What is the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is the entire domain over which God rules.
It Encompasses 4 Realms:
1) The Spiritual Realm
2) The Physical Realm
3) The Internal Realm
4) The External Realm
The Light Of Ki’Shara: Pt 3
“When did you know, I mean REALLY know, that you were called to be a spiritual leader?” Sa’nah’s eyes sparkled as she asked Ka’diysh the question.
“Humph, that’s a loaded question my young friend, are you sure you have the time for an accurate response,” he replied, in his characteristically cultured manner.
Sa’nah knew how long-winded her instructor could be, especially when discussing the topic he enjoyed most, himself!
It’s not that he was self-absorbed but rather that he had lived a truly wealthy life, rich in experience and took pleasure in sharing the benefit of his experience and recounting his experiences with others. And Sa’nah liked nothing more than to bask in the glory of the tales he told.
“I’m all ears,” she encouraged him.
Ka’diysh reposed, hands resting on his chest, fingers entwined. His flowing silver-white locks contrasted sharply with his chocolate skin.
A full but neat moustache flowed across his lips then down the sides of his mouth merging into a well kept beard as white as his mane. The moustache and beard framed full attractive lips, which with his light-gray eyes loaned a singular distinction to his face that projected a transcendent beauty.
Sa’nah considered him a truly beautiful specimen of manhood; too bad he was old enough to be her grandfather, she silently mused.
“Two significant things happened that steered me into my destiny, the first at age eleven and the second at twenty-one.”
Sa’nah leaned forward as the aged Prophet began recounting his experience.
“The day was sunny with just enough cloud cover to make the outdoors fun.” He began. “I was with my father at Lake Lorianda and after exploring for a while I discovered a secluded spot and immediately dove in and began frolicking.”
“The water was deep, just the way I liked it. I grew up next to a river, so depth was not a problem but a welcomed feature for me.”
“I was totally enjoying my swim when without warning I was suddenly two feet underwater sucked down by the strongest current I had ever felt in my life!”
“Drinking copious amounts of water I desperately struggled for the surface and the chance at a lung full of air.
How I appreciated the simple privilege of just breathing in and out at this point.
Somehow I fought my way to the surface and thankfully thought, ‘Thank Dh…’ Back under water again this time fear washed like acid through my soul eroding my calm as a deadly panic erupted within. I clawed my way frantically through the water but I was being sucked back down. The current seemed just as desperate to keep me under as I was to break the surface!”
“When I got my head out the water the second time I contemplated calling for help but something refrained me, later I found out it was my stupid pride. However, I was instantly cured of this when I found myself sucked under for the third time!”
“I came up screaming, HELLLPPPP! HELLLPPPP!”
“All I could think of while submerged was the old wives tale that went, ‘once you go under the third time… YOU’RE DEAD!'”
“Thank Dhios somebody heard me and responded. I discovered later it was a youth of sixteen named of Ta’erry who became my lifeguard that day.”
“At 11 years old however, the spiritual significance of that experience was lost on me. It was exactly ten years later that a similar experience brought it all home.”
Ka’diysh paused, as he often did when sharing such personal experiences. It was as though he was gathering enough emotional strength to actually live through the experience one more time.
Sa’nah knew enough to be patient and not ‘disturb the Emperor’s groove’ as he jokingly said whenever someone interrupted his verbal flow.
“My father had died four years before and my mother was still missing thirteen years after her mysterious disappearance.
I was living (barely) on my own eking out a meager existence and suffering much mental torment. Of course I had no idea that The Nameless One had targeted me for psychic assassination then just as he had targeted me for physical death 10 years before in the lake.”
“Like that day also, I had reached a point in my life where I felt like I was going under for the last time, drowning in mental and emotional despair. The psychological anguish I was enduring led me to believe that suicide was my only reprieve.”
“I was about to commit the act, when one day my cousin asked me a question that stopped me cold… and saved my life.”
Sa’nah’s eyes dilated as she felt the rate of her heartbeat increase. She didn’t let a single word fall to the ground.
Another pregnant pause before resuming his narrative and Ka’diysh said:
“Things were particularly distressful that day when I went to visit my aunt. I was out of a job for months, had no income and hadn’t eaten in days.
My cousin asked me, ‘How are you doing these days, Ka’diysh?’ To which I glibly responded, ‘By the grace of Jzhan Christell’ and was about to turn away when she pressed me again. ‘No, seriously, how is it REALLY going for you?’
This time, her words struck a chord within me and I had to cogitate for a second or two. ‘BY THE GRACE OF JZHAN CHRISTELL’ I replied, this time when I said those words a spark ignited within me and I received a new revelation of who He was.
