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from JO’s sermon tonight:

we all have things come against us that look like they’re permanent; “you’ll always be addicted, you’ll never get well, you’re not going to meet the right person.” that’s not the final say; there is a higher court that has more authority. our God is called “the most high God”; He’s the Supreme Court all by Himself. He can overrule any decision. God says: “health will be restored unto you. My mercy is bigger than any mistake. you will lend and not borrow. freedom from addiction and wholeness is coming.” don’t let what the lower court decided become permanent in your thinking, discourage you to where you quit believing; it’s only temporary. the final judge is your heavenly Father.

Psalm 9:3-4 (NET Bible)
3 When my enemies turn back,
they trip and are defeated before you.
4 For you defended my just cause;
from your throne you pronounced a just decision.

Psalm 9:4 (GNT)
4 You are fair and honest in your judgments,
and you have judged in my favor.

those enemies that have come against you, sickness, addiction, fear, struggle, lack, God is about to judge in your favor. you’re about to get a new verdict; a breakthrough in your health, doors are going to open that are bigger than you’ve imagined, God’s going to bring divine connections, the right people across your path. you may not be in a good place right now, but where you are is not who you are; where you’ve come from doesn’t have to limit where you’re going to. you’re going to set a new standard, break out of the mold; you can be the first one in your family to get a degree, own your own business, break the addiction, raise your children in church.

you may be facing challenges that look permanent, dreams that seem impossible, you don’t see a way; don’t worry, God has a way. He controls the whole universe.

Psalm 18:16-17 (NLT)
16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.

you may not be able to beat the cancer on your own, but you’re not on your own; the most high God is ruling in your favor. He’s going to rescue you from deep waters, deliver you from powerful enemies. God is saying, “I’m about to turn things in your favor,” instead of dwelling on how big your enemies are, dwell on how big your God is. all through the day, “Lord, thank You that You are judging in my favor.”

Exodus 23:26 (NRSV)
26 … I will fulfill the number of your days.

the enemy is not in control of your life; he can’t stop your purpose. an accident, a bad break, a sickness; God has the final say. remember, when Satan wanted to test Job, he had to ask God for permission; he couldn’t just go there and do whatever he wanted. that’s why we don’t have to live worried, upset, afraid; we are in a controlled environment. God has you in the palm of His hand; nothing can snatch you away.

Satan and God are not equal; God is the creator of the universe. Satan is a created being, a fallen angel; he wasn’t made in the image of God, you were. but if you see the enemy as being this powerful force, that can stop you, control you, determine your destiny, you are giving him power over you that he doesn’t have. when Jesus came out of the grave, he took away the keys of death and hell.

Matthew 28:18 (NLV)
18 Jesus came and said to them, “All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

the enemy has already been defeated; we’re in a fixed fight. we know the final outcome; God says that He always causes you to triumph. He’s going to judge in your favor.

1 John 4:4 (KJV)
4 … greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

you don’t have to be afraid of the enemy; he’s afraid of you. when he looks at you, he sees who you belong to; you remind him that he is powerless, and of his defeat, of that day 2000 years ago when Christ conquered him. you need to get ready, God is about to overrule some things in your life: addictions, depression, injustice, unfair situations. that’s not your destiny; God has a life of victory for you.

this is what He did for the Israelites. they had been in slavery for 430 years, but one day, God had had enough:

Exodus 3:7-8 (NASB)
7 The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt… 8 So I have come down to deliver them

their captors were bigger, stronger, had more equipment, but God delivered them from powerful enemies. God not only caused the Pharaoh to let them go:

Exodus 12:35-36 (NIV)
35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. 36 The Lord had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians.

they could’ve left empty-handed, that would’ve been a great victory just to be free, but God said, “no, it’s payback time; I’m going to compensate you for what you’ve been through.”

