VICTORY / AUTHORITY

 

A CLEAR PATH

 

When I keep my eyes on You, Father, it’s peaceful.

When I listen to Your voice and just obey,

though my human ears and eyes perceive a different voice and view,

in the Spirit all those mountains melt away.

 

They melt away.  They melt away.

When I keep my eyes on You and what You say,

When I see in the Spirit and I stand upon Your Truth,

the mountains melt and in Your strength I walk on through.

 

You have cleared a path before me, Lord.  I see it!

With Spirit eyes I’m walking boldly after You!

Lead the way, Lord; lead the way.  I’m right behind You!

The path is clear.  No doubt.  No fear.  

I’m walking through!

 

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BREAK FREE

 

You say the enemy’s been oppressing you,

and at times that can be true.

But sometimes the thing that is holding you back

isn’t the enemy.  It’s you.

 

When you focus on the things that surround you,

the principalities and strongholds you face;

when you’re consumed with avoiding bondage and control,

then you put yourself right in that place.

 

In bondage to how you think things should be,

you quench what I want to do with you.

Freedom is yours when you keep your mind stayed on Me,

no matter the environment or what others do.

 

Whatever is true, noble, right, or pure,

whatever is lovely or admirable (like Me);

Is there anything excellent or praiseworthy you see?

Then concentrate on these things and be free!

 

I say break free from the thoughts that confine you;

there’s a plan for you outside your front door.

You haven’t arrived; the Promised Land lies ahead,

and I have for you so much more.

 

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CONSTANT PROVISION

 

If He’s my all in all,

and will meet my every need,

if He truly lives in me

as I believe,

then everything I need

to bring Him great glory

is available to me –

from Him in me –

right here, right now.

 

Constantly . . .

unceasingly . . .

it’s not about what I externally see,

the vicious lies that bombard me,

how spiritual (or not) I happen to feel . . .

the presence of Christ is really real

in me

right here, right now.

 

On earth as it is in heaven,

He resides at both locations;

His Kingdom has come

and His will can be done

through me,

right here, right now.

 

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DON’T MESS WITH ME!

 

Wait a minute . . . hold the line,

something here is just not right.

It doesn’t jive with Scripture

and my Spirit’s all uptight.

 

Yes, he’s sneaking ‘round once again;

what a devil he truly is!

But I’ll call on the Lord and draw my sword;

rejection once more will be his.

 

Yeah, I recognize your evil presence

everytime you come around.

Better not plan on messin’ with  me,

‘cause I’ll just cut you down.

 

Just get off my back, Satan!

You’re such a sorry fool!

Think I’m stupid?  I know who’s in charge,

and it certainly isn’t you!

 

See, I’ve got the power to deal with you.

Jesus is my Savior and Lord.

He died for me and the blood that He shed

is my Satan-slaying sword!

 

So, bye-bye, so long, you get lost!

“Getting lost” is not for me.

I’m heading for home, I’m on the right track;

Jesus Christ is waiting for me!

 

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EQUIPPED FOR VICTORY

 

Faced by a threatening giant,

the sun is blocked from my view by his frame . . .

and while he hasn’t yet killed me,

his looming shadow has chilled me,

and all I can do is just whine.

 

How many ways must I say, “Lord, help me”???

How many times must I cry before you hear???

 

I throw myself to the ground and groan,

and while I whimper

and cry

and moan . . .

 

beneath my waist

hangs an unused slingshot

and a bag of stones.

 

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HAND TOOLS

 

I’ve written many, many poems

throughout my Christian years,

but today I read one I didn’t write;

and it moved me beyond tears.

 

It was then the Lord spoke this to me,

“The same Author, just a different pen,

and when submitted, the ink will never run dry;

you are tools within My Hand.

 

The same holds true for all I do

through you, my children, in every land;

I am the Creator, the Author, and the Finisher,

and you’re merely instruments in My Hand.

 

So submit yourselves in meekness

– understand not one word comes from you.

And as you walk in humility,

giving all the glory to Me,

I will continue to use you.”

 

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I BELIEVE

 

The Master had died and had risen!

They heard He was alive; He’d been seen.

Yet, unsure until He had appeared to them;

Jesus chided them for their unbelief.

 

Then He told them, “Go into all the world;

Preach the good news to every man.

He who believes and is baptized will be saved,

but he who does not will be damned.

 

And these signs will follow those who believe:

In My Name many demons they’ll expel,

they’ll speak with new tongues, lay hands on the sick,

and the sick will then become well.”

 

I BELIEVE that the Master has risen!

And I BELIEVE without having seen!

I BELIEVE in the words He has spoken

and His Spirit now resides in me!

 

True to His words, the signs follow me

and I’m filled with Holy Ghost fire!

I speak in new tongues, lay hands on the sick.

He’s ALIVE and His words were no lie!

 

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IT’S TIME TO FORM A HEDGE

 

Demonic wings of evil overlap in unity

As the hordes of hell descend upon our land.

A hellish cloud of darkness hovers thick about the city

And death is out to overtake each man.

 

The deceiver does his best to kill our children;

some arm themselves and help achieve his goal.

The enemy of our soul wants their destruction,

but it’s time to form a hedge and cry “no more”!

 

    We speak LIFE through Jesus Christ, our Savior!

    We speak FREEDOM in the Name of Christ the Lord!

    We’ll lock our shields together and war in fervent prayer!

    His Word is true and we will raise a mighty Sword!

 

    Break through and destroy the hold upon our land, Lord!

    Send forth angelic armies to each city!

    Shatter the darkness and save us by your Spirit, Lord!

    Have your victory, have your victory, it’s YOUR VICTORY!

 

Men walk together hand-in-hand so blatantly,

their sexual preference proudly on display;

a lifestyle now accepted by society,

and thousands die each year because of AIDS.

 

Children making love and bearing children . . .

or choosing not to carry them at all,

since killing unborn babies in this country

is a convenience that is now allowed by law.

 

    We speak LIFE through Jesus Christ, our Savior!

    We speak FREEDOM in the Name of Christ the Lord!

    We’ll lock our shields together and war in fervent prayer!

    His Word is true and we will raise a mighty Sword!

 

    Break through and destroy the hold upon our land, Lord!

    Send forth angelic armies to each city!

    Shatter the darkness and save us by your Spirit, Lord!

    Have your victory, have your victory, it’s YOUR VICTORY!

 

It’s time to make a difference whether people live or die,

to stand firmly in the gap and form a hedge!

We can come against the enemy in the Name of Jesus Christ!

The prayers of a righteous man availeth much!

 

The prayers of a righteous man availeth much!

 

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OUR INTERCESSOR

Romans 8:28-35

 

Jesus is at the right hand of God

always pleading and interceding for us.

We, who are saved, called according to His purpose,

have a great High Priest named Jesus!

 

What more perfect One could ever take this stance?

What more perfect One could have the Father’s ear?

And if God is for us, who can ever be against us?

What then do we really have to fear?

 

In troubles (problems, difficulties, dilemmas),

hardship (poverty, suffering, or want),

persecution (discrimination, harassment, or bullying),

Jesus sees and He intercedes for us.

 

When faced with famine (deprived in any way),

when naked (unprotected or defenseless),

when in danger, faced with sword (or threats of death),

Jesus sees and He intercedes for us.

 

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OVERCOME

 

I have been born of God and I will overcome the world –

for I no longer live, but it is Christ who lives within me.

This earthen shell of a man, is now inhabited by I AM,

the One who raises the dead, saves, heals, and sets men free.

 

The Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them,

the One who commands the winds and the water, and they obey Him,

the One who multiplies the fish and the loaves to feed the thousands,

the One for whom kings will rise up and princes will bow down before Him.

 

That very One – is within me now – the great I AM!

Right here, right now, whenever I speak, wherever I stand!

I am overcome and will overcome – for the Kingdom of God is at hand!

This shell of a man holds the presence and the power of the I AM!

 

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PROPHETIC FIRE

 

There’s a fire in my belly, a fire in my bones!

I can feel the fire burning

and I fear I shall explode!

A pillar of prophetic fire trapped within this body of flesh!

Oh, Lord, release Your fire!

Consume all within my path!

 

That all would know You, Jesus!

And all would make You known!

That Your Perfect Word would grip their hearts

and all would make You Lord!

That broken lives would be restored

and Your Spirit be outpoured!

Speak through me, Lord! Speak through me, Lord!

Let Your Perfect Word go forth!

 

YES!

 

That all would know You, Jesus!

And all would make You known!

That Your Perfect Word would grip their hearts

and all would make You Lord!

That broken lives would be restored

and Your Spirit be outpoured!

Speak through me, Lord! Speak through me, Lord!

Let Your Perfect Word go forth!

 

THAT ALL WOULD KNOW YOU, JESUS!

AND ALL WOULD MAKE YOU KNOWN!

THAT YOUR PERFECT WORD WOULD GRIP THEIR HEARTS

AND ALL WOULD MAKE YOU LORD!

