Ephesians 6:14-17 reads "Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

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“Let God Be God”

Last night as I was falling asleep. I heard God whisper to me “Let me be God.” This world would be so much different if we let God be God. Us people try to be God to much, and I can put myself in that category as well.

This morning as I was praying I sat in a posture with my hands out in front of me like a mummy. I heard God say “hand it to me.” What he meant by that was for me to hand over all the stuff I have been holding onto, so I put my hands out in front and started speaking out all the things I needed to hand over to Him. Then God spoke again, and said “Flip your hands over into a cup like figure and receive from me.”

It is hard for us to give and receive what God has to offer us because we don’t like to trust, or even open up to God. Trust is a big part of letting God be God. Stop worrying, holding on, and fearing the unknown. Let God be who he says He is. Let Him take over. I challenge you to sit in this posture at some point today, and let God be God.

Scripture:

Luke 12:22-26

 


Change

1 John 3:2-3 “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it is not yet revealed what we will be. But we know that, when he is revealed, we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is. Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

When we allow God to change who the world wants us to be into who He wants us to be. God is revealed through us. When change happens through Christ we begin to live in the light, and become who God wants us to be.

This world try’s to draw us as far as it can from God, but God sits at the door steps of your heart ready to be let in. The enemy try’s to make it look like there is no God, but when you allow God to change your heart; you will see that the enemy is wrong. When Christ truly lives in us and changes us we come to understand that His holy presents is in us all the time, and his power is greater then we will ever understand.

If you think change is going to take place with a snap of a finger you are wrong. Change takes time, but you have to want to change your ways. If your not willing to let God into help you change, then how do you expect to change. Change takes a lot of work, and God wants to help you. You are not alone on this journey of life. God has always been there and always will be standing next to you waiting to help you through your journey.

Question: Are you allowing change to take place? Are you experiencing the fullness of his mighty presences by allowing change to take place in your heart?


“Alive In Christ”

Colossians 3:1-4

“3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

For a lot of my life it took me a while to understand how I am made alive in Christ. Sitting here today I don’t know all the answers, I have made many mistakes, I am sinner, but I am alive in Christ. I understand that He died for me, He resurrected for me, and His Holy Spirit lives deep inside of me. I am his and he is mine. I have had many moments when I have felt his presence, and he has worked through me. There have also been those moments when the enemy has attacked me, and I have wanted to pull away from God. No matter how far I may pull away God always rails me back in.

Spiritual warfare is very strong, and it is very real. The enemy is constantly trying to lure you into his motives. The enemy wants divorces to happen, people to become addicted to drugs, lustful addictions, anger to take place, people to become wrapped up in the party scenes, the spirit of mammon to take over, and for us to be drawn as far away from God as we can. The enemy is a liar and a thief, and the real light is within Jesus Christ.

To be honest I have seen to much to pick the enemies side. I know that the truth is in Jesus, and He conquered sin so we can have new life. Jesus conquered sin, so we can be a light in the darkness, and we can stand up against the powers of the enemy. He took the most crucial punishment that any one could ever take. He was bruised and beaten, but in the end he came out victorious. How do I know this because I know Him.

We have the opportunity to have a relationship and be made alive with a very real God who absolutely adores us. We experience grace because grace was given to us through the cross and Gods blood. You have the option to made alive in Christ and risen with him. It just comes down to a choice that needs to be made. What is your choice? Are you ready?

Question: Are you ready to give your life completely over to the Lord understanding that you still might fail? Do you understand that His grace is enough, and He just wants intimate relationship with you? Speak to him, and tell him. He loves hearing your voice and is waiting for your response.


“Standing Strong”

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

“12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

When I was in high school I highlighted this verse inside my Bible, and it is a verse that has always stuck out to me since that day I highlighted it. I think it is a very important verse to read because a lot of the times we try to stand strong on our own, and take matters into our own hands. We try to overcome something that only God can overcome. When we try to take matters into our own hands, sin begins to repeat itself over and over again. God wants to take your temptation and turn it into victory in the heights of the heavens.

You are not the only person who is tempted in the way you are. There are many other people going through the same exact thing that you are going through at this very moment. Don’t beat yourself up because you are not a lone. This scripture says that God is faithful, and He stands strong for you when you allow him to. God is always ready to stand strong for you, even in your weakest moments.

