Seeing Red

The following post is from a young lady whose blog I follow. She writes from the heart of a believer who has traveled a very difficult road with her Master.

This is a subject we should all be more cognizant of – especially men. God made man and woman – made them equal – made them different – for His express purposes. Pro-Creation, the making of a another human being created in the image of our Triune God, is, as she states so well, uniquely feminine. Yes, both husband and wife are required. But, the carrying of that innocent, vulnerable person until they are ready to live outside the womb – that responsibility falls to the woman. And women, since Creation, have masterfully and lovingly carried out that responsibility.

That innate desire of a woman to “mother” is to be celebrated – not berated.

BBB’s confession herein is heart-wrenching – but it is where life is – and our Master walks through this with her!

*sigh* This post is going to be difficult to write. The saying goes, never judge a person until you walk a mile in their shoes…or something like that. And I’ve learned over the years that as much as I hate those cliched little nuggets, they actually hold a lot of truth. Stand the test of […]

via Seeing RED  — BeautyBeyondBones

Becoming Overcomers

Jesus overcame Satan by the shedding of His blood, and thereby defeated death for us.

SatanIn today’s sophisticated, deluded culture, the devil is either a cartoon character, a suave charlatan that can give you everything you desire (for a price), or an incredibly powerful and evil being depicted in fictional venues as virtually unstoppable.

Christians need to understand that Satan is a real, yet created being. His powers are no greater than ours, just far more focused. He is not omnipresent, e.g. he can only be in one place at one time. He has an enormous number of demonic beings who do his bidding. These demons exercise great power because they know the Scriptures far better than most Christians. It is only natural that a soldier learn as much as possible about the enemy he faces in battle.

“You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe — and they shudder.” [James 2:19 HCSB]

The devil’s ability to delude so many in our culture rests in his careful reading of our strengths and weaknesses.

The devil’s ability to delude so many in our culture rests in his careful reading of our strengths and weaknesses. He works to move us to distraction, tempts us to seek personal satisfaction through things and stuff. The child of God who is committed to the Scripture and prayer will find the way to stay the course – with a life committed to serving our Master.

“For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.” [2 Corinthians 10:3-5 HCSB]

Jesus overcame Satan by the shedding of His blood, and thereby defeated death for us. He gave His life for you and I.

Jesus overcame Satan by the shedding of His blood, and thereby defeated death for us. He gave His life for you and I. Can we not rally to, at the least, defeat Satan’s attempts to destroy our lives and those of our families? Our nation’s future depends on a reawakening to the truth of God’s Word and the simple fact that we have been bought with a price.

I would ask you to consider these words and, please, read the Bible passages. Then ask the Spirit of God to guide you in every endeavor with the wisdom of our Creator!

Read Psalm 81:13-14

“We must realize that it is not Satan who defeats us; it is our openness to him. To perfectly subdue the devil we must walk in the “shelter of the Most High” (Psalm 91:1). Satan is tolerated for one purpose: the warfare between the devil and God’s saints thrusts us into Christlikeness, where the nature of Christ becomes our only place of rest and security. God allows warfare to facilitate His eternal plan, which is to make man in His image.”

Francis Frangipane, ‘The Three Battlegrounds

God created everything. Even my furnace of affliction was created for His purposes!

Read Psalm 91:1-10

Read Psalm 92:14-15

God created everything. Even my furnace of affliction was created for His purposes!

“no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.” [Isaiah 54:17 NIV]

“In the battles of life, your peace is actually a weapon. Indeed, your confidence declares that you are not falling for the lies of the devil. You see, the first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. When Jesus confronted the devil, He did not confront Satan with His emotions or in fear. Knowing that the devil was a liar, He simply refused to be influenced by any other voice than God’s. His peace overwhelmed Satan, His authority then shattered the lie, which sent demons fleeing.”

Francis Frangipane, ‘The Three Battlegrounds

“”To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”” [Revelation 3:21-22 NKJV]

“Let us recall that the Lord delivered the ancient Hebrews out of Egypt so He could bring them into the Promised Land. Likewise, we are delivered out of sin, not that we might live for ourselves, but that we might come into Christlikeness. Our goals must align with God’s, for if our nature does not change, we will invariably find ourselves in the same problems that caused our difficulties in the first place.”

Francis Frangipane, ‘The Three Battlegrounds’

Read 1 John 3:8-9

Satan is not an equal power with God; he is a vanquished foe.

“Spiritual authority is not a tug-of-war on a horizontal plane; it is a vertical chain of command. Jesus Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He’s at the top. He has given His authority and power to His servants to be exercised in His name (Luke 10:17); we’re underneath Him. And Satan and his demons? They’re at the bottom, subject to the authority Christ has invested in us. They have no more right to rule your life than a buck private has to order a general to clean the latrine. Why, then, does the kingdom of darkness exert such negative influence in the world and in the lives of Christians? In a word, the lie.

