The Way to Peace

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration: but be of good cheer (take courage: be confident, certain, fearless! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. ”

Do we really believe His words?  The world only offers hurts, disappointments, one trial right after another.
But in the midst of all of these sorrows, we can walk in total peace. A peace we can’t explain. It’s a knowing on the inside that God is on our side and we don’t have to be afraid of what man can do.
The enemy is AS a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  He can only make a lot of noise, trying to put fear in the heart of God’s people.  His job is to steal, kill and destroy. And he has done his job. He has used God’s own children to fight against each other and destroy one another.  As long as we war against each other, the attention is not on him.
Today, the storms of life may be raging all around us, but we can have this confidence that we are going to the other side.  We are not going to get blown away, or pulled under with the current.  When we fall we shall arise, when we sit in darkness the Lord shall be our light. Micah 7:8. When we pass through the waters, God is with us, when we walk through the fire, we shall not be burned . Is 43:2
If we are abiding IN HIM (in His Word) we can step out on the bough of our lives and say “Peace be Still.”
Ps. 91 assures us that when we are abiding in the Secret Place, we are hid under the shadow of the Almighty.  We don’t have to be afraid of what man is doing. Our trust is not in man, but in the One and Only True God. The only one we can really count on is the Father God.  HE is that friend that sticks closer than a brother. God is there in a time of trouble, He promises that He will never leave nor forsake you.  His Word can be counted on.
God’s Word promises us that when people may come against us one way, but they will flee seven ways. That a thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
Trouble will flee, because His banner over us is love.
The key to God’s protection is to continue to dwell in HIM. We have been called by the Name of the Lord. He has called our name and we answered that call.  He is not going to desert us in a time of trouble.
Isaiah 26:3 YOU will guard him and keep him in perfect  and constant peace whose mind is stayed on YOU, because he commits himself to YOU, leans on You and hopes confidently in YOU.
The world will rob you of peace if you listen to bad reports about those things that you have prayed over.  You have to keep and guard your heart, so that your mind will stay still.  Trusting in God.
That’s staying connected to the Vine. When we are connected to HIM, we can have a knowing EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT.
Then and then only can we walk in a peace that passes all understanding.
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Have you been desensitized?

Desensitized means to render insensitive or less sensitive. Past feelings. To make emotionally insensitive or unresponsive.

The Bible tells us that in the last days people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity. Matthew 24:12.
When we look around it’s not hard to see how the hearts of so many people has become cold and calloused. Life revolves around “ME”  The saddest thing is that its happened to the children of God. They are walking in darkness and have been so desensitized they don’t even recognize  the change that’s taken place in their own life.

Test and trials can make one bitter and not better. An attitude can be taken that ” no one is going to hurt me again”.  The only way out of that is through the grave. The enemy will provide many opportunities to put us through the fire. But when we walk through the fire, God has promised to be with us. Is. 43.  The fourth man will show up and bring us out. And we won’t even look like we did when we started through.  He makes beauty out of ashes. Glory to God!!!

The love of God has been shed aboard in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5  And yet it’s not being displayed so the world will know us by the love we have one for another. John 13:35.
Proverbs 28:14 Amplified Bible says, ” Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is the man who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord at all times (regardless of circumstances), but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.  Calamity means disaster and distress.

Can you remember when you did something or said something that you knew wasn’t right and it bothered you until you got it right?  Now, it’s as if it doesn’t matter. You know the saying,
“oh  well”, or “whatever” seem to have taken the place of godly sorrow that works repentance.
And we wonder why the power of God doesn’t manifest as it did in the early days of our salvation.  Have we gotten away from walking in the compassion of The Lord?  The Bible says,  Jesus moved with compassion, because HE is compassion.  Every where compassion (Jesus) went healing and deliverance took place.

When we walk through the crowds do we want to be seen or do we want Jesus to be seen through us.

We need to quit looking for an emotional high and once again fall in love with the Most High. Our hearts should be tender before God and very sensitive to each other. Sometimes that means we don’t say what is on our mind.  I Corinthians 13 tells us what love would do.

Our cry to God should be Lord forgive me for expecting something out of others that I am not willing to give. Change my heart. Help me to see others through your eyes.

