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February 13th 2018 – Battlefield of a Christian

“Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3)

Some believe that when you become a Christian, all your troubles are over. They think that in some magical way you won’t struggle with anything. The real truth is that sometimes it can be a tough road. In many cases throughout scripture, the Christian walk is seen as a battle. We fight a real enemy, but putting on our spiritual armor we can endure the hardships. This is part of our life, but there is more to it than simply suffering for sufferings sake. We are children of God, and we get to play a part in destroying the darkness and shining the light.

There is good news in this battle. You see, we are not alone. Our weapons are far greater than anything our enemy has because ours come straight from God. He is on our side and will be with us every step of the way. Even more than that, Jesus Himself suffered as we suffer. He knew pain. He understood heartache. He endured the battle and can relate to our struggle. With this understanding, He has compassion. With His divine nature, He has all the power of the universe at His disposal. One day, He will declare the ultimate victory but until then, we will endure suffering on His behalf so that more and more people can come to know the Truth of God’s love.

“Our Savior and Lord stands ready to defend those who are His own.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your loving hand of grace. While I may endure suffering, I know that I will never be fully crushed under the weight of it. Empower me with Your Spirit and equip me through Your Word so that I can be a soldier fully prepared to fight the good fight for my King. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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January 26th 2018 – God’s Warning Signs

But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)

Why are we always drawn to that which is forbidden?

All we need is for someone to say, “Whatever you do, don’t look up,” and we will immediately want to look up. We hear, “Whatever you do, don’t go in there,” and we will want to go in there.

Try saying to a child, “Stay out of that room,” or “Don’t touch that,” and that child will immediately begin to push the limits and try to see how much he or she can get away with. It is our human nature.

Perhaps in our sinful way of thinking, we assume that God says no to us because He is trying to keep us from something that would be enjoyable. We think, Why wouldn’t God let me do that? If God really loved me, He would let me do anything I wanted to.

But that kind of reasoning is simply false. Because God loves you, He puts up warning signs and barriers and tells us, “Stay away from that, don’t do this.”

The Bible tells us, “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield, He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.” (Psalm 84:11).

So a good thing to remember is that if God tells you not to do something, then that something is not a good thing.

In sense, God issues warning signs, and there was one clearly attached to a particular tree in the Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God placed Adam and Eve in an absolute paradise, talk about landing a great job. Adam’s job was to be in the Garden and to appreciate and discover all that God had created. He was to spend time in the presence of the Lord each and every day as the Lord came walking through the Garden during the cool of the day.

God had placed only one restriction on Adam and Eve. Of all the trees in the Garden,  (there must have been thousands of them) there was only one tree they could not eat from.

And yet, in Genesis 3, we find Adam and Eve hanging out at the foot of the only tree God told them to stay away from. Adam and Eve deliberately ignored the warning God gave them.

The devil is cunning. He will try to make the bad look good and good look bad. And he does a pretty effective job of it, look around us. There is no doubt he was trying to attract Adam and Eve to this tree to get them to eat of its fruit.

We notice three specific strategies the devil used to get Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit.

First, he questioned God’s Word. He did not deny that God had spoken; he simply questioned whether God had really said what Eve thought He had said. He wanted her to think that perhaps she had misunderstood God’s command. And today, the devil still twists the truth to try and alienate people from God.

Second, he questioned God’s love. He wanted Eve to think that God was holding something back from her when, in reality, God himself had placed those restrictions for Adam’s and her own good to keep them from sinning.

Third, he substituted his own lie. He questioned God’s Word, he questioned God’s love, and then he substituted his own lie. He led them to believe that they would become like gods if they ate the fruit of the three. He was saying, “Eve, You will be a goddess. Imagine. You will know good and evil. God is trying to hold something back from you. Go ahead, it’s ok…”

Here we see a primary principle of spiritual attack: the devil works from without to within, which is the very opposite of God’s method. God begins His work in a person’s heart, and the changes then affect his or her outer lifestyle. But the devil will always to try to come from the outside to gain a foothold on the inside.

That strategy was successful with Adam and Eve, and their eyes were opened to the wickedness of sin, the deceitfulness of the devil, and the weakness of their own nature. They were exposed to all of the wicked depravity of the world.

