By Francis Frangipane
How little we understand of eternal redemption! How many times will God forgive you? If you have truly set your heart to follow Him, He will cancel your sins as often as you ask. Will He forgive you of the worst sin you can think of? Yes! You may have to live with the consequences of your misdeed, but God can use your repentance and newly found humility to inspire others. As for the sin itself, if you deeply and sincerely repent of it, not only will God forgive you, He will blot it out of His memory.
Let me share an experience. A certain man of God had been gifted with revelatory insight into people's lives. During an evening service he ministered to a Presbyterian pastor and his wife. By the gift of the Spirit, he revealed the couple's past, uncovered their present situation, and then disclosed to them what was to come. This work of God greatly impressed the couple, and as the prophecies were fulfilled, the Presbyterian minister brought two other pastors, each with their wives, to another service for personal ministry.
The word of knowledge was exceptionally sure that night, and the second minister and his wife marveled at the accuracy and truth in the prophetic word. The third couple stepped forward for ministry, and again the word of knowledge was present. The prophet spoke to the husband, revealing his past, present, and insight into his future. Then the man of God turned to this third minister's wife. As he began to speak of her past, suddenly he paused. Then he said, "There was a very serious sin in your past." The woman, with her worst fear upon her, turned pale and closed her eyes. The congregation hushed and moved to the edge of their seats.
The prophet continued, "And I asked the Lord, 'What was this sin that she committed?' And the Lord answered, 'I do not remember!'"
The Lord had been faithful to His covenant promise: "I will not remember your sins" (Isa. 43:25). Although many times this minister's wife had asked for cleansing, still she could not believe the depth of God's forgiveness. Christ had placed her sin in the sea of His forgetfulness. He removed it "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps. 103:12). From everywhere but the prison of her own mind, her sin had been paid for and removed. And now, in His great mercy, He removed it from there as well!
Oh, what burdens we carry; what guilt and limitations surround us because we do not accept God's total and perfect forgiveness. In Isaiah we read, "I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins" (Isa. 43:25).
How great is the God we serve. How wonderful is His love toward us. He is our Redeemer, our Savior! If you are willing to forgive others and will but ask Him to forgive you, He will pardon your debts as often as you contritely turn to Him. He promises He will remember your sins no more.
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Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God. Visit Arrow Bookstore to order.
I’ve written much about deception and discernment. There is a reason for that. Throughout my life, people have attempted to deceive me, and unfortunately some have succeeded. It’s a very painful experience, especially if the deception comes from someone you love and trust. Most of us can compare war stories and battle scars from those betrayals. The fact that we have to rise up, forgive and move on is content for another blog. It’s a tall order.
The Bible tells us that in the last days deceivers will be rampant. Deception is all around us, whether it’s through all types of media and leaders or neighbors and coworkers. The apostle Peter (1 Peter 2:1-3) warns us that even the church can and will be deceived by false teachers, tares growing along with the wheat, and wolves in sheep’s clothing.
It doesn’t take much to convince us of this. Just look at a typical day on facebook and you can spot false news articles, posts by people who believe lies, friends who have been caught up in deceptive theologies and prophecies. How do I know they’re false? They totally conflict with the Word of God. Not too difficult if the Bible is your foundation.
Recently a friend confronted me, disagreeing with my beliefs. She cited news sources that were so biased to her way of thinking that I laughed out loud. She stated that these were factual and nonpartisan. But she’s no different than all the rest of us. We follow sources that agree with what we want to be true. What if she is wrong? What if I am wrong? I’m not perfect, but I am closely connected with the One Who is all Truth.
So, we acknowledge deception is alive and well. What do we do to guard against it?
Discernment is a gift, a God-given gift. We pray daily for the Holy Spirit to do in us what He was sent to do in us: counsel, comfort, guide. A person who is not born again, and does not have the Holy Spirit working in and through their life will not have that gift of discerning. That still small Voice speaks warning at critical times. He puts a check in our spirits when we’re headed down a wrong path. He closes doors that are not His path for us. He often opens our eyes to a dangerous leader or teacher that could deceive and lead us astray.
Does this mean that as Christians we will never fall prey to deception? Of course not. We can be so busy, so blindly trudging through our busy lives that we are not open to His promptings. Or, we can hear His warning and decide it can’t be God because thousands of people are agreeing that it’s this way or that. Or maybe it’s not what we were taught growing up.
