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YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

If you walk out of your home tonight and get into your car, all the devil will see is a ball of fire. In the spirit world, in the sight of the angels and demons, there is pure light beaming out of you, illuminating your automobile. As you drive down the road, that light shines forth into the spiritual darkness brighter than your headlights shine forth into the physical darkness.

From God’s viewpoint in heaven, a dark sedan is going this way, and another dark sedan is going that way.

Suddenly down the road comes a ball of holy fire! “There goes one of my children!” says the Lord.

When you enter your house, say, “Thank God, the blood of Jesus is upon this house.” Your house is lit up! Later that evening, the lights in the neighborhood begin to flicker out. One after the other, the houses go dark. You turn off your lights, but your house keeps shining brightly because you are a child of light! A believer lives in your house, and believers are never in the dark.

The adversary prowls around in the shadows, “seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Evil spirits slip through the atmospheric heaven, looking

for victims. Hate and anger is trying to enter one home. Strife is trying to enter another. Cancer is prowling here. Madness is lurking there. Adultery is searching for an open door.

Evil cannot visit your home if your home is full of light. The powers of darkness cannot penetrate the light. The bloodline drawn around your home is a line Satan cannot cross.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). You are a child of light (Eph. 5:8). “Ye are the light of the world…” (Matt. 5:14).

This was the revelation Satan didn’t want you to have. Now you know how utterly powerless he is when it comes to the blood of Jesus. What are you going to do with this knowledge? As it says in Revelation 12:11, you are going to overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony.

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I will fight for you. You need to be still.

My friend, if all is silent and dark in your life now, and you feel like you have been left out in the cold, just know that Jesus came to be your Savior at such a time as this.

He was not born in the comfort of a warm, cosy room, but in a cold manger. There was no room for Him in the inn (see Luke 2:7), so that there will always be room at the cross for your healing, deliverance, wholeness and provision, and a mansion in heaven waiting for you!

Jesus was born very quietly, so quietly that the Bible says that only a group of shepherds came to Him, while the rest of Bethlehem slept (see Luke 2:8–9). Like manna falling quietly from heaven in the Old Testament, the true bread from heaven came quietly. It was a silent night, but that was not all.

Jesus was also born during the darkest time in Israel’s history. Israel was under the tyrannical rule of the Romans. It was during this time, when everything was so dark, that Jesus was born. Beloved, He will come to you in the darkest period of your life.

On that cold and silent night, the shepherds were afraid when the angel of the Lord stood before them. But the angel said, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

It was not a judge or lawgiver who was born. It was a mighty Savior. He came to save His people. He came to save you and me. So even if you are in a cold, dark period of your life, don’t be afraid—the Savior has come and He will save you to the uttermost!

No matter what is going on in your life, you could have been hurt my family or friends, your financial situation or even a Church could hurt you, but the Lord says.

Trust Me….. I will fight for you. You need to be still.

 

 

Don’t Accept Thoughts From The Devil

“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”Ephesians 6:16

Don’t Accept Thoughts From The Devil

The verse begins with the words, “Above all”. When you see the words “above all”, it means that what it is referring to is of top priority. In other words, of all the pieces of the armour, the “shield of faith” is of paramount importance.

The shield of faith can “quench all the fiery darts” that the wicked one throws at us. What are the fiery darts? They are thoughts. When the devil throws them at you, you can quench them or accept them. If you accept them, then the devil can make inroads into your life.

Remember the illustration of Irene and her two friends who threw her a birthday party? From that illustration, we learnt that the devil throws thoughts into our minds to trick us. Poor Irene

thought that her friends were conspiring against her when in truth, they were conspiring to bless her! Unfortunately, Irene accepted those fiery darts from the devil.

It is not about having faith in your faith, it is about having faith in His faith.

When we accept the thoughts that he throws at us, he is  able to instil in us fear, self-pity, condemnation, feelings of rejection, feelings of betrayal and so on. For example, a symptom may present itself in your body. The devil then throws a thought at you: “It’s cancer! Remember that your grandfather died of that disease?” If you accept the thought and start to entertain it, you will begin to fear.

Don’t accept them, my friend! Ephesians 6:16 says that the shield of faith will help you quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. So how should you respond? Well, your part is to simply keep the shield of faith up to quench the fiery darts coming at you from the north, south, east and west. You don’t have to worry about where the thought darts are coming from. You don’t have to worry about how many darts are being thrown at you. All you have to do is keep your shield of faith up because it will quench all the darts, not just some.

