Do you know the devil is working night and day to rob Christians of their liberty in Jesus?
Do you know he is continually assaulting you with threats and lies meant to rob you of God's blessings and put you back in bondage to the evils from which you, as a born-again child of God, have already been freed?
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
If we don't know who we are in Christ, the devil will drag us right back into the same bondage that the Lord brought us out of.
It happened to Israel time and time again.
So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would.
Ne 9:25 And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness.
Ne 9:26 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
Ne 9:36. Behold we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof behold we are servants in it.
They began to delight themselves in the blessing more than the Blesser.
If you need healing seek the Healer.
They became indifferent to God's Word. They cast it behind them as something they used to get where they were. They showed no respect for His prophets. And I can tell you from other Scriptures that they began to pick up the habits of the other people that dwelt in the land.
They fell away from God's ways and God's Word and instead of being conquerors they became conquered.
They had seen the Jordan River parted, the walls of Jericho brought down by the power of God.
So how did the conquerors become conquered?
The devil is holding many captive in a prison with invisible bars called Fear. Probably the two main areas of captivity are health and finances.
If the enemy has you trapped in a prison of fear, worry, and doubt, I have come here to tell you there is a way out by employing the one weapon that Jesus said would guarantee your freedom: THE TRUTH.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. He said: "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31-32).
If continuing in the Truth of what God says about natural conditions and circumstances will make you free, then continuing in the lies the devil tells you about them will keep you bound, won't it?
Lies are the devil's weapons of terror that he uses to threaten and intimidate you. They're the prison bars he uses to lock you up in sin, sickness, sorrow and lack: the very things from which Jesus has set you free!
When sickness attacks us, the devil lies to us and says: "You might as well just go to bed. You're not going to get healed this time. This sickness is just your cross to bear...God wants to use it to teach you something." (Lies!)
When we encounter financial needs, the devil lies and says, "The money you need isn't going to come in time. You're never going to find a better job. You've always been poor and you'll always be poor. But that's OK, poverty is just God's way of keeping you humble." Lies, lies, lies!
When we're in trouble and need deliverance, the devil lies to us and says, "God won't help you out of this situation. After all, it's your own fault. He's just going to leave you in it to teach you a lesson."
The devil will go on and on telling us junk like that. But the Truth of God's Word proves it's all a deception. It tells us plainly that Jesus didn't come to leave us sick, poor, and sad.
He said: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." (Luke 4:18-19).
Jesus preached liberty from the curse of the law.
Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Let's look at some Truth from the Word of God.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Ps 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].
Church, it's time we launch a counter attack against the lies of the devil.
Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
We attack the gate of sickness that is holding many back with Isaiah 53:5 and I Peter 2:24 that states that with his stripes we are healed.
And Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Now that you know your freedom is under attack, now that you know the thief has come to steal, kill and destroy the abundant life Jesus has given you, what are you going to do?
It's your choice. You can believe the lies of the devil, take the facts at face value, and end up imprisoned in sin, sickness, sorrow and lack. Or you can dig into the Word of God, build your faith, and take a stand on the Truth.
You can keep your ear tuned to the Words of the Lord and live just like He did.
Jesus said in Mark16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
You can conquer sin, cast out devils, heal the sick and have every need met according to God's riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Now I am going to do something that I don't recall ever doing before. In a few minutes we will pray for whatever need you have.
It is going to take some courage to step out, but the Lord has instructed me to ask anyone who is in a financial battle to come forward.
The enemy is taking more and more Christians into financial captivity everyday. Financial Attack is a tool that Satan uses to bring about division.
Let me make sure everyone understands. You can be a tither and still come under financial attack. So if you come forward, it doesn't mean you are not a tither. It means the devil is trespassing and you have a promise of deliverance.
If you are not tithing this will show why you should.
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Mal 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delight some land, saith the LORD of hosts.
Now, the ball is in your court. You know the Truth and It will make you free.