Faith That Makes Progress

20200429_114810I recently had a prophetic dream about hindersome high waters that were stopping a friend from moving forward on his path, but then I saw that friend physically motioning his hand to lower the water.

The Lord helped me interpret the dream, as He revealed that this friend’s lowering the water and then moving forward on an accessible path did not represent the result of prayer alone,  but also action to complete his faith.  When he took action, however the Lord prompted him, my companion was moving forward on his path—as prayer was lowering the water.

Faith is active.  It requires involvement.

Deceptive, manmade religion often teaches that a believer has no say or part in changing a circumstance or receiving blessings.  It teaches and believes that the Lord alone will bring something about when He is ready and when we’ve patiently waited long enough to learn something from that painful, idle waiting.  Absolutely not!

Faith does not take on the attitude that if something was meant to happen, then it will happen while we then only pray and wait helplessly or lazily.

Instead, faith is actively responding in trust when the Lord directs or prompts  in a situation.  James makes an argument concerning active faith,

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (James 2:14-17 the Message)

You may be believing and hoping to recieve something from the Lord so dearly.  Know that the Lord truly wants to make sure you recieve everything He has waiting for you!  He already has provided it, so the progress is made by you reaching out and recieving it.

Remember the woman in the crowd who suffered from a health issue of blood? The gospel of Mark records,

‘In the crowd that day was a woman who had suffered horribly from continual bleeding for twelve years.  She had endured a great deal under the care of various doctors, yet in spite of spending all she had on their treatments, she was not getting better, but worse.  When she heard about Jesus’ healing power, she pushed through the crowd and came up from behind him and touched his garment. For she kept saying to herself, “If only I could touch his clothes, I know I will be healed.”  As soon as her hand touched him, her bleeding immediately stopped! She knew it, for she could feel her body instantly healed of her disease!’ (Mark 5:25-29)

This woman heard the truth about Christ and what He had to offer everyone who was coming to Him in belief.  After declaring what she believed in word, she completed her faith by acting in what she stated.  If she would have stopped at the declaration of her words, but not have responded in action to the prompting to find and approach the Lord, would she have received her healing that day?  The ones who were healed were those who actively responded to what they heard and believed (like believing that they are healed and other miracles).

The woman may have eventually found healing from going to the apostles in the book of Acts, but it was more immediate for her to respond when she did.  She also wouldn’t have been a witness to us who read the new testament today if she wouldn’t have responded actively,  and just keeping her statement of belief in her thoughts.

Same with my friend in the dream.  How could my friend make tangible progress by just watching the waves lower but not doing anything in response?  Especially when he is saying he believes for breakthrough?

Now, actively responding in faith requires something to respond to.  Abraham in the book of Genesis responded in faith to a prompting from the Lord to sacrifice Isaac.  The woman with a blood issue responded to Jesus being present and offering healing at that moment.  There is Zacchaeus, who actively responded both to the day and time Jesus came to his area—he responded to the prompting from the Lord of him coming down from the tree to host Jesus at his house.  And then there is Peter.  When him and the disciples were in the boat, he walked on the water when Jesus prompted him to come to him.

All of these people responded to the Lord’s directions!  They all believed that the Lord did want to bless them and their trusting actions showed it!  If you have been waiting and longing for something from the Lord that you can find as a blessing offered in the scripture, then are you responding in belief…not just in word, but in God-inspired action?

 

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The Voice of Freedom in Christ vs. The Religious Voice

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The voice of freedom in the Lord says that I have a part to play in my life. I am partnering with the Lord and can have a say in getting results (timing, relational, recieving healing, recieving other blessings, etc.) through understanding and authority.
The religious voice tells me that I might hope to recieve sympathy from the Lord, but otherwise that I am powerless in what happens in my life.

The voice of freedom in Christ says that, when some negative situation afflicts or threatens to afflict, it is NOT the Lord who afflicts and causes the problem. It is Satan or his team of darkness who are trying to steal, kill, and destroy my life and others. Therefore I have the authority and power over the situation to not allow it to steal, kill, and destroy,  or even continue. The Lord has said

“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy” ~Luke 10:19

The religious voice says that I cannot  do anything about my situations or afflictions. It tries to convince me to accept a powerless attitude; one that has to just deal with the problems until they run their course and until I have suffered long enough to ‘learn something from it’. (Speaking against this voice is the verse-

“We have not been given a Spirit of fear, but one of POWER, love and a sound mind~2 Timothy 1:7)

The voice of freedom encourages me to approach the Lord boldly and confidently, knowing that He is my ally.

Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will be treated with undeserved grace, and we will find help ~Hebrews 4:16

Freedom in Christ makes clear to me that I never have to approach the Lord religiously, thus telling Him that I am nothing or a nobody and acting like it …the Lord created me, so I don’t spend my time telling Him that He created nothing special.
I don’t need to beg or plead to Him. He calls us friends, not desperate, poor people who are deprived.

I don’t call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. But I’ve called you friends, because I’ve made known to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father~John 15:15

The religious voice speaks the opposite of course, trying to make me believe that the Lord is a dictator who is not an approachable and generous ally.  It says that He is One who looks at my performance and is inconsiderate of my need for gentle help and patience.

The voice of freedom in Christ knows that all things are possible and that the Lord does not withhold anything good from me. I don’t need to prove myself good enough to receive.

“Anything is possible if a person believes”~Mark 9:23
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“The Lord does not keep/withhold any good thing from those whose ways are upright ~Psalms 84:11(the word upright means-complete, whole and without blemish—in which Christ has made us all these things if someone is born again).

The religious voice tries to convince me that the Lord will move, give me something and answer me only if I’ve proven myself strong enough in faith and have ‘done everything right’.

The voice of freedom in Christ says that if the time length of seeing something come to pass is at all prolonged, that it is not a matter of having to prove something or do something perfect to cause a result.  Prayers can have the power to shorten time till seeing results.  I just have to ask the Holy Spirit how to direct my prayers.  Even when there is a waiting time, part of standing in faith can be remaining victorious while I’m between the times of declaring my blessing or result, and receiving them physically.
The religious voice speaks that if something goes wrong, something is troublesome, or hinders blessings from being physically recieved, then I have to just sit and wait, without any hope of having a say in it.  Also, the religious voice will try to convince me to blame the Lord for everything that negatively happens or blessings being hindered and delayed.

The voice of feedom in Christ says to stand by the Lord’s strength.

“I can do all things by means of  the One strengthening me”~Philippians 4:13

The religious voice would say that I’m all on my own and have to hold everything together on my own strength.

Now I ask, what voice are YOU listening to and is it guiding you FURTHER from the Lord or NEARER to Him? 

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In My Lord’s Defense

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I remember when I moved out of a dreadful little house I had rented with a roommate.  Poor conditions and questionable neighborhood safety made it a bad memory.  I then took a leap of faith and moved into a much nicer rental house by myself, even though the owners were planning to sell later that year.  In the meantime my privacy and a safe neighborhood were so enjoyable!

One morning, as I was meditating in front of one of the house’s large windows, I began entertaining a negative thought.  I started wondering if, since I was in such a pleasant place and was enjoying it, perhaps it meant the next place i came to would be very unpleasant.  Was I getting a short relieving break to refresh until the next dreadful situation?  It was like I was believing that the Lord only had a limited amount of blessings for me or only WANTED to give me limited enjoyable outcomes and blessings.  What a religious misunderstanding of the Lord’s character!  It was very limited and harsh as I look back, especially now after having gained greater understanding of His beautiful character since then.  How often have I been thankful for my changed perspective! The Spirit did eventually lead me to an even better living situation, at just the right time, thank the Lord.

I remind myself of this situation often.  Sometimes because of the seemingly endless moments where I hear people respond to enjoyable/pleasant days or occurrences, like the weather or the morning routine that seems to work out smoothly, with fear.  These fears commonly sound like “Just wait, we will probably pay for it later” or “Don’t expect it to last” and other comments of dreaded future assumptions.  I respond by telling them to just enjoy the pleasantness they are experiencing now and that what they are dreading does NOT HAVE TO be a guaranteed reality.

These people, and I’ve run into many of them, make it sound that to enjoy something is setting them up for disappointment afterwards and are afraid to trust that it won’t be short-lived.  But blessings don’t have to be limited or short-lived.

