RESISTING THE WILES OF THE DEVIL

When we accept the authority Jesus gave us, we realize we have the ability to withstand the devil’s lies, trickery, and deceit. The devil cannot force us to do anything – the only power he has is deception.  As Christians, we are righteous, holy, sanctified, and perfect. Not perfect in the sense that you’ve never made a mistake, but perfect in spirit, in complete and upright standing with God.

When we do not know the truth of who we are in Christ and the dominion that has been given to us, by default we turn that authority over to the enemy. We do not have to repeat Adam and Eve’s error. They gave their authority over to satan by believing and doing what he said instead of what God said. Christ has redeemed each of us. We are God’s own children. However, the devil will always try to shame us into thinking there something wrong with us. Ultimately this limits the believer that thinks he or she is not worthy of exercising the authority of God.

Not only do we have God’s compassionate and unconditional love; we have also been given unconditional authority. The devil tries to trick us into giving him what is rightfully ours—our God given authority. As James chapter 4 verse 7 instructs us to do – we must submit ourselves to God.

Resist the devil and he will flee!

HOW PRAISE RELEASES SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY PART 2

Many Christians spend a considerable amount of time asking God to do things for them that He has already done, or has already told them to do. When we look at the concept of spiritual authority, it is simply the right to use God’s power. Praise and worship connects us to that power. Psalm 22:3 says God inhabits our praise. He can’t inhabit our praise if we won’t praise Him. There are Christians who come into the understanding of this concept and immediately start exercising it in their lives. But if they don’t see an overnight change in their situation they tend to think that something is wrong with God, or that what they are doing isn’t working. In actuality, the problem is their lack of consistency where the things of God are concerned. Consistency is the key to breakthrough. We don’t work out in the gym for one day then quit if we don’t see results. Likewise, we don’t praise God one time then quit if our breakthrough doesn’t show up. Praise and worship has to come from a place of knowing that God has already worked on our behalf, not the place of trying to get Him to do it. Right now, it may not look like that situation is ever going to turn around, however, keep thanking God. We must remain steadfast in His Word and don’t allow the devil to rob us of our faith right before we experience the manifestation of what has already been done. It is the will of God for every area of our lives to be blessed. Breakthrough is on the way.

SCRIPTURES:  Daniel 10:12 (AMP), Psalm 22:3, Isaiah 43:21, and John 10:10

Believe and Be Set Free

Depending on what we believe, life can either be a painful struggle or a joyful experience. The world can send us jumbled messages, so it’s extremely important to filter everything we see and hear through the lens of God’s grace. Believing something that doesn’t line up with the Word puts us in spiritual bondage; having faith in what God says opens our eyes to the truth, and the truth makes us free.

Grace is the truth that sets us free, and it’s something Jesus made available for us two thousand years ago without us having to earn it. When the message we get is that we’re sinners who will never amount to anything, God’s truth tells us different. Being born again and being in Christ makes us new creations, and old things are permanently passed away. This happened with Paul, who could truthfully say he had wronged no man even after he murdered countless Christians before being born again.

We are spirits possessing souls and living in physical bodies. Our spirits became as perfect as God’s the moment we got born again. The new spiritual man inside us is created in righteousness and true holiness, and even when we commit sinful acts we’re no longer sinners because our old sinful natures are gone. If we have trouble believing this, it’s because we need transformation through the renewing of our minds.

Being born again makes us children of God by faith, and the knowledge of this transforms our lives. Our identities are rooted in Christ and, because He never changes, our identities in Him will remain the same regardless of what we do. This is true liberation and good news for all who believe.

 

Prayer:  Lord, the knowledge of our identities in You sets us free and changes our lives. Because of what Your Son did, we’re no longer bound by earthly limitations. We’re grateful and thankful for that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scriptures:  John 8:31, John 1:17, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Corinthians 7:2, Acts 8:1-3, Ephesians 4:24, Romans 12:2, Galatians 3:26, and Hebrews 13:8.

HOW PRAISE RELEASES SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY: PART 1

