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.

 

///Relationship Application\\\

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!

///Challenge\\\

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?

 

///Challenge\\\

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.”

 

///Challenge\\\

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!

 

///Challenge\\\

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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To Drink or Not To Drink?

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“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” —Proverb 20:1

This is a topic that easily becomes a debate, my intentions are to draw anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ to step back and realize why it’s wrong to be a sipping saint. Even though I have never had alcohol I strongly believe that anyone who claims to become a follower of Christ should not drink.

 

1. I can’t be sober-minded if I’m not sober.

2. Alcohol has an assignment: destruction.

3. Alcohol is a depressant. Anything that depresses should be avoided at all costs.

4. I don’t want to make my brother or sister stumble in the name of exercising my “Christian liberties.” My choice to drink could lead to someone’s demise.

5. Alcohol skews my judgment.

6. Alcohol leaves me worse, not better.

7. What I do in moderation, my children will do in excess.

8. Even the unsaved know I shouldn’t drink. Bible in one hand, beer in the other—any lost person could point this out as a confusing contradiction.

9. Alcohol doesn’t bring others closer to the Lord when they see me drinking, but further away.

10. Alcohol doesn’t bring me closer to the Lord when I drink, but further away.

11. I want to be fully awake and ready for the return of Christ, not drowsy, sluggish and fuzzy.

12. Show me a family for whom alcohol has made a positive difference in their lives. You won’t be able to.

13. I have never heard anyone say, “Wow, that gin and tonic made me feel so Christlike!”

14. I want to avoid all appearances of evil.

15. Alcohol makes it much harder for me to practice the fruit of self-control.

16. Alcohol causes me to lose my filter.

17. Alcohol is a legal mind-altering drug.

18. Alcohol is addictive.

19. Alcohol is a numbing agent for pain and sorrow only Jesus can heal.

20. Many regrets are associated with alcohol. (I can give you a whole bunch!)

21. No one has ever said, “If only I had taken a drink, things wouldn’t have gotten out of control.”

22. Alcohol causes me to act in ways I normally wouldn’t.

23. Alcohol kills brain cells.

24. Alcohol is a counterfeit and provides a false peace.

25. The Bible says that no drunkards will enter the kingdom of God. Being drunk starts with one drink. I don’t want to see how far outside the lines I can color when eternity is at stake.

26. Alcohol is a waster—money, gifts and talents, destinies and so on.

27. Alcohol leads to really bad behavior. It is a factor in 50 percent of violent crimes.

28. Alcohol distracts and derails you from living the victorious life for which Christ died.

29. Wisdom is the principle thing that I need to pursue at all cost; alcohol makes me stupid.

30. Alcohol has ruined many, many marriages.

31. The only influence I should be “under” is God’s.

32. The Bible tells me to be alert; alcohol delays my reaction time.

33. If I don’t start drinking, I’ll never have to stop.

34. Alcohol severely tarnishes my testimony.

35. Don’t want your teenagers to drink? Yep, same reasons apply to you.

36. God is holy; alcohol is not.

37. Alcohol and prayer don’t mix.

38. Alcohol and Bible study don’t mix.

39. Alcohol lowers my resolve to resist temptation.

40. Alcohol = Brokenness (broken lives, health, dreams and so on)

41. When the world sees us drinking, it sends the message that Jesus isn’t enough.

42. Moderate drinking? How about moderate pornography or moderate heroin use or moderate lying or moderate adultery?

43. Christians are called to live a life of total surrender and separation from the world.

44. Alcohol makes me forget. It can make me forget that I am married, that I am saved and so on.

45. “I don’t get drunk. I only have one or two drinks.” If they didn’t affect you, you would drink soda.

46. I should never look to the glass or bottle for joy, which can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

47. Alcohol fills my mind with impure thoughts.

48. If it could hinder my faith walk or love walk or dishonor the lordship of Jesus Christ, I need to forsake it.

49. Alcohol doesn’t help me run the race that Jesus has marked before me to finish with more accuracy. It does the polar opposite.

50. For any argument that tries to justify Christian drinking, there are at least 50 other reasons not to. The writing is on the wall. It’s not God’s best for Christians to drink.

