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  • Prepare For Attack – Part 4 – October 19, 2014

    Prepare For Attack – Part 4 – October 19, 2014

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    Prepare For Attack – Part 4

    “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” Joshua 5:14

    Some issues are so crucial that until you have resolved them you cannot move forward or enjoy God’s blessing in your life. Joshua faced such an issue when he stood before the towering walls of Jericho, the strongest city in the Promised Land and the first that had to be conquered. We read: ‘…When Joshua was by Jericho…he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, there stood a man…with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua…said unto him, “Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?” And he said, “Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, “What saith my lord unto his servant?” And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” And Joshua did so’ (Joshua 5:13-15).

    So, what is your Jericho? What’s the one big battle you must win in order to fulfill what God has planned for your life? Some battles can only be won on your knees. Before His victory at the cross, Christ, Who is our example, spent His hardest night in Gethsemane praying, ‘…Not my will, but Thine, be done’ (Luke 22:42). Are you intimidated by the size of the challenge? Do you think you don’t have what it takes? Does it feel like you have been going round in circles and getting nowhere? Take time out. Get alone with God, and stay in His presence until He gives you His plan. Then say yes to it, and He will empower you to accomplish what He purposes.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, when the task seems impossible and I do not know how I am going to do it, help me remember that it is You who makes all things possible and that You are there to see me through what You have planned. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Prepare For Attack – Part 3 – October 18, 2014

    Prepare For Attack – Part 3 – October 18, 2014

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    Prepare For Attack – Part 3

    But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. Acts 28:5

    Luke writes: ‘The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper…fastened itself on his hand. When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.” But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god’ (Acts 28:2-6). People’s opinions are often fickle, so here’s a response to adopt: ‘Shake it off!’ These people started out thinking Paul was an escaped criminal, and ended up thinking he was a god. Incredible!

    There is an important lesson here. Beware of those who change their mind about you when your circumstances change. Build your life on those who believe the best about you, and want to bring it out. Behind Paul’s spectacular success in ministry, you will find people who never stopped believing in him. He writes,
    ‘Priscilla and Aquila…risked their lives for me…’ (Romans 16:3-4).
    He called Epaphroditus ‘…my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier…who ministered to my need’ (Philippians 2:25). He says that Onesiphorus
    ‘…often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains’ (2 Timothy 1:16). Look for such people. They’ll bless you. And they’re out there!

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me be leery of people who change their view of me based on circumstances. Help me seek only Your approval in what I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Prepare For Attack – Part 2 – October 17, 2014

    Prepare For Attack – Part 2 – October 17, 2014

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    A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17

    Nehemiah discovered that not everybody will be happy about your success. ‘Sanballat …sent to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together”…But they thought to do me harm. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner’ (Nehemiah 6:2-4). Note the words, ‘I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.’ That could be classified as an Academy Award-winning response to attack! Any time you stop the work God has given you to do and step down to the level of your critics, you’ve sent the devil a signal that his strategy is working. So you can expect more of the same. Think: if God can deliver you in times of trouble, surely He can defend you in times of misunderstanding. So get back up on the wall He has called you to build and keep working. Don’t get distracted.

    There are three kinds of people you will meet in life: 1) The critic. They’re the first to point an accusing finger and the last to extend a helping hand.
    2) The cautious. When you’re in trouble they’ll distance you lest they become tainted by your perceived liabilities. These people are not bad, they’re just self-serving. Don’t put your trust in them.
    3) The committed. ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’ Recognize such people and build your life around them, because they are a gift from God.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me keep the main thing the main thing – and you being the Main PERSON! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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  • Anchored In Absolute Good – October 15, 2014

    Anchored In Absolute Good – October 15, 2014

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    Anchored In Absolute Good

    Test everything. Hold on to the good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    We live in a society that’s moved away from the ideas of absolute good and absolute evil. So having something concrete to stand for will set you apart (in a really good way). The Bible calls us to stick with the boundaries set by our forerunners (see Proverbs 22:28). If we stay within the age-old knowledge of God’s law, we also draw on age-old power to change our world through obedience to God. Obedience may sound like a bit of a stuffy word (or a dog thing), but it’s the foundation of a God-centered life. The really old root of the word obedience is a mixture of ‘ob’ – ‘to be near’ and ‘audio’ – ‘to hear’. If you are close to someone, and hear an instruction from them, the ‘obedience’ part isn’t a choice. It’s the natural next step. If you live your life in proximity to God, obeying His voice will be automatic upon hearing it. So hear this from God’s Word: ‘…hold on to what is good. Reject every kind of evil.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:21). God is absolutely good, no question, and His way is absolutely right, so hold on to it. In a world that’s all at sea, bobbing along with changing boundaries and evolving with the tide, you can anchor yourself in a steady-as-a-rock God and show a better (and unfailingly right) way to those floating along in the current.

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet – help me walk in Your ways – Your right and true ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

     

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