These worries and assumptions show a great lack of understanding and perspective about the Lord’s generosity.  If reading the Bible through the understanding of the Holy Spirit, the generosity of the Lord, like privileges, blessings and enjoyment that have been made available, are amazing!  One verse shares that a believer has

“Endless treasures (currently) available to them in Christ” ~Ephesians 3:8 (NLT, word ‘currently’ added)

Also, Christ states that

I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness” ~John 10:10

Other translations use the terms ‘abundantly’ and ‘in abundance’.  He isn’t a God who is out to get His creations or to mislead them.  He doesn’t have a limit on what He can give and has given His people.  Blessings and pleasant things don’t  have to be limited.  He has wanted to give so much love and blessings that those who are His can’t even completely comprehend it, as assured here,

“May you experience the love of Christ, even though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” ~Ephesians 3:19

The Lord DOES want to give abundantly of His love and blessings, He HAS given abundantly,  and they don’t have to be limited in our lives!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Reliable One

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I’m thinking about Abraham and Sarah, who, even after recieving messages and confirmation of recieving the blessing of a child, went ahead and had Abraham sleep with another woman and impregnate her.

I always considered them so foolish for treating their marriage so carelessly, even though it was apparently the custom of the day for couples, who couldn’t have children themselves, to use another woman to build a family through.

I am sure that, as much as Abraham heard from and encountered the Lord, he would have received understanding that he was waiting for further promptings/direction from the Lord on the matter.  I’d be quite unconvinced if the Lord was said to have been the One who directed Sarah and Abraham to have a child by a different woman.

I believe they began struggling with belief that the Lord was truly going to be reliable.  They may have questioned whether He was going to be consistent in keeping His word to them.  Was He going to allow them to hope in expectation and then crush it by helping them to physically receive their blessing?  Perhaps they were leaning on their own understanding, which might tell them that they had to make it happen themselves to recieve it, thus using the custom they knew.

I have been mindful of these entraping thoughts on my own journey to physically recieving blessings that I have specifically asked for.  When in those feelings of hopelessness concerning my Lord’s reliability, my trust is really pressed roughly on every side.  When trust goes down, the feeling of responsibility on self to need to figure everything out and hold it together on my own strength rises up.  But even on days when I don’t see the progress and process, there is no reason to doubt the Lord.

To believe Who the Lord says He is and to know His character becomes the vital key to not doubting.  The Lord is Love and to mislead or break trust are NOT loving characteristics for any relationship and not of the Lord.  Misleading and trust breaking tear down a relationship….and the Lord says in the Gospels that

“A kingdom divided against itself will collapse.  A home filled with strife and division destroys itself.  And if Satan is fighting against himself, how can he accomplish anything?” ~Mark 3:24-26

If the Lord is hurt us in these unhealthy ways, then He would be tearing down His own body/household.

So, on days when what you see or feel doesn’t seem to be matching what you know the Lord is guiding you in and wanting to bless you in, you can hold on to who He is and have confidence that His intention is still to progess forward. And each detail, some seemingly so small, isn’t always immediately noticeable, but will make up the bigger physical manifestation of the blessing!

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Nothing is Lost

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I was sitting at my meditation spot, in front of a large window that overlooks trees, when the Lord gave me a simple, yet powerful perspective about feelings that would prove to be very helpful in the future.

I watched the gray-touched clouds move quickly and consistently in front of the sun, so that it stayed rather uninviting for outdoor enjoyment, not giving the sun a chance to reach me through the window or shine rays on the lawn.  A realization then came to me; no matter what kind of day, with the various types of weather we have, the sun is actually always there in the daytime.

Normally, people tend to say “it is a sunny day” or “the sun is out”, but in reality the sun is always ‘out’ in our day hours ( on a larger scale, the planets revolve around the constantly-present sun).  The only reason every day doesn’t appear to be sunny is because of the cloud coverage and/or man-made interferences.

In spiritual terms, the cloud cover is like feelings of doubt and fear that can create the appearance that we’ve lost access to the gifts, blessings, power, communication, reliability/surety of the spiritual realm and the Lord.

Victory, freedom, authority, joy, blessing, progress, trustworthiness of the Lord and everything that the constantly-present Lord has made accessible to us is always present.  These treasures,  like the sun, are ALWAYS present despite the feelings that are caused by thoughts and by whatever battle may occur in our mind.

