“FOLLOWING CHRIST IN THIS LIFE….”

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Requires one to have faith in He that dwells within us.

“And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23

Do we really know the ways of God? Do we really know how to keep in step with the Holy Spirit that dwells within us? The Word of God states that; There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12. The Holy Bible suppose to be our [B]asic [I]nstructions [B]efore [L]eaving [E]arth, however we tend to lean on our own understanding and begin to drift away from the truth of the Word and incorporate the things of the world; based on what we see, into our walk of faith, leaving us struggling within ourselves; flesh fighting against the Spirit and then we wonder why things aren’t working out according to the way we planned them. We receive many signals from the Spirit that tries to lead us, teach us, and guild us into all truth and the correct way to walk this walk of faith, but there always seems to be present with us this nature that keeps us from carrying out the things of God as we ought to…I’ve failed in this area many times in my life. God states that; “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9. And again the Apostle Paul states in Romans chapter 7:14-23; “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I…  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” The classic battle of the “flesh against the spirit.” As the Body of Christ…a spiritual church that is being built up in Christ, need to start realizing and claiming that identity in Christ and that authority given by Christ in this life and walk that walk of faith with such kingdom virtues that we begin to witness the power of the Holy Spirit just as if it were the yesterdays of our brothers and sisters that are now in that “Hall of Fame of Faith..” Hebrews chapter 11. Let us learn from them, for they were just as we are today, but with some exceptions…they believed; He said it…I believe it, should be our attitude when walking in faith…The Word said it, and I believe it. No room for doubt, confusion, discord, wavering or arguing amongst one another, but loving one another, praying for one another and speaking with the authority that has been given us from on high as men and women of God. Amen. Therefore, let us take on this attitude as we continue to walk in faith beholding before us the path many have already sacrificed to keep this torch, this flame of the Holy Spirit lit within us as children of the living God. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob watch over you, protect you, keep you and bless EVERYTHING you do and touch in Jesus name. Amen…God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

 

“STIR UP YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS…”

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BECAUSE THE TIMES DRAW NIGH.

“For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.…” 2Timothy 1:6

Has it really dawned on us the life and service we as children of the living God, the life we’ve been called to? The work and task that is at hand in Christ Jesus our Lord? If not, please allow me to remind you as well as myself. It is a life of servitude, sacrifice and of love. I often forget these things when I’m faced with worldly situations or just wanting to participate in certain things I see “the world” engaging in, as though I’m being left out of something very important, then in an instant I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light(for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),…”Ephesians 5:8, stings a bit, but it is the truth and I can do nothing against the truth only for the truth. Then he also goes on to state; “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.…” Romans 6:21. Family, I believe this is where suffering as we see it, denying the flesh its desires and passions according to “the world” standards comes in. Though we are in “the world”, we are not of the world, we don’t “act” as the world, speak as the world speaks or even see as the world sees…by no means at all. We were bought at a very high price…the shedding of the Blood of Christ, our Lord and Savior and we belong to Him and one another, and as it is with our immediate family members, so it is at times with our spiritual family…we don’t all at times about the same things, but God has given us as a spiritual family a way to look beyond the physical barriers that separates many worldly families and that is the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ that works in all and through all to come to an agreement in love, and in patience and with wisdom and understanding, that we may mature spiritually and press forward in that higher calling that is found ONLY in our Lord and Savior. Amen. He has also equipped us with the proper talents and gifts to lean on one another in the hour of need that NONE shall be lacking anything for spiritual growth and maturity. Therefore, let us press forward in our faith, flaming into fire the precious talents and gifts bestowed upon us by glorious Father, being about His business which He has so graciously called us for in this life that we may not be disqualified by the cares and concerns of this world and its affairs. For our Lord knows ALL that we are in need of, and hears even the slightest whisper of our concerns, fears and doubts. So having said this, let’s move forward rekindled in our faith, hope, and love for one another and a renewed spirit that’s ready to give account for the faith that we share as part of His heavenly kingdom and for His glory. Amen. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob protect you from the evil one and watch over you and your household in Jesus name. God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“TRUTH…IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE…

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…IN CONFLICT WITH THE WORLD”

What is truth? One of the most powerful questions asked in the world. Indeed everyone has their concept or version of what truth is… what religion is the correct religion to follow? Who Christ really was and is? Whose interpretation of the Word of God is most accurate? Or who’s “title” in a congregation gives more authority over one or the other? Incredible, but true, isn’t it? But these issues are very real and more than we care to admit effect body of Believers like a deadly cancer…just look around you at the condition of many “Churches” today. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:” Hosea 4:6. We as Believers, sadly to admit, walk, speak and act as “the world”, not understanding fully where the truth begins to be incorporated by the world and its actions, here and now is part of the body of Christ. We are suppose to defend this truth…this message of eternal life; For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5…this is TRUTH. This IS what separates us from the rest of the world, family. This walk of faith isn’t by all means easy, and at times appears that the whole world including personal family members are against us for what we try stand for on a regular bases…spiritual wars on the outside, struggles and tears on the inside, but we press on, leaning on such a beautiful family that God has given us with each other to lean on…depend on when all seems dark and silent…our Lord NEVER leaves us alone or without comfort…look around at the words that we post, share, rejoice in and embrace…are we alone? By no means no, nor are we forgotten, maybe by the world, but not by one another. We were already forewarned; These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.John 16:33. This is TRUTH! If we are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, it is expected that we use these well to glorify God and benefit others and NOT for the act of selfishness. We are held accountable for what we know. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48)  So let us glorify God and bless others with the gifts given us by God through our Lord Jesus Christ and continue in the faith we have held from the beginning when we first believed. Amen. Let us pull down those arguments that rises against the truth of the Word of God and begin to set those prisoners free, speak against those things that we hear that are contrary to the living Word of God and not compromise any longer with the world…that is not who we are any longer, but a new creation in Christ Jesus, set heavenward for an upward calling in our Lord. Amen. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10.  Therefore, let us move forward from faith to faith and glory to glory as we hold that truth before us in this daily walk…strengthening one another and sharpening one another by the Word with the Word of God and in love, kindness and patience, reflecting the glory of our Lord Jesus before the eyes of this world. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob keep watch over you all, protect you and your love ones and bless everything you touch and do in Jesus name. God bless. WHAT IS TRUTH?? Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our Lord that lives within us that joins us together as a family in Christ.

 

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“BROKENNESS”…IS THE BEGINNING OF PERFECTION.

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“And he said unto me..; My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Recently I’ve found myself dealing with many struggles around my life that I haven’t been able to understand. Though I’m an author that writes much about spiritual warfare and identifying things that seems to attack Believers unaware, at times we receive these attacks when we’re least expected from those we feel are most dear to us. They are unaware of course that they are merely the means of the enemy to slip in when your guards are down such as Job’s wife; “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9, and our Lord to Peter after pronouncing to build His church upon him; But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 16:23. As our Lord and Job rebuked those statements from those close to them…I later pondered on the comment spoken to me…”Why are you the “Broken One.” Amen.  At the time I laughed it off not really giving it much thought , but took it only as a joke, but in all reality my life has been one of much suffering and lost…divorce, material lost, ridicule, and much more. Blinded by the enemy at every turn in my life, yet when given the opportunity to speak in front of brothers and sisters, I was told by other Pastors that I had a strong call upon my life some would say…as a Pastor, others, a Preacher or gifts they saw as an Apostle… though I didn’t understand this fully, I suppose they saw something I couldn’t. I’m just happy to have received a call at all…a sinner saved by the amazing grace of our God through our Lord Jesus Christ. For I am not worthy of such an honor, seeing that I feel that I am now the least in my Father’s household. Many days and nights of tears and sadness, yet, my God have been gracious unto me more than I could ever ask. I reflected on much of this and as Job shouted…”Praise be to God, for the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” I came into this world with nothing and I will leave this world with nothing (materially) that is, so therefore I, too will boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. I WILL shout from the highest mountain of all the wonderful and beautiful things the Lord has done for me. Before His assembly I WILL tell of the unsearchable amount of riches I found in Christ in this life as He held my hand and completed the work He began in me as He carried me from faith to faith and glory to glory for His name sake. I only can pray that God continue to bless each and every one of you in Christ and may His power and Holy Spirit rest upon you in abundance as you are carried from faith to faith. Therefore, having said this, in all that I may encounter and go through, may God continue to be my defense in battle, my stronghold and support, my refuge and strength in my weaknesses as this world and the things thereof become more and more insignificant to me. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob continue to watch over, protect, and keep you and your love ones as you press forward in that upward calling in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen and God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD…”

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…ASSURES US VICTORY BY FAITH THROUGH CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

Why do many Believers around the globe suffer shipwreck faith? Is it that we find ourselves weaker than the enemy? Perhaps we compromise too much with sin or just flat out get tired of feeling like things remain the same and can only see very little progress in our walk of faith? Or…it’s God’s will for us to continue to go through such suffering because it helps our growth? God forbid! Yes…our faith go through trials to prove itself genuine and yes…the enemy does tempt us with and by things of the world that leads to our struggle against flesh and spirit, however, our Lord stated in John 10:10; “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I’m sure the enemy would LOVE to take credit for such a failure in our lack of faith, but the problem most recently discovered is our lack to stand on and claim the promises of God in our lives by faith that puts God into action on behalf of His children. When was the last time you reviewed the promises of God spoken for Believers? I’m guilty…its been a while and for that reason of not speaking those promises, claiming those promises, and walking in faith because of those promises have too suffered shipwreck faith. Brothers and sisters we never intend to fail in this fight and walk of faith, but at times we tend to forget this was the problem of the Exodus generation in which they failed to walk by faith in the promises of God, thus “missing the mark” and “falling short” thereof of entering into God’s rest. This is where our flesh moves over and God the Holy Spirit takes control…this is living and walking by faith…it is God’s grace. Amen. The work of our Lord is complete, and we are made complete in Him, therefore we need only move “self” the flesh out of the way and permit the work of the Holy Spirit through us. God knows EVERYTHING we fight with, EVERYTHING that we are going through, EVERY struggle, EVERY temptation, EVERY painful situation and tears…He knows it all and as long as we stand in the way, because our God is a gentleman, He will let us try to work it out for ourselves as long as we stand in His way to work until we’re tired and suffered enough to say; “Ok, Father…I surrender this to you.” And then we begin by faith to see the miracles of the hand of God in our lives and watch EVERYTHING become new and transformed by the power of our God. Amen. Then we will see our joy complete in Christ Jesus our Lord and rise above these circumstances of the world and be about our Father’s business and press forward in the faith that we had when we first believed with a renewed faith, hope and love that wages war against the enemies of the living God as David did and claim victory in Jesus name, because the battle is the Lord’s and there is NO WEAPONS formed that shall prosper against the children of the most high God, because we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus our Lord!!  Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage. Fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee: He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”  Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed: for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea. I will help thee; yea. I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteouness.” Therefore let us press forward without fear, for fear is a sin and DOES NOT claim the promises of God and may the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob watch over you and protect you and bless you in all that you do and touch from this day forward as we claim those spoken promises of God in our lives by faith through Christ Jesus our Lord. God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“REAL MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD…”

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…SEE THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

Many of us today, especially those of us that are of the household of God that claim to walk in faith and keep in step with the Spirit of God…the mature in the Word of God…Leaders, Pastors, Preachers, Teachers and those with years of service as children of God in one way or another have fallen prey to the enemy, and thus have failed the test.  Today, we have the appearance of men and women in bodily form, but the mind of a child when it comes to the things of God. Why? For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.…”  One reason…because we have compromised with the world and therefore our faith has been compromised. Fear has paralyzed our faith and un-Godly success has separated us from God.  Becoming “spiritually mature” is not an easy task and is a process, I include myself as well in this matter for I, too am part of the body of Christ and as Paul states; “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5. God cannot be tempted by evil and our Lord Jesus Christ had only one thing to say when confronted by the enemy when it came to compromising His walk of faith…”But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Matthew 16:23, he recognized the true enemy in spirit, able to see and hear clearly with the eyes of God. I share this with great love and concern for those of us who share in the same household of God, because we are believe it or not a frontline defense for a spiritually captive people in need of our Lord and at times it appears that we are in more disarray than the world around us, a laughing stock for celestial eyes to gaze upon. It is one thing to watch a suffering humanity that’s lost, but to also watch brothers and sisters of Christ fall prey and victim

At the enemy’s choosing saddens my heart, bring me prayer and more than I care for…tears. I remember once asking the Lord to show me how He sees the crowd of people that I was around at one time and a friend was standing there with, but it was just a silent prayer. In that moment as God is witness to this, the Spirit came over me and I began to cry so hard and uncontrollable that my friend stood there staring at me saying; “Daniel, what’s wrong?” I replied…”Look at all those people, Christ is knocking at their hearts and they won’t let him in.” It was by far the most painful, heartbreaking experience I have ever felt til this day…I couldn’t support the pain I felt in my heart. My friend stood there trying not to look embarrassed, but his face was red as an apple, and he said “Ok…I better leave it looks like you need a moment.” And then the Spirit lifted off me. I share this, because this warfare is very real indeed and we need to start seeing the world through the eyes of our Lord. Stop worrying about whether your ministry is going to be ok, or if the people going to show up if you speak. Stop worrying if you’re making a difference in the lives around you or if your being a good “Christian” or not, you know why? Because when we’re walking in faith as men and women of God, the enemy has no foothold for us to even begin to doubt such things, because our faith speaks for us displaying the power of God is evident in our lives. God will do the rest, because he’s faithful even when we fall. Amen. Therefore let us press ahead in faith and spiritual maturity, graving the higher gifts in Christ that we may be made complete and shake this world by our faith in an almighty God, Father and Lord. Let’s make our calling sure and may the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob keep you and protect you as you go out and come in and bless everything you do and touch in Jesus name. God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“THE CHARACTER OF A PERSON TRIED BY FIRE…

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…Determines their standing before God.”

Character summarized: distinguishes the combination of different qualities within an individual or group from another.  

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.  When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.  Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.  The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Jacob was a man determined to receive his blessing from the Lord, til the point of struggling with the Lord all night…can you imagine? What an honor and privilege to stand on such Holy ground and see the Lord face to face and yet live. To have your name changed because of the character that you possess struggling with God and man. This reminds me of the children of God today. Can we speak open and honestly among family? I believe that some of us have had the fight knocked right out of us by the enemy. This is not stating that we are defeated, by no means, however, the enemy has caused many of us to doubt, to shrink back, to walk lukewarm, and for some just rebel against God’s Word. Amen. To get drawn away by feeble tales and unscriptural doctrine…anything that is pleasing for our lifestyle and the moment of pleasure. We fight today just as Jacob did back then…God who tries and test the hearts of His people to see if we really seek after Him and love him, not for what He does for us, but just for being God, our Father, Lord and King, period. Then the temptations of the enemy [spiritual warfare] or men used by the enemy to attack, abuse, etc…, this is a form of fighting with man and the spiritual forces. Surely this is faith tried by fire, is it not?  “That the triall of your faith, being much more precious than of golde that perisheth, though it bee tryed with fire, might be found vnto praise, and honor, and glory, at the appearing of Iesus Christ:”
– King James Version (1611)  1Peter 1:7. My dear family, but when it has been proven… the shaping, the molding, the testing, the proving…results in something that sets us apart unlike anything, individual or group that we are in the company of, that the evidence of the one and only living God resides with you, with us as a body that all doubt and questions of “Is there a God?” diminishes from thought. Amen. This is when our blind eyes are truly opened, when we begin to walk in step with the Holy Spirit, hearing the Lord tell us what to say at the right time. We begin walking as a people parallel in the natural and spiritual realm that surrounds us. Witnessing the enemy for who they are, what they are. This is when…Praise God…! We begin to speak with Kingdom authority given to us, casting out what doesn’t belong and binding that which rises up against the house of God. Then we are truly co-workers alongside our Lord continuing the work HE began. Amen. That integrity, that Kingdom character isn’t driven by emotions, is not persuaded by things in the world, DOES NOT compromise with sin or the enemy, but knows that he / she has been hand selected by God to perform that which they are called for in Jesus name. “…But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Mark 6:33. How can we therefore think that we could receive without these kingdom virtues? “…And His righteousness…” Amen. I think we at times forget that part…I’m guilty. Having shared this…which there is so much more to say on this, let me say this. Let us therefore seek after God’s blessing as if our lives depended on it. Not because we seek something material in this life from God, but because we just love Him and we want our Lord and Savior to know that you died for me…now I want to live for you…bless me…change me and give me those kingdom virtues I so lack to keep in step with thy Holy Spirit that I may praise thee and the world may see that you live in me as I in you. For the Lord said; “Ask…and you shall receive, knock…and the door shall be opened, seek…and you shall find.” God is not a man that He shall lie.  “Father, I pray that each ne of my brothers and sisters that read this post and those that are scattered throughout the world and those held captive by the enemy, receive open doors to be freed, to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit and begin in this hour to realize their true identity in you my Lord. Forgive us for our sins committed against thee, for thou art merciful… oh God, and a loving Father. May each one of your children grow in spirit as we ought and in love as you have taught us and protect them as they lay to rest from all unseen, hurt, harm or danger…seen and unseen. Amen.” God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG…

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…IS A GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.”

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5

What is right or wrong? Good or Evil? Who determines this? Many of us see from our own perspective what right and wrong is based on our upbringing, lessons taught through personal experience or the experience of others shared…doesn’t mean that they are “right”, because let’s face it, they too have learned from someone and that someone received it passed on by someone else and so on. Much of which has come from “the world”, communities and other social surroundings we’ve grew up in and of course the experience of life in general. Based on many of these ideas, advice and shared experiences, with very good intentions no doubt, especially from love ones, can lead one to be led by emotions rather than what is the truth or the lie in certain situations and circumstances. If we look at King Solomon for example with the display of Godly wisdom in his judgment about the baby and the two women;   Solomon asked for a sword to cut the baby in half. To each prostitute, half of the boy would be given. The mother of the child spoke up quickly asking for the boy to be given to the other woman. From this act of compassion, Solomon determined she was the true mother of the boy. He awarded her custody of the baby boy. Solomon was praised for his wisdom.” 1 Kings 3:16-28.   He wasn’t led by emotions, or what others could have given as advice, but by the Holy Spirit’s wisdom to determine what was right or wrong or the truth or a lie in that case. Again the Word of God states; There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12. As children of God and being a part of one another, it is vital for us in the household of God to be united, likeminded in body and spirit…of one accord when it comes to knowing the difference between right and wrong, not only for ourselves, but for our beloved spiritual family members that we give sound instructions, advice and correction to from the Word of God NOT leaning on our own understanding of anything, but led by the Holy Spirit.  Because there is a VERY REAL enemy that knows this Word of God, perhaps better than we do and he knows far too well how to twist the truth of God’s Word into the most deceptive of lies right before our eyes if we are not grounded in the Word of God. Amen. This would even have most of us who are studying, preaching and teaching the Word, but living so blindly, that we couldn’t be farther from the truth…without the power of the Holy Spirit, so there’s no real threat to him [the enemy], by no means. Believe me when I say this knowing the difference is a gift from God, and only by constant practicing of the Word can we grow up in our faith being mature men and women of God knowing good from evil, not as the world sees it, with its many deceptive illusions mythologies, but as it is seen through the eyes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.  Then of course there’s that flip side of the coin where we know something to be contrary to the Word of God and condone its practice with an outright excuse of saying; “It’s not my business”…sounds familiar? But let me remind you…”And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said; I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9. Yes, I am. Because I know that we are part of one another and if my brother / sister in Christ is effected by something, then so am I as a part of this spiritual household of God’s. The difference is that I’m not to judge my family, but instruct them in love and based on the Word of God and vice versa. In my opinion we’re just big kids in God’s house learning how to keep in step with the Spirits leading that we can mature together as a household bound stronger than ever that the love and light of our Lord Jesus Christ may shine as bright as the noonday sun through us for the world to see that there is a God, and Lord and Savior that lives, that loves and cares beyond human understanding for a lost world and patiently waits for the remaining of our household to enter and share in the inheritance that awaits them as for us. Amen. Therefore, let move forward with that vision of maturity, practicing and drawing nearer to the author and finisher of our faith with the hope that we as well as others reach spiritual maturity in love and in God’s Word.  May the one and only God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob protect you and your love ones as we move from faith to faith and glory to glory in Jesus name. Amen and God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“DOES SATAN REALLY EXIST…

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OR JUST A FIGMENT OF OUR IMAGINATION?”

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came among them.  And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have you not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? Job 1:6-9

Why do so much conflict, violence and downright evil permeate our societies? Where can we find the answer? We would think that we could find some sort of bright light in the world through religion, sadly, even religion, that many look for solutions to life’s problems is in disarray. Christians warring against Christians, Muslim kill Muslim, and Jews confront other Jews. Every facet of hope appears to be confusing for so many. It is as we are a blind people searching for a spark of light in darkness. Why are we plagued with such suffering and problems? Scientist recognizes that a basic law of the universe; is that a cause exist for every effect. Things do not just happen, they occur because “something” or “someone” causes them to happen.  In fact, we can find a cause for every evil we see in the world.  Crime, war, religious confusion, famine, starvation, disease, premature death in their many tragic forms all exist for a reason. Our primary cause for such chaos lurks behind the curtains of the physical realm. Masking itself in the shadows cunningly as many go about believing that he is some mythical embodiment of evil, truth is many don’t know what to believe any more. To know the enemy of mankind, one must study about the enemy as the enemy has studied and continues to study humanity.  Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”  When we fail to study the source and origin of spiritual things, we tend to fall into the secular beliefs of others opinions and drug away by feeble tales and myths that have no scriptural truth and therefore are blinded to what happens around us spiritually. To answer the original question at hand…does Satan really exist? The answer…yes, of course he does and he is a very real threat and deceiver of humanity. Where can we find the most reliable source of information on the spiritual realm? There is only one original source that pertains to the spiritual world that surrounds us and that found in the Bible. The Bible contains unequivocal internal evidence that it truly is the Word of God and through its pages God reveals true spiritual knowledge, information unavailable from any other source.  This is not for brothers and sisters to focus continually on the evil that surrounds us as a body, because we know that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. This is for us to be aware and informed that there is a REAL enemy of the children of God and that we should pay close attention to the schemes, illusions and deceptions the enemy uses to divide and conquer, methods of conflict and illusions and lies that masks itself by the enemy to shatter, weaken and mislead those of faith. How can one obtain leverage in enemy territory if not informed of the enemy’s tactics? God is ALL powerful, however, he allows Satan to carry out his deceitful and destructive activities-within certain limits- for a purpose. We can use the story of Job as an example of that purpose. God knew Job’s heart better than Satan thought he did. Suffering sometimes proves the character of God’s children during trying moments such as that of Job. As Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:4; “We are not trying to please men, but God who tests our hearts.” This is why Paul and others could rejoice during their sufferings, they knew that during their sufferings, testing and trials the Spirit of God rested upon them. Therefore rejoice when trials come, when the enemy has selected you, because one…you are a child of the living God, and two…we know that God will not give us more than we can bear. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” May God continue to watch over you, protect you and bless you in all that you do and touch as we press forward from faith to faith and glory to glory. Amen.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels

“IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD…

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…AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD AND THE WORD WAS GOD.”

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. There has been and perhaps still may be much debate about the divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Was Christ God that came down from heaven in human form to dwell among the people? Why is God, in the person of Christ considered the Son of God? Why in the person of Christ did our Lord Jesus not consider himself equal to God being God in human form? Question that many Believers shy away from when confronted by those of “the world” that believe the Word of God is full of contradictions and based on the wisdom of this world can’t seem to make sense of. Even when looking at the Holy Trinity…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all being God, but distinct in personality, separate one from another with its own function as part of the Godhead, but one Spirit working through all. “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” John 1:18. Regardless of what debate the world may cast, or disbelief or doubt maybe displayed by those who do not believe, for I am convinced that my Lord Jesus Christ is God in human form. Therefore, what I believe I speak. It not my position to convince the masses on what they are to believe or not believe, but it is my position to present the Word of Truth as I am commissioned to do so. For this reason, as children of the living God whom God foreknew, called, and predestined, has specific task to perform while here passing through…the completion of the work started by our Lord Jesus and passed down from Believer to Believer. Sometime I wonder how could one question the manifold wisdom of such an awesome God. If things do not appear within the reasoning of our limited knowledge and intellect, especially pertaining to things of God, it must not be true, accurate or correct….faith is lost. However, I wonder has anyone, while searching for flaws in the Word of God, or what was written and by whom that contradicts, considered really who is the grand illusionist that blind the eyes of those seeking to discredit the Word of God…of course not.  Just as the Jews believed they were waiting on a king to come and sit on David’s throne in this realm at that time and destroy their enemies, there was something much greater at stake taking place in the spiritual realm. “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: (but now) is my kingdom not from hence.Christ knew who would believe…”Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;” John 17:20. Do we really know what’s taking place around us in the heavenly realms?  What we are to know, we are provided with and the rest is all about faith. Paul couldn’t have said it more plainly in 1 Corinthians 13:12;  “For now (in this world) we see through a glass, darkly; but then(when we are with Christ) face to face: now (while in this life) I know in part; but then (when I am heaven bound) shall I know even as also I am known.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so my ways are higher than your ways

and my thoughts higher than your thoughts…”

[Isaiah 55: 8-9, NLT]

 

When will we stop questioning God and take God’s Word for what it is…the truth. How long must we debate, conflict and wrestle over the Word of God and reason together as brothers and sisters prayerfully, leaning not on our own understanding, but allow the Spirit to teach and lead us into ALL truth pertaining to the things of God. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Matthew 7:7. How can we try to figure out things of such an ALL knowing, ALL powerful, creator and sustainer of ALL things when we have such difficulty living in this life alone?  But our Lord said it best in Luke 18:8; “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? I pray that those reading this may come to the true knowledge of who Jesus Christ is and your position in Him as part of the body of Christ and work to be done, I included. This is all about Faith. So guard your minds and hearts as you press forward from faith to faith and glory to glory. Let no one deceive you or misguide you from your upward calling in Christ Jesus our Lord, for the enemy is crafty, and out to destroy ALL who bare that seal that you received when you first believed. Amen. So, may the one and only true God, Lord and Savior, the Holy God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob protect you and watch over you and equip you with all you need in Jesus name. Amen and God bless.

REMEMBER!!! Go take a peek at the novel if you haven’t yet. “Battlefield of Angels” It’s a glimpse at spiritual warfare around us and rate this. Though fictional in content many of the events are realand a shadow of my life.  

http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Angels-United-States-Slavery/dp/1491815663/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380993713&sr=1-2&keywords=battlefield+of+angels