Yeah, one needs to make sure that they don’t just bring a Hope, to a Faith fight. I was at this Church years back, and they had a prayer line for people to come up to have their needs met. And I can remember clearly how the minister appear to go from ministering unto this person, to where the minister was under attack: you know how a boxer covers up to block the punches, well, this minister appear to be covering up as to block or to stop being attacked. The minister had seemed to be moving right through the prayer line okay having prayers given, prophecies given, word of wisdom and knowledge given; and then the attack came that took the minister down to one knee, and on to the floor. They, the other minsters, came to the rescue, and laid hands upon the minister as the minister seem to regain strength, and to be free of the attack. We know that there is power in the name of Jesus by itself, and that the name of Jesus stands a top all other names; however, it was Jesus himself who told his own Apostles to not leave out on the mission yet until you have received the promise to be endued with power from on high. And we know that the Apostles had the authority to use the name of Jesus, but they needed the power of the Holy Ghost to complete the full Will of God. John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” And then there are those people who are not authorized or empowered by God over Spirits simply because they do not belong to the Kingdom Club. I don’t care what name they use: Acts 19:13-16, “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” We understand why these non-members of the Body of Christ had no power over the evil spirits, but what about faith believing members, that are financial too; just like the minister in the above reference who was seemingly attacked by a spirit while doing the work of the Lord?
Let’s go this way first just to take some of the wind out of the evil spirit’s sail. This is not a black and white issue, for there is much more gray than we know to say: for one, it isn’t just that one is evil, or a non-member of the Body Christ if they prove unable on the day in question to not be able to rebuke a spirit in the name of Jesus. And you would not have to go more than a half of a pew up, down, or over in a Sunday morning service to find many in the same boat, but we still know that our pew neighbors do indeed love the Lord. For some spirits, and Jesus said this himself, you need planned preparation, and conditioning to bring forth the faith to take down some of these bad boy spirits: Mark 9:28-29, “And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” So a member of the Body of Christ has to be concerned more about the development, and growth in the body of Christ than whether or not you are known by the spirits: once you become a member of the Church, the Body of Christ, your name is known as every new soul saved gets a rejoicing party by the host in heaven: Luke 15:7, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” And you better believe it that the enemy has its own intelligence report on you the instant you were brought into the light: so the enemy knows that you are now on the winning team of Jesus, and he also knows when you are green and untrained up until you are not. The best way to get the training, development, and growth that you need to leave behind the green that allows the enemy the nerve to mess with you more than he should, is through the Church structure. The Church structure was just the greatest growth, and development experience in which I could have ever hoped for. I am so glad that I was not led to believe that I could just get all I needed out all by myself with a little help from my friends. No, you see, there is so much happening under the structure of the Church for the Pastor and leadership to expose a greenie to without even having to plan for it. A situation will just show itself, and with leadership knowing where each member is in their growth process, it can just place you in action on the spot to learn what you had not. This is how you grow in areas where you have not been in order to be exposed with experienced leaders who have been there before; and guess what, now you know some more, and more, and under leadership you are protected from getting jumped on by Spirits because you are not sent forth alone in an area totally new to you. And one more thing, the name of Jesus can stand alone, but it is never alone: The Word made flesh, came first alone, but the Father gave the flesh, Jesus, the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form, the Church, so that he would never be alone. Jesus had to leave earth in physical form first in order for the Holy Ghost to even come because they were like caterpillar and butterfly; one sheds off the other: nothing about the Godhead is ever alone because the God head is all one. Acts 2:33, “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” I will post up in days to come on how to shed in and out of each member of the Godhead to be one with their one move! Jesus I know, Paul I know; And You Are Who?
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good!