The Helper…

As much as I love God for giving us His word, I also love Him for giving us the Holy Spirit. I’m thankful to God today for the gift of His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, because He doesn’t leave us to have to try to figure out what His word says or means, He teaches us..

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I have said to you…John 14:26

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It’s no secret…

While driving this morning the Lord led me to Matthew chapter 4, where His public ministry was getting ready to take off. However, before He got started, He came up against opposition….

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread….Matthew 4:1-3

As I read this passage the Lord spoke to me saying, It’s NO SECRET:

  • The devil knows who we are….
  • The devil knows our purpose…
  • The devil knows our assignment…
  • The devil tries distract us and to get us to step outside of what God’s purpose and will is for our lives is.

This is a very powerful passage which lets us know that if the devil comes in opposition to Jesus, while walking in God’s will, surely he’ll come against us. This passage also teaches us how to face and fight opposition when it comes..

“But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God…Matthew 4:4

Jesus could have said and done a lot of different things, but here He reached back into Old Testament Scripture, and echoed the words found in Deuteronomy 8:3 to repel this New Testament opposition of the devil. Beloved, no matter how contemporary or advanced the opposition or attacks of the devil may seem or appear to be, the Old Word (sword) NEVER loses its power. (We need the Old Testament as well as the New) For three straight times the devil hurled his cynical satire at Jesus, but His full armor proved to be an impenetrable defensive and offensive weapon…

“Then the devil left Him, and behold the angels came and ministered unto Him…Matthew 4:11

It’s No Secret, the devil will not only personally attack and oppose us, but he’ll sometimes use people to do his dirty work...

When they had brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha to be crucified, here Jesus, being at the pinnacle of walking in His God ordained purpose, experienced opposition and ridicule yet again. Luke chapter 23 records His opposition thusly…

  • The people were dividing His garments and casting lots…
  • The people and the rulers were sneering saying, He saved others; let Him save Himself IF He is the Christ, the chosen of God..
  • The soldiers also mocked Him, offering Him sour wine to drink, and saying, IF You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself…
  • Even one of the criminals, who was hanged beside Him said, IF You are the Christ, save Yourself and us…

Look at the devil. In Matthew 4 he was saying IF You are the Son of God, but here he’s using his authorized agents to carry a similar message, IF You are the Christ…

Look at the contrast…The Son suggests walking in His calling. The Christ suggests fulfilling His purpose! 

Beloved, likewise, the devil wants to prevent us from walking in our God ordained calling, and keep us from fulfilling His purpose!

Beloved, It’s No Secret, we will face trials and persecution. It’s No Secret, the devil know who we are, where God’s leading us, and what our purpose is. It’s No Secret, the devil will attack and oppose us personally and he’ll also employ people. No matter the source or nature of the opposition, Jesus teaches us how to face and fight… 

  • When Jesus experienced personal attacks from the devil, He used the Word as His weapon…It is written
  • When Jesus experienced personal attacks from people, He prayed for them..Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing…

Walk Victoriously in Christ Jesus…



The litmus test for disciples….

It’s SHOWTIME…

  • We all know a police officer when we see one by the badge they display..
  • We all know what branch of military a person is in by the uniform that they wear…

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another…John 13:35

WE ALL KNOW “IF” A PERSON IS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS, NOT BECAUSE THEY SAY IT, BUT BECAUSE THEIR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER SHOWS!!

Just another steeple….

What are we building?

“Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands…Acts 17:22-24

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? …1 Corinthians 3:16

 

When Jesus is in your heart….

“The color or ethnicity of Jesus on a picture, on a wall, doesn’t matter at all, when the Spirit of Jesus is truly in the depths of your heart….

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord…Colossians 3:16

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Ephesians 6:10-11

Lord, guard our minds with Your word of truth against the poison of Satan, the wicked one..

 

 

Humility is a necessity…

“Keeping your face at the feet of Jesus will help keep your nose out of the air”

..Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her…Luke 10:38-42

..For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith..Romans 12:3

..Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall…Proverbs 16:18

 

This time will be different….

While having a personal moment with the Lord this morning, I found myself facing a difficulty. My immediate thought was, “Not again Lord!” and soon afterwards, thoughts began flooding my mind about how things went the last time. It was a long, painful, and difficult process the last time, but in the end, things worked out. I still wasn’t in the place where God had promised, but I’d made it through that particular test or ordeal….

So here I was again this morning, facing yet another obstacle, that looked like, felt like, reminded me of, and sounded the same as the previous one, but all of a sudden I felt a shift, and God began moving and working things out. Then the Lord led me to Joshua battle at Jericho…

“Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel, none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Joshua was first mentioned in Exodus 17, but here Joshua is, four books, and oodles of chapters and verses later, and he’s facing one of his biggest challenges or obstacles yet. Here Joshua is yet again, having faced and passed many tests and trials in the wilderness past, having faced and crossed the Jordan on dry shod, but now he’s facing a wall. But something was different this time, and it wasn’t the absence of an obstacle, because he was facing a wall. This time was different because God had given him a specific word and He made him a promise..

  • This time was different because the Lord told Him in Joshua 1:3, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you…
  • This time was different because the Lord told him in Joshua 1:5, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will not leave you nor forsake you..
  • This time was different because the Lord told him in Joshua 1:6-7 to, “Be strong and of good courage…Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left that you may prosper wherever you go..
  • This time was different because the Lord told him in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you’ll have good success…

Now Jericho was securely shut up, but God had already prepared and equipped Joshua to overcome the obstacle. The only thing Joshua had to do was obey God’s instructions. Joshua could have very easily allowed the memory of tests and trials past to rob him of the promise. Joshua could have easily been overcome by thoughts of being defeated, but God! I don’t know if Joshua had that “not again Lord” thought or not, but I do know that if he did, God didn’t allow that thought to hinder him from obeying the instructions of God…

As I faced my time of difficulty this morning, God didn’t allow that “Not again Lord” thought to hinder me from trusting, following and obeying His instructions. And guess what, “This time was different……

I don’t know where you are or what you’re facing, but I do know that as long you look to the Lord for His strength and guidance, you’ll receive it, and in Christ you’ll overcome any obstacle…

  • God still makes a way across any Red Sea..
  • God still makes a way for us to cross our Jordan’s on dry shod…
  • God still makes our walls of opposition fall down flat….

Seek God, Follow God, and Obey God’s commands…