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Reign in Grace

“And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33)

Great Power & Great Grace… these are the keys to Great Christian Character! God’s Word promotes the idea that grace is more powerful than sin or test. We should never, never, never allow our perceptions of reality to diminish the flow of God’s power. “For if by the one man’s offense, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17).

We have been made kings and priests to our God (Rev. 1:5) and grace is necessary to rule and reign in spiritual life. Grace is necessary to exercise authority in the way that God desires. God rules, but not harshly. He rules and releases His power by grace, justice, mercy and truth. In order to exercise authority in every situation, we need to receive more and more of God’s grace. This grace gives us power not only to use authority over negative situations in life, but also to testify in a way that will build strength into our faith and service for the Body of Christ.

Grace inspires us to…

1. Believe:

The Scripture tells us that Apollos helped those who had “believed through grace” (Acts 18:27). Even the faith which saves us comes through God’s grace. We don’t produce faith – we receive it as a gift from God. “For by grace you are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8). Grace is favor that inspires us to exercise the faith which God has given us (Rom. 12:3).

  • By the grace we have, we must believe God… His Word, His promises, His commandments, His judgments.

2. Receive:

God’s Word says, “much more those who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 5:17). The Apostle Paul speaks emphatically that grace was a precursor to walking out Kingdom lifestyles and anointing for ministry…  “We have received grace and apostleship” (Rom. 1:5). God does give grace, and it should inspire our bold Christian witness. We must be willing to receive it.

Also, grace must be received as grace. It cannot be received as payment for good behavior or good works. If we are thinking we receive grace from God on the basis of our good behavior, we will not be able to receive it as grace. Grace is given to the humble heart (Jms. 4:6). This is why God many times seems to greatly bless a sinner who has recently turned to Him, while seemingly ignoring many “good church people” who have been struggling faithfully for years with pride and selfish ambitions. Many have a wrong mentality concerning grace.

3. Continue:

“Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God” (Acts 13:43).

It is vitally important that all of us, especially those who have recently turned to God and trusted in His grace, continue in the grace of God. God gives more grace, so that we are inspired to flow with gracious words and activities. Jesus shocked the people of Nazareth who knew Him as a carpenter’s son, because of His gracious words (Lk. 4:22) and activity. We need to allow God to keep guiding our hearts to the place where He can continue to work in us by His grace. In the moment when we cease to allow God’s grace to work in us, we start to dry up as Christians and that life of God in us begins to lose its effectiveness. God will not force us to remain in His grace. It is something He gives us the power to do, but we must choose to go on. Don’t give up!

4. Discover & Manage:

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Pet. 4:10).

Every born-again Christian has a ministry, through receiving a spiritual gift and using it for the glory of God. We have all been given grace to serve somewhere. God’s grace takes many forms, as many as there are people in Christ; every anointing is unique and special. A steward or manager must use what has been entrusted to him and multiply it, otherwise; he is not being a good and faithful steward. God’s grace and blessings were not given simply for us to sit in “services” and feel good. Rather, they were given that we might not only be blessed, but also be a blessing. Greater works (Jn. 14:12) require fresh grace!

5. Multiply & Spread It:

“For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (2 Cor. 4:15).

Grace and peace do multiply… as more and more people spread it. We can spread God’s grace through giving, through preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, and by “speaking such a word as is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29 & 5:18-21). It is the privilege of every true Christian, not just a special few; to spread God’s grace to as many as possible. When we to this, more and more people will bring pleasure to the heart of God (Ps. 133).

Grace is our Prophetic Destiny:

“Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,

And kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isa. 60:1-3)

Resisting the Devil

Breakthrough & Freedom!

“Resist the devil and he will flee!”

We’ve all claimed the promise and expected the victory! But, getting the devil off your back can be a challenge sometimes. Either the devil isn’t fleeing or one demon is lined up right after the other to take the last one’s place! At least that’s what crosses my mind in seasons of heavy spiritual warfare. I’m resisting the devil all right, but it doesn’t seem like he’s paying any attention. How do I know? Well, he hasn’t budged… much less flee seven different ways (Deut. 28:7).

When Resisting Seems Futile:

In spite of resisting with all my might, sometimes the enemy continues fighting against me like he’s deaf or ignoring the power of the Name of Jesus. Yet I know God is not a man that He should lie (Num. 23:19). The Word is absolutely 100% true all the time, without fail. And God’s Word says every knee must bow to the Name of Jesus (Phil. 2:10). So what gives?

The Word is Reliable – I Need a Revelation!

When God’s Word does not seem to be working, this is what I know: It’s not God’s Word that’s not working! Usually, I am either missing some key revelation or carrying around a stronghold. Either way, I am in need of a revelation! With that in mind, let’s look at this “resist the devil” Scripture in context. Read carefully, you will hear what the Bible actually says:

“He gives more grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (Jms. 4:6-8)

This Scripture offers several clues to moving into deeper revelation and carrying a greater posture for warfare:

  1. First God resists the proud! We must recognize that resisting the devil begins with humble surrender to God! That word resist (Greek anthístēmi) means to “take a complete stand against” or a “contrary position” and refuse to be moved. Well, imagine what you would get with God resisting you? And we can’t take a complete stand against an enemy with whom we are standing in some measure of agreement. We must surrender to the King and break our agreement with the devil, if we want the King’s ruler-ship to effect our lives. In agreement, there is power; power to bind or loose, power to free or enslave… and we cannot measure the strength of our stance based upon the volume of our voice. We must find our strength in the power of God’s Word! We must fully submit to God! That’s why it’s a good idea to repent and glorify God before engaging the enemy.
  2. Second, the Name of Jesus is not a magic word! We cannot toss it around like it carries some kind of quick fix for all that ails us. True and lasting victory comes not only through faith in the Name of Jesus, but also intimate relationship with Him. The power in the Name of Jesus is released by a delegated authority that is nurtured in relationship. You cannot have a powerful faith in God, when you really do not know Him. When the pressure is on, you need to truly know His heartbeat. Our revelation of Jesus as warrior, and our submission to Him as King; play an enormous role in giving the devil his marching orders. You and I have been given delegated authority to advance the Kingdom of God in the Earth… but only under the covering of an intimate relationship. Jesus said many would come to Him saying lord, lord, doing amazing things; but He would not know them, because they practiced lawlessness (Mt. 7:21-23). A growing relationship with Christ is needed to be given authority against the devil… words are not enough!
  3. Third… New levels – more devils! Sometimes I really do think there is an onslaught of demons that come one after another. You command one to flee, and there’s another right there to take its place. Yet with more devils comes the need for more grace. What I have become sure of …is that if we worship God in the midst of the battle, He will war against our enemies! So while we must not back down or hesitate to go on the offensive against our enemies, I believe worshiping God generates the intimacy needed to pull upon God’s heart and send the devil packing.

Having done all to stand – Stand!

That’s the phrase from Ephesians 6:13-14 that always leaps off the page at me. At times you just have to keep standing, even when your flat on your back! There is grace… did you read that! There is more grace! And there really is more grace in Christ, than in your strength. There is all sufficiency and an abundance of grace, abounding toward you in Christ.

So, find your focus in Christ and you will see the enemies flee at your command! (Lk. 10:19)


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