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“Every Christian is, in one way or another, involved in the unseen war. There are no bystanders, no spectators. It makes no difference how clearly you perceive the realities of the conflict or if you even believe in the existence of demonic spirits. Whether you participate as a combatant, a captive, or an instrument of the enemy (even an unwitting instrument), be sure of this: You are in it, and the stakes are very high.” Harry R. Jackson, Jr. (The Warrior’s Heart)

Whether you know it or not, if you are a christian or not, you are in a battle. There is no spiritually neutral ground. There are two primary mistakes when it comes to talking and thinking about spiritual things like spiritual warfare—over-emphasis and under-emphasis. Some blame every sin, every conflict, and every problem on the invisible world, on demons that need to be cast out. Car breaks down, it’s a demon. Wifi goes down, it’s the devil. Boss is unhappy with you, it’s a demon. You’re out of coffee… you get my point. Others completely ignore the spiritual world even though the Bible tells us it is real and that there is a battle going on. We have an enemy and he is messing with us sometimes but we are not powerless or victims in it, we don’t need to freak out or be afraid, because God has given us tools and Jesus came to defeat the devil and He did!
So how do we know what is battle and what is life? How do we know when we’re been attacked or just having a bad hair day?

Ephesians 6:12 says For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, the things we can see with our natural eyes, or rather the people we see with our natural eyes because I don’t know about you about many of the times when I’m in a battle behind the scenes the enemy is using people in my world to mess with me.
The battle we see with our eyes is the conflict we’re in at work, or that person that is talking behind your back, or the constant arrrghh going on at home with the kids and hubby. The battle is our fears and feelings that rise up in the midst of those conflicts – the sense of rejection and fear, the feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.
In this battle the devil loves throws accelerant on the fire. You were dealing with a match sized flame and then boom he throws on a cup of petrol and those thoughts and feelings are raging out of control.

Now in this battle I cant control the reactions of people but I can control my response. I can control my thinking. Sometimes our natural reaction is to go gung ho wham bam thank you mamn but God calls us to submit to God, resist the devil and he must flee. It’s in our surrender first to the ways and will of God that empower us to resist. It’s in our dying to ourselves – our natural reactions – that honour God. It’s in surrendering to God to grow in the situation, to humble ourselves to own our part in things and to become wiser. It’s in letting God have His way in our actions and thoughts.

The heat of the battle refines our hearts and minds and makes us more like Jesus.

“Only you can decide how your fires will affect you. Will you be sanctified or scarred” – Beth Moore
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What would your life look like if you realized the unlimited love and grace and backing you have by God?  You following Christ will not always look the same as someone else following Christ. Why on earth would He have bothered to form you in your mother’s womb with your own DNA and life experience ahead just to copy what someone else you’re seeing is doing? Who would you be if you loved Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength? That’s what you’re meant to look like.  // Beth Moore

Imagine that person you dream of being.

Imagine, how does SHE go about her day?

What does the pattern of her life look like?

What are passions and priorities does SHE have?

How does SHE express and experience her vision?

What does SHE say about herself?

Now – go be her.

Be that woman.

“Remember, “Superwoman” is a media myth, so take the pressure off and go after being a Supernatural woman. She can have and do God’s “all” because she has put on the yoke and carried the burden of Christ, and not her own”. Christine Caine

Today you don’t have to be a superwoman – you can be you – on the journey, living today to the fullest, living today in the grace of God, living today significantly.

Today you don’t have to be everything to everyone – you are who you are.  there is no mould you must squeeze into.  there are no expectations.  embrace that person.  be who Jesus calls you to be.

know who you are – but most importantly, know WHOSE who are!

Today you are not a prisoner of your past or of limiting words – you are free by the power of Christ – you are called into victory by the Victorious King.

Today the unlimited resources of God are at your disposal as His all surpassing power dwells within us – so that HE is glorified.

Today we have a choice to magnify Him by trusting in His words and His promises.

Imagine believing everything God has spoken to you, whispered over you.

God says SHE is loved.  He says SHE is called.  SHE is my daughter.

Imagine living out those promises with confidence and faith, despite the fear and fragility.

Imagine beyond the boarders of today.

Now – go be her.

Be that woman that God says you ARE.

Loved.  Chosen.  Called.  Empowered.  Kind.  Gracious.  Able.
Loving.  Forgiven.   Self Controlled.  Peaceful.  Cherished.

 

Every time i watch this i leak… its an incredibly powerful testimony of the love of God and the power (and privelge) of saying YES to God… i dare you to watch it without crying…

Every time i watch it i am reminded that even in the small things that God asks us to do there can be remarkable outworkings and purpose that we are unaware of.  Our role is not to create the plan but to follow our King.  Our role is to say YES.

