Believing the truth, God’s truth, is the active power of our new life. It is the Lord’s grace-based way of giving wings to our new life of faith. All Christians will tell you that they believe in Jesus. But have we been “blinded” by the light? The all-important issue of believing doesn’t end there. The demons also believe that the Father and Jesus exist, but they take no joy or peace in believing it, nor do they live yielded to Him in trust and obedience.
Since we are saved by grace through faith, it is entirely by means of faith that we are meant to access all that grace so freely supplies. For instance, God’s Word says that we who believe can be filled with all joy and peace “in believing.” If this is not what you are experiencing all day long, then perhaps there are a few things you still need to learn about recognizing and overcoming the stronghold of unbelief which may be quenching your faith.
The Lord says that His people are carried into captivity, even destroyed, for lack of knowledge. What we don’t know about this new life in Christ not only can keep us from entering into blessing, it also opens doors for the enemy to prey upon us. In the spiritual life ignorance is not bliss—it quickly becomes bondage! For a remedy Jesus invites us to seek truth. He says that if we will take pains to pursue a true knowledge of…
How does the flesh get such a strong grip on us? Strongholds of the flesh can show up in an instant and pin us to the mat, but they don’t jump on us “out of the blue.” We almost always have had a long history of giving way to them, or of traumatic past issues that spawned them. This means that what came in can also go out! Knowledge is power. Whenever it is placed under the Lord’s leadership, it leads to liberation (as in “you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”).
Isaac had to have his men dig a lot of wells. The Philistine neighbors became threatened by his prosperity so they kept tying to sabotage his operation by filling in his wells, the life-giving sources of water so vitally needed for the thirst of his household and the thirst of his herds. What does this tell us? We (and our household) have a built-in thirst for God, but we also have an enemy who is nefariously at work to fill in our wells!…
You have incredible power! Do you know that the single greatest power in your world lies right there within you—at all times? It is the power of choice. God says in Deuteronomy that He is calling heaven and earth to witness against us (since we keep denying we have this power) that He has given us the power to choose life or to choose death. He wants us to know that we have the power. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you,…