You Are MORE Than a Conqueror!

Enforcing the Kingdom of God Right Where You Are

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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The greatest battle you will ever wage as a Christian is the battle in your mind. In fact, that is the only battle you will ever wage. All battles, whether physical or spiritual, are won or lost in the the mind. But the good news is that you enter that battle with the victory already in hand because of what Jesus Christ did for you through His death and resurrection.

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Your job as a follower of Jesus Christ is not to win the battle against Satan; Jesus Christ already did that. Your job is to enforce the victory that Christ has already won against Satan.

Your job is not to conquer Satan. Your job is to take back what he has stolen from you by enforcing Kingdom law.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you are His ambassador in the earth realm.  As such, you possess all the power and authority you will ever need to rule in this earth.  Wasn’t that God’s mandate to Adam and Eve from the very beginning–to take dominion over the earth and to subdue it (Genesis 1:28)?  This does not mean that we are to take dominion over the people of the earth but over the demonic spirits that rule the earth. We are also to take dominion over the animals, fish, and natural resources of the earth and use them for God’s glory. In short, we are to bring God’s Kingdom into the earth.

Jesus Himself taught us to pray to the Father like this: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).  Well, God’s mandate still stands, but it can be obeyed only by the born-again believer.  Only followers of Christ have His power and authority dwelling within them to enforce the laws of His heavenly kingdom in our earthly one.

So, how do we enforce God’s Kingdom in the earth? By believing and speaking His Word into every situation that requires our doing so.

The Word of God is the instrument of enforcement.  Scripture calls it the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).  We are commanded by God to wield that sword in our quest to rout the enemy from our earthly domain. And the way we wield the sword of the Spirit is by proclaiming it aloud.

So, the next time Satan tries to bully you in an attempt to make you think you are defeated, turn on him with the sword of the Spirit.  Speak it aloud to him, just as Jesus did when Satan tempted him in the desert.  Three times Jesus repeated, “It is written. It is written. It is written.”  Eventually, Satan fled at the speaking of the Word of God.

Your job as a follower of Jesus Christ is not to win the battle against Satan; Jesus Christ already did that. Your job is to enforce the victory that Christ has already won against Satan.

Satan must flee at the Word of God. Satan is powerless before the Word of God. As we keep our eyes focused on the Word and not on the circumstances of our lives, and as we believe that what God says in His Word is true, the Word will produce the fruit of its promise.

Every single time!
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In my newest work of fiction, SURRENDER TO LOVE, young widow and life coach, Dr. Teresa LopezPicMonkeyFINAL061815416pmGonzalez, learns that only a heart submitted totally to God will lead her to life.

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Believing Is Seeing

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Yes! You read that title right. It’s not a misprint, although you may be questioning it, or even loudly disagreeing with it.

If so, I can certainly understand. Like most of you, for a good part of my life I heard the opposite: that seeing is believing. People I loved and respected would say it. And so would TV commercials and magazine ads. In fact, I was so sure that seeing is believing that if there had been a local chapter of the Doubting Thomas Society, I would have been a charter member.

But then, in 1970, I had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and my whole way of thinking began to change. I began to realize that much of my thinking, which I had thought was right-side-up, was, in reality, upside-down. I began to understand what God meant when He said in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” And so began my quest to learn God’s ways and God’s thoughts.

My logical starting point was the Bible since this great book is God’s manual for man. I knew that in it I would learn how God operates and how He expects me to operate.I learned that just as there are laws on earth that govern us (the law of gravity, for example), there are also laws that govern God’s Kingdom. Since those who are born again are now part of God’s Kingdom, it would behoove us to learn the laws of that Kingdom so that  we can function in it with power and effectiveness.

As I studied the Bible, I saw that in order to receive anything from God, I needed to have faith. And I further learned that faith is simply believing before seeing.

God has given us many promises in His Word. These promises belong to us, but the only way we will see them come to pass in our lives is if we believe them. 

For example, one of God’s promises is the promise of healing. God said in Psalm 103 that He “heals all our diseases.”  This means He heals ALL our diseases. God says what He means and means what He says.  If we want to experience healing from disease, then we must believe that what God said is true. Furthermore, we must believe that we are healed before we see any sign of healing in our physical body.  BELIEVING the promise precedes RECEIVING the promise.

