I think sometimes as believers we think that life will be easy once we are saved, but Jesus never said things would be easy. In fact, He warned His disciples that opposition would come.Jesus warned them they would have difficulties, but He did promise to never leave them or forsake them. As I was preparing a sermon recently, I came across this funny illustration.
“An airline company was disturbed over a high percentage of accidents, so they decided to eliminate human errors by building a completely computerized plane.
On its maiden voyage, the plane was filled with passengers. “Ladies and gentlemen,” came a voice over the PA system, “It may interest you to know that you are traveling on the world’s first completely automated and computerized plane. Now just sit back and relax, because nothing can go wrong….go wrong….go wrong….go wrong…..”
Oh really?!? LOL
I don’t know about you, but it seems that while this last season has been filled with many highs, it has also been a season filled with obstacle after obstacle.
Have you ever been there?
Are you there now?
As I’ve been reading through the book of Acts these last few months, I noticed something: The early church was a church that Hell couldn’t handle! Yes, that’s right, hell couldn’t stop the church from advancing and adding to their numbers daily. The enemy came after the believers in the early church and they suffered persecution sometimes unto death, yet, they didn’t let it stop them from advancing the kingdom of God.
I want to be a person that hell can’t handle … I want our churches to be churches that hell is afraid of!
I know God has placed a determination, passion and fire inside of His people, us, His disciples. He is calling us to be individuals that as a part of the church will step out to walk in His Kingdom calling on our lives.
This is why I have called you Peter (rock): for on this rock I will build My church. The church will reign triumphant even at the gates of hell. Peter, I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:18-19 The Voice).
God is calling us to be a people that hell can’t handle!
How do we become individuals and churches that hell can’t handle?
We first need to understand our position and our identity in Christ. We are called to be a people and a church that the gates of hell cannot prevail against.
An individual or a church that hell can’t handle is a person/church that:
- Understands its authority
- Makes room for the Spirit of God
- Knows how to pray
- Worships and seeks God above all else
- Doesn’t Back down
- Embraces confession, repentance and forgiveness
A church that hell can’t handle is made up of individuals who are willing to repent and forgive. Individuals that do not allow offense, issues, pride, anger, sin etc. to get in the way of what God is doing and wants to do in their lives and in the church.
God is raising up an army of believers that won’t be sidetracked or backdown from a fight. The church is in a battle and we will be victorious.
Will you join me in being a person hell can’t handle?
This song, “Surrender” has been my anthem for the last few weeks and will be for the season to come. Have you heard it? This is how I am doing my battles – in Worship – and I will be victorious because Jesus Christ is my King!
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Deb, I love the quote “When her feet hit the floor, Satan grumbles and says, “Oh crap she’s up.” That is the way I want to live. I walk through our flat praying aloud, in unknown languages, and I want the lousy stinking devil to know NOT TODAY SATAN NOT TOMORROW EITHER. xo
Susan – I love that quote too! I want to live that way too 🙂 Blessings
Debbie, I have no doubt that you are one woman that hell could not handle! Thanks for setting such a great example!
Well thank you so much Laurie 🙂 I do try to set a good example and even when I mess up, I try not to hide it, but be authentic. I am so grateful for the amazing grace of God.
Such a great post, Debbie! May we, the Church, rise up!
Amen Tammy, and thank you!
Can’t you just hear it? “Oh, NO! She’s praying again!”
YES Michele! I can hear it, I hope you can too. Blessings
Debbie, I so appreciated this post and you sharing Matthew 16:18-19, Such a powerful reminder that nothing can stand against us when we are standing on the Rock. Blessings!
Thank you Joanne. 🙂 I am so glad you were blessed by the post today. It is a reminder I have needed lately, so I was hoping others would appreciate reading it as much as I needed to write it to remind myself. Blessings
This Is How I Fight My Battles is one of my favorite songs right now! I love that our praise can be so powerful because our God is so powerful.
Me too Lisa! Praise is so powerful and it is so much easier to fight the unseen through praise – less stress more trust and worship! Blessings
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Thank you Lauren 🙂
Thank you so much for hosting again this week. You always do so much for bloggers! Have a relaxing week! I am off to see some posts.
you are most welcome Marilyn!
Thanks for this powerful reminder of our identity and authority in Christ.
You are most welcome Christine! Thanks for stopping by today!
Debbie, I love this! I definitely want to be a person hell can’t handle. 🙂
Blessings to you!
Thank you Gayl! and blessings to you as well. 🙂
I love your spirit and energy and faith – God is pleased as punch and I too want to live strong in His Spirit and annoy Satan regularly. Thanks, Deb and happy thanksgiving! how’s the weather ? I’m heading North in two weeks…
Thanks Sue! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I just got home from travels back East and it’s dry here today but in the mid-50’s with rain on the forecast for next week. Plan to pack layers, our weather has been a little funny this year 🙂
I want to be tender on the inside but infused with the strength of the Holy Spirit and armored up on the outside.
Oooohhh. That is so GOOD Elizabeth! I like it!
“I want to be a person that hell can’t handle … I want our churches to be churches that hell is afraid of!”. So do I. I pray that my church would catch on fire. That we would become uncommon in a common world.
Amen Calvonia! Amen, I pray the same thing for the church. 🙂
This is how I want to live my life everyday. I want to make Satan shake in his boots. I want everything I do, from my marriage, my blog ministry, and raising my kids to make Satan scared of what God is going to do. Thank you so much for sharing this.
I love that sentiment – a person hell cannot handle!
We must find our confidence in God’s word. I often hear others talk about Satan almost as though he is as fearful and powerful as God.
They use the “roaring lion” of 1Pet. 5:8 and teach that we should be afraid.
Rather – we should be confident that we can separate from him. We should fear being sent to hell WITH him – because God is the power.
Satan is a pretender. His darts CAN be quenched.
His power is limited (He had to ask permission to grieve Job.) Hell is waiting for him. Christians need to find the fire to be confident that they can make their calling sure (2 Pet. 1:10-11). CHOOSE to be someone hell cannot handle.
Hahaha, Thanks Angela! I agree with you, some do give satan way too much power. I always stand upon the Scriptures and the one I love to use frequently is, “Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world!” We need to understand our identity and have a holy fear oF God and His kingdom, but not of satan and his. I am waiting for the church to rise up in unity with fire and walk in the power of the Spirit. Woo HOO. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts. Blessings and Amen.