“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet. He will choose our inheritance for us, The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah”
Psalms 47:1-4 NKJV
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.”
II Corinthians 4:7-12 NKJV
One thing about being an intercessor, is that I am made aware of many of the things that are going on in the lives of people I am praying for. From the requests that receive, I am able to pray for people, both individually and corporately. Sometimes, I am able to see trends, indicators that there are spiritual things afoot.
Lately, I have seen a increasing number of my fellow Christians who are experiencing spiritual warfare. For some of them, this is something new, at least the intensity of it. I have felt for some time that the devil is making his move, pushing at the saints, creating stress that causes some to stumble, and others to fall away.
In my own walk, I have learned to battle the onslaught by worshipping the Lord. When I feel the oppression creeping in, I praise the Lord, I pray, I open the Word. I do the opposite of what the devil desires. My ministry of intercession was born out of my spiritual battles, as praying for others allowed me to get out of my own head.
Reading Psalm 47 this morning, reminded me that worship of the Lord in time of trouble, is the greatest weapon we have. As our praises go up, God blessing and power comes down, as He enters the fray with us. We have that connection to the Lord, as we keep our eyes on Him.
We can do little without Jesus, and we can do all things, according to His will with Him. I can also face all things. We are not immune from the troubles of this world, as we are subject to the consequences of sin on creation, just like everyone else. But we have an advocate in Jesus, who is with us.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV
One would think that the Lord would choose the strong to bring His message, but He has chose the weak. He chose me. We are treasure in earthen vessels, having strength only in our willingness to abide in Jesus. I think that many who are suffering, are doing so because they do not seek the Lord as a first reference. They opt to take the weight of whatever they are facing on themselves first. It is only when they overburdened that they cry out to the Lord.
With all that has happened in my life, I have learned to go to Him first. I don’t even try to deal with things on my own, because I know that I cannot. It is only in abiding in the Lord that I can stand. It has been a blessing that God has ordained things in my life that I literally cannot bear without Him.
““I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the pressures of these present times have been ordained by God. If there were no problems, insurmountable hurdles, we would be as unbelievers, relying on self to survive. I tell you the truth, worse things are coming, and many of those things are so near, that even tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Let us be focused on the Lord, seeking after Him, knowing that He is for us. In Jesus, we have a Helper provided to us, who gives us the power to endure, and the power to overcome.
“I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”
Psalms 30:1-5 NKJV