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Its Time

It is time for you to accept personal responsibility for your inward condition. You have to treat bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness like they are enemies that have come to corrupt your soul. You must see them as bandits that have come to steal your joy, your peace, and your relationships. Stop blaming everyone else for all your bad attitudes, and acknowledge that there is something inside you that needs to be removed! Jesus said you must speak to that “sycamine tree” and tell it to go (Luke:17:6)!

✦ If you don’t speak to your emotions, they will speak to you.
✦ If you don’t take authority over your emotions, they will take authority over you.
✦ If you don’t rise up and conquer your flesh, it will rise up and conquer you!
✦ So quit letting your emotions tell you what to think, what to do, and how to react.
✦ It’s time for YOU to do the talking and to take command of your own thought life!

Just something for you to THINK ABOUT TODAY! – Rick Renner

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A New Attitude

Philippians 2:4-5 Amplified Bible  Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not (merely) his own interest, but also each for the interest of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: (Let Him be your example in humility).
V. 9 Therefore ( because He stooped so low) God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.

Attitude determines altitude.  The attitude of humility will cause you to soar like an eagle and not to remain grounded. Keeping a good attitude in the midst of the storms of life will cause you to rise above the circumstances instead of the circumstances overtaking you. It will cause you to look beyond the storm and see the sunshine.  Our test can become our testimonies. What the devil uses to hinder us can be used to promote us.
I’ll never forget what a well known minister who has since gone home to be with the Lord said many years ago. He ask one man how he was doing, and the mans reply was, Ok, under the circumstances. The minister said, “What are you doing under the circumstances, you have been raised up and seated at the right hand of the Father– all things are under your feet.”

My head is not in the sand, circumstances come to all of us. We live in a cursed world. Satan is the god of this world and he goes about seeking whom he may devour. He will do whatever he can to destroy you. Spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and financially.

Keeping a good attitude through it all protects your heart from getting bitter and offended. Determine to get better in your attitude toward life than getting bitter at the world and everybody that lives in it.
Don’t take a position to get others before they get you.”  Remember what we seek to destroy will end up destroying us.  The Word of God tells us to not seek revenge. Romans 12:19 Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.  Learn to laugh and let go.  What you hold onto, you will evidently lose.  Don’t expect more out of others than you are willing to give.

Life should be a Joy Ride.  The Joy of The Lord is our strength. Neh. 8:10  Satan is after our joy.  We should be smart enough to see his tricks and not fall into his traps.
We are here for such a time as this and our life should be an example of God’s goodness and His mercy being extended not being withheld.
No one will go through life without some kind of test or trial. It’s how we handle them that shows our maturity.  If you are a people pleaser you will not be a God pleaser.  Everybody didn’t like Jesus, even His own people turned on Him. Praise God He didn’t turn on us.
Jesus looked beyond the cross and saw our need.  Sometimes we have to look beyond what people do and say and recognize there is a need in their life.  So many people thrive on seeing others misfortune. You even hear Christians say about each other, “they got what they deserved”.  Thank God we didn’t get what we deserved.

God wants to take us higher than we could ever imagine, so we must keep ourselves in check. When His blessings are overtaking your life, STOP and remember where they are coming from.
Deu. 8:17-19  It is He who gives you the ability to gain wealth. It’s not your ability, it’s Him working through you. It’s His favor and grace.  Without Him we could do nothing. Pride will take you down.

Matthew 5:3 Amplified Bible. Blessed (happy to be envied and spiritually prosperous– with life joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward condition) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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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.

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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”

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The Coverup

In our society we hear a lot about things being covered up.  We could say it like this, hidden agendas or just not telling the truth.  One has to have a motive or a reason for not wanting the truth to be known.  Truth requires accountability and admitting failure.

This is not a new thing. This has been going on since the beginning of time. It started back in the Garden of Eden.  When Adam sold out to the devil, he immediately went about covering up his sin.  Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. ( a cover up). It was as though they  thought God didn’t see all and know all that had happened.
Fear was the driving force that caused Adam to want to hid his guilt and his shame for not obeying God. “What would God do, or what would God think about him.”
Instead of admitting he had sinned and stand open and honest, he began to point his finger and blame his wife for his shortcomings.  In verse 12, we see Adam saying to God, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat.”

