Are You Ready For Today’s Battle? #ArmorOfGod –

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Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:11-12)~ Can you imagine a soldier rising up early in the middle of a war zone, heading out, and forgetting to prepare for battle? That’s what we do each time we wake up in the morning to leave the house without “putting on the WHOLE armor of God”. It’s not enough to just pray; GEAR UP FOR YOUR DAILY BATTLE – you’re not going out there to fight people, but mindsets, ideologies and idiosyncrasies… Laws, rules and opinions “designed” toward your demise; all cleverly setup to ‘appear’ harmless and even inviting, yet serious and severe enough to not only throw off your victory and eternal destiny, but to derail the journey of generations that follow you. The battle is about much more than you…you are just one piece but with a potential to impact so much more. This is why we must “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8)~ there is a very real enemy out there waiting to attack… and that enemy knows just how to get you… especially if you’re not prepared. Everything to keep you from your victory will be thrown at you today! Things that challenge what you believe, but spun in such a way that you could actually go the wrong way and not realize it until it’s too late! Look, the enemy wants to bring you down … Especially if you’re already walking in faith… You’re too dangerous to the master plan of evil! Therefore you need to protect yourself and be ready to counter the attack! Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph 6:16-17)! It doesn’t matter how strong your will is, the enemy knows your weakness… but there’s something else that the enemy knows that he cannot defeat…and that’s your strength in Christ by faith in the Word of God…so the enemy will try to get you to not take it with you! Don’t let the enemy find you without the Word! Soldier: It’s a war zone out there! And it starts right now….Don’t go into the day unprepared! WORD UP Soldier, the day awaits!

The “World” May Evolve; But It Doesn’t #Change God’s Word! –

For that they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever (Rom 1:25)~ Before the beginning began, GOD has determined what is right and wrong, and since HE made clear what we weren’t supposed to do, we have ALL sinned and fallen short of His glory, but rather than humble ourselves before Him and respect Him, we’ve decided that ‘our’ ways are now okay and we are all about what WE want. Rather than having high standards about what God intends, we set and accept lower standards and excuse ourselves from being accountable to God. We rationalize everything that governs us and conclude by our own wisdom that in some cases, ‘sin’ is no longer sin, but is now the choice of our free will and lifestyle! In fact, the more controversial it is against God’s standards, the more desirable the lifestyle seems to get! People say things like, “but the Bible was written by a “MAN”, it was not the word of God. I’m sorry, but social mores have changed.” … and also one that stated “You forget that the United States is not a theocracy; the bible is irrelevant concerning public policy.”….It amazes yet saddens me that we look at the Bible and say it’s outdated and doesn’t apply to today’s “social” world.

But THIS Christian believes that the Bible is a sure guide to eternal life! The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but delivered what they received of God! I believe what the Word says in that “All Scripture is breathed out by GOD and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17). But “we” have decided that God’s standards as the Word defines them are too restrictive to the different varieties of lifestyles people want to have so we must redefine those standards to accommodate every choice of lifestyle we want to lead. We think that if enough of ‘the people’ are okay with it, and will vote it into a law or have a faction that supports it; it’s okay and even “right” to do. So someone that’s highly published or famous or charismatic; and with a popular dialect of supposed intellect comes out with their interpretation! Popular culture likes it, and THAT makes our choices and lifestyles and interpretations justified and therefore okay! No thanks worldly views! I’ve got enough to give account for as it is, I won’t be trying to explain to God why ‘I’ changed the rules … One question I don’t want to have to answer is “Who made YOU God?” Because my only answer could be… “The people” and honestly, that’s another bad story in itself.

Remember what happened when the Israelites decided to fashion their own god and make their own rules! That’s where this world is headed right now! The intent and meaning of God’s word doesn’t change to suit our choices! His Word is THE word, PERIOD! It’s according to HIS will as it is written and is not up for debate, negotiation or re-interpretation under cultural or social scrutiny! There is no “I know the Bible says this but…..”. Plain and simple, “thus saith The Lord”! He is God and He changes NOT!

Is #GodsWay Outdated? Then Go Your Own Way – Right Over A Cliff –

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There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov 16:25)~ The enemy blinds the eyes of unbelievers, causing absurd reasonings in matters of religion. Whether men seek happiness in worldly things, or run into unbelief, superstition, or any false system, they feed on ashes…remnants of that which has been “created”, used and reshaped by man. The ideals of people and society have changed the truth of God into a lie, and people have come to worship and serve their own ways more than the Word of God (Rom 1:25). They have convinced themselves the Bible is foolish, hopelessly outdated, or written by religious fanatics. They love their own thoughts so much they will not accept correction from God nor His ambassadors! A heart deceived by pride, love of sin, and departure from God, turns us aside from His holy truth and worship. It’s gotten so that people hold fast to the ‘lie’ as the best treasure. Today’s hearts are set upon the wealth of the world and its pleasures. We must be careful to what we hold dear to our heart and soul! If we trust to outward professions and doings, as if those would save us, we deceive ourselves. He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? (Isa 44:20).

#Changing My Mind About A Lot of Things! –

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…Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind! (Rom 12:2)~ What if your life could be changed by just changing the way you think?  Things we look at, read, listen to and go through have a lot to do with what impacts our way of thinking. What we think, we usually become… as confirmed by Proverbs 23:7. But it’s not a single thought, it’s what we allow repeatedly dominate our senses. What are you seeing? What are you listening to? What are you reading? While some things are out of our control because they are part of our situation in life, certain stimulus in these areas shape how we respond to our situations in life. When we surround ourselves with things that elicit negativity, we develop negative disposition. If you’re always hanging around negative people, watching non-productive things, listening to mindless media, and reading things that provide no positive growth potential to your mind, your mindset will then always be negative. We have the ability to control a lot of what comes into our minds that could bring on a positive attitude.

Here is why this is important: A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes in our lives. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. It can truly transform you! If only we realized how powerful our thoughts truly are, we would do whatever it took to not allow ourselves to think negative thoughts again! Imagine that – a positive and drama free life!  Yes, all the negative stuff still exists (for now) but you don’t have to partake in it and you sure don’t have to let it overtake you! So, see the positive possibilities, affirm the positive, visualize the positive, surround yourself with positive people, listen to the positive things, allow only positive and uplifting content in your space; expect the positive, and your life will change accordingly. I’m positive about it!

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things (Phil 4:8).

But my friend – it doesn’t end there…. when you get your thoughts right – ACT on them:

The things, which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these DO, and the God of peace will be with you (Phil 4:9).

Be Blessed!

The Lord – He Is – Our – Shepherd #ROHI –

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Ps 23:1)~~

He is THE LORD over all; He governs the affairs of our lives and is in control. Even though we may be in over our heads, it’s still under His feet! He is omnipotent – having all power! Seeing all, and knowing all – even before we know of it or need of it.

The Lord IS omnipresent! His ‘IS-ness’ declares a state of constant existence and presence, without limitation, in all time and place – there is no ‘was’ nor ‘shall be’.. no here nor there; in all – God IS.

The Lord is OUR shepherd and we are HIS sheep – He is Lord OVER US – to chasten and correct us that we should obey Him and let Him direct our paths to His paths of righteousness.

The Lord is our SHEPHERD – our provider and protector giving us His life that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10-11); not to worry about what comes against us nor what we shall have. We are completely and eternally satisfied in Him.

Jehovah-Rohi: our good shepherd – He is Lord ‘through’ all, He is Lord ‘over’ all, He is Lord ‘of’ all! 

If You Come Back, God Will Be Waiting For You! #Repent –

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And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him (Luke 15:17-20)~ No matter how far anyone has wandered away from God, no matter how deep we have gone into sin, whenever we turn around… (definition of repent), God is right there to receive us with open arms! God doesn’t care what we’ve done in our past! He only cares about what we’re doing right now and what we will do in our future! Thanks to the finished work of Jesus, no one ever has to be lost because of their past sins.We are only lost because we will not surrender (stop), repent (turn around), and accept (go back to) what Jesus has done for us.

Reach Out to #God and Find Him! –

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When we talk about having confidence, especially in the context of relationships, we mean it to mean there is a sense of trust, no fear or suspicion, able to be frank and unreserved. In other words, we feel we have the ability to speak freely. This is especially true with those we love and who are closest to us. Married couples often say that communication is the key to their marriage. What they mean is that they desire one another to be open and honest with their thoughts and feelings. Parents often tell their children that they can come to them with anything, good or bad, and be received with love and compassion. Even many businesses talk about an “open door” policy where employees are encouraged to be sincere with their superiors about workplace issues. As Christians, do we feel we can have confidence when it comes to our relationship with God? “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22).” The grace of God has taken down the barriers that prevented us from approaching Him as His children. With nothing between us and God, we now can boldly and confidently approach Him to receive His love, grace and mercy. The author of Hebrews describes this confidence with phrases like “draw near,” “full assurance,” that we are now “clean from an evil conscience” and our “bodies washed with pure water.” It is this truth that enables us to speak freely to God without any fear of punishment.

This is a far cry from life under the law. “What the law says, it says to those who are ruled by the law. Its purpose is to shut every mouth and make the whole world accountable to God. So it can’t be said that anyone will be made right with God by obeying the law. Not at all! The law makes us more aware of our sin (Romans 3:19-20).” Notice the contrast to the grace of God in this passage? It says the purpose of the law is to “shut every mouth.” This is the exact opposite of being confident to speak freely. The law shuts our mouths because we know we are not righteous enough to obey it. We walk around in our lives.. quiet and in shame because we feel too guilty in that knowledge and truth of our sins to even approach Him. Therefore, we have nothing to boast about before God and we are separated from Him by our actions. And when we are separated from Him we can’t draw near, we have no assurance, our consciences are not clean because we are guilty of sin and our works are as filthy rags; impure bodies before the Lord. That is why it is imperative to recognize that because of our relationship and our faith in Jesus Christ we can now “boldly approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).” Be confident and assured of your right standing before God. When You have a relationship with Him – Nothing can take that away from you and NOTHING can take you away from Him!

So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27)