Just like that young man who saved me from the lake years before, I saw Jzhan Christell now stretching out His hand to save me and to give me a hope that I never had before.”
It took me several more years and amazing encounters to completely surrender my life to Him and commit myself to The Path but these two experiences were instrumental in me recognizing my life had specific purpose and meaning and that I had a divine destiny to fulfill.
Dhios – DEE-yoce
For More Pronunciation See Part 1
The Light Of Ki’Shara: Pt 2
Sa’nah awoke with a start!
She felt cold. Not the external type that afflicted the skin but the one that chilled the soul.
Earlier that evening, they had sought shelter from the elements in an abandoned cave.
Now, as she sat up, her senses coming alive, the wisdom of that decision seemed dubious. She was sure she heard something stir from within the cave depths.
Sa’nah got up, carefully laying aside the blanket and crept from where she was so as not to disturb Ka’diysh and ventured into the darkness.
It’s not as if she wasn’t aware of the danger, she was, but it’s as though there was this compelling force that wrestled her common sense to the ground holding it captive as she proceeded.
As she stole away she glanced back at her aged Mentor; the warmth of the Glow-Stones kept him toasty and comfortable so that his sleep seemed both satisfying and deep.
Sa’nah melted into the ebony shroud of the cave and continued until the only sound was that of her faint footsteps furtively falling on the frigid floor.
What had she heard? Was it real?
She began questioning herself… until she saw them.
They appeared to be hybrid Human and Black-Hound.
She could, by the small light of the Moon-Stone necklace she wore, discern that there were two of them.
These beasts lacked the menacing demeanor of the former minions of The Nameless One and exhibited uncannily human characteristics. For one thing, they walked uprightly and secondly, they spoke.
“Hello, Youngling,” crooned the first Were-Beast as it came within talking distance.
“You can speak?” Sa’nah asked, more a statement than a question.
“Of course we do young Princess, after all, we wouldn’t make good negotiators if we lacked speech would we?” The second Man-Hound replied.
“A proposal!” He declared. “Our Master has decided to offer you and the Priest safe passage to Ellendale for one small token.”
“What’s that?” Sa’nah asked, still not completely trusting her senses to the unfolding scenario.
“Have you ever heard of The Elmerydian?” Inquired the first of the two creatures.
“Of course.” Sa’nah said, some pride spilling over the edges of her words.
“I am an Adept-in-Training. It is mine to know such things.
What is it to you, creature? I’ve dealt with your kind before and I’m not afraid of you!”
“Of course not, Princess.” Chimed the second beast. “You have Andalyon blood in your veins. You know no fear, right?”
Just then Sa’nah felt her chest beginning to constrict and became aware of the difficulty in breathing.
“Wha..? What’s h-h-hap…?” She gasped, sinking to her knees.
Why Princess, whatever is the matter? Beast two asked, a sly smirk spreading all over his face.
“Sa’nah?” The voice sounded strange, as though coming from some unfathomable depth. “Sa’nah!” It began growing stronger. “Listen to my voice, Princess! Listen to ME!”
The Man-Hounds pressed in and Sa’nah felt like a vise was slowly crushing her ribcage.
“No weapon of fear shall afflict my soul, in Jzhan Christell I’m fearless and bold.” The words ascended from her spirit as though on wings. “I have overcome and conquered all, by the power of Jzhan mine enemies fall.”
The Were-Beasts began dissolving into thin air right before her eyes. Sa’nah recognized the divine presence of The Light of Ki’ Shara releasing the healing balm of His words into her soul.
“Sa’nah!” The voice was insistent but reassuring.
Slowly, she opened her eyes to the pastoral face of her Mentor, Ka’diysh. “You suffered another residual psychic attack, this time during sleep.”
“So, I did.” Sa’nah responded. There were two of them, some kind of Man-Beasts but He delivered me just like He promised to. I can still sense His presence with me!”
“The Light of Ki’ Shara is faithful to His word, Sa’nah. He will ALWAYS perform it!”
Ka’diysh had that far away look in his eyes as though remembering some past personal promise procured.
“How long will the attacks continue, Ka’diysh?” Sa’nah’s eyes were hopeful.
“You’ve passed the worst, Princess; I sense his power has weakened. The Nameless One can only bully the ignorant and you, my young friend, are anything but.
Keep meditating on the words of The Scrolls, in them is healing for the spirit and soul.”
“As I think on Him all strife must cease, for He will keep my mind in peace.” Sa’nah quoted from the Veo-Code as they bowed their heads in prayer.
Andalyon – An-DAHL-eon
Elmerydian – El-meh-RID-ian
For More Pronunciation See Part 1
The Light Of Ki’Shara: Pt 1
Progress was arduous while peril mounted by the minute!
