Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Stand Your Ground


"In the life of every believer there are moments that shape your walk with Jesus Christ.
There comes a time in your life that if you give the devil permission, whether you do it knowingly or not he will come in and take everything that is near and dear to you. A preacher once said; “give the devil an inch and he will take a mile.”

The fact of the matter is that you were born in the middle of a cosmic war, and what you need to know is that Satan tried to dethrone God and failed, and failed miserably. He knows that he can’t compete with God, therefore he was left with a conundrum, how can you face an opponent with no flaw or weakness?

That’s where we come in.

Whether you know it or not you are the object of God’s affection. Although we are made in his image, we are not perfect and the human mind and the human body can be influenced by either the power of God from above, or the power of evil from beneath.

The fact that you are the object of God’s affection puts you on the devils hit list. Understand this; the devil is out to get you. He may pretend he is there to help you but he is the master of disguise and he will masquerade as something good or enticing to get you on his side then once he has his hands on you he will seek to destroy you.

Why you may ask; because he knows God cares for you. See the devil is fully aware that he cannot win against God and the only thing that will bring him some sense of satisfaction is to take you down. I am here simply to encourage you.

Don’t let him take you down.

DON’T let him take you down.

The only way the devil can vent his hostility toward God is through you. Refuse to be a part of the devils plans. His goal is to frustrate God’s plan in your life, to block and to hinder your road to salvation, to prevent God’s fulfillment in your life, and to separate and alienate you from God and His kingdom.

Let me be straight with you, this is a war for your life, for your family’s life, for your soul. The destiny of your soul is at stake.

Now, the enemy will use every strategy that he can to enter your life, to weaken you, to frustrate you, to tempt you, to lure you, and to break you down. He does not tire, he does not stop, and he is consistently after you 24 / 7. His goal is not only to destroy you, his goal is not only to destroy your body, but his goal is to destroy your soul, rob you of your health, rob you of your wealth, everything you love he is after it.

John 10:10, “the thief comes only to steal.”

Knowing what you know now are you seriously just going to sit there and let the enemy run riot in your life?

Honestly?!?

Are you really just going to sit there and let the enemy steal your family, steal your wife, steal your husband, steal your children? Are you really just going to lie down and not put up a fight, no resistance, nothing?

Are you really just going to hand it over to him? Hand over your business? Hand over your health? Hand over your education? After everything you’ve been through are you really just going to hand it over without a fight? Are you really going to let the devil slap you around? Let him hang things over you?

How long are you going to go accepting things from him? Just thinking things just happen.

Well today’s the day you’re going to say; “I’VE HAD IT! I’m not taking this anymore. Everything that the devil has stolen from me, I’m taking it back.”

Fighting the enemy is no easy feat and most people haven’t developed the backbone required to go eyeball to eyeball with the enemy.

A preacher once said, “It’s difficult to fight an enemy that you just got through sleeping with.”

But the wonderful thing about Jesus Christ is that He came to the Earth as a man and when He faced the enemy, He demonstrated what we should do as men and women of God. Jesus said, when dealing with the enemy, “It is written.” The one thing that can get the enemy to run out of your life, out of your family, out of your business, is the word of God. There is a reason why that in Ephesians 6 the word of God is described as the sword. Take your sword out; you need to know what is written, and not just to know what is written for you need to SEEK what is written and speak the word.

When the enemy comes into your life like a flood, stand your ground and take your sword out in Luke 10 and go eyeball to eyeball with him and tell him “I have been given the authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will harm me.”

STAND YOUR GROUND

When he tries to use one of his main tactics, which is fear, tell him “For God has not given me a spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

STAND YOUR GROUND

When he thinks you are down tell him, I’m not down Satan, “the Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)

STAND YOUR GROUND

When he tells you you’re a loser tell him “I am the head and not the tail.” (Deuteronomy 28:13)

STAND YOUR GROUND

When the enemy comes after you tell him Isaiah 54 “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17)

STAND YOUR GROUND

When he whispers in your ear and tells you that you can’t do this, throw Philippians 4:13 to him “I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

STAND YOUR GROUND

When the devil tries to question your purpose tell him; "I am a part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, and it is my mission to declare the praises of Him who called me out of darkness and into His wonderful light."

STAND YOUR GROUND

When he comes with a spirit of condemnation and questions your salvation and says you are not saved, you did this, you did that, tell him “I have confessed with my mouth and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead” I am saved.

STAND YOUR GROUND

Recognize that you’re in a fight, pick up your sword, and let the Lord use you to advance His kingdom."

-Edris Hera

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