Satan is a defeated foe, with a crushed head. There is no power in him, nor are there any means available to him to reach and unseat the Victor of Calvary now seated at the right hand of the Father. It is not for us to fight for victory. Our fight is from victory; and from this vantage point, empowered with Christ’s might, and completely enclosed in the whole armor of God, the power of evil are compelled to back off as we resist them. -Arthur Mathews.
God does not need you to defeat the devil because Jesus has already done that. He has given us the victory banner to wave above our heads. But we are required to do our part.
Every time God gave the Israelites land, they were required to do something. Whether it was the physical act of engaging in war, or blowing trumpets, smashing clay pots, or simply walk into the battle, they had to believe God had already delivered them. Whatever area, they had to submit to God’s plan and walk out in faith.
God has given land to all of us.
For some of you, this may be land you are to take possession of, whether it’s winning souls at work, praying for a future spouse, or something He has laid on your heart. Others are already occupying land but, like the Israelites, you have to defend it because the enemy will try to invade. Perhaps it’s a rocky marriage, a wayward child, or a friend who’s falling apart.
So as victorious Christians, what are we responsible for? What is God asking us to do in either possessing or defending our land?
In James 4:7-8, we read Submit yourselves, then, to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
In this one sentence, we have the battle plan. God is a God of order, and that includes the order in which things are written.
SUBMIT to God, RESIST the devil, he will FLEE.
Until we fully submit to God and turn our eyes to Him, we cannot resist the enemy’s army.
Submit – abide in His presence; agree with His ways; bend our desires and “rights”, and surrender our outcome to Him before we can…
Resist – withstand the enemy’s darts of deception; oppose his doubtful blows; refuse his lies, and fight his schemes.
The word “submit” is used in military terms to mean “to arrange troop divisions in a military fashion under the command of a leader.” Friends, we have to organize our lives in a military fashion under our Commander in Chief. When we do, we receive the direction, support, and strength of heaven’s army. God’s ultimate goal in allowing us to go through trials is to make us like Christ.
As we approach Easter Sunday, what a fitting time to discuss His obedience, His submission. EVERYTHING Jesus did, everything He said, pointed back to the Father. In John 5:19, Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 Then, the angels came and strengthened Him. You see, when we submit, when we say not my will but yours, He strengthens us. He gives us the strength we need to face the next step. At that moment, Jesus his will on the cross. Obedience hung on display for the world to see AND receive.
And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8
How do we worship in spirit and submit as Jesus did?
The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:6-7
Spirit-controlled mind = life and peace
Flesh controlled mind = hostile to God, which cannot submit to God
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present SUBMIT your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
Be sober-minded; be watchful. 1 Peter 5:8
How do we become sober-minded, Spirit Controlled?
By taking every thought captive to obey Christ
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Our thoughts must become obedient to Christ! In doing so, you are not giving the devil a foothold.
Identify the land you need to possess or defend. What does that look like?
Are there areas you have not fully submitted to the Father?
Do you see the enemy gaining a foothold in any of these areas?
Because we serve the Commander in Chief, we have the direction and strength we need to possess or defend our land. Spend some time talking to the Father about those areas. Journal your thoughts.
I’d love to hear from you! If you need prayer, leave a comment. We are here to encourage one another!
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At the beginning of this year, I spent time setting what I like to call “Godly Goals”. Now, these are not your standard New Year’s resolutions but rather goals, BIG & BOLD goals focused on drawing near to Him. One of these goals was to surrender my calendar to His will. You see, in the past, I have been guilty of planning without much of His input. I’ve planned work weeks, outings, vacations, parties, and more with little to no input from Him. In doing so, I’ve said yes to things I should have said no to; I’ve said no to things I should have said yes to. Before you know it, my calendar is full with no margin for His divine appointments. This year, I was determined to change that. This year, I am praying Psalm 90:17 over my calendar and for yours as well.
– 2 FRONT AND BACK COVER OPTIONS
– UNDATED YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE
– YEARLY GOAL SHEET WITH SPACE FOR YOUR YEARLY BIBLE VERSE
– GOAL INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
– INDIVIDUAL GOAL WORKSHEET: WRITE THE STEPS, ASSIGN A VERSE TO PRAY OVER THE GOAL, AND ASSIGN A COMPLETION DATE
– MONTH-AT-A-GLANCE: UNDATED MONTHLY VIEW WITH PLACE FOR WORKABLE GOALS AND NOTES
-PRAYER LIST: WRITE YOUR PRAYERS, CHECK THEM OFF AND DATE THEM WHEN ANSWERED
– SERMON NOTES: SECTION FOR WEEKLY APPLICATION IS PERFECT FOR ACTIONABLE ITEMS. TRANSFER TO YOUR WEEKLY GOALS, NOTES, OR PRIORITIES TO BE REMINDED DAILY.
-JOURNAL PAGE, EACH CONTAINING: THY WORD, BE LIFTED UP, AWAKEN MY HEART
Because we do not live on bread alone, these pages are designed to draw you into daily conversation with our Father without feeling overwhelmed. Choose one or two verses and write them down under Thy Word. You can copy them directly or write them in your own words. Psalm 100:4 says, Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. This form of worship opens the gates of communication and prepares our hearts to hear from the One we draw strength from. The next section, Be Lifted Up, is to do just that; praise and thank Him for who He is and what you learned from the passage of Scripture. Next, Awaken My Heart. What is the Father placing on your heart? What did the verses you read stir? This area is for you to pen your heart; nothing is off topic.
