Fight the enemy with the sword of the Spirit

One of Ray's swords
One of Ray’s swords

My husband Ray loves to collect swords and other weapons. Downstairs in his “man cave” (recreation room – a combination of his office and where he relaxes to watch sci-fi movies with our daughter Leah after his hard shifts at work), he has hung up swords, knives, guns, and other weapons on the walls, as well as his various certificates and ordinations from different trainings (he has done so many amazing things and is the most certified person I know!). He could tell you the history of each weapon. 

Ray's collection of weapons
Ray’s collection of weapons

Ray is a former combat-medic Marine (14 years in the military), a former police chief and policeman, a former fire chief and fireman, and a former SWAT team medic. He’s also been to Haiti five times for medical/security missions trips.

Ray Jones
Ray Jones

After the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 100,000 to 160,000 people, Ray flew there to help our pastor friend Dr. Jay Threadgill, setting up a medical tent and treating 200 to 300 patients a day.The medical clinic is now a permanent part of Fishers of Men Ministries. Ray has a black belt in Taekwondo martial arts. He’s been a paramedic for over 25 years. He’s been through a lot of hardship in his life. He knows a lot about warfare.

The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women In Everyday Battles Available at Amazon October 23, 2015
The Hands of a Woman:
Everyday Women In Everyday Battles

This is why I asked him to write the foreward for my book, The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women In Everyday Battles–a book about 8 women’s true stories of overcoming their greatest moments of spiritual warfare through faith in prayer and by standing on God’s word.

This powerful book is available in print and is launching in eBook format at Amazon for your Kindle on Friday, October 20, 2015. 

Ray's Japanese sword
Ray’s Japanese sword

Ray’s swords are mounted on the wall of his man cave and on his mom’s antique ceramic table. But swords weren’t created to stay on a wall or in their sheath; they’re to be used to fight. As a Christian, your weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, spoken of in Ephesians 6–the Word of God. 

When the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus responded to him, “It is written.” He used the word of God as his weapon against the enemy and it is our greatest weapon, too; God’s word stands forever. (Psalm 119:89, Isaiah 50:8, 1 Peter 1:25)

In the movie War Room (I highly recommend it), the elderly prayer warrior Miss Clara said, “Very few of us know how to fight the right way.”

This coming week I’m having a free telecall about prayer and spiritual warfare and the soft launch of this new eBook on Amazon. Be sure to share with your family and friends! Stay tuned for details on my scopes at Periscope (follow me @bethmjones) and here at BethJones.net.

Beth Jones
Beth Jones, International Speaker Amazon Best Seller Author

 

 

 

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I pray

It’s a quiet Sunday morning, and I woke up earlier than my family to fix my egg, have quiet time with God, and get some things done before Leah and I go to small group (a Bible study where we pray, worship, and fellowship each week. This is our church for now.) The sky is overcast, white-grey. It looks like rain.

sunflower cup
sunflower cup

I drink my hot green tea in my sunflower cup that my mother-in-law Judy gave me last week when Ray and I went to Texas, and read the end of the Book of Revelation and tears fall down my cheeks simply from the sweet presence of the Lord. I pray.

Our family
Our family

I pray for myself, for my husband Ray, for our children and grandchildren and those to come. I pray for God to protect my legacy, for our children and grandchildren to hear God’s still, small voice and obey, repenting of any sins. I ask God to enlighten my own darkness: worry, anxiety, fear, stress, anger, discouragement.

Nepal earthquake http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32470731
Nepal earthquake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32470731

I pray for the people in Nepal hit by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the worst in over 80 years and in which 2,300 people have died so far. I pray for the rescuers, for medical personnel treating the injured as supplies are running low.

I pray for the people who are now without food and water and who are staying out in the open in wet and cold weather, fearful of homes or buildings collapsing from more aftershocks.

I pray for people possibly still buried alive under the rubble and that there will be no more aftershocks.

I pray for a world gone mad and that Jesus will come quickly and for my heart and my loved ones’ hearts to be prepared when He comes. I pray I will be faithful to the end, even if I have to face persecution or torture or see my loved ones tortured or beheaded for Christ.

I pray we will stay strong to the end and never take the mark of the beast, no matter what we might be threatened with or have to face. I pray for those in ISIS, other terrorism groups, atheists, agnostics, to receive revelation about Jesus Christ and to be saved.

Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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prayer

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6;18, NLT

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Prayer for Japan

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This past week I received a prayer request from a Christian forum that I am on. Please keep Japan in your prayers!

Posted by: mrsmom910
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:33 pm (PDT)

This was sent to my sister from a missionary her church supports in Japan. I wanted to share it with all of you

On a personal note: Many of you know one or both of our former exchange students from Japan: Miho and Kaori. I have attempted to contact both of them. Miho responded and is apparently fine (or was four days ago). I have not heard from Kaori. Please pray for these girls and their families.

Please read the letter below and pass it on to anyone who will pray.

In Jesus,
Lynda Coats

Subject: A Time To Pray for Japan

Dear All,

It’s the sixth day after the earthquake and the tsunami that has rocked Japan to her ancient core. The National Police Agency says it has confirmed 3,771 deaths in 12 prefectures and 8,181 people remain unaccounted for in six prefectures. Rescue operations continue in the devastated areas, with 80,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel and police officers mobilized. Thousands of foreigners have been applying for re-entry permits in preparation for evacuation from Japan. Emperor spoke to the nation for the first time yesterday. (This is the first time in the country’s history an emperor has spoken to the public on television.)

Suppose you were allowed the time or the space to word just one prayer for all of Japan right now. How would you pray? This is how John Wright is praying. John is an MK who ministers here in Japan. He is blessed with wonderful heart and a sharp mind. (He’s one of the few people I’ve ever met who can preach and teach with only a Greek New Testament, speaking in Japanese.)

Over the last 24 hours I have had a growing sense of the need to communicate a single priority prayer request for Japan. I would really appreciate it if everyone who receives this message passes it on to their own network of people. We need to unite around this request. Here it is:

Pray that the winds begin to blow eastward and stay low, out of the jet stream–toward the Pacific ocean and away from the land mass of Japan–and continue to blow EAST until the nuclear crisis is over. This is critical. Staying low, and eastward is essential for limiting the damage.

As you know, the four nuclear reactors in Fukushima are all deteriorating, and levels of radioactive emissions are rising. This has the potential to directly affect a large part of the nation, if reactors continue the meltdown process and emissions blow directly over the land. A strong, consistent, prevailing wind to the east would have a profound protective effect on future radioactive emissions. In addition, if the emissions rise to the jet stream, they will be carried as far away as Europe.

In the history of Japan a “divine wind” has played a pivotal role in the survival of the nation several times. Now is the time for Christians to arise, and lay hold of God for a powerful east wind to protect this land, and all the countries that lie to the north, west, and south. The east is the only direction without heavily populated land masses.

As you pray for physical wind, also include the request for the “wind” of the Holy Spirit to blow with great power over this land and create a spiritual revival that will remake Japan from the inside out. That spiritual wind is just as important as the physical wind–these are two aspects of one crucial prayer request for this nation.

Let us all meet at the throne of grace, and agree together for the physical/spiritual wind that will deliver and transform this nation into God’s chosen vessel, prepared to reveal His glory by serving his eternal purpose of making disciples of all the nations, until He comes.

Carlton Walker

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