Indispensable Weapon

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Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG

The word ‘indispensable’ means absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite: incapable of being disregarded or neglected. So when Paul says that God’s Word is an indispensable weapon, we need to understand that without using it, we lose! Until we truly know how to use the Word, it’s merely a book filled with words.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17 NKJV

You see, knowing who you are in Christ is extremely important! But you can tell your enemy you are the righteousness of God in Christ till your blue in the face, but it’s the Word that wins the fight. Peace is awesome! Faith in God shields you and will keep the darts from penetrating, but if you don’t know your rights and use the Word to remind your enemy of your rights, they will run you over! This ain’t no child play!

So when do you use a sword? When you’re under attack! You use it to protect yourself, right? When it gets personal, you personalize the Word. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says it like this; The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. You can’t fight a spiritual battle by using physical weapons.

Also, you will be tested! Your enemy (Satan) runs around like a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. If you’re not a threat, he will leave you alone because he’s already got you! But when he sees you studying the Word, sitting with the Father, asking for revelation, hold on! You take what you’ve learned and just as Jesus did, speak the Word. Catch him in his lie. Tell him, “That’s not what the Word says. It says…..”

If it doesn’t sound quite right, it probably isn’t. Take the time to look it up and speak it out loud. If the devil is after your mind, tell him that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. He can’t refute that because he knows the Word is irrefutable, but it doesn’t mean he won’t try to wear you down and get you to change your confession of faith.

I’m going to blog about this all week so stay tuned in. If we don’t learn how to use the Word and teach this to others, we’re not using all the weapons in our arsenal.

Father, show me your ways and teach me your paths. Help me to know Your Word that I might find favor in Your sight and win the war waged against me. For Your glory, great King of kings and Lord of lords, Amen.

 

 

 

It’s Bubbling

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Who stood up for me against the wicked? Who took my side against evil workers? If God hadn’t been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. Psalm 94:16-19 Message

Have you ever experienced injustice or seen it happen to someone you love? There’s nothing that lights me up like watching someone be falsely accused, to see a friend be fired for something someone else was responsible for but wouldn’t come forward to claim responsibility.

As I was reading this entire Psalm and listened to Davids heart as he poured out his cry against injustice, it reminded me that it’s okay to be upset about something, but to always land on the reminder of where our help comes from; the Lord. The minute we start slipping and don’t cry out for help, we continue to be more self-aware then aware of God.

Not only did David allow God to rescue Him, he allowed the peace of God to calm him and the joy of God to cheer him up. The peace of God may not rule in the world, but it can rule in our hearts. Jesus said, “Don’t let your heart be troubled or afraid!” How do we exchange trouble for peace? It’s a position found only in knowing who we are. Once we are confident of that, no amount of trouble can move us.

So when does the joy come flooding in? It’s the moment when the injustice we saw shrinks down in size to a tiny ant and we see how easy it is to crush it. It becomes laughable, really. When you think it was such a big deal yet our capable God takes it down to size and then uses it for our good. To watch the evil become a blessing in our life instead of the curse we felt moments earlier.

I’m singing for joy, Father! “It’s bubbling, it’s bubbling, it’s bubbling in my soul. There’s singing and dancing since Jesus made me whole. Folks don’t understand it, nor can I reason why! It’s bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling day and night!” I will walk in Your peace today regardless of what things look like around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Sitting Up

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Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place. Proverbs 29:25 TPT

The definition of fear is; a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Intimidation is to make timid; fill with fear. Interesting! 

I say that because generally when I’m fearful, it’s because I don’t see what’s coming but I know something is coming. Like the screeching of tires just before a collision or a late night phone call from the police department. Fear is definitely a very real distressing emotion that holds you frozen in place, or as this verse says, holds you back.

Lets continue to the second part of that verse; But when you place your confidence (full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability) in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place. What’s so special about ‘the high place’, you ask? It’s all about vantage point. When you’re in an elevated position, things look different. You’re able to see from a different perspective, perhaps even from God’s perspective.

