There is nothing that falls outside His kingdom dominion when we let Him take over. There is no area, no arena, nor topic or situation.
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chron 16:9
There are two kingdoms ruling in this Age. The kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of our Redeemer. There is nothing that we may ever engage in or be thrust into, where His kingdom and His government is not permitted to preside over.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel.” 2 Cor 4:4
“And (Satan) said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.” Luke 4:6
Satan, for a season, was given legal access to rule and govern this world. That authority was stripped when Jesus fulfilled the final work of the cross. Here is what is important to understand. Satan is still the god of this world. What changed is us… the Redeemed. Satan’s kingdom did not change. We did.
Said another way…
“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Col 2:15
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Col 1:13
The moment we received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, we were transferred out of Satan’s kingdom. That kingdom still exists until the Age yet to come is finished. What is vital to understand is that we were removed out of that dominion. We are no longer citizens of the kingdom of Satan.
Father God longs to come and take over. He has given us access to His kingdom as His child. We are seated with Christ and our citizenship is no longer this Earth, but heaven. We are citizens of the spiritual kingdom, not the kingdom still ruled by the God of this Age.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” Phil 3:20
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,” Eph 2:6
So what is the problem? The answer is found in an often overlooked section of verse.
“I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.” 2 Cor 10:2
This verse tells us there are Christians who will think we are to live by the standards of this world.
There is a name for this kind of child of God. It’s called the carnal-minded Christian. There is no life in this arena. No victory. Interacting according to the standards of this world brings death (Gal 6:8, James 4:4). We must interact and walk out our lives from the perspective of who we truly are: citizens in heaven, who exercise the will of our Father’s kingdom over the kingdom of the god of this world. We are called to destroy the works of the enemy, just as Jesus did.
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” I John 3:8
The Greek word for destroy is 3089. “luó” and it means “to loose, to release, to dissolve, to put and end to” So how does this all tie into understanding the purpose of trials?
Trials are meant to interrupt the carnal-minded thinking and understanding, as well as disrupt an area of our life where we are living by the standard of this world.
Here is our watermark: when a situation arises, the immediate emotions and thoughts that we process as a result tell us how we are relating to this world. We are either relating to the interaction based on the lies and dead thinking of the carnal-minded man (remember “carnal-minded” means “flesh ruled”- which means thinking contrary to the Word of God), or we are processing the situation through the mind of Christ we have been given.
Depending on our mindset, or said another way, our belief system as it relates that that trial or situation, is whether we are in agreement with God’s word or in agreement with Satan’s lies.
Everything… everything will be processed either from the mind of Christ (God’s Kingdom perspective) or the carnal-minded man which is in agreement to Satan and cannot conform to the will of God. There is no grey area in our mind. it’s one or the other.
“The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” Romans 8:7
When we choose to relate to God, ourselves, others, or a life situation outside of what God’s word reveals about Himself and us as His child…. ready for this?
We are hostile to God when we are not in agreement with His word.
You see, the verse found in Philippians 4:6 is a command, not a fluffy, quaint suggestion.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
“Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” I Cor 2:16
The purpose of a trial is to expose and bring to the surface a false belief we are embracing about our Lord and God.
Father God, in His immense love, will set things in motion in our lives that are beyond our control. This allows us to examine our thoughts and then make the determination if we are going to move deeper into our intimacy and authority that comes only from agreeing with His word with all our being. This is what brings spiritual promotion into greater kingdom authority.
We step into the authority we are given permission to wield only in the areas we move according to the word of God. This is why we can have such overcoming blessing in one area of our life, and dismal results in another.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Psalm 139:23
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind,” Jeremiah 17:10
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.” Ex 16:4
A trial is anything that we encounter that causes our belief system to be challenged. The problem is we may be so accustomed to relating to a situation out of the dead, carnal-minded man (which we died to by the way- that is no longer who we are. We have the mind of Christ now) that we are completely unaware that the situation is the hand of God attempting to set us free from a bondage. This is why there are repeated instances in our life where we seem to face the same type of scenario over and over again. Or, the situation may be different, but if the painful emotions we experience or the fearful thoughts we experience are along similar lines, it’s a pretty sure sign we are not recognizing the goodness of God trying to deliver us out of that dead belief system.
“..because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:3
Do we know this? If we did, we would gladly work through the thinking and presumptions that dare to challenge the truth of God’s word. These are our high places. They must come down. We cannot worship or commune with the Lord in any area where we mingle God’s word with hostility.
“One who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” James 1:7-8
It’s not God’s wrath or displeasure with His child that is at the root of this verse. We have been falsely taught our Heavenly Dad gets upset or displeased with us. It’s not a matter of displeasure. Rather it’s that He cannot violate His nature. He simply cannot partner with a demonic kingdom. Jesus came to set us free to walk in the fullness of His kingdom, not make truces.
There are no pacts between the Sons of God and demons.
When an event comes up:
1. Look at your beliefs – what are you thinking and believing about God, you and the situation?
2. Submit your beliefs– take them to the word of God, which is our mirror.
3. Proclaim the Word of God– we must be brave enough to say, Lord I acknowledge these beliefs that run contrary to your word are lies and what you say is truth. “I trust you in my spirit, and submit my mind to walk in the mind of Christ, which is your Word.”
4. Don’t ever let go- no matter what… to your dying breath if need be, chose to agree with His word and that what he says, He is faithful to bring to pass in and over your life.
Trials are meant to release kingdom authority. They will bear the fruit of the power of the Holy Spirit. A walk with Christ is not religion as the world knows it. it is power and life and dominion. Trials are pruning, they are for judging ( ie to thoroughly separate truth from lies) and they are for freedom. Stop being afraid of them. Get to know your Dad, your Redeemer and the Great Counselor who works mighty acts of power through those who allow Him to do so.
Let me leave you with a final thought. None of this can be performed without intimacy. Prayer time is time we get to know the Lord and grow in the awareness of His presence. mental ascent to the word will not change a person. We must spend time both in the Word and in his presence communing with Him in spirit and in truth.
Every situation will be filtered through the lens of our perception of who He is, and who we are as His child.
Spend time with Him. Agree with Him.Embrace with all your heart the trial. Learn to grow in power and authority. Learn to bring the kingdom into every situation. Everything must bow to the name of Jesus. Everything….
Give it away to those around you.