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Chose Your Position for the Battle

When the enemy comes in like a flood, God will raise up a standard against him.

Have you ever been in a position that everything you have the enemy begins to attack? Things come out of the woodworks against you. He attacks your health with something you’ve never seen or experienced and the doctor shrugs it off as not important enough for testing. Prescribes a few non-effective medications and sends you on your way. Debts you’ve never seen appear and takes your money before you even know they exists and before you know it you can’t make ends meet. You pray and trust the Lord even more but He hasn’t changed your situation and you find yourself asking, What’s up Lord?”

I’m in a place where I can feel the attacks of the enemy and I can hold my grip on faith. With every blow I hold on. Even when I feel like God is not rescuing me, I believe he will, just in his timing. The fire is hot, the darts are being thrown and I’m holding up my shield of faith. For in every battle, a warrior must know when to use each piece of the armor God has equipped him with. There is a time to strike with the sword and there is a time to hold your ground and defend yourself with the shield.

This lesson is new territory for me. And in this current battle I have learned to hold my ground and protect myself with the shield of faith. Yes I continue to pray and pray the word of God. This battle is not one for me to charge the enemy with the sword because as I recognize and feel in my spirit, that this is a battle God has already planned and won. In Exodus 14 Pharaoh was in hot pursuit of the children of Israel after Go hardened his heart that he would go after them. He did this so that he would be glorified and honored (Exodus 14:4) and that the Egyptians would know without doubt that he was Lord.

See there are battles God sends us out to fight and there are battles God fights for us. The battles I fight shows others who he is IN me. This battle he is fighting for me because He wants to show me more of just who he is TO me. Yes I cried and yes I asked god what is this that is happening in my life right now and more so why is it happening. Is it something I did is always my first question. That’s the flesh part of me asking just as the Israelites were asking Moses.

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Exodus 14:10-12
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

But Moses answers the people with faith in the Lord. And here is where I find my answer to what to do in this battle.

Exodus 14:13-14 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

In faith Moses speaks to the children of Israel and follows the instruction of the Lord God. He tells them to go forward. Today God is telling me to go forward. Keep pressing towards the mark and He will have victory over my enemy. He will cause waters to draw back and part for my safe passage to the other side of the sea. He will drown my enemy in the traps, snares, troubles and tribulations that he has caused me. For the Lord fights for me against the enemy til there remains not so much as one of the troubles from him.

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It Was Necessary

Over the last few days I happened to have had conversations about things from my past and in each conversation I found myself expressing that I am in a much different and much better place today. And that I am a much better person because of what I went through back then. The only reason I look back at my past is to remind myself of how God changed my life and how far I have come. I realize that life without Christ right now could be very different for me.

When satan KNOWS who you are in Christ it is in his very existence to destroy you because the power that God has placed in us will defeat the adversary every time. The key to defeating him though is to know who’s we are and WHO we are in Christ. I will admit that I needed help in finding out both of those things and at times I take my eyes off of God and look straight at my issues and forget who I belong to and Who I am But John 14:16 says to ask the Father and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.

God will never leave you or forsake you. He is always there and his Holy Spirit, the LIFE that sits on the right hand of the throne forever making intercession on your behalf, walks with you even when you don’t feel him there. He carries you when you are to weak to carry on. He strengthen you in your wounded and weakened state. He equips you when you think that you are unprepared to face the trials and tribulations of the day.

Now look back and see that everything you have gone through has made you who you are today. And you are still here today because you are reading this message. All that you go through God already knew you would face and it was necessary to mold you into who he created you to be. I never would have believed that a day would come that I would say I would go through every trial, every storm, every hurt, heartbreak and every pain all over again to get to where I am today. But yes….I would. My end which has yet to come will be greater than my former. Why because the word says so in Haggai 2:9.

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In the words of Dennis Reed & Gap, “I am who I am today because God used my mistakes. He worked them for my good like no one else ever could. Why? It was necessary.”

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Commandment To Love

John 15:9-12

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.

11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Lesson:

Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.

We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.

Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.

My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”

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Being A Mother

On my walk over to work this morning I was just reflecting on being a mother. My girls are away on summer vacation for two weeks visiting with their dad. Yes I’m in a blended family, my husband and I both have three children so we have six altogether and this is the first time that my girls have gone and are gonna be away for this amount of time. I was just thinking about how much I miss them. At the same time I was thinking about breakfast. I try to keep things in my office for a quick bite. Then I thought about how I didn’t have anything left in my cabinet because my youngest daughter would come over after school and she’s eaten up all of the snacks in my office. And I was just thinking about how much I missed them.
It caused me to reflect back and think that if I had known that I would have three kids and could love them so much I never would have believed it. I know when I was a young girl I played pretend and I dreamed of a husband and children but it was just my imagination. I don’t think I ever had the actual reality that those things would one day be real and here I am today. I have three kids!
I may not be the best mother in the world but I love my children. I spoil them, I chastised them. I get angry with them and I love them. I come running when they call. My son is a young adult know and so he calls more than the girls. And no matter how old he gets I come running when he calls. But I love them more through ever instance. I do each of these things because of my love for them.
This made me reflect and think about God’s love towards us. Because of his love for us, we have on the inside of us his love and the things we do for our children God does that and so much more for us. He loves us, he chastises us, he gets angry with us. He hurts when he has to chastise us at times, but he loves us with an unconditional love. And when we are away, we’ve gone outside of his will he yet still loves us. When we’re off doing other things he’s still right where he’s always been loving us. Kind of like I’m doing right now with my children. They are away, they’re doing what they want to do right now with their dad.
But I still love them. I’m still making plans for them. I’m still preparing them for their future. I’m still raising them up in holiness. I’m still being their mother. And I thank God that he loves us with an unconditional love. With that love, he nurtures us, he protects us, he cares for us, he provides for us, he keeps us safer then we can keep our own children. How because he is greater than anything we could ever be and he is omnipresent. His hand is mighty and strong. The song says He’s got the whole world in his hands. And what we as mothers cannot do for our children, our prayer request sent up to God can. Today I just want to take the time to say I cherish the relationship, intimacy, and the unconditional love that God has for us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given me the gift of being a mother and three gifts that call me mom. I do not take it for granted that you have entrusted me as the caretaker of these three little souls. Help me to know them in the spirit. To nurture them and train them up in holiness and righteousness and in the way that they should go. So that when they are older, what has been planted n the inside of them will be watered by you and in you they will never depart.