We are at #War; But God Gives Us the #Victory – –

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I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Rom 7:21-23)~ there is a war going on in each of us; a war whose only mission is to steal us away from our destiny, kill our relationship with the righteousness of God and destroy us by the use of our own bodies. Like a hunting lion the enemy stalks us waiting for the opportunity. As soon as we determine in our spirit not to do a thing, our mind and body go into overdrive against us as evil plots our demise. We determine not to stop by the ice cream store on the way home and we feel good because we passed it up, but now every red light shows us the Krispy Kreme with the Hot sign on! We vow to do right in our lives but evil opens doors that make it more appealing to our minds, hearts and bodies to choose the other option. None of us is immune from temptations and all of us have fallen and will fall again. Christ warns in (Matt 26:41) to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”. Jesus knows that our spirit is intent on His righteousness and this is our warning … that our enemy knows this as well; but also knows our vulnerability and therein will come the attack. This is a daily battle in what is the longest and most grueling war in human history…one that will not have a cease fire nor truce as long as we walk the earth in this state. Our biggest battle in life is indeed against…ourselves! The Lord knows US and He knows that in our spirits and in our hearts we serve Him, even when our bodies fail and we sin; We must pursue the willing spirit – we must walk in that true desire to serve Him. Though sometimes we fail; He indeed delivers us from these bodies of this death – – Thankfully there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Rom 8:1). Be inspired my friend, that you may focus on your faith and not your flaws. No BODY is perfect but in Him our spirits are made into His righteousness. God indeed knows the heart and the Spirit! Be Blessed!

Not only should our prayer be “Thy will be done” but also “Let me accept thy will.” – #SovereignGod –

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It is one thing to pray for God’s will to be done in your life, but it is quite another to accept His will. Many of us talk a good game about wanting His will for our lives, but once it is revealed, we get scared and we run away from it. We let fear take over. Or we refuse to accept it because God’s will actually isn’t what we wanted at all. I can say all of this because I’ve been there and in many ways, I am there right now. I’ve long prayed for God’s will and purpose to be revealed in my life, but I never really took into consideration how I would respond to the revelation. I realize that not only should my prayer be, “Thy will be done” but also, “Let me accept thy will.”

God’s word in Isaiah 55:9, says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Thankfully, He’s above us and knows what is best for us. In this life, we are all searching for our purpose and asking for His will to be done. But let us keep in mind that OUR will is not always HIS will. Let us not be blindsided and naive to think that as we ask, so we are ready for it to be revealed and respond accordingly. I pray that as each of us comes to a point in our lives where we dare to ask God to reveal HIS will for us, He would put us in a place of acceptance of what He reveals to us. It may not be what we want, but it will surely be what we need in order to live a life fully invested in Him. When fear attempts to consume us, He is the destroyer of the fear by His perfect love for we know it casts out all fear! When He see that we are tempted to turn back and ignore His will, may He chasten our spirits and help us to see that He only wants the best for us. May we realize that anything He brings into our lives and anything He reveals to us is for our good. May we have a spirit of acceptance and a heart open to His moves in our lives. Most of all, let us never get so caught up in seeking Him out for a revelation that we forget to seek Him, for Him. Let us always desire to be with God above all things. Seeking His kingdom first and letting everything else be added afterwords. Letting His love surround us and cast out any fear or doubts. May we live in love with Him, accept HIS will for our lives and give us the proper response to HIS revelation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

With the God We Have, Why is Quitting Even an Option??? #Perseverance

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Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith (Heb 10:35-38)~~ God intends that we are all blessed…when HE is ready to bless us. So often we give up on His promise  for our lives because it doesn’t come in our lives when we are ready to see it. We think that if we don’t have something by a certain point in OUR time that He is not going to give it to us at all when actually God JUST might be blessing us through the manifestation of prerequisite events. Every blessing has a path that must be traveled. Christ had to go through the years on earth, the sufferings, the cross, and the grave before He could rise and be in the power of The Promise… He went through HELL! Think about that next time you think things are bad!! In order to get TO the greatness of your blessing, you may have to go THROUGH a time that requires your commitment and patience. Therefore you can’t give up on God’s promise just because you feel like it’s not happening in your time or plan. Remember His thoughts and ways are higher than yours. He sees a bigger picture and HE knows the best plan and the best time for everything. If you stop believing just because of the delay, you miss the true blessing! While you’re spending your time and life complaining. .. you are missing the blessings He has for you. You can’t be in control of everything…but rather be happy and trust in Him who IS in control. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Don’t give up! Wait on Him! While waiting… keep on doing what’s right. Keep giving God your “yes” while He works out your mess. Be not weary in well doing. .for in DUE SEASON … HIS due season you shall reap if you faint not.
Feel like giving up? Think on THESE things:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6
 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Eph. 6:10
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
 
