Spiritual Warfare

Evil is very present in the world these days!

People are wicked in their hearts.  Murder, rape, cruelty, abuse, lying, pornography, drugs……and the list goes on.  We tend to think our battle is with these people.

But…..it really isn’t!   It is a spiritual battle!

GOOD    VS.   EVIL

THE  POWER  OF  GOOD     VS.   THE POWER OF DARKNESS

GOD    VS.    SATAN 

Many people think that they are “neutral”.  They don’t want any part of a spiritual struggle.  The truth is……you can’t be neutral…..especially if you are a Christian.  Remember the song “Onward Christian Soldiers”?  It is a truth that we cannot escape.  There is a war raging between God and Satan.  God’s people must learn how to fight!

Let me tell you about your weapons!

THE   WHOLE  ARMOR  OF  GOD

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

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14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

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Psalm 23

This is one of David’s Psalms. 

David was a shepherd and clearly understood

the sacrifice and love of the

Good Shepherd toward us!

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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

  He makes me lie down in green pastures. 

He leads me beside still waters.   

 

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

The Promises of God

We can trust the promises of God with our whole heart, mind and soul.  Our Lord God is completely trustworthy!

Numbers 23:19

God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something, he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it.
All people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ CAN trust in every promise that our Heavenly Father has made…….from Genesis 1 to the last sentence in Revelation!  We can join the choir of believers that have sang this song through the years!
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Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call

Resting in my Savior as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.

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Isaiah 40:29-31  He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Psalm 103:13   As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.

Proverbs 1:33  All who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.
Proverbs 8:17  I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Proverbs 3:5-6    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Malachi 3:10   God said… “bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Matthew 11:28-29  Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

John 14:27  I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Romans 10:9  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 4:19  If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.

Ephesians 3:12   Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come fearlessly into God’s presence, assured of His glad welcome.

I John 5:14   This is the assurance we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

2 Peter 1:4  But because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

These are but a few of the promises in the scriptures……….
please feel free to add more in the comments section!  

Shouting a Warning !!!

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior…….you are no longer under the Law of Moses (rules & regulations)!     The Holy Spirit lives in your spirit.  He tells you what is wrong and what is right!

When a Christian does something wrong (sins) the Holy Spirit will tell that person.  All you have to do then is simply admit what you’ve done, turn away from it and confess your sin to your Heavenly Father!  He will forgive you instantly (because of your faith in Jesus)!  He no longer even remembers your sin.  You are at peace with God!

Romans 8:

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

However……you must not continue to willfully sin!

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

 

The Feast of Tabernacles

The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of joy and celebration!
The Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths) is connected to the final harvest of the year, One of its primary themes is thanksgiving and rejoicing in God’s goodness.
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The children of Israel (the Jewish people) live in “sukkahs” during this feast to remind them of the fact that they lived in tents in the wilderness for 40 years. During their sojourn in the wilderness Israel had NOTHING; they were totally and completely dependent on God and He was enough! It is the same for us. No matter what, God will be enough for
us too. He will provide and meet all our needs.
The Feast of Tabernacles was ordered by God in Leviticus 23:39
33 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the Lord. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work. 36 For seven days you shall present food offerings to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall hold a holy convocation and present a food offering to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly; you shall not do any ordinary work.
37 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim as times of holy convocation, for presenting to the Lord food offerings, burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings, each on its proper day, 38 besides the Lord’s Sabbaths and besides your gifts and besides all your vow offerings and besides all your freewill offerings, which you give to the Lord.39 “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord seven days. On the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest.
40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. 41 You shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”44 Thus Moses declared to the people of Israel the appointed feasts of the Lord.
The Feast of Tabernacles teaches us to walk in an attitude of humility and dependency/reliance on God (not your job, family or friends, the government, or any other created thing).
This time teaches us to rely on the unseen God, rather than that what is able to be seen. What we can see in the natural world is not secure (the world is passing away).
We are learning to rely on God’s supernatural provision, just as the children of Israel received water from the rock and manna six days a week.
All of God’s people will celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles!
Revelation 21:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 is a psalm of refuge

 
 
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord,    “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom trust.”
 
Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
 
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
 
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  
 
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
 
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For He will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
 
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

The One True God

Who is the real God

Creator of the heavens and the earth Genesis 1:1    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

What is His name?   
The Lord God (most of the scripture in the Bible refer to Him this way)

In Hebrew it is Yahweh, often translated LORD (in capital letters). This name distinguished Him from the false gods of other nations. It set Him apart as the living, true God to the people of Israel.

Yahweh is derived from a Hebrew root word meaning “to be.” God used this word in Exodus 3:14 (see below) when Moses asked God His name. God responded that His name is “I AM WHO I AM” or, perhaps even more accurately, “I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE.”

Sometime He is referred to as “The Ancient of Days“.

He is revealed as our Creator, our Father, our Provider, our Lord, our King, our Healer, our Redeemer and our Savior.

These descriptions of God clearly tell us that our Creator has always existed and will always exist.

The Lord God is faithful and merciful. He is a husband to the husbandlessand a father to the fatherless

Eden

God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:8  “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

Burning Bush

The Lord God appeared to Moses.  Exodus 3:1-15   “1 Moses was as tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.”

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,  the name you shall call me from generation to generation.”