TO CHRISTIANS CONCERNING ABORTION IN THE CHURCH

“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being made in secret…” (Psalm 139:13-16)

For a Christian, the choice of abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is clearly a matter of death to those whom God has made in His image.

It is not for me to enter into a discussion covering all the different scenarios that one may believe justifies an abortion. It is for me however, to make perfectly clear that the act of abortion is considered murder in God’s eyes and murder is a sin. Although this may be an accepted practice according to man, it is not acceptable to God.

Child of God, yes, we have all made mistakes. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Whether this was a past mistake or a recent error in judgment, know that God loves you so much that He has made a way out for you and others who are truly repentant and choose to sin no more.

Also remember that unconfessed sin gives the enemy the right to access your life as well as the lives of your family and he will, by all means, take full advantage of that opportunity to kill, steal and destroy. Generational curses are also something to be concerned about. These curses are passed down from one generation to another because of sin that was never dealt with. As a child of God, you have the authority to cancel these curses. Even those brought on by the sin of past relatives. This is called deliverance.

If you have ever had an abortion, encouraged an abortion, participated in an abortion or performed an abortion, remember YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN through Jesus Christ, our Lord. ALL sin can be forgiven if only you are willing to humble yourself, confess and turn away from your sin then asking the Lord for forgiveness.

DO NOT DELAY. Many are spending eternity in Hell for continued, unconfessed sin. DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

VISION: THE APPEARANCE OF EVIL SPIRITS & THE CURSED THINGS

Not long ago, my husband and I received a ‘gift’ from a couple that we knew. This gift came in the form of a painting depicting four graceful African American ballet dancers in costume. After leaving our friends’ home, I expressed to my husband that I didn’t particularly care for the picture. On the other hand, my husband liked the painting so I agreed to keep it. After we arrived home, I decided to hang the painting in a small room outside of our bedroom. A day or so later, my husband and I decided to organize our master bedroom closet. So he placed a large, black trash bag at the foot of our bed and we began to dispose of things that we no longer wanted. Feeling tired, I decided to go to bed early. My husband stayed up a little longer and continued to work on our closet.

Later that evening, my husband noticed the painting on the wall in the room outside of our bedroom. When he looked a little closer, he saw something in the painting that neither of us had noticed before. What he saw disturbed him. On the hand of one of the ballet dancers, he noticed what appeared to be a demonic hand signal – one of many satanic symbols we had only just recently learned about. He decided to dispose of it so he immediately took the painting off the wall and placed it in the large, black trash bag that sat at the foot of our bed.

At some point in the middle of the night, I felt as if I was in a strange, dream-like state and was awakened by what I can only describe as a foggy, dark heaviness in the room. The feeling I had was very different from the many dreams and visions I have had from the Lord. So at first, I thought I was having a nightmare which I rarely have. My head was on my pillow laying on the right side. I opened my eyes and lifted my head to look forward and there, at the foot of our bed, was a gloomy, almost transparent vision of what appeared to be four African American figures. The one at the far right, directly in front of me, smiled and appeared to look like a dear cousin of mine who had died several years before.

I struggled for a moment trying to arouse myself from what I initially thought was a nightmare. After a minute or two, clarity returned to the room and the darkness I could feel left me. The four figures I saw also disappeared. Not sure of what I had just seen, I woke my husband and explained everything to him. He was stunned. After a moment or so, he began to tell me about what he had seen the evening before on the hand of one of the ballet dancers in the painting, and how he had thrown the painting into the large black trash bag that sat at the foot of our bed that sat in the exact location where I saw the four African American figures only moments before. It was then apparent to both of us that the four figures I had seen at the foot of our bed were not people. They were evil spirits disguised as people.

Immediately, my husband got out of bed, took the painting out of the large, black trash bag and went outside into our backyard. There he broke the painting into pieces and burned all of it. Afterwards, together we prayed and asked God for forgiveness for bringing the acursed thing into our home. Then we anointed every room and prayed to bind the enemy, in Jesus’ name, from entering our home again. We never saw the evil spirits again.

In all of this, I give God the glory. For prior to this incident, the Lord had prepared us. He has been revealing to us and teaching us many things concerning spiritual warfare that includes demon possession, cursed objects as well as other forms of spiritual warfare such as demonically cursed forms of entertainment and media of all kinds including demonically-inspired music, television shows, children’s animation and Hollywood movies.

Child of God, demons and evil spirits are real and it is crucial that you not only keep yourself pure and Holy but also keep your home pure and Holy as well. Be careful what you allow your eyes to see and your ears to hear. And be very careful what you bring into your home, i.e. music, movies, art, etc. Demons attach themselves to whatever and whoever has been demonically cursed. When you expose yourself to these things, you have given the enemy the right to access your life and the lives of your family. Once entry has been gained, the enemy can – and will – use anything and anyone to try and kill, steal and destroy you and yours.

Child of God, if you have not already done so, it is time to clean house!

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH = SATAN’S #1 TARGET

Allow me to be quite frank here: All Hell has broken loose and its aim is at your children. Now, what are you going to do about it?

As you must know, Satan is the temporary god of this world. Therefore, you can believe that he has his hand in everything concerning it. Your focus may be on many things in this life however, you must know that Satan’s focus is unrelenting and is on one thing and one thing only: How to kill, steal and destroy – this especially applies to our children. If the enemy is after your children, where do you think he orchestrates his plans of deception and corruption? Let’s talk about this.

THE ATTACK

Of course you are aware of the many traps he sets in this world to ensnare our youth using drugs, alcohol and sexual immorality, right? Well, are you aware of the enemy’s control over the media? Do you know that Hollywood (with all of its acclaimed indoctrination into every form of witchcraft and the occult), and everyone involved in it, are all puppets in the enemy’s hand? How about the music industry with all its demonic curses and satanic rituals? Are you aware of this? And then there are the industries of advertising,  fashion and pornography. You have to know that these industries thrive on the exploitation of our youth. And let’s not forget the video games – do we really need to go there? Oh, and let me throw one into the loop that you might not be aware of – or maybe you are. Can everyone say (so-called) secret societies i.e. the Masons and the Illuminati? What about the generational curses that have been passed down to the children as the result of their parents’ (and their parents before them, etc.) association with these affiliations? How about your children’s education? I’ll bet you weren’t aware that Satan also goes to school – or maybe you are. Let’s just pause right here for a moment.

You know that our schools today are programming our children to believe and accept everything that goes against the word of God, right? I am sure that this is no surprise to you. Of course this includes teachings such as false theories of evolution, the acceptance of gender changing and the embracing of the homosexual agenda – just to name a few. But are you aware that the educators that are teaching your children are now permitting Satanic education and allowing Satanic clubs into the schools? Hmmm, maybe you weren’t aware of that one. SATAN IS TRYING TO DESTROY YOUR CHILDREN – no holds barred. His intent is to leave nothing to chance.

Child of God, how are you going to counteract this attack? Now, that I have your attention, let’s talk about that.

THE COUNTER-ATTACK

The Bible tells us that we (the children of God) are to be in the world but not of the world. So, we are not expected to live in a bubble or hide under a rock. However, we are expected to walk in the authority that’s been given to us by the power we have in Jesus Christ. Are you doing that? Let’s talk some more.

First and foremost, you must PRAY for your children every day – if not multiple times throughout the day because they need it. Then, you must take everything you know (and possibly don’t know) about spiritual warfare very seriously. For the fight that is upon us is truly a matter of life and death – especially where your children are concerned. What’s next? Okay, let’s talk about something else you may not take very seriously – your WORDS.

I know you have heard this said plenty of times before but now, I really want you to listen. THERE IS POWER IN THE WORDS THAT WE SPEAK. Be careful about what you say to your children and be careful about what you think about your children. For as soon as your words leave your mouth, something happens in the spiritual realm. Now, just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If you speak negative, hurtful words to your children, you are speaking curses over your children. When you do this, you open a door for the demonic to come into the life of your child. This gives authority to the demons and they take those words and run with them, using them against your child in every way they possibly can. Think about it. We all know people who continue to struggle with something that was said to them, as a child, by someone who was in authority over them? Maybe this is you.

