If You Trust Him, You Will Praise Him!

Praise stromPraise God in the storms. Most of the time we say that we trust God, but really we are just merely speaking words and our hearts really don’t trust Him. We say, “God give me faith”, but when the first little wind blows and messes up our plans we say, “No God, not this way!’, or “Why God why?”. Why is that? It is because we don’t actually trust Him.

We acknowledge trust with our mouths but deep down inside trust is really not there. We serve a big God but yet we think He cant help us physically or spiritually, or we just don’t believe that He wants to. In reality we are just leaning on our own understanding. We serve a God who spoke the world into existence, but yet He can’t provide for us? Whether it’s to help us spiritually, financially, health wise, or whatever may be the case. How many times do we put God in a box? How many times do we hinder our own blessings and victories? All because we truly don’t trust Him.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” – Matthew 6:25-34

Praising Him in the storms will bring us to a deeper trust in Him because we are drawing closer to Him and if we truly trust Him at all, we will praise Him. Praising God gives Him what He truly deserves. whether He pays that bill or heals that sickness, its trusting that no matter what happens, He is worthy to be praised. Not just so that He will move on our behalf, but because we truly love Him and if we truly love Him we will trust Him and we will praise Him, no matter the outcome.

“Praise ye the Lord : for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” – Psalms 147:1

I would say that no matter what we go through, praise Him because you love Him and you trust Him. Praise Him because He is worthy to be praised, and no matter what, He will take care of His children. It may not be the way we want it to be but we have to trust that His way is better. He loves us and He truly knows what is best.

“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.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” – Psalms 91:1-4

Submitted by @ Priscilla Bazer

You Must Forgive To Be Forgiven

Black-Man-Praying-1“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – Matthew‬ ‭5:44‬ ‭

We as Christian’s need to be an example, but how can we be an example to people if when they hate us we hate them back? When they persecute us we persecute them back? Thats not the right example. Out of all the people in the world that hated Jesus and persecuted Him ,did Jesus hate them back? Did He persecute them back? Well here’s your answer for those questions:

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” – Luke‬ ‭23:33-34‬ ‭

There is your answer after they beat Him and then crucified Him on the cross, instead of Him hating them, He said; “Father Forgive Them For They No Not What They Do“. If we are Christians, then we need to be like Christ. If you are a Christian, you have no excuse to not forgive somebody because we have to be like Christ!

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” – John‬ ‭15:18-19‬ ‭

This is saying that the world will hate Jesus’s followers. You can’t expect the world to love you. The second you surrender your life to God you are no longer of this world, He adopted you into His family, and because He adopted you out of this world, this world is going to hate you. I mean, you can’t expect the world that is of the devil to love the people that are of God!! So being that the world is going to hate you (or already hates you), you have to learn to forgive because God did the same for you. So I will leave you with Jesus’s words in Mark 11:25-26 which says that you need to forgive people and if you don’t, then neither will God forgive you.

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” – Mark‬ ‭11:25-26‬ ‭

Submitted by @ Marissa Bazer (age 12)

The Unchanging Rescue

come-follow-me“Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.” – Lamentations‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭

From generation to generation, from everlasting to everlasting, He does not change, but everything He touches does. One moment in His presence can change everything, how you believe, how you think, how you feel, who you are. The word brings us understanding of what we need. It brings correction, direction, it brings death to our flesh. However it’s His presence that changes us and brings life to our soul. Not by power, or by might, but by His Spirit.

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:6-9‬ ‭

If the word has done its perfect work of conviction, proving your desperate need of change, then lay it down for a minute and cry out to the one who does not change, that you might be changed. Do you know why He never changes? Because He is the only one that doesn’t need to change. He is perfect, it’s us that needs to be changed to line up with His perfection.

