The Offensive Life
It’s not about being insulting to others; it’s about being offensive and insulting to the kingdom of darkness. 1 John 3:8 says that “Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.” He then entrusted that to us when He went to be with God the Father.
When thinking about that, concerning this dark world we live in, we the church should never be on defense; because who we are in Christ, we should always be in an offensive posture. When we accepted Christ, we moved from one kingdom, the kingdom of the earth, a kingdom of contempt and darkness, to the Kingdom of God, which is light, love, and freedom. And because we are in this new Kingdom, we should live our daily lives like that Kingdom.
Our movement in our new Kingdom should always be forward. We may pause for revelation and direction, but should never be moved backward, nor look back. Because the new nature God has given to us because of the Blood of Jesus, the way we think should be a forward Kingdom Mentality, and not the thoughts of the past in the prior earthly kingdom we used to be a part of.
2 Corinthians 5:7, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away, new things have come.” And new things will continue to come as we walk as that new creation in Christ.
Our thoughts that drive us should be the Spirit in us saying, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.” Matt 6:10, which is a decree of how our life should be lived. This new kingdom mindset only comes by faith, and being in tune with the Holy Spirit.
Jude 1:20 says that we should be “building ourselves up in the most holy faith”, and “praying in the Holy Spirit.”
And looking back at the journey God has had me on, He has taught me His Word, but probably one of the most important things that has happened in my spiritual walk, is revelation I have received about the Holy Spirit. Today, I do not see how we can be affective in our Christian life to live it to the fullest without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. You have to believe to receive it, but when you do, it really kicks the knowledge of the Word of God in us into high gear.
Since I was filled in the mid-eighties, I have found that my spiritual awareness has been not only awakened, but lifted by new revelation from God about its power in us to do Kingdom work. Doing what Jesus did.
And when I say Kingdom work, I am not meaning ministering to the homeless by giving them food or clothes, or visiting someone in the hospital. Physical things. I am talking about:
Standing in the gap for others through God breathed intercession (speaking the power of God’s spoken Word)
Being a spiritually aware watchman (Seeing through spiritual eyes)
Praying for the sick and seeing them healed from all types of sicknesses.
Receiving prophetic revelation for myself and others
Praying down spiritual strongholds releasing people from spiritual bondage and physical sin.
Looking at Romans 8 an awesome chapter, it states that Jesus came to strengthen us from our weak flesh, so that we would not live by the flesh, but by the Spirit. Because the Spirit is power.
In Rom 8:6, Paul said that “the mind that sets things on the flesh is death, but the mind that sets things on the Spirit is life, and peace.”
Those whose minds are in the flesh cannot please God, and if we cannot please God, how can we fulfill our decree “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven?” We can’t do it. God’s will can only be accomplished through the Spirit.
Rom 8:11, “ If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
So we who have Christ and live in the Spirit, by this verse, we no longer live just as mere mortal men and women. (I believe I have said this before) As Spirit filled sons and daughters of God, we can fulfill our mandate to bring heaven to earth. How? As we pray in the Spirit, revelation is received from God, Spirit to Spirit, for us to speak over, or to intercede for that leads us from glory filled purpose to glory filled purpose to restore His Kingdom if we follow the Spirit’s leading.
1Co 6:17 “But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit with him.”
So we have the promise that Jesus spoke to the first believers about, that leads us to do restore the Kingdom.
It seems like I have been beating a drum here lately about heavenly thought and heavenly living, but we as the church must set our eyes things above and not on the things of this earth. It seems we are so fleshy at times. We live in disbelief, allow things to bother and even control us, we are sick, and tired, and feeling beat down at times, and that is definitely not what Jesus intended for His church.
I have really been looking at myself and how I think, what I say, how I react to things good and bad, my outlook, my faith, which all boils down to my belief in Christ, and who I am in Christ. Since we have started this Church I seem to have been bombarded from all directions by the Word, reading the Words of Jesus about how he wanted us to live, think, how we view this world and how we view ourselves in it.
Yes, we live our lives, some have our work duties, family duties, and so on, but how our minds process this is truly the key to Kingdom living. As the light, we are always in conflict with darkness at every turn. In the home, marketplace, the street and even in the church, and the Lord has really expressed to me about who I am being light. Light to my family, light at the work place, light in a retail store, being a light with other Pastors, being light in every process of my life. When I accepted Christ as I stated earlier I was made new. So I must live new, or everything Jesus died for is really for nothing.
When I look back to the early church and how they processed the new. Becoming light at Pentecost, The Church in Acts had power. Super natural power to us. They lived and breathed it.
That’s why so many came to a knowledge of Christ. And even though they lived 2000+ years ago in a totally different culture and age, the Word of God then was the same as the Word of God now. Nothing has changed, but us.
