9/21/2016 0 Comments
By Him, Through Him, For Him
What would you say if I told you that God created your enemies? Not just that coworker that gets on your nerves, or that family member that alway brings up who you used to be, I mean the spirit, the driving force behind whatever opposition you may face today. Is it truly possible that a God as great as ours…would create a storm, a spiritual attack, a stronghold….that could take us out? Yep. If He didn’t create it Himself, He allowed it to be created. Everything you have, everything that's tried to defeat you, and everything that'll ever exist was made by Him, through Him, and for Him. Therefore, it was made...for your victory.
Colossians 1:16 says it like this: “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Let’s try to break this down a bit, k? First of all, God created everything. Like…everything. Seen, invisible, powerful, seemingly powerless. Heaven? He did it. Earth? Did that too. Looking at it? Yep, He did that too. Can’t see it? He still made it. Thrones & dominions? Work of His hands. Principalities (Bible talk for good & bad angels or various realms of authority) and/or powers? Guess who did it? MY GOD! (Boom! lol) He either created it Himself or allowed it to be created. There’s nothing roaming this Earth that He didn’t authorize. Actually, He didn’t just create them, He created them for Himself. It’s all a set up for His glory. Through Christ, we know the Ultimate Creator, the Ultimate Victor, the ‘be-all and end-all’, the…BOSS! Soooo….question: why don’t we act like it?
If God created us, and He knows us so intimately (like…’hairs on our head, weave included’ intimately), would He not know the principalities and storms that come against us as intimately? Does He not already know their weak points? Does He not already have the power to silence the voices of our enemies? Does He not already have the key to remove & destroy any stronghold that may be hovering over us?
It’s easy to say “yes” to all of these questions, but what would you actually worry about if you truly believed that everything was subject to God’s power? How would you live if you stopped viewing this battle through your own eyes & your own power, and dared to believe that when storms come against you, they come against the God that lives inside of you? That when ‘these things’ come against you, they’ve started talking back to the very being that created them? I’d be willing to bet that you wouldn’t worry about a thing…if that was truly cemented in your brain. Yet, we all have moments or worry, doubt, and flat out fear. Why? Why are all of those grand things I said about storms, and God, and guaranteed victory so…hard to believe in reality? How can we jump about it on Sunday and second guess ourselves by Thursday? Well, I think I’ve got a few reasons…
(Bonus: I did a bible study over this recently, and this was the prayer I ended it with. Pray this prayer with me [or nah...I won't cry lol] and let's be better together)
God, I ask that you forgive me for ever doubting you, and that you help me to trust in you more than I trust in the storms of life. Help me to believe in your power to bring me through more than I believe in their power to take me out. God, as I live the life You’ve called me to, help me to dig deeper into your power. As the storms increase, let your power in me increase. For you have already created and ordained every issue that will ever rise up against me, but please help me to never forget that to come against me is to come against the God of Heaven that is within me. Help me to live through you, and not on my own. Thank you in advance for the victory, and for yet another demonstration of how great, how vast, how powerful, and how magnificent you truly are.
Background Music: Thank You for Being God - Travis Greene
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