Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Power To Reap

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing shall harm you."
Luke 10:19 NIV

The word authority literally means delegated authority, delegated power to speak in the name of Jesus Christ. Then we are told that the authority gives us the ability to overcome anything that is thrown at us by the enemy, satan. In my own life this lesson is taking on a new meaning.

Speaking to that thing, taking authority over the attack of the enemy is just like a physical battle with a real army. All engagements of the enemy are not won in a day. Intended victory has no timetable. The Word of God further instructs us in Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

And that is the place so many of us get--tired, weary, and asking the Lord if we haven't suffered enough. My friends, let me tell you from the words of my testimony, we when you desire to really be a submitted and useful vessel for your intended purpose the fine finishing takes time.

Satan desires to destroy our vision of purpose for the Lord at every step, but never so much as when we have fought and struggled, stomped on the snakes and scorpions, and then make it almost to the end. We are taught about the refining process, but what about when the vessel is made? Then comes the finishing and decorations ... do not grow weary in the process of being made beautiful for the service of the Lord.

A Fiery Flame For His Service,
Susan Storm Smith

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