“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Luke 10:19

You are a child of God called to operate in the same authority Jesus ministered here on earth. The devil is a created being, a cosmic punk, but you and I are big and powerful and have full dominion over the enemy. Use that authority today to bring freedom to someone being held captive.

Declaration:I refuse to make the devil all big and bad. I believe God’s word and I walk in the fullness of Christ’s authority.

A New Thing

There are some difficult concepts in the Bible and this is one of them: the “acceptable time.”

“In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2

Let me translate here. It’s God saying, “Okay, listen. We’ve been talking about how this was going to happen, but now is the time when we’re not talking anymore. This is the thing, and it’s here. It’s going to happen.”

The Prophet Isaiah said, “Behold, I do a new thing. Shall you not know it?” Here’s the deal with a new thing–you can miss it. It doesn’t look like the last thing. It doesn’t sound like the last thing. It’s a new thing, and the only way you recognize it is if you’re looking for it.

That’s why the Spirit of the Lord will always send a forerunner to wake people up and say, “Don’t forget to be looking for this.” John the Baptist was not the light, but he came to bear witness of the light. It was during this time when people started getting excited about the return of the appearance of the Messiah– the promise and fulfillment of the Scriptures.

So, John’s message was, “It’s time to repent and get with a new program. Now is the timeto turn to the Lord.” Jesus showed up during this time because God always sends a forerunner. He sends warning words and events and says, “Don’t forget to watch because you don’t want to miss this.”

Sadly, after three years of powerful ministry, Jesus stood on the Mount of Olives weeping over the city of Jerusalem, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem. I sent my forerunners. I sent my prophets, but you didn’t like them and you killed them. I wanted so bad to rescue you. I wanted to gather you together and protect you from the thing that had come in, but you wouldn’t listen. And now, you’ve missed your day of visitation.”

It’s a great curse to miss your day of visitation from the Lord. I ain’t missing it. You’re not missing it. No, no, listen. You and me, we’re looking. We’re looking unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith because right now is the acceptable time.