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~The Battle Within~

One evening an old Apache War Chief told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said,”My son, the battle between two wolves is inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, greed, arrogance, selfishness, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old War Chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This is an old story. Maybe you have heard it before, but the truth is real. Consider what things you are feeding and what things you are starving in your life. Keep in mind that the words you speak have spiritual power that feeds and gives life to certain areas of your life. Jesus said that God’s Word is Spirit and Life.

John 6:63 ~ It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

The Word of God is full of commands to speak the Word of God, to keep it before you and in your mouth. Bible confessions are a valuable tool in winning the battle within. Build your faith and strengthen your heart by feeding that “Good Wolf” the Word of God on a daily basis by reading and speaking God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 30:18-20 ~ 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. 15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

Proverbs 18:21 ~ Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Joshua 1:8 ~ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

~ Walk Like You Were Sent ~

Do you approach your day like you were sent? When you show up for work, are you ”just there,” another one of the crowd? Do you go to the grocery store to get what you need and get out as quick as you can? As a parent, do you see yourself as someone just trying to raise their kids the best they can? Or do approach life as if God sent you?

John 20:21 ~ Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as
my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Be aware that God wants to show up at your job, at the park, at school, and in the grocery store. Know that God has picked YOU to raise those children and that HE wants to show up BIG in you, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

Walk through this life as if God has a purpose for you, because He does. Accept your identity as a sent one. Be aware of who you represent and be available to be used by the one who sent you. If you walked around with an awareness, that at any moment God could use you to heal the sick, give a word of knowledge, or perform a miracle, you would see it happen more often.

It is not about ability, it’s about availability

When you walk as one who is sent, you are always available to be used by God and you position yourself to see more of the demonstration of the Holy Spirit. You will experience more of the supernatural power of God. Being led by the Spirit becomes a way of life and your relationship with the Lord is enriched and perfected.

This is not about perfect performance, rather perfection of relationship. A relationship that allows Christ to live BIG in you, manifesting HIS life and faith through you. Galatians puts it all in perspective.

Galatians 2:20 ~ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Notice it says “the faith OF the Son of God” not IN the Son of God. That is a HUGE difference!

~The Law Of The Lighthouse And Faith ~

Expectancy is a vital part of our faith, in fact if you are not expecting you are not IN faith. The Lord taught me a very powerful lesson about how expectancy works and I want to share it with you.

Expectancy functions much like a lighthouse does in the natural. You see, the purpose of a lighthouse is to mark the way for ships to safely navigate their way to port at night without damage to the vessel. In the old days, without GPS, many ships were destroyed and sunk because they tried to navigate to shore without a lighthouse.

The lighthouse gives a point of reference so that the ship knows where all the dangerous reefs and shallow waters are. It lets the ship know where to come in. If for some reason the light goes out, or is blocked by heavy fog, the ship is supposed to drop anchor and not move until the light comes back on. With no light the ship does not come in.

As long as you are expecting your prayers to be answered, the answer is making its way toward you. When you stop expecting, your “faith light” turns off and the answer to your prayer drops anchor and stops moving toward you. It will not start moving toward you again until your faith is revived and your expectancy is turned back on.

Do you need a ship to come in? Are you believing for something that seems to be taking a long time? It is easy to get distracted and stop expecting God to come through for you. Maybe it is financial. Maybe it is healing. Maybe it is a lost loved one. Whatever it is you should ALWAYS be expecting for ships to come in.

Expectancy is a force of faith that draws to you what you are believing for. Remember Job? What he greatly feared had come upon him. The point is, fear works like faith. If you are in fear, you believe that what you fear has the ability to hurt you. It is perverted faith. Be careful what you expect and let the perfect love of Christ cast out any fear.

Mark 11:24 ~ Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Did you notice in that verse you are to believe that you receive WHEN YOU PRAY? Not in the future somewhere, but RIGHT NOW. Faith is always NOW. Things are won in the spirit first by faith and then they manifest in the natural. Once you pray and release your faith, you should EXPECT THE ANSWER TO BE SHOWING UP! If you do not expect it to happen, you are not in faith.