Likewise, the same thing happens when you speak positive, encouraging words to your children. Only now, you have spoken words that bless your child and IF you have the authority of Jesus Christ – and you MUST be in good standing with Him for this to work God will honor what you say. When you walk in His authority, you can actually operate in a principle called binding and loosing: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18 – and God will honor what you say. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather speak blessings over my children than curses. The good news is now that you know this, IF you are operating under the authority of Jesus Christ, you can break these curses – both off of yourself as well as your children.

Now for the fun part. You (as a child of God) must cover your children in your home by practicing godly parenting. Parents, DO NOT leave biblical teaching and the training up of your children to the schools and the churches. You must take responsibility for instilling an uncompromising biblical mindset – even as early as in the womb and most definitely from birth. So, how do you enforce Christian parenting?

I’m so glad you asked…

  • Commit your life to Jesus Christ.
  • You must put God first in your own life before you can require it of your child. Then live it, don’t just talk it.
  • Show your children how to live in ‘pursuit of holiness’ and set an example for them to live by.
  • Don’t compromise – even in the small things. For your child is watching everything you do.
  • Commit to a godly marriage and choose your dates (which will lead to your mate) accordingly.
  • Nurture your children in a godly household, i.e. be mindful of what is entering their ear-gate as well as their eye-gate. Also be mindful of the people you allow them to interact with. You can’t control what goes on in the world but you can control what goes on in your home.
  • Train your child up in the way they should go by teaching them the words of the Bible. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Encourage an intimate relationship with Jesus by sharing your testimony with your children.
  • Teach your children to pray – about everything.
  • Don’t be afraid to engage them in dialogues of real truth concerning everything. Truth is not subjective. Truth is absolute – and according to the word of God.
  • Teach them to make independent decisions based on the word of God. Walking this walk is not for the faint of heart. It can be a lonely journey at times. If your child buys in to group-think, they will never make it. For what they, themselves believe WILL be challenged.
  • Lovingly and consistently discipline your children.
  • Forgive your children when they fall and when they fail – for they most definitely will.
  • Love your children unconditionally – always.
  • Bathe your children daily in prayer.

The Lord holds you, the parent, responsible for giving proper instruction to your child. You will be held responsible until your child reaches the age of accountability. When will that be, you may ask? Only God knows for sure. However, we do know that this age is determined by the child’s ability to truly distinguish the difference between what is right and what is wrong. If you are wondering if children can go to Hell, the answer is YES. Now that you have been warned, what are you going to do?

The Lord has been impressing upon me for a time to continuously pray for the children. I invite you to join me in this, for the life of your child may depend on it.

In all things, to God be the glory.

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THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN: THE AUTHORITY TO BIND (Forbid) & LOOSE (Permit)

the-keys-to-the-kingdomTo followers of Yeshua (Jesus Christ), do you know that you have been given the authority to bind (forbid) negative forces working against you and the authority to loose (permit) positive forces to work on your behalf, in His name?

THE PRINCIPLES OF BINDING & LOOSING

The principles of “binding and loosing” are taught in the Bible. Jesus said, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (Hell) shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19).

Jesus Christ, in Heaven, approves and authorizes what is done concerning all things (according to the leading of the Holy Spirit) in His name and in obedience to His Word while we are here on earth. In essence, we as Spirit-filled Christians are endowed by Christ with the power to bind and to loose. We have the God-given right to bind anything or anyone that comes against us by the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Likewise, we also have the God-given right to loose what is bound from blessing and benefiting us, as well as blessing and benefiting others, by the power and authority of Jesus Christ. Are you operating within this authority? If not, you are refusing to receive the God-given victories you are entitled to. This is very much like discovering you have vast riches at your disposal but instead choose to live as a pauper.

THE POWER BEHIND THE SPOKEN WORD

When my son was very small and learning to speak, I had a difficult time getting him to tell me what it was that he wanted. He would point to an object if he wanted it or maybe he would say a word or two to communicate his desires. It would frustrate me because he was very intelligent and I knew that he was more than capable of using the excellent verbal skills he possessed. So I would constantly say to him, “You are an excellent communicator. Use your words. Speak up and say what it is that you want.” One day, in my frustration, I decided not to respond to him unless he properly used his words to speak out what it was that he wanted. It didn’t take long for him to understand that the only way he was going to get what he wanted was to ask for it. And it worked.

Understanding the principles, and the importance, of properly using (and even misusing) our words are vital for this wisdom gives us the keys that open doors to powerful, effective prayers. This understanding also keeps us from self-pronouncing curses upon ourselves, as well others, by carelessly speaking negativity into existence. Proverbs 18:20-21 tells us that “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

In 2016, my call to the office of a prophet was revealed to me. Many things that I have experienced over the years (dreams, visions, etc.) that I did not understand are only now beginning to make sense to me. For years, the Lord has been taking me through a period of training, if you will, as He does all of us according to His divine will in our lives. I am in a continuous state of awe and amazement by all that God does, all that He has created, His laws that govern the Heavens and the earth as well as His extravagant love for us – as demonstrated through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. His magnificence becomes more and more evident to me as He reveals more and more of His imprint on both this so-called natural world we live in and the supernatural, spiritual world that is beyond.

My eyes (both naturally and spiritually) were truly opened when it was revealed to me that what exists beyond this world in the supernatural, spiritual realm is actually the true state of reality – not what we see in the facade we exist in on this earth.  Last year (2016), the Lord gave me a vision that demonstrated to me my authority, through Jesus Christ, and the relevance of speaking forth our words with true power and meaning. He showed me a group of rods bound together tightly with a red band. He then showed me speaking, and when I spoke I saw the red band change to white and that which was bound became loosed. God has given me the authority, through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior, to speak action into my life, into the lives of others as well as into the world around me. Through belief in and obedience to Jesus Christ, He has given you that very same power.

Prayer has always been a very important and very powerful part of my life. However, the Lord was showing me that I was not utilizing the extent of that power. Now that He has shown me a more powerful way to pray, the responsibility is on me to use it. Consequently, if I choose not to operate within this principle, I am also choosing not to fully operate in the call He has placed on my life. This would be considered disobedience. Through the vision He gave me, I now understand that my words have tremendous power, and so do yours. Our words are more powerful than you can ever imagine and it is foolishness to not utilize this gift.

USING YOUR AUTHORITY TO BIND & LOOSE

Are you content with your effectiveness in your life as well as in the lives of others, as a Spirit-filled Christian? I can honestly say that before this principle was shared with me, I was not. If you want to experience the fullness of the power of Jesus Christ, it is necessary for you to use your words and operate within the principles He has given to you that govern binding and ‘loosing’.

When you pray about a situation that is affecting you and yours negatively, take authority, given to you by Christ, over that situation by boldly speaking forth action by the leading of the Holy Spirit – and through your words – by binding whatever is trying to come against you. Likewise, to edify, assist, intervene and intercede for yourself and others, speak forth action – through your words – and loose according  to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

SUPERNATURAL, UNCOMMON PRAYER

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who is a strong, Spirit-filled Christian. He shared with me an incident that happened to him and his family years ago. His son, who was living in California, had a home that was in the path of a wildfire that was raging out of control. When my friend and his family found out about the fast emerging situation, they decided to pray for the safety of his son and his home. However, they decided to not just pray but to pray an extraordinary prayer. They fully utilized their faith, their authority through Jesus Christ and the power of their words and took action. Allow me to explain… Air contains oxygen and fire requires oxygen to burn. So my friend and his family decided to pray to bind the oxygen that surrounded the fire and loose the chemical formation of H2O, which is water, in its place. Miraculously, in the air surrounding the wildfire, it began to rain and snow and the fire was put out. Needless to say, my friend’s son as well as his son’s home was saved. Is that not exciting! God honored the prayers of His people who honored Him by taking the authority given to them to affect their circumstances. Praise God! You can do the same.