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” – Matthew‬ ‭5:48‬ ‭

You see, God never changes because He can’t improve, yet everything He touches does change because everything He touches, He improves. So once you come to realize that you need improving, lay everything down, worship Him in His great perfection, cry out to Him, and let Him touch you. Let him change you. Let Him improve you. Let Him make you better then you could ever hope to make yourself. Welcome His presence into your surroundings, into your life, into your very heart. For that life changing, life giving presence is the very Spirit of the Son crying Abba Father (Galatians 4:6). He longs to give you a new Spirit, a better Spirit, a perfect Spirit, His own Spirit. Get alone with Him and let Him touch you and change everything you could not change yourself. “Not by power, or by might, but by His Spirit” (Zachariah 4:6)

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” – John‬ ‭14:17-18‬ ‭

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezekiel‬ ‭36:26-27‬ ‭

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” – Psalms‬ ‭51:10-13‬ ‭

A Peculiar Glory

girl-dancing-rainAren’t we so quick to despise the “ways” God chooses to supply us with the patience and those things that we so earnestly pray for that we lack? We pray “Lord give me patience”. “Lord give me wisdom.” “Lord sanctify me. I hate this flesh! Lord Give me a balance of emotional strength but give me compassion. Enable me to do your service. Make me like you Lord.” All of the things we pray for, because they really are important, and we do lack them.

It is God Himself who urges us to pray for these things. But, with every stripping away process, new mountain top, or multiple aggravations brought on by the things of this world, they make us weary. They make us cringe at the thought of what tomorrow’s means of learning will bring, we tend to shrug our shoulders, forgetting the whole reason. The beauty of every flat tire. The beauty of every moment we realized we really are so helpless without him. Without all of these planned out, as we see them “disasters” how could He teach us to wait, to smile, to love, to believe, to climb?

Can’t we see He is answering our prayers? He’s giving us every thing we lacked, all of which we prayed for. He is so faithful to us. We don’t appreciate His methods because we are so sickeningly greedy. We want the patience and wisdom and courage right now. We want faith that moves mountains but we’re too lazy to climb more than one stride. We forget that the process/es are very much a part of those fruits that we pray for. They are literally supplying the necessary ingredients that make up the perfect dish. Every single one matters as much as the other. That’s kinda encouraging right?

I pray that whoever is reading this knows, truly knows, that this trial or trials your experiencing are not permanent, but the fruit God gives you from them will be exactly what He chose for you. To bring Him glory in them, to praise Him in them, and most importantly, to make you more like Him.

…And He “will” perfect his work.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher then the earth, so are my ways higher then your ways, and my thoughts then your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many rebound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15-18

“And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Submitted by @ Amelia Barr

Never Give Up!

63188eeb1020b18813e4394e9828ae14“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
God says in His word that we have all sinned, and come short of His glory. We all at some point have messed up or will mess up. When this happens, we need to rise up as the child of God that we are, dust ourselves off, repent, and keep moving forward.
God does not condemn His children. When we ask to be forgiven, we are forgiven and we need to move on or the enemy will tear us apart with condemnation. One time I had said something being a new Christian at the time and I felt horrible about it. The Holy spirit convicted me and that’s a good thing. I asked for God to forgive me, but then I kept on asking Him to forgive me, I just felt so horrible. Then God told me, “Did I not forgive you the first time you asked?  I said “yes, You did”. God said, “Then why do you keep asking Me for something I have already done?” Then He told me, “It is condemnation, rebuke it, and move on.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
God is faithful and just. He loves us and does not want us to stay down as if the enemy has authority over us. As a child of God, we have the authority over the enemy through the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for us. So don’t give your authority to the enemy that’s the only way he can have authority is if we give it to him.
“Neither give place to the devil.” – Epeshians 4:27
Don’t give the devil a place in your life, kick him out! Use the authority that was given to you! We need to stand up against the enemy and stop being defeated by him. Cast down the thoughts and everything that exalts itself above God and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!
“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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5-6
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
Rise up stand your ground and fight the good fight of faith!
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called…” – 1 Timothy 6:12
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” – 2 Timothy 4:7
Submitted by @ Priscilla Bazer

Seeking God or Playing Church?

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” – Ephesians‬ ‭5:15‬

The word “circumspectly” means “exactly“. That is to say, to diligently seek out and follow God’s instructions exactly as He gives them that you walk in His wisdom and not as a fool, assuming your own understanding will be anything but foolishness. 

