I have been sharing these, w/ friends. I was asked to post them here also. They are slightly edited, since those parts are not for here. I trust you find them encouraging as I and others have. The point of these note and the others are to remind us, first God Loves us, second God is in control. The Battle belong to the Lord. I pray that knowledge builds confidence and shed light on what you face this day
I love storms, always have I image always will. Yet, since all that has happened to me and my body, the weather can effect me in very painful ways. When I woke up this morning, I was in such pain I said, “no I will stay here in bed!!” And then in me my spirit said, “No, I want to get up and Praise God!!” Now if I were to say the pain left me, and I jumped up and danced before the Lord, I would be a liar. What I did was, I arose and said, “Yes, I will get up and Worship my Jesus!” Not in spite of my pain, not even to lessen my pain. My Lord deserves my Praise. Did my pain go away because I Praised? Well, I took my meds, does that show lack of faith? You see the point is, it has nothing to do w/ pain. As my focus was no longer on pain, but on Praise. No matter the condition we find ourselves in, Jesus deserves our Praise. It is not a this for that. If I Praise You then, You take away my pain. Our Praise is not a transaction. Do I believe in Prayer for healing? Yes, of course I do. I stand on many scriptures for many parts of my body. But, remember” the Battle belongs to the Lord!!” If my faith needs to be built up and, the testing of of that faith is through what I face then, cool. I am standing and believing He knows what is best for me. I exercise my faith by, asking the Father for what I need and want. Jesus Himself gives us the confidence by His Words in Matt 6:8 ..Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Then John reminds us in 1John 5:14 We are confident that God listens to us if we ask for anything that has his approval. So we stand. Oh, by the way, my pain did and has continued to lessen. It is now afternoon, that I get back to this and finish.
The LORD answered, "My presence will go [with you,] and I will give you peace." Ex 33:14
"I have commanded you, 'Be strong and courageous! Don't tremble or be terrified, because the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.'" Josh 1:9
In truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 2Cor 6:7
You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy. Ps 61:3
These people didn't become God's children in a physical way-from a human impulse or from a husband's desire [to have a child]. They were born from God. John 1:13
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There won't be any more death. There won't be any grief, crying, or pain, because the first things have disappeared." Rev 21:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2Cor 10:4 NIV
The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people's defenses, that is, their arguments.2Cor 10:4 GWT
The Word is a Powerful Weapon. After Jesus had fasted. The enemy came to tempt Him. Jesus used the Word, as He Stood against the enemy. Our Lord shows us, how we are to wield the Word of God. When Jesus told Peter, "Put your sword away! All who use a sword will be killed by a sword. Matt 26:52 Again it is clear, our weapons are not carnal. Carnal: pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; Anger is of no value, fear works against us, self-confidence will quickly be dismissed. Any and all human emotions or strength will fail, and to what degree one is putting trust in them, will define just how hard or long they will fall. So we go to Ephesians 6:10-18 We all know the Word about our Armor. Truth that is girded around our core. By every breathe we take, we are aware of the Truth that we live w/ and under. Next, the Breastplate which covers both front and back. Because we are in right standing, we have His approval. The breastplate protect all of our vital parts. Let me one step further. Maybe closer to how it really is. His Righteousness is the reason we are able to have confidence to live. So it not only covers our vital parts, it is vital for life. His Righteousness is our Life Blood. Then the shoes (or in my case sandals) not only for our feet but ankles also. We must be able to stand, run and walk to where we are sent. Our feet and ankles are important (not just because I see my self as part of the little toe on the left side) but the enemy knows if it can create doubt in how and where we stand, we will be easily tripped up. Our footing is most important. And as we spread the Gospel to all parts of the world. That Gospel is the road map into Heaven. Glory and Praise the Lord. Now we have our shield of Faith. Be it flaming darts, arrows, and even ballistic missiles,when they come at us our Faith will shield us from there effects. Remember the Battle belongs to the Lord. Nothing is allowed to even be pointed, none the less shot at us, w/o God permitting it. 1Cor 10:13 There isn't any temptation that you have experienced which is unusual for humans. God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape. As I ponder this image, we are on one side the enemy on the other. As the flaming arrows come at us, we are standing w/ our shield of faith. Instead of, bouncing off they begin to be absorbed into our shields. Making our faith stronger and we gain understanding into just how the enemy works against us. Now to our helmet of salvation. We need to always have a clear working knowledge, where our salvation is concerned. That way we do not fall into the enemies traps. Those were our defensive tools. Now to our sword which is the Word of God. In the hands of one who knows the Word, it is able to cut lies and deceit apart. The Sword can slice through ropes that are binding some, and rip apart curtains bringing Light into where darkness has been.
More to come on this..
Don't be afraid, because I am with you. Don't be intimidated; I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will support you with my victorious right hand. Isa 41:10
But you must remain strong and not become discouraged. Your actions will be rewarded."
What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:31
It will be said of Me, "Certainly, Righteousness and Strength are found in the LORD alone." All who are angry with Him will come to Him and be ashamed. Isa 45:24