Monthly Archives: August 2014

God Bless You!

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. ” 1 John 3:1

For those of you who do not live in United States there is a high school senior in Tennessee who said “bless you” to a fellow classmate and was reprimanded by the teacher.  Turns out “bless you” is on the list of phrases in this teachers classroom that is forbidden to say.  Needless to say, many of us were greatly offended by this teachers actions, myself included.   Furthermore, there is now a Christian group suing the school for violation of the students 2nd Amendment Rights.

The goal of the enemy is to keep us offended at one another.  Are we not taught in the Bible to pray for our enemy?  What kind of Christian example are we showing this teacher by going on the attack?  This teacher’s soul is just as important to God as ours.  Why don’t we show her the love of Jesus instead of allowing the enemy to create strife among us?  Maybe God wanted to use this high school senior to bring this teacher to salvation by us Christians showing her love and then trusting Him enough to take care of both the student and the teacher.   It is not our job to persecute this teacher or this school.  It is our job to get on our knees and pray for God’s guidance and understanding for all who are involved.

Matthew 5:43-47 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? ”

Allow God to use this student, those around her and us, as Christians, to glorify Him by showing His grace and love in this situation.  Yes, it is a sad state of affairs when our teachers won’t allow “bless you” to be said in a classroom and the Bible banned from schools.  The world worries more about offending everyone else than they do God.  That child not being able to say “bless you” at school is not going to cause her to lose her salvation but the strife among everyone else will cause us to lose it.  Let’s pray for the student’s strength and understanding.  Let’s praise God for giving her a rock to stand on in His Word, the Cross to go to for His mercy and a testimony to tell others about how she showed God’s love when the trial came.  The wrath of the religious is not what brings the lost to Jesus but His love will.  – Donna Warren

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The Prodigal Sons and Daughters

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

How many of us were saved as a child but then strayed far away from God?  I did.  The parable of the lost son tells of a child who wanted and received his portion of his fathers goods, went and lived high on the hog for a while but then ended up a servant feeding the hogs while he was starving to death.  Finally the lost son decided he would go back to his father’s house and ask to be a servant there since he had plundered his portion of his inheritance.  When his father saw him, he rejoiced and said to his servants “‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.” Luke 15:22.  Of course his brother was jealous.  His brother was like some are today, jealous when a sinner is blessed because they came to repentance.  Instead of rejoicing with his father, the brother was offended because his father was so happy.  What heartbreak this must have been for the father.  He finally has both sons home and now the other is causing him pain.  How much more joy the father would have had if the other son would have rejoiced with him.

In the Bible there is also the parables of the lost sheep and the lost silver coin.  In both of these parables the shepherd and the lady who lost the coin search desperately for what they had lost.  Both were diligent and persistent until the sheep and coin are found.  Once found, they rejoice.  Luke 15:4-9

The underlying difference in the latter two parables and the prodigal son tells a story as well.  The sheep and the coin did not have the moral aptitude, the capability, of making a choice and the prodigal son was a responsible agent; he willingly left his father’s home by his own free will.  The sheep and the coin were diligently sought after until found.  The prodigal son was mourned but not purposefully sought for when found.

However, all were joyfully received when found – praise God!  There are many prodigal sons and daughters in this world today.  I was, by all means, one of them.  I too shamefully plundered God’s grace and blessings.  I too went humbly crawling back to the Cross just wanting to be a servant just so God would throw me a bone every now and then for I did not deserve a crown.  After all, look at all the people who had served the Lord their entire lives – they were worthy, not me!  I had taken his riches, claimed His glory and proudly sat on my throne of self righteousness.  Well, let’s just say the Lord has a way of tapping on your shoulder and saying “excuse me, that would be mine”.  So when I finally realized my arrogance toward the Lord, this prodigal child couldn’t get back to the Cross quick enough!  But instead of shame, I only received more of His grace.  As a prodigal child I was not counted an enemy to God, as the devil would like to have made me believe, but instead an enemy to myself.

The only instance of God running is in the parable of the lost son when the father “ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Luke 15:20.  God rejoices at every lost soul that returns home.  The Lord will run and meet you at the Cross.  He is calling the prodigal sons and daughters back home to go out and diligently seek His sheep and to rejoice with Him when they are found.  – Donna Warren

 

 

The Good Fight

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Our faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross is the basis of our salvation.  Our faith is also the bullseye of the enemy.  If he can destroy our faith, he then destroys our salvation.  The wage of sin is death; of which was provided by Jesus on our behalf.

