7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7 AMPC
Those that proclaim Jesus as their Lord & Savior, have been given the power of the Holy Spirit, and the devil’s main goal is to keep us spiritually dull and ineffective in our faith. It is our job to be watchful and stand guard, we are the ones who decide whether we keep the enemy out of our lives or invite him in.
29 Who would dare enter the house of a mighty man and steal his property? First he must be overpowered and tied up by one who is stronger than he. Then his entire house can be plundered and every possession stolen.
- Matthew 12:30 Jesus is saying, “This is a war with no neutrality. Join my side or you will miss the spoils of victory and be forever scattered.”
- Matthew 12:30 The Hebrew Matthew is “He who does not join me denies me.”
The greatest threat the new believer has is not realizing the full potential of the Holy Spirit. They mistakenly give their power over to the enemy simply because they haven’t grasped what’s already been freely given to them.
24-26 “When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first placLuke 11:24-26 MSG
The Holy Spirit desires communion with God, through time in God’s Word, worship & praise, and in prayer – this strengthens our spirit within us and we are changed within. What we fill ourselves up with, will spill out into our day to day lives – but it’s an ongoing process, that we can’t neglect even for one day.
Jesus used the parable of the seeds – teaching that if we don’t allow the Word to permeate deep within our souls, we will become shallow Christians unable to withstand the storms of life – they will abandon their faith when the attacks come time & time again. Only those who diligently seek after God, will grow roots that can anchor us when the crashing waves fall upon us. The enemy is waiting for us to lower our defenses and unlike God, the devil is without mercy.
8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.1 Peter 5:8-11 MSG
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]John 16:33 AMPC