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Feet of Peace

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I love that the scriptures say our feet are to be shod with peace.  I think that sometimes we stomp our way into a situation or we stomp our way out.  Whether we were right or wrong, we leave the other party feeling anything but peaceful!

When you have shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace you walk lightly around others.  I’m not saying you should have to walk on “egg shells” to spare hurting their feelings.  But you live with an attitude that life is not about YOU.  It’s about Jesus and people coming to Him in salvation.  

So when you walk lightly around others, you are not intentionally being hurtful or judgemental toward them.  You are trying to turn them from sin. Look at what Malachi says,

True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.   Malachi 2:6

Turned many from sin… That’s the goal.  Remember, we’re in a battle, but NOT with each other!  Our adversary is the devil, not our fellow man.  I know that is so hard to remember sometimes. But when you can see that person as a soul that Jesus died for, just like He died for you, and you can see how that person may either be hurting and lashing out or being led by the devil then you can offer the gospel of peace in which you have already shod your feet.

So this week let’s remember to shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace before we head out the door.

Blessings,

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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The Belt of Truth

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Truth is so important in our spiritual battle.  Have you ever noticed that one lie leads to another lie and then another lie and so on? But truth stands on it’s on.  The truth is… the truth.

As believers, we are to put on the belt of truth.  What is truth? Or better yet, WHO is truth?  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  John 14:6

To cinch up our waist with truth makes us stand a little taller, a little straighter because we have nothing to hide.  Even when we sin, if we confess and repent then we are made right with our Judge, so we have nothing to hide. The judgment of others (may hurt but) doesn’t define us; nor do the accusations of the evil one.

Once we agree with God – He is truth –  then the Truth will set us free!  John 8:32  Check out the verses below:

  • Proverbs 3:3  Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
  • Proverbs 8:7 For my mouth will utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
  • Proverbs 12:17  He who speaks truth tells what is right, But a false witness, deceit.
  • Proverbs 12:19  Truthful lips will be established forever, But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
  • Proverbs 14:22  Will they not go astray who devise evil? But kindness and truth will be to those who devise good.
  • Proverbs 14:25  truthful witness saves lives, But he who utters lies is treacherous.

Jesus has already won the victory!! Let’s gird up with truth so we can do out part and:

  • be kind
  • speak truth
  • tell what is right
  • be established forever
  • devise good
  • save lives

 

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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We Are In A War

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I am not, nor have I ever been, in the military.  But THANK YOU to all of those who are and have been! No matter your role, you are working to defend our country and I, for one, am so grateful!

Now, having said that, I do not mean to say I have never been to war.  For you see, as a believer, we ARE at war.  We do not need to forget that!  Scripture teaches us that on this earth, in this life, we are in a battle.  While we must be on guard, we must be at the ready at all times, we also must remember the VICTORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WON!!!

Jesus WON the war when He rose from the dead!  (Makes me want to do the “happy dance” right now!) However, He expects and empowers us to fight the good fight while we are here.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12
In this war, we need to remember 2 key principles:
  • our battle is not with people
  • our battle is real

If our battle is NOT with people, why is it people are always the ones we seem to be “fighting” with?  I’m glad you asked.  Not all people are saved and thus they act like their father, the devil.  Not all saved people are submissive to our Lord and find themselves used/deceived by our adversary, the devil. And sometimes, people just act like sinful people with a sinful nature.

So if the battle/war is real but not with people, how do we know our enemy and how do we know how to fight?  The Bible teaches us that the devil is our adversary.  He roams the earth seeking whom he may devour – he wants to steal, kill and destroy.  As a believer, you ARE engaged in the battle.

So what’s a warrior to do?

  • Dig deep into God’s Word (Bible) EVERY SINGLE DAY!
    • Read
    • Meditate
    • Study
  • Pray
    • Praise God for Who He is
    • Repent of sins you’ve committed
    • Practice faithful obedience (even when you don’t understand)
  • Be on guard to the devil’s schemes
    • Lust of the eyes
    • Lust of the Flesh
    • Pride of life
  • Share your faith story
    • Every day, share with someone how the Lord is working in your life
    • Get out of your comfort zone of friends – meet new people with whom you can build relationships and share your faith
    • Live on purpose – be intentional in your conversations and actions

Rest and repeat!

