I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. ~ Psalm 16:8, NLT
When this is a truth that you firmly believe, nothing will shake you. The moment you find yourself being drawn into battle, you will know where to turn; to the LORD. He is always right there beside you.
Have you ever wondered how you have lived through or gotten through some of the travesties that you have? If you look closely in that rear-view mirror, you might be surprised by what you see. I know that was the case for me. When I fell back in time and wrote my story, I was amazed by what I had missed the first round. Two major things stood out to me. One, I was a fool who allowed myself to be deceived by the father of lies. Two, God was always faithful, even in my disobedience and rebellion.
I do believe that we are near the end of days. I don't fear what is to come for I know that I am a child of God. I know I have the gift of eternal life and that next life will be void of the evils of today. This is something that I truly look forward to. In the mean time though, I feel compelled to share the gospel of truth with all. Sadly, many are blind and deaf to the truth. Once upon a time, I was one of them. It is not good enough to know and believe in God, your ultimate defense in this world is putting on the armor of God, which is Christ. He is the one who defeated death. He is the one whom we are saved through. You must believe in Him, your very life depends on this truth.
I find it ironic that people can believe in demon possession, but they have doubts where Christ is concerned. the demons knew who Christ was, its in the Bible. The demons believe in God. The demons even know Scripture and can be found historically in church.
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, "Let us alone! What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are ~ the Holy One of God!" But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of him without doing him any harm. (Luke 4:33-35, NASB)
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (James 2:16, NASB)
Back in the days that Jesus walked the earth, people were more focused on God. Demons often possessed people in order to accomplish their work. Today, thanks to movies like the exorcist, we are decieved into believing that a person must be possessed for demons to work through them. This is so not the case. Sadly today we are living much in the way that Satan prefers; the majority of the world is disconnected from God. Today Satan commits spiritual warfare in much more subtle ways. There is a reason he is known as the father of lies, the whisperer of contention, the deceiver. He is able to communicate thoughts directly to our minds. This is a major reason why it is so important to guard our minds, to renew them daily with the word of God. In doing so, we protect ourselves from the lies of the enemy of humanity. Don't for one second doubt the truth that mankind is the apple of God's eye. He created us with His own hands and breathed life directly into us. The rest of creation was spoke into existence; not mankind.
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7, NASB)
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah, 1:5, NASB)
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearful and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16, NASB)
There is no doubt that God knows all His children, why are so many of us set against getting to know Him? Some may say this is due to a lack of faith in the world. Scripture tells us that faith comes from getting to know Him.
I think so many are opposed to the word of God because they have never taken the time to digest it directly themselves. They have been spoon fed by others. There is great danger in this today as there was in the days of Jesus. Man loves power and there is most assuredly power in God's word. You can either be manipulated by the word of God or you can live an abundant life by knowing the word of God. Don't allow yourself to fall prey to false teachers, this is Satan's desire for you. Seek the kingdom of God directly. Knock on that door. Pray for understanding. Pray for your ears and eyes to be opened to the truth. Train yourself and your children in the ways of God and prepare to witness the amazing!
Father I pray that those who are sleepwalking through this life awaken. I pray they turn to find you in their midst. May they begin to absorb and understand your word and may they in turn share Your glory. May those who already know you, begin to follow you; begin to obey your commands. May they love their neighbors, may they step outside of their comfort zones. May they carry their Bibles with them for all to see. May this openness, open countless doors of curiosity about you. May it kindle a desire to get back to you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Wendy, walks with God, mom of many