War - Know Your Power

Pastor Matt wrapped up the War series Sunday with the message, Know Your Power. It's fitting that this is my week for the Elder Word since this is the very thing that I didn't know for many years, and it was paralyzing to my walk with the Lord.
 This entire series has been a good reminder for me. I let the enemy defeat me for years, from the time I first walked down an aisle at age 9 all the way into my early 30's. By the time I made it to my 30's I was so worn down from the traditions and religion I had been taught all my life, I was just done with it all.
The enemy had me so wrapped up in the fact that I would never be good enough that I just didn't care to try. I remember my breaking point, I grabbed my Bible, prayed, and asked God to show me something in His word that I could build on, or I was done with it all. I wasn't being arrogant or challenging God in that. I was just tired of all of it. I couldn't do it.
It was at that point everything changed. God showed me it was never about me or what I could do but about what He has already done in sending His son to die for me.
Ephesians 1:3-7 tells me that He chose us before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless, redeemed thru the blood of Jesus according to the riches of His grace.
He had all of this planned out before we were on this earth, all him, the only part we have in it is belief!
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Galatians 2:20
When I became a believer, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in me. The only power the enemy has over us is what we give him. But it wasn't until I started searching scripture for myself and not just taking my parents, pastor, or Sunday school teacher's word for it. This helped me gain knowledge and understanding, and then it became real to me.
Once we grasp these crucial facts, we have the faith to stand on what we believe is true.

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