Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Your Testimony!

Our story or testimony of how we came to Christ is our identity as Christians! It will always be told to a new audience & will never change. It should serve as a valuable tool in reaching out to others in spreading the Good News.

We all have one & its our story. Its how we came to know Jesus & how we maintain our relationship with our heavenly Father today. We don't have to tell others, but why not? You might be reaching someone who is going through the very same spiritual battles you fought before. They might have encountered the very same problems in a very similar setting and by telling them your testimony, you could be giving them that little push they truely need to seek out Jesus Christ. They might be waiting for that little extra bit of evidence proving that God can be very real in their lives by what He did in yours.

We never know, but we, as Christians, don't want to be caught procrastinating by the devil. He will take this a use it against the furtherence of God's Good News.

So, get out there & single people out by watching for their longing for belonging. Everyone does. I know I was & it took my rock-bottom to get me on track with God in my life. Let's not wait for their rock-bottom to tell them about God. Just tell them! Use "situational-awareness" as our weapon in our fight to spread the Good News. We'll be more effective if we know how to get them to open their lives up to us. Then, its on to the problems. Solutions are promised & Jesus Christ is our claim or gauruntee.

Can we begin to be more aware of our surroundings? Can we start becoming "bold" & approach people with kindness & humility? Everyone is in need of God in their lives. Let's be the one to give them that little needed push. Let's do what we are all (Christians) called to do. Remember, we are not trying to convert someone to a religion, we are attempting to convince them that they do need God in their lives & God will carry through for them & He is a friend who will never leave them.

God bless & guide us always! Amen.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Least of These.............

1 John 5:1-3 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth Him also that is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His Commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments: and His Commandments are not grievous. (KJV)

1 John 5:7-8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. (KJV)

We are called to walk in the Word. This is God's daily instruction to: how we present ourselves, how we are to face problems, how we overcome these problems, what we say, what we do, and how we grow closer to God. In His Word are His Commandments or laws. These are requirements, not provisions.

Out of experience, we seem to miss these in some way or another. Christians strive to reach perfection in Christ through practicing what is said in His Word and what the Holy Spirit guides and instructs of us. But we occassionally (understatement) fall short of this perfection. The biggest cause is that we miss one, some, or (in certain cases) all of God's Commandments.

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least Commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (KJV)

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (KJV)

Most believers don't even know what they believe! We have heard the usual Bible stories from our childhoods and can recite certain passages from it, but have we really pursued God's very Word to us to the necessary extent? And what is that extent anyhow? How do we know what to study?

These are necessary questions worthy of answers in order to understand the fundimentals of Christianity!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Taking on the Intellects!

Why are we insistent on "NOT BELIEVING" in God? Why do we go so far out of our way to prove this and spend our whole lives in mistruths? We insist on proving that we are and always have been evolved. The majority of thinkers in our society hold twisted views and opinions which are very human in nature. These views have graduated into beliefs throughout the ages, resulting in the current views we possess and are always evolving as time progresses. But is evolution real? Can it be true? I think not!

Lets look at the definition of "belief" which is taken from Webster's Dictionary.
Main Entry: be·lief
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English believe, probably alteration of Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix lēafa; akin to Old English lyfan — more at believe
Date: 12th century
1 : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing2 : something believed; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group3 : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence
synonyms belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer . faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof . credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent . credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof .

Faith, as defined in the Bible, is hope in things unseen, belief that what God says will happen will happen.
Here is the definition of faith taken from Webster's Dictionary.
Main Entry: faith
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural faiths fāths, sometimes fāthz
Etymology: Middle English feith, from Anglo-French feid, fei, from Latin fides; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at bide
Date: 13th century
1 a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2 a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs

synonyms see belief

on faith : without question

Now, let us look at the definition of evolution, as written in Webster's Dictionary.
Main Entry: evo·lu·tion
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin evolution-, evolutio unrolling, from evolvere
Date: 1622
1 : one of a set of prescribed movements
2 a : a process of change in a certain direction : unfolding b : the action or an instance of forming and giving something off : emission c (1) : a process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state : growth (2) : a process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political, and economic advance d : something evolved
3 : the process of working out or developing
4 a : the historical development of a biological group (as a race or species) : phylogeny b : a theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations; also : the process described by this theory
5 : the extraction of a mathematical root
6 : a process in which the whole universe is a progression of interrelated phenomena

If evolution is a process or theory, belief is a state-of-mind, and faith is a belief, than the very belief in evolution is a constant state-of-mind about a process or theory. In more simplified words, evolution is based on theories and processes which are held to be true by thought, not fact!

