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What does it mean to be first? Let’s look at what does it mean to be first.

It seems great to be first, Bible Dictionary state that “First” means “Proton”, which means First in time, place, order, rank and importance. That sounds great on paper.

Let’s look at what does it really mean to be first, to be first means to be persecuted, to be first means to be misunderstood, to be first means to be mistreated, to be first means to suffer, there are many different other things that it carries to be first, to be first also means that to fight the largest strongholds of the Devil.

History:

There are several things history tells us about people who were the first people, for example, the 12 Apostles and the early Believers of Christ were the first to be persecuted for preaching the Gospel, all the 12 Apostles were persecuted, except for John they all died in Martyr. They were the first people Jesus sent out to preach the Gospel to the nations.

Martin Luther first carry out the truths of “Justification by Faith”, that we are saved by grace and not by works, he was the first to face the persecutions along with those who believe those truths God has revealed from the scripture.
The first people who believe that the Bible is for all people not only for the Priests were greatly misunderstood and persecuted by the religious spirit of those days.

William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army was another, he carried the truths in his heart, for the lost souls, the least and the last, he brought in people from the streets, and the poor people from the streets, the church at that time did not like it, he was the first to face great persecutions along with those other who were first to believe the truths, so they need to have their church service in a hall. They were even mistreated on the streets when they were preaching the Gospel.

In some areas, the first people to preach the Gospel and the first believers are looked down, despised, mistreated, persecuted. Some of them might even be told to leave their villages, others knocked out from their own homes, and another might even be beaten up, and still another might even be killed. And in some other place the first Christians were not allowed to take water from the stream, which was their main source of water for their village, even though after many years of persevering the whole village believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, people who were first often face many cruel persecutions, cruel evil mistreatments, and resistance from the enemy, Satan.

The first to work Miraculous healings, miracles, signs and wonders, and other Spiritual gifts can be accused as a demonic works, works of witchcraft, or other ways of being misunderstood.

Satan hates it when his land is invaded, he will use every possible means to fight the Advancement of God’s Kingdom. If we look at different history of people who were first in different things in Advancing God’s Kingdom, even as we have look some of the few history of people who were first, we will find that they often face great hardship, if not at least in the beginning of the years.

So, looking at some few history above, and looking at the things that are still happening around the world today, to be first, people need to have a very high rank that demons recognize it in the Spiritual realms. And to be first is not an easy work, to be first it is a tough work, and to be first is not something really desirable.

 

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– David Chawngthu

In many parts of the world the Apostolic Ministries are restored, in many other parts of the world they are on the process of being restored, and in many other parts of the world they are needed to be restored.

Satan hates the restoration of the Apostolic Ministries in this world, Satan not only hate the restoration of the Apostolic, but is afraid to restore the Apostles of Christ and the Apostolic because Satan knows that his land the Kingdom of darkness will be fought against, it will be under attack, it will be tortured, it will be destroyed, it will be kicked, it will be punched, it will be pushed back, Satan knows that the Kingdom of darkness is going to suffer great violence, Satan knows that many UnGodly systems will change to Godly systems, and Satan knows that the Kingdom of God will Advance, the gates of hell will be pushed back and that the Kingdom of God will advance.

Satan knows that the Warfare will be terrible for him, and is afraid to let all these things happen against his Kingdom, he knows that the Kingdom of Christ will advance and move forward, taking the Kingdom of darkness and advancing the purposes of Christ for this earth.

Satan hates the Advancement of the Kingdom, and will fight the Advancement of the Kingdom. Satan knows that the Kingdom of God will be greatly Advancing if the Apostles and the Apostolic are restored, therefore he will absolutely hate the restoration of the Apostolic.

God loves the restorations of the Apostolic while Satan hates it and therefore will fight it. Satan is afraid that the Kingdom of God will Advance, and therefore will fight against it. Satan is scared and is afraid of the restoration of the Apostolic in the Kingdom of God.

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May the Kingdom of Christ come on this earth.

– David Chawngthu

It is important for believers of Christ to have a right mindsets, we might be in any situation or any circumstances, but it is important to have a right mindset.

