This Is How We Conquer

Hubby and I have been visiting a new church since May of this year. A new series began today: This Is How We Conquer. We haven’t had a single visit at The Assembly in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma that has been without a powerful message, including the music. Today we were ask what was our special need from God: sickness and a need for healing, finances, joblessness or a marriage in trouble? At this time in my life, I am blessed and grateful to have none of those three weighing on me and my family today. My mind immediately went to this country, and the one word that expressed that weight, was Obama. The second word was Congress.

How We Conquer

We started at Exodus 17: 8-13:

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.

Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 1

11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.

12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

The next question: did Joshua win by the sword or did Moses win for Joshua with hands raised to God in prayer?

The answer: As we pray, the Supernatural (God) empowers the Natural (Joshua).

Moses showed us how we conquer.

This is the answer for our Nation as we near November elections: The Natural (you and I) must raise our priority and intensity of our prayer. With arms up, even though we tire, even though we have prayed so many times for the same things, understanding that God hears us each and every time, we must resist the temptation to let our prayer become irrelevant.

Pastor Ron Woods was asking us to increase our prayers, to lift our hands as we pray, as did Moses, in the privacy of our homes (and as is often done in this sanctuary), to be passionate and intense in explaining our need, and when we tire, as Moses did – when he could no longer hold his hands up, others stepped in to help – so must we step-up and step-in.

While I pray for Congress and other leaders on a regular basis, I can see the need for more intensity. To pray that every elected official looks to the U.S. Constitution, with a focus on fixing what we have already destroyed. To pray for voters, that they come to understand what the Founder’s vision was when they gave us a true Republic, and the danger in continuing on the current path to Socialism, Marxism and Fascism. I can hope for prayers winging upward asking that voters recognize that not one single country trodding that dreadful Socialism, Marxism, Fascism road has ever been a blessing to it’s citizens. To pray that voters will pay attention to Congressional races – so very important to what happens next, no matter who is in the Oval Office – direct prayers that control of the US Senate will change. Prayer that every voter will think deeply about why this nation has been blessed as no other on earth, at any time in known history. This how we conquer – with prayers to heal our Nation through the Natural (us).

It is the lack of “knowing,” as opposed to “feeling,” that has put us where we are today. I’m not blaming Obama for everything, but I am blaming him for everything he has done during his time in office. He has done nothing that furthers America as a force for good. Congress has not forced him or themselves to do their duty, to fulfill their oath of office. We are guided as a country by a Constitution that tells us how to stay on track, but if we continue to ignore, regulate and pervert all that is lawful out of existence, there will be no turning back.

I want to say, that when Pastor Woods asked his question, my first thought about ‘need’ was for this country, but I left with my thoughts and prayers focused on those hurting in so many personal ways: sadness, catastrophic illness, anger, a lack of being loved, financially drowning, grief for a lost loved one – I didn’t get back to politics until I reached home and sat down at the computer. (That’s my disclaimer:-) (And another disclaimer – please do not blame Pastor Woods if you don’t agree with me or are angry at my interpretation – because it is my interpretation.)

The Supernatural empowers the Natural. As you have heard me say time and time again, my favorite Christian blogger is Carl Middleton, and his wife Peggy, his earthly muse. He writes a weekly blog, usually posted on Saturday. His humility humbles me, his knowledge inspires me, his kindness awes me. Today he is writing about “spooks.” Are you smiling? Knowing that I was going to talk about the Supernatural (God, the Father) and saw that Carl was discussing the “spiritual realm,” both demons and Angels, I thought it a perfect fit. Here is Carl’s article Spooks at GODS ANSWERS is alway Jesus.

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  • Ref:”He has done nothing that furthers America as a force for good. Congress has not forced him or themselves to do their duty, to fulfill their oath of office.”

    So true!

  • On a second thought…Obama turned out to be America’s number one gun salesman… a feat no one else has been able to match.

    • Norm, yes actually he/we paid for some of the guns the straw buyers walked.

  • PegM

    Spot on, Maggie. God has given us everything we need to succeed. Our part is to lift every need up to Him and let Him do the work. Last week, our pastor, told us to continually lift up our greatest need to the Lord every time we thought about it. Just tell Him we are trusting Him with ___ (Whatever the need is.) He suggested it might be 100-200 times a day. I, like you, thought of the need for our country to turn around. That’s my prayer and the greatest need we have right now. This, of course, doesn’t replace a serious time of prayer, but it does keep us focused on the Lord and definitely helps build up our trust in Him.

