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Getting Hell's Attention (5 of 8)
Series: This Day We Fight
God never meant for any of his children to live harassed and hassled by discouragement and depression. And he never meant us to live at the mercy of circumstances and situations that oppress and dominate our minds, our time, and our resources. He never called us to merely tolerate such things, he meant us to conquer those things. He has not called us to passivity and indifference; he has called us to war!
And if there has been a moment, a time, and an experience in which you have invited Jesus Christ to come into your heart - you have been anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus has given you ALL his authority over all the powers of hell. Listen to what Jesus said in Luke 10:19: "I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy." And the reality is there are forces at work in the world that have targeted you, your spouse, your children, your health, your finances, all intent on your total devastation!
Now I want to tell you a most solemn truth: Either you are pursuing your enemies or they are pursuing you. And the Holy Spirit is looking for determination and aggressiveness in us to grow into the likeness of Christ so we can pursue our enemies until they are crushed under the authority of Christ.
When you examine the life of our Savior you can see that he had no problem forgiving human failure and being patient with human weakness, BUT he NEVER allowed evil spirits to control, hinder, or harass him. He was always aggressive toward the devil and his demons. And the fact is, there is no neutral ground in this war and there is no room for indifference and passivity in the army of God. And any attitude of passivity and indifference holds us in prison, hostage to our negative, destructive thought patterns and in bondage to sin.
So what do we do?
Last weekend we talked about the "Three R's" of ...
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