What in the World is going on?!!!! (Las Vegas shooting)

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The recent tragedy in Las Vegas hits home for so many of us. With this evil act of darkness, many are left sad and angry, asking 2 questions: What is going on? And, is there anything we can do to stop it?

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?

When you add terrorism, the killings we see every week in places like Chicago, along with the escalating racial tensions, you have to wonder: Where is all this coming from? And where is God in the midst of all this? Has God changed? Is He judging America? Is He judging you or me?

NO. NO. NO!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12.

It’s pretty easy to figure out where ‘evil’ comes from: just put a “d” in front of the word, and you get your answer. Evil comes from the ‘d-evil’. And while people are often the vessels of evil, there can be no doubt where their inspiration comes from.When “dusting for prints” in the face of evil acts, all evidence points to the devil’s fingerprints & DNA!

• Jesus called the devil a thief, who came to steal, KILL and destroy.
• The father of lies to deceive many. John 8.
• he serpent who misleads. Genesis 3:1.
• The Murderer who kills. John 8:44.
• The Ruler of darkness in this world. Eph. 6:12.
• The spirit that works in the children of disobedience. Eph. 2:2.
• The man of wickedness in 2 Thess.2:3.
• The accuser who condemns and divides us. Revelation 12:10.

There can be no doubt that the devil is at the root of all evil.

And we can’t merely pluck fruit off the tree. We must get to the root of it. We have to cut off the serpent’s head! Now the devil uses many ways to manipulate the minds of people, to carry out evil. He capitalizes on our guilt, weaknesses, sins, mistakes—but he rides into the world through our thought lives.

Ephesians 6:11 says, we can know the schemes of the devil and stand against them. The word: “schemes” is the word for “method” and “road”. Simply put, his method is to build a roadway into this world through our thought life. When a person’s mind is filled with thoughts that exalt themselves against the Word of God, then Satan builds a roadway into a person’s life and into the world.

This is why God empowers us to pull down strongholds, cast down imaginations, and take EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

This is spiritual warfare.

I am convinced that a systematic way of taking our thoughts captive, not only causes us to prevail in spiritual warfare, but it heals imbalances in our minds, our brains, our emotions and even our bodies. (This is what our Fast From Wrong Thinking System is all about).

That’s how we deal with our personal lives, but what about the evil in this world brought through others?

Is there anything we can do about the evil in the world?

When the “roadway” has already been paved in other people’s minds and lives, what do we do then?

This is where the power of prayer comes into play.

Jesus said, whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven… (Matthew 18:18). Jesus gave US the power to bind and cast out the forces of the devil and darkness (Mark 16:18). He went on to say in Luke 10:19 “Behold I give you authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over ALL The power of the enemy!”

Praying God’s promises and exercising our authority over our spiritual enemy is the most powerful weapon God has given us to overcome evil in this world.

Prayer is more powerful than dynamite, guns, bombs or nuclear energy! No matter how hard the world or the devil try, prayer can’t be stopped! It has the power to change nations, governments, cities, families and hearts!

No wonder Satan doesn’t want you to know the authority you have in Christ to walk in this supernatural power!

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. And he prayed that it would not rain for 3 and a half years. And then he prayed again, and it rained. (James 5:17-18) That’s power this world can’t give you! But God HAS given it to us, in Christ.

We must stop listening to that lie—the devil’s lie—that says we aren’t good enough to pray or aren’t powerful enough to make a difference. He’s only saying that because he knows exactly how powerful prayer really is! He’s scared of it!

Can we stop the “rain” of violence, killing, terror? Yes! But we must tap into: THE MIRACULOUS POWER OF PRAYER!

But where does that power come from? James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous, avails MUCH!”

In the Old Testament, men attempted to be “righteous” by their outward actions.

But Jesus changed all that forever through HIS ACTIONS ALONE!

“Now, He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us that we would be made the righteousness of God in Him.” —2 Corinthians 5:21

Why is that so important?

Because when it comes time for you to pray, the devil says, Well, now, look at how you screwed up yesterday! You are not worthy to go to God or get your prayers answered!

Religion always gets you focused on what you’ve done wrong. BUT GOD focuses on what Jesus did right! And through His act of righteousness, you are now made righteous. That means you have the power to pray just like Elijah prayed, to bind evil, and stop the “rain” just like Jesus said you could.

Embrace God’s gift of righteousness TODAY and pray with that kind of authority about anything evil around you. As each of us learn to do that, we will begin to see the waves & storms of evil in this world subside, and good prevail!

If you are feeling helpless, hopeless, lost or afraid in this time, check out my latest series—FEARLESS. I promise—it’ll help.

Who’ll Stop the Rain?

Authority Gregory Dickow

Who’ll Stop The Rain? (Walking in Your God-Given Authority)

I was listening to the radio the other day, and an old classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival came on, the one that asks, “Who’ll Stop The Rain?” Whether you’ve heard of it or not, we can ALL identify with the lyrics!

“Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down.
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun.
And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain?”

We are living in times where these lyrics have never been more true! It’s raining! And most Christians don’t believe they can do anything about it. It’s raining fear. It’s raining terror. It’s raining depression, discouragement, sickness, and disease. It’s raining family problems, emotional problems, and financial problems. As the song says, “There are a lot of clouds of confusion pouring on the ground.” And we, as Christians, are good men and women trying to find the sun, but it’s time that we become the people who do more than look for good things to happen. It’s time for us to learn to stop the rain!

