The Lord’s Prayer in the original Greek is full of commands
I feel that when Jesus gave us the prayer, His desire was for us to use it with the authority that He gave us, and bring results, not only in our lives, but with circumstances which surround us.
None of us understand the immense authority that Christ has given to the church.
How can you use the Lord’s Prayer today?
How can you use it in global situations such as Venezuela?
I hope this helps.
Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
- I command that your name be established and held in honor on earth exactly in the same way, measure, and manner as it is held in heaven.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
- Come thy kingdom! ( THIS IS A COMMAND!)
- Done be thy will! (THIS IS A COMMAND!)
- Exactly in the same measure and manner that your kingdom is manifested and your will is executed in heaven, so be it done upon the earth.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
- We command that the bread of our necessity, or the bread that suffices for the day, be given to us today.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
- And release or dismiss from us our debts in the same measure that we release and dismiss our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
- And lead us not into a place where we can be tempted beyond our strength causing us to do what is evil.
Matt 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
The soldier and the servant have no problem in obeying orders from a superior in authority.
The greatness of the centurion’s faith is that he understood that the relationships of disease and any circumstance are to Jesus just as the soldier and the servant are to him.
We must know that in Jesus Name we are the centurion to disease, and the disease is the soldier and the servant unto us, that is, if we treated it with the same authority of the centurion.
Matt 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
The English does no justice to the original Greek and the expression, “arise and take up thy bed”. Notice, that Jesus speaks to a man who is paralyzed.
The “arise”, is in the aorist passive.
It should read, “Being aroused, take up your bed and go home with it.”
Only when you know that you have been aroused and resurrected can you carry something that you had been unable to do because of paralysis.
Do you know today, in your heart, that you have been aroused permanently back into life by Jesus? He who has been aroused from the dead cannot be ill.
To heal was to forgive. To Jesus, saying is doing.
“In itself either is the sign of Divine authority and power; and the connection between sin and disease is in itself most close: the power which removes both is one. According to human judgment, it is easier to say, “Thy sins are remitted;” and he who can say “Arise,” which appears greater, can also say this, which appears less.” Gnomon Commentary
Matt 10: 1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
They were given authority over demons for the purpose of casting them out. Also, the same authority over diseases for the purpose of healing them. This is the ordinary mission of the Christian. There is nothing extraordinary about it.
“Authority, is the power given to conquerors.” Lange Commentary.
We are more than conquerors, Paul said.
If you are not a genuine disciple or leaner of Christ, you will not be able to enter into the special mission of Matthew ten.
Seeker sensitive or seeker friendly churches have in part yielded the fruit of what is now the current state of the American body of Christ.
“Until now, there is no evidence that Jesus’ disciples could cast out demons and heal the sick. This was new power He delegated to them for the mission on which He would shortly send them. This ability is a clear demonstration of Jesus’ unique greatness.” Constable Expository Notes.
Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Is given, is in the timeless aorist or the aorist of the eternal fact. Once and for all eternity was given to Jesus all authority over the material, emotional and spiritual in the whole universe timelessly. The authority is independent of the time dimension. The Christian carries this authority inside.
“Notice the repetition of “all” in: all authority, all nations, all things, and all the days.” Constable Commentary
“Since all authority was given to me, go and make this power a reality.” Nicoli
This should be the normal Christian life. Doing less than this is abnormal.
My first encounter with God’s voice occurred with Hurricane David in August of 1979.
I was a babe in Christ, having given my heart to Him six months before. I did not know other believers and did not have a steady church to go until 1981.
I thank God that my fellowship was only with TBN, Jim and Tammy Baker and Jimmy Swaggart, even though I was so so lonely. I was forced to learn to pray and study the Bible for myself. I had to learn about the Kingdom of God, and of Satan, by myself.
In those days, we lived on Key Biscayne. My father, and my now deceased mother, were getting divorced and my father had moved out of our home.
I used to idolized hurricanes and tornadoes spending hours in front of the Weather Channel. When Hurricane David was tracking across Santo Domingo, I believed that I heard the voice of God, for the first time. I thought that God told me that David was not going to hit South Florida.
I told my parents that God had told me that David was not going to hit. Many people are shocked with that type of statement.
“How does God speak to you?”
Or they associate you with as a nutcase who hears voices in his head. My parents, in those days, thought of my conversion to this God as totally absurd, fanatical, and worthy of being hauled into a psych ward.
I was an impetuous and rash young man full of faith in the God who was transforming me.
“God told me that the hurricane is not going to hit,” I retorted time and time again.
David, however, with massive wind fields was zeroing in on Miami and Key Biscayne, which was surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
About 48 hours before its arrival, the Key Biscayne Police Department drove around with megaphones telling people to evacuate the island. I don’t know what I would have done now, to honor my parents.
Back then I said:
“I am not leaving, because God told me that the hurricane is not going to hit. I am going to prove to you that God talks to me. “
You can imagine what my family thought of me, and what I put them through. But obedience is better than any sacrifice we can make.
David had its refined sight still honed upon the Magic City. Most of the island evacuated. We boarded the home and my mother, brother and sister left for the Holiday Inn on the edge of the key. I stayed in the boarded house with my giant print, green Living Bible, a weather radio, and a few flashlights.
With the eye of the potent hurricane 10 hours away, light rains began. I had the TV on and read verses from the Bible. The winds and rains intensified. Suddenly the lights went out. I only had my little weather radio. With the absence of noise, I could clearly hear the ever-increasing winds. I became glued to my radio. To my dismay, David was quickly pouncing upon South Florida. What would happen if the Key flooded and I was there all alone?
My mother frantically telephoned and pleaded with me to come out to the Holiday Inn. I freaked. I got the keys to the car and decided to flee the Key. Opening the door, howling winds and horizontal rains pelted me. There was no way out. Trying the phone back to my mother, the lines had dropped. I was left with no communication, no electricity, and not knowing if I had heard a demon instead of God.
It was about 1:00 AM. The eye was to hit at about 6:00 AM. I then heard a voice from the dead TV set. To this day, I do not know what it said. For sure it was a man’s voice.
My weather radio also died. The only sounds now were the shrieks of the winds which got more potent and boisterous. I was terrified.
I got my Bible and the flashlight and began to read from the Book of Job. It must have been 3:00 AM.
It’s in the midst of walking on water that God answers. It’s when we step out on the fragile limb that the Lord acts.
With flashlight shining on the giant print, and hooting winds engulfing me, I opened to the Book of Job. It wasn’t long before I came to the following verse.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
That is when I knew that God was speaking. God talking to Job out of the whirl wind! God was now talking to me out of the whirl wind! It was bizarre. As I read on I came to the following verse.
Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
I know that the behemoth in the King James Version is cattle, a water buffalo, or a rhinoceros. But as I read this scripture, the rays of my flashlight hit a darkened part of the wall, and landed on a huge white moth! Behemoth….moth! The timing could only be God’s! It was surreal.
At about 3:30 AM the winds augmented all the more. I got angry at God. I ranted for half an hour at Him. I climbed on a chair and shook my fist at Him.
“You told me that the hurricane was not going to hit.” “You are lying to me, I am going die out here.”
Stuff like this went on as the winds grew and abounded before my ears.
I opened back to Job, frantic for an answer.
God then answers Job and me again from the whirlwinds. This time He rebuked me for my panicky rant.
Jb 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
I read on until Job 42.
Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
At that moment that God says “ my servant Job shall pray for you”, I dropped my Bible, and lunged on my face unto the icy cold white tile floor.
“ Oh God, please forgive me, I was wrong. Please make the hurricane turn around.”
For ninety minutes I cried out with all my soul for God to have mercy and spare me. The winds amplified the more. I redoubled my efforts.
“ Oh God, I am sorry, please make the hurricane turn around”.
Then after an hour, lo and behold, with my face still buried frozen in the cracks of the floor, the winds began to decrease.
By 5:00 AM there was a significant reduction in the wind speed. I kept on praying. By six o clock the winds were only about 50 miles per hour. The eye should have been upon Miami. There was no power or phone. I had no idea what happened. I fell asleep exhausted.
In the early afternoon I walked to the 7-11 and bought a copy of the Miami Herald. I was then to discover that at about 5:00 AM when David was over the Bahamas, its steering currents shifted and thrust the hurricane northward. Indeed, David did not hit Miami. Indeed it was then that I began to hear and learn the voice of God.
My encounter with Hurricane David concluded in a most dramatic way. That fateful afternoon as the hurricane barreled northward away from Miami, I laid on my bed, alone in the still boarded home. I then heard a loud bell clang between my ears and a voice which followed “ Devastating hurricane, flee Homestead, flee Key Biscayne.” For years after this, I tried to understand why people should flee Homestead. Key Biscayne yes, but Homestead does not have an ocean or river. Well, we all know about Andrew and Homestead. Thirteen years after that voice, Homestead was decimated by the eye of Andrew. Every tree in Key Biscayne was splintered in half. When Andrews was coming, I tried to pray Andrew out of South Florida, but God would not let me. Only He knows why. God is truly amazing!
WHERE THE DOTS CHANGE FROM WHITE TO ORANGE IS WHEN I WAS ON MY KNEES CRYING OUT TO GOD. NOTICE THE CHANGE OF COURSE WHEN IT WAS GOING TO HIT MIAMI.
Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
I look back at my thirty three years with the Lord. Apart from the Person of Christ Jesus and the topic of love, the six things which the Spirit of God brings me back to are:
- The Revelation of the Person of Christ.
- The Renewing of the Mind
- The Cross, the Death of Self, and Transformation into Christ’s Identity.
- God’s Power
- Absolute Confidence, Boldness and Authority.
I will discuss the last one.
Confidence, boldness and authority, have been the toughest scriptural concepts for me.
To walk in the confidence of faith and authority inherent in the image of Christ, are the byproducts of a renewed mind. Mind you, a renewed mind is one which has been thoroughly brainwashed by the Word of God.
We can be bold and confident in many things that we do. Faith, also has its own confidence and boldness.
The Kingdom of the Heavens suffers from violence and only the spiritually violent access it through a continuous breakthrough anointing which shatters into every circumstance opposing itself to God, and snatches from them the treasures of God’s kingdom.
The body of Christ does not understand the concept of, or the price that it must pay to break through the obstacles in the spirit and release the bounties of God’s kingdom upon the earth. Watchman Nee called this malady passivity or the bondage of a passive mind. This is the greatest of all diseases afflicting Christ’s body. Spiritual violence is the opposite to spiritual passivity. In such ways the global body of Christ stands presently duped.
When you learn to break into the things of the spirit world which need God’s faith with boldness and confidence, God will move you into authority.
Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Authority is complete liberty of action, dominion and jurisdiction over all things to conform to God’s will. It’s doing as you please with the things which oppose God. Of course, you can only move according to the voice of the Spirit.
When we recognize that God wants us to be much more bold and confident than what we can ever dream, it dawns upon us how much authority we really have.
When Jesus was not sleeping, He was commanding, and so must the Christian.
The boldness and confidence which belongs to faith coupled with the realization that God wants us to exercise authority over all of His works, is the fulcrum, pivot or hinge for releasing all that God has.
I am of the belief that God wants to release many things to the Christian right here and right now, but we lack the boldness, confidence and authority which opens the access.
One hour of hearty faith without doubt, the boldness and confidence of a child, and the authority of God’s general, will get you more than one month of repetitive superstitious prayers. Superstitious, I say, because we have a superstition that by repeating our doubting prayers enough times God will finally hear and act.
Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Re 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Psalms 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
God’s iron rod by which you smash to shards every wrongful circumstance is the voice of the Spirit in you. Paul tells us in Ephesians that the sword of the Spirit is the rhema word, which is the voice of the Spirit. God’s voice is His sword. His sword is His rod of iron which you use to obliterate through every opposing circumstance.
If you don’t operate by God’s voice, you don’t have His sword. If you don’t have His sword, you don’t have His rod of iron. But if you do, wield that sword with the boldness of a child and the authority of a general.
Many who have heard my testimony knew that I was a severe stutterer into my forties. I lost my speech because of trauma at the age of four. My life was peppered with speech therapists and psychologists. When I got married at 34, I could not repeat my wedding vows. Now I am free. Most of my speech impediment was a combination of insecurity, fear, and hurt, mixed with a healthy dosage of demonic deception.
Anyone who stutters knows only of a life dogged with panic, shame, fear, insecurity and phobias.
Ezekiel 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
Right after I got saved in 1979 ,God gave me the above scriptures. It was one of the clearest Holy Spirit words ever. What God told me was diametrically contradictory to who I was. Me fearless! I laughed like Sarah, when God promised her a baby at 99.
Yet thirty years later I have turned out to be someone like what is described in these scriptures. All by the doing of God , in tandem to my obedience. There is hope for you dear one, if God has promised you. This prophecy took God thirty years to carry out, but He did it. Don’t give up on what He told you, only be very obedient to His commands.
Adamant is harder than diamond. Boldness, confidence and authority are located in our foreheads. When I use to stutter, I could not look anyone in the eye. If you are hurt, you look away. When you are bold and confident, you realize that you own a diamond forehead. No circumstance can make you look down. So get brainwashed with God’s word. Be bold, be confident, be doubtless, be a general who commands all things not of God.
You know that God is much bigger than the other guy, and though He walks softly through the cool of the garden with you, He carries a big stick!
These are two people whom inspire me.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is an Iranese Christian Pastor who is in prison. He was locked because he refused to convert to Islam. A few days back Iranese officials offered Pastor Yousef liberty if he recanted on his Christian faith. The pastor once again said no.
Yousef could be executed at any time. It’s been the hand of God through the prayers of many, and signed petitions to politicians that have delayed his executions.
Please do not forget Pastor Yousef in prayers and by making your voice heard politically.
Maria Corina Machado is a Venezuelan politician. In this video she confronts Venezuela’s communist president Hugo Chavez. I am sorry that the video is in Spanish. She calls Hugo Chavez a thief to his face, and that in front of his supporters. The courage of this lady to stand against evil inspires me. Even if you cannot understand Spanish take out four minutes to witness the marvelous exchange. She reminds me of Paul confronting King Agrippa.
I believe that God is calling you and me to this kind of courage.