“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30
I have come to realize what we need do when the devil accuses us of having done wrong, or tells us that we don’t deserve God’s blessings. I thank God for our Pastors because recently, they showed me that we’re to point everything back to Jesus, who qualifies us for all God’s blessings.
So when the devil says, “You’re not righteous enough,” just look to Jesus and declare, “He’s my righteousness!”
When the devil says, “You’re not holy enough,” just look to Jesus and declare, “He’s my sanctification!”
When the devil says, “You don’t deserve to be healed,” just look to Jesus and declare, “By His stripes I am healed!”
When the devil says, “You don’t qualify for the blessing,” just look to Jesus and declare, “He’s my qualification!”
Each time we point everything back to Jesus, the devil has nothing to say because Jesus qualifies us for all of God’s blessings. In and of ourselves, we don’t qualify. Without Jesus, there’s nothing good in us which can qualify us.
But with Jesus, our disqualification becomes our qualification for the undeserved, unearned and unmerited blessings of God because God puts our life in Jesus (Colossians 3:3), who is the all-deserving one, we become all-deserving.
Because we are in Christ, we’re qualified. Jesus qualifies us because He died for us and gave us a blood-bought right to all of God’s blessings. We have a blood-bought right to a life full of meaning, purpose and abundance.
We have a blood-bought right to walk in divine health; and the right to prosperity even when the economy is bad. We have a blood-bought right to preferential treatment because God favors us. We have a blood-bought right to the good life!
You may not have heard this before, but you have a right to all these blessings not because of who you are and how good you think you are behaving, but because Jesus shed His blood and qualified you to have them.
So, when the devil or anyone tells you that you can’t expect to walk in the blessings of God, point them to the finished work of Jesus Christ!
As I read Dr. Bill Basansky’s article it ministered to my heart and encouraged me beyond compare so I have put it here for you to read today so you can be encouraged as well.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren (Luke 22:31-32, KJV).
Every time that you dare to believe God for ANYTHING, your faith will be put on trial and tested. Satan believes that if enough pressure is applied on you, then you will get discouraged and quit. He will tempt you and try to lure you into sin.
If you have ever quit in the past, then Satan is counting on you to quit again. He will constantly remind you of your past mistakes and failures. He is a master when it comes to temptation and mind manipulation.
Satan does not believe that you will stand strong, believe God’s Word and continue to trust God when everything around you indicates that your situation will never change.
One of the keys to making a strong stand against the devil is understanding that TESTS AND TRIALS DO NOT LAST FOREVER. They are temporary and subject to change (2 Corinthians 4:18).
When you know that trials are subject to change, then you can endure because God’s Word never changes.
1 Peter 1:6-7 tells us that …the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire.
Hebrews 10:35 says Cast not away therefore your confidence which has great recompence of reward.
Hebrews 10:23 …Let us hold fast the profession – confession – of faith without wavering for he is faithful that promised.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV).
The word temptation refers to any outside source that appeals to a weakness in your flesh and entices the flesh to take a closer look. If you don’t stop this thought process, it will set its hook in your soul and pull you right into the middle of some kind of sin.
But this verse promises that God will make a way for you to escape temptation IF you really want to escape it. The word escape means to walk out of a difficult place, to walk out of a trap, or to walk out of a place that is not good for you.
This reminds me of the time when Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife when she tried to seduce him (Genesis 39:12). In other words, Joseph did not stay in a bad situation and try to negotiate. He fled from there as quickly as he could!
Negotiation with sin usually leads to falling into it rather than conquering it.
This is why Paul was constantly telling the early believers to FLEE evil influences (1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 10:14, 1 Timothy 6:11, 2 Timothy 2:22).
You don’t have to be stuck in those temptations that surround you. You can walk out of those temptations just as easily as you walked into them. God has made a way for you to escape, but you are the only one who can make the choice to jump through the escape hatch!
So today the Lord is asking you: Are you going to stay the way you are right now? Or are you willing to take the proper steps to escape from the emotional temptation and demonic trap? The choice is yours to make. You are the only one who can chose to walk of those temptations or negative situations.
The moment you make that decision, your journey of freedom has begun and the Lord will lead you to victory.
