Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I trust that you are blessed and highly favored
Have you been listening/reading the news lately? So much evil in the world. Wickedness is abounding and the love of many are waxing cold...Mathew 24 v 12. People are getting killed in such gruesome manner all the time. Religious war claiming the lives of mostly innocent people. The economy in recession, kidnappers doing their thing. Armed robbers everywhere, rape, homosexual act now on rampage, young kids sexually molested, so much poverty, sickness, disease etc. Most people are wondering where God especially when good people also suffer. Fact is, bad things may also happen to a Christian.
You may be a Christian, go to church everyday, you try to be nice to people, you don't steal, you don't cheat, nor do you lie and in fact you turn the other cheek when you get slapped and all that. However, you find yourself going through some difficulties that make you wonder if God took a vacation on you. So let's review some of the reasons why a Christian may have some bad taste in his/her mouth.
Jesus said John 15 v 5, ' I am the vine and you are the branches.' We know that it is the branch that produces fruit. Since Jesus is the Vine and He is good, that means we the branches are also good and produce good fruit..Matthew 7 v17. However, it is important to note that nobody throws stones at a fruitless tree. So as a Christian that produces good fruit, you will get attention. You are the light that shines where there is much darkness...Isaiah 60 v 1-2. Light draws attention, light attracts. So as a child of God, living in the light of His Word and producing good fruit, you are also visible to the enemy and he will try to find a way to attack you to pull you down.
As a good Christian, people depend on you, lives are touched by you and you are a source of blessing to your world. Of course satan will try to push you down because he cannot stand where there is love and kindness. The enemy will try to take you away from your destiny and purpose in life. He will try to put bitterness in your heart with all the negative things happening around you so you can change your confession and talk bad instead of good. I need you to understand that God is good and every good and perfect gift comes from God...James 1 v 17.
Another reason why bad things can happen to a Christian is from his/her confessions. Your life today is not far from your yesterday's confessions. What you say is exactly what you get. You can't talk bad and expect good, not even as a joke. Jesus said, 'men will give account of every idle word spoken on judgement day for by your words, you are condemned, and by your words, you will be justified.' Matthew 12 v 36-37. You must speak right, throw good words into your future. Direct your path to align with the Word of God.
You may say, 'well I hardly say anything bad, so how come I am going through so much pain and sorrow?' You may not have said anything bad, but did you say anything good? Do you know that when a piece of land is left bare that it will bring forth weed? You must speak the Word of God into your life! You have no choice, else you will get got..
Study and learn the Scripture and prophesy to your world, your life. Remember Joshua 1 v 8, 'this book of the law shall not depart from YOUR MOUTH, but you shall meditate(mutter) on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it, for then YOU WILL MAKE YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS, and then YOU WILL HAVE A GOOD SUCCESS.
Notice, what it said, that the book shall not depart from your MOUTH, it did not say your heart, but your mouth..meaning you must speak it. You have to speak the Word of God into your life ALWAYS. Romans 10 v 10 says, 'with the heart one believes unto righteousness, but with the MOUTH CONFESSION is made unto salvation.' Learn to prophesy to your world. God said that He will pour His Spirit upon all flesh so that your sons and daughters will prophesy..See Acts 2 v 17 and Joel 2 v 28. God said ALL flesh...meaning anybody and everybody.
Let me give you an example on how to prophesy. Try and say these next words..
'Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of eternal life. Thank You for lifting my feet from the miry clay and placing them upon a rock. Thank You for I am blessed with every spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. I decree in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper! I am moving forward and making progress in life because the my path is the path of righteous that shines brighter and brighter unto a perfect day. Thank You Lord for I am a partaker of divine nature, therefore sickness has no place in me for I am healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ! That same Spirit of God that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead, lives in me, giving life to my physical body. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I decree that no weapon fashioned against me shall prosper...Thank You Lord, for I am at the right place at the right time. No evil shall befall me, men and women are going out of their ways to favor me in the name of Jesus Christ! I am blessed!'
There are so many things you can say...and these words are from the Bible, and you must memorize them, store them in your spirit and speak them into your life continuously. Never measure your life with that of another person, no matter how much of a Christian they are, you do not know their fears and confessions when no one is watching.....You must refuse to fear. Fear will try to attack your mind always but Don't Give It Life! You give birth to fear when you voice it with your mouth. Instead of confessing your fears, you can say, 'I refuse to fear in Jesus name! Fear has no place in me for God has not giving me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.'...2nd Timothy 1v 7.
Finally, you must learn how to cast out devils using the name of Jesus! A lot times, demons are directly/indirectly responsible for the evils that happen in people's lives, be it sickness, poverty, depression, drug addiction, prostitution, any kind of evil...and you must cast them out.
Mark 16 v 17 Jesus Himself said, 'and these signs will follow those that believe, IN MY NAME THEY WILL CAST OUT DEVILS... You as a Christian must use the name of Jesus and drive out the enemy from your life.
You can say, 'You devil of darkness responsible for this sickness, or even marital problems etc...I cast you out in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! I decree that you have no hold over me and my family! I overturn your powers around me in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Loose your hold in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!
Remember, you must believe that it is done. That is your faith. In addition, Jesus said in John 14 v 13-14, 'and WHATEVER you ask in My name, that will i do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I WILL DO IT!'
Remember, Jesus again told us in Matthew 18 vs 18, 'Assuredly, I say to you, WHATEVER you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and WHATEVER you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven.'
The problem a lot of people have is ignorance and laziness...we must learn to study the Word of God always and pray. Pray without ceasing, we must not be on our knees always to pray..we can pray while driving, cleaning, washing etc. Just worship God sing songs of praise to Him, declaring who God has made you to be all the time. We must also speak in tongues. If you are born again, you ought to speak in tongues because, Jesus said so...see Mark 16 vs 17.
When you speak in tongues you edify yourself, meaning you build yourself up...and you are speaking to God directly and not to man. Learn to trust God, cast all your worries to Him and believe...Remember God said, He will never leave us nor forsake us...Deuteronomy 31 v 6, Hebrews 13 v 5.
All things are working together for your good..Romans 8 v 28. Refuse to worry, if God is for you, who can ever be against you? You are an overcomer, you are more than a conqueror..cheer up, square your shoulders, put a spring on your step and walk in victory for Jesus said we should cheer up for He has overcome the world!
Hope this long epistle will be a blessing to you...God bless you richly and please continue to stay tuned. I love you!