How to Grow Deeper in Intimacy with God Course

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Dear intercessors,

Get the pre-sale of my new prayer course called: How to Grow Deeper in Intimacy with God – For a limited time if you enroll with the pre-sale, you can have a $100 discount! Enroll Here!

Does your relationship with God lack intimacy and depth? Do you want to grow deeper in pursuing God’s heart? Would you like to enjoy intimacy with God in such a way that it affects your entire life and your God-given purpose and destiny?

If this is the desire of your heart, then this course is designed for you. Included are over 85 bite-site learning experiences with the goal to bring personal transformation in your intimacy with God. This comprehensive course is creatively designed in a practical format in order to help bring you into a vibrant and intimate relationship with God. You will have life-time access to the entire course including all the updates and new material. This biblical, motivational, and transformational course will empower you towards a deeper relationship with God.

How to Grow Deeper in Intimacy with God is filled with over 85 bite-size learning segments skillfully fashioned in a step-by-step format in order to give you the highest learning experience possible. It includes:

  • Motivational articles for you to read and download that relate to each teaching to help you grow in intimacy with God.
  • Checklists at the end of each module to help you in the practical application of each module.
  • Worship music to help you experience deeper intimacy with God on a heart level as you study and apply each teaching.
  • Two prayer manual starter kits to keep you organized spiritually for a lifetime of intimacy with God.
  • Colorful power point presentations to help visualize this entire training experience in depth.
  • Biblically-based course material that is filled with Scripture to provide a solid foundation to all that you will learn.
  • Video prayer training that will help to bring life and truth into your heart in a deeper measure.
  • Free downloadable prayer giveaways to enhance these learning experiences and to help you grow in intimacy with God.
  • Practical, bite-size inspirational teachings to enable you to go at your own pace and easily apply each lesson.
  • Motivational prayers for you dispersed throughout the course to empower you to greater depths in intimacy with God.
  • A personal flavor from our mission’s base here at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City with interviews from intercessory missionaries seeking a deeper relationship with God.
  • Discovery assignments to help you learn in bite-size pieces that are easy to apply, especially for those with a busy schedule.
  • Life-time access to this course and any additions we make to further help you progressively deepen your relationship with God throughout your life.

I have partnered with God in every aspect of How to Grow Deeper in Intimacy with God. I encourage you to enroll in this course and enjoy a life-time of growing deeper in intimacy with God.

For a limited time if you enroll with the pre-sale, you can have a $100 discount!
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Together in the Harvest,

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Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

 

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Triumph in Warfare through Worship and Praise

16864460_1646982905595667_4454300118292642359_n“Knowing that we are entering a battle of uncharted terrain, worship and praise seems to be our key to victory in days ahead. We have now entered into a season of war. When we began this last millennium, change and conflict accelerated. We find ourselves groping for stability, footing and positioning. The world is changing so quickly that many awaken with anxiety to each new day… The Church is being prepared to enter its most dynamic season of warfare, worship and harvest.

It is time to seek God’s face through worship and praise. The word, “seek” means: “to search, look for, aim at, or to investigate.” Because God desires that we become worship warriors for His Kingdom, our first step is to seek and search for Him with deep passion. When we come to the end of our self and need God desperately, then nothing else is as important as seeking the Lord’s face. God is removing our grip on earthly, temporary treasures, and He is bringing us into a new spiritual dimension and walk with Himself.

Most of us would say, “We have never been this way before.” John Wesley, famous preacher and hymn writer, learned the secret of worship and praise through the testimony of a man who had nothing.

At age twenty-one, John Wesley went to Oxford University. He was raised in a Christian home and was gifted, intelligent, and had good looks. At that time he was stuck-up, proud, and sarcastic. But one night something happened that changed his heart completely. He spoke to a man who had only one coat and lived in low-class living conditions without even a bed. This poor man was unusually happy and filled with gratitude.

Wesley joked about the man’s misfortunes and sarcastically asked, “And what else do you thank and praise God for?” The man smiled and with great meekness replied, “I thank and praise Him that He has given me my life and being, a heart to love Him, and a constant desire to serve Him!” 

Wesley was deeply moved because this man knew the real meaning of true thankfulness. Years later, in 1791 at the age of 88, John Wesley lay on his deathbed. Everyone around him knew that he had learned the lesson of praising and worshipping God in every circumstance, for he was a true worship warrior. Even though in great weakness, Wesley began to sing the hymn “I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath.”

When we worship, we come into a supernatural connection with God.

