THE EZRA FAST – DAY 3

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SEVEN REASONS WHY WE MUST PRAY THE EZRA PRAYERS.

  1. GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH PREMATURE DEATHS.

Ezekiel 18:23

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:31-32

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

There is something special about prayer – it offers an opportunity to repent

Luke 13:1

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Ezekiel 33:11

Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?

 

  1. TO INVOKE THE NAME THAT PROTECTS US.

John 17:11-15

I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

WE ARE PROTECTED BY HIS NAME – APPROPRIATED THROUGH PRAYER

 

  1. DEATH HAS STRATEGIES TO GET MORE

Hosea 13:14

“I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;

I will redeem them from death.

Where, O death, are your plagues?

Where, O grave, is your destruction?

“I will have no compassion,

Death is an enemy!  It is a spirit being.    It is a personality of evil.  It is not silent.  It is the ultimate enemy to be defeated

 

1 Corinthians 15:26

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

 

  1. TO ERADICATE DEADLY PRESUMPTION. 

Many people just presume that because it has never happened to them it will never happen

No basis

No Faith

Just presumption

We are to walk by Faith not by presumption.

Just like people who drive recklessly because nothing has ever happened they presume they are immune!

 

Psalms 33:16-20

No king is saved by the size of his army;

no warrior escapes by his great strength.

 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

despite all its great strength it cannot save.

 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

 to deliver them from death

and keep them alive in famine.

 We wait in hope for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

 

  1. REVELERS ARE TARGETED BY THE spirit of death

Isaiah 5:14

Therefore Death expands its jaws,

opening wide its mouth;

into it will descend their nobles and masses

with all their brawlers and revelers.

 

  1. TO ANNUL THE COVENANTS OF DEATH. 

Isaiah 28:15

Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (the place of the dead) we have an agreement—when the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter.

Isaiah 28:18

And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol (the place of the dead) shall not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, then you will be trodden down by it.

APPEASEMENT OF DEMONS BRINGS TROUBLE

 

  1. DEATH AND DESTRUCTION are spirit personalities  that feed on those who die – they never gets enough – 

Proverbs 27:20

Death and Destruction are never satisfied and neither are human eyes.

  1. WE ARE PART OF THE LIFE TEAM SENT AHEAD TO PRESERVE LIFE.

Genesis 45:7

But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

It was not the lives of his family only although they would benefit – GOD loves people HE DIED FOR THEM

 

  1. TO ADVANCE GOD’S GOOD PURPOSE 

There is a good reason why you are still alive – good enough to attach yourself to the preserving purposes of GOD through Prayer

Jeremiah 15:11

The Lord said,

“Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose;

surely I will make your enemies plead with you

in times of disaster and times of distress.

 

THE EZRA FAST – DAY 2

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DESTINY DYNAMICS

KEY TEXT

Psalms 32:8-9

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Do not be like the horse or the mule,

which have no understanding

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

or they will not come to you.

 

DESTINY ROBBERS:  LORD DELIVER US.

  1.  DOUBT 

Did GOD say?  The devil cast aspersions on GOD’S Word AND CHARACTER So, Eve and Adam acted out a fatal unbelief

 

Genesis 3:1

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Genesis 3:4-5

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 

THE SPIES SPOKE DOUBT, CONTRARY TO THE PROMISE OF GOD…

…and a whole nation was DELAYED by 40 years

 

Numbers 13:32

And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.

…a whole generation was WASTED

Numbers 14:20-23

The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

 

  1.  DISTRACTIONS:  UNSCRIPTURAL SEXUALITY

ISRAELITES – led astray by the Balaam sexual misconduct plan
Numbers 25:1-3

While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.

Revelation 2:14

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.

1 Corinthians 10:8

We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.

Can you believe it!

From this scripture it is abundantly clear that Balaam did not only attempt to curse Israel but he gave Balaak a “fail proof” way to weaken Israel from within and dislocated them from the protective arm of GOD that thrives on righteousness.

Every sexual snare shall not find you

Every seductive trap shall be exposed and undone

 

2.1. SOLOMON – the many wives that led his heart away!

 2 Chronicles 8:11

Solomon brought Pharaoh’s daughter up from the City of David to the palace he had built for her, for he said, “My wife must not live in the palace of David king of Israel, because the places the ark of the Lord has entered are holy.”

1 Kings 11:1-2

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love.

 

2.2.  SOLOMON BACKSLID 

1 Kings 11:4-6

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.

 

2.3.  SOLOMON LOST FAVOR. 

 1 Kings 11:9

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.

 

2.4.  AND YET, AS A KING HE SULERY MUST HAVE KNOWN BETTER.

Deuteronomy 17:14-20

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.

The enemy shall not cause you to forget

Who you are

What you represent

What you carry

 

  1.  DISRUPTIONS – ACCIDENTS. 

Nehemiah 4:8

They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

Every plot to stir trouble against you shall fail!

Psalms 140:5-8

The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;

they have spread out the cords of their net

and have set TRAPS for me ALONG MY PATH.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.

Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,

you shield my head in the day of battle.

Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;

DO NOT LET THEIR PLANS SUCCEED.

 

  1.    DISCREDITING PLOTS.

Nehemiah 6:13

He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.

Every plan to discredit you will fail in Jesus Name!

 

FOR PROTECTION:

  1.   PRAY THESE PROMISES.

Psalms 1:6

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Psalms 121:7-8

The Lord will keep you from all harm—

he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

 

  1.   PRAY THAT THE SAINTS WOULD BE SENSITIVE TO GOD’S LEADING.

Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

 

  1.  REBUKE THE FEAR / PANIC TRAP

Psalms 23:4

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

 

EVERY PART OUR WAY IS COVERED

Isaiah 43:2-3

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord your God,

 

Philippians 1:28

without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.

 

  1.  EVERY TRIP SHALL BE COVERED WITH JOY.

Isaiah 55:12

For ye shall go out with joy,

and be led forth with peace:

the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing,

and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 

……. ALL ANTI-HAPPINESS spirits REBUKED

 

PRAY FOR LEVEL PATHS TRAVEL.

Isaiah 26:7

The path of the righteous is level;

you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

 

  1.   THE SURROUNDING PRESENCE.

Psalm 125:1

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,

which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the Lord surrounds his people

both now and forevermore.

 

  1.  EVERY AREA OF CONCERN COVERED

Psalms 138:8

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever:

forsake not the works of thine own hands.

 

  1.  WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE LORD.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him,

and he shall direct thy paths.

 

  1.  OUR STEPS ARE ORDERED.

Psalms 37:23-24

The Lord makes firm the steps

of the one who delights in him;

though he may stumble, he will not fall,

for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

THE EZRA PRAYERS – DAY 1

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  1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE LORD.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

IN ALL YOUR WAYS submit to him,

and HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT.

 

  1. ARM YOURSELF AGAINST ALL OPPORTUNISTIC ATTACKS.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

e.g. Joseph could have died and his father lived a long time thinking the animals were responsible for the attack.

Genesis 37:19-20

“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams…”

Genesis 37:31-34

Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”

 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”

 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.

 Attacks are not all just human error and or technical failure. Hidden behind fine sounding arguments such as,” O well, it’s festive season, there’s more people on the roads so incidents are bound to happen.”

 The army of wickedness enjoys such and conveniently hides while unleashing all sorts of hideous and horrendous malice hell forces can throw up.

 

  1. ALLOW WISDOM TO RULE AND GUIDE. 

Proverbs 1:20-26 

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,

she raises her voice in the public square;

on top of the wall she cries out,

at the city gate she makes her speech:

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?

How long will mockers delight in mockery

and fools hate knowledge?

Repent at my rebuke!

Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,

I will make known to you my teachings.

But since you refuse to listen when I call

and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

since you disregard all my advice

and do not accept my rebuke,

I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;

I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

 

Have you noticed how people can brag about wrong and foolish things.

And glamorize wickedness

Such as how drunk they were

How they narrowly escaped accidents as they sped aimlessly

Wisdom calls us to pay attention to issues such as:

When tired rest

Check tire pressure

Service your car

Avoid bad friends and evil influences even if they are family

(The enemy uses those close / dear to you to tempt into

 

  1. AWAKEN TO GOD CONSCIOUSNESS.

 

Psalms 23:4

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

 

We were not promised that dangers would cease. But GOD consciousness in the “valley of death” defeats the debilitating effects of fear.

 

  1. APPRECIATE THE DAILY PROTECTION.

Ingratitude proceeds deception

Romans 1:21-25

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

 

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

THE EZRA PRAYERS

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Ezra 8:21-23

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

 

  1. LETS SEE EZRA THE PRAYER CONVENER

Ezra 7:6

This Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.

 

  1. HE CAME UP FROM BABYLON

 

  • Rise up from where you are.

 

  1. HE WAS WELL VERSED

 

  • Know the things that give you an edge.

TOUCH GOD RELEVANT PEOPLE WILL RESPOND

 

  1. HE WAS A DEVOTED MAN

Ezra 7:10

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

 

 

  1. HE GAINED CREDIBILITY:

5.1. THROUGH HIS EXPERTISE IN THE LAW 

 

Ezra 7:11-15

This is a copy of the letter King Artaxerxes had given to Ezra the priest, a teacher of the Law, a man learned in matters concerning the commands and decrees of the Lord for Israel:

Artaxerxes, king of kings,

To Ezra the priest, teacher of the Law of the God of heaven:

 

Greetings.

Now I decree that any of the Israelites in my kingdom, including priests and Levites, who volunteer to go to Jerusalem with you, may go. You are sent by the king and his seven advisers to inquire about Judah and Jerusalem with regard to the Law of your God, which is in your hand.

Moreover, you are to take with you the silver and gold that the king and his advisers have freely given to the God of Israel, whose dwelling is in Jerusalem,

 

 

5.2. THROUGH HIS PROVEN WISDOM

 

Ezra 7:25

And you, Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom of your God, which you possess, appoint magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people of Trans-Euphrates—all who know the laws of your God. And you are to teach any who do not know them.

 

5.3. THROUGH HEARTFELT PRAYERS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE

Ezra 10:1

While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites—men, women and children—gathered around him. They too wept bitterly.

Ezra 10:6

Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

AS YOU FAST AND PRAY

As you Fast and Pray Today

Sure Promises that won’t fail

Your Faith will Move Mountains
Your Prayers will Prevail
Your Voice will be Amplified
Your Effectiveness will be Multiplied
Sorrow will be turned to Joy
Encroaching affliction take a U-turn
Your tears will usher in Seasons of Abundance
You
You will decide – GOD will establish
You will speak – the Fallen will Arise
You will plead – the condemned will find Mercy
Your enemies will cringe
Their backs  will brake
Their plans will fail
Your Security will be Upgraded
Quality Supplies will Find You

REASONS TO READ THE BIBLE

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE READING

  1. TO KNOW THE MIND OF GOD

1 Corinthians 2:7-12 NIV

No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”—

the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has FREELY GIVEN us.

  • Free salvation.
  • Free healing.
  • Free deliverance.
  • Freedom

1 Corinthians 2:7 AMP

But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God—[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].

  1. TO ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH THE PATTERNS / WAYS OF GOD.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Psalms 103:7

He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

 

  1. TO FILL YOURSELF WITH TESTIMONIES – STORIES OF GOD’S INTERVENTION IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN – HOPE ARISES.

Romans 15:4

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

 

  1. TO BE READY TO ANSWER / DEFEND WHERE NECESSARY

1 Peter 3:15 NIV

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15 AMP

But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.

 

  1. TO GAIN WORDS OF VICTORY OVER AN INCESSANT devil.

WHEN IDENTITY IS QUESTIONED. …if you are all that you claim to be…

 

Luke 4:3-4

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

 

WHEN YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE IS THREATENED. …..take the short cut?!?

Luke 4:5-8

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

WHEN YOUR SECURITY IS THREATENED. …

If Jesus was tempted to commit suicide – to compromise his well-being / end His life prematurely….. Surely the enemy would not hesitate to repeat the same trick on GOD’S people

Luke 4:9-13

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;

they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

 

  1. TO SECURE GODLY SUCCESS ALREADY PROMISED.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

  1. TO GAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF HEAVEN FOR IMPORTANT MISSIONS.

2 Timothy 2:15 AMP

Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

ACTS 8:26-39

Philip was sent by the Spirit to the desert road.  He was shown the chariot. …Nothing else was said!!! He was competent to handle the WORD OF TRUTH.

 

 

THE THIEF – STEALTH

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THE THIEF.  Stealth

Def:   One who dispossesses another by cautious or surreptitious movement usually without violence.

JESUS SPOKE ABOUT A THIEF

1.   THERE’S NOTHING EVER POSITIVE ABOUT A THIEF

John 10:10
The thief comes ONLY to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

2.   THEY COME / SNEAK  WHEN LEAST EXPECTED

Matthew 24:43-44
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at WHAT TIME OF THE NIGHT the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

3.    A THIEF STUDIES MOVEMENTS AND USES THE LEAST EXPECTED

John 10:1
“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but CLIMBS IN BY SOME OTHER WAY, is a thief and a robber.

4.    A THIEF THRIVES ON THE SURPRISE ELEMENT

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should SURPRISE YOU LIKE A THIEF.

5.   A THIEF MAY BE VOCAL ON ISSUES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE TO HIDE THEIR TRACKS

John 12:4-6
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

6.    A THIEF HAS SOME SURE SUFFERING AWAITING AT ANY MOMENT

1 Peter 4:15
If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

7.    A THIEF INCURS CURSES  TOGETHER WITH HIS SILENT ACCOMPLICES

Proverbs 29:24
Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own life; he falls under the curse [pronounced upon him who knows who the thief is] but discloses nothing.

