I was watching a tv show the other night and a group of Native American women were conducting a sweat to call back the spirit of a young woman who'd been raped. Calling back portions of the soul that have been traumatized or dispersed is a regular deliverance practice, but we believers rarely minister to our spirits, and that's a problem.
Because we don't minister to our spirits, our spirits are highly immature and, therefore, we produce many carnal believers. Carnal believers are those who sow to the flesh instead of the spirit, and we are quite carnal because we haven't been focusing on growing up our spirits.
That may seem harsh, but I'm just repeating to you all what The Lord spoke to me during my 61 days of prayer this year (Nov. 1-Dec 31, 2017). He told me point blank with no kinda sugar coating that there were many times I couldn't defeat the demonic in my life because I was operating from the soul instead of the spirit. I wasn't overtly sinning, but I was doing what I believed was right in my own understanding and we all know what God says about that - Proverbs 14:12. One example, is trying to keep peace with a person for years, when God had actually intended for me to make war to get free from them. Keeping the peace between relatives seems godly, right? Yes, except for the times God wants you to suit up for battle.
I'm sure everyone wants to immediately exclude themselves from being soulish, but as my spirit has matured during this deliverance season, it's easier to identify soulish actions than ever before. This is one of the reasons I've been quiet. Growing my spirit has given me greater vision into the spiritual realm and I've learned what a dangerous place it is. It's dangerous because people, our fellow believers in Yeshua a lot of the time, don't understand how it operates and loose more curses against each other than satanists do (Romans 7:15-20). I've heard it said that those in covenant with darkness have greater insight into the spiritual realm than most Christians, and unfortunately it's true.
We're the ones who are suffering. I cried to God asking why The Power of God wasn't being demonstrated in my life and in my nation on a large scale and He began to show me. We have no power because we're spiritually immature. Power and its manifestations come from God's Glory and His Glory takes up residence in a spirit as it matures (John 4:24).
Argue with this wisdom all you like, but the fact is that if you don't have power manifestations of God in your life, church, ministry, state and/or nation it's because there are no spiritually mature believers representing The Kingdom of God in that arena. The measuring stick is Yeshua's life and those of The New Testament believers. If you have those types of power plays happening, you've got a mature spirit. If you don't, you need to grow up.
I'm being grown up in spirit right now, and it hurts ... but I'll have power manifestations in the future or at least greater personal freedom than ever before 'cause this doesn't seem to be a journey many others want to join me on.
I bless you in The Name and authority of Yeshua, The Messiah.
© Zari Banks, M.Ed December 2017, Pasco, WA
As a teacher of The Written Word my goal is to provide revelation and understanding that can be lived out as wisdom. I've had the same conversation twice in one week about the topic of believers doing their best to get everything free instead of investing in The Kingdom and themselves.
Yeshua paid it all. And yes His work at Calvary was complete, but we have to pay and invest, too. Believers don't have any trouble buying name-brand bags, shoes and clothing (I know I don't have any problem paying what my favorite companies charge) but too often we want to undercut Kingdom entrepreneurs instead of supporting them.
That's dishonor and it's the exact opposite of everything Proverbs (and The rest of The Word) instructs. God's not gonna prosper an unrenewed, selfish mindset. Watch this short video for some real heat.
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Knowing who we are in Christ affects how we act and what we receive from Him. We must know who we are and live from that realm continually.
Kingdom living is a whole 'notha level and most believers are not actually living like Yeshua lived while He was on earth. Fix that. Get some revelation and implement it. Qualify. Stop being a begging believer.
In Psalm 139:16 David teaches us that all of our days are written in God's book of us before a single day passes.
It's true, Dad wrote out a glorious destiny for every single person He would ever create. But those events and blessings and prunings aren't set in stone. We have to submit to Him, learn through intimacy and choose by our will to live out what He imagined for us.
What He has is always for our great so don't ever be afraid to give up your best human efforts for His spectacular, supernatural abundance.
Deuteronomy 29:2-6 gives us insight into how God works in our lives. We can ask for and receive understanding about our circumstances and use the wisdom as a testimony and witness to others in times of need.