Here are a couple of my own nuggets I wrote down, from last week’s conference, before those last 4 minutes that I mentioned in yesterday’s post.
Session 1 (Friday Night): Alex, our speaker, started off the Friday night session sharing her story of shame and living with an eating disorder for 20 years. She was living with this secret while in fulltime ministry, all the while her co-workers were unaware of her struggle. She shares when and why this disorder started and how she broke through this stronghold in her 1st session with us.
She then went on to talk about real life snakes in reference to the snake, Satan, in the garden in Genesis. Wow! That was eye opening. I really want you to go and listen to Alex’s teaching on this but here it is in a nutshell: Snakes, by nature, are not offensive. They are defensive creatures. They fear us because they know our power so when they are afraid they deploy their only weapon – they strike with intention of hitting us and sending their venom into our blood stream to render us powerless. Satan is the same. He knows our potential power, if we are walking in it through our relationship with Jesus, so he does the only thing he can do – strike and render us powerless. However, the difference between a real life snake and Satan is that we have the power to keep him from rendering us powerless.
Alex referenced Galatians 5:1 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 in regards to our authority over our strongholds.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)
The 2 Corinthians reference reminded me of my new favorite saying that I saw on a tee shirt:
Wage War Daily – Our weapon is prayer!
We have all read this scripture but do we believe it?
This was my take away:
The lethal combination of knowing God’s Word and activating our faith through prayer, reminds us of our authority and power. Do we believe God’s Truth or the snake’s venomous lies? Do we trust God’s promises in His Word or will we allow ourselves to stay slaves to our strongholds?