Unfortunately, we know more about this wicked world than we should, and we know far less of the Word of God, which we desperately need.  As the apostle Paul said, “But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.” (Romans 16:19).

It all starts with paying attention to the warning signs God gives us. Are you ignoring any today?

“The devil will twist the truth to try and alienate you people from God.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for taking my sin upon You. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done and for the right I have failed to do. I confess my sins to You and ask for forgiveness. Lord, thank You for Your warning signs that help turn me from sinful things. Help me to keep my eyes not on sin, but on my Savior, Jesus. Help me to soar by casting off the weights of my sin. Help me to live the life You have called me to live. I thank You for having a winning game plan for us, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 30th 2017 – Through Rough Waters

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Mark 4:35)

It was a simple statement. “Let us cross over to the other side.” Many of the disciples had sailed the Sea of Galilee before. They had fished the waters and endured some of the bad weather that often came onto the sea. Yet when Jesus asked them to cross over to the other side, they were not aware of the lesson in faith that Jesus was about to share with them.

(Mark 4:37-38) “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’”

While crossing to the other side, Jesus fell asleep on the boat. During his nap, the disciples experienced a terrible storm. I may not be a sailor, but I know that the water should remain on the outside of the boat and in this instance, it wasn’t! Frightened by the event, the disciples woke Jesus up and expressed their fear. Immediately, Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and the sea became calm. You see, the disciples had lost sight of Jesus’ words. He told them before leaving that their destination was “the other side.” He didn’t promise them still waters the whole time, but he did tell them they would get to their destination. The same is true with our lives. If you have been born again, then you have been given the promise of “the other side.” Nothing can take that from you.

Jesus promises to be with us, God says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2). In the storm you are in right now, God is with you. He is walking with you through it.

Storms will come into every life. The rain will fall and the wind will blow. You might have a rough voyage, but you will get to the other side.

“Jesus is our peace during the storms of life. He is there with us through the rough waters.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your peace and for Your promise of heaven. Help me to keep my mind focused on eternity so that I will not lose hope here on earth. Thank you  for Your promise to never leave me. Fill me with Your Spirit and use my life to share God’s peace with the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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November 16th 2017 – Temporary Obstacles

“They bribed agents to work against them and to frustrate their plans. This went on during the entire reign of King Cyrus of Persia and lasted until King Darius of Persia took the throne. Years later when Xerxes began his reign, the enemies of Judah wrote a letter of accusation against the people of Judah and Jerusalem.” (Ezra 4:5-6)

In Ezra chapter 4, we find Israel in the midst of rebuilding the Temple. Yet while they were in the middle of this glorious project, their enemies began making things hard for them. Often in the middle of those obstacles in life, we begin believing that they will remain forever, that they will never end. Dont fall pray to that type of thinking, that is a lie. When you think that or believe that, you start to think, “Well, I have to do something!” You begin considering bailing on the situation, leaving the battle or quitting the fight. The reality is that often the temptation to run is worse right before the breakthrough.

Whether the obstacles are found in your marriage, your work place or even your church; trust the Lord and hold on tight. If there is nothing unbiblical happening and no physical threat, then trust the Lord and remain in the challenge. Too often, we can run from a church or family problem because we think it’s too much trouble to deal with, but remember there is a blessing in persevering to the end. Remember, the obstacles will come in life, but they are always temporary.

“Always remember that obstacles are seasonal or temporary, meaning they do not last forever.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I’m sorry for those times I have run from obstacles in life without fully seeking Your will. Help me to persevere through the difficult times so that I may experience the blessings of victory and rest at the other end. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I can be fully equipped to remain faithful to You and Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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November 8th 2017 -Depleted, but not Defeated!

There are sometimes times in our lives when we have been hit by blow after blow, and we feel defeated and depleated. During these occasions, it is easy to lose all hope. God does not want us to live out our daily existence discouraged or hopeless, so He has given us his word as a source of blessing and encouragement.

(Deuteronomy 20:4) “for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.”

We all have battles that we fight even in today’s modern world. It might not be a physical war against other human beings, but rather our struggles may be against our own thought patterns, bad habits or weaknesses.

