Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Put on JESUS!

The Word of God says that our battle is not carnal but spiritual in the pulling down of strongholds. The Word of God says for us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and put on the whole armour of God for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities and the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places. Put on the whole armour of God so that you can stand against the tricks (remember, all he has is tricks) of the evil one and in that day after you have done all stand.

Put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of Truth, the shoes for the preparation of the Gospel of peace, above all else take up the shield of faith so that you can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked and take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

The way I understand these scriptures, is that they are not saying we don't battle in a physical sense. But that the underlying cause for the battle is always a spiritual one. This is where the real battle lies. For example, the war in Iraq. There is a physical battle going on, but the underlying cause for the battle in Iraq is a spiritual one. This is why it is so very important for us as Christians to make sure that we fight in this battle spiritually and pray for our troops that are over there.

Only prayer and the speaking of God's Word in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit is what brings forth the ultimate victory every time. Eventually the enemy will be totally defeated in this world. Just read the book of Revelation. Jesus wins!

Right now we are experiencing spiritual warfare as well as physical warfare. We are not defeated if Jesus is Lord of our lives, placing our trust in Him and lining our lives up with what the Word of God says about us. When we are spiritually clothed with the armour of God we are actually clothed with Christ Jesus. He is our Armour. For example when we have on the helmet of salvation, we are covered with the salvation of Jesus Christ. It is by and through Jesus that we are saved. When we have on the breastplate of Righteousness we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ Jesus. In and of ourselves our righteousness is as filthy rags, but the Word of God says that through salvation we have become the righteousness of Christ Jesus. When we gird ourselves with the belt of Truth, spiritually speaking we gird ourselves with Jesus, for He is the Truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man comes unto the Father except through Jesus. And when we know the Truth (Jesus), the Truth will set us free. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. When we have on the shoes for the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, we are wearing the Good News upon our feet, and every where we go we bring the Gospel which is the Good News. By the way the Good News is salvation through Christ Jesus. So He is the Good News! And when we cover our feet with Him we can have perfect peace which passes understanding no matter where we are at. He will keep you in perfect peace who's mind is stayed on Him. Above all else take up the shield of Faith. Jesus is our Faith. We believe by Faith in the Son of God. When our Faith is in Him the fiery darts of the enemy will be quenched and will never penetrate our hearts. Our wounds would be less if we would only lift up our shield of Faith (Hold up Jesus)! It is in the Name of Jesus that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The enemy is defeated. Take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Jesus is the Word. In the beginning was the Word the Word was with God and the Word was God and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us! Yes! that would be Christ Jesus Himself.

When we clothe ourselves in Jesus (who is the Armour of God) the enemy doesn't have a chance. Ha Ha! And the Word of God says that God laughs at the enemy! The enemy is small in comparison to our God. One day we are going to find out just how scrawny he really is. It will be unbelievable, for the Word of God says, that the people will ask, "Is this he who tormented the nations?"

May we get a spiritual vision of the enemy so that we can laugh at his attacks even now as we stand clothed in Jesus!
For He (Jesus) that is in you is greater than he (enemy) that is in the world!
And God has made us more than conquerors and an overcomer in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Your Love, Your Grace, Your Mercy

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that we live and move and have our being!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that despair has been turned into Hope!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that sorrow has been turned into Joy!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that turmoil has been turned into Peace!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that pride has been turned into Humility!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that hate has been turned into Love!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that confusion has been turned into understanding!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that death has been turned into Life!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that You have not given up on us!

It is because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy that all things work together for the good to them who love You and who are the called according to Your purpose!

You have Loved us and You have chosen us. When You heard our cry You came running and pulled us up out of a miry pit and set our feet upon the Rock (Christ Jesus)! It is all because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy!

Our help comes from You O' Lord! What we pray in secret, You will openly reward us! It is all because of Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy!

I need Your Love I need Your Grace and I need Your Mercy. I desire this from You with all of my heart and I am not ashamed to ask for it. For I know that without You I am nothing and I cannot take my next breath without Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy in my life!

So I thank You Father God for Your Love Your Grace and Your Mercy in my life for yesterday, today, and forever!

"In You O' God I live and move and have my being! You are my sustenance of Life and You are my Everything!"

Friday, May 9, 2008

A Christian Mom

I believe that I can speak for most Christian Moms. We love our children unconditionally. We pray for them daily. And our heart's desire is for them to know true happiness. As a Christian Mom myself, from the time our children were born, I stood upon God's promise: " That if we raise our children up in the way that they should go, when they are older they will not depart." Our children are now 21 and 19. When they were born we dedicated them to the Lord and taught them about God and His Son(their Savior) Jesus Christ and how much they were loved, not only by us but loved even more by their Heavenly Daddy. We taught them that God knew them even before we did. He knew them before they were conceived and born into this world. To this very day we still teach our children about God and what His Word has to say about them and life in general.

Believe me when I say; "Our children have taught us a few things about life as well." We have not been perfect parents, we have made our share of mistakes, and our children have made their share of mistakes. But through it all God has been so very gracious, merciful, patient and longsuffering toward us, not to mention so very faithful to us.

I really want to encourage Moms out there. It doesn't matter how old you are or how old your children are it is never to late to be a teacher and a witness in sharing with them what God's Word has to say about them. It is never to late to tell your children or even remind them that God's plans for them are good not to harm them but to give them a hope and a future.

