I woke up this morning to a conversation taking place between myself and the Lord. Really strange but wonderful to wake up to heavenly conversation within you. That’s when you realise there is more to you than just your body! And it’s Saturday so this blog is longer than usual.
The conversation was around resisting whispering enemies. The word satan or devil means accuser, particularly a false accuser, or someone who accuses another. (I shudder to think about how many times I have been an accuser of the brethren.) The conversation centred around James 4:7.
Submit yourselves therefore to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Where is this devil that you are supposed to resist? And where is God whom you need to submit to? How do you submit to and resist beings that you cannot see? It’s one thing to be able to quote a Scripture but how does it work in real life?
Firstly, you need to understand that you too are an invisible being. The physical world you see and experience around you is a dimension you are interacting with from inside you. Everything you see, taste, touch, smell, and feel you experience within you. As Jesus put it, “the kingdom of heaven is within you.” You could say that you see the invisible world from within you and not from outside you. The invisible world, the kingdom within, is full of thoughts, emotions, and imagination. It is in this world where you encounter God, yourself, your neighbour, angels, and demons. It is from the invisible kingdom within that we interact with the visible kingdom without. Both kingdoms are very real and constantly interact with each other. The physical and invisible worlds exist together.
It is from within this invisible realm, your mind, emotions, and imaginations, that the visible world takes shape. Your inner world rules over your outward world. Unfortunately, we have learned to let the natural world rule over the invisible world and when we do so we end up confused and in a mess. Let’s look at these two worlds.
The physical world is filled with life. It is filled with the air you breathe, the flowers, birds, plants, and animals you can observe. People and places are also in this wonderful world. The heavens and all of creation are constantly talking and displaying the glory of God. There is more life, joy, hope, and peace in this realm than there is death and destruction. God has made full provision to supply the needs of humanity, no matter how many people there are. The earth is filled with His glory. He turns water to wine and multiplies bread and fishes. There is an ample supply for everyone.
But alongside the glory of all God has made there are lies, theft, death, and destruction. But here I want you to pause and take some time to think. Right now, you are reading my blog. Stop and look around you. Become conscious of what you are seeing in the visible world. Look for all the glory of what God has created. You will be amazed at how much there is. Then look for what is visibly attacking you right now. Is someone hitting you? Is someone stealing from you? Is someone trying to kill you right now? Chances are the answer is no. That means there is more peace and goodness around you than sin and death.
Now, your whole day may stay like that but for now we are going to assume you are in a verbal fight with someone and they may even do you physical harm. This would mean you have come under the direct attack of a devil driving the other person to harm you, and you may even retaliate and fight back with your own mouth and fists. When it is all over you separate and go your own way. How long did the confrontation with evil take? Two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes? However long it was it was only a moment in time in the visible realm. After the moment is over the visible realm once again becomes peaceful and full of glory.
But the invisible realm is another story altogether. Within you the moment does not end. The words, the pain, the remembrance of the moment continues. This is where the real offense has taken place and it is here, within your own heart and soul that the war rages. Deep within you is the Father’s voice calling you to forgiveness. Calling you into His presence where there is forgiveness of sin through the remembrance of the blood.
But there is also the voice of the accuser, devils or satans, who constantly bombard your thoughts and emotions with the “injustice” you just suffered. They will rehash the scene over and over telling you how right you were in your actions and how bad the other person/s are. Without knowing it you enter into the sin of self-justification and a satanic prison, or the prison of accusation. On top of that demons will also accuse you of being wretched before God; they whisper blame towards God making you think that God did this, or question why is God letting this happen to you. Blaming God, which was the first deception Satan used with Eve in the Garden, is crucial to the devil as this will keep you in his prison. There will be no escape from this “hell” until you turn and submit yourself to God.
Submission to God is not about crying and wailing about how bad you have been or how bad the other person is or how bad your circumstances are. Submission to God is about turning your thoughts, emotions, and imagination into His unending, unconditional, and overwhelming love for you, which begins with remembering the Lord’s sacrifice for you on the cross. Here, on the cross, He shed His blood to cleanse you from ALL YOUR SIN AND DEATH. Please note, He redeemed you from sin and death.
