|A general tendency of
Christians nowadays is to lie down and accept whatever
Satan dumps on them, often with the tragic assumption that
they’re yielding to the mysterious will of God.
There’s no confusion in the Bible, however, between
"hell on earth" and "heaven on earth."
We pray every Sunday, in fact, that God’s will may be done
"on earth as it is in heaven"--and
it was to make heaven-on-earth possible that Jesus died and
rose to be Lord of the universe. See Ephesians 1:21-23 (New
Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or
leader or anything else--not only in this world but also in
the world to come. God has put all things under the
authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for
the benefit of the church. And the church is his body;
it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things
everywhere with himself.
Notice two points: (a) all things are under the
authority of Christ, and (b) the Church is His body--His
hands and feet--on earth. Is the picture coming into focus?
So, as heaven’s representatives on earth, how are we
expected to function? Not by giving our enemy permission to
run over us like a Mack truck! The New Testament is clear
from start to finish that we’re expected to stand
and fight. Here’s one text among many, Luke 10:19
(New Century Version):
Listen, I have given you power to walk on snakes and
scorpions, power that is greater than the enemy has. So
nothing will hurt you.
It’s plain here that “snakes
and scorpions” are evil spirits, and that we are to crush
them and their works--not to lie down and be crushed!
And how do we crush the enemy and his works? By arming
ourselves with the Word, speaking it with
Christ’s authority, and standing our ground (see
The promises of God apply to anything
that comes against us in this life. We have power and
authority over every work of the devil without exception:
over sin, sickness, infirmities, threats to our families,
threats to our finances, and any human situation that
expresses the devil’s hatred rather than God’s love.
in every way
Let’s be confident, then, that “nothing shall
by any means hurt us” when we arm ourselves
with the Word and speak it with the authority
that Jesus died to give us. And let’s build our lives on
the understanding that Jesus has redeemed us from every
curse (Galatians 3:13), and that we are “the blessed of
the Lord”--physically and mentally blessed, emotionally
blessed, financially blessed, blessed in every way.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here