It is easy to tell if someones in faith, if they are truly expecting their prayer to come to pass, all you have to do is check their joy. If you truly believe you have received , you are happy about it. Check your joy meter (your face) now and then and shake yourself up if you need to.

 If you have stopped expecting, got weary and fainted in your faith, turn the light back on. Your ship could be right off shore.

Mark 9:23  ~ Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,  all things are possible to him who believes.”

JC

~ Are You Under The Influense? ~

 

If you have made Christ your Lord, you have the answer to every possible question residing on the inside of you. The biggest part of living by Grace under the New Testament is submitting to the influence of the Holy Spirit. In fact if you look up the Greek definition of Grace you will see; “The divine influence on the heart, and it’s reflection in the life.”

1 John 2:20 ~ But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

Don’t just trust your instincts–OBEY them. Your Holy Ghost radar screen works perfectly, it’s the operator that may be in question. :/

Have you ever had a thought that you should do something and brushed it aside? Only later you find out that if you would have followed that thought, it would have saved you a BUNCH of trouble? I think we all have.

Recently we went camping with some friends and as I was loading the Coleman lantern, I had this thought: “you should get the rebuild kit that was given to you two years ago.” But I just brushed it aside thinking; “That lantern had been faithful for almost ten years, it should be fine.”

So what do you think happened when we tried to use it the first night? YOU GOT IT. It would not pressurize, so we only had firelight and flashlights the whole trip. Just so you know, a Coleman Dual Fuel Lantern is just a shade less bright than the sun and makes night-time activities a lot easier.

So the question is: Does God care about the little things in your life, like whether you have good lighting at night in the woods? YOU BET HE DOES! And if we would just try to be more sensitive to Holy Ghost on the inside, our lives would be SOOOO much easier.

You have an intelligence agent on the inside sending you messages all day long. Tune in. Pay attention. Don’t dismiss those little “feelings” you get. Be aware of the “unction to function.” The answer to a million questions is this:

 ~ Be Led By The Spirit Inside You ~

Romans 8:14 ~ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

~ Freely You Have Received, Freely Give. ~

If you have received something from God, YOU now have the right, ability, the anointing and the responsibility to give it away. Salvation, healing, blessing, the Holy Spirit. We see this biblical principle in the book of Matthew:

Matthew 10:8 ~ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,  cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Remember Peter?

Acts 3:6 ~ Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

What did Peter have that he was able to give away? The authority of Jesus name. You have been given that same authority.

The Chief expression of Love (God) is to give. If you receive a blessing from God, like a healing in your body, and you see a person that needs that same type of healing, YOU have an anointing and a right to freely give that person what you have received.  I have seen this done hundreds of times in the last 23 years and just understood this principle this week.  There is a ton of scripture that supports this too. MAN, GOD IS GOOD!

~ Building Faith In Your Child’s Heart ~ Confessions for Kids ~

For those of you who know me, you know that speaking the Word of God is a HUGE deal with me. The reason it is so important, and I put so much emphasis on it, is because I know the impact it has had on my life. I have also seen the difference it makes in people’s lives when they get a hold on biblical confession.

There is a scripture that I confess over my children that has inspired me to put together some confessions for children to speak. The passage that inspired me is this:

God said that this is His covenant with me: His Spirit that is upon me and His words which He has put in my mouth, will not depart out of my mouth, nor out of the mouth of my seed, nor out of the mouth of my seed’s seed ~ Isaiah 59:21 ~

It occurred to me that for the Word to NOT depart out of my seed’s mouth, it must first be in there. So I have put these confessions together for children to speak and memorize.

This will help kids learn God’s Word. As they confess what God says about them, their confidence will grow. By realizing who they are in Christ, they will be able to stand against all the tricks of the enemy that plague our young generation today.

