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Shannon’s Story of Forgiveness

How many times does our Father or Mother’s sin effect our life as we grow up as children?  Sometimes we carry around the sin, the guilt, the blame and yes the feelings of rejection and un-forgiveness in life or even deal with the battles our parents never conquered.  This story was made purposely not to expose one family’s faults but in some way we may all have experienced this or know someone who has.  The ultimate goal of the enemy is always to kill, steal and destroy, however as Shannon met her sister for the first time upon her father’s death bed, Shannon found something she had been looking for her entire life….freedom and forgiveness.

Watch as Shannon tells her story of forgiveness…..

Matthew 18 Living Translation

21Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

22“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

 

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PooPoo Pie


Don't eat poop!  It causes stress, heartache and delusions!I had the best advice one time from a gal who may have not known how much wisdom she was spilling out to me.  I was struggling with lots of stress at the time because of the circumstances of transition and it all started with FaceBook.  Now keep in mind, I sometimes wear my feelings on my shoulders and grasp every perception that could be. I feel as though I am friendly to everyone and wouldn’t hurt a flea on purpose, so it just kills me if I think someone doesn’t like me.   My blood pressure was running high at the time and I was just sick of the so-called worry of what others think of us. I was talking about a post on FaceBook that I knew was about us but it didn’t mention our names.  She said to me, “Don’t own it”.  Those words forever changed my life and redirected my focus.

You see the enemy of our soul would love to continue to beat us down each day with negative remarks from gossip and lies.  People who I had loved for years were mouthing about our leadership, the church or whatever was told to them about us and not only did they believe it but some also continued with the remarks to others.  Sad to say, some still carry it with them.

Its time to "not own it" and throw out the poo poo pie!

 

God has a way to make us stronger as we continue to serve and depend on Him.  There was no unlawful or sin involved with us and in our eyes, we were doing the best of our ability to continue to move forward in what God wanted us to do, following after His steps.  As we continued our journey, we were pushed out of our many circles of people we loved dearly in who we had helped over the years.  It was a hard transition and I know that the past always tries to condemn and keep people from focusing on the future in winning lost souls.  With some is easier to point fingers rather than take responsibility sometimes.  I was taking responsibility with the words that was being said instead of ignoring them.

The “don’t own it” is what I call Poo Poo Pie.  You see when someone makes a remark about you or tries to control your thoughts or actions either through manipulation, control or gossip its like they are handing you a poo poo pie. Have you ever thought of it that way?  PooPoo Pie is nasty and although it may look good or not, you have the ability to receive it or not to.  If you take it, you own it.  You can put it on your shelf, on your counter top, in your bedroom next to your night stand or in your fridge.  Heck, in fact you can drive it around in your car, put it in your purse or take it on a date!  PooPoo Pie never runs out and every time you “own” the remarks or the gossip, bring it up in conversation or the hurt you are taking a big bite out of your pie!  You are in control of your emotions, thoughts and actions.  People may even throw the pie at you but you don’t have to own it!

Want a slice of poo pie?  This is not a recipe you want to share!  Don't own it!It’s time to throw out the pie, in fact, throw out the pie in the garbage and never look through the trash to own it again.  Move forward and don’t own it!  Poo Poo Pie causes high blood pressure, it causes stress, it causes you to have strongholds in your mind to distract you from what God is calling you to do.  It is deceiving.  It makes you sick and you share the poo pie with others and it makes them sick.  I say “stop passing the poo pie!”

Want a piece of POO POO PIE?

So here is my word of advice that I so wonderfully learned through the transition that I may pass to you…. “don’t own it” keep focused on what God has called you to do, because it is only HIM that you must deal with and He doesn’t eat poo poo pie, He has a buffet of life and life more abundantly, total goodness, health, peace and joy, most of all love.  I would rather eat from the buffet instead from the poo poo pie.

What do you think?  Had any pie lately?

New International Version
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

English Standard Version
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

English Standard Version
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ

2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

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Would David Delete His Facebook Friends?

