“Trust God and not doubt”

“Trust me with your heart”. Those words whispered to my heart continuously to haunt me, and with each passing day, I reach a deeper and more complete understanding of what God meant. I felt as if my life was spiraling out of control and that God’s promise would vanish from my grip in a moment. But He continues to remind me that life is out of my control, but it’s certainly not out of His control. He continues to remind me that His ways are higher than my ways, His thoughts are higher than my thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). He continues to remind me that when I can’t see His hand, I can still trust His heart. He keeps reminding me to focus my eyes on Him, to be still and know that He is God and God alone (Psalms 46:10). Despite the fear, pain, and loneliness, I am reminded that God always produce fruit. I have been begging God to show me the purpose of this pain to open my eyes to what He wants in His time. And, I am beginning to get a sense of anticipation for what He is doing. I am beginning to see that this is a momentary trial as difficult and painful as it may be right now, being a set up. God is setting the stage to step in and show Himself mighty in my life. He is preparing the way to do things that only He can do; things that will point others directly back to Him. He is working in my heart to develop not only faith, but also a trust in Him even when life simply doesn’t make sense.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). In my life, God is moving from teaching me faith to teaching me trust. I have never considered the difference between faith and trust, but I am beginning to understand that faith is a strong belief in someone or something without logical proof. But trust, is a firm reliance on the character or integrity of another. I’ve developed a faith in God, a belief that He is able. Now, He is trying to teach me to totally and completely rely on Him. In recent weeks, my world was rocked when a promise I’ve been clinging to seemed to vanish, walked away, and became completely impossible-humanly impossible. I believed God was able when it looked as if it could be a reality when I thought I could make it happen on my own. But now, I can’t do anything to make this promise become a reality. I must fully and completely rely on God to do the work. I’m beginning to realize that I’ve been leaning on my own understanding. To fully trust God with all my heart, I must be willing to lean unto Him when life no longer makes sense. I must be willing to trust Him with my whole heart when life is spiraling out of control and when everything of value has been stripped away. I had to learn to trust that God is still able even when I am not. I had to trust that every pain and trial becomes a holy hammer to mold me into His image. As I walk daily through the fire, I see how much work God still must do in my life and how much growth I have left in the areas of faith and trust. It is faith that is alive and vibrant. I invite you to discover the depth of not just faith, but full trust in God!

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“Prayer Life”, Proverbs 31 Woman

The woman described in Proverbs 31 engages in “profitable” activities. The literal meaning of the Hebrew words used in this verse is this: “She senses that what she gains from her work is pleasing”. In other words, she takes pleasure in it, but it’s not a selfish, ego-stroking kind of pleasure. Instead, it’s the joy that comes from knowing the work you’re doing is good for you and for the world around you. In fact, our work should have something in common with prayer. C.S. Lewis wrote that the two ways by, which we are allowed to produce events may be called work and prayer”.We should start each morning by thanking God for the job you have. Ask His help in adopting the attitude recommended in Colossians 3:23: ‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”.

Treasures Within

According to the author of Proverbs, the price of a virtuous woman “‘is far above rubies”. Besides a virtuous woman, there’s only one other thing in the Bible that’s said to be more valuable than rubies-wisdom. Proverbs 3:15 tells us that wisdom is “more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her”. Job 28:18 says that, “the price of wisdom is above rubies”, and we read in Proverbs 20:15 that “wise words are more valuable than….rubies”. By implication then, Proverbs 31 is comparing a virtuous woman to wisdom.

Wisdom is more than intelligence, and it’s far deeper than mere knowledge. Wisdom is one of God’s own attributes. According to the Bible, the wise person doesn’t just follow all the rules but instead acts, thinks, and lives in total harmony with God’s will. Wisdom is another aspect of a Proverbs 31 woman’s virtue. A woman of virtue lives in harmony with God, and that harmony spreads out through her life. As a result, she also lives in harmony with other people. Wisdom leads her to act in ways that bring peace between herself and those around her, and wisdom also brings her into harmony with herself.

As she allows herself to be caught up in God’s will, she finds a sense of self-worth and inner peace. She knows her value comes from God. Knowing yourself is the beginning of wisdom. When we start to get to know ourselves, we will also get to know God- and when we get to know God, we will also understand our own selves better. It works both ways.

This is the source of our wisdom as women: we are on a journey of discovery with God. He is pointing out in us the things He values; He is revealing places where we can grow; and He is leading us into an adventure that will last our entire lifetimes-and continue on even after this life. Who knows what  treasures we will discover within God and within our own hearts along the way?

