Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life…(John 14:6); And you shall know the TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32); If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:36); ~ Ever get caught up in a LIE? What happens when you’re caught up in a lie? That lie holds you captive and you as long as you hold onto that lie, it will hold onto you, enslaving you to propagate more lies, destroying relationships and ruining lives. The devil IS a lie and he comes to kill, steal and destroy by holding you captive in that lie and enslaving you to the longevity and life of that lie! Although God, by the TRUTH of Christ and the abundant life of His promise has declared you free, What holds you in captivity and slavery will not let you go easily! This satanic resistance is a result of the enemy’s own fear because of your relationship with God. Yes, the enemy fears the state of its own existence without the ability to be able to oppress and suppress you – because your blessing, the TRUTH, is a threat to the enemy. When you walk in the TRUTH that God has declared, you are free from the lie of the enemy; you break the bondage of the lie; and the enemy knows it. Therefore you will always be in a resistive state…a fight with sin, with your flesh, with your old lies, with your old ways and mindsets, with the enemy – especially when you realize that God has declared you free! But know that God also will work out what is needed to guarantee that freedom He has declared …Whatever has gone wrong, God will make it right! He ensures your Spiritual freedom by His divine intervention; Yes, it’s true… the battle is His! And your Favor will be evident in the sight of the enemy… even making those lies that enslave you… your footstool through TRUTH! When you let go of that lie, it has to let go of you! That which held you back will be forced to promote you. That lie which enslaved you will be forced to concede to the TRUTH and echo the Word of the Lord and declare you free!
In today’s world, it’s so easy to feel lost.. like we’re out here on our own; trying to make it and hoping for some kind of peace. We pray but it’s still hard and every day it even tests our faith. But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine (Isa 43:1) …and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matt 28:20). The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace (Ex 14:14).
Then I remember that He is my God in whom I trust; from where my help comes! He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us (Ps 62:6-8).
He’s always thinking about us and there’s a benefit when we trust Him and always think about Him: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer 29:11). How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them (Ps 139:17). You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You (Isa 26:3).
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:24)~ God has done it again – He has created another day to come about! As He has said and has always done, He is creating new things (Isa 43:19) and making new ways for us every day. God sustains us in all of our comings and goings. Let us acknowledge Him in all our ways (Prov 3:6).
YOU can rejoice today because in this new creation of God’s, you are alive – you got another chance! His mercies are new every morning! Rather than us being consumed in the night of our unconsciousness, we are blessed once again (Lam 3:22-23). God has given us a reset; another chance; more opportunities – and as long as you’ve got a pulse, you have possibilities!
This day was designed with your destiny in mind (Jer 1:5) – God knew “way back when”, the plans He had for you and it is a custom design made just for you. Those plans are with your future in mind and are that you would have hope (Jer 29:11), even in tribulations, if you just look to Him. Don’t waste your day adding up your problems rather use it to count your blessings – stop negating God’s greatness by complaining and focusing on that which isn’t. Instead count it all Joy because of what is! Know this, it could be worse – rejoice in Him that it isn’t!!!
The enemy would have you to believe that it’s all over for you and God’s not doing anything for anyone anymore but God is constantly creating a new thing. He is faithfully giving us new mercies and new opportunities and He is putting us in the the direction of our destiny. Don’t give in to negativity and go down the path of believing that there is no good out there. Don’t give the enemy the satisfaction of ruining for you what God has intended to be great. Don’t let the enemy have this day from you; give no place to the devil in this day (Eph 4:27)! Resist the enemy and he will flee; Rejoice in the day God has given and enjoy your blessings!
What Kind of Life Are You Thinking?
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5); For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…(Prov 23:7)~~ Negative thoughts are parasites that live off the energy you give them!! They hinder you in your marriage, your family, your job, your LIFE!! They steal your joy and keep you from being who you want to be or even worse, who God says you ARE! Arguing with negative thoughts is an exercise in self-destruction. Entertaining them is like giving them a transfusion with your own blood. You become psychologically anemic as they suck the blood from your mental veins. They become stronger as You become weaker.
Our life is truly what our thoughts make it. We have a choice in what thoughts we allow to linger or where we take a thought when it enters our mind. No, we can’t control what it starts with but just because we think it initially doesn’t mean we have to entertain it further. Where evil means to kill, steal and destroy, good means for life (see Gen 50:20). We can take over those things that start out as negative thoughts and channel them positive. If you have the mind of Christ in you and you are in control of where those thoughts go, you can certainly bring those thoughts under the obedience of Christ! So master your thoughts early or they will master you. Negative thoughts are your enemy and as the enemy, you should purposely seek them within your mind and make it your mission to defeat and evict them! Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Phil 4:8).
