Limitless

We all limit God’s ability to work in our lives, by what we allow Him to do. What do I mean? We choose how much we allow God to do through our surrender. When John wrote “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John knew that it took a life of surrender to see God work in His life. But what are we doing?

 

God wants to do the impossibles, the unimaginable. The unthinkable. He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Why? he wants to show you and I just how powerful he is when we say yes to Him. Sounds easy? To cultivate a lifestyle of surrender we must be planted firmly in the Truth, by knowing who He is and His promises we have a better understanding and a more clearer way of trusting in Him when the boat starts rocking.

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When Peter was called out onto the water; how much harder would it have been to step out if Peter did not see Jesus’ miracles beforehand?

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Your Ways – His Ways

I’m 29; hard-headed and very impatient. I like doing things my way and expect it to happen when I want it to happen. This Isn’t how God works and how He does things. While being a Christian for 15 years I still struggle with that thought. He says in His word ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

In everything we do, we have to believe by faith. Faith is what activates the impossible, it is the delivery system of God. And without it, no man can please God.

Where are you at with your walk with Christ? Are you like me who is impatient and wants things done instantly? Your not alone. We must do 1 thing and it’s this. Put Him first in all things and trust Him with your life. Don’t waver according to popular opinion or what your eyes see, look into the realm of His spirit. How? By faith.

He is the way, trust in Him and He will show you the way!

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Expectation

The year 2016 brought many challenges in my walk with Christ. And yet I overcame every obstacle that the enemy put in front of me. I wasn’t able to overcome them by myself of course but only through Jesus. The outlook that I have before I go into prayer is this; He will meet every need that I have and restore the areas that need to be restored in my life. Your outlook determines the outcome. What are you expecting God to do in 2017?

 

In 2 Timothy 1:12 Paul writes “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

Paul is saying that yet I have been through many storms, I know what to expect! Because he knows who God is. Knowing who you are in Christ and the power that you have over the enemy is the most important thing to know and understand and not be convinced otherwise.

God is faithful, God never changes, He holds your future in His hands. Are you convinced that He is able to guard you?

 

In 2016 I learned that:

  1.  I can’t do everything by myself
  2. I need help!
  3. To worry less, casting every care to Jesus
  4. Expect a greater outcome

 

What have you learned in 2016? Are you expecting greater things in 2017?

 

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What’s Holding You Back?

 

Let’s back up to what has happened before this. Here it goes. King Nebuchadnezzar had attacked Jerusalem, tore down the walls and destroyed the temple. Why? The Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah that if they would not stop idolatry worship he would cause them to be captive for 70 years. After the 70 years (known as the Babylonian Exile) King Cyrus of Persia attacked Babylonia and took control over it. Then King Cyrus of
Persia attacks Babylon and is now in charge. In the first chapter of Ezra we read where God commands King Cyrus to let his people go and for them to build a temple for the Lord.

Ezra 4

 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord, the God of Israel,they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ houses and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God as you do, and we have been sacrificing to him ever since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria who brought us here.” But Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers’ houses in Israel said to them, “You have nothing to do with us in building a house to our God; but we alone will build to the Lord, the God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.” Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.

 

What held them back ?                                           

The adversaries – The negative Nancy’s, Debbie Downer’s we all have in our lives.

Who are we letting weaken us in our lives by listening to others?

  • We should never take hold of what other people say about us that is negative.

James 3:5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

  • Are we letting the criticism stop us from doing what God has called us to do?

 

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Living for the Lord will not be easy, you will have people that the enemy places along the road for them to make you stop or have doubts living for Him. We must know who we are in Christ in able to stand against the lies of the enemy. Do you have a dream or goal that God has impregnated you with? Let it out, don’t be scared of opposition. We are all going to face it.

 

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Ask yourself these questions:

Do you know who you are in Christ?

Do you know your authority in Christ?