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16
But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
 
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. I Cor. 9:24
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, Heb. 12:1
 
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Zech. 4:6
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.       II Tim. 1:7
 
It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:32

You have the #Victory in Christ; Don’t Walk in the shame of losers! #NoFear –

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Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Rom 8:15)~ When we think about God, we think about Heaven, salvation, victory, triumph, strength, peace, joy, eternal life…the list goes on with all of these great and wonderful things that God brings us. Jesus promised us that by believing in God, who sent Him…believing in the Word He brings…we are free from the imprisonment of sin in our lives. Because you believe in Him, you are set free from the fear of death and can look forward to living forever with God in heaven. Yet we always find ourselves in a position of basically saying ‘Lord, I do believe…but help my unbelief!’ Yes, we come to a point where as much as we believe in Him, we exhibit unbelief! That unbelief is our “fear”. Not the fear of dangers and harm to our person – but the fear of walking in what we claim to believe God for! How can we talk about all of the great promises of God and know all about the ‘finished’ work of Christ, yet be fearful to walk in the deliverance of them? Why do we let fear imprison us? We have been given the victory but we walk in the shame of losers! We want to know victory and greatness in life and it’s given to us, but we keep living our lives like where we used to be! We want to see things differently but we keep walking the same and we eventually dread our lives because we think nothing ever changes…then it turns out that the only thing that DIDN’T change…was US! Those of us who do not love the lives we have are the ones who were afraid to change…our fear of what change might make us has imprisoned us in complacency and mediocrity! Have you ever seen a team win a championship and go to the showers like they were the losers because they didn’t want to take the trophy they went all season for? No, they walked in the victory! The prison gates are open and we have been exonerated, yet we sit there in our same old position of imprisonment because we’re scared to change our pattern and walk out the door in that freedom we have! To expect great results, while never changing your actions is a recipe of consistent failure (and insanity). Experiencing that freedom and that new life you’re looking for comes from the walks of faith, to dare to be and do what you have never done before. Fear will cause you to become complacent and remain in a continual prison of mediocrity, never growing or becoming more than what you have always been. But when you walk in the faith of the belief in the Lord, you will find that renewed strength that gives you limitless LIFE under His freedom! We are fearful to step out in faith because we think our lives will turn out different than we planned for. My friend, that is the GREATEST thing that could happen!!! God said “.. I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jer 29:11)”; and “…my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways (Isa 55:8)”. In other words, when you walk in that victory God has given you and drop that fear of being different from your own plans…trust in Him with all your heart rather than your own understanding, your life WILL be different than YOU planned. It will be what HE planned! What would you do if you had no fear? Think about a time when you faced your fear…you’re still here aren’t you? You got through it! It felt liberating didn’t it? God did not give us that spirit of fear… let it go … in fact, send it packing…and be free…and be blessed!

Sight is not enough – Take The #Faith Walk –

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1)~ There comes a time in all of our lives when we need faith. It’s those times when we can’t see what’s ahead but we must go anyway. It’s in that darkness where we find our inner light. It’s in that darkness where we grow. It’s in that darkness where we become the person we were born to be. Faith always happens in the place where one cannot see. A faith walk is like a blind walk, it’s dark. You have to keep pushing forward with the belief that everything will work out in your favor. While in the situation, your thoughts will shape the darkness. If you allow yourself to be consumed by the darkness, it will stop you. But if you shift your thoughts to those of powerful assertions, you will illuminate the darkness and you will come out on the other side like brand new. We all have gone through rough seasons in our lives. We’ve been tested from every angle. You have to know that it isn’t meant to break you, but to build you. Yes, you want to give in and give up but instead you have to decide to shift your thoughts. Begin to think about the peace in the midst of the storm. Begin to think about the other side of defeat. Illuminate the darkness and your days will begin to change. Out of nowhere your breakthrough will come. The adversary will flee because you will beat him down. Your trials will become triumphs and your life will open up. In faith claim victory in the midst of challenge until you receive victory. Your thoughts can shift the atmosphere. I urge you today to keep walking through that dark tunnel. You may not see the light at the end, but know that it’s there. Let the light inside of you, guide you! Illuminate the darkness with your thoughts and you will see things begin to change. Don’t give in. Don’t give up. There’s only one way out and that’s forward…in Faith! 

