LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® It’s Too Soon to Give Up
Dr. Andrea Oates
“If you had been here, my brother would not have died,” Mary emphatically stated.
“If you are the Son of God, save yourself,” the crowd taunted as Jesus was being crucified. “You will not surely die,” Satan said to Eve.
Death for many of us represents the end of life. After death, it would seem that there is absolutely no hope. The same sentiment was expressed by a ruler whose only daughter was deathly ill. He had come to Jesus asking Him to heal her. But while he was making his request, another woman that had suffered many years with an issue of blood interrupted him. After she was made whole, it was reported to the man that the child had died and not to bother Jesus with his request. However, Jesus, the Son of the Most High God, full of power and authority, turned to him and said, “Fear not: believe only.”
In the sight of God, death is not an absolute. To Him, it is only a state of being that can be reversed. He is not intimidated by it. He raised Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother, from the dead after many days. He Himself was resurrected after dying on the cross. He even revived Adam and Eve after they sinned when they ate the
forbidden fruit. Although all of those situations seemed hopeless, none of them were impossible. Even though Satan thought he’d won, his rejoicing was short-lived. We can have the same result in our lives. Dead states cannot remain in the lives of believers who know the Truth!
Satan is a liar and the originator of all lies. There is no truth in him. The Word describes that he is the prince of the powers of the air. That let’s us know that he is not and can never be equal to God-the King of kings and Lord of lords. Satan is a subordinate. Jesus revealed that He saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning when he attempted to overtake God’s throne. Just like God, we have power and authority over Him if we are born again. Jesus not only gave us this power, but also demonstrated its operation. Throughout His temptations and in His ministry, He continually reminded him, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” He used the mighty Word of the Living God to put Satan to flight. We, as children of the Most High God, are supposed to do the same. When we do, Satan cannot steal, kill, or destroy. And if he has already, we can command restoration seven-fold. The Word even states that we can gain double for any shame we2 have experienced because of his tactics. But this lifestyle requires walking by faith.
In the kingdom of God, we walk by faith and not by sight. That simply means that we believe and act according to the Word of God and not what we see. It is commonly said that seeing is believing. However, everything is not what it seems. That is especially true in this world. There are many lying signs and wonders. For example, by Jesus’ stripes, you have already been healed. But pain, symptoms, and negative diagnoses exist. However, there is a difference between reality and truth. Reality is what is going on in the natural realm, but truth is what has already been established in the spiritual realm. And truth exceedingly surpasses reality every time. Therefore, we are to walk according to the Word of God and realities will line up. The Word itself contains all of the resurrection power we need.
Therefore, believe the Word. Confess the Word. Pray the Word. And dead things are brought back to life. Dead
finances, dead relationships, dead hopes and dreams–they all can live again. It all comes down to using the Word to establish your victory over the devil. And when you have done all, the Word admonishes us to stand fully planted on the promises of God. Don’t give up ground. Put on the entire armor of God that you may go toe-totoe with Satan and come out victorious. Until you do, it’s too soon to give up. Unless you are walking in victorious living consistently, it is always too soon to give up. There is hope. And our hope is Jesus Christthe resurrection (to bring dead things to life) and the life (never die). Believe you this?
If so, keep fighting until your victory is won.
LUKE 11:24-26, I CORINTHIANS
STUDY VERSES: GENESIS
3:4; PROVERBS 6:31;
ISAIAH 61:17; MATTHEW
27:40; LUKE 4:1-14, 8:41-56,
10:18-19; JOHN 8:44, 11:32,
17:17; EPHESIANS 2:22,
6:14-17; HEBREWS 11:35; 2
CORINTHIANS 5:7; 2 THESSALONIANS
2:9; I PETER