Question: Is your freewill getting in the way of God growing in you? Do you know that God is ready to take the stand for you?


“Unending Love”

Psalm 23:6 “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

King David knew that God’s unfailing love would pursue him know matter what. His love was never going to stop, and this is why we see David proclaim this in this Psalm. He knew just like we know. God never stops pursuing us even when we are not pursuing him. We can’t get away from the fact that he loves us, but there are definitely times when we run away from the fact that he is absolutely crazy about us.

In Romans 8:35-37 it states, “35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger threatened with death? 36 (Even the scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

I think this scripture hits it right on the dot. Things of this world push us away from his love, but he never intended for these things to happen. We may get mad at God at times for things, but God does not want to hurt you. Satan is the one that wants you to feel hurt, and God is the one that wants to draw you closer to his heart. The enemy is the king of deception, and wants you to be mad at God. The enemy wants you to put the blame on God.

In this scripture above it states “despite all these things, overwhelming is ours through Christ, who loved us. “ This is why God sent his son Jesus to die for us. He knew that we would feel hurt, trouble, cold, hungry, threatened with death, and persecuted. He also knew this that he was not going to let you suffer. God wore all these burdens on the cross, and His unfailing love is why we have hope and victory is ours through Christ.

Question: Are you mad at God in any way? Do you need to lay your burdens at the cross?


Prayer For Discipline

Pray this prayer:

Father, I pray today that I don’t run around aimlessly, that I discipline my mind and body to seek you Lord God and not the world. Lord I pray as I read your word, that I meditate on it, that I let your living word live in me, that I run my race for you Lord, in whatever area you have called me to run. Let my life bring praise and glory to you Father, not myself. Let me take joy because of you Lord, as I train for this race you have set for me. Let me be full of joy and peace as I train because I am in your presence. Lord I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Question: What has God called you to do? Are you training for it, or do you feel you are running around aimlessly?”


“Disciplined: Our Mind”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

” 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

Our mind is very powerful, and we are able to store more in our brains then we will ever understand. Just thinking about the way the human brain operates always amazes me. I mean just think about it we have areas in our brain that hold emotions, there are areas that store memory, there are areas in our brain that allow us to hear, see, speak, and even think. The human brain is absolutely astonishing.

The human brain can also be one of the biggest obstacles known to man kind because of the thoughts we allow to come in and take over our lives. We constantly beat ourselves up with thoughts and even allow them to control how we feel, act, and treat one another. God wants to put nothing, but put pure thoughts in our head. On the other hand the devil wants to put thoughts that will steal, kill, and destroy us from understanding how God thinks. The enemy wants us to be conformed to this world, but God wants us to have a renewal of mind and discern His will.

When we let God transform our mind, we allow God to also transform our lives. He takes away impure thoughts, and replaces them with thoughts that are Holy and acceptable in the Kingdom of Heaven. Do not let the enemies impure thoughts control who you are. We were all created in the image of God, and that means we can think like Him too.

Question: Do your thoughts get the best of you sometimes? Do you need to allow God to control what you think and do?


“Disciplined: Prayer”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

” 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

How much time do you spend praying? How important is prayer time to you? For me prayer time is thee most important thing that I do through out my day. It is important to me because if I do not take time to get alone with God my day usually goes into complete chaos. It will go into chaos because I do not get myself spiritually ready for the battle zone that I am stepping into. Just like an athlete getting ready to go into battle, we have to get ourselves spiritually ready for the day we are going into. We have to make God the number one priority in our lives, and that means giving him the first portion of our day.

When I wake up in the morning I make it a priority to meet God first. I start my prayer off by thanking Him for another day, and then I’ll ask for His Holy Spirit to come and feel me up. I ask for Gods presence to meet me because I need to strap on every piece of armor that I am going to need for the day. After I pray for His Holy Spirit to meet me I will take time to be quiet, so I can hear God speak to me. He will speak to me everyday because I expect Him to show up and speak to me. Sometimes it takes a little time to hear from Him, but He will always speak to us because we are His children. After I hear from God I will ask Him to protect me from any arrows that the enemy will throw at me throughout the day, and to put a shield around me and my family. Then I will spend time praying for others around me and I will close my prayer up by telling God to use me how ever he wants to use my life throughout the day.

