Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means shall hurt you. (Luke 10:19)
Now, I know that at some time in your lives, you have watched a movie and in the movie, a character equipped with a weapon was afraid to use it. I mean, they would have a gun or sword in hand and too afraid to use it. In addition, while watching…you were probably talking to the TV saying us it stupid!hurry!…or something like that.
Well, did you know that as a born again believer, you hold greater power than even a person holding a gun in his or her hands pointing at the adversary? Brothers and sisters, Luke 10:20 tell us that the spirits are subject to us (true believers that is) and that we should rejoice because our names are written in heaven.
We who are with Jesus really have the upper hand in all spiritual warfare against the enemy. Revelation 17:14 says: These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
If you truly want to see the face of God, it is necessary to take up your spiritual weapons and fight back. The word of God is our weapon of warfare. However, until we learn and speak it aloud, we will never see the manifestation of victory over our enemy. Truly, our war is not against another brother or sister.
We should not ever place a face with the altercation or issues we face. We are not fighting against flesh and blood…we are in a spiritual warfare. Unless you get spiritually fit…you are doomed to lose. No matter how strong you may think you are in your mind and physical body…remember. If you are spiritually weak…You are being set up for the kill. Get in on this gift of salvation; give yourself away so God can use you. Remember we are salt and light to the world.
When we are born again, our spirit is born again, not our minds and body. Remember we are spirit beings that never die. The body dies and the spirit goes one of two places. A born again Christian has a new sinless spirit within that the old sinful nature hates. That nature hates that it resides right alongside the sinless spirit. The ultimate goal of the new spirit is to bring that old sinful nature into subjection and into alignment with what God says. However, the old sinful nature is not trying to hear all that nonsense. Romans 8:5 tells us: “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
You see brothers and sisters; our flesh (worldly way of thinking that is not in alignment with spiritual the spiritual realm) is our true enemy. It does not matter where we go, the flesh tags along trying to persuade us to go against the spirit within. Indeed the war inside hurts so bad to the point that many of us cry out in agony for relief from all the pulling and tugging that is going on. Galatians 5:17 states: “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” We have a choice people to either agree with the Holy Spirit within or disagree. The consequence we receive is typically based on the choice we made.
Truly, I believe that it is better to run, resist, hold back and do like 1Peter 2:11 (NLT)…Peter states: Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) reminds us: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our sinful nature is up to no good. Listen to what Paul says in Romans 7:18: “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.”
Some of us think that we can take fire in your bosom and not get burned. Well, if you recently vowed to be celibate, be careful not to find yourself in the midst of a situation where your flesh will decide what it wants to do. You see, if we trust our flesh to be strong we fall prey to the trickery of the enemy. Many of us have not yet realized that our nature is to sin. We have SINNED much longer and we are a lot more prone to do what the flesh WANT US TO DO. Brothers and sisters, for this reason, God came and offered us the perfect solution.
Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, The Holy Ghost moves in and manifests His endless love for us. He guides us and enables us to do things better than we ever did before, He gives us massive self control, wisdom, discretion, insight and so much more! Nevertheless, we have to listen. When we give in to the prompts of the Holy Spirit, we are transformed in to new creations, fashioned just the way God wants us. That old sinful nature is bought into subjection and literally crucified.
We begin to do everything for the sake of Christ because we love him, not because we think it is just what we are suppose to do. We become the salt that adds flavor to all situations and the light that overcomes darkness. We soar like eagles and become fearless as lions. I do not know about you, but I believe “SALVATION” is the best gift anyone could ever receive…Only believe in Gods way and not my way and I receive power to become more than I thought I could ever be! However, most of all, I get to see my Maker…GOD, when I leave this wretched flesh. Wow! This is truly awesome!
2Corinthians 5:17 tells us: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
This very scripture confirms that a born again Christian should never utter the words “I am only human” out of his or her mouth. When we make excuses for our behavior using these words, we fall into that lie Satan feeds into our minds. This lie causes us to compromise and therefore we are eventually defeated instead of defeating the foe.