Did you know that praising God invokes your spiritual authority and paralyzes the devil? The mistaken belief that God is in complete control is contradicted when you read in the book of Genesis that He gave Adam and Eve authority over all the earth. Because of their fall and the loss of that authority, Jesus came to restore it to mankind and give us dominion over heaven and hell. That may be very shocking to some Believers who don’t realize just how powerful Christ has made us. With that in mind, we must remember God will not come down from heaven to get the devil off our back. As Believers, we are expected to use our God-given power to do this ourselves. How? Through praise and thanksgiving. Praise and thanksgiving have real power in deciding the outcome of our situations. Giving thanks to God allows Him to move in our life and stops the devil in his tracks. In 2 Chronicles chapter 20, when the Moabites and the Ammonites gathered against Jehoshaphat to battle, the people did not know what to do. Despite being outnumbered, they responded by keeping their focus on God. God told them this was not their fight but His. The people’s praise, worship, and songs allowed God to intervene and He slew their enemies. Likewise, the same thing can happen for us when we give God praise and worship. Whether we dance and sing to music, lift our hands professing his goodness, or simply say, “Thank You Father” while sitting behind a desk at work, we allow God to take precedence over every circumstance in our life and defeat the enemy. When we stop struggling with the fight and start celebrating God, we are sure to see victory every single time.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

Exodus 15:2                             2 Samuel 22:4                                     Luke 10:19

Philippians 2:10                      Colossians 2:6, 7                                 Mathew 21:15, 16

2 Chronicles 20:1-25

Undeserved Favor in our Lives

It’s unrealistic to think we can go through our entire lives without making any bad choices.

We all slip and fall from time to time on our Christian walk and, left to ourselves, we would eventually be overcome by guilt and condemnation. Without Jesus, that’s an uncomfortable thought, but accepting his unconditional love and acceptance brightens our prospects. When we feel we deserve punishment for a mistake we made, he gives us what we don’t deserve.

The world “keeps score” each time we make a mistake, and it tallies up the number of times we’ve done something wrong. Buying into this mindset can fool us into thinking we’re unlovable, but God’s way of thinking is the exact opposite. Trusting him enough to turn over every aspect of our lives to him positions us to receive grace. In the Old Testament, Noah found favor despite making mistakes like everyone else, and this favor is still available to us today.

Trying to perform according to the world’s standards is like running on a never ending treadmill. We can’t ever do enough to fulfill all the requirements set before us, but Jesus eliminates all the work and self effort the world insists is necessary. Developing a relationship with him releases us from the bondage of shame and guilt. He gave his very life to demonstrate this supernatural grace and forgiveness.

We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to experience favor; God wants to radically impact our lives right now, regardless of what we’ve done in the past. We don’t deserve abundant prosperity in every area of our lives, but he makes it available to us anyway. We don’t deserve peace and joy in tough times, or the ability to overcome situations that defeat others, but he offers those to us as well. Such is the nature of grace!

Look Beyond The Fear Of Failure

As we consider the uncertainties of the future, we are confronted with a powerful temptation: the temptation to “play it safe.”  Unwilling to move mountains, we fret over molehills.  Unwilling to entertain great hopes for tomorrow, we focus on the unfairness of today.  Unwilling to trust God completely, we take timid half-steps when God intends that we make giant leaps.

Today, ask God for the courage to step beyond the boundaries of your doubts.  Ask Him to guide you to a place where you can realize your full potential – a place where you are freed from the fear of failure.  Ask Him to do His part and commit to doing your part.  Don’t ask Him to lead you to a “safe” place; ask Him to lead you to the “right” place.  Remember, those two places are seldom the same.

DEVELOPING YOUR FAITH VERSUS DEVELOPING YOUR USE OF FAITH

There is a difference between what religion tells us about faith, and what God tells us.

Religion tells us to do this or that to increase our faith. God tells us He has already given every man the measure of faith.  You have enough faith.  You just need to learn how to use it.  And, I am not referring to human faith.  I am talking about faith from God. Supernatural faith from God goes above and beyond human faith, which can fail us.  The God kind of faith never fails.  Someone might say, “Well Ms. Mercedes, I believed and it still didn’t happen for me.”  Then, my question is, had you kept believing would it have come to pass by now?  Many believers today pick a stopping point for their faith.

God loves to do things quickly, but if you start trying to rush your manifestation out of fear or panic, you will slow it down.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with establishing a date for the manifestation.  However, that date must not come from fear or anxiousness.  The amplified version of Philippians 4:6 tells us do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.  When you make those requests known and believe you receive the moment you pray, you have just exercised your faith.  Faith must be exercised to be effective.  It’s no different than muscles in the body.  The more you exercise them, the more developed they become. Remember, you don’t get more faith.  God has already given you enough faith for everything for which you have believed, or will believe.  All you need to do is begin using it.

Prayer for Today
Lord, thank you for the faith you have given me.  I will allow the Holy Spirit to influence my thinking and speaking so I can use my faith this week more than ever before.  I know you are faithful and my faith will never be denied.  Thank you in advance for the manifestations I will experience.  In Jesus’ name I pray and believe.  Amen. 

Scripture References:
Romans 12:3 | Galatians 2:16, 20 | John 14:12 | Romans 4:19, 20 | Matthew 14:28-31