Friday, February 22, 2013
Mark 16:17, 18 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
There is POWER in the NAME of JESUS! We've been looking at the name of Jesus and what that word “name” really means by Biblical definition. The Greek noun for “name” is onoma and we saw yesterday that it has several different meanings according to its use in the verse and content of the passage of Scripture. In Mark 16:17 where it says “In My name” Jesus was referring to what would happen when the disciples or followers of Christ Jesus would represent Him to those who were needing salvation in their lives. The phrase “in My name” in this verse of scripture falls under the definition of “in the power of” meaning that when a believer in Christ Jesus speaks or acts in the power of the name of Jesus the results that He spoke of would happen: demons would be cast out, they would speak with new tongues, they would take up serpents and not be hurt, they would encounter deadly poisons and even though they drank them they would not be hurt and they would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. When we represent Jesus we are His ambassadors and speak for Him through the authority that He has placed within us. We are not operating in the power of our own name, but of His. We are doing His work, not ours, and thus He has equipped us as His representatives to continue the work that He did on the earth.
Another example of the definition of “in the power of” when using the name of Jesus is in Luke 10:17:
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”
Jesus responded to that statement made by His disciples with this:
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Jesus wasn't talking about snakes and scorpions, He was referring to the demonic realm. The disciples had said that even the demons were subject to them in the power of His name. One of the names of the devil is “serpent”. He was identified as a serpent in the Garden of Eden when he tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and he was still being identified as a serpent in Revelation 12:9:
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Satan is a defeated foe and when we come up against a person who is demonized and in need of deliverance we have the name of Jesus to use in bringing them into freedom. Jesus has given us the power in His name to rule over the demonic realm that oppresses people! We do not have to fear what the devil might do to us when we know who we are in Christ Jesus. In Mark 16:18 when Jesus said they would take up serpents He was not talking about snake handling! He was saying that demons would not be able to continue harassing people when a believer comes against it in the name of Jesus! All power in the Name has been given to His disciples or followers to do the work of ministry.
Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
Another example is shown us here in this verse of scripture. This is the first recorded miracle performed by the disciples and in it is a key for all believers in using the authority of the name of Jesus in ministering the healing that is in the salvation that Jesus died to give us. When commanding healing to come forth in the lame man Peter employed the full name/title of our Lord: “Jesus Christ [Messiah] of Nazareth. “Jesus”, the name Yay-soos, meaning “He shall save”, Christ, His title meaning the Messiah, the anointed One, of Nazareth, denoting who He was in His humanity by the city that He was from. The declaration of His whole name and title professes His lordship as the Christ (Messiah), and His name as Jesus (Savior) over sickness, disease, or demons. As we saw yesterday in Philippians 2:9 that God has highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth. Evidently, as the name of Jesus was used in its power over the lame man's illness, sickness and disease is a name that is under the name of Jesus and must respond to the order to be gone, when commanded by the power that is in His name!
Acts 16:16-18 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.
This girl was demonized and that demon that was influencing her was mocking Paul and Silas by following them everywhere they went saying they were servants of God who came to tell them the way of salvation. The demon wasn't saying that to influence people to come to Paul and Silas to learn of salvation in Jesus, but in a mocking, belittling way to make fun of them. Paul finally spoke the command for the spirit to come out of the girl in the name of Jesus Christ and it had to obey! That spirit met the power that was in Paul through God's Spirit and when Paul exerted his authority through the name of Jesus the demon had to do what he said!
Using the name of Jesus in speaking to the sick for healing to come forth or for demons to leave is not a formula for success because we see a lot of times that healing and deliverance does not come or happen as a result of a Christian ministering to someone who is sick or demonized. Why are people not always healed or delivered when we speak life to their bodies and command sickness and disease to leave? That question has stopped a lot of believers from ministering healing or deliverance to people in their need. The fault does not lie in the power that is in the name of Jesus because that power is ALL-POWERFUL, nor does it lie in the faith or lack of faith that the person might have who is sick, nor is it in the faith or lack of faith in the person who is ministering prayer for healing; it is simply a question that we will only know the answer to when we get to heaven and can ask the Lord. Only God knows why some are healed and some aren't. But, we should not shy away from ministering healing or deliverance in the name of Jesus because we can clearly see that Jesus intended for His followers to carry on His work that He came to do that His kingdom might be furthered on this earth until His return. We simply must do our part to fulfill the Great Commission and expect God to confirm His word with the accompanying signs.