Yes it is in the human nature to sin because until we become born again through accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior from that old sinful nature inherited from Adam and Eve, we are “only human”. But to say the words “I am human” is outright denying that you are born again. Born again Christians can no longer blame failures on the human nature because 2 Corinthians 5:17 confirms: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Overall, when a person says ” I am only human” he or she is saying they are not born again, but only human. You see, either you are born again or not. If you have a sinful nature and a righteous nature, then is one going to heaven and the other one going to hell? It is true that only the spirit man is born again, that is who you are… That old nature is just a residue trying to take over by fighting against the new nature, but It can only take over when we give in to what it is enticing us to do. You see, the ultimate goal God is achieving is to bring our body and soul into agreement with our new spirit. We are transformed by the renewing of our mind and made whole. Nothing missing, nothing broken. If your goal is to see the face of your Maker, then rejecting the new nature is a fatal mistake. God is a spirit, we cannot cross over to His spiritual realm with a carnal(worldly, human) mindset.
It is important to understand that the old sinful nature brought on by Adam and Eve keeps trying to control us. Satan keeps trying to speak to it and convince us that we are not saved, nor are we new in spirit. However, a born again Christian takes on that righteous sinless nature of Jesus Christ. That nature that is stronger than that old nature. Christ died so we would be free from the bondage of that old human nature. However, you have a choice. Choose to resist the devil and he will leave you. As long as you continue to choose to obey the new born nature within, you WIN. Greater is he in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
God sees Jesus in us and not our old sinful nature that’s trying to hold on (those born again)
Now of course if you do not believe in the Bible and that Christ died for your sins, then you are one described in John 10:26 where Jesus said: But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. Those who have not accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior are indeed not a new creation therefor they are only human. They still belong to the devil. So…this information only applies to those who actually care where they will spend eternity. You choose who you will obey.
St John 1:16 tells us: And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. This means all believers possess continuous grace, power and ability. God foresaw the fall of Adam and Eve. He already made full provisions for our restoration back to Himself. He invites all humankind to partake of these provisions!
When you know that God loves you, you will put your confidence in Him.
As we continue believing, God’s grace comes in and take us beyond what we are able to do.
Christians should always make time to pray and draw closer to God. We will never uncover what God has already supplied for us until we draw closer. If we cannot make time for God…We are far too busy.
We will never get to heaven until we are transformed into a new creation. Only God can do this. This body is not equipped to handle heaven. If we will not stay still and let him do His mighty works in us, we stay stained and marked as the devils property. The unsaved must ask Jesus into their life to clean them up and releases them from being a brainwashed slave to the accuser who is always sewing negative things into our minds.
Once the unsaved accepts Him, they are justified, just as if they never sinned yet constantly reminded by the Holy Ghost that we are much better than our old nature. God do not keep accusing us of our wrongs, He transforms our minds through the Word, the working of the Holy Spirit so we are able to do the right thing in his sight. We are free people! FREE from slavery. We don’t have to succumb to what the devil tells us to do. Resist the devil just like you would resist the enemy on the battle field. Stay alert and stay close to God so he cannot have his way with you.
Some people just love sin so much that they invite it in and relish the so-called good life only on this earth. They are not concerned about their eternity because they actually think that after death everything is all over. Whooping it up might last for a lifetime, but when it comes time to give out wages for what you did or did not do here on this earth, well, that is a completely different story. In this case, the wages are higher than one would probably care to accept. The wages of sin is death, but the GIFT of God is eternal life. Why do people reject eternal life? Because they don’t believe it exist.
