. The angel said to him:

“Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them” (Daniel 10:12).

This points to the reality of spiritual warfare in the heavenly realm. There was more going on in the unseen realm than Daniel had realized. In Daniel’s day, the warfare was the prince of the Persian kingdom and the prince of Greece (Daniel 10:13, 20). The Bible says we are in a struggle against the rulers, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Prayer triggered the angel Gabriel as soon as Daniel began to pray. Daniel didn’t know that breakthrough was occurring at the beginning of his steadfast, persevering prayers. He only saw it later.

Daniel stood steadfast in prayer and focused on God during this time of warfare. He focused on what was important in God’s sight. If he had given up in prayer on that first day of intercession, he may not have seen the breakthrough. While Daniel prayed for those twenty-one days, warfare was occurring over the nation. He was not aware of the extent of the battle or even the part he was playing in it when he prayed. He couldn’t even imagine it, but he was doing warfare in the heavenlies for the land.

We must understand that everything that God does is birthed through confrontation and warfare. The powers of light against the powers of darkness will provoke warfare. If we are praying for the presence and power of God to come into our nation, warfare will certainly come. And this will require steadfast, persevering prayer on our part.

Are we willing to stand fast in prayer over our national battles?

Always remember the example of Daniel. A tremendous break-through came at the end of his twenty-one days of battle in intercession. We must realize that Jesus provokes warfare. Real breakthrough comes during times of war. We must face a battle if we want to have a breakthrough. We must face a war in order to see victory. A steadfast spirit in prayer like Daniel’s will be the main reason breakthrough will occur. Our struggle on earth in prayer participates in the unseen battle in the heavens and affects their results.

The battle for our cities is on a cosmic level against the powers of darkness. It is a battle between righteousness and ungodliness. We, as the body of Christ, are in this battle together. We must unite. Our prayers matter! Angels are released as a result of our corporate prayer.   You may be unaware of the severity of the battle, but your faithful praying has and will contribute to the heavenly battle in a gigantic way.

How You can Pray Steadfastly for the Harvest

  • Extravagantly worship God – Mix worship and praise in your prayers. There is power in worship warfare. God is greater than all enemy attack.
  • Pray and fast for the nations – This is a time of urgent prayer for the nations. Please pray for nations in crisis.
  • Use the Word of God in your prayers – Try using Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:3-19 as well as other Scriptures. Psalms is filled with good prayers to use in your intercession.
  • Get involved in corporate prayer – Find out where there is a prayer meeting near your home, and attend it. I go to several. Clear your schedule. God is raising up 24/7 prayer all throughout the nations.

As God’s children, we must stand for godly principles at all costs. We must unite as one voice. It’s all about His Kingdom, not ours. Daniel stood for justice and allegiance to God. We must do likewise.

“Daniel was not aware of the breakthrough or its point of origin until he was told about it. Breakthrough occurs when we begin to pray in earnest and are recognized after prayer is complete. Daniel stood firm in prayer so that his intercession could be completed before the Lord. Had he given up on prayer that which had begun on the first day of intercession may not have been completed to the point of recognition at a later time. Everything that God does is birthed through warfare and confrontation. While Daniel was praying, warfare was being conducted over the nations. Daniel was unaware of the battle or even his part in it. He had no idea what his faithful praying had contributed to the heavenly battle. Graham Cooke

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International