Understanding The Battle

“Mommy, I’m hearing voices”, as my youngest daughter cried out 4 years ago! When I would go into her room, I would make her cut her television off because she had fallen asleep with it on numerous of times. When I would cut the T.V. off she would cry in despair. She stated the reason she left her television on because she was scared and hearing voices. I knew then, I was under ATTACK!

I’ve learned that if the enemy can’t get you one way, he will come through your loved ones, especially your kids. The enemy knows your weakness and will use that against you. I started in constant prayer with my daughter, together, me and her standing in her room. I also reminded her that Jesus was BIGGER than those voices she was hearing. I also educated her on how the enemy worked.

After we prayed and put it in God’s hands, she no longer experienced hearing those voices. Glory to God! God is All-Powerful. He is the Alpha the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Head and not the Tail. God is good guys! Though, you may not face such an overt attack on your family, the truth of spiritual warfare exists. We have a real enemy, Satan, who wants nothing more than to destroy our lives, our thoughts, and our walks with Jesus (John 10:10). He, along with his hoard of demons, roams the earth, seeking ways to wreak havoc on God’s Kingdom (1 Peter 5:8).

Unfortunately, we tend to live in two extremes: as though Satan doesn’t exist or as though he’s bigger than God. Neither is correct! Satan does exist. He’s a created being who use to experience the paradise of God. For one defining moment, he overted his eyes from God’s glory and rejoiced in his own (Ezekiel 28:12-15). In that, he rebelled, deceiving a third of angels in heaven (Revelation 12:4). And he’s waged war ever since.

HERE ARE THREE WAYS TO COMBAT SPIRITUAL WARFARE DURING YOUR TRIALS:

1.) Understand We Are At War

Generally, we do not go to war because we understand the work and sacrifice involved. That is why war is usually considered a last option. It’s avoided at all cost when the choice is up to you. But when war has already been waged against you, the only choice you have is to fight back or surrender. As Christians, it is important to realize that war has in fact already been waged against us and we must choose how to respond. 1 Peter 5: 8 tells us: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” There is a spiritual war going between God and the enemy and when you choose to follow Jesus Christ, you automatically become an enemy of the evil one. To not realize this, is like walking onto a battlefield unarmed and unprepared. Understanding you are at war is the first strategy for victory.

2.) Fight The Right Enemy

The greatest struggles we face as Christians are not against people or institutions. It’s against evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 warns us: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. If we do not realize who our enemy is, then we are like a blindfolded boxer aimlessly swinging at anything that comes close. We mistakenly attack family and inaccurately label friends as foes. We must realize who our real enemy is as we fight for our faith or else our defensive attacks will do much more harm than good.

3.) Know Where Your Victory Lies

The important thing to remember about this war is that God has already won. The enemy does not want people to know God, to love Him and experience His everlasting love. Before Jesus, it seemed as if the enemy had the upper hand because sin kept us from God and since everyone sins, it appeared no one would have the chance to have a relationship with the God that made them. But then Jesus came, died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for our sins and covers those that places their faith in Him with righteousness required to be one with God. That means if you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior, you have already defeated the enemy! Hallelujah!

My advice to you is to intentionally remain where you are until God shows you an open door (no matter how difficult it may be or seem). Be encouraged that God is right there with you, and remember each encounter with Him is another opportunity to serve others.

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Recount God’s Faithfulness

God is faithful

In the book of Luke, the disciples say to Jesus, “Increase our faith”! That’s a request to the Lord. The God who gives you faith is the One who increases your faith. Jesus replied to them, “If you had faith no bigger than a tiny mustard seed, you could tell this mulberry tree to pull itself up, roots and all, and to plant itself in the ocean. And it would!” We have to pay attention to God’s faithfulness in our own lives. How often are you afraid of things in your present or future, and forget to remember God’s faithfulness in your life? God’s faithfulness in your past is a testimony to His faithfulness in your future because He doesn’t change. God will remain faithful through every season of your life.

