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For weeks the internet has been filled with reports of all sorts of physical storms throughout the world.
Lately there’s been a running joke on Twitter that the weather in my area has spread all over the states. I can assure you that I had nothing to do with it.
However, there is something I do that may interest you. I’ve been talking to storms of all sorts by faith for over twenty years. Okay, you officially think something is strange; you can stop rolling your eyes any time now.
To cut to the chase, one of the first times was during a fire that surrounded our house. My pups and I were trapped inside, but God showed me what to do and say by taking authority over it in the name of Jesus.
I haven’t forgotten that lesson and still practice it daily.
If you want know what I did, keep reading and you too will learn how to take authority over the “storms” in your life.
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Supernatural Life Lessons
Everyone deals with storms in life, not just ones that occur in the weather. It’s how we handle them that determines whether or not we survive as a victor or victim.
If we truly walk with Jesus we are to do as and command as He did by facing the storm(s) without fear. I know it sounds crazy or impossible, but do you remember what our Savior did? He spoke to the storm with authority and commanded it to be calmed.
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
Jesus didn’t go into a panic, but did something natural as God’s Son. He used the power given to Him by His Father and the Holy Spirit. By putting those power tools into practice, the storm had to bow to His command and obey.
As children of the KING we have authority to act and command as Jesus did. Do you recall how He was disappointed that the disciples didn’t speak to the storm?
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
Here comes the reprimand …
But He said to them: Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? (Have you still no faith?)
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another:
Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
(Mark 4:35-41 NKJV emphasis mine)
You Have Power through Christ
Before Jesus went to the cross, He openly told the Disciples that they had authority and power to destroy the hand of satan over a situation. The power was given through the Holy Spirit and He is the one who acts when we give voice to the authority we’ve been given.
The Holy Spirit power is given to Christians at the time of salvation as part of the promise package of favor to God’s children. Anyone who receives Jesus as their Savior has this same believer's authority of power, I merely acted on that promise. Think of it as if Jesus spoke to you and said, “I give you power over the works of the enemy, now use it correctly.”
This is where most of us fail. We don’t really understand the promises of God that we receive through the Holy Spirit. The book of Timothy in the Holy Bible tells us that we have been given a spirit of power, along with the spirit of love and discernment to know how to respond when the spirit of fear from the enemy arises.
So why aren’t we using this favor power promise from God in all situations? Shouldn’t it be the first thing that pops into our thinking during storms (difficulties, situations or circumstances) in life that arise, or do we need Jesus to arise again (go back to the cross for a do over)?
We have authority! God has given us the power to trample over the enemy, but the only way we’ll learn how to use what we’ve been given is to open the Word of God and read it. Enclosed in the Bible are all the promises we’ll need for any situation or “storm” that arises. It's where we learn about the favor shield, the blessings gifts, the surrounding of mercy on our lives, and the steps to take for every circumstance.
So Are We in this World
As children of God, we also have authority to use given to us by Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s our choice to use what is “enclosed” in the Promise Book. When we don’t use all of what was promised, something is missing in our battle over the enemy. We end up feeling defeated or actually are, and who wants that?
God’s divine grace, favor and power is given to believers for use in this lifetime for godliness, wisdom, knowledge and understanding to do exactly as Jesus did on this earth. In 2 Peter 1:2-4, Peter refers to it as “precious promises” so that we can partake of the Divine nature to escape the evil of this world. That’s right, children of God have a Divine nature living inside them and the power that goes with it when used correctly.
Putting it in terms we can understand … as Jesus is, so are we to be in this world.
You and I are little “power rangers” so to speak, when we operate under the Might of the Holy Spirit.
“We are meeting the needs of God's people and reviving them spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially with the Word of God! For ...as [Jesus] is, so are we in this world ( from 1 John 4:17)."
– Pastors Tony and Cynthia Brazelton.
The power of the Holy Spirit is essential in every believer’s life if we are to carry out the works of Christ and win souls to the Lord. It’s something we should cry out for daily so we can be used as vessels for Him.
It’s not only the first disciples, apostles, pastors and Christian leaders like the Brazelton's that can call on the power of God in the name of Jesus to combat evil …so can we. It’s time to let the devil know that we are a POWERful force and that no weapon formed against us will prosper.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement You shall condemn.
, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)
Using Our Favor Power Tools
In faith applying the same promise principle against the enemy, I commanded something as simple as my phone to work in the name of Jesus and guess what? It did. Why would God care about my phone? He knows that it is used for encouraging communication in spreading good news of the gospel.
Our challenge this week is to search out the endued power promises of God through the Holy Spirit and use them as Jesus did. We have the power in Jesus’ name to bring about a change. We need to let Him speak through us.
What enemy is coming against you? It doesn’t have to be a physical storm or tornado, but can be those small things that just aggravate the stuffing out of you.
Memorize these five power tool scriptures and learn how to use them each and every time the enemy comes against you.
Here are 5 Power Tools to Defeat the Enemy
1 - Power over the enemy …
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV)
2 - Power Promise from Heaven …
“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on High.” (Luke 24:49 NKJV)
3 - Power for a Purpose …
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you (when you ask Christ into your heart to forgive you of your sins); and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth (basically anywhere).” (Acts 1:8 NKJV emphasis mine)
4 - Power to Increase our Faith …
“… that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (to have faith in God’s power, not faith in what man can do) (1 Corinthians 2:5 NKJV)
5 - Power to Keep Calm in Difficult Situations …
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)
By faith Jesus is right there watching the same thing as you are (like He did with the first Disciples during their faith storm when unbelief tried to defeat them). You can take authority over the evil that is coming against you by faith, because God has already given you (as a believer and child of the Living God) the power to do so.
Don't give into fear. There is safety and victory with Jesus through any "storm" life hands you! Ask yourself, how would Jesus command the situation? Then do as He did.
Learn to speak as the Lord did by staying in continual communication with God. His promises will manifest. They have to because the power of God is “endued”, already enclosed in our favor gift pack of salvation! Read it for yourself, it’s in His letter – the Holy Bible.
Riding through the Storm - Yolanda Adams
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Until next time, God’s favor power is enclosed in His promises!
“For believing in Me you have the favor authority power I promised.”
- Jesus Christ
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