Beware

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:8-9, KJV)

Have you ever took the time to think about deception?

Maybe most of us have but we never think that we ourselves could be the ones who fall into the trap(s).

We live in a world where a lot of information is shown to us in such a speedily, vast, and in an ever-increasing obstacle.

Real source or Fake source can be of a common issue.

It can form a huge amount of confusion and restlessness.

Know that this is not of God.

“Ah! How foolish we are! How we repeat the folly of our first parent every day when we seek to hide sin from conscious, and then think it is hidden from God.” – Charles Spurgeon

The reason I am here writing to you today is because deception has run rapid and not enough people are noticing.

We have grown comfortable to the evil around us and grown cold to our Living God.

As the Body of Christ, are we living out our lives for the One who died for us?

Are we becoming conformed to this world that is not our home?

Please hear me out.

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.” (Genesis 3:1, KJV)

We do not fight against flesh and blood.

If you read the verse above from Genesis 3:1 carefully, you will learn something about our biggest foe. He is the most subtil compared to any other beast. This means he is cunning, crafty, and deceitful. Just as he had tricked our ancestors in believing the forbidden fruit was desirable and innocent, he too is seen as such.

Just as that evil serpent did in the days of old, he continues to work against our good. He continues to work in ways people today are completely oblivious to. Why? Well because of that very thing, we are too blind to notice or to care.

We fight against one another instead of taking the time to seek the real cause.

We do the work of the enemy for him.

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3, ESV)

Thus, because we have moved from the garden life style in the beginning, to the more modern approaches to living in the present, we have lost touch with the fact that maybe these things, these spiritual occurrences, could very well happen in todays world.

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3, ESV); You think to yourself, oh that will never happen to me! Do you remember the same thing happened to Peter? Peter denied Jesus 3 times! (See Luke 22:54-62). If you are not continually walking in the Spirit, if you are not continually abiding in the Lord, and sticking close to Him during these times, there could be a chance that it could happen to you too. Maybe not the same exact way it happened to Peter, but nonetheless we should be looking at our temporary world through our spiritual lenses.

I pray that this will give you a new spark. One that will maybe question your own doings and push you to seek the Lord for all things. The life of the Christian is never boring. Or at least it shouldn’t be. There is always something we could be working on in ourselves, or praying for even in others. If you haven’t in a while, take a look at the environment around you. We cannot avoid the evil around us even if we wanted to. God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). This post is not to ignite fear, but to hopefully empower you to realize the power within you to fight the good fight around us. (Please see Ephesians 1:13; John 16:13; & Romans 8:14)

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Revelation 12:9, KJV

I am defeated

“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3, ESV)

I feel defeated. What do I do?

As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.”
2 Timothy 4:5

Reading in 2 Timothy this morning I noticed something. Whether the timing for us is favorable OR unfavorable we should still be proclaiming God’s message.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Every one, no matter the age, goes through rough waters. We all have seasons of weariness and doubts. Yet what is important during the fight is to keep striving, even if we feel like we can’t. Even if we lose the sense of purpose. We are urged to to endure this suffering. Urge sounds pretty urgent,  persistent,  important. Doesn’t it?

He doesn’t just urge us, but solemnly urges. This is with deep sincerity. God isn’t just trying to pump you up or motivate you, but instead genuinely strengthen you and show His consistent faithfulness.

Our Father has more faith in us than we do ourselves. Proclaim the message. Keep the faith.  People will always do their way, everyone has a choice, yet, You as a child of God have a mission. You have a direct order from the Commander in Chief Jesus Christ. Carry out your ministry…fully!

Finish the race.

“From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8, NRSV)

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
(2 Timothy 4:18)

Sometimes

“Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” – Simon from Luke 5:4-6 (NIV)

This life can be hard sometimes. We cry out to the Lord and plead to take us out of it. “Is it time?” “Why am I here?” “Nothing seems to be going right.” “People make me tired.” The list continues.

& even though at times, the dark areas of life is all we can see, there are other times where life seemed a little brighter too.

The highs and the lows of life are no exception to the Body of Christ. I emphasize on this because often times when a person becomes a new believer in Jesus Christ, they assume that because God is in their life in a new way that things will be easy peasy. Yet in actuality, because we have this life with Christ we should be more aware of the battlefield around us everyday. Life isn’t just what we see. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16, MEV)

We need to understand that once we are ‘agreeing’ if you will, to becoming a child of God we are entering a new life. A new atmosphere. The Born Again life and heart change does not mean it ends here, but it means we are training for God’s will and the coming kingdom. This is huge!

