Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31 – Live in this expectation

You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  (1 John 4:4 NET)

You are a giant if you are from God.  There is no spirit, no trauma, no amount of witchcraft or generational curse that is stronger than you.  Period.  

We often create mountains out of molehills, and our culture of psychoanalysis and self-diagnosis really contributes to this.  When we know that abuse or rejection or some kind of traumatic experience has marred our past, our emotions often get carried away to imagine that we are now damaged goods and need years and years of therapy.  Some people have even become offended when I encourage them to believe they can be healed quickly, as if I am robbing them of their rights to wallow in self-pity a little longer.  

God’s healing and freedom are of a much greater quality than the paltry therapy sessions the world has to offer.  But they come at the simple price of an undiluted faith.  Sadly, many prefer the world’s solutions because they have become addicted to their doubts and fears.

The words of God are so clear and uncomplicated, if we only understand what that meant for us.  If we claim to believe in His Word, then we would live as if it were true.  We would live in a constant state of encouragement and assurance that we have overcome, even when we don’t see it happening at that moment.  We would see miracles and answers to prayer on a regular basis.  We would laugh at the thought of being abandoned or unloved, because we’d have the Spirit of the one who created us inside of us.  We would have the ability to do whatever God asks, because we would be empowered by that Spirit, and we would listen carefully to His urgings and guidance every day.  We wouldn’t miss a single opportunity to be a blessing to Him and to others.  

For those who think that being baptized in the Holy Spirit “isn’t for them,” then, they will never experience this kind of life.  If the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world, but you see that the world is overcoming you – ask yourself what spirit is actually inside of you right now.  The world’s or God’s?  If it’s the world’s, you are in grave danger because you are far from God, and the world can destroy you.  Get rid of that spirit immediately and let His Spirit dwell in you, and then live in the knowledge and expectation that you have already conquered.

By the way, today is Halloween, the highest day for witchcraft, and a big money making venture for retailers.  If you want to conquer the world and have the Spirit of God in you, have nothing to do with it and keep your kids away from those celebrations.  Have a fun costume party for them some other time.  Dedicate this day to honoring God above all else, fight the devil, and live in this radical faith of 1 John 4:4.

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