|Continuing in the Pastor Leon Forte’s talk from last Friday.
4th Season of satanic attack:
WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN INTERCESSORY PRAYER.
1 Samuel 17 – David and Goliath. David’s dad sent him down to check on his brothers in the war against the Philistines. The Israelites were “punked”, they were disheartened because they felt that there was no way to defeat Goliath, and Goliath was speaking blasphemes over their camp. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside of camp to come in and see something is wrong. David perceived that Goliath could be defeated. When we are in the midst of a situation we can become desensitized to it. So when someone from outside comes in, they can see much more clearly. Often this raises the hackles of the person who is in the midst of the situation because they have grown comfortable in the situation, and do not want to come out of their comfort zone. This happened to Saul, after the battles when David showed himself so heroic. Saul became jealous, and it was that jealousy that allowed satan to come in and cause him to attack David.
I Samuel 17:33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
Pastor Leon admonished the youth in our congregation to never accept anyone putting them down because of their age. To not let someone define you (good advice even for the adults). Don’t get put into a box.
1 Samuel 17:34-35 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.”
Pastor Leon told us that when you are called to do things, there are natural predators. Lions and bears are not evil, they are not sent of the devil to eat sheep, they naturally eat sheep. David’s job was to keep the sheep safe. To attack the Lion and Bear and grab it by the beard means he had to go into the danger zone of the predator, and subdue it.
When we are going after a situation in intercessory prayer you have to know who you target, and what to pray for. We have to deliver the lamb from the mouth of the lion. That is the crunch time. Don’t worry about the predicament when you are interceding, just get busy and deliver the lamb from the mouth. The lion AROSE AGAINST ME, when you intercede be prepared for retaliation from the enemy. David grabbed the lion by the head and killed it. David stole the devil’s lunch, and now the devil wanted to make David his lunch.
When you are interceding for someone in a particular area, be sure satan will try to attack you in that same area. So you must tighten up your spiritual armor and make sure you are in line with God’s Word in that particular area. For example if satan is working in the area of divorce, then anyone who has a weakness in that area will do. If one divorce is foiled, satan will look for another divorce. Any divorce will do.
Our intercession can break the curse on our family, and stop the behaviors from being passed down to our children.
It is important to remember that there are natural enemies that can attack in the spiritual realms.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you are in the presence of enemies, if satan is attacking you in a particular area, and you are in an apostolic calling, or interceding for a person in prayer, then it is a good indication that you are hurting satan and affecting him.
(Pastor Don calls this the ripples on the pond. satan will leave you alone, but if you toss a pebble into a still pond, you create ripples which will draw the attention of satan, but satan is a defeated foe. He can try to disrupt what you are doing, but stand strong in God. Satan will not pay attention to someone who is in his camp, he already won that battle, it is when we choose to follow God, to speak truth, to grow spiritually that we draw satan’s attention on us to try and deflect this growth.)
Moses is a model for an apostle. The sons of Korah questioned Moses’ authority. They had a bit of knowledge and felt that they should claim some of Moses’ authority over the people. Sometimes in ministry the pastor will raise up a person into the ministry, and after awhile they try to usurp the pastor’s role.
The sons of Korah questioned if God was only speaking to Moses, and they were sowing a seed of disobedience into the people. God used worship as the litmus test in this situation.
Both Moses and the sons of Korah were to give an offering before God. And whoever God honored in worship was the real leader. Moses’ rod was accepted, and it budded forth, and produced fruit. Korah was destroyed.
Jeremiah 6, God will cast down those who are not speaking for Him, those who say peace, peace when there is no peace. Jeremiah had to speak bad news to the people of Israel. They did not want to hear his message. When you intercede and speak the truth for the people sooner or later you will run into a Jezebel and an Ahab.
Every leader must have a Joab, who will defend him. Sooner or later you will run into an Absalom, someone whom you raised up, poured your love into, and they will not want to wait for their inheritance, but would rather seize it with impatience and evil speaking. It is then that the leader needs a Joab to put Absalom down.
Real leaders must not be afraid to grow others into positions of authority. At this time there is a tremendous move of God, and this move of God is a Saint’s movement. The Saints are being taught to go out and effectively do Kingdom work. The Saints must be prepared for ministry and discipleship. They must be ready to manifest what God is calling them to do.
Nehemiah had a calling to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. He had Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem trying to stop Nehemiah from building the walls. In life we will have Sanballats, Tobiahs and Geshems dogging our steps when we set out to do a work that God has ordained for us. We must stand firm.
There, believe it or not, are a few more seasons of satanic attack. This was a very long talk, but so helpful. I will put up the others as soon as possible.
Please remember, I am taking notes as the pastor is speaking. Any errors are my note taking, not the pastor’s teaching.
Praying that you all have a very Merry Christmas.
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