Lord, I love You. You have blessed me beyond measure. I thank You for Your peace, but I am aware, more and more, that Your peace, Your shalom, Your rest coexist with a state of war. Your kingdom suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12).
I find myself wondering about how many strongholds, assignments and demonic entities might remain my life, my house and my family, residual effects of past sin, rebellion or foolishness.
Remember all you’ve been learning. My kingdom runs on delegated authority. When I arose on Easter, I was the Recipient of all authority in heaven and earth, just as I asserted, and I gave it to you. You have the authority to proclaim, enforce and expand the kingdom of God in your own life, in your home and marriage and family as well as in the lives of others. That’s the lesson of the Roman Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13).
And I’ve given you the resources for defeating your self-contained enemies, healing your self-inflicted wounds and breaking your self-imposed isolation. These are the lessons of the Gadarene Demoniac (Mark 5:1-20).
In Me, you have everything you need pertaining to life and godliness: spiritual authority over the darkness; power to tear down strongholds in your own personality; freedom from guilt, shame and condemnation; and powerful alliances in the Body of Christ to assist you in battle.
Those who abide in Me will bear much fruit. How can you not? Consider your weapons; consider your resources! Look at your tools, your weapons: repentance, faith, My word, delegated authority, spiritual giftings. The fruits of the Spirit, shalom, a living hope, the people of God.
Be of good cheer- I’ve overcome the world! Yes, you’re involved in spiritual conflict, and your enemy is cunning and deceitful. But you have no reason to fear him and his underlings. You are in Me, and in Me you outgun him by orders of magnitude. So, as I’ve said before, run to the battle with a grin on your face. There’s no room here for false humility. You win. No fear. Take what’s yours in Me.
On those days when you feel like there’s a cosmic game of ping-pong going on and you’re the ball, somebody’s lying to you and it isn’t Me. I own it all-the table, the paddles and the ball, and I set the rules, and You are in Me. We win. Go into your world, your reality and enforce My kingdom.