Battling Spiritually Clashing with the Unseen part14 Eph. 6 12
Satan Is a Decided Fact
We Struggle For we wrestle
We Speculate not against flesh and blood,
I’ve written part 12 and 13 but haven’t pushed them forward yet. I will post shortly.
God’s Word expounds how we succeed in prayer expressions to God. When we draw near to God in our pleas, it needs to be totally by God’s gracious inclining. There is this merging of us with Him that lifts us into a nearness and sense of His presence. We can feel His attendance when we muse on His Word and have a texture of the Lord’s voice to our inner person and a touch of His ear leaning to us.
James 4:7 describe this process as, submit yourselves to God, resist the devil…draw near to God and He will draw near to us.
This is the Spirit of pleading taught in the Psalms.
The Psalmist announces it in this way. We cry out and the Lord communicates in. Really this is the only way to maintain and expel the disappointments of having our prayers run out into a dead on arrival dud.
Psalms 80:3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Psalms 80:7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Psalms 80:19 turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Psalms 80:19 so will not we go back from You: make us alive, and we will call upon Your name.
We submit ourselves to God asking Him to turn us. In wrestling there is a need for dexterity in pivoting to keep from getting pinned or trapped. To turn is to make a motion back; it’s a retrograde gesture where we revert to God. We’re leaning on Him for everything, all our energy is in His lifting us and turning us from the struggle of wrestling conflict to His enabling facilitation. His face or countenance shining on and in us is the texture of His empowering grace and consistency of His strength.
This is the principle of prayer power taught in the Prophets
Jeremiah 24:6-7 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I will give them and heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
God’s eye is on us and we can’t linger on any negatives that lend to a bashing of insecurity and self-doubting uncertainty. His eye is on us for good things in our life.
Jeremiah 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself in this way; He cries, You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn me, and I shall be turned; for You are the LORD my God.
Lam. 5:21 Turn us unto You, O LORD, and we will be turned; renew our days as of old.
God is our enabler
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father, which has sent me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:65 Again Jesus repeats…no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
Paul reinforces the fact that God is stirring our spiritual longings
Philippians 2:13 for it is God which works in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Our prayer insufficiently is stabilized in the Lords filling sufficiency
2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
God’s grace makes us adequate His favor is our energizing resource
2 Corinthians 12:9 and he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We learn more from Paul’s time in prison then we do from his experience in the third heaven.
It’s our struggles and imprisoning’s, those conflicts and wrestling grapples, where we learn more of Jesus strengthening’s to get us through too God.
God supplies the fruit and we draw everything from His Spirit. All our strength is in Him and our longings are His intertwining of presence in us. Any fruit that pleases God is by the power that God supplies
Gal. 5:22–23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
Our love for God is a prayerful yielding of all things to Him flowing from His Spirit loving in and through us back to God and for each other.
Our joy in prayer is the joy of the Lord in filling us in His Spirit pouring joy into every circumstance with His renewed perspective.
Our peace in prayer is resting in the Spirit’s ministering patience of waiting on God for all things.
Our longsuffering knows His hand is working in suffering to point us into a deeper prayer burden of lingering expectation of resigned accommodation.
This relaxes us in the gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
We are instructed by God’s Spirit to put an end to the cravings that get in the way. We do it all by living in the strength to take each forward step the Spirit gives as we learn to walk in Him.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Everything God implores us to do He empowers us to do.
We do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Jesus by His Spirit supplies the power in the strengthening of His grace.