Weapons against deception…

PRAYER and WORD OF GOD

PRAYER and WORD OF GOD

 

There is a war going on. Both in the physical world and in the spiritual world and all believers living on earth are subjected to this war. The spiritual war is intensifying and so subtle many do not see it. Those who do are burdened with the responsibility to sound caution and alarms. The Word itself tells how to beware of deception. The deceived do not know they are deceived. Peter when he challenged Jesus with the statement that he would defend Jesus and that Jesus would not be harmed was sharply rebuked. Peter was unawares he was being used in an attempt to weaken Jesus’ resolve. Many today are unaware they are being used to weaken the authority of the Word of God. It’s power has not diminished; the use of its power has, in some arenas.

For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they (these weapons) have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.

And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.

Praying the Word of God will take down strongholds. Two sticks of dynamite, the Word of God and prayer bound together to demolish any thoughts leading away from God to self; instead of from self to God. Taking the thoughts captive; making them obey Jesus. Pay attention to what is passed off as a word from God…ask where does that word take one? To God? Glorifying God? Or to self, glorifying what self can do?

Much is being presented as prophetic word when upon closer inspection and reflection it can be seen that it leads to what the self can do rather than what God can do…beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing that Christ warned would come in the last days. Beware of those who lead within the church to self-glorification and growth. Jesus, the Christ, is to increase and self is to decrease. Reliance upon God the Father needs to be presented rather than what self can do. Assumptions can lead the weak astray from God to a human mindset. Do not assume the reader or listener ‘knows’ that what is spoken or written ‘means’ God is the source. If it is not stated it can be read opposite of what, hopefully, was intended.

This calls for greater reliance upon the Spirit’s wisdom. This calls for careful reflection before the mouth speaks. Quick to listen, slow to speak. Then the conflicts will be diminished and the work of the Kingdom can progress without hindrance.

Praying the Word of God was modeled for the believer by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Facing the inevitable test of disrespect, unbelief, torture and death, Jesus prayed. He acknowledged the Father, he acknowledge the conditions and situation, he acknowledge the lack in the physical, but he prayed the Father’s will be done. Three times he prayed the same then got up with spiritual strength and resolve to accomplish what he had been sent to do. He took down the stronghold of sin’s bondage and its resulting death. He demolished the stronghold that held all humanity in its grip. The believer has an example to follow and a promise that God’s power will work in the believer to do more than can be imagined or asked.

Ephesians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 10:3, James 1:19, Matthew 16:23, 2 Timothy 2:9 and 10, Matthew 26:35, Matthew 26:36-45, Ephesians 3:14-21

Credits to: Praying God’s Word… by Beth Moore, the Bible, ( ) indicate my insertion for clarification.

“That offends me…” thoughts on perceived ‘judgmental’ statements

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Ephesians 4 and Luke 12

 

A very recent experience has highlighted just how much impact the current manner of thinking has had on everyone, believer and unbeliever alike. Any comment or critique is immediately seen as judgmental and that is as a negative view. It has been said that truth in its first form is negative…

Luke 12: He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?

The present society has for so long bought into the raising of self-esteem (the definition of the word is enough to raise caution flags) that any criticism, any correction is seen as judgmental. It is. Scripture is full of instruction to judge. Judging is done every day by everyone. Judgment comes into play when deciding where to buy gas, which fruit to choose, what will be eaten from the menu, what will be worn. Quality is judged in areas of retail, food, housing, friendships…the list goes on.  And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? -Jesus

 

There has been a constant drip, drip, drip, of negativity attached to judgment. If anything is said to an individual that opposes what they hold to, judgment is raised, as in they are being disrespected or hated. All have opinions and some decisions are made based upon those opinions. All have likes and dislikes and all are not in agreement. That does not indicate the suggested companions of judging; hate, dislike, superiority, etc. are implied. If one says they prefer chocolate, those who prefer vanilla or strawberry are not being disrespected or hated. The mentality of every opposing thought being seen as judgmental in the form of passing judgment or sentence upon someone, or of being a statement of hatred or disrespect has gone over the top. It is time to be confident enough in the identity held by an individual that these accusations are not immediately forthcoming from them when faced with conflict or dissenting opinions. It is time to reach for maturity and stability in who one is as Paul states:

We will no longer be infants tossed about by the waves and blown along by every wind of teaching, at the mercy of people clever in devising ways to deceive. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in every respect grow up into him who is the head, the Messiah. …

 

Where there is offense, those receiving the offense, more properly stated accepting offense, should consider what is making the thing offensive. When the individual is strong in their identity with God, in who they are; they can receive instruction, hear opposing points of view and not take offense. They are grown up into maturity in Christ who is the head…His opinion is what should be of concern. If offense is taken, the question why needs to be answered. At times offense is taken when it is the Holy Spirit who is at work correcting something within the individual. Voiced offense in the form of stating that an opinion or stated truth is judgmental is actually judgmental itself and seeks to silence the spoken or written word.

 

sshh that offends me...it's judgmental...

sshh that offends me…it’s judgmental…

 

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Prevail…

He lives in your heart

And deflects the dart

The enemy’s arrow

Meant to bring sorrow

 

So His Word we eat

With it we defeat

The enemy’s arrow

Meant to bring sorrow

 

Pray through the day

Hear what he say

He gives the light

Fills with delight

 

Listen and glisten

With strength to fight

The enemy’s arrow

Meant to bring sorrow

 

His strength is the might

To win the fight

And bring on the light.

