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Friday, June 6, 2014

Your Enemy Has Been Defeated

Revelation 12 : 10 – 12, Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for 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 word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. NKJV

Do you still fight voices of accusation, even as a Christian? Does guilt have a stronghold on your mind to the point where you will draw back from seeking God or obeying Him in your walk? Anything that comes against a believer with the intentions of pulling them away from God is a lie of the enemy. If you hear a condemning voice in your mind or have a person in your life that beats you down and causes you to grow weary in serving God or in doing well, then know that it is an attack of Satan.
If the questions and the descriptions that I have written sound like my computer is in your living room, then God is speaking a word through me to you. If you struggle with any of the aforementioned items, you must first submit to God in prayer and resist the Devil’s strategies that have been formed against you. As a Christian, you must know and understand that you don’t derive your identity from your actions or your weaknesses, but from Christ. So when attacks of the enemy strike don’t try to dig deeper in you, but rather dig deeper in Christ.
You’re not the source of your righteousness; Christ is, and that is why we must go to the Rock of our salvation, run into the Refuge in times of conflict and find peace for our weary souls. As you train yourself to begin to recognize an attack as being just that, and you can stop giving completely over to its suggestions or its condemnation, then you have begun to overcome Satan’s arsenal. The next step is to remember to “run to the Rock” or get your focus off the voices or storm and look to Jesus. He will empower you with His righteousness and show you how to respond properly to your attacker(s).
In today’s passages, you will notice that after the accuser of the brethren was cast down, the Kingdom of God and the power of Christ was released. You see; you’re in a battle, and you must remember not to take the conflict personally. This battle isn’t over you or your righteousness, but over your faith in Jesus’ blood and righteousness. Satan wants to make it about you; you are to remind your accuser it’s all about Jesus.
Once you arrive at the place in your faith walk where you’re gaining understanding to overcome the lies and assaults, then you will begin to experience the power of Christ (confidence) in your heart. The Lord will begin to restore your focus on your future in Him and off of your past in sin. The Devil is a liar, but we must grow to the place where we no longer receive his lies as the “gospel truth.”
You must exercise the gifts that God has given you as a believer, and one of those gifts is discernment. If something or someone speaks out something that seems to fit you, but causes you to begin to pull back away from God’s will or His presence, then know that you need to discern this as being a voice of the accuser.
Let the Lord fight this one. Jesus forewarned us that in this world, we would have tribulations. Nevertheless, He went on to say that we were to be of good cheer because He has already overcome this world. We’re in Him and not of the world; therefore, we have also overcome.  If God wants to correct us, He can do it. He doesn’t need Satan to tell us what is wrong. Amen? I thought so!
You Belong to God,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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