Man, these emotions sure can be weird. In one breath, I’m anguished and in another, I’m angry. I’m very upset at Satan for his wicked ways of deception. I have a roar in me that wants to come out and I don’t know what to do but write.. Lord help me.
I’m anguished and upset to see those that profess to be Christians live a life that is not in agreement with what they say. I understand that not all of us are at the same place spiritually and that God works with us in different manners, but man.. When I see someone who professes to be a Christian that has not grown more into the image of Christ after years of professing, something is wrong. There is nothing I can do but pray, see if the Lord wants me to talk to them, and write… I can always write. :)
Believer, ponder this – which master do we really serve? Sure, the self loves to say we serve God because our pride wants to sound/look good. We love to puff ourselves up in front of others and we even do it so our ego can be stroked. But, do our actions follow our words? When a fiery dart from the enemy hits our mind, do we bow down to it and accept it or do we stand with the Lord in peace? If we are questioned on a choice to choose the ways of the world, do we justify ourselves and argue, or do we stand in agreement and confess? Do we pray? Do we seek His counsel via the Word? What makes us a Christian? Are we a Christian because we say we’re one? No, that’s a lie.. Christ in our lives makes us a Christian.
Man.. I’m anguished for friends, family, and professing Christians that continually are falling into traps, are continually in turmoil, etc. Over, and over, and over, and over.. The same garbage, different day, different week, different month.. The same patterns.. “Ya, life is great! Another bandaid to feel all warm and fuzzy about life!” … 2 wks later.. “Wah, life sucks. I must get out of this. I must figure this all out on my own. I’ll do ___ and all will be great!” A roller coaster.. Seeking out purpose, answers, etc. but their eyes are looking everywhere but up..
We deceive ourselves. We try to fix things, only to fall again. It just keeps going and going and going. Then we say, “I love Jesus!” I say prove it.. don’t just say it! Show our faith by what we do.. Faith without works is DEAD. Prove it to ourselves.. are we in the Lord or not? Just because we say we are doesn’t make it true.
This isn’t a game.. This is serious business.. Who do we serve? Remember believer? Words bounce off.. they cannot hurt us? I’m rubber & you’re glue.. Sticks & stones? Things hit our eyes/ears, then they can trigger one realm of thought – as the world teaches, or another realm – as God teaches. Choose the world, get the things of the world (stress, worry, depression, hurts, pains, anxiety, etc). Choose God, get the things of God (peace, contentment, joy, etc). It’s that simple. Who do we serve?
Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Satan, stand down in the name of Jesus!!! Man, I’m on fire and feel the need to go pound some principalities of darkness back into the pits of hell. Please join me in praying for the lost, backsliders, the deceived, believers, and for Israel. In the name of Righteousness and Truth! Jesus! Amen.
Within this mind, I see a few things taking place. First, there is the old man’s ways before accepting Christ into my life. The old habits, thought patterns, etc. The old identity’s thought patterns resurface at times. Such thought patterns always align with things of the world that were taught through societal influences such as family, friends, tv, etc (the fallen world through Adam). These thought patterns are a result of what the world molded me into thinking. They are me, my ideals, the flesh, habits, etc., but the root (the molder) came from things other than God.
Then, there is the new man, the new nature from being born again in Jesus Christ. Their are thought patterns which are in-line with the mind of Jesus Christ (the Word, Sword of the Spirit, etc). These new thoughts are righteous, good, and align with the character of God. It truly is the Word of God, Jesus Christ’s teachings, the Spirit’s unction, etc. These thought patterns are a result of what God molds. They are Him, His ideals, the Spirit, new habits, etc. and they come from God’s molding.
Lastly, there are outward things that come from situations, people, etc. These outward things will either line-up with the old nature or the new nature in-Christ. They end up being an influence on things of the world or things of God.
Thus, with these things in mind, I’m taking a look at the moment of choice. I’m going to dissect the very moment that I decide which thought patterns to choose and deny. At the moment of choice, one thought pattern is chosen and another thought pattern is denied. Ultimately, either we choose God and deny ourselves (the old man, the world’s ways, etc) or we choose the ways of the world and deny God. I pray the blogging of such will bless you in some fashion or another. In Jesus name, amen –
I’m currently out of season. That Spiritual emptiness is upon me and I need to seek Him out. I have no interest in reading the word or prayer. This is a dangerous place to be.. been there, done that. That’s when the walls of our protection start to crumble and the enemy starts to hammer in. I covet your prayers.
The enemy is attacking, always. He is trying to deceive me in many aspects of my life. I don’t want to go to church… I don’t want to pray… I don’t want to read the word… I don’t want to blog… I don’t want to go to bible studies… So what do I do?! What is the best avenue to take? Do I obey what my flesh is saying? The past has taught me to put to death the deeds of the flesh and to press in. So here I go.. pressing in Lord –
Since I know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose, then I would like to give thanks in every thing. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning me. (Romans 8:28, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Ok, here it is, Fundamental Friday! I just realized I missed last week, oops. This is a topic that has been discussed a few times at different venues over the past couple of weeks. If the Spirit leads, jump on in and let us reason together. God bless you and have a blessed weekend.
Fundamental Friday Question
Do Christians experience suffering, prosperity, or both?
Praying to God is in the Spotlight
Lately, I have watched followers in the spotlight give praise, thanks, glory, and prayers to God. Has anyone else noticed this? Over the past week or 2, I have witnessed 3 nationally televised events (1 was global, the event of the Chilean miners) whereas speakers gave glory, praise, thanks, and they were praying to God. I think that is so awesome!
The Light of God Reveals Sin
In my experiences of life, Truth can be likened to a powerful light when it hits sin. It burns. Light will always cause a feeling of discomfort on sin, and we don’t like that burning sensation on our conscience. I should rephrase that.. the flesh doesn’t like the burning sensation. Why? Well, from the view of the flesh, we are all about appearance and setting ourselves up on pedestals. (Egoism, humanism, pride, etc). That’s why we sin. But when light burns sin, what it is really doing is revealing the darkness (sin) openly. It is no longer hidden, and we are uncovered (naked). Thus, we want to reach for some fig leaves and cover our sin. Light reveals sin in our life, and our flesh hates it. It hates it so much, that it wants to get hidden again and exit the light. Here are some typical tactics that I have learned of the flesh pertaining to hiding from the light and concealing sin –