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Keeping Your eyes on Jesus – keys to Spiritual Warfare

When Jesus commanded Peter to come out on the water, there were waves crashing around him when he took his eyes off of Jesus.  He took His eyes off the Savior, and Master, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is also the lover of our souls, and that’s when he began to fall.  So many times in life we are discouraged by what the enemy does or our circumstances, and that we experience weakness, but Christ has always been pursuing us.  Ephesians 6 does lay out a plan to fight, because we do have to fight, but the greatest way to fight, is to keep our eyes on Jesus, and to keep our hearts on fire for Him, constantly pursuing Him, and loving Him with all that we have.

There are some good guidelines to Spiritual Warfare, whatever you are going through don’t take our eyes or heart off of Jesus no matter what your body may be telling you or no matter what someone says to you.  You need to hold on to Jesus with all that you have because that is all any of us has in this world, and life.  We can tend to be combative with the enemy sometimes, and we do need to know the Word when He comes against us, but if we hold on to spiritual Truth of God’s Word, and hold on to our rhema, then we are prepared to take up the Sword of the Spirit to fight because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, but there is a better way.

Whether in the Sanctuary, or whether in your own personal time of intimacy with Lord, you consume your heart with worship, because that is what the Lord is looking for.  Worship will help you set your eyes upon Jesus (they do need to be set at all times upon Jesus), and help you prepare for some praying in the Spirit.  Remember one thing “Greater is the Holy Spirit in you, then the devil that’s in the world). We only have one enemy and that’s not people, he will use people, and even ourselves if we let him, but God is greater and we don’t need physical swords, but spiritual swords.  To fight with a physical sword is a losing battle because even Jesus didn’t fight with a sword, but He received persecution, and I am not saying that we need to be bruised and beaten like He was, but that if we keep our eyes upon Him at all times, and on His Word and on spreading of His Word, then constantly being on attack all the time.  Yes this a fight, and the good fight of faith.  Faith starts in the spirit, and whatever we focus our faith on that’s what we’re going to have so if we focus our faith on obstacles, problems, situations, circumstances, enemies (in the flesh or in the spirit), then that’s what we’re going to get.  But if we focus on Jesus and His love for us and to know that all of us are sinners and that He died for us, for us to get to know Him.  Then that’s really all that matters.  A true hero in the army of Christ, is one who lets God fight all the battles for Him because we in ourselves cannot do anything.

 

Fighting tools

I’ve been recently been thinking upon and chewing upon the verses and even claiming some of the verses and Scriptures that have to do with the Armor of God.  In Ephesians 6, it mentions the Armor of God,

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness 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.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17And 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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

This is one of the most profound passages of Scriptures found in the Bible.  While Paul was in prison, he got inspiration while looking at a Roman Soldier.  You can take some time and research some sermons about that.  But what I want to talk about actually is the connection between this passage and Psalm 91.

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
  And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

In vs. 2, the Bible talks about the refuge and fortress.  The refuge is a shelter and fortress and is a strongtower, and in God, not just God, but our own personal relationship we have with God, we are to trust. A snare can even mean a trap, and in some cases it means calamity.    In vs. 4 it talks about wings and feathers, and I’ve heard it mentioned that this refers to the Talit, or Prayer Shawl, that Jesus used when He was walking around and the woman just touched the hem of His garment.

Psalm 91 talks about those that dwell particularly in the Secret Place, under the shadow of the Almighty.  The Almighty is actually the name El Shaddai, for God.  God Almighty, means the many breasted, or One who provides nourishment to our souls.  This is the same God Almighty mentioned in Revelation 1:8-

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,”says the Lord,“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Imagine a mother Eagle, who protects her children under the shadow of her wings.  This is the same way God Almighty protects us under the shadow of His wings.  Under that shadow is safety.

