in the arena of spiritual conflict

to him who overcomes I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame and sat down beside My Father on his throne ²Revelation 3:21

facing and accepting major challenge is the only path to greatness

encountering trials
consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort, or fall into various temptations; be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith brings out endurance and steadfastness and patience; but let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be a people perfectly and fully developed with no defects, lacking in nothing
² James 1:2-4
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the nature of the battle the proving of faith the arena of spiritual conflict the place of power

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the nature of the battle

and how it is won!

on this rock, I will build
who do you say I am? you are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God how blessed are you! on this rock I will build my Community and the gates of Hades the powers of the infernal region shall not overpower it or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it
² Matthew 16.16

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which rock?
rock of faith and confession
if you acknowledge publicly with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and trust in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be delivered ² Romans 10.9

rock of Abraham
consider the rock from which you were cut consider Abraham your father ² Isaiah 51.1-2 a promise that can be relied upon by all the seed those with the kind of trust Abraham had Abraham avinu for all of us ² Romans 4.16

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what kind of trust?
kind of trust that Abraham had: reckoning death not too strong, calling non-existent things into existence
Abraham is our father in God s sight because he trusted God as the one who gives life to the dead and calls nonexistent things into existence ² Romans 4.16-22

faith in resurrection power
manifesting in our own lives, enabling us to overcome power of sinfulness

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faith in resurrection power
those of us who have been immersed into the Messiah Jesus have been immersed into his death we were buried with him; so that just as the Messiah was raised from the dead, likewise we too may live a new life our old self was put to death on the execution stake with him, so that the entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed and we might no longer be enslaved to sin now since we died with the Messiah, we trust that we will also live with him
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² Romans 6.6

nature of faith trusting
trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see it was for this that Scripture attested the merit of the people of old
² Hebrews 11.1

faith is being confident about God s promise, about God s character faith forms the foundation upon which a life of holiness, pleasing to God, must stand faith is an active response

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winning the war in the Spirit
faith key to winning battles
without faith, impossible please God enables kingdom advances

confident, overcoming faith
learned through testing experiences Abraham waited years to receive promise of a son, body as good as dead faith tested again by offering Isaac as sacrifice, concluding God could raise dead ² Hebrews 11.17-18

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the proving of faith

enduring trials and tests

faith given and confessed faith established and expanded faith trialled and tested faith completed and matured

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faith given and confessed
a grace given to us by God
according to our gift, ministry-calling ² Romans 12.3-4

comes by hearing God s word
² Romans 10.17 knowing scripture, hiding word in heart

hearing inner voice of Spirit prophecy confirming inner hope, faith

by faith we battle
by these prophecies fight the good fight ² 1 Timothy 1.18
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faith established and expanded
vision« faith word of Lord


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faith of Abraham
received promise of descendants, blessing, divine protection, blessing to nations
² Genesis 12

word of Lord came to him, confirming first promise, extending promise to land, establishing covenant with Abraham
² Genesis 15

faith tested, to willingness to sacrifice Isaac, Lords swears to bless Abraham
² Genesis 22
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trials and tests of faith
response to trials determines our destiny
² Hebrews 11: chapter of faith Noah built an ark to save his household

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Abraham received potency to become a father Jacob blessed each of his sons Moses parents hid him, unafraid of king Moses left Egypt, obeyed Passover Israel walked through Red Sea on dry land Joshua, tribes caused walls of Jericho to fall others became mighty, conquered kingdoms, had weaknesses turned to strength

untested faith is powerless
everyone commended for faith endured opposition, hardship
quenched power of fire, escaped edge of sword stretched on rack, beaten to death mocked, whipped, chained, imprisoned stoned, sawn in two, murdered by sword destitute, persecuted, mistreated the world was not worthy of them ² Hebrews 11: chapter of faith

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faith completed and matured
how blessed the man who perseveres through temptation! for after he has passed the test, he will receive as his crown the Life which God has promised to those who love him
² James 1.12

the one who has entered God s rest has also rested from his own work
² Hebrews 4.10

after waiting patiently, Abraham saw the promise fulfilled
² Hebrews 6.15
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faith in action
a personal testimony

faith in action
I will give you a perfect business
give up own idea, rest from own works learn to live a life of extravagant worship wait patiently

three to four years later
initial failure, test of faith perseverance new door of opportunity sacrifices necessary

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faith tested
war of attrition
debt discouragement, depression legal threats

dying to self
give up your mistaken tone of distrust regarding God s faithfulness ² Jeremiah 15.27

resting from own works
in repentance and rest is your salvation ² Isaiah 30.15
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faith proven and extended
if you separate the precious from the vile, you will be my mouthpiece, my minister
² Jeremiah 15.19

you have within you a divine deposit which rises up to overcome every challenge
² prophecy

enemy you see today, tomorrow you will see no more get up tell the people to go forward divide the sea into two the people will advance on dry ground
² Genesis 15
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faith completed and fulfilled
today, ten years later
business divided into two prospered, loans repaid one run by wife one recently sold to partner supported my work over last five years academies : Kenya, USA, Burkina Faso now released to fully pursue ministry

promise fulfilled
the perfect business !

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facing and accepting major challenge is the only path to greatness

overcoming in the arena
of spiritual conflict

discerning the arena God is with us in the conflict prepared to suffer inspired by glory the place of power

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1. 2. 3. 4. to win a victory over to get on top of to deal with successfully decisively defeated in combat

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1. particular environment or walk of life 2. large structure for open-air sport and entertainment 3. central area of an ancient Roman amphitheatre

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discerning the arena
of spiritual conflict

making spiritual progress
the Lord is my strength, my personal bravery and my invincible army; he makes my feet like hinds feet and will make me to walk not to stand still in terror, but to walk and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering and responsibility
² Habakkuk 3:19

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high places
dedication, spiritual act of worship

disruption, difficulty still in control

painful out of control; others in control

making spiritual progress
not to stand still in terror

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conflicts outside, fears within
this body of ours had no rest we were harassed at every turn conflicts on the outside, fears within but God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us
² 2 Corinthians 7:5 also 6:3-10

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others desert us
the first time I had to present my defence, no-one stood by me, everyone deserted me but the Lord stood by me and gave me power to proclaim the full message for all the nations to hear and I was rescued from the lion s mouth; the Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom
² 2 Timothy 4:14-16
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God is with us
in the arena

God has not abandoned us
we are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed
² 2 Corinthians 4:9-12

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God is forming Messiah in us
we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us
² 2 Corinthians 4:7

I am suffering the pains of giving birth to you all over again and this will go on until the Messiah takes shape in you
² Galatians 4.19

put on the new self which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator
² Colossians 3.10
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God uses conflict
to form Messiah in us
I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the Adversary to pound away at me three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me, but he told me my grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness; therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah s power may rest on me
² 2 Corinthians 12.9

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death gives way to life
God s workers headed for death yet look! were alive! as punished, yet not killed; as having reason to be sad, yet always filled with joy; as poor, yet making many people rich; as having nothing, yet having everything!
² 2 Corinthians 6.9-10

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death gives way to life
we always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body; for we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body; so then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you 2 Corinthians 4.10-12

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prepared to suffer
the ultimate calling

giving God freedom
when we are prepared to share in suffering for Messiah s sake, we give God great freedom to move through us
dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you, but rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed ² I Peter 4:12
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a privilege to suffer
on behalf of, for the Messiah s sake
stand firm united in spirit, fighting with one accord for the faith of the Good News, not frightened by anything the opposition does; this will be for them an indication that they are headed for destruction and you for deliverance and this from God because, for the Messiah s sake, it has been granted to you not only to trust in, but also to suffer on his behalf ² Philippians 1.27-30
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inspired by glory
embracing suffering

inspired by glory
our light, momentary affliction, this slight distress of the passing hour is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory
² 2 Corinthians 4.17,18

I consider that the sufferings of this present life are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us, and conferred on us!
² Romans 8:18
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living for the will of God
therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin; as a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God
² 1 Peter 4:1-2