The poor man who so impacted Wesley’s life had discovered a supernatural connection with God. John Wesley did as well. The power in that connection opens doors before us on earth. That connection brings revelation of God’s will and plans, drawing us into a new level of triumph and victory. We come into a place of supernatural transformation. We are drawn out of the ways of this world, and into God’s ways and the pattern for which He created us.

One result of this change is our being comforted in the midst of turmoil by the help of the Holy Spirit. As we worship, we ascend to a new place in prayer, and we begin to see from a heavenly perspective.

Worshipping and praising God opens the door for God’s presence and power on earth. 

Because the spiritual warfare is increasing, the way we live and wage war is changing radically. To live in victory and triumph, God wants us to learn to ascend in worship and then learn to descend in war. What we did yesterday and the way we used to live is no longer adequate for the days we are entering. We must rise up to a new level of spirituality. We must ascend into our Father’s throne room and receive His wisdom. We can no longer depend on our own understanding. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty.

We must have heavenly revelation in order to fight this spiritual war on earth. From a position of worship and praise, we will gain the victory. Let’s look at how we can ascend in worship and then descend in war.

Ascend in Worship and Praise

“When we release a sound of worship, the earth must respond. There is power in lifting our voices in acclamation of the true and living God. We can speak; we can sing; we can shout. Then the expressive power of the hands generates a sound. We can clap, and we can play instruments. We can also lift our hands in worship… We can stand; we can bow; we can dance.

It is time for us to ascend in worship and praise and come boldly to the Father’s throne room. When we do this, we enter into a new realm. The promises of God become realities in our lives, because our faith awakens to a new level. God calls us to go higher and deeper into worship, but how can we do this when there are so many cares in this world? The trials of life consume us, screaming for our attention every day. But we can learn to focus our life in a higher realm of holiness. Here are some practical ways we can ascend in worship:

  • Give God time – The enemy’s strategy is to keep us too busy to seek God. He will put many good things in our path because he knows that when we truly seek God, we move into a new realm of power and his evil works are shattered. Look carefully at your schedule. Prioritize your activities, eliminate the extras, and set aside time to seek God’s face in worship and praise.
  • Abide – Learn to abide in God’s presence at all times. When you are tempted to worry or get distracted, catch yourself, immediately confess this as sin, and go on into worship. Live a disciplined life of worship even when your circumstances are difficult. We don’t realize the weights and oppression that are part of this life. Worship brings us above this world’s cares.
  • Worship and praise God continually – It will not work to worship God occasionally. We must worship Him throughout the day. We can’t let our mind concentrate on the increasing troubles on earth. Jesus has gone to the cross to make His throne open to us. He is seated victoriously in heaven at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:1-3). He delights in our coming to Him with our worship.
  • Use the Word – Mix the praying of the Word with your worship. Read and pray the Word of God throughout the day. Worshipping God with the Word helps immeasurably, giving us a heavenly perspective and keeping us focused on God.
  • Express your heart – God loves passionate worshippers. You may want to be loud or quiet, sing, weep, or shout. Use whatever way helps you to express your heart to God. He is always looking at your heart.

Descend in War

“So if we live on earth but have access to heavenly places through prayer, why is God’s will not always done on earth as it is in heaven? The answer lies in the second heaven where Satan, the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), and his demons contest God’s reign and His angels. Satan is the prince of this world (see John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11).”

To better understand the immense warfare we face and the incredible power we have in prayer, it helps to carefully consider the following: The first heaven is the earthly realm where we live. When Jesus died on the cross, He broke the power of Satan in this earthly realm. Through His death and resurrection, we can pray into the third heaven where God is seated (Romans 5:1-2). We have access to heavenly places through our prayers.

Satan is the prince of the power of the air (the second heaven) and the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4). He tries to block heaven’s will on earth through a hierarchy of demons that are positioned between us on earth, and God’s throne in the third heaven. Our struggle is against the spiritual forces of evil in the second heaven (Ephesians 6:12). Satan gains legal right to block heaven’s will on earth through rebellion against God, both personally and corporately, through idolatry, immorality, bloodshed, and all other types of sin on earth.

When we worship, we are surrounded by God’s presence. When we are abiding in His presence, God equips us for war. We first ascend in worship, and then we descend in war. But how do we do this? Here are some practical ways you can descend in war.

  • Walk in peace – Hold your ground, and walk in the peace that surpasses all understanding. We need to see and understand the spiritual realm. The natural man’s understanding is ineffective. Walking with God is living a supernatural life.
  • Listen carefully – Listen for God’s strategy. God gives revelation and faith as we worship. God will give you insight into your situation as you take the time to listen to Him on a daily basis.
  • Live expectantly – Believe the Scripture that says God will give you His wisdom and knowledge. Expect God to speak to you personally as you worship Him.
  • Pray through – Learn to pray through the issues God lays on your heart. When we wage war in prayer, we gain more revelation and break the enemy’s power. Our faith begins to grow to a new level.
  • Gain new ground – As we press through resistance to prayer, we take enemy ground and gain revelation for warfare strategies. It’s an ongoing warfare here on earth but we have the ability to overcome the enemy. God will continue to bring us into new places with new insight.
  • Be persistent. Don’t give up. As you gain new ground and receive revelation, you must persist in praying through the challenges by faith.

God’s church has the power to break the strongholds of Satan on earth! We can break through the enemy’s domain in the second heaven, and we can destroy his strategies. This is powerful truth to the worship warrior. We are now being prepared for our finest hours here on earth. Through worship and praise we learn to touch heaven with our prayers and walk in triumph here on earth.

“God is establishing a new authority in His church to break through to the third heaven, gain the heart of God, and carry that revelation back to Earth where we can accomplish His will. As we do, we will change the very atmosphere around us—God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven. This is what we pray for every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer!” Quotes and Insight from Chuck Pierce

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)
www.intercessorsarise.org

How to Grow in Intimacy with God

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Do you feel far away from God?

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Walking in Humility in an Age of Anger

13266032_1178897578840014_5513287513410761550_n“The most humbling thing one can do is to look upon how Jesus responded to suffering and mistreatment. His whole life was ordered around the attribute of meekness. It was his greatest pursuit. From the moment He was born the Father was contemplating His own humility in the person of His Son. Love would be openly displayed as Jesus went lower and lower. Anyone who truly looks upon the man Christ Jesus and His meekness will be left staring at the great mystery. How can One so strong be so tender as He stoops so low? Looking upon Jesus is the great sanctifier to areas of pride and anger in the human heart.” Allen Hood

It doesn’t take long to realize that anger and fear is being stirred up on a worldwide scale. Just look at the news. We are hearing things that a few years ago would be totally censored but are now broadcasted on prime time TV across the nations. Rage is increasing at an alarming rate. The new norm is hateful, angry, devilish speech that is increasing in the media, on facebook, and filling everything. And we, the Church, can often get caught up right in the middle of it all. It’s so easy to jump into the devil’s playground and get stirred up by all that is happening. Watching the news can lead us to angry speech, discouragement, fear and anxiety.

All this anxiety and fear harms our physical bodies and causes us to make really bad choices. For example, heart pumping efficiency was tested by doctors in Coral Gables, Florida and the findings were alarming. Eighteen men with coronary artery disease were tested with nine healthy controls. They had a physical stress test, mental stress tests, pictures were taken of their heart, x-rays, etc. In every case, anger was the most potent and dangerous to their heart. It reduced the amount of blood pumped to body tissues more than anything else (Spokesman-Review, July 29, 1993, p. D3).

The reality is that we are living in an anger-infested world that is not getting better. No leader can solve the problems that are before us. We need to ask ourselves:

“What are we as Christians supposed to do in light of the increasing darkness that is encroaching in the nations? How can we stay on God’s side right in the midst of it all when riots, fear, murder, and violence is raging?” 

We must realize that this is a fantastic time for the global Church to shine. It’s a training time for all of us, and it will only get more intense as we move towards the Lord’s return to earth. We are in a season of preparation, and we must learn now and learn quickly. The devil wants us to react with ungodly responses, anger and hatred. But God is right now raising up a mature Church, one that shines and moves in supernatural power like in the book of Acts. He is training us to relate in kindness and love. This is how He is bringing in His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is opposite of what we see happening before our eyes. And this is our hope and joy.

In the midst of all of this hate, God has a marvelous plan to beautify our lives. He delights to impart His beauty to everyone who embraces humility. Let’s remember the humility of Jesus. He even declared himself as meek (Matthew 11:29). Meekness and humility are the foundation of who He is and what He does and blesses forever. He wants us to take His yoke and learn from Him for He is gentle and lowly in heart and we will find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:29). Humility attracts His favor, His power, and His blessings. God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). We read in Psalm 149:4 and 1 Peter 3:4:

“The Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble…”
“He is after the “hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle spirit.”

