I Won’t Back Down

I don’t know about you ~ but I’ve had enough of the devil acting like he owns this world and pushing me around.

I have one thing to say to the devil –

This ain’t the garden of Eden and I’m not Adam. 

It’s bad enough that I have a sinful nature while living in this world - thanks to Adam – but it doesn’t mean I am going to give the devil free rein over me and that I am powerless to stop him.

When we resist the devil – we make a statement that we won’t be persuaded by his temptations.

James 4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

God has warned us that the devil is present in this world –

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Ephesians 6:12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

So, with these warnings against him, and our faith in the fact that we know he is going to lose in the end – why does the devil continue to harass us with his temptations?

BECAUSE HE CAN

Know this ~ the devil WILL lose – at the point that he is cast down for 1,000 years – but if he has managed to tempt you – to distract you from God  – at the point that you die – when ever that might be –

YOU WILL LOSE – FOREVER

But with warnings, God always gives us promises that we will not be alone in our vigilance ~

Ephesians 6:11   Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Most of my life, thanks to my wonderful immersion in Sunday school, I have believed that I sin every time a bad thought comes into my head – and further more – I must be a particular bad sinner since I am tempted on a regular basis.

Being saved by the Grace of God means we are saved for eternity – but it does not mean we will no longer be tempted –

Well, now I know that I have not yet sinned at the point that the devil knocks on my brain with one of his thoughts catered just for me. Nope.

The point where I take over and become the sinner is when I entertain the thought that he has given me.

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Was Jesus ever a sinner while in this world? Of course not – and yet – right after being baptized and even after God showed his pleasure in his son – Jesus was STILL tempted by the devil!

Matthew 4:1:4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

So what was it that finally made the devil go away?

JESUS DID NOT BACK DOWN

I believe that Jesus stood on the supreme authority and word of God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The most important part of his stand against the tempter was that Jesus spoke to each temptation!

So the next time you start feeling less of a Christian because the devil is tempting you – DON’T!

I have tried “being a good, strong, Christian” by just ignoring the devil’s temptations – but unless I speak against each temptation – while standing on the authority and power of God’s holy word – the temptation will not go away and will just become larger and harder to ignore.

No, this does not mean I have become a babbling idiot on the street. It simply means I speak to each temptation in my mind – even in those times when I am exposed to temptation while in public – perhaps a group of friends at a party, etc. Sometimes, speaking privately to the devil’s temptations, also requires a public refusal. This can be much harder to do, but I think is even more important as it gives us a chance to be a witness for God as well. Will this make us the most popular person at the party? Most likely not – might even set us up for some uncomfortable public ridicule.

But are you in this world to make friends and be the most popular person at a party?

Being tempted is part of the whole deal!

The next time the devil knocks on your brain – stand your ground by answering each temptation with the authority and power of the holy word of God and see how fast the devil will flee from you!

shine!

Planting Potatoes:

I feel extra blessed by these words today – and I always like to pass on the blessings! :)

Originally posted on hugsnblessings:

Dancing Through My Head :

for my friend L

(because i understand)

a lot of stuff being said.

yes, the words hurt.

the knowledge of how twisty-turned people can use their words to make a fantasy appear true

is the slippery-slope of the devil.

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and the devil is uninvited.

st. michael, with your sword of truth, shine down!

away satan! stand behind me!

you need only be still.

for he is at your side.

 pray those hearing not travel down the slippery slope.

pray the snare not be set for they too.

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 pray.

no hate set up in our house.

only friendship given.  with hugs n’ blessings.

pecked by ducks maya angelou always said. (gossip be like that…)

but our god is stronger than a flock.

He is stronger when we are weak.

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and so sleep soundly.

 awake afresh.

in His joy. shining…

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Faith Is The Reason

Faith is of itself -

Faith is the journey – not the destination -

I think it’s like the chicken before the egg thing. Something to ponder -

you like to ponder don’t you? :)

Church does not give me faith ~

I go to church because I have faith!

Serving God does not bring me faith ~

I serve God because I have faith!

Loving my neighbor does not bring me faith ~

I love my neighbor because I have faith!

Having charity for others does not bring me faith ~

I have charity for others because I have faith!

Following Christ does not bring me faith ~

I follow Christ because I have faith!