 

exerted from “50 Reasons Why I Don’t Drink” charisamanews.com

 

“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” -Proverbs 23:29-35

 

 

Longing

I have a longing I cannot satisfy;
But only with your love I find.

The peace that surpasses all understanding;
and the joy I cannot hide.

You are the wind that sets my sail abroad,
into the deepest parts of your heart;
Where the hidden things are.

– Gary Farris

 

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
Augustine of Hippo

It’s not only life changing but a sense of completeness; it’s what our hearts were designed for; to be with God. This World cannot satisfy the heart, only the love of God.

The Armour 6:10

the armour

 

Ephesians 6:10

 

Most Christians live a life of defeat, why? Many are unaware of all the resources that are theirs in Christ, and fail to appropriate those divine resources. One of the most challenging part of living a life for Christ is the walk, challenging but yet successful. But God has given you and I the tools to fight against the enemy. Are you putting on all the armor?

 

We have an enemy. His goal, one purpose: to wedge, destroy, pull, kill our relationship with God;. He will do anything to anyone. From placing people in your path that could be a stumbling block as a temptation. And to distract, detour your attention, your thoughts from God. It all starts in the mind.

 

But we have weapons to defeat this so called Devil who thinks he still has power over the Christian. Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave but we must do our part, live our life putting our faith in Him!

 

“Finally, my brethern, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

 

let’s break this verse down and understand the meaning of what Paul is telling us here.

 

To live a life of victory there is only one who we can run to, believe in and trust. Victory is won through Jesus Christ, not through self, not through programs. Paul is stating the first thing to do is to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

We both have to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. One is just important than the other. If you are strong in the Lord but not in the power of His might, you are an innefective person against the enemy. If you are not strong in the Lord, but in the power of His might, still, uneffective.

 

(might) is inherit power of force. A muscular man’s big muscles display his might, even if he doesn’t use them. It is the reserve of strength.

 

(power) is the exercise of might. When the muscular man uses his might to punch the Devil, he uses his power. It means that the reserve of strength is actually in operation.

 

His “might” works in me as I rely on it and step out to do the work.

 

My Struggle: For years I have been sitting passively, I was having trouble in an area of my life where I couldn’t get victory over. But one day the Holy Spirit spoke to me so clear “Stop being so passive.” I was letting the enemy planting the lies, embedding them into my mind! We are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. We are the gatekeeper of our mind, we allow what goes in and what comes out. We are responsible to keep it locked!

 

///Relationship Application\\\

A life of complete victory is possible but only with putting on the whole armor of God and the first thing to do is to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”

 

///Discussions/Questions\\\

It’s time as a believer to walk in the fullness of God and stop being passive. The enemy has been defeated and has no power over us!

 

///Challenge\\\

“Only if I knew then what I know now” sound familiar? It’s never too late to strengthen your relationship with Christ. He is able when you are ready. The time is now.

 

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The Armour 6:12,13

the armour

Ephesians 6:12 & 13

What is the facts of spiritual warfare?

Paul tells us 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.”

In the book of Romans 8:38 tells us that principalities cannot keep us from God’s love. Therefore, there is a limit to their power.

Colossians 2:15 tells us that Jesus disarmed principalities and powers at the cross. Our victory is rooted in what Jesus did, not in what we do. It’s not that there is no doing on our part but our doing is the application of what Jesus did.

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Many Christians put their efforts in the direction that we do fight with flesh and blood “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3,4

It all starts in the head

  • All spiritual attacks start in the mind, that’s where Satan loves to play around in; to make us believe an argument. That’s how strongholds are born is by believing an argument.

Put on Christ!

Ephesians 13

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God. That you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”

Despite the attacks and the intimidation from the enemy we are to stand on God’s Word and not move.

  • Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
  • Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

Just Stand.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 1 Cor 4:8,9

No matter how tough the temptation becomes God allows a way of escape. His grace is sufficient in your weakness. Just stand.

God gives us a glorious standing to maintain by faith and spiritual warfare:

-We stand in Grace

– We stand in the gospel

– We stand in courage and strength

– we stand in faith

– we stand in unity

– we stand in the Lord

– We should stand perfect and complete in the will of God

All in all, there is a lot indicated by that word, stand.