Why should you not delete your facebook friends David had many people who lied about him and spread gossipI always wondered why people delete their Facebook friends.  It is kinda sad but holds true to most people who delete.  Sometimes it is just to clean out your Facebook and start something new and sometimes it is just wanting to block the person from showing up in your news feed.  It used to bother me when someone deleted me, because that can really mess up your thoughts on who you thought were true friends, but now I don’t get too much drama in my head when someone unfriended me.  I know there is something more going on in that person’s head to feel as though they should delete.  For some it gives the person a type of control and makes them feel powerful with a press of the button to end a friendship.  Sometimes it is a hurt that is hard to deal with and instead of valuing the relationship with courageous conversation it is thought better to run from it.  It is a type of protective mode and I understand that.

I wonder how David in the Bible would have felt if he had a Facebook or used some type of social media?  Let us look at Psalms 57.

 

David starts out crying out to God and runs to Him for hiding as the storms of life surround him.  This is a good thing, yet notice David runs to God and not away from Him despite the circumstances of life or the chaos that is going on.  David realizes the power of God, the grace of God and His saving power with confessing his faith.  He also knows that God will rescue him from the liars who are so intent upon destroying him, using the words “I am surrounded by fierce lions, hotheads whose teeth are sharp as spears and arrows. Their tongues are like swords….”  David knew his enemies were setting traps for him and he was fearful of the future but knew he must stay faithful to God.  He then watched his enemies fall into the traps themselves.  He goes on to continue to praise God and sing Him praises for His loving kindness.  Davids wishes thru all of this time in his life , God’s glory be brought throughout all the earth.  David was hurt and he was scared of what people would think or view of him.  A natural response when you know people spread gossip and lies about you.

God is still faithful to those who run toward Him and His grace and mercy endures forever to either party.  The next time you get the urge to delete, if you value the relationship take time to ask yourself “why” you are deleting.  Is it because of unmet expectations, or hurt feelings or just a clean up.  Either or say a prayer over the person instead of hating.  Practice love instead of judgement.  Even in the midst of storms in your life, you can produce fruit for others to follow as God takes care of your enemies.

Facebook is network.  It links you to a person in years down the road could open an opportunity up for you.  I heard a man say once, “Don’t burn bridges or one day you may have no place to go”.

David continued to praise and worship God thru all circumustances!

What do you think?  Would David’s friends delete him or would David delete the people who were spreading lies about him?

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Detox for the Body and Soul

detox with lemon juice I just started something new for the last two-weeks with this lemon drink.  I like it.  Can I tell any difference? Ummm unsure but I know it’s good for me.  Here is what I am doing:

Morning Drink: Lemon Cayenne Water

For the last two weeks I’ve been starting out every morning with a glass filled with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. It’s kind of like the master cleanse lemonade, but with no sweetener. When I drink it, I feel like I am cleansing myself with a dose of detoxifying goodness.

Lemon cayenne water is a great way to cleanse your body regularly even when you’re not “on a cleanse.”

Drinking spicy water may sound gross to you, but with the lemon, you’ll actually start loving it.  Now, I just add a pinch, and I love it.

Here’s why:

Lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxification properties.

Lemon juice is great for digestion, destroying bacteria and cleansing the system –it supports the liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins.

Cayenne pepper increases metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestionhelps regulate blood sugar and more.

Put them together and you have a very powerful cleansing drink!

My usual:

  • About 12 oz of water
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne (enough to feel the heat but not so spicy that it’s hard to get down)

So give it a try! It may become part of your new morning routine.

Now what about my soul?

detox for the soulThis got me thinking about my morning routine.  I need to study more to detox my soul.  I can read a scripture or ponder on a topic but then my morning can quickly go into checking Facebook  messages, twitters, email and before you know it I am boggled down with “stuff” totally weeding out my time with God.  I need to change.  It seems as though I can’t seem to find balance.  I need to exercise again since they tell me my cholesterol is a tad high.  Decisions, choices, work, children, and life.

Last week I had a group of ladies here at the house and we discussed the biggest issues women face.  One was balance.  The feeling words, were overwhelmed or stressed.

It’s time for a detox for everyone and I am not just talking about for the body but for the soul.  The Bible describes it as Renewing the Mind.  We must get ourselves to a place where we give God the time to meditate on His Love, His Word and His goodness.  Just like my new morning water routine, we need an immune upper from His Word.  We need a spiritual metabolism booster to keep us going.  We need an enemy destroying cleanse of the junk that penetrates our mind from the world’s words.  Now if you put them all together you have a powerful cleansing, detoxing, spiritual booster for the day!

This is my new morning routine and its much more than just a drink. 🙂

What is your morning detox?