Dear Lord, thank You that You treasure me. Help me to know my true worth in Your eyes. Teach me to follow wisdom. As I journey through life, help me to live in complete harmony with you. Amen

Have a Blessed and Prosperous DAY!!! Remember, God loves you and I love you too!!!

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“The Battle is On”

Have you ever been under a spiritual attack? Whether it’s dealing with your health, finances, job, etc.? The enemy, that roaring lion, your adversary, the devil is roaming the earth seeking whom he may devour. You must keep watch and be on ALERT, because if you are not careful, the devil will sip you like wheat. Trouble will come and when you are faced with opposition, you must know how to fight the right way. I have been under attack from every angle in my life, but I was able to overcome those situations with God’s help. No matter what is going on in your life, give God the praise. We are living in some tough times now and the devil is in disguise seeking the mind’s of Gods people. God will speak peace into your situation, no matter what it is. When I’m faced with the troubles in my life, I ask myself repeatedly, is there anything too hard for God? On one occasion, I felt myself daydreaming which lasted about 10 seconds. My heart was pounding and I had thrown at least one powerful punch to knock him to the ground and slapped him for good measure. I felt satisfied because finally I had knocked some sense into this guy. He was so far from God and despite my prayers for his return to the faith, he was taking longer than expected. As I relayed this daydream to a friend and bragged how good it felt to get my frustrations out about everything I was facing, she reminded me that I was fighting the wrong person. She reminded me of what Ephesians 6:12 says; “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”  She was right and I knew it! But haven’t you felt this way before? A person or a situation will have you kicking and screaming and throwing punches but to no avail. The situation doesn’t improve because you don’t know how to fight. Sure, we can all throw a punch or two and allow our emotions to get the best of us, but that is not how God teaches us to fight. The Bible clearly explains that to overcome spiritual battles, we must fight with spiritual weapons. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul teaches us how to engage in spiritual warfare. He lays out six pieces of armor that I’m sure we are all familiar with: 1.) The Belt of Truth, 2.) The Breastplate of Righteousness, 3.) The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace, 4.) The shield of faith, 5.) The Helmet of Salvation, and 6.) Wield the sword of the spirit. Ephesians 6:18 states, “praying always will all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”. In God’s wisdom, He has given us everything we need to conquer Satan’s daily attacks against us and our loved ones. But how often do we go to our prayer closet before trying to take matters into our own hands? How often do we try to fight spiritual things with early understanding? Maybe you pray, but your prayers are lacking power because you are discouraged and have doubt. Maybe you just don’t know what to pray for or maybe you are ready to give up the fight. I’m challenging every Christian woman/man too go into their war rooms (prayer closets) for 30 days straight. I have been doing this as well because we need to learn how to fight the right way when oppositions are against us. Not with our hands, but with our knees on the ground in petition, with our ands lifted high in praise and with our mouths speaking God’s powerful truths against the attacks of the enemy. “The Lord shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace”. (Exodus 14:14) Everybody’s storm is different,, but know that Jesus can calm your storm. Stay on the battlefield fighting for the Lord. God gives us power over the enemy and to tread upon servants. Satan has limited power and can only do what God allows him to do.

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How can one recognize a false Christ?

Jesus warned that in the last days counterfeit christs would arise who would masquerade as the Messiah and claim to be the savior of the world. “Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many’ ” (Matthew 24:4, 5, NKJV).

In the New Testament, the original Greek word for Christ is Christos. The equivalent Hebrew word in the Old Testament is Mashiach, meaning “Messiah.” The literal translation of both the Greek and Hebrew words is “the anointed one.” It is the title and identity which Jesus assumed during His ministry on Earth. “The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He’ ” (John 4:25, 26, (NKJV).

Shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus preached His great prophetic discourse regarding profound events that would occur at the end of the age just prior to His Second Coming. Among those events, He said, would be false prophets and false christs. He warned, “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it’ ” (Matthew 24:23-26, NKJV).

Jesus emphasized that these false christs will perform great signs and miracles and deceive many. Many Christians think that as long as they believe in Jesus, they will be shielded from the deceptions of the last days. However, these will not be crude deceptions that will be easy to identify. Jesus says that the deceptions of these false christs are so carefully planned and so skillfully carried out, that even God’s chosen ones would be deceived—if that were possible. And the only reason it is not possible is if we keep our focus on the real Jesus through study of His Word and through prayer.

