Ephesians 6:10-13; To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
The days and times we live in, we must not leave our homes unprotected. There’s a war going on, seen or unseen, we must be aware of it and know that God has given us the proper attire. Don’t wait for Sunday to pray. Pray every day, all day. It not only protects you, but your family as well as your community.
You wouldn’t leave for work naked! So don’t leave home without getting dressed in your spirit. God’s provided your attire, so after you’ve showered and physically dressed for work, put on your spiritual clothing as well. You’ll be able to face every spiritual and physical attack if you’ll simply take these simple steps each day.
Verses 14-18; So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.
One of my very favorite verses is one that David penned in Psalm 37:23; The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Anyone who knows me has heard me quote this multiple times.
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure there are times when it’s hard to believe that this journey we’ve been on, has actually been ordered. Did I really sign up for this? Yes, I did. The moment I made Jesus my Savior and Lord, I allowed Him to take me on a trip that would best suit His plans for me in His Kingdom.
Joseph with his coat of many colors, that was a trip! I’m sure when he was on his journey, he probably felt the same things we do at times. Tricks and traps, slavery and prison, hurt and betrayal, none of which looked anything like the dreams he had as a youth. But let’s learn one thing from Joseph; He knew God had purpose for his life and he trusted Him in the journey.
If it was something Joseph could have done on his own, he wouldn’t have needed God. God only takes us in ways we cannot possibly do alone. His paths may be unfamiliar, crooked and rough, but it is to simply prepare us for His end game; Save His people.
I’ve been asked why I named my blog, Remnantposts. It’s because we are the remnant, Gods people, those who have lay down their own agendas for the sake of His Kingdom. I just want to encourage you to hang in there, hold on, climb higher, seek His face more, pray, listen, learn, encourage others, but whatever you do, don’t quit!
Don’t be counted among those who would be deceived. We need each other but most of all, we must trust in God. He has a plan! We don’t need to know the details, just know that whatever road you’re on, He’s with you, will never leave you, will carry you when you’re weary. Why? Because He’s God.
I end with this thought; If the road you’re on looks strange, unfamiliar and uncomfortable, you’re on the right road. If in the distance you see the image of a fellow traveler, shout out to them, “Keep going! You’re almost there!” May His Kingdom come and His will be done in us, in the earth, on our journey.
For sure, I tell you, a person may say to this mountain, ‘Move from here into the sea.’ And if he does not doubt, but believes that what he says will be done, it will happen. Mark 11:23 NLV
As I lay in bed this morning, I allowed my mind to begin thinking bigger thoughts than I felt I had the capacity to think. I know, right? Almost didn’t type it out cause I wasn’t sure people would understand and it just may confirm to them I’m a bit crazy. Allow me to explain.
I believe our words have so much power. They should not be hurled in insult or used as a weapon to do harm. Even if our intentions are good, the words we speak will either bring life, or death. Proverbs 18:21 in the Passion Translation says it like this; Your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences.
I’ve known people who are directionally challenged. They couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag with both ends knocked out! But those who don’t give direction to their words are wandering around, lost and confused as to which path they should or could take. It’s a sad place to stay when your words could take you to the place you belong in life.
Have you heard the saying, ‘words shape you’? Well they do. You’ve been shaped for years by the words your parents spoke to you, the words of influential friends, even the words of teachers. Words can be sharp and cutting, soft and healing or even encouraging you as you run your race. Words are not forgettable. Once they leave the mouth, they take root and grow depending on the amount of time you focus on them.
Would that we only focused on the good words! This world would be such a wonderful place to live if that were true. But the natural mind is at war with the spirit realm, always trying to convince us that evil is good and good is evil. If only we were to live totally convinced of the fact that we are our Fathers children, made in His image and likeness, encompassed with His Spirit, filled with His living Word that is always creating.
I am totally convinced that my words are filled with light or darkness and it’s my choice and my right to speak words of light into the world that God gave me dominion over. If I walk around with my lips closed tight, afraid to speak for fear nothing will happen, than I don’t really believe in the Power that lives in me. That same power that Jesus spoke of in Mark, shows that our words truly give direction if we only do it and don’t doubt.
As I was saying while laying in my bed, thinking of a God who fills the universe living in me, and how much I limit Him by putting Him into the little box of my thinking, I invited Him to come play with me. I found myself in His big universe, free of my constraints, twirling among the stars He created, looking down on the earth I came from wondering why I found it so hard to believe God for what He’d promised me.
That just kinda made me happy! Night after night, David watched his fathers sheep, looking at those same stars, thinking of the vastness of God. He gained understanding of just how big God was by understanding what He created. He knew that THAT kind of God would back up his word with action, so when he found a mere giant, cursing his God, he defended the name of God and flung a tiny stone that brought him down!
That’s the power of meditating on God, His Word and His abilities. Put your mountain in perspective with the universe–whats bigger? Put your sickness in perspective with the forever living blood of Jesus–whats bigger? Put your lack in perspective with Gods vast supply–whats bigger? When your belief in God becomes bigger than all that, when you stop doubting HIS ability and believe you will have what you say, God will back up His Word because NOTHING is impossible with him.
I pray over you a release of the blessings of God’s undeserved kindness and total well-being that flows from our Father – God and from the Lord Jesus. He’s the Anointed Messiah who offered himself as the sacrifice for our sins! He has taken us out of this evil world system and set us free through our salvation, just as God desired. Galatians 1:3-4 Passion
Have you ever been forgiven? I have. Quite a few years ago, I discovered a mistake I made that cost the company almost $1000. It wasn’t intentional, I just missed something. Needless to say, I was hard on myself! I took a deep breath, went back and told my boss what happened, accepted responsibility and waited for the wrath to fall. I was expecting to be reprimanded at the very least, but would not have been surprised if he had fired me.
I could tell he was upset, but he kept his cool and asked me to appeal the denial which I had already began. Before he walked out the door for lunch, he casually said these words which I will never forget, “Just make me lots of money, all is forgiven!”
It took a few minutes for it to register. I had been expecting the worst and sat stunned as his words sunk in. As I sat at lunch thinking about it, I thought, I really deserved to have that money taken out of my paycheck, my mind going from one scenario to another when I heard the Spirit say, “You’ve been forgiven. Why is it so hard for my people to just receive it. After all the forgiveness you’ve sown, don’t you thing you should reap the same? Why are my people so sin conscious when I’ve washed all sin away? Why do they think on what they’ve done when I don’t even remember it anymore?”
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.” Romans 4:7
Forgiveness means never bringing it up again, removing it from our thoughts. It’s hard sometimes to do that, especially when we’ve been hurt so deeply. Our minds keep it alive like blowing on the dying embers of a fire. But Jesus commanded we forgive, not once, not twice, but over and over again. Ephesians 4:32 “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Our life is like an image in a mirror. We rush through life collecting things, but we don’t know who will get them after we die. Psalm 39:6
Ever feel that every day is a reflection of the day before? Oh, little things are different, but so much of it’s the same. We get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, spend a few hours ‘vegging’ out, only to be repeated day after day after day.
Wouldn’t it be nice to make a difference in someone’s life? To maybe take more time being a blessing to someone rather than gathering riches to ourselves? Riches? Are you kidding me? I’m just trying to make ends meet! But why? Didn’t Jesus tell us that, “My God will supply all your needs according to HIS riches in glory.”? Shouldn’t that take the stress off us and place it onto Him?
I don’t want to rush through life anymore. I want to slow down and enjoy those I pass by along the way. To encourage them and cheer them on. To enjoy my job and be a blessing to my boss and the patients who come in our door. To serve others in ways that might reflect my Father, showing what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Father, thanks for the reminder. We have become so self-sufficient. But You created us to need You. To fellowship with You and allow You to care for us. Forgive us for being so self absorbed! May we remember that we are Your sheep and You are our shepherd. Lead us into green pastures and restore our souls, that we might fulfill Your needs, allowing You to meet ours. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
I quietly observed a mother as she spoke to her misbehaving child, “You need to stop doing that!” The child continued with her actions and the mom pulled her back and repeated the same warning. The third time, she added a loving hand on the child’s behind and through tears, the behavior stopped. How many parents have used this age old method of correcting their child? It was done to me and I repeated it on our girls. Why? Because it’s effective. When applied correctly, it brings about a desired result.
