One of my father’s favorite saying is, “for everything in life there is a price to pay. The greater the thing, the greater the price.”
Excellence demands sacrifice.
Self-denial in many good things to focus on the few exceptional is the path to leadership.
Php 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
The devil will give us the good, even the very good, if it will deviate us from the bull’s eye of God’s excellent will. Busyness is the path to the good. Hearing and obeying God’s narrow voice is the one to the excellent.
In proportion to how close we hit the bull’s eye of His straight and chiseled ways is our proportion of anointing and success with God.
Our world is at war with the invisible clashes of the kingdom of God versus those of Satan.
Though we can’t see them many times, these battles are bigger and more plentiful than the ones on earth.
For the one not following Christ Jesus, the devil leaves him alone. Satan has him in his back pocket. He does not mess with him, but lets him go to hell.
Eph 612 For we wrestle ( pale: wrestling at close quarters) not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
But for the Christian the conflicts are relentless, fierce and yet very subtle, almost invisible. Paul calls them skirmishes at close quarter with an unseen wrestler.
The barrage of the devil’s attacks is in the forms of lies.
Yes, the Christian has overcome him through Christ’s victory, but his schemes as lying methodologies are ever-present.
2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. ( injected demonic thoughts into our thinking as schemes)
The devil’s greatest lie is to inject the symptoms of sickness, anxieties, and fears as thoughts into the thinking of a person in an attempt of making her believe that she is the one with the problem when in reality it’s an external attack.
If the devil can convince her that it’s her problem he whips her.
I have been a Christian for 33 years. The warfare now is the most focused and subtle of all times. This is a harbinger not only of the end times, but also of the good to come. When the devil notes that God is up to something, he fights all the harder.
The word’s most wretched individual is the uncommitted Christian. She is the one with a foot in God’s kingdom and one in the world. She draws a line in the sand to the Lord. The Bible calls her lukewarm
I say that she is the most distressed of creatures; because both the devil and God vie for her attention. She is caught in a spiritual tug of war.
Since we live in a tension between two kingdoms at combat, our victories can only come through breakthroughs.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles ( methodologia ) of the devil.
Satan’s kingdom volleys against the Christian with the fiery darts of lying methodologies. As long as we believe the lie, the devil will hit and hit.
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts ( ignited missiles doused in fuel and shot) of the wicked.
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
It’s the knowledge of the truth which frees us.
If we think something to be God’s Word and yet it’s not, but we erroneously think that it is, it won’t liberate us.
It’s our knowing the truth in its accuracy that frees us. It’s not even the truth which liberates, but our exact knowledge of it. We must be students of the Bible for this reason.
Our beliefs and opinions about God will do little at the end, if they are not precisely in tandem with God’s Word. It’s not what we think about God that matters, but that we think in conformity to His truth.
Our lack of faith does not invalidate His.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed (metamorphosed) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
God’s kingdom functions by our metamorphosis and transformation into the image of Christ. Only the image of Christ attains to the victory.
Anyone who has noted an ugly caterpillar metamorphosed into a beautiful butterfly, appreciates the difficulty of the work.
For the Christian, transformation into the image of Christ is no different.
You need God’s spirit of breakthrough in intercession to be metamorphosed.
Micah 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.
The prophet Micah, calls God the breaker, or The One with the breaker anointing.
God always functions in breakthrough.
There is no more effective way to release the breaker anointing than by intercession on our knees.
Intercession to release the breaker and secure the victory is the most intensive of labor.
It’s demanding and time-consuming. One must be willing to deny things to become skillful at it.
When launching into intercession it will be boring.
The devil will tempt you to drowse off, and you will. It seems like the breaker will never come. Your kids will fight, the phones will ring.
The one thing that the devil can’t oppose though, is a saint on his knees.
Because I grew up without email, Facebook and cell phones , or pastors who took out time to speak into my life, I learned to get what I needed on my knees.
There is no greater thing than procuring from God on your knees.
Learning to get the breakthrough on your knees is the most potent tool available to the Christian.
If you prayer time is confined to your car or a five-minute devotional on your mobile Bible program, I sadly assure you that the breakthrough will not come.
Commence tonight to learn the pleasures of intercession. It’s the greatest of challenges but in weeks, you will get many of the answers that you have waited in faith for years.
It all comes down to desperation. God is a God who pours out His holy fire on our altars of desperation.
How far, how high, how free, and how healed do you want to be?
Mt 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Nothing has changed in the Bible. What was then, today is.
As my father said, “for everything in life there is a price to pay. The greater the thing, the greater the price.”
My father Pepe Alvarez and wife Miriam, and Mary and me.