(Part 3 – continued from same day; part 2 here) (Navigation forward and backward to other posts also at bottom of screen)
If we are truly walking in relationship with the Lord in the Light (I John), we will be in a continual process of being transformed from glory to glory as we allow Him to shine His Light of truth in every area of our lives and expose, uproot, prune, purge, and refine all that’s not of Him (John 3:20, I Corinthians 5:7-8, II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, Ephesians 5, Colossians 3). When He exposes something in us, His grace (undeserved favor and power to do His will) is there to help us overcome that issue and get free. As He reveals things in us that are not like Him, He desires us to run to Him rather than away from Him. He calls us to turn from those things and He empowers us to do so as we draw close in intimate relationship to Him. When we receive Him as Lord and Savior we become His temple. Every “room” of our lives belongs to Him; He will not continue to provide hospitality to “idols” we may have.
For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. So, come out from among [unbelievers], and separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. II Corinthians 6:14-7:1
There are no areas we can label with restricted or denied access. We must surrender all and allow Him in every closet, corner, basement, and attic. He wants to go to any areas still hidden away in darkness in our souls to shine His Light on the lies that have caused us to remain vulnerable and susceptible to the enemy and have kept us in captivity to him in any way. He comes to heal us in every area where we’ve been wounded and broken, seek and save us in every way that we’re lost, deliver and free us in every way that we’re captive, and rebuild and restore our lives (Isaiah 61, Luke 4:14-21; 15; 19:10). As we live transparently before the Lord and walk through this process with Him, He can help us identify the root of every deception and will supply the exact sword of the Spirit from His Word needed to sever and uproot all the enemy has planted in our hearts and minds. He will speak the truth that can help us dismantle and demolish every prison stronghold constructed from the lies of the enemy and set us free from all bondage to him. When we hold to Jesus and His Word and truly follow Him, we will know the Truth and be set free (John 8). He desires to always lead us in triumphal procession, but we have to be willing to follow (James 1:21-27). He is faithful to always provide a way of escape and the divine power we need to take that path when we run to His throne of grace to receive His help (I Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 4:14-16, II Peter 1:3-11). If we will follow, He will lead us to healing, deliverance, restoration, victory, and freedom as He destroys the works of the enemy against us and makes us trophies of His grace (II Corinthians 2:14-17, I John 3).
Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]? Jeremiah 23:29
So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.
… Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin. Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever. So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free. John 8:31-32, 34-36
So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls. But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience). James 1:21-25
(see parts 1-3 of Overthrow the Enemy with the Breath of Your Mouth… for more encouragement to persevere in battle with the Word for any area of standing on God’s promises)
to be continued… (see part 4 here)
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