TREASURES TO BE GUARDED VIGILANTLY

What do we have in us,  that so precious, that must

1.   CAPACITY TO HARM THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS

1 Samuel 13:19-22
Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles sharpened. The price was two-thirds of a shekel for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening forks and axes and for re-pointing goads.
So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

2.   THE POWER OF TWO

Deuteronomy 32:30-31
How could one man chase a thousand,
or two put ten thousand to flight,
unless their Rock had sold them,
unless the Lord had given them up?
For their rock is not like our Rock,
as even our enemies concede.

Matthew 18:19-20
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

3.    OUR FLYING INSTRUMENTS

The pilot – eg jet winds – our recent Perth to OR

It takes about 9hours from OR Tambo Perth Australia
And it takes 11 hours from Perth to OR Tambo
WHY?
Jet stream – are fast flowing, narrow meandering air currents found in the upper atmosphere above the earth.  They are like rivers of winds they are westerly ( flow from west to east )

So when you fly to Perth they carry you along, they “assist” the aircraft
But when coming back, you fly against them.   And your journey is two hours longer

But recently, when flying out of Perth, the pilot announced that he would take an air route he had never done before.  He was going to fly so far down south in order to avoid some thunderstorm activity along the way. As soon as he took off you could see the aircraft going south west instead of north west,

The pilot has never used this route before
Generally this journey is already two hours longer
This detour into “unknown / unfamiliar waters / atmospheric space”
But we settled and calmly enjoyed the flight

WHY?  HOW COULD ANYONE BE ‘COOL’ ABOUT THIS?

The flight instruments were in tact
The compass was going to show exactly where we are
The radar would tell exactly where we are to those we are flying to!

RADAR:    a system for detecting the presence, direction, distance, and speed of aircraft, ships, and other objects, by sending out pulses of high-frequency electromagnetic waves that are reflected off the object back to the source.

The purpose of the “detour” was to avoid strong wind / Thunderstorm activity
( some winds they fly through – some winds are better avoided )
In fact locally there have been times when they flew much higher just to avoid some thunderstorm activity

HOW DID THEY KNOW THERE WERE THUNDERSTORMS
AND EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE …..
The instruments are in tact

Our compass is Peace
Our radar is in heaven – GOD knows exactly where we you are
That we are strong enough to fly through – Praise the LORD
Where there’s a seemingly a detour – the control center has figured out that we will make it through

OUR INSTRUMENTS INCLUDE THE SPIRIT OF DISCERNING OF SPIRITS

SOMETIMES ALL WE NEED IS PEACE – to affirm we are still on the right road

AT TIMES WE GET A SIGNAL IN OUR SPIRIT TO PRAY – we are activated to pray because our “control center” / instruments have detected some thunderstorm activity ahead in our journey ROM 8:26

AT TIMES WE ARE TO JUST DISCERN AND AVOID

eg.    The Angels could have fought Herod – but they just told Joseph to go down to Egypt and death defeated those who were serving it

NB.    THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL LOOSE BECAUSE WHILE THEY SEEK TO HURT YOU THEY WILL FALL

Psalms 7:15-16
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.

Proverbs 26:27
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it;
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.

Proverbs 26:27 AMP
Whoever digs a pit [for another man’s feet] shall fall into it himself, and he who rolls a stone [up a height to do mischief], it will return upon him.

PRAYERS THAT PREVAIL

LETS DO THE THING THAT WE WERE FIRST AND FOREMOST CALLED TO
 2 Chronicles 30:27

Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.

THE THING THAT PLEASES GOD – PRAYER OF FAITH

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

THE THING THAT FACILITATES HEAVEN ON EARTH. 

Matthew 6:9-10

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

THE THING THAT MOVES ANGELS ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE
Hebrews 1:14
Are angel not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
THE THING THAT POSITIONS US IN POWER.  
James 5:16c
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
THE THING THAT NEVER FAILS
Mark 11:24

Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

THE THING THAT OPENS HIGH SECRETS.  

Jeremiah 33:3                                   

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’            

1.        SEE GOD IN HIS GREATNESS  FIRST

Jeremiah 32:27

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

He made people
He sets them where they are
He knows their thoughts 
He loves them
He has a plan that cannot fail

Isaiah 6:1

I In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

2.   SEE WHAT THE ENEMY DOES NOT SEE

Psalms 27:5-6

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

2.1.   THE ENEMY DOES NOT ALWAYS FORESEE THE TURN AROUND STRATEGY IN GOD’S HAND.

1 Corinthians 2:8

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

3.   SEE HIS READINESS TO COMFORT

2 Corinthians 7:6

Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,

Psalms 34:18-20

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

Psalms 71:21

You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.

4.        SEE YOUR HELP COMING FAST

Psalms 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Isaiah 30:19

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Luke 18:7-8

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”