Verses on Strength

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“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Nehemiah 8:10

 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

 

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Psalm 31:24

 

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always.”

Psalm 105:4

 

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:28-31

 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

 

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Isaiah 46:4

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 

“I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,”

Ephesians 3:16 

 

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

Ephesians 6:10

 

“I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

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10 Inspirational Quotes of the Day

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1) The joy of the Lord is my strength. -Nehemiah 8:10

2) Singleness isn’t a season to “endure” until marriage, but a season to serve God to the best of our ability. -Unknown

3) A warrior is that women who gets up despite the enemy trying to destroy her. A women who declares victory before seeing it. A women who believe she receives her miracles, because she knows the Lord she serves is alive and powerful -Unknown

4) Being a Christian isn’t for sissies. It takes a real man to live for God- a lot more man than to live for the devil. -Johnny Cash

5) Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content…” -Philippians 4:11

6) “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” -C.S. Lewis

7) “Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim you King of Kings and Lord of Lords!” -Miss Clara; War Room

8) She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love. -JmStorm

9) “I believe in Christ, like I believe in the sun- not because I can see it, but because I can see everything else.” -C.S. Lewis

10) May we be a canvas for displaying God’s powerful works of Grace- Unknown

Communion with God

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What is the definition of communion? It is the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level. There are many ways we experience communion and closeness to God. I want to share with you the best way I know how to meet with God and join in communion with Him.

Give God your first and find a meeting place.

What do i mean by that?

In the old testament their was a tent of meeting that was always set up in the center of camp. The rest of the camp was built around this main tent. What does that revel? You need to build a tent of meeting to be with God. Every child of God must dwell with God in worship, prayer, and communion. In order to dwell with God you need to build or create a tent of meeting.

How can you do this?

It’s more then just finding a quiet place. You need to build and set up your meeting place with God in the center of you life. It must be the center of your day, the center of your schedule, the center of everything you do, the center of your life. That’s the key. If it’s not the center, then every other thing will crowd it out of existence. You don’t fit your time with God around your day or around your activities. Your relationship with God and the sacred meetings of that relationship can only occupy one place in your life. The center.

Center your life and everything of your life around God and your time with God. When you continue to meet with God in this one sacred place it becomes essentially a hot spot. A place of meeting that God arrives at with you to join in intimate communion. When you do that, everything else will fall into place.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Matthew 6:6

“But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

Of course God is with you always but wouldn’t it be better if you start your day in your tent of meeting and let God’s presence leave with you and go wherever you go throughout your day?

Every life is to be made temple filled with God’s presence. But without God’s presence we become a temple desecrated, defiled, darkened, filled with idols. Don’t let material things or even other people in your life become more important. We are created to live holy lives and treat our temples preciously. A temple created to be holy but fallen from its purpose is what God wants to prevent.

What do you do if that’s you?

You open the doors of your life and you let God come in. Let the Holy Spirit cleanse you and restore you.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

You let Him take away your sins, cleanse your impurities, restore your purpose, light up your heart, and fill your life with His presence. It’s never too late to rededicate your temple back to God. When you honor God with your body and ask Him to take away the fleshly desires He will fill it with His glory. In other words, let God dwell within you, walk beside you, restore your heart and soul.

Give God your first.

Let the Holy Spirit dwell within you.

Walk in the way Jesus walked.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”

2 Corinthians 13:14

Be the Change: MLK Day

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Love this the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend. -Martin Luther King Jr

This day is about a man who stood up for what was right and did so with the strength God enabled him to have. It’s hard to look back and see what times were like in his day. We’ve come so far, and also much work still needs to be done. We need to pray for our fellow man and ask for healing in our nation. We need to pray against the spirit of hatred and racism. We need to love each other, not because our enemies deserve it, but because Jesus did so for us ALL.

L O V E   O N E   A N O T H E R

“I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples—if you have love for one another.” -John 13:34-35

Only Jesus alone can transform a heart of hatred. The change of a heart can change a person’s entire life and everyone around them. Your prayers can be the change someone makes to let God transform them.