These simplified paraphrases of God’s Word can make a lasting positive impression that will help your children be victorious in this life. ENJOY!

SAY THIS ~ God is the strength of my life. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Psalm 27:1 – Philippians 4:13)

SAY THIS ~ I am taught of the Lord and great peace belongs to me. (Isaiah 54:13)

SAY THIS ~ I thank God because He always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus. I am a winner! (2 Corinthians 2:14)

SAY THIS ~ I love others because Jesus first loved me.           (Ephesians 5:2)

SAY THIS ~ I guard my mouth and my tongue and I keep my soul from trouble. (Proverbs 21:23)

SAY THIS ~ I will fear no evil for you are with me Lord, your Word and your Spirit comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

SAY THIS ~ I trust in the Lord with all my heart and I do not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him, and He directs my path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

SAY THIS ~ I will always respect and obey my parents so I will have a good long life. (Exodus 20:12)

SAY THIS ~ Thank you Lord, for angels that watch over me. Any weapon the devil throws at me will not work.                                    (Isaiah 54:17 – Psalm 91:11-12)

SAY THIS ~ Thank you Lord, that you never leave me alone or give up on me. (Hebrews 13:5)

SAY THIS ~ The sword of the spirit is the Word of God. When I say what god says about me, it brings me life and makes me strong. (Psalm 119:130 – Ephesians 6:17)

SAY THIS ~ I think on the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. If there is any virtue or praise, I think on these things. I am a doer of the word of God and the peace of God is with me. (Philippians 4:8-9)

SAY THIS ~ I love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and I love my neighbor as myself. (Mark 12:30-31)

SAY THIS ~ Because the love of God is in my heart, I am patient and kind. I do not envy or brag and I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not selfish, I am not easily angered and I forgive when someone does me wrong. I do not like evil but I rejoice in the truth. I believe the best of every person. I always protect, trust, hope and persevere. I never fail. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

~ Confessions To Strengthen Your Faith In God ~

Psalm 3:3 ~But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and
the One who lifts up my head.

Psalm 8:9 ~ O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all
the earth!

Psalm 9:1-3 ~ 1 I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole
heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and
rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. 3 When
my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.

Psalm 139:14 ~ I will praise You, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 12:6 ~ The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver
tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.

Psalm 13:6 ~ I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt
bountifully with me.

1 Samuel 2:2 ~ “No one is holy like the LORD, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.

2 Samuel 22:32  ~ “For who is God, except the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God?

Psalm 18:2 ~ The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my
deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:46 ~ The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of
my salvation be exalted.

Psalm 19:7-9 ~ 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psalm 23 ~ 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for
His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You
anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 Psalm 24:8-10 ~ 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.

Psalm 25:4-6 ~ 4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old.

Exodus 15:2 ~ The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him;

Psalm 27:1 ~ The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall
I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 28:7 ~ The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart
trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

Isaiah 12:2 ~ Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be
afraid; ‘ For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.
 

Psalm 31:19 ~ Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid
up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!

Psalm 34 ~ 1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my
fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. 11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are
open
to their cry. 16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who
trust in Him shall be condemned.

~ Don’t Get Too Comfortable ~

Philippians 4:11 ~ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have
learned in whatever state I am, to be content:

Contentment comes from being comforted by THE Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Being comfortable is NOT the same as being comforted.

Comfortable is: Being free from stress or tension and enjoying the security of your current state.

Christians are not called to be “comfortable,” if we were, we would have no need for a Comforter. (the Holy Ghost) In fact, if you find yourself too comfortable, you are probably not obeying God in some areas of your life.

Notice that Paul had to “learn” how to be content? That indicates a process. He lived a life that was full of excitement, miracles and wonder, but you never see him comfortable. Yet he learned to be content.

