Repent, And Overcome The Devil

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Trending News:

  • Satanists are set to give the opening prayer at an upcoming Phoenix City Council meeting.
  • Two Florida, Christian football teams, playing each other, were threatened with penalty for praying before the game.
  • New TV series “Lucifer” is receiving good reviews by media outlets.

Persecution of the Church and the great “falling away” are clearly evident in the United States of America. This has been allowed to happen because the Church has fallen asleep and lost its first love. What will happen if the Church does not repent?

Here is what Jesus told the seven churches in the Book of Revelation:

Ephesus: thou hast left thy first love . . . Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy
candlestick out of his place, except thou repent . . . To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:4, 5, 7

Smyrna: . . . behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life . . . He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 2:10-11

Pergamos: . . . Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth . . . To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:16, 17

Thyatira: . . . repent . . . And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations . . .

Revelation 2:22, 26

Sardis: . . . repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee . . . He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life . . .

Revelation 2:3, 5

Philadelphia: . . . hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that
overcometh
will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Revelation 3:11, 12

Laodicea: . . . because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked . . . repent . . . To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne . . .

Revelation 3:16, 17, 21

Notice the common key words – “repent” and “overcome.” These letters are written to Christians, but notice that the Lord is very explicit – we must repent and overcome in order to see His
glorious Presence. We must not let our crown be stolen by the wickedness of this world. If we fall asleep, the devil will steal our faith, and we will not overcome in the last days.

Church, it is time to wake up and return to our first love. Jesus is coming soon!

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I repent for not walking closely with You and trusting You to take care of me. I repent for giving more attention to the things of this world than I have given You. I will endeavor to dwell in the Word so that I can overcome all evil temptations in these last days.

Scripture Reading:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:10-18

Be Doers of the Word

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Trending News:

  • Rape fears have spread across Europe as migrant men have carried out numerous, coordinated, sexual assaults in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
  • The Doomsday Clock, a symbolic clock representing a countdown to possible global catastrophe, moved for the first time in three years and now reads three minutes until midnight, the closest that it’s been in the last 30 years.
  • The Florida House has just advanced a law that would make abortion a felony.

With so much bad news these days, there is finally a great victory brewing in Florida. Florida lawmakers are calling for a near total ban on abortion. If the bill is approved,
performing an abortion in Florida would carry a first-degree felony charge and up to 30 years in prison.

For this victory to take place, much prayer will be required, as the devil will undoubtedly do his best to stop it. The Church, though, does have a responsibility to intercede.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

Many do not understand that this Scripture even applies to praying for things that we should be praying for. Too often, the Church just sits idly by and waits for things to happen. And when
something doesn’t happen, they are quick to complain.

Beloved, let’s not be complainers. Complaining does not accomplish anything. Instead, let us be
doers of the Word.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves (James 1:22).

Prayers are a great tool to bring down strongholds and to accomplish goals.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16).

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I will be a doer of the Word and I will pray diligently for the Florida law on abortion to be passed. I understand that as a Christian, it is my responsibility to pray for Your will to be done. And I know that this is definitely Your will.

Scripture Reading:

. . . the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Exodus 23:7

So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 21:9

Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person.

Deuteronomy 27:25

Are you walking side-by-side with your Savior?

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Trending News:

  • United Methodist Church pastor announced to her congregation that she is gay. She has no intention of stepping down.
  • Anne Graham Lotz announced that she expects the national and global situation to get worse, as a heavy fog of darkness encroaches upon our nation at every level.
  • Many authorities are predicting the complete collapse of the U.S. economy by February 2016.

The leaders of our churches are not only no longer addressing sin, but they are now
embracing sin. When our economic system collapses and jobs are scarce, what will the nation do? Are you prepared for the shaking that is to come? Dark days are ahead and the Church is not ready.

Most people are continuing about their daily routines as though nothing has changed, as though
tomorrow and the next day and next year will be the same as they always have been. But today things are not as they were a year ago, and they will likely be drastically different one year from now.

As America continues to elect worldly leaders, and as churches continue to allow sin in the
congregation and pastoral staff, we will continue to see the accelerated decline of this country.

With God, there is no warm zone. Everything is either hot or cold, righteous or wicked. Are you walking with God, or away from Him?

In John 14, Jesus said:

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him (John 14:21).

Are you a person who confesses to know God, but does not walk in His ways?

John said:

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him (I John 2:4).

What is the truth?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me
(John 14:6).

Beloved, if you are truly a child of God, you will not only confess His Name, but you will keep His commandments. You can either walk with Him (according to His ways), or you can walk apart from Him (according to the ways of the devil). Good and evil do not walk hand in hand.

If you have given worldly activities more attention than you have given to God, then today, fall to your knees and repent. This world is rapidly falling apart. It is time to get right with the Lord.

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I repent for not walking according to your
commandments. I know that Your ways are best, and You always know what is right for me. I choose to follow You. I will no longer allow myself to be deceived by the devil.

Scripture Reading:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

II Timothy 2:24-26

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and
immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil . . .

Romans 2:7-9

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world.

James 1:25-27

Signs Of The Times

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Trending News:

  • After 20 years of professing Christ, popular UK rapper denounces his faith in God as the great falling away continues.
  • Top Democratic, presidential contender accepts endorsement by Planned Parenthood, the organization accused of selling aborted baby parts.
  • Strange, unexplained, trumpet–like sounds have recently been heard in various places all over the word, including several states in America, Ukraine, and the U.K.
  • President Obama is said to be contending for the seat of president of the United Nations, which opens up at the end of 2016.
  • As the Pope bows in worship at a Muslim Mosque, he proclaims that “we are all children of God.”
  • Seismic activity around the world seems to be on the increase, including in places that don’t normally have earthquakes, such as Oklahoma, which has experienced 78 earthquakes in 7 days, and more than 200 over a 30–day period.

Is Bible prophecy being fulfilled? Are we truly in the very last days before Jesus returns? How are we to know? What are we to do?

When the disciples asked Jesus about end times, He said:

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places . . . And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Matthew 24:7, 10-13

Jesus said that we must endure to the end to be saved. This means that there will be great
temptations to entice us to depart from the faith, but only he who remains obedient will receive eternal life.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

II Thessalonians 2:3

Jesus told a parable about a sower. He said:

A sower went out to sow his seed . . . And some fell upon a rock . . . which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Luke 8:5, 6, 13

During these difficult times, we must be careful not to be deceived.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect;

Matthew 24:24

We must remain alert and awake, praying without ceasing, and refusing to compromise our beliefs for the pleasures and conveniences of the world. And we must stand strong on the written Word of God, careful to confirm all things that are taught by others. If something does not line up with the written Word, then it is not biblical and must be thrown out. No exceptions.

Only the written Word is infallible.

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I will be vigilant, being careful to avoid temptations and deceptions that will surely come my way. I will judge everything I hear by comparing it to the written Word, and will disregard anything that does not line up with the Bible.

Scripture Reading:

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Matthew 26:41

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

I Peter 5:8

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

I Peter 4:7

Man Cannot Protect Himself

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Trending News:

  • President Obama has issued a new executive order on gun control as a means to deal with the increasing number of mass shootings occurring in the United States.
  • At a press conference, President Obama recalled the 2012 massacre of 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School students.
  • In 1986, every child and every teacher walked away from the Cokeville Elementary School bombing.

As violence in America increases, instead of looking to our Savior Jesus Christ for help, we have made a sharp turn away from Him, and now look to human means for resolving the issues. What effect has this had on our nation over the last 30 years and where do we go from here?

In 1986, when the students of Cokeville Elementary School were taken hostage by a man with a bomb, the school, the town, and the nation united in prayer. The 98 elementary school students
gathered in a circle, in front of the bomber, and prayed to God Almighty, in the Name of Jesus, for help. Praise God that they knew how to do that. Praise God that their parents had taught them the power of prayer. Praise God that no one got offended and commanded them to stop.

