“Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrew 11:1).
James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore unto God: resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
2 Samuel 23:11-12, “And after him was Sham’-mah the son of A’-gee the Ha’-ra-rite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled (ran) from the Philistines. 12-But he (Sham’-mah) stood in the midst (middle) of the (his) ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines, and the Lord wrought (brought) a great victory (the battle is the Lord’s).”
Recently in prayer, the Lord began talking about His people taking in hand, as it were, the dominion He’s given us through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. We’re free in Jesus, to take hold of our God-given dominion (free--dom, Gen.1:26-28) and run the Devil and his squatter’s (demons) off our covenant land (out of our lives, families, business, ministry, church, etc.).
The Lord said, the land He’s given us, which is our inheritance as spiritual seed of Abraham and our being a joint-heir with Jesus of all things from the Father (Romans 8:16-17). He said, what He’s given us (all things that pertains to our life, spirit, soul and body) is a covenant land. He said, He’s given us a good land. He said, it’s a productive land. It’s a fruitful land. It’s a fertile land that is not barren and dry but streams of living water flows through it, sustaining it as well as encouraging and promoting new growth. “He that believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). Hallelujah! Praise God. It’s the anointing of the Holy Ghost!
But the Lord went on to say that many of His children are not enjoying the GOOD, FRUITFUL, PRODUCTIVE and FERTILE covenant land He’s given us. He said, it’s because we’ve allowed squatter’s to come upon our land. He said, they have taken bits and pieces of it until we become so hindered that we feel we cannot move (in our destiny--calling and purpose). The Lord said, “You come to the place where you even wonder what’s good about this land? No matter what you do in planting your fields, it‘s not fruitful. It’s not producing. Instead of the land being fertile, you find that its acting more like a land that’s barren.” Hello! Anybody else ever been here?
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
When squatters move onto your spiritual land, even in the natural, they do so illegally but yet, there has to be a break in the fence for the bull to get in to the cows. Are you hearing what I’m saying? It means that we’ve left the break in the fence and most of the time through some kind of offense. And when this happens, little by little, these squatters keep on moving in until they have more of this good land than you do. Again, how does this happen? It happens because we’ve tolerated their presence. Yes, there are those times when we know there's a break in the fence but we choose to let it “slide by” and hope things will work themselves out. In the meantime, we tolerate them, that is, we learn to live with sickness, depression, fear, broken relationships, wayward children, poverty and lack.
We’ve decided that we can live with less than what God has already said is our’s by our new birthright (2 Cor.5:17) through the blood of Jesus. It happens because we’ve believed the enemy to be more powerful than our Lord Jesus is, although He said in Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power (dominion, authority) is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” That should never leave an ounce of doubt in our minds who has all power and authority---the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Himself! But we’ve also thought the devil has more authority than we do, although Jesus said plainly, “Behold, I give unto YOU power (authority--the same authority He has) to tread on serpents, and over scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy (squatters on your land), and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
The only authority Satan has to operate in in this earth is the authority given to us by Jesus and which we turn around and give up to the devil to use against us. Now, you tell me, does that make sense to you? It makes no sense to me either. We need to flip this picture around right side up and see ourselves in the LIGHT of the SON and His glory and authority because we’re right there with Him---seated in heavenly places, far ABOVE all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and (above) every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come”(Eph.1:20-21).
Folks, if you can get hold of that nugget of truth right there, it should make you start shouting from one end of the house to the other one, giving praise and glory to God. Hallelujah!! We’re not on the bottom unless we choose to be. We’re sitting with Jesus right now, not someday in the sweet by and by. If Jesus is the head of His own body, and He is, He’s not going to sit in heavenly places as a head and have no body, amen? Praise the Lord!
At times, when we’ve believed the enemy to be more powerful than God, often this happens because we don’t see immediate results from our prayers. Especially when, “after having done all to stand, we’re still standing by faith” (Eph.6:13-14) in regards to a specific thing we’re believing God for and it’s been a long while. Am I talking to anybody? And all Satan does in this is to bluff you into believing a lie, that you don’t deserve this good land. If you believe his lie, he knows you’ll become discouraged and back off in defeat and allow him to have his way, which is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
The Lord said, “we put up sign’s on our land but they’re so small that the enemy doesn’t even pay any attention to them. They’re too small for him to bother reading. He said, His people need to put up BIG signs on our land, “GOD’S PROPERTY! YOU’RE TRESPASSING ILLEGALLY! GET OFF MY LAND IN JESUS NAME!” This kind of thing means taking an unmovable stand of faith. It means to get on the offense--to get aggressive. Not high-minded and proud but in the kind of humility where you know Who God is IN you and you’re confident of who you are IN Him. Praise God!