Unfortunately, today we see people who call themselves Christians who sit in churches with theology that roams far off the path of Biblical truth because the leader is so engaging, so in touch with the folks, that he couldn’t be wrong. The music is great; the fellowship so fun and scripture is used. We see throngs of people who cannot identify when a scripture is twisted or used out of context to manipulate an agenda. Oblivious.
The Lord brings this subject back to me often. He longs to see His people walking in truth and keeping their armors in place, resistant to deception. I am grieved when I see people who do not seek out the Holy Spirit’s leading in their daily lives. I seek it diligently, for it means so much to me to be in His will. Again, I am aware I can make mistakes, but I’ll always be seeking His Truth.
The coming days will produce more deception in the world. The Bible tells us that many will fall prey to the antichrist system and perish because they are deceived by it. I used to wonder how that could possibly happen when good and evil are so opposite. But recently, my eyes have been opened to the vast number of people who call evil good and good evil. Even “Christians.” God says, “Woe to them!” Woe is not good. Woe means unimaginable misery and condemnation. (Isaiah 5:20-21) People who call themselves Christian and distort scripture to make it more popular and unoffending are playing with fire: hell fire.
Deception could be pulling you away from your God. Please go to Him and ask Him to reveal any areas where you might be deceived. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and give you warnings when you are getting off track. Stop, please stop, listening to the world. A crowd mentality leads to destruction. We are chosen, called, and set apart for a reason. We are mandated to bring Light and Truth to a lost and dying world. Without discernment, we are impotent and completely useless to the Kingdom of God.
The American church is weak.
It’s an unfortunate truth says Jake McCandless, the head of Prophecy Simplified and the author of the new book “Spiritual Prepper: Tapping Into Overlooked Prophecies To Prepare You For Doomsday.”“Following Christ is not an easy road,” said McCandless. “It’s a blessed road, but it’s not an easy road. And our faithfulness is being challenged in a wide number of ways.”
In America, he said, “because we are blessed to worship with such freedom and to really walk with Christ, there’s no gateway at the beginning where you say, ‘I’m going to be persecuted if I follow Christ.’”
“But in other parts of the world, you know that if you make that profession of faith and you’re going to be baptized and you’re going to follow Christ, you know you’re going to face persecution right off the bat,” he said.
“We’re just weak! We’re not even thinking we could face struggles. And that puts us in a dangerous spot.
“And because of the lack of strength within churches, I think a lot of those who have a heart to live for the Lord are just discouraged. That’s a struggle we face. We just need to know from the get go we’re not being trained up as fast as Christians from the past and in other parts of the world, which makes us susceptible to the challenges we may face.”
McCandless made the comments in a recent interview on the “Freedom Friday” radio show with Carl Gallups, the author of “When The Lion Roars” and a passionate advocate of using prophetic teachings in ministry.
McCandless and Gallups agreed American Christians seem to have largely abandoned the study of prophecy, especially younger believers.
“You seem a little young to be interested in prophecy; there’s not many millennials out there who are interested,” McCandless said he is often told. But he argues exploring prophecy is critical to revitalizing the American church. Gallups also said a study of prophecy is simply a logical extension of the study of the Bible.
“Just about a quarter of Scripture has to do with prophecy, and half of that has to do with the last days, the generation that will just precede the return of the Lord,” he said. “People want that practical connection. What does this mean for me? How then should I live?
“I think it’s changing, but by and large, up until very recently, the church has not paid much attention to prophecy, the millennial generation especially. They kind of mock it and scoff, which of course the Word of God said would happen in the last days.”
McCandless said Christians should understand prophecy is not just about huge grand events during the end times, but about gaining insight into what is happening right now and the specific challenges facing the church.
“Prophecy is avoided by so many,” he said. “And not just pastors, but in the congregations. I go somewhere, and there’s maybe one or two who have a great interest in prophecy; but the great majority of the congregation have just not touched it at all. So they’re needing that just basic level of walking through what Scripture says.
“When we think prophecy, we think we’re going to hear something about the Mark of the Beast, the coming Antichrist, the geopolitical scene at the end times. Now that’s true, and that needs to be taught and there’s a lot out there. But there’s a lot of passages that are very familiar, but we don’t look at them as prophetic. It really got a hold of me that there are passages that describe humanity and especially Christians at the end of the age, in terms of their morality and their faith.
