Benefits – BT6
Spirit-power against the enemy comes from anointed music!
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When did God’s Spirit-power tear down the walls of Jericho? Joshua 6:15-20 tells us: “On the 7th day they . . . marched around the city in the same manner 7 times. And at the 7th time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, ‘Shout, for Yahweh has given you the city . . . As soon as the people heard the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the walls fell down flat.” Yahweh’s battles against the Assyrians weren’t accomplished just by “brandishing His arm” or “striking them with terror by His voice,” but “every stroke of His staff that Yahweh lay on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres” (a). The Lord timed percussion and melody to every one of His blows! King David who “struck down ten thousands” in battle (b) knew how important music was: “Let the godly exult in glory; let them [even] sing for joy from their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands” (c). <Notes> a) Isaiah 30:31-32, b) 1 Samuel 18:7-8, 21:11, 39:5, c) Psalms 149:5-6.
How can anointed, prophetic music be like a warrior’s “two-edged sword?” Because this directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word comes from the MOUTH of God who is all powerfully-enabling! Isaiah 55:11 says this: “My directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that goes out of My MOUTH – it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall actually succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Out of the “MOUTH of Jesus Christ comes the sharp two-edged sword, His face like the sun shining in full strength” (a). How does the Lord’s slashing sword work? The ‘Living, … active Logos Message of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul (b) and of spirit (c) . . . and critically, skillfully judging (d) the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (e). <Notes> a) Revelation 1:16, 2:12, 16, 19:15, b) the hidden part of ‘the flesh’ – see Identity, c) the hidden 3rd part of man that comes from God – see the same link, d) kritikos, e) Hebrews 4:12.
However, this “Logos” is absolutely not referring to a bible, which is at best second-hand information! This “Living and Abiding Logos Message of God” is clearly referring to Jesus Christ, since He is the “Imperishable Sperma Seed” of whom “you have been born again” (a). And when God speaks His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word from the MOUTH of Christ, this alone is zoe genuine-life: “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema word that comes from the MOUTH of God” (b), and Jesus further clarifies: “It is the Spirit who gives zoe genuine-life; the flesh absolutely in fact is useless or profits nothing – the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that I speak to you: Spirit they ongoingly are and/coupled zoe genuine-life they ongoingly are” (c). <Notes> a) 1 Peter 1:23, b) Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3, c) John 6:63.
I’ve witnessed that “two-edged sword” during worship! Remember the drummer Shawn Laughlin at Freedom Fellowship from the Benefits-BT2 post? People in the congregation saw demons flee when he broke out into a drum solo in/by/with the Spirit and the church would explode in praise. Remember the “revival cowbell” did the same thing? I’ve had people come up to be after playing in/by/with the Spirit and said that they felt like prison doors opened while I was playing – and these were non-charismatic, nearly-dead churches! So when I read these verses above, I don’t doubt the Spirit-power of God can do this!
I once attended a little church that featured a traveling Spanish evangelist named “Jose” from Chile whose wife “Andrea” was a Messianic Jew. There were gang members there tattooed from head to toe. He powerfully preached the gospel like I’ve rarely heard in church, and there was great praise for the Lord released. However, when his wife came over and blew a Jewish shofar (a ram’s horn) into a gang woman’s chest, they barely had time to catch her before hitting the floor. That hardened woman got delivered of demons and cried like a baby and the people praised the Lord even louder! What a night that was! Now that’s what I call, “Church!”
I’d be interested to hear from you about how you have seen anointed, prophetic, even spontaneous music used in spiritual warfare.