So many Christians live their lives like a coin tossed into the air. Well, what’s it going to be today? Heads, or tails? They often say, “You know how it is, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. You can’t always be on the mountain, sometimes you gotta go through the valley.” Yeah, you do have to go through the valley to get to the mountain. But you don’t have to take up residence in the valley. Don’t have your mail sent there! The Bible says “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” Did you get that? You’re supposed to go through, not stay there and boo-hoo about your problems. Let me ask you, have you ever been bit by the “shadow” of a dog? I rest my case. You might be saying to me right now,” Brother Jerry, you just don’t know what I’m facing right now. I lost my job and the devil says I’m going to lose my home.” Well, my friend, I lost my job too, but I’m not going to lose my home! Why? Because I read the part of the verse that says, “I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” I have a different attitude than you do. When the coin of my life gets flipped, I always win. I can’t lose, because I trust in God. He never loses, and He is not slack concerning His promises.
People tell me they believe in God. Let me tell you something. Satan believes in God, and so do all the fallen angels who are working for him. But we can be saved by the blood of Jesus, and they can’t. We can walk in the power of the Word of God. They can’t. We can tell the devil to get behind us. They can’t. In fact, they will spend all eternity with the devil. Talk about a rotten time!
Many Christians believe they have to live their lives being afflicted by the devil and losing in life. It about makes me barf. Where did Jesus tell us we had to lose sometimes? Show me in the Word. We’ve been listening to the lies of the devil too long. We only lose when we stop believing Jesus.

If you’re one of those who are continually ruining your life by confessing everything but God’s word over yourself, it’s time to get yourself a new word. I would suggest God’s word. God says we win if we remain faithful. I like that word “faithful”. Full of faith. Not running on empty, but running over.
Everyone would like to have a car that never gets empty, but makes it’s own gas, in fact, so much that you have to stop and let some out, because you have more than you need. Well, the Word of God is like that. It fills you to overflowing, to the point where you have more than you need and you have plenty left over to encourage someone else with. That’s why I’m here teaching you today. I have more than enough, my cup runneth over!
Do you know that fear is sin? Don’t feel bad, sometimes I have to repent of it too. And I don’t waste any time doing it! Fear is faith in reverse. Fear in having more faith in what the devil can do to you than in what God can do for you. Fyear is telling God, I’m not sure You can or will come through for me. Yes, the things the devil does to us are real. He is powerful and not to be underestimated. But he is a created being, just like you and me, and GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN US than he who that is in the world! Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy; and NOTHING shall by any means hurt you.”

Do you really believe that? Remember, God is listening to your answer. Be honest with yourself. You aren’t fooling God. That verse only applies to us if we abide in Him and His words abide in us. When we fear, are we abiding in Jesus?? HMMM? I have to ask myself this also when fear rears it’s ugly head in my face to steal my peace. So it really boils down to this, who are we believing? God, or the devil. With God, it is impossible for Him to lie. With the devil, it is impossible for him to tell the truth. So when the devil says, “You’re going under”, you can call him a liar and tell him God said you are going OVER! That is, if you are abiding in God, and His words are abiding in you. And another benefit, Jesus said in John 15:7, “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, AND IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO YOU.” OOOOOh, there’s that “if” word again.

Let’s get the “if” word settled today, and the rest of it will come into order.

Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Fear cannot abide where God’s word abides. By the same token, God’s word cannot abide where fear abides. One must go. As for me and my house, I choose the everlasting choice, not the one that passes away. Psalm 125:1 says, “They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.” And Matthew 24:35 says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” If we choose to side with God, we win. Though the devil attack us, we will not be greatly moved.
You know, I have to abide by the words I preach, lest after ministering to others, I should find myself with no power to overcome the evil one. I too, must abide in the Word of God for it to be effective in my life. Just knowing the Word isn’t enough. It’s like having a whole pantry full of food, and starving to death because you do not take it off the shelf and put it in you. Being able to quote half the Bible is of no use if you aren’t using what you can quote. Maybe it takes walking around your room praising God and confessing the Word of God over your situation in a loud voice, until you finally get it down inside of you that yes, you DO have authority to tell the devil to get behind you.

There are times I practically wear a hole in my carpet walking laps around my living room, dining room, and kitchen, back to the living room, praising God. Then I stop and tell the devil to turn loose of my stuff. I’m not afraid to get in the devil’s face and tell him to back off. I have the authority from Jesus to do so. But if I don’t use it, what good is it? So many are begging God to get the devil off their back, when all the time, God gave them the authority to bind the devil’s actions against them. I use Matthew 18:18 often. It’s the key that stops the devil cold in his tracks.
So next time the devil is in your face, go back and make sure you are “abiding in Christ Jesus”. That sets the stage for you to walk in His authority. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore unto GOD. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Sounds like a winner to me, how about you?
Come over here devil, I’m going to flip my coin…Heads I win, tails you lose!