VIDEO There Is Still Power in the Blood – If I Were The Devil

“Don’t believe in the Devil? That’s exactly where Satan wants you. He and his demonic hosts are working hard to deceive you because he knows his time is running out and he will soon be cast into the bottomless pit. One pastor told me to leave Satan alone because “If we leave him alone he will leave us alone.” That’s dumb because he doesn’t intend to leave you or your family alone. You must learn how to stand against him.

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In this book you will find how:
– Demons enter in the first place.
– How to be set free from demonic bondage.
– How to stay free.
– Pit falls Satan hopes you will fall into so he can destroy you and your family.
– How to have a close walk with Jesus Christ and enjoy victory in your life.

Remember: THERE IS STILL POWER IN THE BLOOD!

The author has been a Pastor for over forty years and has been in the deliverance ministry for much of it

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If I Were the Devil: Paul Harvey

Jesus Trust Him He Will Never Let Go

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Overachievers in Christ

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss for words. We feel something so deeply we can’t find words to express it. When the New Testament writers occasionally faced the same problem, they borrowed rare, specific Greek words to convey their meaning—like Paul did in Romans 8:37.

In Romans 8:31-39 Paul details the impossibility of the Christian ever being separated from God’s love. Even though we experience trials, Paul wrote, we are “conquerors” in Christ. But “conquerors” wasn’t enough; Paul needed a stronger word. So he used a very rare Greek word, hupernikao. Huper is the basis of our English word “hyper”—it means above, beyond, or exceedingly. And nikao means to be victorious. Together as one word, they mean “more than conquerors” or “exceedingly victorious.” And that’s what Paul says the Christian is in Christ. Through Christ, the believer is triumphant over every trial and tribulation in life. No wonder he writes that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:39).

In Christ, you are an overachiever, a hyper-victor, an exceeding conqueror in the face of every obstacle in life.

There is no higher priority in the believer’s life than to delight himself in the love of Christ.  Maurice Roberts

Working Out Not For Your Salvation

Philippians 2:12-13

What does it mean to “work out your salvation”? Many people mistakenly think Paul was telling us to work for our salvation. But the apostle was saying something completely different—that your salvation experience isn’t the end of your spiritual journey. Rather, it’s the catalyst that turned on your “operation mode.”

Once you have trusted Jesus as Savior, you can begin living out what He’s given you, which is His abundant life. If you’ve given your heart to Him, the Holy Spirit now indwells you—He is with you forever. It is God’s Spirit working in and through you that empowers you to live out your salvation. The degree to which you yield to Him impacts the work He’ll achieve through you and the changes He will effect in your life.

Let’s say you start reading the Bible and learning. As your faith and relationship with the Lord develop, you will begin to notice Him moving in your life. When you share your faith and your blessings with others, you’ll notice God working through even more avenues. Keep following Him, and you will see the seeds He’s planted within you flourish (Isaiah 55:10-11). So when Scripture says we’re to “work out [our] salvation,” it means we need to reverently live out what’s already been given to us—and allow the life of Christ to come fully to fruition.

Your salvation should become an expression of Jesus’ life wherever you are. As you work it out among your friends and family, on the job, in school, and even with strangers, God’s Spirit will energize you to make a difference and impact others—in other words, to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16).

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

“I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Charles Wesley wove into his lyrics the very words and thoughts of Scripture. Such it is with the deeply moving hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.”

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into Thy harbor guide, O receive my soul at last.

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). How often do we lean on Jesus’ bosom and partake of that intimate agape love? There we find safety both in this life and the life to come, for Jesus Himself “is in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18), and He asks, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am” (John 17:24).

Safe in His arms of love we find shelter from the flood and tempest, “for in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5). “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat” (Isaiah 25:4).

Jesus, the lover of the soul, paid the ultimate sacrifice and is even now preparing an eternal safe haven for you and me, the objects of His love. He promised, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). JDM

Do All things work together for good?

Genesis 41:37-43, 46-57

We left Joseph before Pharaoh, whose dream he had interpreted, and to whom he had given sage advice.

