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Just Claim It

by Annagail Lynes  
7/25/2008 / Devotionals

I saw the Supernanny re-run that aired on Wednesday. In her conference with the parents, she said one interesting truth.

She told the parents, "Don't fight for the position you already have. Just claim it."

She, of course, spoke of their position as the parents. However this truth applies to us as Believers as well.

We are kings and priests (Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10). Jesus gave us authority over this Earth (Luke 10:19). We have the authority. We have been given the position.

Instead we are begging and pleading with God to do what He has given us the authority to do.

We are trying to fight for our healing. We are trying to fight for our prosperity. We are trying to fight for the things God has already given us when Jesus cried, "It is finished" on the cross (John 19:30).

We need to claim what is already ours.

The word claim, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, means to
demand, ask for, or take as one's own or one's due, to state to be true, especially when open to question; assert or maintain.

We have to take our rights in Christ as our own. We don't fight for our rights. We already have them. Instead we use the authority that we have as children of God to enforce those rights in our lives.

For example, let's say a police person, who has a badge and the authority that goes with it, sees a car who is speeding. When he pulls the driver over, he doesn't beg and plead for the driver to stop speeding. Instead he writes the driver a ticket.

We should be like that police officer and know what authority we have been given in Christ. Then we need to enforce that authority in our lives and not settle for less than what God's Word says we can have.

Annagail Lynes is a pharmacy technician, certified life coach and ordained minister. She is helping people move forward after trauma by helping them discover their purpose. Follow her blog at

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