Summary: Are we spending too much time holding the fort? I believe it’s time to take offensive measures for the advancement of God’s Kingdom and take back what the Devil has stolen from us.
Spoiling Satan’s Kindgom
Luke 11: 14-20 Preach tonight about Spoiling Satan’s Kingdom
1 Kings 18:1 1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
This was a promise. God was going to send rain. He said HE would. It was settled. It was eminent. It was going to take place.
How many of you tonight believe that when God says He is going to do something, that HE is going to do it???
Elijah knows that God is going to move! He’s convinced he is… even to the point where he tells the King
Vs. 41 …Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
Wonderful! He tells Ahab what God has promised.
He believes the promise.
BUT then notice vs. 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
He knows God is going to move…
But he still prays for it anyhow!!!!… God already said it, but he still importunes… He continues to pray even after his servant checking 7 times until the answer comes!!!
We need what God has promised. But we’re not going to get rain until we pray for it.
You can claim it, try to shout it down, preach it down, but it won’t come until you seek God’s face in prayer.
It wasn’t just a little old prayer either. It wasn’t a form of prayer.
James 5: 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
IT was an Effectual fervent prayer: to exercise force over… to accomplish.
Elijah prayed earnestly. Not just a simple prayer, but very earnestly.
Church, if we are going to SPOIL Satan’s Kingdom, we must learn to PRAY Effectually and Fervently!
Turn to Luke 18:1 Across our nation, we are seeing such a decline of real PRAYER in our churches…
And as a result, instead of seeing a genuine move of the Power of God that comes from genuine prayer, we are instead seeing fleshly manifestations and imitations.
Luke 18: 1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Don’t give up on prayer, don’t stop praying.
This woman asked the Judge to Avenge her of her adversary.
-we’re to pray for our enemies.
But our adversary is the devil and that’s one we can pray that God will avenge us.
And he would not for a while.
She could not get him to respond at first.
He said… She troubleth me… I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
Understand what the unjust judge did.
HE WAS GETTING TIRED OF HER CONTINUAL asking, so he granted her request!!!
And God does the same thing… and when he moves, he moves Speedily…
9 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
“faith on the earth” a faith that will continue to come even though you didn’t get the answer yesterday.
Will God find the faith on the 2nd month?