Entrance Denied

 Proverbs 4: 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.

We are the gatekeeper to our hearts. Many thieves and robbers of our faith will show up trying to get to our hearts.  Their intentions are to contimate the springs of life.  To stop the flow of living waters.

The thief enters in through the thought life. One drop at a time. One negative thought leads to another.  What starts out as small and insufficient becomes a polluted river.  It ends up flowing into others lives. One person can poison so many people.
Unless we take charge and refuse those thoughts entrance, they will become so real we will find ourselves acting them out in real life.

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.  When we open our ears to polluted talk (things that are contrary to the Word) we have given the enemy a key to our heart.
Our reaction at that very moment should be to  hold a sign up that says, Access Denied. When opportunity arises to get offended quickly slam the No Entry door.

We all know of people that have allowed their hearts to become harden.  It’s easy to get like that if you don’t guard your heart.  Listening to the voice of the enemy will cause your heart to become harden.  Jesus speaks in a still small voice and the enemy pounds away.  Repeating the same thing over and over and over until he convinces us —– “it must be so”.
Test and trials in life can take you down a roaring current. It’s a decision that each of us make to row against the flow.  The easiest thing on the flesh is to run from problems and not face them. Have you ever noticed that the Armour of God is for the front parts. We face the enemies, not run from them.  No matter how long you run, the devil has a way of finding you and using the same trick. Until you shut the door.

What have you allowed to enter into your heart. What kind of water is flowing out your spout.  People everywhere are looking for a cup of fresh water.

Today each of us can make a choice to drink only from the fountain of Life.  It starts with a pure heart, and that comes through repentance. Then shut the door and keep it shut from anything that would give the enemy of our faith entrance into our house (hearts).

Just a Thought

If your identity is in something that can be lost, you are identifying with the wrong thing.  Our identity should be in the Lord.

The Count Down

I have never been a fan of wresting or boxing.  It seems senseless as to why two grown men would want to be hit in the face and pouched in the stomach. Some people will do anything for money.
Do you know that life is like being in a ring with your opponent —who is satan. If a person doesn’t take the time to get fit spiritually the enemy will wear you out. 1 Peter 5:8 Amplified Bible says, ” that enemy of yours roams around like a lion roaring in fierce hunger seeking someone to seize upon.”

As we step into the arena of faith we are ready and courageous and determined to fight to the end. A few licks and punches but we shake it off and keep going. We have that winning mentality.
After a while the knocks get harder and we begin to get worn down. One lick after another and we begin to feel the effects.

Then out of no where, the blow comes, this is the big one. This is the one that can take you out.  We are down—- the count starts—- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  all of a sudden we hear a voice inside, it is not over unless you quit. Thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus.  In that few moments of time, when your head is telling you to give up, quit, it’s never going to change, you have to make a decision. With every ounce of strength inside of you slowly you pull ourselves up with this reminder, ” when I fall I shall arise”  I overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.
My testimony is that I cannot be defeated and I will not quit.

We are up and swinging the Word of God again. The enemy thought he had us, but the Greater One came to our rescue. His grace is sufficient. Let the weak say I am strong.

Does this sound familiar?  Don’t think it strange when you are backed into a corner. There is someone somewhere who is facing the same bully.
God is so good, that when you feel like you can’t make it, He will have someone come to your corner and encourage you with His Word. They will wipe the tears from your eyes and help you get the fight back in your heart. They will remind you that you are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Today your bully may be health issues that just keep hanging around, maybe it’s financial burdens, depression, broken relationships. But with God All Things are possible, to those who believe.

Joy comes from believing. The joy of the Lord is our strength. That’s why satan is after your joy. If we keep looking at those bullies slowly but surely life becomes sadness.
God wants our mourning to be turned into joy.  Jeremiah 33:13
When we truly are believing HIM– the care is rolled over on Him. And He makes all things beautiful in His time.  It may not be tomorrow, but He is working to turn situations around. He is lining things up to give us the victory.

Don’t lay there in your sorrow. Get up, shake the dust off and be determined to win. Our lives are letters, someone is reading our story. They are watching our reactions. They are listening to what you are saying. What is coming out of your mouth?  Love or hate, victory or defeat.

As far as God is concerned the end has already been declared!!  James 1: 12 blessed happy to be envied is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptations, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive the victor’s crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
We can lift our hands in victory and shout the
The winner is.  Write your name on the dotted line. __________________________

No Fault in You!!

