The Constant Conflict………

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There are several challenges we face, and they are common to us all.

They are enemies of our soul,  to not confront them is to guarantee our demise.

They show up in many forms and at many levels but their names are Fear and Passivity.

 

The Bible tells us ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for’……( Hebrews 11:1Hebrews 11:1
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11 1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

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What is hope?  It is a desired end, a desire accompanied by an expectation.

Often as we begin in life, we are filled with hopes and dreams.

How does hope come?  We see things, we are promised things, we dream possibilities,

and we start to expect we could have  them or experience them.

However……..

We live a flawed/fallen world. So many imperfect things. Forces at work to rob us,

why?????    because evil exists!

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In John 10:10John 10:10
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10 The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

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….The Master told us….’ The thief only comes to kill, steal and destroy…’

We have an enemy who wants to rule us, rob us, destroy our lives.

In Proverbs 13:12Proverbs 13:12
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12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

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the writer says ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when desire

comes ( Is accomplished ) it is a tree of life’.

In the book of Daniel chapter 10 we see an example of what happens.

Daniel prayed for God’s help, for God’s answer, but it didn’t come, didn’t come…….

didn’t come……for 3 weeks he fasted and prayed……didn’t come……but on the 21st day

the angel showed up with the answer. Look at what he told in  Daniel verse 12….’….from the first

day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before God,  your words

(prayers ) were heard:  and I have come because of your words ( prayers )……vs 13 ..BUT..

the Prince of the Kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days……

A demonic power in the air kept this angel from getting to Daniel!

We need to understand, God wants us to win, He has paid the price for us to prevail,

We are victors in Christ, we are co-laboring with God, but if the devil can delay our answer

and we become heartsick,… if we doubt, …give up, …become

fearful and retreat, the wicked one can still get one over on us.

Fear is faith in reverse. Fear,… if it takes hold of us, gives us an expectation of negitive

things. The enemy know the promises of God very well.

He knows that God’s promises are powerful and are referred to as a sword,

that if a skilled believer holds on to them and uses them, his efforts will be killed.

He knows that life and death are in

the power of your tongue, and he would use fear to cause you to speak your own demise.

See Proverbs 18: 20-21Proverbs 18: 20-21
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20 A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth. With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love it will eat its fruit.

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.. see also… Matthew 12:33-37Matthew 12:33-37
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33 “Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. 35 The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure TR adds “of the heart” brings out evil things. 36 I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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He would use fear, to cause you to accuse God of failing you, or not being faithful to His

promises. The devil wants to get control of your words, so you will create the path for him

to be free to strike at you!

2 Timothy 1:72 Timothy 1:7
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7 For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

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… God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power , love, and a sound mind!

1 John 4:181 John 4:18
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18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love.

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 … There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear

involves torment, but he who fears has not been made perfect in love….

God does not give us a spirit of fear!

2 corinthians 1:202 corinthians 1:20
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20 For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen,” to the glory of God through us.

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…….tells us that all the promises of God, for those in Jesus,

God’s answer is already yes!

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When the storm comes, which would you rather take shelter under, an umbrella,

which your holding, or a  solid brick house??  When we trust in our own abilities

to handle the raging wind, and hail we are like the one with the umbrella, when we

run to God’s promises, we are taking shelter in a structure built on rock.

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The great question to ask ourselves is………do I know HIS promise?  What am I

holding onto?  It is in our best interest to memorize what HE’S said/promised us.

When we do,  it as though we own it, and we can speak it out in time of the storms,

rather than doubt, fears, or the opinions of men!

Terrorist…….make the note, their chief objective is to create fear!  They are small in

number compared to the masses, but they seek to control by ruling mens hearts with fear!

Faith in reverse……Fear of anything but God, is not of God. I’m speaking of a controlling

fear.  The treat of ISIS, Ebola, so many things the media throws out, is intended to

create controlling fear!!!

Terrorist      ebola

You don’t have to know the Bible from cover to cover, to be strong in faith.

We only need to gather, memorize, and speak His Promises!

Psalms 91  is a great chapter to read and speak over your life.

God is not moved by our complaints, or our needs/wants. God is moved by

humility, and trust in His promises.

Trust God

There will be great troubles in the days just ahead,……there will be riots and maybe

even marshall law…..bank holidays……just a lot of tough times. It’s important to know

where the safe place to run is!  ( God’s promises, and Presence )

Just remember this quote as well……” I’ve seen many of trouble in my day,

most of them…. never happened ”

 

Secondly……..we must be men and women of action!

 

“All it takes for evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing”

No decision……..is a decision.

Passivity,…….. I think,  is one of our greatest enemies.

It is doing nothing, being lethargic , “who cares”, ” whatever”, “It won’t matter anyway “.

In our “drive thru” world, we want things now and really don’t want to wait

or put out much effort.

In many cases that falls under the category of  L-A-Z-Y.

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At times we don’t know what to do, and we don’t want to do the wrong thing,…..

So……….we do nothing!  However…….that is not the best response in life.

To not pull the weeds because they will just come back in a week or two is to

be assured you will lose your crop.

To not decide, to stand up for what’s right, will let the other guys choose your morality

for you.

To not vote , is to let someone else decide who’s best for you……trouble is…….you may

not like who they pick.

Plus a habit of not deciding,  will produce  a life  you don’t want.

A parent who doesn’t discipline their child, can end up with a monster child.

Disciplines in life weighs ounces,  regret in life weighs tons.

When we are passive, we end up with lots of regrets.

When we don’t know what to do, we should pray, ( consult God ) or get

advise from a trusted friend, but we need to be people of action.

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again…….When we stand before God in

Heaven, at judgement day, let Him see our wins and let Him see our losses,

BUT,…..don’t let him see that you didn’t try, that did nothing!

 

 

Thanks for Reading !!!

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  • Jacob Springer says:

    I just read this for the second time, and want to thank you for the hope in your writings. I have often given up when prayers were not immediately answered. I wouldn’t have put it that way at the time, but that is exactly what I did. Of course the enemy wants us to fail. Thank you for your wisdom and discernment in pointing this out. Sometimes I just need someone to hold my nose to the truth and make me see. God bless.

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