‘— while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.’

(II Corinthians 4:18, NKJV)
“Caterpillars are quite creepy and generally not that attractive, but in time, when they mature and change into butterflies, their beauty is revealed and unveiled.”- Becky Lee Pearson

Remember,

God makes everything beautiful in His time.

‘No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.’

(1 Corinthians 10:13, MEV)

We are not perfect, and even when this is a fact, we should not allow that to define who we are.

Do not allow your mistakes to hinder your relationship with God. Repent and move forward.

If you are going through something, God must think you can endure it. He also instructs us, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes, the enemy will try their best to prevent you from praying. Why?- because they know it can move mountains.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil’s schemes, (Ephesians 6:11), because although God has created all, including the earth, (Genesis 1:1), we are in enemy territory.

Yup, you heard me right.

‘whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.’

(II Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)

(Take a look at: John 12:31, Ephesians 2:2 as well)

The god of this age is Satan, & he wants us to go down with him.

“It doesn’t matter how a person starts, it is how they finish”.

These truths we are touching on today are hidden to those who are perishing. The evil one has blinded them to deception.

But

I have one question for you, why are we limiting ourselves? Really, think on this.

More times than we should, we put an all powerful, all knowing, supernatural, omnipresent God in a box.

Not only do we do this to Him, but we also do this to even ourselves.

Where does your identity lay?

 Do not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2).

‘We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— ‘

(II Corinthians 4:8-9, NKJV)

Do you not see what God has done for us? Jesus has overcome the world.

His Spirit dwells within our very being!

(see: II Corinthians 4:10, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:19, 2 Timothy 1:14)*

Hell may be destined for our enemies, but we are destined to life.

“You have overcome, yes you have overcome And you’ve made me an overcomer too”-Lucy Grimble | Overcomer

Old Friends, New Life

“In the quiet of an early morning, honesty finds me. It calls to me through a crack in my soul and invites the real me to come out.”-Lysa TerKeurst from Uninvited

Have you ever lost someone extremely close to you? That go-to person when you felt down, or even when you have something exciting to tell? Someone who you expected to be there forever, yet they seemed to have left in a mere moment. Things like this happen far more often than we realize. We don’t recognize that fact until it actually happens to us personally.

Today, in the quiet of the early morning, in the silence of the beginning of my day, God came through. An old friend of mine resurfaced to my mind. It has been a few years now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think of them and wish them the best. It doesn’t mean that the memory of them has disappeared and all our times together have become a distant reminiscence. & just as she was gone in an instant, God stretched out His hand and held on to me just as fast.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.-Matthew 6:34 (NKJV)

Our friendship lasted about 8 years. We often joked that a friendship that has made it to 7 will last a lifetime. I used to think that the moment it reached that, the enemy swarmed in and took my friend away. Maybe he did, because based on the circumstances it sure seemed it. Not only did our relationship vaporize, but the person within the relationship was too. One moment my strength, best friend, love, cheerleader, and more. To angry, misunderstanding, misinterpreting, stubborn, inattentive, the next.

When the Word says, “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (or morals/character depending on the translation you are using), from 1 Corinthians 15:33, it is not kidding. Now, I am all for making new friends and being a light for everyone to see/feel, but in this instance when this person met another in particular, things shifted pretty quickly. New interests started to arise, new habits, and even new speech/attitudes.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to talk down on anyone. I am simply giving some background to one piece of my story.

I many times asked why. I frequently blamed myself, even though it wasn’t entirely my fault. Too many times to count, I wanted to run back to that old friend. I wanted to push myself onto them and force them to love me again in return. Yet the Holy Spirit within me was gently telling me to let go.

“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

James 4:14, NKJV

Once I was truly able to, God began to teach me many things. He even brought new people into my life and showed me how to look at life through His lenses. Here are some of those things, to perhaps help you as well:

  • Not only is life a vapor, here now then gone the next, friendships/relationships can be at times too.
  • God sees what we do not see. He also hears what we do not hear. Therefore, this person in my life must have no longer been fitting for the new season God was putting me in.
  • Although the friendship has come to an end, and that person may have some remorse or bitterness against you, pray for them anyway.
  • God is in control.
  • “Instead of relying on your friend, rely on Me.” -God
  • God should be our go-to person. The One we tell our hearts desires, pains and aches, exciting moments, breaking moments, and more.

Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22, NKJV)

So, how did God meet me in this morning? I invited Him in and He joined me.

(see-Psalms 91:1; Psalms23:3; Psalms 5:3)

Hear the whisper of the Lord, “When I remove you from something or someone you treasure, it’s healthy to grieve your loss. It is also important to draw closer to Me during this time. Cling to Me, beloved, for your relationship with Me will never be taken away from you.”

Wow, am I right?

Like I mentioned in my post, Repentance, God is a God of new.

“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19, NKJV

Now being a child of God, when I think of rivers I imagine refreshment. I imagine cleanliness. Smoothness. Purity.

This morning when I came to God, I came with full intention to surrender myself as I was. I came to begin my day with Him. This week for myself has become a mission. A mission to fulfill the longing within my heart. & when I did this He pointed out something within myself I had hidden away. Something I pretended not to notice, He brought to light. To reveal that just like that moment from the past, He is bringing something new to the table.

I am so thankful that God has shown me this. That I can now recognize when something new is going to occur, and I can wait expectantly in return.

“Sometimes God stays silent until we’re ready to listen.”

Hebrews 13:15 MEV

Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

Faith Is A Risk

A significant amount of risk is involved in trusting God in all things, relationships, choices, and decisions. Risk, after all, is part of the very nature of faith.”

It can be hard to fathom faith and what it entails.

To have faith can be defined as, complete trust or confidence in someone or something. & in our case, this some-One is God.

For some this is easy and for other this is daunting. Jesus did mention, “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14, NKJV) Meaning, there are many paths and options we are allowed to take. There are many roads that are available that seem pleasing to the eye, but they may lead to destruction.

 “Not every opportunity is a good one. And with even greater certainty I can tell you, not all of them are sent by God. 

Passion & Purpose – Charles F. Stanley

Which is why following Jesus despite what it may look like in the moment is so important. We must think to ourselves, ‘will this glorify the Lord?’, ‘will this lead others to Jesus?’, ‘will this veer me away?’, ‘is this a distraction?’, and foremost ‘did I pray about this situation and wait on a response?‘.

Many hear the saying, “Faith not sight”, and miscue this for it being “blind faith”. Except, this isn’t the case at all. True Christians are not blindly following their Shepherd. In fact, they are provided with all that they need.

‘Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? ‘ (Matthew 6:26, NKJV)

God’s plan for your life (yes you) is to provide you with peace, a future, and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Do you think a Father who wishes this for you would just throw you into a pack of wolves with no solution or way out? Absolutely not, that is not who God is.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

Psalms 119:105, NKJV

If you have read my previous posts, you should know that we have two things that God has gifted us: His Word and Prayer. Briefly, His Word is one of the ways He speaks His truth to us. His lessons lie within the text. Everything we need to know is in the very pages of the Bible. Prayer, is a direct landline to the Father. You can call on Him when ever and where ever you need His assistance. Both are tools within this realm to help us and others for the benefit of His kingdom.

There is also something else or I should say some-One else we are gifted by believing. The Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit!

“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” (John 14:17, NKJV)

1 John 5:6-12 (KJV)

This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
For there are three who testify{Only a few recent manuscripts add “in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth”}:
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is God’s testimony which he has testified concerning his Son.

He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who doesn’t believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son.

The testimony is this, that God gave to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn’t have God’s Son doesn’t have the life.


Once we believed we changed. God intervened on our behalf and did the impossible. Well, what would have been impossible for us, but for God nothing is impossible (Jeremiah 32:27). With His Holy Spirit as our helper, guide, encourager, interceder, and more (forever), we have more than we need.

Yet, it isn’t all about the gifts we have in this life, no. God even went above and beyond that.

As you just read from 1 John, we are citizens of God’s kingdom, with Him, for eternity.

Therefore, we are not blind even though we cannot see. Faith without seeing does not make us foolish for believing. It is actually the opposite. Did you know that non-belief is actually evil in the eyes of God? “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12, NKJV).

Faith in Jesus Christ may be a risk, but it is not a risk that will put us in danger or harm us. He is the way The Way, The Truth, The Life.

‘“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”’ (John 14:1-4, NKJV)

NO ONE can enter the kingdom of God without going through/believing in Jesus Christ.

Are we willing to take on the risk?

I pray that you already have, and if not, today is your day, because unfortunately, all the other paths are going to lead you where you never thought they would.