Faith is the “act” of believing in Jesus.  If we therefore “believe” in Jesus we must also believe in His “reason” which in turn produces faith in His works on the Cross.  God responds to our faith in Jesus, not our knowledge of Jesus.  Our innate seed of faith then meets with God’s grace, ability and power to produce a supernatural effect.

The bottom line among all of this “knowledge” is one thing; one truth which is the simple Gospel – it all begins at the Cross of Jesus and actually believing in Him; our Lord and Saviour.  That and that alone, the mustard seed of faith that is planted in us the day we are born, is what grows and produces fruit when we feed, water and guard it.

Our faith that is produced through our belief can grow strong.  It becomes bold and relentless against all the forces of darkness.  It is our direct line to God who has all power and dominion over the enemy.  Our faith is our covering.  The crosshairs of the enemy are locked on our faith.  Afflictions and deceit are snares of the enemy aimed at our faith.  Confusion, fear, offense and pride all try to chip away at our faith.  When we recognize these things for what they are, weapons of satan, we stay strong in the faith.

Sometimes we may stumble over these offensive weapons of the enemy BUT, and I mean BUT with emphasis added, we are not covered by the Blood of Jesus to be on the defense!!  Jesus did not shed His Blood for us to be wimps of Christ.  The Lord shed His Blood for us to take authority over ALL works of evil in our life through our faith in His power.  We cannot passively allow the enemy to walk on the Blood of Jesus, in which we are covered.   We don’t want to slip in the back door of Heaven with our seed of faith stumped by the enemy.  Nourish and guard that seed, declare your faith in Jesus boldly in the face of the enemy and go sliding in to those pearly gates like you have just won, exceedingly and abundantly, the race of your life….because you have! – Donna Warren

Our Highest Calling

“That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”          1 Thessalonians 2:12

The enemy will do everything in his power to keep you from your calling.  I know this because as I sit here trying to study the Word of God, the security alarm is steadily beeping (very annoying), the dog is barking, I have an unusual sinus headache and I need to be somewhere in 1 1/2 hours – none of these things are normal around here so that’s my sign that the enemy is trying to distract my message.  HOWEVER, greater is He that is in me and these things will not hinder my work! James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Some of us seek to fulfill the calling of God.  We all have a purpose in the body of Christ but WE must be the ones to seek our purpose.  Then when we seek it, we don’t give up and we don’t question because we know the author is also the finisher.  We may be thrown into a pit and sold to Egypt as a slave but we don’t ask why.  We know God has a plan.  God used Joseph being thrown into the pit, sold to Egypt as a slave then cast away into the dungeon to save many lives in the famine…including the lives of his own family.  The Lord is not surprised when the enemy attacks and He is not concerned.  God actually laughs at the enemy.  Psalms 2:4 “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.

So why do we then worry when the enemy attacks?  Why do we meditate on what the enemy is doing to us?  Why don’t we begin to wonder, in awe, of what the Lord is going to do with our situation and begin to praise Him for His brilliance?  Why do we doubt His power to turn our bad into good?  We believe in the power of God when we look into a baby’s eyes and we see all of the potential for their prosperity.  Even when they grow up, mess up and sometimes give up we still look at them and all they can accomplish.  We see they have the world by the tail, it’s not too late for them but they need to start now.  If they only knew all of our hopes and dreams for them.  If they only knew it’s never too late.  In 5 years they are going to be 5 years older regardless (good Lord willing).  Do they still want to be in the same place 5 years later?  We continue to love and support them throughout their lives and when and if they ever take that step, we are their biggest cheerleaders.  We’ve seen it all along but now they are beginning to see; they are stepping into their own.

If this is how we feel about our own children, how much more does our Father in Heaven feel about us when He sees us struggling and doubting His authority and power?  God has called each of us into His Kingdom.  He wants to anoint us with power over the enemy and give us the authority to serve others.  Yes, I said that correctly – authority to serve others.  Through God’s grace, mercy and love for us, He has entrusted us to serve others as a member of His family.  Don’t doubt His calling – declare His calling and walk in it with His authority and His glory shining brightly.  Sometimes it is the pit that needs the brightest light.  – Donna Warren

The Greatest Gift

1 Corinthians 13:4-7  “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

My husband and I were talking about love yesterday after church.  Not our love for one another but God’s love for us.  Sometimes it’s hard to really comprehend love period and its even harder to comprehend God’s love for us.  I set out this morning to try and “define” love so maybe I would have a better understanding for myself.

