REVELATION # 1 – VICTORY STRATEGY OVER A.L.S.
August 9, 2015
A few weeks ago I began asking the Lord, “OK, God….what’s the deal with this whole A.L.S. thing?” I asked it because the Bible says, “…lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Cor. 2:11) I knew the devil was behind all this but I needed to know the “devices” so I could fight strategically. God definitely responded.
FIRST, He pointed out two foundational building blocks for His Kingdom.
Building Block One) Starting in Genesis 1, God spoke words and God saw what His words created. He said; and He saw! We are created in God’s image and likeness. Therefore, we also are capable of CREATING the world around us with the words we speak and declare.
Building Block Two) Words are also used to create and maintain the relationship God desires between Himself and His children. The instant Adam and Eve sinned, God began His plan of restoration to heal the broken relationship. Thousands of Words in the Bible invite every “whosoever” to accept this love-driven restoration message.
These two Building Blocks have become major foundational priorities in the life of any serious Christian. They are also vital in expanding the Kingdom of God, and in the final defeat of satan’s kingdom.
SECOND, He showed me throughout the entire Bible the spoken word, especially HIS WORD, is used to create, to pray, to prophesy, to bless, to worship, to preach and proclaim, to confess, to declare, to build relationships, to celebrate, to make disciples and on and on it goes. This concept of speech, and the ability to communicate verbally (or any other way), is essential for every person on the planet, and even more essential for a minister.
THIRD, the Lord showed me how our ministry, E-quip Ministries, is based on Building Block One. In fact, our mission statement is, “To PREACH, PUBLISH, and PROCLAIM the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world, around the clock.” We speak and proclaim the Gospel and we call things into being using the Word of God. Then, He showed me the entire message He’s given to us is based on Building Block Two. It’s the message of people communicating with God through a personal intimate relationship; through time with Him……IN the Secret Place.
As God revealed the two building blocks, the power of His spoken word, and how our ministry is dependent on these modes of communication, it ALL snapped in place. Please understand that I say the following with a great sense of humility, knowing it’s God’s work in and through me and Margie, according to HIS grace. It’s not orchestrated by either one of us.
Sooooo, here is the scenario I feel the Lord showed me. He told me the A.L.S. Diagnosis is a direct assignment issued from satan, as a “weapon formed against us,” (Isa. 54:17) to annihilate our callings and our ministry. Thus, the attempt to “silence” my SPEECH and my VOICE, and “rob” my body of the ability to move freely, to keep us from traveling the world. It is obvious that satan fears the message God has given us. But, the message that EVERY person can have a personal, intimate relationship with God, through Jesus Christ…is needed more NOW than ever before.
When the Lord showed me this I said, “Lord, if this is your answer to me concerning the ALS diagnosis then show me an incident when something similar happened in the Bible……in the NEW Testament.” He did.
1 Thessalonians 2:18 – (MKJV) “Therefore we desired to come to you, truly I, Paul, both once and twice; but satan hindered us.”
When I read this I immediately researched the word “hindered.” After much study, I wrote the same verse with the extended definition of the word “hindered” added. It describes our situation perfectly. As you read this…..the first part is the Amplified Version but after the words “impeded us” it’s all definition from Strong’s and Vine’s Dictionary.
(AMP) Because it was our will to come to you. [I mean that] I, Paul (Kevin), again and again [wanted to come], but satan hindered and impeded us………….by breaking up the road, by placing an obstacle sharply in our path; “detaining” us unnecessarily with “hindrances” in the way of reaching others; also “hindering” progress in the Christian life. Yes, satan, “who broke up the road along which I was traveling so well…..”
Remember, we received this diagnosis in 2008 right after we started our own worldwide ministry in 2007. In 2009 we went to India, and later to Romania, and to Turkey three different times. All were extremely successful trips with great results for the Kingdom of God. Things were going so well! That’s why I especially feel connected to that part of 1 Thessalonians 2:18 at the end where the definition of “hindered” says, “Yes, satan, who broke up the road along which I was traveling so well…..” That is exactly what I felt like when they diagnosed me back in 2008. Seeing this, I feel that satan wants to attempt a perpetual hindrance so we will just give up.