A child pretending to cook food in a toy kitchen can go through the motions they’ve seen others preform and use props that seem like the tools of real cooks, but they will never actually be able to feed anyone from that. Yet even that child, if it will ask it’s parents for help and learn to follow instructions, can be shown exactly how to make a meal. Any child that will focus, listen, and spend the time with its parents getting and following instructions, taking the ingredients and real tools they are given (as opposed to the functionless toys in their pretend kitchen), and follow the recipe exactly as they are told it (rather they understand why or how these ingredients will work together or not, most likely not), will be able to produce real food. The question is, does the child really have a heart to serve it’s family that will drive it to seek instructions and follow them exactly (as some children do), or does it just want to play. The child that is learning to follow it’s parents instructions is learning how to function in it’s parents world while the child that is pretending wants everyone else (including their parents) to fit into theirs.

As spiritual children our relationship with God and the Holy Spirit is the same as that of those children to their parents. We look at patriarchs of Scripture like Moses who was given exact instructions of how to build the tabernacle. He had to follow those instructions exactly in order to build something that God would inhabit. Just like the child in his parents kitchen, Moses’s willingness to focus, seek God, and obey His instructions exactly as given allowed him to be able to spend quality time with God and participate in his father’s world. While the Israelite’s built golden calves (toy props) and called services (pretend cooking in toy kitchens) and expected everyone (including God) to participate in their powerless, pointless, pretend world of vain imaginations. 

“And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.” – Exodus‬ ‭32:4-6‬ ‭

The church in many aspects still does this today and it’s a huge waste of time. If the children of God would only grow up, stop playing foolish games and expecting God to participate in their vain imaginations and start seeking God for His instructions, follow them exactly, and finally produce something real. Many church services today are nothing more then children playing house, while God is looking for one child who will come be part of His world, spend time with Him, be taught by Him, follow His instructions, and be the next Moses. 

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians‬ ‭5:15-17‬ ‭

“A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” – Proverbs‬ ‭15:5-8‬ ‭

“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.” – 2 Chronicles‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” – Ephesians‬ ‭4:14-15‬ ‭

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ ‭

It Is Well

girl_reading_bible“Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.” – 2 Kings‬ ‭4:26‬ ‭

The context of this verse is truly remarkable, because when the story surrounding it is taken into account you realize that at this point the situation was most definitely not well, yet her faith was. Therefore the outcome will be accordingly.

You see, this woman had recognized the presence of God in this man Elisha and wanted to make a place for him in her home. She built for him an upper room, which in the culture of the day was a place of honor. Therefor, God rewarded her with a promise. In one year, she would bare a son.

God was faithful to His promise (as He always is), but one day the child fell ill in his father’s field and died. The woman did not scream, yell, complain, curse or blame God, or put on any public display. In fact she told no one, but simply laid the child in the upper room and pursued the presence of God on his behalf.

She told all that asked that “it was well“. All the while she pressed on as hard and fast as she could to find the prophet Elisha. Yet even when his servant called to her from a distance, asking if they were ok, still she replied, “it is well“. She would not speak against her faith! She would not speak to what was, but rather she spoke to what would be. She would not let herself even for a moment live in the fear and doubt of what was, nor would she allow it to be shown and spread to others, but chose in faith to plant herself firmly in what would be.

She knew that no matter how much the enemy fights and how bad it looks in the moment, God is faithful to His promises. She chose not to be ruled by her emotions but by her faith, therefore she could say “It Is Well“. She knew that what God had given her, even if the enemy comes and tares it all down and steals it all away, God who gave it is able to give it again, revived, renewed, restored, and more. Not only did she get her son of promise back, she got him with a testimony that glorified the manifest character of God Almighty and has built the faith of thousands for generations. All because she trusted the impossible power and faithfulness of God more then what she saw, heard, and felt. She stood in faith that God is more able to give then the devil is able to steal, that God is more able to heal then the devil is able to kill, that God is more able to preform miracles then the devil is able to crush your faith in them. She chose faith over fear and was able to say with all surety in the face of what seemed like udder defeat and betrayal, “It is well“.