Be a prayer warrior.

Be the change.

Pray and love!

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King Jr.

A Mind Set Free

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“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

God sees and hears everything. Including the embarrassing, lustful, and twisted thoughts that sometimes wander in our minds. Everything is laid bare for Him to see yet we rarely attempt to take our thoughts captive and deny the wrong things we think. The most private thoughts we are most ashamed of are in His full view. We need to take this part of our lives more seriously. Ask for forgiveness and His help in training your mind to focus on things above. Evil thoughts will always come but it’s our decision to cast it down and replace it. What that means is taking scripture and mediating on it to the point where no evil thought can penetrate. Let His Word, lead your thoughts and emotions. If your mind is continually dwelling and mediating on the Word, then your thoughts will eventually become one with God’s. That’s what He wants for you; to have a mind of Christ. Your mind is what rules your life and out of the heart comes your true intentions. Our minds are continually being bombarded by television channels, images on the internet, and other media outlets that compete for our attention. At times we let them win our attention and our thoughts become captive and consumed. When we eat junk food we are affecting our physical health and it’s the same with our mental health. When we consume mental junk food it is devastating the imagination. It pleases God when we take care of our bodies but it also pleases Him when we take care of what we allow in our minds. The mind must be retrained because our thought life shapes who we become and how we receive what God has to say to us. Cleanse your mind and don’t allow the entertainment of this world to bombard and drown you with its deceptive philosophies. Let God’s Word and voice nourish your mind. If you let God change your thoughts, He can change your life!

 

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Verses on Trust

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“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”

Psalm 13:5

 

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”

Psalm 37:5

 

“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?”

Psalm 56:11

 

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”

Psalm 62:8

 

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”

Psalm 125:1

 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

Isaiah 12:2

 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

War Room Verses

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As long as you are living and breathing on this earth you are a threat to the enemy. You bear God’s image on you and have been put on this earth for such a time as this. Jesus defeated death and has won the victory, but the fight is not over for us on earth. The devil wants to steal what God has provided for you and me. A battle for souls and a battle for nations is at stake.

Though we go through the battle God has not left us alone to fight. He provides us with His word and the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15-17) We were never meant to fight the battles of this world alone. If we do we will bear the heavy weight of the infinite and exhaust ourselves.

We all seek God in our own way while meeting with him in our prayer or war room. Let me show you a way of approaching your war room before you actually give God your requests in prayer that maybe most don’t think to normally do first.

Worship.

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life.”

Psalm 42:7-8

Worship is the key that opens the flood gates to God’s presence. In prayer we speak with our Father and lay out our wants and requests. In worship we place our worries aside for a moment and give God the glory and praise. Worship is intimate. You lift your hands in surrender, close your eyes, and profess with your lips your love for Him.

When you go into your quiet place or war room you can invite God’s presence by the very act of worship. In the New Covenant scriptures, in Greek only, the word for worship is proskuneo. It means to kiss. A kiss is one of the most intimate forms of expression and when we worship our God we are spiritually kissing him. When you kiss you don’t do it cause you have to, but because you want to freely express the love the overflows from your heart to Him. If a kiss is an ultimate expression of love, then worship is the ultimate and most intimate expression to God.

“Yet a time is coming and has now one when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind if worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

John 4:23-24

In scripture the King Jehoshaphat was told by God to not be afraid of the war that was before them for the battle was God’s alone. In the battle the worshippers were told to go to the front of the battle and sing his praises while the Lord God fought their battle for them. Their enemies ended up destroying one another. And God gave them the victory God fought the battle while they gave him the praise in song and worship! (2 Chronicle 20)

Do your fighting on your knees, with your hands raised. God will fight on your behalf. While you do the praising, He will do the fighting.

Ephesians tells us how to prepare ourselves to go to war. The spiritual forces of evil are ready to attack which is why Paul tells us we need to arm ourselves with God’s armor so that we might be able to take our stand against the enemy and his schemes. I have taken pieces of scripture to form into a prayer that you can say aloud in the morning before starting your day or in your war room.

