Sunday, March 11, 2012

Opportunity and Opposition

James 1:2-4  The Message (MSG)
2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

In the pursuit of any goal, we must recognize opportunities and withstand opposition.  There are roads that we travel in the pursuit of a goal that are not pleasant, but we recognize they are necessary paths on our journey – and that we must walk them out.  These opportunities are often masked by the lenses of our own experiences and then met with thoughts of, “I don’t’ want to go through all that" or "it does not take all that,” or even the  “Not again, you mean I have to go through that again?”

Opposition is part of the process, and there are just some things we must go through for the purpose of strengthening and equipping us to stand under the weight of our Destiny!  Blessings come with persecution, and there is no conquest, without conflict.  We have to leave the mindset behind that leads us to believe that if we have to fight for it, it is not meant to be.  That is often far from the truth.

Yes, we must fight; and interestingly enough, our battle is often an internal one, fighting with our own feelings, beliefs, insecurities, fears, and remnants of our past that we have not yet released.

This week,I encourage each of you to stand strong in the midst of opposition and trials, for your Blessing is on the other side of “through!”

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Your perception is your reality...

Do you ever feel like you're being twisted and turned, “every which way but loose?” You know your areas of weakness, those “buttons” if you will; and so does the enemy. Do you ever feel like he is just leaning on your button? We all do at times, and yes, we have a real enemy, who is never ever pleased with our progress. In fact, we know when we are breaking through to new levels, this is a prime opportunity for the enemy to turn up the heat.

However, we should not forget that the mind is the real battleground, and so the issue is not what happened, but how we perceive or think about what happened - what we THINK about a thing then determines how we react and how we react then determines the impact on our lives.

Listen. The devil is a LIAR. He will always seek to make you feel hopeless, stressed, anxious, and afraid. He is not the giver of life, but the bearer of death. If on today, you find yourself engaged with the enemy of our souls, and in your weariness you are on the border of self-pity, doubt and defeat…May God EMPOWER YOU by His Holy Spirit and enable you this very moment to...

1. Stand Up. Gather yourself. Get ready to move higher!
Habakkuk 3:17-19 "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer and enables me to go on the heights."

2. Find the truth about your situation in the word of God, then read it aloud so that you can hear it. Romans 10:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) "So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself)."

3. Remember that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Isaiah 54:17 New Living Translation (©2007) "But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

4. Know that when the enemy comes in like a flood the Lord will raise up a standard against him.
Isaiah 59:19 Amplified Bible (AMP) "So [as the result of the Messiah's intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]." Remember, the Spirit of the Lord resides in you. You have what it takes on the inside of you to stand against the enemy and cause him to flee. GLORY!

5. Gather your thoughts. Don’t let them run rampant.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 ESV "We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete."

Now… receive the Peace of God, and go on about your day! AMEN
John 14: 27 New Living Translation (©2007) "I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."

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