 

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The Needle

This week, Bryson had played us a song to a poem one of his friends wrote.  As he strummed the guitar and sang from his heart, the tears swelled up in my eyes for such a sad experience as I listened to the words.  We recently had a friend to pass away that spent the summer in our town and even spent a summer day here at our home for his birthday.  He had come in with a group of young people for internship we offer at the church.  He had been in Teen Challenge and seemed as though he had overcome the drug addiction that finally ended his life.  As we reflect upon his life the enemy took, let us remember to always be a friend to those who struggle with addiction.  Pray with them, for them and let them most of all know how much you love them and how they are valuable in life.  I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. 😦

Here is a couple of poems that one of his friends wrote.

Is this worth dying for?
Is this worth dying for?

THE NEEDLE

When the needle is what you choose, you’re choosing a life of pain – take it from me, sadness, disaster and sorrow are all that you have to gain.  It will rob you of everything and destroy your every hope, it will grab you before you know it – the needle and the dope.  The needle is the only master when you stick it in your arm, its grip will only get stronger and cause you great harm.  Once you realize you have lost all control, it will be too late, the needle has claimed your mind and soul, you have chosen your own fate.  The needle can not be handled so please do not cry, it will dig your grave for you before it’s your time to die.  If you think that being a junkie is a pleasant way to live, think again.  The needle doesn’t forgive.

…….WE WISH YOU WERE HERE

Grieving the death of a friend seems so lonely. Treasure the memories
Grieving the death of a friend seems so lonely. Treasure the memories

The last time we saw you, you were walking out our door, then we got the call saying, “…… isn’t with us anymore”.  This addiction was his battle even his strife, he couldn’t leave it alone and ultimately it took his life.  The needle has no pity, it has no remorse and it took our friend ….. when he chose that powder called “the white horse”.  He left us early, way too soon just to lose himself in the enemy of the needle and the spoon.  I guess he never thought of those of us he’d leave behind, what could have been so difficult that he’s want to get that numb, both in body and in mind.  Of all our sadness and tear after tear, but it’s too late now, Oh …., how we wish you were here.  How will we ever understand how someone so full of life had to die, sacrificing everything just to get high.  I guess it was finally your turn to fly.

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Be Dead

How easily people are swayed determines the wisdom and spirit that is within them.  I often question God about wisdom. I know I can read about it all through proverbs and gain in just asking God for it.  I pray for it.  I want it.  James 1:5 New Living Translation (©2007)
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

http://betterlifecoachingblog.com I love what Darren says in a post:

You don’t get wisdom by reading great books or blogs.  You don’t get wisdom by spending time with an amazing mentor. You don’t get wisdom by attending conferences with the best motivational speakers. You don’t get wisdom by going to university or night school. You don’t get wisdom by observing those who are the leaders in your field.  You get it as you apply all that you’ve learned from the above.  You get it by taking risks, making mistakes and learning from your experiences.  You get it by making decisions and assessing your progress so that you can change your direction along the way.  You get it by scraping your knees and getting dirt under your fingernails.  You get it by finding out what works in your own context and circumstances.  Jeff Foxworthy who said that, “Wisdom equals knowledge plus scars.”

Another  short story I received in an email is worth sharing too.  I am unsure where or who published it but holds true to all of us.

Once, there was a community of wise monks who lived in the desert. One day, a man arrived at the monastery, asking if he could stay and learn wisdom from the monks. The old abbot came out and greeted the traveler, then asked why he had come.

The man answered, “I want to be wise, but I only have the weekend.”

The abbot smiled, because many men hoped for the wisdom which had taken him a lifetime to accumulate. He replied, “To begin, go to the graveyard and spend the day cursing the dead. Tell them they lived useless lives, and the world is better off without them.”

The man thought this was strange, but he did as he was asked. The next day, the abbot asked the traveler, “So, what did the dead say?” The man replied, “Nothing, they’re all dead!”

The abbot told him, “Today, go to the graveyard and spend all day praising the dead! Shower them with blessings, exhort them, and speak of the many ways society has benefited from their life’s work.”

Now the man was thoroughly bewildered, but he did as he was asked. The next day, the abbot asked the traveler, “So, what did the dead say?”

The man replied, “Nothing! They’re all dead! And I have to leave today!” The wise old abbot looked at him and said,

“What wise men they must be, to not be swayed by either the empty blessings or angry curses of other people. They must know true happiness.”