Everybody’s prayer life is going to look a little different, but God just wants us to get alone with Him. He wants to hear His child’s voice cry out to Him. If you think God doesn’t hear your prayers, you are wrong. God hears every single one of our prayers, and is ready to pore down power on each and every one of us. If you don’t no how to pray let Gods Holy Spirit teach you and lead you. In order to get to know God, we have to spend time with God and allow Him to teach us who he is.

Question: Are you giving God the first part of your day? Are you spending time getting alone with God? How does your prayer life look?


“Disciplined”

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

” 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

Have you ever been in those situations where you ask yourself why did I just do that, say that, or even feel the way I did? I know I have. I have done things in my life where I have told myself Christian you have to be smarter then that. I have had moments where I have told myself I can’t treat people like that. Have you felt this before? Of course you have your human, and that’s what humans do. We all mess up and do things, say things, and feel things that we don’t mean too.

How do we control our emotions, and actions? We have to spiritually discipline ourselves. We spiritually discipline ourselves by spending time in Gods word and prayer. This helps us connect with God, learn who he is, and teaches us how to act and respond with others. We can also worship and praise God which helps us in recognizing who He is and magnifies the glory of the King. Serving and giving is also another way to bring us closer to the Lord when we do it with the right heart and mindset. All of these acts are ways to spiritually discipline ourselves and walk in obedience. We should all make it an effort to spiritually discipline ourselves everyday.

Pray This Prayer:

Father, I pray today that I don’t run around aimlessly, that I discipline my mind and body to seek you Lord God and not the world. Lord, I pray as I read your word, that I meditate on it, that I let your living word live in me, and that I run my race for you Lord in whatever area you have called me to run. Let my life bring praise and glory to you Father, not myself. Let me take joy because of you Lord, as I train for this race you have set for me. Let me be full of joy and peace as I train because I am in your presence. Lord, I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

Question: What has God called you to do? Are you training for it, or do you feel you are running around aimlessly?”


“In The Light”

Ephesians 5:1-2

” 1 Follow God’s example in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.”

There have definitely been times in my life where I have felt that I didn’t deserve Gods love, but yet He still showed it to me. There have been those times where I have messed up, and He still allows me back into his arms. The statement that I am trying to make to you is your going to mess up, your going to feel unworthy, and your even going to struggle at following Jesus. The ultimate question is will you get back up when you fail and follow God’s example?

Living in the light requires us to run to Jesus when we are weak, and when we need help. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect when we follow Him, but He does want us to lean on Him when we fall. The fact of it all is we are going to fail and we are not perfect. By the grace of God we are able to get back up because he promise’s to fill us up with water of life. God is a loving God, and He never wants to see His children fall. He wants to see us become the individual that he created us to be.

Question: Are you leaning on God when you fail? Will you get back up when you fail and follow God?

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for making a light for me to follow. I’m sorry for the times that I do not follow it. Help me follow your ways. You are a perfect example to me, so help me follow you. I know I will mess up from time to time, but father please strengthen me every time I stumble. I need your guidance every day of my life, and I long to see you face to face. You are my grace, peace, and happiness. Lord let me live in your light and be a light that shines bright for you. In Jesus name, Amen.


PRAYER: P3

James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

God is going to do in us as much as we let Him in. We have to let God into our business. If we don’t let God into our business then how do we expect Him to change our lives. Every second is an opportunity to draw near to God. God gives unlimited resources that know one else can ever give you. His mercy and grace goes on forever.

One of the toughest things for me to do is to let others pray for me. Its not that I hate receiving prayer because I love prayer. Its just my pride gets in the way, and I try to put up a front like I am okay all the time. Sometimes God wants to show us how wide, how long, and how deep His love is through others praying for us.

When you let others pray for you it kind of works like an interception in football. What I mean by this is; Say your playing defense, and your offense isn’t doing so well. The other teams quarter back drops back to throw, and your defense goes up and intercepts the pass. They run it back to the ten yard line, and put the offense in a good position to score. Sometimes prayer works like that as well. There are times when God wants to use someone too intercept words, visions, or even pictures into your life.

There are times when power is waiting to be released, but sometimes it comes when we ask others for prayer. We have to be open to receive prayer from others. God uses others to intercept what He wants to tell us at certain moments in our lives. There is always power ready to be released into your life. You just have to ask for help sometimes.