The Lord is raising up a victorious end-time Church right in the midst of great social hostility (Matthew 24:10). And this is where love and humility will grow the fastest and the deepest. God is teaching us to bridle our tongue and watch our speech. He is working our muscles of love. But we must prepare ourselves and realize that many will be offended, multitudes will grow cold in love, and lawlessness will abound (Matthew 24:10-12).

If we can align ourself with God, with His viewpoint, and see what He is doing, then we can walk humbly and confidently through the days of turmoil we are living in. God is sovereign and He is in control. He is the only one who can fix the problems in any nation. They are too great for one man except for the man Christ Jesus. The global problems will not go away but will only increase. But there is a way we can be confident in Jesus and be connected with His strength. Let’s remember that Jesus is the most beautiful person and His government is forever established on meekness (Matthew 5:5). He will establish truth, humility, and righteous across the earth when He returns.

“Gird your sword upon your thigh, O Mighty One… And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness” (Psalm 45:3-4).

The Bride of Christ will be prepared in mature love and humility when Jesus returns (Revelation 19:7-8). God will teach His Church to treat one another with the dignity of humility and love.

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How Shall We Then Live?

I remember a series of lectures and a book written by Francis Schaeffer many years ago called “How Shall We Then Live?” What he was saying back then, is right now in front of us. We must ask ourselves, “How shall we live as we draw closer to the Lord’s return? How can we each mature as the Bride of Christ and as the Church corporately?” The following are some ways:

  • Start with loving your family and then move further – Make a conscious effort to love your husband, wife, children, mother, etc. Look at small ways you can show love. Listen to them, give them time, be gentle, repent quickly, etc.“But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger”
  • Show little acts of kindness – Love your co-workers and friends in a deeper way. Look to their interests. Compliment someone, give a small gift of appreciation, pray for your friends. There are so many ways….“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5).
  • Watch your speech – Come in the opposite spirit. The devil hates it. You win when you love in the midst of hate. God is preparing you. It’s hard not to enter into the fight, especially the political fight, but you win if you respond like Jesus.“A gentle answer turns away wrath (anger), but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable…” (Proverb 15:1-2, NAS).
  • Ask God to help you to walk in humility every day – We need His grace and must choose to walk in humility.“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
  • Be a peacemaker – Seek to bring peace into situations. Don’t stoke the flames of fiery arguments. Put biblical convictions above your political opinions and arguments.“Blessed are the peacemaker, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
  • Walk in unity with other believers – Respect and value the dignity of people who have different views than your own.“… endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3).
  • Study the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle in Matthew 5-7 – It is the lithmus test to living godly in the end times. Especially study the beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. Pray for these qualities in your life.
    “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.” 
    (Matthew 5:5-6).
  • Ask God to help you grow in your prayer life and in seeking Him – We must be intimately connected to Him in order to respond rightly in angry situations.“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me (Proverbs 8:17).

In the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles were in Boston to play a typical baseball game. But what happened was anything but ordinary. The Orioles’ John McGraw got in a fight with the Boston third baseman. Soon both teams were joined in the fight. The warfare quickly spread to the grandstands. The fight among the fans went from bad to worse. Then someone set fire to the stands and the entire ballpark burned to the ground. That fire spread to 107 other Boston buildings as well (Daily Bread, August 13, 1992).

This is just one example of the incredible harm, anger and hatred brings on the earth. Now is the time for the Church to arise, bringing in God’s power, truth and righteousness on a global scale. It’s time for the Church to learn the secret power of humility in an age of anger.

My Prayer

“Jesus, you are teaching me to fight a new kind of war, not with bullets and angry outbursts, but with kindness and loving words. You are teaching me a new kind of wisdom that outsmarts the devil, one that brings your Kingdom down to earth and imparts to me the joy of the Spirit in a radically painful world. You are showing me the way of life and grace in the midst of hopelessness and suffering. You are showing me the way of the Kingdom, a way to supernaturally touch the pain of humanity. Help me to breathe Your life, truth and righteousness into my family, friends and workplace instead of negative or ungodly speech. Help me Jesus. I need You to bridle my tongue. I need Your grace to make it a reality in my life situations. Help me to be like You when You walked this earth. No more anger, no more fear – but hope, righteousness, and peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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“The revelation of His glory includes seeing One so high (transcendence) who went so low (condescension) to bring us so near (redemption) because we are so dear (Bride). The Most High God went so low because of such great desire to partner with us. Jesus wants adoration and gratitude based partnership with Him at the deepest level imaginable. We are awestruck by His power, overwhelmed by His humility, and made confident by His love.” Mike Bickle