Sham’-mah in 2 Samuel was this kind of big sign the Lord was talking about when he got fed up with the Philistines ruining his lentil fields everytime he planted for a harvest. Are you hearing what I’m saying to you? He got tired of being run over and he decided, “I’m not running from the enemy anymore. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I’m taking my faith stand today (dominion, authority), and I’m declaring, no ground, devil!” (neither give place to the devil (Eph.4:27).And that's what he did.
What did the Philistines, the destroyer’s do? No doubt, they probably figured that this puny man was a push like always before and destroying his fields was a piece of cake. But I believe as they got closer, they saw something in Sham’-mah they hadn’t seen before. He had a fire in his eyes (fire of the Holy Ghost, determination, courage, boldness, faith), and he wasn’t running like he usually did. Maybe they figured, they would just run over him if he was fool enough to stand there in the middle of the field. But because of Sham’-mah’s faith in God and his determination to stand for his land, for he stood not alone, God gave him great victory and the enemy ran from him in defeat. “Submit yourselves unto God, resist the devil and he WILL flee (run) from YOU” (James 4:7). Amen! Glory to God! Now, that's what I call a ‘right side up’ picture and I like that, don’t you? Yes indeed. We should always see the backside of the enemy running from us instead of seeing him coming toward us to run us over.
TAKING THE BLINDERS OFF:
Praise God, I believe today is YOUR day for the blinders to come off your spiritual eyes so you can SEE through the Word that you’re a child of God. And the devil is a liar (John 8:44,45). And BECAUSE you’re a child of the most high God, You’re not without hope. You’re not defeated, nor do you have to remain in an attitude of defeat because of the devil’s bluff. You have a living hope in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ ( the Anointed One). And being God’s child, you’re of the household of faith. You have a covenant with God Almighty through the blood of Jesus Christ with better promises! You’re not without hope! You’re not without faith! And you’re not without the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit---the Anointing that's at work in you NOW! (Eph.3:20), to run those squatters off your covenant land! Hallelujah!
The devil is liar! God reveals from His Word “ the ‘hope’ of His calling and what the riches of the GLORY of His inheritance in the saints”(Eph.1:18). And to you as a born again, blood-washed child of Almighty God, “He’s made known the mystery of His riches of the GLORY among the Gentiles (heathens, which we all were without Jesus); which is Christ (the Anointed One and His Anointing) in you, the ‘hope’ of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
The Bible’s definition of HOPE is---“Earnest, intense expectation.” Hope is a fore-runner to faith. And that means, God has let us in on what the mystery of His riches is, which is the Anointed One abiding on the inside of you, and because He is, you can EXPECT the GLORY (the Anointing) to show up on the scene to help you! Why is this? Because you’re a child of God, you’re an heir of God, and you’re joint-heir’s with Jesus, and what the Father has given Jesus, He’s also given to you and me Romans 8:16-17). Praise the name of the Lord!
Therefore, we can earnestly and intensely EXPECT by faith the glory, the Anointing to be present in any situation we face to destroy the works of the enemy in our lives. IF we will (by choice) believe what God has said. If we will believe and receive the provision of His Word by faith. And when we do, by faith in the Word, the blood and the name of Jesus, we can keep the devil in the place where he belongs. And that is, DOWN UNDER our feet with our foot on his ugly, evil neck and taking back dominion (authority) of the ground WE allowed ourselves to lose to him. Amen!
We just talked about being seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus but I want to say again that this means, ALL things have been put under the feet of Jesus, Who is the Head of the Church. Remember that Jesus is the Head of His body wherein is the FULLNESS of Him that fills all in all.” God Himself prophesied in Genesis 3:15 that Christ Jesus would crush Satan’s head. Step on his rotten neck, as it were, with His feet as an act of taking back dominion and authority. And where are the feet of Jesus? His feet are on the ‘Body.’ Are you listening?