 

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The Cost

Have you ever thought for a moment the cost that it took for us to have freedom? Not only at Calvary, but the events leading up to it. From the time in Genesis all the way to His appearance; the genealogy and the mishaps along the way, but He still came. Lived a sinless perfect life so that you and I may be with Him again, just as He desires to see His children.

My question is: have you counted the cost that it will take to follow Him?

 

Luke 9:57-62

57: Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”

  • I’m sure Jesus had people all the time going up to Him telling Him that they are going to follow Him, until He tells them the cost that is involved.
  • Have you counted the cost?

 

58:  And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

  • Jesus lived a very simple life by faith, He was homeless trusting His Father for every need and without reserves of material resources. The nature of his mission kept him on the move and would keep his followers on the move.
  • Is your lifestyle keeping you on the move?
  • Are you content in your walk? Or desire to have more of Him?

 

59: “And He said unto another, follow Me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”  [excuses]

  • Number one reason why people don’t follow Christ. Excuses! He wanted to remain in his father’s house and care for him until the father died. This was obviously an indefinite period, which could drag on and on.
  • “Choose you this day whom you will serve”

 

60: “Jesus said to Him, let the dead bury their dead.”

  • Jesus wasn’t showing disrespect, but He knew the hour, and His time was short.
  • Do we have the same outlook? Do we display the urgency or are we hiding the urgency?

 

61: “And another also said, Lord, I will follow You; but let me first go bid farewell, which are at home at my house.”   [undecisive]

  • A heart that is divided is not fit for the kingdom.
  • He must become number 1

 

62: “ And Jesus said unto Him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

  • When the going gets tough, will you go back? Will you look back?
  • Keep your eyes on Him

 

In preparation for this message. The Lord had given me a vision of a plough that had been in a field for quite some time. Rust had taken effect and there was no trail of turned soil behind it. The farmer had walked away; given up. I’m sure there were rocks and deep roots that he once had to go over or go through. Even in life there are these moments where we push through. Not by ourselves but with the help of God. Are you undecisive? Are you making excuses of why your not following Christ? Choose today who you will serve. Sin has a cost, but Jesus took the fall. Put your hands onto the plough and hold on.

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Drawn pt.1

With studying the book of Moses, God has pointed out several key subjects to me. Stay tuned for further posts!

 

 

1. To be drawn to a fire we must be captivated by it.

Moses was drawn to the burning bush.

Who wouldn’t be?

“And he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”

When you get into the presence of God The impossible always happens with God. Chains are broken, hearts are restored, lives are changed.
How do you look at God?

When God saw that Moses turned to look at the bush, it got His attention. God is moved by Faith.

But first we must look and expect God to speak.
Who knew that God would use Moses to deliver 3 million people. All the Lord needs is one man, or woman to preach His Word. Will you be drawn?

What is Character?

I find out that the definition of character is who you are when no one else is around. The wholeness of a person. In this Psalm David was concerned about the questions asked and answered in this Psalm.

 

O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?

Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right

and speaks truth in his heart;

who does not slander with his tongue

and does no evil to his neighbor,

nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

in whose eyes a vile person is despised,

but who honors those who fear the Lord;

who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

who does not put out his money at interest

and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things shall never be moved.

David lays out eight core values of a person of character.

  1. “Works righteousness” (v. 2); those who are in Christ does the right thing, that is, “God’s thing,” no matter how great the cost.
  2.  “Walks uprightly” (v. 2); we deal with personal mistakes with integrity. A person of integrity admits mistakes and makes corrections and restitutions.
  3.  “Speaks truth in his heart” (v. 2) ;a person of character delights in honesty, guards the honesty of his heart, and takes delight in what is honest, and genuine.
  4.  “does not backbite with his tongue” (v. 3); person of character uses disciplined words and does not slander. Speak truth, bring life, strength, and joy to others by their words.
  5.  “Honors those who fear the Lord” (v. 4) ; defend others who are righteous, whether a friend or not, a person of character comes to their aid, regardless of the cost.
  6.  “Swears to his own hurt and does not change” (v. 4); when we say “yes” we mean “yes,” and when we say “no,” we mean “no.”
  7.  “Does not put money at usury” (v.5 ); usury means charging people interest on money loaned. We don’t use money to get ahead or to gain at the expense of others. We understand what we have is a gift of God and needs to be used to accomplish God’s purposes.
  8. Does not “take a bribe against the innocent” (v. 5); don’t use people to meet emotional, physical, or financial needs. A person of character treats everyone as the sons and daughters of God.

