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Friday, August 13, 2010

Prayer and fasting pt 10

Dear beloved: When you are building up broken walls for the kingdom you will inevitably encounter the mocker spirit. Nehemiah encountered this evil spirit when he declared his intention to rebuild the wall in Nehemiah 2:17, Then I said to them, "You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem that we may no longer be a reproach." Then in verse 19, But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Beshem the Arab heard it, they mocked and despised us and said, "What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?" And again in Neh.4:2 Sanballat says, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble, even the burned ones?

The mocker spirit is a demonic spirit that derides and makes fun of all that the kingdom builders are trying to do. It can be present in unbelievers and even shows up in believers who are well established in positions of the church. It is a spirit that makes fun of attempts to do anything new, anything outside the box, anything that tries to restore and take back groung the enemy has stolen. As the day of Christ's return draws near, the mockers will become more prevalant and vocal. They will boldly mock all things of God, preaching, praying, fasting, and anything else that appears to be kingdom building. Peter says in 2Peter 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, v4 and saying, "where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
And so they are mocking also the promised return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

While in Costa Rica a few years ago I preached several nights at the Cabecar indigenous people's reservation. A young teenage boy came to the service every night with his parents, but he sat on the back row and with his friends made fun of much of what was going on in the meeting. The last night I had all the teens come forward for prayer, and he came with them. I took that opportunity to lay hands on him and pray for God to remove that mocker spirit; the power of the Holy Spirit came down on him and knocked him down to the cement floor, where he stayed for several minutes. The next year when I went back to the reservation he was at all the meetings but did not have the mocker spirit, in its place was a humble spirit the Holy Spirit of God had placed in Him. Jesus said in John 15:18, "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you." So be prepared to be mocked and hated, its a sign the devil does not like what you are doing! God bless you this day as you build for the kingdoom, in Christ, Jim

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