MY PRAYER FOR YOU

By the authority given to me by Jesus Christ, my Lord, I bind all the powers of Satan that are trying to bring doubt and inhibitions to hinder and keep all who are reading this post from boldly and obediently following the Lord. I also loose a relentless and powerful faith to well up inside of them causing them to boldly go out and speak forth words of abundance, productivity and fruitfulness that will surely come to past in their lives and in the lives of those they pray for, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Child of God, I encourage you to faithfully and obediently pray with power. Use your words carefully and deliberately to effectively make a difference in the world around you!

TO THE HANDS THAT ROCK THE CRADLE…

godly-parenting-family-article-witicles-olabisi-ajayiYou may have heard the saying: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” What does this mean? Parents, the influence you have over your children is not one to be taken lightly. It reminds me of yet another phrase: “The fruit never falls far from the tree.”

Godly parents, beware! Those who are serving the Lord and have been given the immense responsibility of raising, training and guiding children, you are, and will be, held accountable to God. Do not become stumbling blocks for your child.

Teach your children what it means to know and follow God’s word at a very young age so that their feet will be firmly planted on the rock, which is Yeshua (Jesus Christ). As Satan and the powers of darkness are committed to stealing, killing and destroying all God has for them in this evil, sinful world that they live in.

Teach your children to be leaders instead of followers. Teach them to measure their thoughts and their deeds against the word of God. Teach them that right and wrong is not subjective – as many today believe – but instead, is absolute according to the absolutely Holy and righteous word of God. Teach your children as they follow your example. Teach your children… while you still can.

There is an age of accountability for each child – which God alone will determine. He knows the heart of us all, young and old, and each child will come into the knowledge and understanding of what is truly good and what is truly evil on an individual basis. At that designated age, they will then become accountable to God for their own actions.

God commands His people to commit yourself wholeheartedly to knowing and obeying His word. He then tells us to teach His word to our children. He tells us to talk about His word when we are at home, when we are on the road, when we rise in the morning and when we retire at night. He tells us that we must do this as long as the sky remains above the earth so that we, and our children, will flourish in the land… (Deuteronomy 11:18-21).

God commands His people to teach His word to our children so that each following generation – even those who are yet to be born – will come to know Him and His word so that we will set our hope anew on Him and not forget His glorious miracles, all in obedience to Him. (Psalm 78:5-7).

If we will obey these commands, God gives a promise. He tells us that if we teach our children about Yeshua (Jesus Christ), if we teach them to obey His word, if we train them up according to His ways and His wisdom, and if we direct them onto the straight and narrow path that leads them to Him – when they are OLDER, they will not depart from these things. This promise gives hope to many parents of children who have (temporarily) strayed away from this path.

For godly parents, raising godly children should be a sobering responsibility not to be taken lightly – but prayerfully, obediently and in full submission to almighty God.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: A DIVINE SETUP

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Followers of Jesus Christ, CONCERNING YOUR DECISION IN THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, as well as every other decision you are responsible for making in this world, be mindful to FIRST SEEK GOD with all your heart – then be obedient and do as the Spirit leads you. Vote or don’t vote, as you feel you should, but KNOW THAT HARD TIMES ARE COMING. It is unavoidable. Be diligent and prepare. Unless the Lord calls you home beforehand, there will be no escaping it. However, you should also KNOW that those who FOLLOW the Lord and DO NOT TURN AWAY FROM HIM (for there will be a great falling away of believers in the last days) during the up and coming time of tribulation will be fine.

Remember that nothing catches God by surprise. He knows the end of the story. Not only does He know what is to come, He is orchestrating (and allowing) things to happen in this world – as well as in your life – exactly as His will dictates. It is all a divine setup. However, if you know the Lord, be at peace. If you don’t, there is no time like the present to REPENT and SEEK GOD (JESUS CHRIST) with all your heart before it is too late.

TRUTH BE TOLD

The anti-Christ is alive in the earth today awaiting his time of unveiling… Judgment is upon the nations… God’s wrath will soon be unleashed… You can see it and you can feel it all around you as you observe world events and even people who are – and will be – coming onto the scene… Do not be alarmed. These things represent the birthing pains of what is sure to come – and what must come – before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, can and will return.

However, you – true follower of Jesus Christ – be at peace. God has made and will make provision for you. Stay faithful and unwavering in your walk. Listen for the Holy Spirit to speak and obey His every word. Now, be encouraged for though rough times are ahead, your God – He who is greater than he who is in this world – is still very much in control of it all.

DREAM: THE COMING DESTRUCTION

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2:30AM, God gave me a message to deliver to His Church. This message came in a dream. Due to the urgency of this message, I am reposting this dream…

Child of God, be assured that surely soon there will come a time of utter destruction. Not only was this dream a warning of this time that is sure to come, it is also a message that demonstrates God’s sovereignty and provision through it all for those he calls HIS OWN. In this dream, God reminds us that He is – and always will be – in control regardless of what we see and what we hear from those who believe they hold the power in this world. Child of God, be encouraged for He promises to protect us and provide for us through it all IF we are mindful to BELIEVE IN HIM, TRUST HIM & OBEY HIS EVERY COMMAND to the very end. I pray that you heed this warning.

In this dream, I was walking alone through a vast and desolate land. The land was barren as far as I could see. As I continued to walk, to my left suddenly appeared an army of soldiers on horseback. They were racing forward with swords drawn as if  running towards a battle. As I looked at the army, the Lord made it known to me that this was the world’s army. He impressed upon me the power and the control that this army represents to the people in this world. I was also made aware of the fear this army has imposed on the people for destruction is rumored to come by its hand. However, when I looked upon this army, I felt no fear or ties to it for I am not of this world, so I continued to walk.

Suddenly, to the left of the world’s army appeared another Army. This Army were also on horseback racing forward with swords drawn as if running into battle. However, I saw that this Army was different for it was an invisible Army. The Lord made it known to me that this was a spiritual army – not one made visible to everyone – and yet I could clearly see this Army. It was made known to me that this was a supernatural Army for this was God’s Army! Then, I saw a few of the soldiers from the world’s army turn to their left and look upon God’s Army for they were also able to see. I was reminded of Satan  and his evil kingdom who temporarily rule this world. Then, the few who could see turned away and dismissed God’s Army for they disregard the Holy things of God.

As I looked upon God’s Army, I immediately felt a quickening in my spirit and a sense of urgency. The Lord impressed upon me to immediately run to seek shelter and safety for destruction was sure to come. True destruction would not come at the hands of the world’s army, but instead  it will come at the hands of God’s Army! It was made known to me that this destruction was imminent and at hand!

As I turned to my right, immediately there appeared a small building that had not been there before. It was impressed upon me to run towards it, so I began to run as fast as I could. As I approached the building, I was tempted to hesitate for I feared that the door to the building would be locked. Still, I continued to run towards the building. I ran up the steps and turned the handle on the door and to my surprise, the door was unlocked so I opened it and went inside. Once inside the building, it was impressed upon me to run quickly up the stairs to the top floor. The moment my feet reached the top I heard a massive explosion. At that moment, it was made known to me that everything outside of that building had been destroyed. As I looked at the people on the lower level of the building, I saw that many had been gravely injured and some had even been killed.

Then, I knew that God had delivered me through it all…

It was impressed upon me that God, alone, had given me the revelation concerning the two armies. It was impressed upon me that God, alone, had prompted me to run , and not walk,  to seek shelter.  It was impressed upon me that God, alone, had delivered the provision that was not seen there before. It was impressed upon me that God, alone, had opened the door that I feared was locked. It was impressed upon me that God, alone, had directed me to quickly run to the very top of the stairs and not remain at the bottom.

Then, it was made known to me that had I not believed all that had been revealed to me in the vision concerning the two armies, I would not have survived. It was made known to me that had I not followed the urging of the Lord to run – and not walk – to seek shelter in the building, I would not have survived. It was made known to me that had I doubted God’s ability to open what I feared to be locked, I would not have survived. It was made known to me that had I not obeyed God’s instructions to run to the top floor and not remain on the bottom – I would not have survived.

After I saw all these things, it was impressed upon me that I am not to fear those who believe they have power in this world, for greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.

