We need to take on the dual character of Jesus.
Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, but He is also the Lamb of God. The Lord began to speak to my heart about learning to pray as a lion and as a lamb.
Praying as a Lamb
In 1st Samuel, when David’s wives had been taken captive and the people talked about stoning him, he encouraged himself in the Lord. I’m positive that this is praying as a lamb. He encouraged himself in the Lord by saying things like, “God, You are my Prince of Peace, my Strong Tower, my Healer, my Provider. You are my Shepherd.” He worshipped God. And after that, he didn’t go chase after the enemy right then. He went to the throne room for fresh direction.
You find it over and over in Judges where the children of Israel as a lamb asked counsel from God. Pray as a lamb to worship God and hear from Him.
Praying as a Lion
When you hear the Lord tell you to pursue like He told David in 1st Samuel, you don’t go out to fight as a lamb. There has to be a fight stand up in you. You have to go toe-to-toe with the devil and say, “I’m coming in the authority of Jesus. I’m coming with the power of the Lamb of God. I’m coming with a Word from Heaven.”
In Judges, when the children of Israel got their answer from the Lord, they didn’t walk out of the Presence of the Lord as a lamb. They got their strongest weapons, put on their armor, and went out to fight as a lion.
Praying as both Lion and Lamb
I’m not being mean here, but we have a mixture of people. Some pray all as a lion and some pray all as a lamb. But what if we could pull these two together inside of each one of us? We go before God as a lamb to get His attention and get His Spirit moving. When God speaks, we go out of the throne room as a lion with authority from God to come against the enemy battling us or our loved ones.
The amazing part is that we don’t even have to get off our knees. We can walk out of the throne room and into a hospital room without even leaving our altar. We can walk into a situation where the devil is trying to devour and destroy and never get up from our altar.
We can’t really pray if we don’t know who God is.
He is the I Am. He is the Almighty, the First, the Last, the Beginning, the End, the Good Shepherd, and the Bread of Life. When you understand who He is, upon that revelation He will build a church that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against.
But the gates of Hell never come against you, if you ever get involved with the gates of Hell, you have to go to them.
God is going to raise up a church that doesn’t hide in the sanctuary, but goes out into the darkness. A church that takes the battle to the devil with the spirit of a lion.
We don’t stand against the devil as a lamb. We fight against him as a lion.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
- Revelations 5:4-6
- 1 Samuel 30:5-8
- Judges 20: 18, 23
- Judges 1:1
- Matthew 18:18
- Hebrews 10:12-13
- James 4:7
- Matthew 11:12
- Hebrews 11:34
- 2 Kings 7:3
- 1 Samuel 17:44-46
A miracle is something that nobody can do but the Creator.
You can own a car, pay for it, and have the title. You can have the tag and the insurance. You can have everything ready, but that car is of no benefit to you without its key. Your house key can’t be used to start it. Your garage key can’t start it. It has to have the key that goes to that car. But sometimes, we want the same key to go to everything.
I think we all have several keys. You can have your miracle, but until you find the right key, you might still be in the waiting line. I want to talk about seven different keys.
1. Keep on praying.
Pray when you’re crying. Pray when you don’t know what to do. Pray when you stand alone. Pray when your world is shaking and when you feel broken. You have to keep on praying. When you pray, He listens. Some things only come by prayer and fasting. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Your prayer is like a hammer beating the rock holding back your miracle.
2. Find you a real, true Christian prayer warrior who will agree with you in prayer.
There is power in prayer, but there is also power in numbers. When you have something going on in your life, be careful who you tell. Because not everyone will tell you good things, and if you get the wrong people involved and they are speaking unbelief over you, it might be more than you want to deal with at the moment. You need to find someone that will speak faith to you. Someone who will encourage you, and tell you, “Yeah, I know what’s going on, but Jesus is the Way Maker.” You need somebody who is a prayer warrior. Even Jesus asked some of His disciples to pray with Him.
3. The prayers of someone standing and praying for you.
Peter, when he was in prison in Acts, walked out because somebody kept praying for him. Prayer warriors are the front line on the battlefield and the devil shoots arrows at them first because they are protecting the people behind them. I want to encourage you to send in your prayer request to us. Email us (email@example.com) or call us (1.877.226.4088). We love you and we want to help carry your load.
4. Simple obedience.
Naman wanted his leprosy healed, but he was mad and turned away in a rage when it wasn’t going to be healed the way he wanted it done. But when he obeyed the Lord, his skin was completely free of the disease. Some things aren’t going to happen until we obey the Lord.
5. Some miracles come from worshipping the Lord when it’s just you and Him.
That is something the devil is really trying to stop, your worship. In houses and buildings, there is this thing called a thermostat on the wall. It doesn’t control what the temperature is on the outside, but it controls the temperature on the inside. Each one of us has a thermostat called worship inside of us, and it doesn’t change everything going on around you, it will sure change everything going on inside you. If we worship the Lord, He’ll bring peace and joy back to us.
6. Laying on of hands and anointing with oil.
Get Holy Ghost-filled, sanctified, washed in the Blood of Jesus people to lay hands on you and pray for you. I’m not being mean, but we don’t need hypocrites laying hands on us. We need people full of the love, mercy, and goodness of God to anoint us and pray for us.
7. Wait on the Lord.
Like for Joseph when he was in prison, sometimes God turns the hourglass and says, “Pray and fast, but Joseph, you’re not coming out until the hourglass is ready to be turned again. You keep your integrity and walk right, but you’re not coming out until everything is set up.” When a person is driving and they come across a red light, it doesn’t mean ‘no,’ it just means ‘not now.’ Sometimes, you just have to wait.