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)
www.intercessorsarise.org

How to Stand Strong in Steadfast Authority in Prayer

“Many in the church today are being held captive spiritually, not because of the enemy’s power, but because we do not clearly understand our authority and calling in Christ…  As we begin to understand the hope of His calling, we will begin to walk in an abundant life of freedom and power.” Angie Weaver 

12341048_1071089846287455_3551926128578100816_nMost Christians do not exercise the tremendous authority they have in Christ. God has called us to make a difference in our nation. He can enforce His will, but He limits His dealings on earth by working through His people. He does not want us to passively stand by and watch the earth fall into decay (Psalm 8:4-6, 115:16). But if we were to evaluate the situation, isn’t this what many Christians are doing? How many of us exercise our authority? This needs to change in the coming days.

God has given us authority on earth to rule. It may not feel like it, but it’s true. He does nothing on earth unless he does it through a person. He always intended to rule the earth but through His delegated authority in mankind (Genesis 1:26). We were to carry out the government of the earth, but Adam and Eve gave it away through disobedience. You know the story. Adam transferred authority over the earth to Satan (Luke 4:4, 2 Corinthians 4:4). All of mankind was then under his dominion. God did not give Satan authority over the earth, Adam did.

We needed someone to stand between us, and Satan, in order to break that dominion. Jesus was the only one who could. He came as a man completely fulfilling God’s will and became our intercessor – the one who could join us to God again and break Satan’s headship over us (Isaiah 53:12). Jesus purchased us with his blood (Revelation 5:9, 1 Timothy 2:5) and not only restored us to God, He became the way that God could again have dominion over the earth (1 Corinthians 15, Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus could now rule in the affairs of earth.

He has given us authority to rule – and through prayer – we exercise this authority in Christ.  

We are called to pray and seek justice on the earth on behalf of others. Not only can we break the personal strongholds in our lives through prayer, but we can impact our cities and nations. The world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19). Look around and you see this everywhere; drugs, pornography, murder, evil and so on. But we can make a difference. Jesus has authority in heaven and on earth, but since He is no longer on the earth, He rules through his Church. He changes things on earth through us! We must learn to exercise our authority right in the middle of Satan’s territory. As we use our authority, we can actually subdue powers and principalities (Ephesians 3:10). Wow!

But how can we walk in authority in the midst of personal, and sometimes unrelenting, spiritual warfare? What are some ways we can stand strong?

Ways to Stand Strong in Steadfast Authority

“Praise be to the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1).

  • Abide in Christ – As you abide, you are able to pray the things that are on God’s heart.
  • Be steadfast in prayer and ready for battle – Know that you are in enemy territory, and you are here to fight for God’s Kingdom in prayer. Watch for those fiery darts, hold up your shield of faith, and put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6).
  • Stand upon the promises of God – Do not listen to the enemy. Speak God’s promises over your family, neighborhood, city, and nation.
  • Know and Pray God’s Word – The Bible is filled with Scripture you can pray. Declarative prayer is a key way to exercise your authority in prayer. Try praying Daniel’s prayer in Daniel 9:3-19.
  • Focus on God during times of warfare – The enemy will try to discourage you as to your authority. Focus on God instead of the things you see happening in the world. Remember, you have authority in Christ.
  • Mix praise and prayer together – Worship is the atmosphere where truth dwells. There is power released in worship warfare. God is greater than all enemy attacks.
  • Practice fasting on a regular basis – Fasting gives you spiritual power and strength to steadfastly stand against the enemy.
  • Let God’s peace rule in your heart – Come in the opposite spirit of the world system. An attitude of peace and joy in the midst of darkness is powerful (Colossians 3:15).

When we got new inter-net access a few years ago, a man came and installed it outside our house. While we were at church one Sunday, someone cut the wires. We were unable to communicate with anyone! We knew that it was an unreasonable next-door neighbor because he had done bad things to us in the past. In this and other difficulties, we’ve learned to walk in God’s peace and take our authority in prayer by practicing these points. Perhaps you can identify with some form of spiritual warfare where you live or work. Practice taking your authority in prayer, look to Jesus, and realize that God has called you to live in steadfast authority on earth for such a time as this.