 

#Surrender

He wants all of us

 

For a long time I thought giving God most of me was good enough. I thought since I have a great prayer life, I’m involved in a ministry every week at my church I thought what more could I give. But It felt spiritually like I kept hitting a wall. I was restricted in a way that I could not push through.

From your attitude to your finances, He wants to be involved in every detail of our lives. It’s not just the parts we allow Him, He wants control of it all. That’s the hardest part sometimes is the letting go part. But I’ve found out over the years that total surrenderance is key to have a fulfilling life in God. Just like the disciples we too must leave everything behind us. Do I mean go off and live in the wilderness, to quit your job, tell your wife and kids, “see ya”. No, I mean spiritually. When we are saved. Jesus changes our hearts, changes what our desires and passions are to become more of what He wants to do through us. But that only comes through surrendering.

We are called to be set apart. Not to act like the World, but to have a new mindset. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; The old has gone.” Have you gave up everything? Have you decreased so He can increase? If not, I pray that you will make that choice today. God doesn’t want partial obedience He wants obedience. Don’t give God pieces of your heart, give Him all!

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What is Your Object of Faith?

If our object of faith is on anything other than the Cross of Christ, we will fail; plain and simple. I don’t care if you pray more, read the Bible more, if your faith is not in the Cross and what was done for you at Calvary, you will not see victory in your life.

 

How easy it is to focus and place our faith on something other than the Cross. Many times I have failed and could not figure out why. I was doubling my prayer time, going to every Bible study in town. Still, I could not see victory.

 

How wrong I was to think that the power is in more time praying or studying. Sure, you will be blessed for that but that’s not the key to victory. Sure, reading the Bible you will know more about God, but that will not give me victory without putting my faith into the right place – the Cross.

 

Rules become legalism which leads to more harm than good. Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Today, place your faith in the finished work of the Cross.

 

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Partial Obedience = Diobedience

He wants all of us.

 

For a long time I thought giving God most of me was good enough. I thought since I have a great prayer life, I’m involved in a ministry every week at my church, I have a blog site, I thought I was doing “okay”. It felt spiritually like I kept hitting a wall but there was always that “thing” that kept me from maturing in my faith. I couldn’t figure out what to give up. Every time that I would go in prayer, I would ask the Lord, show me what I need to give up. 

I’ve heard the song “Have it All”, I’ve read the scriptures about giving God your all. The rich young ruler, The surrendering aspect of it was the part I was trying to figure out myself. From your attitude to your finances, He wants to be involved in every detail. It’s not just the parts we allow Him, He wants control of it all. 

James 4:7 “Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

This particular verse I still speak out whenever the enemy tempts me. But it’s not only used for being tempted. “Submit to God” should tell you that whether the enemy is shooting fiery darts or not, we should always “submit to God”

The pride of life springs up whenever you think about handing anything over to someone else. When I was young, just starting out with having my first job. My dad would help me with my finances. Why? I needed help and he was awesome at taking care of his own. I’ve never seen anyone like him that can make a dollar stretch and so disciplined with his own finances. It was hard to hand him over the money that I worked hard for. I had to form a trust, and since then I have learned the value of trust and surrendering.

 

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

 

How much do you trust God? Would you go as far as sacrificing your son? Or daughter? Look at Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son. As soon as Abraham raises the knife, an angel of the lord shouted “Do not lay a hand on the boy, now I know that you fear the Lord, because you have withheld from me your son, your only son.”

