Thursday, July 23, 2009

Living in victory and confidence without fear

He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18
26”But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:26-27
17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church; 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:17-23
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippians 2:9-10
"Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14b
Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. 1 Peter 3:22
Satan, the evil dweeb, is truly a defeated foe! Christ has won the Victory over evil and death; He has redeemed us into His Father’s Kingdom forever. Therefore, we can take confidence in all of the above Truths from God’s Word, storing them up in our hearts and minds, and calling them forth in both meditation and proclamation. Claim these Truths and the many others given us in His Word, the “sword of the Spirit”. Put on the full armor (Ephesians 6:10-18), recognizing the Grace and Power in each “piece” . . . focusing on God and His Christ, while putting the dweeb in his place of lowly stature (a troublemaker in this broken world, but without power to possess or control those who are in Christ Jesus.) Practice spiritual disciplines!

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