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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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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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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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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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December 6th 2017 – When Situations Seem Bleak

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” (Acts 12:5)

How can you cultivate hope when life looks bleak?

The book of Acts chapter 12 opens with a challanging scenario “It’s Bleak!” James has been executed, and Peter has been arrested by King Herod. Next, he was going to be killed. But then we read that “constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church” (verse 5). The church took this seriously and began to pray. So God sent an angel to deliver Peter from prison, and the story has a much happy ending.

Feeling like there is no hope is one of the most challenging emotions to manage. After all, why would someone even try when he believes there is no hope, and correspondingly, no possibility for things to improve?

Maybe you are facing a bleak scenario right now. Maybe you have received some bad news from your doctor or are facing a difficult situation at work. Maybe there is a problem in your family. Maybe things have gone from bad to worse, and you don’t know what to do. Pray about it. Get your Christian friends to pray about it with you. Bring the situation before the Lord, because with God, all things are possible. God can take impossible situations and turn them around for His glory.

Trust God!

Personal Prayer Request.

I personally am facing a bleak situation in my life, which also includes my sweet wife. A series of unavoidable events happened in my life that turned our life upside down. These events came in the form of spiritual attacks. The enemy has been orchestrating opposition around every corner for a very long time, I can actually relate to the book of Job. I do trust and seek the Lord daily. I keep pushing forward, in prayer and praying for others even writing devotions daily (for years) in the midst of the chaos. But I feel weak, exhausted and often feel at Loss. I know God loves me, I know God can help us with the circumstances. I now petition the Church Body to pray for my wife and I. That by some miracle the circumstances could change and we could have a time of relief and not total opposition.  If you feel led to reach out to me, my contact info is listed below. Thank you for your prayers.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we call upon You in the middle of this storm, That You give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy on us while we struggle to comprehend life’s hardships that come a storms of life. When fear and panic, shock and dismay are close by, so are you. May we always recconize you , Keep us ever in Your watch until these times of opposition of life pass. Thank you for the Church Body. In Jesus’ precious and glorious name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

Scriptural Seeds Ministries

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