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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Are You Afraid of the Future?

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE FUTURE?

 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Terrified woman. Terrified young woman in formalwear looking at camera and biting nails while standing isolated on whiteFEAR. It’s all around us. It penetrates and saturates our culture as water does a sponge. We read it in the headlines every morning. We hear it on the news every night.

We feel it in our bones, in our muscles, and in our hearts.

Yes. In our hearts.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Throughout the Scriptures, God continually commands us not to fear.  Interesting, isn’t it, that He gives us a command?  A command from God implies that we are able to obey it.

So, why are we afraid? I would propose that we are afraid because we do not know God.

You see, God is love, and in Him there is never anything to fear.  Scripture tells us that “perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18).  God, Who is Perfect Love, will drive out fear every time.  But here is the clincher:  We must trust Him and believe Him when He says that there is nothing to fear for those of us who know Him.

Bottom line, we get rid of fear by getting to know God intimately.  Here is His promise to us found in Isaiah 26:3: ” You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  This is the antidote to fear: Keeping our minds fixed on God.  And why do we keep our minds fixed on God? Because we trust in Him. And why do we trust Him? Because He is God and perfectly trustworthy!

Are you struggling with fear today? Then turn your eyes toward Jesus and keep looking into His beautiful face. Keep your thoughts fixed on Him. As you do, His peace will drive out every fear.

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Taking Thoughts Captive

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Are you feeling defeated and beaten down? Do you often wonder if things will ever change in your life—if you’ll ever climb out of debt, or ever recover your health, or ever have a happy marriage? If you identify with any of these situations—or a similar one—take heart. You can turn your situation around by changing your way of thinking.

Consider this. The Word of God says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). This means that our thoughts will determine the outcome of our lives. Look at your present situation in life. Is it what you would like it to be? Now look at your thoughts. What have you been thinking about your situation?

Let’s take, for example, your financial situation. Perhaps you’re struggling to make ends meet. If so, what are you thinking about your finances? Are you thinking thoughts like the following: “We’re headed toward bankruptcy,” or “We can’t afford to send our children to college,” or “We’ll never get out of debt”? If this is what you’re thinking, then your bad situation will never change. Why? Because your thoughts are seeds from which your destiny grows. It follows, therefore, that if you’re planting failure thought seeds into your life, you’ll reap a life of failure. The converse is also true. If you plant success thought seeds into your life, you’ll reap a life of success.

“All well and good,” you may be saying. But let’s get practical. How do I plant success thought seeds?

The first step is to learn the difference between a success thought and a failure thought. Simply put, a success thought is a thought that lines up with God’s Word and a failure thought is one that does not. That makes knowing God’s Word pretty important, doesn’t it? How else can we know what lines up with His Word and what doesn’t if we don’t know His Word? God’s Word is the standard—the plumb line—against which we measure the “straightness” of our thinking.

The next step in planting success thought seeds is to become aware of what you’re thinking. At first, this may seem difficult to do because our minds are so accustomed to going their own way. But in order for us to lead successful, overcoming lives, we must pay attention to what we’re thinking, and we must do this all of the time. Only in this way will we be able to recognize whether or not our thoughts agree with God’s thoughts as found in His Word.

The third step in planting success thought seeds is to capture every thought and bring it to Jesus. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 10, verse 5, we find our Lord’s command to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” This means that every thought we think must be captured and presented to Christ to be examined in the light of His Word. If it does not agree with God’s Word—in other words, if it is a failure thought seed—then it must not be planted in the soil of our mind. If it does agree with God’s Word—in other words, if it is a success thought seed–then it can and should be planted in the soil of our mind.

Remember: Your thoughts are the seeds that determine the course of your life. If you want a good life, plant good thoughts, because as you think in your heart, so you will be.

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The Worried Heart

Do you have a worried heart? I used to struggle with worry, but I’ve learned a few things along the way that may help you, too.

What is worry?  The word “worry” comes from the Greek word merimnao which is actually a combination of two other Greek words, merizo and nous. Merizo means “to divide” while nous means “mind.” So, to worry means to divide the mind. When the mind is divided, so is the heart.

The Book of James tells us that a divided mind is an unstable mind (James 1:8). So, when we worry, our minds are actually unstable. And an unstable mind is incapable of making a wise decision–or any decision at all, for that matter. Moreover, worry adversely affects our physical bodies, which are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

Not only does worry split the mind and hurt the body, but, more significantly, worry is also a sin.  We rarely look on worry as a sin, but if we did, we might be more intentional in overcoming it.  

One insight that greatly helped me in overcoming worry was to realize that worry is simply using my imagination in a negative way.  Each of us has an imagination. We can choose to use it to picture positive outcomes for our lives, or we can choose it to picture negative outcomes for our lives. The good news is that we have a choice. Choose to use your imagination to picture positive outcomes for your life and worry will no longer plague you.

Overcoming worry involves creating a picture in your imagination that corresponds with God’s picture of you as found in His Word.  When your picture and God’s picture agree, you set in motion the power of agreement as described in Matthew 18:19.  When the power of agreement is in effect, faith is ignited to receive what God has for you.

Corrie Ten Boom who survived the concentration camps said this: “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.”  

The Word of God is our antidote to worry. When you are tempted to worry, meditate on these words of Jesus:

Hebrews 13:5 – “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:34 – ““So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”

Finally, remember this: what we worry about rarely comes to pass. So why waste precious time worrying when we can spend that same time trusting God and resting in His love for us?

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