I have been studying blessings and curses and how it pertains to what Jesus did for us. I have been also studying the armor of God that Paul talks about in Ephesians. God will tell us things so that we pray, so that we stand. I think the standing we have learned vs the way the early believers stood are different. I believe this is because the early believers knew it was a fight for faith or trust above anything else-remember Paul firmly stated to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy (2 Ti) 4:7) and also, “Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you testified so well to your faith before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12).
Faith meaning to believe, trust, cling to. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). In Romans 14:23 Paul states, “But the doubter comes under condemnation if he eats, because his action is not based on trust. And anything not based on trust is a sin.”. Now, no worries here because Paul talks more about faith or trust here in Romans 12:6 “But we have gifts that differ and which are meant to be used according to the grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, use it to the extent of your trust;”. And remember Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed which a man takes and sows in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows up it is larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree, so that the birds flying about come and nest in its branches.”” Mattityahu (Mat) 13:31-32 CJB. Also Paul stated, “For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift.” Ephesians (Eph) 2:8 CJB. So, we start off with a mustard seed and God grows our faith which is a gift of God.
Some may have more trust in one area and another more trust in a different area….that is why Paul said, “or, to put it another way, so that by my being with you, we might, through the faith we share, encourage one another.” The common faith, trust or belief in Who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us we have as believers when we come together we are able to encourage one another as God grows our faith in who we are in Him through our life circumstances.
I refuse to make the enemy bigger than God (read Why Seek Something Inferior??? (Charlie Game) or God Is Bigger Than The Boogeyman?) or believe that God doesn’t know the circumstances that are going on in my life (read God’s Big Plan). Faith or trust in Who God is and all of what Jesus Christ did for us in His death and resurrection is exactly what the enemy wants us not to trust or believe in. We tend to think it is about the circumstances when truly the enemy is trying to bring doubt to our belief or trust in ALL that Jesus did and how the Father loves us. This is truly the enemy’s tactic. The enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy your trust. That is what he is roaming about to do. Yet God brought eternal life through His Son which we receive through trust. So with this foundation in the next post I will get into either the armor of God or blessings and curses…..stay tuned. 😊 This is exciting stuff!
I guess there is a “new game” going viral on Twitter called “Charlie”. This “game”, from what I understand, is really a quickly made Quja board where the people “playing” invite a demon named Charlie to come. I have seen a couple of posts on FB warning about this new game. Later on this week my son came home with a “story” told to him that had the intent to show how dangerous this game is. Yet it only seemed to prove how ineffective both belief in Jesus and prayer is, and how big the enemy supposedly is. I know this was not the intent of the story yet the story only brought fear, which is completely opposite to God. This example was EFFECTIVELY teaching my son prayer was shown as INEFFECTIVE because the prayers did not stop the enemy. This in turn showed how POWERFUL the enemy supposedly is and how INEFFECTIVE God supposedly is. This is NOT TRUTH.
The Lord said this story’s purpose was to bring FEAR (not of God) to MANIPULATE (not of God) the kids into not doing something.
The problem is that many times we agree with the enemy, instead of God to ” control” others. Of course the heart intent is for good, yet the results are dastardly because we SAY that God is bigger and yet we don’t really BELIEVE God is bigger and we end up teaching our BELIEF. For more information on how we learn read Simon of Cyrene.
Yes the spiritual realm is real, yes the enemies tactic is to bring fear. Yet I have authority over the enemy because He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. See I say this, but I also believe it. Not because of anything I did but because God radically delivered me into Grace the true gospel of the New Testament that Jesus died and rose again to bring. When I look back at situations where I was face to face with the demonic and it appeared bigger…it was only because I had fear, really did not have trust in my Father, and did not know who I am in Christ Jesus. Read Abide Under the Shadow to understand more.
Yet, we still have this situation of the kids playing this game and here is what the Lord told me:
Tell them the truth. Ask them this question: Why would you seek the inferior when the Superior is right there waiting for you to seek Him?
Then He gave me the answer to His question:
It appears easier for them, any of us, to seek the inferior because so many times they are told they do not measure up to the Superior (God). They are told: you don’t do this or that right, they can’t get it right, they can’t measure up and how they haven’t sought God right, etc, etc, etc……
What I saw were these road blocks that have been put in the way of kids, or many people, of seeking the Superior. The people think, believe, they are inferior being taught they don’t measure up. So what else would they seek but the inferior because it seems easier.
I hadn’t realized, since God radically delivered me, how much I have changed on the inside. This morning though God did point this out to me and I am so thankful. Because I now know who I am and Whose I am the enemy is NOT big. I don’t just say this, I BELIEVE it internally and walk it our without effort on my part because of what Christ did for me.
What is great is that my son realized, by the Holy Spirit within him, that he had fed a bit into the story in a fearful way. The Holy Spirit was showing him that what was said was opposite of the truth, he is beginning to understand and walk in who He is in Christ Jesus. He saw that what the teacher says and what is really believed do not coincide.
If you have kids playing this game ask them the question, “Why seek the inferior when the Superior is right there with them? He never leaves you nor forsakes you no matter what.” There are roadblocks that they believe about themselves that need to be removed and this is the perfect opportunity to be able to approach those roadblocks and remove them. The roadblocks are incorrect beliefs they have about themselves. You can start reading Time to let go of the Law and help your kids know who they are and Whose they are and they will, by the Grace of God, never want to seek the inferior.