Nov 292017
 

“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.” Ephesians 6:12.

How does our Enemy operate?
He has four primary objectives in interrupting God’s work in our lives.

First-
Satan wants us to
doubt God’s Word.

If he can get you doubting just a little bit, then he’s secured a foothold in your life.

In Genesis 3:1, this is how he confronted Eve in the Garden.

The serpent planted a seed of doubt in her mind.

And the results were catastrophic for all mankind!

Second-
Satan tries to
distract us from spiritual matters.

He wants us focused on earthly, temporary outlets.

It sometimes seems as if the Enemy uses every television, cell phone, and computer to change our focus from the Word to things with no eternal value.

Third-
Satan works to
disable us from the Lord’s service.

He will do anything to prevent you from making an impact for Christ.

Think about all the popular Christian leaders who have fallen away.

Their sinful deeds were made public.

And the spiritual work they had done was discredited.

The Devil rejoices at this and considers it a great success.

Fourth-
Satan wants to
destroy us physically.

One of his most effective tactics involves attacking our bodies.

Sickness, addictions, stress, and obesity can consume a person’s entire life.

The Devil would much prefer that you focus on your body, not spiritual things.

Satan wants you to be useless in your daily battles.

He’s looking for ways to destroy you.

Don’t let him!
Keep your spiritual eyes open.

Watch for the Enemy’s skillful, devious attacks.

And most importantly, depend on God’s Spirit.

(PA)

I Hope You Answered No!

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Nov 162017
 

“Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God” (2 Corinthians 3:4).

The three-headed monster of-

– inferiority,
– insecurity and
– inadequacy

-can paralyze a Christian into inactivity.

God’s desire is to destroy the monster with the truth and render him impotent in our lives.

Satan’s desire is to feed him with lies until he’s big and strong.

Who are we going to believe?

Believing who we are in Christ destroys feelings of inferiority.

Believing where we are in Christ destroys feelings of insecurity.

Believing what we have in Christ destroys feelings of inadequacy.

What a transformation when a Christian believes the truth.

I do not want you to think I am always victorious and never struggle with the three-headed monster.

He still rears his ugly head every now and then.

When Satan tells me, “Who do you think you are?”

Let me tell you what I would say:

“I am light in the world. I am salt in the earth. I am a child of God. I am the bride of Christ. I am a joint-heir with Christ. I have the power of the Holy Spirit. I have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ. I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.

I know that without Him I am nothing but an empty vessel.

However, because of Him, I am filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and have been blessed with every spiritual blessing!

I can be confident because of who I am as a child of the King.

I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me!”

Now it’s your turn!

When is the last time you had a case of the “I can’ts?

Where do you think those feelings of insecurity come from?

Do you believe that the power of God lives in you?

Do you think there is any incident in which God would say “I can’t?”

I hope you answered no!

Look up these two verses and write them down.

Post them in a visible place and look at them every time your confidence begins to wane this week.

Genesis 18:14; Luke 1:37.

(PA)

Oct 202017
 

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“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear” (Proverbs 25:12).

Dwight L Moody, the famous evangelist, was once told by an irate church lady, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do your evangelism.”

In reply Moody said, “I don’t necessarily like all of it either, but it’s the best way I know. Tell me, how do you do it?”

“Oh, I don’t,” was the reply.

“Well,” said Moody, “I like the way I’m doing it better than the way you’re not doing it.”

It’s always easy to know what to do when we don’t have to do the job, and very easy to criticize others when we’re not doing the work ourselves.

Some time ago when I was a pastor and things weren’t going too well-

I was asked what I thought about the situation and what could be done to improve things.

I said that I didn’t feel I had the right to criticize unless I was prepared to do something about it.

I was, however, prepared to help, and several of us working together saw things greatly improve.

In this instance, as it is in many other instances-

– criticism without offering help would have only served to make matters worse and cause further dissension among the groups.

So, if we’re not willing to put our shoulder to the wheel and do our bit-

– let’s not stir up dissension through negative criticism.

Furthermore, might I add that-

-journalists, politicians, authors, and even preachers don’t have the right to name others and confess their sins in public,

-without having first confessed their own sins in public.

(PA)

True test

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Aug 302017
 

Some years ago when the USA was on the Gold Standard there were Silver Dollars in circulation.

At the time counterfeit silver dollars were circulated that had an imitation metal coating and not true silver. 

Proprietors learned that if they showed up at the bank with a counterfeit silver dollar they were rejected and they were not a dollar.

They soon learned to test the silver dollars. 

They would throw the silver dollar on a side walk.

The true silver dollar would give off a special, joyful ring,that only silver could make.

An imitation that was silver plated made a dull thud sound. 

The counterfeit silver dollar may have had the appearance of a real silver dollar.

But it was worthless.

It had a silver coating over an inner core of metal that was next to worthless, a fake. 

It stands to reason that as a Christian-

I must pass the true test just as an authentic silver dollar. 

Do I have a layer of truth on the outside-

– while inside I’m a fake? 

When I am thrown to the ground with day to day adversity-

– do I make a joyful ring or a thud? 

Do I have a silver core that rings for everyone to hear while in church-

– and then while at work or in the world everyone hears a thud? 

My true test is what God hears-

– when I’m alone and in adversity. 

Do I praise my Creator for my situation?

– or do I chew God out because of my circumstances? 

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours” James 1:2.

(PA)

 

Love-sick with the Lord?

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Aug 282017
 

“If any man come to Me, and hate not…he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26,27,33.

Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to the Person-

Our Lord Jesus Christ!

There is a difference between devotion to a Person;

And devotion to principles!

To be a disciple is-

– to be a devoted love-sick child of the Lord Jesus.

Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not devoted to Jesus Christ.

No man on earth has this passionate love to the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has imparted it to him.

We may admire Him, we may respect Him and reverence Him, but we cannot love Him.

The only Lover of the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit.

He sheds abroad the very love of God in our hearts. Romans 5:5.

Whenever the Holy Spirit sees a chance of glorifying Jesus-

He will take your heart, your nerves, your whole personality,and simply make you blaze and glow with devotion to Jesus Christ.

Are you love-sick with the Lord?

(PA)