The swamp was humid and musty and the moon played hide and go seek through the tree tops as the couple moved furtively through the brush.
“Ka’diysh, do you really think we’ll get through this?” Sa’nah asked nervously.
“I’ve told you before, where Jzhan Chris’tell guides He provides.”
“But how can we be sure this is the right path?” She questioned.
The older man stopped and looked at his young charge. Taking her by the shoulder, his words were comforting and reassuring.
“He’s not called The Light of Ki’ Shara for nothing you know, He promised to show the way. He said that His Spirit would teach us and guide us in ALL things and I trust Him. This is what He said to do.”
She knew why her father trusted Ka’diysh. He was the most outstanding of all The Rab Ma’ghi and when offered the Office of High Ma’ghus he respectfully declined so that he could continue serving her family. This so impressed her mother that she asked him to become Sa’nah’s personal Mentor…
The howling snapped Sa’nah out of her thoughts!
Legend had it that the mere howling of a Baewolf was enough to stop a man’s heart!
She understood why!
The sound of each howl released a fear that seemed alive, a liquid terror that seeped through the skin, paralyzing the organs within. As the howling drew closer panic stampeded through her soul!
She became rooted with fright.
The first beast leapt into view and Ka’diysh spun, eyes blazing, “FOUL TERROR! I SAY THEE NAY! STOP AND BE STILL!!” His hand outstretched and index finger pointing to a spot directly between the beast’s eyes.
It slowed and began stalking. Two more creatures joined and formed a semi-circle around the Adept and the girl.
Ka’diysh had encountered the beasts before; He pulled Sa’nah close, wrapped his cloak around her and squared off with the Black-Hounds of Shi’ades!
The closeness of Ka’diyshs’ body alleviated her fright somewhat so that Sa’nah recovered her motility and peeked from under the cloak.
The beasts all looked the same, pure black with blood-red slits for eyes, saliva dripping off their razor-sharp fangs, with claws that could dismember a man in seconds.
The term “Baewolf” was actually a misnomer, as these creatures had almost nothing in common with traditional wolves.
Their names were given on account of their legendary howling but if anything they more resembled the mythical black panther of folklore, although much larger and infinitely more ferocious.
They were growling as they circled now, so deep and low that it sounded like distant thunder.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything distant about the smell. The animals reeked of morbid fear and rotting flesh, a stench so putrid and thick that Sa’nah felt as though it was clinging to her, clogging her nostrils and suffocating her so that mere breathing became an unbearable exercise.
“What are we to do?” She whispered hoarsely.
Her Mentor did not speak. His entire body was tense, lips drawn back showing his clenched teeth, with eyes focused like a laser beam on the lead creature.
“These are no ordinary Baewolves!” Ka’diysh thought to himself. “They’re different, stronger somehow.” His first command should have disabled the leader but it was still moving, stalking… Thinking!
He knew that Baewolves were once humans in the service of The Nameless One, who through sorcery had their forms changed.
There were supposed to be six in all, but now three of them were after his protégé and Ka’diysh had to act decisively.
“Ka’diysh, can you defeat them?”
“No, I cannot. Not alone! But WE can, TOGETHER.”
“WE?” She sputtered, “But I…”
“Remember your training, Sa’nah.”
“In times of peril one might do, but none can resist the power of two!” She quoted from The Fifth Scroll of the VeoCode without thinking.
Ka’diysh had insisted she memorized the Scrolls. “It’s the ONLY weapon The Nameless cannot defeat,” He instructed her.
“Know them or know death!”
Now, all she ever learnt would be put to test.
The Black-Hounds closed in and Sa’nah felt their thoughts.
Because they were once human they still had the ability to think and through the black arts of The Nameless One had mastered psychic manipulation.
This was a battle of minds!
In unison the beasts began to roar with a deafening din while intensifying their psychic attack. Sa’nah resisted with every ounce of resolve but the beasts prevailed in their mental onslaught.
The psychic attack felt like millions of tiny ants crawling around the inside of her brain. She desperately cried! “Ka’diysh, help me! I can’t…”
“Fight them, Princess, you can do this!”
Now it felt like the ants were feeding, chewing on her gray matter. “I don’t… they’re too…”
“Be strong, Sa’nah, remember your training.” He commanded!
“I am with you always and My Spirit will teach you ALL things, follow My Spirit.” The words of Jzhan Chris’tell from The Fourth Scroll of the NeoCode flooded her mind as Sa’nah felt a surge of power within.
Ka’diysh was praying aloud in the Ancient Tongues as she heard The Spirit saying to her, “Sa’nah, thoughts CANNOT defeat thoughts, only your WORDS can prevail.” And she understood what she must do.