God tests us, He sees how much we are willing to give up. Have you gave up everything? Have you decreased so He can increase? If not, I pray that you will make that choice today. God doesn’t want partial obedience. Its all or nothing. Don’t give God parts of you, for He has not given us parts of Him.

Where is Your Faith?

 

Where is your faith? Is it in anything other than the Cross?

If our object of faith is on anything other than the Cross of Christ, we will fail; plain and simple. I don’t care if you pray more, read the Bible more, if your faith is not in the Cross and what was done for you at Calvary, you will not see victory in your life.

How easy it is to focus and place our faith on something other than the Cross. Many times I have failed and could not figure why. I was doubling my prayer time, going to every Bible study in town. Still, I could not see victory.

How wrong I was to think that the power is in more time praying or studying. Sure, you will be blessed for that but that’s not the key to victory. Sure, reading the Bible you will know more about God, but that will not give me victory without putting my faith into the right place – the Cross. Rules become legalism which leads to more harm than good. Today, place your faith in the finished work of the Cross.

When Is It My Turn?

For many it’s called the waiting game. I like to call it the unbelief that has settled in the hearts of many Christians. What do I mean? Many Christians have dis-valued the power of God of His healing power, promises and His authority. How? This generation has become impatient, lazy and expect miracles to happen overnight. God never changes, God doesn’t compete with us, and He never will. For some, many people test the Lord, they do things that so they think “make” Him respond of the situation. This can dangerous, and very stupid. We have to realize the character of God and to know that He sends us what we need, when we need it and the time that He allows it to come into your life. We can’t rush God to do things. God’s delivery system is called faith, and without it, no man can please God. Take a look in the book of John 5. A man who had an infirmity for 38 years, who was bedridden, and not able to walk, until one day.

 

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

 

They once were the first ones to the altar to have prayer; first to stand and worship after offering was taken; first to shake hands to the people around them. Now they are the first ones out the door. Months, maybe years has passed. The miracles, and healing’s that they had read over and over in the Bible; the countless testimonies that they have heard; The hands that have been laid on them for the miracle and healing and has not yet seen manifested in their own life. They desperitly need a miracle but nothing has happened yet. The lies of the enemy has been planted. Now they begin to have thoughts “Does God love me?” “Does God still perform miracles?” “Is there a God”. Yes! Yes! and Yes! The man who once laid for 38 years at the gate by the pool of Bethesda had the same thoughts. When is it going to be my turn? Why are all these around me have gone before me and received their healing? Think of how many people in his time of laying their being the spectator instead of the participant has seen others be healed. They stepped in as a diseased, lame, blind or paralyzed body but came out healed; a miracle had just happened in their life. 

 

“Our disability has no excuse for His ability”

 

From the age of 9 I knew God had big plans for me. The scripture that the Holy Spirit had gave me at that age was the discussion at the burning bush when Moses fights with God as to say he is slow of speech, that he is not able to do what God is calling him to do. I too was a Moses.

I had always dreamed of preaching in front of people. The messages that God would give me before I was even called at the age of 22 was like a fire that was shut up in my bones, but boldness I did not have. I too was frail and paralyzed by fear. The moments that led to where I am at today had to take radical, daring faith outside of my comfort zone.

Maybe this man had given up, maybe at one time he was near the pool, but he had said to his friends “Just put me over there away from the water”, “I’m never going to be healed”, “It’s not my time.”

What’s keeping you from the water?

 

His ability can overcome our disability, it takes faith, just a little faith.
One day, a man who he had never seen before. Maybe he had heard of Jesus, the news about Him being the Messiah, this so called Son of God according to the Pharisees. He found out that He truly was the Son of God, the prophecy that was spoken by Isaiah ” This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah “He took our illness and bore our diseases.” – Matt 8:11

“Take up your bed and walk”

When we rely on the natural instead of the spiritual, the doctors instead of the Lord, medicine instead of the Holy Spirit. We become less dependent on the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, doctors and medicines are a gift from God but we should never come to a point to where we totally depend on them. This man relied on the waters to heal him, but when he had the personal touch from Jesus his whole life changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Withholding the Promise

1 Samuel 16

 

It is not of God’s nature to withold any promise, but we must wait on Him and not rush His plans that He has for us.

David Anointed King

The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ And invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do. And you shall anoint for me him whom I declare to you.” Samuel did what the LORD commanded and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

 

  1. Sanctify Yourselves

God has to set you apart in order for Him to set you up. You may look on the outside thinking more about the delay but He is preparing you to do a mighty work for Him. Don’t focus on the issue focus on His calling.



When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”

 

  1. Look at the Heart

We tend to look on the outside of a person and not the heart, we are so good at noticing the small things, their failures, their habits. But are we praying for them or just observing? Just imagine how useful we would be if we had the eyes of God instead the eyes that judge.

Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?”

 

After the seven sons had passed by Samuel, there were none to anoint.

Just when you think God has forgotten about you. He see’s your heart and knows when to deliver what needs to be delivered at the right time! Don’t be sitting at the table waiting…get back to work being a labour of the harvest.

 

And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

The only son that is left is David, a short, handsome looking man that is raggidy and not presentable to be a king but God sees differently. Are we busy when God is looking for us? Does He have to call for you or are you at the table?

 

Relationship Application:

It’s so easy to rush God’s plan; so tempting just to find that girl on your own or choose the career that you’ve always dreamed of. But what about waiting on God to call you, so set you up, to deliver whatever desire you have on your heart. My prayer always is “God please never let me step out of your will.”

Discussions/Questions

The door that David opened was to be opened only to go into the house to meet Samuel. How many times have we opened doors on our own and found out that there was no table to dine with God?

Challenge:

Pray.

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The Armour 6:17

the armour

 

Ephesians 17

 

To be a christian is to be a warrior. We cannot expect to find ease in this world because it is a battlefield. Paul explains in Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Our occupation is war and to think otherwise would be like a fool who goes out with no armor everyday. As we put on the pieces everyday, it prepares me for warfare. I hold on to the Truth, I am plated with righteousness, ready at any moment to give an account to those who ask of the faith as I walk in the salvation, knowing that I am loved, makes me want to do the very best for Him.

 

Ephesians 6:17 “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 “ But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.”

 

The helmet of salvation protects us against discouragement, against the desire to give up, giving us hope.

 

“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

 

To effectively use the sword of the Spirit, we can’t regard the Bible as a book of charms or tie one around your neck the way garlic is said to drive away vampires.

 

We must regard it as the Word of God, if we are not confident in the inspiration of scripture, that the sword really came from the spirit, then how could we use it effectively?

 

We also must take the sword of the Spirit in the sense of depending that He helps us to use it. Not only did the spirit give us the scriptures but also he makes them alive to us (or us alive to them) and He equips us with the right thrust of the sword at the right time.

 

We are not only to take a helmet to protect the head but also a sword. The Lord has not given us orders to be quiet and to take matters lightly, no; we are to pray always, and watch constantly.

 

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We cannot make it without God, so that means that we cannot make it without His Word.“It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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Jesus was tempted in every way that man is tempted. But He did not sin, even though He was God, He was still tempted. But He defeated the enemy by not being passive minded but by speaking the Word of God which is sharper than any two edged sword!

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Distractions. Excuses. Tools of the enemy to have no time to read His Word. Lay aside the distractions and make it a point everyday to get into The Word.

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The Armour 6:16

the armour

 

Ephesians 6:16

 

“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

 

For the LORD God is a sun and shield…” – Psalm 84:11

 

There were two kinds of shields used in ancient combat – one smaller, carried upon the arm, and could be used by the movement of the arm. The other large, planted in front of the soldier, fixed in the ground, and all but covering his whole body. This is the shield that Paul is talking about in his text. A large shield, big enough for us to crouch and to be protected.

 

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“…Wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

 

Archealogists have discovered javelins that were tipped with a combustible substance, not only to puncture but also to burn. The metaphor is that faith is mightier than any attack against the devil. If we stand our ground and don’t move, by planting our shield we shall not be moved!

