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In the Face of my Enemies

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“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5

Who are my enemies?

I don’t have the kind of enemies King David faced every day. I don’t go into physical battle to fight other nations. I doubt my son will ever wage war against me (as David’s son did). But I do have enemies. My biggest enemy is the enemy we all have, Satan. Our accuser, the father of lies, the evil one. He’s the one who wants to steal from us, kill us and destroy us. I also face the enemies in my own heart. My pride, selfishness, apathy, jealousy, self-protective bent, and desire for comfort to name a few.

Sometimes when I am struggling with these “enemies”, I have a hard time writing or sharing spiritual truth. I find it difficult to write out scriptural insights because my enemies accuse me and tell me I’m not worthy. As I was reading Psalm 23:5 one morning, it struck me that God wants to prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. When I come to Him in the morning to read the Bible, pray and write my thoughts, He has promised to spread a table before me, to give me truth and insight into His word even in the presence of my enemies of pride, selfishness and sin. Even in the presence of the accuser, the devil. When I come to Him with an open heart and mind confessing my sin and seeking Him, He will give me truth. He will feed my soul with a banquet spread out on the table. I can ignore the enemies who mock me and jeer at me. They are defeated. Jesus has made a spectacle of them.

He has won the victory!

When I tremble and lay down my sword in the presence of my enemies, I believe a lie.

I am letting my enemies deceive me by convincing me I’m defeated. They rejoice when I let their accusations keep me from seeking my Lord and from acting on His truth. His truth stands no matter how I “feel”. Yes, I’m an imperfect vessel but God still chooses to use me as He has used sinners through the ages. He sees me through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. My faith is in Him and not in my own abilities. I can do nothing apart from Him.

So, I’ll seek Him and I’ll search the Scriptures and I’ll write about His truth even when my enemies mock me. He is my strength and shield. My ever present help in time of trouble.

Originally published at Internet Cafe Devotions

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Take One Step

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 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:7-8 (ESV)

 

I have to make some choices here. I have to choose to submit to God. I choose to draw near to Him. When I do, He promises to draw near to me.

If we take one step towards God, He meets us.

I have to choose to resist the devil, just resist. Submit to God, oppose the devil. It doesn’t say I have to defeat the devil in my strength. Just resist. Don’t just give in or follow blindly along. Don’t just accept his lies.

RESIST.

Draw near to God. Cleanse and purify my heart. Be single-minded in seeking God.

Father, thank you that you love me so much. Thank you that in your strength it is possible to resist the devil. Thank you that you always meet the one who steps toward you. I want to submit to you, dear Father. I want you to have all my heart. Please help me resist the evil one today.

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Christmas… What if There’s More to the Story?

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Please read this message posted by my friend Jennifer Slattery (http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com) for a meaningful Christmas message:

The Woman, the Child and the Dragon~The Adventure Awaits: The Choice is Yours

I never expected to hear a Christmas story that began in the book of revelations. A woman, a baby, and a powerful, murderous dragon lurking, waiting, watching… trembling.Today my pastor Lance Burch of Reality Church located in LaVista, NE, shares an epic tale of Christmases past and those yet to come. This tale has been unfolding since the beginning of time, and today, you and I have a chance to step into it. To make history. To live big, dragon-slaying lives.You can listen to this tale in it’s entirety here, or you can read a shortened version below.

via Christmas… What if There’s More to the Story?.

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Under Attack!

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“You’ve blown it as a parent.”

You’ve wasted so much of your life, you are such a failure!”

“You call yourself a Christian; look at all the people you ignored over the years. Look at all the missed opportunities.”

“You blew it!”

