Thursday, September 6, 2012
It's basically too early to quit, to stop, to cease ..just cuz you somehow feel that God stopped loving you. It's too early even if you think it's just too hard to try, so why try at all? He does love you and those around you. It's too early to get distracted, or change your focus away from the Lord. He is still there for you and has you in mind today. It's too early to give up on earnest, fervent prayer ..for your friends, family and others. It's too early to fail in sowing to the spirit - sowing to the flesh will get you nowhere good. Your friends need you more than ever.. as the dark seems to be getting darker still. Remember, we are children of the light and of the day, and it's just too early to give up on God's light and love.
You and I, believer, are locked in a battle as long as we are in these earthly bodies. I mean before we receive our resurrected bodies..which might not be that far off. Yup, I mean until the Rapture happens.
God of course, wants us to by faith gain the victory over the flesh, over the devil, demons, and this world system.. through Jesus Christ. The battle starts in your mind.
Is it a mere debate, or a sometimes fairly civil, or friendly, a mere gentleman's discussion. No, never. Is it an ongoing life and death conflict with change-up tactics and cruel catch you off guard destructive ploys? Yes it is. It's between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the Name of Christ. That means every born again believer. When Christ called you, it wasn't merely onto his playground with fun toys. It was into his real war for souls, and onto His battleground with spiritual weapons of warfare.
The devil and his minions would love for you and me to think that there is no real battle going on today. Sure he would. That would give him an advantage. And many people around us think that way. In fact they don't even think that there is a devil or demons who are out to destroy as many people as possible via lies and deception.
And so much error has been taught.. even in Christian churches ..regarding this very important subject, but the Bible does have something to say about it. The Holy Spirit wants us to be encouraged in praying to God through Christ today. I simply want to remind you of what you've already been taught. Keep interceding. We ain't done yet and a lot is at stake. After you pray, go share the Gospel.. in that order.
Jesus provided the full armor of God for us, but we must by faith put it on. He won't make us put it on to fight the good fight of faith. In His grace, God has richly provided so much for us, but He won't make us receive any of it and we shouldn't ever get mad at Him for not receiving it for us. Please take another look at the promises He gave us, and then start receiving the benefits of them. Ask and keep on asking—don't stop.
I like what the apostle Paul said, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." 10|5two.cor.
"Our God is Jehovah of hosts, who can summon unexpected reinforcements at any moment to aid His people. Believe that He is there between you and your difficulty, and what baffles you will flee before Him, as clouds before the gale." ~ Frederick Brotherton (F.B.) Meyer
"Many of us are hunting mice—while lions devour the land." ~ Leonard Ravenhill
"Successful spiritual warfare has to be fought in the jungle of the mind." ~ Ron Hutchcraft
"I cried to Him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue." 66|17ps.
"A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning." ~ Leonard Ravenhill
"Time spent on the knees in prayer will do more to remedy heart strain and nerve worry than anything else." ~ George David Stewart
May the Lord strengthen and guide you in the war that is more critical that all other wars. Fight on by God's Spirit who will grant exploits to those who call out on His Name. You know that we can't win by our own strength, but let's fight on right. We can't really muscle through it all independently, but the battle is the Lord's.
I'm thinkin' 'bout.. yes, closely re-checkin' out these inspired words here, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!'" 4|6-7zec. I feel encouraged to pray, am praying for you, and I just want to encourage you in this as well. Only one life to live which will soon be past and only what's done with, for, and completely under the Lordship of Christ will last. facebook.com/shareJesus
You've really got to visit: Kurt von Schleicher at 11:07 AM