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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
 
Walking in Faith & Authority
Fact: The devil tries to hide the fact that we are rich, healed and whole, but never forget that Jesus has gone through so much for you to have jurisdiction in the earthly and spiritual world.
 
Luke 10:19 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                               Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
 
Through salvation, we have overcome the hostile hold of the devil. My definition of authority is jurisdiction, territory of law, right to control, power to enforce.  Everything should line up with the Word of God in your life, and if things are not lining up, exert your godly authority.
 
The devil’s mission is to put enough pressure on you to the point that you back up off of your faith (John 16:33).  However, you have to be determined to commit to your faith and believe the Lord for all of the promises He has already given you.  Study the verse Mark 11:22-24 and commit to your faith so that you can receive (violently take) your blessing that awaits you!
 
Mark 11:22-24 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                              22And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. 23Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the sea and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
 
Always Stand Firm
Sometimes your own family and friends don’t respect the God in you.  They may not be sensitive to godly principles which may cause them to do or say things to hurt you.  However, any time that you are offended (accept the offense), you have fallen in satan’s trap. You have to understand who you are dealing with and know that the enemy will use anything he can to shift your focus away from the Lord.  He hates you and is never at ease.  But the good news is that you obtain faith and strengthen your authority by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  As you remain connected to Him, you will never get tired of the kingdom life.  Constantly listen to and meditate on God’s Word because It is your medicine.  Life is found in the Word (Proverbs 4:22)!  Remember that in every area of your life, you have authority over the devil (Psalms 103:2)!
 
Establish Your Faith
Be committed to God; don’t play around with doubt.  When you doubt, you are wavering and are not stable.  Some people don’t understand the covenant of grace and mercy.  And when they don’t believe, it severs the cord of grace. Below are some things that you can do to put an anchor in your faith.
 
James 1:6 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                                 Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
 
·         You can’t resist the devil if you don’t submit to God.  The devil will run in terror from you when you recognize the power that you have over him!  When he tries to creep up in your life, immediately go in the offense and cast him out (James 4:7, Ephesians 16:12)!
·         Check the source of your confidence.  Who do you put your trust in (1John 5:5, John 10:10)?
·         What are your expectations (Psalms 5:3)?
·         What do you believe is happening right now? This is a faith check.
·         Do you have the Word stored up in your heart (Psalms119:11)?
 
Hoard and reserve the Word in your heart so that you will remember who you are, and what you have in the Lord. Only speak faith and walk in your authority!
 
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity Evangelism 101-Winning Souls for God’s Kingdom Fact:

 

Winning souls is about our eternal future (Mark 16:15). Share the Good News of the Gospel Mature Christians understand the importance of putting their personal agenda aside to help someone else. Our future depends on evangelism. When Jesus returns to get His church, He is going to bring rewards. The rewards are for those who were faithful and obeyed His Word (2 Peter 3:3-11, Revelation 20:11-15). Revelation 22:12 (Amplified Bible) & nbsp; 12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. Master Winning Souls Christians can win people to Jesus in two ways. The first way is by witnessing—which is to verbally share Christ with people and the second way is to invite people to church. Winning souls means to save people from the sentence of Hell. Whether you realize it or not, people are entering into eternity every second of the day. Therefore, it is critical that Christians tell people about Jesus so that they won’t go to Hell. Remember the story of Lazarus and the rich man? When he (the rich man) opened his eyes in Hell, he realized that the Gospel was the truth. No matter how much he begged and regretted, he would not be released from Hell (Luke 16:19-31). Physical pain is real in Hell. Filled with darkness, Hell is an abyss where rest is not present torment lasts forever. Hell is a spiritual, federal prison. Revelation 20:10 (Amplified Bible) Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages). Why Don’t Christians Witness to the Unsaved? As good as God has been to Christians, they should be shouting salvation from the mountain tops! Not enough Christians are sharing the Gospel. Below are some reasons why. · Fear of rejection · Don’t know how to witness · Apathetic (Matthew 16:24-26) · Haven’t seen Hell · Don’t realize that the world is all connected · Don’t have a heart to liberate people from pain · So self-absorbed in their own lives Love People to Life! Put your own agenda and image aside and share salvation with the world. Your life and theirs depends on it. Develop a passion for souls and purposely show the Love of God to people (Matthew 25:34). How to Win Souls for Jesus · Be an example in your lifestyle and conversation. · Include people in your life. · Forgive. · Keep people on your mind by inviting them to church and church events. Jesus was shrewd. Follow His example in drawing people (John 4:18). · Listen to people. · Be a giver. · Pray before you speak to people about the Lord. · Never argue about religion. · Be confidant in who you are. Love, Dr. Joyce Oliver

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