Choose life.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35, NIV)

God Sees

For todays post, I will be speaking on somethings that have crossed my mind and things I have personally noticed recently.

With the help of Father God, He has brought some scripture to my thoughts and perhaps some explanation/encouragement to anyone else who has felt or seen the same circumstances.

I am not sure if this is the same for any of you, but I have noticed the the enemy has been at work. As you might know the enemy often lurks (see Psalms 17:12, and 1 Peter 5:8).

From the example in 1 Peter 5:8 above, it states that we are to be vigilant.

Although, as much as we would all love to think that we are being vigilant, it is so so so easy to get distracted or easily angered in today’s world.

Prophecy is jumping right off the pages of the Bible as we know it, and somethings that were masked in the dark are now coming to light, as God said that they would (Luke 8:17).

Thus, since all of this is occurring, and the media is making all that darkness the wicked has tried to keep hidden for so long come into the spotlight, this can be extremely stressful. We are now not only aching between the spirit and the flesh of ourselves (Galatians 5:17), but we are also crying out for the entire body, for the entire world!

“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”

1 Corinthians 12:26

Most of the things that are creeping through the cracks, are making a lot of us uneasy. There is so much to pray for, isn’t there?

Everything from: pandemics, shut downs, restrictions, depression, anxiety, fear, chaos, destruction, wars, rumors of wars, protests, extreme weather occurrences, political election season, and disgusting/disturbing news that sickens me that any one would be evil enough to partake in. (Please pray for all victims. Adult and children alike. #SaveTheChildren)

Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

This all may be too much to handle at times. This may be something we want to shut out, ignore, or cry out about, BUT I am here to tell you it is time.

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2)

As God’s chosen and cherished, we should be confident in the battlefield (see Ephesians 6:12).

We should also be standing up and being confident in the Word of God.

  • Hebrews 10:35 states, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” Here it is expressing don’t throw away your confidence. I have seen this happen a lot, and quite frankly even with myself before. Don’t allow this to be taken from you! The gift of having a relationship with Christ has been given to you freely, so have confidence in this! Have confidence in Him! For with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
  • 1 Peter 4:16 says, “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” This piece of scripture can speak volumes if you meditate on it a bit. We are being told not to be ashamed<—- & with not being ashamed, comes *confidence*. Although there may be suffering within this current life, we still must use this confidence we claim to glorify God! By doing this we are being an example for those of the world. For those who don’t have a relationship with Father Adonai yet. Look at your surroundings and think about all that He has done for you personally. Focus on Him and remember how far you have come. Who was the One who was truly by your side the entire road, even when you did not recognize it? Just because there is a big mountain in the way does not mean it will not be moved. It does not mean the current is permanent.

“For I am the LORD, I do not change;”

(Malachi 3:6)

God on the other hand, does not change. He is our stable rock (Psalms 95:15) and therefore we can always trust Him. He is the Helper and Shield that we NEED during these times.

There are so many messages right now that someone or something doesn’t want out. You can see all over the internet that people are complaining about such.

These are strange times we are living in, do you not perceive it? (*SEE Matthew 16:3)

“If I lost everything, but still had God, that would be enough to start over again”. @Spiritualmedit1
So, what are some key take-aways that God would like us to know? 
- Now is the time to remember who you are in Him. 
- One huge thing you should learn from this is that Jesus was an example onto us, and so since we are continuously learning from Him, we too need to be showing everyone Him through us. For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matthew 7:29).
- Do so with grace, yet also with confidence because this reveals the authority that God has, because He is still in control. 
- Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8). 
- Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. (Psalms 20:7)

"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."     (Matthew 28:19-20)

Amen.

El Roi, "the God who sees me" (Genesis 16:14).
P.S.
If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I promise to you, now is the time. I encourage you to take a look at the Book of John Chapter 17 and read verses 1-5. I pray over you, that God will open your eyes. The chains of sin and doubt have been broken. Being a 'good' person will not give you a ticket into everlasting life after this one. NO ONE is good but the Father only. (Mark 10:18) Only God knows your last breath and the last hour. Whatever is stopping you from believing, whatever is stopping you from thinking He is not loving you, can stop today. You did not lead yourself here, it is HE who is drawing your spirit with His lovingkindness wishing for you to seek Him. All it takes is a mustard seed size amount of faith. What do you say? Jesus is at the door. Will you answer?
May the King answer us when we call (Psalms 20:9)