February 14th, 2018
What color socks should I wear today God? Red? Blue?
I’ll pray about it.
Do you know people like that—people who make every single thing in life super spiritual?
Yes, I’m exaggerating a bit, but I've met plenty of people like that.
Sure, it’s great to be spiritually minded, but there's another side—we have to do something. We have to walk things out.
God does His part. You have to do yours.
Look at Acts 22 with me.
Paul has a city all riled up.
As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, the commander ordered Paul to be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and questioned in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this.
As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, "Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn't even been found guilty?"
When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. "What are you going to do?" he asked. "This man is a Roman citizen."
The commander went to Paul and asked, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" "Yes, I am," he answered.
Then the commander said, "I had to pay a big price for my citizenship." "But I was born a citizen," Paul replied.
Those who were about to question him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains. – Acts 22:23-29
Friend, there is a very valuable lesson there.
Because this is exactly how the devil treats you.
Notice that we don’t read anything about Paul praying or spiritualizing the situation or saying anything about the “will” of God. No, Paul took action. He spoke up.
Paul knew that he had legal rights as a citizen, and he knew that if he didn’t say something, he would be flogged. So, he spoke up. He asked, “Is it legal?”
Is it legal?
Is what you’ve been putting up with in your life legal?
Second Corinthians 5 says that you’re the ambassador of the Kingdom of God. Ephesians 2:6 tells us that God raised us up with Christ. Pay close attention to this Scripture. If God raised us up with Jesus and seated us with Him, then you are seated at the Father’s right hand. Since you are seated, you must be on the throne. That infers kingship and authority.
You have been given the same authority as Jesus.
And you have a mighty government that backs you. Like a sheriff who can pull over a semi-truck many times his size because he has a badge, you have authority. You have the Kingdom of God backing you.
But you have a responsibility. You have to speak up. You have to ask is it legal? You have to know what the Bible says.
Because when you speak in agreement with heaven, all heaven beckons to carry it out. This is why the Bible teaches us about the power of our words. When you speak in agreement with heaven, the devil can’t tell you apart from Jesus.
If you really got this, you wouldn’t just be surviving life. You’d be kicking the devil’s butt. You should be. You should be reigning in life and demonstrating authority. But you have to stop buying into the enemy’s lies. You have to stop thinking that God is holding out on you. Enough is enough. Satan doesn’t want you to know who you really are, and it’s worked. He has deceived you into thinking you have no authority in your life.
Stop putting up with it. Do something. Speak up. Take authority. And stand your ground.
There is SO much more I want to share with you about this.
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