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Spiritual Warfare

The battleground

As Believers we encounter spiritual warfare often. It’s not a matter of “if” you will encounter it, but “when”. The Lord said to take up our cross and follow Him, and in doing so, we are not following the ways of the world, but the ways of Jesus as found in the bible; the Word of God

The enemy attacks our mind; that’s the battleground. The Word says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places. With that being the case, stay alert and be prepared to fight.

 2nd Corinthians 4-6 (KJV) states: 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

The plan of the enemy

When the enemy comes around messing with me, I get angry. I go to war and oppose him. I am more than a conqueror and he is a defeated foe. I am fighting from a place of victory! I’ve seen in my walk things come to stop me from following the Lord. It seems after I tackle one giant, after a while another equally ugly and large one comes. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit teaches me how to war in the spirit, and to rest in God. I understand satan is looking to kill, steal and destroy

The enemy comes to thwart the plan of God in your life. The Word says if we first submit to God, then resist him, he will flee. (James 4:7) Do you resist him or are you in agreement with him? You can’t oppose him if you’re ok with the oppression and bondage; if you’re comfortable with it.  You may say “This is just the way I am”. I used to say that for most of my life until I learned the truth. I learned that I was a child of God; that He chose me before the foundation of the world, and that there is a purpose for my life—greater than I could have imagined. 

The enemy lied to me most of my life, and I unknowingly believed him, and allowed him in my life. I made many agreements with him until my eyes were opened to truth, and Jesus delivered me. Now I see the enemy from afar off, and although through satan’s trickery, I still take the bait sometimes, but once I realize it, I put a stop to it immediately. I decree the Word of God, and correct my thoughts. To the Glory of God.

When we take our eyes off God and look at our problems, the enemy is winning. The enemy is Satan, and the bible refers to him as the father of lies. He will have you all in your feelings, being led by them, looking at the people instead of realizing the people are being influenced in their behavior. It’s not a cop-out as some may think to say that they are being influenced.

If you know the Word of God, then you know each day we have a choice to submit to the will of God or to our own will. We can either be a part of the expanding Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh and died for our sins, or Satan’s kingdom. Choose this day who you will serve.

Stand for righteousness 

The Lord has given us everything we need. Do we believe that? Do we trust in the FINISHED work of the Lord Jesus? Because if we do, we will walk, talk and fight like it. The words we speak and the life we live will reflect what we believe. 

But in walking out that purpose, and living for Him, I am in fact, taking up my cross, and following Him. That put me on the enemy’s radar. I realized every thought wasn’t my own; thoughts that contradict what the Lord says about me. I must cast down thoughts contrary to His Word and I encourage you to do the same.

I can talk all day about the bible. The devil cares nothing about that; he comes to church as well. However, he cares if we live for Jesus. Living a life set apart for God which is sanctification will put you on his radar, but Jesus will protect you. (Psalms 91)

We must know who and what we are dealing with. We win! that’s our outcome, and we must daily walk by faith and not sight testing to see if we are in the faith. When we fall, we repent and try again. Never stop. Paul said in Philippians 1:6 that this work that Jesus began in us won’t be finished until He returns. In the meantime, lets fight the good fight of faith. 

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Spiritual armor

Just like in a natural war, the soldiers wear their armor. We too, have armor. 
Let’s read Ephesians 6: 10-18,

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Priorities people!

I don’t watch the main stream news often, but I catch it here and there. I also see information on social media. It’s hard to deny that we are in an interesting time in biblical prophecy and the devil knows that his time is short. Don’t allow the distractions to blind you; get your own house in order. 

People are arguing on social media whether celebrities are getting saved or not, when many of our own families are struggling in that area. Are we praying for them? Are we rallying around our neighbors?  I have much to keep me on my knees praying, in just dealing with my family.

We must focus. Pray! Fast! Guard our hearts.

Limit the time spent on those websites and chat rooms gossiping or arguing with someone about people who don’t directly affect our lives. Don’t engage. The Lord said at John 3:16 that God so loved the world and that whosoever will believe on Him will not perish, and He also said in Matthew 7 that we would know them by their fruit. So whatever the case, fruit will follow. Don’t make it a matter of debate. Pray for everyone to come to an accurate knowledge of truth. Pray that they come to know the Jesus of the bible. Our position is that of love and prayer. We are to be the light and the salt of the Earth.