– WEEKLY MEAL PLANNER WITH SHOPPING LIST
– WEEKLY PLANNER WITH DAILY SPACE, PRIORITIES & TO DO SPACE
– DAILY PLANNER PAGES (LEFT & RIGHT) WITH MORNING, AFTERNOON, AND EVENING SECTIONS, PRIORITIES, CONTACTS, NOTES, AND PRAYER/PRAISE SECTION
– TWO QUOTE PAGES
Father, may the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us!
As we release our time to Him, we will see His hand moving through ours. We will see Him leading us by ways we have not known, along unfamiliar paths, turning the darkness to light and smoothing out the rough places (Isaiah 42:16).
By the end of each month, my hope is, you will have memorized a new “tool” to add to your tool belt.
Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of tornado sirens? If so, you understand the initial heart racing fear as you attempt to grab children, pets, pillows, and hustle to your shelter or safe place.
If you read last week’s post, you know we’ve had violent storms here – Texas-style – where everything is bigger. The day after that post we had a tornado come through at 2:30am. As we sat in the bathroom, listening to the wind howling, the big oak tree tapping on the roof, I happened to glance at my little girl sitting in the bathtub. Her countenance surprised me – peace. The storm didn’t seem to affect her at all. It’s as if she were safe and secure simply being in our presence. In that moment, it’s as if the Lord whispered, “That’s what I want for my children. I want them to know that even though they are walking through storms where the enemy is taunting them and trees of circumstance are beating on their lives, they can have peace and feel secure in My Presence. I AM their shelter in the storm.”
Driving down the main thoroughfare the next morning, it literally looked like a war zone but only on one side. Visibly, you could see where the tornado touched down. Street signs were ripped off buildings, trees were snapped in half, and a truck overturned. But the other side … well, it remained untouched. A few twigs here and there but nothing significant.
It was the perfect picture of the two choices we have when going through a spiritual storm. We can choose to allow God’s truths to seep into us, finding safe security Him or we can be ripped apart by the enemy’s lies. The choice remains ours.
Isn’t that what the enemy tries to do? He taunts and threatens us with his storms, swirling us into confusion. He tries to snap us by fear, break us by insecurity, overturn us with pride and jealousy, and tear down the labels (signs) God has given us as heirs of the Kingdom. Labels which declare us as chosen, cherished, righteous, crowned with glory and honor. The very labels Christ bought for us are the ones the enemy tries to rip off. Because, if we walk in our true identity and in the power and protection of the Lord, we defeat the enemy rather than walk around defeated.
When Jesus gave the Great Commission, in Matthew 28, He said, “ALL authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go…”
That’s right, Jesus has been given ALL AUTHORITY, paid for by the cross! So the enemy has ZERO, NONE! The only authority he has is the authority we give him. If we open the doors, the enemy will seep through the smallest crack, wreaking havoc in our lives. The demons believe and shudder (James 2:19), SO WHY DON’T WE?
Why aren’t we storming the enemy’s gates with God’s truth, wrecking his tactics, overthrowing his havoc? You and I were given the authority to trample snakes and scorpions and overcome all the power of the enemy…Luke 10:19
It’s time we overwhelm the enemy’s lies with our belief in God’s truths. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
HIS TIME IS SHORT – He is filled with fury because he knows his time is short. Revelation 12:12
HE IS CRUSHED – He will crush your head. Genesis 3:15 – The God of peace will soon crush Satan under YOUR feet. Romans 16:20
STANDS DEFEATED – Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing or defeating them by the cross. Colossians 2:15
ALREADY OVERCOME – They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers. Revelation 17:14
JUDGED AND CONDEMNED – …because the prince of this world (Satan) now stands condemned. John 16:11
CAST OUT– …now the prince of this world will be driven out. John 12:31
RENDERED POWERLESS – …He too shared in their humanity so that by His death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14-15
ETERNALLY PUNISHED – And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Revelation 20:10
Let that sink in … deep down into your heart. The very things the enemy uses to keep you and I pinned down to our past and overcome by the future actually belong to him. Misery loves company, huh?!
Lord, help us expose the enemy’s lies, his strategies, and plans against us, our families, friends, and your work here on earth. Reveal areas we are weak or vulnerable in so they can be replaced with your covering of strength. Help us to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power that we may overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Open our eyes to see those who are with us are more than those who are with the enemy. Let us see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around us. Let us rise up like might warriors and realize that, in the name of Jesus, we have Heaven’s army behind us. Give us the realization that we can cause devastation to the enemy’s plans, peel back his lies, and wreck his schemes. Thank you for how deep your love is that we can be called children of God. In Jesus mighty name, AMEN!
If you’ve missed the last three posts, you can find them below. Our next series will be picking up our spiritual weapons and waging war on the enemy. Blessings!!
Hello, friends! My name is Esther and I'm so glad you stopped by my blog! Friend, my desire for this blog is to encourage you to passionately pursue our Savior. Through the pages of the Bible and Bible studies provided, you will embrace the promises of Scripture. Promises made for you, now! I pray you encounter the King in a fresh and intimate way as you live out the purpose He created you for.