Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
Immeasurable Power (Part 5)
Under Fire
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:7 (NKJV)
Abiding in Jesus means living in His Word. 'His name is called The Word of God' (Revelation 19:13). From Him we learn everything worth learning. In Him we are safe. He is our Home away from home.

But until we get to our true home, Heaven, we are only safe in our spiritual Home, Jesus. When we leave this Place of Peace (even for a minute), we're vulnerable.

We might get hit with a fiery dart of negativity or a stink bomb of depression. Whatever the attack, we need to understand our defense: the Word. If Jesus spoke God's Word to get rid of the enemy, so must we.

We don't need to get angry with others: 'For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness' (Ephesians 6:12).

We don't need to get angry with ourselves: 'There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit' (Romans 8:1).

'But we messed up,' we fret. Miraculously, God forgives us, 'For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23). 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness' (1 John 1:9).

So, when we're under enemy fire, here's the battle plan:

Step One: We get right with our Commander. We meet Him in private and confess our sins. We forgive others, and we forgive ourselves. Commentary: Condemnation is the enemy's weapon--not ours.

Step Two: We confront our attacker. We speak the Word of God into his artillery line. We may not see his shots, but he'll see ours. And hear them. And run.

Details: 1) Our counterattack begins by giving God thanks and praise--out loud, 2) We say 'It is written...', 3) We speak Scripture, 4) We make it personal, and 5) We conclude by giving God thanks and praise in Jesus' Name.

Example: "Blessed be the Lord of Hosts. I praise His Holy Name and thank Him for hearing my prayer. It is written, 'And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.'* I ask You Father God to fulfill these words and deliver me from evil. These bad feelings must flee, because 'You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.'** I praise You for Your strength and mercy My Lord and My God, and I thank You that it is done, in Jesus' Name. Amen."

Jesus said, 'If you ask anything in My name, I will do it' (John 14:14). We believe.

Within the Word of God is immeasurable power. The Word of God is Jesus.

To Be Continued...

P.S. The scriptures in the example are: *2 Timothy 4:18 and **Psalm 30:11.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Immeasurable Power series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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