Have you ever been in a situation where you're just desperate for God to answer your prayer? Do you know what I mean? I'm talking about that moment where a hurricane comes through your state or country and knocks a tree onto your house, floods the inside, and leaves you and your family homeless for two months or more. Meanwhile, you're praying and praying for breakthrough and it seems like everything and everyone is coming against you in your most desperate time in life. Those are the hard moments when you are torn between shaking your fist at Heaven or falling on for face and crying before God because you just can't take anymore. Maybe this hasn't been your life. Maybe this it's been far worse for you? Whatever the case, we've all been at a point in our spiritual walk where we don't know what God is doing and we are desperate for just a word.
What if I told you there is a way to get yourself out of that situation and get exactly what you want and what God desires for your life? Would you keep reading? Spoiler alert! There is. Keep reading. Some of this may be confirmation to you, some may be a revelation and still, more may be slightly offensive to you because it will directly attack your sacred cow that you may not even realize you have. Interested? Good, keep reading.
When dealing with a tough situation it's important to remember that God does not steal, kill, or destroy. Take a look at Job for a moment. Who was it that attacked Job anyway? Here's a hint, it wasn't God. in Job 1 God calls all the sons of God, which we know from Genesis 6 that these are the fallen angels not yet chained in darkness until the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:4). He specifically asks Ha-Satan where he has come from?
Take note of this, it's important. The word Satan isn't Satan's name. His name was originally Halel, son of the morning star (Isaiah 14:12). This indicates that he was considered a son of Jesus who we learn in Revelation 22:16 is the bright and morning star. In Hebrew, he is not called the bright and morning star or Lucifer as is translated into some translations of the Bible. His name also means praise which is fitting because he had pipes and tambourines created for him the day he was created. Ha Satan means the accuser.
God questions where the accuser has been? The accuser answers in an arrogant fashion by saying, "From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it." At first glance, you would think, "Oh, he was just aimlessly wandering around on the earth." No, his name is the accuser. This is just my conjecture, but I believe that the accuser was there accusing men to God and that is why God asked if had considered Job?
Satan is like, yeah you keep a hedge of protection around him and prosper everything he does. If you took all that away he'd curse you to your face. Basically, Satan just called God a liar. God doesn't speak unless it's true. God said Job was blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil. God wouldn't speak that if it wasn't absolutely true about Job.
The very first thing that Satan did was attack all of Job's livestock. Why would he do this? Let me share some revelation I got from Perry Stone and some revelation I got straight from the spirit of God. As we learned from Exodus the blood was what covered sin and created a sign or hedge of protection over the Israelites. The first thing he said to God was, haven't you put a hedge around him on all sides and multiplied his livestock (paraphrased)? The reason he did this was that he knew if he could take Job's blood covering, that would take away his ability to be protected.
What is the blood covering today? Most Christians think of the blood covering as the blood of Jesus. That's not correct. The blood of Jesus removes all sin. Jesus' blood does not cover up sin. Love covers a multitude of sins. The type of love that is mentioned here is agape love. This type of love we know is godly love, but the root of the word means to prefer one another and choose to see the best in each other. I believe this is a fitting word because it is what the body of Christ needs to do these days.
Brandi and I believe that you should always choose to believe the best about each other and that includes the people around us. We always try to see the positive aspect of each situation that a person presents us with. The reason for this is because if we do not then we cannot rightly judge and discern the heart motive of a person. By choosing to only see and speak the bad things about a person you are becoming an accuser of God. When you do this, it takes you out from under the blood of Jesus, out from under the hedge of protection, and it allows the enemy to attack you and the person that you were just speaking curses over.
What does this have to do with the hedge of protection and getting your prayers answered you ask? Good question. The hedge of protection is the security and safeguard that places around you so that you are not touched by the enemy, or as God calls him in Exodus, Ha-Mashit, The corrupt one, the destroyer, the rotten one.
The good news is that the blood is always present for us to come under. What Satan doesn't want you to know is that the blood of Jesus is what allows you to operate as the new man, and is what delivers you from evil. This is something you don't hear in the church very often because the blood of Jesus has become a taboo word, but we are going to preach it anyway and let God do the rest.