 

God is our defence and when we start to allow His power to flow through us and works in us then I can laugh at the fiery darts because “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

the most dangerous of our temptations are those that are sprung upon us unawares. These are the weapons that we have to fear most. But there are things in us all to which the fiery darts do especially appeal: desires, appetites, passions, our weakness. But we must as Paul says in scripture “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27 why? because Galatians 5:24 adds this “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” We no longer walk after the flesh but rather in the spirit.

 

It’s so important to “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

 

///Relationship Application\\\  

The enemy knows us very well, even though he can’t read our minds, he sees our actions. He knows what fiery darts to throw at us at any given time. We must be on guard, not missing one piece of the armor. The most important piece of the armor is the shield which is the faith.

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Heb 11:1

Without faith no man can please God. Faith is the foundation of the Christian life. How well are you planted in the faith?

 

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To have radical faith.

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Recall What God Remembers

 

“I remember the devotion of your youth,
    your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
    in a land not sown.” – Jeremiah 2

 

Am I as filled to overflowing with love for Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He ever find me pondering the time when I cared only for Him? Is that where I am now, or have I chosen man’s wisdom over true love for Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me? Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?

Every day we have is a chance to grow closer to Him, what area is keeping you back from pursuing Jesus?

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” – Hebrews 12:1

As I recall what God remembers about me, I may also begin to realize that He is not what He used to be to me. When this happens, I should allow the shame and humiliation it created in my life, because it will bring godly sorrow, and “godly sorrow produces repentance…”(2 Corinthians 7:10).

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The Armour 6:15

the armour

 

Ephesians 15

“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace…”

 

No matter what other piece of the armor you have on, if you have an injured foot you are easy prey. Paul is talking about preparing our feet. The sandals that the soldiers wore had thickly sharp nails that grabbed the terrain as they walked, because of this they were able to take longer marches at incredible speeds over rough terrain.

 

Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

 

The idea of preparation is being ready at a moment’s notice. We must be mobile, flexible and ready with the truth. It’s a good habit to live in constant readiness and flexibility.

 

How solid is the ground you are standing on?

 

I would like to dig a little deeper into what Paul is talking about here. The first book we are going to look into is Mark chapter 6. When Jesus sent out the 12, He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bag, no bread, no copper in their fanny packs- but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.Why? so that they would only have what they needed.

 

In Acts 12:8 when the angel of the Lord appears to Peter in the prison cell saying. “Arise, quickly, gird yourself and tie on your sandals.”

 

When we are barefoot we have no sole to stand on, the ground beneath us becomes hard to walk on, and our feet would become blistered and bruised. But God sent His Son 2000 years ago to be the One who took our place, took our beating and today He is the only shoe that I put on everyday that empowers me and keeps me going.

 

///Relationship Application\\\

Any doctor would tell you to keep your feet in good shape, think about it, if we can’t stand then you can’t walk and if you can’t walk then we can’t run the race that is set before us. Stand today on the only Rock that will keep you safe and empowered by His Spirit for you to do His will!

 

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Do you ever feel spiritually tired?

Jesus told the 12 that He sent out to only carry on them what they absolutely needed. Sometimes I carry too many burdens, burdens that I can’t bear so we have got to do what Jesus tells us to do in Matthew 11:30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

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Pray, asking God to present to you a moment to witness to somebody this week, just as Isaiah had wrote, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news…”

 

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The Armour 6:14

the armour

Ephesians 6:14

 

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth and having on the breastplate of righteousness.”

 

In the past verse, it ends with “to stand firm” without Truth we are unable to stand firm. If someone knows Truth, they will know who to trust when a situation rises. Their faith is in Truth. Truth is the foundation that we stand on.

 

Paul wrote this while being in custody of the Roman soldiers, Paul had seen with his spiritual eyes how God has equipped the believer.