“We find in 2 Timothy how many will turn away from the truth and will search out things which just allow them to gravitate to their own passions. We find in 2 Peter 3 about the scoffing. And in Matthew 24:10, it says many will turn away at this time.”
The prophetic prediction of a “falling away” from the faith, McCandless said, deeply informs his ministry. He warns Christians they need to actively prepare for persecution.
“I’m standing in front of the congregation, asking myself if I have done enough to prepare them to stand through these challenges now and in the future,” McCandless said, describing a common experience for him.
It was with the aim of helping Christians meet this challenge that McCandless wrote “Spiritual Prepper.” The book seeks to reinforce the faith of American Christians, especially by describing the circumstances Christians face overseas.
“In the book, I’m walking through what I think are seven to eight direct challenges we’re facing from these overlooked prophecies, especially Matthew 24,” he said.
“I began by talking about the persecution our brothers and sisters are facing in places like Iraq and Syria, where you have parents making a decision for Christ, knowing that could mean their young daughters being sold into sexual slavery. And I contrast that in the beginning of the book with hurt feelings. What I saw the most, when I was a pastor, was the reason people were not regularly participating in church was because they would have their feelings hurt!”
In contrast, McCandless calls for a new spirit of commitment and a passionate search for biblical truth.
“One of the problems is false teaching,” he said. “You find a different kind of church on every corner that’s teaching different things. You can find every 30 minutes or hour on a different television station someone teaching something different. Not everybody’s going to be right when there are that many messages going out, you know? And I think that’s something we really got to get a hold of to find the truth, to be aware of that.”
And McCandless promises that believers who explore these overlooked prophecies and incorporate these teachings will be able to deepen their own faith and strengthen their congregations.
“It’s just missing that next element of going to that next level of your faith and your walk in the Lord,” McCandless commented of American Christianity today.
Believers should be willing to take that next step. After all, McCandless argues, if people are willing to prep their homes for tough times, they should also be willing to prepare their souls.
Daniel 2:21 (NKJV)
21 And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
It’s time my dear friends, for us to KNOW the times and seasons and to realize the season we are in at this hour. The world is spinning, biblical prophecies are being fulfilled, and the Lord is speaking to His faithful ones. I have such an urgency to impress upon you the need to get yourselves right with Him. The hour is late. The time is short. You cannot keep playing around with sin and doubt….or complacency.
Very soon we will see devastating things happening in our country, much like we now see in other countries. We are way beyond scoffing these off as conspiracy theories. If you can do that, you are not a student of the Bible, and you are not hearing from God. He is warning us, almost daily, that His judgments are upon us. Please do not ignore the warnings. If your life is focused on material gain, enjoying any particular sin(s) or just trusting in your own self-sufficiency (to name only a few), you are not going to have the strength to endure the road rising up in front of you. If you follow teachers who constantly spout how beautiful and wonderful the coming days will be, please, please go to the Lord and ask for His wisdom.
The Lord has spoken to me several times to prepare. He is speaking of preparing spiritually. When times are devastatingly painful, we cannot just crumple into a heap and cry in hopelessness. We are called to be a Light, to bring hope to those who are without Him, drawing them to His love and salvation. What purpose is there in a life that purports to be a Jesus follower, and operates without hope, peace and joy?
He has pushed me to be bolder in impressing upon you the urgent need to surrender every part of yourselves to Him. If you are fully surrendered, you will be in tune with that still, small Voice that gives your spirit warnings, truth, peace, hope, and protection. If you are trusting in your own knowledge, self-sufficiency, inner strength or eastern religions, you will miss His instructions and He says frankly, you will perish. That’s a frightening thought. That you made that choice all on your own.
If you believe, as someone recently told me he did, that because you were baptized as a child all the bases are covered, you most probably will endure a rude awakening in the days to come. I repeat, if you are unconcerned about sin in your life, or are totally apathetic for whatever reason, you are in danger. If you have no conscience or conviction in your heart about your relationship with Him, you will not receive warnings, instruction or protection from Him when destruction is falling around you. Your stubbornness or sin will create a block. Please take time to consider this. The Lord will protect and provide for His faithful children when darkness moves in. But only when they are tuned in to His Voice, repentant and with hearts turned toward godly, pure lives.
