The devil is so sneaky, he can take a Christian into captivity and they will remain in their church. But they begin to oppose themselves and the brethren, and they think they’re doing God a favor. They have ignorantly projected themselves into the forefront of everything, they want every thing to evolve around them.
1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ our Lord, I die daily.
Paul rebuked the members of the church at Corinth because they were not serious about their relationship with Jesus. They were taking too much for granted and putting themselves on a higher plain than what they deserved. Paul had told them that he died daily, in other words he kept himself in the place of a servant. He would not permit himself to become proud and arrogant. This is exactly who the devil is looking for, a person who is full of themselves. They are so easy to manipulate because they care so much for themselves. A lot of Christians don’t know this but Jesus died to deliver us from the devil and ourselves.
Mathew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto His disciples, if any man will come after Me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
This Word of the Lord has been selectively chosen as an option, not a commandment. We must understand something here, if we deny ourselves the right to live in the flesh we are ultimately denying the devil. The devil preys on human emotion, he manipulates our flesh and then takes advantage of us. If we are willing to crucify our flesh by telling it “no” and walk in the Spirit, we can devil proof our lives. The devil tried to manipulate Jesus with food after a forty day fast. Jesus just told him that man does not live by bread alone, He didn’t need the food he offered Him.
Mathew 11:6 Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me.
The number one offering of the devil is offense, he is a master at getting someone to take an offense. Christians who have not crucified their flesh are taken captive by the devil as he wills. The event is so subtle the Christian doesn’t even know they have been taken. They are like a fish who thinks he’s going to get a nice juicy worm, but it’s impaled on a hook. Some Christians are like the fish in the Missouri River, some of them get caught by a fisherman every day. The trout in the Missouri must have the sorest lips in the world but they never learn to avoid feathers tied to a hook.
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instruct those that oppose themselves; if God perhaps will give them repentance when they acknowledge the truth.
Why are Christians taken captive by the devil? The truth is not a priority. If the devil is permitted to deceive you, he will own you. You lose the ability to make your own choices without his influence. If we will crucify our flesh, we can successfully factor the devil our of our lives.
Jesus is the Lord of my life,
He said I can have whatsoever I say.
So, I say I am blessed,
God’s favor abounds in my life.
I will have divine health,
I will have more than enough.
I will not repeat what I hear the devil say.
I will have what Jesus died to give me.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming