The Battle For Connection
‘Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to both you and your ancestors. He did it to help you realize that food isn’t everything and that real life comes by obeying every command of God.’
— Deuteronomy 8:3 (TLB)
Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God. — Chuck Smith
Christianity has very much Westernized during the last few hundred years and has developed a somewhat distorted perception of war and battle that is not consistent with the teachings of the Bible.
Our very anti-war culture believes that peace can be obtained without the use of force or the exercise of authority. But back in reality, life teaches us that bullies don’t quit their bullying antics for your lunch money simply by you giving them all your money before school begins.
It requires an intervention of authority and justice to rein in the antics of the bullies and neutralize their negative influence.
Jesus describes the devil as a thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Amazingly, many twenty-first-century believers think Jesus was using hyperbole here to describe Satan and his agenda.
But Jesus is not given to exaggeration or lies, as He is the personification of truth. He is describing for us perfectly the character of Satan, who is described by the apostle Peter as an adversary (one who actively opposes) in 1 Peter 5:8.
Left unchecked, Satan will break into your world to steal, plunder, kill, and destroy all the things God has brought into and blessed your life with. He must be resisted. He must be pushed out!
The greatest battle you will face in this life is connection with God.
Jesus had to leave the crying of the crowd, the demands of the multitude, and the solace of His companions in order to keep His connection with God the Father strong.
Your flesh does not like prayer because it is not used to prayer.
You have fed your flesh and its desires from the time you were a nursing infant, so a spiritual appetite must be something that is developed.
You will never find so many distractions as when you set aside time to pray. But you must battle daily for connection — this is how we get our daily bread from heaven.
Remember, man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Prayer is accessing the limitless wisdom of God; prayer is an invading of the impossible; and prayer is the way your spirit recharges, confidence and courage replenish, and vitality is restored to your soul.
Fight the fight to get connected. It’s worth it!
Monthly Prayer and Fasting continues today. Our July Connect Meeting holds on Saturday, July 6 by 7 am.
God is releasing a blessing this season; He is reversing the ordinance of death against you.
You shall live and not die in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In Jesus Name I declare,
My season of restoration of all things is here. By the blood of the covenant, I receive double restoration of all I have ever lost.
My land will yield three years harvest this year and this season.
Today, the written word in Isaiah 61 and Leviticus 25:21 is fulfilled in my life. Amen.