Being in the “Word of Faith” “non” denomination 🙂 for so long I can’t tell you how many times we heard ” if you want something from God you’ve never had before, you must do something for God you’ve never done before”!
The idea was that if the pastor said it in an excited voice you may just raise your hands in church for the first time ever and then you would get your breakthrough or a miracle. Maybe you would shout “Jesus” 57 times and then run around the church and magically your family would all become loving or those family and friends you prayed for for so long would come to know Jesus. We even heard the comment “be released from that which is blocking your blessings”!
I ask you, is the Word not true? Is God not BIGGER than ANYTHING that could “block” a blessing? Did He not defeat the devil when He died on the cross? Is He not greater and more powerful than the devil and any other demons and principalities of darkness?
My personal answer is YES! My God who lives and reigns in my life is mighty, all powerful, the decision maker in charge of life and death and everything in the middle and my God is unstoppable! There is nothing I can do to make good things happen. There is nothing I can do to stop bad things from happening. Pray, yes! Fast, yes! But, it’s all in God’s hands. I’m not in control. His grace is sufficient. His wisdom is infinite and my ways aren’t his ways!
There was a post on FB Saturday from Joseph Prince that I can’t copy and paste from my phone, but you should be able to find it on his website at josephprince.org He posted this well know scripture I Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
I think I’ve used this scripture before and even in December or November I wrote a post saying that yes, this scripture is true. However, if I’m serving God with my whole heart nobody is going to devour me. God is on my side because I know Him and He knows me! I don’t have to always live in fear and bind up the devil.
Joseph Prince said “beloved, Jesus has defeated the devil at the cross, taken all the condemnation for your failures, and qualified you to receive all of God’s blessings. Rejoice, for the roaring lion has been de-fanged, and he has no more power over you”.
Amen to that!!
There are no works that we can ever do to get us into Heaven, to escape from the devil’s curses, or to heal broken hearts, or mend broken families. Running around a church isn’t going to save loved ones and fasting without sincerity won’t bring you closer to God. However, Faith in God, Grace from God, and the Love of God can do all of those things!
We fall short of the glory of God. There is never a time that we can do enough of anything because we always lack. We still sin. Nobody is 100% correct in their teachings, prophecies, and especially opinions. But, His grace is sufficient. The devil is defeated. We are victorious through Christ Jesus! Trust God our Father to make the best decision in every situation… He’s totally on your side! 🙂