The town’s high school students also all bowed their knees in prayer, while the parents gathered outside of the elementary school and prayed.

Every student and every teacher walked out of that school alive, after the bomb exploded in the small classroom where they were all gathered. And countless students later gave accounts of
angels appearing and helping them. According to the accounts, angels made a circle around the man with the bomb, and when it exploded, they carried the blast straight out through the ceiling.

Everything about the story is a miracle. The students prayed, on their own accord,
angels appeared, and everyone was saved from a bomb that exploded right in their midst.

It makes us wonder, though, where were those angels during other tragic events? Perhaps they didn’t appear because people no longer seek God for answers and protection. Instead, man now looks to himself as his own protector.

Stricter gun laws may be a good idea, but they cannot give us the same peace and protection that God gives us when we call upon His Name.

The Lord said:

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Psalm 91:14-16

If this nation continues on the path that it is on, it will not survive. We must fight in faith, through prayer, to restore our nation to one that honors and obeys God above all else.

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I will pray diligently for this nation to come to
repentance and to realize that we cannot protect ourselves, and that without You, we are lost. I will endeavor to do my part to spread the Gospel and teach others how to pray.

Scripture Reading:

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Psalm 118:8

Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments,
hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Psalm 103:20

The angel Gabriel said to Daniel, Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.

Daniel 10:12, NASB

VICTORY IN 2016

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New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Wake up rejoicing every day, for today is the day that the Lord has made.
  • Spend time in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving.
  • In every situation, continually give thanks to God, your provider.

Let 2016 be a year of repentance, reflection, and restitution. May you be equipped with every good thing, that you may carry out His will for your life and receive every promise that has been laid up for you since before the foundation of the world.

2016 is a brand new year, and comes with the opportunity for change, growth, and blessings. If you determine this day that you will dedicate 2016 to the Lord, and endeavor to walk in His ways, you will encounter blessings upon blessings.

Keep the charge of the Lord your God, [that is, fulfill your obligation to] walk in His ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His precepts, and His testimonies . . . so that you may succeed in everything that you do . . .

I Kings 2:3, AMP

Notice that in order for you to be successful, you must walk in the ways of the Lord. You must
diligently seek Him, obey him, and trust Him.

To have victory in 2016, look to the Word for guidance:

First, your victory will come as you humble yourself before the Lord with an attitude of
repentance:

Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose].

James 4:10, AMP

Second, reflect on His Word for the wisdom and guidance that you will need as you make every important decision:

The wise will hear and increase their learning, And the person of understanding will
acquire wise counsel and the skill [to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth] . . . The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; But arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.

Proverbs 1:5, 7, AMP

Third, earnestly seek the Lord for full restitution of everything that has been stolen from you by the enemy:

. . . For the Lord is a God of [just] restitution; He will fully repay.

Jeremiah 51:56, AMP

If you will heed these words, 2016 will truly be a prosperous year for you—healing prosperity,
financial prosperity, relationship prosperity, ministry prosperity . . .

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I dedicate 2016 to You. I will endeavor to spend time daily rejoicing, seeking You, and remembering to be thankful for all of the good things You have done for me and my family. I will seek You with a repentant heart, and I will search Your Word for guidance in all matters. And I thank You, Father, for restitution of all that the enemy has stolen from me. I confess that 2016 is a year of great blessings, for as I grow closer to You, You grow closer to me. Amen.

Scripture Reading:

Now may the God of peace [the source of serenity and spiritual well-being] who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood that sealed and ratified the eternal covenant,  equip you with every good thing to carry out His will and strengthen you [making you complete and perfect as you ought to be], accomplishing in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:20-21, AMP

In the days of His earthly life, Jesus offered up both [specific] petitions and [urgent]  supplications [for that which He needed] with fervent crying and tears to the One who was [always] able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission toward God [His sinlessness and His unfailing determination to do the Father’s will].