The shield and buckler, is composed of two things – there is a shield of faith, which is actually the size of a door and then there’s the buckler, which is a smaller shield, and is used for victory, or for decoration.  This shield helps quench the fiery darts of the wicked one, but that takes take daily preparation and the renewing of your mind with the Word of God.  You have to know what the Word of God says to be able to use it because it is a great weapon.  Sometimes if you cannot pray anything at all, I would suggest memorizing and/or reading Psalm 91.

Ephesians 6 talks about the loin belt of truth and that is the Word of God.  Jesus is the Word and Truth.  As one preacher put it, He is the Word that came down and wrapped flesh around it.  That doesn’t mean that there was a Bible in heaven.  But there was a Person, who was the Word, and He is revealed through logos and rhema. He is your loin belt, so that mean He’s holding you up so you won’t fall.  He’s got His arms around your waist and the most intimate parts, because that is where you seek intimacy through the loin belt of truth.  It’s like He’s hugging you around your waist and He’s protecting you.

You must trust God, because He is trustworthy, to the extreme exponential power, and there are times where the enemy tries to put doubts in your head, like “Can God really be for real?”  or “I don’t understand what’s going on.”  That’s the best time to put your faith and trust in God.  When you have the Holy Spirit in you, He will lead you to trust God, but that also takes time with Him.  Sometimes it is just getting to know who this Person is living inside of you when you become born again, and you must be careful not to grieve Him.  One thing I have to say, that I have learned recently, is that the Holy Spirit is not about emotion, and is not defined by emotion.  You don’t have to have a feeling to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.  He is still inside you and unless you blaspheme Him, then He will stay with you because He promised to never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6)

There are two ways primarily the enemy attacks us, it’s either physically, or in our thought life.  There’s financial as well, and if we sow and reap properly, and believe God for just what we need as our provider, then He is gracious enough to supply.  I can’t really comment on the financial aspect of it from my own experience, so I can’t go much into detail about that.  When it’s physically, if we have the proper thought life, through the daily renewing of the mind with the Word of God, and have the faith to believe God for healing and rejoice through the sufferings, then that fiery dart is quenched.

If that doesn’t work, then the enemy will try the mind.  He will start to put thoughts in your mind, which can be based on doubt, or fear, or unbelief, and then the enemy starts to see how you will be able to unravel, and how he can tear you to pieces.  So you have to be prepared with tools and the right armor.  I want to mention something first about praying in the Spirit.  We know that there is praying in tongues, and there is praying the Word of God.  When you want to fight effectively, it is better to use the Word of God because you know exactly what you are standing on and it builds faith, but when you want to develop intimacy, or intercede for others, then some people may prefer to pray in tongues because then you are building up what is on the inside and praying the will of the Father.   In both cases you are praying the will of the Father.   So when you are in this position and you don’t know what to do and you are struggling to find a way out of this battle, get to your secret place, and start looking through Scripture.  Psalm 91 is a good place to start, the whole Bible is full of them.

When you are under full attack, and you feel like you’re about to lose your helmet, your shoes, your belt, your shield, your loin belt, your sword, your breastplate, you can’t seem to pray, just go back to the Cross, and remember one thing about Jesus-

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Heavenly Father I pray,

For all the people undergoing oppression right now, that they may experience release from that oppression in their bodies and over their minds, and I call to them a peace and a steadfast faith that helps them endure during these times.  Let them live on the promises of Psalm 91 and get to know the Holy Spirit more and more and get to a deeper more intimate walk with You Lord God.  Help us to protect and guard our minds with Your Word which is sent forth like a two-edged Sword, to defeat the enemy, and we know that the battle is already won, and that the victory is just around the corner.  Help them to know that there is no where they can go or nothing that they can think that can tear them from the love of God, that His love surpassess all understanding.  Help them to know the width, the breadth, the depth and the height of love so that they can adequately be obedient to Your Word, and not sin against You Lord God. Enhance our prayer lives, and Help us to see more and more of Your Presence Lord God.  Be with us as we walk everyday.  I thank You Lord God, for blessing Your people and making Yourself known among them.

In Jesus Mighty Name I pray.

Amen.

