Saturday, November 27, 2010

Today's Battle

I'm going to be brutally honest.

Today I was confronted with lies straight from Satan.

Lies concerning the identity of God and His Word.

And this is what I have to say to that:

There is ONE GOD.

He is Three-in-One, even if we cannot wrap our brains around it.

He is neither male nor female, he is everything wrapped into one splendid Being.

He created us male and female so that we might understand him better:

He is protective, strong, powerful like a man, but He is also tender, caring, nurturing like a woman.

GOD is SELF-SUFFICIENT: He doesn't need ANYTHING, even though we cannot imagine that.

GOD is ALL-POWERFUL: who are we to say what he can or cannot do?!

The Bible says that the Body of Christ, the Church, the Children of God, WE are the BRIDE OF CHRIST, not some "female counterpart", not the "wife of God..."

What I witnessed today was a Jesus/Pharisee sort of situation:

Jesus lived an EXEMPLARY life, a life full of LOVE and HOPE and CARING.

The Pharisees were too blind to see the Truth in front of them; all they cared about was fussing over laws and "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts."

But Jesus turned the world upside down with His Love.

Why can't people just see that Love with a child-like mind instead of manipulating the Word to satisfy their intellectual lusts??

Why can't they just see the BEAUTY of how God created us in His image?

Why can't people just LIVE LIKE JESUS?

I was saddened by what I directly experienced today, but at the same time, through the Grace of God I was made bold. <3

Praise the Lord!!

"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the Age?'

And Jesus answered and said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the Love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come."

~Matthew 24.3-14~

Now, more than ever, true Christ-Followers must come together in fellowship and Love; the end times are approaching, and we MUST keep the Faith. There will be many trials, many attacks, but we have to keep pushing through to the end.

Remember, we serve a God who is GREATER THAN OUR ADVERSITIES. He endured the greatest pain imagineable, did it all out of Selflessness and Love, and came out on the other side as the Victor, the Conqueror of Death itself.

Christ-Followers, my loving challenge to all of you is this:

READ THE WORD. "I have hidden Your Word in my Heart that I might not sin against You."

If there are going to be attacks, trials, Deceivers (which there will be daily), we must KNOW the Word. We must LIVE and BREATHE it, know it INSIDE OUT.

. "Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in Heaven." Think about it. Mull over it; chew on it, grapple with it. The Word is full of mysteries and powerful Beauty. It can be read millions of times in one life and never cease to enlighten. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." And know that the Word of God is your INFALLIBLE AUTHORITY. "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."

LIVE THE WORD. "The Word of the God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joins and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the Heart." Just live what you know to be true. Be humble in all things, caring in all things, but spurn the Enemy and all the lies that he creates. When you feel attacked, call out to God! He will save you, He will drive Satan away: "The Lord your God in your midst, The Might One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love, He will rejoice over you with singing." People can hear us talk and talk and talk about what we believe until they're blue in the face, but only when we ACT like citizens of a different Kingdom will people notice and begin to wonder why. "Preach the Gospel at all times--if necessary, use words." (St. Francis of Assisi)


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