New Living Translation (©2007) Ephesians 4:14 -15
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

English Standard Version (©2001) 1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers, do not be children in your thinking, infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.

New Living Translation (©2007) 1 Peter 2:1
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.

New Living Translation (©2007)  Romans 6:4
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

So with that all said, wisdom comes when we make up our mind to be dead in the flesh and live in Christ Jesus.  Sometimes I need reminding of that when the joys of trial and persecution comes my way. 🙂

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Shadows of Dung, Dry, Death!

He will always lead us thru the dark places, either carries or prods us to move into a non comfort zone.  We should have no fear through transition, even when we have lack understanding of the process and at times question ourselves.

This dark place is where you feel rejected, wounded and hurt while all the while wonder how you will make it thru.  Your trust in man is depleted believing all mankind are liars, mean and cruel with their words of torment rewinding and replaying over and over in your head.  It affects your thoughts, your daily life, your will power.  You are coupled with a sense falling in a black hole desperately looking for God’s perfect will only hoping you are walking in it.  The darkness of all darkness swarm like flies ready to lay and deposit their seeds of maggots with unbelief and disunity.  All the while you trudge through the dung crying in a madness wishing it would all end, what is the use, what is the reason while the voices of horror cry out to give in and give up, that it really doesn’t matter!  Walking or being carried either way you strap on the burdens of others pretending you have it all together, a King who hasn’t really lost direction but the cries of desperation seem to be echoed in the darkness as we are looking for a ray of light at the end of the path.

As you walk through the valley, you however hold on to a tiny spark of hope that through this you will learn something.  You learn to trust more, love more and lean on the Shepherd.   This valley is to the advantage.  This valley is not death to the soul but death to the flesh giving life to the character of Jesus.  It is a way to learn how to love, live and lead.  The other side of the valley is the rainbow… the promise awaits… keep moving!

 

Psalm 23:4 Matthew Henry Commentary: The valley of the shadow of death may denote the most severe and terrible affliction, or dark dispensation of providence, that the psalmist ever could come under. Between the part of the flock on earth and that which is gone to heaven, death lies like a dark valley that must be passed in going from one to the other. But even in this there are words which lessen the terror. It is but the shadow of death: the shadow of a serpent will not sting, nor the shadow of a sword kill. It is a valley, deep indeed, and dark, and miry; but valleys are often fruitful, and so is death itself fruitful of comforts to God’s people. It is a walk through it: they shall not be lost in this valley, but get safe to the mountain on the other side.

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Battle Tactics Two

When I was in High School, I played basketball.  I wasn’t very good but loved the challenge and the competition especially when it came to playing defense.  Before most games the coach will know a little about the other team players.  He knows the players positions, their weaknesses and also their best ability of talent, in other words, who to watch. The reason behind knowing is to make sure the best guard is on the best shooter.   It is important once you are in the game, you know your opponent and his tactics if you want to win or survive.  That is what I am trying to do in writing yesterday and today.  Know your enemy, know his tactics, know how to overcome in the heat of the battle.  Better yet, know your enemy, submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.

Yesterday I spoke on how the enemy wants to destroy our faith by attacking us in several different areas of life.  His schemes are simple and very slow in such a way of being in the camp without one even knowing he is in the house.  He first will tempt us to sin by defiling our conscience and getting a foothold in our mind and in our actions.  He will persecute believers by making you feel as though you don’t belong, trip us up by slander in finding any detail that could be twisted into a false accusation, draw us into self-reliance to get things straight with control, get our eyes off Christ and catch us off guard.  In other words, Satan is so sneaky he comes in and sets a plate at the table without you even knowing it.   I explained in detail how he uses different battle tactics to do these things with Battle Tactics One.

Today, I will add to those things his other goals.  How does Satan demoralize us?  The first method is to accuse the saints and intimidate us.  He then will discourage us in any way, form or fashion.  He then turns and redefines the battle.  He wants us to think there is no battle or that he is not in this battle by turning saints away from other believers and the lost.  If he can promote getting our eyes off of the lost world and onto our own selfish nature, he sets back and waits for the sound of each rifle shooting, laughing loudly at the confusement he has set up.  He promotes either isolation or gathering in clicks, tempting other believers to become our opponents.  He makes the battle a fleshly one encouraging us to use our own efforts to achieve spiritual ends.  He has us to battle for power and authority over one another instead of relying on God to take care of the matter or to take action into their own hands.  Prayer becomes obsolete as we let Satan consume our mind, our thoughts, our time and drains one of energy.  Instead of fighting, one is ready to flight because they cannot take the front lines of the battle field any longer.