But faith is simply a belief in what God said is true is true. One could argue evolution by attempting to utilize actual examples ie. the Galapagos Finch, but will be unable to ground that view by providing actual facts to back or corroborate that view.

On the other end, one could argue faith without having to provide actual proof of the result of faith. But, faith holds a stronger basis for belief than evolution because of one major difference. Faith is belief, evolution is theory! It is seamingly easier to believe in something that could be true based on a well-grounded foundation (God's Word and actual biblical events as written in the Scriptures that have been proven to have happened) versus some theory that may or may not be true which is based on an ever changing platform without any actual evidence to support that theory.

Evolution is just that, a theory or a compilation of theories. Faith is just the opposite, actual, proven events which have occurred and continue to occur to this very day! So even though, by definition, faith is a belief; by history, faith is well-grounded in actual and very real events.

Why then do I see so many people that completely refuse to or don't even simply attempt to believe in a faith in God and that what He says is the truth is the truth when, evolution, the opposing view held, is based on man's theories in processes that cannot be proven with the status qou of acceptance in the world-actual facts???

I have listed some varying theories that evolution holds in our society. They are:

1) The Evolution of Man Theory
2) The Intelligent Design Theory
3) Darwin's Theory

The above theories are authored by professors, all of which are doctors whom have spent their entire "professional" lives dedicated to the pursuit of proving a theory or theories which are not well grounded and cannot be proven with factual evidence! Again, these evolution theories are based solely on ever changing evidence of inconsistent proportions which have no real factual evidence to back them. But, are they still considered beliefs? The answer is simple. Yes!

By believing in a thing or idea, you have already formulated a belief system for yourself. And if you believe in evolution, you believe!

The arguement against evolution is easily won if the person instigating and orchestrating the argument approaches it using tact and a Holy Spirit guided mouth. We Christians must stop trying to force our faith on people, but we must start showing people the truth! Again, we must spread God's Word, also known as the Good News, without turning people off to it. We can do this in simple ways....................

1) Show people by example (our daily lives)
2) Approach arguments and turn them into discussions
3) Use God's Word in everything we say to corroborate our discussions
4) Listen just enough to understand but not enough to lose ground in the discussion
5) Be slow to offend and quick to ammend
6) And always, always keep everything we use from God's Word in the context it was written in, not in the context we think it should be in!

These are a few tips in our constant battle of the minds. Remember, we are not fighting a worldly war, but a spiritual war. Our opponent is a master deceiver and master liar, so we already have some intelligence to use against him!

May God guide and protect us and keep us on the straight and narrow path which leads to Him. May He always show us to be His warriors and servants by the examples we live and may we shine bright as we are intended to as Christians for Him. Amen!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Learning to Love others!

So many of us are lonely. Everyone needs someone to be there for them at some point in their lives and someone to talk to during difficult times. This is because we are social by nature. Man was created first, then God created a woman for the man. Specifically to keep man company. We have the tendency to lean towards being social in our blood. We are born with this tendency. But this can be our downfall too.

We are constantly disappointing ourselves or each other! We are being close one minute, distancing ourselves the next! Confiding one minute, backstabbing the next! Best friends one minute, enemies the next! We will never find true love through self-gratification or the company of other people. We cant. Its just that simple. We are so small and weak compared with our Almighty Father and Lord of Heaven and Earth.

We are always going to be in someones life and mean something to someone and this is the reason for learning to get along with others. We need to understand that it is essential to learn to exist with each other or "co-exist" in order for us to live a somewhat normal life. More importantly, we must learn to ACCEPT people as they are! Acceptance is a very difficult and touchy subject......................but a subject necessary to our survival as Christians none-the-less!

Love is the answer to co-existing with other people. Love and love alone. Love is what will keep us alive and in touch with our emotions. Love was taught by Jesus, is taught in Christianity, and is instructed by God.

I Corinthians 13:1-8 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseverance. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away! (NIV)

We will find that once we can learn to accept others for who they are, we will begin to notice a shift in our own attitudes. If we can stop expecting others to bend to our whims and construct to our lifestyles, we can start getting along with them and love will begin to show itself evident in our own lives. Love is the greatest of God's Commandments. Love is the root of all that is good and positive!

Can we start showing more love? Can we love one another regardless of what they do or say? Jesus did and He still does! God is the prime example of LOVE. God loves us when we hate Him. He loves us when we deny Him. He loves us when we denied and crucified His beloved Son. A Son who really did not have to suffer such a horrendous death but did so for our salvation. Christ is the ultimate example of love.

