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Psalm 68:11 says, "The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host" - battle ready armies of women who have been restored to God's original plan and embraced heaven's mandate for their time in history. In Women at War, you will see how your individual purpose fits into God's plan to transform nations and how to posture yourself personally for your divine calling. Every woman is significant! You will learn
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Delaine Allen, along with her husband Dale, head up Lifestream Ministries International and Training for the Nations, ministering in the nations with the purpose of training people for their transformational roles in bringing heavenly influence to society. Delaine and Dale are the parents of two grown, married children.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
What images scroll across your imagination at the mention of this phrase? Perhaps it’s the movie version of Elizabeth I of England riding a white horse with gleaming silver armor under a beautifully embroidered cape, her long red hair blowing in the wind. Personally, I like that one. Then there’s young Joan of Arc bravely leading her band of soldiers against their invaders, fiery in her conviction of the visions she has seen. I really like that one, too. Such romantic images stir our hearts in part because of their uniqueness.
Throughout history warfare is not typically associated with women. On the contrary, women have had to bear the consequences of wars they had no part in instigating. Women around the world, along with their children, have been helpless victims of invaders and attackers. Women have watched their husbands, fathers, and sons go off to war, hoping against hope to see them return again. Too often, they’ve had to rebuild their lives out of the rubble of shattered dreams. Brutal war is certainly not something we, as women, desire to experience, never mind initiate. Still, there is something deep within our hearts that resonates with a call to action, a compelling desire to rise into a victorious destiny just like Elizabeth I and Joan of Arc. That desire has been planted there by the Lord Himself. We have been called to spiritual battle.
Seeing the Battle
Many different concepts of spiritual warfare abound. Some people see it as casting out demons just like Jesus did when He walked the earth, what we would call deliverance ministry. To others, it means warring in the heavenlies through intercessory prayer to break spiritual blockages and releasing blessings. Some understand warfare as standing steadfast in faith to receive what God has promised in His Word. Most commonly, spiritual warfare is taught and understood as taking control of personal thought patterns to bring them into subjection to the Word of God.
All of these concepts are part of spiritual warfare, but not the whole. Spiritual warfare may include these things, but it’s so much more. If we see our warfare according to its various components we can have a take-it-or-leave it attitude, something like going through a buffet line, “A little of this, but none of that, please.” Without feeling a call to a specialized ministry of deliverance or being able to afford spending several hours a day in intercession, why should we bother with spiritual warfare? Unless of course, we feel like we’re under personal attack from the enemy. Then it’s time to call someone for prayer - quick. Likewise, if warfare only has to do with disciplining our own thought processes, then there’s no great urgency. We can attend to that whenever we get around to it, a mañana. But there is a much bigger picture for us to see.
To understand spiritual warfare scripturally is to see it in the context of a biblical worldview and then taking whatever action is required in relation to that worldview. 2 Corinthians chapter 10 is one passage of Scripture that contains clear reference to spiritual warfare:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Cor. 10:3-5)
In these verses, the apostle Paul tells that we have been given supernaturally powerful weapons to destroy fortresses, defined as high and lofty speculations, or philosophies that resist the knowledge of God, forcing them into obedience to Christ’s lordship. At first glance, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that we are to exercise control over the thoughts of our own mind. However, that’s not the context in which Paul is speaking. He’s not writing about personal thought control. He’s referring to the confrontation of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, with accompanying works of power, in destroying societal strongholds. These strongholds are prevailing societal mindsets which hold entire people groups under their influence. When these strongholds are broken down, a region or people group can come into light and freedom. Believers walking in Kingdom authority can displace the rule of the demonic powers in a region, or a sphere, of influence. Here we find our foundation and framework for warfare.
These same principles of taking mindsets captive still apply on a personal level which we could define as “ground level warfare.” Without personal victory, our effect in the bigger arena is hampered. But for now, let’s expand our perspective to consider God’s greater purpose, because it’s for that greater purpose that we are each being personally trained.
The One Thing
“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”
Is there a “one thing”, a key message that explains our reason for even being on this earth? Yes, we all know that Jesus is our “One Thing”, Savior and Lord, and that life and eternity is focused on Him. However, it’s obvious that merely knowing this fact hasn’t brought Christians into the place of functional unity as the body of Christ. We tend to stick with our own. Moving beyond the perspective of our denomination or ministry group to embrace new concepts is very difficult for most people. What we perceive as established truth can ultimately become walls of exclusion that hinder us from moving ahead with God’s agenda.
Christianity is, first and foremost, spiritual. Because we are spiritual people, born of God by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit, knowing God and the ways of the Spirit should be familiar to us. Jesus said, "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8) Moving with the flow of the Spirit is the normal way of life for the believer. Somehow though, what is to be normal can seem obscure because it’s beyond the realm of the physical senses. What we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel is obvious, so “normal” spirituality can seem rather difficult to grasp consistently. A different set of skills than what we use to engage the natural world is required in order to become attuned to spiritual things.
For example, the love of God is our normal state of being. Romans 5:5 says that the love of God has been “been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Still, while the attribute of divine love continually exists within our spirits, it’s something that we have to continually renew ourselves to in order to function in. 1 Corinthians 13, commonly known as “the love chapter,” tells us exactly what that love looks like:
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous, love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails...
What is already true by the Spirit, but not readily apparent to our natural senses, is spelled out for us on the pages of Scripture so we can be retrained and attuned to something new. Without retraining by the Word, what we see, hear, and experience would tend to dominate our reactions, hindering us from becoming loving people.
