The Grace to Face Down Death

1 Corinthians 15:54b-58 (NIV) 54b“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  55 “Where, O death, is your victory?     Where, O death, is your sting?”  56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Watchmen all over the world, once we truly engage in spiritual warfare, we soon realize we must face down death.  Our God IS Life, who sent Jesus The Christ to restore His progressively abundant life to humanity.  In stark contrast, satan is death, whose operations are murder, theft, and destruction; all of which are the fruit and manifestations of loss in some form.  The focus of his operations is murder, theft, and destruction of destinies, as he and his cohorts work feverishly to prevent humans from coming into the revelation knowledge of our God; hell is terrified of manifested sons of the Most-High God.

As our God’s watchmen, we face down death by confronting and addressing the threats of his agents, the spirits of doubt, fear and intimidation, with The Truth of His Word, backed by His Holy Spirit and heavenly host!  Hallelujah!  As our God’s submitted servant warriors, we do not take no for answer:

James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Watchmen, we have each experienced deceptive thoughts, thoughts diabolically opposed to the Person, character, nature, and promises of our God.  These thoughts are sent by the contrary one; his strategy is to bombard us with threats against our well-being, our future, or someone/something we truly care for; his goal us to push us to yield and accept his lies as truth. This is then our undoing; therefore, we must stand strong, advancing by bombarding the kingdom of darkness with what we know about our God. Our God’s Word carries sovereign weight (authority and power).

Watchmen, we confront and conquer these spirits and their attempts to influence and control our thinking, believing and decision- making, by obeying the Word of our God:

 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (AMPC) 5 Inasmuch as we refute arguments and theories, and reasonings, and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), 6 Being in readiness to punish every insubordinate for his disobedience, when your own submission and obedience (as a church) are fully secured and complete.

 This is powerful Word for God’s watchmen!  We must understand and fully embrace the power, and authority available for our use; we must responsibly and fully commit to align our thoughts, speech, and behavior with our Great Example and Standard, Jesus The Christ (by His grace and mercy).  We stay in the press; trusting in our God’s love, and rejecting excuses.  We reject the lies and smokescreens of satan; we trust our God (The Only Righteous Judge) to settle all disputes, as we wage war in the spirit realm.  Nothing is hidden from, nor out of reach for our God (Hebrews 4:13; Isaiah 59:1).

 It IS Finished!

Ephesians 1:19-23 (NLT) 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made Him Head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is His body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.

Our Christ has fully faced down and conquered death; He has shone the marvelous, irresistible Light of our God’s Truth into the utter depths of darkness and deception.  The rulers of darkness, no matter the level, have no other recourse, but to bow when we speak our God’s Word in faith, sealed with the signet ring of Jesus’s name.

Our Christ has fully redeemed humanity, restoring our position, authority, power and all that was stolen by satan.  We are anointed to take it all back, with our God’s Word and the signet right of Jesus’s name.

Our Christ is the walking, talking, Living Tutorial of the fully restored life and faith of the offspring of the Most-High God.  Our lives are hidden in Him and He lives through us, in alignment with and by the power of our God’s Word and Holy Spirit.

 2 Corinthians 2:14 (CJB) Thanks be to God, who in the Messiah constantly leads us in a triumphal procession and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of what it means to know Him!

Our victory over death is fully revealed in the Gospel of our God and His Christ.  Our God’s grace (loving help to be and do the impossible) is already available in Christ, by His name, and backed by our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit and heavenly host. Hallelujah!

THE GOSPEL, THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST

The believer’s victory over death is clearly documented.  1 Corinthians, chapter 15 speaks of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, of the promised resurrection of believers who have gone before us, and of the transformation of believers who are here when He returns.  Our Apostle Paul prophesies to us by our God’s Holy Spirit, making clear that the same wonderful Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead, shall do the same for all who believe (Romans 8:10-11).   This is the Gospel of our God and His Christ; this is the power of God unto salvation, deliverance, healing, provision, and every good thing… for all who believe. Hallelujah!

WE ARE THE OFFSPRING OF THE CONSUMING FIRE

Deuteronomy 9:3 (NKJV) Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you.

 Psalm 104:1-5 (AMP) Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 You are the One who covers Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretches out the heavens like a tent curtain, 3 Who lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters. above the firmament, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind, 4 Who makes winds His messengers, Flames of fire His ministers. 5 He established the earth on its foundations, so that it will not be moved forever and ever.

Watchmen all over the world, we are the manifested offspring of the Most-High God.  We have already been graced by our God and His Christ to confront and face down death and the kingdom of darkness, just as Jesus did as He walked the earth. 

Death is the servant of our God who ushers all who believe into the present of our God and His Christ when our spirits leave these earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 5:8).  We must know that death cannot take us, except our God allow; until then we must face down death, graced with His Truth (Scripture and Jesus), His Holy Spirit and the heavenly host. 

 WATCHMEN, WE WIN!

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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