Warfare

1Peter 5:8-9~a  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith,

As Christians, whether we know it or not, we are always at war…  with our arch enemy, satan.  And he is vigilantly seeking an opportunity to devour us.  But God has given us the weapons of and for our warfare… if we will just use them. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds).  Our warfare is accomplished through God and the utilization of His weapons…..and they are mighty!  God’s Word tells us that they are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds!  We must remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood!  Our battle begins in our mind.  Satan knows how to feed our mind, our thoughts with his lies and deceit.  If we listen to his lies for very long, we can begin to believe them. We may give place to them, thus, building on the initial lie planted.  Before long, satan has built himself a little kingdom, in which if allowed to continue, can turn into a stronghold.

God intends for us to be diligent, be vigilant, catching satan in his lies early on, and quickly dealing with him and his lies.  As we read in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, God tells us how to get this done.  The idea is to stop him dead in his tracks with the first planted lie.  If we let it stay, we will begin to mull it over and meditate on it until we begin to let it (lies) set in and take root.  The longer you allow his lies, his voice, to toy with you, the more you can buy into it.

2Corinthians 10:3-5 (amp)   For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

2Corinthians 10:3-5 (kjv) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

With the first suggestion (LIE) he speaks to us…. God tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to cast down imaginations, strongs concordance says to take down, demolish and destroy it.  Imaginations can work overtime in our head, in reasonings, computations, thought and our conscience.  Sometimes I have just shouted out, shut up satan, in Jesus Name, be quiet and go.  Stop and listen to the voice… is it exalting itself against the knowledge of God.  Gods Word says, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.  Learn what God says you are, by reading and studying His Word.  That is how we can quickly recognize the lies…. when we have Gods Word(Bible) to compare it to.  The more of Gods Word you know, the more you will recognize satans lies. His lies cover a lot of territory.  He brings accusations against us and those we love and know.  He brings thoughts to cause us to fear, even though Gods Word says to Fear Not!

Isaiah 41:10 (kjv) Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

BTW: Do you know my Savior? Jesus is His Name.  The only Name given whereby men can be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Sharon Middleton

 

Anointed With Fresh Oil

Lord, I fail you in so many ways.  It’s my heart’s cry, Lord, to grow more like you every day and in every way. I long  to be this kind of Christian!  I want to be uncompromisible, enduring, upright and useful, Lord…. and especially fruitful and flourishing in all that you have for me to do.  I desire to be durable, stable, and incorruptible in you and in my daily walk…. and above all…. I want to be anointed with fresh oil, bringing forth fruit even in my old age!

If God called you… that calling is still there.  If you seems to have lost your fire or grown cold…  pray in agreement with the scripture I have posted here. Psalms 9:5-15.  It’s definitely talking to me, maybe it’s talking to you.

Psalms 92:5-15  (amp) How great are Your doings, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep. A man in his rude and uncultivated state knows not, neither does a [self-confident] fool understand this: That though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to be destroyed forever. But You, Lord, are on high forever. For behold, Your adversaries, O Lord, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all the evildoers shall be scattered. But my horn (emblem of excessive strength and stately grace) You have exalted like that of a wild ox; I am anointed with fresh oil. My eye looks upon those who lie in wait for me; my ears hear the evildoers that rise up against me.
The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

BTW: Do you know my Savior? Jesus is His Name.  The only Name given whereby men can be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Act 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Sharon Middleton

Sacrifices

I’ve been reminded this week of some sacrifices I made in life.  Funny, but I never considered them sacrifices…  To me they were choices I made to live our life in a way that made sense.  When My husband and I first married, we were both very young…. very young!!! We started our family right away.  We planned it that way.  We wanted to have our children young, enjoy them, raise them, and we would still be young enough to enjoy our life once they were grown and out of the nest!  Most people get married, wait 4 or 5 years to start their family, to travel, have some fun, etc.   Like I said, choices!  In this life, you have to figure out what works for you, what’s most important to you… and your mate.