It’s time for the Church of Jesus Christ to arise and aggressively take back land stolen by the enemy. Are you and I going to let the devil control our cities when Jesus died for the entire world? The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). Let’s not forget that. This will be our finest hour if we learn to wield the weapons of warfare and stand in our God-given authority. It’s time to arise and realize the victory we have in Christ. It’s time to arise in steadfast authority in prayer.

A Prayer for Steadfast Authority

“Dear Lord, I thank You for giving Your people authority to rule on earth. Help me to understand the hope of my calling. Teach me to exercise this authority in my life, my city, and my nation. Thank You for becoming my intercessor and breaking Satan’s headship over my life (Isaiah 53:12). Help me to pray and seek justice on the earth on behalf of others. I thank You for giving your people authority to actually subdue powers and principalities (Ephesians 3:10). I choose to reign with You and walk in Your authority. I am called to declare Your authority and rule the earth with You (Revelation 1:6). Through steadfast authority in prayer, I can enforce Your victory on earth (Romans 16:20, Colossians 2:13-15) and fight for the nations (Psalm 2:7). ‘Praise be to the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle’ (Psalm 144:1). In Jesus’ name, amen.”

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).

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By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)
deb@intercessorsarise.org
www.intercessorsarise.org

How to Overcome the Devil’s Tool of Discouragement 

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“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

Do you ever feel discouraged? We all do at one time or another. We live in a fallen world where we are trying to bring God’s Kingdom to earth through our prayers. Dark feelings can overwhelm us when we are emotionally down, but we need to realize that even the greatest of saints got discouraged. Did you know that famous preachers like Charles Spurgeon and mighty evangelists like Billy Graham got discouraged?

I heard the story that one day the devil was auctioning off his tools. They were highly priced – laziness, pride, hate, envy, and jealousy. One tool was not for sale. One person asked, “Why is that tool not for sale?” Satan whispered, “I can’t afford to get rid of that one. It’s my chief tool – discouragement! I can pry open any heart with that tool, and once I’m inside, I can do anything I want!”

Everyone will encounter the devil’s tool of discouragement, but we can’t live in that dark place. We must learn to resist the devil and trust in God’s deliverance.

John the Baptist faced discouragement while in prison. He was a man of God who was facing doubts in that dark prison cell. He asked Jesus, “’Are you the coming One, or do we look for another?’ Jesus answered and said to his disciples, ‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me’” (Matthew 11:2-6).

Certainly John should have known who Jesus was, but there was a great warfare against this forerunner and prophet of God. He had to guard his heart against offense and the inability to understand. But Jesus honored him in his weakest moment and said that there was no one greater than John.

Another example is Elijah the prophet in 1 Kings 18 and 19. He was the good prophet facing a bad king with an evil wife, Jezebel. Elijah was the prophet for the nation in an incredibly intense time amidst evil Jezebel and 450 prophets of Baal. He is best known for challenging the prophets of Baal and inviting the whole nation to a spiritual confrontation where He prayed to God and called down fire from heaven. God answered by fire and Israel knew who was truly powerful. It was a revival moment and a major victory.

When Jezebel heard of the victory, she was filled with anger and vowed to kill Elijah. It was a spiritual attack and great warfare that overwhelmed Elijah. There was a spirit behind Jezebel that wanted to silence God’s prophets in the land and sought to kill Elijah, the prophet. Likewise there is a spirit of discouragement behind the warfare we are right now facing on earth. The warfare against Elijah made him feel so discouraged and hopeless that he wanted to actually die right after such a huge victory. Perhaps he felt totally defeated at that moment when he was emotionally down and depressed.

We also can face moments of deep darkness and discouragement in the midst of spiritual battles, especially in prayer. What are we to do in order to resist those times?

How to Overcome Discouragement in Your Life

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

There are several principles we can apply in our lives in order to overcome the tool of discouragement. The following are six ways to resist and overcome discouragement:

  • Give up the right to understand – Things happen that we do not fully understand. In those moments we must lay down our right to understand, and choose to trust God wholeheartedly. Our faith must come before our understanding. His ways are higher, He is in control, and He will take care of us.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).

  • Measure success by obedience, not outward success – We often look to numbers and outward achievements, but God sees things differently. Stay focused on obedience to what God has told you to do, and don’t compare yourself with others. God sees your worth and rejoices in it.“‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams'”
    (1 Samuel 15:22).

