If we think a few gestures, gimmicks, and fancy religious words will fool satan into thinking we’re somebody that we’re not, then we’re sadly mistaken. We might be able to deceive one another, even ourselves, but the devil, the master deceiver, can spot a pretender. The kingdom of darkness only respects the Word when it’s spoken in faith by someone who has the backing of the Holy Spirit. Someone who has a close personal relationship with God. The devil will test us to make sure we are—who we say we are. And, to do that, all he has to do is wink; then check to see who’s still standing on the Word of God.
[God] He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved
The seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:13-16 tried to cast out an evil spirit in a man when they said, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.” The enemy knew they didn’t have the authority to use the name of Jesus; therefore, the spirit looked at them and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” As a result, the evil spirit overcame them; they fled naked and wounded.
Our authenticity in Christ is our greatest weapon!
I don’t care how “smart” we think we are, as long as we’re in these human bodies we are subjected to deception. The Holy Spirit is the only One who can give us the wisdom to outsmart the deceiver. However, those of us who know God must be fully committed to His Word; then the enemy will recognize who we are in Christ.
Furthermore, we want him to know—that we know who we are in Christ. Also, we want him to know—that we know—we have been validated with the authorization to use the Lord’s name against the principalities of darkness.
Therefore: Through Christ—we can discern the evil devices and tactics in our lives. Through Christ—our steps are unimpeded, and when we run, we will not stumble (see Proverbs 4:12). Through Christ—we are able to walk by faith and not by sight (see 2 Corinthians 5:7).
We must stay prayed up, alert, and ready by faith to use our spiritual weapons; not as simulated mock-ups, but as genuine, undisputable children of God.
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.