Mark 16:20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
God was right there with them as they preached the word and ministered in His name to confirm His word with the accompanying signs. We are co-laborers with Christ; He is the Head, and we are His body. He gives the orders and we do as He says in ministering through the power of His name!
There are more examples of the definition of “in His name” or “in the power of” His name. I have just given you a few to show some verses that use that particular definition so that you can get a better understanding of the authority and power God has bestowed upon His children to carry out His word in this world around us. We are ambassadors for God as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:20 and as such He has equipped us to do His work in our world!
Father, I thank You for the name of Jesus and the power that is resident in the authority that You have given us as Your ambassadors to minister through His name. Thank You for empowering us to do the work of ministry as Your ambassadors on this earth. Father, I pray this morning for those who may not understand the authority and power You have given them in Your name and ministering through it. I ask You to open the eyes of our understanding to see clearly what You have given us to do in continuing the work that You began on this earth when ministering to the sick and hurting. I pray that we each will take our rightful places as Your body, listening to Your commands to minister in the way that You would have us to, not under our own power and ability, but through Yours at Your direction. Thank You, Father, for confirming Your word with the accompanying signs when we are faithful to minister Your healing word to those who are sick. Thank You for confirming Your word through the accompanying signs for setting those free who are under demonic influence. Thank You for confirming Your word through the accompanying signs when we minster to those who need to come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord. You are working in each person's life as they have need and as we follow Your leading to minister salvation to them You have promised to confirm the word that we minister through the accompanying signs of salvation! Thank You, Lord! These things I pray in the Name of Jesus! Amen!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Because of what Jesus did in leaving Heaven and coming to earth in the form of a man, becoming a servant and dying a criminal's death to purchase the redemption of mankind, God has given Him the NAME above every name, that everything in heaven and earth and under the earth should recognize His deity and authority and bow their knee to Him, confessing that He is Lord so that God the Father will be glorified in and through His life.
In looking at what a NAME means we can look into the actual Greek and Hebrew definitions and see clearly what each verse is talking about when written in the context of the passage. Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words gives these definitions of the word “name”:
Name – Noun, Greek word onoma is used
(1) in general of the “name” by which a person or thing is called
(2) for all that a “name” implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc, of everything that the “name” covers.
a. of the “Name” of God as expressing His attributes
b. of the “Name” of Christ
1. representing the authority of Christ e.g., Matt. 18:5 “on the ground of My authority”.
2. in the power of
3. in acknowledgment or confession of
4. in recognition of the authority of
5. owing to the fact that one is called by Christ's “Name” or is identified with Him
(3) as standing, by metonymy, for “persons”
So, in looking at the scriptures as to what they say about the name we can identify which meaning is correct that applies to that verse of scripture. Strong's concordance gives the number of the word which corresponds with the proper rendering of the defintion. In verse 9 above, the number that Strong's has assigned to that word “name” is 3686 which, when looked up in a Strong's Concordance we find that number to correspond with the Greek word for that word “name”, which is onoma. Then in looking in the Vine's Complete Expository of Old and New Testament Words we search for “name” and find the Greek word onoma to see that the definition falls in one of the above 3 categories. This particular use of “name” in verse 9 would fall under the definition of “all that a name implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc., of everything that the “name” covers.”
God has given Jesus the “name” that carries all authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, and everything that His name would cover that is above all other names! He is the Name above all names and everything in heaven, in earth and under the earth must bow it's knee to the authority that Jesus carries! In His name salvation is given; in His name demons tremble and flee; in His name sickness and disease must go; in His name all powers must bow; in His name problems must be solved; in HIS NAME!
There is salvation in the name of Jesus; there is healing in the name of Jesus; there is deliverance in the name of Jesus; there is hope in the name of Jesus; there is power in the name of Jesus! Everything that man has need of is found in the authority, character, rank, majesty, power, and excellence of the NAME of JESUS!
God has exalted or lifted Him up above ALL to the highest position! Jesus's obedience to death for the payment of man's sin, is followed by a super-exalted position of honor and glory that every tongue should confess that He is Lord!
Confess – Strong's #1843 – exomologeo – means to acknowledge or agree fully; to confess, profess, or acknowledge openly.
There is coming a day when every person, spiritual or natural born, will openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! Either you do it now by accepting Him as your own personal Savior and Lord or you will do it later before being cast out of His presence to spend eternity in outer darkness!