Sa’nah cast aside the cloak and stepped forward. She felt her spirit take wings as a holy boldness rose within her, “By the power of the Light of Ki’ Shara! In the name of Jzhan Chris’tell, I COMMAND YOU FOUL BEASTS… CEASE AND DESIST!!!
The animals faltered, backed away and bowed.
“IT IS WRITTEN,” she continued, “when two shall agree it must be done, to bind the power of The Nameless One! NOW BEGONE!!!”
The beasts scattered in terror as Sa’nah and Ka’diysh both breathed a sigh of relief.
This battle was over but the war had just begun.
Ki’Shara – Key-SHAH-rah
Ka’diysh – Kuh-DEESH
Sa’nah – Suh-NAH
Rab Ma’ghi – Rahb-MAY-Guy
Ma’ghus – MAY-Gus
Shi’ades – SHE-Aids
Jzhan – Pronounced like the French ‘Jean’
Chris’tell – Kris-Tell
Baewolf – BAY-Wolf
Veo – VEE-oh
Neo – NEE-oh
Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor
~ Fellowship With the Holy Ghost ~
Keeping your fellowship with the Holy Spirit current is definitely one of the successful habits you’ll want to cultivate as an highly effective Intercessor.
This means not letting anything break or interrupt your fellowship with God! Your relationship with God is constant, once you are born again you are a child of God and that cannot change but your fellowship is changeable, it can be broken and mended again.
If you’re relying on God as your power source and your fellowship with the Holy Spirit is broken then the power of God will be hindered from following through you and you’re not going to be as effective as you can.
Here are some things that affect your fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
1) Active Sin – You cannot live in sin or be actively encouraging sin in your life and expect to still effectively articulate the power of God. Sin will not stop the power of God but it will stop YOU from effectively using that power.
When you sin against God your conscience becomes wounded, and with a wounded conscience it is difficult to demonstrate faith.
You need faith to wield the power of God with effect. Therefore YOUR sin hinders YOU from effectively manifesting the power of God.
2) Rebellion – I’ve listed rebellion separately from active sin because rebellion can take the form of passive sin, which can sometimes be more deadly than active sin in your life.
When we hear the term “active sin” we usually think of fornication, adultery, embezzlement, etc. but rebellion simply means not doing what God told you to do.
For instance, if you haven’t done the last thing God told you to do and it’s past the time to do it – you’re in rebellion.
And if you continue in rebellion it will definitely affect your fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
How can you pray and ask God for such and such when you know that you have not done what He has asked you to do? You cannot approach God with faith knowing that you’re currently violating His will.
Not only this but also when you get into actual aggressive warfare and begin to declare the word of God to principalities, powers and demonic spirits you will find that your words will not have as much effect as they should.
Because demons are only obligated to obey you to the degree that YOU obey the Lord.
The effectiveness of YOUR word is based on your obedience to GOD’S word.
When you disobey God’s word you are giving demons license to disobey your word.
This is how delegated authority operates!
You can only manifest the power you’re given as long as you obey the source of that power… GOD!
3) Neglecting Tithes and Offering – I’m going to write an entire book on this topic.
Suffice it to say that not paying tithes and giving offerings to God is both active sin and rebellion at the same time.
In fact, we can call it ACTIVE REBELLION AGAINST GOD!
God said, “You are cursed with a curse,” if you neglect tithing and offerings.
Permit me a simple illustration: If you refused to pay taxes to your lawful government what would happen to you after a while?
The authorities would show up at your door, right?
And if you still refused to pay your lawful taxes what would happen then?
You’d experience the full penalty of the law, right?
So tell me something?
Are you, or are you not a citizen of the kingdom of God?
(A kingdom is a type of government) And if you’re a citizen how can you in good conscience enjoy the benefits of the government without paying lawful taxes as a citizen of that government?
Tithes and offerings are taxes we owe as citizens of the most glorious and fair government the universe has ever seen!
Ask yourself this question, “Who doesn’t pay taxes to a lawful government, only criminals and illegal aliens.
Are you one of those? I hope not.
4) Harboring Unforgiveness – Refusing to forgive others is not walking in love and obviously a sinful practice.
Sin hinders your fellowship with the Holy Spirit and keeping your fellowship with the Holy Spirit current is definitely one of the successful habits of being a highly effective Intercessor.
For a detailed discussion on Intercessory Prayer and the Holy Spirit see my Ebook:
Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor
~ Demonstrating Dominion ~
There are several successful habits of highly effective Intercessors of which demonstrating dominion is one.
Biblical dominion is defined as the authority and ability that God gave to man in order for him to effectively reign and rule over the earth.
