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Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor – The Word of God

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Habits of the Highly Effective Intercessor

~ The Word of God ~

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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:

Understanding How to Pray Effectively

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Guide to the New Testament

Your Guide To The New Testament

 

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A brief summary of each book of the New Testament along with links to read the books and “Thru The Bible’s” study notes and outlines.

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Matthew

Summary: Jesus the Son of God and Lord according to Old Testament promise.

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Mark

Summary: Jesus is the Savior who meets Man’s needs.

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Luke

Summary: The Son of Man in His service to the world. The world’s Savior.

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John

Summary: The deity and moral perfection of the Son of God.

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Acts

Summary: What Christ continued to do and to teach by His Spirit in the Apostles. How the Church was gathered and built. The Progress of the Kingdom.

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Romans

Summary: How Man can be Justified before God.

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1 Corinthians

Summary: Church order and discipline. Our relationship to each other in the Church.

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2 Corinthians

Summary: Christian ministry in different circumstances. Our relationship to the world.

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Galatians

Summary: Christian blessing and liberty compared to the Law.

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Ephesians

Summary: Christ and His Church

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Philippians

Summary: Christian joy in all circumstances.

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Colossians

Summary: Christ as the Church’s Head.

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1 Thessalonians

Summary: Christ coming to and for the Church.

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2 Thessalonians

Summary: Christ coming with His Saints. The Eternal Judgment of Unbelievers.

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1 Timothy

Summary: Church order according to God.

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2 Timothy

Summary: Church disorder.

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Titus

Summary: Christian Qualification for the ministry and godly conduct.

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Philemon

Summary: Christian Love.

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Hebrews

Summary: Christ our Priest, Sacrifice, and Witness.

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James

Summary: Christianity lived out.

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1 Peter

Summary: Christian hope in times of trial.

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2 Peter

Summary: Knowledge of Christ

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1 John

Summary: Believe on the name of the Son of God.

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2 John

Summary: Christ the Truth and guarding against heresy.

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3 John

Summary: Christian Hospitality to the saints

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Jude

Summary: Apostasy traced down to the Last Days.

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Revelation

Summary: Things to Come.

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Walking Through the Bible

Bible Study Notes and Outlines

For Each Book of the Bible

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The Notes and Outlines on each book of the Bible were prepared by Dr. J. Vernon McGee to assist listeners who wanted an even deeper and more thorough understanding of the Word of God. Free Adobe Acrobat is required to view.

 

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An Overview of the Bible

Overview of The Bible

Divided into 4 Main Sections

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Section 1:

The Bible Tells One Unified Story From Beginning to End

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7 Main Points Testify to It’s Unity

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1) From the Book of Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God. Wherever he speaks or acts he is consistent with himself, and with the total revelation of who He is.

2) The Bible forms one continuous story — the story of how humanity relates to God.

3) The Bible makes the most unlikely predictions concerning the future, and, when the centuries have brought round the appointed time, records their fulfillment.

4) The Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth. Nothing is told all at once. The law is, “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn.” Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer of Scripture takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and in due time another man moved by the Holy Spirit, and another, and another, add new details till the whole is complete.

5) From beginning to end the Bible testifies to one redemption.

6) From beginning to end the Bible has one great theme — the person and work of the Christ.

7) And, finally, these writers, some forty in number, writing through fifteen centuries, have produced a perfect harmony of doctrine in progressive unfolding. This is, to every candid mind, the unanswerable proof of the divine inspiration of the Bible.

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Section 2:

The Bible is Many Books Compiled Into One Book

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There are 5 Great Divisions with Christ at the Center

 

Speaking broadly there are five great divisions in the Scriptures, Christ being the one great theme (Luke 24:25-27).

In other words, the Old Testament is the preparation for Christ. 

In the Gospels he is manifested to the world. 

In the Acts he is preached. 

In the Epistles his Gospel is explained. 

In the Book of Revelation all the purposes of God in and through Christ are consummated.

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The Old Testament Sub Groups


 

These Major Groups Also Fall into Sub-groups 

This is especially true of the Old Testament, where there are four well defined groups:

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REDEMPTION

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

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ORGANIZATION

Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

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POETRY

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

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SERMONS

Lamentations, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

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Redemption – Genesis is the book of beginnings, and explains the origin of Israel. 

Exodus tells the story of the deliverance of Israel.

Leviticus of the worship of Israel as delivered people.

Numbers the wanderings and failures of the delivered people.

Deuteronomy warns and instructs that people in view of their approaching entrance upon their inheritance.

 

Organization – The Books of Organization tell of Israel’s development from 12 nomadic Tribes into an established Nation with a fully functioning governmental system of Laws and a cohesive societal structure.

A true force among the Gentile Nations with a God to be feared who protected and defended them in times of crises.

 

Poetry – The Poetical books record the spiritual experiences of the redeemed people in the varied scenes and events through which the providence of God led them.

 

Sermons – The prophets were inspired preachers, and the prophetical books consist of sermons with brief connecting and explanatory passages. Two prophetical books, Ezekiel and Daniel, have a different character and are apocalyptic, largely.

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Section 3:

The Bible Tells the Story of the Human Family

 

Beginning with the creation of the earth and man, the story of the first human pair continues through the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

With the twelfth chapter begins the history of Abraham and of the nation of which Abraham was the ancestor. It is that nation, Israel, with which the Bible narrative is mainly concerned with from the eleventh chapter of Genesis to the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

The Gentiles are mentioned, but only in connection with Israel. But it is made increasingly clear that Israel fills the scene only because they are entrusted with the accomplishment of great world-wide purposes (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). 