Splitting the night.

 

Light to see

Darkness flee

Shatter the enemy’s arrow

Meant to bring sorrow

 

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painting by gracie

 

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Pigs n Pearls…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 7:6-

Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls to the pigs. If you do they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you. – Jesus

 

This calls for reflection and meditation. There was a time when Jesus called a Gentile woman a dog. Her perseverance won his grace and her request was granted. He told her he had come to the house of Israel. She asked for the crumbs from the living bread he brought to the children of Israel.

 

Would that conversation , knowledge of it shed light on restricting what is holy, and taking care of pearls of wisdom? Proverbs likens wisdom to pearls. So is there a principle to be found here?

 

Essentially, though in some places this is not true, it isn’t common practice to give dogs that which is kept for family or honored guests. Pearls are generally worn about the neck and not thrown out to be trampled as the oyster shells are on driveways and parking lots.

 

At the risk of being called politically or socially offensive, who are the dogs and pigs? There are those with whom a sharing of the gospel becomes a vicious attack as it states in the Word. There are those to whom it is useless to share any wisdom gained as Proverbs advises time and time again; calling those who do not ‘hear’ what is said, fools. There is a sense of knowing the worth of something. That which is holy has great value; the pearls of wisdom as well. There is the knowledge that there are some truths that are lost on those without the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance.

 

This calls for discernment. This calls for knowing who is ready to receive and appreciate the worth of God’s truths. This also speaks to relationships with others. Guard what is precious; don’t cheapen it by broadcasting it.

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Judging…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 7:1-

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged–the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure you. Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye,” when you have a log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First, take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly, so that you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye!-Jesus

 

 

Spoken to believers in reference to the brotherhood. This was not spoken to non-believers. “Don’t judge” is followed by how to judge. One must see clearly to remove a splinter; apply that statement to what is being judged. Are the magnifying lenses of Scripture in place? Is the eye washed clean enough to see? Shoppers judge produce before they buy. How does the fruit look?

Wooden box full of fruits on white background

 

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Anxiety?

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 6:28-

And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they do grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how God clothes grass in the field–which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven–won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have!! – Jesus

 

Can the believer trust God for healing? Can the believer trust God for job and spouse? Can the believer trust God for food and shelter? Can the believer trust God for attire? A believer has trusted God for salvation…then why would a believer not trust, have faith for the rest of what makes life?   The last question is how much faith does a believer have? Enough to be a believer? Then what…?

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Not exercising faith in all of the elements of life is not believing what God has said. That lack of faith is disrespect in the sense it states that what God has said is not true. That was the first question posed to Eve. The deception is real and subtle. It begins with a question and ends with death. If there is faith for salvation, a stated belief in God and his gift to all through Christ, then there is no room for anxiety. Anxiety is evidence of lack of faith and calls into question the believer’s first statement of belief. Don’t be caught up in the web of deception and think worry is a small matter. Ask of the Lord for the faith to truly believe and apply that belief to life in all its forms.

 

For more on Faith: Faith or Presumption by Joe Quatrone , https://joequatronejr.com/2012/03/30/faith-or-presumption/

 

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Prayer…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Matthew 6:5-15

Matthew 6:5-15 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,

but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Forgiveness is a big thing. This looks a lot like ‘do unto others…’ It encompasses provision and honor. God is love and is loved. He gave the first kiss and it was a kiss of life. Couples kiss and the life of a relationship is birthed…life happens. Mothers, parents kiss and life is nurtured in the young body. Forgiving one another springs out of loving one another.

 

That love springs initially from the Creator. When accepted by humanity, it bears proof of the Creator’s presence within His creation. That love then extends to all who come into contact with the believer. The honor and glory remain in the Father. Living is loving and loving is living…all that is said and done is said and done in love. It becomes an integral part of the created being. It is not possible to truly love another if that other is not forgiven. There remains a block to true worship; a hindrance to true communion with God and others. That unforgiveness within begins to grow into a root of bitterness that sprouts a weed rather than a tree. When forgiveness is extended, there is a release and a freedom to fully worship the Father and to truly love others.

 

In that place the following prayer can truthfully and powerfully be prayed:

I fall on my knees before you, Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its character and name. I pray that from the treasures of your glory you will empower us with inner strength by your Spirit, so that the Messiah may live in our hearts through our trusting, our faith. Also I pray that we will be rooted and founded in love, so that we, with all God’s people, will be given strength to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of the Messiah’s love, yes, to know it, even though it is beyond all knowing, so that we will be filled with all the fullness of you, God.

 

Now, to you who by your power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in our community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever. Amen

 

Taken from Ephesians 3:14-21 The Complete Jewish Bible; personalized.

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If my people who are called by my name….pray. At this time there is a great need for the power of prayer to be released in the spiritual realm. There is great need for safety, provision, and a return to the Word of God, both the Scriptures and the Son, Jesus. Prayer is power…it is spiritual power that combats the spirits that intend evil for God’s creation. It is time for all God’s people to band together in prayer, releasing His power on earth. As it is in heaven…so shall it be on earth.

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