Sometimes these situations and circumstances that we face that are out of our control. Whatever the case, this verse in Deuteronomy can fill you with hope and courage. The author reminds us that it is the Lord who goes with us to fight for us against our enemies—whoever or whatever that may be. God not only fights for us, but he also gives us the victory.

(Deuteronomy 28:7) “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”

(Matthew 19:26) “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

(Romans 8:37) “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

One of the most encouraging thoughts for you to know is that even when things seem the worst, that God is in control. He starts from a point of victory in every situation, and he easily overcomes what feels impossible to us. Every time I struggled with feelings of loss and defeat, Like I felt this morning. We have to remind ourselves so our hope can be restored.

(1 Corinthians 15:57) “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(1 John 5:4) “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

God does not want us to ever to be overcome by feelings of defeat and despair in spite of the crushing blows we receive. He has given us His powerful word full of encouragement and hope to strengthen us instead. Ultimately, His will for us is that we live our lives in victory.

“When your lost and can’t seem to find your way, seek God for guidance, encouragement and hope!”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I ask You to replace sadness my with joy, defeat with victory, and weariness with praise.  Help me when I feel defeated, weary or sad to focus on Your blessings in my life rather than on my circumstances.   Remind me to praise You the Father at all times so I may obtain life and hope.  I ask that You bring all things to my memory that concern You and Your plans in my life.  Holy Spirit, please increase my hope as I focus on Your Word.   Help me to not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of my mind.  Strengthen and renew me in my innermost being.  Destroy the fiery darts of the enemy that attempt to pierce my souls.  May always always hear Your voice and obey Your will.  Father, help me to overcome today fears. Thank You for the ones in my life that Love me. I praise You and Love You Lord in all circumstances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 1st 2017 – Warcraft

“And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29)

It’s important to know that the enemy is in opposition to us as we step out to make disciples. The works of Satan continue today just as they did in Jesus time. The enemy’s objective is to incite distraction, division, and render us ineffective. One of the biggest keys to understanding these things is asking God to open our eyes to see where He is working. When we do this we see these spiritual battles abound. It’s important for us to note also that spiritual battles are being waged whether we see them or not. It’s up to us to test the spirits to see if they are from God.

(1 John 4:1)
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

According to a recent poll, close to 70% of all churches in the United States have fallen away from teaching Biblical doctrine. As we seek to be vigilant and maintain an active relationship with God we should expect to be attacked by a raging enemy hell bent on undermining the work of God in our lives. So how do we live in light of this? Put on the whole armor of God. Live as unto the Lord having our minds ready to do so.

(Ephesians 4:17-24)
“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

“As believers, we need to pursue Christ with the understanding that the enemy of the Father is our enemy too and is in direct opposition to our calling to disciple others.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, please give me a fresh measure of Your Spirit, wisdom, and grace to be aware of the attacks surrounding the work You desire to do in my life. Please forgive me when I slip into apathy and become spiritually stagnant. Help me to see Your work and delight myself in You regardless of whatever opposition may come. Shelter me from the enemy and his warcraft I know I can’t do this alone so I ask for grace and help to submit to You in every way for Your eternal purposes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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September 30th 2017 – The Struggle is Real

“I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water. What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true.” (Job 3:24-25)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Job was in a hard situation. In fact, you could say it is one of the most intense situations in Scripture. He has lost all that he loves and now sits before the Lord in great grief, even to the point of wishing he had never been born. Surely, things could not get worse. Yet, later, in this chapter, his friends come to “help” by pointing out that he must have sinned greatly to be punished by God in this way. These accusations show a flaw in our thinking as humans. In a world that is increasingly more interested in karma than in biblical truth, it is easy to see someone suffer and assume they are getting what they deserve. The problem is that Jesus himself points away from this train of thought to a deeper concern.

In Luke 13, Jesus is asked about people who died in tragic ways. The assumption was that they were “The worst sinners in Jerusalem” until Jesus said “No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish too.” Jesus points us away from the judgment of others sin and instead tells us to assess our own relationship with the Lord. So next time you see suffering in someone else, do not assume punishment for sin. Instead, assess your own walk, and do what you can to encourage them in the Truth of Christ.

