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As leaders we are leading others to be the testimony of the glory of God in this world and into eternity. We lead people into the increasing testimony and glory of the kingdom of heaven. Our destiny is not Nirvana, dust, or the grave. We reign on a throne in Christ now and into eternity and we manifest the glory that He sups and dines with us and we with Him. It is through a partnership with God in all things in the awe of God in all ways that we are able to reign in life. It is through a partnership with God by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.
Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
There is one God in us and our children and our children’s children will reign with God in life beyond the ceiling or our own lives. We wear the grace of the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord, praying always in the Spirit with an awe of His presence and glory in all things. We are the essence of the prayer of God to bring forth the full harvest of His destiny in the earth. We have obtained mercy and now we reign in Christ!
God’s grace is not His favor without change. God’s grace is His change made known in our lives that testifies of His favor. We are clothed in the power of God’s grace and we are dispossessing the enemy of Christ’s inheritance in the earth. Where the soles of our feet walk it is becoming the inheritance of God in the earth. His enemies are being made His footstool because His presence rests in and upon our lives as the children of God. The seventh and final piece of spiritual armor is the ability to pray in the Spirit.
Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
The apostle Paul said that if we pray in a tongue our spirit prays and our understanding is unfruitful. Therefore he said he would pray in tongues and he would pray in the understanding. Praying in the Spirit is an utterance of God.
1 Corinthians 14:13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. 14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
Tongues are an utterance of God. The seventh piece of the armor of God’s grace is to pray always with all prayer in the Spirit. That means all kinds and all times! It means every time we pray! If we pray in tongues we pray in the Spirit. If we pray in a tongue then we pray the perfect will of God by giving utterance to the call of the Holy Spirit joined to our spirits (Rom. 8:25, 26). If we pray in a tongue then we can also ask to receive the understanding of that tongue so that we might also pray in the understanding. When we pray in the Spirit we don’t pray according to our words, we pray according to God’s. It starts in a mystery and is made full in a clear declaration of understanding. When we pray in the Spirit we pray the mystery of God (1 Cor. 14:2; 2:6-14). When we pray in the Spirit, we don’t pray according to our souls’ doubts and unbelief. When we pray in the Spirit it builds up our most holy faith (Jude 20). Faith doesn’t come by praying in the Spirit, it comes by hearing God in our spirits. Praying in the Spirit stirs our own spirit to hear from God and overpowers being influenced the things that seek to derail our faith through an influence upon our souls. Praying in the Spirit is an important weapon against the enemy!
Sometimes praying in the Spirit will be groans or travail (Jn. 11:33, 38; Rom. 8:26). Sometime there will be visual expression, even as there is in the ministry of prophecy (Ezek. 2; Acts 21:11). Whatever the expression of the Spirit might be, WE MUST PRAY IN THE SPIRIT!
I believe that praying in the Spirit includes the mystery of tongues but also the Sprit led words of God’s understanding. This is not our understanding. It is an understanding that comes by an awe of God. It is inspired prayer motivated by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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