Monday, October 28, 2013

We fight for Him---He fights for us


Exodus 14:14 (NKJV) "The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."

This verse tells us to hold our peace and let the Lord fight for us. But the Bible says in Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." So how do we know whether to fight or hold our peace?

I spent many years trying to defend myself against the enemy, putting up a good fight but never seeing victory. I would declare war against the enemy and command him to give back what he was trying to take. I finally realized this was not working the way it should. The enemy had me right where he wanted, defending myself instead of carrying out the will of God for my life.

If the enemy can keep us from doing the will of God---it is worth all the fight he has to give.

When Jesus told the disciples they had power to trample the enemy, He had sent them out to gather new followers and heal the sick (see Luke 10:1-9). They were fulfilling His purpose.

You may not be called to ministry or preach the Word. It could be you are called to pray for people, heal the sick or be a source of encouragement. Never-the-less, God wants to display His beauty through you by overflowing you with His fruit (Gal. 5:22 & Eph. 5:9). Whatever you are called to do, you are an outlet for God to reveal Himself to a world that needs Him. If your focus is on yourself; the world does not get to experience Him.

We have amazing power to trample the enemy. I am learning to put the enemy on the defense and I love it. Like most people, I have my share of attacks. God said in Isaiah 54:15, "Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake." The enemy will always fall for my sake if I let God fight my battles.

I have learned to release God into my battles by releasing myself into His service, fulfilling His purpose for me. This is what hits the devil where it hurts.

It is time to start trampling on our enemy!

Be blessed.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Greatly Loved

1 John 4:19 (AMP)  We love Him, because He first loved us.

I recently began a new endeavor that takes me out of town for extended periods of time. One of the first things I like to plan for my days back home is time with my grandchildren. On this little break, I picked up my five year old grandson for a sleepover. Since I have not had as much time with him as usual, I felt like spoiling him.

I needed to pick up some items at a department store. While I was there, I bought my grandson a toy police car. Then we went out for a bite to eat. My grandson decided to take his new toy car in to play with. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him as he narrated a scene where his toy police car chased a bad guy. Var-room var-room, screech and the sound of a siren---he was really enjoying his new toy. However, on the way out, he accidently dropped his new toy. Some pieces broke off and the paint got scratched.

I decided to go buy another one. When my grandson realized I was going back to the store, he was quite excited. To me it was not a big deal. I could see the broken heart and I really enjoy seeing my grandchildren happy.

While we were at the store, I remembered some other items and did some more shopping. I somehow put something in the cart I did not need. While at the cashier, I realized I had the extra item and asked the girl if she would like me to run it back, since it was within sight of where we were. She said sure, so I went to put the item back while she rang in the rest of my items.

When I returned to the cashier, she gave me a big smile. I figured it was for putting the item back and saving someone else the trouble. On our way out of the store, my grandson said he told the cashier about coming back for the toy---that is why she smiled. It turns out, this was a really big deal for my grandson. Throughout the evening, he thanked me several times and kept telling me how much he loved me.

I had great pleasure in buying my grandson the replacement toy---even greater pleasure when I realized how special it was to him. I did it because I love him, this caused the love in him to come out even more.

I believe the people who love the most, are people who know they are greatly loved. You will notice in our verse at the top, the word Him is in italics. This is because that word was not in the original text. God loved us first so we can love!

Be blessed.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Feel the Love---Feel the Power

1 John 4:16-18 (NKJV)  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

This is some of my favorite Scripture. It shows me how to tap into the power of God. As I learn how much God loves me, I am empowered. The more I understand His love; the more fearless I become.

The crucifixion was a powerful demonstration of love. The pain and agony Jesus endured was far more than we can imagine. However, it shows how God uses what the enemy means for harm---to bring about good.

There is another nugget here as well. This passage reads, "As He is, so are we in this world."

Perhaps you are facing what seems like an impossible circumstance. Maybe an illness, financial hardship, or broken down marriage has taken its toll. In the natural it looks like the enemy has you right where he wants you. Do not be discouraged, God has a deliverance already planned. It may not be how you expect, more than likely it will be even better.

Nothing is too difficult for our God. As a child of God, you receive the benefits of son-ship. You receive the benefits of Jesus. As He is, so are you.

Study some Scripture on the love of God. Listen to some good preaching on the subject. Let His love change your circumstances.

It may look like the devil is winning---but not this time---you have the key.

Be blessed!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Drink!


1 Corinthians 11:25 (NKJV) In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

The word drink in the New Testament has an interesting meaning. It comes from a Greek word pronounced Pino. The best English translation for this Greek word is Imbibe (1).

According to Dictionary.com (2), imbibe means:

1. Drink (alcohol)
2. Absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge): "propaganda you imbibed in your youth".

At the last supper, the night of Jesus' arrest, He instructed the disciples to imbibe from the cup while remembering Him. When we partake of the cup we are supposed to remember what Jesus has done for us. We are to remember how He loves us.

He provides a means for us to guard our thinking. We just have to know He loves us. He paid a huge price to prove it. Every time we have communion, He wants us to absorb this into our mind.

The Bible says in Mark 16:18, "they [the believer] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

According to this verse, the believer shall take up serpents. Serpents are the enemies we face (Lu. 10:19). The serpents will try to poison our minds (through imbibing), but it will not harm us.

So how do we protect our thoughts?

The Bible says in Hebrews 9:14, "how much more shall the blood of Christ ... cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" The blood of Christ protects our thoughts through communion.

Every time I drink the cup, I ponder what it means. I remember how much He loves me. It fills my mind with light (good thoughts); dark can not exist in the light.

When you drink the cup of communion---imbibe it!

Be blessed.
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, G4095.