For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
“Obedience in giving is an act of spiritual warfare. For instance, if a person in Chicago responds in generosity, giving way his money — say, to help with a missions project halfway around the world — the forces of Satan are driven back in Chicago. The amount is not important but the attitude is. Any amount — even a widow’s mite — given selflessly and in obedience batters the powers of darkness right to Lucifer himself. Giving selflessly means that the gift will not help the giver in any way. It’s not given so that he or she can have a more comfortable pew or a safer neighborhood. It is given away, and only God can return the blessing to that giver. This kind of giving shakes Satan, loosening his control in the country receiving the gift but even more in the country of the giver.”
Loren Cunningham in Daring to Live on the Edge: The Adventure of Faith and Finances (Seattle: YWAM, 1991) 62. The new header photo is a picture from our Good and Faithful training time with the CCT Support Office staff. CCT is the largest Christian group of ministries in the Philippines.
Cunningham echoes the Apostle Paul in raising our awareness to the spiritual battle going on all around us. Selfless and obedient giving shakes the forces of evil and brings the kingdom of God around us on earth as it is in heaven.
On this trip to the Philippines, Anjji Gabriel and I have witnessed the breaking down of spiritual strongholds. People are finding freedom in understanding and living out the truth of God’s Word related to money. The struggles have been real and the victories visible.
I like to pray the Lord’s prayer when I stretch each morning. Join me, and when you do, ask God what role He wants you to play today in making His kingdom come and His will be done. Our selfless and obedient giving releases heaven all around us.