All these things were made known to me and I was reminded that EVERYTHING is, and always will be, in God’s hands and under God’s control – regardless of what we see with our natural eyes. Child of God, there is no need to worry about all the many obstacles that are placed before us by the enemy. For we have one responsibility that trumps it all: Trust God and obey His every word.

This message is for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear…

WHO ARE YOU WEARING?

A model presents a creation by Italian-Swedish designer Marco Zanini for Rochas during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show, on February 29, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/ALEXANDER KLEIN

THE FASHION SHOW & THE MESSAGE

A fashion show is an event put on by a designer to showcase their line of fashions. Models are employed to walk the catwalk dressed in the apparel that is created by the designer as all is illuminated on the runway for everyone to see. All are drawn in to the show by the beautiful sights and the alluring sounds. However, what meets the eye does not represent the full picture – there is always another agenda. In the show, the order of models that are presented is planned in advance. The show is choreographed around the message the designer wishes to communicate. Truly, the fashion show is really all about the underlying message. It is then up to the audience to interpret, if they can, what the designer is really trying to say.

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The Message

There is a message behind everything we see and hear in this world. There is a message behind everything we learn and are taught in this world. There is also a message behind everything we do and say in this world. Do you know what message you are communicating? Don’t be deceived. Know that everything that takes place in the natural, and in the supernatural, has an ulterior motive. Nothing – and no one – happens by chance.

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The Evil Designer

Satan is no exception. His evil and corrupt agenda and motives began many, many years ago. We have learned that here on earth he, temporarily at best, rules his wicked kingdom of demons in an organized plan to corrupt mankind. He uses sin as his weapons and through the corruption it causes, he will, in fact, take as many as he can with him to Hell after Jesus returns to destroy him. As the official designer of this world, Satan’s goal has always been to deceive – which he does very well by using deception and lies. He takes full advantage of his audience (the world) and their weaknesses. He knows that people are easily fooled and are easily distracted by the sights and the sounds of the show which is this world. He counts on this weakness to cause people to fall into the traps he has laid for them.

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Why Does God Allow It?

We know that Satan is, temporarily at best, being allowed to rule in this world that we live in. The Bible even goes as far as saying that he is the god of this world. This is clearly evident by the state of affairs going on all around us. As a Christian, you are not to worry though. God is allowing it as part of His master plan. Yes, I said allowed. Remember, God is still, and always will be, in control. Satan, a God-created being, is on a short leash which is being held, and controlled, by God. He can only do what the Lord has allowed him to do within the time-frame He has allowed him to do it in. Why does God allow it, you may ask? God has given Satan a job to do. Through his existence, we know the difference – and choose – between what is right and wrong, what is good and evil, what is holy and sin. It is necessary for all of us to be tested and tried so that those who are called of God can come through the trials victorious and be counted as worthy. Those who choose to not be, will be counted as unworthy. The Bible explains this in the parable of the wheat and the weeds below.

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“Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’” Matthew 13:24-30

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The Devil Is Defeated

Nothing happens by chance. There is a reason for everything. And those reasons are not always revealed to us by God. Thankfully, there is also a beginning and an end to everything. There are many things that we will not be able to understand in this life. We are not to get caught up in those things. Subjects surrounding life, death, Heaven and Hell will bring up many questions that only God, alone, can answer. Remember, God’s ways are always higher than our ways and His thoughts are always higher than our thoughts. When we are devoid of answers, we must trust Him in all things.

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When Satan’s time is up, he will not longer be free in this world to torment and corrupt. The Bible tells us: “Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur; joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:10

Rejoice, for Jesus is returning soon!

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The Truth Behind Happiness & Success

Before I answered my own call from the Lord twenty seven years ago, I was living a life of deception. I believed the lie Satan tells us about what is required to achieve happiness and success in this world. Many have been fooled into thinking that we must exalt ourselves through the pursuit of money, status and pleasure, at all cost. Always remember that Satan is evil and is a master counterfeiter. He works very hard to mock God by copying and distorting everything God does. He takes what is Holy, godly and true and tries to destroy it. He does this by deceiving the world into thinking the opposite of God’s truth. The Holy Bible tells us that “Those who are in the flesh (self) cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8). Therefore we are not to exalt ourselves. No one but Jesus Christ, alone, shall be lifted up. It also tells us: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).

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Deception In This World

Jesus gives His followers the necessary discernment and wisdom we need to live in this world and we must use it to survive. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10;16).

Those who do not believe, will be deceived into believing Satan’s lies and, unfortunately, they will be destroyed in the end. “For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the Truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the Truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

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Satan has corrupted this world by using the media, entertainment and people for his evil purpose. He puts on a very attractive show that entices and lures people into sin and corruption. He is truly the designer of this world and his models are his puppets who work together, knowingly and unknowingly, to promote his evil agenda.

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So, Who Are You Wearing?

I tell you the truth. You, as a Christian, are to model Jesus Christ in this world. Just by living your life every day, you are promoting the fashions of either Jesus Christ or Satan. You can only follow one. You cannot do both because one cancels out the other. As you go about your life, you become a walking, talking message that impacts the world, either for good or for evil.

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Do you know what message you are communicating to the people you meet every day? Those who choose to follow Jesus Christ are speaking eternal life, they are sharing the gift of salvation and they are furthering the Kingdom of God. Those who are not serving Jesus, are considered, by God and by default, to be a follower of Satan. This means they are speaking death, they are promoting sin and they are encouraging and leading others to follow them to Hell.

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You will be held accountable for the choices that you make. So, who are you wearing?

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WALKING IN THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD

warriorIn the physical world, flesh and blood wars are fought on earth by man according to their limited, natural abilities. In the spirit world however, an everyday war is being fought by supernatural means. Winning this war will require so much more than the natural man will ever be able to do on his own.

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Satan is your enemy and he has plans to keep you in a place of perpetual struggle continuously fighting a battle that you, alone, are ill-equipped to win.

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As a Christian, you are expected to take up arms. Not against your fleshly foes, but against spiritual slaughterers. Your only chance of winning will come by equipping yourself with the full armor of God. Though the fight will prove to be a daunting endeavor, be encouraged for Jesus has already won. Even still, YOU have a part to play in that victory.

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In the Bible, we read how God gave territory over to the Israelites when they were led out of Egypt. Although the land of milk and honey was theirs, it was theirs for the taking. Yes, God gave them the victory but they were still required to fight for it. Always remember that anything worth having will always be worth fighting for. Now, it’s time to suit up!

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“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the Belt of Truth and the Body Armor of God’s Righteousness. For Shoes, put on the Peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the Shield of Faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on Salvation as your Helmet, and take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your Prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:13-18 (NLT)

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Belt of Truth (1st Piece of Armor)

FIGHTING IN THE FLESH: In biblical days, soldiers wore belts made of thick leather straps that were bound around their waist. Strips of leather hung from these belts to protect the lower part of the body. A belt was a very crucial part of the body armor for not only was it used for protection purposes, it secured other parts of the armor including the sheath that held the all-important sword.

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FIGHTING IN THE SPIRIT: To fight with Truth is to wield a powerful tool… Truth extinguishes Satan’s fiery darts of lies and deception.

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Is there really such a thing as absolute truth? There are many who believe there is not. They believe truth to be a subjective state of mind reduced to someone’s opinion. When you take a look at the world we live in today, you will agree that it clearly reflects this.

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Well, Jesus says that if we are faithful to obey His teachings, we will know truth and truth will set us free (John 8:32). When the Holy Spirit speaks, He speaks for the purpose of Truth. He speaks to reveal what is to come as it concerns Jesus Christ, to glorify Jesus Christ, to proclaim Jesus Christ and to declare all that belongs to Jesus Christ. Clearly, Jesus Christ is the embodiment of truth. (John 16:13-15).

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Breastplate of Righteousness (2nd Piece of Armor)

FIGHTING IN THE FLESH: In biblical days, soldiers wore breastplates made of bronze or iron plates weighing close to forty pounds or more. The breastplate provided coverage for the largest part of the body which is the upper torso including the shoulders, the chest and vital organs such as the heart and lungs.

