THE BELIEVER’S AUTHORITY

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19 KJV)

Download audio versionThese words of Jesus are core in what made Him leave His heavenly throne and come to earth as a human being. Part of His purpose was restore to man the authority that Adam had lost in the garden.

The word power in this scripture is speaking of authority and jurisdiction. He shows us that the enemy has power but He has given us authority or jurisdiction over him. We can tread or put under our feet snakes and scorpions, here representing satanic agencies and means of operation! He also says ‘and over all the power of the enemy!’ ALL means all, nothing is left uncovered. We have authority over witches and wizards, over diseases and robbers. We have authority over demonic forces and they that are possessed by same to perform evil. Nothing by shall any means hurt us!

A deeper analysis leaves believers asking, “So why am I going through this?” My question is what has been your knowledge of the power and authority given to you? You really can only use what you understand. Lack of understanding leads to loss and catastrophe! You need to let the Holy Spirit inside you to guide you through wisdom to understand your jurisdiction.

Lack of knowledge is another aspect the enemy uses. As long as he can keep you in the dark without knowledge, he can bring all kinds of torments and you will sign it in acceptance. You therefore remain a prisoner in a season were freedom has been declared and your oppressors have been stripped of all power. The more you go deeper and understand your authority, you will be able to turn even the most dire situation around and nothing by shall any means hurt you!

Authority is expressed and action and speech. When Jesus came and started to teach, they were amazed by the authority with which He spoke. You too can begin today to act in authority you have been given and you can begin to talk in the authority you have been given. Don’t you know your words are more than natural, they travel in the spiritual realm and can build or destroy you?
I pray for you today that you may begin to walk in the power and authority given to you as a believer.

Declare this:
I am a believer. I have received power over the enemy and nothing by shall any means hurt me. I refuse to fear anything from the enemy for Christ stripped him of all power and as Christ rules, I rule with Him! I will not perish for lack of knowledge of my spiritual rights.

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KEEP YOUR TRUST IN HIM

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15 KJV)

The story of Job gives us a glimpse into the spiritual world. It reveals things that were happening behind the scenes which Job and those around him were not aware of. In their minds, Job was bring afflicted for a certain sin and Job in his own mind believed God was afflicting him.

There is however one special thing one can pick from Job, he kept his trust in a trustworthy God. He refused to look in any other direction. He points out, “though he slay me, yet will I trust Him.” As we read the book of Job, we are made aware that the calamity was not coming from God but from the devil. Job refused to be moved from his ways before God. This was the desire of Satan, he wanted to prove to God that Job kept his ways because he was blessed and protected by God.

Many today when affliction comes, they find it hard to hold on to God. They will even visit witch doctors and false prophets to find a quick solution. The end is devastating. When you trust God even in the valley, He is sure to bring you on the mountain top! It’s His desire to see you overcoming temptation and become a better person. Affliction when overcome through faith and trust in God Has the capacity of putting you in a position of greater authority.

You must continue to present a solid front in your affliction. Refuse to be moved, trust Him! Maintain your ways before Him. Don’t give up on prayer, don’t give up on all the good deeds that you did whilst things were okay. Don’t give up on the word. When Job passed the test, the restoration was double what he had. The devil could not control anything anymore.

I do understand that the test you are facing might seem hard to break. Don’t focus on breaking it, just focus on keeping your heart pure before the Lord. There is nothing that the devil can do to stop God’s decree over your life. When your season changes, your enemies will be amazed by how God is capable of making all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.

I pray for you today that as you experience a low period in your life, may your heart remain pure towards Him. I pray that God’s Spirit gives you a revelation that will enable you to navigate your way out of that valley of dry bones

Declare this,
Though I go through a difficult season, yet will I trust Him. I vow to maintain His commands over my life and follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I maintain a solid front in my faith!

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THE INCREASE OF GOD

Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. (Job 8:7 KJV)

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We are usually preoccupied by the way things appear but today I want to assure you that when you come God you will grow in all areas. He is a God of increase and assuredly, as you continue to walk with Him, He will move you from small to great, from poverty to riches and from weakness to strength. That is the God we serve!

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” God is the author of increase! As you patiently wait on Him though your beginning might look small, your later end will greatly increase. This is made possible by continuous obedience to His Word and total belief in what He has spoken. We all face different situations at different stages in life but I urge you to keep the faith and trusting Him to do as He promised.

Many remain in the same place because of unbelief, disobedience to the word and the Leadership of the Holy Spirit to mention but a few. You can rise to greatness through avoidance of these key prohibitions to increase. When Joseph was taken into Egypt as a slave, he had nothing except the clothes on his body. With nothing, every place he found himself the increase of God caused him to rise above his peers. He ended up rising from prison to the throne.