That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect. It means He looks at our hearts. He knows our motives, our desires and our intents toward His purposes. We are always a work in progress as we walk the road of sanctification. The bottom line is this today: there is no more time to play Christian. It’s time to get serious because your life depends upon it. Your eternity depends upon it. If you have confusion, doubt, fear or need help with these things, please call me. I would love to assist you in your walk with Him.
Sometimes the battle weary soldier feels transported into a state of nothingness. That feeling of “I know the enemy is relentlessly attacking and wearing me down, but I’ve lost the strength, both mentally and physically, to continue fighting.” What causes him to get back up, lift the shield and sword and go at it again?
The answer is this: the prayers of the saints! There is power in the warriors of God banding together, lifting the weary soldier before the Throne, bonding him to the Word of God and to the promises that break every yoke.
As the brothers and sisters unite in prayer and praise on behalf of this one, the warring angels in the spirit realm are energized and spurred to action. The Lord sounds a battle cry, commanding the angels, giving them power and direction. They defeat the spirits of darkness with gusto.
Does this sound like a movie script? It should be, but it’s also reality. If you do not understand the spirit realm and the works of God on your behalf, you will lie down in defeat and lose out on the blessing of being refreshed, reignited and restored. Our fellow believers are gifted to us as co-warriors, as fierce collaborators in the battles we face here on the earth.
If you are a born again child of God, a believer in Jesus Christ, and submitted to Him, you will be a target for the enemy of your soul. That enemy is sent to steal, kill and destroy. He hits below the belt. He plays dirty. He will kick you when you’re down. That’s why you must understand the need for daily communion with your Father, putting on that armor of God, and praying for and with your fellow Christians. We’re all in this together.
The power that is within us through Jesus is amazing. But it must be activated. We have a choice. When the storm hits our life, we decide---do we rise up, take authority and fight, or do we lie down, cry and moan and wait to see how much worse it will get? We must be prepared every single day for the fiery darts coming at us. We must be ready to stand firm and believe that the Commander in Chief of the Heavenly Forces is ready to dispatch the warring armies on our behalf. And prayer, yes prayer, is the cannon ball, fired into the heavenlies that ignites the activity of the rescue and restore mission.
Never underestimate the power of prayer. That’s what your enemy wants---for you to have doubt and unbelief, and to decide it makes no difference. That’s his big victory. If you surrender to doubt, his plans will succeed. When you are weary from the battle, stop and remember to call out to your fellow believers to hold up your arms, to lift you to the Father, and see how fast things change. And when another calls out for prayer, be quick to respond and quick to go to the Lord on their behalf. This is a major blessing of God and we honor Him by using the weapons He has provided for our victory!
There is power in the name of Jesus
To break every chain
All sufficient sacrifice
So freely given
Such a price
Bought our redemption
Heaven's gates swing wide
There is power in the name of Jesus
There's an army rising up
To Break every chain
Break every chain
Break every chain
18 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence
Measuring emotional intelligence can be difficult because of its intangible nature. But Dr. Travis Bradberry has analyzed the data from the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested for EQ to help identify the behaviors that are sure signs you have a high EQ. He shares them with us in this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse.
When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly-held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.
Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that we know 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.
Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it very difficult to know how much you have and what you can do to improve if you’re lacking. You can always take a scientifically validated test, such as the one that comes with the Emotional Intelligence 2.0 book.
Unfortunately, quality (scientifically valid) EQ tests aren’t free. So, I’ve analyzed the data from the million-plus people that TalentSmart has tested in order to identify the behaviors that are the hallmarks of a high EQ. What follows are sure signs that you have a high EQ.
1. You have a robust emotional vocabulary.
All people experience emotions, but it is a select few who can accurately identify them as they occur. Our research shows that only 36 percent of people can do this, which is problematic because unlabeled emotions often go misunderstood, which leads to irrational choices and counterproductive actions.
People with high EQs master their emotions because they understand them, and they use an extensive vocabulary of feelings to do so. While many people might describe themselves as simply feeling “bad,” emotionally intelligent people can pinpoint whether they feel “irritable,” “frustrated,” “downtrodden,” or “anxious.” The more specific your word choice, the better insight you have into exactly how you are feeling, what caused it and what you should do about it.