Genesis 41:38

Joseph’s words concerning the Lord had a manifest effect on idolatrous Pharaoh, and he spoke with reverence. We need never be ashamed to avow our faith. Good will come of holy speech.

Genesis 41:39-43

What a change from the prison to the chariot. Thus was the Lord Jesus uplifted from the grave, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Such honours in their degree shall all persecuted saints obtain either here or hereafter.

Genesis 41:46

Prosperity did not spoil him. He set about his business, and discharged the duties of his office with great diligence.

Genesis 41:47-51

Our afflictions leave no sting behind. The Lord’s love so rinses out our cup of sorrow that no bitterness remains. Such forgetfulness is sweet.

Genesis 41:52

Here again he ascribes his happiness to his God, and blesses him for his double gift. To forget the past, and bear fruit in the present is a precious boon.

Genesis 41:53-55

We may call this a typical gospel, for poor hungry sinners are now bidden to go unto Jesus, and what he saith unto them do. May we be every one of us led of the Spirit of God to seek unto him who alone can open the well-stored granaries of grace.

Genesis 41:57

To whom else can men go for salvation but to Jesus, the Saviour? Have all who join in this reading gone unto the Redeemer for heavenly bread? If not—why not?

 

Hail to the Prince of life and peace

Who holds the keys of death and hell!

The kingdoms of the earth are his,

And sovereign power becomes him well.

 

In shame and sorrow once he died,

But now he reigns for evermore;

Bow down ye saints before his feet,

And all ye angel-bands adore.

 

How Do You Make A Dead Man See?

John 16:8

Do you remember times as a child when you did something wrong and thought no one was watching—but then you got caught? Do you remember how it felt to realize that someone had been watching you all along? What horror and dread to be caught in the middle of the act!

You couldn’t lie your way out of such a situation, especially when someone was watching you the whole time. You were unmistakably guilty and couldn’t escape facing your sin. Can you remember what it was like to feel so exposed?

This is what a sinner feels like the first time the Holy Spirit convicts him of sin. Before that happens, it is amazing how long that same sinner can live without conviction or sorrow for his behavior, almost numb to any sense of the wrongness of his actions.

The Bible says that sin makes people hardhearted, spiritually blind, and past feeling (Ephesians 4:18, 19). Add this to the fact that they are spiritually dead and therefore unable to respond to God, and you will better understand why lost people can do what they do over and over again.

But all these factors change instantaneously when the Holy Spirit touches the human soul and exposes its sinful condition. A sinner feels exposed, naked, embarrassed, and confronted when the Holy Spirit wakes him up to his real spiritual condition.

In John 16:8, Jesus spoke of this exposing work of the Holy Spirit. He told the disciples, “And when he [the Holy Spirit] is come, he will reprove the world of sin….”

Notice that Jesus said the Holy Spirit would reprove the world of sin. The word “reprove” is the Greek word elegcho. It means to expose, to convict, or to cross-examine for the purpose of conviction, as when convicting a lawbreaker in a court of law. In this case, it is the image of a lawyer who brings forth evidence that is indisputable and undeniable. The accused person’s actions are irrefutably brought to light and, as a result, the offender is exposed and convicted.

This tells us that by the time the Holy Spirit is finished dealing with a lost, sinful soul, the unsaved person will feel exposed and convicted. As the Holy Spirit enables him to hear the Word of God for the first time, that Word is so razor sharp that it penetrates his soul until he feels as if he has been cross-examined on a witness stand. Finally, the court is adjourned, the verdict is announced, and he is declared guilty.

 

John 15:8 expresses this idea about the “convicting” work of the Holy Spirit:

“But when He [the Holy Spirit] is come, He will present such convincing evidence about the world’s sin that the entire world will stand guilty and convicted—so exposed that they will feel they have nowhere to hide from the facts….”

A major part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict sinners of their lost condition. The whole world stands guilty before God (Romans 3:19), but until the Holy Spirit does His convicting work, the world doesn’t realize it is guilty. That is why this special “convicting” work of the Spirit is so essential. Without it, mankind would remain comfortable in his sin—but as the Holy Spirit convicts, man becomes aware of his sinful condition and his need for God.