It’s called the Blame Game!!  Mankind has never changed. The Word of God tells us in
Luke 12:2- 3  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light. ”
In other words, be sure your sins will find you out.  Taking ownership of faults and failures causes one to stay humble.  Quick to repent and quick to forgive and ask for forgiveness will keep our hearts tender before the Almighty God. Humble yourself in the sight of The Lord and He will lift you up.
On the other hand if we never admit when we are wrong, our hearts become seared and the voice of God gets dimmer and dimmer until you call right wrong and wrong right.
Not a good place to be.
When one goes to the beach to get sun, you can’t keep the cover up on.  If you want the Son to shine on your life you have to take the cover up off.    
Let us all examine ourselves and own up and not coverup. Judging ourselves will keep us from being judged.

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Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses: therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.
We can see from this scripture that the choices we make not only affect our lives, but affect our children.  When bringing up children it is so important to show the character of God and set good examples before them. They will follow in our footsteps, because they are imitators.
Throughout life we all are faced with decisions that will lead the course of our lives. Could be as to what career we want to pursue, the friends we choose, what college to attend, even the church we want to be involved in.  Then there are the everyday choices such as how we treat people, to say something negative about someone or to keep silent. Choosing to forgive when someone has treated you badly. Reaching out to someone at the risk of being rejected.  Sometimes self wants to be selfish, when the Word says to prefer others over ourselves.  Choices will always be there for us to make.

God did not make mankind a robot. He gave Adam a free will. Even though Eve partook of the tree of good and evil, Adam was faced with a choice.  As we know he made the wrong choice. A choice that affected generation after generation.
Is it any different today?  People are still making wrong choices that has a tickled down affect.  They live their lives never taking into account how their choices are affecting others. When we choose to do things our way and not the Lord’s way it can have an effect of everyone in our “circle or our world”.
God gave us a conscience, which is the voice of the spirit. When a person continues to go against their conscience they become dull of hearing. They will accept right for wrong and wrong for right and after a period of time the choices they make will go entirely against the Word of God and they will not recongize their blindness.   Thats the importance of keeping ourselves in a position where our hearts are tender toward the things of God.

Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible,”Seek first the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing and being right)  and all these things shall be added to you.”   We are to put God’s way first, His wisdom (His Word) takes priority. That means even when our minds gives us all kind of excuses, we choose to do the right thing just because its the right thing to do.
My decision  (choices) should be to please the Father God.  People are always watching us especially if we say we are a Christian.  They watch to see how we will handle situations. Sad to say many people want to see us fall. But I found a scripture in Micah 7:8  that says, “when I fall, I shall arise“– thats my choice.  I can let what others say or do determine my destiny or I can arise and go forth in the Name of the Lord of Host.  When I choose to go with God, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement shall be condemned“. Is. 54:17   I have to choose to believe God is my justifier.
Satan wants us to give up and give in and go with the flow.  Sometimes that would be much easier than taking a stand.  But then it comes back to whose side am I on? Whose servant am I?

The choices we make can have a lasting effect on those around us. Everyone at one time in their lives have made wrong choices. But praise God we don’t have to continue on that path.  Its our choice.  Choose LIFE !!

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Are you a Soldier in the Army of the Lord?

II Timothy 2:3-4 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.
When enlisted into any branch of service, a good soldier has to let go of civilian life and lay his life down for the cause at hand.

As a soldier in God’s Army we must learn to lay our life down, pick up our cross and follow Jesus.  We are to turn our backs on the ways of the world and bring the flesh under control of the Spirit. A good soldier fights with one another against the enemy, not against each other.  Many of God’s soldiers are fighting on the enemy’s side and are not even aware of what they are doing. When we hold bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and strife in our hearts we are fighting on the enemy’s side.  Satan has blinded eyes of “believers” and they don’t know who the real enemy is. The Bible tells us that we don’t fight flesh and blood.  Ephesians 6:12.

