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Hang on in the Struggle

I made a video and this post because I have been repeatedly taught lessons over and over again by the LORD, because I do not get it and have it stick with me very well. A lot of times, I take what the LORD is teaching me too lightly. Other times, He is breaking such ingrained bad habits and removing such old hurts and fears that it takes time for me to accept what He is doing. It sometimes takes a while for me to understand that He is removing a burden from me that I do not have to carry. I think that I have to do it the old way and forget that He is God, He is in control, He is good and I really really do want to trust Him and Him alone. Does anyone else have this problem? lol 🙂

What I really learned, again, is that God is relating with ME. He is teaching ME. I am my own problem. The struggles that I go through are not because someone else did this or that or reacted to me in such and such a way. Yes, those things may play a role in what I do go through – but God allows things to happen in our lives in order to teach us and to grow us and to refine our faith. He wants to take us deeper and deeper into who He is and who we are to Him. When something happens and I do not listen to Him and trust Him, I am opening the door to something that I do not want to go through. I am giving room for problems to get bigger. Instead, if I will listen to Him willingly and joyfully, then I can get through on firmer ground.

The other side is that even when I do mess it all up – as soon as I hear His voice and gentle reminder – and turn to Him and recognize what is going on and agree that I do need to change in an area – like giving Him control and just walking on faith and doing as He urges me to do – then He does come through and give me peace and assurance and He even overrides my mistakes and protects me and defends me and delivers me.

So, even if you notice that you are beginning to doubt – call on Him in faith and know that He will carry you through. Stand on His promises. Know the Word and stand in the Word. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He promises to finish the good work that He began in us. He promises to take us from strength to strength. He promises to save us from all of our troubles. When we know Him and His Word we can stand in the tests and trials and the storms and know that we do not have to fear. He will give us courage. He will release us from all strongholds and snares. God is the One who works in us to will and to act according to His good purposes.

Please reach out to a fellow believer – even me or Jerry – if you are going through a trial, struggle, test, tribulation or storm. God is with you and He is for you! Do not walk alone. He has given us each other as well, to know that we are not alone.

I hope that you receive a blessing from the sharing of God’s Word and my testimony of His faithfulness.

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
Ephesians 6:The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Joshua 1:5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

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Soldier for Christ Based on Ephesians 6:10-18 (Jerry wrote while listening to a sermon 9/10/11)

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Ephesians 6:10-18

Put on the full armor of God each and every day. A soldier puts on his armor to protect his front. He has nothing to cover his back because God has got his back and won’t allow us to be attacked from behind. We are in a war whether we want to be or not. We as Christians have to be on the alert full time. When our faith is tested let’s battle with full faith that it is a battle we are going to win because we have the God that made the universe as our General.

Our enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy – steal your joy of being on earth, kill your soul and let you spend eternity in hell with him and destroy your testimony and family. We need to stay strong and stay in the Word, close to God and ready for battle.

We as Christians have become too complacent and fall too easily. I am talking to myself. We must stay strong and not fall so easily. That’s why I believe we need to meditate on the Word of God, get it deep down in our heart so that we will have something to strike back with when we are tempted.

We need to take our faith as Christians more seriously. We don’t need to play with the devil Monday through Saturday and go to church on Sunday and act like everything is O.K. We as the body of Christ need to be doing God’s work and living the Christ-like life 7 days a week – 24 hours a day.

When we play with the devil it gets easier and easier to sin and we wake up one day and realize that we are far from God. But, if we stay vigilant and not cross the line the first time, then we will not have to worry about that. That’s why I am going to stay strong in Christ daily and meditate on the Word of God and do what He wants me to do – with His help and might and power.

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Are You in the Army? Yes You Are! A Call to Battle! Are You Fighting the Fight?

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Are you in a battle?

Do you need armor and weapons?

Who are you fighting for?

Ephesians 6:10-18 in my Bible is entitled “The Armor of God.” These verses give clear indication that every believer in Christ is in a real battle which requires real armor, real weapons, real training and has real consequences.

I ask a real question.

Are you personally in a battle or are you aware of the battle?

Many believers can say “yes” to this question quite easily. Some believers can even quote these verses and give an explanation of them. My point in asking these questions is that I do not see us living as though we are in a battle.

If we really understand that we are in a real battle then why are we not really fighting? And, of course, I mean fighting and battling spiritually. How much time and energy are we giving to maintaining, strengthening, putting on and taking care of our spiritual armor? How much attention are we paying to our own strategies for overcoming and tearing down deceits and schemes of the devil? Are we stuck in defense mode or the mentality of: “We’ll just hang on to our little corner over here and we’ll be fine?”

Even if you personally don’t feel as if you have a huge spiritual struggle and you find that standing firm in your faith comes easily – why armor? You don’t even have to think about putting it on – you automatically walk around and even sleep in your armor – struggle against sin in your life? Why, you were done with that garbage years ago!

Great – so – who do you love or who do you know that is still in the spiritual battle? That still has struggles? That is out there believing some of the lies that the devil puts out there? Who do you know or love whose faith is still new, or has gotten fragile or has grown dim?

We’ve heard terms like “leave no man behind” and “no child left behind.” What about the idea that as believers in Jesus that when we see a brother or a sister who are engaged in the spiritual battle – that we come to their aid and fight with them and even for them?

Most believers that I know would rather have a fellow brother or sister fighting side by side with them as each has put on the Armor of God and send up a mighty shout of praise to the Lord than to struggle, fight and endure alone. Also, they would much rather stand firm in their faith and have assistance than to struggle alone, fall or stumble.

There is a call to battle and that call to battle is still sounding forth today.

Nehemiah 4:20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14b

You have His resurrection power at work in you – rise and walk in newness of life in Christ and battle and fight and stand firm in His might, power and strength and put on your armor!

Pray in the Spirit at all times, without ceasing, for all believers everywhere.

Rise and fight! Answer the call to battle! Stand firm!

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of GOD, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Praying in the Spirit is the seventh weapon in our arsenal of spiritual armor and makes our armor complete!

If you are battle ready, if you are not battle weary – I also urge us, my brothers and sisters – to aid one another in the battle!

The Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, the Church should be acting in unity and coming alongside one another and prevailing against the gates of hell. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 that the gates of Hades will not overcome His church. Friends, gates do not move. The church needs to be on the offense and taking back what the devil, our enemy, has stolen and what has been meant for evil to be turned around for GOD’s glory and good purposes.

Our LORD is all powerful and sovereign and He doesn’t necessarily have to have His people to do His work for His purposes to be accomplished. Indeed, the rocks would cry out His praise if no human voice was willing. But we are His people. We say that we love, respect and fear GOD. We call Jesus our LORD and Savior. We worship the Lamb and we serve the Lion of Judah.

Each to our posts! Watchmen, sound the alarms! Worshipers, raise your voice, play your instrument, write the songs and music and dance! Make His praise glorious! Preachers and teachers – inspire and equip the saints and speak His word as He gives utterance as you are filled with His Spirit. Prayer warriors and intercessors – weep and pray! Givers – give to bodies of believers who are going to share the gospel and make disciples and feed and clothe the poor and the needy. Healers – go forth and bring spiritual and physical healing.

We are each gifted, talented and equipped for a unique and specific purpose. Let us each take up our posts in the spiritual battle waging in this present age and give our all to our LORD.

He wants you. Yes, you are called to be a minister of reconciliation and an Ambassador of Christ. Take up your Armor of God and walk in the strength and power of His might, in His righteousness (not your own) and be Spirit-filled and Spirit led. Pray without stopping for every saint everywhere.

May the Bride say, “Come quickly, we are ready.”