The main question you have to deal with is this: Am I living in faith? Am I acting in faith? But it is not about having faith inyour faith, it is about having faith in His faith. How does faith work? It works when we know how much God loves us. (Galatians 5:6) The fiery darts thrown at us from the devil are designed to counter the pieces of our armour. The darts try to stop us from trusting in God’s truth. They try to stop us from believing in our righteousness in Christ. They try to stop us from walking in peace. But as long as you know that you are living in faith, you don’t have to worry where the fiery darts are coming from because they will be quenched.

The apostle Paul often used images of warfare in his  writings. Here, he is using imagery of futuristic battles as well. In many science-fiction movies such as Star Wars, the large spaceships often have an invisible shield around them. When shot at by their opponents, the laser beams simply bounce off the invisible shield. The only way to shut off the shield is to sabotage the spaceship from within.

We are a little like those spaceships. Our invisible shield is our faith. And the devil tries to bring it down by attacking us from within with thoughts and accusations. And if we start to entertain and believe those thoughts, we are left without a protective shield and the fiery darts can hit us and cause damage. But if you are living in faith, then you are protected from the devil’s fiery darts. If your shield of faith is up, I don’t care how many thousands of fiery darts are being launched at you and from which direction because the shield will quench all the darts.

Now, some Christians do the opposite. They bring out a shield of doubt and quench all the blessings of God! So make sure your shield is a shield of faith, not doubt.

‘Rest In My Faith’

 Not too long ago, I had a chronic skin condition. One day, I said to God, “I believe that this pain will leave me now.”

Then, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Son, has it left?” “No, it hasn’t,” I replied.

He asked, “Do you believe that I have faith for your miracle?”

“Of course,I do!”I said.

He said, “Rest in My faith.”

I rested in His faith and that day, the condition disappeared from my body! I didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary. I didn’t feel the brush of angels’ wings on my face. But it left!

You see, faith is simple, so don’t make it so complicated. Some of us are trying so hard to have faith or build faith that it becomes faith in our faith. “Do I have enough faith? Have I confessed enough scriptures? Have I confessed in faith? Maybe I should do this…” No, you should just rest in His faith. Just believe that He has the faith for your miracle. Just believe that He can and that He is willing to bring your miracle to pass because He loves you. When you see His grace towards you, when you keep your eyes on Him and just  believe in Him, that is faith without you being conscious of it!

One Sunday, during one of my sermons on healing, a lady in our church was busy sending SMS messages to her friend who was at home. The messages contained points and scriptures from the sermon. She also told her friend to just believe and confess, “By  Jesus’ stripes, I am healed!” You  see, her friend

had cancer. Well, her friend read the text messages and confessed that by Jesus’ stripes, she was healed. When she went back to her doctor that same week, he could not find any trace of cancer! I believe that she was healed the same day she believed that by Jesus’ stripes, she was healed.

Now, I wish that every sick person could receive the manifestation of his healing within a day! But it doesn’t always happen so quickly. So I can’t tell you how long you should confess, “By Jesus’ stripes, I am healed” before the manifestation of your healing comes. But one thing is sure: It is God’s Word and God’s Word cannot return to Him void. If you have to confess it for a month, then confess it for a month, knowing that Jesus has the faith for your miracle. Just do it until your healing manifests. Hebrews 10:35–36 says, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” And as you confess God’s Word, simply rest in His faith, not yours. Simply believe that He has the faith for your miracle!

 

When God calls again….

Jeremiah 31:16-17 King James Version (KJV)

16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

WHEN GOD FIGHTS FOR YOU The Lord is a man of war who will always fight your battles. When He fights your battles, the result will be announced in your favour. An interesting feature of the battle in the Red Sea, was that the enemy came into the battle and lost everything. Through that battle God made a bold statement. He proved to the world that the judgment of instant burial inside the Red Sea was the lot of all stubborn pursuers of His children. The devil is a blind fighter.

The battle actually started when signs and wonders were done after God decreed, “Let my people go.” The first-born of Egypt died massively, the waters of Egypt were turned to blood, the plague of boils was one of the divine weapons used against them. But they were too stubborn to take note of the fact that they were rubbing their hands on the sharp saw of the Almighty. The saw did not only cut their hands, it grinded their bones to powder.

We need to understand that is is we who goes away from God. God will never leave us nor forsake us. God will always call us no matter what situation we are in.

