Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
"Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king’s command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them." Esther 9:1 NKJV
A decree is an official order given by a person with power. Decrees are backed by the laws and are enforced by law enforcement agencies. Here's how powerful decrees are: by decrees, all children below two years old were killed in Israel! Even in modern days, decrees or laws are as powerful.
What's usually the first reaction to a decree? Fear; especially if the decree comes with punishments. Imagine for a minute that a decree is made that all Christians will be jailed and tortured to death; what do you think would happen? The number of people who profess to be Christians would reduce drastically because a lot of us would be terrified by the repercussions.
But as powerful as decrees are, the good news is that decrees can be altered by counter decrees. Newton's third law of motion says that "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." React to unpleasant decrees, with equal and opposite decrees! In our case, when men issue decrees against us, because we function with greater authority, we can alter them with superior and weightier decrees!
Listen, it doesn't matter what has been said about you, what matters is what you are saying about what has been said! Are you going to accept it, live with it, cry about it, or suffer the consequences? Don't! Alter the decree! Issue counter decrees! The Bible says that you shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you! Don't be quiet now, don't even be afraid; open your mouth and begin to declare whatever you want done! Hallelujah!