I don’t have faith because God saved my soul ~

I have faith that God did in fact save my soul!

God is not God because I have faith that he is ~

I have faith because God is!

Mark 11:22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”

 

Many voices in the air

Planting Potatoes:

Was blessed by this post today – and of course, I like to share! :)

Originally posted on ColorStorm:

God’s word is very good, as it contains all that pertains to life and godliness.

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Of course there are missions to corrupt this word, which is forever settled in heaven.  God sees the affront to His name, he sees the insolence of the mockers, He sees they who malign and slander others who defend his word, and most importantly, He sees they who curse the son of God, even the Lord Christ.

The good book reads: The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it

There are many voices in the air, many mouths, and not all are friendly. It is one thing to say ‘I do not believe in God,’ it takes an extra leap to say ‘there is no God,’ then it is quite another to cast aside his word as rubbish and I must say, it does take a special kind of…

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Perfectly Weak

Planting Potatoes:

I was blessed by this post and would like to share with all my friends so they can be blessed as well!

Originally posted on realchange4u:

This is yet another profound writing from brother Francis Frangipane. The link to his blog follows below My prayer is that those that reads this would not let their weaknesses or lack of anything keep them from serving God.

Much Love Tom

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http://www.frangipane.org

According to the Scriptures, Moses was “educated in all the learning of the Egyptians.” Indeed, as a prince in Egypt, Moses had grown to be a “man of power in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22). Thus, it is hard to equate this eloquent and cultured man with the stammering shepherd who, at eighty years old, was overwhelmed with his inadequacies, so much so that he pleaded with God to choose someone else.

Consider: the Lord took a self-assured world leader and reduced his opinion of himself until he possessed no confidence. And it was in this state of mind that God decided to use him. Having been thoroughly convinced of…

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God Goes Beyond

God Goes BeyondHave you ever pulled into a gas station and asked for 2 gallons of gas and had the attendant fill up your tank?

Have you asked for a pound of hamburger at the grocery store and had them give you two?

If someone were to ask you for help across the street – would you continue to help them farther?

When approached by a homeless person asking you for spare change – did it occur to you that they look like they could use more than spare change? So, don’t you wonder why they don’t ask for more?

Could it be because they know they wouldn’t get more if they asked for more?

Have you ever asked God for something and gotten less than you needed? I don’t mean less than you wanted – but less than you NEEDED.

I don’t think I ever knew the difference until I was homeless.

I remember in school – if a teacher said we had to read 2 chapters of a book as homework – you can bet that I did not read one word beyond 2 chapters.

Does anyone besides me see a pattern here? Seems to me, throughout the scriptures, God makes a point that we should not only love our neighbor, but that love should be so strong that it should compel us to go beyond what they may ask or need – including our enemies!

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

And why might you ask?

The way I see it, God is our highest example of going beyond when we love others – in other words, he does not ask anything of us that he hasn’t already given us himself.

Matthew 7:7-8  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:9-10  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

 Each time that I have gone to God with specific needs, in his answer to my prayers, he has given me so much more than I even knew I needed!

In those times I receive no answer and I realize his answer is no – even when God takes me in a different direction – he takes me farther than I had thought possible because all I could see through my eyes was a closed door.

I have learned in serving him, that God can see beyond closed doors which sometimes are nothing more than our minds that are limited by this world.

So imagine how you and I can be this kind of blessing to others when in our charity and love, we give more than someone actually needs?

Paul and love, ha!

Planting Potatoes:

I would like to share this good read with all my friends and hope you are as blessed as I am for reading it!

Originally posted on ColorStorm:

There was an observation made recently in another post regarding ‘love’ that the apostle Paul spoke of, contrasted against the love of a parent toward a child, and in this comparison, Paul’s brand of love came up as it were, ahem, miserably short. It is interesting for two reasons.

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One, because this idea is narrow and selfish, secondly, because a high level of hypocrisy must be utilized to even suggest such a thing.

In a conversation with an unbeliever, and using 1 Corinthians 13 as a springboard, a friend asked this fair question:

Do you truly know more than Paul did about this one subject we’re speaking of?

And this immediate response was given:

‘Paul made it clear that he felt that sex was something people should avoid if possible. He seems to never have known the love of a woman, and never sat by the bedside of…

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