Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stop Being A Victim

Something wants to prevent me from writing this blog. Every time I sit to write there is an interruption. But I am determined to share what the Spirit has brought to my attention this morning because it has to do with power and authority. Too many of us Christians are walking around with a victim mentality. We think we are a victim of circumstances, or of the enemy of our soul, or of a corrupt world system. So please take note when I tell you that this is contrary to what Jesus said.

We all know that we are weak and pathetic compared to the powers that swirl around us but this isn't about our power. This isn't about our ability. It isn't about intelligence, talents, money or connections. This has nothing to do with power as the world knows it. This is all about Jesus. This is about Jesus and his authority in us, the authority he has given us, the authority we speak and act in, the authority of his name.

We must remember who Jesus is. We can never forget who he is. The artist interpretation of Jesus arm wrestling Satan is an insult to who Jesus is. Perhaps Satan is far more powerful than any of us but he is nothing compared to Jesus. Satan is a created being but Jesus is Yahweh. Think about that for a minute and then read Jesus' words:

“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:18-19)

Jesus sat in a position of authority as he watched Satan fall, having been ejected from heaven. And it is from this position of authority that Jesus bestows authority on his disciples. Serpents and scorpions represent that natural destructive order of a fallen creation and the power of the enemy is the spiritual forces that would try to overwhelm us. Nothing shall harm you that is not within Father's will. And what is in his will is nothing to be afraid of. The important thing is to develop a relationship with him that is so intimate that you are able to discern his good and perfect will.

Jesus abides in us and we in him. There is no greater intimacy. You have the power of the resurrection coursing through your body. You are powerful because you live and operate in the name that is above all names, the name that will cause every knee to bow and every tongue to confess that he is Lord. Not because they are forced to but because when they are presented to his authority they will be compelled by that authority. The same authority that causes demons to run. The same authority that is in you through Jesus.

Now stop acting like a victim and start walking like the powerful warrior that you are. Jesus is above all things and you are his representative so start acting like it. It is not arrogance in which we walk but the boldness that comes from representing the King. Today is going to be an awesome day in his service because you know the greater truth to be sure:

"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (v.20)


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