We can’t let the enemy have us walking around like we don’t know who our Father is or our identity in Him. This is the warfare of the mind to get you all in your feelings. Following feelings will get you in trouble. Of course, you are allowed to feel, but don’t stay in a place of anger, hate, mistrust or unforgiveness. To put it plainly, the enemy is on his job, and working over time. What are we doing?

Don’t allow the enemy to set up root in your mind and heart. Take control of your thoughts. Again, to do that, you must be mindful of what you watch and listen to daily, and conversations you partake in. Not to mention, you must get some Word in you daily, eat your spiritual food, as you do the natural. Remember, Jesus is in control; believe in Him! Nothing is happening, nor can it, without His consent. There is no name above His name, meaning His authority. Allow Jesus to be your Saviour and Lord.

In closing

…. Eat the meat and throw out the bones with the mass amount of information we are being flooded with. Listen Y’all, to know truth, you must study the bible and the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, pray and ask for it. He will give it to you.

I love you all. This was on my heart. There is much more I could say, but it’s already too long. 🙂 I pray you are being watchful in this hour, showing love and praying for the return of our Lord Jesus. Being determined to put on the whole Armor of GOD today, and everyday knowing as the Word says that the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.

Bless you all,

The New Jesus

The New Jesus

The new Jesus versus the Jesus of the Bible.

The Way

Many don’t believe that Jesus is the only way.  I believe He is the way. The only way. There is a new Jesus being preached and talked about in the world and this is a cry of alarm. This is a warning to Christians to beware. Make sure you are following the Jesus of the bible. Even Paul admonished the Galatians and Christians at Corinth for turning away to a new gospel – a new Jesus.  {Photo by Lori M. Sousa on Unsplash}

This isn’t new to 2018. It was even going on in AD 27 when Jesus was teaching and preaching. When Jesus came He was not readily accepted by the religious leaders in His day. Many of the people followed Him and many did not.  He taught that He was the Way to the Father. He called 12 ordinary men to follow Him. He taught them the ways of the Father, and said if they had seen Him then they had seen the Father also. (John 14:6| John 14:7-9) He promised that He would be raised after His crucification. He also promised to send them the Holy Spirit once He was raised.

Jesus taught that He came to fulfill the law and prophets. (Matthew 5:17) He was the fulfillment of Isaiah 61: 1-3. (Luke 4:14-30) {Among other Old Testament Prophecies}

Jesus was the promised seed – the promised Messiah that was spoken of in the Torah or Old Testament. (Genesis 3:15) Sin was brought into the world through Adam and we were reconciled from sin through Jesus. (Colossians 1:20| 2 Corinthians 5:18| Romans 5:12| 1 Corinthians 15: 21-22) Jesus didn’t look how they would expect and many rejected Him because of that. That is still true today. He doesn’t show up as you expect and you may reject Him. I didn’t always know who He was. I followed a different Jesus.

The Confusion

People look for teaching that fit their narrative. They look to have their ears tickled, so to speak. (2 Timothy 4:3) I know that feeling all too well. This new Jesus being preached makes it easy for people to stay in their sin. They look for a god (little g) of their own understanding, instead of the God (big G) of the bible. {Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi on Unsplash}

There is a coexist movement going on. There is a mixing of faiths. There are people taking what they like from different faiths and creating something new. People want God. They are seeking, but many want a different God than the one of the Bible.

There is a compromised form of Christianity that is very popular right now. The doctrine of love, and inclusiveness. However, Jesus didn’t say that He came to bring peace, but a sword. Truth divides – it hurts, and following Jesus can cause division. (Matthew 10:34-36) You must make a decision when faced with truth. Once born again, you are a new creature. Old things have passed away, and you are new. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Will you make mistakes? Sure. I did and still do. But press on! Pray and ask for forgiveness! Keep moving forward.

There is so much confusion. It hurts my heart, and I pray. I pray for us as a people on a regular basis. Many are falling away, and I know that it is prophesied to happen, but watching it is painful. (2 Thessalonians 2:3| Matthew 24:10-12) We are not gods. We have 1 God. We are to worship Him. We need to be kingdom minded, and not so caught up in the world.  (Matthew 6: 19-24)  People are making a mockery of Jesus and many are in agreement with it, all in the name of love and the fear of offending others. Family lets keep watch. Check ourselves to make sure that we are in the faith.

True love tells the truth to protect someone, not let them fall off a clip if you see that they are heading over. You try to help them – try to stop them. Warning is showing love. God is love and we are to love one another. That doesn’t mean stand silently while your brothers and sisters are in some mess. Pray for them and help them if you are able. However, if your message is not received, don’t debate, or be angry – leave it alone. (Luke 9:5 | Matthew 10:14-15)

The New Jesus

Some people call Jesus a prophet only, or a spiritual guru. He is called a great teacher, a teacher of enlightenment, among other things. He is rarely called the Son of God in many circles, and even less is He said to have come in the flesh. (1 John 4: 1- 6) There is a new age Jesus being preached to the masses.  A new age Christ, and unfortunately many are following this Jesus. He does not teach sin(It does not exist in this teaching) or repentance but love and acceptance with no changes whatsoever. Sounds good, but it’s not the Jesus of the Bible. Many people refer to Him only as, “The Christ.” They speak of “Christ consciousness.” which is a state of consciousness or realization that we can reach our true divinity as Christ did as He was our model. This is being taught.

They don’t look at Him as our Savior. Many teach that we ourselves are god. That Jesus only attained his level of enlightenment through rituals and spiritual practices like the occult.  They compare him to Buddha and other “Masters.” This is not the Jesus of the bible. This teaching says that the bible is not the Word of God. It does not esteem the bible at all. It is just a book to many, and uninspired. I know Christians who are mixing new age theology with Scripture.

But God’s truth stands. His Word is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) People say the bible isn’t relevant for today, and that it’s antiquated. It’s not. (2 Timothy 3:16) There are influential people who follow this teaching, and others follow them. (Galatians 1:7-9 | 2 Corinthians 11:3-4) I can’t get with this. Many are with it though. I guess they are saying the same thing about what I believe, They can’t get with the Jesus of the bible.

“Who do people say that I am?,” Jesus asked His disciples. (Mark  8: 27-29 | Matthew 16: 613-17)

The Truth

Jesus came to the earth. He lived here without sin, even though He faced the same temptations we do. He told us what me must do to be saved. He did many miracles and taught us to repent. He healed and told people to sin no more. Sin brings death. Our troubles in the world are from sin. Sin is the root cause of it all. That is why we need Jesus. He taught about forgiveness of sin. This was good news! He said for us to repent many times! (Luke 24: 46-47) He wanted us to quit practicing and living a life of sin. Jesus spoke of punishment, and also salvation. He spoke of hell, and what happens when He returns to judge the world. God loves us, and desires us to be saved. (John 3:16-17) I am thankful that He didn’t give up on us a long time ago. I am grateful that He is long suffering and full of Mercy. Jesus died for us. He died so that we could live! Praise God!

Jesus taught that we will recognize people by their fruit. That is an indicator of where someone was. What was their lifestyle like? How do they treat others? (Matthew 7: 15-23)  He also said that we must repent and be born again. When you are born again, you see everything through new eyes. And you definitely see that you are in the world, but not of the world. This doesn’t happen immediately.

Jesus said that it was unwise to hear his Words and not act. We are foolish to hear the Word of God and go our own way. (Matthew 7:24-27) Jesus taught us to have faith. We can do so much with even a mustard seed of faith in Him. He is so faithful. He healed people of physical and spiritual ailments. He delivered people from oppression and wrong teaching. He challenged traditions of men and the Pharisees and Sadducees when faced with the truth of the gospel – the good news.

He bridged the gap between us and the Father that sin separated. Jesus taught there is a cost to following him. He says that we are to take up our cross daily. Does that sound like an easy, trial free life? Why do we think that we won’t deal with anything, but he dealt with everything.

I was surprised at all the things I’ve dealt with since following Jesus, but He has shown Himself to be faithful. {Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash}

 Why do you call me Lord?

Jesus said at Luke 6: 46, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Read the entire chapter. Jesus was very bold in His teachings. No one talked like He did. Even today, in our time, people who preach the true gospel of the bible is considered radical, and out of date with the culture. People say things like, “Times are different.” They may even say that someone is doing too much or not being loving, by being honest.

But Jesus is the same. Our Heavenly Father is the same. Yesterday, today and forever.

We are not to change the gospel to go with society’s current trends. The world is in the hand of the wicked one, so any true teaching and preaching of Jesus is mocked and twisted in the world. You must learn to rightfully divide the Word. Take the meat and spit out the bones. Be discerning and study to show yourself approved. You don’t want to fall for the okey doke as I call it. And you will not be the majority. You will be different and peculiar, understand that. Be ok with that.

