John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” NASU
Picking up where we left off and attempting to put it in a package, let me remind you of what we’ve discussed. The devil operates a two-pronged assault on the Church and believers. He uses Deception and Fear. It is imperative that we know the Word of God and God’s Law so that when something is stolen we can go to the Court of Heaven and seek retribution and restoration. Also, the devil uses what I call PERCEPTION DECEPTION. Through perception, he deceives and does his dirty work because we do not understand we have authority over him and he is illegally trespassing on God’s Property. Additionally, the Thief of John 10:10 is not the devil but according to the context are the False Teachers, Prophets, and Shepherds that are not warning us of the Wolf (the devil). Rather than telling us of our authority, they are telling us of the devil’s power. I am not saying they are doing so with malice but more likely through misguided perception and deception.
So, what do we need to do to enforce the Victory of Calvary and Live the Abundant Life that Jesus came to give? Where is the real battle? I suggest that it is in the mind. No, I am not teaching mind over matter or anything of the sort but, “As a man thinks in his heart…” and the “Power of a Renewed Mind.” As long as we THINK the devil is all powerful and THINK we do not have power and authority over him, he will operate. James 4:7 tells us to RESIST the devil and he will flee. The converse is also true if we DO NOT RESIST, he will not flee. So, what do we do?
We need a Renewed Mind and have a Change of Thinking. Too many suffer from a defeatist human mentality. We need to cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He RENEWS our minds and TRANSFORMS us. We need the mind that was in Christ Jesus in us and learn to think God’s thoughts and think with God’s mind. What is it that God cannot do? The God of the Impossible lives in and operates through us.
Secondly, we need a Transformed Walk. As we begin to walk in His likeness and in His footsteps imitating Him we are transformed from Glory to Glory. As we walk in His Presence and experience His power others begin to SEE the Gospel we proclaim demonstrated in life and rather than being words and theory it is a reality. It is in that condition and position that we MANIFEST Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
I am convinced that the world understands something that too often we in the church have failed to grasp. The world understands that when you give something recognition and attention, you give it strength. One of the ways Psychologist treat depression is by getting the patient’s mind off that which is depressing them. They tell them to act as if they are not depressed and as they act out of a state of good mental health the depression begins to weaken. Ceasing to give recognition and attention to depression weakens it. But if that patient continues to declare, “I’m so depressed, I’m so depressed. Why am I so depressed?” They do not defeat depression but empower it.
In John 16:8-11 – “And when He (Holy Spirit) is come, He will reprove (convince) the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; of Judgment, because the prince of this world is JUDGED.” The word Judged means to “separate or put asunder” and to Put asunder means to “break in pieces.” Therefore, the prince of this world (the devil) is broken into pieces by the Power of the Holy Spirit through the Victory of the Cross. THE DEVIL HAS BEEN DEFEATED!
I have learned that some people are more comfortable with a strong devil than they are with a defeated one. WHY? Because if the devil is super strong and they are weak and frail, THEN when they mess up they can blame it on the devil. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard believers request or pray that God would get the devil off their backs. If we have authority over all the power of the enemy and we can resist the devil and he has to flee – WHY ARE WE PRAYING AND NOT TAKING CHARGE?
I long for the Church to begin living and walking in Radical Christianity which is Normal Biblical Christianity and REALIZE Who we are in Christ, REALIZE the Power of our LORD, and REALIZE the enemy is a defeated foe. God is not building an army of babies but warriors who will trust Him and are willing to exercise the power and authority of His Word and enforce the Victory He won at the Cross. He wants Mighty Men and Women who will boldly launch out into the deep and BE what God has called them to be. What has He called you to do or be? GET TO IT AND DO IT… You have the Commission, the Authority, and the Power through Him!
God bless you as you Stand in the Gap and make up the hedge.