Unseen War Volume 2: Kings & Pawns
“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 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 forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Give us this day our daily bread. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
• Matthew 5, 6, & 7, the sermon on the mount, is Jesus’ manifesto. It is the manners and culture of the kingdom.
• Any culture is established by what is celebrated and what is disciplined.
• God has called us to be kingdom advancers.
• God took the manners of the kingdom, put it in a book and gave it to David (See 1 Samuel 10)
• The Word of God lays out the patterns and the conduct of representatives of the kingdom.
• We have to stop putting all the sanctified stuff in church on Sunday.
• Verse 10 – Thy kingdom come: Our first focus should be on the kingdom of God. That’s what we should ask for first. It reveals our purpose in life.
• Our example is not the world, it is God and His Word.
• Happy people focus on what they do have. You have to know what God has honored you with and operate in that.
• God cannot give you more than what you can manage. He does not answer prayers based on what you ask for, He answers based on what you can manage.
• If God has not delegated it to you, why are you caught up in it. We miss authority when we’re caught up in the wrong place.
• The enemy uses temptation and disappointment to turn you into a pawn.
• Jesus will always divert your attention to what you do have. He wants you to see what you have been delegated. Be thankful for what you do have.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
• This verse (7) alone is out of context.
• Verse 8 goes on to say not to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;”
2 Timothy 1:8
“And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.”
“Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.”
“Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.”
“And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.”
• They were not operating in the authority God gave them. They were caught up in who was the greatest among the them. So, Jesus had to anoint others.
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
Luke 10:1, 17
• God called 70 other. They would go on to get results that the disciples did not get when they were caught up with themselves and not Jesus.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
• Our highest calling is to advance God’s kingdom.