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FIGHTING IN THE SPIRIT: To live by the righteousness of God is to wield a powerful tool… When you are pursuing the righteousness of God, you are pursuing what pleases Him and not what pleases the flesh. Turning away from the desires of this world disarms Satan and renders his attacks of temptation powerless.

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Shoes of the Gospel of Peace (3rd Piece of Armor)

FIGHTING IN THE FLESH: In biblical days, soldiers wore sandals made with thick leather soles and straps that laced up- the ankles. These shoes were crafted to endure long journeys made over rough terrain. Preparing these shoes for better traction on unstable ground was necessity. Often soldiers would embed bits of rocks into the soles of these sandals to maintain firm footing which helped them succeed in battle.

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FIGHTING IN THE SPIRIT: A commitment to endure even the roughest ‘terrains’ of life while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ is a powerful tool… Satan uses everything he can to make rocky the roads on which you travel in hopes that you will relent and retreat. However, the Bible tells us that Satan is conquered by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, for we loved not our lives even unto death. (Revelation 12:11) As God brings the people, prepare yourself to bring the Word.

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Shield of Faith (4th Piece of Armor)

FIGHTING IN THE FLESH: In biblical days, a soldier’s shield measured about four feet tall by two feet wide and was made from curved wood. It was designed to shield the soldier’s entire body from danger that could come from any direction. This shield was different compared to the other pieces of body armor. Instead of wearing the shield, the soldier was required to take a firm grip on it while raising it up against the attack.

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FIGHTING IN THE SPIRIT: Holding on to and grasping strong faith in God is a powerful tool… Satan will try everything he can to weaken your faith. However, the Bible tells us that nothing is impossible if you hoold onto your faith in God (Mark 11:22-24).

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Attacks from the enemy will come from places you least expect and hit you where you are most vulnerable. These trials can include death, illness, divorce, loss of a job, etc. They are challenges one can never be prepared for. If you do not have a firm grip on your faith, these surprises can easily knock you down and even make difficult the ability to get back up again. The shield of faith guards you against the surprise attacks of the enemy.

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Helmet of Salvation (5th Piece of Armor)

FIGHTING IN THE NATURAL: In biblical days, the helmet was a molded piece of iron that fit snugly over the soldier’s head. The helmet served as protection for the face, ears and neck as well as guarded the mind.

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FIGHTING IN THE SPIRIT: Your salvation in Jesus Christ is a powerful tool… For when you believe in Him, He completely transforms your mind.

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Satan is always ready to attack the mind which is the devil’s playground. His plan is to gain entry into the mind where he can attempt to destroy your hope. We find our strength in hope. Hope gives us permission to expect something better in spite of what we see going on around us. Without hope, the mind will wilt and succumb to the discouragement and despair that is found in this world. When this happens, people become easy targets for the enemy for they become vulnerable. Then Satan baits and traps them with various poisons to numb the emptiness and lack that they feel.

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The transformation brought on by Jesus brings with it the promise of salvation which gives you a hope that transcends anything in this world. Cover and guard your mind against the tricks of the enemy with the promise of a glorious eternity.

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Sword of the Spirit (6th Piece of Armor)

FIGHTING IN THE NATURAL: In Biblical days, the Roman soldier’s sword was known as the gladius that “conquered the world.” When sharpened, its dual edges wreaked havoc on unarmored foes while its tapered point could pierce through even the heaviest of metal armor. The sword is a weapon unlike all the others because of its ability to be used both in the defensive and offensive. In its defensive function, the sword can block the swing of an enemy’s weapon while at the same time offensively cut, stab, injure and kill.

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FIGHTING IN THE SPIRIT: The sword of the Spirit is a most powerful tool… For the sword of the spirit is the Word of God. Like the soldier’s sword, the Word of God has a double edge and cuts the reader and the hearer at the same time.

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God’s Word transmits power whenever we speak it. When spoken, the Word of God is a potent reminder to Satan that he has lost everything because of the cross and this forces him to flee. The all-powerful sword of the living God is able to cut through every defense our enemy can raise against us, even down to the very division of bone and marrow. When wielded by a servant of God, nothing can withstand its ability to cut to the core and uncover the Truth.

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Pray Without Ceasing (7th Piece of Armor)

Last, but not least, the 7th tool in our arsenal is prayer which is by all means a most powerful tool…. For the prayers of a righteous person has great power indeed.

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The Bible tells us that we are to confess our sins to one another in order to be in right standing with God and to have our prayers heard. Then we are to be persistent and pray at all times for all believers everywhere. “Then if My people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

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WALKING AMONG THE HATERS: SPIRITUAL WARFARE BETWEEN THE KINGDOMS OF GOD & SATAN

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When I entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ twenty seven years ago, like many brand new Christians, I was naive about many things concerning God. Quite simply, I thought, “Now that I am a Christian, God will wave an invisible ‘magic wand’ over me and my life will become ‘blessed’.” Which to me meant my life would instantly become easier and I would instantly become happier. When this didn’t happen, I was alarmed and disappointed. In fact, after my conversion to Christianity, my life became even more challenging and I could not understand why God was allowing it.

 

Many years later, I came to realize that I was partly responsible for the problem. See, I was not studying my bible. Had I been diligent instead of negligent, I would have come to learn sooner that once you become a child of God, you simultaneously become an enemy of Satan’s. I also came to see that this information, for the most part, was not being discussed or taught in the churches I was attending. Ignorance is not bliss. Christians should make more of an effort to disciple new believers as well as not so new believers. The key to living God’s word is knowing God’s word.

 

I am speaking of the spiritual warfare that we cannot see with our physical eyes yet, in the spiritual realm, actively takes place all around us. This war is between two kingdoms – the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. To live in this world, especially as a Christian, and not acknowledge this reality is to live at a severe disadvantage to say the least. The truth is, regardless of whether you are a Christian or not, all are enlisted in this war and it is a battle that is being fought to the death.

 

The Kingdom of Satan

Spiritual warfare is a battle that cannot be won in the natural. It can only be fought in the spirit. Before we go any further, everyone must know that Satan does have a kingdom. When Lucifer was cast out of Heaven many, many years ago, he took with him one third of the angels, which today are called demons or fallen angels. Lucifer became Satan and set up his kingdom in the lower heavens located above the earth but beneath the Heaven where God dwells. Satan, who is a counterfeit and the master of deception, set up a highly organized, structured kingdom modeled after the Kingdom of God. Satan’s dominion is very well run complete with principalities (princes, kings, etc.) that govern over countries, states, cities, neighborhoods, nationalities and even individual people.

 

Now, here we have two invisible kingdoms, run by spiritual beings called angels and demons, operating all around us. The angels are sent out, by God, to fight for us and demons are dispersed, by Satan, to fight against us. Evil uses evil to kill, steal and destroy everyone and everything that represents God. These beings are not playing and are deadly serious. We, as Christians, have Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the use of powerful spiritual weapons, as well as the angels in our defense, to fight back. If we are not aware of, not to mention using, these weapons, we will lose the battle on an individual basis.

 

We all carry on us spiritual marks that are seen, and fully recognized, by those who dwell in the spiritual realm. Though we, as human beings, may not be able to physically distinguish the difference between a true Christian and a non-believer, those who dwell in the spiritual realm know exactly who we are. And as Christians, we are the prime target for both sides. This explains why the heat is turned up on our lives when we make a decision to follow Jesus Christ. As a Christian, you can absolutely expect that things will get a little tougher, but likewise you, as a Christian, should be prepared to fight.

 

Why Don’t We Fight?

Beloved, we ARE at war. Every day, we are engaging in spiritual warfare with spiritual beings that most people cannot see, refuse to acknowledge and even believe exists. Satan’s demons/evil spirits, and even the people on this earth who serve him, are fully committed to helping him accomplish his evil plans. However we, as Christians, know the truth about how this war will end. Jesus Christ has already defeated Satan’s kingdom, and it is our job to stand ground until He returns.

