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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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Speak of My Saviour

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend: “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.” – William Carey

What will they say about me when my time on this earth is gone. This is the thought that plagues me often in my walk with Christ. Will I have lived a life representative of Christ which will leave people speaking of my great Saviour or will there be whispers of my flaws and short comings? Truth is there may be a bit of both but my hope is that I will have lived, done or said something that will ultimately leave others speaking about the Saviour that I have loved and served.

In speaking I have learned that my experiences in this life are not about me. They are about learning in order to gain wisdom, growing in faith and giving back to someone in need. I have heard many times how can you relate to someone if you haven’t gone through what they are going through. The greatest example of that is when Jesus came in the form of flesh, suffered at the hands of men, and was hung on the cross for our (yours and mine) sins, failures, flaws and shortcomings.

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Hebrews 4:15 (AMP)

I believe in order to give with the right motive, compassion plays such a huge part. When I say give I don’t mean just monetary or materialistically, I mean giving back by praying for and with someone, helping to carry the burden of our brother/sister in Christ, fighting a spiritual war on behalf of a lost soul in order to draw them to Jesus, interceding for those we don’t even know, and loving them that spitefully use us. If we can do these things just as Jesus has done them and much more for us, and all in the name and strength of our Saviour, how then will others speak about us (you and me).

I pray that when they speak about me, they will say…There is one whom she loved an served, and He caused her to love others. He in turn showed us His love through her. And others will ask who is this one that you speak of. The answer: His name is Jesus. And what he has done for her, he has done for others and will do for you.

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Where Do I Turn

Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

This Psalm was written by David after he had escaped King Achish by pretending to be insane. In it he tells how God had remained faithful to him during his time of troubles. I want to tell you about how I relate to his psalm and how God was yet faithful to me.

At one point in my life I was deep in the midst of sickness and heartache. I had no place else to turn. My friends couldn’t help me, my parents and children couldn’t help me. The doctors repeatedly told me that I would have to live with the abscesses that, had literally taken over my body, for the rest of my life. There was no cure all they could do was cut me over and over and over some more. My marriage was in shambles, I was buried in debt over my head and I had a J.U.B. (job), Just Under Broke. I saw no light at the end of the tunnel. Something had to give.

My thoughts were that I needed some type of relief. Either end this horrific pain and put me out of my misery or save me. I had grown up in church so I knew a little something about God. I wanted to commit suicide but I knew better and if nothing else in this world scared me, knowing that if I took my own life it was a one way ticket to hell, kept me from swallowing the massive amount of pain pills I had. I had no where to turn and hope was a fading memory.

I can’t remember asking God for much of anything during my time of “I’m grown and will do whatever I want” stage in life. I may have slipped in very few prayers. But I remembered my younger days and the times that I loved God enough to want to be baptized. I felt something for Him back then, could He be my last hope. So I gave it a go. I prayed and asked God to save me from the despair, the pain, the heartache and the troubles.

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I turned to him when there was nothing else I could do. I was a mess, I mean a wretch undone. Romans 7:24 (AMP) Wretched and miserable man that I am! Who will [rescue me and] set me free from this body of death [this corrupt, mortal existence]?

But Jesus heard my cry and he saved me and delivered me from the mess that I was in. The mess that I had made of and for myself. It wasn’t immediate. And it has taken years to get to where I am now. Oh but he did and he changed my life. I still am not perfect but I am not nearly what I used to be. I surely thank God for that!

When faced with circumstances beyond our control, where do we turn? If you haven’t figured it out, the best place is to turn to the Lord.