We are the feet of the body of Christ, crushing and grinding Satan’s head in the dust everytime we apply the Word of God in the name of Jesus and by the blood and we release the Anointing by faith---that resurrection power that works in you (Eph.3:20) to defeat Satan’s evil. Praise the Lord! I really like that picture. Amen! Hallelujah!
UNDER OUR FEET--VICTORY IS SURE!
God told Joshua that every place he walked on with the soles of his FEET; it was his to take dominion over. So if Satan is under the feet of Jesus, and he is, then as His body, Satan is also under our feet too as we sit with Jesus in those heavenly places. In following the example Jesus set before us, we must also step on the devil’s rotten neck. We must take back dominion in the name of Jesus, over the enemy’s plans of destruction in our lives, declaring that ‘enough is enough!’ Amen! It bears repeating that Eph.4:27 says, “Neither give place to the devil.”
That says, we have a choice to GIVE him place or DENY him place in ANY area of our lives. We can simply choose to say by faith, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, NO ground, devil. No ground do I give to you of my good land. This is my land, and I’m not budging one inch off it it. I take back dominion of my good land and I tell you to flee from me NOW, in Jesus name!” (your land may be a financial need or a physical need in your body or a family relationship need, etc)
Regardless of what your “land” may be, we must take back those areas that Satan has been allowed to move in on and squat. Again, I want to remind you that these assigned squatter’s from Satan will come on your land if they find an opening and plant themselves there with a determination that they’re not the one’s who will be leaving. They want your ‘covenant land.’ They want your peace. They want your joy and your health, your family unity (both naturally and spiritually), your finances and so on. What is their assignment? To steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
They proceed to squat on your property with a fierce determination that they’re there to stay. And if anybody is to leave, it will be you that gets driven out. So, I ask you, have you got ‘squatter's' staking illegal claims to your covenant land today? Do you have squatter’s claiming your health? Your children? Your peace and joy? Squatter’s who have come to steal your hope? Your finances? Your marriage? If you have, then load up that double-barrel shotgun (your mouth) with the Word of God and in the name of Jesus, cock the hammer back by faith and release the Anointing to blow those ‘squatter’s’ into oblivion and off your land (Isaiah 10:27). Praise the name of Jesus forevermore! Amen! Hallelujah! I can’t help it, I like that picture!
“Submit yourselves therefore unto God; resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Praise the Lord! Watch them all scatter. Hallelujah! Can’t you see those demon squatter's running in terror off your land? If some of them want to act stubborn, and some of them will, they will not want to budge. Just load up again and blast them with, “It is written!" God said, they would flee, and God is not a man that He should lie. So if you’re doing your part by the Word, the blood and the name of Jesus, then they have to run from you. Not the other way around. You tell them, “No ground." And after having done all to stand, therefore, stand (by faith on God’s sure Word, because it shall come to pass and before you know it, you‘ll be saying, “And it came to pass! Praise God!
Father, in behalf of my brothers and sisters who are struggling today with “squatters” on their covenant land, I give you praise and thanksgiving in advance for a sure victory for them. We know and believe that in Christ Jesus, we’re not only a conquerors over Satan’s evil works, but we’re overcomers. We are overcomers because you, Jesus won the victory for us on the cross by shedding your precious blood. And by your blood, you set all mankind free, whereby we could come to you unhindered. We could worship you in Spirit and in truth unhindered. We could love you and each other unhindered. Thank you for that blessed free--dom.
On the authority of God’s Word that is final authority over ALL over words, I bind every squatter (demon spirit) sent on assignment from Satan, to wear out God’s people and wear them down into discouragement and defeat. Causing them to lose heart and become despondent and causing them to believe they are hopeless. I loose those assignments of the enemy off God’s people now, in the mighty name of Jesus and declare them to be destroyed by the power of the Anointing.
Father, may Your Word fill our hearts, dwelling in us richly in all wisdom and understanding. I ask for a release of hope and faith to arise in the spirits of your people this day. Renew our minds to Your Word. Strengthen our inner man with faith and courage. I ask for a greater release of your anointing and grace, enabling Your people to stand strong in Your name and declaring, “No ground, devil!" Bring healing to those who are sick, both physically and emotionally. Restore them, Lord Jesus, and bring about reconciliation to all broken relationships. Draw Your people, Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit to that covenant place of intimacy with You, whereby, we can come to know You more. We praise You and magnify Your most holy name in the earth before all people, declaring that Jesus is Lord over all! And everybody said---Amen!