 

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With Some Intention

 

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I used to wonder if finding love always happened in an immediate and spectacular way (to the person, it’s probably spectacular in significance!).  The Lord, though, is not always in to doing something immediate and spectacular because one of the ways I’ve found His blessings and answers to appear is in subtle ways.  At least in my life they do.  That means I don’t immediately notice something all at once having been answered, but is progressive.

Love doesn’t just suddenly come to two people on a bus who make eye contact or walk past each other in a park.  A relationship begins with putting the desire into the Lord’s care and, after deciding what you are looking for, it takes intentiality of friendship with someone that can subtly build into a marriage relationship.

One day the Spirit shared with me that a relationship (or any blessing) begins with deciding how much you care about it and that can determine what you are willing to intentionally do and the fears you are willing to reject by the Spirit.  You decide if it is worth you being taken out of a comfort zone through spiritual promptings and not allowing fear or expectations of everything happening immediately to restrict you, in Jesus’s Name.

The men in the gospel of Mark, who were trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus, were coming with the expectation of recieving a blessing and it was their intentionality that helped them receive what the Lord wanted to bless their friend with.  It is said,

Since they couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof over the place where he was. They dug through it and let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying” (Mark 2:4)

The group of friends didn’t stop efforts in obtaining what they desired when they couldn’t get through the door to the house because of a difficulty (or the appearance of one).   They didn’t automatically decide that it wasn’t meant to be just because Jesus didn’t walk right up to them as soon as they approached and made it work immediately.   They had a part to play in trusting and taking a step.

I wonder if the thought of climbing to the roof was truly their idea or if it was divinely inspired….I think it is possible.  Even though they didn’t have the Spirit to prompt them in every situation -to encourage them to be intentional any time they needed it-we DO have daily guidance when we ask.  The Spirit knows the route to fully recieving the blessing physically…and it is a trustworthy route!

Every love story is different because the Lord is that creative!  Spiritual promptings will vary.  But if a relationship is truly of the Lord, then the intentiality will always be fruitful. It’s a matter of first asking the Spirit to guide you through with every detail that the Lord has already gone ahead of to fulfill the blessing of companionship.  Understand that every detail is so vital to receive, especially to prepare you for such a long-term relationship!  The rest definitely takes trusting the Lord while acting on promptings and wisdom from the Spirit, even when it is not the way you would have thought to work it out.   Then just receive, be thankful that the Lord delights in blessing you, and that He wants to take care in every detail of your relationship!

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Not If, but When It Happens

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There is a fascinating old testament account that has really contributed to my verbal declaration of belief of physically recieving blessings I had been waiting for.

Judges 13:1-25 shares a great demonstration of faith from a couple who recieve pleasant news about the fulfillment of their desire.  An angel from the Lord appears to a woman in Israel who hasn’t been able to have children, proclaiming that she will indeed have a son.  The woman shares this with her husband, Manoah who refreshingly doesn’t question her testimony, but prays for the angel to return with more instruction on how to raise the boy.  This prayer of his is answered and the angel returns.  

Speaking to the angel (he doesn’t realize that it is an angel at this point), Monoah responds in a powerful sureness, saying

“When your words come true, what kind of rules should govern the boy’s life and work?” (Judges 13:12)

Monoah did not say IF it comes true, but rather WHEN it comes true, showing a belief that would result in the fulfillment of their desired blessing.

That statement comes to mind often now when I am trying to believe to receive a request or blessing, declaring “when it happens”, not if it happens.  Even before I found this incident, my Lord had brought to my attention to be mindful of what I am saying and declaring.  One day, a while back I had been on the floor demanding a specific precious blessing and accusing my Lord of not fulfilling it, nor doing anything to fulfill it.  With a gentle conviction, I became aware of what I was proclaiming, as I quickly changed my accusation of Him not fulfilling it, to claiming that He has fulfilled it.

Peace and hopefulness promptly accompanied my changing of statement, as well as some apologies from me!  I crossed the gap in belief and proclamation from ‘if it comes to be’ to ‘when it comes to be’.

What a person claims can be powerful in wonderful or negative ways.  What are your words claiming?

