Under lock and key….

The weapons of our warfare….

After spending some amazing time with the Lord this afternoon, I sat for a minute and all of a sudden an attack from the enemy came. This attack didn’t come from the outside it came from within. As soon as the enemy started attacking, the Lord started speaking, teaching me how subtly and swiftly the enemy can creep in. The enemy will often times creep in on the coattail of doubt and insecurities, and on the hem of fear, rejection and disappointment. He loves to hang around when we’re in the low  and vulnerable places of our lives, seeking times to prey, pilfer and pounce on our purpose. The enemy is a master of deception and manipulation even knows how to use the word of God against us…BUT GOD!

On the heels of this attack of the enemy, the Lord stepped right in and said, “A good soldier knows and learns how to use his weapons, because I teach them! Always remember what I’ve said, shown and promised you! Guard it with your shield, preserve it with your helmet, and fight with your sword. God took me back on a very quick trip reminding me of what He’s said, shown and promised. He reminded me that the primary jobs of the enemy, to frustrate, infiltrate, and annihilate the plans and purposes of God in our hearts, by accessing our minds…

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly….John 10:10

But look at God! In the midst of the cleverness and craftiness of the enemy, God works in us and on our behalf, keeping us in perfect peace, because His purpose and plan for our lives never changes.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee…Isaiah 26:3
Beloved, if we’re not spending time in the presence of God, and if we’re not studying and meditating in the word of God, we’re going to lose the battle. What we mediate on, takes root in our hearts. What’s rooted in our hearts will be protected by God and by His word. This message began this evening with God giving me a picture of a vault. He showed me this vault being sealed, so that no one can access it. The Lord then said, “When He gives us a word and a purpose and a plan for our lives, we should meditate thereupon, because when we meditate on it, it’s like sealing the vault of our heart. The enemy may attack our minds, but he won’t be able to access our heart, because it’s under lock and key…

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…1 Peter 1:13

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You…Psalm 119:11

TODAY is a great day to seal the vault of your heart…

TODAY is a great day to add prayer and mediation to your daily diet…

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints..Ephesians 6:18

The beauty of abiding….

As I walked around this morning getting dressed, just praying and meditating, the Lord dropped the first part of Psalm 84:10 in my spirit, “A day in Your courts is better than a thousand…

I’d heard this verse for years being quoted in church, but this morning God did something powerful for me, with these nine words. God used these nine words to propel me into a place of ABSOLUTE trust in Him. It’s a real place, where no matter what we face or may find ourselves facing, if He came through before He’ll come through again. It’s easy to say that we trust God, but to actually leave our life and living in His hands goes beyond words. As I read this passage, God allowed me to see what the psalmist probably saw. This entire passage was the account of someone who learned how to put their life in the hands of God, trust God, and dwell there. Let the melody of these words minister to your heart:

“How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God…Psalm 84:1-2

The psalmist knew beyond any written or preached word, the beauty of abiding in the hands of the Lord. This wasn’t his first rodeo, he’d been here before. Look at this analogy:

“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her you young…Psalm 84:3. Surely, if his eyes and hands of provision are on the sparrow, then surely they’re on us. In this entire 84th Chapter of Psalms, the psalmist encourages us to rest in the Lord. He says blessings are there.

“Blessed is the man, woman, boy or girl, whose strength is in You (the Lord) whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley….Psalm 84:5

Even though we may find ourselves in the valleys of life and living, God is there and God is with us. With every step and every test, He takes us from strength to strength as we rest in Him and abide in His tabernacle. His tabernacle isn’t any particular church building, His tabernacle is His presence, and it’s His word. When we abide in Him and in His word, He’s with us, in us, and He works on our behalf.

The psalmist understood oh so well the importance of abiding in the Lord. He knew God would hear and answer his prayers, he knew God knew exactly where He was, he knew God would deliver him, and he knew that “one day in the presence (courts) of the Lord was better than a thousand (apart from the Lord)…

Beloved, it’s much better to abide…..