Once Satan comes into the camp, he sits at the table, he bring division as he dishes out into our plates unresolved anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, envy, pride, selfish ambition, covetousness, murder, arguments, bad judgment, slander, gossip, inflammatory speech, and alienation from leader by sowing seeds of mistrust.  By this time we have eaten and don’t even realize this battle tactic of poison he has given to each family member, spreading like a disease very subtle as it becomes airborne.

As the enemy sits back and waits for the poison to consume our minds and bodies, he continues to spit out the lies, twist the truth and target more of God’s people.  He then follows up with the next step by leading one into error.  He then sits and waits for the consuming of each other as one by one saints continue to get discouraged and drop out of the picture.

The enemy knows the battle far more than we do and he has been doing this for years upon years.  He has false teachers, false teaching and false accusations for shooting down good leaders.  He gains influence over us through occultism, hidden occultism and demonize believers.  His entire goal is to prevent the lost into becoming a Christian by quickly snatching the seeds of the gospel, blind unbelievers, play the game without true conversion or change the church’s agenda.

Satan’s schemes and tactics are complex in his strategic warfare.  We all have fallen prey to his schemes however if one is determined to change his or her behavior and will by turning to Christ in the heat of the battle once they have realized it, then God will consume with love.  Love covers a multitude of sin, casts out all fear and wins every time.

If you have found yourself in the heat of the battle lately, what tactic did the enemy use on you?  Have you recognized it was a plan of the enemy in the first place.  It is not your brother and sister in Christ, it is not the person who doesn’t know God, it is not your husband, wife, children, or any family member.  It is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy any way he can and these are his tactics!  Know your enemy so you can stop the plan.  Let love fill you up through finding prayer and intimacy with Christ, in His Word through His messages and through His Spirit.

Isaiah 54:17  No weapon formed against us will prosper or be successful.

Resources for Battle Tactics One & Two:

Genesis 3:1-6, Zechariah 3:1, Job 1, Jude 4,8,10, I Chronicles 21:1, I Samuel 15:23, Numbers 16:11

Matthew 4:1-3,6,12:43,13:4,19,24-39,16:22-23,24:24, 26:51-52, 27:3-5,

Luke 4:2-7, 9-11,22:3-4. 9:62,

John 8:44, 13:2, 14:30,12:5-6, 16:11,

Ephesians 2:2, 4:3,26-31,

I Corinthians 3:4-5,10:12, 3:18-19,

Hebrews 12:1-3,

Colossians 3:8,

2 Corinthians 2:6-11, 4:4, 10:4-5, 11:3-4,14,

I John 2:1, 3:12, 4:3, 5:19,

3 John 9-10,

Acts 5:3,8:18-20,15:19-20, 19:19, 20:28-31, 23:8,26:18,

Romans 8:1,15,33,5:10,

I Timothy 3:6-7,4:1-2,

2 Timothy 2:26, 4:3-4,

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12,

Galatians 3:1, 4:17,

I Peter 5:8-9,

James 3:14-15, 4:1-2

Revelation 2:10,13, 12:10-11,16:14, 19:20,20:7-8

 

 

 

 

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Battle Tactics One

A couple of years ago I awoke as God said to be very loudly, “Be as General Patton!”  I was somewhat intrigued by His comment because my history lessons about the war was long gone out of my head.  I being obedient decided to search out who this famous general I should be comparing myself to you.  I find it quite funny although most people didn’t like him nor was a kind man, however he had strategic mastermind when it came to war.  Under his leadership Patton advanced farther, captured more enemy prisoners, and liberated more territory in less time than any other army in history.  I understand why God said this to me.

To be successful in life and to be where you are called into the ministry sometimes you put yourself on the front line of battle.  You must be prepared and you must know how your enemy works. Like Patton, he emphasized the need for armored forces to stay in constant contact with the enemy, concluding that aggressive, fast-moving mechanized and armored forces disrupted enemy defensive preparations while presenting less of a target to enemy gunners.  His instinctive preference for relentless offensive movement be slowed to reduce the number of U.S. casualties, Patton replied “Whenever you slow anything down, you waste human lives.”  That is what I am writing about the next few days, be prepared Saints of the most high and know your enemies battle tactics.