Every time i watch this it strikes me how beautiful the love of Jesus is.  Breathtaking.

Will you say yes today?

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Grace by Beth Moore

Grace is an inflated raft that can submerge to the floor of a sea to save you.

Grace is the silver thread that stitches up the shreds of mangled souls.

Grace is the eye that finds us where it refuses, there, to leave us.

Grace calls the waitress to the table and sits her down to wash her feet.

Grace is the air to draw a breath in the belly of a whale.

Grace races us to the Throne when we make haste to repent and always outruns us.

Grace is the stamp that says Ransomed on a life that screams Ruined.

Lost in Translation

Practicing “When you say ___, I hear ___” slows the process down and often transforms a couple’s communication cycle. Many marital disagreements can be saved before they get hijacked by misinterpretations. –

 

 

 

Real Love Versus Infatuation

Real love is a conscious choice that often employs the rational part of our brains. Some couples have a "free ride" in the early stages of their relationship where they experience the intense feelings characterized by romantic love, but not everyone. And these feelings certainly aren’t necessary for real love to emerge as the relationship grows, as evidenced by the success rate of arranged marriages in other parts of the world. It’s when the infatuation feelings diminish that the couple has to learn that love is a choice,

 

 

 

12 Tests of Love – Understanding the difference between love and infatuation by Chip Ingram

The following 12 tests will help you understand if you are truly in love. But this is not just for single people who are dating or those who are engaged. If you’re married and you are tempted to say, “I’ve been married for 27 years, so what’s this got to do with me?” please think again. Failure to understand the difference between love and infatuation goes well beyond finding the right person. Unless you understand the radical difference between love and infatuation, you may set yourself up for devastation in your future years of marriage.

If you believe that what we will call infatuation is the real test of love, you may be in a very good relationship but feel unloved. Your skewed expectations may be robbing you of a rich, warm, and deep relationship. Furthermore, if you are unclear about the difference between love and infatuation, you may find yourself getting unintentionally connected to a member of the opposite sex who is not your spouse, naively concluding that you’ve now found “true love.”

 

 

 

How Marriages are Made…Not Found

Why do couples who are convinced they have found “the one” end up divorcing each other just a few years (or sometimes a couple decades) into their marriage? There was a time when they couldn’t imagine being apart for five hours; now they can’t bear the thought of being together for five minutes; what happened?

 

 

 

Six Tips for Sacred Marriage

Beauty is fleeting: fall in love with godliness

Marry someone who can handle conflict well.

Choose a spouse who will be a "spectacular parent."

Marry a prayer warrior.

Humility > perfection.

Marry a giver, not a taker

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What would your life look like if you realized the unlimited love and grace and backing you have by God?  You following Christ will not always look the same as someone else following Christ. Why on earth would He have bothered to form you in your mother’s womb with your own DNA and life experience ahead just to copy what someone else you’re seeing is doing? Who would you be if you loved Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength? That’s what you’re meant to look like.  // Beth Moore

Imagine that person you dream of being.

Imagine, how does SHE go about her day?

What does the pattern of her life look like?

What are passions and priorities does SHE have?

How does SHE express and experience her vision?

What does SHE say about herself?

 

Now – go be her.

Be that woman.

 

“Remember, “Superwoman” is a media myth, so take the pressure off and go after being a Supernatural woman. She can have and do God’s “all” because she has put on the yoke and carried the burden of Christ, and not her own”. Christine Caine

 

Today you don’t have to be a superwoman – you can be you – on the journey, living today to the fullest, living today in the grace of God, living today significantly.

Today you don’t have to be everything to everyone – you are who you are.  there is no mould you must squeeze into.  there are no expectations.  embrace that person.  be who Jesus calls you to be.

know who you are – but most importantly, know WHOSE who are!

 

Today you are not a prisoner of your past or of limiting words – you are free by the power of Christ – you are called into victory by the Victorious King.

 

Today the unlimited resources of God are at your disposal as His all surpassing power dwells within us – so that HE is glorified.

 

Today we have a choice to magnify Him by trusting in His words and His promises.

Imagine believing everything God has spoken to you, whispered over you.

God says SHE is loved.  He says SHE is called.  SHE is my daughter.

 

Imagine living out those promises with confidence and faith, despite the fear and fragility.

Imagine beyond the boarders of today.

Now – go be her.

Be that woman that God says you ARE.

Loved.  Chosen.  Called.  Empowered.  Kind.  Gracious.  Able.
Loving.  Forgiven.   Self Controlled.  Peaceful.  Cherished.

 

#FiveMinuteFriday free write time! <—click to tweet this!