 

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A Matter of Time

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I used to believe that my Lord was endlessly telling me to wait and then wait longer whenever I continuously hit disappointments and unfulfillment, especially concerning meeting my future spouse.  I felt so powerless in His ‘painfully cruel game’ that I assumed was to push me to my limits in patience.

This view of the Lord did anything but give me more patience or love for Him, but rather created a root of bitterness and hopelessness of recieving my blessings and trusting the Lord I was trying to serve.  To me, the Lord was completely responsible for how long it took to physically receive blessings of companionship, healings, and other blessings.  I hadn’t yet realized that the Lord hears and answers anything that He has promised in His Word the first time we speak it, be it prosperity, healing, purpose in something specific, etc.

The Lord is not limited by time.  He doesn’t need the span of years to release to us the spouse He has in mind for us, healings of all forms or wisdom about a situation, blessings of the Lord’s will, etc.  It is not in His character to play ‘cruel waiting games’ with us.  He wants you healed or blessed as soon as possible!  Ideally, He doesn’t desire any of us to have to be sick or without the good gifts from His hands at all.

The physical delays can result from different factors that aren’t deliberately my Lord’s doings, like a need for increased faith in us, that may not be immediately realized.  Sometimes our mindsets, shaped from past experiences, can hinder us greatly and require attaining freedom to see clearly and not be deceived again. Wrong beliefs/views about the Lord’s character may need addressed to better trust Him and show Him faithful in already answering what we have needed and desired.

Many people I’ve run in to come across as believing that the Lord is always treating them like the only thing He is ever working on in them is patience…that they are just waiting for someday when He decides to act.  A vision He showed me creates a different picture.  I saw Him working with us like children, wanting us to understand what it’s like to walk in freedom…like a parent watching and assisting the child lightly, but because him or her has never walked in that way before, the Lord is trying to let them have a part in the process instead of being a dominating force.  He is helping us advance to where we become aware of truth so that we will never be deceived or hindered again by what had before.  So that we can walk in more freedom from hindrances that delay the recieving process and amount of time it takes.

A friend of mine had come to realize that her personal healing had been delayed because of other deeper emotional healings, stemming from her unpleasant childhood.  These emotional  blockades are what needed to be broken through to fully recieve what she had been seeking…and before she could see and understand that the Lord had already worked it out for her to receive.  Thanks to the Lord, who revealed the blockade, she was able to see these hindersome ropes.  The emotional ropes were holding her back from greater closeness with the Lord and from everything she most sought.  But the truth was able to set her free, as she refocused her prayer and steps for progressing through the blockades.  Seeing truth aided her in greater trust that the Lord has been faithful in helping her to freedom rather than being the One keeping her in bondage for a long period of time.

 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32)

My own blessings being sought had been delayed because of religious lies I had believed about the Lord,  resulting in me not fully placing what I was waiting for in the Lord’s hands.  Because of my Lord exposing them, I finally saw these hindersome lies from the enemy.  After seeing the problem, I asked the Spirit in faith to demolish these blockades in me (with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word and revelations from the Lord) and for the wisdom on what my part is in accomplishing this.  The lies had to be removed first before the blessings could fully come through and be recieved.  And since I was now aware of the problem, I could speed up the process by the Spirit.  

The removal process can feel challenging at first, but just recognizing the change and victory in the Spirit is so exciting!  Making it through results in the issue being gone and the opportunities never to be deceived again!  Even more so, knowing that the Lord has worked on the issue even before we realize should result in praise, reassurance and thankfulness!

 

 

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Bitterness Broken in His Presence

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I remember how interested I first was to learn about the Lord and His truths when I became a believer.  I wrote connecting verses and revelations that came to mind on whatever paper (or napkin) was within my reach at that moment.  It was so exciting to be gaining all the understanding I could handle.

Along the way, though, I had begun picking up man-made religious views of the Lord’s character, in combination with viewing Him as having the flawed human characteristics of those who had hurt me in my life, as well as not receiving special requests I had been asking for.

Views like these certainly become toys for Satan and his army of darkness to play with; a foothold with the goal of corrupting my relationship with the Lord through distortion of His true character.  For me, He began looking more like an enemy than my Friend, because bitterness was weaving through.  When bitterness is there, nothing is beautiful or enjoyable!

