Daily Devotional | Bankrupt The Devil!

Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,  and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Believe it or not, we are the reason banks remain open. how so…? If each and every person with a bank account withdrawals all their money, the banks will close. We, the customers have the authority to put the banks out of business. And guess what, God gave us that same authority to put the devil out of business, right here on earth. What am I saying…If something in your life is not serving you well, you have the authority to, ‘shut it down’ ! As Christians, we all know the devil aint good for nobody.

You could say we are on a divine assignment to bankrupt the devil! I believe that we need to serve notice on that loser that his days of killing, stealing and destroying are over!

The truth is, the devil’s power over mankind came to a screeching halt when Jesus sacrificed His life on the cross of Calvary. The Word of God declares that Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth, set the captives free, and then ascended up far above all heavens (Eph. 4:8-10). And, in Colossians 2:15, we know that Jesus “spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Jesus made a public exhibit of the devil in the court of Heaven, paid the penalty for the sins of the world, and redeemed mankind from the curse of the law with His own blood (Gal. 3:13-14, 29; Deut. 28:15-68). As far as Heaven is concerned, the devil has been stripped of all power! Jesus solved the sin problem, failure problem, fear problem, depression problem, sickness problem, poverty problem and every problem that will ever be named. Glory!

Our responsibility is to believe God’s Word and captivate every thought that rises up against His promises to us. The Word says that “For though we walk and live in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood), but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.

The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God! As a believer, you have the authority to use the name of Jesus to bind the devil from stealing what belongs to you.

Faith in His Word will destroy every stronghold and overthrow the devil’s arguments, theories, and reasonings that say: “Your family will never be saved.” “You’ll never be used by God.” “Sickness runs in your family.” “No one cares about you.” “You’ll never be debt free.” “You will never recover from this attack of the enemy.”

Take a stand against thoughts of lack and failure by boldly declaring God’s promise of abundance and victory. “I am of God and overcome all things by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of my testimony. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4; Rev. 12:11). “Surely Jesus has borne my grief, sorrows, and pain and by His stripes I am healed” (Isa. 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:24).

That’s how you bankrupt the devil. Declaring God’s Word strips the devil of every bit of power over your life. Glory to God! When God began to talk to me about bankrupting the devil, He revealed three words: expose, destroy and restore. You see, Jesus came to expose the thief, destroy the works of the thief, and restore everything that the thief has stolen.

The question most people have is “How did the devil get to me?” Well, sometimes we open the door for the attack of the devil through ignorance or disobedience to God’s Word. However, sometimes the devil gains access with God’s permission. But regardless of how the attack came, the end result is still up to you. James 4:7 tells us to “submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee!”

Every believer has a responsibility to put the devil out of business by doing good and healing all that are oppressed of the devil. Think about what Jesus said in Luke 13:16, “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”

God’s promise of restoration of all things to God’s children must be fulfilled before God can send Jesus Christ back to the earth. This is clearly stated in Acts 3:19-21, 25-26. God is looking for people who will stand their ground and defy the lies of the devil and boldly believe His promises.

Scripture of the day: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7 KJV

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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