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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (Messiah).[1]

When Paul speaks of weapons, those in the world may well misunderstand us and be drawn to the imagery of the weapons of the prostitute (church) with its swords, guns and cannons with which it prosecuted the crusaders and imperial conquests as well as the colonial empires, all in the Name of the cross of Jesus Christ.

If those who do not know Jesus and do not call themselves Christians are suspicious and hostile to those who call themselves Christians yet do not listen to Him or practise His words, they have good reason to be. In fact, their suspicions and hostility may be justified before God because of the numerous acts of depravity that has been done in Jesus’ Name. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he was speaking only at the beginning of the civil war within the ranks of the church, when the phenomenon of the false apostles had just emerged, for such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.[2] That war had been raging within our own ranks for many years, a war that is responsible for the withdrawal of miraculous power from the church because such a weapon in the wrong hands is too devastating. However, as with all things real and valuable, there are counterfeits. There are many fanciful doctrines and lauded theologians who can explain with innumerable thesis why miraculous power was withdrawn. The simple truth is that miraculous power was lost from the church because we stopped listening to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit. It was never restored even after the seven letters to the seven churches because the churches failed to listen to the Holy Spirit. In the absence of the real, counterfeits began to strike fear into the church and an age of superstition and prostitution took over whilst the true seeds lay dormant, making their appearance enough throughout history because of the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit through the minority who stay true to the Gospel, the word of God, and their testimony of Jesus, even at the cost of their lives.

It must be pointed out that the great city that sits on seven hills[3] is the only one that God judges for the way she treated saints, apostles and prophets.[4] And the angel who threw the boulder into the sea said, “In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints and of all who have been killed on the Earth.”[5] There is no accusation or judgement for killing saints and prophets or anyone else. More interestingly, she, Babylon the Great in the book of Revelation, is also held responsible for all who have been killed on the Earth. Right away you should say, “But she didn’t kill everyone, why is she held responsible for everyone?” It is true, she did not directly kill everyone, but indirectly, by killing the saints and apostles and prophets, by killing those who had the power to stop the dying, she killed everyone.

The true church of Christ was supposed to have disciples and believers all equipped with miraculous powers to do what Paul said they were to do. What are our weapons if not swords, guns and bombs? They are our touch, words and thoughts; I repeat, touch, word and thought through our hands, mouth and heart as well as our mind.

Through our hands would flow the power of God to heal with a touch, even raising the dead. About Jesus, when He went up to the coffin of the young man, it is written: Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”[6] The touch of Jesus was enough to heal the sick, which is why He also said that those who believe in Him could lay hands on the sick and heal them and that they could pick up serpents and no harm will come to them. In fact, even a person who touched Jesus was healed, a.k.a. the woman with the issue of blood. She came up behind Him and touched the edge of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.[7] The touch of Jesus and the effect on those who touched Him is the living manifestation of the Law of the Temple of the Old Testament. “This is the Law of the Temple: All the surrounding area on top of the mountain will be most holy. Such is the Law of the Temple.”[8] Whatever touched the Temple or whatever the Temple touched was holy, just as if one touched an unclean thing then became unclean, so when one touches a holy article they become holy. As it is written: His splendour was like the sunrise; rays flashed from His hand, where His power was hidden.[9] Just as the power to heal and raise the dead was in Jesus’ hand, so likewise it is in ours, for what He said in John 14:12 is true.

Had the church been able to retain the power in their hands, many more of the dead would have been raised rather than just the few. That is also why the first restoration of the power to us was through our out stretched hands, hands that should have healed wounds like the soldier’s ears,[10] hands that multiplied the bread and fish they handled, hands that led people out of hell rather than hands that crucified them.

The second weapon of divine power that was lost and is now restored to us is the words, for words have the power to condemn and acquit as Jesus said, “For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.”[11] “If anyone… does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”[12] “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”[13]

However, real words that contained the power were lost to us because we lost the command, “Listen to Him!”[14] and instead, we listened to theologians and their theories about the Christ instead of the Holy Spirit who alone knows the Christ as much as the Father does. Indeed, the church that prides itself on being founded by Simon Peter forgot that the apostle himself said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”[15] Yet that same church locked up the Bible and kept it out of the hands of the people until God raised up Martin Luther and the reformists as well as the Old King James Bible. Christ’s words of eternal life were replaced with words of men, for the words of Christ are the word of life[16] and the word of truth[17] as well as the word of faith.[18] The fullness of the power of the word of God lies in its full Trinitarian wholeness, not only the word of faith, but the word of life and of truth as well, for it is faith in the Life and the Truth that sees a person truly saved and empowered. That is what is askew with the word of faith teachers who for the last forty or so years have claimed to hear from God, yet have failed to be used as the instruments to restore the command, “Listen to Him!” That movement suffered so much abuse because they were not grounded in the word of truth and life. Many were and are saved by the word of faith they continue to proclaim, which is: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.[19]

However, there are very few truly powerful saints raised through them because the word of truth and of life did not form a major part of their teaching. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit has worked with them as they preached and proclaimed the word of faith, confirming the Lord’s glorious Gospel with signs and wonders, so that the faith of many are built up. However, knowledge is not built on faith, but on truth and on life, that is, on experience. The knowledge that comes by faith can be faulty like the flat Earth believers who saw that the Earth appeared flat, therefore it must be flat or so they believed. Even though faith is being certain of what we do not see, faith in the truth is what bears lasting fruit. Christopher Columbus believed the world was round and his faith bore fruit that lasts till today. The power of the word of faith is to save those who confess it and believe it. However, the power of the word of truth and of life sets free those who practise it from all things, even death. That is why Jesus said to the Jews, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…”[20] And Jesus said that “everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built [dug deep into the rock] his house on the rock.”[21]

That power is not realised or released unless you hold onto it with a good and noble heart that hears the word and understands it,[22] accepts it,[23] retains it and perseveres with it,[24] and you practise it so that you live it and can therefore testify to it. Even the word of faith cannot save you if you only confess, “Jesus is Lord,” and yet do not believe in your heart that Jesus is alive. That is another reason why some who call Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” will be rejected.[25]

Thus, the words that we speak, which have faith, life and truth, are the words of God and the word of our testimony concerning the W/word we know and have experienced that has the power. Being able to testify that we have lived and are living that which we believe in and who we believe in, releases the power of the witness, and the word of God spoken by such witnesses also releases the power that is in the W/word of God, the power to create. Sooner or later, you will realise the power to create is the power that destroys what was.