 

 

The Grasshopper Season

I don’t know how many of you guys have ever heard the story of the ant and the grasshopper, but here’s how it goes-well at least my adaption of it.  An ant was preparing for the winter floods in the summer by gathering food and preparing it’s home so that it wouldn’t get destroyed by the floods.  The grasshopper was lazy and did not prepare and kept procrastinating and saying, “It’ll be ok when the floods come.”  I think the ant might have even told him to prepare for the flood, but he just didn’t listen.  He just had better things to do than to prepare for the floods.  Then one day the floods came and it came and the grasshopper came knocking on the door of the ant’s home, but the ant only prepared enough for his family.  The floods came and destroyed the grasshopper.

Proverbs 30:25 says this about ants:

25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;

Proverbs 6:6 has this to say about ants:

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

 

Then there is the parable of the foolish virgins and the wise virgins –

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

I’ve been also looking at these few verses and just trying to comprehend the depth of these statements:

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ [Matthew 7:21-23]

I’ve taken apart as many ways as I can and still all I can come up with is?  Do I really know the LORD?  Or better yet does the LORD know me?  We need to be sure of this.

When the Bible talks about ants and even in the story I gave in the beginning sheds light on certain seasons of testing that we have in our spiritual lives.  Some people go through a season of testing based on how much they prepared in the previous season they will reap when that harvest cycle comes into completion.  There are four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  Whatever is gathered together in the Spring is harvested in the Fall and whatever is gathered together in the Summer is harvested in the Winter.  Sometimes if we are not attacked physically, we can get attacked emotionally, or mentally, or financially, or even spiritually depending on how much time and effort we have sown into the kingdom during the harvest cycles.  The Bible says that we are to grow from glory to glory so that means that we are supposed to increase in growth, maturity, and fruit from season to season.  But when happens when God draws away from us, or it just seems to get harder to be in the Presence of God, or to gather anything from your daily Bible readings?  What then?  Are we just supposed to give up?  Are we supposed to spend all that time buying and listening to cd’s from other preachers,  when we cannot seem to have clarity of thought and seemed to be pulled apart in every direction?

Jesus talks about the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins.  In that Parable He says that both the foolish and the wise were sleeping, but the wise virgins had oil in their lamp, and they actually told the foolish virgins to buy from someone else lest, they would run out of oil.  Oil is the anointing and the presence of the Holy Spirit.  He is encouraging people to pursue their own relationship with God, and not draw from other people, because in the end the other people will let them down in the end, but the ones who had been prepared and had done their work before hand in keeping their oil in their lamps fresh would get to meet the bridegroom when He comes.

So then you look at Matthew 7:21-23 – and that really hits you right between the eyes, and in the middle of the heart.  These people that had the “anointing”, they were doing things like prophesying, casting out demons, performing miracles, or they could have even been blogging, and preaching the gospel, but Jesus said that He will say, “I never knew you…depart from me you workers of iniquity (lawlessness)”  I guess I am just a Christian that tries to love by seeing the best in other people, but that statement was like, “Whoa God, What can I do so that you don’t cast me out?  What can I do so that you will accept me?”

That brings us to the will of the Father.  What is the will of the Father?  There is only two that I can think of:

John 6:40 – 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

And the other one- I don’t know where it says it, but the other one is to give thanks or to be appreciative or grateful of all that God has done.

Can these people who are going to be cast out of heaven be thankful, appreciative, see and believe in Him, and still be cast out of heaven?  The Bible says that anointing is without repentance, so how come anointed people are being rejected by God?  How is repentance achieved when we are supposed to be saved by grace, once and for all?

All these questions started entering my mind and in this season of testing, where the enemy knows you are weakest, he will try to attack you any way he can.  So if he can’t attack you physically, he will go after your mind and heart.  Which is why we need that time with the Holy Spirit, and to actually cultivate a relationship with Jesus.  These are the times when we  have to seek Him more.  In essence so that we know without a doubt who He is.  It is a time for us to know without a doubt who we are in Christ.  It is a time to change from victim mentality to victor mentality.  So if you know your season of testing is coming up it is wise to prepare and keep your oil lamp lit so that when that time comes you can be full equipped to engage in spiritual warfare, and at the same time draw closer to the LORD and to guard your hearts and mind.