Unfortunately, many will be deceived into following the wrong Jesus. The apostle Paul wrote, “I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, NIV). The apostle is writing to the Christians of the early church. He warns them concerning false apostles who were preaching about a Jesus who is not the real Jesus of the Bible—a fictitious Jesus, a fabrication of the corrupt imaginations and erroneous thinking of those who want to deceive God’s people. The gospel associated with this false christ is a different gospel; it is not the gospel recorded in the Bible and preached by the true apostles. Further, this false gospel is accompanied by a counterfeit spirit—not the Holy Spirit.

Who is behind these false christs? It is none other than Satan himself. Speaking of these false christs and false prophets, Paul wrote, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. Is it not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, NIV). These false christs masquerade as “servants of righteousness,” just as their master, Satan, masquerades as an angel of light.

In addition to these false christs—false teachers and prophets—the Bible says that just before Jesus returns a “man of lawlessness will appear visibly on Earth. “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, NIV). In this profound prophecy of last-day events, the Bible says there is going to be a rebellion, an apostasy, a great falling away from the faith. In conjunction with this apostasy, a “man of lawlessness will appear. This individual is truly a false christ of the greatest magnitude. He is also known as the Antichrist. This great false christ will set himself up in God’s temple and counterfeit the ministry of Jesus.

What will happen to this false Christ and how will we recognize him? The Bible says, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10, NIV). The followers of the counterfeit christ are deceived because they refuse to love God’s truth as revealed in his Holy Bible.

Jesus emphasized that it is not enough to simply profess the name of the Lord in order to enter into heaven. Besides taking the name of a follower of Jesus, we also need to actually follow Him. We need to do the Father’s will. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21, NIV). Jesus also declares, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40, NIV). Thus we need to look to Jesus, God’s Son. We need to spend time contemplating His life and the words He spoke and the things He did. Jesus assures us, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24, NIV).

Tragically, those who are deceived in the last days by these false christs will sincerely regard themselves to be genuine believers, actively doing the work of Christ. They will even prophesy in the name of Jesus, cast out demons in the name of Jesus, and work miracles in His name. But they are serving a false Christ—not the real Jesus. “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers’ ” (Matthew 7:22, 23, NIV). The followers of the false Christ disregard the commandments of Jesus. In contrast, Jesus declares, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him” (John 14:21, NIV).

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Faith and Works

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? James 2:14-26 Scripture uses the word “faith” in more than one sense. At times it refers to the system of doctrine set in the New Testament. This is the way the term was used in Acts 6:7, where Luke reported, “And a great many of priests were obedient to the faith”. Paul also used the term in this manner when he encouraged the Corinthians to “examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Elsewhere in the Bible, the term “faith” was used to refer to man’s trusting response to God and His Word. It results, as Romans 10:17 declares, when one hears and does what God decrees. There were many examples throughout Hebrews 11. Noah built the ark “by faith” (v.7); Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice “by faith” (v.17); and Joshua and the Israelites conquered the city of Jericho “by faith” (v.30). Those who does not respond to God in faith cannot please Him, for “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (v.6). Without faith, we cannot enter God’s rest (4:1-2), access God’s grace (Romans 5:1-2), or defend ourselves against the devil’s attacks (Ephesians 6:16). If we wish to become God’s children, we must respond to Him in obedient faith (Galatians 3:26-27).

Walking By Faith

What does it mean to walk by faith? Those words seem simple enough, however, I am learning that flashing out those words, that simple concept, can be a much tougher assignment. It requires tremendous courage and strength. You must be willing to be misunderstood and even abandoned. You must be willing to give up any semblance of control of your life that you thought you might have. You must be willing to look like a complete fool. But it is a journey that is exciting, life altering, and mind boggling. It is a journey that will allow you to see and experience God as He was meant to be in all His fullness and grace. “Walking by faith and not by sight“, requires you to go to a place you do not know, one that God will reveal as you walk in obedience. Walking by faith, means that you continue to cling to the dreams God has planted in your heart, even when you’ve been thrown away or taken to prison for crimes you didn’t commit. Walking by faith, requires a determination to follow God’s plan regardless of what life throws your way. Walking by faith, means you have the courage to stand up for the hurting, broken, and down trodden, to face death, and yourself for the good of others. If you choose this path, you must be willing to get out of your comfort zone, to run from the Americanized Brand of Christianity that so many of us have known our entire lives. You must be willing to let God take your world and turn it upside down, shake it up, and start all over again. You must be willing to let God out of the neat little box that you have put Him in, to let Him show up as He sees fit. I don’t know what your shake up may look like, but I know that if you will give it to God, throw your arms up and surrender and ask Him to use it to change your life, He will honor your request.