Casting ALL your cares upon HIM; for HE cares for you (1 Pet 5:7)~ Fears, worries, burdens, stresses, issues, grudges, pressures, anger, jealousy…all those things and more are what elevate our blood pressure, cause depression and in some cases drive us to turn to our “self-help” remedies – we drink, smoke, do drugs, take anxiety medications and even seek professional help! My friend, these things are like the books you carry in life; rocks in a backpack! Each one adds weight and increases the burden on you. Here’s the amazingly painful truth about our self-help remedies…THEY DON’T WORK!! They may mask the pain or calm you or alter your thoughts and make you “feel” better, for the moment… but the fears, worries, burdens, stresses, issues, grudges, pressures, anger, jealousy behind it all still exist.
But thank God that He promises to always be with us! When you give one of your cares to God, it’s like removing a book from the stack — a rock from the backpack; the load is lighter as your burdens are lifted. God does not want your issues to burden you! God loves you and is in control of your circumstances. Even when things do not work out the way you expect or hope, you do not have to worry or be afraid. You can be free from your cares because He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus tells us to bring it all to Him rather than try to carry the load on our own: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matt 11:28-30)…He will carry the burden for you! In exchange He gives you His peace and leaves it in place of your burdens.. not as the world gives (with man’s remedies). You probably know someone right now that somehow is going through all kinds of craziness but seems to be at peace with things…although they’ve not indulged in any of the ‘self-help remedies’. They’ve likely traded in their burdens for the peace of Christ! Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27). Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Rather than seek refuge in those things of the world…trying to carry the load yourself…try laying those heavy burdens down at the feet of the Savior; He’s already gone through ‘the hell’ for you! He’s already got YOUR SITUATION worked out! He’s already dealt with the ‘stuff’ so you won’t have to wear yourself out over it and have your mind all jacked up over it! He’s carrying the light load of Peace and wants to trade His load for yours! Walk with Him in your journey and take a load off!
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Rom 11:29)~ We already know that God’s forgiveness; His extension of grace is a gift. And looking up ‘irrevocable’ we find the meaning: “not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered; final.” So thinking about God’s love, grace, mercy and forgiveness – His greatest gifts to us as 100% final; not able to be changed, reversed or recovered; what a joy it is to be a recipient of these gifts! Yet how many of us just can’t seem to fathom being loved at such an absolute level! True, no person can love this deeply – but we are talking about God here. Friend, we need to be sure to never discount God’s forgiveness of us! When God forgives you, He keeps it 100… if you don’t force yourself to believe and then reinforce the behavior that accords with the fact that God’s forgiveness is 100% full and free, you will constantly be taunted by the sneaky whispers of Satan: “Well now, ‘Christian’… You might as well just count your blessings and forget about being used by God anymore! He doesn’t use screw-ups! He’s done with you! Just go be a decent person, and forget about those foolish dreams you had of thinking you could be of some great use to God!” But yes, the devil is a LIE! Sometimes it takes failing royally to realize that God’s love is so incredibly real. You are of INESTIMABLE value to the Lord; God’s love for you is INFINITE. It is a love that caused Him to sacrifice His only begotten Son… for you! His love, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness are all absolutely 100% irrevocably full and free! It has to be that way because there is absolutely NOTHING you can do to pay for that salvation! You can’t earn it by “living a good life”, good deeds, penance or any man-made sacrificial ritual. If you could pay something, even the slightest portion of it, then Christ’s death would be without purpose and of no benefit! Besides, even if 99.999~% of your failures were taken off of your account it would still leave enough for you to spend eternity in hell. So friend, understand and believe: You have the victory! Do not let any devil make you discount by any portion the complete forgiveness of God that is yours ‘completely’ today and forever! God keeps it 100!!! And if you don’t believe me, then ask Peter– you know, the guy Jesus spoke to named Simon… You know, the man who cut off the servant’s ear, denied Christ three times, and then through God’s forgiveness and restoration, became the Rock on which He built His church!
In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood (Isa 59:13)~ funny how we can twist the Word of God to justify our choices to live outside of His word, but then wonder why there’s so much turmoil in the world around us and in our own lives! If we shut our eyes against the light of Divine truth, it is just with God to hide from our eyes the things that belong to our peace. But: Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble (Ps 119:165 ESV). God promises us a giant helping of peace when we do what His Word says. Following God’s ‘rules’ helps us make fewer mistakes, and we no longer have to worry about “stumbling” or getting hurt because of bad decisions. It’s like the rules we establish for our children such as watching for cars in the street, not playing with fire and always walk when you have sharp objects; there are things we know in our wisdom as parents that are beneficial to pass on to our children for their protection and care. When they live according to the wisdom in which we raise them up they don’t depart from this wisdom and they live better lives. Contrarily we see those that live a life of defiance and end up living in tumultuous situations and disgrace. Living according to God’s Word allows His peace to rule our hearts. As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him (Ps 18:30); The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes (Ps 19:8). Spin it, make excuses or justify it any way you want, but nothing will truly profit while we reject Christ and His gospel. If we choose to live like this we should expect to live… like this!