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Israel’s Appointed Mission

1) To be a witness to the unity of God in the midst of idolatry (Deuteronomy 6:5 ; Isaiah 43:10

2) To illustrate to the nations the greater blessedness of serving the one true living God

(Deuteronomy 33:26-29 ; 1st Chronicles 17:20-21 ; Psalms 102:15

3) To receive and preserve the Divine revelation (Romans 3:1-2)

4) To produce the Messiah, earth’s Savior and Lord (Romans 9:4). The prophets foretell a glorious future for Israel under the reign of Christ.

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Section 4:

The Central Theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ

 

It is Jesus Christ — “God manifest in the flesh” (1st Timothy 3:16) — his sacrificial death, and his resurrection, which make up the Gospel. 

All earlier Scripture points forward to Him – All later Scriptures point back at Him.

The Gospel is preached in the book of Acts and explained in the Epistles. 

Christ, the Son of God, Son of man, Son of Abraham and Son of David, thus binds the many books into One Book.

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The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

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As the Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) he is the ultimate destroyer of Satan and his works.

As Abraham’s Seed he is the Blesser of the world.

As the Seed of David he is Israel’s King. The “Desire of all Nations.”

He is exalted to the right hand of God and is head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

Meanwhile the Church looks for the fulfillment of his special promise: “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (John 14:1-3)

Thus we have an overview of the Bible the divinely inspired word of God!

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What is Christianity?

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What is Christianity?

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What is Christianity?

What does being a Christian mean?
I’ve observed Christians for over 20 years from the inside out.
I was born again on August 11TH 1988 at about 4:30PM on a Thursday evening. I started preaching 3 years
later and became a full-time Pastor and Bible Teacher in 1997, after 9 years of walking with the Lord.
Here’s what I’ve noticed, we live in an instant society with a Drive-thru mentality and this mind-set is in
the Christian Church.
Sunday morning we pull in and park ourselves in the pews hoping to receive something that will change
our lives and give us control over the circumstances we face daily.

But the average Christian isn’t seriously looking for change!

 

He doesn’t want anything that would call for too much sacrifice and effort on his part, just something to put some more money in his pocket and make his life a little easier.
We are surely turning into the Laodicean Church of the Book of Revelation. Something is dreadfully wrong with our mindset and we need to fix it urgently.
The average Christian has a “Christian life” and a “normal life” which they try their best to keep separate from each other.
Some of us wear our Christianity only when it suits us and take it off when it doesn’t. And the sad thing is; this seems normal to most… The average Christian thinks that’s the way it should be.
The truth is; that for the true born again Believer there is no duality of experience. We are who we are, representatives of the Kingdom of God, everywhere we go and in everything we do.
For any real change to take place in our lives there must be a change in our philosophy of life, how we perceive the world around us.

What is Christianity?

Both Jesus Christ and His cousin, John the Baptist began their ministry by saying exactly the same thing.

Repent! For the Kingdom of God is at Hand.

That is not a religious statement! Neither John nor Jesus was religious.

 

That’s a statement of deep, political, psychological and spiritual significance that when we understand and apply it, it will result in profound practical change in our lives.
The change we all need and are looking for desperately. The change that will bring financial; and every other kind of empowerment we desire.
Think about it, referring to Jesus Christ the Bible says, “…The government will be upon His shoulder… Of the increase of His government… there will be no end,” (Isa 9:6)
If that’s not a political statement then what is?

So, “Repent! For the kingdom of God is at hand” is a political statement because the kingdom refers to God’s governmental rule on earth.
The statement is psychological in nature because to “repent” as Jesus and John used it means to change your world-view, to change your philosophy of life and your perception of the world around you.
To repent is to see something in a way you’ve never seen it before and to allow this new perception to become the catalyst for profound change in your life.
Jesus and John were telling the Jews of their day that a new political system had arrived and they needed to respond favorably to it.
They were trying to explain to the people that all the promises God made to the Nation of Israel in the word of God were about to be fulfilled and they needed to prepare themselves for it.

True repentance is the shifting of a paradigm which occurs at the sub-conscious level and results in a conscious decision, followed by corresponding actions. So, “repenting” is psychological in nature.

Finally, this is a spiritual statement because it’s initiated by God who is a Spirit and because obedience to this statement will permanently transform your spiritual condition.
All that I’ve shared here is only the tip of the iceberg of the principles that govern God’s kingdom and of what being a Christian truly is.
The sad thing is that the average Christian has no idea of who she really is. She has a faulty concept of her true identity and destiny as a Child of God and Daughter of the King. She doesn’t understand the principles that govern her own kingdom!
She’s a Citizen of a Nation who doesn’t understand her own constitution, which is enshrined in the pages of the Bible.
The average Christian has no idea of his rights, duties and privileges as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.
The beginning of successful Christian living is first to understand how to apply the fundamental principles that govern the kingdom to which you belong.
That’s why the Bible says, Study to show yourselves approved, so that you won’t be ashamed.
Bible Study is an integral part of discovering who you are in the Kingdom of God.
Victorious and successful Christian living must begin with accurate knowledge and deep understanding of the principles of the kingdom of God as outlined in the Bible, the Word of God.