During the years 2005 to 2011, while we were serving the Lord during those years, I’ve got a severe health problem, where we will be needing around 3 lakhs of Indian rupees, but serving God in full time and without any single salary as a family, it was a huge money for us, since we’ve got lots of needs, house rent, staff fees, electric bills, children needs, travelling expenses, outreach expenses, and so on. At the same time, during those years, I never wanted to get intimidated by the Devil, even though sometimes I was really tired, I climb mountains for hours to preach the Gospel, work hard in serving God, even praying for the sick in different places, I was never intimidated by the Devil even when I prayed for the sick, and seeing signs, wonders and miracles, including several miraculous healings in different places.

From the beginning of time, Satan has not change his scheme, he came to steal, kill and destroy us, he came to steal, kill and destroy every part of us and everything in this world as the word of God says. At the same time, by His dead and resurrection, Jesus came to redeem everything in this world, to restore us, to bless us, to give us life, and to Advance His Kingdom on this earth.

Therefore, we might be having sicknesses, we might be in need of finances or materials, we might be in any condition or circumstances, we still need to have the right mindset, for the heart of God is to heal sicknesses, and to provide all our needs, we need to have a mindset that says, “It is the will of God to heal all our sicknesses, it is the will of God to provide all our needs”, and this is the right mindset, and this is the right mindset to have even when we pray to God, for this is the will of God.

– David Chawngthu

Will of God

When we Advance the Kingdom of God, we are going for war in that area or region, there will be resistance and persecutions from the demonic forces of hell, usually the religious spirits, traditionalism, and leviathan spirit. The Devil will use many different tactics to steal, kill, and destroy you, and the Advancement of God’s Kingdom. The foundation for Advancing the Kingdom of God is “Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth”.

The greatest warfare in the Kingdom of God is the Advancement of the Kingdom, the greatest resistance from the demonic forces of hell, the greatest persecutions, the greatest attack. Advancing the Kingdom of God doesn’t only fight one demon, but many demons, the demonic rulers of that place. If we are going to Advance the Kingdom of God, whether we want it or not we are going to wage war against the gates of hell in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Let’s look from the Old Testament and from the New Testament –

Jesus said in Matt 10:34, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“ ‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

All through the verses in Judges 1:1-18, we find that Judah Advanced the Kingdom of God and wage war.

Vs1 – The Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”

Judges 20:18 Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and inquired of God and said, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the LORD said, “Judah shall go up first.”

Zech 10:3-4 – For the LORD of hosts has visited His flock, the house of Judah, He will make them like a royal war horse/ majestic/ like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone.

The Apostle Paul said, “Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked”. (2 Cor 11:23-27)

These were what the Apostle Paul faced in his Advancement of the Kingdom of God, at the same time we can believe that Paul was not that poor while he was serving the Lord, because he told that he was eager to serve them. In Gal 2:9-10, when the Apostles, James, Peter and John asked only one thing to Paul and Barnabas as they were going to the Gentiles, that was “to continue to remember the poor”, and then Paul said, “that was the very thing I was eager to do”.

Because of the fall of men in the beginning of time, the earth needs redemption, Satan’s scheme has not change from the beginning of time, “to steal, kill and destroy every part of us and everything in this world”, and Jesus Christ, by His dead and resurrection, came to redeem everything on this earth.

The Apostle Paul taught us on warfare, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. THE WEAPONS we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds”. (2 Cor 10:3-4)

We might be serving the Fatherless and the motherless, we might be helping the homeless and the street kids in our areas in Jesus name, they are part of warfare, heaven on earth. There are many works to be done on this earth, God wants to touch the last one out there, at the same time He want to touch the whole region with His Kingdom.

Some other great weapons of our warfare are, “The name of Jesus Christ, prayer, intercession, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, preachings and teachings the word of God and revelations, declarations, prophesying, praise and worship, preaching the Gospel, and more”.

For one more example of Warfare, we would use TNT (Thutak Nunpuitu team) in Mizoram India, we can translate their ministry name as “Living the Truth Team”. Today their ministry is serving over 1000 fatherless and motherless, addicts, and the disables by faith and the generous gifts of people. They are providing foods, shelters and schools.

If their ministry had not been established, the state of Mizoram in India and Aizawl City would be filled with beggars and homeless unlike today.

Rev 5:5 says, – The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered/ triumphed.

Spiritual Warfare Advancing

 Advancing the Kingdom of God itself is a Warfare, and the foundation for Advancing the Kingdom of God is “Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth”. If we are going to Advance the Kingdom of God, whether we want it or not we are going to wage war against the gates of hell in the Name of Jesus Christ. And we wage war by the blueprint of heaven, what is up there in heaven, we bring that down here on earth, and Advance the Kingdom of God.