Jesus taught, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” (John 6:44). No one argues that God draws us to Him through the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus reminded us of this when He said, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin…” (John 16:8). It is just a fact that without the work of the Holy Spirit to expose our sinful condition, we would still be in darkness today, eternally lost and without God.

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. Have you ever tried to share Christ with family members or friends and felt as if you were “hitting a brick wall”? You shared, talked, and pled with them to receive Christ; yet it seemed like they just couldn’t hear what you were saying. Even though they knew they were sinners, they didn’t seem to be convicted by this knowledge. Ignoring that horrible fact, they pressed on as though they were numb to or ignorant of the degree of spiritual decay in their lives.

The Bible says that the lost person is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). How can you make a dead man see or feel? How can you convince a dead man that he needs to change? It is impossible for a dead man to respond because dead people don’t feel anything. They especially don’t feel the conviction of sin. It requires a special, supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to rouse the human consciousness to its sinful condition.

Thanks to the Holy Spirit’s call that touched our souls, we were awakened to our sinfulness. Once we were brought to this horrible place of undeniable conviction where we recognized that we were sinners, the Holy Spirit then beckoned us to come to Jesus. At that divine moment, our souls heard Him say, “… Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14).

As you begin to share Christ with your family and friends, first stop and ask the Holy Spirit to go before you, to touch their hearts, and to open their eyes and ears to the truth so they might be supernaturally roused from the spiritual deadness that clutches their lives. Let the Holy Spirit be your Partner, for without His help, a sinner is unable to see the truth. But when the Holy Spirit’s convicting work begins, the sinner’s eyes are opened to his true spiritual condition, and he realizes that there is no escape from the facts. The only answer for a sinner in this case is to come to Jesus!

There is no greater miracle than a sinner who sees the light for the first time and then receives Jesus Christ as the Lord of his life. And there is no greater blessing than to know that, with the help of the Holy Spirit’s convicting power, you helped a dead man seel

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, thank You for the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, for it was this act of the Spirit that first brought me to the place of my salvation. When I do wrong and the Holy Spirit convicts me of what I have done, help me be sensitive enough to recognize that He is pricking my heart to get my attention. Help me slow down to see what He is wanting to show me and to take the necessary time to properly repent and deal with the issues He is wanting me to change.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I confess that I am sensitive to the Holy Spirit and live a life that pleases Him. But when I fail to do what is right, I am sensitive to His voice and quickly repent for the wrong I have done. My heart’s desire is to please Him, and I will do everything I can to live a life that honors His Presence inside me.

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. How has the convicting power of the Holy Spirit transformed you since you first received Jesus as Lord?
  2. Who are five people you can ask the Holy Spirit to touch today with His convicting power of repentance and salvation?
  3. Have you thanked the Lord recently for the Holy Spirit’s work in your heart to convict you of sin and keep you pure and powerful for the Lord’s use?

 

What’s Your Claim To Fame?

What’s your claim to fame? What is your trademark?

  • An exclusive address and club membership?
  • The degrees after your name? And the institutions of learning attended?
  • A reputation as a tough, street-wise winner in a competitive field?
  • Being in high demand on the speaking circuit?

Like the guy said, “Lord, it’s tough to be humble when you are so good!” Or, “If you got it, flaunt it!”

 

With subtle undertones of course. It’s not “urbane” to be garish.

 

Let’s admit it… It’s kind of nice to be:

  • Stroked
  • Admired
  • Put in a special category
  • Thought of as one who is just a cut above the rest

Except it is not God’s way for us. Paul writes:

 

God forbid that I should boast about anything or anybody except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ The world is a dead thing to me and I am a dead man to the world.” (Galatians 6:14 – Phillips Translation)

 

I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” ( 1 Corinthians 2:2)

 

As “strangers and pilgrims” on this earth, our only “claim to fame” can be that we belong to Jesus Christ.

 

Anything more is evidence of a life insidiously infected with pride.