When a Christian gets frustrated, angry or upset there is one or two things one does.  One will either flight or fight.  The first thing the enemy of our soul wants us to do is lose the battle.  We have all must know in the Bible it tells us how the devil walks around like a lion ready to devour us and that he comes to steal, kill and destroy.  If we do not know his tactics of war, he will succeed to rob us of joy (he doesn’t want joy or steal joy but get us in mindset where we won’t have joy), kill God’s plans and dreams for us and destroy our lives in the chaos to where we will flee from God, his people and His plans.  How do we know if people have resorted to the fight or flight mode?  They fight against God’s plans and resort back to feeding the flesh or nature man.  You may have found yourself in this circumstances once before yet not know how to deal with the issue or be oblivious to his plan.

The goal of Satan: To advance his kingdom, to extend his sphere of influence.

His scheme: To distract us from our pure and sincere devotion to Christ and remove us from the battle.

Now how does he do this?  I’m sure General Patton would have put a stop to this plan as he recognized the patterns of this type of warfare. He would have used his disciplines to prepare and to finish the fight.  “When we land against the enemy, don’t forget to hit him and hit him hard. When we meet the enemy we will kill him.”  We sometimes forget who the enemy is.  Our goal is not to kill each other (fellow humans) but to know who the enemy is.

Goal of the enemy:  To destroy our faith:  by tempting us to sin, persecute believers, trip us up by slandering, draw us to self-reliance, get our eyes off our leader Christ Jesus, and catch us off guard.  Each is described below.

When Satan tempts us to sin he will also defile our conscience and get a foothold in the door.  This happens when we put ourselves in an area where we shouldn’t be.  Attitudes develop and things we once considered not to be a part of our Christian lifestyle all of a sudden become “OK”.  Although the warning flags from the Holy Spirit wave bright, our conscience ignores and we justify those little sins.  Have you heard the saying, “Give the devil an inch, he takes a mile?”.  This is only the beginning.

The second warfare Satan uses is to persecute believers and to slander.  Every lie and any person he can use to do this he will.  Ever heard of a rumor and wonder if it is true?  Once you start doubting the person, distrust creeps in and then slander becomes the cannon ball.  People can become very cruel with their opinions.  Even Christians play an important part in Satan’s scheme to divide the body.  We all must learn to recognize this instead of spreading gossip, rumors or untrue lies we should stop the source.

The third tactic is to draw us to self-reliance.  When things, plans or people make us frustrated we tend to try to fix it instead of waiting on God’s plan with patience and thankfulness.  We try to take things into our own hands with controlling the environment, the situation or people.  When we rely on our own strength we quickly feel tired, defeated and confused.  How do we stop letting our emotions or self-reliance kick in?  We pray and trust in God for direction.  We pray for those who become wounded by the enemy’s arrows.

Getting our eyes off of Jesus and looking around is the final blow Satan will use.  He keeps us upset with the lies, the rumors, the fears of man and looking back at the past with fearfulness of the future.  Satan enhances the blow with lack of vision, hurt feelings, unforgiveness with bitterness.  Holding grudges and concentrating on retaliation to man instead of knowing who the real enemy is.  Getting our eyes off Jesus is ultimately losing our focus on what Jesus stands for: love and giving to others.  For some it is all about self, how self feels, how self is hurt, how self is upset, how self wants this way or that way.  Self is focused on self, not Jesus.

Tomorrow I will write about what takes place after Satan has shot out these battle tactics into your life.

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Bit By A Viper – Poisonious Results

Last night when I came home Spencer and Eli was watching clips about snakes.  Eli hates snakes.  As McKenzie and I watched the snake eat baby squirrels, we expressed how disgusting it was.  Animals, reptiles, insects, and humans share more than we realize.

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We all try to survive in this world, share this world and learn to live daily.  Life, funny thing isn’t it? The difference between us and the other creations of this world is we have emotions and we can think and reason.  We have this wonderful ability to be so different and unique but yet so quick to turn on our own kind instead of protect and nurture as other species do.  Today, I write about the effects of the Viper.  Whether you realize it or not we all have been bit by poisonous snakes.  What is the remedy or quick action we can take before the poison sets in and leaves a scar for life?