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More than You can Imagine

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Have you ever prayed and asked God to move on your behalf in some way and He DID! He moved so much greater than you could have imagined!  I always love that!

Sometimes now I just ask Him to show out.  Not in an arrogant or selfish way, but for Him to do something so beyond what we can even think to ask of Him.  And He does!

The Bible tells us that God’s ways are higher than our ways.  I see that truth so often.  Sometimes I see that truth when God answers our prayers far beyond what we could imagine and sometimes I see it after the fact when I realized that God allowed me to walk through something hard in order to get to a really sweet place!

God is the Creator of the universe.  He holds ALL power.  NO-thing is hidden from Him and NO-thing is impossible with Him.

Whatever lies before you, remember our God is Able!  He is able to do far more that you can think or imagine.  Give Him free rein.  You just may be blown away by what you see Him do!

Blessings to you! Wendy

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Taste and See

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At Church we often say, “Good is good — all the time.”  And He is.  That is easy to say when life is going good for us.  But what about when life seems more than we can bear?

Well, God is good — all the time.  Even in the hard times.  Even in times that we don’t understand what’s happening or why something is happening.  God is still good!

Thankfully, the Bible teaches us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, that is so comforting!  We are told to taste and see that the Lord is good because He is.  This is followed up by the words “happy is the man who trusts in Him! because we are.

This does not mean that life is never hard.  The Bible teaches us that life is hard no matter what and will be harder for the believer.  BUT GOD (my favorite words in scripture) did not leave us alone to face this world.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to live in us, not only as a reminder that He is coming back to get us, but to give us power and strength so that we, too, can overcome this hard life.

Whew!  Aren’t you glad?!  I sure am!  This week, as you face your specific struggles, take a few minutes each day and “taste and see that the Lord is good“, because He is!

Blessings, Wendy

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Are You a Pessimist or Optimist?

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I think we all would like to say we are optimists but even the true optimist has pessimistic moments.

If you are a true pessimist then like Chicken Little the sky is always falling. The glass is always half empty… I have certainly known a few people like that, haven’t you?

What about the optimist?  Are they the ones who always have sunny skies?  The glass is always half full… I’ve know very few of these.

Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.  But we tend to lean more toward one side of the spectrum or the other.  Have you ever noticed that you will start to think and act more one way or the other simply by who you are around?  I have!

So, what’s a person to do? We need to draw close to the ONE who never changes; the ONE who is the Author and Finisher of our faith; the ONE who creates, heals and restores!

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Jesus came to give us life and not only life, but life to the full!  Abundant life!  My how I have to be reminded of that!

Do you want to see opportunity in difficulties rather than difficulties in opportunities? Then change your focus! Focus on the ONE who gives LIFE- Life to the Full!

 

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Prayer – The Power of God

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My pastor often says, “What God can do , prayer can do.”  How true!

I read a book once in which the author said that God has His angels standing at the “ready”, He’s just waiting for us to fervently ask in prayer for Him to act.  I think that is true, but we often have the wrong attitude toward prayer.

Let me explain.  I think we often act as if Jesus is our “genie” in a bottle so when life goes awry, we want to pray for Him to “fix” it.  Or when we want something really badly, we pray for Him to “give” it to us.

So then, because we have been praying in the wrong motive and not seeing the power of God in our prayer lives we begin to doubt that prayer really works.  But when we pray in accordance with His will… we will see the hand of God in action!

It may not always be His will to heal the sick, even though He can.  But it is His will that He be glorified in every situation.  So when we pray, we can ask for healing but not my will be done- His will be done. And then be on the look out for His will.  Ask Him to show you His answer.  You may be surprised!

I know that often Jesus has done so much more than I could have dreamed.  My desire is to learn to pray strictly in accordance to the will of God and see His power at work in and through me!

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16