What are you waging war against?

Indeed, we are in a different time. We have been crossing over into this season for some time now. While events take place in this world around us, we wake up one day to a different reality. How long has it taken for all of these things to become a reality? They began long ago, but the intensity of the change increased dramatically within the last 10 years.

Many have awaken one morning to this reality and react as if a thief has appeared in the night without our knowing. Was this so cunning that it caught us by surprise? Could it be that we took our eyes off of the very thing that God warned us about in the Bible?

This evening I am reminded of the account of Peter when Jesus was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. Peter drew a sword and cut off the right ear of one of the servants of the high priest. In John 18:11 NIV we find Jesus’ response:

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

And then we see Luke 22:51 NIV:

But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

Peter acted out in his own right – he thought – to defend Jesus. Peter thought that he would save Jesus, but evidently, this is not what Jesus wanted; this was so much so that Jesus healed the man.

There is something that we must ask ourselves. Why would Jesus heal this man? Peter was wrong in what he did even though he felt that he had the right to try to keep Jesus from being arrested.

This causes me to think about other times that something like this happened. So, when did any one of Jesus’ disciples ever raise a hand, a sword, or anything of the like to defend their own right? None that I am aware.

We have read about many events in the Bible in which God gave permission to the Israelites to fight, but then there were other battles that God did not give permission and it was devistating.

In this time we find ourselves, there are some that feel the need to defend their rights, or the freedoms for which they have become accustomed. It can be a natural response, but then it can also be a response acted out in the flesh. Could it be that these responses came from those who were not prepared as the Bible tells us to be?

Many of us could feel it in our spirits that things were changing, and any communication of it was looked down upon by many. What so many have failed to realize is that the enemy, called Satan, has been seeking our demise for thousands of years, yet when things change, many are surprised, caught off guard and respond out of their flesh.

As some of us have children who have grown to be teenagers, we are very familiar with the phrase “choose your battles”. There are just some battles that we should not fight. We cannot fight every battle so we should be careful as to what battles we actually choose to fight.

The same goes for everything else. We need to choose our battles and not take on every one. Many battles are fought, not in the flesh, but in a different way. These times that many have awaken to are not battles to be fought in the flesh but in the Spirit. I am reminded of 1 John 4:4 KJV:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Our battles are won through the Holy Spirit, and if we choose to fight a battle out of our flesh, how can we be sure that we will overcome? We must be careful not to step out of the will of God, because once we do, we step outside of his protective hedge. This is what sin does, and this is what Satan wants you to do. Satan knows that if he can get you to sin, he can cause you to sin even more. Once you are in his clutches, you are deceived into thinking that you are powerless to do anything about it.

James 1:14-16 NIV says,

But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to death.

We need to make ourselves ready to not only give things over to God, but to fight any battle in the spiritual realm. On our knees is where we need to be right now. We will overcome, but it will be on our knees and in the Spirit. Be victorious, but be careful how you choose to fight that battle.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.

Keeping our witts about us

These days, what’s keeping you sane?

There is alot that has changed about our daily life. Moms don’t get much free time at all, something that would usually occur while kids were in school. Now the kids are home, and some days, it’s a relentless battle to get the children to do their school work much less brush their teeth. I have all boys; put that into perspective.

Your day is full of things such as cooking, something you could have taken a break from by ordering a pizza or having a meal at a local restaurant. Now, it’s mandatory to cook every meal; this is a decision we made to keep our family, and others, safe from what lurks out in public. With it comes the relentless pursuit to make a good loaf of bread and seek ways to convince your little ones that chicken nuggets and french fries cannot be the only thing they eat.

This morning, amongst many, I find myself extremely grateful to God for his provisions. More than seven years ago, God began to move upon my heart to “get back to the basics”. Most of us have heavily relied on what the grocery store provides, things such as baked bread and pre-made lasagna. What God stirred in me was that I were to learn the basics of being a homesteader. I would draw alot my inspiration from an old childhood television series called “Little House on the Prairie”.

My latest attempt at making bread

Well, I don’t have chickens and a milk cow, but I am grateful to have learned the value of being prepared. I remember how little sugar the Ingalls family would have – just a sprinkle on their fruit. I also remember how they would preserve their meat for when they traveled long distances and the root cellar that would keep their fruits and vegetables for longer periods of time.

Ah, the life of a homesteader. While it would require alot of work, it could be a luxury in times like these. But God has shown us how to survive when life takes a turn no matter where we are. We have had some quite difficult times in the past, but God has always shown up for us. It is the difference between looking to God for your provision and taking life into your own hands.

Above all things, we must recognize that the provisions we have are a gift from God. God has never left us. He saw this thing ahead of us and provided, not just in mind and spirit, but our physical needs.

God is so good. To say that just does not give its meaning any true justice. Although, it might be difficult to grasp in the moment, the world can take everything from me, but God will be with me looking for the moment to provide for that need despite who took it. I’m not one to think that things cannot happen to me, but I do trust that God will walk me through any trial, test, judgement or birth pains – as the Bible describes.

The key ingredients to living out these circumstances for which we find ourselves is to first, have a relationship with Jesus; second, learn about Gods plan for us by reading the Bible; and third, be obedient to Gods instruction. Something to remember most of all in this is that obedience will keep you within the hedge that God has set up for you. Rebellion is your stepping outside that hedge. God protects his people, but if you rebell against him, you are in a sense, telling God to step aside and that you’re going to take care the problem.

Whatever your circumstances, know that God is with you, someone is praying for you, and that no matter what, we have this place called Heaven where we will eventually meet when God.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.