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Eric & Melanie Barger
There's Power in the Word!
Tonight I am in Muskogee, OK on the way to a week of meetings in Missouri. It will be great to see all of our friends at Lincoln's Abundant Life Christian Center and Sedalia's New Hope Baptist Church. Thanks for praying with us that the seminars challenge and recharge the churches there and that God bring salvation and deliverance to anyone in need through the the ministry over the next few days.
Below you'll find the next chapter of my book on personal victory and spiritual warfare, Disarming the Powers of Darkness. Chapter five is "There's Power in the Word." I hope it will be a blessing to you.
I need to take this opportunity to give the Lord praise for the many open doors He divinely provided in making a way for us to move into both our new ministry headquarters and home. Melanie and I are thrilled to be in a more stable and permanent situation for both our ministry and family. We know it was the hand of God that made a way for us but we greatly appreciate those of you who've been obedient to the Lord and contributed with financial provision.
That said, we are still lacking about $2,000 in finish work to complete the office, lay carpet, buy a desk or two and wire everything together. We could sure use a new computer for Melanie too (she's using an old and and dreadfully slow IBM at the moment).
Since I haven't mailed a "print" newsletter out via "snail mail" since December we've watched our weekly income decline steadily. Last week's income was really down, so I need to remind you that we depend completely on your gifts to pay for and sustain our outreaches.
In the long range I am praying that the Lord bring us enough new regular monthly donors that our ongoing office expenses will be more than met each month. However, this week I am trusting the Lord for the immediate help we need to come in. Otherwise, our new facility is simply a space filled with boxes. Your gift will help us make it functional so that we can even more efficiently get back to defending the faith once again.
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There's Power in the Word!
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Here in Revelation 12:11, we see the Greek word logos translated “word” in the King James Version of the Bible. It simply means, “to speak,” or “something said,” “utterance,” “treatise,” “talk.” The logos of God is His Word, the Bible, spoken to man. “Testimony” in this passage is marturia in Greek or “something spoken,” “evidence,” “record of,” “report,” “witness,” or “testimony.”
This verse could read, “The saints of God defeated Satan by applying the power of the blood of Jesus Christ against his works. They spoke their report as witnesses for God of the evidence received and experienced through His salvation. These saints were so adamant in their battle against evil that their very lives did not count—only the victory in God!”
As we continue to examine this powerful passage, more truth flows out. First, the blood of the Lamb is a weapon we want to wield against the enemy. Next, we see the key to using the weapon of the blood. It is the work of a Christian testifying to the power of Christ’s blood. Once we take a deeper grip of what God has accomplished through the blood of the cross, the enemy should take notice and flee! How can the Christian who understands his authority in Christ, his Kingdom ambassadorship, and his awesome responsibility to herald this news, ever be silent again? Our voice is the primary instrument to deliver the “payload” in Spiritual Warfare. Canadian author and evangelist Terry Law calls the lips the “launching pad” for the weapons of our Warfare, which the Bible says are “mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (II Corinthians 10:4).
Though it sounds easy, here is a major obstacle for us. Many Christians are severely intimidated at the idea of actually waging Spiritual Warfare. Doing this is seen as “radical,” “unsophisticated,” “spooky,” or even “scary.” Some are often intimidated for fear of being thought of as “weird” because they actually DO what the Bible says to do. Some see it as somehow “charismatic.” Regardless of what men have made of the use of the tongue in Spiritual Warfare, it should be inconsequential to us who care to follow God and see captives set free from the power of Satan. The book of Mark reflects Jesus’ overriding concern with this very thing. In Mark’s gospel, we read repeatedly of His emphasis on deliverance from demons and on disarming and binding the “strong man” (Mark 3:27), etc. Jesus’ numerous encounters with demons are all straight forward, head-on, with no avoiding the issue. Shouldn’t it be that way for us, His disciples? How sad that so many wait and only resort to doing what Scripture commands when the chips are down, when Satan is winning, or when desperation sets in. (Click here to read the rest of the chapter)
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