Teaching plays an important part in defining Christian life. It can also confine it. Denominations and ministry groups each have their varied emphases. Most of these have been built on specific truths that they have received from God, and those truths often become their parameters rather than springboards. Ministry leaders have conflicting ideas as to what is the most urgent message based on their own calling and assignment: Evangelists proclaim that “it’s all about souls” as they call people to the altar of salvation. Pastors work hard to grow congregations up spiritually to a place of fruitful service so much of their focus is directed within the walls of their church buildings. Some ministries care for the poor and broken people of society, and so they criticize the decadence of worldly possessions. On the other hand, there are those people who teach how everyone can be healed, prosper, and receive all the promises of God.
Christians who aren’t in “the ministry” often don’t relate their lives outside of church functions to any special purpose of God. Family, jobs, and other responsibilities keep them running from morning until night as life slips quickly past them. On the other end of the spectrum are those who, because of what they’ve been taught, feel they must spend all their available time attending services so they can “give the Word first place in their lives”, disassociating themselves from worldly community involvements.
You know as well as I do that Christian culture has controversies over some of the most inane things: whether or not to celebrate Christmas. Can a Christian have a tattoo? What day of the week should we worship? In the not-too-distant past it was about pierced ears, eye makeup, and whether Christians could go to shows (The answer to the last one was, “No!”). You may be rolling your eyes, but these were serious issues. A few years before that, it was about whether women should wear pants to a Sunday school picnic. Picture a lineup of women (including my mother) participating in a sack race, wearing dresses! Sure, it’s amusing now. It wasn’t very amusing when, as a 9-year-old, I returned home from a week at summer church camp covered with mosquito bites. The reason for my torment was that all the little girls were required to wear dresses for 3 services a day, as well as standing in long lines outside the dining hall, because that how Christian girls must dress. In a campground. In the bush. Beside a lake. Common sense would tell you that a campground was no place for Sunday dressing, but practicality wasn’t a foremost consideration. Oh, and don’t let me forget...for the sake of modesty, we couldn’t walk down to the swimming beach in bathing suits with towels wrapped around us. No, we had to use the door-less change house on the beach, the one with the walls full of big knotholes. (But I’m over it – I’m much better now. Really, I am.)
These are old issues and controversies, which is exactly my point. No one cares about these things anymore, so let’s not waste valuable time updating bad habits by focusing on things that don’t matter. How much of Christianity’s energies have been wasted on silly priorities? Stubbornly focusing on meaningless issues, based on the perspective of our religious background, can completely block awareness of the greater things the Holy Spirit is trying to show us. Because of limited human understanding, protective sectarian walls are built around traditions and beliefs, preventing infiltration from any new concepts that fall outside those parameters. Perspectives create certain confinements. Is there a core concept in which we can find unity, a message and rallying cry that binds us together, giving freedom for each person to live out their individual destinies with confidence?
Yes, there is a key message for this season of time that we live in. We find it in the original message that Jesus, Himself preached and demonstrated. That message is: “The kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – heaven demonstrated on earth. It’s time for us to pick up on that same message and carry it out in all the fullness heaven has to offer.
We have more to do in these end times than wait to be caught away into the sky. We have an assignment - to fully demonstrate the Kingdom of God on the earth. The world has never seen anything like that, yet. They may have seen some television ministers, who I will not criticize for doing what they are called to do. The world may be aware of some of the evangelistic campaigns carried on in big stadiums. They may or may not have ever met a Christian who lives the Word and power of God. One thing is for sure, they haven’t yet seen the superiority of the Kingdom of God demonstrated in every sphere of society. That is the future for us to step into now.
When Jesus walked the earth, He began his ministry with the message John the Baptist left off: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) From there, Jesus travelled around the vicinity preaching what He termed, “the gospel of the kingdom,” demonstrating the kingdom by healings and miracles.
And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. And the news about Him went out into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them.
Jesus spoke about the kingdom of heaven constantly. He told parables to illustrate what the kingdom of God was like, how it is received, and the power that would work in those who receive it. He made it clear that works of power proved the existence of God’s kingdom.
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Jesus taught that He was going away to “receive a kingdom. (Luke 19:12) After being raised from the dead, He ascended to heaven, now sitting in all authority at the right hand of God as King of kings and Lord of lords. He has come into His kingdom. Thanks to His work of redemption, we’ve now been brought into His kingdom with Him.
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Even while physically on this earth, we have joint-seating with Christ in the highest position in the universe (Ephesians 2:6). God hasn’t made us wait for a future age to be granted such a lofty position. He has done it now because He means for us to demonstrate that position now. He intends for us to exercise Kingdom dominion now in this age of sin and earthly trouble. With our feet on the earth, we carry the kingdom within us by the Spirit of God.
For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Righteousness, peace, and joy are kingdom attributes which vibrate within our spirits to the frequency of heaven, evidence of our connection with a heavenly Kingdom. Glorious, powerful, and invincible, they continually remind us that we don’t have to live by the dictates of this world system. Holy Spirit, the pledge of our inheritance, whispers to us of the full inheritance which is just waiting for us to grasp, pulling it into present reality. No longer confined to what we see, hear, taste, or touch, we have a higher quality of life flowing directly from heaven through us by the Holy Spirit, seeking expression. The higher realm, heaven’s realm, always has authority over the lower.
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens; and His sovereignty rules over all.
Signs, wonders, and miracles were Jesus’ expression of the kingdom of heaven. He healed the sick and cast demons out of the oppressed. Many times, with masses of people crowding around Him, He healed every single person there. He raised the dead. At the moment before He called Lazarus out of the tomb He said, “I AM the resurrection and the life.” The life of God, the very nature of the kingdom, has authority over death.
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