  • It means that we are going to be attacked
  • It means that we must not be frightened
  • It means that we must not droop or slouch, nor be uncertain or half hearted In the fight.
  • It means that we are at our position and alert.
  • It means that we do not give even a thought to retreat.

///Relationship Application\\\

To stand in the Grace of God is a beautiful thing to do.

///Discussion/Questions\\\

There is no power, no dominion that Satan can have over God’s children, Satan can’t cross the blood line. You are His. But the enemy can create wedges between you and God even though you don’t see them or realize it.

///Challenge\\\

Ask God if there is anything hindering you from getting closer to Him. I ask God this prayer everyday. I challenge you to pray that prayer!

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

I would like to thank everyone for their continued support! And as we come into 2016 be expecting more in depth series. Thanks again for a great year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 580 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 10 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33

 

How many times have we ‘needed’ something but found out later on that we didn’t ‘need’ what we thought we needed. Or better yet a relationship that you knew wouldn’t work out but you tried anyways for the excitement? Or bought a car that you couldn’t afford. Every time we decide to do something on our own such as big decisions like above; we take our plans out of His hands and try to work out our own miracles. Everything in the natural happens in the supernatural.

In the back of your mind your thinking, “why haven’t I got promoted”, “why am I not married yet”. The “why am I’s” are endless. What we think sometimes as a setback is actually going to turn out to be a setup from God. So don’t be anxious for what tomorrow brings, and in all things pray!

 

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Seek First


Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

(Acts 12:6-9 ESV)

 

Peter wasn’t being effective being bound in chains and neither can we. I’m not talking about being locked up in a prison but we sometimes can put ourselves in a prison in our mind. If we are bound by our own emotions, fears, doubt, past failures, etc. we get lazy we want to be passive and just take a rest. The Gospel is to be preached not to be hidden. Let go! Let God walk into that prison of yours and break free and be the light that He has called us to be.

 

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Wake Up and Get Up

In the beginning of the book of John we read that “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” – John 1:6-9

If you want God to use you, you must make yourself available for Him to use you. Without Him we have no power in ourselves to speak to lives and for them to be changed. It must be backed with the Holy Spirit. Just as there was a man sent from God. We to, female and male are called to make straight the way of the Lord! To be bear witness of the light and to make His name known by our actions and words.

 

Relationship Application

People need to hear about God more than ever during this time we live in. Even though it may look like a losing battle to win souls keep pressing on, the lives that you have come into contact with by planting that seed and nurturing it by your actions and fruits of the Spirit, God will then do the rest! Don’t beat up on yourself. I too have been praying that lost loved ones would come to Christ. Their just one seed away!

Discussions/Questions

Boldness – it’s what John had and lots of it. It can’t be fabricated, it’s a God given attribute of His Spirit “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Pray for BOLDNESS

Challenge

From reading, i’m sure you have already challenged yourself but if not I will.

  1. Pray for boldness
  2. Act in boldness
  3. Live in boldness

 

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Make His Paths Straight

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Gods promises are sure, always faithful, never failing.

Do you have an impossible situation?

I don’t know about you but I prejudge a lot of things from small things to big things. I put to much thought sometimes before I do something. We tend to look at situations in the flesh more than the spiritual, I do at least. When God was preparing His people to cross the Jordan River, the people was told to prepare themselves. I believe if we spend enough time in prayer we won’t be surprised when those trials come, we learn the heart of God and the meaning behind the unseen circumstances, not fully but by faith. 

Let’s imagine ourselves at that time. The Jordan River how big it was and not just that but scripture tells us that the river overflowed its banks. As the children of Israel was preparing to cross the Jordan, they must’ve been afraid. Not ever in the history has the river been flooded, Why? How could this have been? God was about to show just how powerful He could be during this time. 

“Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

I want to stop and add this. Before we have victory over a situation, I believe God sometimes will set a time of rest before we receive the victory. They were there three days before they passed over. Not always will He do this. During this time, God will take the brokeness and mend our hearts, during this time He will speak to us more than ever, if we just listen.

At the end of three days the officers went through the camp. And commanded the people “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.”

” And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” – Joshua 4:17

Relationship Application

God has went before us, He knows our lives better than we know ourselves, He knows our thoughts and motives, He knows our desires. One thing we can’t let ourselves do is letting our emotions, our fleshly desire to take control over our lives. If the Bible makes it clear that being controlled by the spirit is so vital, what prevents so many of us from fully surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit?

Discussions/Questions

Are there any “jordan rivers” in your life?

Is their an area in your life that you are doubting God?

Challenge:

I challenge you to fully surrender to God this day and this week. We can become so passive minded to the “little” things in our lives but God is just as mindful of those than the big issues in your life. Tell Him whats on your heart, how you feel about the situation and I promise you that His Holy Spirit will guide you as you lean on Him.

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The Crossing

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THE simple truth

HOLINESS

Without it no one will see the Lord.

“Show me your face o lord, give me strength to stand in your holy place, I can make it to the end if I could see your face. Moses stood on the mountain waiting for you to pass by and with your hand over his face so in your presence he wouldn’t die all of Israel saw the glory and it shines down all through the age, now you call me boldly to seek your face.” – Brian Johnson

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! – 2 Peter 3:10-12

“This world, so far as we know, will not cease to be; it will pass through the purifying flame, and then it may be the soft and gentle breath of Almighty love will blow upon it and cool it rapidly, and the divine hand will shape it as it cools into a paradise more fair.” – Charles Spurgeon

God’s Holiness

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” (Isaiah 6:6-7 ESV)

God is so holy that superlatives must be invented to describe him. Yet he wants us – the people he made out of dirt – to come close and into his very counsel. Astounding.

A Seraph is a “burning one.” the six-winged seraphim around God’s throne cover their faces, evidently to shield them from seeing God’s glory. They also cover their feet, suggesting that they won’t walk their own way. But their ears aren’t covered-they can hear what the holy God directs them to do.

Our holiness

Paul ” For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)

‘I am not aware of anything against myself.’ Seriously?! You can’t think of anything?, Paul? Not a single idol buried somewhere under ten layers of your subconscious? Don’t miss the next line: “but I am not thereby aquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” Paul isn’t claiming to be alright just because he feels okay. But rather has a clear conscious. He obeys God and sticks close to his Word, he’s not perfect, no doubt. He’s bringing his sins daily before the Lord to be cleansed from all unrighteousness. Sins that he knows he’s committing? No! Sometimes we sin without even realizing it – and not just by doing something wrong, but by failing to do something right. We may ignore someone who needs our help or encouragement, for example, or we may fail to pray for them or in some other way overlook their need.

If we are in His Word and truly going after Him, Holiness with follow that.

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GOOD ENOUGH

“To know God is to walk with God, not by religious pursuits.”

At the time the Holy Spirit had spoke this to me, I didn’t have any scripture to emphasis on what He had just spoke to me about. On the next day in prayer this morning He had led me to Matthew 19 when the young ruler came to Jesus and said to Him “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I have eternal life?

Let’s go deeper on that one verse. “What good thing shall I do that I have eternal life?”

Many people are trying to live a good life, by doing good works rather than live a faithful life to Christ. Always looking for ways to better themselves with works than to live a holy life before God. Scripture tells us in Ephesians 2:8 “For by Grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

Religion is what the Pharisees were practicing rather than righteousness.

In Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

There is only one way in which one can be saved, no other way than to call upon the Lord.

Romans 10: 9 “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Congratulations! If that was your first time saying that prayer and believing in your heart you have an awesome life ahead of you! Though it may get hard at times, God is faithful and there is nothing to hard for Him. Get to know Him by getting in the Word and having a steady prayer life. You’ll begin to know the Will that He has for your life. Any other questions, feel free to message me or visit my “Know God” page.  

A “try harder to get better” mindset has little to do with real transformation. We don’t need a new set of tips-and-techniques that promises to lead us to a deeper life with Jesus. But we can learn to nudge our life in ways that intentionally draw us more deeply into relationship with Jesus. The simple focus of our life habits shifts from working harder to be a “better Christian” or becoming a “good person,” to knowing Jesus more intimately. And by knowing him much better, we eventually know ourselves much better, that’s what this “progression” reveals: “Get to know Jesus well, because the more you know Him, the more you’ll love him, and the more you love Him, the more you’ll want to follow Him, and the more you follow Him, the more you’ll become like Him, and the more you become like Him, the more you become yourself.”

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Good Enough?