Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death"
Dr. John G. Lake went as a missionary to Africa in 1908. The deadly bubonic plague broke out in his area. Hundreds died. He cared for the sick and buried the dead. Finally the British sent a relief ship with medical supplies and a corps of doctors. The doctors sent for Lake to come aboard. They asked him, "What have you been using to protect yourself?"
"Sirs," Lake replied, "I believe the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. And as long as I walk in the light of that law of life, no germ will attach itself to me."
You had better use our preventatives." the doctors urged.
"No," Lake said, "But I think you would like to experiment with me. Take some of the foam that comes from the victims' lungs after death, and examine it under the microscope. You will find the masses of living germs remain alive for a while after the man is dead. Fill my hand with the foam and examine it under the microscope. Instead of remaining alive, the germs will die instantly."
The doctors made the experiment and what Lake said proved true. When the doctors expressed wonder at what caused it, Lake told them, "That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."
Confession: The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.'"
Jesus told us that He is the true and living way. What does that mean? The word "way" here means "the road,"or "the route." By inference it's a progression or a mode or means to a desired destination. Jesus said following Him is the way to go for our life. He is the journey we are to take.
The Message Bible says, "Jesus said, 'I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.'" So Jesus also said that without Him, no one could go to the Father.
If you are taking a road trip, it is always helpful to have a map and follow the best road that leads to your final destination. Along life's road there are many choices of routes, but only one of them goes to the Father God, and that way is Jesus. All other side roads are closed to through-traffic. Jesus is the Way.
Confession: Jesus is my only way to get to the Father. I trust Him and He will see me through.
Luke 9:23 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
God wants daily fellowship with you. Here are some things that will help you walk in the love of God daily in your relationships with others:
Do you know what would happen if God were tired of dealing with us? If God were like us, He would have said, "I've told that boy 10 times not to act like that. Forget him." Thank God, He doesn't do that. His mercies are new every morning. Thank God, His compassion fails not. Thank God that the love of God is always available to us. Thank God that He is not like us. He expects us to be like Him.
If you are dealing with a situation where you are in conflict with somebody, take a moment to lift your hands to the Lord. Say from your heart to the Lord, "Father I forgive that person. I roll this care over on You right now. I'm not going to hate them. I'm not going to stay in strife with them. I'll forgive them in my heart right now in the name of Jesus." By doing that you have put yourself in position where your faith can work, and deliverance can be brought to you in this situation. Now pray for that person right now. Ask God to bless them. Ask God to heal them. Ask God to provide for them. Do it right now in Jesus' name. Now praise God for it.
Confession: I will walk in love and do good to others.
1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
I know from personal experience that when people start to criticize you and persecute you because you are a believer, your natural human response is to want to strike back. You want to start dishing out a little criticism of your own. "Maybe if they get a taste of their own medicine, they'll shut their mouths," you think.
But, you know what? They won't. Your words will just add fuel to their fire and they'll criticize you harder and louder than they did before. According to the Word of God, however, there is a way to silence them. Not by arguing with them. Not by defending yourself. But by keeping quiet and continuing to do the good works God has called you to do.
Jesus was highly criticized by the religious establishment of His day. But He never fought back. Instead, Acts 10:38 says He simply went about doing good. When people start riding you about being a believer, be like Jesus and just keep on blessing people. Keep on praying for folks who are oppressed by the devil and get them delivered. Keep on laying hands on the sick and get them healed. Keep on doing what God has called you to do. That will aggravate the devil because his primary purpose is to make you ineffective for the kingdom of God. He wants you to get wrapped up in the criticism. He wants to distract you, to get your mind off the job God has given you. He really wants you to quit. Don't do it! Instead, follow the instructions in 2 Timothy 3:14 and "continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of." Silence the ignorant criticisms of men by continuing to do good and by continuing to live by faith. And when all their foolish words have faded away, you'll still be standing strong.
Confession: I will walk in love. Even though people will hurt me, I will walk in love
Numbers 33:51-53 "When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan; Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you...and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it."
God has given you a Promised Land. It's a place flowing with milk and honey, where your every need can be met. A place where you can keep sin underfoot as you rule and reign with Christ. A place where no weapon formed against you will prosper. A place where you are seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above principalities and powers—far from oppression.
As you study the Word of God, you'll find that's an accurate description of the kind of victory you should be experiencing in Christ--not in the sweet by-and-by, but right here, right now. You may say, "Yes, that sounds nice in theory, but I'm dealing with reality here. The rent is due, and all I see is sickness, oppression and fear. This doesn't look like much of a Promised Land to me." That's because you're still letting the devil live there! He's not just going to pack up and go home, you know, just because God has promised you victory. You have to kick him out.
But don't let that scare you. God has given you the power to do it. Remember what Jesus said? He said, "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)
What's more, the devil is totally unarmed! Colossians 2:15 says, "God disarmed the principalities and powers ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in the cross." You have absolutely no reason to cower before the devil. Jesus defeated and disarmed him through His death, burial, and resurrection. The devil can't defeat you unless you let him. All he can do is make empty threats. But beware! Empty threats can stop you cold if you believe them. So don't. Believe the Word of God instead. Use the Word and the Name of Jesus to drive the devil out of every last detail of your life.
Confession: I won't let him dwell in my territory. I will FORCE him to pack up and go home. I will possess the Promised Land!
John 14:10 "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."