Through Adam’s sin we lost our dominion and through Jesus’ righteousness we have regained it.
But even though we have regained dominion, which is the authority and the ability to rule, we still need to demonstrate that authority and that ability in a very real and practical way on a daily basis.
The following are some topics that are related to demonstrating dominion:
a) The Difference Between Exousia and Dunamis – Lu 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
In the verse above the word “power” is used twice but it’s actually two entirely different Greek words that are being translated.
In the first instance the word is “Exousia” and means “Authority, Mastery, Jurisdiction” in the second instance the word is “Dunamis” and means “Ability, Force, Strength.”
So, Jesus is saying that He has given us authority over all the ability of the devil.
I always hear preachers make a big boast about how we have dunamis and they make a point of stressing that this means dynamite, explosive power. And every time I hear it I say, “So what???”
The devil has the same” dunamis” (dynamite, explosive ability), you see that’s our problem right there! We keep focusing on dunamis and not on exousia, we’re focusing on the ability we have, which the devil also has, instead of the authority we have, of which the devil has NONE!
If we have ability and the devil and his demons have ability then we are evenly matched, right? But if we have the right to control the devil’s ability then who has the upper hand?
Yes! We Do!!! We have the authority – the devil has NONE!
Now when we’re praying, especially as intercessors this is the position from which we pray.
The position of absolute authority under God!
God said, “What you bind (forbid) on earth He will also forbid and what you loose (allow) on earth He will also allow.
That is delegated authority!
Under God we are the lords of the earth not the devil and his agents! But we have got to consistently rise up and declare this to be so. This is the work that we must do in order to walk in dominion upon the earth.
b) Exercising Your Faith Muscle – I’m sure you’ve heard it said a million times before that faith is like a muscle and you’ve got to exercise it to make it grow, well it’s true!
In a practical sense, what you can do to exercise your faith is to make a conscious effort to believe God for something that you have not believed Him for in the past and as you see victory in this area you make the effort to believe Him for something that requires more faith than the last thing you believed for, thereby putting more strain on your faith and forcing it to grow in order to meet the increasing demands.
The principle is exactly the same for those of you that are involved in body building, your muscles will not grow until you place a demand on them that is greater than what they’re accustomed to.
As an example let me ask you this, “How do expect to believe God to cure you of Cancer if every time you get a headache you use Tylenol or Advil?
Practice using your faith to get rid of the headaches and colds so that if something bigger does come you’re more equipped.
c) Overcoming Fear – In the body of Christ, fear seems to be one of the biggest problems that exist! Christians appear to be some of the most fearful creatures on the planet! This subject alone deserves a whole book but let’s see if I can briefly deal with the essential aspects of the matter.
First of all, what is fear? In one context, fear is a legitimate emotion that you feel when faced with the unknown or any potentially dangerous situation.
It is part of an elaborate and complex system, which incorporates the Autonomic nervous system of the human body. In this context fear is a very real and necessary part of our lives and acts as a vital component in the process of self-preservation.
In another context, fear is the term used to refer to the reverential respect that God demands from us and which we offer to Him as our duty.
Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
But there’s a third context in which fear is used, you see unknown to most people fear is also a spirit, a demonic spirit with a mission to cripple and confuse the efforts of God’s people.
He is a living entity and his name is Fear.
God Himself said that He has not given to us the spirit of fear but the spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7).
In order to conquer your enemy, you must first understand your enemy! When the spirit of fear attacks you he (by definition) brings with him the emotion of fear!
The difference is that this emotion he brings is not natural but manufactured by that spirit and used as a weapon against you.
In the verse above God said He gave us the spirit of a sound mind, the original word that is translated “sound mind” means, “discipline and self control.”
Discipline is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. So when this demon attacks, his purpose is to use fear to disorient and confuse you so that you are not in control of your thoughts and emotions.
But know this, whenever you are not in control of your thoughts and emotions someone else is!
And this is exactly where the devil wants you, you see, demons never attack alone they always come in pairs or groups, so that while you are distracted by the spirit of fear and not in control of your thoughts and emotions the other spirits that came with him now have free course to mentally and emotionally manipulate you and deliver the fatal blow! The one they hope will put you down for the count.
So, your defense is simply to identify the spirit of fear, bind him then willfully overcome the emotion of fear that you feel remembering that it was never real in the first place.
It is a manufactured emotion whose job was to cripple you mentally and emotionally.
As an effective Intercessor, demonstrating dominion means praying from a position of victory and power, from a position of authority over the devil’s ability and getting the job done.
For a detailed discussion on Intercessory Prayer and How to Demonstrate Dominion see my Ebook:
Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor
~ Being Filled With the Holy Ghost ~
Being filled with the Holy Ghost is undoubtedly one of the most powerful habits of the highly effective Intercessor.
The Bible says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Eph. 5:18 (NIV)
I’m told that the original Greek verb which is translated “be filled” is in the present continuous tense, meaning the command “to be filled” really means to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Here are some of the related areas of being continually filled with the Holy Spirit:
1) Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit – Obviously we’ve got to start at the beginning; you can’t KEEP being filled if you never had the initial experience of becoming filled in the first place!
Since the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost He has never stopped being poured out. He is constantly being poured out so that anyone who has received Jesus Christ as his or her savior can step under that flow and become immediately filled!
Ac 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The bible does NOT require any special waiting or preparation to be filled with the Holy Spirit except that you are a Christian. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an act of faith that can be experienced anytime, anywhere by anyone who is saved!
It is as simple as asking and receiving! A sample prayer might go something like this:
Dear Father, You said that if I ask you for your Holy Spirit you will give me your Holy Spirit and You cannot lie. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit right now Lord! Holy Spirit, I believe in You and I receive your infilling now in Jesus name. Amen!
This prayer is based partly on the scripture below.
Lk 11:11-14 Which one of you fathers would give your hungry child a snake if the child asked for a fish? Which one of you would give your child a scorpion if the child asked for an egg? As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks. (CEV)
What is most important is what you do next! The scriptures declare in Rom 10:9-10 that you must confess AND believe in order to receive, whether it’s salvation or the baptism of the Holy Spirit the PRINCIPLE remains the same! Confess AND believe!
So during your prayer and after you have finished praying you MUST be and remain in an attitude of faithful expectancy. You must be completely assured that what you have just asked for is being given to you right there and then!
Then you simply open your heart (spirit) and receive it! It is an act of your will! That’s why Jesus asked the lame man “WILL YOU BE HEALED???” Now I’m asking you the same thing, “WILL YOU RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT???” It’s up to YOU – Will you or won’t you receive?
Ac 8:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Ac 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
The emphasis is always on YOU receiving NOT on God giving the Holy Spirit!
The Holy Spirit was given once 2,000 years ago and He was never taken back – So it’s up to you to receive!
2) Praying with Tongues – The ability to pray in tongues is the initial evidence that manifests when you first become filled with the Holy Spirit! There are many other manifestations of being filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues is just the first one that usually shows up!
There are nine gifts of the Spirit in total and each of them is a manifestation of the Spirit.
The ability to pray with tongues is given to everyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit, some people may be filled and not speak in tongues simply because they were never properly instructed as to how they should go about it.
You will find that there is a lot of controversy about praying in tongues largely because a lot of people misunderstand this ability. And on a deeper level because the enemy is threatened by anyone who does, so he stirs up Christians to waste time arguing over this issue instead of coming together in order to wage a united campaign against him!
Know this about the devil: He attacks anything he fears!
Has he been relentlessly attacking you? Well, now you know why! My point is, however, that he has been attacking the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the charismatic gifts from day one… literally! The first Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues on the day of Pentecost were accused of being drunkards and the attack hasn’t stopped since!
Praying in tongues is a means to activating the nine gifts of the Spirit and stimulating your spiritual senses to flow more powerfully and accurately.
Praying in tongues is the act of one intelligent spirit (Yours) speaking directly to another intelligent Spirit (God) without the need for any mental interpretation… THAT’S ALL!
3) Walking in Love – This is the most important manifestation of being filled with the Holy Spirit! People generally don’t care if you can speak with tongues or prophecy! But they will take notice if you show them that you care about them as a person.
They will be impressed if you sacrifice something important to you in order to bless a stranger – that’s true love! And that’s the most striking evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit of God! It’s called character and it stands out!
It is said that more souls are won to the Lord by selfless displays of love than by many sermons preached.
So, there we have it, being filled with the Holy Ghost allows the power of God to flow through you in a more concentrated and focused fashion giving you the ability to have a far greater impact and effect in the spirit realm.
And this is what being a highly effective Intercessor is all about – Being able to impact and affect the spirit realm to the extent that we see the manifest results in the physical realm. More power to you!
For a detailed discussion on Intercessory Prayer and the Holy Ghost see my Ebook:
Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor
~ The Word of God ~
There are several successful habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor.
The first is reading and studying the word of God regularly.
We are commanded to both read and study to show ourselves approved as workers or ministers of God and particularly as effective Intercessors.
In my opinion, every Christian should read the bible through at least once in their lifetime and if called to a leadership ministry at least once every couple of years while pursuing specific areas of study along the way.