The big questions are this: Was he believing to rise up out of those hard places? Was He believing to be set free from prison? Was his disciple Timothy comfortable with his stomach problems? Do you think that Paul and Timothy prayed for Timothy’s healing that they both knew was provided in Christ’s redemption? Or were they so comfortable being sick and in prison that they chose to not excersise their faith to recieve deliverence and healing, deciding to be “content” with where they were?

When we see promises from God that we are not walking in fully, be it healing, peace, wisdom, the fullness of the Spirit, or material and financial blessing, it is wrong to be passive and “comfortable” with where we are and not put forth the effort to increase our faith to recieve it ALL. That is being spiritually irresponsible and spiritually lazy.

Learn to be “content” where you are, but if you are comfortable staying there, you are probably not stretching your faith like it needs to be.

God is always moving up and forward, there is no status quo with Him. He will
constantly be asking you to do things that are beyond your capabilities. When you are involved with doing something that you know you are incapable of, YOU WILL NEED A COMFORTER. If you are not living every day with a need for the Comforter, You are not living life to its fullest.

~ Faith Confessions For Your Children ~

Children are a heritage from the Lord. God says they are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. What a powerful statement!

~ Psalm 127:3-5 ~ 3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

We have a responsibility to raise up our children in a way that they become our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our children have a will of their own. Sometimes that will can be very strong. Normally, your faith cannot override another persons will if they refuse to agree with you in faith, however your children are under your covering and you DO have spiritual authority over them wether they are grown up and running from God or being raised in your home as a child.

God has some things to say about your kids. Promises that are eternal and available, but you must obtain them by faith. Speaking HIS words over their life will build your faith for these promises and help shape and mold them into what He intended them to be.

Like “arrows in the hand of a warrior,” you can launch them into adulthood with confidence that they will hit their mark, find their place, and be an effective, productive brother or sister in Christ.

SAY THIS ~ All of my children are taught of the Lord, and great is their peace. ~ Isaiah 54:13 ~

SAY THIS ~ Behold, I and the children the Lord has given to me are for signs and wonders. ~ Isaiah 8:18 ~

SAY THIS ~ God said that this is His covenant with me: His Spirit that is upon me and His words which He has put in my mouth, will not depart out of my mouth, nor out of the mouth of my seed, nor out of the mouth of my seed’s seed. ~ Isaiah 59:21 ~

SAY THIS ~ I am blessed because I fear the Lord and delight greatly in His commandments. My descendants will be mighty on the earth and be blessed. Wealth and riches are in my house and my righteousness endures forever. I am gracious and full of compassion. I guide my affairs with discretion. I will never be shaken. I am not afraid of evil tidings. My heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.          ~ Psalm 112:2-4 ~

SAY THIS ~ I am the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and my offspring with me. ~ Isaiah 65:23 ~

SAY THIS ~ The Lord will contend with him who contends with me, and He will save my children ~ Isaiah 49:24-26 ~

SAY THIS ~ According to God’s everlasting covenant, my offspring will be known among the nations and their descendants among the peoples. All who see them will recognize and acknowledge that they
are the people whom the Lord has blessed ~ Isaiah 61:8-10 ~

SAY THIS ~ The seed of the righteous shall be delivered.                         ~ Proverbs 11:21 ~

~ Your Place Is Your Grace ~

1 John 2:19 ~  says; They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us…

If people leave, let them go and stop trying to make people stay in your life who are not tied to your destiny. There is an ordained place for you in the Body Of Christ and you ONLY want those body parts around you that BELONG there.

We should all be striving to find our place and fulfill our destiny in God. We should also be helping others find their’s. You will have a lot of people come “through” your life. Enjoy them, learn from them, help them, receive from them, and love them. A very small percentage will be with you for the entire journey.

When people are in their proper place in Christ they experience the fullness of God’s grace and the richest of relationships. If you are NOT in your place you are likely to struggle and have shallow relationships. Here is a little phrase that has helped me remember this:

If you’re out of your place, you’re out of your grace, and you’ll eventually fall on your face!