After physical death, our real life begins with who we really are and we will either spend it in heaven or hell. We simply go back to being what we are without the human body suits we are in… spirit beings. However, your decision here on this earth determines your eternal destiny. Don’t get it twisted too bad where you can’t get untangled. Watch and pray that you do not enter into temptation..(Matthew 26:41)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (KJV)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Healing will not manifest physically, mentally, or financially unless one actually believe it. A person must take hold of it and run with joy telling it to people believing Gods Word that it is already done! You see, that’s crazy to the human mind. We scare the unsaved when we are bold like that.
When under pressure, we often discover what we believe.A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)
You can speak “I am healed by his stripes” However when the doctors delivers a bad report of your health… What comes forth out of your mouth at that moment is what you really believe.
There is an abundance of treasure waiting for us to take hold of us, why don’t we take them? (Mark 5:36)
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.(Luke 8:50)
But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Humans typically believe what they see, hear, taste, feel and smell. If none of these attributes are present, we tend to dismiss the idea as not real, ridiculous, stupid or bizarre or whatever.
However, most humans are not aware that they we are spirits and must learn how to operate in the spiritual realm in order to have a relationship and close bond with God. Read the first chapter on Genesis how God breathe life into us. It was his life…but when Adam and Eve switched out they forfeited all they had and unfortunately the same went for us until Jesus Came and Delivered those who truly believe thou they never saw Jesus with their eyes. Demonic oppression is the only thing stopping us from reaching our ultimate powers we have through Christ.
Applied pressure causes many to cave in, give up, quit, then crash and burn.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:33
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
Chapter 1 verse 26 of the book of Genesis in the Bible tells us that God gave us dominion over all living creatures. Genesis 9:2 states that: All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power.
The very moment Eve started listening to a serpent; this was proof that she did not understand the part about her and Adam having dominion over all the animals.
She took the word of the serpent as more valuable than that of God. Furthermore, Eve outright disobeyed because she thought that she was missing out on something. The enemy introduced fear of loss into Eve’s mind. Genesis 3:1 in the New Living Translation (NLT) tells us: The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
It is plain to see that he was aiming to confuse and manipulate.
The serpent or the enemy of God tried the same trick on Jesus in Luke 4:3 where it states: And the devil said unto him, if thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. God had already told Jesus that He was His beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased. Jesus assured the enemy that He knew his identity and he did not have to do anything to prove it. Overall, the enemy tries to get us to act upon something.
Those who are spiritually weak are prime targets. They are the groper’s spoke of in Deuteronomy 28:29 where it states: You will grope around in broad daylight like a blind person groping in the darkness, but you will not find your way. You will be oppressed and robbed continually, and no one will come to save you. However, God did come to save us.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
A Christian must know who he or she is in Christ. In Matthew 16:15 Jesus asked his disciples…But whom say ye that I am”? Then comes a most profound revelation contained in Matthew 16:16-19 stating: And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
God literally gave us supernatural abilities to loose the hands of the enemy and to bind him where he has no control. We have the power not to submit to sin and deception. Believers receive the keys to the kingdom of heaven and have power to change situations and the gates of hell shall not prevail over this power.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says we are now capable of …Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
God works in surrendered true believers. 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us to:
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
It is God in you that is performing what you otherwise could not accomplish. Know your identity, you in Christ, your name is VICTORY!!!
Ephesians 1:22-23. It states; God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
1 Peter 2:5 NLT states: And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
The original Greek translation of the word Church means the called out ones. The English version means “dedicated to the Lord. Commonly used to refer to a holy place or temple, it typically implies a sacred building or temple.
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Romans 12:5: states:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Ephesians 2:21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.
The Bible confirms that we are the church.
Ephesians 4:11-13 further explains: Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. In reality, the saved or the “called out” come together in a collective gathering at an appointed time and place.
Saints are ministered to through singing, praising, and teachings.
The Church building is where Christians assemble to receive in depth knowledge from chosen minister/teachers of the Lord. Take your time to choose what church you should attend, for there are many false prophets out there. However, do not let them stop you from gathering. God has a special plan for them. They must answer to God for such behavior. We are not the judge.