Never Surrender To The Enemy

Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. Well, I was hoping to give you a “good” report from my doctor’s visit on Friday at the ALS clinic. But……instead I have to give you a “GREAT REPORT!” Praise the Lord! The pulmonary doctor said my breathing scores were GREAT and MIGHTY FINE. The neurologist, who is not the one I normally see, said, “What are you doing that has kept the ALS from progressing the way it typically does?” I replied, “PRAYER!” She responded, “Well, keep doing it because it’s working!” Several people, whose spouses were at the clinic (due to ALS),  asked Margie why the progression seems to be so slow in me. She responded like I did, “PRAYER.” Folks, prayer works. That’s all there is to it. I cannot take the credit because it is GOD who gets ALL the glory. God is no “respecter of persons” and what He is doing for me, He will do for others. I am asking you to agree with me in prayer for all the other 25-35 people at that ALS clinic on Friday. Agree that “NOTHING is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) and that “by the stripes that Jesus bore on the cross at Calvary these people are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) Thanks for agreeing with us for total health for these precious and awesome people!

Many of you may need healing or some other miracle in your life as well. Maybe you feel as though you are fighting a losing battle. Here are a few things I have learned in my times of need.

1. FAITH PLUS ACTION. Hebrews 2:17 (GNB) says, “So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.” We need to BELIEVE God. Along with that believing, with that faith, we need to have the “actions” that SHOW that faith. Here is an example. By all visible signs in my body I really had no business going to Seattle to preach 7 services in 3 days a few weeks ago. But, I “believe” I am healed so I “acted” as though I am. God showed up, people’s lives were changed, and I lived through it. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Mark 5:36 says, ONLY BELIEVE; but we must realize the true meaning of believing, or having faith, is following it up with action.

2. NEVER SURRENDER TO THE ENEMY. This is a term used by the U.S. Military in their Code of Conduct. Specifically, this is what it says…United States Military Code of Conduct; Article II –

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.  Explanation:  Members of the Armed Forces may never surrender voluntarily. Even when isolated and no longer able to inflict casualties on the enemy or otherwise defend themselves, it is their duty to evade capture and rejoin the nearest friendly force.

Surrender is the willful act of members of the Armed Forces turning themselves over to enemy forces when not required by utmost necessity or extremity. Surrender is always dishonorable and never allowed……..The responsibility and authority of a commander never extends to the surrender of command, even if isolated, cut off, or surrounded, while the unit has a reasonable power to resist, break out, or evade to rejoin friendly forces.

Obviously, that is not the entire document, but I think you get my point. Notice I underlined the part that says if we are in command, we should never surrender ourselves or even those around us while they still have the means to resist. LISTEN UP…when Jesus left the earth, He put us in command. (Matt. 28:18-20, Luke 10:19) He also gave us the “means to resist.” He did that when He gave us His Word and when He gave us His Name. (James 4:7, Phil. 2:10) It’s up to you and me to use the tools that He gave us. (Eph. 6:10-18)

I know some of you may feel like you are cut off, surrounded, isolated and no longer able to inflict casualties on the enemy or otherwise defend yourself, but RESIST THE THOUGHT OF SURRENDERING TO THE ENEMY! Use the Word and the Name of Jesus and take your position over the enemy. John 10:10 defines our enemy as the “thief” who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. We know that thief as the devil. We have power over all of his “so called power” as we speak God’s Word and command the enemy to flee in Jesus’ Name.

I pray this helps you. Press in, so you can press on, so you can press through…in to Jesus, on to victory, and through anything that attempts to stop you!

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6 thoughts on “Never Surrender To The Enemy

  1. Such a fantastic report! A Social Worker friend of mine who works in your ALS clinic says you are very well known among the staff for being someone who is not only positive and encouraging to the other patients, but an inspiration to the staff as well.

    As for today’s devotion, it is so coinsiding with my Bible study on warfare right now. Just wanted to share a few of the things I’ve learned to encourage:
    1. Eph 2:6 – we are seated with Christ as His body and the enemy is under our feet!
    2. Eph 2:19 – we are secured a place with Christ for eternity
    3. Eph 3:16 – we have strength to endure through the Holy Spirit – “That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man”
    What encouragement those verses bring me in struggle!!! Thank you for encouraging us to cling to Jesus, PK! I love you!!!!

  2. Amen to the GREAT report and to Christy’s wisdom and revelation …. the only thing God wants us to “strive” for is to “labor” to enter His rest… Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell]. (Amplified Bible – Lockman)
    …. we can totally rest in the knowledge that He meant it when He said “it is fiinished” – all the effort and striving on our part is fruitless – we operate in confidence expectation of good – knowing we are healed, delivered, blessed and that “disobedience” in the Greek is simply “unbelief” – not believing that what He told us is truth. Your visits at the clinic are for those 25-35 people who are beginning to see hope for themselves… seeing you as their future… a personification of Jeremiah 29:11….

  3. Hey Kevin! Praise God for the GREAT report! Thank you so much for walking this road and doing it with faith. You are such an encouragement…and this was exactly what I needed today! Blessings friend!

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