God says in

John 10:28 King James Version (KJV)

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

This was one of my biggest eye openers in my life knowing that no matter were I find myself even in my lowest hour that my God YHVH will not allow anyone to pluck me or you out of His hand.

Stay in faith and God the God of war will fight for you. WHEN GOD FIGHTS FOR YOU The Lord is a man of war who will always fight your battles. When He fights your battles, the result will be announced in your favour.

The Lord God will never never leave nor forsake His children.

I have been through a tough time in my life lately and one of the most amazing verses was John

John 10:28 

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

No more sleepless nights.

 

Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Are you one of those who have trouble sleeping at night? Perhaps just this morning you said, “I was up the whole night—my girl was running a high fever,” ( I know the lady works with me Lanie with a little one who has fevers often, Leane) and she slept for only two hours—there are people who is  awake polishing up there presentation,” or “I couldn’t sleep at all—I was worried about the bills that are piling up.” Yes we live in a world of worries and fear! (This is exactly what the devil wants you to belive)

God “gives His beloved sleep”. Who are His beloved? You and I! Because we are in Christ, we are His beloved. (Ephesians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13)

God says, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows…” In other words, it is pointless to worry and lose sleep because the truth is, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

So let God be the one who builds your career and watches over your financial investments. Let Him be the one who guards your health, marriage and children. Have faith like a mustard seed is what Jesus said. Don’t worry and stay up late as if you are the source of the increase, or the one who has the power to make things happen and save the situation. No, Jesus is the one and He says to you, “My beloved child, throw that care to Me and go to sleep.” And while you are sleeping, He is working on your situation. He, who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:3–4), works the night shift for you as you sleep,!

We need to trust Him, we must learn to read the bible more, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.

But because we are such doers and performers, it is hard for us to let go and let God take over. But when we actually do, casting all our cares, anxieties and worries once and for all into His hands, we will see how He cares for us affectionately and watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7) We will see Him taking care of our problems and working things out for good. (Romans 8:28)

trust in Jesus’s love for you. Cast your cares on Him and have no more sleepless nights.

Psalm 3:5 “I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”

Dare to trust Him and He will never let you down

 

God forgets our sins.

HEBREWS 10:16,18,19,22,23

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

The number one thing that violates people’s faith is remembrance of the past. Condemnation is the devil’s favorite tool. In your case, like most, it is probably your memories of past failures and disappointments that keep you from enjoying God’s highest and best.

Paul said, “…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Phil. 3:13).

We don’t need to be reminded of our mistakes. Those who preach condemnation annoy me. Some preachers think they are helping people by dredging up their past. Those things don’t need to be dug up.

The number one thing that violates people’s faith is remembrance of the past. Condemnation is the devil’s favorite tool. In your case, like most, it is probably your memories of past failures and disappointments that keep you from enjoying God’s highest and best.

Paul said, “…this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Phil. 3:13).

We don’t need to be reminded of our mistakes. Those who preach condemnation annoy me. Some preachers think they are helping people by dredging up their past. Those things don’t need to be dug up.

You must forgive yourself.

The Bible tells us, “…If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:” [altogether a new creation, a new type of being] “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). By the blood of Jesus we have become a new creation, and a new spirit has been recreated inside us. Unfortunately, we still have the same mind, and that old mind easily remembers all of our past failures.

Even our body has a certain amount of intelligence of its own; it remembers things. It remembers pleasure in sin. (Heb. 11:25.) It remembers pain. It has certain

tastes and appetites. It craves some things and avoids other things.

The way we deal with our bodies is to yield our bodies unto God. Present your bodies “…a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

We renew our minds (v. 2) with the Word of God. Don’t fall into Satan’s trap of remembrance. Don’t keep going back into the dark failures of your past. Once your sins are under the blood, God does not revisit them and neither should you.

Notice again what He said concerning the covenant He will make with His people “after those days”: I will be their God and they will be My people. He will put His statutes in their hearts, and in their minds He will write them. He will remember their iniquities no more. (Heb. 10:16.) With this covenant, other scriptures tell us He said, “…I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Heb. 8:10).

Let’s not remind God of something He chose to forget. Think about it for a moment. God has chosen to forget our sins and iniquities. He says, “I will remember them no more.” If words mean anything, this should tell us that God doesn’t want us reminding

Him of something He has consciously, deliberately determined to forget!

God has already forgiven us of all our sins, but most people have not forgiven themselves. Religion hasn’t helped. It exacerbates the problem. How many times have you heard, “We are but worms and mere sinners, saved by grace.”

No, we’re not! Not since the blood of Jesus was applied to our lives. We were sinners, but now we are the children of God. Yes, my old man was a sinner. He had bad blood, spiritually speaking. But that old man is dead, and I am now a child of God.You may ask, “What if we miss it?” Well, children do miss it, but they don’t stop being children. My sons miss it every now and then. They may make mistakes and disappoint me, but they don’t cease from being my children.

 

They might lose out in fellowship, but they don’t lose out in relationship.

CHOOSE THE GOOD PART AND BE BLESSED

God instructs us for our own benefit. He wants us to profit in every area of our lives—health, finances, career, marriage and family relationships. The Bible says that it is God who teaches us to profit. And it is He who leads us in the way that we should go.

God always has our best interests at heart. We only have to sit at His feet, listen to His Word and just have fresh, daily communion with Him, and He will make our way fruitful.

But we are constantly bombarded with things to do every day, like sending the kids to school, attending a business meeting or making a sales presentation. Likewise, in church, there are just as many important things to attend to—ministering to the needy, reaching out to the lost and healing the sick. But you know what? All these things will be taken care of when we sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to His Word.

What was the Lord’s response to Martha’s complaint that her sister was sitting at His feet and listening to Him, instead of helping her with the many tasks? “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41–42)

Yet, many of us are like Martha. We worry about many things. And we are so busy that we have no time to sit at Jesus’ feet to listen to His Word and enjoy communion with Him. When we fail to draw from Him, we end up running on our own strength, and relying on our own flesh and wisdom to get things done. Listen, you can never have a plan that is better than God’s!

My friend, do you want to be led by God’s wisdom and timing in your decision-making? Then, make it a point to choose the good part like Mary did. Spend time with Jesus, open your Bible and say, “Lord, speak to me.” You will find that your heavenly Father takes care of your troubles, and teaches and leads you to profit!

“Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; 

“Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you;  He will not fail you or forsake you.”  (Deuteronomy 31:6)

On occasion, we are faced with difficult, fearful, or even dangerous situations (real or imagined) that we can either turn our back on or enter into and face the risk.

Without risk, there is no need for courage.

In Hebrew, one of the words for courage is amatz, אָמַץ.

“Be strong and courageous (chazak v’amatz),”  God tells Joshua.

After Moses’ death, Joshua needed strength and encouragement as the new leader of Israel.

So, three times God encourages him with these words as he prepares to lead the nation into the Promised Land.

The Hebrew word for strength — chazak — can also mean courage.

In fact, courage is derived from strength — and not just physical strength.

The Bible is full of instances of moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social strength that God expects His children to practice and excel at in our journey from glory to glory.

Let’s look at a few of them.

Be Strong and Courageous

The Hebrew word for strength, chazak,  begins with the deep guttural and throaty ch (chet) and ends with a strong letter k (koof), with the confident z (zayin) in between.  It has the sound of strength and force.

What kind of chazak does God expect us to have and when does He want us to use it?  After all, there are a lot of risky situations we can walk into.

The Galilee-born disciple Peter risked his life when he cut off a soldier’s ear to defend His precious Messiah from being taken away.  (John 18:10)

Unfortunately, Peter confused divine chazak with impetuousness, going after something without stopping to seek God’s will in the matter.

Yeshua, however, understood His role in the Father’s plan for mankind and accessed His immense spiritual strength that trusted in and relied on His Father, to obey Him.

God looks inside…

John 4:19, “The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.”

JOHN 4:4-26

This didn’t take any great discernment on the woman’s part. Jesus had just “read her mail”. He told her the most intimate details of her life. Anyone could have perceived Jesus was a prophet after something like that.

This woman suddenly realized that she was dealing with more than just a man. God was speaking to her. What was her reaction? She changed the subject. She brought up a doctrinal issue concerning the proper place to worship–anything to get Jesus’ attention off of her.

We all have a tendency to build walls of privacy around the intimate details of our lives. We are afraid to let anyone, especially God, look inside. But God already knows and He wants all of our heart.

Jesus brought this woman right back to the subject of her personal relationship with God. The place of worship or the forms of worship weren’t important. God was looking for people who would open their hearts–even the hidden parts–for Him to inhabit.

Likewise today, Satan tries to get us occupied with everything except the one thing that counts. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth. Anything less than that is not enough.

 

 

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