I want to show you some examples in Scripture of what can happen when we say that we believe God, but our lives reflect that He has no real influence or authority in our day-to-day choices. The enemy’s plan is to have empty confessions and no results in the life of Believers and often times it can even begin by simply not understanding the words, “Lord” God.
Notice the details of this verse, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
In this passage, The devil asked Eve, ‘Has God said?’
Notice that he took out the words, ‘the Lord.’
How did Eve respond?
“…God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
She took ‘the Lord’ out as well, and simply replied to the snake saying, “…God said..”
Although this may not seem like the biggest deal at first glance, you’ll notice how the view that satan had, he also tried to transmit to Eve, and a drastic shift happens in the story as a result.
Before Eve fell to the temptation and ate the fruit, she stepped out from the Lordship of her God. You see, Satan did not question the existence of God, the Creator, instead he questioned His Lordship. The word lord implies ownership, authority, and influence over another. His whole approach to Eve was, “there is a God but He is not my Lord and He shouldn’t be your Lord either.”
When satan can get you to remove the “Lord” out of God, he has hooked you, and it’s just a matter of time until you begin to no longer see the need to submit in “small” areas of your life to Christ. It’s then that a person slowly begins to shift and move out from under God’s Lordship in their life.
The Example of The Disciples
During the Last Supper, when Jesus warned the disciples that someone was going to betray Him (Matthew 26:22), they asked, “Is it I, Lord?” Those words demonstrate the heart posture that the disciples had towards Jesus and their relationship with Him.
Even though the disciples had been with Him for three years, they did not become so familiar that they lost the Lordship of Jesus. Compare them to Judas, who replied, ‘Is it I, rabbi?’
Judas was the only one who saw Jesus as a teacher, not as his Lord.
When Jesus is your Lord, you can fall and trip but you are still under His covering. You will repent and come back. That is the relationship. That’s why Jesus had the audacity to call Judas “devil” because the devil was the first person who said God without “Lord.”
The devil’s number one task is to make you religious and to remove your submission to God as Lord.
If the enemy doesn’t try to remove ‘the Lord’ out of your vocabulary, he will settle for empty confession without the full practice of Lordship (Matthew 7:21, Luke 6:46). The devil’s desire is for people to believe there is a God, but to not surrender any real control or influence to Him over their lives.
Today the devil is content with you calling God ‘Lord’ as long as it is not backed up with your life. You can profess Jesus’ Lordship without surrendering to His will. To do the will of God means you have to yield your own (Acts 16:31).
The devil is content with you calling God ‘Lord’ as long as it is not backed up with your life.
Acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus Christ Requires Three Things:
- His ownership.
- Absolute surrender.
- Willingness to serve His purpose.
The Scripture also makes mention of David’s acknowledgment of God’s Lordship in his life. 2 Samuel 15:25-26 shows us the posture with which he walked.
“…here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”
I challenge you, my friend, to live with this position in your heart – here I am, Lord, do to me what seems good to You.
We know it is God’s will to heal, deliver, and bless us but if things don’t go the way we want them, say here I am, do to me as it seems good to you.
Remain submitted to His Lordship.
To overcome temptation, never let the devil take you out of the realm, umbrella, and protection of the Lord your God.
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