Category Archives: The Battle

It’s Already Written

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

If you buy a DVD and decide not to watch it, it does not change how the movie begins or ends.

It is already written and produced. Ignorance will not alter the ending either.

Same goes for the Bible. We are simply going through the motions of a story already written. Jesus has won. Satan is defeated. King Jesus forever.

In the meantime, we have the choice to either honour or dishonour God. To choose to live for God or condemn ourselves by our choices. We first condemn ourselves by rejecting God through sin and ignoring the Holy Spirit’s attempt to draw us to repentance and back to God.

God is good.

I repeat, God is GOOD. He is faithful even when we are faithless. This is His nature and He cannot deny who He is (2 Timothy 2:13). That means no matter what you’ve done or failed to do, if you return to God with your whole heart, He is ready, willing and able to not only take you back but to help you clean the mess you’ve made. Because, let’s be honest, sin is messy. It messes with our mind, our heart, our spirit, our relationships, our life!

Things eventually fall out of place (and apart) when they are not in line with the Will and desire of God.

So don’t ignore that feeling that tells you something is not right. Spend time with God and in His Word so you can discern what is and is not of God. Ask Him to reveal the truth to you.

Returning to God means He can restore. Often, God needs to tear down everything you’ve built up so He can make way for the grand plans He has for your life (which are way better then where you were going with it anyway!). So be patient, after you have suffered a little while, God will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast (1 Peter 5:10).

God is faithful and He will help you work through every struggle. So, when you fall short of God’s glory, dust yourself off and keep trying.  The Kingdom of Heaven is near so work with God to prepare yourself. If we are not with God, we are against Him. The Battle against Evil has already been won. Our job is make sure we are on the winning side because the ending that was written from the beginning will come to pass and for the Children of God, the end is just the beginning.

You are called to be a child of the Most High God. Give the Lord some praise!

The Roaring Lion

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Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

The devil is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour so we must be alert and sober minded (1 Peter 5:8).

In the darkness, this lion is scary. In the darkness, this lion’s roar echoes in our mind and our hearts, especially late at night and when we are alone. In the darkness, the lion puts fear in us. In the darkness, we are not who God called us to be for we are called out of darkness and into the light (1 Peter 2:9). We are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

WHEN we are alert and sober minded, we can shine the light of Christ and what seems to be a threat will no longer be one.

To be alert is to be watchful for possible danger. It is to be weary and aware. When you are aware, you are prepared. Are you aware of the devil’s schemes? Better yet, are you prepared for them? Are you wearing the Full armor of God? Are you spending time with God who can teach you how to stand against the enemy? The Holy Spirit can teach you ALL things.

To be sober minded means you are serious, sensible and not intoxicated. Do you have a mind focused on God or is it polluted by things of this world? Do you think on things of above? The Bible tells us to think on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable— anything that is excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). When we think on these things the devil doesn’t have an opportunity to tamper with our imagination.

When we shine the light, we can see this lion has no teeth. In fact he is like smoke trying to cloud our eyes from seeing his nothingness and empty threats.  His sole power source is leeched from you. Your imagination. Your fear. Your lack of knowledge, trust and faith in the power of God. And your decision to remain in the darkness.

The extent of his power over us, is the extent of power we give.

Nothing can hide when we shine a light on it. This is one of the devil’s tactics; to keep himself hidden. To bombard us with feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, loneliness, anything and everything that will stop us from seeking forgiveness and coming into the light, that is Jesus Christ, because once our darkness is brought into the light, it is exposed and vulnerable and can be destroyed. Jesus is light and in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). So to strive to be like Christ means we must rid ourselves of any darkness we recognise in ourselves.

We are not perfect which is exactly why we all need God’s grace. God tells us “ask me for what you are lacking and I will give it to you”. Do you need knowledge? Ask for it! Do you need faith? A desire for God? Strength? Ask Him! (Matthew 6:26; 7:7; John 14:13-14; Luke 11:13; James 1: 5-6).  He is a good father who will not withhold any good thing from His children and yes I mean YOU (Psalm 84:11; Matthew 6:26; John 15:16).

Don’t Forget to Guard & Protect

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More than anything you guard, protect your heart, for life flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

The Bible teaches us that more than anything we guard, we should guard our heart for everything we do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23).  Other variations of this same verse state to guard our MIND (Proverbs 4:23). Mind and heart are used interchangeably which must mean they have a close connection.

The doorkeeper of your heart is your mind and the doorkeeper of your mind is you. Before anything gets into our heart, it first creeps into our thoughts. This means we must protect our mind. When we guard something, it is to protect it from harm and/or destruction and if life flows from the heart then death can also flow.

From a single thought, an ungodly desire can be conceived. After it is conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:15).

So we see that sin is birthed when we begin entertaining the wrong thoughts. It’s not that bad thoughts won’t come; it’s whether or not we let them pass quickly and ignore them (because we know they are not from God) or sit dwelling on them and give them life.

What if I have entertained the wrong thoughts?  Confess to God for He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John 1:19). Ask God to destroy ungodly desires and to uproot ungodly seeds, known and unknown, because sin leads to death but Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). So through forgiveness, God uproots those ungodly seeds to save us.

When God uproots the ungodly seeds, be active in pursuing Christ and filling yourself with Godly seeds. The fruits of God are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). As you draw closer to God, these seeds will be sewn.

Spending time with God will allow you to be FULLY occupied by God so when the enemy returns, there is no room for him.  If the enemy finds you unoccupied he will not only return but bring more of his seeds (Matthew 12:45). Some of the fruits of the enemy are hatred, jealously, discontentment, bitterness, rejection and blame.

Seeds that are not deeply rooted are easier and quicker to remove whilst seeds that have been planted for a while can take some time. The greater the number of ungodly seeds present means more work. But God is strong and powerful, capable of all things. Uprooting and being renewed is a process God will walk us through and heal us from. He will build us up and bless us more abundantly then we could have imagined. He is a good Father and He works all things out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

PRAYER:

Dear Lord,
I pray that you uproot the seeds of the enemy, known and unknown, which have been planted in me. Reveal them to me so I may repent of them. Help me to be filled with your goodness. Comfort me and wrap your arms around me. Nothing can compare to the joy I have in you and the joy that I know is coming. Thank you for setting me free and leading me to life.  In Jesus name, Amen.