The enemy has set land mines and God’s soldiers are walking right into them, falling into his traps.  The battleground is our minds and if he can fill our thought life with lies, we will become a walking explosion.
II Corinthians 10:3-4 Tells us that our weapons are not physical weapons of flesh and blood, but are mighty before God for the overthrow of destruction of strongholds.
A stronghold is something that has a strong hold on you. Its a way of thinking. A stronghold is a wall. You won’t allow anyone in and you are not free to get out. Addictions and habits are strongholds.

Ps. 68:1 Let God arise and His enemies be scattered.  Anything that kills, steals and destroys our lives are enemies of God.

We must ask ourselves this question.  Whose side am I on? Am I fighting in God’s Army.  Am I standing for what is right or have I changed Commanders in Chief. Whose orders am I following?  If Jesus is really your Commander in Chief, you will follow His commands.  What He says in the manual  (Bible) you will follow

Ask yourself this question. Am I a MIA or a POW?  Am I missing in action, no where to be found. Have I become a prisoner of war?  Is satan holding me captives?
As you read this article, I believe there are those who will return to camp. Many will pick up there weapons and begin to fight the good fight of faith.  Some have been running with the enemy and we can’t tell whose side you are on.    But NO MORE.
Pick up your marching orders (Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-20) and together we will stand and defeat the enemy.

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Mounting up as Wings of Eagles

I recently taught this at a church in Knoxville, Tn. and I felt there maybe someone who needed this encouragement.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.
Ps. 24
There are times in an eagles life when he goes to the mountaintop to be renewed. He beats his beak on the rocks and  he also plucks his old feathers out.
He stays there until he grows new feathers and his beak is sharpen. Now he ready to live between 30-40 more years.  Amazing isn’t it.

We have been called to the mountaintop to meet with God. To be re sharpen and to shake off anything that is hindering our flight in this life.  God wants us
to soar like the eagles.

Ps. 91:1-4  Are you living under God wings of protection, or are you beating the wind trying to do life on your own. His wings of protection is His Word.
That’s our secret place, or our hiding place. No matter what comes against us, we can be sheltered in by His Wings. The storms of life may rage, but as
long as we stay under His protection, no harm can come near our dwelling. Our cry should be to God like David said in Ps. 17:8 ” Keep and guard me
as the pupil of your eye: hide me in the shadow of your wings.
When we are doing verse 1 of Ps. 91, then and only then can we say of the Lord, “He is my refugee and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”
The Word instructs us to acknowledge Him in all our ways and He shall direct our paths. God has a way of maneuvering us through the
winds of adversity, right into a bright path.
Its time to soar. We can’t soar if we are always caught up at looking at what’s going on around us. That’s a web of deception to keep our focus
on the problem and not on the Answer.
Is. 40:28-31  Too long some stayed in the comfort of their nest. Many have let someone feed them-just like a baby bird–your mouth
has been opened and someone comes by and drops food or the Word into your mouth—Now is the time to take what you have eaten and give
it to someone else.  Step out of your comfort zone.
For some you have let circumstances clip your wings. You have allowed what others think of you cripple your journey. You are more aware of
what the crows  have said than what God has declared over you. Maybe you have been wounded by birds of prey. They are there to stop you from
flying high to get to where God wants to take you.  Stop allowing others to cause you to set on the fence row and wish you could be used by God.

A word of warning—-Stop gathering with the pigeons. Eagles don’t mingle with the pigeons.  Pigeons gather in flocks to scramble for food. You can hear the sound
of a flock of pigeons, sounds like a lot of mourning and complaining. Then as someone shared with me, they go and ” dump” on things.  All of you know what
that means, I don’t have to go into detail.  Too many times we let people dump their frustrations and their gossip onto our lives.  Then we have to go through a
process of cleaning it off of us.
An eagle is very different. They don’t gather with the pigeons, they are too busy soaring through the storms or gliding as they look for prey. They move swiftly
and quietly.   I’m reminded of how Jesus would walk through the crowds sometimes not even noticed. Lots of people could use His example.  You don’t have to
be seen to be noticed. Remember birds fly in flocks but eagles fly alone.