God’s #Promise has a Process; #Trust #Believe #Receive –

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TRUST in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths (Prov 3:5-6)~ God’s promise to us has a process. Take the Israelites when they were brought out of Egypt. They wanted “instant” Promised Land. But God’s promise had a process! The process was for them to not just be delivered, but also healed and set free… from their past. Many of the Israelites though were not willing to go through the process and as a result of their impatience and actions, they missed the opportunity to go into the Promised Land. God’s plan wasn’t fast enough! The small victories along the way weren’t big enough! They got so wrapped up in the “rewards” of the Promise… they had to have it “right now”… and so they pursued it in their own ways rather than the ways of God. We need to see that if we will just walk through the process, we will continually see blessings and miracles making us gradually better along the way. Not only will we see, we will experience and receive. As you pray for your ‘Promised Land’, don’t be discouraged that you may have to cross a ‘Red Sea’ and take a journey through the ‘desert’ for a period of time. That journey is God’s process. And what a journey to walk, especially when you are walking it out with The Lord! Rather than trying to race to the promise at the finish line, take a walk through the process with the Lord! Allow yourself to see what He’s doing with and for you along the way. You’ll find so many blessings in that itself! You’ll be glad to have gone the process route over the convenience of “instant” gratification!
For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us… (2 Cor 1:20)

#Forgiveness Liberates The Offender AND The Offended… –

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And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors (Matt 6:12)

Have you ever had to forgive someone but really didn’t want to? What happened when you didn’t? When you did? One of the lessons we have to learn repeatedly in our life is the art of forgiveness. As God’s children, we all need to learn how to forgive.

Why is forgiveness so important?
Quick! Rattle off the Lord’s prayer right now—GO!

Alright, now about that “and forgive us our sins/debts as we forgive those who’ve sinned against us (our debtors).”  We can’t appreciate the depth of God’s forgiveness given to us until we are willing to experience what it’s like to forgive. Even if it’s forgiving repeatedly. Even if we were unjustly treated. Even if what was done was deliberate.

The only person we hurt by not forgiving is ourselves. Forgiveness protects our heart from bitterness. Some have said that not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. Forgiveness is a choice. Forgiveness is an act of the will. It is saying, “I am not going to hold this against them, but instead I’m going to trust God to deal with the situation in His time and His way. I’m choosing to show grace.”

How do I show forgiveness in injustice? Injustice will happen. You’ll be accused of something you didn’t do. A confidence will be broken. Betrayal of trust at any level may occur. Peter writes about this using Jesus as an example saying, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted himself to Him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23)

You may hurt. You may grieve. There may be consequences to your offender’s actions (i.e. a rebuilding of trust, or possibly the loss of a relationship). But the choice to forgive is about your heart before God.

Forgiveness is often not a once and done event. The indignant feelings of being done wrong can come up at any moment. Each time, you have to make the conscious choice to say, “I have chosen forgiveness. I will not hold this against them. I am trusting God who judges justly.”

Often the question arises of whether or not to tell someone that you forgiven them. It depends – Will telling them reveal to them a hurt that they unknowingly caused you? If so, it’s better to discuss with them what took place and why it hurt so that there is better understanding. In that context you will have to discern if you need to verbalize your forgiveness. Are you telling them you forgive them to induce guilt in them—as a form of payback? Then it’s better to remain silent. Vengeance belongs to God and God ONLY!  If they have expressed repentance on their own initiative to you…then offer forgiveness immediately and be willing to talk about what broke down between you and how to guard against it.

It’s up to you, and our challenge is to make the choice to forgive in the little or big things as you build your relationships. May God help you to have a forgiving heart! 

Our Father is the rescuer and deliverer of our souls. Through His Son, He stooped down in order to lift us up. We were dead in our sins and trespasses. We were held captive in the snare of the devil to do his will, but Jesus came to overthrow this bondage and to liberate us, to call us His beloved. God has granted us the glorious gift of acceptance and welcome in Christ. Through the powerful work of the Savior, We are rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred into His kingdom, without fault, without blemish. And He will not hear an accusation against us again. Just as He has accepted and forgiven us, may we also accept and forgive those who have sinned against us. Rather than despising those who have done us wrong, may we reach out to them with His healing love and mercy. In the name of Jesus… Amen!