When I first started going to church the Holy Spirit really started convicting me.  For those of you who have been convicted, you understand what I’m saying.  The feeling when the preacher is talking about YOU, or the song was written about YOU and our heart feels like it has been put through the wringer; we have been dissected sitting right there in the pew.

Then we feel the love; the love of God flowing through the members of the church who is now our new family – our brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is a relationship where we loved them first, then we get to know them.  As we get to know them. there may even be some things we don’t necessarily “like” about them.  Because we loved them first, and love “thinks no evil”, we don’t feel the need to condemn them, we don’t rejoice when they stumble; we just endure our differences.  Just like with our parents, siblings and children; we love them but may not like them all of the time.

Now we are full of God’s love and we step outside of our family into our church family then into the world.  SLAP!  We don’t feel quite as safe loving all the “wicked” ones.  The ones who may hurt us, take advantage of our sweet spirit that was poured out at the altar.  We are vulnerable.  Here we have a choice.  We dam up God’s love that was poured out to us or we let it flow anyway.  1 John 4:17 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”  The person that we are trying to judge whether or not they are worthy of our love, God’s love flowing through us,  is usually the very person who needs it the most.  Maybe God is wanting to use YOU to show His love but we choose not to.  We over rule God and put the fear of the devil before the love of God.   Furthermore, who are we to judge if they are worthy of our love (God’s love)?  Praise God He didn’t pour out His love on me based on my worthiness!

Finally, reverting back to my quest for the definition of love, I read this scripture:  “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’ ”  John 21:15.  Jesus goes on to repeat this question 2 more times with the same basic answers – “Feed my lambs”, “Tend my sheep” and “Feed my sheep”. 

One of the biggest ways I feel God’s love daily is in the smallest things; when He shows me favor at the grocery store, when I get confirmation on a prayer through a casual conversation, the small intimate moments when I know it’s Him who is the giver of my blessing I feel His love.  I try not to stay so busy that I don’t recognize, see and feel those small blessings but sometimes I am.  I know God’s love because I see how He cares about what I care about.

When we love someone we do care about what they care about.  We care about God’s “sheep” because He does.  We love God’s flock of sheep and try to keep the wolves from harming them because He cares about each and every one.  Our natural, human condition causes us to be independent and self sufficient.  I can’t say that through my “natural abilities” I am a very caring person.  I would like to think I am.  However, God’s love for me and for you, causes me to care for you also; causes me to love you also.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.  God poured out His love for us over 2000+ years ago when Jesus was on the Cross and we were still sinners.  He still show His love for us everyday through the smallest of things.  Sometimes we just have to slow down and feel them instead of trying to analyze them in our limited capacity.  Don’t allow the enemy to dam up God’s love for you and through you….receive it and let it flow.  – Donna Warren

 

 

The Casual Christian’s Cross

“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.

77% of Americans identified with the Christian faith in 2012 according to Gallup’s.  There are many who profess to be Christians and are living according to their faith.  They are sowing the seed of righteousness bearing the good fruit.  Then there are those who acknowledge Jesus but do not sow the seed, therefore no fruit is produced.  I was one of those.  If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I was a Christian, I would have said absolutely!  However, my religion was useless and deceitful.  Can you imagine a young Christian, truly seeking God, looking at “me” as an example; as a representative of God back then?  Don’t get me wrong, I was a “good” person but I was a lousy representative of God.  You may have seen me at the grocery store rolling my eyes with my hands on my hips behind you while  all the while claiming to be a child of God.  If you have ever wondered why I am so thankful for God’s mercy and grace, this is just one example.

I acknowledged God but I did not know Him.  My cross wasn’t heavy at all because I never bothered to pick it up.  I wanted the benefits Jesus provided me on the Cross but didn’t care to bear any of the weight myself.  Finally I began “seeking” Jesus when all my fruit died on “my” tree of religion.  “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.  Come to find out we are suppose to be “doers of the Word, and not hearers only,” James 1:22.  What??  Yes, we actually are suppose to live by what the Word of God says.  Believe it or not, we actually WANT to live by what the Word of God says.

But what about our heavy cross we have to pick up?  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30.  Almost sounds contradictory doesn’t it?  Well, we know  Jesus was referred to as “Rabbi”.  A rabbi’s yoke was considered their philosophy, their interpretation.  As rabbi’s died they would pass their “yoke” to their disciples in hopes of continuing their interpretations.  Through the years and through their disciples, the yokes would become the subject of many arguments while their rabbi had long past and could not defend or correct his interpretation.  How blessed are we, as Christians, that our Rabbi is still alive, living inside of us, continually teaching us His ways.  We do not have to wonder what our Rabbi meant; He actively and purposefully shows us His ways.  Jesus’ yoke IS easy and His burden IS light because He’s with us constantly; guiding and directing us.  Our cross may seem heavy at times but it’s His yoke that teaches how to carry it.