– David Chawngthu

This is important to know for all believers that there are different levels of Spiritual Warfare. We might be able to put them in 3 or 4 levels of Spiritual Warfare. Right now we are putting them in 3 levels of Spiritual Warfare, so that we would know that there are different levels in Spiritual Warfare.

1. Personal Level Warfare: This is about our personal warfare personally. It could be sickness, sex problem, sin, greed, pride.

2. Corporate Level Warfare: In corporate level of Warfare there are leaders, rulers, and people in Authority.
For examples – Fathers and mothers in a family, School principal and teachers, Pastors of a church, Organizational leaders, ministry leaders, and other leaders, rulers and Authorities.

– Father and mother abusing their children (not in a whole region)
– School principal and teachers abusing their students in school (not in a whole region of schools)
– Father and mother who think they still got their God given Authorities to their married children (not in a whole region)
– Many students getting rebellion in a school.
– Sicknesses spreading in a school or church.
– Providing for the neighborhood in need.
– Greed spreading in a church or in a denomination.

3. Regional Level Warfare: This has the greatest influence. It touches a whole region and generations, beyond churches, beyond organization, and beyond local communities.

– When the whole region is filled with cheating one another and greed,
– When families in a region are likely to have at least 1 drug addicts in their family,
– Some cultural systems where step parents thought they got Authority over their step children’s inheritances (Pro 23:10).
– School principals and teachers abusing their students in school (In the whole region of schools),
– Some cultural systems where fathers and mothers who think they still got their God given Authorities over their married children,
– When miraculous healings are happening greatly and shake the whole region or state,
– When Advancing the Kingdom work shake the whole region with the Kingdom,
– When your vision is to reach out many lost souls in your region, or working to save 1 million souls,
– Bikers reaching out bikers to bring transformation among Bikers in a region or country,
– A ministry that has a vision to reach out to all the 100’s and 1000’s of street kids in their region,

In this level of Warfare, you advance the Kingdom of God and wage a war for the whole region or country. When you Advance and wage war for a whole region, your Warfare will increase. You will be the target of the demonic enemies attack for waging a huge war against the Kingdom of darkness.

God will usually use His Apostles and Apostolic teams to advance His Kingdom in this level of Warfare. Even in the darkest places of this earth and even in communist countries, where God sent them, the Kingdom of God are still Advancing. It is important for the people of God to stand with them in prayers.

For another example for this level of Warfare, we would use TNT (Thutak Nunpuitu team) in Mizoram India, we can translate their ministry name as “Living the Truth Team”. Today their ministry is serving over 1000 fatherless and motherless, addicts, and the disables by faith and the generous gifts of people. They are providing foods, shelters and schools.

If their ministry had not been established, the state of Mizoram in India and Aizawl City would be filled with beggars and homeless unlike today.

This level of Warfare is the Advancement of the Kingdom of God, and this is the greatest level of Warfare and the highest level of Warfare in the Kingdom of God. Spiritual Warfare, demonic attacks and persecutions will greatly increase; Demonic attacks and Spiritual Warfare will come from regional, that can greatly increase your corporate Spiritual Warfare and even your personal Warfare, at the same time the Kingdom of God Advanced.

– David Chawngthu

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Spiritual Warfare demons are real1

Even though by the grace of God, I’ve got several encounters with angels, even seeing them with my own physical eyes, I’ve also encountered countless of warfare in my life and in our works for God.

One incident was while I was 7yrs old, 5 demons physically fought me in my bed, I saw them with my own eyes and they fought me physically, they were around 3.5 fits each, they were all black in colors. At that moment I was too young to know what is fear.

Another incident was in 2005, the first time we ever step out into serving God since 2000, a demon came in front of my face, face to face. At that moment I’ve got a very little knowledge on how to wage war, I quickly covered my face with a thick blanket saying to myself, “I’m already born again, I’m already born again”, even though it was not the way to wage war, that was only self reminder that I was already born again. Anyway it was amazing that I can see through the blanket, I saw the devil clearly with my own physical eyes, it was face to face encounter with that demon.

If you know Prophet John Paul Jackson who died in 18th Feb 2015, he used to see demons in people, sometimes while preaching, he would cast those demons away and the demons would flee away and people would be healed of their sicknesses, that was amazing. You can browse on net and watch those testimonies and experiences of seeing demons, they are interesting.