Let us be like ants preparing bit by bit, line by line, precept by precept, preparing the way of the LORD, and leading people to repentance, without giving them a feeling of condemnation because that’s when they will know that they don’t have be grasshoppers in a grasshopper season, but they are like ants in a grasshopper season.

 

 

 

 

The unprepared attack

Sometimes your day is going well.  In fact it starts off ok.  You might go to church.  You might sing along with praise.  You might listen to the sermon, but deep down inside you know something is wrong, but you can’t put your finger on it.  You can sense that something is going to happen, but you don’t know what or when or if it will even happen that day.  In my last post I said that God is very smart.  The devil is pretty smart too because He knows when to attack you at your weakest.  When people around you who you have the most impact on are going to look at you and think, “That is not someone who loves Christ and lives by Christ’s principles.”  It is going to be one of those tests, and it all depends on how you react.  Now a mature Christian will have enough character in that type of situation to recognize it before it happens, but when you are still in quite the “adolescent” stage of your spiritual walk and still have a lot of growing to do, you won’t be able to recognize it.  I think two of the most things that help in spiritual warfare, are wisdom, and agape (love).  It takes wisdom on how to deal with Satan and how to deal with others.  It takes agape to walk in your relationship with God, to learn how to love God fully, and to love others fully, and to love yourself fully.  When you are not developed with a proper conscience loving yourself might be hard.  If you have a root of bitterness then loving others might be hard.  And this is an important warning, if you are feeling dead and dry, it is not always good to pray for God to soften your heart because He might do it with a “meat tenderizer” like Joyce Meyer says.  God might try to hammer your dry, hard, steel heart, into something soft and malleable.  So when you see that happen, take some time out for yourself and go to a place where you don’t have any responsibilities to people or things to do, and just sit and worship.  Put some soaking music on and bathe in His Presence, and most importantly wait because He will show up.  It is this daily part of waiting and marinating in His Presence that equips you when these type of attacks come.

Satan likes to make you feel like a victim, and there are days, believe me, there are days, and he has tried everything, I mean everything to get you down and make you blaspheme God, but then the devil might use your own very lips to get you into trouble and get you into victim mode.  It may be with your spouse, or your children, or your parents, or even your friends.  The first initial reaction is usually not the best.  Do NOT let the devil get the best of you on a bad day.  People don’t know when someone is having a bad day.  You can’t tell by the way they look.  Some people seem like they are having a bad day.  Or maybe it is because every time they try to tell you something you end up fighting.  It may be part yours or part theirs, and the problem is communication, and priorities.  For someone a priority may not be as important as you think it is, and for you a priority might not be something that they think it is.  He wants nothing more than for you to be a victim and make you doubt who God is.  Once you know you are in Christ, and have the confidence assured in that faith, and are grounded in love – then nothing by means will harm you.  You can go quoting scripture all day long, but unless you are grounded in love then it is not going to get you anywhere.

When you are weak, be prepared, because even though God is your strength when you are weak, sometimes He lets you go through experiences to make you draw nearer to Him and sometimes, satan takes advantage of the time that you are weak to “make a spectacle” out of you, because he hates the fact that “he has been made spectacle of”.  The best way to fight satan, is not to fight him with your mouth, but to fight him, with your attitude.  He doesn’t like when your attitude in all circumstances, is developed in the fruits of the Spirit, – be that love,joy,patience,peace,kindness,gentleness,faithfulness,goodness and self-control.