I put on the full armor of God today. I put on the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness, and with my feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace; and the belt of truth buckled around my waist. In addition to this I take up the shield of faith which can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. No weapon formed against me will prosper because I am covered by the blood of Jesus and child of the most high! Holy Spirit keep me in Your will today. Keep my path’s straight and my eyes focused on the prize which is You. Lord dispatch your warrior angels to surround me and protect me throughout my day. Keep my feet from stumbling and give me wisdom from above to discern my decision making today. Give me a willing heart and a steadfast spirit. Though my heart and flesh may fail, You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever! With You at my right hand I shall not be shaken! I give you the honor, glory, and praise! I pray for all of this in the name of Jesus! Amen!

Though the days are dark and worse off then any time in history God saw each of us individually and handpicked us to live in this generation. We were selectively picked to be God’s warriors in this time of battle. He picked the strong and the mighty to live in these days. God could have let you be born in any generation in history yet he picked you for such a time as this. What an honor that our God would believe in us and use us for His glory in His last days! The days may be dark, but God’s light is stronger! Be the light and fight in your War Room for your family, your nation, yourself, and even your enemies.

Here is a list of verses to arm you with strength and courage in your War Room. Read these verses out loud into existence and let the enemy know his place!

Exodus 14:14

Deuteronomy 20:1

Deuteronomy 28

Deuteronomy 31:8

Deuteronomy 33:27-29

2 Samuel 22:40

Joshua 1:9

Jeremiah 33:3

Isaiah 40:29-31

Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 43:2

Job 8:5-6

Psalm 7:10

Psalm 16:7-11

Psalm 18:1-2

Psalm 18:30-32

Psalm 18:39

Psalm 27

Psalm 30

Psalm 35

Psalm 37:23

Psalm 37:39-40

Psalm 55:22

Psalm 62: 1-2

Psalm 101:1-4

Psalm 112:4-8

Proverbs 19:23

1 Peter 3:13-17

Romans 5:3-5

James 1:12

2 Timothy 1:7

Galatians 6:9

Ephesians 6:10-11

Voting Under God

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I pray those who are reading this will have an open mind before continuing. Use heavenly discernment when seeking the truth. This election is not a popular topic, but it is an important one. We have all seen the arguments that erupt when one sides with a candidate. You’re a terrible person if you vote for one and your just as terrible if you vote for the other. I want to have an open honest discussion. You can disagree, that’s fine, but please be open. We are living in dangerous times and things are only getting worse, but I firmly believe God is not done with America.

America is to be a blessing to nations and we have an unfinished assignment on our hands. Each of us have a pivotal role in God’s agenda being accomplished in America and around the world. Your prayers have strategic intercessory impact that can change the course of our nation.

Make no mistake there is a unprecedented warfare going on over this election and I’ll tell you why the enemy has such an interest in this particular area. The enemy wants control of any place or system that has influence. In our culture those places of influence are in church, school, government, media, and business. These places have the power to shape the American narrative and we’ve already seen it’s corruption take place. We lost prayer in our schools, the government has redefined marriage, media is now used as a political machine with one agenda and money makes it all run. The enemy uses people to control these sectors. Where influence is present the enemy will fight to occupy.

Christians have the power to turn the vote in this election if they don’t let deceptive media and popular opinion make the choice for them. I believe the enemy is dispatching spiritually blindness on Christians. America could be on the break of engaging in a prophetic journey and it starts with shaping our nation. What happens if America doesn’t protect it’s own blessing? What happens if we don’t guard it’s own privileges?  What happens if we elect a leader who does not stand with Israel, God’s holy nation? America is here to be a blessing to the world and a blessing to Israel.

There has been an incredible parallel in the scriptures to a certain candidate.

Cyrus.

