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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
What’s Your Status?
Examine Your (Relationship) Status with the Lord
 
Fact: Your faith comes out of your relationship with the Lord.
When you have faith in God, it is easier confess what His Word says.  Take action in your life and live like you believe the Bible (Mark 11:22).
Relationships are built as people spend time with one another.  It is no different with the Lord.  Your faith is growing all of the time.   People that have not spent time with the Lord are not sure if they can trust Him.  The more you engage with the Father, the more real His power becomes to you.  As you spend time in the Word, you will be able to feel the presence of the Lord.
Some people are so selfish that they become negative in the midst of a miracle (Numbers 14:11).  It’s critical to spend enough quality time with the Lord daily.  As we fellowship with Him, we will see His acts and recognize Him as our Source. Nurturing a relationship with the Lord should be deliberate and intentional.   As we connect with the Father, we are putting our trust in Him, and will see Him work our issues out!
 
Worry About Tomorrow
The more we trust in the Lord, the less we have to worry about (Zachariah 4:6).
 
Matthew 6:30-33 (The Message Bible)                                                                                                                                                                         “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Build Your Relationship Faith
Connecting with the Lord should be a part of the Christian lifestyle.  Faith is the material used to build what you believe God for.  Doubt is the thief that tries to steal the tool. We can always trust in God because His love is a sure thing. Believe your prayer request is done before you see it manifest!
Christians can hurt demons with the Word!  When you are in a relationship with God, you are fearless!  Your relationship status can be located by what you say.  When you are linked to the Lord, your confession lines up with the Bible because there is an overflow of His presence in your life.  When people speak negatively, they don’t show the heart of God (Jeremiah 29:11-14).  The negative conversation could be a result of the lie that they believed from the enemy.  The devil is an imposter, so he will try to present a lie to you in order to shake your faith.  Godly confession should come out of an overflow of belief.
 
Proverbs 18:20 (Amplified Bible)                                                                                                                                                                                           A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].
The abundance of the Lord’s blessings should prompt us not to forget Him!
Deuteronomy 8:10 (Amplified Bible)
When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for all the good land which He has given you.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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