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.

Nothing can…

Being a woman can be a difficult thing. Just take a look throughout history, and different cultures, and you will see how women have been treated, mainly to control them. I have known women who have been beaten by their fathers and their husbands. Women have been treated as trophies and yet treated as sex slaves. Women are the very many of individuals who have become a target to be treated as smaller that others. Let me be straight with you though; this is not a rant.

This morning, I’m thinking about why it is that the devil has sought woman to do such things to her, to make her feel like she is incapable and render her speechless through various methods of control. Why is it that Satan sees women as such a threat?

This morning, I am reminded of Roman’s 8:38-39 NIV:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor 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.

There is no truth more powerful than this: that nothing can separate us from the love of God. In the past, I have heard it expressed that we need to control our emotions and be careful of what we feel as if we shouldn’t feel or have emotions. While anything can be used for evil, this is one that, if used in the right direction, it can become a very powerful thing.

What makes women so different is that we are gifted with the ability to feel and express those feelings at a deep level. Not to say that men aren’t able to, but it seems to come more easily for women.

So ladies, let me ask you this: what if you were able to take that gift and use it as a powerful tool. This gift may take some time to learn to use it effectively, but what if your ability to express your deepest feeling and emotion also gave you the ability to cause change in this world.

I truly believe that women hold a special place in Gods heart. Just think about how many women were at the cross. When we love, we can love big. We cannot allow the world around us to control us to the point that we cannot love. This is something that I have struggled with as peoples true colors come out. It is when things are tough that you find out who your true friends are, and it can be difficult to forgive.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37 NIV

Anyone that allows themselves to love, and even love big, has the ability to love the Lord in ways that really touches his heart. Why else would Jesus mention it?

While I have a great home surrounded by people who love me, I am faced with a world outside my home that seeks to shut me up telling me that I don’t have a place outside the home. I once thought that this ideology was a thing of the past and that civilization had begun to realize that women have something great to offer, but it seems that the world really hasn’t changed. I could get angry with the world, but I need to remember who it is that controls it – Satan.

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 NIV

He controls the world and anyone who submits to it, but he only has power, or control, over people and things that he is given by either you and me, or by God. Someone has to give Satan control over something, whether knowingly or unknowingly, but remember this: control can be taken back.

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

Any control over us can be submitted to the Lord Jesus to deal with them, and we also have the power to say no and deal with that entity in the spirit realm through prayer. Through prayer, we have the power to conquer evil; as the Word tells us,

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.

Revelation 12:11 NIV

We also need to remember that we need to be careful not to let the devil take a foothold.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

I could go on as to how we can be successful in our lives through prayer, but I must challenge you to dig deep into the Bible to learn what steps we must take to not only be victorious in life but how to stay victorious.

Through prayer and study of Gods Word, the unimaginable is able to take place. And it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we have access to an all-powerful God. Seek the Lord today and learn what it is to take refuge in Jesus and become victorious.

Go forth and be blessed my friend.