I see people sharing all sorts of gimmicks on the internet, from vitamins to clever tools that cure any kind of ailment you might have. What blows my mind is that people actually buy them only to discover it was yet another scam. When I find an effective treatment for sickness, I continue using it because it works. Let me share what that is, because it’s free.
Did you know that when Jesus took all those stripes on his back, it was for your healing? Of course you do. Did you know that each time you take the bread and wine, you’re doing it to remind your body that when Jesus said, “It is finished!”, He was talking about a package deal. Remember when He said He would remember your sins no more! All that He accomplished on the cross was so that you could walk in the blessings of forgiveness, healing and provision. Isaiah prophesied it years earlier, “By His stripes you are healed!”
Reminding your body of those promises needs to be done every day by reading the Word. Go through your bible and make a list of all the healing scriptures you can find. Type them up and read them everyday while you take communion. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Why? Because we pay more attention to our symptoms than what the Word says. We need reminding, otherwise He wouldn’t have said so.
Father, I thank you for the blood of Jesus which not only cleansed me of ALL unrighteousness, it healed me. I partake of your body and blood as a way to remember what was accomplished for me. I overcome sickness and disease by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony. I will never take lightly the sacrifice made for me. I thank you that you constantly watch over your word to perform it. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
You dried up the water that was in the deep sea. You made a road through the deepest parts of the sea. Your people crossed over and were saved. Isaiah 51:10
When I looked up the word ‘crossover’, I found a couple things; 1. A place where a crossing is made; 2. (railways) a point of transfer between two main lines. As I read that 2nd definition, I felt the Holy Spirit trying to show me something. God took the children of Israel through the Red Sea from slavery and bondage, to freedom and promise. It was a point of transfer from old, to new.
Today, I believe God is telling us it’s time to cross over from old to new. To pass from ‘not enough’ to ‘more than enough’. It’s transfer time. It’s time to pick back up the promises we’ve been given and run with them. No more waiting! No more anticipating! That means believing that when we reach an impossible river, God is able to make a way across it.
He said that when we call on Him He would answer us and show us great and mighty things. We must believe, not in our ability to build a bridge, but in Gods ability to take us to the other side. We’ve been self-reliant for far too long. We simply don’t believe that God is able to do what He did thousands of years ago, but He is! If He can find just one person who is willing to believe, He will show up to show off His mighty power.
This month, let’s make it a crossover kind of month. Let’s believe God is God, that He never changes. Let’s believe He is well able to do though us, the signs, wonders and miracles He did through Jesus. Let’s believe that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us. Let’s make it a month where the transfer of power doesn’t happen in our nation, but happens in us.
Father, we your people give you reverence. We humbly ask that you transfer the wealth of the wicked to the hands of the just. We ask that through our hands would flow mighty, miracles. Not through just our pastors, but through your people. May we stand on the bridge, Jesus Christ, and be his body in the earth. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
I found these 3 great goals to have today and thought I’d share them with you all. They are found in Romans 12:12 ERV; Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time.
Be happy! Why, because of the hope we have in Christ Jesus.
Be patient! Troubles will come, but they will also go.
Pray all the time. I call it talking to Jesus, cause when you do, He will show you what to do.
There you have it. Let’s get happy, because the hope we possess is a sure thing. It’s because of His grace and mercy that we are alive, forgiven and prosperous. It’s not because of what we do but what He did. What a wonderful Savior we have. We didn’t deserve it or earn it, but he completely wiped our slate clean and said, “Rest in me, I’m giving you a future and a hope!” Praise God!
You may be looking at a pile of bills, a shut off notice, a repossession note or a negative balance in your bank account. Let me just tell you, wait on the Lord. When you just set all that aside and get into His presence, those things will look so small in comparison. Today things may be scarce, but tomorrow is payday! Today the refrigerator may be empty but tomorrow, it will be full. He is faithful in ALL his ways.
