God Approves of You!
Jeremiah 1:5 Read this!
Nobody knows you as well as God does. Yet even though He knows everything about you, including all of your faults, He still approves of you and accepts you. God sees your heart, not just the exterior shell (the flesh) that seems to get you into so much trouble. He does not approve of your wrong behavior, but He is committed to you as an individual. God can hate what you do and yet love you. He has no trouble keeping the two separated.
God never intended for you to feel bad about yourself. He wants you to know yourself well and yet accept yourself. You must be able to say, “I can love what God can love. I don’t love everything I do, but I accept myself because God accepts me.” God is changing you daily. Ask Him to help you accept and love yourself in spite of your imperfections.
Malachi says, “For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and My name is terrible and to be [reverently] feared among the nations.” As a Christian, you need to have such reverence for the Lord that you are afraid to speak any of His holy names without purpose. But we often say things like, “Oh God”, “My God”, and “Dear God” as casual terms of expression.
According to the Bible, we have been given authority to cast out demons, pray for the sick, and preach the gospel in the name of Jesus. How can we expect to see God’s power manifested if we use His name seriously one time and frivolously another? If we mix positives with negatives, we will operate with zero power.
A Victorious Church
Deuteronomy 28:13 – Head not the tail!
Surely, we are living in the last days, and the Bible teaches that Satan’s attacks will intensify during these perilous times. The enemy is a master of deception. He lies, cheats, and steals. Satan launches personal attacks on your marriage, your children, your job, and your personal property. He also targets your mind, your emotions, and your physical body.
How do you defend yourself? Ephesians says, “Through the church the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God….might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities (principalities and powers) in the heavenly sphere.” God intends to work through the church to defeat the enemy. He will do it through us! He will grant us wisdom in what action to take and strength to take it. The greater One lives in us as believers; therefore we have power over Satan.