Heightened Kingdom emotions become channels for the release of the power of the Spirit. Jesus, moved by compassion, healed (Matt. 14:14). The power of the Spirit rode on the deep emotion of compassion. Charles Spurgeon notes that this word “compassion” was a new word form the Gospel writers coined to describe the intensity of the emotion Jesus was feeling (i.e., they changed compassion from a noun to a verb). The Bible tells us to pray and “cry out” to God (Lk. 18:7-8). At one point, Jesus prayed so intensely He sweat drops of Blood (Lk. 22:44).
It is time for the Church to embrace the place and role of intense Kingdom emotions birthed by the Spirit, rather than marginalizing emotions as being only soulish. After all, the Kingdom involves joy, peace, faith, gratitude and compassion. There is such a thing as Spirit-born emotions (Ezek. 3:14; Rom. 14:17; Gal. 5:22; 1 Thess. 5:18).
“Kingdom” emotions are Spirit-born (not soulish), and flow together with Kingdom actions which are directed by the Spirit (not mechanical, religious acts). In such cases, Kingdom emotions are powerful and effective in releasing Kingdom power.
My friend Tim Madden (a YWAM Crossroads Discipleship Training School leader in Kona, Hawaii) shared this story with me in January of 2013. He had suffered with Lyme disease for several years, and the Lord told him in his journaling time that it was okay to get angry at the devil. He was quite surprised because he had grown up in an angry home and had made a point of avoiding anger when raising his children. Anger was not something he felt right about using in everyday life but he decided to take God at His word and obey.
So Tim went for a drive in his car with his windows rolled up so no one could hear him shout at the devil and the Lyme bacteria that was causing his illness. He did this on several different days over a several week period, and sure enough, the Lyme disease left his body and his health was restored!
Tim shares, “Though I didn’t initially know that God had in mind for me to roar, it ended up that I did just that on the top of my lungs and that I was quite surprised by the results.”
Sometimes we simply “tolerate” these situations rather than getting passionate and intense about the fact that they will no longer be allowed in our lives because they are contrary to the Word of God! Instead, let’s obey God’s command to roar at our enemies until they have fled in terror.
Begin by asking God to identify an issue in your life that is contrary to His Word. Then go ahead and join with the Lion of Judah, seeing the two of you roaring in unison at this enemy and scaring the wits out of it until it flees and the situation in your life comes into full alignment with the Word of God.
When God Roars the Enemy is Destroyed
“No aspect of Christianity is supposed to be simply a mechanical, outward activity. ALL is to flow from the Spirit within.“
“The LORD roars from Zion… and the heavens and the earth tremble.” (Joel 3:16)
“The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse His zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.” (Isa. 42:13)
“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn. 3:8)
“The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” (Matt. 11:12)
“The righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov. 28:1)
Roaring is a part of meditation. We are commanded to meditate (see Josh. 1:8).
The word hâgâh (pronounced haw-gaw’, number H1897 in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) occurs 24 times in the King James Version of the Bible and is translated six of these times as “meditate.” However, in Isaiah 31:4, the King James Bible translates this word as roaring: “For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey…” So part of meditating on and appropriating the promises of Scripture in our lives involves roaring. Wow! Let’s explore what this looks like so we can begin doing it.
How Do We Roar at Our Enemy?
We start with a situation that has set itself up against the rule and reign of God in our lives. In Isaiah 31:3, the Egyptians looked to the strength of their army as their god. So the true God was going to come and roar at this army, this false “reality” set up by satan, and fight against it and destroy it (see Isa. 31:5).
That is exactly what the Lord wants us to do over the ungodly situations in our lives. These ungodly situations could be a lingering sickness, infirmity, sin, fear, doubt, unbelief, anger, poverty, disunity, etc. Anything in your life that is contrary to the Word of God is an enemy which the Lord of Hosts wants to come down and destroy.
“It is time for the Church to embrace the place and role of intense Kingdom emotions birthed by the Spirit, rather than marginalizing emotions as being only soulish.“
“…So shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He will preserve it.” (Isa. 31:4-5)
As you battle against this problem in your life, why not get really involved and roar at it? Yes, I really mean ROAR at it. Get emotionally passionate! Get loud! Get intense! Get involved! Even get angry! And since it is the Lord of hosts joining with you in doing the battle, you might just as well see this with the eyes of your heart. It is Almighty God standing there with you roaring at this problem, and commanding it to be gone NOW! See Jesus standing there with you, as the Lion of Judah, and roaring with you at the problem, commanding it to be gone now!
Prophetic Gestures Release Kingdom Power and Miracles
Prophetic Gesture – Action you take, in faith and obedience to God’s instruction, which releases a miracle.
Elisha told King Joash: “You must strike the Syrians till you have destroyed them.” Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.” (2 Kings 13:17-19 NKJV).
More examples of prophetic gestures which released miracles: Blood over doorposts (see Ex. 12:22), Naaman washed in the Jordan seven times (see 2 Kings 5:9); Lepers, going to show themselves to the priest, are healed while on the way (see Luke 17:14).
Seeing the Miracle Already Completed Engenders Faith For a Miracle
Gazing upon images of God’s promises as already fulfilled produces Spirit-born emotions that unleash healing power – body, soul and spirit.
An example: And He (God) took him (Abram) outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Gen. 15:5-6)
Decree God’s Purposes and Things Happen
“You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you.” (Job 22:28)
“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” (Mk. 11:24)
“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written; this is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the LORD!” (Ps. 149:6-9)
Let the Holy Spirit Lead!
We walk and live by the Spirit (see Gal. 5:25), so we always stay tuned to His flowing thoughts and pictures within (see John. 7:37-39). No aspect of Christianity is supposed to be simply a mechanical, outward activity. ALL is to flow from the Spirit within. Jesus did nothing on His own initiative, but only what He heard and saw His Father doing (see John. 5:19-20; 30). So let’s not make roaring, crying out, or prophetic gestures an external, mechanical system, but rather something that flows from and is directed by the Spirit.
Dr. Mark Virkler
President, Christian Leadership University (CLU)
Communion With God Ministries
Website: cwgministries.org | cluonline.com
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