While reading 1 John 5:19 where it says: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” What really stood out to me, were the words, “Whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” and in reflecting on this I was led to write.
Without having a relationship with Lord and/or not allowing the Lord, to be Lord over your life, means that you ARE under the sway of the enemy, and DO lie under the power of darkness.
Lord knows, when I personally, was under this spell, I made some of the most foolish choices on this earth and DID have to pay some very serious consequences as a result.
See when were not submitted unto the Lord, by allowing Him to be Lord over our lives and not just savior from hell, then as I stated, we lie under the enemy’s deception, power, and persuasion and it’s not until we surrender our will, to the Almighty’s and constantly aim to submit, that we then, can begin to see this power of darkness I’m referring to here, be broken off our life.
So, in other words, just saying you know God, and doing things associated with people who know God, like going to church, reading the bible, maybe even serving somewhere within the ministry etc. does NOT break the enemy’s power. For even the word tells us in James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! And James 2:14 tells us: What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
In truth, when we play church, sin WILL have dominion, thus the reason we’ve all been exhorted to submit ourselves unto God (see James 4:17).
Genesis 4:7 reads: If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Indeed, my sisters and brothers there IS an opposing power from the enemy. Yet, in 1 John 4:7 we are told how to see the enemy flee, for it reads: Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
This is the reason, we all need to continually take an introspective look within our hearts, such that, we can clearly see, if were being defeated by the enemy as a result, to us not being submitted unto the Father, in our day to day choices to be even more specific. Or if by our submission the enemy IS being defeated and in Christ we ARE being victorious.
Let’s DO be victorious and see the power of our submission, do just as the word has said it will do, which is, to cause the enemy to flee.
Heavenly Father, I pray Your supernatural strength over all Set Apart Singles today, I pray Father, that You will do what only You Alone can do in their lives. I pray, they will yield and do as you have told us all to do in Mark 12:30 which reads: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. Father all of us are in constant need of Your help in this, in order to carry this out, in the way you see fit. Amen.
Sepia Gladden(founder of Set Apart International Ministries)
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