When we abide, the Lord God:

  • Is sun and shield…
  • Gives grace and glory…
  • No good thing does He withhold from us…
  • Blesses us….Psalms 84:11-12

 

 

Not Steve Jobs, just Job….

Do you BELIEVE God now…..

The bible records the story of a man who had life by the tail. If Forbes existed during his day,  he would be on the cover. Before ROTH IRA’s, the Stock Exchange, Money Market Accounts and Wealth Portfolios, Job was Mr. Wealth in the KINGDOM….

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. And seven sons and three daughters were born to him. Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East…Job 1:1-3

But one day in the midst of this seemingly secure place, life happened, trouble knocked on Job’s door, and a storm ripped through his house, family and livelihood. Job went from having life by the tail, to being in one of the most petrifying and debilitating storms you could ever experience. He lost EVERYTHING!

Not only did Job lose EVERYTHING, his health failed, and he had no support. People around and in his life suggested that he must have done something wrong, and others said you may as well curse God and die…BUT GOD!!!

What I’ve come to understand and know about God is that things like this still happen today. Tragedy strikes, illness and disease comes, people die, loss happens, stock market crashes, and storms arise. BUT GOD!! But God is still God in the midst of WHATEVER comes our way. Even when there seems to be no hope, God is with us! Even when we’re holding on by a thread, God is still with us! Even when there’s no one to support, God is there! Even when you lose everything, God Who created EVERYTHING is with us…

Beloved, these are what I’ve come to understand and know as the perfecting storms of God.

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands…Psalms 138:8

The enemy wants to inhabit these times to destroy, discourage and distract us, but God uses them to perfect, prepare, purpose and prosper us. God could have kept all of this from Job, but He allowed it to happen, even to help us today. This passage is a sounding board to generations of those who love God and who desire to walk in His way. It let’s us know that even when we seek to serve, obey and follow God, that life happens, trouble knocks on our doors and storms can rip through our lives and livelihoods. But it also reminds us that GOD IS WITH US, and it reminds us of the posture that we must seek to maintain. That posture is found in the strength and wisdom of God…

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;Blessed be the name of the Lord.” 22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong…Job 1:20-22

Satan thought Job would give up on God, but God pulled Job through the storm. I can hear the snarls of Satan saying, Job do you BELIEVE God now? Job where’s your God now? I don’t think it was easy for Job to press through, but God was with Job, HELPING him press through life’s storms. That’s what Satan didn’t calculate on…

What are you dealing with? What are you going through? Hey, remember this, just as God was with Job, God is with you, He’s wit us. Go to Him, lean on Him and trust Him, REGARDLESS of what your situation looks like…

NOW GO AND READ JOB 42!!

#BEE ENCOURAGED

When you say, speak Lord, and He responds, I’ve already spoken…..

When we read the word from Genesis to Revelation, there’s not one story that reveals all the day to day happenings of anyone. Sure we get a good general idea of certain things, but all the details and the ins and outs, are sometimes a bit of a blur. This is why it’s very important for all of us to develop a relationship with God, because in this relationship, He’s very detailed and strategic in instructing and directing us along His way. No matter where we find ourselves following Him, He’s there to nudge and guide and protect and provide for us along His way.

Just a few minutes ago I was doing some reflecting and meditating and seeking clarity from God, and I simply said, speak Lord. His IMMEDIATE response was, I’ve already spoken…

Not only did He say I’ve already spoken, He said now believe what I’ve said, and believe what I’ve shown you. For transparency sakes, sometimes it’s very hard wrapping your mind around what God says, shows and promises. A large part of this problem lies in the fact that we look through the lenses of our “right now”, rather than through the lenses of faith. I simply want to encourage somebody to shift lenses, because what God says to you, and what God shows you, and what God promises, that He’s going to do….

““For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” II Corinthians‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