Acts 3:10-12 “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. “This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Other – Strong's #2087 – heteros – means different, generic distinction, another kind, not of the same nature, form, or class. Here heteros denotes a distinction and an exclusivity, with no second choices, opinions, or options. “Jesus, You are the One. You are the only One. There is no other, NO OTHER!
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved! There is salvation in the NAME of JESUS!
When we come to the place that we realize that we need a Savior to pay the price for our sin, we can turn to Jesus knowing that if we confess Him as our Savior and Lord we will be saved. Since we learned yesterday that salvation is more than just forgiveness of sin, but also includes healing, deliverance, reconciliation between family members, financial prosperity, simply anything that you have need of, we can be assured that when we confess Jesus as the answer to our need, we can know that He is the One to provide for that need in our lives. There is forgiveness of sins in the Name of Jesus; there is Healing in the Name of Jesus; there is prosperity or wholeness in the Name of Jesus, there is reconciliation in the Name of Jesus. His authority covers every need that man has!
Have you confessed Him as Lord over your problems, over your health, over you sin, over your family, over your job, over your need? He is waiting to save you from all destruction!
Father, I thank You that there is everything that we have need of in the Name of Jesus! He rules over all and I confess Him as my Lord as well as my Savior! To Him be all glory and honor and praise for His Name is exalted above every other name whether in heaven, on the earth or under the earth. Father, I declare that sin must bow to the name of Jesus, sickness and disease must bow to the name of Jesus, financial difficulties must bow to the name of Jesus, family dysfunctions must bow to the name of Jesus, generational curses must bow to the name of Jesus, demonic oppression must bow to the name of Jesus! In Jesus' Name I declare freedom to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, healing to the brokenhearted, release to the oppressed, and the year of jubilee to those who are caught in financial distress! I speak life to the sick in the Name of Jesus and command sickness and disease to go out of their bodies! Father, I thank You for all that the Name of Jesus comprises! Thank You for giving Jesus to be our Savior and Lord! All praise be unto You! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Matthew 1:1 NIV A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
What's in a name? In Biblical times a person's name was very important. It represented the name of the child according to it's meaning and instead of having a surname, the child was known as the son of the father's name. Some names were prophetic and were recorded in the Old Testament scriptures and prophesied that the child would be born at a later time. The parents were sometimes instructed by the Lord as to what they should name the baby or they named it according to the circumstances surrounding the baby's birth. That baby would often grow up with the same character and nature as the meaning of his name. Matthew begins by telling the genealogy of Jesus Christ by giving the lineage of his family. His name signifies who He was and would become to the world.
We see in Luke 1:26-38 where the angel Gabriel appeared unto Mary and prophesied of the Savior's birth coming through her womb. At that time he told her that she would call His name Jesus.
Luke 1:30-33 NKJV Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
The name “Jesus” is from the Greek (and Latin) for the Hebrew “Jeshua” (Joshua), which means “the Lord is salvation.” “Christ” is from the Greek for the Hebrew Meshaiah (Messiah), meaning “anointed one.” Jesus, the Lord is salvation, is His name. Christ, the anointed one is His title. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus was the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being. He was God in the flesh.
Philippians 2:5-11 NIV Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus, the Lord is salvation, is God the Son. He laid His deity aside to be born into this world as a baby, to live as a human, a servant, and in humility obeyed His Father's will to die a horrible death by crucifixion to pay the price for mankind's sin so we could be reconciled to the Father. Sin separates man from a Holy God and thus must be atoned, or paid for, through the shedding of blood before man can come into God's presence cleansed and free from sin. Jesus paid that price; He was the sacrifice of all sacrifices that once and for all paid the price for man's sin. Jesus Christ, the Savior, the anointed One paid the price for man's salvation through His blood on the cross of Calvary. In His name is salvation and through His blood is forgiveness of sin and reconciliation.
The angel also appeared to Joseph, Mary's finance' to tell him of the birth of Jesus. It is recorded in Matthew 1:18-25:
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her until she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
The name “Immanuel” in this portion of Scripture, when speaking of Jesus, means “God with us”. It is another way of identifying Jesus as God in the flesh. The name declared God's presence with His people in an altogether new way. John identifies Jesus as The Word of God in John 1:1-5; 14:
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 14) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John goes on to say that Jesus showed us the Father through His life. In other words, He revealed the Father to us by showing us the character and nature of the Father in His human body and the life that He lived here on earth. When we look at Jesus, we see the Father's will in action. Jesus told his disciple Philip in John 14:9 that “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”. John identifies Jesus as God's character and nature in action in John 1:18.
