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1 Peter 5:9 (AMP) Withstand him (the devil); be firm in faith against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined, knowing that the same identical sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood the whole body of Christians throughout the world.

We all want to live a prosperous problem-free life. God doesn’t promise us a life without problems. There’s a devil and a fallen world, therefore, problems will exist. God promised that we’ll overcome them (1 Cor. 15:57).

We’re instructed to withstand the devil. This means, the devil will constantly be on the attack. His target is to destroy our minds, impact our health, break up our families, and deplete our finances. The end game for Satan is to have us lose faith in God.

So, don’t be surprised when it seems like nothing is going our way or when it seems like one problem leads to the next. These are satanic attacks that are attempting to destroy our faith in God. Let’s withstand these attacks by building ourselves up in the Word of God and combating these attacks with the truth in God’s Word.

1 Kings 19:5 Then he lay down in the shade and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel woke him up and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 Elijah looked around, and by his head was a jar of water and some baked bread. He sat up, ate and drank, then lay down and went back to sleep. 7 Soon the Lord’s angel woke him again and said, “Get up and eat, or else you’ll get too tired to travel.” 8 So Elijah sat up and ate and drank. The food and water made him strong enough to walk forty more days. At last, he reached Mount Sinai, the mountain of God,

When it comes to God’s instructions, everything may not be spiritual. He may tell us to do something practical.

In this story, Elijah was running from Ahab and Jezebel’s army for two days in desert like conditions. When he finally stopped, he was suicidal. He begged God to take his life. After resting, an angel woke him up and told him to eat. Simple and practical, right? After running for so long in the hot sun, it makes sense to have Elijah eat and sleep. These practical instructions mentally and physically strengthened Elijah to continue his journey.

When seeking God, don’t assume He’s only going to give us some deep spiritual instructions such as fasting or spending 3 hours in the Word. He may have us remove sweets from our diet, study for 2 hours a day for an upcoming exam, or walk a mile 3 times a week. It may be simple and practical, but it will benefit us greatly.

Leviticus 19:17 You must not harbor hatred against your brother in your heart. Directly rebuke your neighbor, so that you will not incur guilt on account of him.

A lack of or poor communication can cause damage and division in any relationship. When a person makes a questionable statement, instead of asking what they truly meant, we assume they meant something negative.

After the statement is made, we should go to that person to confirm what they’re truly trying to say. If it’s just a misunderstanding, then we can move on. However, if their statement was hurtful or disrespectful to us, we should be honest with the person and tell them how it made us feel.

What they do next is out of our control. If they apologize, we can maintain a great relationship. If they don’t, then we know how they feel and we should allow the Holy Spirit to dictate the future of that relationship.

Regardless of how a person responds, we’ve done the work to clear our conscience by expressing ourselves to them.

If we look at parts of our bodies, we may see a scar from an injury we had from our childhood. We may remember how much pain we were in at the time, but we eventually fast forward and thank God for our healing.

Mental scars are different. With mental scars, we have two options. The first option is to remember the pain and stay in that dark place. We can think about the abuse, traumatic experience, or emotional pain and become angry with the person all over again, stress ourselves out about the situation, or make ourselves depressed.

The second option is glorifying God for our deliverance. When previous negative experiences enter our minds, we can thank God and praise Him for healing us from that hurt. We can excite ourselves thinking about the goodness of God. We can look at how far God has brought us.

It’s up to us which option we’re going to choose.

Let’s look at our scars and begin to praise Him for our deliverance. It may have hurt at the time but now, we have a testimony.

*For those who are in the midst of their hurt, there’s one option. Praise Him in advance for the deliverance God has made available.

Psalm 54:6 Freely I will sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good. 7 For He has delivered me from every trouble, and my eyes have stared down my foes.

Psalm 130:3 (AMP) If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat us according to our sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You just what man needs, that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.

There is forgiveness. No matter what we’ve done or how far we’ve been on the wrong path, God is there to forgive and forget all of our sins (Heb. 8:12).

God not only forgives and forgets our sins, but He’s not going to punish us for anything we’ve done wrong. He’s not going to strike us down, cause us to get into a car accident or put a disease on us for anything we’ve done wrong. There are natural consequences for our actions, but He’s not punishing us. The punishment for all sin was placed on Jesus (Rom. 3:24).

Finally, God is not holding our sins against us. He’s not charging them to our account. He’s not going to weigh the amount of sins we’ve committed and compare it with the good deeds we’ve done. Jesus paid the debt for all our sins and God sees us as righteous (Gal. 3:13-15).

Thank God for Jesus Who allowed us to receive God’s complete forgiveness and forgetfulness of sin without punishment.

Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

A lot of times, we call people when we have something to say or when we want something from someone else. But how many of us contact people just to say hello or to see how they’re doing? We don’t want anything. We’re just checking on them.

Reaching out to people can be more beneficial than we think. That text message, call, or email can make a person’s heart smile. They may be having a tough day and our outreach may make the difference in their day. The simple fact that we took the time to solely see how they’re doing, with no strings attached can positively impact a person’s life.

Let’s keep our unity by reaching out to our friends and our family and reconnecting with that person we haven’t spoken to in a while.

Psalm 103:13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

A lot of us know the characteristics of a good father. A good father is loving. They care about the well-being of their children, they want the best for their children, and they’re the biggest supporter of their children fulfilling their purpose in the earth.

God is no different. In fact, He is the Creator of fatherly characteristics. He loves, He protects, and He cares. He’s our provider and our number one supporter. His love is untainted, unbiased, and unconditional. God, our Father, loves us and wants us to fulfill our purpose.

As we approach Father’s Day, don’t forget about our Heavenly Father Who has done so much in our lives and has been there for us every step of the way. Let’s thank God for being a great, great Father.

We may have heard or read, that as believers we shouldn’t socialize with sinners because they may corrupt our souls and make us backslide. We may have also read where Jesus socialized with sinners in the efforts to present Himself as the way, the truth, and the light. So, which one is correct? The answer is both.

There are times where we need to distance ourselves from sinners to spend time with God and strengthen our inner man and there are times where we need to sit with sinners so they can experience a genuine loving non-judgmental light in a dark world.

Look at Jesus. Although He spent times with sinners, there were times where He distanced Himself and was alone with God. He successfully accomplished both.

We must have balance. We can’t be so spiritual until we’re no earthly good and we can’t be so worldly until it’s hard to tell if we’re saved. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide. He’ll tell us when to socialize and when to temporarily distance ourselves.

Matthew 17:1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

Matthew 9:10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.

Job 1:5 And when the days of feasting were over, Job would send for his children to purify them, rising early in the morning to offer burnt offerings for all of them. For Job thought, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

Job didn’t sacrifice to the Lord because he was grateful for all He had done. Job sacrificed to the Lord out of fear of his children’s sin. If we’re not mindful, we can give, serve, or pray from a place of fear.

A fear based prayer usually comes as a result of numerous demonic thoughts entering our minds. If the devil has been placing thoughts in our minds that our children are going to die prematurely, we may fret and pray, “Lord please don’t let my children die early.” Or, if thoughts of financial lack are constantly entering our minds, we may pray with a worried mindset, “Lord protect my finances.”

These are fear based prayers and there’s no guarantee that God will answer that prayer.

We must pray in faith (Matt. 21:21-22). We must believe what we said will come to pass. Instead of saying, “Lord please don’t let my children die early,” we should say “God, Your Word says, with long life you will satisfy us, therefore, my children won’t die early.” Instead of protect my finances, we can say, “according to Philippians 4:19, all my needs are met.”

We moved from entertaining fear to activating faith. Let your prayers be faith based and not fear based.

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