  • Daily pray God’s Word over your life – Haven’t you noticed when you’re discouraged, how different you feel after God speaks to your heart through His Word? It’s as if a light goes on that dispels the darkness. When we read and pray His Word we can have a living, active dialogue with Him in our heart.“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

  • Choose to be faithfulness – God is faithful and He values faithfulness. Look for His “well done” in your life. Seek to be faithful over a few things and with what is in your hands now. Breakthrough is best stewarded by the faithful.“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’” (Matthew 25:23).

  • Learn the habit of giving thanks – It is hard to be discouraged with a thankful heart. Remember what God has done for you in the past, and encourage yourself in your history with the Lord. Discouragement is a loss of perspective. He will complete the good work in you.” Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

  • Resist discouragement in the name of Jesus – We are in a spiritual battle, and there is a spirit of discouragement that we can resist in Jesus’ name. Darkness is covering the earth, but there is power in the name of Jesus to resist the devil.
    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world (1 Peter 5:8-9).

I went through a personal season of discouragement after returning to the U.S. after living overseas on a missionary ship for many years. It was a drastic change from traveling from country to country and experiencing so much excitement in ministry. It was a hard time to say the least. My husband and I were going through an incredible time of counter-culture shock, and we didn’t know how to adapt after living in so many countries overseas. Our home church told us to sit and rest, doing almost nothing. We were in the dark night of the soul which seemed to last for ages. I remember almost climbing the walls because it seemed so endless.

But God had his purposes in that time that I can see more clearly now. I had to give up the right to understand because it was so far higher and deeper than I was. It was certainly a time of obedience without any feelings of success or progress. I had to listen to God’s Word and not my own negative feelings. I had to choose to be faithful in little ways and be thankful for little things. It was a huge trial which makes sense now. I couldn’t do what I do today without that dark night of the soul. It was purposeful and brought me far deeper in my spiritual life. During that time I  learned to be God’s voice in prayer and my convictions deepened. God channeled me into a place that I didn’t know existed.

Maybe you are going through discouragement today. Remember that God is with you and He is good. You are deeply valued by Him, and He has a purpose for your life. There is a battle through discouragement and offense designed to silence the prophetic voice at this time. God is raising up a Church to stand with boldness and speak the voice of the Lord. We must resist the devil’s tool of discouragement in this battle for nations. He will not win and we are not alone. There are many who haven’t bowed the knee to Baal. We can’t expect peace in battle and warfare. We must position our heart in faithful obedience and encouragement in God. He is speaking in this hour and we must speak the truth with boldness.

God wants to use you as His voice and light in this dark world. Will you be His voice to your friends and neighbors? Will you be His voice at your job and in your city? May He break the spirit of discouragement over your life in the name of Jesus and give you great joy in His love. Do not fear or be discouraged. He is with you. Believe and trust God even if you don’t understand everything – Walk in minute-by-minute obedience – Daily pray God’s Word over your life and be faithful in the small things – Prayerfully give thanks and resist discouragement in Jesus’ name. Put your hope in God. He will deliver you.

“‘Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged’” (Deuteronomy 1:21).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)
www.intercessorsarise.org

How to Respond in Faith in the Midst of Fiery Trials

13260085_1175217259208046_4893245932471638029_n“At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Songbirds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him… Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet… When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.” 

Are you presently facing a fiery testing of your faith? Are you in the dark regarding circumstances in your life? One of the things that we find hardest to handle is the testing of our faith. It calls for too much internal struggle for us to come out on the other side. We want to know the answers. We want to see the light at the end of the tunnel far in advance. It is just too much of a challenge for us to go through a long testing of our faith and the discipline of darkness, yet God requires this of each one of us if we are to grow spiritually.

I’ve taken many college courses and been to many schools. One thing I can assure you is that it is far easier to take a course where we know exactly when it will end, or the day of the final exam so that we can prepare for it, than it is to go through a life testing. But the testing of our faith is so unpredictable. It throws us off guard. We have to muster up our courage and passionately seek God deep within if we are to make it through uncharted waters. We don’t like what we can’t see.

But God engineers and even brings us into the very thing that tests our faith. Why does He do this? What we rarely can comprehend at the start – especially of a life challenge – is that He permits this type of unrelenting trial for our good and benefit. He doesn’t intend to do us harm. He intends to bless us if we move closer rather than farther away.

