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.

Encountering evil

It’s a difficult thing. Most of use are tempted to walk away, because to look upon evil can cause us to feel the pain that it intends to inflict on us.

We turn away believing that doing so will alleviate the problem, at least for a little while. It’s like taking medication when we have a headache knowing that it could come back in 4 hours or so. In the mean time, we forget that the headache was even there, going about our day. But deep down, we know that the chance of that headache returning are greater than what we hope. Even still, even though the pain subsides, we do not take the time to rest, recharge, and prepare ourselves for what lies ahead – another headache, possibly one worse than before.

This is how we sometimes react to the pain we feel when we know we have encountered evil. Oftentimes we are in shock, something normal for our earthly bodies.

I have one question: what should we do when we encounter evil?

1. We should do all we can do to remain blameless; it is what shields us from false accusers. In this wicked world, sin is inevitable, but it is how we respond is what matters. When we allow God to sanctify us, we learn to see when we sin. We must be able to see when we sin because confession from the heart and turning from those ways is what will make us blameless.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NIV) tells us,

May God himself, the God of peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. We must learn that the only power that evil has over us is what we give it. The devil gets to us by tempting us to sin. We need to learn to quickly know when we are tempted, because the devil stands before our Father daily seeking to accuse us. When we are right with God, we have the power and authority to command evil to leave us, in Jesus Name. Evil must leave us. So when you are tempted to sin or you have a nightmare, first check yourselves to see if you are, indeed, blameless, takr that sin to God, and you tell that devil to leave you. By the laws of God, the devil does not have the right to enter your dwelling, or your dreams, for that matter, unless you have invited him through unconfessed sin. Even do as Job did and ask God to forgive your children, or anyone else that lives with you, for God to forgive them. Then seal your home with a hedge of protection around your dwelling and each member of your family.

1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV) tells us,

“For who has known the mind of the Lord that we may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

When we allow God to sanctify us, casting all sin aside, we have the mind of Christ.

Jesus was able to resist the devil when tempted in the desert (Luke 4:1-13), and he was blameless before men, even until death. If we have the mind of Christ, we can stand.

3. One more thing that we must remember. Matthew 5:7 (NIV) tells us,

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

And also, Matthew 9:12 (NIV),

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

We must have mercy on those who have committed evil against us. We must pray for them. We should remember that they too were created in the image of God, and they too need deliverance from the devils grip. Pray for their deliverance with the mind of Christ.

All of these things is what will help you to remain victorious in these days of evil. But do not forget that as we continue our journey here on earth, we must continuously seek the Will of our Heavenly Father. We must listen and do what He says. But also remember this: if what is in your heart and mind goes against st the ways of Christ, the devil might be tempting you. We must always seek confirmation before acting. And know that the devil is not winning. When we step into our authority in Christ, nothing should cause you to fall.

And finally, remember that as children of the Most High God, we are no longer citizens of the world but now citizens of Heaven. When we remember that we are citizens of Heaven, we can remember what our rights truly are.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.