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Forfeit the Flesh

  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26) Over the past few months, I have become more aware of the intense spiritual tug of warthat is not …

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His Weapon of Mass Instruction

    For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV) For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 ESV) Guess what? We are in a battle. We have been in one …

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Wars and Rumors of War

Matthew 24:6 “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.   None will deny we are living during difficult times, During my 102 years, I do not know of a time people wore facial masks, practiced distancing, and faced a contagious disease such as the coronavirus. It reminds me of leprosy: a lingering disease during Jesus’ life on earth. Prayer: Heavenly Father, though we are living during a difficult time, still You are reigning on Your throne, and are …

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Dressed to Kill

  This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.  (Ephesians 6:12) The apostle Paul very well knew that we would engage in spiritual warfare, therefore he affirms that our spiritual battles are constant with an enemy who is crafty and full of evil. The enemy is masterful and cunning and will go to any measure to disarm us from our faith.  He comes against us with different methods, and if he fails at one, …

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Renewing The Mind

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 Do you ever feel like you spend all of your energy fighting? Do you feel like the enemy is working overtime to make you doubt, to give up? Well, I’m sure he is, but fortunately for us, God has given us direction on how to handle this battle and WIN. Our minds can become so cluttered with negative thoughts. Worry, anxiety, …

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Preparing for Battle

  2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. As we step out our doors, we must make sure we are fully equipped with God’s Word. We must put on the whole armor of God in order to fight the evils of this world. You know, I can remember, as a child, my parents would always protect me. Not only by watching out for me and teaching me what I need to know to be safe, but also by putting a helmet on my head before going out …

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Battle Between Flesh and Spirit

Paul did not understand the war being waged in his heart after his dramatic experience on the road to Damascus. He wrote: “For we know the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want., I agree with the law it is good. So it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh. For …

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The Unexpected Warrior

What do you think of when I say “warrior”? What do you see? Do you see a roughly cut man with bulging muscles, sweaty and dirty? How is he dressed? More importantly, what does God say about being his warrior? Does God mean me? I have found myself lately in a lot of turmoil. I am in the middle of a storm, a fight no doubt about it. As I read, Jesus continues to tell me to be “strong and courageous”. If I am totally honest with all of you there are times that I am tired of being strong …

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Battle For The Mind

      Did you know that you are in a war? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior you are. When you realize you are in a battle first you need to know who you are fighting against. Our enemy is the devil who Jesus says in John 10: 10 has come to steal, kill and destroy. As a child of God we are in a daily battle for our minds. In Ephesians 6: 12 Paul tells us “we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual forces …

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Living in the Promised Land

        Shortly after seeing the mighty miracles of God the children of Israel desired to go back into captivity instead of continuing in the wilderness trusting God for the unknown. I think they get a bad rap sometimes because truly don’t you and I do the same thing? Captivity is comfortable, captivity is known, you know what to expect even when it is bad.  The enemy will use that fear and feed it to grow into unbelief and faithlessness. When we look at our circumstances only with our physical eyes we, like 8 of the 10 Israel …

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Pollen In the Air

Pollen IS IN THE AIR   Standing outside by the pond with Daddy waiting and watching for the great destroyer, known to some as the beaver, to make his return I was overtaken by a heavy fog that encompassed everything in its path. A huge swatch of yellow color came from the trees and swept over us, went across the pond and seemed to have no end in sight. It reminded me of a plague of locust swarming in the air from the movie Prince of Egypt. That image prompted my next thought… sin is like pollen. Sin comes at …

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Pesky Mosquitoes Ants and Flies

  Pesky mosquitoes, ants and flies…   Sunshine and pleasant temperatures are ever so encouraging to spend more time outside.  Add in the time change giving us that extra hour of daylight and you have yourself a deal! I spend a lot of time outside with my two Dobermans, my Man and my Daddy. We enjoy fishing and riding around in the boat. Sometimes we like to stop and eat lunch at the picnic table or even on the boat. One thing is certain, the flies will find you. Drop one minuscule crumb and you have an immediate ant population …