Date: March 13, 2012
Blog: “Fighting Fire with Fire” by Manny Perez
Type of Fast: Skip 2 meals
Target: Church ministries and department heads
I’ve heard it said: ” in order to grab ahold of something you haven’t had, you have to do something you haven’t done.” I know we all believe in what our pastors are speaking concerning the MIRACULOUS. What is “Fighting Fire with Fire”?. can you believe, in some situations, the best way for firefighters to contain and eventually put out a fire is by using fire? They would set a controlled fire to eliminate the elements that are feeding the actual fire and in this way they would control the whole fire. That is how a firefighter would FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. I’m sure we’ve all heard the metaphorical terminology of that statement. if not, it basically means to MATCH AGGRESSION WITH AGGRESION!
Matthew 11:12- From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. In NKJV it talk about the kingdom of heaven suffering violence, and the violent take it by force. This statement might sound controversial, but in doing a little research, this scripture is NOT literally encouraging us to be violent because that is the type of person that takes hold of the kingdom of God. it talks about how those who oppose the kingdom of God use aggressive tactics, and us as christians need to match that aggression in order to attain the kingdom of God.
Now we know the tactics that we use are not like the enemy; he doesn’t fight fair. The bible talks about our battle, not being flesh and blood, but a spiritual battle. So when the devil tries to use aggressive unfair tactics, we need to aggressively grab ahold of the spirit of God, because we know that with Him we are more than conquerors! That is why we are fasting this 40 days.
If you’re like me, you may have been battered and bruised by your trials. You may have experienced some pain. But i’ve heard it said: ” with a GREAT CALL will come GREAT TRIALS”. Do you believe there is greatness inside of you?. Let this encourage us that when we go through those storms, it’s all because God is preparing us for something great. If you’ve been going through some things, than this fast is for YOU. I believe that at the end of this fast God has something for us. i’ll be honest, i don’t know exactly what it is, but i know our church is about to grab ahold of the kingdom of God. So, the next time you experience your trial, you have to option to give in to the enemies aggressive, unfair tactics, or you can match that aggression and let it catapult you into God’s presence. for those of us who choose to run to God, the bible tells us that the enemy will flee when we resist him. I look forward to seeing all of you in our promise land. Let’s continue to back up our founders and our pastors these 40 days. God Bless
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