She pursued God in faith knowing that He is faithful to fulfill His promises even if He has to raise something from the dead to do it. She was fully persuaded, therefor in the midst of what should have caused her emotions to overtake her, her faith was able to overtake her emotions and stand knowing that it will be well, therefor it is well. She understood that if all things work together for the good of those who love God in the end, then if the situation isn’t good, then it’s not the end. Keep believing and pursuing God! Even when the current situation isn’t well, if your faith is, then the outcome will be.

Don’t doubt, don’t give up, don’t loose faith for without it it is impossible to please God, and above all don’t turn on God, turn to Him and run to Him! Nothing is too hard for Him. If it’s not good, it’s not over, because God is good and His promises are yes and amen, if you don’t quit you win! So press on and press in and know that even if what you see, hear, and feel is not, you can still say, “it is well with my soul, for God will take what the enemy means to destroy me and turn it for my good if I only have the faith enough to speak life in faith and not death in fear!” When everything falls apart and doesn’t happen the way you thought it would or think it should, don’t turn on God, run to Him, pursue Him with all you are and let your mouth prove your faith! It maybe that He has a much grander plan then you did and this testimony is all part of it.

“Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.” – 2 Kings‬ ‭4:35-36‬ ‭

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” – Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭

“And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” – Romans‬ ‭4:21‬ ‭

“(As it is written, I have made thee (Abraham) a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” – Romans‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭

Lay Low, God Moves On Behalf Of The Humble 

“Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” – Zephaniah‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭

Those that are laid low will always be lifted up by the mighty hand of God, while the prideful will be cut down. Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, yet the humble will always have God’s good favor working on their behalf. Therefore, when a humbling need come, (to a home, a family, a church, a situation, or a nation) lay low and seek the Lord. He will hide you in the lowliest of places and once His work of cutting down the obstructions of the prideful is done, He will raise you up and place you in a position that has been cleared and made ready to do an uncorrupted work.

Don’t rush out or you will be cut down with the wicked. Lay low and seek the Lord, for He has assured us that the meek will inherit the Earth, but the prideful will be resisted by He Himself. Let the Lord defend you. Trust in His goodness and justice. Believe in His unfailing love. Humble yourself under His mighty hand and see the salvation of the Lord. Be still and know that He is God and He is good, even in judgment. 

“Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.” – Zephaniah‬ ‭2:2-3‬ ‭

Teach My Hands To War

armor-troy-332x190“My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.” – Jeremiah‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭

There is prayer, and then there is warfare. The psalmist prays, “teach my hands to war“. The Ephesians are reminded that we fight not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. While the Corinthians are reminded that though the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (or physical), but are rather spiritual, yet are they mighty to the pulling down of the enemies strong holds, both in people’s lives and in this world. Their is power in prayer and their is victory in warfare.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭

Often times we come to God in prayer laying burdens down, seeking council, making petitions, asking mercy for others, and so on. Then there are times for the mature Christian when once those burdens are laid down in faith, council has been sought and instructions received, that orders are given and authority granted to back it up, upon which actions must now be taken.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” – Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭

God chooses those for warfare who are willing to seek Him for orders, trust His battle plans, and follow them through with precision and faith. While prayer is directed more inward toward God, warfare is more akin to proclamation and is directed outward toward the enemy. Though we do not converse “with” the enemy, we do speak forth the edicts, decrees, and proclamations of God “towards” it. We command in faith that he loose our loved ones, that he leave our homes, schools, and churches, that his hold on a heart, a life, a family or a region be broken. Whatever the instruction of the Lord be for that fight, we are to obey and pray in faith, not asking but proclaiming while enduring in faith to stand firm on that proclamation knowing in whom you have been called to give it.

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” – 2 Timothy‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭

It’s time for the true Christian to wake up from the wary selfish trance-ful slumber that the enemy has lolled them into. Stop being distracted by the things of this temporary carnal world. Stop spending all your time crying for selfish desires. Wake up to the war! You serve the Kingdom of Heaven and there’s a war on! Armor up, Stand up, and Battle up against the kingdom of the enemy with endurance, authority, and faith that others might be saved! Go out and start earning your stripes, soldier!

“Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;” – Jeremiah‬ ‭51:20‬ ‭

So you know how to pray but how do you start to fight this war? How do you actually start to take ground so that you can see victories for the Kingdom? First ask God to teach you how to war and start by taking the ground that He has already given you. Start with your home. You can’t expect to win a region if you can’t kick the devil out of your own camp. You have dominion over what is yours. Take your own land back before you try to expand it. Anoint your home, claim dominion, take authority, and kick the devil out!

“…the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” – Matthew‬ ‭11:12‬ ‭

You want to take ground spiritually? Start by kicking the devil out of the territory of your mind, your emotions, and your house. Now your taking land! Now you have a base of operations. Now you can start fighting to expand the territory. Now you fight to kick him out of your church. Come into agreement with other warring Christians to help kick him out of their lives and families. Then start expanding further. But don’t go rogue! Seek God for His orders so that you will be backed up by His power, provision, and authority. If you are in the Kings army, the King will provide the battle plan, the provision, the weapons, and the power (or authority) to get the job done. Do not walk into a battle field alone! However, if God is with you, who can be against you! For all the host of heaven are at your command standing ready for the fight!

“Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” – Psalms‬ ‭144:1‬ ‭

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:4‬ ‭
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Let Love Cast Out Fear!

praise-in-storm“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:16-17‬ ‭

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied that it was to love God more then anything with all that you are and to love others more then yourself. He explained that by doing this you will automatically fulfill (or obey) every law, commandment, and word from the prophets. Because God is love, everything He tells us to do is based in love, love for Him and love for others. Therefore, when we choose to love we will be as He is, (love) and we will do as He does walking in obedience, holiness, and righteousness that we might stand boldly before Him on the day of judgment knowing that we will receive the rewards of righteousness.

I say that we must “choose” to love because “love” is a choice. Lust is an emotion, selfishness is an emotion and emotions are flesh, but love is a choice because real love is Spirit; for God is love and God is Spirit. Therefore when we choose to love we choose God and when we choose not to we are choosing to reject the leading of the Holy Spirit. Think about it, we are commanded to love God, we are commanded to love others, we are even commanded to love our enemies, would God have commanded us to love if it was not a choice we could make?

We can choose to love, yet many choose not to because of fear. Fear is the enemy of love. Fear of getting hurt. Fear of rejection. Fear of disappointment. Fear of betrayal. Fear of abandonment. Fear of disapproval. Fear of failure. This fear causes a death spiral because the only way to gain someone’s trust is to act in perfect love that they will then trust your love enough to choose to return that love with their love and break the bondage of fear. So when fear hinders love someone must take the first step and choose to act in love rather deserved or not, and the more perfect and undeserving the love the more power it has to break the lies, bondages, and curses of fear.

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:18-19‬ ‭

jesus-on-the-crossJesus took this first step. He endured the shame and agony of the cross to show His perfect, endless, unfailing, unimaginable, genuine, unbreakable, unfailing, love that the lies of fear might be defeated once and for all! This is a love we can trust and choose to love back! He proved it won’t abandon us, it won’t hurt us, reject us, betray us, or disappoint us! We can choose to trust (or put our faith) in this love because if He endured this much for us we can rest assured that He really loves and wants us. He chooses us! Therefore we can feel safe choosing to love Him and by His example we begin to see how we ourselves can help to break others free from the bondage of fear by loving them the same way He loves us. When we choose to love others even as Christ loved us, they begin to see that love is a choice, a choice based in trust (or faith) and someone has to step out and be the one that acts in undeserved love to start building the faith of others in love. It’s a chain reaction, Jesus started it and expects you to continue it. Don’t break the chain, keep it going!

“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” – 1 John‬ ‭4:20-21‬ ‭

When we feel safe in someone’s love we want to abide with them, please them, and serve them. In this, we are no more slaves laboring to obey the rules of a hard master solely to avoid a judgment, but are rather are a loving bride desiring to commune with and serve her true love at every opportunity. In this we realize that, though the fear of God might get you to the alter, only the love of God will keep you there.

18a2Choose today to believe in what Christ endured to when your heart. That God did it to prove His love for you and desire to commune with you. Choose to lay aside the lies of fear, and trust (or put your faith in) that love and receive it, then return it. Return it to Him first, then show it to others also. In this you will abide in Him and He in you, for He is love and the world will know that you are His by it.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” – John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