 

The breastplate guards the softest part of the body. The heart. This is not our own earned righteous, or a feeling of righteousness but a righteousness received by faith in Jesus.

 

A soldier’s breastplate provides essential protection for the most vital organs. We can no sooner battle against spiritual enemies in our own righteousness than a soldier can effectively fight without his breastplate.

 

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” – Isaiah 64:6

 

Isaiah says it best, no matter how hard we try to do good works, it’s not enough for God, it’s not good enough for a perfectly, holy God. It’s by grace through faith that we are saved. When we are His, He sees His Son, His blood that is covering us. So just rest in His Grace!

 

“Salvation is not a result of works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:9

 

///Relationship Application\\\

We all know that we are not saved by good works, but have we ever caught ourselves by saying or thinking, ‘I hope I’m doing enough?’ STOP and rebuke that thought. Satan loves to feed us lies such as those to make us think we are not good enough.

 

///Discussions/Questions\\\

What a thought to think that whenever God looks at His children that He sees the blood, the ones that are covered in righteousness. We have a greater testimony than the angels, think about that!

 

///Challenge\\\

To walk in the righteousness of Christ and stand firm when a temptation or trial comes your way!

 

The Armour 6:11

the armour

Ephesians 6:11

 

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

 

We all know that Jesus has disarmed all principalities and powers (colossians 2:15)

But we must still put on the whole armor to stand against the devil.

 

In Luke 11:21,22 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil.

 

Just like being a soldier of the US Army, they give you the outfit, the uniform to complete every kind of duty out on the battlefield. From the Kevlar helmet to the soles of their boots they are covered. But what if they were to forget a piece of the uniform during a fire-fight, let’s say the Kevlar chest piece? He would be taking a huge risk of getting injured. Or the helmet? Or any other piece that is just as important as the rest.

 

Let’s talk in the spiritual realm. We are in a cosmic battle everyday. Their is forces coming against those who are in Christ with one purpose: to distract us away from the Promises of God, from living the life that Jesus offers to the World. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” – John 10:10 but Jesus continues with this “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

 

To live a life of abundance we must do our part, stay alert!

 

If we are ignorant or ignore the fact that we are in a spiritual battle we probably aren’t winning the battle.

 

But God! He gives us a full set of armor through His Son Jesus Christ by trusting in Him we will be able to stand with valor, and as bold as a lion. “We are more than conquerors in Christ” – Romans 8:37

 

///Relationship Application\\\

What God has shown me is to take one day at a time, not to be anxious for tomorrow, not to worry about tomorrows battle. He gives us new mercies everyday and with His anointing I can conquer, defeat and to quench all the fiery darts of the devil with ALL the armor of God.

 

///Discussions/Questions\\\

Like a soldier, forgetting to wear one piece of your armor would be dangerous. Pray everyday that God would enable you to put on the belt of Truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and girding up your loins and the Sword!

 

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I challenge my reader’s to ask for strength when you need it, pray for His anointing and His help everyday and see the benefits that He has for you!

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Desolate

desolate

 

Distressed, dazed and confused; Job was that man. With questions to God why such suffering is taking place in his life, so too you might be asking God the same questions.

We should thank God for our tribulations, do I sound crazy? The Bible tells us in Romans 5:3 ” We also glory in tribulations knowing that tribulations produces perseverance and perseverance, character and character, hope.

Job 16:12 “I was at ease, and he broke me apart; he seized me by the neck and dashed me to pieces; he set me up as his target;”

His ways are not our ways, we will never understand how God works at least here on earth. In my prayer time I lament over certain areas asking Him why am I going through so much pain with this! But then I remember this verse:

Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. – Isaiah 66:9

In other words ” In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,” says the Lord.

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 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed – 1 Peter 4:12,13

 

In order for God to bring you into a new season, He has to work on you, the old things, the habits, the weights. If we surrender to Him; yes the process will hurt, the temptations will get rough but He never permits the righteous to be moved! Stand your ground and praise Him through the trial.

 

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” – Job 23:10

 

 

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