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TRUTH AND TRICKS

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11.

One of the difficult positions to be in sports is that of a champion. There is so much pressure from expectations of fans, family, friends and colleagues to keep your title. Every tournament or contest is a battle against all the odds of becoming a former champion. So much is put into practice, preparation and strategy to win every bout. New innovations, schemes or tricks are introduced to give a winning edge.

The thought of loosing the trophy becomes the passion or driver to train to win. The devil is a former champion whose current modus operandi is devices or tricks. The dethronement is not partial, it’s total and complete in Christ. He did not loose some of his power, he lost everything but has his tricks intact. This is the truth that destroys every trick, scheme,strategy or devices of the devil.

“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. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Every believer must know what is his heritage in redemption which is power to thread on the devises of the devil. It’s non negotiable to bruise his head with truth and expose his tricks. The power is not for keeps but for show, use it or lose it. That the serpent is subtle and crafty is no longer news, but that he has no power is a fact.

How dare you fear a trickster when your’re armed or empowered with eternal weapons?

The devil truly is afraid of you, he’s not only the former champion, he’s lost the right to ever compete again for the trophy. Redemption is the triumph of truth over tricks; fallen never to get up again.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the triumph of the wisdom & power of God over the ticks of the devil. No harm nor hurt is permitted, I am preserved by your power and wisdom of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

"I Get Am Before"

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isaiah 14:12.

Living in the South south geopolitical zone of Nigeria is one of my delight even so as I am not from the area. I am amused and delighted to hear some expressions that are apt and germane in every conversation. Broken or pidgin English is the lingua Franca of the people. ” I get am before no be property” is a common but powerful expression. It captures the idea of rich persons and influential families who today are a shadows of themselves. Their names still ring a bell but their influence limited, that is the actual fate of the devil and his cohorts in the redemption narrative.

Being once the god of the earths and everything within makes him the enemy of man. Redemption is the enthronement of man as the god of this world.

 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”Ephesians 2:1-2.

The emblem of the devil or lucifer is rebellion and disobedience. The same is at work in all his cohorts and companions. Redemption is the termination of the captivity of the devil and release to the heritage of the sons of God. The fall of the devil marks the rise of the sons of God. The sons of God are manifesting the dominion that the devil had before the fall and much more. It’s one throne at a time, and one lord and saviour Christ Jesus. His word is law, every instruction is for the triumph of the believer.

Spiritual warfare is not a recent thing, it’s the lifestyle of the believer. Jesus Christ is lord ! Nothing can hurt you, I get am before no be property.

“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. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Prayers;

Dear father, now I know that there’s one throne to worship and one Lord to bow to Jesus Christ. I am delighted that nothing can harm or hurt me by any means by the same Jesus Christ.

LORD OF ALL!

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:6-8.

In every nation of the world and every kingdom, there’s always a throne. This might be political or a monarchy, but one throne is sovereign. In the spiritual realm also, there’s one throne, one authority that is sovereign. Jesus is not lord of some, he is lord of all.

Just like in many nations, there are dissents, but sovereignty is supreme. The sovereign takes charge of all the resources of the nation and crushes the dissents at will. The kingdom of God is no different, the sons are redeemed to be commanders and combatants of the kingdom. Dethroning devils, destroying his works at will  backed by the throne of God.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.

The sons are seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus. One throne and one power to destroy, liquidate, annihilate and bring to nought the works of the devil. Everywhere the son manifest, the throne is activated.

The devil is not just afraid of you as a person, he’s afraid of the throne backing you. No one ever wins a war against the throne of God. It’s unassailable, insurmountable and  never loses a battle. The throne is for ever, the triumph is continuous backed by the armour of God.

To thread on serpents and scorpions is not optional but mandatory. It’s the emblem of the the throne and of the power of Jesus Christ. Never forget this- Jesus is crowned Lord of all, not Lord of some.

“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. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Prayers:

Dear God and father, it’s delight some to know that the throne is forever and that the kingdom reigns. There’s one throne and one power over devils and demons. It’s my turn to reign in life by the same Jesus Christ my Lord.