This principle—that believing is seeing—is called the Law of Faith. The Law of Faith is a basic law in God’s Kingdom.

In Hebrews 11:1, the Scriptures say that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” According to this verse, in order for faith to work, hope must first be present because hope is what faith builds on. Without hope, faith has nothing to work with.

Let me give you a simple illustration. If you are going to build a house, you acquire a blueprint. The builders will use that blueprint to build your house. That blueprint is not your house; it is simply an image of your house as it looks on paper. Yet, when your friends and relatives come over to visit, what do you do? You eagerly show them your blueprint and say, “This is my house!” But it really isn’t your house; it’s just the blueprint—or the hope—of your house.

In order for that blueprint to turn into your actual house, however, you must purchase materials and then build the house or have someone else build it for you. The materials are what give substance to your blueprint. The materials are the faith.

The same principle applies to every area of life. For whatever goal you want to achieve in life—whether it’s financial freedom, health, a great marriage, responsible children—you will need to have a blueprint or image of that goal on the inside of you before you will see it come to pass in your life. For example, if you want to be debt-free, you will first have to see yourself as debt-free. If you want to be healthy, you will first have to picture yourself as healthy.

If you’ve been wondering why the things you desire have not been happening in your life, take a look at your inner blueprint. Is it a blueprint for success or a blueprint for failure?  In other words, what picture of yourself do you hold in your heart? You will become on the outside just like your inner picture on the inside. So, if you want to change the outside picture of yourself, first change the inside picture of yourself that you hold in your heart.

If your inner blueprint is not what you want, take it back to the drawing board and design another blueprint. But make sure your blueprint adheres to God’s building code as found in His Word. If not, the house you build will eventually collapse.

Questions: 1) What pictures of yourself do you have on the inside of you?  2) Do you need to replace any of those pictures? 3) If so, which ones?

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(Business) Beating the Odds with God

There is the world’s way of doing business and the Kingdom’s way.  The Kingdom’s way operates by laws that are diametrically opposed to the world’s way. One of the world’s laws is the Law of Probability.

The Law of Probability states that the more odds there are, the fewer your chances of achieving a particular result.  For example, if you are one of seven hundred writers submitting a story to a specific publisher, your chances of acceptance decrease.  On the other hand, if you are one of seven writers submitting a story to the same publisher, your chances of acceptance increase.  A one-out-of-seven probability is far better than a one-out-of-700.

But in God’s Kingdom, things work differently.  In God’s Kingdom, your chances of achieving a particular result have nothing to do with anyone else. They have only to do with God’s will and your faith.

Jesus said, “All things are possible for the one who believes” (Mark 9:23).  In God’s Kingdom, the operative word is “possibility” not “probability”.  In God’s Kingdom, the Law of Possibility trumps the world’s Law of Probability and works for anyone who believes what God has said.

So, it doesn’t matter if you are one out of seven or one out of seven hundred. In God’s Kingdom, your chances of success are 100% as long as you believe His promise that with Him, all things are possible.

And that includes being a successful writer.

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(Attitude) The Writer Visionary

What do you see in your writing future?  Your answer determines what you have been believing about your writing. 

Now, you may be thinking that I’m way off base. After all, how can you believe something until you see it?  Good question.  The answer lies in understanding the meaning of vision.

If you’re like me, you’ve often heard the phrase, “Seeing is believing.”  This is the world’s way of thinking.  The follower of Christ lives by Kingdom principles, and one such key principle is that “Believing is seeing.”

A visionary sees what does not yet exist.  It exists in his imagination, and he purposes to bring what is in his imagination into physical reality.  Everything you see around you was once a vision in someone’s imagination. The reason it became a physical object is that the person who imagined it first believe it could exist and then did something about creating it.

This is precisely what we do with our writing.  We envision a story and then we create it. Likewise, we envision a writing future, and then we create it.  All with God’s help, of course.

If you’ve been believing wrong things about your writing future, change your vision. Align it with what God says about you in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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