The Lord God says to us, ‘You have dwelt long enough on this mountain.’ ” My Dear MIGHTY Friends in Christ,I want to encourage you. Each of us is experiencing the attack of the enemy. Individually, learning these truths is great but imagine the power we have as we come together to seek Him and learn His ways? We are a very real threat in the kingdom of God to the powers of darkness. Take courage! War fare is expected but VICTORY IS ASSURED. For Christ always causes us to overcome as we allow Him to lead and we obey. Remember that our “weapons” are MIGHTY before God for the overthrow and the destruction of strongholds. He has given us what it takes to walk in the victory He has provided. Which brings me to chapter 3.DON”T GIVE UP……..BY GIVING UP!
Yes, that is what is in my heart to share. As I have been seeking the Lord about this week, I keep hearing “What are you surrendering to?” In every situation we face, there is always only one choice. That is to give up. We either give up to the circumstance by worshiping our own perceptions and feelings about it. Or we give up or surrender to the Lord. Every time I feel the need to give up it is because I feel hopeless, weak or overwhelmed. It often seems the harder I try not to give up the more I do. He is teaching me a new perception about giving up. To see each situation I face as a chance to surrender in worship to Him or to myself. I need to ask myself what I am bowing down to? See, I can’t be bowed down and worship both at the same time. According to Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” I am learning that we get to choose what we surrender to either our flesh or Him. This week is about not giving up or bowing down to the flesh. Hasn’t this been the temptation all along? To give up doing what is right and what He has called us to? We can only be tempted by what we desire. Our flesh is a master unholy desire-er. It desires to be wild, and lawless. To rule us with an iron fist. Thank God, He is training us to be Spirit lead.
The enemy’s strategy is to confuse us to surrender to the wrong things. To our emotions of the moment. To the pain or fear of uncertainty. To meet our own needs for comfort, support, approval and acceptance. To be discouraged and overwhelmed. We recognize Satan’s strategy. We choose not to surrender to our flesh. We choose to surrender to HIM ONLY. We will pass through the waters, through the rivers and walk through the fires but we will walk surrender to the Lord so we will not be burned or scorched. We will give nothing to Satan to kindle the flame that would devour our soul and burn away His joy and peace in our lives. God will actually cause us to make spiritual progress upon the very places the enemy is trying to kindle.
So I urge you to give up, surrender to your Lord. In fact, it is the only way to remain steadfast. DON’T GIVE UP TO YOUR FLESH! Jesus was not a quitter, and He is not about to start now. He is the ultimate finisher and He lives in us. His finishing power is accessible to us. We determine that we are not going to allow anything to make us quit surrendering to God. We no longer are going to dwell in the “mountain” of our flesh but it is now time for our journey to be Spirit bred and Spirit lead.
Here is how I am learning to not give up in my own life.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].
God has created in me the ability to feel so many things. Including all the negative emotions I feel. So I am learning to surrender those emotions to God by being as truthful with them as I can. I honestly tell Him how hurt or angry or fearful I am. But I don’t just stop there. If I did my emotions would never be at peace. I go the next step which is getting His heart for my situation. I do this by listening and agreeing with what He say. God gave me three words a few years back to help me with this. This is how I use them to help me not give up to my flesh. I say them out loud and to myself. I will think on them, rolling them over in my mind. In stead of rolling the situation over and over in my mind. I will say them over and over until my emotions come inline with His word. I will sing them, write them on a paper and hang them on my wall. I say them to my husband and to my friends, whenever I am talking about the situation. It builds faith in my heart to hear myself saying what God says about my situation.
I feel overwhelmed……NEVER THE LESS
Isaiah 43:1-4 (MSG)1-4 “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Psalm 71:1 (MSG) I run for dear life to God, I’ll never live to regret it. Do what you do so well: get me out of this mess and up on my feet. Put your ear to the ground and listen, give me space for salvation. Be a guest room where I can retreat; you said your door was always open! You’re my salvation—my vast, granite fortress.
Psalm 55:15-18 (MSG) 16-19 I call to God; GOD will help me. At dusk, dawn, and noon I sigh deep sighs—he hears, he rescues. My life is well and whole, secure in the middle of danger even while thousands are lined up against me.
Isaiah 59:19 (AMP)19So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].(A)
Luke 1:37 (AMP)37For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.
GOD IS MY SAVIOR WHO REDEEMS ME.
HE KNOWS ME AND ALL MY TIMES ARE IN HIS HAND.
HE WILL NOT LET ME DROWN IN THE SITUATION.
WHEN I CALL HE HEARS ME AND ANSWERS ME.
HE RESCUES ME.
I AM NOT OVERWHELMED BECAUSE HE KEEPS MY LIFE WELL AND WHOLE, SECURE IN THE MIDDLE OF DANGER.
WHEN THE ENEMY TRIES TO COME IN, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL LIFT OF A STANDARD AGAINST HIM AND PUT HIM TO FLIGHT.
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR GOD IN ME.
I feel weak……NEVER THE LESS
Isaiah 40:29(AMP)29He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
Psalm 138:7(AMP)7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.
Psalm 138:3 (AMP)3In the day when I called, You answered me; and You strengthened me with strength (might and inflexibility to temptation) in my inner self.
2 Samuel 22:40(AMP)40For You girded me with strength for the battle; those who rose up against me You subdued under me.
Psalm 68:28 (GW) 28Your God has decided you will be strong. Display your strength, O God,as you have for us before.
Psalm 18:32G (GW)32God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
Psalm 29:11 (AMP)11The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.
The Lord gives power to me when I am faint and weary.
When I feel like I can’t go on He increases my strength, multiplying and making it abound.
When I face situations that drain me He will revive me.
The moment I call you answer me with the strength that I need.
Physical strength for my body and emotional strength for my soul.
You gird me with strength for the battle.
You have decided to give me your strength.
Display that strength in me.
You arm me with strength and make my way perfect.
Your strength in me is unyielding and impenetrable.
I just pray for my precious friends in the Lord. We say You are our helper. Please help us to be taught of You. Help us to surrender to You only. Not to give up to circumstance, our flesh or other people. Not to grow weary in doing what is right. Not to faint and become discouraged. Help us to take courage and to walk through this week in victory in our inner man and in our emotions by surrendering all that we are to You and taking every thought captive to Your Word. Train us in using Your mighty weapons. Help us to make progress in the battles we face. Help us dwell in You and to leave the places of old thinking. In Jesus Name, Amen