Saturday, September 15, 2012

Know how the enemy works

The first thing we need to realize is we do have a enemy and he is trying to destroy us. Probably not in ways that most of us think. The enemy works on our mind, flesh and our feelings. The battle might start out fairly innocent. (It’s ok to feel this way or that way) or everyone goes through that. (Nobody is perfect)  Our enemy will play on our weakness, he will even use those closest to us. If we allow the enemy to keep us weak and unsuspecting he has already won the battle.

Even the experts and teachers ignore the fact that we have a real enemy or they take him too lightly. Every day that God gives us we need to prepare for spiritual battle. The things that we take for granted we need to exercise daily. i.e. prayer, Bible study, forgiveness of sin of our life and forgiveness of others.

The enemy will use position, power, money and status to tempt us or side tract us away from Jesus. He will put all kinds of things in our way to clog our hearts and minds. Our enemy is a thief, robber and a deceiver.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Armor part 2

Ephesians 2:2  (KJV)
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
With out Jesus we serve our flesh touch, taste and feel. It had to be of use to us. With Christ in our life we live to serve Him not our selves. the spiritual battle that we fight includes our selfish sin nature. That sin nature is always trying to destroy us.
; 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.6  2Cor 10:4; 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; Luke 12:35; 1Pet 1:13; Isa 59:17; 2Cor 6:7; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Isa 59:17; 1Thess 5:8; Heb 4:12; Rev 2:16; 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
We must rely on the armor of God.
The Christian life is a warfare. In order to wage this successfully we must understand the nature of the foes we have to contend with, because the weapons and armor will have to be selected according to the character of the attack that is made upon us.
Not human. It is hard enough to think of the obstructive and tempting influence of bad men. But we have something worse to resist. We are attacked by an unearthly army. The black tide of hellish sin surges against the shores of our human world and bespatters us with its withering spray. The spiritual world is the most real world. These spiritual foes are the most truly existing enemies we can ever meet. Our experience of them is in spiritual attacks, i.e. in temptations.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Armor of God

(Eph 6:10 [KJV])
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
(Eph 6:11 [KJV])
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
(Eph 6:12 [KJV])
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.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Our conflict is not with men, here denoted by "flesh and blood," which is usually a symbol of weakness, therefore denoting that our opponents are not weak mortals, but powers of a far more formidable order. But against the principalities, against the powers. The same words as in Eph 1:21; therefore the definite article is prefixed, as denoting what we are already familiar with: for though all of these, evil as well as good, have been put under Christ the Head, they have not been put under the members, but the evil among them are warring against these members with all the greater ferocity that they cannot assail the Head. Against the world-rulers of this state of) darkness. (comp. Eph 2:2) "World-rulers" denotes the extent of the dominion of these invisible foes the term is applied only to the rulers of the most widely extended tracts; there is no part of the globe to which their influence does not extend, and where their dark rule does not show itself. (comp. Luk 4:6) "This darkness" expressively denotes the element and the results of their rule. Observe contrast with Christ"s servants, who are children of light, equivalent to order, knowledge, purity, joy, peace, etc.; while the element of the devil and his servants is darkness, equivalent to confusion, ignorance, crime, terror, strife, and all misery. Against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The natural meaning, though questioned by some, is, either that these hosts of wickedness have their residence in heavenly places, or, that these places are the scene of our conflict with them. The latter seems more agreeable to the context, for "in heavenly places" does not denote a geographical locality here any more than in Eph 1:3 and Eph 2:6. When it is said that "we have been seated with Christ in heavenly places," the allusion is to the spiritual experience of his people; in spirit they are at the gate of heaven, where their hearts are full of heavenly thoughts and feelings; the statement now before us is that, even in such places, amid their most fervent experiences or their most sublime services, they are subject to the attacks of the spirits of wickedness.
The foe.
The Christian life is a warfare. In order to wage this successfully we must understand the nature of the foes we have to contend with, because the weapons and armor will have to be selected according to the character of the attack that is made upon us. “
This is why it is so important to study God’s word and pray daily. We cannot fight this battle by our own strength, we need to allow God to prepare us for battle. This is a real battle and we have a real enemy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jesus is still the answer

No matter what takes place in this crazy world we live in Jesus is our one and only hope. Man will fail us but God never fails. If life gets you down just look up. Call out to Jesus and He will answer. He is our only salvation. Money can't save us! Our leaders can't save us! The world can't save us... Only Jesus... He is the way the truth and the life...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Android Tablet

I am kicking the tires on my new android, it is really cool.
A little learning curve but I really like it.