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our own life of no importance
in every city the Holy Spirit keep warning me that imprisonment and persecution await me; but I consider my own life of no importance to me whatsoever, as long as I can finish the course ahead of me, the task I received from the Lord Jesus to declare in depth the Good News of God s love and kindness
Acts 20:23 also Acts 9:16; 14:22; 21:4-13
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the place of power
experiencing victory in the arena of spiritual conflict

turning aside to a burning bush
he came to the mountain of God, to Horeb; the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a fire blazing from the middle of a bush; he looked and saw that although the bush was flaming with fire, yet the bush was not being burned up; Moses said, I m going to go over and see this amazing sight when the Lord saw that he had gone over to see, God called to him
² Exodus 3.1-10

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my personal bravery
the Lord is my strength, my personal bravery and my invincible army; he makes my feet like hinds feet and will make me to walk not to stand still in terror, but to walk and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering and responsibility
² Habakkuk 3:19

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open his eyes, Lord
don t be afraid those who are with us outnumber those who are with them! Elisha prayed, Lord, I ask you to open his eyes, so that he can see, then the Lord opened the young man s eyes and he saw: there before him, all around Elisha, the mountain was covered with horses and fiery chariots
² 2 Kings 6.14-23
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an indestructible life within
Paul discovered supernatural power of the indestructible life of Jesus, working in him
for this I labour unto weariness, striving with all the superhuman energy which he so mightily enkindles and works within me ² Colossians 1.28-29 not in your own strength, for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you energising and creating in you the power and desire both to will and to work for his good pleasure and satisfaction and delight ² Philippians 2.13

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let my people go

let my people go
Moses called, then commissioned: go and get my people, Moses
² Exodus 7-12

let my people go, so that they may worship me
Pharoah refuses, becoming hardhearted

where are my people, Moses?
snakes frogs insects
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let my people go
let my people go, that they may worship me
death of livestock, hail, locusts thick darkness over Egypt

where are my people, Moses? let my people go, so that they may worship me
death of firstborn Passover lamb deliverance
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I will show my power
brought glory to God s name
² Exodus 9.16 & 11.9

God s judgement upon false gods of Egypt
² Exodus 12.12

a new revelation of God
Passover worship is established record of God s works for future generations

people thrust towards Promised Land
not only freedom, also animals, wealth beginning of serving God s eternal purpose
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he who led us in will lead us out

in victory!

victory in suffering
you will have to suffer only a little while; after that, God who is full of grace, the one who called you to his eternal glory in union with the Messiah will himself restore, establish and strengthen you and make you firm
² I Peter 5:10,11

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victory in temptation
God is faithful to his word and to his compassionate nature and he can be trusted not to let you be tempted and tried beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure but with the temptation he will always also provide the way out the means of escape to a landing place that you may be capable and strong and powerful, patiently to bear up under it
² 1 Corinthians 10.13
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victory in life
that you may really come to know practically through experience for yourselves the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge without experience; that you may be filled through all your being unto all the fullness of God that is may have the richest measure of the divine Presence and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God himself

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victory in life
now to him who, in consequence of the action of his power that is at work within us is able to carry out his purpose and do superabundantly far over and above all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts hopes or dreams to him be glory in the Messianic Community and in the Messiah Jesus, throughout all generations, forever and ever
² Ephesians 3.20-21

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victory in death
they overcame by the word of their testimony and the blood of the lamb and because they did not love their lives to death
² Revelation 12.11

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victory of his eternal purpose
on this rock, I will build my Community
and the gates of Hades, the powers of the infernal region, shall not overpower it or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it
² Matthew 16:18

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facing and accepting major challenge is the only path to greatness

as you pursue your dream
as you follow the Messiah you will face challenges that threaten to overwhelm you

every step of the way : faith grows within to meet the challenges that the Lord knows are ahead of us

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as you pursue your dream
God s promise is : when you pass through the waters, you will not drown when you pass through the fire, you will not be burned

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he who leads you into the arena of spiritual conflict will lead you out in victory!

thank you!

the eternal purpose

academy of mission

the high call of God to the messianic community
1 destiny of the messianic community 2 vocation of the messianic community 3 design of the messianic community 4 dynamic of the messianic community

pressing toward the high call of God
5 running the race marked out for us 6 leading God·s people into their inheritance 7 the arena of spiritual conflict

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