I originally started this blog so I would not have to keep repeating my rants about sports to my buddies. I thoroughly enjoy writing this, sharing my useless opinions, and arguing with you all. I will continue to do this as it has developed into a fun hobby that sparks conversation, not that I need to talk about sports more to begin with. However, this past weekend I experienced something so powerful that I am at a loss how to apply it to my life and others, so I will simply use this outlet to recite a small part of it.
Satan, take note and listen well!
We are the Church of the Living God.
We are bought with blood, charged with power, married to Jesus, indwelt with His Spirit, destined for victory, immune from destruction.
We’re part of the company of the committed,
the crowd of the covenant,
the congregation of the courageous.
We’re a fellowship of the faithful,
a battalion of believers,
a regiment of the redeemed,
a division of the devoted,
an army of the approved,
a team of the triumphant,
and a platoon of the powerful.
Satan, you will not conquer me.
For I am blood-washed, daily-delivered, strongly-sanctified, Spirit-soaked, in-Word, and indwelt.
You are wasting your energy on me. My fate is set. My victory is assured.
I am linked with a sovereign and eternal power.
You are a deceiver, but you will not deceive me.
You are a roaring lion, but I am not devourable.
You are extremely subtle, but I am on to your ways.
You parade as an angel of light, but I walk in a stronger light.
Your days of deception are over with me.
I won’t be detoured, derailed, distracted, distorted, discouraged, or disillusioned by your schemes.
I am off limits to you now. My doors are closed and locked and I've thrown away the keys.
You won’t walk in, crawl in, slither in, sneak in, pry in, or barge into my life.
I have permanent and precious friend who lives inside of me, and He will not share this temple with anyone, especially you.
His name is Jesus.
He and I know that you know your time's almost up.
You may lie, lure, linger, lurch, and laugh, but you won’t get in.
Your days are numbered; your designs are dwindling; your evil is eroding; your devilishness is dissolving; your progress is poisoned; your success has been subverted.
So get off my property; get off my porch.
Get out of my sight.
For He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world.
Leave my family alone; leave my children alone; leave my church alone; and leave my friends alone.
God is on my side. Rather, I’m on God’s side.
I have the same power that delivered Jesus from temptation and sin.
I have the same power that raised Him from the grave.
I have been promised the victory, and I have claimed that victory.
You can summon all your hosts, but you will lose the battle!
We are the Church of the Living God! Blood-washed, Spirit-filled, battle-scarred, unrelenting and indestructible.
And in the blessed words of Jesus Christ, the gates of hell will not prevail against us.
In Jesus’ name.
In Jesus' name.
In Jesus' name.
Are you listening?
In Jesus' name.
Amen and Amen!