Ephesians 4:1-6 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humbly and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make very effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called-one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (NIV)

WOW! We need to keep these passages from the Scriptures very close to our hearts. We need to read them often and when we begin to veer away from love or when we begin to get discouraged, we need to pick up the Bible and read them again.We cannot continue to go through life having our little hate agendas and emotional battles against this person and that. He did this, she did that. They all did something to make us mad or make us feel that we are justified to hate them! WHO CARES! God doesn't care about our little bickers and fights, and neither should we. He does care about us and loves us very much. Enough to sacrifice His only "Beloved Son" in a very painful way, both in the physical and emotional realm. We must always remember this and continue to go back to this every time we feel like hating or hurting someone. God does not want us to always be at odds with one another, He instructs us to love one another as Jesus Christ loves us. Love promotes positivity and good things. Where there is love, there cannot be hate. And where there is no hate, there will be no anger. And where there is no anger, there can be no differences or personal agendas. You see, it is like a love landslide..............................................................

If we are to call ourselves Christians and live as Christians, then we need to read the whole chapter, not just the verse! When we pick up God's Word, we need to READ IT! Let it soak in and actually understand it. Most importantly, LIVE WHAT WE READ. We must stop drowning in self-pity and realize that if we are to be friends of God, we are automatically enemies of the world and people in it. But this is the attitude we need to expect from the world, not the attitude we need to show the world. Let us learn to show more love and less anger. We don't need anyone other than God, our true Father. He is and always will be, our loving Father. He will never abandon us and never hurt us. He will always have a ear to hear our problems no matter how big or small.

Galations 1:6-10 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ! (NIV)

This passage should serve to enforce God's Word in our hearts and minds. We should read the Word daily and always go back to it when we have questions or when issues arise in our lives. We should learn to put into practice what we read and start living the Word and not just reading it. It is our Instruction Manual for daily living. It was, is, and will always be. God's Word is His word in place of His person. Until Jesus Christ comes back to take us with him to the new Kingdom, we will not see God face-to-face. So, God gave us His Word, the Scriptures, the Bible. We can learn so much if we are willing to actually read. We will not suffer understanding or knowledge from reading the Word because it is final. So I encourage you to make it a habit of reading, studying, and absorbing God's Word. In this, we shall know all things and in knowing, we will have life.

So learn to love eachother as Christ loves us and learn to out into practice what the Word says regarding love. We must love ourselves first, then we can love others. And if we truely love God, than we will love eachother. We will not need someone to talk to or hang on becuase we have God and God will be present in everything we do and everywhere we go. He will take away our lonliness. This is part of the package that comes with giving our lives to God and surrendering to Him our extra baggage and problems. He takes our negative and turns it into positive. He takes away our feeling of lonliness and gives us a feeling of happiness. Our anxiety is turned into excitement. Our pain into resolve. God is the best solution to every problem. Give God a chance and surrender your life to Him today. Give Him everything and He will give you everything. Amen and may God bless you.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Give God the Glory!

Let us give God all the Glory and Praise! He deserves much more than we can ever give Him, but, we can give Him what we have. We need to understand His Omnipresence and how it works.

God created everything. More specifically, Angels, divinity as a whole, humans, animals, plants, the land, and water. God created the air we breath and the lungs we utilize to process that air. God has always given life, something man has tried to replicate, which has never been successful.

Most people would argue this fact. Science, in its very definition and purpose, denies God's work and contaminates His marvelous design's. The "Intelligent Design Theory" holds the belief in evolution. The "Big-Bang Theory" spews out subtle "poof" belief's. Mutation and Cloning claims mankind's win in re-creating life. None of these beliefs, views, or opinions hold any real proof of success! Period!

What has happened is mankind is once again (happened many times before) trying to "play God!" This is absolute chaos! We need to get "fired up!", as they say in the military, and take a stand against this ignorance and these conscious misconceptions about our place in the universe. We are not the only "life forms." God informed us of Nephilites who roamed the earth (Genesis 6:4) before, in the beginning. God didn't say one day, " Gosh, i'm so bored, I think i'll create some fleshy, human thingies and watch them slowly destroy eachother while they destroy the Earth I created for them!" God IS VERY ORGANIZED! HE HAS ORDER AND DEMANDS ORDER WITH EVERYTHING!

Leave it to mankind to fiddle with His beautiful Work and do what we do best, mess with it.

Why can't we just live in contentment and accept His creation for what it is supposed to be, a creation for us to enjoy, not tear down and fix. ITS NOT BROKEN! You all know the saying, "if its not broken, don't fix it!" Well, its not broken! Stop trying to get one-up on God! Look at Satan, God's former chief angel. He tried this and failed. Be content with what we have and thank God. Amen!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Be BOLD in Christ!

