10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Today’s Inspiration: God’s word today speaks to us that whatever He commanded us, we shall speak and to go to all whom He sends us. These words to Jeremiah are also speaking to our spirit to be God’s prophetic voice for the salvation of souls. Jeremiah 1:5-6. The commandment was to destroy the work of the devil as Jesus’ ambassador and to build the life of others and enlisting them into the Kingdom of God that they might have abundant Life. John 10:10, Jeremiah 1:10.
Jesus has made us His secret weapon to win the battle over Satan and his legions and to establish the Kingdom of God by building a strong army of God that cannot be shaken.
Our problems today is that we are wrestling against flesh and blood when we should wage war against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age. Ephesians 6:12. The Governmental structure of God’s kingdom in heaven are four levels- thrones, Dominion, (Lordships), Principalities (rulerships) and powers (authorities). Lucifer’s main goal is to take over the original governmental structure of God that he was familiar with and to use it against God. Notice Paul’s outline of Satanic power is restricted only to Principalities and power and not thrones and Dominion. This means that the two highest ranking did not associate themselves with Lucifer’s rebellion. Hence what we see as crisis that are unconquerable in the natural as satanic power is deceptive as compared to the power of God whose power is invincible and He performs the impossible. Whatever is registered in our mind represents the measure of power within our hearts.
Pride has been the original sin of Lucifer that produced rebellion. He enticed first one third of the angels in heaven and then to Adam father of the human race. This is why man find it difficult to shake free from pride which God hates Proverbs 6:17 that gives rise to rebellion which scripture says it’s likened to sin of witchcraft in 1 Samuel 15:23. When these two heart sins are in man, they are in bondage and can only be conquered by spirit of humility and Spirit of obedience through Christ Jesus our Lord who had conquered them for us to give us freedom and we are not to get into this bondage again. Galatians 5:1. Hence first sin in the universe are pride and rebellion, the heart sins prevalent in every living being. We mustn’t forget that Satan is a created being like us and we are special in God’s sight because we are created in His image and likeness. Image is external and likeness is internal. With God on our side and the Holy Spirit living in us, how can Satan win the battle against us unless we allow him through fear and rebellion against God and a carnal nature which is enmity against God?
Hence we need to take on Jesus pattern of humility in Philippians 2:6-8 so that we be exalted like Him in verses 9-11. Promotion comes from God.
Let us therefore reflect on these scriptures today and mirror them against our inward nature to see where we are and ask God to help us attain Christ-likeness in order to be able to carry out His great commission effectively to win the lost. Without Holiness and Godliness, even if we are able to win them, we cannot disciple them to Christ-likeness if we do not demonstrate Christ’s character by our behavior and attitudes. God be praised.