One religious view that the Spirit eventually exposed was that the Lord did not support enjoying things and having fun because I might lose focus and He wasn’t a fun God.  The truth I came to realize, though, is that times of having fun and enjoying things are JUST AS important as studying to appreciate the Lord.  He’s formed many fun things and experiences in His creation to enjoy and I have even experienced His humor!

I also thought I had to have it all together to receive certain blessings I was seeking.  But,

The Lord will not withhold/keep any good thing from those whose ways are upright’ ~Psalms 84:11

Greek translations for the word upright are ‘complete’, ‘whole’ and ‘without blemish’, all of which Christ has already made us through the cross if we have willingly received salvation.  So, this means that I don’t have to try to have everything together in my own efforts to receive any good thing I have sought to receive!

In my mind, the Lord was also impatient with me.  What a lie!  I didn’t even have to read every verse in the bible about Him being patient to truly believe this…I felt it deeply in my Spirit while spending time in His presence.  The Lord is completely patient!

Some other special and important truths are that the Lord does listen and cares about our prayers and that He values our friendship highly.  
Personal desires and hopes, like marriage, are very valuable to Him as well.

I really learned all these truths in the Lord’s Presence.  I began learning all these true characteristics of the Lord especially after He spoke to me one day, concerning blessings; 
“I can’t give you what I don’t have to give”.  I understood what this statement meant….He can’t bless me or anyone with something I haven’t entrusted to Him.  I then put every thing that was precious to me in His hands and it was immediate Him working on me to receive blessings I had sought, and while all of these desires were in His hands, I was able to get to know who He truly is and to this day, I’ve seen nothing but beauty!

People can quote the bible all their lives and tell you that the Lord cares and that He is love, but it isn’t until you experience Him in His presence that you can truly have confidence in and trust Him for who He says He is!

 

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In Jesus’s Name!

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I once pondered the truthfulness of having been given authority over anything at all in my life, yet I wanted to know that I had some sort of say in my life and not simply a silent puppet.

I decided to meditate in the Lord’s presence and discovered that the Lord does give me room to partner with Him as well as Him generously giving me the power of the name of Jesus to banish the darkness from tormenting me!

The Spirit first brought to mind the account of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law.  When He touched her hand and the fever left her.

This account came to mind one night while I was getting ready to go to bed.  Out of nowhere I became extremely dizzy and unbalanced, as I began to sweat and my legs felt like they would give out at anytime from underneath.  Laying down or sitting up, It was frightening and I wondered if I would have to call someone.  I began to cry out and plead to the Lord to help.  Then I thought for a moment about Peter’s mother-in-law….I sat up and commanded powerfully for it to leave me in Jesus’s Name.  As I laid back down, whatever had hit me vanished within a few minutes.

The Spirit later led me to a verse concerning a Roman officer pleading to Jesus for healing for his servant.  After the officer humbly tried to deter Jesus from having to come to his home rather than just commanding from afar to be healed, Jesus replied…

Go, let it be done just as you believed it would”.  And his servant was healed from that moment  ~Matthew 8:13

Jesus here invites the soldier to be involved in the healing process rather than Jesus coming to his house and healing the servant directly.

Another verse of interest finds a crowd witnessing Jesus casting out a dark spirit from a man.  They observe,

What is this?  A new teaching-and with authority!  He (Jesus) even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey Him” ~Mark 1:27

The significance of this verse is brought out by another verse in which Jesus shares in the gospel of John

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” ~John 14:12

In Mark 1:27, it is revealed that Jesus has been given authority and that whatever is hindersome to the Lord’s work must obey.  Then John 14:12 shares that we can take part in what the Lord did and will even be able to accomplish more than what Jesus has done during His earthly ministry.  So if Jesus had authority over the works and movement of Satan’s dimention of darkness then so do we!

And if that isn’t clear enough, Jesus Himself states

“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you” ~Luke 10:19

What a gift to be able to partner with the Lord with the power of Jesus’s name He gives us!  Let’s use it!

You will make your requests in my name, so that I will have no need to ask the Father on your behalf, because the Father himself loves you, and because you have loved me and believed that I came from God (John 16:26-27)

 

 

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