Standing with you in faith,
Dr. Bill Basansky
**Dr. Bill Basansky, born in Ukraine, was confined in Nazi prison camps during parts of World War II. Dr. Basansky became paralized in his legs, resulting from an injury during his work in the Air Force. Thankfully, God healed him and restored his body from drugs and alcohol, and his mind from thoughts of suicide.
For five years, Dr. Bill worked with Oral Roberts University as a professor, and afterwards moved to Florida and founded Love And Grace Fellowship, which he and his wife pastored for over 14 years. His ministry is now focusing back to his country of origin. Scheduling multiple missions trips a year, Dr. Bill Basansky has started es, established Bible Schools, and held leadership seminars to train pastors and leaders. With his partners and friends have been able to ship more than $15 million in medicine, medical equipment and supplies, vitamins, clothing, food, and shoes to his home country. Dr. Bill is serving as an advisor and spiritual father to our leadership. We celebrted Dr. Basansky’s promotion to heaven September 9, 2010.
By Lucia M. Claborn
Are you ever tempted to give up in the heat of battle? Sure, you are! We (including me) have all wanted to quit at some point in time because life’s situations just got too hard, we could see no way out, no help on the horizon, and thought it better to find a cypress tree and have a pity party for ourselves.
However, you need to know that God didn’t draw you to Himself and anoint you with the power of the Holy Spirit to be a quitter! He made you to be a winner, more than an over-comer, in every area of your life.
You may have never been told that before, so I get the wonderful pleasure of telling you now: God created you to triumph! In the Amplified Bible we read in 2 Corinthians 2:14a. “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory].” And in the Message Bible it reads, “In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade…”
No matter what life’s situation is that you’re facing and need to conquer, you must make a decision that you are never going to give in or give up! This is exactly what the devil wants you to do: give up and quit! Don’t give him the satisfaction of beating you! One key to victory is continuing to do the right thing with the right attitude and refusing to quit.
When we become a born again Christian, God gives us the authority to whip the devil every time! Ephesians 1:19 tells us about this power, “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”
I would like to encourage you to not let the pain of the past keep you from enjoying your today. Your dreams of the future have no place for the failures of the past. Be determined to put the past behind you, as you can not change one thing back there. Press on into your future. the new beginning God has planned for you. Although right now is not the first of the year when we would normally be making all of our new goals and commitments, today is the first day of the rest of your life. No one else can be determined for you, so you must continually remind yourself to let go of the past and go on into the new things of your future.
I love the following quote by Winston Churchill and keep it on my refrigerator to remind me how good my future is going to be. “I have no fear of the future. Let us go forward into its mysteries, let us tear aside the veils which hide it from our eyes and let us move onward with confidence and courage.”
When you decide to turn your back on the devil and humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up and make your life valuable, wonderful and worth living each and every day.
When you are discouraged and about to give up, God wants you to know that He’s there to help you. “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Galatians 6:9
Remember that it’s not how you start life’s journey that’s important, it’s how you finish. You have not failed until you stop trying, so don’t give up and give in to the enemy’s plan for your life. God created you to triumph in all things.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 4:17, “As it is written, I have made (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.”
For years, I’ve taken God’s Word and personalized it with my name as well as my husband’s and children’s names and spoke it forth with authority calling those things which weren’t as though they are only to watch situations line up with God’s plan for our life! When we learn who we are in Christ, and the awesome power our words have, we can easily change our negative words to positive, faith-filled confessions and change our world to have heaven on earth.
If you were like me when I began my journey with Jesus, I didn’t know who I was in Christ or even what that statement meant! Today I have a better understanding of who I am in Christ, so here are some Bible verses that I have learned to stand on to help me believe who I am in Christ. I simply insert my name or my children’s names and say, “I’m (or my children’s names) is/has (then confess the following):
Above and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:13)
Apple of God’s eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10)
Abundantly provided for. (Ephesians 3:20)
Abundant life. (John 10:10)
Abounding in all things. (2 Peter 1:3)
Accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
Anointed. (Isaiah 61:1)
Access to God. (Romans 5:2)
Authority. (Luke 10:19)
Abounds in faith. (Colossians 2:7)