A while back, one of the ladies in my church shared a dream she had. It was vivid and very instructive. She was in what looked like a war prison camp with a lot of other captives. The guards were demons. It was an awful dark and cruel place. And there was this heavy atmosphere of fear, depression, anxiety, hatred, and extreme loneliness even though there were a lot of people there.
And as she was walking around the camp, she noticed a lit bulletin board on a wall with various announcements pinned on it. One caught her eye. It was a notice thanking all the volunteers that were there in the camp. Then it struck her.
“I’m a volunteer in Satan’s prison camp.”
Then she woke up.
And we should wake up too.
The point of the dream was that she should not be a volunteer anymore. No longer empowering Satan’s lies about how she sees herself and the world around her.
And that should also be instructive to you and me.
Kris Vallotton said this in his book, “The Supernatural Ways of Royalty“…
“When we spend our time playing by the devil’s rules, it’s because we believe the wrong things. The devil gives us names that disempower us; he is the accuser, and he often uses other people to propagate his alias identities over us. And we respond to our environment according to the way we see ourselves and we will always act out of who we believe we are…this is why it’s important that we live by our God-given names and not by names that tie us to our bondage.”
Jesus said something profound in Matthew 28:18. He said that all authority in heaven and on earth was given to Him. So who has no authority in heaven or on the earth?
Yes, that means that Satan has no authority.
Jesus also said to His disciples that He had given them all authority to trample over all the power of Satan and his kingdom (Lk.10:19).
Then Jesus told them to tell us the same thing He told them (Mt.28:20).
So if Satan has no authority, how does he get it on the earth?
We give it to him.
We empower him in our lives by our agreement with his lies. For he cannot rule without our consent.
We give it to him when we make him bigger and more powerful in our lives than God, and who God says we are in Him.
We empower Satan by our fear. Fear of the supernatural miracle power of God that should be working in and through us, denying it because it could be from the devil.
We empower him by seeing ourselves as weaker and smaller than him, even though we are actually seated in heavenly places in Christ, far above all principalities and power (Eph.1:20-23; 2:5-6).
We give it to him by identifying ourselves by our “alias identities” that disempower us and tie us to our bondage, instead of by our God-given names that tie us to Him.
Beloved of God and royal heir of His eternal Kingdom, don’t be a volunteer in Satan’s prison camp. He has NO power that you don’t give him. Break your agreement with his lies today. At first, it may take pure faith. The lies will still feel real, they have make deep impressions in who we think we are…but they are lies. Just determine, from this point forward, to believe God no matter how you feel about it or what it looks like.
Reality follows faith. Faith in what God says brings us into freedom. Our doubts and fears are the result of having faith in other things.
Don’t let his lies, whether they come from him or from people you know and even love, identify who you are.
It was for FREEDOM that Christ has set you free (Gal.5:1). Do you believe this? Then get free! Don’t empower anything that Christ has disempowered on the Cross.
- Identity theft (melwild.wordpress.com)
This is SO powerful. I always tend to forget that I am believing his lies until I am the midst of the battle, and the roaring lion has already pounced, and is right on top of me, jaws open ready to make a meal of me. The more visuals I have, the nastier and more scheming I remember the liar is. So easy to recall when I’m out of his clutches. It’s that first, odious whiff I want to learn to discern.
Thank you. And it’s so true about our forgetting. We tend to not rightly filter the thoughts we are thinking until they start to have their effect. And that “odious whiff” is a great way to put it. This should tell us where it’s coming from! I’ve been getting myself into the habit of getting my thoughts to stand at attention for inspection, right away, when I wake up. It’s amazing how many times I find the enemy’s thoughts have snuck in while I was sleeping. It may be a heaviness or feeling down, sadness, or anxiety, etc. It’s very subtle and seems like my thoughts but when I rebuke it, it immediately goes away. Again, that odious whiff! 🙂
It’s exciting that we’re learning about who we are, and that this evil lion is only seeking whom he MAY devour. We just need to remember to put him back in his cage where he belongs. 🙂
Thanks for your great insights here. Blessings.
Amen! Thank you for posting. I am in the process of writing something along the same vein that God has been working into my heart. If people only chose to believe who they are in Christ and stopped living with a divided heart, we would see radical transformation. Blessings, brother.
Yes, I agree. Renewing our mind is part of having an undivided heart. And that’s getting God’s thoughts into our head! It starts with knowing who He is, then knowing who we are in Him.
Thanks for your comments. I look forward to what you have to say about this subject. Blessings to you also. 🙂
Great post! This is so true! By living the lies he feeds us, we do empower him. Thanks for this eye opening post! Love you dear brother! 🙂
Thanks for the love. 🙂 Same back to you. I’ve learned a lot of this after years of needlessly empowering the enemy’s lies. I found it’s a lot better to just believe God! Blessings.
Hi Mel! Awesome post… so happy I found your site 😉 looking forward to more of your writing! Bless ya x
Thanks. I’m glad you found my site too. 🙂 Thanks also for the re-blog of “Confessions…” I appreciate that. Look forward to the conversations. Blessings.
Wow!! This is a God-Inspired post.
I have Satanic names such as: unworthy, unlovable, stupid, rejected, abandoned, and many more horrible names.
But I prefer my Father-given names: King’s daughter, immensely-valuable, beloved just as I am, a member of the Shepherd-Jesus’ fold, intelligent and capable, and many more wonderful names.
Thank you for a wonderful post.
You got it! It’s amazing that so many believers identify themselves by what other’s have labeled them instead of their God-given names. But it’s, oh, so freeing to find out who we really are! And then we can treat others with the same value. In fact, that’s how we’re supposed to see each other in the body of Christ (2 Cor.5:16).
Thanks you for your comments. And blessings to you, most valuable and beloved daughter of God! 🙂
ps – you’re a great writer. You explain yourself wonderfully and intelligently. I’m glad to be a subscriber of your blog.
Thanks. I appreciate that. 🙂
I used to pretend fear wasn’t there and little did I know I was serving time in Satan’s camp by letting it build up. I sense those thoughts too that have snuck in while sleeping. I got very good at combating them by popping up on my bed as soon as the second lie would tempt me to fear and start saying praises aloud to God while jumping around and dancing on my bed. Silly but it works! Anonymous is right. You are a great writer. Only very few blogs actually help me keep my focus, and your posts really do help me get the Word. Thank you! 🙂
Jumping up and down on my bed and singing praises. I’ll have to try that. 🙂 I really appreciate your encouraging comments. Blessings to you.