WALK AND WAR

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

Warfare is not an event, it’s a walk or lifestyle. It’s not once and for all  but a way of life of the sons of God.

Man is a spirit, having a soul but living in a body. The soul consists of the mind will and emotions. The battle is in the soul.

The battle is not carnal or physical,the enemy is not a physical being. Imaginations, thoughts and knowledge are battlefield essentials. What are your thoughts, imaginations and knowledge or ignorance of Christ? These activate or deactivate the weapons of our warfare. The weapons also are not carnal but empowered by faith in God. The weapons are not personal, they’re activated through obedience of  the word of God.

“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” Isaiah 5:13-14.

A good knowledge of your identity and the weapons of warfare are necessary for a winning walk with God. The level of ignorance on these matters have become the cause of victimization for some persons.

Your walk with God is to the extent of the knowledge of God available to you. The weapons are not singular, they’re multiple and mighty. Have you been trained to use them, if not, the weapons are useless to you. The word of God gives mastery or training on the weapons of our warfare. The book is the manual for understanding the weapons and strategy of war. 

You shall no longer be famished neither in captivity, go for knowledge; walk and war!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Prayer:

Dear father, thank you for the weapons of our warfare activated by the knowledge of Christ Jesus. It’s time to be trained to fight the good fight to be free from captivity in Jesus name.

The Battlefield

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13.

The battles of life are winnable, problems surmountable and challenges overcomeable. It’s important to know that the call to Christ is a warfare not fanfare It’s important to know who you are, your identity; seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus far above principalities and powers. It’s all important to know who is your enemy, Lucifer, Satan or the devil- a fallen archangel and his host. It’s also important to know what is provided for you to be in combat, battle or wrestle with him which is the armour of God.

There are no assumptions in battle, strategies win! Without a good knowledge of these things makes one an easy prey or victim. Every child of God must be combat ready at all times as the boys scout slogan “be prepared”.

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

In the school of spiritual warfare, the best equipped side wins. They win because of their understanding of their better equipment than that of their enemy. Another paradox is that an army  without a good understanding of the weapons in their possession lose. The believer is not only well equipped but has in his hands the same eternal weapon that humiliated the devil and his cohorts in every generation.

The weapon is user sensitive, the capacity is not surmountable. The full armour of God makes the believer a victor before even the battle begins. Victory is not in view but assured with the armour of God worn. Interestingly it all begins with the correct mentality as the battle is on the mind.

“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. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Prayer:

Father God, I am delighted to know that the weapons of our warfare are eternal and the ticket to winning the battles of life. I have understanding of their use to reign in life by the same Christ Jesus.

WINNING LIFE BATTLES

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:8-10.

There are some colloquials that have put some persons in perpetual bondage, one of them is “God will do it”. That sounds very familiar but I would always ask a rider, what are you doing? And the next fallacy would follow-“I am waiting on God. This is a very strong combination of phrases that have robbed many of their kingdom dignity and colour.

It’s news to many to hear that “God has done it” he is currently waiting on you to do your part. Any faith that makes God sorely responsible for the issues of your life is an irresponsible faith. Faith is a covenant, when your part is done, God is commited.

Wrestling, fight, combat is the duty of man; the sons are gods among men.

“Ye are god” is not a status symbol, it’s a combat, wrestle and battle  mentality.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Wrestling is not by chance, Its a must, fighting is not a choice, it’s the norm for the sons of God. The devil and his minions are combat ready since the fall, God has given us a position and weapons of warfare for the  same reason. Every son of God that is not combat ready and on active duty becomes a victim.

God has equipped the sons to take charge of life battles and withstand the evil one. Expecting God to do it is an insult on the heritage of redemption. Sons reign by conquest; you’re not the victim but the victor.

“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon:behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land:begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.”Deuteronomy 2:24.

Prayer :

Dear heavenly father, thank you for the conquest of Jesus Christ on the cross over principalities and powers. I am equipped to win the battles of life by the same grace and power. I am not a victim but victorious in Jesus name.