Satan is not an equal power with God; he is a vanquished foe. But if he can deceive you into believing that he has more power and authority than you do, you will live as if he does!”

Neil Anderson, ‘The Bondage Breaker

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Read Psalm 33:20-22

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful Jesus Returnsand True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” [Revelation 19:11-16 NIV]

“. . . in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

I’m convinced it is vitally important we understand this fundamental tenet of how we pray!

praying-man

Quite often we will say something out of habit, or rote, or perceived obligation. When we do that, it is likely the statement is bereft of meaning. For example, when someone sneezes we will say, “Bless you!” Or, more rarely nowadays, “God bless you!” Do we really mean that? Are we thinking about God blessing that individual? Or, has it become a habit we feel compelled to do?

The following article, written by the late M. R. De Haan II, from Radio Bible Class fame, speaks to that problem, and addresses the very nature of what we say in the way we pray.


“. . . in Jesus name. Amen.”

             By M. R. De Haan II      Published in the RBC Digest®; Vol. 3, No. 11; February 1979

Thot: The words “for Christ’s sake” too often become a profanity in the curses of sinners – and in the prayers of saints.

Most Christians are familiar with the fact that the Scriptures tell us to pray in the name of Jesus. And they promise that if we do, the Father will give us everything we ask for. Therefore, along with so many other Christians, I close my prayers in the name of Christ.

But here is the problem. I don’t get everything I ask for. You don’t either, do you? Even though we tag our prayers with the Blessed Name, it doesn’t always work.

I don’t mean to be profane about this. Nor do I regret that I haven’t gotten everything I’ve asked for. To be sure, much of what I’ve wanted would not have been in my best interests – nor God’s. And it’s only because of His loving wisdom that He refused to grant my selfish, shortsighted desires.

If God cannot lie, then why doesn’t He keep His promise when I ask in His Son’s name?

But that doesn’t solve our problem. If God cannot lie, then why doesn’t He keep His promise when I ask in His Son’s name?

Answer: Praying in the name of Jesus doesn’t mean praying with the right “tag.” Neither does it mean twisting the Arm of the Almighty by appealing to the authority of His Son. Praying in the name of Jesus means praying in accordance with His character.

Reason: In biblical times the idea of a “name “ meant much more than it does today. It often was descriptive of the character and work of the person who bore it. In the case of Christ that was especially true. He is revealed to us as “the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Lord” speaks of His authority. “Jesus” describes Him as Savior. “Christ” as God’s anointed one – in other words, the person to whom God gave His Spirit in order to fulfill His assignment.

Significance: What does all this mean? It means that my prayers, to be in the name of Christ, should conform to the character behind these descriptive titles. They are to be in the spirit of rescue (Jesus), in the spirit of fulfilling God’s purpose (Christ) and in the awareness that my authority can only be an extension of His authority (Lord).

We therefore are to pray, as His representatives, “for His sake,” in His place, in His Spirit, and with His purpose. This means that we must assume His character and by so doing receive whatever we ask for.

This realization isn’t quite so appealing is it? It’s easier to try to use the name of Christ as some magical formula. But to do so would be to diminish the name of Jesus to an instrument of our own flesh. The Lord of Glory can’t let that happen – for our sake – not for His.


Prayer is at the very heart of Christianity

Prayer is at the very heart of Christianity; because Christianity is NOT a religion, but the way of life for a follower of Jesus.

Since many of us are committed to praying for our nation and the first 100 days of this new Administration (in addition to every other aspect of our life), I think it is vitally important we understand this fundamental tenet of how we pray

“Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction.” [1 Corinthians 1:10 HCSB]

A FEW WORDS, NOW THAT THE AMERICAN ELECTION IS OVER

Thanksgiving Week, 2016

Before this extraordinary Presidential election – what did you think was going to happen on Election Day? Seriously!! Did anyone think we would see Donald Trump leap out of the starting gate, never looking back? Ahead throughout the evening? Accomplishing an historic victory for a non-politician? Even if you hoped for a victory could you have envisioned such a sweeping victory?

So, what’s this all about?

It is a right and privilege to vote in the USA. It is the Christian’s duty to vote! In so doing we are participants in God’s Omnipotent work of placing leaders over nations.

The pundits, pollsters, talking heads, politicians, etc. and etc. have been going 24 hours a day since the close of the polls. None of them, save the few in Christian media, have acknowledged our Sovereign God’s Hand in placing Donald Trump into this position.

Similarly, few have acknowledged that it was an act of MERCY by Almighty God to stop (slow down) our nations slide into an abject godless state.