Doctrine of Faith

What is the importance of doctrine in respect to faith? Doctrine means something taught, teachings, or instructions which denotes the principles of religion as presented for belief. Doctrine refers to the truth of God’s Word that is to be held, believed in, and disseminated. The purpose of doctrine is to present a full and balanced declaration of the substance of faith. For faith to be exercised, the disciple of Christ must see to it that the Word is correctly handled, not misinterpreted, or twisted. It is nonsense to set up opposition between knowledge and faith. Faith thrives and grows upon knowledge as it applies it and stands fast upon it, moving too action as impelled by knowledge. True faith rest upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the one who cannot lie. It is enough that God said it, and if the statement should contradict every one of the five senses and all the conclusions of logic as well, still the believer continues to believe. “Let God be true, but every man a liar”, is the language of the true faith.

Importance of Faith

How important is faith? It takes faith to even believe in Christ. It takes faith to believe that what God says is always right and true, and it takes faith to trust and walk in that every day. However, if your faith doesn’t continue to grow in your relationship with Christ, then you won’t have the faith to see God’s kingdom, not only in your life, but in the lives of those around you. If you don’t have the faith for God to move, there’s a good chance you won’t be looking for anything to take place. Do you realize that the message of your life is what you spend your time, money, and energy on will scream how much faith (belief) you have put in Christ? When we read all through the Gospels, we see how Jesus loved and always responded to anyone that had faith. He loved it! He loved it when those placed their full trust in Him. (Matthew 8:5-13), (Matthew 15:21-28), (Mark 5:21-24), (Luke 19:1-10). Also, what’s so amazing is that Jesus said you don’t even need a lot of faith. Jesus in fact said that just a little amount can move mountains. In other words, just a little faith can do amazing things in your life and in the lives of those around you. Jesus said our faith could be compared to a mustard seed. What’s interesting is that a mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds. But it is also a seed. A seed is worth more when it continues to grow. You water and feed the seed of your faith by giving it nourishment. We get nourishment by reading Good’s Word, worshipping and praying. All those things feed the seed of faith in your life (Matthew 17:20). Let’s break it down. Why faith is so important? Without faith, it’s impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly see Him.

As Christians, we should be walking by faith and not by sight. We are FAITHWALKERS! Being able to have faith and trust in God even when you are going through the most difficult times in your life is amazing. I’ve learned that fully putting your trust in God with everything in your life not only lets God know that He can trust you, but to never give up when it seems like He isn’t there. But we all know that in scripture, God said that He will never leave nor forsake us. Even though you can’t see your way, just know that God will make a way in His timing. Believe in what you pray for and trust God to provide and make a way for everything you’ve asked for!

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Jesus, is more than enough

You may be facing struggles in your life that you may be weary and downtrodden. Don’t give in, give up, or lose hope in God. There is hope in God. You may be looking at problems with your kids, a sickness, financial struggles, or may be looking at your soul knowing that you have to get it right with Jesus, etc. We have so much that we are faced with on a daily basis and we need someone to help us. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more that we can think or even ask (Ephesians 3:20). Jesus is the only one who can help us out of every situation we face. Whatever you need, God will not deny you. A delay is not a denial! Believe that Jesus can fix it. If you want anything in this life, you must WANT it! God is our helper, healer, shelter in the time of storm, our rock etc; He is Almighty, the Alpha the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Head and not the tail. 2 Corinthians 9:8 states; “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound in every good work”. He who has God has everything; he who has everything but God has nothing.It’s a tumultuous venture, this walking by faith. At one time or another, you encounter the completely unexpected followed by the unthinkable. And when it happens, the impact of it brings you to your knees, able to utter only one desperate word – “Why?”
It’s an intense battle when you’re that overwhelmed. First there’s shock and anger, then comes denial, “This can’t be what my great, almighty, and loving God has planned for me – not me, not His beloved child.”
You survey the situation and know there must be many different options – better ones. You wonder why God doesn’t see them. Perhaps, if you just go slow and lay out the alternatives for Him – each and every one of them – you’ll help Him figure out how to reverse what’s been put in motion…

For example, It’s the seventh century BC. God commissions Habakkuk to be His prophet during this troubled time. God’s ready to release His judgment and destroy Judah. To accomplish the task, He plans to enable the corrupt Babylon military machine. God informs Habakkuk what He intends to do. Instead of Habakkuk going to the people with the warning – he comes right back at God.

He challenges, wrestles, and implores God to reconsider. “Why would You use such a wicked, unrighteous, and godless nation to destroy Your own people? Surely there’s a different way to restore the heart of your people to You?“ Ask enough questions, suggest options, and perhaps God will pursue a different approach.