“Not everyone says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.” Matthew 7:21  When we seek Him, we find Him.  When we find Him,  we find His yoke and become doers – doers of His will and not ours.  We are humbled when we realize Jesus bared the Cross once for us already and has carried ours for us all along because we are too lazy to pick it up ourselves.  The Lord does not expect us to bear our cross without His yoke.  Pick up your cross, bear His yoke and be a doer of His will.  The “doers” are the salt and light of the world.   – Donna Warren

Hyper-Faith: The Rulekeepers of the New Testament

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved”  Acts 4:12.

I believe many of us have seen “hyper-faith” in action but maybe, like myself, didn’t know the term.  Hyper-faith tends to take Jesus out of the picture and focuses on the actions or “rules” of the New Testament.  Hyper faith believers regard the New Testament as the new law. If your prayers are not answered it is because you did not have enough faith in God to answer them.  They take God’s will out of the equation and impute their will for their life.  Their “knowledge” of the New Testament exalts them above the Apostles and even Jesus Christ Himself because they now have “instructions” on how to accomplish prosperity – again, by taking Jesus completely out of the picture and focusing on “their” will for their lives and any failures are due to lack of faith.   The “hundredfold return gospel” is a prime example of hyperfaith.  We give and expect a hundredfold return.  When we don’t receive a hundredfold it is our fault because we didn’t have enough faith.

Hyperfaith exalts prosperity of man through knowledge of the New Testament but does not bring salvation.  Only faith in Jesus’ work on the Cross brings salvation.  We have faith in Jesus and the Cross, live in accordance to the Word of God and pray for His will in our life – that is what brings true and eternal prosperity.  BUT we don’t do this just for the prosperity, we do this because of our love for Jesus.  We don’t “want” to sin but we do stumble.  When we stumble we feel the Holy Spirit gently correcting us; not condemning us.

Making the New Testament into the new law results in another type of legalism in which condemnation always follows.  Maybe its not our faith that failed but what we have faith in that failed us.  Our faith is in Jesus, not in doctrine (old or new).  We seek Jesus and His Gospel, not prosperity and the hundredfold gospel.  Often we start off seeking Jesus, then are led away.  Matthew 24:11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”  This is precisely why a personal relationship with Jesus is so important.  The Word of God is the mirror of our soul and without Jesus is merely knowledge.  The Word of God, with Jesus, is alive inside each one who has faith in Him.  With Jesus alive in us through our personal relationship, His Word teaching us and His Holy Spirit guiding us, we will not be led astray.  “This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?  Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:2-3.

We have all heard the saying “If its too good to be true”.  One thing is for sure, if it comes with a sales pitch, its not the truth.  The only truth is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, anything else is the deceit of the enemy.  “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 – Donna Warren

Outward Religion Glorifies the Religious

1 Timothy 1:5 “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.”

Questions lead to strife but faith leads to love.   Conflict over outward religion destroys the work of God.  Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the means by which we are saved.  Faith is how we connect with God and His love through us is how we imitate God.  Our “faith” is before God, not men and His “love” is before men through us.  Among Christians we often talk about faith.  Our faith is sincere and strong in the Lord. “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not please ourselves.” Romans 15:1.  However, among the unbelievers, unenlightened and unconvinced, they do not understand our strong convictions and faith but they do understand love.

1 Corinthians 9:19 “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;”.   The dispensation of God’s grace doesn’t stop at the Christians door.  The majority of Christians understand this; even some unbelievers understand this.  However, the problem occurs when we stop the Lord’s dispensation of grace at our door and never distribute His grace and love to the unbeliever but instead display our faith, our outward religion, to the lost.

The harvest will be reaped by the remnant through love not judgement nor conflict.  Through one Spirit, the Holy Spirit, we are baptized into one body, the body of Jesus Christ, when we accept Jesus as our Saviour.  The Holy Spirit does not recognize denominational lines.  Wasting time among each other disputing God’s Word will destroy the very work of God we are called to do.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.