You might be thinking that it is to late to train them up now because they are already older. It is never to late to teach your children and tell them about Jesus and His love for them. It is never to late to humbly begin again. What is older anyways? It could be 70 years old for all we know. If your children are not yet 70 or maybe they are older than that, even still it is never to late to share with them that God's plans for them are good and tell them how much He loves them. If you are still alive then what are you waiting for? Just do it. Tell them. It is the greatest gift that you can ever give your children this Mother's day.

When we as Mothers realize God's goodness toward us we can begin to walk in His love and goodness and share that with our children. We can teach our children that God's goodness and love is for them as well.

A good prayer for Christian Moms to pray for their children is that their children will begin to know God's love and goodness toward them so that they can begin to experience His goodness in their lives.

When we know the heart of our Heavenly Father toward us, we will begin to experience His heart in our lives. Selah....

Friday, May 2, 2008

Freedom to Freedom!

May we open up the prison doors of our heart and set those we hold captive there free!

When we do this, we will then know true freedom for our own life as well.

Physically speaking a prisoner is held captive until he pays his debt in full. Spiritually speaking we can try and hold someone captive behind the prison doors of our heart until they pay us what we believe they owe us. And we will refuse to open those prison doors and release them until they do just that. We offer them no mercy and grace, and thus no forgiveness. We are hurting no one but ourselves when we do this. We may think that we have the power over the one that we are trying to spiritually hold captive, by continually making demands of them, and not being satisfied until they give us what we think they owe us. This will not work, because we all have been given free wills. This is why I say that we are only hurting ourselves. It is like beating our head against a brick wall. Spiritually speaking, when we try to hold someone captive by holding unforgiveness in our heart toward them, we are only holding our self captive. We are not hurting them, they are free and living life. They might regret not being able to have a relationship with us because of our unforgiveness, but other than that, we are the one in turmoil, because we are the one demanding a payment from them, which we honestly believe is a worthy and just payment, and we will not be happy until they have paid the payment in full. Sadly, when we do this, we neglect the lessons of mercy and grace, and we cause our self a lot of unnecessary grief.

Grace is unmerited favor and mercy is a disposition to be kind and forgiving despite the fact that we might think the offender in our opinion is worthy of our justice. Grace and mercy was never intended to be earned they were freely given to us by our Father in heaven when His beloved Son Jesus (our Savior and Lord) took our place on that cross. He died for us while we were yet in our sin.

Don't misunderstand me, we all must use wisdom. For example a person who abuses his wife and will not change his behavior (no efforts in going in a new direction) and has every intention to continue abusing her, should not be shown mercy and grace as to be allowed back into her presence. She should still offer him grace and mercy and forgive him, but to allow him back in her life would be a foolish thing for her to do.

What is it that stops some of us from giving mercy, grace and forgiveness to those who are trying to make a difference though? Here's some things to think about: 

It's pretty easy for us to forgive and forget about the complete stranger who flips us the bird on the highway as he is cutting us off and almost causing an accident. Usually before the day has ended we have forgotten about it and think no more of it. We never even considered the possibility of harboring that stranger and his actions in our heart for any length of time. But when it comes to a friend, a loved one or even an acquaintance we will hold onto that offense and harbor it in our heart. We will rehash it and play it over and over in our minds. We shut the door of our heart and try to spiritually lock that person and his hurts up nice and tight on the inside of us, and we hold onto him and his offenses until they give us what we want, and or what we feel we deserve. We neglect to remember that we are only human, and a lot of times the way we see things are in parts and not the whole picture. But even so, shouldn't we let the person who we care about go free just as we would the stranger. We say it is easy to let the stranger go free, because after all there are no feelings of genuine care or love for him.

This is a question that I present: "Because there are feelings of true genuine care and love for the friend, loved one or acquaintance, shouldn't that be all the more reason to let them go free whether we think they have paid their debt in full or not?" Besides that, what if there is a possibility that it's not as clear cut as you might see or think it is? That is just something to think about. Selah.....

Allow me to explain what I am saying. God is the only one that holds the whole truth, the honest truth and nothing but the truth. When God revealed this to me, I was set free from offenses and hurt. I also was able to spiritually set free those who I held captive in my heart. Within myself I offered them mercy, grace and forgiveness and they didn't even have to ask for it. Instead of living in hurt and only offering hurt to others I began living with joy and offering joy. God's power of forgiveness washed over me and His peace came into my life and I was finally set free. This was for my own sake and benefit and for my own spiritual and physical well being.

See, I had my truth and the way I seen things, and the others (whom I had locked up in the prison of my heart who had offended me) they had their truth and the way they seen things. But it was God who held the fullness of Truth, and that was what mattered to me and gave me peace. For you see, God is a just and righteous God and He is all knowing. God is merciful, gracious, loving and forgiving. And for me to know that God held the whole Truth brought great peace and freedom into my life. God revealed to me, that everyone had their own perspective of the situation and how they seen it. I was able to accept this and be content with that. Thus I was able to offer grace and forgiveness to the situation and to everyone involved.
My God forgave me my debt and I must forgive others their debt. If I don't, the Master will hand me over to the tormentors to be tormented (Mt. 18: 22-35). This could mean emotional, physical or even spiritual torment. Being forgiven and forgiving others has set me free, and whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Thank you Father God!

I can entrust my heart in the hands of my Heavenly Father because I know that His judgements are pure and righteous toward me. And you can entrust your heart with Him as well. He knows you and sees you more intimately than anyone else ever will be able too. He is your Heavenly Daddy, He created you and breathed life into you. You can rest in Him!

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