Have you given up inside, have you accepted the circumstances that are going on around you. an eagle will never surrender to the size or strength of a prey.
It will always give a fight to win its prey or to regain his territory.  Get back up and begin to take back what the enemy has stolen.  Mount back up, spread
your wings and begin to fly.

Storms will come, but an eagle flies right into it. Taking it head on. Not folding up or running from it. Be not afraid, “Only believe”.

We have all been called to be eagles because God is no respecter of persons. We just have different flight patterns. Let God navigate your flight.
and stay under His Wings.

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The Spirit of Offense

How many would agree with me that Jesus is coming soon.  The signs of the times is all around. The alarm is being sounded.
Yet there is
a spirit that is slivering through the Body of Christ and the venom is poison and many have swallowed it.
Its the spirit of OFFENSE.

Offense is a bait to steal your destiny. It steals your joy, your peace and relationships with others. It leads you into a trap
and builds a wall up
around you.  You no longer can be who God created you to be. You are being held captive.

Psalms 55: 12-13  Amplified Bible For it is not an enemy who reproaches and taunts me–then I might bear it: nor is it one
who hated me who
insolently vaunts himself against me–then I might hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal,
my companion and my familiar friend. We has
sweet fellowship together and used to walk to the house of God in company.

Sound familiar to anyone???  Satan desires to separate and divide. His main focus is on the people closest to you.
People you have spent time with,those who 
you thought was your dearest companions.  He knows there is strength in
numbers. Families united bring glory to God. Division is what
satan is all about.  Too many times we forget who the
real enemy is and we begin to come against one another.

Jesus said in Luke 17:1 ” It is impossible that no offense should come.”  As long as we are in this world there will be
opportunities to get offended, but
what will be your respond. Will you take it?  Will you sign for the package with
the venom in it.  The poison of offense shows up in many different ways.

We become bitter, not better, resentment sets in, hatred takes over and our heart becomes harden.  These things
lead to dis-ease in our physical well being.

One day we wake up and do not recognize the person we have become. Pride sets in and down the road to
destruction we go.

The Word says in I John 2:9 Whoever says he us in the Light and yet hates his brother (Christians), born again child
of God his Father is in darkness
even until now. Whoever loves his brother (believer) abides (lives) in the Light,
and in It or in Him there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for error or sin.
But he who hates (detests, despises) his brother (in Christ) is in darkness and walking (living) in the dark; he is
straying and does not perceive or know
where he is going, because the darkness has blinded hm.

II Timothy 2: 24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending). Instead, he
must be kindly to everyone and mild tempered
(preserving the bond of peace) he must be skilled and a suitable teacher,
patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. He must correct his opponents with
courtesy and gentleness,
in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth (that they will perceive and
recognize and become
accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it) and that they may come to their senses and
escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him,
(henceforth) to do His (God’s ) will.

Lets expose the enemy, turn the tables on him. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you
up.” Do we really believe God is our justifier, or do we
think we have to tell our side of the story.
Love covers a multitude of sins.  

Let me finish with this passage in Rev. 3:18-20  Therefore I counsel you to purchase from ME, gold refined and
tested by fire, that you may be (truly)
wealthly, and white clothes to clothe your nudity from being seen and salve
to put on your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I dearly and tenderly love, I
tell their faults and convict and
convince and reprove and chasten ( I disciple and instruct them. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with
zeal and
repent (changing your mind and attitude). Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears and
listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in and will eat with him, and He will eat with ME.

Notice its up to us to listen and heed and open the door to our hearts.

I believe God is knocking on so many hearts to get things right with Him and with our fellow man.   No more
excuses and no more blame games.  Soon and very soon we will stand before Him and give account of
what we have done with Jesus.  Will HE say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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The Strong Man

1 Peter 3:4
” But the hidden man of the heart is the incorruptible adornment of a meek and quiet spirit which is very costly in the sight of God.” It cost the life of God’s Son.

