Recently, I felt the influence of a very strong power stirring up raging emotions in me. I wanted to instead give myself over to Christ and so I began praying in tongues and offering spiritual sacrifices. I could immediately feel that power retreating and the raging emotional response fell flat like a lake after the storm winds pass.
It was so clear that the power in me through faith in Christ was more powerful than the other influence and I paused in awe of such power. I then reflected on how the purpose of the knowledge and tokens of Christ being issued to us is not to chase away unclean powers as a child chasing dogs with a water gun.
The purpose is for us to complete each cycle unto the glory of God through fruit bearing. And so I returned to prayer focused again on the presence of Christ and not upon the effect of His presence on the powers of this world.
1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
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