power without power (2/3) | Jay Fesperman
In the same way, his accusations, his deceptions, and his confusions are all lies! But who’s to expose him? ONLY THE TRUTH! And that’s JESUS! The Bible makes it very clear: “The reason the SON OF GOD appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). And Jesus told the people, “I am the LIGHT OF THE WORLD”. Paul says. . . , “He [the Father] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the SON whom He loves”.
But in everything the devil has become is exactly opposite to Jesus, and everything he does is exactly opposite to what Jesus does. Where Jesus SAVES, the devil DESTROYS. Where Jesus HEALS, the devil MAKES INFIRM. Where Jesus GIVES LIFE, the devil brings DEATH. Where Jesus UNITES, the devil SEPARATES. Where Jesus BUILDS, the devil TEARS DOWN. It cannot be otherwise! Jesus is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, & THE LIFE! And Satan seeks to STEAL, to KILL, and to DESTROY! His pattern with the people of God is to SEPARATE, MAKE INFIRM, DESTROY . . . , ACCUSE, DECEIVE, CONFUSE!
Now let’s take a very specific example, right out of the mouth of the Lord. He says, “I will build MY Church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it.” Underline, emphasize the “MY”. I will build MY church! A great change is coming forth in all parts of the world. Churches that men have built are tumbling and churches that God’s Christ is building are springing up everywhere! Many so-called churches are not truly churches! and we see Spirit-filled people attempting to bring RENEWAL into these existing institutions, but Jesus Christ has no intention of building an institutional organization. he is building a BODY – a BRIDE for Himself – while man is building an institution for himself. Often it is hard to tell the difference. The devil will not hinder the work – any work – that does not take anything out of the kingdom of darkness. But when there’s a clash between these two forces, TRUTH will reveal ACCUSATION, DECEPTION, & CONFUSION. LIGHT will dispel DARKNESS. GOD’S SPIRIT will expose Man’s SELFISHNESS. Jesus’ Body will prevail over Man’s structures! The Lord told the Jews that it took seventy years for them to build the temple. “I’ll tear it down and build it back in three days”.
And so it come down to this: The Lord has ordained that, by His Spirit in Man, the work of building will follow His plan. It is not to be altered from the distinctive design that He gave to His earliest disciples. “I have been given all AUTHORITY. Now I give you AUTHORITY. Go and make disciples of all nations. . . and teach them to OBEY everything I HAVE COMMANDED YOU”. What a shocker! I have given you MY commands for you to obey. Now you go demand from them that they obey every command that I have commanded you to obey! (Matthew 28:18-19). To me that means [that] I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, because I have been taught by His disciples to obey everything He required of them. If we deploy ourselves in any other stream of obedience, we will come under the influence of forces or powers of Satan’s deception, confusion, or accusation.
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 42, August/September 1984.