Jesus said, "I'm not healing people. The Father inside Me is the One doing the works. He's healing them through Me." He also said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise" (John 5:19).
Any time God can get inside a human body, He'll start doing the same works He did through Jesus. That's why in John 14:12, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Jesus was saying, "I'll go to the Father, and God will come live inside you." The entire plan of God is to dwell inside of us: "Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
1 Corinthians 3:16: We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. That's why the believer's ministry is so powerful. If you're a believer, God already lives inside you. Now it's up to you to release His power residing within you through faith. As you do, He will start doing the same works through you that He did through Jesus!
Confession: I am the temple of the living God; the Spirit of God dwells in me. Jesus said that as I believe on Him, I am able to do the works He did—and even greater works—because my Father does the work through me.
Psalms. 90:10 "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years).
Psalms. 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
If Jesus tarries His coming, I don't mind telling you at all, I'll live to a great age. And I will tell everyone good-bye, and before I leave here, I'll look over there and say, "There it is, folks. And I'm going. I want to leave you all shouting and happy, because that's the way I'm going." I will not be sick or in a wheelchair.
"But, Larry, you can't ever tell."
Oh yes, you can! You can have what God said you can have. We've got a better covenant than Israel had. If it was God's plan for Israel, who were servants, not sons, and who lived under a covenant not as good as ours to live out their full length of time with no sickness, then what a plan God must have for us, the sons of God! If God didn't want His servants sick, I don't believe He wants His sons sick!
I believe it is the plan of God our Father that no believer should ever be sick, and that every believer should live his full length of time if Jesus tarries, to fall asleep in Jesus.
Confession: I can believe God for anything His Word promises. I can believe God for a long, productive life. If Jesus tarries, I will live out my days in His service without sickness and disease!
Revelation 1:6 "And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen"
God's plan for His children is to reign as kings and priests in this life. So let me ask you this: Are you ruling your life as a king and priest? In order to answer this question, we must ask more questions. How does a king reign? Is a king prosperous? Does he allow the enemy into his house? And the priest, what does he do? Does he minister to those under him, presenting God's Word as a guideline for their lives? Does the king dress and act like a pauper? Does a priest know how to pray?
As we answer these questions, we can easily see that many Christians are not living as kings and priests in their households. A king has compassion for those under his authority and sets aside rules and regulations for their good. As kings on this earth we have been given the ultimate rulebook. It's the Holy Bible, the book known as God's Word. In it is the constitution for our kingdom and the rules, regulations and guidelines for daily living. When followed, these rules and regulations will bring peace, freedom, life and contentment.
The king protects and supplies while the priest teaches and imparts. As a king and priest, you have this same responsibility within your own family. You must protect your family by proclaiming the blood of Jesus and its protective power. You must supply the needs of your family through being obedient to, confessing and receiving God's Word and His promises. You must teach through your lifestyle and by being a living example of what you teach. You must impart all of the knowledge and wisdom that God has given you to the next generation so that they may pick up where you left off and go further.
Living as a king and priest is not just God's will, but it is an excellent lifestyle that will produce abundance and fruit in your life.
Confession: I am in control of my life by the blood and the Name of Jesus
Matt. 14:28-29 "And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, 'Come.' And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water."
It's easy to be so afraid of making a mistake that you never get around to stepping out on faith. You can spend all your time wondering, "Is this faith? Or is it presumption? What if I exercise my faith for something and find out later I've missed God's will?"
Don't worry. God can handle any mistake you can make. I know because I've made plenty of them. When I did, I'd just go to the Lord and He'd tell me, "Stay on the Word, son. Together we'll overcome this thing." And we always did.
If you act on the Word out of the sincerity of your heart and you steadfastly stay with the Word, Jesus will never let you down, no matter how many dumb mistakes you make. He proved that the night Peter jumped out of the boat in the middle of the lake. Have you ever stopped to think about that incident? Peter hadn't been praying or seeking God's will before he did that. On impulse he just blurted out, "Lord, if it's You, bid me come."
What was Jesus supposed to say? He couldn't very well say, "It's not Me." I suppose He could have said, "Wait a minute now. You don't have the faith to get out here. You'd better stay in that boat or you're going to drown for sure." But He didn't say that to Peter -- and He won't say it to you. If you want to get out and walk by faith, He'll get out there with you and pick you up when you start sinking. He'll walk you back to the boat if He has to. It's better to risk being presumptuous than to waste your life in the boat of unbelief! If you have to, just dive into the water and say, "God, help me!"
Confession: I will not let fear keep me from taking that step of faith. I will get out of the boat today and do something for the Kingdom of God. I walk by faith and not by sight. I have what I believe not what I see.
Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."
"What things soever ye desire...." No, not what things soever your grandpa desires. Not what things soever your aunt desires. Not what things soever someone else desires. But what you desire. You can get your desires. However, if what you desire is not what someone else desires, you won't be able to push your desires off on them. Why? Because when someone else is involved, their will comes into play on the situation.
Your faith will always work for you in your own life. And sometimes -- not always -- you can make your faith work for someone else. But when you are praying for someone, they need to be in agreement. They need to act on their faith, as well. For example, my wife and I are agreeing that our house is paid for completely, in record time; we are faithful with our tithe; we are faithful in our giving; we are out of debt and all of our needs are met.
Confession: My faith always works for me in my own life. By divine wisdom I will know when I can make my faith work for others.
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.