Powerful (Identity in Christ Part 11)

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Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give, Matthew 10:8.

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you, Luke 10:19.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10.

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
    spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
    I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—He rescues you from hidden traps,
    shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
    under them you’re perfectly safe;
    His arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
    not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
    not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
    drop like flies right and left,
    no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
    watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
    the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
    harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered His angels
    to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
    their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
    and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

“If you’ll hold on to Me for dear life,” says God,
    “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
    if you’ll only get to know and trust Me.
Call Me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
    I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
    give you a long drink of salvation!” Psalm 91.

I know there is quite a bit of Bible here. I hope you read these verses, meditate on them, and let them soak into your spirit. God is all powerful. It is not our power that enables us to overcome. It is His power that allows us to overcome. This power, the power of God, enables us to do the following.

1. Say no to sin. We are no longer slaves to sin when we are born again (Romans 6). The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us and enables us to say no to sin and yes to God’s will. If we go to God and ask for help He always helps us.

2. Have life after death. We who die in Christ will be raised again to life with Him. If we can believe God for life everlasting, we can believe Him for more.

3. To overcome. We are more than conquerors through Christ who gives us strength. “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us,” Romans 8:37.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:57.

4. To do what Jesus and the disciples were doing. The same Holy Spirit that empowered the disciples, lives in us. God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He gives us power to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the leper, and see those oppressed by demons set free. Some say the gifts were only for the Apostles. Untrue. It’s for every born again believer. As someone who’s been healed, I am thankful God still heals.

5. To use the authority given by Jesus. People elevate evil and the devil when both were defeated by Jesus. Light never runs from darkness. Light stands and the darkness flees.

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He (Jesus) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross, Colossians 2:15.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you, James 4:7.

The devil cannot do whatever he wants. He is not all powerful. He is not equal to God. He is a created being, not the Creator. He had to ask for permission to afflict Job (Job 1). God allowed Job’s affliction to happen knowing He would bless Job with more than He had before. We are not under the enemies feet, he is supposed to be under our feet. We don’t pick fights with evil. We stand on the word of God and make submission to God our priority. We get close to God and allow Him to shine through us. It’s His light that’s shining.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you,~2 Corinthians 4:6-12.

We were not created to be defeated. We were created to be imitators of Jesus. He was not defeated. He came to destroy the works of the enemy. He lived a life of purpose, operating in His true identity. We are called to do the same. We are called to live lives that send a message to the world, “My God is good. My God is powerful. My life has purpose.” I read a quote by Bill Johnson today that was a blessing. He said, “Any situation where I have no hope, I am believing a lie.” There is ALWAYS hope with God. He is all powerful. There are no hopeless situations when God is at work. People can choose to reject God, but that does not mean He ceases to be powerful.

Father show us how You want to work through us. Shine Your light on to any and all areas of doubt or unbelief. Help us to believe You, trust You, and live a life where You are first. Help us to draw near to You. In Jesus most powerful name, Amen.

 

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