It is time to take control of your life, for if you do not, someone or circumstances will rule over you. Most likely these ‘other rulers’ will not have your best interests at heart. From my experience only the God of the Bible has a plan for us that will cause us to prosper and be over comers. But we have to first show that we mean business with God before he will help us.
Is this a radical thought? Far too many of Gods believers sit around waiting for God to act and solve their problems. God is not a wizard. Despite this knowledge many Christians expect God to act like a benevolent wizard. ‘Poof’ and all will be OK. Sometimes their prayers will reflect this attitude.
We need to realize that God and we are in a partnership; for the moment we were born again and were stamped with the Holy Spirit, we entered into a covenant agreement. The term partnership/covenant means both parties work together to achieve their mutual goals. Therefore we have to show a willingness to cooperate with God before he will help us – right?
In this sense I mean we have to take the first step in taking authority over our life and circumstances. What we always forge, is that the moment Christ entered into our heart we were given the same authority that Jesus displayed when we walked the earth. Jesus said all authority is given to me in heaven and on earth and I have shared this authority with you my disciples. We have the authority, given to us as a gift from our Father.
Why do we not use this God given authority? Why do you think? Why do many Christians allow themselves to be ‘brow-beaten’ when they have the authority given by God to break free? This inertia attitude by so many of Christ’s disciples is typical of so much that is wrong with ‘religious Christians.’
There is no excuse for us not to break free and take control of our life and circumstances. Why? Because the moment we step out to do so, the combined power from the Trinity is made available to us. This act of stepping out into the unknown is called; ‘walking by faith.’
Trouble is, most of us who call ourselves Disciples of Christ are afraid of the unknown – meaning, we would rather stay in a known tortuous state than change. Change to many brings anxiety which we tell ourselves, we could not live with. Many believers would rather stay a prisoner than try and escape. Right?
I will stick my neck out here and say that in general, non-believers are more prepared to take contol over their lives and circumstances than we Christians. They are more likely to take a risk and change their habits than believers. Why is this? After all total authority in heaven and on earth has been given to us. Why do we not use our God given authority?
By not doing so the enemy has us wrapped around his little finger. Are we too scared to confront our Goliaths? Are we too lazy to seek new habits and throw off the past burdens? Whatever the reason for hiding Gods authority and power within us; we are doing ourselves immense harm and causing God to weep over our lack of faith.
God’s high calling for each believer is to reign with him; but how can we be co-rulers if we cannot rule over our own life and circumstances here on earth? I sense a call from God that we need to wake up and begin to walk in the authority and power of the Holy Spirit. It is time to take authority over that bad habit. It is time to rule over our money. It is time to take authority over our health. It is time to reign over our fears, worries, concerns and anxieties. It is time to cut the ropes that are holding our spiritual balloon from rising up to the God. The fire is filling our balloon, for goodness sake cut the ropes and fly up into the heavens.
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
Come, let us together take authority over the land that lies before us so that we can go in and take possession. Refuse to look upon ourselves as grasshoppers, for we have the power of the risen Christ available to us. May the spirit and Caleb and Joshua rest upon us this day and for ever more.
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Your last paragraph gave me a chuckle as I recalled that a few years ago I wrote a blog about Numbers 13 and called it "I'm Not A Grasshopper...I'm A Princess!" It is not arrogance to declare who you are in Christ and indeed we must. Isn't that exactly what God has called us to do, be witnesses? Being a witness means we do not only declare but demonstrate what God has done, is doing and will continue to do in our lives and desires to do in the lives of others.
Why do we behave like the Children of Israel? We moan about "giants" and the fact that we must actually confront them, ignoring the fact that God has said He is with us , will help us and that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.
Will we face hardships, tragedy and disappointments in this world? Yes we will but then we must remember: God is bigger! He makes my darkness light! And... the joy of the Lord is my strength!