My Hiding Place

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 32:7 (NIV)

Have you had enough of the evil that surrounds you? We encounter it, but often times we fail to see what is really going on. I’m sure that you have heard it before, but I seem to hear less of it from man these days:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

Our struggle is NOT with flesh and blood, but we keep acting out in our flesh.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please HIM, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

2 Corinthians 5:6-9(NIV)

If we act out in our flesh, we are away from the Lord. If our goal is to please Him, it won’t matter if our souls are with him or in this failing body. We must live by faith and not by sight. This is not only about whether we believe but also how we follow Christ.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine powers to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)

I have to tell you something. Don’t be surprised by what you see around you. If you are trying to fight a battle for your freedoms, you are too late. For many years, God has given us signs of changing times. The battle you are waging is a battle that should have been fought many years ago – about 12 years ago. So many were busy living in the flesh and not living in the spirit. You will not win your battles in the flesh. You must go to the Lord, petition Him, and learn how to do battle in the spirit realm with the spiritual gifts that God has given you. The battle plans changed while you lived “in peace”. If you believe that protesting man will get you your freedoms, you are mistaken. Who has the power here?? You don’t have the power to make deceived men change their course – only God can do that! And it is only through God that YOU have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to demolish strongholds. This is the giant we are facing – STRONGHOLDS. And you learn what to do about it but petitioning God to, first, show you the Truth, and second, teaching you to demolish strongholds, first in your own life, and second in the lives of those around you.

Let me repeat myself here:

You will not win this battle in the flesh but through faith in God and the power He has given you to demolish strongholds.

It is only in the refuge of the Almighty that this can take place. If you refuse to go to His hiding place, you won’t be sheltered from the storm long enough to gain strength to withstand it.

You are here in this time and called as a light for the battered and wounded. You must be strengthened and learn what God has planned for you. You will not be affective if you don’t do this.

I will end with one of the most important things, because without this, none of the other will take place.

Be careful not to be deceived by man.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

1 John 4:1-3 (NIV)

There are people in this world for which God has given me an uneasy spirit – one particular person that you would never would have guessed. Be careful not to be deceived.

And above all else, petition God to be holy and blameless in His sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)

Go forth and be blessed my friend.

My mind is spinning!

Newspapers, articles, blogs, news reports; they all are reports of what is taking place in the world, true or false. They add an element of emotion to catch your attention, and honestly, they are quite good at it, true or false.

They know what you want to hear, and, honestly, they know what you don’t want to hear. They have made it their job to feed you based upon what their goal is.

You look for truth, or, rather, things that make you feel comfortable. When you don’t feel comfortable, you keep reading and searching some some type of information to bring you some sort of peace, something to get you through, a glimpse of hope.

There is no piece of information I’m this world that is going to fill that void and calm your soul except what lies with Jesus. No amount of information, or wisdom, is going to set your soul at ease except for Jesus.

The things you hear from the world are not going to bring you any closer to Jesus. In the Word of God, the Bible, we are told of many kinds of things that will take place before Jesus returns. Why do we continue to look to the world for information? Honestly, none of it is truly relevant other than it all has to happen.

Running to and fro between information here and there does nothing for our souls or even our bodies. What I does do is rob us of our joy. I understand this, because, well, I’ve done it too. We will never be prepared enough for what is coming.

Everything we need to know we can find in Jesus. You may be accused on earth, but those accusers do not have a say as to what takes place in your soul. Your soul cannot be taken from you, but you can willingly relinquish it if you aren’t careful. You are in full control of your soul until you give it to the devil. Let’s not do that; instead, offer your soul to Jesus who is full of grace and mercy. He brings you into the family of God to be co-heirs of our Heavenly Father’s inheritance.

I admit that I have been guilty of letting the news of the world get to me, but I’m taking my joy back! I still have of of life left in me, and so do you.

If you want to take back what belongs to you, the most powerful tool you have is a life in Christ. In Christ, you have the power to command devils. So, instead of letting the devil decide you any longer and steal your joy, look to Jesus and take your joy back.

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) tells us,

For I am convinced that neither life or death, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height or depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I once heard someone say,

Even the devil has to do what God tells him to do.

You remember that when things don’t go exactly as you would like. Also remember Ephesians 6:12 (NIV),

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

If God is for us, then who can stand against us.

But you also must remember 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NIV),

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men [and women] of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. (Emphasis mine)

One note to a special friend: Thank you – and you know who you are – for helping me to see what I was doing to myself. Because of your encouragement, I can stand in the way that God wants me to.

Go forth and be blessed my friends.