He has already proven Himself faithful over and over again. Yet sometimes we still face new situations as if we have no previous experiences to reflect on. God’s faithfulness is based on the truth of His Word. It’s the way in which His Word has been demonstrated truthful and faithful in your life. Whatever you are facing tomorrow, believe that He will remain faithful because that is who He has been in your life.

David was a man who remembered God’s faithfulness in his life. He sings, “I will recount of Your wonderful deeds”. Recounting and remembering all that God has done in the past propels faith. In the Old Covenant, the parents and grandparents were in charge of telling their children and grandchildren of all the marvelous things God had done. This was to recount what God has done in their history.

Also, it is important to consider the Body of Christ, the Christian family; you can assist each other by reminding others of God’s faithfulness. Tell your brother or sister in Christ, “I know you’re at a low point, but can I remind you of the things He’s done in your life”? This is where family and friendships can be so valuable. Remind each other of the things that we are so prone to forget in that fearful moment. When you think back on how God never left your side during difficult moments, how He opened doors of opportunity for your life and family, how He provided every cent that was needed- all that increases your faith. I encourage you to recount and remember all of the wonderful deeds God has already done in your life. He is faithful!

In The Midst Of Your Trials-GOD Can Make Something Good Emerge


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28).

Throughout my years as a Christian, Romans 8:28 has been my staple, my go to passage daily. It perfectly summarizes my life’s journey up until this point in my life in one sentence. This one sentence is so powerful, it’s words are so full of meaning. One of the first things that stand out for me in this verse is that it lets us know that in “‘all things, God works for the good of those who love Him”. This reassures us that God is with us every moment of our lives. Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but life’s triumphs and tragedies often arise from the same situations when circumstances make it more likely that the worst will happen but there can be just as much possibility for the best to happen. Many years ago, before my dad died, he gave me one of the best pieces of advice than anyone has ever given me when he said, “nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems, so make the most of it”.

What are some of the things that are troubling you the most today? Somehow, there is a way to transform those difficulties into wonderful accomplishments. It’s mostly up to you and how you respond. Will you accept the tragedy or choose triumph? In times of trouble, it’s easy to exaggerate the severity of the situation. Yes, there are times when you might be in deep trouble or facing a seeming insurmountable challenge. No matter how bad things get, the sun will rise tomorrow. Persist through it all and eventually, you’ll end up on top.

Although, we may have times in our lives when we experience being without the physical presence of someone, a friend, spouse, relative, etc. to talk to and share our burdens with, I am reminded that God is with me even in my most vulnerable moments, my happy moments, my sad moments, and my quiet moments. While I am crying, sad, hurt, or even experiencing my happy life moments, God is at work in my life. He is not sitting idly by watching and waiting. He is busy ordering, directing, and orchestrating the fine details of my life. He is in control even when we feel out of control.

We must trust that God is working on it, He is there and knows what we are dealing with. God not only works on our behalf during the good times to bless us with that new promotion, new house, or something that we have prayed and asked Him for, He is also in control of the bad situations that we have. God takes our tragedies and our trials and works them together to make something good emerge.

Don’t Miss The Adventure

We can often miss the adventure that God has before us, because we get stuck in the disappointment behind us—when people or life have failed us. We move on in years, but our life often stops at the point of our greatest disappointments if we don’t go through them. We either go through what happens and manage the disappointments well, or they manage us. But despite how we feel, all the disappointment in the world will never change the promises of God, the reality of Jesus, or His destiny for our lives. None of our broken dreams, personal heartaches, or shattered plans will stop His desire for us to fulfill our purpose.

Yes, the disappointment is real. The consequences can be devastating. But to keep moving forward, we have to learn to be resilient. We have to learn to trust, like a little child. We have to learn to manage our disappointments well, so we can try again full of renewed hope. Has it ever occurred to you that, if you’ll revisit your disappointment, God can give you a new perspective of it and that it can become a tool to help others? That you can take what He gives to you and pass it on? “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Has it ever occurred to you that God has a new trajectory for you getting to your destiny? Disappointment is a place we pass through, not a place where we stay. God wants us emotionally engaged in His purposes. Living in the moment. Fully alive. Hopeful. He wants us to let Him restore our hearts, so we can keep moving forward and fulfill His good purpose for our lives. Even when people—and life—fail us.