Five Minute Friday is a feature over at Lisa-Jo Bakers TALES FROM A GYPSY MAMA blog.  i first read about it on my friend Fee’s blog and thought it sounded fun!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

OK, are you ready?

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When the Holy Spirit comes, He comes with power.
Where the Holy Spirit goes, He goes with power.
Whom the Holy Spirit infiltrates, He infuses with power.

We who have placed our trust in Christ Jesus, the living, breathing-on-us Son of God, have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49) And it’s supposed to show.

Every limb of our lives where we welcome the Holy Spirit can be infused with strength not of this world and, yes, even in continued weakness or infirmity, should that be the case of our present calling. The coexistence of the two is the mystery of it. We’re not superwomen. We’re a long shot from perfect. But we were meant to be vividly powerful through the One who saved us and made Himself at home in us. Let’s not forget that today. Let’s not be satisfied just to talk about it. Let’s not just clap and cheer during that part of a service when a pastor or teacher tells us we’re called more than conquerors. The New Testament is not the theory of Christianity.

You may feel powerless right now, but, if you are in Christ, make no mistake: you are not. Get some backbone back in your prayer life if your spiritual spine has deteriorated. With reverence for His holiness and with the boldness He said we could bring to the Throne of Grace, read to God from His Word where He promised His people victory as they looked to Him alone…

…and where He promised to clothe us in power
…and where He said He’d make Himself conspicuous through our spiritual gifts and through supernatural works in His Name.

Tell Him you’re going to ask for it and ask for it and ask for it in His great Name and for His glory until He gives it to you and frees you from whatever this present powerlessness is. And then DO IT. Ask and ask and ask and tell Him you will do whatever it takes to cooperate and mean it! Throw your hands out to receive. And, then, when He gives it – and He will – don’t take credit for it. Appreciate it. Thank Him and thank Him for it. Know that it’s grace. Use it audaciously to bring Him attention.

You cannot fulfill your foreordained purpose without power. Go back after it but, whatever you do, don’t try to get it without Jesus coming with it. Power for power’s sake will blow you up. God-given unction isn’t meant to just come and go with periodic personal revival. We were meant to live powerful lives. Let’s get to them. If you’ve got an area of carnality that is quenching it, I promise you it’s not worth it. Believe me, I’ve been there. Repent, turn from it and get on with it. You’ve got a calling. And it takes divine power.

from ~ Living Proof Ministries

wow, i just read this… so gripped my heart… if you have a hunger for revival, read it….  Rain Down Revival.

"My God is not just Someone I believe in. He’s Someone I know. I’ve felt His presence. I’ve seen His activity. I’ve experienced His deliverance. I’ve been touched by His healing. I’ve witnessed answered prayer. I’ve heard Him speak straight to me through His Word. Yes, I believe.

But more than that, I know." 

~ Beth Moore

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What do you look like when you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength?

Because THAT person, Girlfriend, is who He’s looking for in you.

 

So, let me ask you this: when you are teeming with love for the Lord your God, who are you right then? What is your passion? What is it that you are bursting to do? That’s probably the stream of your calling. I’m not asking you who you see in front of you when you feel the most love for Jesus because that could be your pastor or your teacher or your worship leader. I’m asking you who is INSIDE OF YOU when you are flooded with the fiery love of Christ? Right there in that passion you’ll start discovering that purpose.

You following Christ will not always look the same as someone else following Christ. Why on earth would He have bothered to form you in your mother’s womb with your own DNA and life experience ahead just to copy what someone else you’re seeing is doing?

Who are you supposed to look like in your calling here on earth and in the way you follow Christ? You’re supposed to look like the version of you that loves Jesus with everything in you.

That’s the real you.

And that’s the road down which you will find what He put you on the planet to do. You don’t have to figure out what to surrender to. Just surrender your heart to Jesus. Every single ounce of it. Ask Him to give you a love for Him that surpasses anything in your human experience. A supernatural capacity. And ask Him for it every day until He does it and then ask Him to do it some more. If you’re a writer, your exploding love for Him will bring it out. If you’re a liberator, you will not be able to keep yourself from seeing to the oppressed. If you’re a teacher, you won’t be able to quit studying except to share what you learned with somebody. If you love Him with your whole heart and that whole heart bursts to sell everything and move to China, Girl, get your passport!

Who would you be if you loved Jesus with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength?

That’s what you’re meant to look like.

by Beth Moore 

 

*** this was just so inspirational and challenging and wonderful that i had to share!  go read the whole post WHAT WOULD YOU LOOK LIKE?

Many lessons will be taught to you before they’re profitably taught through you.

Beth Moore

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