Let's take a look at Ephesians 1:7, " In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of trespasses, according to the riches of His grace." I love this verse. This is a verse that shows us that grace is actually a form of currency in heaven. His blood is what pays for us to be covered. The Greek word for blood is haimatos, it just means blood, but by his blood we have redemption. That's the word I want to focus on, redemption.
The Greek word used for redemption is apolytrosin. This word means payment of a ransom, redemption, or deliverance. By the blood, we are delivered because it is a price that needs to be paid in order to gain freedom from any and all forms of spiritual attack. This principle is seen in exodus when the lamb is slaughtered and its blood is smeared on the doorposts. The lamb had to sacrifice its life in order for the Hebrews to have the blood to create a hedge around them as a sign that the destroyer was not allowed to attack them or their family. We now know that this lamb is a type foreshadowing of Jesus and his sacrifice, and we also learn that from Job that the blood sacrifice is what allows God to administer protection around his people.
Since we know that the blood is what creates the hedge, then we also need to look at what the blood represents. The blood is the payment for our sins. Job sacrificed animals for the forgiveness of sins he or his sons may have committed against God. Job understood that forgiveness was required in order for protection to occur. Thus, we can conclude that sin is what took away that hedge of protection that surrounded him and his family, and Ha-Satan understood that principle as well.
Let's do a quick word study on 2 Peter 1:4-5, "Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;"
The Greek word used for goodness is areté. This word means moral excellence or being brave like a soldier that is facing peril in battle. Therefore, the very first thing and one of the most important is being full of integrity and moral soundness.
The next thing that Peter says is after you are walking in moral uprightness, and good godly character then you should add on gnosis or experiential knowledge of God that comes forth by connecting the theory or theology of the bible with actually applying it to your life. In other words, he is saying to get to know God better by going out and acting on the faith he has given us and doing the things that he has told us to do. To say it simply, he’s telling us to get out there and be Christians like we are told in the bible, not just be 21st-century church-going unbelieving believers.
In the next verse (2 Peter 1:6) Peter says, " and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness." Peter specifically chose to emphasize moral uprightness first as a foundation for everything else because he had the revelation that the most important aspect of your walk with God is choosing to partake in the divine nature of God which produces the Holy Fire of God.
Peter says to add to that self-control. The Greek used here is egkrateia. This is a derivative of two different words, en meaning to operate inside the realm or sphere of something, and Kratos meaning dominion and mastery. It literally means to operate mastery within yourself or have dominion over your flesh.
The use of kratos in this context implies not only that you are exercising dominion over your own body, but by practicing self-control, you are increasing dominion that Jesus took back from Satan and Satan stole from Adam and Eve. By doing choosing to walk in integrity you open the door t learn about your faith through experience, and in turn, you increase your spiritual dominion and authority that you walk in as a believer.
Peter then emphasizes that we are to add endurance as believers. This word for endurance is hypomene. This means to patiently endure trials and temptations, and afflictions, tests, and calamities.
James 1:12 teaches us that when we patiently endure the temptations and trials and tests that are thrown at us, then we receive the crown of life. This symbolizes not only the literal crown we get when we get to heaven but also the authority that we gain over these things that come to test and tempt us. This creates a revelation for us that temptation’s sole purpose is to entice to leave behind the authority and dominion we have been walking in, no longer operate in godly integrity, and thus giving in to temptation robs us of the greater amount of authority that we are supposed to be adding into our lives and walk with Christ Jesus.
Satan cannot stand in the presence of God's Holy Fire nor can his demons. This is why Satan tries to lure you out of that all-consuming fire and into sin. If he can do this then he can attack you because you have come out from under the protection of the blood. in order to prevent this from happening you have to repent and allow your life to be the holy sacrifice that God desires. Romans 12:1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship."
The holy sacrifice is always consumed by the Holy Fire of God. If you are consumed by the holy fire of God then you are under the shadow of his wings and Satan cannot get near to you. Psalm 91:14-16, The Passion Translation reads, "For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover, I will greatly protect you. I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face. I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you. For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!” That word salvation is Yeshua, or as we'd say in English, Jesus.
Remain in his presence and you will remain in Jesus. Remain in Jesus and you remain under his blood. In the secret place, in the holy fire, in his arms before his face you cannot be touched by the enemy. Anything that comes against you will be completely destroyed by God and you will be untouched.