Question: Are you letting others pray for you? Does your pride ever get in the way?


STOP PRAYING


PRAYER: P2

1 John 5:14-15

“14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

Have you ever had a friendship with someone, and you felt very comfortable having a conversation with them. You could tell that person almost anything, and you were confident that they would hear you out. I say almost anything because we all keep things locked up inside of us that we don’t want people to know. The cool thing about God is you can say anything to God, and He will hear what you have to say. God already knows what you have to say before you even say it.

When we pray we have to pray with confidence that God is listening to us, and He hears what we have to say. We have to pray with a great amount of faith and an expectation that God is going to answer. We have to pray like we are speaking to our best friend, and just saying what is on our heart. There is no right, or wrong way to pray God just wants to hear his child’s voice cry out to him.

When we cry out to God we have to know that we send power from earth up into heaven. We might not see every prayer being answered, but we have to pray with the confidence that God can answer any prayer that He wants to. We also have to know when we pray it is on Gods timing not ours. To walk the walk is to know that there is power in prayer, and God hears your voice.

There is an extreme amount of power in prayer. You just have to keep asking. There is power beyond our comprehension being released to the Heavens every time we reach out to God and ask for help. If we don’t knock on Gods door, how do we expect for God to answer. We have to be willing to knock. When you pray you need to pray like the whole world depends on it. Pray boldly and shamelessly.

Question: Are you allowing yourself time and space to speak to God? Do you know that there is power in prayer? Are you praying with confidence?


PRAYER

Ephesians 3:16-18

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”

What is prayer? Prayer is an act of humbling ourselves before God, connecting with Him, and sending out power to the Heavens. Prayer is a time where we demonstrate our selflessness and exercise our dependence on God. Prayer is a time to waste time with God, and to connect with Him in a Spirit filled manner. Prayer is a time to be filled with the Holy Spirit, worship God, build relationship, receive healing, ask for guidance, and the list goes on.

Some would say you have to pray a certain way, but I think as long as your humbling yourself before The Lord. It doesn’t matter how it comes out. God just wants to hear your heart, and you profess your dependence upon Him. Scripture clearly states that God already knows what you are going to ask before you even ask. Then, why should we pray?

We should pray because it brings us in relationship with a living God, and the creator of the universe. God gives us the ability to exercise free will. Meaning we can depend on God, or we can’t. Throughout the gospel we see many people depend on God, and you see this dependence because they built relationship with Him.

When we pray, God doesn’t want our religious baggage. He wants our hearts, and us to build relationship with Him. Relationship with God is us being in constant communication with Him. Through our communication with Him we our able to thank Him, ask for forgiveness, receive His Holy Spirit, ask for His protection, and invite Him into our business. Prayer is a gateway to God, and God loves to hear His children’s voice’s.


Truth Is – P2

1 John 3:19-20

“19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.”

The truth is a lot of us are not real with God. Since, we are not real with God it is hard for God to fix our hearts. For some of us the truth is very hard because we have lived in lies our whole life. It is really easy to put up a front, and honestly that is what Satan wants us to do. The enemy wants us to act  like nothing is wrong, and we don’t need help. The enemy wants us to lie to God, or flat out ignore God because He is scared of the power that can be revealed through you from God.

God wants to reveal so much through you, but you need to be real with others. Not only does God want us to be truthful with Him, but He wants us to be truthful and transparent with others as well. A lot of us develop this mental process of saying it is okay to lie to our parents, family, friends, and outsiders. We have developed this way of thinking because we don’t want people to know the truth about our lives, who we really are, and what we go through. We don’t want our peers to know specific details about us, so we create lies to feel our emptiness. I believe one of the major aspects of growing as an individual is being transparent and opening up to others. It doesn’t mean you have to share you life with everyone, but don’t be afraid to open up with someone that wants to walk along side of you.

Telling the truth to others is a huge must in every individuals life. If we continue to lie to ourselves and others the hurt will only continue to deepen. When we allow ourselves to open up with God and others healing takes place that we never could have imagined. God wants to do so much healing in our lives, but we have to be real with Him and others. If your heart feels like it needs to open up and be truthful, don’t be scared to do it because it could be the most affective healing that God wants to do in you.

Question: Are you creating the space for God to heal you from not telling the truth? Do you have someone that you can talk to about anything pertaining to your life? Do you need to be real with God?