The World

What is the world teaching you about Jesus? Confusion, that’s what. You have tv shows, and movies that twist the truth.  They downplay Jesus and lift up Lucifer. Jesus is mocked in the world.  This is why we have to be watchful. The devil is slick. He is out here seeking whom to devour. He is ok when you are in agreement with him. It is when you are not, and following God forreal, that he comes your way. Division is a major way that the enemy keeps up confusion. We are divided with race, culture, doctrines, female God, goddess worship, flat earth, round earth, Hebrew Israelites etc. This is within world and the body of believers.

Many are so disconnected from the real God, that they are following this new Jesus. They are so indoctrinated to believe that everything goes and you are being hateful if you don’t accept everything and what everyone does. God does love people but He hates sin. I can love you, but not be in agreement with your lifestyle. One amazing thing about God is that He has a heart for His people. He has grace for us. You can turn it around. Even a wrong belief system. I did. I was a Jehovah’s Witness most of my life, and I thought Jesus was actually Michael the Archangel. Wrong teaching, but Jesus had mercy on me, and He took me in and showed me who He really was. I had a sincere heart searching for Him. Just as many others do. I’ve learned that He will make Himself known to people when they seek Him truly. Even if they are unknowingly believing a lie. (Speaking from my experience)

Everyone sins. Yes, we all fall short but, there is a difference in messing up and daily living a sinful life intentionally, without repentance. The more the Lord reveals and gives understanding, the more you see things for what they are. But to live for God cost something. It cost giving up your old life to a new one in Him. It cost giving up your way for His way. It cost you. Many don’t want to pay that price, so they walk the line or they just pretend altogether. I remember walking the line. At that time, the cost was too high for me to pay.

A little leaven ruins the whole loaf. Understand that there is truth mixed in with the lies. Read, study, meditate, pray and sit in the presence of God.

The Great Commission

In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus gave His disciples a great commission. Commission means a charge or an order. He charged them to go make disciples. He says and I quote from the ESV version, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

He says that we are to teach what we learn to others.

God forgives. He has grace and mercy for us. Praise God because we need this. We need to remember who we are, who He is and what He did for us. We need to be aware of the enemy and his tactics. you don’t want to be caught up. Resist the devil and he will flee. (James 4:7)

In Conclusion

The enemy came to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus came so that we may have life and that more abundantly! There is a God of the bible, Jehovah. There is an only begotten son, Jesus. Jesus was sent here to save us from sin – to redeem us. He bore all sins at the cross. He saved us! But we must believe in Him. I understand that there are many religions in the world. I also know that everyone is not going to follow Jesus. I see this as a concern in the Christian community, because some of us aren’t following Him either.  I have a strong desire for everyone to be on the same page in unity with God. I care deeply about that. I care about the walk of my brothers and sisters. I pray so much for the body of believers. I love you all. I know what the world is about and I know that the enemy is real. I know there is so much deception in the world. My eyes see these things, and many of you may see it too.

I sound a cry of alarm in my writings. This is the assignment that the Lord gave me. I realize that I have to be bold. I also know that everyone won’t receive this. But as the Lord said when He gave me my book, “It’s for who it’s for.” We all must have some boldness when speaking about Jesus. We are not the majority. There is a narrow road and few are finding it, the Word says.

I can’t unsee. I can’t unknow. You understand? He’s done too much in my life. None of us are perfect, but lets stay willingly on the Potters wheel. Following God and not the devil. My focus has always been on the body of believers to warn and to encourage. We are in the end times. This is serious. If you have been following unknowingly or knowingly, ask God for forgiveness, and ask Him to show you who He really is. Get in your Word, and a bible believing church. Start walking this thing out for real! Living for Him. He loves you! Ask Him to send you help. He will.

Consequently, we must allow God to mold us. He will make our mind over, and change our heart to a heart after His. I understand that it is a process. It is one that won’t end until Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6) We can’t walk in fear of what the world says or lukewarm Christians. Jesus was bold. He turned the money changers table over in the synagogue. He called people out on their stuff. We can do this but in love. Always in love. I have a regular prayer of asking for boldness. Boldness to share the good news of the Jesus, to correct in love and to speak what God tells me to speak.

Thank you all for reading. I pray that you seek after God with all your heart. Jesus said if He be lifted up, He’d draw all men to Him. He has been lifted up.

Love y’all

Be blessed

Questions for you:

Is boldness apart of your prayer request?

Do you pray for the body of believers? Do you care what is happening in the church as a whole?

Do you sense what is happening in the world?

What did you think of this post? Were you aware of the new Jesus?

Share your answers and thoughts in the comments. Lets talk.