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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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