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Say Yes!

“For all the Promises of God are Yes in Him. And in Him Amen, unto the glory of God - through us.” (2 Cor. 1:20)

Authority & Power:

Did you know that regardless of what others say and do, you have the spiritual authority to rise above their actions and words! (Job 22:28) In fact, not even the devil himself can resist or thwart the plans of a Child of God when he or she uses the authority that God has placed in their hands! (Lk. 10:19)(Mt. 16:19)

Releasing Faith:

Your faith can change your world! No matter how difficult things might seem at this moment or how small your faith may feel. Even a little faith can do great things when its released. But you must get it engaged toward your situation if you expect to breakthrough into the place God is calling you. When your voice agrees with God’s purposes it is going to change that which is affecting you negatively.

God has given you dominion over your life. Dominion is the power and the authority to govern and control that which concerns you. He has put you in a position to grow in faith and every time you speak, you are setting the limits upon the enemy’s approach. God has commissioned you to set the spiritual boundaries and utterly defeat those things that are not in sync with God’s will for your life (2 Cor 10:3-6). Its a battle over your affections, but when God has captured your heart, the devil can’t move you.

Say ‘Yes’ to His Promises:

You’re a Believer! Your confession of faith is your “yes”. Set the decree ever before you and praise Him with the shout! Remember: “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mt. 18:18). You have been given authority on earth to decree God’s will and He will back it up in heaven! God gave dominion for a holy purpose and you have the privilege to be used by God to speak His will and declare His desires on Earth (Mt. 6:10).

“Will of God – Be Done… On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

Invasions of Heaven

The most incredible ministry moments for me are those that come as a surprise. Its not so much that I find myself unprepared, as much as, some moments just sneak up on us as new information. A child is born blind… what will God do? A family is left homeless and struggling for shelter… how will God provide? A father is without a job… where will God lead? Amazingly… Heaven has an answer for every difficult situation! But they require us to take some risks and move in faith!

When Heaven Touches Earth:

I like the Bible story about the man who comes to Jesus for the healing of his son. Heaven comes to the rescue! This son had dealt with an issue of epilepsy for many years and it had often caused enormous trauma to the whole family. The boy had fallen into the fire and there was no relief in sight… until Jesus released an invasion of Heaven!

As the father was trying to get answers from the ministry of some “faithless” disciples… all seemed to be at a stand still. Jesus was up on the “mountain of transfiguration” with Peter, James and John (Mk. 9:2-13). As the mountain top experience comes to an end; the three disciples and Jesus come down the mountain to find an argument over the healing of the boy. Those remaining 9 disciples had accomplished nothing. They found a much more comfortable setting in an argument about theology with some local scribes.

Isn’t that just like church folk… so many of our services seem more interested in sermons, than demonstration! We should be prepared to meet with God and all we find is empty words and powerless religion. Jesus made the most accurate statement, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” The question must be answered…

…how long shall we allow ourselves to talk about miracles, rather than host an invasion of power into our impossible situations?

Jesus now has the father in front of Him with a question… a question that I believe was an honest cry of human frailty. He asks Jesus, “If You can do anything – have compassion on us and help us?” Without hesitation Jesus addresses the impossible situation with the touch of Heaven and the boy is made whole. Nothing is impossible if you believe!

But there is a surprise for all who peer into this story from the outside… “are we ready to take some risks?”

Some things can only be accomplished through prayer and fasting (Mk 9:29).

  • First we all need a fresh revelation that helps us see! Notice this was an “unclean spirit” and Jesus called it “a deaf and dumb spirit” as He rebuked it and cast it out (Mk 9:25). The revelation leads to the correct response. We know that revelation is given as we tune into Heaven… thus the need for prayer and fasting.
  • Secondly… We are disciples, called to advance the Kingdom of God! We must rise to the occasion and believe for the impossible. Although we may have a lot of knowledge about how it works, God is looking for those who have some faith. People of God are carriers of power and authority… and called to the impossible.