However, of all the things that man did and said that was sin, including what Eve said when she misquoted God and what Adam did when he ate the fruit without even mentioning God, nothing grieves God more than the thoughts of men. In Genesis 6, the only sin that is mentioned that grieved God and filled His heart with pain was the thoughts of men’s hearts. The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the Earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the Earth, and His heart was filled with pain.[26] Jesus said, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.”[27] If God’s heart was filled with pain, it is little wonder that Jesus walked this Earth despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering,[28] for the word that came from the heart of God was from a heart filled with pain.

Thus, the final weapon of power is the thoughts of our hearts. For our thoughts determine what comes out of our mouths. They determine the word that comes out and the thought directs the touch. So, it is no wonder it is the good and noble heart that hears the word, understands it, retains it, perseveres with it that produces the crop, and according to the word of the Lord, the seed sown was the word, so the crop produced is the word – 30, 60, 100 fold of the word of faith, the word of truth and the word of life. The word of faith saves those who hear it, the word of truth convicts and sets free those who hold on to it, and the word of life gives life to those who eat it until even death is swallowed up.

Full power requires not just actions or words, but our thoughts to be fully controlled. Note that in Genesis 6:5-6, God was grieved because the inclination of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil all the time. Thus, we begin our journey by taking captive our thoughts and make them obedient to Christ, with the word of faith that says to our heart Jesus is alive and is at the right hand of God. And as we fill our hearts with the thoughts that Jesus is alive, and we remember His words in our hearts, then the overflow of those thoughts of our heart will give us the word of truth to speak, so that we are no longer sons of the devil but of God, for the devil is the father of lies having no truth in him as Jesus said, “when he lies, he speaks his native language.”[29]

The word of truth spoken by our mouth as we say it, speak it, ask it and pray it, creates for us a new life, for the word of God is creative, destroying what was and bringing forth what was not, but is now. Thus the word of truth creates for us a life with circumstances and situations to which we can touch and lay our hands on, on which we can hold and experience so that the word of life is manifested in our hands.

With continuing practice, under the tuition of the Holy Spirit, then with our hands we demolish the strongholds, with our words we demolish (tear down) arguments and every pretension which sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and with our thoughts made captive to Christ, we can take captive the thoughts of others and once our obedience is complete, we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience.[30]

We are not being raised up to punish the world because it does not believe in Jesus. No, we are being raised up to punish those who, having not entered the Kingdom of God, have as Jesus said, “taken away the key to knowledge… and… have hindered those who were entering.”[31] To punish those and bring them to repentance who should have held out the word of life and truth, even as they proclaimed the word of faith, but instead held out their own words, which have no life or truth, for all men are liars. To punish the prostitute who wants everyone to listen to her and not to Jesus, and to bring all who are in her to repentance. No, the war we wage is a civil war for Satan is defeated and Death is our last enemy because of John 11:26. Now, the only enemies left are those of our own household. It is no wonder that when Jesus spoke of the sons of the devil being harvested in the Parable of the Weeds, He said, “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.”[32] And yet all who do not know of Him are left alive to see Him, the Son of Man, seated on His throne after He has come back.

Surely, those who profess He is Lord and yet do not hold His words in their hearts are merely hypocrites and truly liars, for they are not saying what is in their hearts, and their actions, no matter how pious, are not true reflections of what they believe or hold in their hearts. And if they do not listen to Jesus, how can they have heard His words to receive them in their hearts? They may try to deceive you if it is possible, for as the elect, you will eventually truly do everything that Jesus has been doing and even the greater things as He said in John 14:12.

And the one thing that Jesus was doing throughout His ministry whenever He was dealing with men who spoke and acted piously yet were ravenous wolves in their hearts, was that He knew what they were thinking,[33] and as it is written: Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?”[34] So you will take captive every thought and make them obedient to Christ, the Messiah.

AMEN


 

[1] 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

[2] 2 Corinthians 11:13

[3] Revelation 17:9,18

[4] Revelation 18:20

[5] Revelation 18:24

[6] Luke 7:14

[7] Luke 8:44

[8] Ezekiel 43:12

[9] Habakkuk 3:4

[10] Luke 22:51

[11] Matthew 12:37

[12] Mark 11:23-24

[13] John 15:7

[14] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[15] John 6:68

[16] Philippians 2:16

[17] Ephesians 1:13

[18] Romans 10:8

[19] Romans 10:9

[20] John 8:31-32

[21] Matthew 7:24; Luke 6:47-48

[22] Matthew 13:23

[23] Mark 4:20

[24] Luke 8:15

[25] Matthew 7:21-23

[26] Genesis 6:5-6

[27] Luke 6:45

[28] Isaiah 53:3

[29] John 8:44

[30] 2 Corinthians 10:6

[31] Luke 11:52

[32] Matthew 13:41

[33] Luke 6:8

[34] Matthew 9:4

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