Words and actions from people can be very poisonous and the effects from the venom can be quite disastrous.  When you look at the general symptoms of a snakebite, you will notice several things.  First of all lets compare the physical to the spiritual after being bit by a snake (spiritually speaking = a lie from the enemy of our soul).

The Central Nervous System is affected.  There is dizziness, increased thirst and headache in the physical sense.  From the Spiritual side point being dizzy means having no sense of balance with the potential to fall.  In other words, life will be going in circles without any relief from mind battles with no clear thoughts only nauseated worry.  An increased thirst is from the lack of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leading, comfort and the ability to receive teaching.   A spiritual headache is comes from refusing guidance of authority with prideful selfish thinking.

In the Systemic, there is fever and severe pain.  Spiritual fever is the result of a wake up call to an infection that is foreign to your soul as a born again believer, resulting in unresolved pain and lack of thankfulness. High temperatures reach potential dangers of damaging the ability to think, act and reason.  A spiritual fever demands hitting the rewind button from the past, dwelling on the past, or living in the past.  Because of lack of prayer and lack of faith the spirit of fear sets in…. resulting in spiritual sickness.

Notice in the picture how vision is affected with blurriness.  When we look into the spiritual there will be no clear vision or direction to go.  Panic with a sense of urgency causes one to run for help usually in the wrong direction as he or she experiences pain, panic and fear.  Many times people run instead of allowing or receiving help from the ones who are capable of helping.

The condition of the heart in the physical or spiritual is not as noticeable to the natural eye.   Rapid pulse, blood pressure and shock usually comes upon the initial bite yet it continues to be experienced after the bite. Most of the time when we get bit spiritually, these things also play out in our body through stress resulting in fatigue, weight gain or loss, no energy, addictions and other sought out pleasures to escape this world.

The Muscular system is affected with convulsions, loss of coordination and weakness.  Spiritual convulsion is throwing your body into a tantrum of anger, bitterness and an unforgiving attitude. It is acting out through actions everyone will see and notice.   The loss of coordination is making wrong decisions during this time and weakness is just that, spiritually weak.

The Gastric and Intestinal system is affected with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Spiritual sickness results in regurgitation and dispelling waste on everyone around through contact which stinks up the entire area.  Everyone is affected by this not just the bitten. It is seemingly having the right to spout off negativity, gossip, back biting all because of the infection of a viper bite (lies believed).

What do you do when you get bit by a viper?  Education and knowledge will prevent you from doing what you shouldn’t do.  Remember in the movies you would see people cut the wounded bite with a knife and suck out the poison?  Not a good idea.  (Spiritually speaking this would mean we TRY TO PUT THINGS INTO OUR OWN HANDS IN TRUSTING IN SELF INSTEAD OF GOD – doing the opposite of what God wants you to do.)

In the physical they say you should remain calm, wash the bite area, wrap the area to constrict blood flow and  have someone to carry you for treatment.  The less you move is the best.  Spiritually speaking:  the less you move is the best.  Wash the area with the Spirit and Word of God, constrict by not allowing the poison to affect other parts of your soul and allow Jesus to carry you through this difficult time with treatment of Love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. (In other words – wait on God!)

Better yet, do as Paul did.  Shake the snake off into the fire and continue to live, teach, breath, go, preach and walk as Jesus to a world of people who continue to get bit by vipers.  You now have the antidote!  Shake it off and you won’t have to worry about experiencing all these results in the spiritual sense.

As Christians, vipers, poisonous bites from talk or actions from people should have no affect on us.  Words, actions, expectations of others should only cause us to stand in the gap for those who are victims of this biggest trick of the enemy.  Yes I agree it is hard not to fall prey to a viper when they bite in the most unpredictable time and season of your life but I choose to be thankful under this pressure, count it joy while yet passing through this world to get to eternity.  I must remember not to let the venom affect me or those around me.  Lord help us all.

Matthew 12:34 New Living Translation (©2007)
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

Romans 3:13 New Living Translation (©2007)
“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.”

Mark 16: 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. 17“These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Acts 28:3-8 3As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. 4The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live.” 5But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. 6The people waited for him to swell up or suddenly drop dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw that he wasn’t harmed, they changed their minds…..