Demolishing Strongholds

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Demolishing Strongholds:

Every thought we have is not healthy, truly we have a battle that rages in our minds

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1:5‭-‬8 NKJV

Doubt does not come from God because it causes us to become scatter brain. We will, if we entertain those thoughts become — unstable in ALL our ways , in our walk with God , in our hope consequently despair .

But God has not left us without hope, He has given us instruction on how to overcome.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. 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 captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4‭-‬6 NIV

As we rid ourselves of the negative destructive thoughts by demolishing them, it is necessary to fill that void. If the void isn’t filled purposely something else will enter in. We have choice victory or by happenstance.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 NKJV

Here is the reward and great benefit of doing so

You (God) will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

Yes perfect peace! Even in the storms and challenges of life. We can have perfect peace. Whatever you may be facing today know that He is trust worthy. He who has promised is faithful to complete that which He has begun. He will bring you through the storm.

Gods Word is above His Name

Ps. 138:2b “…For You have magnified Your Word above Your name.”

Selah- think about this for a moment, this is such a unfathomable statement. God would speak this about His name? The “I AM”, the creator of heavens and earth, whose name is Adonai-the Lord, my Great Lord; Elohim-the All-Powerful One-Creator; El Roi- the God who sees Me; El Shaddai- the All Sufficient One; Jehovah- I Am, the One who is the self-existent One; Jehovah-Rapha- The Lord that heals- Jehovah-Tsidkenu- the Lord our Righteousness; Jehovah Jirah, He is our Provider… How is it possible that anything other than His name be higher, magnified to this level of such high prestige? For that matter how can anything even compare?

Yet, God in His infinite wisdom acknowledges His Word, He places above His Great Name. If this is truth, and we know God does not lie. Then this should be a “wake up call” of how important it is for us, who are called by His name, to spend time daily, often in His Word.  Reading scriptures meditation on His word, not just getting into His Word, but getting His Word into us.

Prov.4:20-23 “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my saying (21) Do not let them depart from your eyes; (22) For they are life to those who find them. And health to all their flesh. (23) Keep your heart with all diligence. For out of it spring the issues of life.”   Selah

Matt. 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my Words will never pass away.”

If the God of the universe, the all knowing, all powerful, all sufficient one puts this much emphasis and value on His Words….then shouldn’t we? I don’t know about you, but for me this challenges me, have I really put 100% effort into my study and meditation of God’s Words? Is it really as important to me as I say it is? Is there action attached to my words and is that action truly effective in my life. Only God can reveal the truth to us all individually. To me, these are answers I need to know, that I will not deceive myself. I challenge you today, to go a little further, digtunnel wave deeper as there is great recompense of reward in Him, when we do.

Fear vs. Faith

Faith vs. fear are very similar in fact they are reciprocals of one another. The exact same, yet opposite.

Bible definition of faith:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

Fear:

Fear is the substance of things not hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith and fear are the substance…. Substance is something tangible like substance abuse something that has a hold of your very core.

The substance I believe we need here, that creates unwavering faith, is the Word of God, His Promises this is what we as believers put our faith in.

Now fear on the other hand is the exact same but the opposite. Fear of the unknown. Fear of death, fear of a​ doctors report, fear of loneliness maybe loss of a loved one, fear of rejection, fear of failure  …..

Don’t put your belief in the wrong substance. Know what God’s word says . His Truth, His Promises will be your tools, your weapon to war against the lies of the enemy.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen….”

II Corinthians 1:20

… For I am the LORD who heals you.””

Exodus 15:26

“… For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.””

Hebrews 13:5

“The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

Psalms 34:18

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

Romans 8:37

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

I John 4:4

Needs a conclusion and call to action. Remember your speech construction: Tell them what you’re going to tell them; Tell them: Tell them what you’ve told them.

 

Reflection of Easter

As Easter approaches, I’m reminded of Jesus…And His example to the church.

He is the author and the finisher of our faith. He alone us the reason we live, move and have our being. And His is the example we must follow.

He who was without sin was beaten; rejected by mankind, even His own. He was scourged, whipped, ridiculed, nails are driven into His hands and feet, tortured beyond imagination; for you and I. What did He do? Did He criticize, curse and point out their faults?

No! He forgave them! He, the example of perfect love forgave them! He suffered willingly, not without a great deal pain, knowing that this was the only way He would defeat death and sin.

When the suffering was complete the Spirit of the Living God raised Him from the dead, overcoming sin and death! This is warfare at its finest!

We too face suffering, rejections, ridicule and persecutions, yet we are not sinless and He calls us to follow after Him and Forgive. We must pick up our cross and follow His example. There is much much power in forgiveness dying to ourselves, turn the other cheek, forgive from our hearts

This at times is impossible in our own strength, but he who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will find shelter, peace, ability to do as such. Seek Him with all your heart today, cover yourself in His Presence and His Promises. Seek to dwell in the secret place.

Father help us to know the truth that comes from You, that sets us free from anger and hurts. And enable us to endure hardship as a good soldier, knowing when the storms around us pass we will bear the fruit of righteousness that comes from you. In Jesus name

There is Rest for the Weary Soul…

Isaiah 40:30 ” Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall. vs. 31.”But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. ”

Whether you are young or old we are all subject to get tired, to be empty, to feel overwhelmed, sorrowful. I know I’ve been there on more than one occasion. How about you? What does God promise to you and I to those who love Him. 

“For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful “soul.”Jeremiah 31:25 NKJV

Satiated: to satisfy fully, even to the excess

Weary: lack of strength, energy, or freshness because of need for rest or sleep…Exhausted in vigor

How does God do this? By “us” spending time in His Presence. Finding peace and rest in Him. 

Vs 26 says “after this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.”

One of the hardest things to do is just slow down, be quiet and rest in God. Our bodies may cave, and we drop, but our minds continue to spin. But if you can’t discipline yourself, ask God to help you to focus, casting down all the imaginations and laser focus on Him…

“…from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, ”   Psalms 61:2 ESV

There is great reward; here is your peace and your refreshing and He will satiate your weary soul.

“You (God) will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”  Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

Tip: put in a worship song and blast it louder than your weary negative thoughts saturate yourself in Him and the peace will come. 

Try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwLIGlFkr0

 

There is hope in a world without hope

If there is one thing in this day and age we need, I imagine this would be “hope”. Before I surrendered my life to Jesus I had no sense of purpose, or hope for a better future. I was wandering aimlessly through this journey called life. If I lived I lived if I died I died. Drunk or high what did it matter? Yes I was a survivor by any means but…In all reality surviving what?

Until one day Love broke thru my hardened heart. The walls melted and I was free. In that moment of time I knew that I knew that I knew I was truly loved and there was/is purpose for my life. An overwhelming peace and resolve flooded my inner being.

No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in Him.  Isaiah 64:4 GNT

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NKJV

God has given us many precious promises, for every situation in our lives. As we search the scriptures, as we seek after knowing Him, as treasure more valuable than gold, He will empower you with hope, peace and destiny.

What giants are you facing today? Are you feeling hopeless and disparity? Nothing is too small or too great for God. Talk with me, and if you will, allow me to pray for and with you today.