–Pastor Anthony Wynn
- Matthew 16:13-19
- Hebrews 11:6
- John 15:7
- Psalm 34:17
- Isaiah 38:1-5
- Matthew 18:19-20
- Acts 12:1-7
- Acts 16:23-26
- James 5:14-15
- Hebrews 6:1-3
- Acts 13:2-3
- Psalm 27:14
Jesus doesn’t always wrap your present in pretty paper.
When the children of Israel were crossing the Red Sea, everyone didn’t go in at the same time. Some were going in, others were in the middle of it, and some were coming out.
Even when you don’t see or feel God, He’s working. Hard times and sad times never slow God down. He just keeps being God.
America is in a mess. But our God still works miracles in the middle of messes. Stop looking for failure and fear. Tell the devil that you didn’t start to give up and that you are looking for God to show up.
When there was a horrible famine, Elijah went up to the top of a mountain and prayed. He asks his servant if he sees anything yet. The servant replies with, “I see dead bodies and smell rotten flesh. All I see is a mess.”
“Don’t you look at the mess,” Elijah says, “I’m praying for it to rain. Look unto the hills from where our help comes from. Go look again.”
If you keep looking at the mess, you’re going to break. But, if you lift your eyes and look, there is a miracle in this mess.
Don’t give up. Don’t you throw in the towel. There is a God and He doesn’t always wrap your present in pretty paper and top it with a bow. Sometimes, He gives you your miracle right in the middle of a mess. When it looks like it can get any worse, God has a pattern throughout time of providing a miracle in the midst of a mess.
David killed a bear and a lion. He killed Goliath. Those enemies he would never have to deal with again. But David would have to contend with Saul for years until God said it was over. You may have a Saul in your life, something in your past that you’ve had to deal with for a long time. But don’t worry. It’s not going to break you. It won’t destroy you. Don’t give it power over you.
Right in the middle of the mess don’t sit down. Go forward. Read your Bible. Pray. Make a commitment to God. Worship and fight. Serve the Lord. Go forward! God will make a way for you. God doesn’t stop being God in messes. I don’t know what your mess is, but I know He’s a big God.
Go back and look one more time. God has not forgotten you.
Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fire wanting to see the mess the three Hebrew boys were in, but when he looked down into the fire, he saw a miracle. The world thinks that just because their home, their finances, and their nerves are a mess, they can look into our lives and see that same mess. But when they look into our lives they aren’t going to see a mess, but a miracle.
God took care of Joseph, He took care of the children of Israel, He took care of Peter when he needed money, He took care of Jonah in the belly of the whale, God will take care of you.
Go look again. There’s a miracle somewhere in that mess.
—Pastor Anthony Wynn
- Hebrews 11:6
- Psalm 73:28
- Proverbs 23:18
- Exodus 14:13
- Daniel 3:22
- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
What was man created for?
We were created to worship God. The angels can worship Him, sure, but if they stopped they would be cast out. They have no choice but to worship God. God wanted a being that had a choice to worship Him or not.
The devil has stopped leaders and kings, but he knows he has no power over a true worshipper. The devil knew that if those three Hebrew boys didn’t sell their worship that they would come out of that fire. The devil knew those three worshippers would walk out of that fire because the Fourth Man would walk into it. If you worship God, He will show up!
We all know what this virus called Covid is. This virus has two main spirits attached to it. Number One: Fear. Number Two: Control.
In 1st Samuel, Goliath came with the Philistines to fight Saul’s army. You don’t hear much about Goliath before he shows up. He just comes up on the scene seemingly overnight. Kind of like the way Covid did. And now, for about 16 months, we’ve been held hostage by the biggest enemy our generation has ever seen. It’s not the meanest or the strongest. It’s not the deadliest and not even the worst. But it is the biggest.
I’m not taking this thing lightly, but it’s just another enemy. It’s the biggest one we’ve seen so far, and America has given into fear.
Let me tell you something we all need to realize.
If we die, we are the Lord’s. If we live, we are the Lord’s. We need to let go of this fear. We aren’t going anywhere until God is through with us.
The enemy recognizes there is power in numbers. Goliath called for one man to come out and fight against him. With Covid, there’s a spirit of isolation. Covid says, “It’s just you and Goliath.”
If you don’t shake this fear, the devil won’t let up. It will just get worse.
Goliath drew near morning and evening. The devil knows that what you see first thing in the morning will be on your mind for the rest of the day, and the last thing you see before you go to bed will stay with you all night long. About all we’ve heard on the morning news, evening news, and night news is the Coronavirus. It’s in our faces day and night. It’s trying to put a spirit of fear over us, but God hasn’t given us that spirit. He’s given us a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.
Over several months, the devil has been pushing further and harder, but somebody has to stand up and fight back.
That’s where David came on the scene.
David didn’t tell Saul this, but David had gotten anointed to be the next king. He knew that if Goliath killed him, then God’s Word would fail, and God’s Word never fails.
You have a promise beyond this battle.
Saul put his armor on David, but David hadn’t proved it. But he had proved his little slingshot and he had proved he could trust God. Later, he picked up five smooth stones and we all know the story from there.
I’m not telling you to not be cautious. I’m saying we need to shake this spirit of fear off us. We are children of God and held in His hand. We aren’t going anywhere until He says so. Shake the fear off! Worship God!
—Pastor Anthony Wynn
- 1 Samuel 17:1-51