In the book of Isaiah in chapter 55 you can find the story of Cyrus who was God’s anointed one. God lifts up a man by the name Cyrus who was not a jew but in fact a secular leader. “I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.” (Isaiah 55:4) It goes on to say that the Lord will strengthen him though he has not yet acknowledged him.

Could Trump have the Isaiah 45 Cyrus anointing? It just so happens that the next president will be the 45th president. (Isaiah 45) Just an interesting note.

God can use anyone and especially one he anoints for such a time as this. One candidate is open to the shaping of God. One candidate has said he will stand up for Christian rights and has surrounded himself with evangelical pastors on his advisory board. He has placed more on Christians for shaping America’s changes then any other group.

America was built on biblical principles by our founding fathers. We are the force for freedom and have brought the gospel to the masses. Satan wants to take down what America has stood for and he has been successful in the past. Christians have become so disengaged from culture and elections that we have surrendered territory to the enemy. We are not enough involved. We want to separate ourselves from secular things and think if we pray from a distance it will make a difference. We need to engage our culture and not sit on the sidelines. God has called us to go out into the world, not to stay at home. Just existing in the world doesn’t change the system that has grown, but we have to engage the culture that has turned from God. Uproot what the enemy has planted into America’s soil and dedicate our nation back to God.

Trump spoke in New York to thousands of evangelicals and said a surprising thing. He told them he had been meeting with Christians the past year and said one thing surprised him. There was one thing he noticed consistently when meeting with Christian leaders and that word was fear. He said that Christian leaders were so afraid they would become an adversary to the government and fearful they would come after them. He made a point in saying that any nut in the streets of New York can spout whatever they want except for one category of profession and that’s preachers. He said people who have the Word of God are not allowed to say anything, how did that happen? He proposed that we repeal the Johnson Amendment that puts a gag order on the church and let the church have a voice.

Instead of an eruption of applause there was silence. No shouts of “Amen!” just silence. Not all Christian leaders do this, but there are those out there who do not want controversy or to speak their truth because it would be at the cost of possibly losing members.

Where we are right now is far beyond a battle of politics. It’s not a battle of Republican versus Democrat. We are battling a force much bigger that is aimed to destroy what America stands for and God’s greater purpose. I believe revival is coming and we need our nation back. If we fail to take this seriously as Christians we are arming the enemy with a demonic agenda to destroy our rights and freedoms.

Statistics show there are about 60,000,000 Christians in America and only 30,000,000 vote. Imagine the outcome the church could make on this election. Bush won his presidency by the Florida vote of 500. Think about what would’ve happened if those people stayed home. Every vote counts, especially yours. If you haven’t already participated in early voting I strongly encourage you to vote November 8th! If you are still conflicted in your choice please seek the answer in prayer and ask for God’s guidance and discernment.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, than I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

VOTER GUIDE:

Supreme Court Nominations: Appoint conservative justices who interpret the Constitution but adhering to the framers’ original intent and text.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

Religious Liberty: Federal law protecting supporters of Biblical marriage from punishment by the government.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

Obamacare: Mandated government health care plan and penalties for non-compliance.

Clinton: SUPPORTS Trump: OPPOSES

Pro-life: Protect the life of unborn children excerpt for life of the mother, rape, or incest.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

Taxpayer funded abortion: Mandated federal taxpayer funding of abortion.

Clinton: SUPPORTS Trump: OPPOSES

School Choice: Restrict the federal government from mandating standards and limiting curriculum options for state and local education boards.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

Second Amendment: Require all gun sales to be recorded and run through a national, government controlled database even for law-abiding gun owners.

Clinton: SUPPORTS Trump: OPPOSES

Marijuana: Decriminalize both the sale and use of marijuana products for recreational purposes, including “edible” food and candy products.

Clinton: SUPPORTS Trump: OPPOSES

Special Rights: Elevate “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to constitutionally protected class like race, religion, age or gender.

Clinton: SUPPORTS Trump: OPPOSES

Free Speech: Reverse restrictions on pastors, churches and other 501(c)3 organizations for political speech and activities. Remove Johnson Amendment.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

Iran Nuclear Deal: Gave Iran the right to nuclear facilities and lifted economic sanctions.