 

When followers of Jesus take a stand and properly utilize the tools God has given us to fight this war, we will impact this world in a most powerful way. Yet, the tragedy here is that most Christians do not fight. Those who won’t fight don’t either because they are not aware of the spiritual battle going on or they refuse to believe the truth.

 

In this postmodern world that we live in today, people believe that truth consists of what makes sense to the natural mind. Yet, the natural mind is limited. There is so much more to life than what is seen physically, taught intellectually and felt emotionally. Unfortunately, people thinking themselves educated and wise have been deceived and Satan counts on this deception. It is all a part of his master plan. God tells us that His ways and our ways do not compare. We cannot continue to cripple ourselves by limiting ourselves. “”For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

 

When We Limit Ourselves, We Limit God

When we believe only what we are capable of experiencing in the natural, we render ourselves dysfunctional as Christians. When we do this, not only are we limiting ourselves, we are limiting God for the Lord moves within us only according to our faith. Disbelief is just another way, among many, that Satan counts on to trap and trick God’s people so that they will act accordingly which will cause them to end up losing their salvation and right standing Jesus Christ.

 

In fact, what dwells in the invisible spiritual realm is actually more real than the tangible facade we live in on this earth. It is by design that people are kept in the dark. They are being fooled into believing that what is actually truth, is a lie when what is a lie, in reality, is actually truth. Regardless of what the world believes, as a Christian you must understand that truth is not subjective and based on one’s own personal perspective. There is an absolute Truth and it stands according to the word of God.

 

How Do I Fight In A Spiritual War?

Yes, spiritual warfare is taking place not just all around us but even within some of us. The bible tells us that those who do not choose to follow Jesus will lose this battle, plain and simple. Unfortunately, there are believers who will also be defeated. Satan will win their souls as well. How can this be, you may ask? Christians who are living according to their own customized version of Christianity and not according to the word of God are at risk. To win the fight in this spiritual battle, you must fight God’s way. The Bible tells us that we must put on the whole armor of God in order to withstand the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11). “Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepare. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” Ephesians 6:14-18

 

Satan Does His Homework

I implore you to read and study your bible. Regardless of what church you may attend. You cannot trust anyone else to do this for you. You are responsible for every step you take in your own walk. You are also responsible for doing your homework. You can be sure that Satan has done his. Rest assured that he and his demons know all about you, your strengths and your weaknesses. In fact, they count on your every flaw and they will not hesitate to use all of them against you in their pursuit to steal, kill and destroy you and your family.

 

God Has A Plan For You

Now that you have been given this information, you will be held accountable and responsible for operating in it. Jesus Christ has a plan for you and you specifically. Spend time with Him so that you may discover all the ways He desires to fulfill His will for your life.

 

Only God Can Give True Revelation & Understanding

The Lord, alone, gives revelation and insight through His word and also through His people. I am so very grateful for all the faithful people and ministries that have helped me gain a deeper understanding into God’s word. I name the following ministries such as Derek Prince and Mark Farley’s The Fuel Project to name a few. These and others have been very instrumental to me.

 

We Are The Only Enemy Of Satan

We, the Church body, are responsible for encouraging, supporting and edifying the members of the Church for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. For the Church, alone, is the only entity powerful enough to defeat Satan and his kingdom. No one on this earth has the ability to do this but the Church as long as it is operating in the power given to us by Jesus Christ through His word and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Christians have been given the mantle to occupy until the return of Jesus (Luke 19:13). If we do not stand up and fight, who else will?

 

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CHRISTIANS & WITCHCRAFT

CHRISTIANS & WITCHCRAFT

witchcraftWitchcraft. What comes to mind when you think of the word? A popular children’s book series? How about ghostly cartoon characters? Are there magical movies in your memory? Is it answers acquired from astrology? Or maybe a dabble in the dark and the demonic?

There are many who want you to believe that witchcraft, and all that is associated with it, is merely harmless magic mysteries that spark the dark side of your imagination. Truth be told, when you involve yourself in ANY form of witchcraft, you open yourself up to Satan and you open the door to welcome in the demonic. When this happens, you are not only giving Satan access to your life, but you are giving him access to the lives of your family as well.  You have then opened a portal to demonic attacks, curses, influences,  illness, disease, death and eventually hell.

It is no secret that Satan influences the media. He has his hands on the books that you read, the films that you watch and the propaganda you buy into. He is intentionally providing you with what the world calls innocent ‘fantasy’ and feeds it to you through ‘tales’ of enchantments, magic, sorcery, spells, wizardry and necromancy (communicating with the dead). He presents it all to you, and your children, for your (so-called) reading and viewing entertainment. However, as a Christian, you must understand that rebellion, deception and destruction – not amusement – is truly what lies at the root of it all.

There are many elements to witchcraft… There are some you are familiar with and some you may not be aware of. Once you discover the truth, you MUST avoid them all.

WITCHCRAFT, THE HOLY SPIRIT COUNTERFEIT

Satan, as you know, is the master counterfeiter. He attempts to destroy what is Godly and true by replacing it with what is evil and false. This has been his plan from the very beginning. This plan that led to his fall and banishment as well as the fall and banishment of a third of the angels from Heaven, was derived to kill, steal and destroy all that belongs to God. He does this by using everything within the limited “power” God has given him to appeal to you and trap you. Once he has snared you, he accuses you and your sin to God then he ‘legally’ takes rightful spiritual ownership of your soul.  Satan always distorts the truth by using this world, and everything in it, to make you believe a lie. He taints what is good by convincing you to do evil. He perverts what is Holy by corrupting it in your eyes so that you will disrespect and dishonor what is godly.

All forms of witchcraft are actually Satan’s attempt to imitate the Holy Spirit, who is the embodiment of Godly power in action. Church, don’t be fooled.

THE ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT

Witchcraft has been around since the beginning of time. It is known as the ‘old religion’ and is rooted in the old English term, ‘wiccian’ which means ‘to practice magical arts.’ Those who practice it are considered witches and possess a spirit of divination. Witches can be either male or female.

The old stereotype of witches with their proverbial warts, pointed hats and broomsticks are a far cry from reality. Media has done a great job distracting you from the truth. The reality is that it is nearly impossible to identify a real witch based on their outward appearance alone. To add to this, their popularity is fed by an image of harmlessness and the appealing mystique of the supernatural – thanks to the media. This facade has allowed those associated with witchcraft to easily assimilate into mainstream society as they are greeted with welcoming arms  by those eager to learn more. There is nothing good about witchcraft and yet the false belief that there are good and bad witches have helped Hollywood to promote it. All this aside, you must never lose sight of the truth which is that ALL witchcraft is evil as well as ALL who practice it. For witchcraft, and witches, have ALL been spawned from the worship of Satan.

WITCHCRAFT, AS IT LOOKS TODAY

Witchcraft comes in many forms and its evils are released through many avenues. We can recognize many of its forms today through the practice of astrology, the casting of spells, charms, curses, channeling, divination (seeking knowledge of the future), enchantments, familiar spirits, fortune-telling, mixing potions, séances, spirit guides, spiritualism, tarot cards and teacup readings, to name some. However, witchcraft comes in many other disguises as well. Let’s delve into this subject a little further…

ASTROLOGY, STARS & ZODIAC SIGNS

As Christians, when we acknowledge the universe, and all that is in it, it is impossible to do so without an expression of awe and reverence to God for in them we see His infinitude, His power and His wisdom. God created it all. So, what does He have to say about our use, or abuse, of what He has created?

King David said: When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him…” Psalm 8:3-4 (NKJV).The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalms 19:1 (NKJV).He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” Psalms 147:4-5.

The Bible tells us that the stars, the sun and the moon were placed to light the earth and to determine the seasons. Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights – the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:14-18. Throughout history, the stars, sun and moon were also used to help navigate the course of travel. This is acceptable use of God’s heavenly creations.

In biblical times, God even used the stars to illustrate the innumerable amount of seed He had promised to give Abraham. Then He brought him (Abraham) outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5. Following the promise God made to Abraham, every time he would look to the heavens and see the stars, Abraham was reminded of how faithful and how good God is.