    • PegM, when a nation has been blessed as we have, following our Founders making it clear that “In God We Trust,” and the fact that In God We Trust is our official motto, we’d better let Him know how we are mourning for a return to Constitutional governance.

      For those living in America – those ill and needing help, those in business trying to succeed and bring others along with them, for those living in squalid neighborhoods and watching their children hang out with gangs on a dangerous corner – only wise governance with wisdom from the Supernatural will keep us on track. Otherwise, we are a runaway train, or worse, we’re on a train to destruction and the current leaders know it and planned it.

  • Maggie … Talk about an inspiring message. I wish you could speak at the GOP convention. This leads me to wonder what could this nation’s Christians, with God’s help, accomplish if we really got down to business with God. Jesus did say that “believers” could move mountains. Thank you … I am inspired once again. Bless you my sister in Jesus.

    • Thanks so much Carl. That means a lot coming from you. Here I go getting political again, but MOST OF AMERICA’S CHURCHES ARE LIBERAL! Very discouraging – they talk about turning the other cheek, and haven’t a clue what it means. They invite globalism in, all in the name of Jesus Christ. It disgusts me to the point that I cannot even explain it. They need to get deep in their Bible, find new pastors and leave the National Council of Churches or refuse to send money to them.

      Christians in America will not conquer until we cut out the Liberal cancer within the church which is supporting Socialism in the name of fairness, and embracing Socialist Dictators. So many Christians are blind to the truth and think Marxist policies can never be implemented here. Can’t we see today how very, very wrong they are?

  • Oh yes Maggie … Peggy is my muse. My grasp of the English language isn’t nearly as accomplished as yours, so I went to my dictionary to learn once again. You were right as “she is the force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for creativity.”

    • PegM

      What he means is, I am always walking around in such a state of confusion that he has to stay in the Word trying to find a source of help for me. 🙂

      • Big smiles Peg, but I don’t think that’s the case!

    • Carl 🙂

  • Sue

    1Tim 2:1 Heavenly Father, I give thanks for our government.
    1 Tim 2:2 I pray for all men and women having authority over us in any way.
    Prov. 1:23 Pour out Your Spirit upon them and make Your Word known to them.
    Ps 25:21 Cause them to be men and women of integrity, obedient concerning us,
    1 Tim 2:2 that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
    Prov. 2:10 Let wisdom enter their hearts, and let knowledge be pleasant to them.
    Prov. 2:11 Let discretion preserve them and understanding keep them,
    Prov. 2:12 to deliver them from the way of evil and from evil men.
    Psalm 1:1 Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel,
    2Chr 20:32 doing what is right in your sight.
    Prov. 2:21 Let the upright dwell in our government.
    Heb 12:27 Cause there to be a shaking in all areas.
    Prov. 2:21 Let those complete and blameless before You stay.
    Prov. 2:22 and cut off the wicked. Let the unfaithful be rooted out.
    1Cor 4:5 Bring to light what is hidden in darkness,
    1Cor 4:5 and expose the secret aims of the hearts.
    Rev 2:5 Let this nation remember from where they have fallen,
    Rev 2:5 repenting, and returning to doing their first works,
    1Chr 22:19 setting their hearts and their souls to seek the Lord,
    2Chr 7:14 humbling themselves, praying, and turning from their wicked ways.
    2Chr 7:14 Then hear them, O Lord, and forgive their sins and heal our land.
    Acts 26:18 Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light.
    Heb 3:13 Soften the hearts that are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
    Ps 107:20 Deliver them from their destructions.
    2Pet 3:9 Father, You have been longsuffering toward us,
    2Pet 3:9 not willing that any should perish,
    2Pet 3:9 but that all should come to repentance.
    Isa 49:22 Raise up a standard in this nation.
    Zech 10:1 Cause the rains of Your Spirit to flood this land
    Hab 3:2 and revive Your work in the midst of us.
    Isa 59:16 Raise up intercessors for this nation
    2Cor 10:4 to pull down strongholds over this land.
    Isa 40:5 And let the glory of the Lord be revealed!

  • Thank you for this, Maggie. Truly inspiring and the reminder I need. It is the time for all of us to join together in earnest unceasing prayer. I will try to do my part. God bless you.

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  • Ref:”He has done nothing that furthers America as a force for good.”

    I borrowed it…
    See picture at the bottom of this page http://normanhooben.blogspot.com/2012/08/dear-bob-beckel-nowhere-in-bible-does.html

  • Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
    forward into battle see his banners go!
    Refrain:
    Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.

