Be Filled and Take Possession
“To this end I also labour, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”
Our God-given vocation and mission in life is fuelled by the fire of God. Reinhard Bonnke commented, “The less Holy Spirit we have, the more cake and coffee we need to keep the church going.” We must become Holy Spirit addicts! (Acts 2:3-4, Ephesians 5:18). It is our sole responsibility to be intimate with Him, so that He can fuel the Kingdom purpose He has deposited within us. If we stay fuelled up, neither man nor the devil will prevail against us.
As believers, we need to be aware of our inheritance and calling. We need to know our territory and possess it, saying with confidence, “It’s mine.” There are too many nice Christians around. Stop being so nice and get spiritually possessive!
Sons know their Father, know their enemy, and know their mandate. Our mission is to take spiritual ground and win back territory for the kingdom. Our enemy is simply waiting to be conquered, already defeated by the cross of Christ.
We need to stop putting imaginary limits on ourselves and on God. His power knows no bounds, and when we are walking in our purpose, trusting in the power of God, we are literally unstoppable.
Our enemy likes to get us confused about our purpose. He will weary us with distractions. But take heart, because God is with us and for us! John Wesley (in a letter to William Wilberforce) wrote,
“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O, be not weary of well doing!”
Eugene Peterson has written that, “The mature Christian life involves a congruence of grace and work.” Without grace we are both powerless and fruitless.
We grow in grace through intimacy with our Father and then, through grace, we work according to His purpose. Grace disarms striving, but empowers diligence. Without gracious diligence we will not inherit God’s promises for our life. Inheritance requires co-labouring with the Father. Press on with “spiritual violence” in faith and lay hold of all that Jesus died for – empowered by the grace of God!
(Read and reflect on Hebrews 6:10-12; Matthew 11:12; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:12-14).
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