The hidden man is the you that is in you that will put you over in life.  Inside of each of us God put a will. That “will” becomes the strong man.  By a choice we will to go one way or another.
Whatever we yield our will to will eventually become our master. God’s will for our life is to conformed to the image of His dear Son.  Romans 8:29

God gave us a will, He did not make us robots. HE created  man to think for himself.  His perfect plan for mankind was to choose to follow after HIM.  Romans 12:2  There is a good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
Our highest level of spiritual maturity is the ‘perfect:” will of God.  That happens when our will is  conformed to His will. When Jesus was facing the cross, He knew what was going to happen to Him. He, being human cried out to God, ” Father, if  You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but (always) your will be done.  Luke 22:42 Amplified Bible.
He submitted His will to the will of the Father God.
On the flip side, we all know what happened in the Garden of Eden. God expressed His will to Adam.  Genesis 2: 16-17  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ” You may freely eat of every tree of the garden, But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and cursing you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.”  But when faced with a choice, Adam went against God’s will and allowed  the man on the inside to bow down  to an outside force. He could have chosen to obey  God just as easy as he chose to disobey. God lets us decide our destiny. Spiritual death is a slow thing. It took Adam 930 years to die.  Separation from God comes little by little. One choice leads to another choice. The end is destruction.
Sin pays a wage. Payday will come.

The will of man is a powerful thing. Paul said in Romans 7: 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing, for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inner man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in  my members.
O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, so then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

The enemy of our soul seeks ways to bind the strong man inside of us.  He attacks our emotions to play with our minds and the end result is to break our will.  When this happens you are no longer in control of your own life. Now he has a stronghold in your mind.  You become a puppet to people and situations.  Someone else is in control of your life. The choice was the wrong tree.  Which lead to paying the consequences.  When we know to do good, and don’t do it,its sin.  The choice has been made by your will to go the way of the flesh (what pleases you instead of what pleases the Father).   All the time, the real us is crying out to lead us in the way of righteousness.  Too often the Word (God’s Will ) is twisted to fit our agenda.

Can we be like Jesus?  When opportunities come up that comes against our flesh, will we make the choice to let the Strong Man arise and follow after the things that please the Father God, or will we continue to choose to let an outside force lead our lives and end up paying the consequences. 
Thank God for the Blood of Jesus, His mercy and His grace will give us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He has given us the ability to allow the Strong Man to stand up and do what is right, just because its the right thing to do.

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Don’t be the Grinch that steals Christmas!!

This is the most beautiful time of the year!! Its a time when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Decorating the house, shopping, baking and spending time with friends and family. Just riding around looking at the bright lights is one of our favorite things to do.
For so many Christmas will be very slim this year. Many people have lost their jobs, and lost their homes. There is so much hurt and pain in the lives of so many of God’s children.  Son and daughters in foreign lands leave an empty chair at the dinner table.
No matter what you are facing, you can hold your head up and know that He is still God.  We may not see Him moving as quickly as we desire, but He made a promise to never leave nor forsake us.
There are things in life that come against us to steal the Joy that Jesus came to give the world and rob us of the Peace on Earth that was proclaim the night of Jesus’ birth.
I’ll call them Grinches, because a grinch is a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others.
Satan is the Grinch, that wants to keep us from enjoying our journey in life. He stirs up strife to separate and divide. You see, he knows when we are united in love, he can’t cross the line. He brings sickness,disease, oppression and depression and unloads them at our doors.  Sad to say sometimes when he knocks we open the door and sign for the package.

Jesus came to give us life more abundantly. He gave us a will. Satan cannot make us do anything against our wills. He can make a suggestion, but we don’t have to act on them.
We can choose to go through Christmas hurt and mad, angry and bitter, or we can choose to lay aside the sin and weights that so easily clings to and entangles us.  Choices are set before us everyday.  I can be sad or I can be glad. I can set someone free or pardon them by my words and actions or I can keep them locked in a cell and be a warden over their lives until they pay what I think they owe me.  Don’t be a grinch that takes pleasure in hurting someone.
Jesus said freely, you have received, now freely give.   There is a joy unspeakable when you see someone go free. I know, because I once was bound, but praise God I have been set free.
Throughout this holiday season, determine to reach out to someone who is hurting, even if you are hurting. If you have sickness in your body, pray for someone to be healed. If you need a blessing, be a blessing.  Give and it shall be given unto you.

Determine in your heart to not be the Grinch that steals someones Christmas!!!

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