January 6th, 2013
I have suffered flight phobia for many years. Some fourteen years back I was travelling on a plane which dropped in a huge air pocket. I was standing to let a co passenger pass and found myself on my knees. Fear set in and I can now relate to those who speak of anxiety and panic . Brothers and sisters in Christ, I hope my writing can break the bondage of the evil one that you suffer. I still hate flying but I can now tolerate long flights (recently did nine hours! Praise Jesus!).
Life in this world can be very difficult to state an understatement. Age or status or location is irrelevant. As long as the flesh remains, man is under the torment of the Prince of this world. Depression, broken relationship, failure, oppression,these are but a few of his favorite playthings.
But when you are a Christian, life can different. The Lord Himself is known as the Man of Sorrows. He was the sacrificial lamb, who knew to the very dregs , the bitterness of the flesh. He knew our terrible fears in Gethsemane. He knew the terrible injustice that loved ones can commint. But our Lord is no longer a Lamb. NOW He IS the Lion of Judah, The great Avenger.
And when you have accepted the Risen Jesus Christ as your savior, do you know who you are?
This is what the Word of God says who you are …
I am chosen and dearly loved by God.(1 Thes. 1:4), I am faithful (Ephesians 1:1), I am God’s child (John 1:12) and I have been justified (Romans 5:1).What does justification mean?
Just that through the blood of Christ: I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4), I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5), I am given God’s glorious grace lavishly and without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8), I am in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30),I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8),I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14),And that through the blessings of Abraham I have every promise that I claim from the Word of God.
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I am a partaker of the divine nature (God’s nature). 2 (Pet. 1:4, I have been redeemed, forgiven, and am a recipient of His lavish grace(Eph. 1:7, 8),and have been given the Holy Spirit as a pledge (a deposit/down payment) guaranteeing my inheritance to come.(Eph. 1:13, 14)
Dear Ones In Christ, all this also means the following: I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14),I have been justified (completely forgiven and made righteous).(Rom. 5:1)I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule on my life(Rom. 6:1-) I am free forever from condemnation.(Rom. 8:1) I am now a child of God. I will resemble Christ when He returns.( 1 John 3:1, 2)
As a result, I am an enemy of the devil.(1 Pet. 5:8) I am an alien and stranger to this world that I temporarily live in.1 Pet. 2:11 I am born of God; the evil one (the devil) can’t touch me.(1 John 5:18)
Satan therefore hates you. He will throw every fiery arrow he has at you. He will use the sins of this world, death, fear, misery, unhappiness, depression, loneliness’ , confusion to lead you away from Gods plan and to the ultimate sin, rejection of the Almighty.
But: I have been firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up in Him. (Col. 2:7) I have been delivered (rescued) from the domain of darkness (Satan’s rule) and transferred to the kingdom of Christ.(Col. 1:13) I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (the debt against me has been cancelled). (Col. 1:14 )(see Col. 2:13, 14) Christ Himself is in me.(Col. 1:27)I have direct access to God through the Spirit(.Eph. 2:18 I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence.)(Eph. 3:12)
I am not helpless (Philippians 4:13)I am overcoming (I John 4:4)I am persevering (Philippians 3:14) and I am victorious (I John 5:4)
My heart and mind is protected with God’s peace (Philippians 4:7) I can be strong (Ephesians 6:10) I have God’s power (Ephesians 6:10) I can stand firm in the day of evil (Ephesians 6:13)
IT also means that : I can understand what God’s will is (Ephesians 5:17) I can give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20) I don’t have to always have my own agenda (Ephesians 5:21) I know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13)
And most important of all is that when all this is true and I have received all this then Righteousness is MINE. And when HIS righteousness is mine…you have every authority to rebuke anything that the evil one would use agains you.Psalm 103;11-12 says that For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west , so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
It is His command that you rebuke and defeat the evil one! When you are depressed and unable to cope , stand firm in His word…take on the Armour of God (Ephesians 6) and in HIS authority cast out those defeating and lying weapons in your life. The Lord Jesus does not want you to lie around weeping and despairing ! NO! stiffen your spiritual backbone, and OBEY Him! Feel it in your gut that you will not take any nonsense from the evil one. Dont say “Lord , Deliver Me”…say “in the Name of LORD JESUS< I AM delivered! In His holy name, I command you evil thing, leave me and be gone from me.”
You need but one mustard seed of faith…..AND HIS WORD!