Our Lord wants us to come "boldly" before His throne and to be "bold" in our lives as His servants!

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

We must be bold in our ministries so we may obtain God's mercy and find the grace that is necessary to get us through our difficult times of need.

We need to understand something as believers. We can do "just enough" to get to heaven but that will not get us God's grace. Scimming to just-get-by is not appreciated or rewarded by God.

Revelation 20:6 states, Blessed and HOLY is he that hath part in the first esurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

1 Corinthians 6:2-3 Do ye not know that the Saints shall judge the world!
Know ye not that we shall judge angels!

God makes it very clear that those of us who are bold in Him in our lives will reap a special reward, one reserved for the bold alone.

However, to avoid turning others off to the Good News, we must base all of our words off of the Scriptures. This will ensure that our correctness and integrity is maintained. But, more importantly, we must live by example, showing Christ through our own lives!

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or death!

Let us ourselves not be ashamed of Christ, rather, let us be bold about the wonderul Good News and our Almighty Lord and Savior!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Get up and Go out!

We need to start a revolution! A peace revolution. We will use our wisdom, faith, and boldness to energize and back this revolution. We need to join forces with believers worldwide and start preaching the Good News!

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the Power of God!

Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him (a man), "Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the Kingdom of God!"

There are countless other passages in the Scriptures which instruct us (believers) to go out and preach God's Word to the world.

Friday, September 11, 2009

God is our "way out!"

We are a very negative, selfish society. One which measures everything by its place on our popular list and gauges importance by what we act like in public, not who we are inside. This is so detrimental to a society as it leads to the purge of our core values and morales altogether. We eventually lose our identity as a people and lose our whole purpose and importance as individuals.

What is happening is happening very quickly and without a slow down in sight! We are going to begin to notice a change in the general attitude of our culture as we become more negative and show less concern for our emotional well-being and that of our fellow man. We have already set a very dangerous precedence in establishing and implementing an attitude of political-correctness in our everyday lives with everything we do. We have set the wheels in motion by allowing this attitude to spread through our society like cancer, and it has.

It will only get worse, and like cancer, cannot be fixed by man. This can only be fixed through divine intervention. God is our only hope. He has always been our only hope. He will always be our only hope. If we will just swallow our human pride and realize that our need for God and His divine intervention is real in our lives, and with it, nothing would be impossible. God is free and 24/7/365! He is always willing and ready to intercede on our behalfs and will if we let Him. Give Him an inch and He will give you a mile! Amen and praise be to our Almighty God.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How Faith works in our daily lives!

Faith is believing in something while operating in the unknown. It is really turning our lives over to God and believing that He will do what He says He will do. We encounter incidents involving faith and experiences were our faith is tested daily. We need to build our faith to the point were we exercise it in every situation and on every occasion.

Hebrews 11:1-3 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Galations 3:11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.

There are so many passages in the Scriptures were faith is needed, required, used, neglected, and prayed for, forgotten, and sought after. God is always listening! Are we asking? He is Omnipresent, are we actually seeking Him out?

You see, the problems will always come and go, its how we handle those problems that truly matters, not what type of problems come our way. We will always need God, but will we admit this and do something about it? We must put God at the forefront of our daily lives. We have to or we will run into problems that we are unable to handle. We will be faced with decisions which we will be unable to make. We have so many issues arise from our failure to acknowledge and believe in God!

I spent the first 28 years of my life doing things my way. I was my own boss and no one was going to change this. I did not realize that I was digging my grave deeper and deeper and deeper by the day. I refused to admit I had problems and this only caused more problems. I am a very proud and stubborn person by nature and family background. This only intensified my belief that I didn't need anyone but me making decisions in my life. My pride led to more pride and my chest puffed up to the point of popping!

Only after receiving God back into my life did I decide that this pride needed to go. I dropped my act of toughness and stubborn ways. I had to give all my problems to God. Once I did this, my life completely changed. It changed in ways which I cannot explain but it was good, very good. You see, once you let God take control of your life, you don't have the pain anymore. Your life takes a turn for the better and you begin to notice little changes take place which were once insignificant but are now important. You feel a peace come over you that wasn't there before. You have a general feeling of being free!

Don't make the mistake of thinking that all your problems are gone and you will live a spotless life filled with constant happiness and no more pain. There will be the same issues, you will feel the same pain, and you will face the same difficulties. But, you will have God, who cares for you and loves you, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and directs your words and actions. You will begin to notice changes in your attitude and changes in people around. You will be a different person with a purpose now. You will have a constant Friend who will never leave or abandon you, God. Your general quality of life will get better and your approach to daily issues and problems will be more mature and responsible. This is just a few things about your life that will improve when you let God take control.