2 Kings 6:14-17 is a good story to look at that best demonstrates perspective.

And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

David calls Him the Lord Most High for a reason. There is no one above Him! No one! You can’t get to a safer place than that. You can’t find a higher position than that. Everything we consider high is low compared to Him.

Yes, because God’s your refuge,
    the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
    harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
    to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
    their job is to keep you from falling. Psalm 91:9-12 Message

So you see what we have going for us? This isn’t just a pie in the sky promise, this is real! More real then any feeling of fear is the promise that we are seated in the High place just looking on as God deals with the things that threaten to disturb our peace.

Oh thank You Father. The thing that threatened me is being dealt with once and for all. I will not be afraid, I will crawl into Your huge lap and rest while You deal with the chaos and the noise. I refuse to allow this to change my position as Your child and attempt to take away my peace and promise. I rejoice in Your victory. Amen!

 

Passionate Pursuit

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“Please forgive the wrongdoing of this people out of the extravagance of your loyal love just as all along, from the time they left Egypt, you have been forgiving this people.”

God said, “I forgive them, honoring your words. But as I live and as the Glory of God fills the whole Earth—not a single person of those who saw my Glory, saw the miracle signs I did in Egypt and the wilderness, and who have tested me over and over and over again, turning a deaf ear to me—not one of them will set eyes on the land I so solemnly promised to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with such repeated contempt will see it.

“But my servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately. I’ll bring him into the land that he scouted and his children will inherit it.” Numbers 14:19-24 MSG

There are a couple things I’d like to address in these passages:

  1. God honored Moses words. Remember those who believed the bad report and grumbled and complained, wanting to go back into slavery-those people! God wanted to destroy them all and start over with Moses but Moses stood in the gap and interceded for them. But God wouldn’t be limited by small minded people. He wanted to do more then they would allow Him to do so He basically put His foot down and said they’d never see the promise fulfilled. Pretty sad, don’t you think?
  2. Caleb has a different spirit. Look at that! God noticed that Caleb pursued Him passionately. Those who do will see the promise regardless of age or circumstances. Caleb and Joshua were the only two of the scouts that possessed the land of promise. Once again, God kept His Word.

I don’t know what you’re facing right now nor how long you’ve been facing it but I do know this, God will keep His Word. Jeremiah 29:13 says; “You will seek Me and find Me if you seek Me with all your heart.” God’s not being illusive. He will never hide Himself from you. What you treasure you will pursue, for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Jesus said it like this in Matthew 6:33; Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. I love The Passion Translation of this; “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.”

Father, You alone are my priority today. I want to hear Your voice and quickly obey what you ask me to do. I trust in You and because I do, I will never be ashamed and my enemies will never triumph over me.  Your ways are better! You are so much bigger! I will passionately pursue You with all of my heart and trust You to take me where I’ve never been before. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

 

Our Low Opinion of Gods Ability

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God spoke to Moses: “Send men to scout out the country of Canaan that I am giving to the People of Israel. Send one man from each ancestral tribe, each one a tried-and-true leader in the tribe.” Numbers 13:1-2 MSG

We’re all familiar with the story where 12 scouts or spies were sent into Canaan to check out the land God promised the Israelites would possess. And we also remember that it was 10 to 2 in favor of staying safe in the wilderness or returning to Egypt and resuming their slave status.

Let me also remind you that these men were tried-and-true leaders in their tribes. I will also say that each one of these people had seen and experienced protection during the plagues in Egypt, walked across the floor of the Red Sea and watched as their enemies were drowned when the sea closed over them.

Seems they still had a very low opinion of Gods ability to deliver them. They were so focused on the giants that roamed Canaan and their fear of facing those giants, that they wanted to run back to the very land they had begged to be delivered from. Some people just never learn.

Wait, this could be us! We all desire the blessings, right? But to achieve blessings, risk is always involved. With the promise of houses and lands came obedience and trust. It’s simply impossible to go from point A to point B without actually moving your feet. Yet they refused to go forward.

