You Hold The Key

19449887_sAs a believer in Jesus Christ you hold the key to victory in all situations that you will encounter in this life, Jesus said so!

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 KJV

Jesus was talking about using the authority you have been delegated as a result of sharing His position at the “right hand of God.” We have been delegated the authority of heaven. You and I have been raised together with Christ to sit in the heavenly places. We have been given the same authority Jesus Christ has as Lord of all. When we go forth in His Name, the Name of Jesus, we are acting as a representative of the Lord Himself.

Matthew 28:18 says, “All power (Greek word exousia meaning authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go YE therefore…” When you see a “therefore,” stop and see what it is “THERE FOR.” Jesus is sending us as His representatives with full authority to enforce His will and bind the forces of hell against God’s people. The word, “bind” in this verse means to “tie” like when you tie up someone with a cord. It is used in Matthew 14:3 when speaking of John the Baptist, “For Herod had laid hold on John, and BOUND him, and put him in prison.”

We must learn to use our authority against the devil when he oppresses us with sickness, mental torment and fear. Bind him in Jesus Name and forbid him to continue operating in those ways. He MUST stop! Jesus was keen to teach his disciples how to use the authority delegated to them, and they learned it well as is indicated in the report they gave Him when they returned from a ministry assignment.

“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the Devils are subject (obey) unto us through THY NAME.” Luke 10:17 KJV

When any of the enemies works begin to manifest in your life, immediately tell them to stop. Don’t wait to call someone else for help. you hold the KEY! Use the Name of Jesus to enforce the enemies defeat and be confident that he will obey YOU. You may say, “I’m not the best Christian, I don’t know if the devil will obey me.” You are “IN CHRIST” and have on the “badge of authority,” the Name of Jesus. When you stand in that Name, Satan sees Christ and not you and he will run in terror.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee (Greek meaning run in terror) from YOU.” James 4:7 KJV

Dr. John Polis

Christ Our Substitute

33068939_sUnderstanding that Jesus took our place and became our substitute when He died on Calvary is vital to having a faith that can receive a miracle from the Lord.

Substitution

The principle of substitution was introduced by God when He commanded the Levitical Priests to transfer the sins of the people to the “scape goat” by laying hands upon them. The goat that was carrying the sins of the people was then sent off into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:10).

This typifies what Jesus did for us, becoming the bearer of our sins and all the consequences of sin. The good news is that we don’t have to bear what Jesus bore for us. It would be illegal for God to punish both Jesus and us for our sins. That is what makes substitution necessary from a legal standpoint, someone had to suffer the penalty for transgression in order for justice to be satisfied. Jesus did that for you and me, dying in our place and taking the penalty of our sins upon Himself.

“Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions , he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV)

By faith we accept this fact, that Christ was our Substitute, taking on our penalty and suffering all the consequences of sin, including sickness, poverty, and the second death (eternal separation from God in Hell).

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)

When the enemy tells you that God is punishing you by some sickness or tragedy, remind him that God already punished Jesus on your behalf and that he (the enemy) is trespassing illegally and will have to go when you resist him in faith. Remind the devil that you are redeemed by the Blood of Christ and he has no authority over your life whatsoever. So scram devil!

Declare every day the blessings of God that you have inherited, those blessings of Abraham listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Speak God’s Word over your life and do not allow Satan to have any place in your life. Close every door to him by living clean and renewing your mind to the glorious position you have in Christ.

Dr. John Polis

Being Confident

43205743_sConfidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective.” (Wikipedia) When it comes to having confidence as a Christian, our confidence is not based upon a theory or unsubstantiated promises but on the very character and nature of our loving Father God. I have noted at least four areas in scripture where we are encouraged to have confidence as a result of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Confidence in Adversity. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” Psalm 27:1-3. David trusted God to be his “light”, the source of illumination and direction. He also trusted God to be his “salvation”, meaning his total deliverance. He was confident that no matter what the odds, God would show him the path of deliverance.

Confidence in Answered Prayer. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition we have desired of Him” 1 John 5:14-15. Knowing God’s will before we pray is the source of our confidence that our prayer will be answered. We can know God’s will from the Written Word, and from the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us always.

Confidence in Completion. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6. The word perform  means to “fulfill completely” and refers to the good work of redemption God has begun in our lives. No need to worry if you will make it to the end because it was the Father who began the work in our lives and it is He who will complete it and bring us into the fullest manifestation as “sons of god” Romans 8:19.

Confidence in Continuance. “And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith” Philippians 1:25. Satan tried to take Paul out time and again but could never succeed because Paul knew that his assignment was not over, as he indicated in this verse. When Paul had “finished the course” God has prepared for him, he voluntarily “offered” himself up and left this world confidently that there was a great reward awaiting him in heaven (2 Timothy 4). We may all have the confidence that we shall continue in this life until our work is done, escaping every evil work that Satan attempts against us. We are “more than conquerors through Christ” (Romans 8:37).

A Clear Conscience

8610742_sWhat happens when a believer sins?  Why does Apostle John tell us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”?  When a believer sins, it doesn’t change his standing with God; he remains in right-standing with God (righteous) because righteousness is a gift from God and is not the product of our performance (Romans 5:17).

LOSS OF CONFIDENCE

What do we lose when we sin that needs to be recovered, if we haven’t lost our standing with God?  We lose a “clear conscience and confidence before God.”  Apostle John again writes, “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God” (1 John 3:21).  When a believer sins there is now a sense of guilt and shame that hinders our faith and undermines our boldness to stand in the authority of Christ.  When we confess (acknowledge) our sin, God assures us we are forgiven and cleanses our conscience by the Blood of Christ, so that there is no sense of unrighteousness in our heart and mind.

PROVISION THROUGH FAITH

“Sin consciousness” is like a smoke screen between us and God, because He is Holy and we now have a sense of unworthiness again due to the act of sin we may have committed, even though we are still accepted by God.  God has made provision through 1 John 1:9 for us when we err so that we can regain confidence and boldness in prayer and spiritual warfare.  We need faith and boldness to live this life (Romans 1:17; Proverbs 28:1) on Earth.  Even when sin has not destroyed our standing with God, it still is a destructive force that debilitates the believer in their pursuit of victory over the problems we all face from day to day.

CONFIDENT LIVING

Keeping a clear conscience is vital to confident living as Paul attests in 2 Corinthians 7:2:  “Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted on one, we have cheated no one.”  Notice now confident Paul was in presenting himself to the Corinthians – he had a clear conscience before God and men and was assured of his ability to be a blessing to them.  We can all live in this glorious light of freedom through the Blood of Jesus, even though we all sin from time to time by “stepping out of love.”  As E.W. Kenyon once said, “A step out of love is a step into sin.”  The New Commandment, which fulfills all the commandments of the Old Testament, is to “love one another.”  If we walk in love we will have a clear conscience, boldness in the face of the adversary, and faith towards God.  If we lose that sense of righteousness through some sin, we can get our conscience cleansed again, through acknowledging it and applying the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ.