Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stand UP for God!

God needs YOU to stand up for Him! He gets blamed for far to many things that HE is not responsible for, even by Christians!
    James 1:17 - Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light
    John 10:10 - The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [a]overflows).
    1 Peter 5:8 - Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour
I'd like to plea my case today. The subject could be quite lengthy, BUT I will try to keep it into a "bite-size" devotion. :) 

How did your parents teach you? As a parent, would you teach your child the following:
  • Put a disease on your child to teach them a lesson.
  • Cause your child to get in a car accident to teach them not to value material things. 
  • Burn your child to teach them not to touch the stove. 
  • Strip everything from your child that they love to humble them. 
Of course you would not do ANY of the above to your child! You would not even THINK of it! Actually, if you did any of them today, you would most likely be thrown in jail! So why do we let God take the blame for ALL of these things?!? Why do we let our loving Father take the heat & get thrown under the bus like this? Let's take a look at the life of Job. I believe his story is behind a lot of our misconceptions. 

You know the story. Job gets everything except his life stripped from him, but let's take a closer look! At the beginning of the book of Job, envision God, a proud papa, bragging on his child. Look at Job. He's such a great son. I'm so proud of him. He really does honor me. NOTICE, when Satan asks God to take things from Job in chapter 1 verse 11, God WOULD NOT TOUCH JOB! In verse 12, we see that God only reminds Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power." If we rewind to the Garden of Eden, we'll remember that after Adam & Eve sinned, the authority & dominion that they had was handed over to Satan. After eating that apple, authority was given to Satan. Man no longer had dominion on the earth for the next several hundred years, Satan had dominion and authority. Not God. Not man. That is why GOD put in place a way for MAN to get back authority and dominion by sending his son Jesus to defeat Satan, death, hell & the grave. Even GOD cannot go against His Word. 

When Jesus went to the cross, that did something HUGE for believers! That took the authority out of the hands of Satan, and BACK into the hands of the believer! It had not been in the believers hands since Adam! Old covenant believers had to constantly sacrifice to be atoned for their sins. Even the sin of fear, which we see Job was living in sin as we look in Job 3:25, For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, and that of which I am afraid befalls me. Job was living in fear, and sin gives easy access for the enemy to come in. 

Why Today is Different!
Today, as Believers, we live under the new covenant. WE now have AUTHORITY, the key is we just have to TAKE AUTHORITY! The devil, Satan, is roaming around looking to devour believers, but he is a toothless lion! We have all the tools to defeat Him and live in victory! We have the Armor of God (Ephesians 6), we have the Word to defeat Him (Is 53:5- by his stripes we are healed!), we have Angels working on our behalf (Ps 91:11 - He will order His angels to protect ME wherever I go!), and the list goes on! BUT… there it is, the big BUT as it says in 1 Peter 5:8, it is our job to be vigilant and cautious at all times!!! Our enemy is ALIVE and REAL! He, NOT GOD, is looking to destroy us if we let down our guard. We can take the Word and put the enemy in his place! SPEAK the WORD DAILY and DEFEAT THE ENEMY! 
  • I am the head and NOT THE TAIL!
  • I walk in DIVINE HEALTH because the blood of Jesus is flowing through my blood stream!
  • I AM Blessed!
  • I am the Child of the Most High God who gives me FAVOR with God AND Man!
  • Good things come to Me every day! 
  • My family and I are Protected! Angels are encamped all around us and our house!
  • I AM A BUTT KICKER! Satan has NO authority over me! I exercise my GOD-GIVEN authority, because Jesus defeated Satan, therefore I WIN! 
  • I LISTEN to the Voice of the Holy Spirit and HE directs me where to go and what to do, every day! I AM OBEDIENT!
Speak the Word! Don't let God take the blame for what Satan is doing out in the world! Satan is STILL roaming the earth, looking to destroy, and destroys on a daily basis! Someone needs to stand up for God! He is a good God! He does good and He loves you! Don't let God take the blame for what Satan is doing! STAND UP FOR GOD TODAY!

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4 comments:

Jen Graber said...

What a great insight into Job's ordeal, Amy. I really learned a lot from this post. I'm gonna share it with our guys in devotions. Thank you!

Rachel Dick said...

What would you say to those who may not be blaming God for causing these things to happen but for allowing them to happen?

Amy McCart said...

Jen, Thank you! Glad you got some more insight into it! So many good things to continue to learn from in the Bible!! :) Hi to the fan and the boys! ;)

Amy McCart said...

Rachel - Thanks for the question. Without going into a novel on my thoughts, I'll try to keep it relatively short. ;) #1 - Satan is still out there. He is going to try to do anything to derail any Christian, especially if you/they are making a dent in society for the Kingdom. This makes it even more important to "be on guard", distinctly different than "being in fear of bad things happening." Stay in faith, but exercise our rights and authority as believers. #2 - As far as God "allowing them" to happen…. In a word picture of "authority". (1) God had authority "the keys" and created everything. (2) God GAVE AWAY "the keys"/authority to Adam & Eve to rule the earth. (3) Adam & Eve gave "the keys" authority to Satan when they sinned. (4) Jesus defeated Satan allowing him to take back "the keys"/authority for the believer. (5) Bottom line, "the keys"/authority is NOW back in the hands of the believer, but it is our job to know our authority & rights, operate in it, and exercise it in our daily living. - This does not eliminate the fact that the Satan is still "god of this world" (little "g") and will roam seeking to destroy anyone and anything until Jesus comes back. The ugly truth is, Satan is out there, making it even MORE important that WE as believers exercise & KNOW our authority. AND defeat Satan WITH THE WORD! In short…. those are some of my thoughts Rachel.

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