The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The 9 Lies

The 9 Lies

     Truth is the shield and buckler. That is Jesus Christ. Disobedience to the Word of God gives legal access to the enemy. God is a Just God. The enemy knows that if he finds the breach, he can hinder the work of God. When he finds a tiny breach, he sets up temptations and lies and things that he knows will get set the Believer off in the access he has gained. The enemy wants Christians to think God set off the explosive. They must ask God to protect them and to be in charge. They must ask Him to search them, try them, test them and see if there’s any breaches in the wall. When He’s showed something, go and make it right. Filling the breach can not be done in our own strength, but it must be given to the Creator of the Universe. Then the enemy will try to prevent the rebuilding of the wall. Christians must not give in to the enemy’s devices. They can know the tactics of the enemy, which are nine lies. Satan can not change his ways, he’s living in sin, so that’s why they get set-off by the same explosives.  Fear is based on the unknown. So when the tactics of the enemy are revealed, there is no more reason to fear. God can not change either, but He can change the heart. Believers are like the wet clay in the hands of a Potter, and He is shaping them after His will.

     Ephesians 6 tells Christians to be strong in Christ. The armor of God is Christ. That is the only way to be fortified against the enemy. Putting on that armor, is a command. Nehemiah rebuilding the wall and having enemy telling him lies is a picture of Christians fortifying their walls. Satan will use lies to distract and get them not to continue building. The first lie is “It is impossible; the wall can never be built.” The defense is truth and that’s what can be used to fight with. When Christians have the truth in their hands it can be wielded with extreme effectiveness. If one is in a fortified city, there is no fear, with full provision. Christians have everything they need to be secure during a siege. Luke 1:37 says that with God nothing is impossible. God gave the assignment, so that promise can be stood on firmly. 

     Second lie: “You are too weak, after all, don’t you realize that you are in captivity? You are not able to undertake such a project as this –it is foolish, scornful, and ridiculous.” This same tactic is used on Christians, “You can’t do it because you are too weak.” We can not do it, but we must remind the enemy of our position in Christ. Philippians 4:13 and Romans 8:31,37 says we can do it in Christ who strengthens us. 

     The Third lie is “All this work is for nothing; the progress you have made is not real. There is no real strength in your wall; even the slightest breeze from the enemy will knock it down. You cannot take the rubbish of your inner life and expect to revive what has already been burned.”  Can you identify with this lie? “You actually think this is real?” But listen to this amazing truth: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6)”

     Here’s another lie, number four: “You are too tired to continue: You need your sleep. God knows you need your sleep.” Christians tend to believe this all to easy. Never give way to faintness or weakness, tiredness (2 Corinthians 4:1 and Galatians 6:9). Believers often give way to their bodies and the body rule them. Believers have strength and power in Jesus Christ. Then lie five is “I have the power to sneak up upon you when you least expect it and wipe out everything you have done; all the spiritual steps you have taken will mean nothing when I come in the night to slay you.” No, the devil has no power over the Christian. James 4:7 declares this perfectly, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Ephesians 6:13,16 tells us to hold up the shield of faith and stand firm in Christ Jesus. 

     This lie makes one want to self serve, “You are currently under enemy siege; you’d better stop working and protect yourself.” The truth: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) Also 2 Timothy 4:18 “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Our job is to stay focused on what God has told us to do.

     Satan tries to condemn us “You are building this wall for your own blessing, to be your own king, to rule for your own glory. You should stop working on such a vain self-aggrandizing project.” God will convict us about sin, not the devil. We do get selfish, but God will help convict us. Matthew 6:13 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil us from evil” For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” The eighth lie is “Meet me for a coffee in Ono. I’m concerned for your well-being, and I might be of some help in your current endeavors. I know of things that you aren’t privy to know. If you listen to my counsel it will make your work go a lot smoother.”   If you need counsel go to God, He is understanding (Proverbs 8:14). He has a whole room just for things we need.

     Nehemiah was tested from the inside on this last lie. He was tempted to Self preserve! He tried to get him to fear man and to try to protect himself. Nehemiah agreed with God, and put his faith in God for His protection. There was nothing that could distract him from God’s mission.

     In my own life... wow. How do I start in finding these breaches? Little holes seem to cause the greatest trouble for me especially. Things that I do not think are very important, God does, and in fact, He knows the areas that the enemy will try to tempt and distract me. One thing that I was convicted of after listening to this message was in the little things that I do that are slightly unchristian, that I do not think are big enough to go back and make right. Each one is so important though, because that is what makes hypocrites and really turns people off to Christianity. I need to be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit that any little breach will just set off an alarm in my spiritual walls.