John 1:18 NLT No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him.
What's in the name of Jesus? Salvation!
Salvation—Greek word “soteria” denotes “deliverance, preservation, salvation.” “Salvation”, as described through Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary, is used in the New Testament in many different scriptures to denote the following:
a. of material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension
b. of the spiritual and eternal deliverance granted immediately by God to those who accept His conditions of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, in whom alone it is to be obtained, and upon confession of Him as Lord
c. of the present experience of God's power to deliver from the bondage of sin
d. of the future deliverance of believers at the Parousia of Christ for His saints
e. of the deliverance of the Nation of Israel at the second advent of Christ at the time of “the epiphany (or shining forth) of His Parousia
f. inclusively, to sum up all the blessing bestowed by God on men in Christ through the Holy Spirit
g. occasionally, as standing virtually for the Savior
h. in ascriptions of praise to God, and as that which it is His prerogative to bestow
As you can see salvation includes much more than just forgiveness of sin and so much that can't be given in one blog. This is just the foundation. Jesus, in the fullness of His name, represents all that God is and intended for mankind to have in His salvation. In upcoming blogs we will look at the great salvation that God has provided for His man through the Name of Jesus!
Father, I thank You for Jesus! I thank You for all that He represents in You and what You provided for mankind through His crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Father, I pray that many will come to salvation through putting their trust in Jesus as their own personal Savior and Lord. He is the Savior of the world and may He be seen as the One true God, the Son, who died to provide the forgiveness of sins that we need to cleanse us and usher us into Your very own presence. Father, I pray for those who need salvation for deliverance from danger, whatever that might entail, whether it is through sickness, financial disaster, emotional or mental problems, or demonic oppression. I pray that through the Name of Jesus they would experience the deliverance from danger and apprehension that is offered them through salvation in the Name of Jesus. Father, open our eyes to see all that is included in the salvation that You provided for us through Jesus, the Messiah, the anointed One. Father, I thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Amen.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I took a little time off yesterday to spend the day with my hubby. We went to Nashville to Bass Pro and the Opry Mills Mall. It was a time for us to just get away and spend a little time together, not that we don't spend time together as we do 24/7 since we are both retired. But there's just something about getting off the mountain and enjoying a meal out and a little time to shop. During the day I received six messages, emails or phone calls regarding ministry obligations! What a busy day! So, today I have spent some quality time with the Lord for myself, hence, no blog or teaching devotional this morning. It was about 11:30 before I finally crawled into bed last night so today has begun with a late start. I am so happy to be able to share God's healing power, His love and His word with those who need salvation, healing and deliverance! May I always stay in close contact with Him, for apart from Jesus I can do nothing!
God bless you, my friends!
John 14:12-14 (NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
May you live up to your potential in Christ Jesus!
Father, I thank You for the living water that flows from You to me as I spend time in Your presence. Father, we can't give away something that we don't have as our own. I pray that as we seek to do Your will we will not forget that the power to accomplish all that we do for You comes from the time that we spend with You. I ask You to remind us that apart from You, Lord Jesus, we can do nothing, but as we come to You and feed on Your manna, Your living words that we then can receive the refreshing and refueling that we need to continue to give out to those that are needy around us. Thank you for filling us to overflowing with Your words, Your power and Your presence to overcome all the attacks of the enemy. Through Your name, Lord Jesus, we have the authority to drive out demons, to speak with new tongues, to trample over demonic oppression and to heal the sick! Through Your name, the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk again! Through Your name sin is forgiven and new life is received! At the name of Jesus all demonic power must bow it's knee and You are exalted so all can come to salvation! Thank You for Your name and the power and authority that You have given us in using it to accomplish the works that You did here on earth! Thank You, Father, for the victory that is in the name of Jesus! Amen.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Exodus 20:1, 2 And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
God delivered His people from Egypt, the house of bondage or the house of slaves, where they had been enslaved for 490 years. As a result of being enslaved for that length of time, they had a bondage or slavery mentality. God brought them out of slavery to set them free, but their bondage mentality came with them and caused them to be unable to walk into the freedom that He had planned for them. It took them forty years wandering around in the wilderness until all those who had been age 20 and above, that knew slavery as a lifestyle, had died. Only the generation after them were able to go into the promised land because they were not ingrained with a slavery mentality.