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.” [Romans 13:1-4 NIV]

We know, by the things uncovered during the election, that President-Elect Trump is flawed, at best. It is unlikely (I do not profess to know) that he is a born again Christian. However, I believe he has a desire to do what is right, that he recognizes the importance of turning around the wholesale slaughter of preborn babies, and that he recognizes the Christian heritage on which our nation is founded. And I believe he has accepted that the government has no right under our Constitution to inhibit religious freedom, that the work of the Church is within any and every facet of our culture – public and private. Similarly, He seems to understand that we must maintain a strong relationship with our only ally in the Middle East – Israel.

But I do not have direct access to Mr. Trump, nor to any of his advisors. I have very limited voice with our elected legislators. What then should I do as a result of this very clear act of Mercy by my God?

“A king’s heart is like streams of water in the LORD’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” [Proverbs 21:1 HCSB]

On Memorial Day, November 11, we remember and honor all the men and women who have served this nation through the military. And that is as it should be, “Lest we forget.” But the best way to honor them is by holding and keeping the nation God gave us, the nation they have served – not the one we are rapidly moving toward!

I deeply feared where this nation was headed if we had 4 to 8 more years of anti-God, anti-Christian, socialist leadership at the highest office. I grieved over what kind of culture I was leaving for my children and grandchildren. My wife and I prayed with fervor for God’s Mercy! And, obviously many of you, many throughout this nation, and probably the world, prayed the same.

And guess what? Our God, who hears all true prayers, granted us His Mercy. It is a limited deal though. He does not go back to sleep now, letting us just go about our business with no responsibility to change. This is not recess time, so that we can continue pursuing worldly gain and pleasure. He never sleeps, never slumbers. God has hit the pause button on our fall into the abyss. We are recipients of a renewed opportunity to actually BE the salt and light within our culture.

“”You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” [Matthew 5:13-16 NIV]

The responsibility for my actions, and your actions, in every facet of our daily life, is ours individually. I am accountable to God for the way I represent His Son in this world. Whether the government assists me, leaves me alone, or outright persecutes me, I am responsible to God for every moment of my life.

I can promise you that God does have a plan for each of us individually. But, it is not the way of our Loving God to force His Will on us. That is part of being made in the image of God. We have a will. If we allow ourselves to be subjects (slaves) of God, His Holy Spirit will speak to our spirit, and we will subject our will to that of our Father. Any pause after hearing a directive from God is an act of defiance of our will – and it is a sin before our God.

God has inclined His ear toward us and has granted Mercy on our nation. But we must act without delay. Get on your knees, thanking God for His Mercy.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” [Matthew 6:33 NIV]

The enemy has grown more arrogant as the Church has weakened in its resolve. Satan’s deception has moved with powerful force into the Church. Pulpits have gone silent to the truth of the Word of God. The institutional churches in America have sold out to the world. More Christians are listening to the culture and to the ‘siren call’ of human desires rather than to the ‘still, small voice of God,’ believing that God’s Word evolves to coincide with the culture.

God reveals Himself through the revelation of His Word and of His Son, Jesus. These are the same yesterday, today and forever!

God loves His Church. It is becoming the Bride He has appointed for His only Son. He will honor our efforts as we seek to do His Will. The prize of eternal life with Jesus is worth whatever the price!

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 8:38-39 NKJV]

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” [2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV]

As we observe this time of giving thanks to our Creator and Provider, Almighty God, we should thank Him for granting us an opportunity to turn back to the foundation of our nation, which is Christian at the core.

Then, Christians, we must commit ourselves, wholeheartedly and with diligence, to prayer, first and foremost; prayers of thanksgiving and to seeking God’s will; and then committing ourselves, selflessly and with NO procrastination, to actively doing the will of our Heavenly Father!

Bless God, America!

And may God continue to bless America!

The Narrow Road

 

The Narrow Road is a movie adaptation of the classic allegory Pilgrim’s Progress, written by John Bunyan and published in 1678.

An Excerpt From Wikipedia:

“The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in February, 1678. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and has never been out of print. Bunyan began his work while in the Bedfordshire county gaol for violations of the Conventicle Act, which prohibited the holding of religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England.”

This is an exciting NEW PROJECT that is presently in the making. By using the latest technology, committed screenwriters and composer to produce a high-class video presentation, this movie can be an extraordinary tool for portraying the Christian message.

Please go to this site, watch the trailer, and forward this POST to as many people as you can.

From The Narrow Road website

“This powerful, epic story chronicles the journey of a pilgrim in search of salvation from impending doom.  CHRISTIAN, the pilgrim and the story’s protagonist, must travel an obstacle-filled road wrought with unique, passionate, and even wicked characters on his road to the beautiful CELESTIAL CITY.  The book is a clear allegory of the Christian life and deals with deep theological issues in a simple and powerful way.”

The link below will take you to their site, for a trailer and information on the project, the cast and those involved in the production. I believe you will agree it is a strong team.

http://narrowroadmovie.com/

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