However, ‘astrology,’ the study of celestial bodies and the influence they have on human affairs and the natural world, was introduced to man by Satan. This practice was given to encourage a false belief that deceives man into believing that we can seek other sources for knowledge, information and wisdom. This lie eliminates our need for God and serves to elevate man and his abilities. This belief system creates false idols which is sin.

In Biblical times, when the royal astrologers of the Babylonian court tried to use their “power” to interpret the king‘s dream, they were found powerless and were put to shame by Daniel, who was God’s prophet. Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. But there is a God in Heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” Daniel 2:27-28

According to the word of God, astrology is considered a form of divination and is forbidden.There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritualist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord,” Deuteronomy 18:10-12. According to the word of God, all who practice astrology will be among those who are to be burned and destroyed in God’s judgment. All the advice you receive has made you tired. Where are all your astrologers, those stargazers who make predictions each month? Let them stand up and save you from what the future holds. But they are like straw burning in a fire; they cannot save themselves from the flame. You will get no help from them at all; their hearth is no place to sit for warmth. And all your friends, those with whom you’ve done business since childhood, will go their own ways, turning a deaf ear to your cries.” Isaiah 47:13-15.

God forbids us from worshiping or serving the sun, the moon or the stars. When the children of Israel chose to do these things, their disobedience brought God’s judgement down upon them every time. “And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them,”  Deuteronomy 4:19.

Today, I hope it has become clear to you that we are to receive knowledge and wisdom from no other source but God. He alone is the source of truth therefore He alone determines when, where, how to whom He will reveal this truth about what is current, past and future. He has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit as our guiding light. We should seek Him for all answers to all questions, all the time.

MARTIAL ARTS, YOGA & SPIRITUALISM

Years ago, as an uninformed and unsuspecting parent, I innocently encouraged my young son’s fascination with martial arts, an interest that began with a cartoon called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not understanding the full ramifications behind this form of  ‘art,’ I enrolled him in classes. He fully embraced it and accumulated the various belts of skill over the years and began to compete. In high school, he became more ingrained in this system as well as the eastern culture it derived from even teaching himself how to speak the language.

Although my son was raised according to the Christian faith, he began to embrace a new religion without my knowledge. I did not realize, at the time, that what is taught through Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism is against the teachings of Jesus Christ. In fact, the belief system behind these pagan religions is a form of spiritualism. It convinces those who believe and follow it that they are placing themselves on a pathway that leads to “spiritual enlightenment.” This demonic philosophy teaches that the power of God is not absolute for everyone has the ability to tap into and possess “power.” Any “power” that one seeks that does not come from God and rooted in Jesus Christ is demonic and evil.

Now, there is some truth to this deceptive belief system. It will, in fact, place those who buy into it on a path. But it is not the kind of path they think they are following. They are actually placed on a path that leads them into a very dark alley and is designed to turn them away from the truth and the Light of God. This path points to the direction of evil, sin and death.

Yoga

Yoga is a form of spiritualism. It is an element of one of the world’s oldest idolatrous pagan religion called Hinduism. Unsuspecting people believe yoga to be a harmless physical exercise with a spiritual component when, in fact, it is a harmful spiritual exercise with a physical component. Those who think yoga to be nothing more than an exercise program that encourages stress-free bodily flexibility enhanced by mental ‘stimulation’ that connects you to a higher “power” are obviously not aware of the spiritual dangers that are hidden deep beneath the surface. I share with you the experience of one who discovered this first-hand:

“A Hindu named Patanjali is believed by many historians to be the “father” of yoga. He codified his understanding of yoga in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali sometime before the birth of Jesus. Patanjali’s teachings are known as the “eightfold path of yoga” and are at the core of how to live a better life through yoga. Patanjali believed that union (through meditation) with the “Supreme” (not Jesus Christ) was the result of retraining, controlling and eventually annihilating the ego. He believed that yoga was the way to overcome the many obstacles of a mortal uniting with the immortal. Without realizing it, I was learning how to live a better life and become a better person through yoga rather than through Jesus Christ. As it turned out, meditation (yoga) did put me on a pathway, but it wasn’t to spiritual enlightenment. After five years of training, I became an atheist…Mark McGee.

[Mark McGee is a journalist and former atheist. He taught martial arts for 50 years and was a student of Eastern philosophies before becoming an atheist. Mark became a Christian after investigating evidence for the truth and verifying the claims of Christianity more than 40 years ago. He became a member of Judo and Karate for Christ in 1972 and now teaches martial arts from a Christian perspective.]

Martial Arts

Other spiritualistic programs like Judo, Aikido, Karate and Kung Fu introduce people to other eastern philosophies such as Buddhism. The primary focus of Buddhism is to practice “right living” through actions and meditation in an effort to end suffering and help one achieve a self-awakening. The philosophies behind Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism always begin with meditation. Meditation is the practice of training the mind, or inducing a level of consciousness, for a pre-determined purpose. “Guides” are used to help students calm their minds and relax their bodies so that they can allow their internal “power” to flow through to their external. Buddhism teaches that the deeper you go in meditation, the better your martial arts technique will be. What kind of “power” do you think is being accessed through this meditation? Certainly not the power of the Holy Spirit which can only be accessed through Jesus Christ.

The Dangers Of Spiritualism

Spiritualism is the belief, and the practice, of communication with spirits and the dead. Spiritualism, and all its forms, is in fact, witchcraft. It is also a form of idolatry as it encourages one to focus on selfish pursuit as opposed to Christianity that focuses on Jesus Christ and the pursuit of God.

Spiritualism falsely teaches that people are fundamentally good and can accomplish whatever they want if only they will focus their minds to doing so. This is contrary to truth, according to God. “Jesus answered. “No one is good-except God alone.” (Luke 18:19) Jesus teaches that people are born with a sin nature. This nature is ruled by the flesh which aims to destroy the body if left to its own devices. However, through Jesus Christ, we are saved from that sin. Through Him, God sends the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and enables us to operate in true power, not a counterfeit form of satanic “power.”

Those who pursue the practice of spiritualism are actually engaging in activities that may appear to be innocent yet are far from it. This sin opens the door for demonic contact, harassment, oppression and even possession. There are many accounts of those whose have practiced forms of spiritualism which has resulted in their being traumatized emotionally, psychologically and physically by contact with demons.

If you seek truth, there is only one way to get it. His name is Jesus Christ. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.

THE SINS OF IDOLATRY,  SEDUCTION, WHOREDOM & REBELLION

As a Christian, I am sure you would never be in contact with pentagrams, Ouija boards, satanic rituals or the drinking of blood. I am also pretty sure you would never seek out a psychic, hold a séance or desire to cast spells. Or would you?

And the Lord warned: “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.” Deuteronomy 18:9-14.

Sex & Witchcraft

Since the beginning of time, there have been many who have succumbed to Satan through the partnership of sex and witchcraft. Through idolatry, rebellion, seduction and whoredom, this combination has snared those from early Biblical times up to the current. The combination of sexual activity and the occult have been prevalent throughout time, through the cultures and throughout different religions. Sexual immorality has been, and is still, a key element of pagan worship and satanism, including witchcraft.

Today, Satan has attempted to cover the sin of sexual immorality by replacing what it with acceptable words and phrases like ‘sexy,’ ‘addiction,’ ‘weakness,’ ‘struggle,’ ‘pornography,’ ‘adult entertainment,’ ‘normal’ and ‘sex drive.’ Society has embraced these terms and has even made some of them desirable. This is deception in its most deadliest of forms.