What Is Your Net Worth?

Net worth is a concept most people understand solely in terms of finance—it refers to the numerical figure remaining after your debts have been subtracted from your assets. Ideally, the amount is a positive number, not a negative one. The larger the number, the richer you’re thought to be from a human perspective. But from God’s perspective, net worth is quite different. He sees the whole of your life when He views your prosperity. He doesn’t divide your life into segments and evaluate you according to some kind of average of strengths and weaknesses.

God looks instead at His immeasurable love for you and the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross. In that light, you’re beyond any measurement that might be associated with value (John 3:16). Once you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior and have received God’s forgiveness for your sins, you’re fully vested in God’s total prosperity plan. You qualify fully for His promises related to prosperity and blessing. That isn’t the case for non-believers. People who’ve not accepted Christ simply cannot experience full blessing—according to God’s definition of blessing—primarily because being prosperous includes prosperity in the spiritual life.

Moving forward, there are two key concepts we must understand: 1. Prosperity relates to your entire life. A person can be rich and still not be prosperous. When you think of blessing and prosperity, you must think in terms of life’s whole—a harmony that has spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, financial, and relational dimensions. 2. Prosperity is God’s plan for every believer. God’s greatest desire is that you be a whole person. He desires to bless you and cause you to grow in every area of your life in a balanced and fruitful way as you fulfill His destiny on earth. God wants you to prosper … and His plan for you goes far beyond mere financial security because He inhabits your entire life. He wants you to flourish in all areas, not just monetary ones.

Learn To Forgive

We have all been wronged, betrayed, or taken advantage of at least a time or two. We may have memories of a painful experience or event with another person that still bother us today. Whether you’ve been hurt by a family member, friend, coworker, boss or a spouse, it’s time to forgive and let it go. Unforgiveness has the power to keep us from moving forward while the person we are angry with has moved on with his or her life. While they are free, we are held captive by memories and emotions that continue to drain us of energy and ambition.

The story of Joseph is compiled with betrayal, forgiveness, and resilience. He was a young man that had a great dream from God that had him headed towards a great destiny. When he told his dreams to his brothers, they became very jealous of him and his dreams. They soon devised a plan to get rid of Joseph that began with them throwing him into a pit and then selling him into slavery. This started a snowball effect of things definitely going in a polar opposite direction of what Joseph’s dreams reflected.

But God used this unfortunate journey to promote Joseph to the position of leadership that He intended all along. Joseph went from being in a pit, to slavery, to prison and then ended up in a palace and second in command to Pharaoh. At the end of the story it’s very evident that Joseph had forgiven his brothers and was now in a position of leadership in which he could provide for them and his household. It was his willingness to reach a place of forgiveness that allowed him to keep dreaming of a better day and reach his destiny.

You’re Not Stuck—You’re Going Through

You’re Not Stuck—You’re Going Through! We will all go through situations in life—some bad, some good. Many times, we think the phrase “I’m going through something” is bad news, but if we view it properly, we realize “going through” is good; it means we’re not stuck! We may be facing difficulties, but at least we are moving forward. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you” (emphasis added).

God’s Word here is clear: we will go through things. We will face adversity in our lives. That’s not bad news; that’s reality. Let me repeat: we will go through things in life, but the things we go through are the very circumstances, challenges, and situations that make us people who know how to overcome adversity. We do not grow or become strong during life’s good times; we grow when we press through difficulties without giving up. Growth is not an automatic result of difficulty. Hardships do not necessarily produce growth or strength in us; it’s not that simple.

We must choose the right attitude toward our challenges and refuse to quit or give up. We may have to do what is right for a long time before we feel it is “paying off,” but if we stay faithful and refuse to give up, good results will come. Once we get through the adversity and challenges we face, we emerge as better people than we were when we went into them. Trust in Him Determine that you will go all the way through every difficulty you face in life. Make a decision now to keep going forward, trusting God no matter how difficult it is because you know He will be with you and you will grow in faith as a result.

