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Spiritual Warfare In The Mind!

Spiritual Warfare is initiated in the realm of the Spirit and only by the spirit of God can we discern before it comes to the realm of the physical. Spiritual Warfare starts from the mind before it manifests in the physical. The devil and his fallen angels as stated in the Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye today says “Satan and his fallen angels are organized into a well-coordinated army that is skillful in carrying out devastating attacks on their victims.”

 

spiritual-warfare-training-battlefield-of-the-mind-part-3-pastor-ameerah-10-638Spiritual attacks often start in a subtle way. It starts from the mind. As a beautiful young woman, you may look in the mirror one day and see a flaw, a wrinkle, pimple or something and the enemy will whisper ugly! Or be at a doctors office, making arrangement for a scheduled casual procedure and you hear a voice from within saying ” the day of your death”. Or you may look at a brother, a sister, a child, your spouse and feel disgust towards them. Mind you, they haven’t done anything, and you don’t know why, but you just feel disgusted.

The devil can blind you from seeing the beauty of God in yourself, he can bring fear into your life, and unnecessary hatred towards others. He achieves this at your mind level, and if not countered with the word of God, will degenerate into full-blown self-loathing, bondage to fear, and wickedness towards others.

This is the reason why believers should measure our thoughts by the yardstick of  Philippians 4:8 whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

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We must daily remind ourselves according to 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? 

You should not anymore. The battle being fought is against the devil, not those individuals opposing you. You should know that before people start speaking ill of you, Satan must have gone sowing seeds in the minds of those without the Holy Spirit as guards over their ears and heart. You deal with the devil by the blood of Jesus and the word of your testimony – Revelation 12:11

We need to constantly renew our minds by the word of God so we will not give room to the enemy to build a stronghold in our minds – Romans 12:2

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

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The Man/Woman Preferred Of God!

When God has chosen you, heaven and earth can do nothing except to oblige. The Lord will order your steps through the mountains and hills, the plains and the rough places for He is the I AM! He will guide you to your desired place.

The I Am will do wonders in your life that will baffle all including yourself. Note that you did nothing to attract God’s anointing, it was His prerogative to choose whom He will, and looking through the Scriptures and history, there’s none called by God without a hitch. For Saul, it was low self-esteem. He was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward – 1 Samuel 10:23, yet he was so unsure of himself even after having been anointed secretly, and prophesying publicly, he hid among the equipment!

light in the clayNothing can hide you if God has chosen you. The failed marriages of the Samaritan woman did not hide her, it led her to the well that day. I know that there were many married women in that city. Many wives of the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes, but none went down to the well to meet with Jesus. The facts of your life cannot stop you fulfilling what the Lord ordained for you either. Satan will whisper though, he will taunt you no doubt about that! Don’t allow your mind to play tricks on you, neither allow any human to limit you. Fight for your destiny. Resist till the end!

How often have you and I looked at ourselves and think, maybe God made a mistake? Every single Prophet and deliverer in the Scriptures thought so about themselves except a handful. God is not looking for perfection in human character or personality, He looks for the availability of the soul. Unfortunately human look at what can be seen with the eyes. Only the discerning can see as Samuel did and foretold accurately!

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1 Samuel 10:1- 11 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance? 2 …………….Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you. You shall go down before me to Gilgal, and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” So it was when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 When they came there to the hill, there was a group of prophets to meet him; then the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them11 And it happened when all who knew him formerly saw that he indeed prophesied among the prophets, that the people said to one another,What is this that has come upon the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 12 Then a man from there answered and said, “But who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13 And when he had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.

Be encouraged and ask God to show you a true picture of yourself. Ask God to open your eyes to the secret things that will make a difference in your life, and help you to make a difference in your community like the Samaritan woman. — Culled from Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, May 2nd, 2018.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Be Very Aware! You Are Meant To Shine!

As published a while ago, titled “Spiritual Alertness – Communion With God and Man.

The Church, you and I, the body of Christ have been living in safety, at peace and secure. We have been dull of hearing, insensitive to the times we are in like the people of Laish in Judges 18:7-10. We are not playing defense, nor attack, neither are we shining. The Church is complacent, safely playing Church, lukewarm when we should be hot and be in the attack mode, to uproot and to destroy every work of wickedness within and around us.

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The Holy Spirit is not having its expression in our midst as He should because of the state of our hearts, the temperature of our gathering. We are minimizing our shine, the power that lays within us. Compromising our faith in other to conform to the world, to be liked by those of this world, when we already know we are not of this world – John 17:14

salt of the earth1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” Says the Lord. There is a remnant though, those that have not sold their heart to the devil, not bought over by the prosperity or hyper-grace gospel. Those whose garment is without a wrinkle sold out to the Lord come what may! Those whose heart is stayed on the Lord, not polluted or distracted by the love of all that we see with physical eyes. 

There is a remnant, immersed and submerged in the water, waiting for a time appointed to arise shine for the glory of the Lord has risen. I wonder why many are not feeling the unrest, the troubling in the body even now! There is an awakening, even though sleep has fallen on many! Oh Lord, open our spiritual eyes to see!

 

Now is the time for the Church as a body and individuals to set aside every encumbrance and arise shine, to let the light of God shine through us to the dark places in the world, bringing salvation to sinners, hope to the hopeless, joy to the heartbroken, and prepare the way for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be glory, honor and adoration world without end. Amen

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Dedication And Re-dedication! Are You In?

The invitation has been sent. Have you received yours, my friends? Here it is!

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Don’t tell me you don’t have any burdens for that would be a lie! Yes, and that my friend is a burden! Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. There is need to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ this moment.

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Are you in the faith? There is a need for the rededication of our lives to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.   Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 

Matthew 28:16 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

No Longer A Slave! I Am A Child Of God!

Boldly do I declare, I am no longer slave to fear, I am a child of God. I am no longer a slave to sin, I am a child of God. 

Galatians 4:1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of allbut is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the fatherEven so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

 

Friends, be aware though that the enemy will still come to deceive you. He will come through many means to question you. He will ask you if you are sure you are an heir of God through Christ Jesus. Oh, he will surely remind you of when you were a child under guardian and slave to sin according to Galatians 4:1.  

Do not hesitate to declare your status. Don’t allow him to remind you of your past, shut him up by telling him of his future – Revelations 20:7-10

You, my dear one, are redeemed and set apart for good works for Christ’s glory, do not let the devil tell you otherwise! Hold your stand in faith, let their words not find a resting place within you. Rather, sing of your freedom in Christ Jesus always! Give glory to him who sits upon the throne, to whom be all glory, honor, and adoration!

Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so, it is now.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

Love’s Power To Heal!

Where would I be right now if my sins have not been forgiven? Where would I be without the assurance of love and eternity? No doubt that hope will be non-existent. I would be devoid of real joy, peace and happiness! But then I have those and in increments. I have been forgiven so much it is mind-boggling and I am very grateful!

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I, therefore, promise myself today, by the mercies of God, to extend that which I have received to as many as requires it as long as I live. Holy Spirit, help me here for I cannot do it by myself! Freely I have received, freely I must give. Willingly so!!!

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I am very grateful for the fresh encounter I have daily with the person of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, dear Holy Spirit, as you reveal the heart of the Father to me daily, expose and uproot every seed of bitterness that may be hiding within mine heart also. Sweet Spirit of the Most High God, take permanent residence in my heart! May I not grieve you I pray in Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen

 

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!

 

Caution Against Error!

advocate1Luke 11:33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

 

2 Peter 1: 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

2 Peter 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!