When we choose to walk in love we become the beacon of light to the lost.  We glorify God by edifying one another.  Only God can purify our heart with His love and it is His love we must put on display for the world.  Glorify the work of God through the love of God.  Glorifying our faith does not win the lost, God’s love wins the lost and it it His Gospel that leads them to the Cross.    – Donna Warren

The Acid Test

1 John 3:17-18  “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?  Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

In the past four days I have attended three separate services and each one has revolved around unforgiveness and the spirit of offense.  The antidote to offense and unforgiveness is love.  Whether or not we are following the example of God’s love for us is the acid test of Christianity.  You see, it was God’s love for us, not our love for Him that provoked Him to bear our redemption.  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10.

We all get upset with that person going 50 mph in the hammer lane blocking 2 miles of traffic but it’s God’s love in us that brings us back to center.  It is His Holy Spirit that reminds us of the truth.  The truth is Jesus died for their soul also.  The truth is we are not there judge.  The truth is the enemy uses people, Christian or not, to provoke us to sin; to afflict us and to cause us to choose offense.  The truth is that person probably didn’t wake up that morning seeking to offend you.  They may not know the love of God.  They may need us to show them.  Isn’t that what we are called to do?  Matt. 22:39 “You should love your neighbor as yourself.”  The Holy Spirit will guide us back to His love when we CHOOSE not to be offended.   The “act” of being offended is the sin, not the person driving 50 mph.  Don’t let the enemy deceive you into being offended.

Matt. 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”  This verse was mentioned in my Bible study last night regarding the spirit of offense and the unity of the church and it really drove a point home for me.  I am personally familiar with many different situations, as I’m sure many of you are, when one person is offended at another in the church.  Is this not the ultimate example of the enemy, the spirit of offense, in our churches today?  The devil knows the power of prayer when two or more agree.  When we, Christians, are offended and then divided, will we not lose our power in unity?  Are we going to allow unforgiveness of our brethren and OUR choice to be offended be the falling away of the Church?

There is not time for the distraction of the enemy today.  When we allow the enemy to keep us bound up in unforgiveness and offense, we are neglecting the harvest…which is exactly the enemy’s intent.  We must pray for those who offend us and for those whom we offend.  If we are to reap the harvest, we must choose love.  The harvest must know we care before they will listen.  The harvest already knows offense and unforgiveness, show them God’s love. – Donna Warren

 

Broken Bones

Psalms 34:19-20 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.  He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

Yesterday during our Sunday school class we were taught on the spirit of python.  During class it was mentioned how a python constricts when their prey exhales, not allowing them to inhale until finally they suffocate.  The scripture above came to my mind.   This scripture was the prophecy fulfilled in Jesus Christ at the Cross.  Not a bone in the Lord’s body was broken on the Cross.  The spirit of python does not kill its prey by breaking bones but by suffocation.

We, as Christians are the body of Christ.  God will guard us; the bones of Christ.  He will deliver us; the flesh of Christ.  The body of Christ will not be broken.  The body of Christ is not weak because of affliction, it is strong because of our God.  There are too many Christians in the body of Christ being suffocated by the afflictions of the enemy.  The itchy ears and the unbridled tongues are not the ears and mouth of the body of Christ.  The authority given to us in Jesus’ name is for the protection of the body as well as the reaping of the harvest.

Even Job misunderstood God and praised God for the works of satan when he said  “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21.  God’s hands will not and have not afflicted His children.  God’s hands deliver us from the afflictions of satan.  God’s hands will not be broken by the enemy but will crush the enemy for the sake of His children.  Satan has access to the throne of God and is constantly accusing us, the body of Christ.  The enemy incites God to allow him to destroy us for our failures but God remains faithful to us.  Even at our worst moments, with the enemy at His throne, God declares us His children and does not allow satan to destroy us.  Why are we, God’s children – the body of Christ, so scared to declare our God in the face of the enemy when God is consistently already declaring the we belong to Him.  Satan knows who we belong to,  he’s just waiting on US to tell him.  Until we declare to the enemy our sonship into the Kingdom of God and use the authority given to us through Jesus Christ we will be suffocated out of the body of Christ by the afflictions heaped on to us by the enemy.   Instead allowing the enemy to suffocate us, we must use our authority to suffocate the enemy out of the body.

Jesus died on the Cross so we would not suffer the curses of sin.  The Lord gave us the power to overcome the force of evil.  The enemy has been defeated.  We, the body of Christ, need to walk in the authority given to us by Jesus.  We need to walk in this world proclaiming, declaring and testifying  the works of the Lord in our life and take authority over and in the face of the enemy.  The body of Christ is upright, faithful and strong; it is powerful in His glory and grace.  God is guarding the body of Christ and not a one of them will be broken! – Donna Warren