You too carry the increase DNA because God Has given it to you. These words may seem far fetched considering the place you are at now but believe me, I personally have seen this increase DNA that takes one from nothing to something. He has the capacity to make your name great even when you are in a position of insignificance. I challenge you to give full attention to His word and He will surely cause this to happen.

Are you ready to trust Him to do it? Are you ready to believe? I know that God will give you the increase irregardless of your family background but He needs your total participation. Get rid of unbelief, hang on to His Word even when it seems the enemy is assaulting you more. You will rise because He said, “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

I pray for you that your eyes maybe opened to the increase of God. Promotion does not come from the east, west or north but from above.

Declare this,
I am an heir of Abraham and as a result I will not fear situations. Though my beginning might be small, God the author of increase has already made it possible for my later end to greatly increase.

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THE POWER OF THE BLESSING

But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. (Genesis 39:21 KJV)

Imagine you have a calling on your life and you start having dreams of these things. Your own brothers hate you and plan to kill you! Imagine they throw you into a pit and decide to sell you as a slave. Imagine arriving in a foreign land and you are sold to a stranger! Joseph had to endure all this and more.

He was now under Potiphar, a high ranking official in Egypt. In a moment, Potiphar realized that there was something special happening in his house. Since the arrival of Joseph, he started experiencing prosperity. The blessing of Abraham that was on Joseph was now operating in his house. He knew this young man had God with him. He handed him all the keys and gave him charge over everything he had. He prospered exceedingly!

Meanwhile Potiphar’s wife started to make advances towards Joseph who escaped time and again. He told her, my master has given me charge over everything except you because you are his wife. I will not sleep with you and sin against God! What an answer and what respect towards the gift of God on him. Avoidance of sin protects the blessing, willful sin blocks it. Everyday she bothered him and every day he resisted.

One day she tried and Joseph fled leaving his jacket and Potiphar’s wife cooked a lie. Listen, the devil wants your soul at any cost. Guard your salvation jealously. If he can’t get you in one area he will try another. The lie seemed to work and Joseph found himself in prison.

This is the beautiful thing, the word says, “But God was with Joseph…” If you have God, it doesn’t matter where they put you, the blessing will still manifest. In the worst Egyptian prison, Joseph experienced mercy and favour in the eyes of the prison keeper. He ended up with keys of every door in prison and prospered in there. The prison keeper retired knowing Joseph would ensure all things were well.

The blessing has no respect of nationality, color, gender nor place! As long as you are with God, there is no plan that will work against you. No curse is more powerful than the blessing. It is better to be in a physical prison than a spiritual prison so like Joseph, resist all sin that wants your blessing.

I pray for you that your eyes will be opened to the blessing that is on you. As you acknowledge it, may your circumstances change.

Declare this,
I am a seed of Abraham and through Christ I carry the blessing. With my mouth I revoke every curse upon my life and I evoke the blessing that was passed on to me at the cross.

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THE POWER OF PRAYER

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22 KJV)

Prayer is one of the most important practices often neglected by believers. Part of the reason is that our generation wants things that can be touched and interacted with through the five senses. However prayer is different, it calls for the one doing it to have faith that as they pray, God hears even though they can’t see Him with their natural eyes.

Jesus made it a habit to pray, though He was God but as long as He was on the earth He knew the power of prayer and implemented it. He did it in good times after successful crusades and in bad times when He was about to be betrayed. Prayer is talking to God, fellowshipping with Him and getting direction from Him. When one understands this, their lives will take a good turn.

Many of the challenges that we face today don’t need a prophet but a personal relationship with God which is built through prayer and study of His word. This brings you closer to the Holy Spirit who abides in every believer and He will then gain the mastery over the flesh and be able to give good counsel and direction.

Many believers don’t pray and they wonder why calamities that befall them. Many want to rely on the prayers of a prophet or man of God who sometimes might not be able to cover all the things you require. A mature believer must grow in personal prayer (the closet). This is a place where you go in and talk to God on your own regularly. It ensures that His voice becomes clear in your life.

Prayer has to be coupled with believing. Whatsoever things you ask in prayer believing, you will receive Jesus said. If you have been praying, have you been believing or doubt has been flooding your mind? There is nothing God can’t do but He wants to work with you through your faith. If he opened the eyes of those born blind, He is not limited on your prayer for provision. He holds power to change things that have not changed. He holds the power to transform difficult situations but He wants to work with you. Challenge yourself today. Start praying for thirty minutes and build it up to an hour per day. You will witness change that a prophet will not give you.

I pray for you today that as you pray believing, may change be witnessed in your life and bring glory to all those around you.

Declare this,
Father I come before you in praise and worship. I ask you to help me develop my prayer life and give me strength to defend and grow my time in the prayer closet. Thank you Jesus for giving me the grace to approach the throne of grace.

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