What Are You Searching For?

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We look high and low for something to numb us or someone to fulfill us.

Addictions come in many forms. Drugs, alcohol, relationships, impulse shopping, social media, etc…

Because there is that something in each of us that is reserved for Him. He planted it in us. Because He desires an intimate relationship with each of us. He loves us that much and He is a jealous God, that is why nothing or no one can fill that void we have. He said it is for Him.

The beauty of this is…. what we can not do for ourselves, He can and will do it for us.

Look as much as you want… but until you call His Name, Jesus, you will never find what you are looking for.

Come home to Him. He loves you!

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It’s Never What You Think It Is

In ancient Rome the term ‘legion’ was used to describe a group of fighting men. They were a well organized unit and trained for battle. A legion of soldiers would consist of 4,000 to 10,000 men. A full strength legion is 6,000, but they generally consisted of approximately 5,300 fighting men, including officers.

When we consider the demoniac in Mark 5, we can see just how tormented he was. The man had issues! So, many issues, that when Jesus asked the demon to name himself the demon couldn’t state one name, because he said they are many. I heard a really good teaching on this last evening and it got me thinking, even more. (Yes, my mind never stops)

The enemy is very strategic.  His attacks are with military precision.

So, one thought led to another and the word ‘flank’ came to my mind. So, of course I google ‘what does flank mean in warfare’.

Flank:

  • It’s used in all military and basically means you’re approaching the enemy around their flank (where the flank means the side). It can also just mean approaching the enemy from a route other than the most obvious one (straight on). It’s when you sneak around the side of an enemy and wipe them all out before they see it coming.
  • It means they are going around you and coming up at the side or most effectively from the back.
  • It’s when you sneak around the side of an enemy and wipe them all out before they even know your there!
  • What usually happens is some of the guys provide suppressing fire (where they just shoot to make sure the enemy doesn’t try to shoot back at the moment. They don’t really try to hit anyone (unless someone comes out of cover) they just shoot so they DON’T come up.) and while they do that, the other guys can move through the open without getting shot at, they go to the enemy’s backs, or sides (where they have no cover), and take them down.

Do you see how strategic this is? Do you understand how sly the enemy is? Do you really think you are just fighting a little nymph with horns and a pitch fork?

Ephesians 6:12 say’s, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Do you really think this all about you? Oh NO, my friend! This is not about you. The enemy doesn’t just want to kill you, he wants to destroy the seed. He wants the territory. He wants to intimidate you, strike fear in you, steal from you, and he wants to leave his calling card so anyone who witnesses what he has done to you will tremble and surrender. The attack can be very personal, but do NOT for one minute think it is just about you. He is after the seed!

Do you not know you are made in the image of God? Your mere existence is a threat to hell.

Years ago I knew a man who worked in missions in the Sudan. He shared stories about his experience there. The LRA would come into a village and burn it to the ground. They would rape and slaughter everyone there; men, women, and children. But, they would leave one barely alive as a calling card for whoever found them. It was a warning to fear them.

This is what Satan does. He will take out your village and leave you maimed, so you won’t dare come against him again and so that anyone who saw the shambles your life is in will not want to follow the God you serve.

The biggest attack he will launch is against marriage. He knows a Godly marriage is a representation of Christ’s love for the church. He will sew seeds of discords, suspicion, pride, fear, etc… to take your marriage out. You MUST keep the three chord strand intact, my friend. You must focus on Christ and trust Him.

The enemy will send a flank around you and you will not see it coming because he will have you so focused on the petty. The death blow rarely comes head on, it is from behind. It is in your blind spot, beyond the peripheral. You think you are fighting about this, or worrying about that? You get your feelings hurt and you launch an emotional attack? You think you know everything, yet you do not ask for understanding?

Too many marriages, families, ministries, have been burned at the stake because we do not recognize who the enemy really is. Your spouse is not your enemy. Your co-worker is not your enemy. Your child is not your enemy. The man down the road is not your enemy. Know who the enemy is. Do NOT get distracted with the petty.