BUT, NOW WE KNOW that satan has an assignment against us, and he has issued “weapons that are formed against us.” But the Bible says, “they will NOT prosper.” (Isa. 54:17) And now that we “are NOT ignorant of satan’s devices,” (2 Cor. 2:11) we have a strategy for the victory over A.L.S. once and for all. The plan is to believe and declare the specific Scriptures below. We are CREATING (with the Word of God) an overwhelming defeat of satan’s “devices.” So, here it is.
VICTORY STRATEGY OVER A.L.S.
We believe and declare the Words of Jesus in Matthew 4:4 by saying…”It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” My body not only needs physical nutrition to live but also a steady stream of God’s Word. So we agree with God and His words from the Bible as we….
…..Believe and declare that according to Isaiah 54:17 — “Weapons (like A.L.S.) made to attack me won’t be successful; Any accuser (like satan) who takes me to court, or rises up against us, will be dismissed as a liar. This is the heritage, the inheritance, of the servants of the LORD. (God says) I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best, I, the LORD, promise to bless you with victory.” GOD’s Decree.
According to 3 John 1:2, we believe and declare that, “as God’s Beloved, in regard to all things, I (We) pray that we PROSPER and BE IN HEALTH, even as our SOUL PROSPERS.”
We believe and declare Psalms 91:14-16; where the LORD says, “He will rescue those/us who love Him. He will protect those/us who trust in His name. When we call on Him, He will answer; He is with us in trouble. He rescues and honors us. He rewards us with a long life and gives us His salvation.”
Also, according to the prophesy God gave me in 1988, in Africa, we believe and declare that Isaiah 55:4-5 says, God indeed has given me as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people. Surely I shall call a nation that I do not know, and nations who do not know me shall run to me, because of the LORD my God. And the Holy One of Israel; For He has decided to bless me.”
We also believe and declare Acts 20:24 where the Apostle Paul said, “My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for FINISHING THE WORK ASSIGNED ME by the Lord Jesus—the work of TELLING (with words) others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”
And God ALLOWED Paul to fulfill what God started…therefore I believe and declare that I will not die or leave this earth until I can say, without any doubt, the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 — “I have fought a good fight, I have FINISHED my course, I have kept the faith…”
And finally, the Apostle Paul makes a request of the people in Colossae, for prayer. Margie and I realize that if Paul needed prayer partners then so do we. Paul chose them specifically because he heard about their FAITH. We desire the same thing. We need great faith-filled people backing us up as we prayerfully back them up too. Therefore, we believe and declare that….Colossians 4:3-4 says, “At the same time also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to speak the word so that we may tell the mystery about Christ……Pray that we make this mystery as clear as possible. This is what I have to do….”
We believe and declare that, “God, who gives life to the dead, also calls the things that are not, as though they were.” (Romans 4:17) And because we are created in His likeness and image, we do the same thing. EVERY WORD we just prayed, whether from the Bible or from the declarations out of our mouth, they ALL EXIST NOW! It may not be visible yet, but we call it DONE! In Jesus name, amen!
Footnote: After the Lord showed these very specific Scriptures to me, I questioned Him. There are only a few verses on healing. The rest are about the weapons, our calling, the Word, etc. It seemed very foreign to me that He didn’t have more since we’re talking about A.L.S. I even added more myself….and He made me take them out. Then God said, “Kevin, the A.L.S. Is not your problem. Neither are the symptoms. The problem is the assignment issued from satan as a weapon formed against you. If you only defeated the A.L.S., satan would simply issue a different weapon formed against you. But NOW I have given you what you need to remove the source. When the source is gone the symptoms will follow.”
Sounds good to me! Kevin