Jesus said, “The ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in me (Jn 14:30).” In other words, there was nothing of the nature of the ruler of this world in Jesus that he could lay claim to. Everything of God that is in you that is born of the Spirit and the Word, satan cannot lay claim to. He cannot get hold of it and he cannot jerk you around with it. But everything that is akin to his nature, everything in our peevish attitudes, everything in our personality, our fleshliness and carnality that we allow out from under the lordship of Jesus Christ, the prince of this world will get hold of it and jerk us completely off the course of destiny for our lives. And he will use the controlling agendas and side-tracking focus of men’s designs if they can find some greed for power or craving for notoriety within us to hold on to. It is time now to put up neon-bright “No Vacancy” signs on the temples of God which we are, to notify the enemy that we are already obligated to Him who has bought us and we are not our own (1Co 6:19-20).
As the people of God assemble today may they tremble at the Word of God (Isa.66:2) and declare before the Lord “be it unto me according to thy Word” so that His redemptive purposes may be performed through willing hearts in this earth. Isa 66:2 “…to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Luke 1:38 “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
Your gift will make a place for you in the Body of Christ (Prov.18:16). You don’t have to strain at it nor do you have to make a place for yourself. Allow God to develop in you the particular gifting the Holy Spirit has put in you. The typical scriptural scenario will show it takes time to develop the Spirit’s gifts in humans. God uses people, circumstances and time.
Faith will cause us to act on the Word of God. Obedience will cause us to be true to the Word of God rather than giving in to our emotions and disappointments. Endurance is just a lot of work and there is nothing at all easy about that. (Gal.6:9)
How do I “take the land?” According to the example in the book of Deuteronomy, Israel took the land by dispossessing the enemy. Discouragement, fear of failure or rejection and doubts of others are all enemies of promise. Displace those enemies with truth out of your own mouth. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.” (Heb.10:23)
God is not without purpose, not without a plan. But there are times God has been without someone to stand in the gap calling upon Him to move power and authority from heaven into the earth. (Eze.22:30) Calling unto God in alignment with His plan and purpose brings restoration (Jer.33:6-34).