EPHESIANS 6:12 ON 6/12

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  – Ephesians 6:12

Today’s post serves to remind us that the hurdles before us, the hoops we are expected to jump through on a daily basis, have nothing to do with anything but the power of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Doesn’t that make you feel better?

What is a struggle?  An opposition.  Does evil oppose good?  Well, yes – the last time I checked, it did.  A struggle is a contest.  I’ve read the back of the Bible and guess what?  It’s a contest that’s already won.  A struggle is a fight to be sure.  Who fights on your side?  Christ Jesus does!  Be on the right side.  Does a struggle produce conflict?  Yes, it usually does.  But stay the course and let prayer be your constant companion in the midst of the conflict.

A struggle is an endeavor to do right in a world that wants nothing to do with right.  To struggle is to exert resources every day along with prayer without ceasing to our God who never fails.

We encounter in our struggles – sometimes God puts others with similar beliefs and mindsets in our path.  We see that as a real blessing!  Sometimes He puts people who are quite dissimilar in beliefs and mindsets in our path.  We see that as a challenge and we pray even harder for the right words and actions so our witness is not blemished.

Have you ever had a skirmish in your struggle?  I have – and that’s when the prayers reach a point where you’re constantly asking for direction on a moment by moment basis.  When there’s a skirmish in your struggle, it’s easy to say or do the exact wrong thing!  Does that ruin your witness?  Yes, sadly – it does.

When we clash during a struggle, we have to stay in a constant attitude of prayer so we don’t crash and burn!  We don’t have the answers, but we know the One who does!  We don’t know what the future holds, but God does.  We’re at a disadvantage during a struggle because we don’t see the way out – but guess what?  God does.

Struggling against forces we can’t even see takes the power of God’s Holy Spirit.  When we try to struggle without Him, it can take a significant toll on us physically and sometimes emotionally.  A Christian in the midst of a struggle who has stopped praying is defeated.  I’ve met them and so have you.  I don’t want to be one and neither do you.

Our struggles are not fun – but they do make us stronger in our faith when we come out the other side!  Remember that there’s not actual hand-to-hand combat; that’s what God’s Holy Spirit does for us.  The battle is His when it’s all said and done.  Trust Him and be still.  Pray and read God’s Word.  Find His peace as you pray for His way out.

When we struggle, it could be as small as a clash of opinions on facebook, or as big as a major medical issue.  Whatever we face, we know we don’t face it alone.  We know that God is there.  We just have to keep praying and studying His Holy Word, the Bible.  Evil will not win.  Let’s encourage one another with these words as we struggle along together in this life.  🙂

 

 

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1 THESSALONIANS 5:17

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Pray without ceasing – Ye are dependent on God for every good; without him ye can do nothing; feel that dependence at all times, and ye will always be in the spirit of prayer; and those who feel this spirit will, as frequently as possible, be found in the exercise of prayer.  – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

GOT PRAYERS???

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1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

– Psalm 121 1-8

Pray without ceasing.  Don’t let the enemy of your soul talk you into the notion that God doesn’t care or doesn’t want to be bothered with the “small stuff” (none of it is small to God).  Tell Him about everything and don’t forget to thank Him for all the answers He gives to your prayers.  🙂

GALATIANS 5:22 ON 5/22

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith…  – Galatians 5:22

Ugh – longsuffering…  that’s like…  patience, right?  LOL!

Today I jumped through a hoop, hopefully on the way to gallbladder surgery.  I had to see my primary care physician today to make sure the increase of Lisinopril is bringing my blood pressure down where it needs to be.  The good news is – it has!

Now it’s time to do a little more waiting and praying.  I have a second appointment with the surgeon on the 26th, so until then I will just keep praying that the pain will be minimal (non-existent would be better – lol) – and that God’s Holy Spirit will guide me to do what I need to do.

Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer.  – Author Unknown

I can’t believe the outpouring of concern from my friends!  I’m humbled to have such great friends and hope I’m as good a friend.  The times you are forced to jump through hoops and play the waiting game are the times you learn more about who you are and how much your faith really means.

It gives the phrase “pray without ceasing” a new meaning – lol.  I continually pray that God’s Holy Spirit will give me the strength, wisdom and grace to get through this difficult time.  At this point, I’m practicing SPIRITUAL BREATHING.  Several times a day, I hear Him say to me, “It’s okay, Linda – just BREATHE.”

In much the same way I pray before driving my car – for traveling mercies – I am praying that I’ll be granted traveling mercies from this hoop to the next hoop.  Another week and then I will know more and hopefully see the light at the end of the tunnel.  God’s grace is sufficient.

MASTER OF MY THOUGHTS

The quest for love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness and faith continues as pain makes itself apparent.  Oh – yes I did forget one – longsuffering.  Okay – I guess I want that too – wink!  😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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IT'S ME AGAIN LORD

I have to remind and reassure myself that the Bible tells us it’s okay to pray without ceasing. Sometimes it’s as if I’m really getting on God’s last nerve with my constant praying. I try not to make it a list of complaints or a list of stuff I need or outcomes I need to have happen in my life. Sometimes I just want to be silent and know that He is God.

Those are the really powerful prayer times! Those times when you just sit still and KNOW. You just know that He is. He is what? He IS – and that’s enough. He is everything and everything is Him. Once you understand that your stuff is not yours, your very life is His, your attitude and outlook will become more clear and focused. There will suddenly be so much small stuff where it seemed so important before!

In Matthew chapter 6 verse 9 we are taught how we should pray:

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13

So, is it possible to pray without ceasing???

According to Mary it is! She explained it to her minister like this:

“Well, sir”, she said, “when I first open my eyes in the morning, I pray ‘Lord, open the eyes of my understanding’; and while I am dressing, I pray that I may be clothed with the robes of righteousness; when I wash, I ask for the washing of regeneration; as I work, I pray that I may have the strength equal to my day; as I sweep out the house, I pray the my heart may be cleansed from all impurities; while preparing and eating of breakfast, I pray to be fed with the hidden manna and the sincere milk of the Word; as I am busy with the little children, I ask God to make me become as a child; and so on, all day. Everything I do furnishes me with a thought for prayer.”

So…  carry on and pray without ceasing!  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

When I talk to my friend, sometimes she begins expressing the things she’s thinking out loud and very loudly in an effort to drown out whatever it is that I’m saying. Sometimes this is funny, but most of the time it makes me sad and feel as though what I have to say does not matter. I know she probably does not even realize she’s doing it. It’s okay.

I have a heavenly Father who listens and speaks to me in turn. He hears my entire thought. He answers my prayers and never wants to have a shouting match with me. What I have to say matters to Him. What I think and how I feel matter. He loves me and cares about me because He knows me better than I know myself. He created me!

When I gave my heart to the Lord some 40 years ago at the tender age of 13, I had no idea it would be such a great journey! I would not go back and change a thing! In this time, Jesus has become my very best friend and prayer has become a refuge for me. I don’t feel so alone or so unheard because there is a constant conversation going on between my Lord and I.

The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.  – William McGill

No matter where I am, no matter what I’m doing, The Holy Spirit and I are communicating! Some people refer to that small voice as conscience, but it’s more than that. If you have not accepted Christ into your heart and life, it is the Holy Spirit speaking a need for you to come to a saving knowledge of Christ. If you have accepted Him into your heart and life, then it is Him letting you know every moment of every day what is best for you.

Even in the most difficult times, you can rely on God’s Holy Spirit to help you. Sometimes he calms the storm around you, but most of the time, He uses that storm to make you stronger and calm your spirit. I hope in this new year you will listen to that small voice and obey Him. May you decide to pray without ceasing. It is the best conversation you will have throughout your lifetime. ❤