Everything is about power.
The worst thing we could ever do, is nothing.
If we don’t take our authority and become COMMANDERS then we will be releasing our rights to radicalism. Sounds a bit radical, but it’s true.
Let’s look at an analogy:
The power company generates the power and then delivers it to our homes. It’s basically not our power, but it’s under our control.
You can’t place a light bulb in your mouth and expect it to light up.You must go to the source. GOD. The Word.
Throughout Scripture, the creation of the world, and everything else is cited as a compelling testimony to the power of GOD! Our GOD’S power is evident through the many miracles which HE performs. Let all the inhabitants of this creation stand in awe of HIM!
The structure of power began with GOD and will end with GOD.
The power of words have great influence in our life and those around us. We can speak blessings, hope and encouragement in directing our family, friends and others. So, we see GOD gives us power. Power has many uses…
GOD made the family, it’s importance to GOD is such that Satan throws his fiery darts at it where ever he can. That’s why we are to commit to family.
GOD places the man with leadership of the family unit. The wife is to submit to the leadership of a loving-GOD-fearing husband. She is the partner in a loving relationship which is centered around GOD. The parents are responsible in training their children to love, honor and obey…not just them but GOD.
Government-National Leaders-Local Officials-Citizens
Scripture tells us we are to respect and obey the authority of our government, its ordinances and live honorably within our community. Everyone is subject to the laws established by our government. But, we are to place GOD first in our nation. If we don’t then it’s a house divided…and it will fail.
Church-Church Leaders-Church Members
We have Pastors, elders, and teachers who are the essential pieces of a healthy church. A church is not to replace GOD or Jesus Christ, but to honor and submit to one another and walk in humility toward GOD as the Leader.
Employers are to act with equality and compassion as the oversee the employee, utilizing the pattern of their behavior as it should parallel with GOD, Who is the authority. Employees are responsible for their service, as it should be performed wholeheartedly, as unto GOD.
If these structures should fail in their priorities and position as it is accountable to GOD, then the foundation will crumble.
Accountability is the foundation which all relationships are built. We all have responsibilities and we are to to remain humble and always place GOD first in our lives.
The ultimate authority and final authority is GOD, and there is no higher source of power. The problems begin when pride takes effect.
Satan was a powerful angel, but this power came from GOD. It wasn’t something he generated, it was given to him. Then, he rebelled…and even though he retained his power and beauty, he is still under the authority of GOD. He won’t tell the other angels who fell with him these truths because this would risk his authority over them.
Sadly, Satan knows he’s not the source and the gates of Hades will not be able to withstand or withhold the advancing Bride of Jesus Christ. There is a head-on collision between the power of the enemy and the power of GOD…but the enemy loses every time.
Do you see the problems?
Power has lead many astray. Satan taught man that he don’t necessarily need GOD! Satan thinks he can be a god and is teaching mankind that they can be one too. This has caused pain and suffering and will continue to do so until the FINAL BATTLE.
We live in a fallen world where we encounter hostile territory and enemies. This can leave us at a disadvantage if we don’t know the strategies of battling at the front lines.
Most people think in the natural, but ultimately the true nature is a spiritual war. The intensity of this battle has increased and continues to do so.
We battle spiritual wickedness in high places, rulers of darkness, and powers and principalities. This is an intense structure which is unimaginable to most.
Satan hates us and his demons place destruction and strongholds in our paths at every step. This oppression can be battled so let’s learn how!
First-Battle in the Mind
2 Corinthians 10 (KJV)
The power which we must seize is centering our thoughts on GOD. You see, the enemy may be unseen but once the enemy is detected, he is stripped of his greatest weapon of power – deception!
Support! Truth is our support. Truth is supported by the truth of GOD. Humbling ourselves with honesty protects us from the deception of Satan. The liberty of truth is knowing The Word of GOD. Keeping only The Word of GOD and HIS doctrines close to our heart, or we could be deceived by false doctrines. Keep the proverbial belt tight! Don’t be misled.
The temptation to repress the truth for fear of condemnation or a fragile self image, will keep us in bondage.
When we accepted the Salvation of Jesus Christ, we became righteous in the eyes of GOD. We walk by faith in righteousness and if we slip and fall, we get back up and ask for forgiveness and begin again. This places a guard…a breastplate around our vital organs, particularly our heart. Our hearts remain assured before GOD. This gives us confidence and strengthens our faith.
I John 3 (KJV)
Gospel of Peace (shoes)
Shoes? We stand on a foundation, right? When we’re tripped…we fall. Our footing constitutes our walk with GOD. Remaining harmonious in our relationship with GOD is priority number one! When we have this connection we are free to preach The Gospel of Peace. GOD is the only path to peace.
Most temptations can pluck you away from GOD, considering an enemy can be hiding…so a warrior must be sure-footed not only in his clothing but his attitude. Preparation enables a spiritual warrior to march briskly and firmly against Satanic powers.
Knowing The Gospel brings peace.
A shield is a barrier between the body of a soldier and the weapon of an enemy. The ‘fiery darts’ of Satan are like missiles! Our faith allows the powers of GOD to extinguish the weapon.
Did you know that trust in GOD and faith are exact opposites of doubt and fear. Power! This is the power of faith.
Faith is complete trust. Faith gives us hope. Trust allows us to lower our shields and to experience love. Only GOD can provide unconditional love.
While faith requires being convinced that what we believe in is true, just knowing is only half of faith. GOD’S Word must be embraced! You see…belief without truth is not faith.
Paul said, Faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
The world of sports is a dangerous one, recently it has been determined that too many hits to the head can add up to serious injury. This is how Satan works. He throws fiery darts…maybe just little ones at first but next thing you know, your off balance and unsteady. This can allow Satan room to kick you while your down.
Salvation is the helmet for us in spiritual warfare, and our preservation from destruction. But, we must always be on our toes! Our Salvation is not a guarantee just because you we’re “saved”. That’s the “Once Saved, Always Saved” motto…I don’t believe this is the case. Satan will work his hardest to deceive you by false doctrines! So, beware what sermons you let into your head! Dangerous doctrines can lead a child of GOD astray.
Word of GOD (sword of the spirit)
This is the ONE OFFENSIVE weapon of all mentioned here. All the rest are defensive, helping us to resist. But the sword enables us to lash out!
Here’s the scary part….there are those out there that want you to believe that The Word of GOD is not inspired by GOD. They want you to believe that man has gotten a hold of it and changed it. Well, you see,…in part that’s true! The King James Bible is what I believe to be the inspired Word of GOD. There are other interpretations that have literally changed the meaning.
We are warned that angels will be given charge…this means we have fallen angels with false doctrines. GOD warns us of angel worship too. There are no Biblical support for commanding angels. Angels are to be sent by GOD…asking otherwise will cause you to be accountable.
This power is dangerous and must be acknowledged so people are not led astray.
POWER of prayer! I look at this one as my favorite…why? Because I look at it as a defense shield. We are to utilize it for praise and worship of GOD. We are to utilize it for helping others, asking GOD to help someone. We are to utilize it as a tool of battle.
Faith is in operation for all of our defensive and offensive weapons of spiritual warfare. Truth, righteousness, reconciliation of the gospel of peace, salvation, the Word of GOD and prayer are all effectually operated in faith. In addition, it is by faith that we quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one.