God knows what you’re owed. He knows every person that’s done you wrong, every injustice, bad break. He’s not just going to bring you out, He’s going to pay you back. You’re going to be fully compensated, blessed, prosperous, vindicated, honored; people will know that God has ruled in your favor. you may have situations that put you at a disadvantage; God sees it, knows what you’ve been through, didn’t get, who left you. where you are is not your final destination. your time is coming: vindication, promotion, abundance is coming. keep being your best, honoring God; there is favor in your future that’s going to amaze you.

many of the things that we struggle with have been passed down in our family line; it’s not a coincidence that we’re tempted in certain areas, having to deal with addiction, depression, a hot temper, those are spirits that keep getting passed down from generation to generation. just like we pass down physical traits, we can pass down attitudes, dysfunction, depression. the enemy didn’t start with you, he started way back in your family line.

in the scripture, Isaac’s wife Rebecca was dishonest; she manipulated her children, deceived her husband. her son Jacob was just like her; he was a deceiver who tricked his brother out of his birthright. Jacob’s uncle Laban had the same problem; he promised Rachel to Jacob if he worked for him for 7 years, and then demanded that he work 14 years instead. there was a spirit of deception in their family line; it looked like it would be passed from generation to generation. but one day, God in His mercy said, “enough is enough”; Jacob humbled himself, admitted he was wrong, and that was the turning point:

Genesis 32:9-10 (NIV)
9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, Lord, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’ 10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant.

Jacob’s son Joseph was just the opposite. he was a man of great integrity; you won’t read one negative thing in the scripture about him. God broke the curse of manipulation and deception.

some of the things that you’re dealing with, things that’ve been passed down, they didn’t start with you, but they’re going to end with you. God is saying, “I’m about to overrule negative baggage, dysfunction, addictions, lack, struggle, in your family line. this is a new day; freedom, wholeness is coming.

you’re the difference-maker; because you’re honoring God, you’re going to see the God Who overrules put a stop to it. the generational curse is being broken; the generational blessing is beginning. you were created to live free, healthy, whole, secure; don’t get comfortable with dysfunction, don’t settle for things that are less than God’s best. put your faith out there; “Father, thank You that You’re overruling every negative thing that’s holding me back.” God not only overrules what comes against us, sometimes He overrules our wrong choices; without His mercy, we wouldn’t fulfill our destiny.

God told Jonah:

Jonah 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.

what’s interesting is, God didn’t stop him from trying to go the wrong way; He respects our free will. but He eventually stepped in:

Jonah 1:15-17 (NIV)
15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard… 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

God didn’t stop all of Jonah’s mistakes, but He did stop him from missing his destiny.

how many of us would not be here if God had not overruled our wrong choices? you could have married the wrong person, died from an addiction, lost your temper and told off your boss, but God overruled you. you may be headed down the wrong path today, making decisions that you know are not the best; don’t be surprised if you encounter the God Who overrules. He loves you too much to let you miss your purpose.

the scripture talks about the mercies of God; not singular, plural, mercies. again and again, God shows us mercy. friends that you had growing up, that you used to party with, some of them may not still be here, they didn’t make it; that could’ve been you, but the God Who overrules stepped in, and here you are, free, clean, healthy. you could’ve had a nervous breakdown, buckled under all the pressure, but when you thought that you couldn’t take it anymore, the God Who overrules put a stop to it, now you’re stronger than ever. some of the people that you grew up with, if they could see you now, in church, honoring God, clean, free, blessed, kind, generous, they’d be shocked; it’s all because of the God Who overrules.

Jesus said to Peter:

Luke 22:31-32 (NIV)
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail

Jesus was saying, “Peter, the enemy is coming against you to try to distract you, discourage you, get you off course, but don’t worry, I’m praying for you, I’m going to strengthen you, I’m not going to let you be defeated.”

when life gets tough, things come against you, you’re not on your own; you have an advantage:

Romans 8:34 (NIRV)
34 … Christ Jesus is at the right hand of God and is also praying for us

it’s one thing to have people pray for you, but when you have the risen Savior praying, you cannot be defeated. If God can overrule death, the grave, forces of darkness, don’t you think He can overrule what’s holding you back? those obstacles may look permanent, but in your spirit, you need to hear God saying, “overruled.” that dysfunction may have been in your family line for generations; this is a new day. God is about to put a stop to it. He is delivering you from powerful enemies, judging in your favor; what stopped you in the past will stop you no more. you are coming into freedom, wholeness, abundance, victory, the fullness of your destiny.

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