Hebrews 5:7, AMP

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His
righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

Matthew 6:33, AMP

Tis The Season … To Be Christ Like

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Trending News This Week:

  • Charlie Brown Christmas play censored at a Kentucky school due to one complaint.
  • School district ordered schools to remove all religious references from their CHRISTmas productions.
  • Stores and restaurants refuse to play CHRISTmas music, yet still display CHRISTmas trees in their lobbies and post “Closed on Christmas Day” signs on their door.

Tis the season . . . for hypocrisy, complaints, bitterness, and rudeness. BUT, Christians are not letting the scrooges dampen their holiday spirits.

Despite every effort by the world to take Christ out of Christmas, Christians are still enjoying the season. Churches are still full, malls are still packed, Christmas lights are still lighting up
neighborhood streets, and the spirit of joy and giving still fills the air as people display extra
degrees of kindness.

As the world grows colder, we, as Christians, must continue to let the light of our Savior shine brightly through us. We are instructed not to repay evil for evil.

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

Romans 12:17, NKJV

Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, 
turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.”

Matthew 5:38-40, NKJV

If we cannot display the love of Jesus, especially at this time of year, then we are no different than the world. The world will only be won to Christ when they see us behaving differently than
everyone else–when they see us walking in love–when they see us holding the door open for
someone; when they see us letting someone else go ahead of us in a long line; when they see us smile and say “thank you,” even to the nastiest department store cashier.

Actions can speak louder than words. What are your actions saying to the unsaved person who
happens to be watching you? Do your actions and attitude cause others to say, “Wow, he/she is a really nice person; I wish more people were like that”?

When others curse, we should bless. When others complain, we should compliment. When others are rude, we should be pleasant. When others become angry, we should remain calm. When others frown, we should smile. When others take, we should give.

Now, more than ever, the world needs to see the goodness of Jesus Christ. This can only be done through us, the saints, when we walk in and exhibit His great love.

Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, I am so grateful for Your Son, Jesus, Who willingly gave His life for me. I desire to be a reflection of Him in all that I do. Help me to be more patient, loving, and kind, even when those around me display selfishness and worldly ways. I want the light of Jesus shining through me to be so bright that others are drawn to it in supernatural ways.

Scripture Reading:

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name
Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”.

Matthew 1:23, NKJV

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6, NKJV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5

The Power Of The Holy Spirit

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Trending News This Week:

  • More than 1,000 schools across Los Angeles, California have shut down over an unspecified email threat.
  • South Africa’s Thembu King Dalindyebo is set to go to jail after kidnapping, assault and arson.
  • Despite the prevalent sin in the world, the Bible remains the number one best–selling,
    non–fiction book, with more than 5 billion copies printed to date in 349 languages.

Current news headlines reflect the turmoil happening every day around us. But, if you keep your eyes on God, who has already defeated the work of the enemy at the cross, and continue to learn to walk in righteousness, then His blessings, victory, peace, and
protection will surround you.

Two thousand years after Jesus rose from the grave, there are billions who have not yet even heard the Name of Jesus! We will never change this condition by ignoring it. It is time to take the mask off. We must zero in on a new revelation, a new breakthrough and a new anointing from God on reaching a lost and broken world.

One of the main problems is that many Churches ignore the Holy Spirit. It is clear from the
Scriptures that God intended the power of the Holy Spirit to be our greatest source of reaching the world. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is so much more than most are experiencing in the traditional Pentecostal churches.

There is more to Pentecost than just doctrine. You may have memorized scripture, but
memorization will not give you what it takes to face the negative circumstances of this life and rise above mediocrity. You must experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

When you have had an experience with God, you can face any circumstance! You can face disease! You can face the devil! You can face anything and come out victorious because you have had an
experience! This experience goes beyond blessings. I believe fully in the manifestation of speaking in a Holy Spirit prayer language. Exercise it daily! Paul said: “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all” (1 Corinthians 14:18).

The real power of the Holy Spirit is more than just blessings. It is more than “goose bumps.” It is power!

Say this faith declaration out loud: “I am going to move beyond knowledge of scripture and have a real revelation of the power of the Holy Spirit in my life so I can have an effective positive influence, bringing Salvation to a lost world needing Jesus.”