Clinton: SUPPORTS Trump: OPPOSES

Cut Taxes: Lower business, personal, and estate taxes.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

Jobs/Trade Reform: Renegotiate NAFTA and stop the TPP in order to create American jobs.

Clinton: OPPOSES Trump: SUPPORTS

(This election guide has been approved for use in churches by a Liberty Counsel constitutional attorney specialist licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court.)

The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

1 Timothy 2:1-3

Halloween: A Day to Celebrate?

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Fall is in the air, leaves are turning shades of gold and red. The smell of pumpkin spice fills the chilly air that makes you want to put on a comfy flannel. If you get in your car and drive down the neighborhood as leaves fall to the ground, you can see houses decorated with spider webs, skeletons, and tomb stones. October is coming to an end and the 31st is coming upon us within hours.

As this day approaches I’m conflicted with mixed emotions. I know how I feel about this day of the year and also realize I’m in the minority on how I feel. I thought to myself let the day pass and allow what it is to quickly go by. Just silently ignore it. Today I can no longer do that.

I feel God has put it on my heart to share my thoughts on what this day, Halloween, represents.

Darkness.

Evil.

Spirits.

Witches.

Skulls.

Take no part in unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)

Isn’t it just a day of fun? A time to dress up, eat candy, watch scary movies? For some it may be. I know in the past I’ve celebrated Halloween, gone to haunted houses, went to dress up parties, and watched scary movies.

A few years back as I was developing my relationship with Jesus day by day I came to a better understanding about this day in October. It is not just any ordinary day. It’s what’s represented on this day that no longer sat right with me. The closer I got to God the more it made sense.

God tells us to not conform to the patterns of this world. (Rom. 12:2) Halloween is a day the world created and a day evil and darkness is celebrated. We are told in scripture to set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

Why do we seek fear? The thrill of haunted houses and scary movies that makes you jump in fright but the high it also gives?

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Fear should not be sought after or played with. We are at war with the enemy. We make it so easy for him by allowing the door to be opened. A demon can go anywhere sin can go. The enemy first enters through the mind gate. Movies, tv shows, books, and music. Entertainment and imagination is the back door of the mind that they enemy so cleverly enters. Make no mistake the battle is in the mind and in your thought life. As man thinks he is, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7) If you can capture a person’s mind, you can then capture their heart. God tells us in His word to guard our hearts for everything we do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

The enemy is working overtime. He plans, waits, and entraps us. There are things happening in the spirit realm that we have no knowledge of. It’s why it is so important to go into your day with God’s presence so you don’t fall into the traps laid out for you in the day.

Let me show you an example in the Bible where the enemy was working in the spirit realm to take down the King of Israel and was ultimately given permission by God to do this because the king ignored the prophet God had sent to warn him. In 1 King chapter 22 the king of Israel wants to go to war and asks king Jehoshaphat to fight alongside him. Jehoshaphat wants to first seek the counsel of the Lord before going to war. The king of Israel brings his 400 prophets that only prophecy good for him instead of truth. Jehoshaphat asks for a prophet of the Lord. The king of Israel says there is one but he never prophecies good things of him. He is brought forth anyway and the name of the prophet of the Lord was Micaiah. Micaiah tells them that he saw the Lord sitting on His throne. A spirit came before the Lord and said he would be a lying spirit in the mouths of his prophets. The Lord said to the spirit that he would succeed in enticing him and sent him out. The Lord had decreed disaster upon him and even spoke of the king’s death if he went to war. The king puts Micaiah in prison and goes to war anyway. The king of Israel disguises himself in battle instead of wearing the king’s garments. A soldier draws an arrow at random and it hits the king of Israel killing him. This story shows us what the enemy set out to do. God warns the king through a prophet and the king of Israel still ignores him which leads to his death and destruction.