A Faithless Generation:

A faithless generation has no clue about advancing the Kingdom of God… they do not understand the words of Jesus when He taught us to pray, “on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:10). To rid ourselves of the harsh label as the “faithless generation” requires that we become a people who recognize and release what we carry. New information offers us an invitation to host Heaven’s influence. God wants to bring freedom to the captives among us, but has given authority and power to us… for the purpose of treading upon serpents and scorpions and overwhelming all the power of the enemy (Lk. 10:19). We must carry and release the power of God and host invasions of Heaven… on Earth. Shake off the label, we are not a faithless generation.

Although being faithful means taking a few risks… but Heaven itself is waiting!

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)

The Believer’s Authority

I want to encourage you today to believe for and walk in the future God has for you.

There is a catch however, you will need to press into God and stand firm against the devil. Just as soon as you begin to set your sights on God’s best for your life there will be a battle… for your identity and your sense of spiritual vision. You will need to know your authority in Christ and how to use that authority to defeat the enemy’s schemes (Eph 6:10-12).

Defining Spiritual Authority: 

Spiritual authority is the right to control, command, or determine the future based upon God’s Promise and the Holy Spirit’s guidence. Its like a badge of approval to advance His Will in the midst of difficult circumstances. Believers in Christ have been entrusted with a spiritual ‘power of attorney’… an authority to act in the absence and interest of God. Much like a nation’s ambassador would represent their interest in a foreign land, so also we represent God’s Kingdom interest on Earth.

Delegated to Us:

All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus (Mt 28:18). He proved it by defeating the devil in every one of his evil works (1 Jn 3:8), crushing his head at the Cross (Gen 3:15). Then, by rising from the dead, He disarmed every principality and power that ruled in the heavenly realms. He is even now, seated “far above all principality and power, might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (Eph 1:21). His victory has become our hope of liberty from the power of sin and the grip of Satan’s lies. Although, the devil stood in defiance to God’s Promises in our lives, Christ won our victory. So that we could live in His authority.

Simply Believe:

Jesus said: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Lk 10:19). Faith and obedience unlock the door of authority. If you can believe for the destiny of God, you can walk in it. Just remember to hold on to your identity in Christ Jesus and focus on His vision for the future.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)

Kingdom Assignments

God has called us to overcome… to break away from the crowd and move forward in the assigned tasks we were made to accomplish here on the Earth. We must no longer tolerate the false message of powerless words and passive hearts. The Apostle Paul makes the statement that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:20).

God has enlisted us in His great army and has a work for us, if we are willing to embrace the assignment.

 Jesus our King, has given us authority over all the power of the enemy (Lk 10:19). We are not just equipped for guard duty; all that defensive posturing is for the feeble of heart. In this day, God is handing out assignments that will accomplish His will in the Earth. With the power of the Holy Spirit and a two-edged Sword in our hand, we must make our assault upon the strongholds and fortresses that stand in the way of God’s purposes being fulfilled while we were at our posts.

King David recalled his ability; in God’s anointing, to “bend a bow of bronze” while he was “pursuing his enemies”. He “did not turn back until they were consumed” (Ps 18:37). Keep in mind that this David was first a man of worship and that he did not pursue his enemy without first pursuing God! Yet when God gave him the assignment, he thoroughly defeated his foe.

Here is the Truth: Either we pursue our enemies or our enemies will pursue us!

We must gain Christ’s attitude toward evil; while never confusing the convictions with the goal that accompanied His assignment. The Bible says, “Hate evil, you who love the Lord” (Ps 97:10). Notice its the evil we are to hate… not the individuals who are engaged in the evil.  Jesus came to Earth “to destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn 3:8) and to free humanity from the evil oppressive weight of sin (Lk 4:18-19). How should we; who are His called followers, not also live with the same convictions and goals as our Commander and Chief.

 The destruction of evil, breaks the chains that hold people in bondage and slavery.

 Our assignment will always correspond to this ultimate goal. Embracing the call of God will bring us to our feet in faith and to our knees in prayer. Realize Saint, that both postures are forward momentum.