Day: August 22, 2015

God Wants You to Be Successful

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Jesus said, And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force  (Matthew 11:12). In Psalm 18:48, David said that God delivered him from the violent man. A violent man is one who entices or deceives to get you to leave what is good to do what is evil (Proverbs 16:29). He wants to hurt you as well as use you to hurt others, but he is only successful in doing this when you yield your body to sin. The wicked one knows he can’t touch those who keeps themselves and do not sin (1 John 5:18). Job was described as a perfect and upright man who feared God and avoided evil and because of this, Satan couldn’t touch him. What a lot of Christians don’t understand is that when you yield your body to temptation, sin opens the door for the violent man to touch or attack you, your spouse, children, finances, etc. God has made a way to escape temptation (1 Cor 10:13). There is good set before you and there is evil set before you. God not only gives us choices, but He tells us what to choose. Choose life so that both you and your seed may live  (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Cain was angry because his offering was not acceptable. He killed Abel, but was he really angry with Abel or was he angry with God? It was possible for Cain to be angry and sin not so God spoke to him before he chose to kill his brother. Sin lies at the door  (Genesis 4:7). Sin desired to destroy Cain, but God wanted him to know that he could choose  not to let it destroy him. If God calls us more than conquerors, then that means He has given us power to conquer whatever is trying to conquer us. When God is for you, how can you lose? Who can defeat you? What can defeat you?

But why am I always losing? Why do I always feel defeated?  God told Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success.” A lot of Christians are reading, studying, and meditating on the scriptures, but the problem is we aren’t doing the scriptures. The word of God is the will of God. We fail when we choose to do our will rather than the will of the Father. Jesus said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent me”. The best way to defeat the devil is to obey God. Do what the word tells you to do. Good success is not getting a new house or car or winning the lottery. Good success is when what the enemy attempted to do to you, your family or your church fails because you obeyed God, but you can’t defeat what you refuse to resist. When you submit to God, you are resisting the devil. When you obey God, God will cause those who come against you one way to flee before you seven ways. We always talk about what our praise will do, but we need to start telling people what their obedience will do (Deuteronomy 28:1-13). When you obey the world, your flesh and the devil, you lose, but when you obey God, you win.

If Lucifer (Satan) fought against God in heaven, what makes you think he won’t fight against you who are on earth? There are things the enemy took from us through sin, but God has given us power and authority to take it back. When Jesus stood at the cave where Lazarus was buried, he said three things: Come forth  (John 11:43), Loose him  (John 11:45) and Let him go  (John 11:45). God gave Adam dominion over the principalities and powers in the sea, in the air and upon the earth (Gen 1:26). What Adam lost in the garden through disobedience, Christ restored to us through His obedience. He took it back and now you can successfully say:

I command _____ to come forth.

I command _____ to loose my family, my mind, my body, etc.

I loose myself from _____.

I command _____ to let my children go.

I don’t know your situation, but you fill in the blanks. You have been given power to tread over all the power of the enemy, but for demons to obey you, you must obey God. To do what Jesus did, you must live how Jesus lived. Jesus obeyed the Father. Now we must learn to obey our Heavenly Father. Stay in the word. Obey the word. Don’t move away from what you heard and what was preached to you. Don’t allow what it looks like or feels like to cause you to give up hope in the word. Rest and become settled in what God said belongs to you and take back what He gave you.