If you are facing fiery trials, you are not alone. God is with you and can give you confidence in the middle of your trials. You are in the loving hands of the Almighty like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. He is aiming carefully at something that you cannot see. He is stretching, pulling and straining you into His purposes. Oswald Chambers, one of my favorite Christian authors who lived out his faith with deep reality, says:

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”

In days of difficulty, how can we respond in faith? How can we rise up in confident faith in God when the world around us seems to be crumbling? We must find the way of faith if we are going to live in victory. After all, faith is foundational in the Christian life. God releases His blessings in our life and circumstances according to our faith (Matthew 9:29; 21:21-22; Mark 11:23-24; John 5:14-25). Look at what Jesus says happens through our faith:

  • “If you have faith… nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).
  • “Daughter, your faith has made you well” (Luke 8:48).
  • “If you believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
  • “as you have believed so let it be done for you” (Matthew 8:13).
  • “According to your faith let it be to you” (Matthew 9:29).

What is God doing in this test of faith in the midst of our fiery trials? What does He want us to know and do at this time? We all have trials. Many around the world are going through severe trials. They can be anywhere from the less threatening persistent health issues, difficult relationships, a loss of our job, lack of promotion and recognition…. to actually losing our life for our faith. Trials come in all shapes and sizes. Life was never meant to be a paradise. We may be entering a trial, leaving a trial, or actually right in the midst of a severe trial.

The key that opens the door to blessing is the key of faith and confidence in God. In Kansas during a severe drought, a group of people came together to pray for rain. As they met together, they found only one girl had brought an umbrella! She was the one who responded in believing faith and confidence in God.

How to Respond in Faith

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”

Let’s see God’s purpose in our difficulties and learn to respond positively. He will give us a precious message for others if we learn to trust Him in the fire. The following are ways to respond in faith:

  • Know that faith releases more blessing into our life circumstances – We read in Matthew 9:29 that according to your faith it will be done to you.
  • Don’t be consumed with trying to figure everything out – Cultivate a trusting attitude of faith in God and His goodness even when you don’t understand.
  • Watch your thoughts and your tongue – Our thoughts follow wherever our mind goes. Our tongues can reinforce the negative, so speak positive words and worship God, knowing that He is in control. Learn to sing in the dark.
  • Let go of unproductive thinking about your problems – Don’t keep asking “Why God” or “When God.” Remain quietly listening, learn to hear God’s voice, and ask Him to show you Himself. He wants to reveal Himself to you.
  • Don’t listen to the devil’s lies – Listen to God’s Word instead. Learn the truth and it will set you free. Don’t let lies become your reality.
  • Meditate on God’s Word and talk to Jesus about it – Let God speak to you as you meditate. Then pray with our eyes on God and not on your difficulties.
  • Talk yourself into faith instead of anxiety – Don’t talk yourself into a negative mood by rehearsing your problems apart from God’s promises. Learn to declare His promises from His Word and your feelings will begin to change.
  • Learn what God’s Word says – Especially study about who you are in Christ and how God will work in your life. The enemy will always strike at our identity in Christ when we are facing fiery trials. Study Psalm 139.
  • Be confident that God is working – Even when you cannot see or feel his work know that God is working in your life (Philippians 1:6).

You may feel like you have failed in your response of faith. Life is a process, not an event. You can start now. It is never too late for a new beginning or to start believing the right things. Push delete and rise up in new faith. Let’s step out afresh in faith and entrust ourselves into God’s loving hands.

A Prayer of Faith

Lord, I ask You to enlarge my faith (2 Thessalonians 1:3). I know that faith will release more blessing in this fiery trial I am facing in my life. Please remove doubt and help me to stand firm in my faith (1 Corinthians 16:13) and faithfully pray through (Name your fiery trial). Give me a supernatural faith to believe You and to fix my eyes upon You instead of the storms around me. I ask for patient trust. I refuse to try to figure everything out, and I let go of unproductive thinking about this problem. I refuse to listen to the devil’s lies. I choose to trust in your goodness and character. I want to believe You for marvelous breakthroughs in (name situation) for Your honor and glory.

I ask that You help me to be a person of prayer and faith in the impossible. Teach me to listen, meditate on Your Word, and hear Your voice. I ask You to give me faith-filled prayers that are created and fashioned in heaven. Break every area of unbelief in my life. I choose to declare Your promises over my circumstances. Increase my faith to believe that You will answer my prayers in Your timing (Mark 11:22-24). I thank you that I am Your beloved child and that my identity is in You. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139), and I am confident that You are working deeply in my life through this fiery trial. I entrust myself into Your loving hands today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God is like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says – ‘I cannot stand anymore.’ God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith.” Quotes by Oswald Chambers

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)
www.intercessorsarise.org