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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weapons in the Sanctuary


"So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory" (Psalms 63:2).

The whole earth is groaning for the revelation of the sons of God. We are in the end-times, and we will face end-time battles. One of the keys as we enter this season is that the weapons for these battles are in the House of the Lord.

A good picture of the times we are in can be found in 2 Kings 11. Athaliah, the daughter of Jezebel and Ahab decides to kill all the heirs to Judah’s throne so she can hold onto the throne of Judah. One royal heir, Joash, is hidden away in the House of the Lord and spared. For six years during Athaliah’s wicked reign, the priests of the God secretly protected, nurtured, trained, and groomed him to be king.

"May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion" (Ps. 20:1-2).

This is important for us today. We all need to stay in the House of the Lord. None of us lives unto ourselves alone. We must be together in battle, and continually encouraged, trained, and nurtured in the context of God’s House. “It’s me and Jesus” has never been God’s plan. The Bible uses the word “together” 484 times:

  • “Let us exalt His name together.”
  • “Gather My saints together unto Me.”
  • “We took sweet counsel together.”
  • “Break forth into joy. Sing together.”
  • “All that believe were together.”
  • “When they had praised, the place was shaken where they were assembled together.”
  • “We are laborers together with God.”
  • “Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together.”
  • “God has raised us up together, made us sit in heavenly places.”
Learn to live together as anointed servants of God. Then we’ll be sitting in heavenly places. If you’re not sitting together here, you’re not going to be sitting together in heavenly places over there. We are God’s legislative body, the Ekklessia Jesus spoke of in Matthew 16:18, binding and loosing together to amen God’s will in heaven on earth.

The House of the Lord is also God’s place of protection and strength for our children. The atmosphere, the pressures, the spiritual forces are not only on us, but in some ways even more so on our children. Our secular schools have an agenda to wipe out any vestige of our Judeo-Christian from our culture by targeting our children. Our children are taught from Kindergarten onward that evil is good and good is evil, and that any lifestyle and ideology except those of the Bible are acceptable. It is imperative that we bring our children to the House of the Lord to be nurtured, protected, and trained to be kings and priests in their generation. When we instill our values, culture, and faith in our children in their youth, though they may temporarily depart from the House of the Lord, the House of the Lord will not depart from them. They are marked by the Lord, shaped by His presence, and they will come back to His House.

“In the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds—of the bodyguards and the escorts—and brought them into the house of the Lord to him. And he made a covenant with them and took an oath from them in the house of the Lord, and showed them the king’s son. Then he commanded them, saying, ‘This is what you shall do: one-third of you who come on duty on the Sabbath shall be keeping watch over the king’s house, one-third shall be at the gate of Sur, and one-third at the gate behind the escorts. You shall keep the watch of the house, lest it be broken down’” (2 Ki. 11:4-6)

It was in the House of the Lord that the king is revealed. And the keepers of the watch, the watchmen, were those who guarded the king. The same spirit that tried to kill Joash is the spirit that is out to assassinate our children. It is the same spirit that is trying to usurp the legitimate heirs of America and put in place another kingdom with different values and ideologies. We must take our place as watchmen kings and priests before the Lord to defend and protect our inheritance for the sake of our children and children’s children.

"Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!" (Ps. 134).

One of the primary weapons of God’s end-time army is the power of the Watch. Jesus told His disciples what to expect in our day, and He also told them what to do: “Watch and pray.” He is calling each of us to corporate prayer, praise, and intercession. In the Watch we get His strategies, and His intelligence for the battles we wage. We pray in harmony with heaven to exercise the spiritual authority He has given His Church. Prayer is where everything begins and ends in the realm of the Spirit. It is here that everything is accomplished.

“And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give King David's spears and shields, that were in the Temple of the Lord” (2 Ki. 11:10).

The watchmen were given the weapons that King David had made during his reign, and that Solomon placed in the Temple at the dedication.  At that dedication service, the glory filled the Temple so that the priests were not able to minister so thick was the glory. Generations later, the weapons in the sanctuary dedicated to the purposes of God and His kingdom were given to the captain and the guard to usher in the king to his kingdom.

In our battles today, we can try to use our own weapons on our own. But to pull down strongholds of witchcraft, antichrist, and powers and principalities that are assaulting our nation and attacking our children, we need to come to the House of the Lord for the dedicated weapons. The House of the Lord is the Church of Jesus Christ, the local body where the glory dwells, and God’s people pray, worship, and wage spiritual warfare. The corporate anointing when we come together is like the dedicated weapons that Jehoiada gave to the Temple Guard. They used those dedicated weapons of David to slay Athaliah and all of her demonic followers. If you are a lone ranger, come to the House of the Lord and get the anointed, dedicated weapons that will be able to slay, because we have an enemy that’s energized by demonic, supernatural spirits. You are going to be equipped, you’re going to be anointed, you’re going to be nurtured, and you are going to be victorious. Not only you, but your children and your grandchildren.

"When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me—until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end" (Psalms 73:16-19)

The Church’s destiny is to overcome. Jesus promised, “I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” We may have imperfections right now, but God’s promise is that as darkness gets darker, we will arise and shine with His glory. We will be equipped with the weapons of His sanctuary, and be a bright and shining light in the nations. The victorious army of the King that goes forth conquering and to conquer until the kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda 

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!

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