How many of us ignore what God tells us to do in our hearts? How many times do we think we know best, and if only we had listened to God and obeyed His words we would not be in the terrible situation we placed ourselves in.

Another example is from when I was in my second year of college at a Christian university. I went out with a friend on a Saturday night to a house party. When we arrived at the house all our friends were there as we walked in. The second we stepped in the threshold of the house we both felt that something was off. There were people from school drinking, but that wasn’t what gave us an uneasy feeling. We had been in these kind of environments before and never felt this way. We didn’t drink, but we still wanted to stay and visit. We ended up giving rides to people who had been drinking back to campus. Both of us couldn’t shake the feeling even when we left. The next morning my friend came to my room early to tell me a crazy dream she had that night. She said that she was back in the house and saw floating spirits hovering over people’s drinking. She said when they took a sip the spirits went inside them. She was so troubled by her dream and thought it was weird as did I. A few days pass and I’m talking to someone who knew about that party I went to. They told me the person who owned the house was a Satanist. I was in shock. Suddenly it all made sense. That was why we felt so weird when we entered the house. I’m now in a place in my relationship with God that I know now it had been spiritual discernment. We could feel a different presence but couldn’t point it out. I thank God till this day I didn’t drink anything from that party. The point of this story is we don’t know everything that goes on in the spirit realm. The attacks the enemy has waiting for us. He is so crafty and skilled in this area. We must put on the full armor of God to withstand the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)

My concern for others is that the day comes where we are so desensitized to our surroundings. By the books we read, movies we watch, and the music we listen to numbs us so much that we can no longer recognize the evil staring us in the face. When the evil that is so cleverly hidden comes out in plain sight and we can no longer recognize him for what he is because we have allowed the door to be opened. Don’t let this day sneak upon you. Instead use discernment which the Holy Spirit will give to you when you ask.

What does Gods character represent? Love, just, mercy, goodness, purity, righteousness, and on and on.

What does Halloween represent? Fear, evil, ghosts, spirits, darkness, and on and on.

Does this day of the year align with Christ and his plan for us? Or is it another day of the world that the devil himself uses to entice us and provide a thrill that ultimately kills.

I ask and pray that you seek the answer from God of choosing to celebrate this day or not. I leave it between you and Him.

Pray for the wisdom:

“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare to her.” (Proverbs 3:13-15) Did you read that? Nothing we desire can compare to the wisdom God provides.

The decision is not always easy, especially when all your friends celebrate it and make fun of you for your choice to not participate. For it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3:13-17)

Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you. (2 Cor. 6:17)

On October 31st I will be celebrating an early Christmas decorating party with my family as has been our tradition for the past three years. While I know some can’t stand when people celebrate the next holiday so early that’s fine too. You can instead put on worship music and praise God! Go about your day as if it’s any other day.

I pray peace in your lives and that every day you grow more in knowledge and wisdom of things above. That your minds will be filled with pure thoughts and scripture. Cast out evil thoughts and imaginations in the name of Jesus. I pray that no weapon formed against you will prosper because you are covered by the powerful blood of Jesus. Walk in victory that Christ Jesus gave to you by His grace and love. Go in peace. Amen!

Subtle Temptations

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Satan tempts us at the point of our physical needs, not that we might gratify them to excess, but that we might think of nothing else, and satisfy them at the expense of our usefulness in this world.

Satan tempts us at the point of our ambitions, not that we might engage in positive evil, but that we might simply accept the fact of evil, learn to live with it, come to terms with it, and maintain a quiet reverence in the presence of it.

Satan tempts us at the point of our religion, not that we might disbelieve in God, but that we might demand certainty, that type of certainty of God that leaves nothing to faith, nothing to God himself.

These are the moral struggles that have reality for people such as we are. The subtle temptation to renounce our duty in favor of what is attractive, that insidious allurement to a kind of half-goodness which is the essence of everything bad and which is more productive of suffering and hatred, war and misery in this world than all the designs of wicked and greedy people combined.

– Arthur Leonard Griffith