(As He Is, So Are We)
Photo by Xan Griffin.
Over this past week I have been seeing a black scorpion appear from underground and wreak havoc in people’s lives—more specifically, the lives of the sons and daughters of God. The scorpion is from the pit of hell.
I have watched the scorpion strike its tail and burn pain into the memorable moments, the sad moments, the joyous moments, the peaceful moments, and into many other moments the sons and daughters of God have experienced this week. In all of it, I have felt their pain just as I have felt my own.
The thing with sudden searing, burning pain is that it not only catches a person unawares, but it actually really hurts. A lot! The pain is real! The person wants to cry—and for good reason! They want to go off by themselves to be alone to tend to their wounds. They want to focus on the nerve endings that are screaming at them, and somehow make it stop. They want to commiserate with themselves just a little… or a lot.
Ordinarily (in the past), the children of God would have removed themselves from the presence of the scorpion, refocused their eyes on their Father, worked through the pain with Him, and overcome. But that’s not what is happening this time around. The children of God have begun to feel the fatigue and wear and tear of the affairs of the world. Bushfires. CoVid19. Election fraud. The New World Order. The criminalisation of Christianity. So on and so forth. The enemy has been slowly chipping away at the minds of sons and daughters with media fear-mongering and division. And as the sons and daughters have become more and more fixated on these things, their eyes have drifted from the truth and the protection of their Father, to judgment and self-isolation and to self-punishment and hopelessness. I know this for a fact, because I too was in this state of mind during this past week.
[Enter the scorpion]
Instead of seeing the children of God rise up and take authority over the stings of deception, or working it through with their Father, I have seen a new pattern emerge where the sons and daughters of God have begun to lie down in resignation or defeat and open their arms wide for the scorpion to poison their hearts again and again. And again. And again. Beloveds, as a son or daughter you should not subjecting yourselves to such abuse. We were made to abide in love (God is love). To live in hope (our hope is in Christ). To understand who we are and Whose we are—this is so important for the times we are living in.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus the Son of God, said “Listen carefully: I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.“
Jesus told us directly that He gave us authority to trample the power of the enemy. We have His authority. We don’t need to beg for it; we already have it.
Jesus said to us, “I give you authority!”
But yet we say, “the enemy is too powerful, Jesus, please rescue us!”
Jesus repeats Himself: “I have given YOU authority!”
We say, “Look Jesus, I’m prayer marching, spiritually mapping, and flag-dancing in the spirit! I know you can rescue us from these times!”
Jesus says, “I don’t know how I could be any clearer?! I’ve given YOU authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, beloved. I ALREADY crushed the enemy for you! Every time you take your eyes off me and my Father and place them on what the enemy is doing, you give him focus in your life. Is it any wonder you’re finding it so difficult right now? Focus on my Father and Me! I have given YOU authority… what are you going to do with that authority? Stand up, child of God! Stand up and trample the scorpion you have given yourself over to! Stand up! Fix your eyes on my Father and Me and walk in the authority we have given to you! Our sacrificial love has paved the way for your authority! Now stand in the position of who you truly are, son or daughter!”
So my question here is, if we do not stand up in our Jesus-given authority, what kind of a vacuum must be created in creation? In Romans it talks about how creation is groaning as it waits for the sons of God to be revealed… but I digress… slightly.
Focusing on the enemy is a weird way to live as a son or daughter. For example, if my Father is the King of Kings and I sit down at His table to have breakfast with Him but then proceed to spend the majority of my conversation focusing on the power of the father of lies and deception (another father), that is strange behaviour, yes? Or if I am married to someone and I spend all of my time focusing on someone else’s spouse, that would also be weird, yes? But we do this very thing with Father God all the time. Our eyes and our focus should be on Him, not on the other father.
1 John 5:4 says, “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
There is such an amazing promise in overcoming. In Revelation 3:21, Jesus says, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” And Revelation 3:5 says, “The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.”
Overcoming doesn’t mean that we battle in our own strength (we might need to do some work, yes, and there might be hardships, but we are never on our own). It means that we stand up and lean into Jesus. Then, while standing in Jesus, we become completely transparent with Him about everything we are experiencing. In our transparency, we make a decision not to resist the authority of Jesus any longer and we allow His gift of authority to manifest in our worlds.
Only in standing in Jesus will we realise certain simple truths such as, (a) we are in the light as Jesus is in the light, (b) that as He is, so are we on the earth, and (c) we realise that fighting the enemy is not our focus, but that standing face-to-face with the one we love is our focus.
1 John 4:17 says, “By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.”
1 John 4:4 days, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
As He is, so are we….
John 16:33—“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”