And we can spend time attempting to figure out what went wrong over the centuries, or even what has taken place since the 2nd Pentecost after Azusa which can take us into many different directions or reasons why, but we believers can direct our thoughts to heaven again, and live as Jesus intended.
Looking back at the title of this message again, “Being Offensive”, is really living the Christ centered life to restore the Kingdom back on this earth. It is all about destroying the works of the devil as Jesus would have us do, and restoring people back to a relationship with God.
Being offensive, is taking the authority that we have already received, and living it out. Living it out is proclaiming the good news of the kingdom.
In Luke 4:43, Jesus said He was sent to proclaim that good news to the people, and before he ascended into Heaven, He told us to proclaim it too. That good news was living an overcoming life, healing the sick, and breaking down strongholds over people’s lives. To do that, took authority. And authority was given.
Luke 9:1, 2 says, “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.”
Mar 16:17-18 “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
When we speak forth the name of Jesus, we speak power, Jesus’ name is offensive to the kingdom of darkness. When we speak forth the Word of God it is offensive to the kingdom of darkness. So this means our minds directed by the Holy Spirit must be ready to speak Jesus, and the Word at any time to destroy the works of the devil.
The works of the devil are easy to distinguish, because we who have the Holy Spirit should be able to distinguish what is acceptable to the standards of the Word of God or not. The Spirit within us is usually pretty quick, like in an instant to prompt us with the knowledge of the truth of whatever is before us that we can accept, or reject.
If a believer is not in tune with the Spirit, then it is upon them to go to God, ask for forgiveness for spiritual slothfulness and sin, and ask for wisdom and revelation. We can be spiritual dull. But one way to kick it all back in is through prayer, and praying in the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit keeps us sharp, and we as I stated earlier, gives us Spirit revelation.
When we live in authority, we influence other believers, and the enemy hates it. Because a Spirit led front is waged against it. The first church recognized that, and that’s why the Gospel spread so quickly. Signs and wonders was accomplished in Jesus name and the people saw it.
We read in Acts 12:5, when the Apostle Peter was in prison and the church used their authority praying intently for Peter, and God sent an angel to free him. What if we prayed intently in the authority we have received to see individuals who have been bound by this world to see them set free? Do you think God would release angels by our prayers to assist in breaking bondage?
I believe we can pray down angelic encounters into this city by our prayers of intercession to break the powers of darkness over people. Do you?
It’s all about being on the offensive, and being offensive to the kingdoms of darkness that have people trapped.
It is living in confidence that “for he who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.
We must be motivated by that to believe in the promises of God for our lives. How we pray, how we speak forth God’s word, and speak it with authority, and how we live our lives.
Living on the offensive is knowing our words, that they have the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21. That the right words we speak have power. Job 6:25. That our words are Spirit and life. John 6:63. That our thoughts of God give us peace and prosperity. Jeremiah 29:11, and when we call on Him, He hears us. Jeremiah 29:12. That whatever we ask in prayer, if we believe, it will be ours. Mark 11:24. That God watches over His Word, to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12. God will bring deliverance from our enemies. Psalms 18:3. God will not turn away our prayers. Psalms 66:20. We have been given the keys to the Kingdom, so whatever we bind will be bound, and whatever we loose will be loosed. Matthew 16:19.
Our Words that we receive from the Spirit and the Word of God, are like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces. Jeremiah 23:29. We can destroy the works of the enemy. And we have all of this authority, because the first Adam at creation gave up the dominion of the earth when he sinned. God had given it to man, to rule the earth, but it was lost and Satan took it. But the second Adam, Jesus, took it back on the Cross, and gave it back to man, the church, and now we are again the stewards of the earth, and we now have dominion again. So God in all of His grace and mercy through Jesus Christ has given us everything we need to rule this earth, and cover the earth in the bright light of the glory of Jesus that is within us. It is just up to us walk in that dominion rule that we have received.
We have received the keys to the Kingdom, so we must forcibly advance the Kingdom on this earth to take complete dominion of it. That should be our thought anyway. And to forcibly take it, we take it by authoritative intercession to breakdown strongholds, speaking forth the promises of God over ourselves and others, all in love. Love is expressing the gifts of the Spirit to free people from the many bondages out there.
God’s offensive is based on love. Yes, we are at war with darkness, and when we think of war, we think of physical destruction, but our war is in the Spirit, and we fight with God’s Words and promises to set the world free, and we do it because we love God, and our neighbors.
To live in the offensive nature, is to take God at His Word, and live the Word. Be the Word. Take on the character of Christ, and follow His example as He expressed Himself to a dying world to give it life again. We now have the life, so as we have freely received, we must freely give, and take back what God intended mankind to have. A complete life in Him.