As an Effective Intercessor the habit of reading and studying the Word of God helps you in:
1) Having Accurate and Comprehensive Knowledge of the Word of God
Being accurate means not misquoting or misrepresenting scriptures, for instance: Saying that money is the root of all evil when the scripture actually says that THE LOVE of money is the root of all evil.
It also means understanding the meaning of the scripture and not just being able to repeat it like a parrot.
For instance, a very simple example is the 6th commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” Have you ever killed… a Mosquito, a Fly, an Ant? Of course you have, so it doesn’t mean exactly what it says, does it?
No it doesn’t, it needs to be interpreted, do you see that?
What the 6th commandment actually means is, “You must not UNLAWFULLY take the life of a human being.”
Having a comprehensive knowledge of the bible means being familiar with the entire word of God from Genesis to Revelation and is necessary in order to fully understand the mind of God.
For instance, the book of Revelation is written with lots of signs and symbols and is generally very difficult to understand.
However, there are a lot of concepts in the book of Revelation that are also discussed in other parts of the bible like the books of Ezekiel, Daniel and Matthew, so if you were also familiar with these books it would be much easier to understand the book of Revelation.
Having an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the word of God therefore, will aid you in knowing the will of God in any particular situation.
And knowing God’s will and the mind of God obviously will increase your level of effectiveness as an intercessor.
2) Knowing the Will of God.
When you are in intercession and receiving impressions from the spirit realm you must be able to match up what you receive to what the will of God actually is according to His word.
The reason is, you may hear not just the voice of God but also ANY voice in the spirit realm.
For instance, the enemy is always trying to trip you up and cause you to pray contrary to God’s will, so he sends you impressions that may seem like they’re coming from God but are contrary to God’s will, that’s why you’ve got to be very discerning and know God’s written will.
Also, you may be praying with someone who desire’s a certain thing from the Lord but what he desires is NOT the will of God for him at that time.
And this person’s thoughts and emotions may be so strong that as a prayer warrior with a very sensitive spirit you may actually pick up this person’s thoughts and feelings from the spirit realm and NOT the thoughts and emotions of God.
So, you’ve got to be intimate with the mind of God in order to keep yourself from going into error.
You also need to know God’s will in order to effectively judge the prayers of anyone else.
This may come as a surprise to some of you but you’ve got to be able to accurately judge the intelligence and godliness of the prayers that people pray.
Why, you ask?
For two reasons, first, when young or immature Christians pray they will make mistakes due to their inexperience and ignorance, this is to be expected.
So it’s the responsibility of the more mature Christians to guide these younger Christians to pray more effectively as time goes by.
Secondly, there are witches being sent out into churches specifically to infiltrate the prayer groups and do the enemy’s work.
While every body else is praying they may be calling up demonic spirits to oppress Christians and hinder the work of that church.
This is one reason why it is very dangerous to have prayer meetings where everyone just goes and prays alone or in which everyone just prays out loud together at the same time with no one monitoring the prayers of anyone else.
This environment is ripe for Satanists to cast spells and do incantations against the very prayer group and the church that it represents.
For this reason you must be able to listen and intelligently judge the content of someone else’s prayer.
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1 Cor 2:13
3) Possessing an Alert Mind.
The overall quality of your mental processes are enhanced – more speed and efficiency.
You are able to process information coming from the spirit realm and articulate it in natural speech more fluently.
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Ps 119:98-99
Remember, in intercessory prayer your spirit connects with God and receives instructions from Him, then your mind has to interpret what your spirit received making sense of it before you can speak it out loud.
The capability of your mind and quality of your mental processes will either help or hinder the effectiveness of your intercessory prayers.
4) Practicing Wisdom and Spiritual Maturity.
Zeal without wisdom is a very dangerous thing.
When God begins revealing information to you about someone that you are praying for, some of the information may be personal and sensitive and one requires wisdom to know how and when to apply that information.
Not everything that you sense from the spirit realm needs to be prayed for immediately!
It can be kept and prayed for later, in private.
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15
“All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.” James 3:2 (CEV)
I have been in several prayer meetings where someone prayed aloud about something that needed to be kept quiet and prayed about later in private because it was of a sensitive and personal nature.
This eventually caused more problems than solving them and was directly caused by a lack of experience and wisdom.
5) Cultivating Discernment.
You are in tune with the spirit realm around you and have your spiritual senses enhanced.
You have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, truth and error, according to the word of God and sense if a manifestation is of the Spirit of the Lord or a different spirit.
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Heb 5:14
The spirit of Religion is a demonic spirit which imitates the Holy Spirit almost to perfection.
If you are not discerning it’s easy to get caught up believing some of the manifestations of this spirit and be fooled into accepting its doctrines.