God has strange ways of working.  One of His main ways of working is through pain.  He doesn’t like to use pain, but when people hurt, especially people of God hurt, they are more tuned to turn to Him, in their time of need.  Also this is part of the test and trial process.  We all learn through life experiences, which is more knowledge than we can ever get in a book (except the Bible because it is the WORD of God and the main teacher on how to react on these things).  Once we have actually been through something, we know that we have what it takes to get through that situation and come out on top.  In Hannah Hurnard’s book, Hind’s feet in High Places, the main character, goes through trials and tests, and every time she gets through a difficult patch, she create an altar to the LORD, who in this case is identified as the Shepherd.  Even in the Old Testament, the LORD asked people to commemorate altars to signify a victory and God often takes your mess and turns it into Message – [FYI:  In the Message Bible – Message stands for Gospel or Good News].  It’s ok if no one can see your altars or if they are shared on a blog per say, but He always takes the pain that you feel, and the emotions, situations, and circumstances, and turns them around for good.

Sometimes after the trial or test, and you failed miserably, and you grieved the Holy Spirit, God will find a way to let you “escape” and not to bear more than what is necessary.  This is because He loves you.  Come on, He knew you were going to do it to begin with.  Sometimes we are not even aware of the test or trial and how it is happening, so during the trial we may not have the right kind of attitude, but if we learn from that trial the right kind of attitude that we are supposed to have the next time that we go through it then we will at least be a little bit better prepared.  Don’t be surprised if you hear a sermon or preach a sermon, and the very next thing you are tested in that very area in, which you were engaging yourself in.

So if you have been attacked and you don’t know what to do, and you have a battle scar and you want to know how to heal then understand this:  It takes time to heal.  Everyone heals in different ways.  Everyone has different ways to respond to situations.  Even you have different ways you respond to different situations but it will go away.  God will allow you to heal.  The best way to heal – I don’t know if I’ve said it before – is to do something for someone else.  Find someone more weaker than you are and try to build them up through the pain that you went through.  When you feel like there is no hope for you, go to a place where there is no hope for someone else, and let them see the little hope that you do have, that despite what you are going through, you can still be an example of light of Christ.  It may not be to the person or in the same situation you faced the circumstances with, but reach out to someone else.  It is the best way and it is one way to love your neighbor.  So if you fail in one area you are not a total failure if you can use the situation to change someone else’s life, or even if you learn from it.

Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention that some days be may be more spiritually prone to attacks than others because of their spiritual significance.  You can usually tell when those are by doing a little research and keeping your eyes open.  On those days in particular keep your guard up and be particularly nice to everyone because on those days because what you say and do could make a lot of impact.

Temptation, The War for the Soul

This video link has an insightful teaching on the War for the Soul, Temptation, and Body, Soul, and Spirit.
I have been going through a dry spell lately when it comes to writing.  I only want to write when I am led by the Spirit, and when the Spirit leads me to write.  Right now I am more in the input stage then the output stage, but I continue to reach out to other people in another source online.  Be patient for more postings, just as I am trying to be patient for the Rhema Word’s of God, which He wants me to share.

Using Faith and God’s Word for Spiritual Warfare

Many of us struggle with diseases and we go to doctors.  The doctors give us medicine.  We spend time and money, and in the end we either can’t find an answer to what caused the problem, or we end up with a bunch of pills that give us so many side effects.  This has been a battle I have been fighting for quite a long time, but it wasn’t until I really got into God’s Word that I found out that the battle is the Lord’s and not ours and we just have to show up.

I want to share something that gave me a new revelation this time I read it.

Passage Mark 5:25-34:

25And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,   26And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,    27When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.    28For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.    29And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.     30And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?    31And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?    32And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.    33But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.    34And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (KJV)

In the Amplified it says for the verses emphasized:

26And who had endured much [a]suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.

34And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your [e]trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in [f](into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [[g]distressing bodily] disease.

Sometimes we go through all these things like going to the doctors, taking medications with harmful side effects, and not realizing that our healing was already given to us over 2000 years ago, and that it is satan’s plan and purpose to steal from us our faith that we are already healed.  What I realized was that I too have suffered somewhat at the hands of physicians many times in my life and not trusting in God for my healing.

I found a very good link that has been helping me since I found it:

http://www.joycemeyer.org/content/articles/ea/healing_scriptures/HealingScriptures.pdf

There are a lot of verses in there and a lot of confessions in there for you to speak out loud to take claim over your healing and to have victory over satan.