Habakkuk prays, waits, and listens. He focuses his absolute attention on God and as he does; worship replaces his worry and bewilderment transforms into trust. He nestles deep within the sovereignty of God. Instead of resisting, he embraces the plan. No more questions. He has faith that whatever happens has its place and purpose in the master plan. Regardless of the outcome, he now realizes God is more than enough – more than enough for him.
God longs for you to realize the same in your troubled times – to pray, wait, listen, worship and trust Him. To rest and fully embrace that where you are is exactly where God plans for you to be.
God wants you to know that He is so much bigger than all the desperate and tragic situations in this life. He wants you to know He is always with you and for you.

His blessing isn’t found in what He gives or takes away. You find it as you abide in Him.

So how do you move forward? Ask Him to align your heart with His. Believe His Word. Trust Him. Count it all joy. Embrace Him as your absolute EVERYTHING. He is indeed, all you’ll ever need.

He is more than enough~~

Philippians 4:19 – 20 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abound in glory that just pours out into eternity.

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8 Ways Satan Tries to Stop You from Worshipping

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Satan wants to keep you from worshipping the One he hates. He wants to keep you from doing the right thing, whether that is spending time alone with the Lord in Scripture and prayer, attending and participating in public worship services, or any other thing that will draw you closer to the Lord.  Think of the times that you decide to stay in bed instead of getting up to read the Bible; think of the times you scrapped family worship for no good reason; think of the times you stayed home from church instead of going to worship. Think of those things, and see which of these temptations is the one Satan brings to you.

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1. He makes the world look beautiful, attractive and desirable.

Many people profess Christ and see Him as desirable for a time. For a while they enjoy private and public worship and do it all with enthusiasm. But before long Satan presents to them worldly things and makes those look more beautiful and desirable than Christ, and many souls are drawn away. “Where one thousand are destroyed by the world’s frowns, ten thousand are destroyed by the world’s smiles.”

2. He makes you aware of the fact that those who worship the Lord have often faced danger, loss and suffering.

There are many men who would obey the Lord and worship Him, except that they fear the consequences. Satan loves to present the high cost of obedience. This was the case for many in Jesus day: “Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue” (John 12:42).

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3. He gives you an awareness of the difficulty of worshipping well.

Satan will whisper, “It is difficult to pray well, it is hard to spend time with the Lord and to persevere until he speaks to you through his Word, it isn’t worth the effort of going to church and being warm and friendly and engaging with other Christians.” Whatever God tells you to do, Satan will present it to you as a great burden or as something you do poorly, and in this way he will keep you from it.

 

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4. He leads you to wrongly understand the implications of the Gospel.

Christ has done everything for you and given everything you need in His death and resurrection. There is nothing left for you to do but rejoice in Christ and to serve Him out of the joy of salvation. But Satan will lead you to make wrong inferences from what Christ has done, encouraging you, for example, to believe Christ has freed you from the need or desire to spend time with him or to gather with other Christians. He will allow you to see the Gospel, but do all he can to make you understand it all wrong.

 

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5. He shows you how many of those who follow Christ with obedience are poor and despised.

Satan will ensure you see that those who are most interested in worshipping God are the poorest and most despised of all. You can see echoes of this in John 7: “The Pharisees answered them, ‘Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed’.”

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6. He shows you that the majority of the people in the world, along with the great and mighty of the world, do not worship the Lord.

Satan will ask, “Don’t you see that the great, the rich, the honorable, the intellectual elite, the wise, the most honored, and the sheer majority of people do not trouble themselves with worshipping the Lord? You would be much better off to be like them. After all, why would you think that you, of all people, have this figured out?” To have success here he will intentionally draw your attention away from Exodus 23:2 and many similar passages: “You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice.”
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7. He fills your mind with unimportant and distracting thoughts while you are attempting to worship.

He afflicts you with so much distraction and futility that you are tempted to say, “I have no desire to hear from the Lord in his Word, no desire to speak to Him in prayer, no desire to spend time with other Christians in worship services.” He crowds out the very thought of worship by the sheer weight of lesser concerns.

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8. He encourages you to take comfort in past performances of your religious duties and in that way he convinces you to stop trying.

He reminds you that in the past you read so much and prayed so much and spent so much time in worship. And having reminded you, he convinces you that you have earned the right to coast for a while. “You already know this. You’ve already done this. You’ve already prayed this. You’ve been to better worship services than this.” And through it all he inclines you to rest from worship.

P.S. Don’t give in to Satan and his tactics. Continue to do what God says. ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2

God Bless us all!!! Love you all!!!