My husband and I made the choice for me to be a stay at home mom.  That took sacrificing…  one pay check, my husband working harder to make an income that we could live with, learning to live with less money, learning to tell ourselves no to things we wanted, not needed….me having more responsibility for the kids, each of us doing without things that we would like to have, but could live without….  we bought a small home, nothing fancy about it. We used coupons, shopped from a list, passed up T-Bone steaks, but still ate well.  I could go on and on. We shared one car for many years.   When I needed to use the car, I loaded up my two kids and took him to work, and picked him up after work.  We made it all work.  Sure it was tough at times, but you do what you need to do to live the kind of life you have chosen.  We were the last to get color television, the last to get cable TV, etc.  We planned and saved to take some fun family vacations.  We loved to go camping and fishing, which made great family time.

My point in all of this…. we must make a choice early on in what we want in life, what’s most important to us, as a couple and as a family.  With that comes compromise and sacrifice, whether you choose to both work at  jobs, to have all the toys in life, or not.  It’s all a matter of life choices.  When you are making these choices, make sure that your choices only affect you.  When your choices affect other people’s lives, extended families lives, your kids lives….  you need to regroup, rethink and ask yourself, who should be making sacrifices here, for “MY” life choices?  Your kids did not get a vote in this life choice, but most definitely are affected.  Your parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. did not get a say in your life choice, so are they being affected? When you and your mate make a choice on how you will live your life….  “You” alone are responsible for it.  The sacrifices made should be made by both of you, and only you.  If your life plan involves the sacrificing of others outside your home, you are affecting their life plans, goals, and dreams.  Even if they are sacrificing their life dreams out of love for you…  it is still depriving them of living out their choices and dreams they have worked for and sacrificed for.

For most people, it takes years to accumulate the toys in life.  Today it seems that people want all of it, without waiting and without sacrifice…..  this can lead to financial situations that you will have to painfully deal with….  and you alone are responsible for!  You made the life choice to rush into wanting it all before you were financially stable.

Choices! Sacrifice!  It’s in your ballpark, it’s in your hands, and you alone will have to pay the consequences later if you get it wrong!!!

I usually write on spiritual matters.  But guess what?  This is a major spiritual matter!  In your life choices, it would be a good idea to get God involved in the decisions. Pray and ask Him for wisdom and understanding in all matters in you and your families life….  and then… listen and follow His lead!

Sharon D. Middleton

BTW:  Do you know my Savior? His Name is Jesus!!  The only Name given whereby men can be saved.

My Vital Necessity

Heavenly Father, You are my vital necessity….my vital need! Daily will I seek you, Lord, as my VITAL necessity. Lord, help me to not neglect this great Salvation that you prepared for and offered to us. I give you Praise Lord, for your Word sustains me and educates me on how to stand day by day and especially in the evil day. How do people go through their daily lives and not see Who You are and what you want for your people… those who choose to seek you, live for you and serve you with their whole heart….. then shall they find you.

I am not a person who loves half heartedly. I love from the depths of my heart. Family is my lifes breath! I want to know that when my Savior returns for His people…. we all go!!! smile emoticon But in the meantime… back on earth~ I want them to “KNOW” God on a daily, personal level…. for that is where we find heart peace, life abundantly and JOY unspeakable and full of glory!!!!!

BTW: Do you know my Savior? Jesus is His Name. The only Name given, whereby men can be saved. It’s a simple thing to do… realize that you’re a sinner, in need of a Savior… ask for His forgiveness and accept Him as your “personal” Savior. Then seek Him daily and study His “WORDS” in the Bible…. He has a plan for your life… how will you know what that is unless you seek God about it… and then listen.

Hebrew 2:3 How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]?

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (amp) For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [AS A VITAL NECESSITY] and find Me WHEN YOU SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART. I will be found by you, says the Lord…..