Above Only And Not Beneath

 

   Hey, what’s going on? I hope you are well. This week flew by so fast with so many different things  out of the ordinary that I accomplished that I almost forgot to write a blog. Something that I love doing is sharing things that I have been experiencing in my own life, things that I have been struggling with, or lessons that I have learned while overcoming something.

Last week I wrote a blog on controlling our atmosphere based on Luke 10:19. Well this week I was able to back up my thoughts with actions. You see there have been a few things in my life that I have just had the most difficult time overcoming. It has been hard, and if you would have talked with me even a year ago I would have simply told you that struggling with things is just a part of life and will be my reality until the day I die. How PATHETIC! This week my eyes where opened up to a few really key principles. You see, I think we as believers struggle with acceptance of wrong, we let the enemy constantly prod us.

I have two dogs, and one of them is still learning his manners. Every once and awhile even though my bigger dog can totally destroy him, my puppy will come up to him and bite at his neck. The older dog will just take it and take it and take it until suddenly he has had enough and snaps right back. I noticed that when this happens the younger dog runs away because there is no longer any question as to who is in control.

There are times in our lives where the enemy just prods us, and we tolerate it, we pass it off as normal or even worse we say “God is trying to teach me something”. This is ridiculous, why would God teach you with something that he came down and died on a cross to deliver you from? We need to start putting the enemy back in his place, we need to start rising up and reminding him who is in charge.

This week, there was a day where the enemy was just prodding me, just throwing stuff my way from multiple directions. And then it clicked, remember Luke 10:19 where God says that He has given us authority over all the power of the enemy? Well, I started getting angry, I started pacing back and forth in my house, I started remembering my inheritance as a child of God and I started yelling at the top of my lungs at the enemy, because I was so angry at him for controlling specific areas of my life for such a long period of time! For those who don’t know I live at a house that is pretty far from other houses, yet I yelled so loud my neighbour came to the end of my driveway. Did that stop me? I don’t think so, just like my older dog does to my puppy, I reminded the devil that he has no power over me but that I have all authority over him and all his power.  I told him where to go, and I told him that he was not going to come back.

My inheritance as a believer is to be set free from everything that may hold me back in life, that is my inheritance. If you want to believe what the Word says that is your choice to make, but when I read in Luke 10:19 that God, the One who is in ultimate authority has given me authority over ALL the power of the enemy, you better believe that I am going to exercise that on the one who causes all the pain in my life.

I know the enemy will be back, I know that I will face trials, but I also know that I am the one with the authority, I know the eternal decree that I have been granted! And I know that when he tries again to come against me, I will put him back in his place, which is under my feet not blocking my way to victory, not tempting me, not stopping the call of God on my life!

The enemy is scared of those who stop just reading the Word and start living it. I dare you to spread that terror amongst the devils in your life, amongst the addictions and diseases, amongst the fears and the demonic mind sets. This is our inheritance as children of God!

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Above Only And Not Beneath

Control The Atmosphere

   Hey, I hope you are well. Today I wanted to talk about something that I recently went through. It’s funny because if you have ever heard me speak you would know that I usually preface my messages with saying, “whatever subject I am led to speak on, I am always tested in that area in the days leading up to my message”. This was definitely the case here.

A few days ago, I woke up and felt really drowsy, you know that feeling were you feel like you are stuck between a dream and real life? That was me. The day continued and I just was feeling worse and worse, I wasn’t getting anything done, I didn’t know where to put my energy, I had no direction. My day progressively got worse and worse and then I looked at the clock and realized that it was now time for me to head to the studio. As I was driving I was trying to push through, but it just wasn’t working. So I put on some worship music and started to talk with God. At first it felt like my words were coming out of my mouth and falling straight to the ground, when suddenly I remembered a teaching that I heard awhile ago.

The teaching was on God’s empowerment, on ruling our areas of influence and how if we are experiencing troubles in our areas of influence, the areas that we are called to, then it is because we have relinquished our authority. Suddenly it hit me, I remembered Luke 10:19:

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL of the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you!”

I snapped out of my pity party, and for the first time in the day I saw things clearly. I shouted at the enemy and told him where to go, and reminded him of the authority that God has given to all the believers in Luke 10:19.

Guys, you have no idea how much God has given us, what we read in the Bible are not just words, they are eternal decrees. They are laws that everything has to submit to. Let me encourage you the next time things seem to be going crazy in your workplace, in your family or in your life, the next time your thoughts start to darken or depression starts to sink in, remember Luke 10:19! Remember what your inheritance as a believer of God is. Remember who it is that has not just worked in your past, and who is going to work in your future, remember the one who partners with you right now! This is our inheritance as children of God, to be above and not beneath, the head and not the tail, victors not victims, a light in a dark world!

“I have given you authority to overcome ALL of the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you!”

Control The Atmosphere

Slam Devotional: Having The Faith To Trust

Hey, what’s going on? The other day on my show I spoke about something and I wanted to share it here because the more I get into the Word, even in the most unlikely places, something keeps coming up and I wanted to talk about it.
We all like nice things, I have never met any person in my life who didn’t also enjoy success. But sometimes I have found the very thing that we want can be the very thing that will ultimately end up destroying us. I look at my life now, I have a great job, I have nice material things, (which trust me is weird for me to even say) my family and I are blessed. But in a heartbeat I would give up everything for a closer relationship with God. You see my heart is in the right place. The things that I own, I like them. They help me accomplish big things, but they are not what my heart is after. I am so amazed to think about where I was even 5 years ago. I wanted the things I have now badly, but my heart was not in the right place. If I was given The Slam and if I was given all the things I have now 5 years ago, they would have destroyed me because my heart was in the wrong place. 
Sometimes we think God is unfair, we say “God if you are so good, if you love me, if you really love me, why can’t you just give me this or that. I’m ready! I won’t misuse it!” First off may I just say that is an extremely bold prayer in the wrong way to offer up to God. We need to remember He knows it all! He knows the end from the beginning. God’s not being mean to you, why would He want to withhold blessing from the ones He sent His Son to die for?
I want to close with two things, the first is something that read during my devotions today. I was reading through the book of Joshua and I came to the story of Achan. Long story short, the children of Israel were instructed to devote all the things of Jericho to destruction. So they did, well they thought they did. A man by the name of Achan kept some of the things that were to be devoted to destruction for himself. As a result over 30 men died unnecessary deaths and God burned with anger against Isreal.  However, God revealed to Joshua the problem, Achan and all his possessions and all his family were burned and all was restored. If you keep reading in the book of Joshua you will find that the next city that they go out to conquer God allows them to keep the plunder for themselves (Joshua 8:2). This never stood out to me before, so I said “God why was it that all the things of Jericho had to be destroyed but when it came to Ai you gave them permission to take it’s spoil and livestock and plunder? And I heard it clearly, it was because they were being tested. 
God has amazing things for us, just like my current job that I’m in now, just like my worldly possessions that I have now. But if I would have gotten them 5 years ago they would have destroyed me because my heart was not in the right place. Now my heart is right with God, my priorities are set right and I can walk and enjoy the blessing.
Jeremiah 29:11-12

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Let me encourage you in closing, you may not see the things that are up ahead for you, you may not even see a light at the end of the tunnel, but know that God is good. He does have a great plan for you regardless of where you started in life, regardless of what you have done and where you are now. All you have to do is trust that the one who is infinite in wisdom, kindness, love and goodness knows what He is doing.




Slam Devotional: Having The Faith To Trust