In this session, the topics of authority, spiritual warfare and growth are discussed. In the audio segment, my best friend Maya shares her thoughts as well of these various topics. Enjoy!
6.) Spiritual warfare is real.
I cannot express myself enough when I tell you SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS REAL! When I tell you the devil is NOT your friend trust and believe I tell you no lie. For he prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 and that someone is you and me! You see, the enemy is simply all talk, but NO action. The only way he receives power is if it is willingly give it to him and believe it or not sometimes we do. I know I have, specifically with my mind. Distracted by his convincing tactics and seductive words, for a season in my life in 2018, I placed my trust in man. Exactly what our Father tells us we should not do in Isaiah 2:22. Instead of looking into the Word of God for myself, I found myself looking for man’s approval and only receiving the Word by man. Talk about scary, because crazy thing is I didn’t notice what I had been doing until God snatched me out of it. In all honesty even in this new year, some days I find myself slipping into my thoughts. However, unlike before, I now know how to fight back with the Word of God when the enemy attempts to sneak in. I first start of with Romans 12:2 by renewing my mind, followed by 2 Corinthians 10:5. It is during this time I am reminded in verses four and five that the weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. For God has given US authority to cast down every naysayer and presumption that is against our knowledge of Him and check this we can take charge of EVERY THING to make it obedient to Christ. Which brings me onto my fifth lesson, the power of authority.
5.) You have authority.
Last summer, I attended the 2018 GraceLife Conference in Atlanta, hosted by Pastor Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International.During the five day conference, God revealed to me new revelation that was out of this world MIND BLOWING! Scriptures which I knew of, showcased itself in a whole new light. No longer did I see the Bible as simple words from the past, but “living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12 )“ By stepping out of my comfort zone, my walk with Christ shifted. With a deeper understanding of the crucifixion of Jesus placed inside of my heart, and knowingly aware that His Spirit lived inside of me, it was then more of my faith was tapped into. My beliefs in God enhanced and my knowledge in authority did as well. Simply put, my voice spoke power when reading the Word and with such boldness and firm belief, God’s Word began to manifest and take action. But again it did not happen until I changed my previous ways of reading His word. Keep in mind, NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
7.) You grow from problems.
My my growing pains are the worst but, my God am I grateful for them. Simply without them I wouldn’t be able to showcase to you my growing testimony. We all go through trials and tribulations, but as I continue to mature in Christ instead of looking at my problem as a problem I now switch my perspective and place my focus on God’s promises. For I now know :
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Well that is all for this segment. Be sure to check out the third installment next Monday on 18 Lessons I Learned in 2018! God Bless!