If you fight your battles on the petty, you will never be able to stand against the death blow. You won’t even see it coming.

What you are going through is not a coincidence, nor is it unrelated. It is all very strategic.

How do you fight this attack? By putting on the full armor of God. See Ephesians 6

I want to close with this thought. Do not attempt to fight this alone. If you are isolated, a straggler, you are an easy target. Isolation is a clever ploy of the enemy. He knows if he can get you alone, then you will have no one to watch your back. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay in fellowship with other believers.  The word say’s, 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. James 5:16

Let us love one another and forgive one another, as Christ loves and forgives us.

So, think about this the next time you want to take offense, or get angry, or your “feelings” are hurt. Know where the attack comes from and know…. it is never what you think it is.

Selah

Purpose

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Everything that you have been through has been for your preparation for your destiny. Not one thing was for nothing. You hear me? Whatever you are going through now… there is a purpose.

Embrace it. Learn from it. Grow from it.

The good, the bad, and the ugly… God will use, for your benefit and to His glory.

And though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase Job 8:7

Do not look at your past and say, “But, Lord, I did this, I came from there, they said this…”

That very thing that tried to take you out, God will use to launch you into your purpose. You see, it is not all about you, God will use you to lead others out from the very thing that tried to hold you down.

Only believe, have faith, put your trust in Him and walk in His love. He has got you.

Bruised Reeds

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And when I passed by you and saw you rolling about in your blood, I said to you in your blood, Live! Yes, I said to you still in your natal blood, Live!  I caused you [Israel] to multiply as the bud which grows in the field, and you increased and became tall and you came to full maidenhood and beauty; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown, yet you were naked and bare. Now I passed by you again and looked upon you; behold, you were maturing and at the time for love, and I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I plighted My troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord, and you became Mine. Then I washed you with water; yes, I thoroughly washed away your [clinging] blood from you and I anointed you with oil. I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with [fine seal] leather; and I girded you about with fine linen and covered you with silk. Ezekial 16:6-10

I am thankful He doesn’t leave us alone. In the mire of past wounds, sins committed against us and sins we have committed, He covers us.

We roll about in our pool of self-loathing, regret, bitterness, hurt, fear, and shame.  He kneels down, picks us up, washes us clean, restores us, and says, “Live!”

His gentle hands hold us as a broken reed, His strength and healing causes us to stand upright, He covers us with His grace, and presents us as His Beloved.

There is no shame and no need to hide yourself any longer. He sees beyond it all, He sees YOU. He will restore you. You see, what you have done, what has been inflicted on you… that is not you. You were fearfully and wonderfully made with purpose.

Beneath the blanket of injury is His little girl and just like He called to Lazarus, He says to you, “Come forth!” He is here, He is waiting for you. His arms are open and He will catch you. Fall into Him and He will lift you up.

Entrust yourself to His care, He is our Salvation and Deliverer.

Be Free & Stay Free

In All Your Getting…

Wisdom

It is not a question of belief…
It is a question of what you believe.
We all believe in something, but if you really want change, then believe in truth.
If you have believed a deception for so long then you may have a hard time recognizing truth.

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets; She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:  How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge? Proverbs 1:20-22

The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation). Proverbs 4:7

The Lord does not want you to be ignorant, He wants you to be FREE.

Pay attention to your thoughts. Hold your thoughts to light of Gods truth.

… whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Philippians 4:8

Do not get caught in the enemies snare. You may not feel the noose right away, but it will grow tighter and tighter and tighter… until you can no longer breathe. Eventually you will find yourself in such a dark place and you will question everything you believed in. You will be filled with doubt, insecurity, fear, bitterness, depression…

Are you there now?

Look to Jesus, He is the light and His light will dispel all darkness. Open your eyes and see, open your ears and hear.

The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent. Psalm 34:18

You know where you are. You know if you have been believing a lie. In your belly you know the truth. Turn and be healed. No matter how pretty, handsome, comfortable, a lie is; a lie is still a lie. There is no freedom in a lie.

Be Free & Stay Free