KEY POINTS

  • Choose the right attitude
  • Know how to overcome adversity
  • Make a decision to keep moving forward
  • Trust God no matter the circumstance or situation
  • Remain faithful

Timely Training

“God has a plan”

God has a plan, purpose, and will for your life. Before your existence in history, God appointed your days before one of them came to be! How amazing and all knowing is our God! Despite what people, circumstances, or your thoughts attempt to tell you, remember God knew what He was doing when He divinely ordered your steps as you endured those challenges, sad times, disappointments, setbacks, promotions, expansions, blessings, and positive accelerations. Your collective life experiences are working together for your good and training you for the plans, purposes, and will of God.

As we journey through life as children of covenant, trusting God is absolutely paramount in our lives, although we might not understand all of the puzzle pieces. But when we trust God, knowing that He loves us and will never leave nor forsake us, we are empowered to faithfully believe that God’s training is for where He is taking us. The training God has you going through is timed and on purpose! Your training is strengthening you for where God has ordained you to go. No matter what, remember obedience and faith is God’s way to the TOP! When God ordered Moses’ steps as a baby to be led, raised, and educated in the house of Pharaoh, God came through in timely training because Moses was equipped in the ways and customs to communicate with Pharaoh to serve as advocate for the Israelites’ freedom.

When God ordered David’s steps to shepherd, defend, and tend his father’s sheep, God came through in timely training because not only did his training assist in defeating Goliath, he served as king, shepherding, defending, and tending His heavenly Father’s sheep in praise, God’s will, and worship. When God ordered Esther’s steps, she received advice from the king’s eunuch and found favor with all who saw her, including the king. God came through in timely training because Esther learned order and how to converse with the king on behalf of the deliverance of her people. When God ordered Joseph’s steps to have a dream, be disrespected by his family, rerouted from his homeland, lied on, thrown in jail, forgotten about, God came through in timely training because Joseph was used to save many lives as a leader. Allow these models of timely training to encourage you today. God is training you to fulfill His plan, purpose, and will. God comes through on time.

Be EXPECTANT

Pray until your situation changes

Be Expectant God’s power is released when we pray in faith, trusting and believing Him, because faith pleases Him. Expectancy is an attribute of faith that carries its own kind of power – the power of hope. Faith reaches out into the spiritual realm and expects God’s supernatural power to show up and do what no person on Earth could do. Doubt, on the other hand, is afraid nothing good will happen; it does not please God and is not something He is able to bless. We are powerless when we live with doubt, disappointment, and a lack of confidence in God.

Just think about a time when you were not really sure God would come through for you. You were not able to pray very powerful prayers, were you? Now recall a time when your heart trusted completely in God and you really believed that He would come through for you. You were able to pray then with a certain sense of power, weren’t you? That’s the power of expectation in prayer. Even if things don’t work out exactly the way you hoped they would, trust God to know what is best and keep expecting Him to do great things.

God’s word for you today: Expect God to do great things in your life and pray boldly.

Christ Is The Only Way

Christ is the only One that can set you free — forever. To be totally free in Christ requires you to die to yourself daily and to put on the nature of Christ. Only Christ can transform you. Only Christ can set you free from the bondage of sin. Only Christ can heal the wounds of the past. Only Christ can save you, deliver you and make you whole. You can’t cover up a spiritual problem with a carnal remedy. Only Christ can fill your void and heal your heart. Your heart belongs to God, so give every concern and care over to Him — He wants to heal you — completely.

Christ wants to release you from the prison of your past and heal your deepest pain and deep seeded rejection. God has not forgotten about you. He wants to set you free. Your soul has been searching for something that only He can fill. You belong to Him. Not another car, house or business will fill the void that your soul is longing for. Only Christ can satisfy what your soul is searching for. Only He can make you whole. Only He can make you complete. Search and seek after Him and you will be filled. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭KJV