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Believing, RESISTING and living VICTORIOUSLY :))))

As Christians, do you know that we are told to RESIST the devil? Scripture tells us to resist the devil, and he will flee from us

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I cherish the Word of God, and believe every WORD is TRUE AND GOD BREATHED!! Now…let’s apply it!

I don’t know about you, BUT I for one am TOTALLY resisting him.
I have had it with him sneaking around, as well as slipping right on up and using people. We must be aware of what God’s Word tells us to do and live as He has called us to live.

JAMES 4:7-10
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Although God and satan are at war, we don’t need to wait until the end to see who will win. God has already defeated satan (Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 12:10-12), and when Christ returns, satan and all he stands for will be eliminated forever (Revelation 20:10-15). satan is here now, however, and he is trying to win us over to his evil cause. With the Holy Spirit’s power, we can resist satan, and he will flee from us.

How can you draw close (“nigh“) to God? James gives five suggestions? (1) “Submit to God“(4:7), Realize that you need his forgiveness, and be willing to follow Him. (2) “Resist the devil” (4:7). Don’t allow him to entice and tempt you. (3) “Cleanse your hands… and purify your hearts”(that is lead a pure life) (4:8). Be cleansed from sin, replacing it with God’s purity. (4) Let there be fears, sorrow, and sincere grief for your sins, (4:9). Don’t be afraid to express deep heartfelt sorrow for them. (5) Humble yourself before God, and He will lift you up (4:10; 1 Peter 5:6).

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: God has given us what we need to live a powerful and victorious life in Christ. The same power that raised our LORD and SAVIOUR from the grave is alive and available to us as Christians today. We must make ourselves disciplined to reading and applying His Word in our lives DAILY!

LET US DO OUR PART AND RESIST THE devil AND he WILL FLEE…he HAS NO CHOICE BECAUSE OUR SCRIPTURES TELL US THAT he WILL FLEE!!
(I always put my Armour on (EPHESIANS 6:11-17) first thing in the morning and rebuke the devil in JESUS NAME!!)IMG_7903

My First online video lesson 🤔Abraham’s testing 

LOOK CLOSER AND YOU WILL SEE THE LIGHT:)

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DON’T GIVE UP ! GOD KNOWS WHEN TO SHINE:)

 

Oh my goodness!! Have you ever felt like quitting? Come on at least once or twice right? 🙂
I find it amazing how God knows the situation, and if we will seek Him, He is faithful in showing up to help us through it.
A cry of distress in a sea of trouble. We may have to suffer severely for our devotion to God, but that should cause us to look forward with joy to the day when evil and injustice will be gone forever.  🙂

PSALMS 69:1-4
1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
3 I am weary of my crying; my throat is dried; mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head; they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

This is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament, and it is often applied to the ministry and suffering of Jesus. Verse 4, like John 15:25, speaks of Jesus’ many enemies. The experience of being mocked by His brothers (69:8) is expressed in John 7:5.
David wept until he was physically exhausted, with a dry throat and blurred vision. He wept until he could weep no more, yet he still trusted God to save him. When devastated by death or tragedy, we need not collapse or despair because we can turn to God and ask Him to save us and help us. The tears will still come, but we will not be crying in vain.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: So many times in this life we will face difficulties. We must realize that the devil is not happy about our serving the Lord, and he will not stop quickly at trying to distract us from serving the ALL KNOWING AND ALL MIGHTY GOD. Remember if the devil can’t distract us, he will move on to someone close by who doesn’t have their Armour on for God, and without their realizing it, he gets inside of them and uses them against us in many ways.

Let’s remember that God is with us today and every day! All we have to do is seek Him AND SOMETIMES IT MAY TAKE MANY EARNEST PRAYERS !  🙂

SOMETHING MORE HARMFUL THAN A PINECONE!

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Our WORDS, like  a pine cone can do GREAT HARM to OTHERS... LET’S LEARN HOW TO DROP THEM QUICKLY before they can do damage!

Hello Readers and HAPPY Monday! 🙂
I have been successful for seven days on Weight Watchers. It can be difficult keeping track of everything that goes into our mouths. Better yet, the REAL challenge for us as Christians, may be what escapes out of our mouth due to what we are holding in our heart.
JAMES 3:2-6
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses ‘mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. (wherever the pilot desires)
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
What you say and what you don’t say are both important. Proper speech is not only saying the right words at the right time but controlling your desire to say what you shouldn’t.
James compares the damage the tongue can do to a raging fire-the tongue’s wickedness has its source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible harm. satan uses the tongue to divide people and pit them against one another. Idle words are damaging because they spread destruction quickly, and no one can stop the results once they are spoken.
A few words spoken in anger can destroy a relationship that took years to build. Before we speak, remember that words are like fire-you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.
We can still learn enough control to reduce the damage “it” (gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering, and lying) can do. It is better to fight a fire than to go around setting new ones!

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Before we speak, ask, “Is what I want to say true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Keeping track of everything that comes out of mouth is far more challenging to me than my Weight Watchers after all, and MORE important to the Father.

Let’s remember to ask ourselves the three questions listed above- today and every day! 🙂

Don’t let your GOAL become “almost used up”…

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“ALMOST” USED UP GOALS STILL HAVE POTENTIAL!

Good Wednesday Morning 🙂

Some days are harder than others when it comes to keeping our focus on the “GOALS” that we have set for ourselves toward Christ.
I believe that we can all agree that the stresses of life can cause distractions. We must remember that God is always with us and that He has the best plan for our lives. We must trust that whatever the day brings, He knows about it and is guiding it.
Our responsibility is to acknowledge Him in all that we do, and ask for the strength that is needed to conduct ourselves in a manner that is pleasing to Him.

Hebrew 12:1,2
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

A FRUITFUL NOTE:
We are aware that Scripture is referring to a runner or athlete, but when I saw this “almost” used up goal, it reminded me that our Spiritual goals for Christ can sometimes become “almost” used up if we take our eyes off of Him.

When we face hardship and discouragement, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture, But we’re not alone, there is help.
Many have already made it through life enduring far more difficult circumstances than we have experienced. Suffering is the training ground for Christian maturity. It develops our patience and makes our final victory sweet.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION:
The “great cloud of witnesses” is composed of the people described in Hebrews chapter 11. Their faithfulness is a constant encouragement to us, just as we are to be to others.
Let us keep our eyes focused on the GOAL today and every day!

OK, this is really starting to be fun:)

So wow! Who would’ve thought that blogging would be so much fun:)) I’ve not put anything together as yet because I’ve been playing and learning, but i will get my hat buckled on her in just a bit:)) So many categories,so many thoughts…Ahhh where to begin:))) Prayer…We should always begin and ask where would He have us go…In the meantime, has life ever left you feeling unprepared for the day like my puppy Jack?
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Do you ever feel un-prepared for what life brings?

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