Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Faith Acts like we Believe

Only Faith in TRUTH – in the Super-ceding Spiritual Fact – will move God to answer your Prayer and Move Satan to Flee from you as he Should.

“...for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

Brother Hagin often used to say, “…we need to act like we believe it!” Act free; not bound again to slavery. Satan knows whether you know – your legal rights or not – by the way you live your life and the words you speak! If we act like we don’t believe it – Satan knows that probably we don’t! Those who have been justified act justified. They are no longer under the sentence of death but have been acquitted and found not guilty.

Note: The prosecution has no more defence against us – no more argument. IF and again I say IF we are in Christ.

Romans 8:1, “no condemnation for those who are in Christ”.
The just shall live by faith. This is our legal way to live – by faith! Which include the fruits of the spirit – against which there is no law? Everything about this life has spiritual reality, whether atheists choose to believe that or not, it remains fact. And it is all about legalities. What’s lawful and what’s not etc… and we as Christians need to know that and not live a life of continual ignorance; for God plainly stated that, “…we perish for the lack of knowledge” (Hos 4:6). Even though He called the foolish things to confound the wise - He didn’t expect those foolish things to stay foolish!! On the contrary we are ever encouraged to have the eyes of our understanding opened and to gain the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph 1:17, Prov 4)

Precisely, we are not called to a life of perpetual ignorance but a life of revelation – as true disciples – accountable to truth and living it out as its revealed. The term ‘Progressive Revelation’ refers to the fact that by grace we are endlessly permitted to ‘learn obedience’ and grow in our faith - as the young Christ did in his earlier years (Heb 5:8). We too have to ‘grow up’ spiritually – which requires us growing from “faith to faith glory to glory” (2 Cor 3:18; Rom 1:17) it’s a process of learning/ growing/ changing and correction – a time of much needed grace for our ignorant and some what innocent mistakes! (Psalm 44:26)

Court of Law
Legal: Prosecution/Defence

Satan as said before is a legalist. Like the best smartest lawyer or prosecution available to ‘appose’ the saints as in Zechariah 3:1, Rev 12:10,

“…the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the world of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Some say that since the time of the book of Job (considered one if not the oldest books of the bible – but not in chronological order) Satan has not been able to oppose the saints directly in the presence of the Lord, like we see in Zechariah 3:10 and other – but we see here in the NT Revelations 12:10 the word accused is used in the ‘PAST TENSE.’ So one may want to conclude that he is no longer allowed to accuse us day and night in the direct presence of God perhaps (throne room) but we do know for sure that he could for a season of time.

However notice in the same chapter verse 17 its says,

Satan is not after the ‘Convert’
He’s after the ‘Disciple’!

“…and the dragon was enraged… and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

To continue the theme of the court room further – let’s consider the fact that the Amplified bible calls him an “evil genius.” (John 16:11)

It helps to know what you’re up against…!

You need not to be ignorant of your opponent (2 Corinthians 2:11). Satan is not ignorant of the facts! Just imagine in a court of law – if one day the ‘prosecution’ or ‘defence’ in a high profile case decided to violate the court, the law or the Judge only in a wild attempt to prove their case! – Their means would only serve to disqualify their end! (They would be thrown out of court even if all their evidence were true!) A Court of law MUST be taken seriously and MUST only be based upon the proven or otherwise disproved FACT; but never on emotional blackmail or feelings. Some one can only be acquitted or put away “on the grounds of reasonable evidence.”

Whether directly or indirectly Satan is still an ACCUSER (Rev 12:10); in fact we can see clearly that he no longer stands in the direct presence of God to accuse us anymore – the conflict is far more direct. “...he went to make war…” Remembering that he was thrown out of the presence of God “…has been cast down verse 10. Down where? To the earth; “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Verse 12)

Jesus’ combat with Satan in the wilderness was face to face! Word to word… (Mark 1:13) And the wrestling of Ephesians 6 involves direct contact, “Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…” (vs. 11)

“…they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” (Rev 12: 11)

As Derek Prince once said, “this was direct, (not in-direct) conflict…” mentioned there in Revelations 12: 11 but also in Ephesians 6: 12 where it tells us what we don’t wrestle with (flesh and blood) before it goes on to confirm that our direct conflict is with ranking powers of darkness...!

“For WE DO NOT WRESTLE against flesh and blood, BUT against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
Taking accusations to an ‘accuser’
Is like taking coal to fire!!

The Master Accuser:
It’s safe to say, that once must not assume to go after an experienced accuser and try and beat him at his own game! Taking (‘railing’) accusations to an ‘accuser’ is like taking coal to fire!! (We must overcome evil with good Romans 12:21) One accuser to another creates a common ground. If Michael had attempted to achieve his aims outside of his (delegated/authorised) boundaries, he would have usurped his own authority – thus usurping the Lord.

The Superseding Spiritual FACT

There is not meant to be any common ground between light and dark, truth or lie. So we come against Satan as Jesus did – with TRUTH the supper-seeding spiritual FACT.

A dear saint who had been gloriously healed of breast cancer, shared of her struggle, and in her testimony she made this statement, “all my petitions, all my crying, failed to move God to compassion or Satan to flee! In fact none of my self pity, not any one of my emotions, my piety, nor even my virginity or holy living could move HEAVEN OR HELL – EXCEPT MY FAITH!”

She found out -
only through living it out – that the ONLY SUBSTANCE ABLE TO MOVE HEAVEN or HELL – WAS HER FAITH! God is not moved by many words (scrip) or favouritism – works – just by FAITH. That’s why only faith pleases him because he knows that it’s the only way we can obtain his blessings made available to us through Christ. (Matthew 21:21, 1 John 5:4)

Only Faith in TRUTH – in the supper-ceding spiritual fact – will move God to answer your prayer and move Satan to flee from you as he should. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Jesus only used truth – he did not accuse Satan. He used his only weapon – TRUTH.

There is no truth or love in Satan, like there is no light in dark. There was no common ground, because Jesus was using the truth, with the truth in his heart (rightly divided 2 Timothy 2:15). Whereas Satan was misusing the truth, in order to deceive. The motive was not the same. Jesus used the truth, not just to save or gratify self, but to save others.

Give me this day my daily bread; fresh manna from your Word. Revelation with power to affect many lives in my circle of influence. I apply myself continually to your word, to study with diligence; rightly dividing your Word and showing myself approved. Take your Words of truth and faith in my mouth today and let your will be done here on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Lord only faith can move mountains, heaven or hell! I choose this day to live and to speak by faith alone, because whatsoever is not of faith is sin. I choose to speak truth – the superceding spiritual fact – in all circumstances and situations that arise today. Your truth in my mouth is the standard and will bring knowledge, truth and freedom to others. I live this day NOT as a convert but as a disciple, committed to truth and to VICTORY! And for the sake of the world around me, I will act and behave like I believe what I believe!


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