This past Sunday we watched The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at a youth event at our church. What a great movie! Here’s what I learned.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. 13 For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, 14 Who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.
Christ Is Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through Him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through Him and for Him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and He holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is His body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So He is first in everything.
19 For God in all His fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through Him God reconciled
everything to Himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it. (NLT)
Now, let me ask you some questions:
Do you really believe these verses are true?
Do you really believe that, as a believer in Jesus, you have been transferred out of darkness and into Jesus’ kingdom of light?
Do you really believe that as a result of being transferred out of darkness and into the light that you can live in the light?
Do you really believe, as a follower of Christ, that being a person who desires to live in the light is actually what is true of you, that it’s actually your true identity now?
Do you really believe that Jesus purchased your freedom and forgave your sins?
Do you really believe that Jesus Christ is supreme over all creation?
Do you really believe that through Jesus, God created everything we can see and everything we can’t see including thrones, kingdoms, rulers and authorities in the unseen world?
Do you really believe that everything was created through Him and for Him and that everything in all creation is held together by Him?
Do you really believe that God has rescued you through the finished work of His precious Son, Jesus, and made you holy and blameless through Jesus’ blood?
Do you really believe in the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that in order to live in these truths you must continue to believe in them and stand firm in them and that you can’t afford to drift away from the assurance you received when you first heard the good news?
All these things are 100% true. But… unless you really believe them they will do you no good. I’m a witness to this since I lived the first 34 years of my Christian life as an unbelieving Believer. I didn’t understand what was mine through Christ and I didn’t even know that I didn’t understand. Satan had deceived me.
Thankfully this is no longer the case and I am now walking in the authority that Jesus died to provide for me and you can walk in your authority in Christ as well!
When Steve walked in the door the other day from work there was a loud pop and I had no idea what it was. As I walked toward the noise I automatically started saying In The Name Of Jesus, In The Name Of Jesus. I didn’t cower (crouch down in fear) when checking out this unknown noise. No, I boldly headed toward the sound, knowing that I was carrying a power much stronger than any possible imminent danger. I was carrying the authority I had in the name of Jesus!
A few weeks ago the girls and I were going somewhere and we were in heavy traffic when suddenly the driver of an 18-wheeler slammed on his brakes and started sliding. The first thing that came out of my mouth was In The Name of Jesus and I said it over and over. No harm came to us and I was able to have a wonderful conversation with my girls about the privilege we have been given in being able to pray in the name of Jesus.
I’m thankful that God has given His angels the assignment of watching over us. This is one of my favorite passages of scripture in the Bible.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered His angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
(Psalms 91:9-12, MSG)
Thanks God (big smile)!
As a result of the way God has changed me, speaking the name of Jesus over my life and the lives of my family and friends is now my first reaction instead of first doing everything I can do in my own power and then calling on Jesus as a last resort. My friend, Jesus is definitely not a last resort! All the power that Heaven holds is packed in the name of Jesus!
As I am typing this blog post there is a thunderstorm going on here in St. Louis which is why I first woke up. I usually do not wake up from storms, but in this case the roar of thunder combined with me being sound asleep made it sound as if someone was rapidly banging on our front door, waking me up suddenly at 2:02 a.m. Guess what I was saying when I woke up? In The Name of Jesus, In The Name of Jesus. I even called on Jesus in my sleep!
But I don’t just speak the name of Jesus when there is potential danger. I speak the name of Jesus over all aspects of my life, all throughout the day, and as a Believer, you have been given the privilege to do the same.
We can speak His powerful name over our marriage, our kids, our home, our food, our body, our mind, over unforeseen situations that arise, over other people who seem to be distressed (I do this one a lot), and the list goes on and on.
I really have a desire deep in my spirit to see Christians stand up straight and walk in the authority that is their’s in Christ Jesus.
In the movie, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy’s biggest fight was to truly believe that they were what Aslan said they were; King and Queens of Narnia. By the end of the movie they had come to believe Aslan’s words and I love the end when Aslan announces who they are.
I give you
Queen Lucy the Valiant
King Edmund the Just
Queen Susan the Gentle
King Peter the Magnificent
Then Aslan said, Once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a king or queen.
Their biggest challenge is also our biggest challenge – believing that we are exactly who God says we are in Christ. Loved, Righteous, Forgiven, Sons, Daughters, Chosen, Holy, New, Victorious, Royal, Healed, Justified, Free, Redeemed, Heirs of God, Fellow heirs with Christ, Dead to sin, Alive to God.
It’s all recorded in God’s Word, and so much more! In fact, see if you can find who God says you are in this powerful chapter of the Bible.
Revelation 5 (NLT)
The Lamb Opens the Scroll
5 Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it? 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll and read it.
4 Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. 5 But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.
6 Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God that is sent out into every part of the earth. 7 He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. 8 And when He took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song with these words:
You are worthy to take the scroll
and break its seals and open it.
For You were slaughtered, and Your blood has ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 And You have caused them to become
a Kingdom of priests for our God.
And they will reign on the earth.
11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders.
12 And they sang in a mighty chorus:
Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing.
13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.
14 And the four living beings said, Amen! And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.
Oh my goodness, that’s SO powerful!
At the end of the movie when Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter were being named Kings and Queens I got all excited and said this to my family: That’s how I see myself in the spiritual realm.
My question is… do you?
Jesus said this:
Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19a, NLT)
If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!
Wow! So powerful and so true ! I love this and it was just the confirmation i needed today. God Bless you xx
I’m so glad to hear this, Felicia!
Love your messages. I love how you share how you incorporate what is learned into your daily life. It definitely helps make my walk with God stronger. God’s Blessings on you and your family.
Thanks, JoAnn! I really love to teach people how grace applies, practically, in their every day life. 😁
Thank you so much woman of God my name is Pearl Holdstock from South Africa. God has used you so much in my life. I started following you last year January when I was pregnant with a child we prayed for, for more than 9 years. I was consumed with fear of losing my child. One night after praying the Holy Spirit deposited your name in my spirit. I started reading your massage of Grace and my confidence in who I am in God grew and my confidence in who God is was multiplied since then I faithfully await your… Read more »
Pearl, Thank you for taking the time to share this with me! I give God all the glory for the encouragement you have received!
I’m not sure if you are aware of this or not, but myself and some of my ministry friends are coming to South Africa in September/October to hold 3 different Women of Grace conferences in 3 different cities! Here’s the link to the website with the conference information. https://womenofgrace.us/south-africa/
Thank you so much Sandra my best friend and I are excited to hear God speak through you.