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Have you ever watched a fish swim in a fishbowl? There is only so far it can go because it is forced to remain within the circular bowl it calls home. It is contained, and will never get out. Its only existence involves swimming around and around; its circumstances will never change. Unfortunately, there are many Christians who live a similar existence. They are seemingly trapped in their circumstances, and forced to go around in circles. This is not the way God wants His children to live. We have been given keys and strategies to demolish containment in our lives. It is up to us to take what belongs to us.
Two of the most potent weapons Satan uses to keep Christians contained are deception and distraction. Deception causes you to believe a lie, and distraction is an intrusion of the mind, designed to cause confusion. Any times these two attacks come against you, be certain Satan is trying to keep you confined to your present circumstances. He doesn’t want you to break out of the land of average and into the abundant life God has prepared for you. By keeping you contained, particularly in your finances, he limits your ability to help expand the Kingdom of God.
Financial increase is something God has promised His people. The Bible is a book of covenants, and wealth is a topic that is discussed in detail throughout the Scriptures. When you discover a promise from God, it belongs to you, when you release your faith. Once you believe you receive it, you must go after it, in the spirit realm, with great intensity.
Matthew 11:12 describes the stance a Christian must take when it comes to laying hold of the promises of God: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” When Jesus talks about “taking it by force,” he means to seize the things that are rightfully yours by applying your faith consistently, refusing to let up, even when you don’t see anything happening or changing. This is what it means to release violent faith.
I like to use the illustration of water dripping or running down a rocky surface or canyon. At first, the water doesn’t have a significant effect on the rock; however, if it continues to drip consistently, over time, it will begin to wear the rock down and cut a path through it.
This is the same way we must apply the Word of God against our circumstances. If debt is staring us in the face, we must consistently apply the force of God’s Word against that situation by speaking and acting on it to such a point where it begins to change and rearrange the situation. The same applies to lack and insufficiency. The Bible contains specific scriptures which promise abundance and provision. Don’t let them just sit in your Bible. Get them off the pages and into your heart! Speak them over your circumstances and watch the walls of containment begin to fall.
When you are consistent, you take the promises of God by force. Until the Word becomes a way of life, it can never become a reality, which is why it is so important that it holds first place in your life. Take the Word of God and allow it to be planted deep in your heart. Keep it before your eyes, going in your ears, and coming out of your mouth. When this type of consistency becomes a way of life, the devil has no choice but to get out of your way. Your words and life will become a force that will absolutely knock him down. You will no longer be like that fish in the fishbowl, but you will rise above your circumstances to possess all that God desires you to have and be all the He created you to be.
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