Therefore demons are real, at the same time the word of God said, “God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of a sound mind”. (2 Tim 1:7)

How to wage war against the enemy? (Weapons of Warfare)

Among many weapons of warfare, these are 7 powerful ways to wage war, they are weapons of warfare –

1. The Name of Jesus Christ: In those type of situations where the devil encounter you, fought you, or try to bring fear in your life, or any type of warfare, even as we Advance the Kingdom of God (Advancing the Kingdom of God itself is a warfare against hell, and the Greatest warfare of all is the Advancement of the Kingdom of God), the most powerful weapon of warfare is the Name of Jesus Christ. The Name of Jesus Christ is the Highest Name, the most powerful weapon of waging wars, and is the Name that is above every other name. (Phil 2:9)

2. Prayers: In everything with prayer (Phi 4:6)

3. The word of God: The word of God is the sword of the Spirit, it is living, alive, active, and powerful. Revelations from God’s word are powerful.

4. Declarations: Declaring the Lordship of Christ is a great warfare, declaring breakthroughs, declaring victory, declaring freedom. Eg – “I/ We declare breakthrough in Jesus Name in your situations”, “I/ We declare the Lordship of Christ over this land”.

5. Prophesying: Ezekiel prophesied and commanded the dried bones and they came to life.

6. Intercessions: Praying on behalf of others, this can be done on behalf of ministry, church, region, land, or a country. Abraham prayed on behalf of Sodom and Gomorra.

7. Praise and Worship: Praise and Worship are part of warfare, a powerful weapon to wage war. While Paul and Silas were having praise and worship in prison, suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. (Acts 16:25-26)

– David Chawngthu

What’s up there in heaven?

As we look up to heaven, “what do we see?” that’s the blueprint of heaven for this earth. The blueprint of heaven is the foundation for this earth –

“Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, as in heaven so on earth”. (Matt 6:10)

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no sicknesses in heaven.

– You look up to heaven, you find that it is filled with worshipping God in His presence.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no lost souls, all are saved.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no pain and sorrows, you find that heaven is full of joy.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no persecutions in heaven.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no oppressions in heaven.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no marriage separations and divorces in heaven.

– You look up to heaven, you find that everyone live in peace and joy, everyone can be who they are, there is no legalistic and traditionalism, they got freedom to be who they are, they are not in tension, they are loved and accepted as they are. (2Cor 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom).

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no abuses and mistreatments in heaven.

– You look up to heaven, you find that Jesus Christ is Lord over everything in heaven, you find that He is the foundation in Heaven.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no orphans in heaven, they got a loving Father who love them so much than anything else.

– You look up to heaven, you find that there are no poor little girl on the streets of heaven, there are no single person without food, there are not a single person who is hungry, there are no single homeless person.

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OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A BELIEVERS: (As it is in heaven so on earth)

Now our responsibility is to bring that heaven down to earth, our responsibility is to bring that Kingdom of God here on earth. This is called Advancing the Kingdom of God, “Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, as in heaven so on earth”. Therefore as a believers of Christ, even our message is the Kingdom, we preach and teach about the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Where there are no worship on earth, we are to bring worship. Where there are no presence of God, we are to bring the presence of God. Where there are still lost souls on earth, we are to preach to them about Christ. Wherever there are still oppressions on earth, we are to release the captives free. Where there are pains and sufferings, we are to bring healing. Where there are fatherless and motherless in need of the parent’s love, we are to show them the love of God, the Father’s love here on earth. Wherever the Lordship of Christ are not valued, we are to preach that Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, which is the foundation for every type of leaderships and authorities on the face of the earth. Where there are in need of teachings about heaven on earth, we are to preach about the Kingdom of God on this earth. Where there are hungry children, we are to give them foods to eat. Where there are naked poverty, we are to cloth them. Where there are homeless, we are to look for shelter for them and help them.

While the Devil work to steal, kill, and destroy everything on this earth, Jesus Christ came to redeem everything on this earth saying, “All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.

So, these are how the blueprints of heaven are in general.

In another sense, the blueprint of heaven is how God wants to build and establish His Kingdom on this earth, it is also the foundation for this earth.

“Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done, as in heaven so on earth”. (Matt 6:10)

– David Chawngthu