Friday, August 23, 2019

OPERATING IN YOUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY & POWER OVER SATAN - Part Two | THE ROD & THE STAFF




In OPERATING IN YOUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY & POWER OVER SATAN | Part One, I shared a disturbing testimony given by a former high-ranking Satan worshiper who revealed a weakness that is prevalent in the Church body today. His message was an eye-opening matter of life and death concerning the warfare that is hidden in plain sight. While many in the world are living to play, the devil is in the world playing to kill. I was grieved by all that I heard and a burden was placed upon me so I took my concerns to the Lord…

Over the past few years, the Lord has placed me on a fast track of learning concerning matters of spiritual warfare. I say that because based on my sheltered background, there was much that I had to learn for Him to get me to the bare basics just so I could understand where I needed to be. By no means do I consider myself an authority. There is still so much that I still have to learn. However, He is teaching me real time and He has positioned me on the front row where I can see it, smell it and touch it, up close and personal, which seems to be His way with me.

I have often thought the Lord's decision to throw me into deep water so that I could see (for He already knows) whether I would sink was a bit much. You see, I never learned how to swim. But apparently He feels this is the best way to teach me for it is how I have learned most of the important lessons in my life. So, in part I will share with you what He has taught me about the authority and power we, the Church body, have over Satan, our enemy, through Christ Jesus. 

He began by unveiling the following Scripture...

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23 (KJV)

The Lord says Psalm 23 is a picture of a Believer's life here on Earth… The Psalm tells us that the Lord sees us as sheep in need of a shepherd for we have been sent out to walk among wolves. Jesus is our Great Shepherd. When we allow Him to guide us, provide for us and protect us, we have all we need and all we want for we should need or want nothing more than what He has for us. "Jesus leads us beside still waters." Water symbolizes the Holy Spirit, it also symbolizes the masses of people that make up the sea of life. The Psalm tells us that Jesus will lead us and guide us as we encounter the Holy Spirit and the world. It also tells us that the two must go together. We cannot properly engage with the world without the power of the Holy Spirit within us. We need One to be able to do the other. The Psalm describes our soul which was previously condemned to death but is now restored thanks to Jesus. While we are sojourners in this world, we are to live righteously. The Psalm tells us that only Jesus can lead us into all righteousness and this can only be done through obeying His word which we do for His name's sake. The Psalm tells us that we are expected to walk through the “valley of the shadow of death” which is this world which is temporarily ruled by Satan. Yet, though we walk through this evil world, we are not to fear it for Jesus is with us for not only does His rod and His staff protect us, He has given us His rod and His staff to fight off the enemy. Allow me to elaborate a bit more on the significance of the rod and the staff.

Several years ago, the Lord gave me a dream in which I saw myself in a small, white room full of light. The room was completely empty with the exception of a bed which was located in the center of the room. I saw myself lying in that bed asleep. No words were spoken but I awoke from that sleep knowing I had just awakened from heart surgery. My old heart had been removed and in its place was a brand new heart. I lay there groggy trying to regain awareness of my surroundings when all of a sudden a long, narrow rod appeared out of nowhere and hovered in front of my face. Without any control on my part, my left arm lifted up and, as though someone invisible was holding it, the center of the rod was strategically placed in my left hand and I knew I was to balance it there. I will elaborate later on the message of balancing. After I awoke from the dream, the Lord gave me a limited amount of understanding. I was told the left side represents authority and the right side represents power - both are given by Jesus to those who belong to Jesus. The rod was placed in my left hand meaning the Lord has given me the authority to hold all that the rod represents. The full understanding of the rod in my dream and what it signifies has only recently been given to me…

The Hebrew word for rod is ‘shebet’ which stands for both rod and staff. The significance of each is shown throughout Scripture. In Biblical days, the rod symbolized weapons of defense and offense. It also stood for love through discipline (Proverbs 13:24), it represented our direct heritage from God (Psalm 74:2, Jeremiah 10:16, Jeremiah 51:19) as well as the authority of God (Job 9:34, Job 21:9, Numbers 17). The staff symbolized a walking stick or tool used for support, it also represented God-assigned authority and leadership (Numbers 7, Isaiah 14:5) as well as the power of God (Exodus 7:9). The rod that was placed in my hand, as well as is placed in the hands of those who belong to Jesus, represents all of this which empowers us and gives us all we need to overcome this world and defeat the enemy.

In the 23rd Psalm, David describes the rod and the staff of Jesus, the Great Shepherd, as tools that give us comfort which they do in many ways. In Biblical days, a shepherd used both to care for his sheep. The rod was used to defend the sheep from wolves and the curved end of the staff was used to pull back the wandering sheep that strayed from the flock. However, we now know that, spiritually, the rod and the staff represents so much more… (To be continued)

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