Spiritual Warfare: What it is and What it isn’t

Excellent message!  I believe ALL Christians need to hear this one!

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Being Set Free

I have been listening to Scripture Memory Songs on You Tube recently, trying to get the Word hidden in my heart.  These catchy tunes and lyrics quickly started going through my mind, even when I wasn’t listening to them.  There is so much power in music!

However, I listened to one song that gave me pause for thought.  It stresses the point I have been making recently in regard to why it is imperative for us to be in the Word of God.  If we aren’t in the Word of God, we won’t catch deception because we won’t truly know what the Word says.

The song I was listening to was from John 8.  It focused on the idea that whom the Son sets free is free indeed.  Yes, that is true.  It is in John 8:36.   However, if you go back a few verses to verse 32, it says, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (Emphasis mine)  This is a key point!

For instance, when I got set free from chronic colitis, it was once I knew the truth, then I was able to act on that truth, and be set free.   Another time, I was healed of asthma.  It was only through getting a revelation of what God’s Word says, that I realized that I could truly be healed, and then I acted on that truth.  We must know the truth!!!  That is what causes faith to arise in our souls, helping us to believe for whatever miracle we need!

Yes, there are times when the Lord does set us free, as the song below states.  However, in my own experience, most of my freedom has come when I got a revelation of truth, revealed in His precious Word.

Ammo

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Ammo
There is a lot of ‘hoopla’ online right now with prepping. People are trying to prepare for the end of the world, stocking up on food and ammo. Now there’s nothing wrong with this because in Matthew 24, when talking about the end of the world, Jesus refers to the wise and faithful servant who will have food to give in due season. He is referring to Joseph, and He is encouraging us to prepare for what is coming.

However, many people start to go down the wrong path in this endeavor when they forget about preparing spiritually. The first thing we must realize is that we cannot put our confidence in ourselves. “Don’t be so naïve and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.” (1 Corinthians 10:12, MSG)

We need to armor-up! We need to do as Ephesians 6 says and put on the full armor of God. Along with this, we also need to be hiding God’s Word in our hearts so that we won’t sin against Him. (Psalm 119:11)

Peter mentions the end of all things being near in 1 Peter 4:7-8. He admonishes us to be sober and watchful in prayer. However, his next instruction seems a bit out of place when thinking about the end of all things. He tells us above all, to love one another fervently. Yet, when you go back to what Jesus tells us about the end times in Matthew 24, He warns us that people will hate us and betray us. It will be hard for us to be forgiving when we are betrayed if we don’t do as Peter says and learn to love one another fervently.

So as we journey through these end times, we must stock up on spiritual ammunition:
1.       Keep the Lord first and let Him be our confidence.
2.       Hide the Word in our hearts.
3.       Pray for the Lord to help us love fervently.

I don’t know about you, but I think I need to get on my knees and seek some more spiritual ammo.
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Darkness has Crossed a Line

When the Lord Goes to Battle

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When the Lord Goes to Battle

Parenting is a very rewarding experience, but it can also be one of the most taxing, frustrating experiences for us as well.  On top of the many demands we face as mothers, there are times when we find ourselves facing situations that drain us emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  There are bills to be paid, even when the budget is already tight.  We may have a tense relationship with someone that requires some attention.  Having major expenses come up from car repairs or faulty appliances can leave one feeling overwhelmed.  Dealing with a family member who is seriously ill can leave us emotionally exhausted.

When we think that we can go to church and find a refuge for a few short hours, we may find ourselves at odds with someone in the church.  Someone may make a biting or sarcastic remark to us, or maybe use body language that speaks volumes in a less-than-positive manner.  Unfortunately, most churches have at least one busybody.  It seems that when you need a refuge the most, here comes Miss Busy herself, thinking that she needs to help you to straighten your priorities.  With the multitude of things which we are facing outside of the church, these added situations can leave us feeling emotionally undone.

The words in Is. 59 may seem to fit us quite well at times like these.
Verse 9 – Justice may seem far from us.  We may feel that righteousness is a distant place, due to the low emotional frame of mind we have at that given moment.
Verse 10 – Like one who is blind, we grope to find our way.  Even at noontime, we stumble as if in the dark.  Among those who seem strong, we may feel like we are dead.
Verse 11 – We growl like bears and mournfully moan like doves.  We look for justice and deliverance but it appears to be so far away from us.  We may feel like God has forgotten us.

While we are feeling so alone and depressed by our circumstances, God has not stopped moving on our behalf.  Verse 17 tells us that He puts on His righteousness as His breastplate, as well as the helmet of salvation.  He puts on garments of vengeance and wraps Himself in zeal like a cloak.  Verse 19 tells us that He comes on the scene as a pent-up flood.

Even when circumstances look so gloomy, DON’T GIVE UP!  You don’t know when God will arrive on the scene of your situation as a pent-up flood.  Let Him step in and take vengeance on the adversary, whether it be Satan or someone with flesh and blood.  The vengeance that He will take is so much better than anything we can think up in our finite minds.  For when the Lord goes to battle, who can possibly stand against His awesome power and might?  (Rom. 8:31)

Just when you think that you will never laugh again, God arrives on the scene and does a marvelous work before you.  Where your spirit once was overwhelmed, and your eyes were filled with tears of despair, you now look radiant and your heart throbs and swells with joy!  (Is. 60:5)  NEVER GIVE UP!  Your God is working behind the scenes, and He will fight for you!

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

A Thief in the Parking Lot

He uses a situation from his days as a police officer and puts a spiritual perspective to it.  Very good message, and he shares a funny story too!

 

Psalm 91: A Psalm of Spiritual Warfare

This is one of the best messages I’ve ever heard.  I will never look at Psalm 91 the same again!

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