Scripture Reading:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:1-4

It Is Time To Offer A Sacrifice Of Prayer And Praise

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Trending News This Week:

  • 27 killed and 80 injured in London terrorist attacks
  • 14 killed and 21 injured in terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California
  • War on ISIS: Why Arab states aren’t doing more

Terrorism has become a real and imminent threat to the Western world. Why has this happened and what should the Church be doing about it?

Terrorism is now spreading throughout the world like a contagious disease. And it has continued to grow and strengthen, despite all of the combined global military efforts. At what point will someone decide that it is time to reevaluate our decision-making paradigm? What needs to occur before world leaders determine that perhaps military tactics aren’t the answer, but that God is?

If and when military tactics are successful in controlling terrorist attacks, how long will it be before new terrorist organizations spring up in new places with new leaders and new strategies? Evil can only be effectively dealt with through true repentance and complete surrender to God.

The Bible gives story after story about how God’s people were under attack or faced an enemy, and victory only came by bowing to God, waiting for His plan to be revealed, and being obedient.
Victory did not come as the result of a strong army. Victory did not come because of new military maneuvers or better weapons; it came because God’s people surrendered to His will and stopped relying on their own strength.

Take a look at the story of Gideon in the book of Judges. Gideon was set to battle a great army, but the Lord reduced Gideon’s own army from 3,000 to 300. He did this to prove that the victory would come from Him, and not the might of man.

The Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’

Judges 7:2

But God did not lift His hand to deliver the Israelites until they first cried out to Him (Judges 6:6).

When the Lord heard their earnest, heart–felt prayers, He spoke to Gideon and gave him a plan of action. The plan began with Gideon building an altar to the Lord and making a sacrifice.

As a nation, and as a Church, it is time to cry out to the Lord and offer a sacrifice of prayers, that the Lord would deliver us out of the hands of the enemy and our nations. It is time to praise Him for His goodness and love, knowing that it is not His will for His people to suffer.

Say this faith declaration out loud: Lord, I come to You with sincere, heartfelt prayers, asking that you deliver us from the hand of the enemy. Please forgive me for any of my actions or words that were outside of your will. Please forgive this nation for our sinful behavior, and have mercy on us. Thank You, that You hear our prayers, and if You hear them, I know that they are done.

Scripture Reading:

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

I John 5:14–15

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Hebrews 13:15

Keep Your Eye On Jesus

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Trending News This Week:

  • Abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is in breach of human rights law—law to be more liberal in allowing more abortions.
  • Pope Francis has told worshippers in a mosque in the Central African Republic that “Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters.”
  • The University of Chicago canceled all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus following an online threat of gun violence passed on by the FBI.

Daily, the laws of God are broken, the Bible is trampled on, and violence runs rampant. What has happened to the world and how do we combat this growing evil?

Jude 14 – 21 tells us:

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of
advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the
apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Jude warned us that in the last days there would be mockers. These people are those who do not care about anything other than their own worldly desires. They mock the Bible, they mock
traditions, they mock the law, and they mock anything that goes against their own lusts.

They seek their own pleasures above all else, and unfortunately, this includes even great “men of God” and Christian leaders. Many have their own personal agendas and have been lured away by temptations from the devil—temptations of money, power, fame, or anything else they have allowed their eye or their heart to lust after.

Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

II Peter 2:14–15

It is important to keep your eyes focused on Jesus. Do not look to the left or to the right. The devil knows exactly what your weaknesses are and will attempt to lure you into sin by placing
temptations in front of you.

Stay strong by praying in the Holy Ghost and pray that others will be able to resist the temptations set before them by the great deceiver.

Say this faith declaration out loud: Lord, I see what happens when people allow themselves to be lured away from You through worldly temptations. I will keep my eye focused on You alone and will be ever conscious of the devil’s tricks to deceive me. When I feel weak, I will look to You for strength. I know that You will always be there to help me when I am being tested.

Scripture Reading:

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

I John 2:16

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye,
blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Mark 7:21–23