One of the problems of Christianity is that Christians do not know who they are, whom they belong to and what He did for us. I believe this is the reason Paul prayed that our eyes of understanding be opened that we might be able to comprehend what God gave to us in Christ Jesus.
The Police man knows who he is. In his uniform he’s not afraid to stand in front of a two-ton trailer to flag it down.
When you know who you are no one can push you around. Daniel said that those who do know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Dan. 11:32b). Only people who do not know who they are, become afraid of witches, demons and powers of darkness.
God, speaking through James says “resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) The devil can only flee when he knows you know your rights as a child of God. That was exactly what happened between the demons and the seven sons of Sceva. They were aware that Paul knew his rights, but the sons of Sceva were only living by hear-say.
Stop living by what your pastor said; it could be dangerous! The sons of Sceva lived by what somebody preached, not what was opened up or revealed to them. Get to know who you are, what Christ did for you and what God gave to you. To do so you need to:
(1) Make up your mind. Are you truly on God’s side? A citizen of heaven? No, not being a church goer! In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah asked the chosen children of God; the Israelites why they were undecided. Undoubtedly they were children of God but were not “Wholly” with Him. They were hopping between two opinions. In Revelations 3:15-16, Jesus warned against spiritual coldness; a luke-warm attitude that has fanned Christians to be neither here nor there. Make up your mind. If God is God, serve Him with all of your heart.
(2) Stop thinking and acting as a worldly citizen. Kingdom ways are God’s ways. And God’s ways are not our ways. That is why we are told to be renewed in our minds, in our way of thinking; not as the world but as children of God. (Rom. 12:1-2) Negative thoughts should not be allowed to dwell or take root in our hearts. We are to pull them down, uproot them (2 Cor. 10:4-5) and replace them with “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and praise to God.” ( Phil. 4:8)
(3) Speak as a citizen of heaven. Job was reminded by his friend Eliphaz that its no one but his own mouth that condemns him (Job 15:6). Jesus equally tells us that our words justify or condemn us. Watch what you say! Speak only the word of God when the enemy backs you up on a corner.
(4) Disconnect or unplug from some friends! This could be very hard especially as we are creatures of emotions. Abraham carried his nephew and did not hear from God till they were separated. It is said “show me for friend and I’ll tell you who you are”. You are defined by your choice of friends! Have a standard of choosing who your friends are! Jesus said (John 15:14) “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you”. Who told you you can’t do without those people? Pull out!
To move closer to God this year, and to have a stronger voice in the Kingdom, fellowship with the believers, trust in the Lord and see Him turn things to your favour! Even the devil shall bow!