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!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Fortification


Fortification 
The Sacred Shield
 Removing Breaches, Putting the Armor of God.

     When people step into the ministry roll there will be battles because satan hates it when people proclaim God’s glory. Sometimes it’s subtle attacks that come where you don’t see it. Eric and Leslie started up their ministry and the enemy attacked them and they ended up losing their money and having to move a basement. They were under attack and had a Job experience. They did not realize they were in a battle. They did not know to fight it. They were being lied to, and then it became clear and that’s how they started to learn how to fight against the enemy. The enemy’s lies will make sense just because he knows what we would fall for. They thought that the sickness that Leslie had when she would speak was from the Lord. But it was an attack and finally he realized it and started to pray against it. They found out they had breaches in their walls.

     The enemy tests the walls and surveys the perimeter and looks for a breach. He comes up with a plan and then plants a hand grenade to blow up inside the walls. One of Satan’s tactics is to get us to blame his behavior on God. We must know the enemy from our God. James 4:7 - Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you. They started asking God where there was breaches in their life. These are some of the areas God showed them: fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, confusion, insecurity, Family problems, Health problems, Financial problems, Spiritual defeat, etc. We stand on the rock of Jesus Christ and we will be fortified. Nothing could touch Paul, and the enemy couldn’t snuff out his life. If God wants to give your life that is His business. It’s on God’s terms and God’s time table. We submit to God, not the enemy. Fortification does not lead to a life of comfort, but it helps fortify us for the battle. If we cling to the Shepherds ankle the enemy can not touch us.

     So what is God’s pain vs. the enemy’s pain? It’s a matter of Light vs. Darkness 
1 Peter 2:9 says God has called us out of the darkness into His marvelous light. God’s light brings clear, not confused, not blurry, but bright, cheerful and hopeful lives. The opposite of light is darkness. Satan is the prince of darkness, so all things fearful, confused, indistinct, dim and forbidding are from him.

     It’s about Life vs. Death. John 10:10 says that Christ came to give abundant life, not death. The qualities of abundant life are happiness, health, wholeness, strength, purity, spiritual success, and multiplication of blessing. The characteristics of death are disease, sickness, blindness, deafness, muteness, lameness, disorder, feebleness, erosion of strength, erosion of blessing and erosion of resources. 

     God is the Father of lights and Satan the father of lies. In James 1:17 the Father of lights is in whom no shadow of turning. He is the giver of good gifts to His children and is gentle and forgiving. Opposite of those loving Fatherly traits is not of God. There’s Discipline vs. Abuse and the Bridegroom vs. the Harsh Husband. Then there’s the Shepherd vs. Roaring Lion. Jesus is seeking to protect you. God’s pain creates life, enemy’s pain brings shriveled up life. It’s not something you can go after in your own strength. God works through our weakness. 

     The first step to get the place fortified is to start by asking God to identify the breeches. When we don’t take care of the breeches we open the door to the enemy. A breach could be even very small things like turning to movies for rest and refreshment. When God shows what needs to be fortified repentance is in order. Repenting is like realizing your heading to a cliff and turning around and by God’s grace going the other direction. Guard what you put into your mind. Some more common breaches are unconfessed sin, sinful stronghold, and satanic objects or activities. 

     Step two is to make a sacred list wrestle for victory in those areas. Taking back the ground and having faith that God would give the grace to not go back to those things. Step three: The lady who had a demon possessed daughter keep on asking Jesus until she got the answer. It involves wrestling prayer. You can accept the Sovereignty of God. When He is in control there’s a confidence in Him. Our business is to be a believer, and to trust Him. Don’t get tripped over the grand themes, but instead live in the eternal balance. God wants to make us strong so that we can be poured out for others. “I will bless you so you can become a blessing.” We have to pray specific prayers. If you want to progress, into a solider of the cross. You have to be willing to pray specifically. 

     Step 4 is to be on guard against opposition. People would make you want to give up. If you are hit with discouragement, blurry thought, it’s not time to flee to the temple, but instead take up the sword and fight the enemy. They had to put a watch up. Remember the Lord and who He is. Don’t enlarge the enemy. Don’t focus on him, don’t focus on the winds and waves. We must focus on Jesus, believe, abide. We need to know how to employ the armor and how to stand. Walk in faith and know that God wins. There’s a protection. Yes, there’s a lot of noise around. They are exposing his tactics. Jesus, He is able, He longs for our life to be protected. He doesn’t want His children to be harassed. Do not submit to it (like Hudson going out to see the enemy and getting a black eye when he could stay in the protective circle of his father).  We need Jesus in order to grow. Everything that is not of Jesus must be moved out. 

     This was an incredible message to me. It reveals some of satan’s tactics and helps me to know what I need to do to fortify my life. Even as I was listening to this message, the Lord revealed one thing to me that is a breach in my wall. I know that God will strengthen and uphold me if I cling to His ankle. Sometimes satan will attack me and I won’t even notice, but I this message helps reveal some of those tactics and gives me what I need to guard against those. Praise the Lord that He never stops in drawing me close to Him and shows me what I need.