Mighty God

Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV) – “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.

We serve a mighty God. He is a God of love, a God of mercy, and a God of grace. Fret not thyself because of evil doers because our God is there to help us through all the ups and downs we encounter in this life.

Smokie Norful sings “Mighty God” and lets us know just how good God is. God is an awesome God.

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Fear Not

Panic and calm

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified)

What is fear? The dictionary defines fear as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. It is also the feeling or condition of being afraid. Fear brings out feelings of foreboding, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, and horror.

“Fear not” is a recurring theme/message throughout the Bible. This theme is there because God wants His children to know that they do not need to fear or be afraid because He is the all-powerful and all-knowing God that is in control of all things. He knows that we sometimes experience minor and even some major setbacks in this life. As Christians, we are called to face the setbacks of life without fear by placing our trust and faith in God, knowing that He will come through. When fear or panic strikes, always remember that God does not want us to struggle with fear. His Word is here to help us and give us peace in the midst of the struggle.

  • Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and keep you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.  Isaiah 41:10 (Amplified)
  • Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (Amplified)
  • And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28 (NKJV
  •  By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?  Psalm 56:4 (Amplified)
  • The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  Psalm 118:6 (Amplified)
  • After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great. Genesis 15:1 (Amplified)

It is easy to be afraid of many things in today’s world. We hear news reports about the economy, corruption, death and killing, car accidents, and the list goes on and on. But we must always remember that Jesus offers us a peace that is not like the world’s peace. In John 14:27 (Amplified), Jesus says,  Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”

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  • And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].  Colossians 3:15 (Amplified)
  • I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]  John 16:33 (Amplified)

Finally, if we put our minds on the things of the Lord, He will surely help us to fear not. Paul said in Philippians 4:8 (Amplified), “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”

Let us fix our mind on God so that He can give us peace like no other person can give us.

 

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Unrestrained – Unashamed

Are you sold out to Jesus? Do you worship Him with abandon, unrestrained, and unashamed. That’s what God wants from us. He wants us to give Him our all.  The following is an awesome worship song that we should all strive to reach in our worship and praise to God.

“Unrestrained” is a gospel song on Myron Butler & Levi’s 2007 album entitled “Stronger.” No copyright infringement intended.

Weapons…

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We (the believers) are in a war. The enemy attacks daily. He uses weapons of mass destruction by attacking the mind. His main goal is to deceive the believer into thinking what is wrong is right and what is right is wrong. His weapons can be subtle, yet powerful. Our battle is against rulers and authorities (the powerful forces of fallen angels led by the devil). The devil’s goal is to defeat Christ’s church and to turn us away from Christ back to sin. Some of  Satan’s attack strategies are:

Discouragement

Disillusionment

Depression

Anxiety

Doubt

Sickness

Lust and worldly desire

Despair

Emptiness

We will be in this struggle/battle until Christ returns. In order to defeat the enemy, God provided the Holy Spirit to us. He is our defense against the enemy. We must also put on the armor that God has given us. In Ephesians 6 the writer Paul, tells us what we need to fight the battle.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (Amplified)

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].  Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].    Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,  And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.   Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.  Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

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Eyes of the Heart

In this new year 2013 I want the eyes of my heart to be opened to see God and to experience Him to the fullest. In Psalm 51 verse 10 (Amplified), the writer says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.”

When our hearts are clean the Spirit of the Living God can abide within then we will be able to see with the spiritual eyes of our heart and not the fleshly eyes.

I want to inspire and encourage everyone to allow the spiritual eyes of your heart to see what God has planned for you this year. Michael W. Smith says it so beautifully in this song “Open the Eyes of My Heart”.

Weakness…Strength

Struggles, heartaches, hurdles, storms, distress, health problems and obstacles, seem to be the norm these days. But don’t despair, God has not forgotten us, He has given us these unlovely situations to help us grow and mature in Him. If we lean on Him and seek strength and power through Him, we will become better, we will grow in grace. In 2013 don’t give up and don’t give in. When you fall down, get back up again. Look to Jesus because He will never leave you alone, even when it doesn’t feel like He is theretrust-in-the-lord-2.

In 2 Corinthians 12, the writer, Paul, talks about an infirmity that he has. No one knows exactly what the infirmity was, but it caused Paul some stress to the point where sometimes he could not work. He asked the Lord to remove the infirmity three times but God did not. Paul learned that the limitations from his infirmity caused him to depend more on God for his effectiveness in his ministry. He learned that God’s grace was and is always sufficient. We too must learn to depend more and more on God and not our own strength, efforts, and talents.

2 Corinthians 12:6-10 (NIV)

“Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

Old Things Passing On…New Things Moving In

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As 2012 comes to a close, I find myself thanking God for another year He has seen me through. I thank Him for good health. I thank Him for a place of employment. I thank Him for my home. I thank Him for old friends and new friends. I thank Him for my mother and how well she is doing. I thank Him for allowing me to venture into new ideas and creative endeavors. I thank Him that although 2012 had many obstacles, struggles, and hurdles, I still found myself growing.

Because He is my Shepherd I know that I shall not want of any spiritual blessings. Because He is my Shepherd He has allowed me to see 365 sunrises and 365 sunsets. Because He is my Shepherd He has allowed me 52 weeks of going out and coming in. And because He does not slumber or sleep He has blocked every evil force the enemy has thrown in my pathway. Thank you Lord for leading me down the paths you wanted me to go down and not the paths I wanted to go down.

Thank you Lord for continuing to walk with me and talk with me along the way and thank you Lord for 2012 and all that came with it.

Thank you in advance for what you are going to do in 2013!

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