Several months ago I was listening to a broadcast and this example of the Father’s love was shared.  After missing the mark (or just sinning) the wife placed her husbands face in her hands and made this statement, “I find no fault in you”
Those words dropped deep into my spirit. I had to ask myself, are you looking for faults in others,  because if you are, you will find it.
No one has arrived. God is still working on everyone of us.
How many times do we as “believers” look for fault in one another.  It’s so easy to see what others do and pass judgement, but we can so easily overlook what we do.
We don’t realize that one sin is as great as the other. We take the place of being a self appointed Judge.

I heard this said many years ago, “we judge others through a magnifying glass, but we judge ourselves through rose colored glasses.”  How true that statement is!!

In the darkest hours of Jesus’ life when He was standing before Pilate, His accusers screaming for His crucifixion Pilate said, ” I find no fault in Him.”
When judgement is being passed on someone, will we as Christ’ followers take a stand and refuse to join in with the accuser of the brethren.  So many times it becomes an open door to speak “what is on our minds“.  By doing so it reveals what is in your heart.  For what is in the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  When we allow clutter to fill our thought life, it evidently shows up. What we continue to mediate on shows up in our actions.  We can read the Bible everyday, but if we don’t make the decision to act upon what we have read, we just have a lot of head knowledge and not revelation knowledge.

The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sin. It doesn’t expose. The hardest of hearts can be melted when Love is poured out.
Jesus paid an awesome price for each of us, He gave His very life. No matter what we have done, no matter how far we have run from Him, He stands before the Father God and says, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. ” Then he looks at us and says  “I find no fault in you”

Who is at the steering wheel of your life?

If you are headed to a certain destination in your car, you probably have a route you take, so you steer your car in that direction.  On the other hand if you are riding with someone, they are in control, so they take the route they choose and you are just along for the ride. Either way you get to where you are going.
Life in general takes us in all different directions. sometimes we look at our situations and wonder, “how in the world did I ever get to this place in my life? ” But when we finish our race we want to know that we have gotten to the place God destined us to be and doing what God called us to do.
Too many times we allow other people to take control of our lives and steer us in the direction of their choosing. Sometimes the actions and influence of others will take us on a journey that we perfer not to go.  Its the plan of satan to stop God’s plan. As tuff as it may sound, the only life I have control over is my own life. When our children are small our job is to steer them in the direction of the Lord. You should never force your children to be what you didn’t become.  Steer them toward God and God will take them where He wants them to go and do what He has placed in their hearts to do.  An example of this is that parents try to make a football player out of a doctor.  Once a child is grown and gone its up to them to steer their own lives.  Your job is just to continue to pray for them.

When test and trials come our way (and they are coming) we have to make a choice. Will we give up or get up and go on?  Are you going to let the enemy have the steering wheel?
Are you going to let him take control of your life and drive you over the cliff?  Thats his plan to steal, kill and destroy.  John 10:10
The enemy is always trying to get us off our path.  The Word of God says we have a bright path. Where there is light, you can see clearly.  If he can’t stop us from stepping out in our walk with God, he will set up roadblocks and detour signs. ( You better do this or do that).

Thats all designed to get us going in a direction thats leading to nowhere. It becomes a burden and not a blessing. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 “My yoke is easy and my burdens are light.”  Sheep are not built to carry heavy loads. Ps. 23 says “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, ( a place of flourishing)  He leads me by still waters.”  (Not turmoil and confusion).  God is not the Author of Confusion.

The question I pose is this. Who is at the steering wheel of your life? Are you being lead by man and their opinions or by what God says in His Word?  Is your thinking in line with God or are you allowing others to think for you?
Jesus made this statement. ” I only do what the Father says to do and only say what the Father says to say.” In the garden praying to His Father, his flesh was crying out, “Is there any other way?”   ” Not my will, but your will be done. ”
He allowed God to stay in control, to steer his life through death, hell and the grave.  Thats dedication and committment.  Too many times when our backs are against the wall, we will take the easy route. Whatever is easiest on the flesh.

My friends, its easy to serve God when everything is bright and beautiful. The test of faith is when you don’t know what to do or which way to go——-at the cross roads of your life.
Thats when you have to look up in the face of God and say to Him, GOD I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO,  BUT MY EYES ARE UPON YOU!!  I acknowlege you, in all my ways and I know you will direct my path.