Joyce Meyer has written a very good confession for us to speak out loud concerning our faith:

“Her faith made her whole, and my faith makes me whole.  I have faith, for I am a believer.  I believe I receive my healing, and my faith makes me whole.  I receive God’s power as mentioned in Ephesians 1:19.  The power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in me.  My faith puts that power into active operation in my body.  Disease has no choice.  There is no chance for its survival in my body.”

Passage Ephesians 1:19:
19And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.

The devil is very smart and patient and he knows our weaknesses and what it will take for us to stop believing for our healing.  When you get closer to the Lord, don’t be surprised if you start to go through more trials and tribulations.  In fact I would venture to say that if you are not going through some kind of tribulation or trial, and life is so easy for you then maybe you need to examine if you are really walking with Christ.  Of course for a nonbeliever can go through trials and tribulations as well, and the enemy will use that himself  to draw you away from God.  The key is everywhere you look in the Bible it says “rejoice” along with suffering.

How do you rejoice when you are suffering?  The key is faith.  It is the faith to know that you will get through the battle and that it is only temporary or “for a season”.  How do you get faith – “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  Biblegateway has a link where you can listen to an audiobible to get to actually hear it.  There are even apps for that.  There are lots of youtube preachers and other people who have sermons you can listen to that go into God’s Word.  As I mentioned before Joyce Meyer is one of the ones I like, but she is just one of many.

We are fighters, and we are created to not just survive but to carry on to our children or to other generations the legacy we have in Christ.  The enemy knows that so he tries to steal that from us.  He is not against us, he is against God.  He wants us to separate from God by stealing our faith.  It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains.

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Mustard seeds are very small.  On the IFGF Church link there is a sermon about the three types of faith mentioned in the Bible: small faith, little faith, and great faith.

It doesn’t matter what type of faith we have, but once it becomes a seed and dies (not saying faith dies, but it is a parable used by Jesus about seeds), it will become a tree.  It also has to be built on good soil , which is the foundation for our Christian walk.

Faith and God’s Word go hand in hand.  We can have all the faith, but if we have faith in the wrong things it is not going to lead us anywhere, or it may lead is in the direction opposite of where we want to go.  God’s Word – Jesus Himself – shown through logos and rhema becomes zoe or life.  Jesus came so that we should live and not die, but the enemy came to steal, kill, and destroy.

I want to mention something that I learned about Hindus.  They believed in the “god of death and destruction”.  If you think that God is responsible for death and destruction, then you obviously don’t know Jesus.  Again Jesus came so that you should live and not die.

In Genesis 3:5, satan played with Eve’s mind and said, “Surely, you will not die.  Eat it and you will become like God.”

5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.”

God had told them that they should not eat it or touch it – it was poison.  But satan tried to convince her that eating poison was good for you.  This still goes through today for those people who are trying to lose weight and there’s that chocolate cake sitting in front of them, or that slice of pizza.  We think it won’t hurt us, but when we eat it we gain the couple of extra pounds we didn’t want.

If God put a slice of pizza in the garden and said that Adam and Eve were not supposed to eat of it, don’t you think satan would have appealed to their senses and had the same effect?  He would have talked about the cheese, and the smell of the pizza.  He would have talked about how it is a good balance of carbs, vegetables, and protein.  Pizza is just an example, it could be anything that is a weakness.

So how do we fight satan?  Well one thing is the battle is in our minds.  It may start with the flesh, move to the heart, and then move to the mind, but often it goes the other way around.  So we have to be constantly renewing our minds with the Word of God so that we can constantly be growing and feeding ourselves with the truth.  We can learn to grow as warriors and to fight the battle set before us.  Everything that has been taught to you, and everything that has happened to you in your life has been done in order for you to prepare for this war.

So I encourage you if you’re feeling down and defeated, that you are not alone, and that this is a war, and we should rise up as eagles and with our rejoicing, praising, and faith we will find the victory.