So I’m writing to tell you today — YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE RAIN IN
YOUR LIFE! YOU have authority and power to RISE UP, take control, and put an end to these storms of “rain” in your life! That’s right! As a child of God, you have been given dominion!

“Let man have dominion over the earth.” — Genesis 1:26

DOMINION: noun do·min·ion \də-ˈmi-nyən\ : the power to rule…

God gave the original right of dominion on this earth to Adam and Eve. They surrendered this dominion to Satan in the Fall. But, through the victory of Jesus on the Cross, He purchased back dominion & authority with His own precious blood. That’s good news! But the good news gets even better!

Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give YOU authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Wow! — I hope you got that! Jesus won back the right of dominion through His death and resurrection. And then — He gave this authority to you and me! We have authority on this earth!

I’m declaring today, YOU CAN STOP THE RAIN!

So then, you’re probably asking the question, “But Greg, how do I stop the rain?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s look at an example of a man who actually did it!

James 5:16–17: …The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

Effective, fervent prayer from a righteous man avails much! THAT IS THE KEY TO STOPPING THE RAIN!

So why are we as Christians allowing THE RAIN to keep falling?

The enemy gets us falling for the lie that God is in control of everything. The truth is, God is NOT in control of everything. If God were in control of your marriage, you’d be happier. If God were in control of your kids, they would be a little more obedient. 🙂

Through Jesus, we have the dominion on this earth! We get to decide the kind of day, attitude, marriage, and health we’re going to have! We could turn that over into the hand of the enemy if we want… but God has given us the responsibility AND authority to pray and stop the rain!

So, once we get past that lie, what’s the next thing the enemy tries to do? He goes to attack the basis for our ability to pray and stop the rain. He gets us trapped in religion — am I truly righteous? Have I done enough good deeds? Am I holy enough?

Listen, friends — we don’t become righteous through any action on our part! Righteousness is a gift! Romans 5:17 says, “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 — have dominion — in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

We are righteous through the gift of Jesus, NOT through our own actions. Ah, you need more proof of this, right? Here’s what James 5 and verse 17 says about Elijah, the original rain stopper: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.”

You see, Elijah had a nature like ours — a human nature — yet he was able to offer up the type of prayer that literally stopped the rain! If you look back over the life of Elijah, he had ups and downs just like you and me. Yet, none of his human flaws disqualified him from this type of prayer power! And you’re no different — your human flaws don’t disqualify YOU from stopping the rain in your life and in your world!

So, MY QUESTION TO YOU TODAY IS – ARE YOU READY TO RISE UP, TAKE DOMINON, AND STOP THE RAIN?

It’s time for us as believers to step up and onto the scene and stop the rain like Elijah did. It’s time to take our families back, take our communities back, take our dreams back, and take our land back! We can’t put our head in the sand and live in fear any longer. We’ve got to stop running and start commanding the rain to stop! Jesus said in Matthew 18:18, “Whatsoever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatsoever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” In other words, heaven will forbid what WE forbid; and heaven will allow what WE allow.

Are you ready to stop the rain? I sure am! And I’m sure you feel the same way. All that’s needed is for us to take dominion, stop believing the lie of the enemy, and pray according to the righteousness that is ours through Christ and WE WILL AVAIL MUCH IN THE EARTH! Amen?

There is so much more on this topic I would like to share with you. Check out my message called, “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”


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Living Beyond the Walls

Living Beyond the Walls Gregory Dickow

Are You Ready to Live Beyond the WALL?

Joseph’s life as described in Genesis chapter 49 is a case study with regards to how he broke barriers in his life. How he lived beyond the walls of his life. And his example can inspire hope in your life today.

You are going to live beyond the walls that have tried to contain you. That includes living beyond the invisible fences that have tried to control you, beyond the walls of fear, beyond the walls of hatred, beyond the walls of envy, beyond the walls of your upbringing.

You can choose to let what your circumstances or other people have done to you imprison you behind those walls or you could decide to be like Joseph whose branches reached over the walls and he was no longer contained by the invisible fences or the visible fences in his life.

Listen, there are visible fences and then there are invisible fences in your life. God has not called you to be contained by any of them, nor has He called you to be limited by any of them.

You have to make a decision today. Are you going to live behind the walls of your past , the walls of your pain, the walls of what people have done to you? You have to leave behind the victim mentality. You are not a victim of anything. You’re only a victim if you believe you are confined to stay that way the rest of your life. You are called to live beyond that pain, beyond what that person did to you, beyond what life has brought you.

Now go back to verse 22 of Genesis 49 and notice what he says. “Joseph’s branches reached over the wall.” One reason why Joseph lived beyond the wall is because what he says, “A fruitful vine by a well.” If you want to live beyond the wall you have to live by the well.

The well is God’s word. The well is the Holy Spirit. The well is the church. The well is God’s promises. If you will stay by the well, which is the church, the word, the Holy Spirit, and God’s promises – then you are going to reach over the wall.

When you begin Living beyond the Walls, you will come to understand why you should expect God’s favor to manifest uncommon blessings in your life.

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Favor for a Lifetime by Gregory Dickow