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God recently spoke a word to me that blew me away. He said, ďIf my children donít look like me, the enemy will devour them.Ē God had my undivided attention. I wanted to know what He meant. He began to break it down for me so that I could understand.
So many times, we as Christians, become complacent after confessing with our mouths and believing with our hearts that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was raised from the dead so that we might have eternal life. We are satisfied with just receiving salvation. And donít get me wrong--itís a good thing to be obsessed with Salvation. Jesus died a cruel and violent death so that we may obtain it. However, salvation is only the milk of the Word. It gets your foot in the door. Itís good to know that Jesus died for your sins so that you may have eternal life with your Heavenly Father. Itís good to know that you have been adopted into a royal family. But it doesnít end there. What happens AFTER you receive salvation? Do you just sit by in idleness until your Big Brother, Jesus returns? Or do you dig deep into the word of God and really begin to learn about who your newly adopted Father is? And not just who your Father is, but who you are in the Father. There comes a time in our life when we need to graduate from drinking milk and start looking for some meat. The milk helps us when we are babies. But as we get older, the meat is what sustains us.
Through Jesus and His blood, we have all been given the privilege of being adopted into the royal family. (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.) God is our Father. But when we are first adopted into the family, we donít look like him. We look like the World. God wants to clean us up and make us to be a reflection of him. He will do just that, if we submit our will to his and let go of the worldís way of thinking. When we are in and of the world, no one has to ask the question of who our daddy is. We can all recognize a tree by the fruit it bears. If you are bearing worldly fruit, you are allowing the devil to be your daddy. If you are bearing Godly fruit, then God is your daddy. No tree is going to accidentally bear Godly fruit. If Godly fruit is being produced, you better believe that it is intentional. So let me ask you--whoís your daddy?
The devil knows who God's children are. He makes it his duty to know. If the devil knows that we are God's children and WE ourselves know that we are God's children, why does he keep defeating us? Why does he have us pulling out our hair and yelling and triple-rebuking him to try and make him leave us alone, only for him to still get the victory? The entire bible implies that Satan has no power and no victory over the Children of God. So why does he appear to be winning the battle? The bible says that we perish due to lack of knowledge. How do we get the knowledge that we need to obtain victory over Satan? We get it from the Word of God. There is a saying that goes like this, "If you feed them enough, they will look like you." God said to me, ďIf I feed them enough, they will look like me.Ē We are not allowing Him to feed us his Word. We are content with the way things are. His word might make us feel uncomfortable and we donít want to be uncomfortable. Some of us are spiritual anorexics who have no appetite for the word of God. We refuse to eat. And some of us are spiritual bulimics. We'll sample his word and spit out the parts that we don't like. Or we will eat it and then regurgitate it. We are not digesting it. And it's only in the digesting of His word do we begin to look like him. Who are you allowing to feed you? Who do you look like? Again I ask youówhoís your daddy?
The devil knows who to mess with. You can speak in tongues and shout and rebuke the devil all you want to. And a lot of times, while you are getting yourself all worked up, the devil is just sitting back in a corner laughing at you. You're not a threat to him because you don't look like your father. You have no power. Youíve tasted his words but you didnít digest them. Therefore when you try to fight the devil with Godís word, the words have no affect. They carry no weight. You may have read the word of God, but you vomited it back up. The Word of God calls for change. We don't want to change past our comfort zone. Our attitude is this: ďDon't ask me to pray for someone who has despitefully used me. No, I want to get even with them. Don't ask me to forgive someone whom I know has done me wrong. Iím not trying to help anybody. Iím trying to help myself. Iím trying to get all I can while I can. And please donít ask me to love my enemiesÖyou got the wrong person, because Iím not trying to hear it.Ē That, my friends, is the characteristic of a spiritual bulimic. But as soon as trouble knocks on your door, you want to speak God's word over your life. And I'm here to tell you that they fall to the ground as soon as they leave your lips. You are only lip service. You have no authority to use his words because you donít look like him.
When you start eating and digesting the word of God it will gradually change you. When you are living His word, the devil canít touch you because you look too much like your daddy! When he sees you, he is reminded that your daddy has power over him and he knows that he canít harm you. Not only does the devil know that you look like your daddy, you will know it. Other people will know it. There will be something different about the way you carry yourself. There will be something different about the way you talk. Something different about the way you walk. You wonít be caught up in the ways of the world. You will denounce your old daddy and climb into the arms of your new daddy. You can cry out Abba Father and know that He is right there to answer your every call. Heís your daddy and He knows that you are his child because you look like him. And heís always ready to feed you more, as long as you are willing to eat. The more you eat, the more you will look like him. When you are aware of this, you can be content that whatever fiery darts the devil tries to throw your way, you will not be moved. When you look like God, the devil has to flee. Heís afraid of God. And he knows that the only little power he has is that which God has delegated to him in the earth. Soówhoís your daddy?