by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
This is no time for fear This is a time for faith and determination Don’t lose the vision here Carried away by the motion Hold on to all that you hide in your heart There is one thing that has always been true It holds the world together
God is in control We believe that His children will not be forsaken God is in control We will choose to remember and never be shaken There is no power above or beside Him We know, ohh, God is in control Ohh, God is in control
The great statesman and historian Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Never give in— never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Notice the last phrase in this quote. “Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Mr. Churchill understood how one’s perception could often determine the outcome of a conflict.
…that by his (Jesus’) death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.(Hebrews 2:14-15)
The word “destroy” here comes from a Greek word that literally means to render impotent or powerless. The death and resurrection of our Lord broke the back of the enemy. Christ rendered him powerless as far as the believer is concerned. In fact, the only power the devil has over the Christian is what we give him. The enemy must therefore rely on his finely tuned skills of deception in order to trick us into yielding authority to him.
“…no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man.” —Jesus (Mark 3:27)
Jesus is saying that Satan cannot overpower one who has the Lord of Glory residing in one’s house. He would first have to overpower Jesus, and we know that this just can’t be done. Therefore, he must deceive you into thinking that he is coming at you with unstoppable, overwhelming might. He cannot spiritually overwhelm the believer. So, he must try to intimidate us into conceding some sort of defeat.
How do we withstand this kind of onslaught? Here are two ways;
First: James 4:7 says that the way we resist the devil by submitting to God. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Give God full control of your life. Commit yourself to prayer, fellowship, and the Word.
Next: [This is almost too simple to believe] Stand firm and wait the enemy out. The Bible says that the believer has the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) One of these fruits is patience. Satan doesn’t have the Holy Spirit. Consequently, he doesn’t have the fruit of the Spirit and thus does not have patience! WE CAN OUTLAST HIM— providing we have donned the full armor of God and have made the decision to stand in the power of God’s might! (Ephesians 6:10-19) Now, the only way we can lose is to quit. We win by default if we don’t cave in to the devil’s cowardly tricks.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Winston Churchill helped his people weather some of the darkest days in the long history of England with the unrelenting battle cry, “Never quit. Never give in!” He knew that Hitler was a coward and cowards don’t have the heart to see it to the end. So, it is with Satan. Never give up! Never give in! Never let go of the vision and the promise God has given you. Never stop trusting Him! Victory belongs to those who stand firm. You were called to victory. Now, walk in it.
 God is in Control written and recorded by Twila Paris from her CD Greatest Hits 2001- Sparrow
 Taken from Famous Quotes and Authors.com on 12/30/08 Copyright © 2008
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