This brings back to my remembrance the old saying, “you can take a person out of the world, but you can't take the world out of the person.” Many times we are limited in our ability to receive God's best for us because of the past, of which we continue to hold within our grasp. A person cannot walk a straight line with their head turned around looking behind them. They will walk off course every time. So it is for us when we continue to allow our past mistakes and failures to determine our future successes. We must walk free of the past in order to fully embrace the good future that God has for us.
Numbers 11:4-6 Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? “We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; “but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!”
The children of Israel had brought some of their past with them on their trip to the promised land. They were known as the “mixed multitude”. These folks were either non-Israelites who had joined them as they left Egypt or they were Israelites who simply allowed their own sensual appetites to govern their thoughts and actions. Either way, they caused them to yield to their intense cravings for what they had left behind in Egypt.
It always amazes me that when a person is in the midst of bondage they can't wait to get out of it, but after being set free the memories that seem to surface are never remembered as being as bad as they were when they experienced them. The familiarity of slavery always tries to pull us back into it. The pain is waiting for us to come back, but in order to be free you must want freedom more than staying the same and getting the same results.
Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.
As distasteful as this verse seems to be, it is true that if a person does not truly want to be free, he will always go back to his former lifestyle, no matter how bad it was. The first requisite to being set free is that you must truly want to be free. Intense cravings, whether it be for food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, physical or mental control, or whatever other bondage you may have been under will always try to pull you back into those things. It is at that moment that you must yield to God's power to overcome so that you can stay free.
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Jesus died to set us free from all bondage. There is not one thing that you will encounter in your life that He didn't die for to release you into a better life. He told His disciples in John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” The freedom is ours; He paid the price for each one of us to walk in freedom from sin, sickness and disease, and poverty and lack. Once you have received Jesus as your own personal Savior and Lord, you have the power within you to walk free from the past. But a person does not walk in the freedom unless they believe and receive God's power to walk free of it.
Romans 8:1, 2 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
You walk free from the law of sin and death through the power of the Spirit working in you as you live in relationship with Christ Jesus. It is a “walking out” of all that He did for you that He is now working in you. This is a daily progression that happens as you depend on the Holy Spirit to free you from the “intense cravings” that comes from the past bondage. If you yield to the cravings you will submit yourself, once again, to the bondage.
Romans 6:16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or obedience leading to righteousness.
When you give in to the cravings you once again put yourselves under that bondage. But when you yield to the Holy Spirit to work in you, the power to resist, you have then submitted yourself unto righteousness and that gives you the freedom that you desire.
Romans 8:12-14 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
There is power in living by the Spirit! It is the power to walk free of sinful cravings that lead us into bondage to the flesh and desires that can never fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. God has provided the way of escape through the power of His Spirit within us to walk free of the desires that pull us back into bondage. James says in the book of James 1:13, 14:
Let no one say when he is tempted “I am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
God is not the author of temptation. The temptations that we have come from within us; they are the culmination of things that we have desired that are bad for us. When you think longingly about something you develop an appetite for it. If you think about how good the thing was that you have left behind you will find yourself having difficulty overcoming the desire to have it in your life again.
1 Corinthian 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
God knows exactly how much temptation you can withstand. He has provided the way of escape for you in each one of them. When you are tempted through cravings of things that you have left behind, pray and ask God to show you the way of escape. Ask Him to strengthen you by His Spirit that lives within you. Put time between you and the temptation to allow you to re-group, take stock of where you are and what your options are in the situation. Draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to make decisions that are in your best interest and not fueled by feelings and emotions. If you will do your part, God definitely will do His. He will deliver you if you ask Him to.
What is it that you are struggling with today? Do you have intense cravings for things that have kept you in bondage? Do you need to be set free from the desires of the flesh that can never be satisfied?
Father, I come before You today to thank You for the power of Your Spirit to deliver people and set them free from bondage and addictions. Father, I pray this morning for those who are struggling to be free and stay free from their pasts. I bring them before You and ask You to break the power of whatever it is that is keeping them from their freedom. I bind any evil spirits that would try to hold them in its grip right now in the Name of Jesus Christ. I command every evil assignment that has been arrayed against them to be canceled in Jesus' Name. Father, I ask You to set them free right now in the Name of Jesus and I thank You for doing that. I ask You to strengthen them, Lord, and show them how to resist the temptations that will try to come back to lure them into bondage again. Thank You, Father, for Your delivering power in their lives. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
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