I read recently in the book, Sure We Can!…have revival by T.W. Drost, that we as Christians sometimes don’t walk in the authority that we have been given. Instead of walking in victory, we walk in fear and defeat. This should NOT be so. We have been given so great a salvation, we should not walk in the fear of the past, the fear of sin and death, but in faith and truth, purpose and love. Our salvation was bought and paid for at a terrible price. Surely we should realize our value simply because of that!
The children of Israel walked in the wilderness for 40 years because they refused to let go of their past. It was only the faith of one man, Moses, that saved them over and over again. There had to be a letting go of their fears and the past–a death–in order for them to enter ito the promised land. Unfortunately, all of those over 20 (except Caleb and Joshua) refused and thus died physically still in the wilderness. This is a picture of what clinging to our old habits brings us to.
We Christians today can still be guilty of the same foolishness as those Israelites from long ago. We repent of our sins, experience baptism in Jesus’ name, and receive the beautiful Holy Spirit. It feels great for awhile, then, we start to get distracted. We start to slide into complacency, becoming luke-warm. This is a very slippery path that keeps us from God’s kingdom here on earth as well as in eternity.
Scripture says we are new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). It is like the transformation from catterpillar to butterfly. They are two completely different creatures. They move differently, eat differently, see differently. The butterfly flies, while the catterpillar is only capable of walking. The butterfly eats the sweet nectar from flowers, while the catterpillar eats only leaves. The perspective (or what the butterfly sees) is completely different from the catterpillar. The butterfly soars in the sky, seeing the earth below, while the catterpillar crawls along on the earth, occasionally looking at the sky above.
We as christians can be guilty of trying to go back to being catterpillars in a butterfly’s body. Imagine a butterfly trying to suck on leaves. Butterflies don’t even have teeth! They have only a strawlike tongue for sucking nectar from flowers. If we as christians attempt to get our nutrients from what the world has to offer, we will die, just as the foolish butterfly who tries to eat leaves.
As christians, we have authority over Satan and the world. We do not have to cower before either. Of course, we need to submit to authority, but that does not mean walking around subservient. We are not mice. We are men and women of almighty God! Jesus has given us authority over Satan and the world. We have only to speak in faith and we will see miracles happen before our eyes. Scripture clearly teaches signs and wonders follow them that believe (Mark 16:17-18). If signs and wonders aren’t following us, how can we claim to believe?
We have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (II Timothy 1:7). If we are walking around in fear, we are guilty of following Satan, not Jesus. Jesus has given us power, love, and a new mind in Christ (I Corinthians 2:16). “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits,” Daniel 11:32. I think it’s time for some exploits. Let’s see some miracles in the lives of the people around us. Let’s see some people feel truly loved and valued for the first time. Let’s see some souls saved, snatched from hell on earth and hell in eternity. Let us be renewed and feel real revival in our hearts and souls. Let’s walk in what we have been given, giving glory to Jesus.
In order to truly walk in the authority we have been given, we must be fully submitted, heart, soul, mind, and strength to Jesus. When we submit our wills to His will, we see miracles. We are given insight into things we could not have known. We become ‘peculiar’, yet people are drawn to us, because they feel His love in us. Let us walk in that. Let us live that and see those precious people that we love saved. Let there be revival in our hearts–today!