THAT BROKEN LIVES WOULD BE RESTORED

AND YOUR SPIRIT BE OUTPOURED!

SPEAK THROUGH ME, LORD! SPEAK THROUGH ME, LORD!

LET YOUR PERFECT WORD GO FORTH!

 

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THE HOLY BLOOD OF JESUS

 

It isn’t doctors or their fees that heal my body of disease,

it isn’t vitamins or pills that cure my painful sickly ills . . .

 

     It’s the holy blood of Jesus

 

It isn’t power from within that helps me overcome my sin,

it isn’t force or firm resolve . . . or human willpower at all . . .

 

     It’s the holy blood of Jesus

 

For God sent His only Son because He so loves everyone;

Jesus paid the total price . . . He gave His very life . . .

 

     He shed His holy blood

 

When He spoke the words “It is done”, all my battles were then won.

I have a guarantee . . . I know heaven awaits me

 

     through the holy blood of Jesus

 

It isn’t crosses that I bear or hours spent in fervent prayer,

it isn’t that I’ve earned alone the right to come before the throne . . .

 

     It’s the holy blood of Jesus

 

It isn’t a physician who heals me; it isn’t a lawyer who sets me free,

it isn’t silver or fine gold that can redeem my very soul . . .

 

     It’s the holy blood of Jesus

 

For God sent His only Son because He so loves everyone;

Jesus paid the total price . . . He gave His very life . . .

 

     He shed His holy blood

 

When He spoke the words “It is done”, all my battles were then won.

I have a guarantee . . . I know heaven awaits me

 

    through the holy blood

             the precious, precious blood

                            of Jesus.

 

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THEN AND NOW

 

You say “Wasn’t it great in the ‘old days’

when Jesus healed the lame and the blind?

What a blessing it’d have been to see His great works,

and to have been around during that time!”

 

“And just think what we missed in the desert

when the hungry crowd had nothing to eat.

A few fish were changed into thousands,

Christ was with them and handled their need.”

 

“Yes, those people totally had it made . . .

Christ took an interest in biblical men.

Just think, we could’ve been a part of all that

if we had only lived way back then.”

 

But open your eyes!  You can see them now!

Christ is alive in His children today.

His great works are as wondrous as ever;

just have faith and ask in His Name.

 

Christ did it then, and he’ll do it now!

Time has no meaning at all to the Lord.

A few thousand years make no difference to Him;

we’re as vulnerable as the people of old!

 

Just stand on your faith in Jesus,

and believe in the words He has written,

“Whatsoever you ask in Jesus’ Name,

can and will surely be given!”

 

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THREE SECONDS OF FAITH

 

Trapped in a vicious thunderstorm last evening,

my husband and I – in a truck – in a parking lot.

Fierce winds, torrential rains, dangerous lightening;

through the windshield we watched the violent onslaught.

 

Trees buckled in the wind and the roads were flooding.

A store fixture sailed right past us; it was frightening!

Fire trucks screamed down the highway and stopped abruptly;

an apartment building beside us had been struck by lightening!

 

As the storm continued on with a ferocious rage,

I recalled the storm where Jesus took control.

He said “Peace. Be still.” and nature immediately obeyed.

Didn’t Jesus say we’d do such things and more?

 

So I held out my hands and said to the storm “Peace.  Be still.”

And, I kid you not, at those words, the storm immediately stopped!

For three seconds my husband and I stared out in utter amazement,

and then just as suddenly the storm again began its fierce onslaught!

 

Three seconds of faith!  Three seconds of faith!

All I had to offer was a tiny chip of a mustard seed!

But, the results were exciting!  I was totally amazed!

Build my faith, Lord, so next time I speak, the storm WILL cease!

 

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YOU SPOKE

 (Brian’s Song)

 

You spoke.  We heard.

We believe Your Word!  We believe Your Word!

You spoke.  We heard.

We believe Your Word is true!

 

Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the Word of God.

You have spoken!  We have listened!  And our faith is growing strong!

So we say to this mountain – “Hey, there, mountain – be removed!”

 

Lost one – be saved!  Dead man – arise!  Blind man – now see!

Sick friend – be healed!  Leper – be cleansed!  Possessed – be free!

 

Faith comes by hearing: You have spoken. We have heard!

Your Word is truth, Lord!

We trust Your Word!

 

Yes, You spoke!  And we heard!

And we believe Your Word!  We believe Your Word!

You spoke!  We heard!

And we believe Your Word is true!

 

–Cheri Henderson, http://cheri-henderson.com 

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