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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Covering - Part Five

Fresh Manna by Pastor Tim Burt

Rom 8:37 "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loved us."

He gently takes her face in his hands, pulling her to his lips where they tenderly kiss and wrap themselves in a warm embrace...THE END. The end of the story. We love a great ending to a story, especially when it ends up with a good and moral end or victory. It makes us smile. It makes our hearts cheer! It makes our spirits cry "Yes!" We also love to cheer on our winning teams. As our guy runs down the field breaking out into the open and heads toward the goal line, we jump to our feet shouting and screaming, cheering him on. We break out into the hysterical harmony shouting, "We're number one," like we had something to do with it. We enjoy the victory as if it were our very own.

Even though we live in an earth tainted and spoiled by sin - the effects of each and every man's sins including our own permeating all fabric of society, we still have the victory. We may be surrounded on every side by wrong and immoral attitudes and actions. The effects of it may be trying to hurt our lives. Even so we are victors. Why? Jesus tells us why in John 16:33 saying, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Jesus is revealing that the enemy will try to make trouble. But, when Jesus is the object of our faith and trust, then victory will be the end of our story! I don't just mean blind faith where you just hope things get better. No I mean life changing faith - a person that by faith that takes a hold of God's promises and puts himself in the middle of the promise and will settle for nothing less. I mean a person that looks the circumstances or 'trouble' that is around them in the eye and says, "No Satan, I rebuke you!" "I will not be a victim of the poverty and lack you try to bring into my life! I rebuke you in Jesus name. Our family belongs to God and His promise covers us.” His Word says "...my God will meet all my needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19) God’s Word says that "God by His mighty power is able to do exceeding abundantly above all what I ask or think, according to the power that works in us. " (Eph 3:20) “Devil the power of God is at work in me. You will not have my family. You will not have my marriage. You will not have my children. You will not have our financial provision. God said we were to choose between death and life, blessing and cursing, so I rebuke you and choose life and blessing for myself, for my family, and for all those in my realms of responsibility. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus and I rebuke you today. Get out of our lives!”, Deuteronomy 28:2 says, “And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to and reverence the voice of the LORD your God.” “Heavenly Father, I listen and reverence you and thank you your blessings are overtaking us in our lives today. I give you the praise, in Jesus name Amen. "

The prayer of faith conceived in the promise of God from a pure heart of love is the strongest source of covering there is in the earth. This kind of prayer - this covering of God - focuses on the desired outcome not the problem. This kind of faith in God's promises honors God. This kind of prayer accesses the power of Heaven and changes and saves lives. God wants us to be a covering of prayer, love, forgiveness and help to one another. This is a powerful force.

When we are mad at each other, our covering - our thoughts toward the person we are angry with become what God calls a covering of violence. There is no real prayer of faith going forth. To the contrary, wrong or evil words and thoughts spill forth. When that happens, the covering of God's protection comes down, and those involved open themselves to become targets of Satan's attack.

God wants us to be led by His Spirit, always back toward a covering of love. Prov 17:9 says, “He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” Prov 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.” When we won't forgive, the good covering comes down and a harmful covering the covering of violence goes up. Pride surfaces holding onto the offense. Psa 73:6 says “Therefore pride compassed them about as a chain; violence covered them as a garment.” When we won't admit our part and do what's right, we hurt ourselves. Prov 28:13 says, “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”

If we would recognize Satan and his plots and plans to get us upset with one another and then remember what the Apostle Paul said in Eph 6:12, that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” then we'd attack Satan instead of people or those we love. We would fight this battle in the Spirit and remember that we "are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus." He'll help us bless our spouses and see the good and speak that good over them. He'll help us bless our children and love them more than we yell at them. He'll show us a better way through love, promise, and faith in those promises. God will lead us by His Spirit from within and we will choose to speak life and blessing. We will eventually get life and blessing!

God wants our covering of protection from the spiritual forces of darkness up and protecting us. We can work toward love and keep that protection working, or we can get in pride and strife and become a sitting duck for Satan's trouble and at the same time, become useless in covering others. Which should we choose?

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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