Your scenery won’t change until you change your location and your location won’t change till you get up and move. Yes it’s scary! But the Word says He will never leave us or forsake us. The Word also promises you will be blessed in whatever you set your hand to and it will prosper. If you truly believe, you must be proactive and start moving.

Father, forgive me for my inactivity. I have allowed my fears to over-ride my trust in Your faithfulness.  You are a great God and there is no one else like You. You have been waiting on me to move so each day, I will do just that. The rest will become plain to me as I rise up and head out. Give me wisdom and discernment in each step I take in Jesus’ name and for Your glory. Amen

Never Give Up

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That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We can be distracted so easily by what we see happening around us. We could be watching the news, receive a phone call from a friend or family member that can tip us on edge. Things can change in a heartbeat, a moment, but my friend it’s so important to focus on what never changes–Gods Word.

Lets remember for a moment everything Paul went through when he wrote these letters to encourage generations of believers like you and me. Don’t you think that the enemy of God knew what he held inside of him? Why do you think he was under such attack? Why do you think you’re under attack? Let’s put this in perspective and gain insight today-the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to pull down strongholds.

Like Paul, you are children of God sent to do His pleasure. This life isn’t your own to live anymore, it belongs to God. If you position yourself in humility to serve God then everything you do will come under attack not because of who you are, but because of who you serve. Some may read this and say, “No way am I serving God! I’m not opening myself up for that kind of attack!” But some of you will say, “Life without God in the center would simply not be worth living. I will choose the hard way because that is the ONLY way I will make a difference in the earth!”

Satan knows you’re powerful so he tries to convince you you’re not. Don’t give him an inch of leeway! The things we go through are not for us. Allow God to work through you to encourage and build others.  The Word is in you, even in your mouth. Use it to bring life to others today.

Father, I don’t like this attack I’ve found myself under. It doesn’t feel good at all, but if this will help someone else along the way, I’m more then willing to go through it. For YOUR glory! Just as Paul, I have discovered that they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! It’s all in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Kudos to Worker Bees

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Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Psalm 103:20

I don’t think or talk about angels much, not that I don’t believe in them because I do! I just know that we are to exalt the name of the Lord, not his angels, but lately I’ve been thinking of the role they play in Gods plan.

They are in essence worker bees, the ones who go out and gather the pollen to make the honey. They have been trained to hear the Word of the Lord. So when we speak His Word in faith (which is the activator of the Word), they are dispatched to go after that Word.

I see this in the book of Jeremiah where God is training him to speak what he sees God says, “You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.” If we have an understanding of who we are and whose we are and more importantly, the power of OUR words, we would be more earnest to speak more of HIS Word over our situations then to curse, spit, sputter and worry over them.

“When you speak, angels are authorized to act based on your words. Choose words of life and not death to commission your angels in your life.” Bill Winston

If we actually believed that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, then from that position of authority, we would be imitators of Christ, healing the sick, raising the dead and bringing hope to the hopeless. I believe God has called all of us, like Jeremiah in chapter 1:10, “See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Seriously? How can I do that? I’m just a simple woman without qualifications or education. I have no influence over the nations or kingdoms of this earth! Oh yes I do! Let me remind you that Jeremiah was just a simple man doing his own thing when God found him. I have great influence because I have the hidden treasure of His Word in my heart. When I speak in faith, in my prayer closet and over things God burdens me for, I have more influence in the earth then any casual conversation I could have with anyone.

I think the key here is that I must believe that when I speak what God shows me to speak, my words will be effective.  I do my job (speaking) and angels listen and are my worker bees in making that happen. We want a lot of things, but our purpose is what Jesus’ purpose was, “to do the will of the Father that sent me.”

Time to give the angels a job to do and begin declaring over your family, finances, health and future. Speak the Word over your neighbors, your pastors, your parents and siblings. Speak it over the nation (not your opinion but the Word), your president, senate, state and local leaders. We are carriers of the Word of God, not just to fill us up and make us sound smart. Not even to voice our opinion over what should or could be done differently, but to be useful in the Kingdom of God and speak what He’s purposed us to speak.

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3