Under Attack

I’ve been there.

Have you?

I have often felt the attacks of the Evil one.  So I can relate to the Israelites when I read in Jeremiah that the siege ramps were being built against the walls of Jerusalem.  The attack is coming!  I can feel it.

I’ve been there.

When I read that the city will be conquered through war, famine and disease, it all sounds familiar.  Attacked on all sides – I’ve been there.

How does Satan attack me?  It’s not unusual for my computer to start not working well when I sit down to enter these blogs.  If my computer is behaving, then the internet or WordPress will start being uncooperative.  Satan doesn’t like these blogs and he doesn’t try to hide it.

Satan also tries to distract me from the Truth with his whispers in my head at night trying to make me question the fact that God is good.  I normally start reciting scripture and the whispers stop.  My questions also stop because I am reminded of the truth.

Satan often tries to get me to focus on the negative things in my life.  He’ll pile on the junk trying to get me to think about all of that instead of God.  He attempts to make bitterness, frustration and unforgiveness look like the natural response to situations in my life.  Regular reading and study of God’s word keeps me grounded in the Truth.

None of these attacks are working, Satan.

Meanwhile, I know God’s Army of Angels surround me and they are fighting my battles in the spiritual realm.  We already know the end of this story – God and his armies are the winners.

Satan with his siege ramps has no power unless I give it to him.

And he isn’t getting a toehold here.

Thank you for your Truth and your Army of Angels, Abba Father.

The Lies

There are mountains of lies building up around us.

As information flies around the planet faster and faster, it is becoming increasingly less accurate.

Many of the things we watch on TV and videos are not entirely true.

Things we read on the internet have been embellished and edited.

Most of what people tell us are not completely true – everyone has a different perspective.  And – let’s face it – we all love a good story.

It’s just not always true.

Actually, the better the story, the less likely that its all true.

We need wisdom today regarding what we’re going to believe.

We need discernment so we can separate fact from fiction.

Proverbs 14:15 is a great verse for us. “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”May 17 2016 the lies

We need to be careful about what we believe and give real thought to our next steps.  Where we are going.  What we’re basing our decisions on.

All real wisdom comes from God.

It is not cynical.

It is not hopelessly optomistic.

God gives us wisdom that is realistic with a good dose of positivity mixed in because of how supernaturally awesome our Father God is.

Giving thought to our steps means not just reacting to whatever is happening to us.  It means regularly consulting with God.  It means making a plan for our lives based on God’s truth and what he is telling us when we spend time with him.

What truth has God revealed to you lately?

Please open our eyes, Abba Father.

Battles on Every Side

Yesterday….

Today……

Tomorrow.

We all have our own battles to fight every day.

Relationship issues….

Money problems……

Health struggles…..

Work situations….

And more.

Every day.March 29 2016 battles on every side

As we read through 1 Chronicles, we see the Israelites fighting physical battles against their enemies on all sides of them.  They went to battle with their spears and swords.

We also have a sword to help us fight our battles – the Sword of the Spirit.  God’s word.  The Bible.

God’s truth pierces through the lies and sin of our cultures, helping us forge ahead on the good path God has planned out for us.

March 29 2016 battles on every side bThe Bible is our map for today, tomorrow and the rest of our time here on earth.  God lights our way as we read and meditate on his revelation to us.  As we memorize God’s word, he is arming us with powerful weapons that he can use to bring us victory.

God wants us to have victory in our lives.

And he can give us victory.

Are we giving him the room and authority in our lives to do that?

Please give us victory Abba Father.

Thanksgiving Prayer, 1 Corinthians

Thank you, Father, for the truth you have given us through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.Thanksgiving 2015

We are grateful for your son, Christ Jesus, who brought your grace into this world for each one of us when we believe.

We ask that you enrich our words and inhabit our thoughts with your wisdom.  Confirm your truth in our lives every day, dear Father.

We are grateful for the gift of your spirit living within us as we eagerly wait for Jesus’ return.  Please keep us firmly rooted in you, dear Father – all the way to the end of our purpose here on earth.

Thank you for your faithfulness to us, dear God.  Thank you for the personal relationship we have with you.

We are blessed!

Amen!  Hallelujah!