Today I would like to share a blog post from my dear friend and sister in Christ, Anita Ivette Ferrer. Sometimes we think our lives are difficult and we murmur and complain over all kinds of things. I want you to meet this lady, who faces every day of her life battling a debilitating disease called Dystonia. Anita is blessed with a gift of music and plays guitar, writing songs and praising God through her daily storms. Calling her an inspiration is an understatement for sure. Any time you speak with Anita, she will be encouraging you. Although she sometimes grieves for the loss of her ability to be out leading worship as she once did, or using her musical talents in other venues, it’s easy to see how the Lord has used her perseverance, her strong faith and her many other gifts to glority Him and reach others. I’m asking today that you would lift Anita in prayer, including her faith-filled husband Mark Ward, and storm the gates of heaven for her healing. Thank you, dear Sister, for pressing on in spite of the terrible battles you face.
by AnitaIvetteFerrer in DYSTONIA JOURNEY, LIVING BY FAITH, Walking with Jesus Christ Tags: bearing each other's burdens, catastrophic illnesses, compassion, COPD,counseling, Deliverance, emotional healing, empathjy, Lupus, movement disorders, Pray Through It, Rob Morrissette, suffering, suffering for Christ, surrendering to God’s will
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Journal Entry, March 3, 2017
My quest to find answers to the tormenting mystery of the JAW-mouth Dystonia continues. Each hour, I continue to rely heavily on Father giving me the strength to endure, uncomplainingly. My seasonal job, delivering telephone books door-to-door, started last week and my body is weary. from the windy-cold and the physical exertion. Unlike several years ago, when I bitterly complained to Father that I should be on tour with my incredible band. I told him, how hard it was to have do such humbling work when He had blessed me with such talent.And then the added grief of being misunderstood, alienated from wonderful fellowship and dealing with a tormentically distracting movement disorder was more than any human to bear. Even now, the pain in my (now also) left jaw is painful and I can barely stand to do anything. The past nine years of this horrendous disorder (and the thought that there is no reversal for the damaged joints should cause me to sink into utter depression). Honestly, it has been lonely beyond belief and at times, I deem my small music-compassionate outreach, Brave Flame Productions-Outreach a thankless job, (at times). I am a very social person and cherish the camaraderie of freinds and loved ones being emotionally and spiritually connected with me.
Nevertheless, I realize that this ongoing suffering has brought about great change in my spiritual outlook and Father’s gloriuous workmanship in my life. This realization had brought me to create my 5 part-series journalism-color photographs and devotional series, ARISE FROM YOUR GRAVE. It has also compelled me to record and produce songs for two concurrent albums, a prophetic rock , Mod Prophet and a worship album, The Anointing, (His presence). One would expect that the result would be a publishing book deal and distribution or at least interest in the recorded works. My book series still await publication and my albums are still incomplete.
I wait upon the Lord, for He will renew my strength. What strength? For any passionately creative person in the midst of projects, there’s always the hope of success and renown. For the child of God, renown would be being sought after for the expertise of the skill. There is dealing with the disappointment of struggling financially and/or having few customers-patrons. So, I tell Father, more than anything… I wish to be in His perfect will.
To continue reading this post, click this link for Anita’s blog site: https://anitaivetteferrer.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/the-fellowship-of-suffering/
So blessed to share a word from 1:11 Ministries, Deeper Dive Study!
Week 6: Aligning Your Emotions
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
“… taking every thought captive to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5
Betrayal, conflict, competition: sometimes relationships are hard. We’ve all been there. Think of someone you really don’t like—maybe someone who has hurt you, or someone you’re in conflict with. Right now, in your emotions you may not have warm, fuzzy feelings toward that person.
Yet you know, as a follower of Jesus, that living out of your emotions would be wrong.
Perhaps your spirit has a very different take on this person than your emotions do. In your spirit, in the redeemed part of your heart, you might love him or her. You might care about this person, see him or her as valuable, and perceive immense potential.
When that person comes around, the war is on: you are divided between flesh and spirit, and the battle is to treat this person in the way your spirit knows is right versus what your emotions want to do.
Emotions are a good gift given to us by an emotional God. When we read Scripture, we meet a God who weeps, laughs, gets angry, feels pleasure, feels pain, and expresses peace and confidence.
Emotions are part of our makeup as creatures made in the image of God. Emotions allow us to experience relationship with God and others to amazing depths, and they make up a huge part of the experience that is our lives.
God’s will is for our emotions to come into alignment with him. We are meant to live fully alive, and that includes full feeling and expression of emotion.