Sexual Idolatry

The Christian Church consists of a body of believers. God considers each one of those bodies to be a temple of the Holy Spirit. Because God paid an exorbitant price for you through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, we are to honor God with our bodies. We do this by refraining from sexual sins.  Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself; for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Immoral and perverted sex acts were, and still are, performed in the temples of false gods for pagan idol worship. When our bodies take part in sexual sins, we are emulating these acts and violating God’s Holy temple. God considers this behavior detestable. Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

Sex is a gift designed by God given to one man and one woman who are committed to each other in a sanctified married relationship. To participate in sex outside of those boundaries, is to sin. Although many may feel that consensual sex between two people are their business and no one else’s, we must remember that our bodies, and our sexuality, were created by God. Therefore, He alone has the right to establish the parameters by which we are to use them. “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 (NLT)

The Jezebel Spirit of Seduction & Whoredom

“And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” And he answered, “What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?” 2 Kings 9:22

Jezebel… She was a treacherous, domineering idolator and a corrupting schemer. This was definitely not a woman of restraint or high principles. Savage and relentless, this prideful, strong-willed woman ruthlessly carried out her foul plans. The great sins of Jezebel also included whoredom, for by ways of adultery, fornication, prostitution, debasement and sexual sins of all sorts, she defiled herself to further the cause of evil. Through her sinful deeds, she became the mother of all curses. This whoredom spirit is a worldly spirit and is grounded in carnality and sensuality. It has no problem using sex to get what it wants.

As a Christian and as part of God’s Church, you are a target. You have high-level evil spirits working against you always waiting for an opportunity to gain entrance into your life. If you use flirtatious, sexual wiles for the purpose of controlling, manipulating and serving self, you may very well be used by one of the most powerful spirits Satan has at his disposal to use against you. This would be the Jezebel spirit, a spirit of seduction and whoredom.

Spiritual Adultery

The Bible records the many, many times that Israel turned their backs on God. There are numerous accounts of their continuous rebellion through acts of sexual immorality and the worshiping of false gods. In the book of Hosea, God angrily tells Israel that they have a spirit of whoredom: My people inquire of a piece of wood, and their walking staff gives them oracles. For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore.” Hosea 4:12 (ESV). What did God mean by this? To “inquire of a piece of wood” refers to the wooden idol they were worshiping and “their walking staff gives them oracles” refers to the false wisdom they claimed to receive from this false god. When Israel turned their backs on God and began to worship other things, God charged them as being unfaithful and likened it to spiritual “adultery.”

Satan-inspired evil spirits use sin to cleverly gain entrance into the lives of people thereby causing them to chase after what is alluring and tempting to them. If people succumb to this sin, it can easily become stumbling blocks that will turn them away from God. This sin them becomes idols that the people chase after and thereby worship. God condemns idolatry in every form.

But just as God called Israel to repentance, He calls us to turn away from such things and return to Him.  He offers to forgive us our sin and enter into a restorative relationship with Him.

Rebellion Is As Witchcraft

We have covered much today in the name of witchcraft. If you were not already aware of these things, you have now been informed. To be ignorant of the truth is one thing, but to have knowledge of God’s word and then choose to disobey it is considered blatant rebellion in God’s eyes, and that is something far worse. “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:21 (KJV)

As a Christian, it is never about what you or anyone else thinks or has to say about a matter. It is always about what Jesus has to say. If you are ever in doubt, seek out His words and find the answer for yourself. To take any other stand is to live in disobedience and rebellion. Choose not to walk down that path. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you…” 1 Samuel 15:23 (NKJV).

WHAT’S NEXT, NOW THAT I’VE BECOME A BRAND NEW CHRISTIAN?

WHAT’S NEXT, NOW THAT I’VE BECOME A BRAND NEW CHRISTIAN?

stages-300x300This was the question I asked myself twenty nine years ago when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Honestly, I felt completely lost. Although I looked forward to moving full speed ahead into my new life in the Lord, I knew absolutely nothing about the things of God. Yet, through God’s grace, alone, I stumbled along. Even though there was much trial and error, I made it through. However, there is an easier way.

Now before you read on, allow me to be completely honest with you. Following Jesus Christ, in spirit and in truth, will be the most difficult, as well as the most rewarding, experience you will ever encounter in your life. Not everyone will be able to see it through to the end. As the Holy Scripture tells us: “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to Hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life (Heaven) is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT).

Because of this fact, I highly recommend that you pray for the resolve to stay the course and never give up, no matter what. If you will do this, you will be on your way towards an exciting, fruitful and supernatural relationship with the one and only living God. Pray this, in Jesus’ name.

STEP 1 – GET BAPTIZED
Jesus tells us: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 (NLTV). Baptism represents the partaking of the burial and the raising of Jesus Christ so that we, too, may walk in the newness of life. It is for this reason, we are told to repent AND be baptized in His name for the forgiveness of our sins. We are also told that the baptism will allow us to “receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38), who is our Helper.

The first thing Jesus did before He began His ministry was to be baptized, (Luke 3:21-22). Where do you go to get baptized? Any true follower of Jesus Christ (believer) is authorized, according to Jesus Christ, to baptize. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV).

Baptism can be done in a Jesus-following church or even in a bathtub within the home of a true believer. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to follow His example. So regardless of where you get baptized, get baptized as soon as you can!

STEP 2: BEGIN READING YOUR BIBLE
You cannot truly follow Jesus Christ if you do not know who He is and His word. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV).

There is no substitute for reading your bible every day. Begin immediately. There are many translations available. Find one that is most faithful to the original text. I recommend beginning with the King James Version. If you are sincere in seeking Him, God will open up His word to you and give you understanding (discernment). Do not allow yourself to become too busy to read God’s word. This is a tactic of Satan who is your worst enemy. Set aside time when and where you can meditate on Him without being interrupted. The quantity of time you spend reading your Word is not as important as the quality of time you spend with the Lord as you read. If you allow yourself time to listen to Him, He will speak to you through His word.

STEP 3: PRAY OFTEN
As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are to pray always without ceasing. Prayer, very simply, is talking to Jesus. Talk to Him about everything. He cares about everything that concerns you. There is nothing too small or seemingly too insignificant that you can’t share with Him, no differently than you would share with a very dear friend. Speak to Him for Jesus has now become your dearest friend. Through prayer, you are developing a very real relationship with the true and living God.

I suggest that you begin by praying every morning before you start your day and every evening before you go to bed. Pray, also throughout the day. Begin by thanking Him for all He has done for you. Pray for others as well as yourself. Commit decisions you have to make to God by asking Him to lead you according to His will. If you find it difficult to find the words to say, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts as you pray. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6(NKJV).

STEP 4: BUILD FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER TRUE CHRISTIANS (FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST)
The Christian life is not an easy life. As a true follower of Jesus Christ, you will be under constant attack and scrutiny from your enemies who will come by way of Satan and his demons. Not only is it good to fellowship with like-minded Christians for times of enjoyment, it is also wise to fellowship with those you trust for encouragement as well as admonishment (correction), during life’s challenges and struggles. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting (encouraging) one another, and so much the more as you see the Day (the day of Jesus’ return) approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV).

Also be mindful that we, as Christians, are warned to not be unequally yoked with non-believers “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV).

STEP 5: OFFER YOUR GIFTS & SERVICES FOR GOD’S PURPOSE
As a new Christian, the Lord will begin a miraculous new work in you. You will go through a process that will transform you from the old to the new for the purpose of transforming you into the spiritual image of Jesus Christ. The new Spirit that is now alive in you will cause you to have a newfound love for all that is godly. Go for it!

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV).

STEP 6: ALWAYS LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE YOUR FAITH & YOUR TESTIMONY WITH OTHERS
Through Jesus Christ, your Lord and Savior, you have received salvation. You can now stand alongside of Him and claim your inheritance to the Kingdom of God. Through Him, you also have access to the power of healing and deliverance as well as access to the throne of the one and only living God. There is much for you to be excited about! So, share your excitement whenever you have the opportunity.

It is through your testimony, and the testimony of others, that Jesus Christ will be shared with the world. You also share in His victory of overcoming Satan and the evil that is in this world. “And they (Christians) overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:11(NKJV).

As you continue in your faith and your walk, remember that there is nothing you have done that was deserving of the wonderful and mighty blessings you have received through Jesus Christ. You have been saved by grace alone. Even still, God has started a work in you and His promise is to finish it. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6 (NKJV).

STEP 7: PRAY FOR GOD TO LEAD YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY
Only God knows the plans He has for you. Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit. Pray for spiritual sensitivity to hear Him and obey His every word.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

To God be all the glory!