The Bible says, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Cor 11:14
When Peter, Jesus’ trusted right hand man began dissuading Him from going to the cross Jesus immediately recognized that this was not just Peter speaking but he was being influenced by a satanic spirit and rebuked it accordingly.
Accurate discernment is an invaluable tool in becoming an effective Intercessor and having a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the word of God goes a long way in developing Godly discernment.
For a detailed discussion on Intercessory Prayer and the Word of God see my Ebook:
Marriage is a Blood Covenant
“Hey, Pops!” Jenny came bounding down the stairs all excited.
“What’s up?” Her father looked up from the morning paper his glasses perched on the tip of his nose so he could read the fine print without them.
“Can you do me a solid? I need to borrow the car tomorrow night”
“Sure. What’s the occasion?”
“Oh, just going to the movies.” Her voice sounded a little too casual and her body language was a little off. After 19 years Jen’s father was able to read her just like the Newspaper he held in his hand.
“Going alone?” He countered with equal casualness.
The pause was pregnant.
“Look, it’s no big deal alright, I’m going with John, but Suzanne and Rick will be there too.”
“Sweetheart, you’re 19 years old and your mother and I expect you to make your own decisions but remember; decisions have consequences. You know how I feel about you and John. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think you’re getting too close too fast, you should… “
“But Dad, it’s not like we plan on having sex or anything we’re just having fun being together!”
“I understand that, Jennifer but when you spend so much time with one person you’re bound to develop feelings for them and pretty soon you’ll find that your emotions could be making the decisions for you, and then things may get out of control very quickly.”
“It’s my life and I need to make my own decisions, right? Anyway, what’s the big deal about sex before marriage anyway, I mean if two people truly love each other what’s wrong with that. Isn’t marriage just a formality, anyway?”
James looked at his daughter silently for a while. And like most fathers, even though he was looking at a young woman of 19 he was actually seeing his little 5-year-old girl.
“Come sweetheart, have a seat.” His words drew her in as only a father’s can.
“Jennifer,” he started slowly, “what we see on the TV and the Movies is not what marriage is supposed to be, it’s… “
“I know that Dad, I’m not stupid you know, I can see… “
“Wait, Babes, let me finish.” He pleaded gently.
Jennifer rolled her eyes and sighed like all the air was let out of her but she remained silent.
“Here’s what you need to know about marriage.” Her father continued.
“Marriage is more than just, I love you and you love me so let’s get together and have a family.”
“Marriage is a Blood Covenant.”
“A what??!!” Jennifer blurted, staring at her father like if his mental hard-drive had just crashed.
“On the wedding night, ” he explained, “when the newlywed virgin couple consummates their marriage the blood that flows is the sign of the covenant that they’ve entered in the presence of God and the witness gathered at their wedding.”
She continued staring at him in silence.
“You see Jen, marriage between a man and a woman represents the mystical union of Christ to His Church. That’s why the Church is called the Bride of Christ and in His parables Jesus likens Himself to a Bridegroom”
“So, that virginal blood that was shed on the wedding night will always be a sign of their marital covenant. Just like when Jesus died on the cross and He was pierced in the side with the spear, the blood that flowed over the spear is the sign of the New Covenant of salvation that we Christians enjoy.”
“That’s why we can use Jesus’ Blood as a spiritual weapon and “Plead the Blood” against the Devil’s works of darkness.
When we plead the Blood of Jesus we remind the Enemy of the power of the Covenant we are protected by so He has no choice but to bow to the authority of that Blood and the Covenant it represents.”
“In the same way, when you obey God and wait until you get married to have sex, the blood that’s shed on your wedding night enforces the Marriage Covenant and acts as a form of spiritual protection against the attacks of the Devil against your marriage.”
“But when you practice pre-marital sex and no blood flows when you consummate your marriage, the sign of your covenant is missing.”
“Of course, God still honors your vows but there’s no sign of the covenant for you to hold up against the Enemy, nothing for him to submit to and nothing you can use to remind him of the binding power of your covenant.”
“When the sign of your covenant is missing it encourages the enemy to attack your marriage more.”
“This doesn’t mean that once you’re a virgin when you get married you won’t have any problems, it just means that engaging in pre-marital sex puts you at a greater disadvantage when it comes to winning the spiritual war for your marriage.”
“Wow, Pops, that’s some heavy sh… stuff!” Jen stammered.
“I know… so, what do you think about it?”
“I’ll get back to you on that, father I need some time to process.”
Her father tossed the car keys to her as she pushed back the chair and stood up to leave.
He gave her that particular look that said, “You’ve been warned, the ball is now in your court” as he opened the Newspaper and resumed reading.