Try it out! Let God run you instead of you running you! It works!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Security in an Insecure World!

We are constantly wondering what if? What if my paycheck doesn't come through? What if I don't get that raise? What if I get into a car accident on the way to work? What if, what if.......

There are so many "what ifs" that it will make you dizzy! How can we alleviate these "what ifs" and "unknowns" in our lives? We can't! Its that simple..........We can't!

We will always find ourselves in these situations and bogged down with these burdens, but its how we handle them that matters. Its what approach we take when we tackle these problems that set us aside as God's children. The only difference between Christians and Un-Believers is that we believe! That's it! We believe......................We feel the same feelings and encounter the same daily issues, but we believe in God and have FAITH that He will guide and protect us.

There is that word again, Faith! Faith in God is believing that He will come through for us when we need Him to. It is believing that God will see us through our problems and give us a way to cope. He does and He will! I have seen Him working in my life in so many different ways on so many different occasions. I have personally witnessed Him working in my life and the lives of others around me. It is awesome and almost, unbelievable! But it is true and very real. He will support you and do wonders in your life but you have to let Him.

I have seen so many people who desperately need a miracle and desperately want one, but they choose rather to put their trust in superficial solutions and they entrust their lives to fate instead of God. They come so close, but they never hit the mark. They never get to God because they never let Him in. This is all to common. We know that we alone cannot navigate through our lives without the help of someone bigger than us, but we are not willing to give up some things to gain some things. We get so comfortable in our own security that we think we do not need God and we continue to stumble and fall short of the mark. This is why so many of us live miserable and empty lives filled with anger, untrust, grumbling, hate, and many more things that lead to misery. If we don't identify our need for God and if we think that we can make it on our own, than we will never be able to enjoy the wonderful life that God has in store for us.

He loves all His children, but we have to love Him back. He won't chase us, but He will welcome us. He doesn't need us, we do need Him. He can make it without us, we cannot make it without Him.

If we choose to try and remedy all the problems and challenges that we meet on our own, we will find that this will only lead to more problems and bigger challenges. We need to start turning to God and letting Him be the solution to the problems we face daily. We need to stop worrying about everything that comes up and start looking to God for guidance. This is not always easy and, like everything else, is easier said than done. But, none-the-less, it can be done. God is so much bigger than our little problems. He can fix any breaks and forgive any wrongs, but we have to let Him! We cannot just sit back with the idea that because God said He will, He will. Of course He will! But in order for this to happen, it still requires obedience to His instructions and full submission to His direction. We need to understand that God doesn't just wave His wand, and, "ping" its fixed. There are steps that need to be taken in order for His Will to be done. He is a God of Order! He has an order for everything that happens and without this order, there is chaos!

We (Christians) have a responsibility to God in our walk with Him to obey His instructions and follow His commands to the letter. This is why we have His Word to use as our daily guide. We must use His Word daily or we will miss His instructions and open ourselves up for attack! Attack by The Deceiver or Satan. Satan is waiting for any little opening to come in our lives and wreak havoc. And he will!

Have you ever had a problem with little bugs in your home? You start seeing little bugs everywhere in your home and wonder how they got in? Your home is secure and, to your naked eye, there are no visible cracks in its foundation, but you have little bugs none-the-less! You determine that the only way to remedy this problem is to call in the Exterminator! He comes to your home, lays out his traps and poison, then you stop seeing the bugs for another couple of months. But, as the months go by, you begin to notice the little bugs again. The process starts all over again, and, if you don't call the Exterminator, the little bugs won't go away. It is the same with Satan. We think that our spirits don't have any cracks or weaknesses in them but we begin to notice that Satan has been attacking us lately in our lives. We call God to come in and "exterminate" Satan out of our lives and He does. Problem fixed! But, unless we constantly live according to God's Word and in His Will daily, well then, Satan will find some little weakness or hole in our lives and he will use it to enter our lives and wreak havoc! We must not become complacent with our Faith and we must always keep ourselves ready and poised to fight off any little attack that Satan may launch against us by using God's Word and our Faith in God as our ammunition. We are in a constant battle for our intimate relationship with God, or our "Security", and Satan is our enemy. We must continue to remain vigilant and faithful to God in order to keep Satan at bay! So, brothers and sisters, continue to fight the good fight and keep God's Word close and His confidence even closer! Amen...........................................................