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Learning to depend on God in fighting evil (part 2)

Yesterday I shared the story about how I started to learn to trust God in radical ways. Fast forward 17 years and I’m still learning how to depend on Jesus. My spiritual legs are still shaky. But I now understand that there’s just one way to learn to depend on him more, and that is by practici…
By Seth Barnes

Yesterday I shared the story about how I started to
learn to trust God in radical ways. Fast
forward 17 years and I’m still learning how to depend on Jesus. My spiritual legs are still shaky. But I now understand that there’s just one
way to learn to depend on him more, and that is by practicing depending on
him. It sounds basic – surely there must
be a more complicated way, perhaps involving a seminary course, to grow in
faith.

So many of us who are learning to walk in the
spiritual realm are clinging to the safety of spiritual furniture, thinking
we’ll learn to depend on God more thru another Bible study or sermon. That was my life for 30 years. I believed the doctrine of impotence and
spiritual excuses that had me sidelined and ineffective in far too many
spiritual battles.

Meanwhile, the enemy was nipping at my heels and loved
the fact that I was numb and oblivious to his designs to steal, kill, and
destroy.

It took a raw, face-to-face confrontation with evil to
shock me into a state of wakefulness and show me how anemic my faith was. And it took me years after that to learn to
depend on Jesus and the authority he’s given me.

It’s time many of us woke up like this. Don’t wait till you’re 30 to begin to really
probe the limits of the authority you have.
My advice is to find some people in your world who desperately need the
power of God. Ask God what he wants to
do in that situation, and then, relying on his power as opposed to your own skills, go do it.

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