Ye are gods, not dogs!

They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalms 82:5-6.

Without an understanding of man’s identity he continues to live like a nonentity. Every man’s ignorance is his greatest enemy not the devil. Many have bought into deceit and have lost their identity.

Redemption is the recovery of identity by nonentities through an encounter with Christ. “Ye are gods” amazing as it sounds, not that you are going to be gods but that you are already. It’s not an achievement but by “receivement” confered by redemption. It’s not an assumption but a fact. Every son of God is a god on the earth! Begin to live your godlike lifestyle. This is the truth that sets men free, you are not a dog! You are a god!

A victor not a victim

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

“The only thing that is permitted to remain is what you allow” that is the godlike mentality. Without a good understanding of your Identity, your rights and privileges are unknown. Servants live like kings and kings live like servants against divine order. We are not trying to be like Christ, we are Christ’s.  We are not going to be kings or gods, we are complete, it is concluded. It’s time to live in the reality of the truth and not the confusion of a few.

Everyone born of God is the son of God and a god and kings on the earth. You’re not going to be head over principalities and powers but already principal over principalities. This is the truth, you’re a god, a king that rules over agents of the devil. A victor not a victim, a god not a dog to reign on the earth.

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:and we shall reign on the earth.”Revelation 5:9-10.

Prayer:

Thank you my dear father for the heritage of redemption in Christ Jesus. Kings we are, gods on the earth, nor subjects or slaves but rulers of the prince of darkness in Jesus name.

ARMED TO STAND

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

When the discourse on spiritual warfare begins,  words like wrestle, contend, fight and the like come to the fore. Wrestling is a sports that I watched a lot as a child and superstars like Mighty Igor, Hulk Hogan were familiar names. Championship fights are the delight, a winner must emerge and a trophy is received.

The sons war against demonic forces helped by angelic hosts. We do not win by tricks but by the truth. Sons are commanders of angels, they’re involved in combat hence the term “we wrestle”. Life is not for fanfare but for warfare for the sons of God. We wrestle with the full armour of God equipped with potent weapons of war.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.

The devil and his cohorts are no strangers to spiritual warfare. Their most valuable weapon is deceit, no wonder his major title is a thief. A thief takes what is yours when you’re not watching. Deception is the modus operandi as the power to kill has been taken away. Lying is another extension of his campaign which leads to losses and destruction.

Every believer that is starved of truth becomes a victim of his ignorance not the devil. Redemption is the armour to stand and withstand all the devices & wiles of the devil. Only those that are fully kitted stand in the evil day. 

You are standing! The head of all principality and power is my saviour.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Prayer:

Thank you mighty Father that the divine order is no longer under a thief but the chief who is my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I am fully armed to stand in warfare over principalities and powers in Jesus name.

REIGN IN LIFE

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:15-16.

Responsibility is the price for greatness says the preacher. I watched a movie that the answer to every misdemeanor was “the devil made me do it”. This is the quality of life some persons are used to, taking responsibility for nothing and blaming someone else for anything and everything.

Does the devil make you do anything? Are you compelled or coerced to do things against your will?  That is the classic definition of slavery or servitude. No matter how compelled you are, the yield is the consent for slavery to continue. The devil suggests, deceives but has no power to make you do anything. Sin and slavery is the twin signature of the devil, righteousness and liberty is the emblem of Christ.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.

Responsibility is the price for greatness, sonship is all about taking responsibility. We are not called to conform but to destroy the works of the devil.

Redemption is not only about salvation from sin but enthronement in life. We’re delivered from servitude to sonship by the cross; sin is crossed. Seated above is key to living above principalities and powers. The devil has net ceased to exist but you will not cease to manifest the purpose of your call. Redemption places man in charge being seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus.

Reign in life! Righteousness is received to rein by Christ Jesus.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Prayer:

Thank you mighty Father that the divine order is no longer under a thief but the chief who is my lord and saviour Jesus Christ. I am fully armed to stand in warfare over principalities and powers in Jesus name.

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