Why does it say to pray all the time? Because when you’re praying, you’re not worrying. When you’re praying for others, you’re not focused on yourself. When you make a list of the needs of others and pray continually for others, you’ll find your own situation changing. He never said pray for yourself, he said pray one for another. Right praying gets quick response.
Father, with great joy I come to you, knowing that you hear me, knowing you see me, knowing that you answer prayer. I bring before you each of my brothers and sisters that are reading this right now. You know their needs. I speak peace to every storm and that you will manifest to them fulfillment today. Show them your glory. I speak healing and provision to each family who has cried out to you for help. You are the God of MORE than enough, not just enough. You said you would prosper them as their soul prospers. As they draw near to you today, fill them to overflow with your joy. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. 1 John 1:9 AMPC
I absolutely love that translation of ‘faithful and just’–‘true to His own nature and promises’. It’s His nature to be good. It’s His nature to heal, His nature to forgive us continually and wash away everything we’ve done out of rebellion against His will in purpose, thought, and action.
Many of us are so stuck in our past sins, we are unable to comprehend that such a thing as perpetual forgiveness exists for us. The fact is, the Word of God which is active and alive in us, is the same Word that leads us into all truth and makes us free. To say we do not sin is wrong, but to say He cannot forgive is a deception from the pit of hell. It’s His nature to forgive.
I’ve said before, that He died for our past, present and future sins. Some have argued with that thought process, but may I ask you this? Were you alive when Jesus died and gave His life for you? The answer is a simple no. None of us were alive 2021 years ago, yet He knew you would be born, He knew you would do all you have done and He still died with you in mind. Even though you were in the future, He died for you.
That same blood continuously cleanses us from all unrighteousness. He knew we would need the assurance of His nature as a Father. That is why Jesus stands between the Father and us, constantly making intercession for us, reminding Him of His shed blood and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us into that truth.
Please understand that I’m not condoning sin. I’m simply choosing to focus on forgiveness rather than my lawless deeds. I’m choosing to focus on relationship rather than religion, love rather than hate, peace rather than turmoil. The more my vision changes, the more complete my revelation. Gods perspective does just that.
You cannot complete a race looking behind you. You cannot hold tight to your regrets and live the life God intended for you. Repent of what was done, than carefully place it into Gods hands to make something good of it and move along. Learn from your mistakes so you don’t constantly repeat them, yes, but you can’t do that alone. Only Jesus can lead you into the right path so that you can forgive yourself. If you can’t learn to forgive yourself, you’ll never learn to forgive others.
God faithfully keeps his promises. He called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:9 GW
Funny how two statements go so well together: He keeps His promises & called us partners. In any partnership, there are roles each person plays. I like how the dictionary describes the word ‘partner’ as person associated with another or others as a principal or a contributor of capital in a business or a joint venture, usually sharing its risks and profits.
Interesting, isn’t it, sharing it’s risks and profits? I guess it wouldn’t be a partnership if there weren’t risks involved. I was reading an article yesterday about financial investments and found that the greater the risk, the higher the interest rate, but the safer the risk, the lower the interest rate, so your money won’t grow fast without risk. Those who invest the most will definitely get a higher return.
There are times we’ve invested in a high risk venture and lost it all. It was disappointing, but with God, nothing you invest is ever lost. He sees it as seed planted and what comes out of that seed is a lasting and satisfying reward. Nothing you give in the Kingdom is ever lost for long.
So, this partnership with Christ is not without risk, but I can count on one thing; when I risk it all to follow Him, He will faithfully keep His promises to me. I’ve never been one to play it safe, perhaps thats why when I commit to something or someone, regardless the risk, I’m in it for the long haul. Our marriage was definitely a risk, but God is faithful and 45 years later, the dividends are paying out! Life with Christ-BIG risk, but the depth of love and trust, the abundance of blessing I partake of, worth every moment.
Don’t play it safe any longer! Jump in all the way and watch what God will do with that investment.