“If someone is suffering, it doesn’t mean they have done anything wrong!”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Forgive me for those times I have judged someone’s suffering. Help me to live a Proverbs 3 life of not leaning on my own understanding. Teach me your ways and use me to minister to the broken. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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August 20th 2017 – Identity Crisis

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

Right after this blessed moment of baptism God confirms Jesus identity and announces His pleasure. Shortly after this strong affirmation from God we find Jesus, in (Matthew 4:1-10), being tempted by the enemy after enduring a forty day fast. The enemy immediately challenges what God has spoken by saying ‘if You are the Son of God’.

Understand that the enemy’s first temptation often times is to get us to question our identity in Christ. When we receive God’s gracious, unearned gift of salvation our identity is sealed in the blood of Christ, which defeats the enemy. Could you imagine an 1st grade student coming home with the an ‘F’ on his/her report card and the parent saying “you are no longer my child, change your name and leave my house!” Of course not! Neither does the Lord dismiss you or I when we fail because His love never fails (1Corinthians 13:8).

If you were gardening and you saw a plant that was drooping and bent downward would you uproot the plant trash it and start over? Hopefully not. What a skilled gardener often will do is put a wooden stake in the ground next to it and tie the plant to it, leaving the plant dependent on the wood to grow. This is our life in Christ, leaning not on our own works, but on the grace that God purchased through Jesus Christ on that cross to help us to grow in Him.

“The enemy wants you to doubt who you are, whose you are, and to spend time trying to earn what you have already been given.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for dying for me so I could have identity in You as Your beloved. Please help me to continue to remember the grace You have shown to me at the cross that I might live for You, in good times and bad, all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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May 12th 2017 – Battlefield of the Mind

 

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

The battle we face as Christians is very real, and it is often extremely difficult. We see in the Scripture that spiritual battles is most often fought in our own minds. In the verses above, notice the words used to describe the battle. He uses words like “argument”, “knowledge”, “thought” and “imaginations”. This is why studying the Bible is so important. The more we know God’s Word, the more we are equipped to respond correctly. We can often see this really well in those moments we are corrected.

The moment we are corrected over something our mind instantly leaps to our defense. Rather than honestly considering the circumstance being presented, we usually respond by either explaining why it’s not our fault, making an excuse for why it’s OK, or we simply point out what is wrong with the person correcting us. This is the same tactic Adam and Eve used in the garden, and is something we need to guard our minds against. Instead of responding in the flesh, we can take a moment, pray and respond rightly.

Law Enforcement and Military personell take time to train for various situations they may encounter in the field. So schedule time to get in Gods word so that you can bettter prepare how to handle spiritual battles take place in our minds.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving me Your Word so that I am better able to know how to live. Fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I can respond in love at all times. Guard my mind against the powers of the enemy, and help me to think on godly things. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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December 29th 2016 – Speaking Life to Others

Then his wife said to him (job), “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9)

In the Book of Job. (pronounced “Jobe”) It begins with an introduction to Job’s character, he is described as a blessed man who lived righteously in the Land of Uz. The Lord’s praise of Job prompted Satan to challenge Job’s integrity, suggesting that Job served God simply because God protected him.  Satan caused much pain and greif for him, tormenting Job to try to break his faith.

We often think, well, Satan left Job’s wife alive because she was carnal. Could be. It’s interesting we are not told where she is in her faith before this statement. Maybe she was walking with the Lord before losing her wealth, her house and grounds, her children and is now watching her husband in pain. And maybe in just giving in, she said curse God and die, I give up Job.

This can happen to any of us. We all go through hard times, and it’s easy to speak poorly during those times. Be watchful of anyone speaking contrary to the Word, or speaking negatively in hard times. Be the person who speaks life, who speaks the truth, and speaks love. Allow God to use you to bring healing to others who are hurting, and to empower you to be a witness for His glory even while you are going through hard times.

“The beauty and strength of a marriage, business partnership or friendship is that often when one is weak, the other is strong.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for empowering us through Your Spirit to speak life and blessing even during hard times. Help us to be loving when it’s someone else hurting, and help us to speak wisely when we are hurting. We lift up to You all those in our life going through difficult situations, and ask You to use us to be a blessing in all of our relationships. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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