The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Two different verses - many great reminders. We have an enemy. He wants to come and steal our joy, kill our vision, and often times destroy our testimony. Christ came so that we could have life and live it to the full. He gave us authority over the enemy of our souls. But He also reminds us when we feel victory we shouldn’t get caught up in the power to overcome but we need only rejoice that our names are written in heaven. I think the first step in living victoriously is recognizing the battles we will face are spiritual ones (Eph. 6:12), recognizing that we have any enemy and that he can do some real damage if we allow it. Are you allowing it today? The second step to victory is recognizing the power we have. Christ came to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11). We have the same power that raised Christ from the dead living within us and He has also gifted us with powerful gifts. Are you using your gifts or are you looking to others and riding on their coat tails? Can you accept that things you have been through in your life are things He will use? And I mean everything. The good. The bad. Everything in between. That the things we endure coupled with the power and gifting that He has given us are what makes us into what he has created us to be. You could go your whole life and miss the boat. I don’t know about you but that scares me to death. I want on the boat! It is possible for us to douse the fire. The flames need to be fanned. We need revival. We need to accept what we have been through and give it to Him to use. Remeber who the enemy is. You have the power to overcome him. So today stop waiting for someone else. Listen, He is calling you.
Lord thank you that you gift us and you give us power. Help us to be aware of the gifts that you have given us and help us to accept the fact that the things we have been through in our life may be just the things you want to use. Help us to be fully aware of Satan’s schemes. We bless you Lord and praise your name that we have been given victory. We love you Lord.
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