At the same time, emotions by themselves can’t be trusted. Emotions are one of the biggest battlegrounds for spiritual warfare. When the Bible talks about the conflict between the flesh and the spirit, one of the major practical ways that conflict arises is within our emotions.
Sometimes we don’t like people we need to love. Sometimes we want to act out of anger or bitterness. Fear is emotional. Emotionally we may not feel great about ourselves: low self-esteem may be ruling the emotional roost. But none of these emotions tell the truth.
Most people don’t have a compelling reason not to live out of their emotions. But we do have a compelling reason. We need to bring our emotions in line with God.
Gideon felt afraid, but God called him a mighty man of valor. God called him the opposite of what he felt. He was acting out of his emotions (his fear) and he had to act out of God’s truth instead.
If you don’t feel good about yourself, you need to come into agreement with what God says about you. If you don’t like someone else, you need to come into alignment with how God sees them.
This applies to situations too. Carolyn recalls years of teaching ballet that were difficult for various reasons. She decided the difficulties of those years were a training ground for some future purpose, and she would get up every morning and “go to school” to see what God had to teach her.
If you don’t like your situation, ask: Is there something here God has for you? Is this circumstance your portion for right now? What can you find in it to thank God for?
The question isn’t, “How do I feel?”, but “What is the truth?”
We need to choose to stand on and believe truth. Emotions are real, but when they don’t line up with God’s Word, they should not direct how we see and respond to the world.
If your emotions need to come into alignment, here are a few action steps you can take:
1. Change your perception of your situation: it’s a training ground and has a purpose. Come as a learner.
2. Emotions follow thoughts. When your thoughts line up with truth, your emotions will also line up with truth. This is rarely an instant change, but over time, aligning our minds with the Word and will of God will shape our emotions.
3. 1 Thessalonians(NLT) says, “Encourage those who are timid, take tender care of those who are weak, be patient with everyone.” Practice compassion with those who are not emotionally strong—including yourself! An attitude of love, compassion, and understanding—while taking responsibility and not making excuses—will help you bring your emotions into line. Ask the Holy Spirit to come alongside you.
Emotions are good, but like every other part of our lives, they need to be redeemed and transformed by the Spirit of God.
LINK: “It Is Well” - Kristene DiMarco (Bethel Music): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wb_WD1emFQ
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4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,....., bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NKJV)
When are we going to get it? We live in a battle zone! Why is it that when things are crashing down around us we blame, we curse, we have a pity party or we curl up in a ball of despair? As believers, we know that our every move is either flesh driven, Holy Spirit driven, or manipulated by our enemy, satan.
Think about the last time you were having a bad day. Things were happening that were pushing all your buttons. You blew up in anger, or you laid down in tears. You let despair rock you all over the place. If you’re like me at all, you offered up some desperate sounding prayers while continuing on down the detour toward hopelessness.
Darkness has a slick, effective skill at blindsiding us; hitting our weak spots when we’re not looking. We get hit and we get mad at God for not stopping it. I’m just being honest here because I’m guilty.
Over and over in scripture we are taught to be alert, to be on guard, to keep that armour in place, sword drawn. We are told to guard our hearts, to stand on His promises, to speak faith, and to declare Truth. We have every weapon, every tool and most importantly the strongest power there is, Jesus Christ, abiding within us. We are already victorious, but we don’t seem to get it! We sing the songs, and quote the verses, but when the attack strikes, down we go!
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. They are not physical. The weapons we hold are spiritual and they are powerful. We just have to get it, really get it----if we’re going to live above the sludge!
We are instructed to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I am convinced that this is where we get off track. When the battle begins, right from the inception, we must stop and submit our thoughts to Him. It’s fine to call out to Him for help, but our part is to stop the negative thought patterns which lead to anger, self pity, blame, or other dark emotions. Sometimes the battle to stop those thoughts is intense, but this is the key. Once we stop and submit our thoughts, taking them captive to His will, He will help us to navigate those thoughts back toward the path to strength. Taking authority over the situation with your sword--the Word of God, will yield power over the situation. Our spiritual weapons are mighty for the pulling down of strongholds. Start proclaiming those verses, those promises, out loud and watch darkness dissipate.