“You failed.”… Have you ever had thoughts like these bombard your mind? Recently, I was struggling with these thoughts coming to my mind like so many artillery shells. One zinger, “I can’t believe you are 61 years old and you are just learning (insert recent revelation).” I was overwhelmed with my own self-focus, contaminating pride, laziness, and weaknesses. As I was getting in the car one morning, the song “Greater” by MercyMe was in my mind. As I was about to turn on the ignition, these lyrics went through my head, “And greater is the One living inside of me than he who is living in the world” I turned on the car and those exact lyrics were playing on the radio! Some would count this as a coincidence but as one who believes in and follows Jesus, I have learned there are no coincidences and when something like this happens; it is God giving me a message. But I didn’t really examine it at that time. Later that day I was sharing my struggles with my dear friend and prayer partner and she said, “That’s the enemy! God does not talk to us like that.” Then it was like a light going off in my heart and I remembered the song God brought to my attention. Later I read all the lyrics and realized all He was saying. I was under attack and the enemy was filling my heart with his accusations and reminders of my sin. But the blood of Jesus Christ has covered my sin! As it says in Ephesians 1:7-8a “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

I then realized when the attack started. A few weeks ago God spoke to me through a sermon at my church. I took the challenge to give God the first minutes of my day to pray. Not just a brief prayer but a sacrificial time to seek God apart from all distractions. I started getting up earlier than usual to pray and it was a blessed time. But things came against me, I missed a few days and then I spent a week under this attack. The enemy did not want me to spend that time in prayer! That tells me how important it is. When the enemy attacks, it feels like oppression not conviction. The Holy Spirit will convict of a specific sin and call us to repent of that. He does not oppress us with a general feeling of failure and condemnation. I praise God for His love, His forgiveness and His grace. And I thank Him for this song.

Are you under attack?

Are you feeling condemned and overwhelmed by your sin? If you feel that conviction but you have never given your heart to Jesus, know this truth from Romans 10:9-10,

If you declare with you mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” And once you are His, Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Once we belong to Jesus, when we sin, He promises in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Once He cleanses us, our sins are gone. They are wiped away. The enemy condemns; Jesus leads us to life.

If you belong to Jesus and you are convicted of sin, confess it and move on yielding to Him. If there is a general sense of condemnation and accusation, that is the enemy! Resist him!

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 Meditate on the truth of Scripture. Spend time praising God. Pray and tell the devil to leave you alone. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 Praise God for the victory!

 

 

 

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FIGHT

S~ …Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14b (NIV)

O~ Nehemiah has been looking over the progress the people have made in rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. The enemy has come against them was trying to stop them anyway they could. Nehemiah encourages them and tells them to fight, to remember why they are building. They are building for and should be willing to fight for their families and their homes.

A~ I am not involved in rebuilding a physical wall but I want my life to be focused on building a spiritual wall around my family, my home and my brothers and sisters in Christ. There are obstacles all around and there are enemies all around attacking me, my family and my brothers and sisters in Christ. I need to remember that the Lord is great and awesome and I need to fight for those I love. The people working with Nehemiah carried their weapons with them as they rebuilt the wall. Even as they went to fetch something they had a bucket in one hand and a weapon in the other. They were prepared to fight. Do I carry my weapons? Am I always prepared to fight? What are my weapons? The Word of God, prayer and my faith. I need to have His word in my hand by having it in my mind so it is there when I face the enemy. I need to immediately run to prayer when the enemy strikes and keep my faith strong so it can be my shield. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

P~ Jesus, help me to go into this day prepared for battle. Help me to keep my mind focused on you and your word and to be ready to fight lies with the truth. Help me to pray without ceasing and to respond to the attacks of the enemy with faith. Help me also to run into battle for my loved ones. You, Lord, are great and awesome! Thank you for being my strength.

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via October 10 Nehemiah 3,4; Luke 23.

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The Furnace of Suffering

If you are going through a time of suffering, read Tara’s story for some encouragement.

Discover One Thing

These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish. Our team would love the privilege of praying for you! Please share how we can lift you in prayer at DiscoverOneThingPrayer@gmail.com

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The Furnace of Suffering | Tara Wiley

S~ I have refined you, but not as silver is refined – Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. I will rescue you for my sake – yes, for my own sake. I will not let my reputation be tarnished, and I will not share my glory with idols. Isaiah 48:10-11 (NLT)

O~ Sometimes the answer to “Why do bad things happen to good people?” is “Refining.”

A~ Every muscle fiber, every…

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