“But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” Acts 16:18
Father, thank you for the authority You have given us as children of God. Father, I pray we would learn to renew our minds to the truth of Your Word and recognize when our flesh or the enemy tries to crowd in on our thoughts with lies. Lord, may we learn to live in your truth and say no to lies. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
My fifteen-year-old son sat at church with his high school friends. I asked if I could sit with him and He willingly agreed. He was in one seat and I was in the seat next to him. As the worship music began, a fifteen-year-old girl crowded in next to my handsome son, right in between us! Yes, you understood correctly. I was in one seat, he was in the next seat and she sat smack dab between us. A little put off, I moved over slightly to lessen the awkwardness of being squished in the sanctuary.
Standing during worship lessened the obviousness of the space invasion. However, annoyance was soon replaced with irritation at her posture during worship. Her phone seemed to be the object of worship. Most may not worship golden calves in 2018 in the United States, but there are other shiny things clamoring for our attention.
The worship stopped and the sermon began. Surely now the phone would go away. The irritation meter was rising. What happened next catapulted me to the edge.
This fifteen-year-old girl began leaning on my son’s shoulder! In the middle of church! Knowing I’m his mother, she felt completely comfortable with not only sitting right between us and adoring her phone, but also now was lying on his shoulder?! It was just too much for a mom to bear.
Lord, what do I do? Just then, in a moment of clarity, my son’s eyes met mine and he mouthed the words, “Help me!”
“Help me!” The sweetest words a mother could hear at that moment.
Without a moment of hesitation, I looked straight at the girl, lifted my pointer finger in the way moms do, and firmly said only one word, “NO!”
That one word was all that needed to be said. And just like the White Witch in Narnia sat at the sound of Aslan’s roar, this fifteen-year-old girl immediately sat up from her laying position, put her phone away, looked straight ahead, and said, “Ok” in a voice that conveyed understanding.
Not that I am by any means Aslan, but as a mom and as a child of God, I have been given certain authorities.
When the apostle Paul was being bothered by a girl who annoyed him by constantly yelling “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” and persisted in this for many days, Paul finally had enough. It says, “Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour.”
There may not have been an evil spirit in the fifteen-year-old girl, but nonetheless, greatly annoyed, I rose up with authority.
Thoughts of unworthiness or feelings of inferiority can plague those with abortion wounds. I personally struggled with these lies for years before freedom. Renewing our mind to the truth of God’s Word does help.
We can only be free to the level we know the truth.
However, only renewing our mind and taking full advantage of our authority is comparative to knowing a fifteen-year-old girl should not be lying on your son at church but then not stepping in to change the action.
We have that authority as believers in Christ. We have authority to say, “No!”. When thoughts come against us that do not align with God’s truth, we can choose to just accept the lies or stand against the lies and tell them “No!”.
He has given us all authority in heaven for the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4-5)
Any thought contrary to truth is crowding in on our space and needs to be told “No!”