    2. At the sign of triumph Satan’s host doth flee;
    on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
    Hell’s foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
    brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
    (Refrain)

    3. Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
    brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
    We are not divided, all one body we,
    one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
    (Refrain)

    4. Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
    but the church of Jesus constant will remain.
    Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
    we have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.
    (Refrain)

    5. Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
    blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
    Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King,
    this through countless ages men and angels sing.
    (Refrain)

    • Holger, thank so much for this reminder. Huge numbers of Christian denominations no longer belong believe that we are a “mighty Army” with the Cross of Jesus leading us. The “one doctrine” shamefully changes by denomination. And some denominations no longer believe in the blood of the Cross. Many Christians are Socialists at heart and have so little knowledge of the Bible that they don’t even know it.

  • “Come come ye saints, no toil or labor fear, but with, All is well.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d5ymkcxWEU)This Old Mormon hymn keeps coming to my mind.
    Thank you Maggie for your article here. I’m in a nest of liberals here in Tahoe for the next 9 days. I got into it with them last night and all they had to argue was “How stupid Romney was on his foreign trip” “How he’s so rich that how can he relate to you, or any working man or woman?”… I then put it to them, How did JFK relate to you.. Jackie and her horses, how did that relate to you? Then I asked him.. Do you mean Obama relates to you? Really? Well the the “Kraken” was released in his fanatic girlfriend and I just stood my ground.. let them yell the venom they hear from MSNBC… or CNN.. and just stood my ground and let them go on.
    Maggie and all of you.. WE NEED TO BURY THESE PEOPLE IN CONSERVATIVE VALUED VOTES IN NOVEMBER. WE CAN NEVER LET THEM GET ANOTHER FOOTHOLD.

    • David … I’m glad you are grounded in the Word of God. Stay strong my friend, and after doing all … you will still be standing. It’s in the Book.

    • David, at first I thought you were speaking of “It is Well, It is Well with my Soul,” but followed the link as you said it was a Mormon hymn. Very dramatic video and beautiful song.

      I don’t know how you handle being in that artsy world of yours, EXCEPT that I know where and how you live, so that’s how you do it.

      As to how stupid Romney was in London, but especially Israel, I tried to answer that here. There was nothing stupid and nothing gaffe-ish. He said exactly what he meant.

      You are well able to combat these moonbats. I know it gets tiring but you know volumns more than these Obamabots.

      I agree with you, we must stop them at the polls and never again let them get a foot in the door to leadership.

      Stay safe while there. Hoping (and praying for you ) that you have a good and successful showing.

      • Hal, who I’m staying with, told me last night the Koch Brothers had hired a scientest to check into global warming.. A Mr. Muller. He told me that Muller was totally converted to human caused global warming, and that if we didn’t do something soon.. we’d all die.
        Well I kept quiet and looked up the story and found that he’s not blaming it on humans.. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/richard-muller-koch-brothers-funded-scientist-declares-global-warming-real-article-1.969870
        So I caught him but then when I confronted this liberal hack, he stood there yelling that he heard it from his very mouth in an interview.. He wouldn’t back down.. I just stayed quit.. I showed him for what he is… and that’s all I needed to do.
        I’m checking into other things he said about Mitt.. so thanks Maggie for the link.. I will read it as soon as I put up my blog tonight. Love you and all you guys. I just wish you were all here to help me… lol

        • Regarding anthropological global warming. There is no such animal! I’ve studied this issue either purposely and/or by shear accident (the latter by reading an article about global warming back in 1947) and it all boils down to brainwashing the people into believing such nonsense in order to enrich the politic elite by taxing the ignorant. You can find that such periodicals as TIME magazine has been promoting this scam (whether it be warming or cooling…they keep changing thier minds) since their inception…and that The UN has done likewise. Just look at it this way. Ask the politicians just what they propose to do with a global warming tax…If the world is going to warm up and kill us all no amount of money can save us. The weather has been changing since time began and it will continue to change until time runs out…God is definetly in control!

          • Just had another blowout with the Kraken was just loosed again tonight on me.. I read your reply to my comment, and she said your a lyer.. Then we got onto taxes and who actually pays the most taxes in this country, percentage wise… I read from four different websites, they all said that the bottom 50% pay 3% of the taxes in this country and that the top 50% pay the rest. She then said “I don’t belive that.. then she asked Hal… her boyfriend, and he said they do… but that they control 90% of the wealth.. I answered back, that’s why they pay over 97% of the taxes.. you just confirmed my statement.. She still and he still are confirmed libs… it’s a sickness.. I’m really convinced of it. Anyway.. sorry I had no one to vent on… It became Maggie’s Notebook and you Norm.. sorry.. I’m kinda alone here on the ocean of stupid..