If we understand the power within us, as His children, we can rise above the attacks, standing firm and confident. Get those thoughts under control and then take that insane situation that is in your face and hand it over to your Father. He has the answers. He knows the details better than you do. Trust Him.
In these last days, we are finding ourselves in the battle more than ever before. We are tested, tried and attacked. We must remember that we have been given the tools, the weapons to defeat the enemy, to defeat our fleshly weaknesses, and to stand in victory. If we don’t use what we have, it’s our own fault we’re defeated. I’m not saying it’s easy. Some days are difficult. I’m saying, (and talking to myself here), that we have all we need, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
A New Level of Spiritual Warfare…..Part 3 Nancy LaPointe
I hope you have read and thought about the first two installments of this series. The Lord put on my heart an urgency to share these things, and they are serious. Daily I see Christians who are blindly going on with their activities, ignoring the warnings the Lord is giving. There is a dangerous attitude that “nothing will happen to me” since I was baptized and believe in Jesus. Please take time to stop and ask your Father what He wants from you at this time, and really pay attention to His answer. It could be a life or death matter.
Lawlessness is increasing sharply in our land. The love of many has grown cold and is growing colder each day. (Matt 24:12) Hearts are hardened and violence abounds. As believers, we must be tuned in to the Voice of the Spirit for regular direction and guidance---for ourselves and for our families.
As I shared in Part 1, the Lord revealed to me that a new level of evil has been unleashed on the earth. He has lifted much of His old order of protections. He has warned His children again and again that judgment is coming. There are many scoffers. Don’t make the mistake of joining those ranks. Pray for discernment. Be ready to obey whatever He asks of you. It could save your life or the lives of your loved ones. He wants none to perish.
In Part 2, I told you about the ways that unhealed wounds, unforgiveness or sin can put a barrier between you and God, so that demonic forces are drawn to you, wreaking havoc in your life. It’s urgently imperative that you address your issues and get right with God now. When much more difficult days come, you need all your spiritual strength to stand firm against the enemy, leaving him no open doors for entry into your life.
Today, my final word (I think) involves the importance of utilizing the power within you that is yours if Yeshua Jesus lives in you. If you are a born again believer, you hold the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. You wield the weapons for victory on this earth as well. If you do not use them, you are toast….emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It’s time to stop being lazy, wimpy Christians. We have power beyond any imaginable force. If we don’t use it, we will be defeated….which is in essence our choice, not God’s.
Throughout God’s Word He teaches us these principles. And yet, most Christians just fall into the pace of the world, many living in depression, defeat, and denial. What a slap in the face of our God who has given us all we need to be overcomers! (2 Peter 1:3-4)
It’s time to rise up, take authority over the flesh, the demonic world, and the negativity that steals, kills and destroys. The Lord has instructed us to speak blessings not curses. Stop speaking curses over your life, your kids, your jobs, your church.
I have been so disillusioned with preachers who “speak things into existence” constantly telling people to claim this or that, which usually involves material wealth. So disgusted with the material mindset. Well, the devil uses that too!! Because of that disgust, I have neglected to speak out in faith, claiming the things of God that are important to Him. He has told us to speak His Word, His promises, boldly going before His Throne of grace, and believe you have what you ask of Him. (Hebrews 4) No….not focusing on a Mercedes, but boldly asking for healing, salvation for loved ones, deliverance for the ones held captive, and so on. Boldly! He is pleased and blessed when we speak blessing, when we speak faith, believing in His power to produce, heal, deliver. (Mark 11:24-25)
When we speak negativity, “I’ll never have a good job. Nobody will ever ask me to teach. My family are all losers,” etc., we should not expect any positive changes. We are coming into agreement with the enemy and saying to God that His promises are worthless. We are double minded, and should not expect anything from God.. (James 1:8; James 4:8). Start proclaiming victory out loud. He will bless you for it.
As the days grow darker, when all around us is looking grim, we must put on the full armor of God, (Ephes 6), rise up, take authority and keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith. (Heb 12:2) If you are not ready or able to do that, trouble is on your horizon. You have all the tools, the weapons of warfare at your fingertips.( 2 Cor 10:4) It’s a matter of believing and using them. It’s up to you.
Spiritual warfare is all about knowing who you are in Christ. Knowing what power you hold. Knowing and standing firm when the fiery arrows come at you. If you wait to try and figure it out when the war is in full attack, it might be too late. Get ready now. Your life may depend on it.
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