The cleansing power of the blood is not a physical thing, it is for your conscience – your mind, your emotion, and your imagination. This is where the power of the blood is activated. It is an internal, eternal power that delivers you from every evil thing that sits and exalts itself against the knowledge of God in your conscience (your inner world).
The blood of lambs, goats, and bulls associated with the law of Moses (10 Commandments and more) could not cleanse, heal, and deliver your conscience from the guilt and shame of your sin. Your heart, (inner world/kingdom) remains trapped in its shame, guilt, and condemnation, no matter how much you desired to be clean. This is why David could pray, “Create in me a pure heart, and renew a right spirit in my inward parts!” Regardless of how much the Old Testament saints desired to be clean inwardly, the Law of Moses could only cleanse them outwardly.
This was what the blood of Jesus came to take care of. Through the blood and through faith in His blood you have salvation and deliverance from the power of sin and death in your inner world – your mind, imagination, and emotions.
“The old system (Old Covenant, Law of Moses) of living under the law presented you with only a faint shadow, a crude outline of the reality of the wonderful blessings to come. Even with its steady stream of sacrifices offered year after year, there was still nothing that could make your heart perfect before God.
For if animal sacrifices could once and for all eliminate sin, they would have ceased to be offered and you would have a clean conscience. Instead, once was not enough so by the repetitive sacrifices year after year, the worshippers were continually reminded of their sins, with their hearts still impure. For what power does the blood of goats and bulls have to remove sin’s power?
So when Jesus the Messiah came into the world He said, “Since your(the Father’s) ultimate desire was not another animal sacrifice, you have clothed me (Jesus) with a body that I might offer myself instead! Multiple burnt-offerings and sin-offerings cannot satisfy your justice. So I said to you – ‘God – I will be the One to go and do your will, to fulfil all that is written about Me in your Word!’”
First He said, “Multiple burnt-offerings and sin-offerings cannot satisfy your justice” (even though the law required them to be offered. And then He said, “God, I will be the One to go and do your will.” So by being the sacrifice that removes sin, He abolishes animal sacrifices and replaces that entire system with the New Covenant. By God’s will you have been purified and made holy once and for all through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus, the Messiah.
Yet everyday priests still serve, ritually offering again – sacrifices that cannot take away sin’s guilt. But when this priest had offered one supreme sacrifice for all sin for all time He sat down on a throne at the right hand of God waiting until all His whispering enemies are subdued and turn into His footstool. And by His one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy and complete for all time!
The Holy Spirit confirms this to you by this Scripture, for the Lord says, “Afterwards, I will give them this covenant: I will embed my laws into their hearts and fasten My Word to their thoughts.” And then He says, “I will not ever again remember their sins and lawless deeds!” So if our sins have been forgiven and forgotten, why would we ever need to offer another sacrifice for sin?
And now we are brothers and sisters in God’s family because of the blood of Jesus, and He welcomes you to come right into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realms (your inner being) – boldly and with no hesitation. For He has dedicated a new, life-giving way for you to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus’ body was torn open to give you free access to Him!
And since you now have a magnificent High Priest to welcome you into God’s house, you come closer to God and approach Him with an open heart, fully convinced by faith that nothing will keep you at a distance from Him. For your heart has been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity and you have been freed from an accusing conscience and now are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside out!
So now you must cling tightly to the hope that lives within you, knowing that God always keeps His promises.” (Heb 10:1-22 TPT red inserts, personalization, and highlights are mine)
Please take some time this weekend and think about what you are thinking. Look at your thoughts and feelings, especially those that make you feel guilty before God and those that cause you hurt and pain. Also look for whatever angry thoughts you have towards someone else.
These are the dark areas of your soul that need to come under submission to God …
I will talk about submission to God in the next blog. I think this should give you enough homework for now. Take time to really think about what the writer of Hebrews is saying and what it means to you and how you use it to interact with the Father.
Grace and love … 🤗💖
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Good morning. Last week I woke up with the words Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Now I know why😀