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Snares of the enemy

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 NKJV

It’s part of living for Christ.

These are His own words.

Awarning us of the enemy and showing the stark difference between Himself and God’s enemy.

Since there is an enemy, it means we need to be aware of the traps used to ensnare us.

There are many ways one is disguised, but the basis of a powerful gripping debilitating snare is

fear.

Stop and ponder the poor choices which have been made due to fear.

The reactions to others, due to fear.

What would even one day look like if fear was totally absent?

It’s a powerful, even deadly, snare.

The Father understands the danger.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Matthew 10:28 NKJV

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:7 NKJV

“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.'”
Romans 8:15 NKJV

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7 NKJV

And there are many more verses which deal with fear.

Yet, it’s so easy to fall into.

The only way to combat the snare is with faith and trust in Christ Jesus.

He alone can save our souls from the consequences of sin.

He alone can remove the sticky web of fear.

It is through total surrender that one can live in faith and trust in Jesus.

Only when one let’s go of control and passes it into God’s hands can they hold tightly to Jesus.

When that transfer comes the lines of fear are cut.

But it’s a daily, sometimes moment-bu-moment choice.

But nothing can compare to the blessings of the sticky, terrible, strings of fear being done away with.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for cutting the tangled mess of sin and fear. Please continue to help me see the strings and snares of the enemy, that I might avoid those areas. Lord, please continue to teach me how to surrender. I know it’s easy for me to want to control things, it’s hard for me to give up my desire to make the decisions, or to look after my best interests. Really, You alone know what is the best for me and only through total submission can I hear Your plan for me. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your faithfulness and love. May my life be used by You to help others become free from fear.

…without works…

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26 NKJV

These words penned by James, leader of the church in Jerusalem, brother of Jesus, are the final nails in the fallacy that faith was separate from fruit.

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18 NKJV

It is clear, there is no separation.

Faith produces fruit.

The lives of those who walk daily, moment by moment with Jesus produce fruit.

Their words, their actions, their very attitudes and perspectives all reflect their faith.

We know this by the disciples.

Their lives change so dramatically.

Reading the Gospels you see men who are striving to learn faith.

Reading Acts about the same men, there is no question of their faith.

Peter is a preacher who leads thousands to Jesus.

Peter and the apostles are imprisoned by the High Priest and Sadducees.

They are released by an angel of the Lord and when they are instructed:

“Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of life.” Acts 5:20 NKJV

They go.

They realize they need others to help in the ministry and appoint seven men to see to the physical needs of the church.

Persecution becomes deadly.

One of the seven, Stephen, is stoned.

James was beheaded.

This doesn’t hinder their faith.

Peter travels.

Church history tells us the other disciples also traveled bringing the Gospel to more and more people.

The story of their faith ripples into history growing larger and farther as more come to Jesus.

Truly, the disciples had faith which bore much fruit.

Their faith was evident in their works.

Ours needs to be as well.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for the example of these men of faith. Please help me to live my faith by my works: my words, my thoughts, my actions, and my attitudes. Jesus, I am Your servant and I want to share the Gospel wherever I am, yet often I’m unsure how. Please help me to have discernment and Your Holy Spirit to guide me. Help me to hide Your Word in my heart that I might be filled with Your thoughts, Your example, Your perspective. I want my faith to be alive. Please teach me how to have a life lived in faith with works.

What God has in store

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Do we really know and understand what God has in store?

Is there really a way to walk in this life and to know what is coming?

The truth is we don’t have to know all that is in our future.

We simply need to know Who is in our future.

If we are children of God.
If we live daily in submission to Jesus.
If we walk in His truths,
then our future is certain.

We will be held by God no matter the circumstances.

My own life has taken so many twists and turns I never expected, yet not even one time has God left me.

He has guided me in His will over and over.

He has walked me forward continually.

He has provided for my needs and blessed me with many of my desires.

Nothing that I have has been to feed my pride or bloat my ego, but God has often provided little blessings which remind me continually of His love and care.

No, I rarely get the latest newest fanciest whatever.

But those things are not what bring me joy.

Joy has come in the warmth of generosity from a friend.

Joy has been in the love of the children and teens in my life.

Joy has been in the kind caring words of those around me.

Do I know what God has in store for me?

Yes, He promised never to leave me, never to forsake me.

And in return I’ve promised Him, to live surrendered to His will each and every day.

After all,
I know I can trust Him.

I know He will be faithful.

No matter what is in store…

Fear not, but have faith

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Summer school began this week.

The day of someone walked in and looked at me.

I  was busy preparing the last few details for our day.

“Don’t you get a break?” (In reference to teaching.)

I  smiled, “Of course!”

“Well, do you do this every year? ”

I smiled more,”Nope, first time.”

What she didn’t know was how nervous I was at that moment.

Back in the late Spring the Lord had spoken to me about summer school.

He had given me a new way of looking at classroom time.

Our three younger kids all have school work year around due to their unique learning and I felt this summer would be a chance to help them fall in love with learning.

And the Lord has brought other students as well.

Yet fear kept me awake the night before class.

I knew it was fear, thoughts questioning my ability, my presentation, my lesson plans, even my science experiments.

The thoughts of what would I do if failure were to visit.

Yet in the quiet I knew:

Fear not, but have faith.

God had been the One to give me the idea.

God had shown me how to setup the lesson plans.

God had helped me find the experiments.

And God would be walking with me in the classroom.

I didn’t need to listen to fear.

In the softness that only His voice can speak to my heart he said :

There will be failure, but I will provide a way.

There will be success, and it should lead to praise.

There will be adjustments needed, but if you are willing I will guide you.

And after this week we had one experiment work well and another didn’t.

We have had to adjust both in schedule and in the classroom.

We have been able to feel success, as I heard from the students their enjoyment of the class.

And I’m still praying.

I know fear is waiting to rob me of the joys which come from faith.

I  know God is in control and I don’t need to fear,

But it is still a struggle.

May God be glorified even in this.

Little more faith

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“My wife and I had the grace to take the Lord’s commandment in Luke 12:33 literally, ‘Sell that ye have,  and give alms.’ We never regretted taking that step. God blessed us abundantly as He taught us to trust Him alone. When we were down to our last few shillings, we told Him about our needs and depended on Him to provide. He never failed us.” George Muller the Autobiography

How much is removed from faith by doubt?

Where would one be if second guessing were absent?

When will the day be which sees trust walked out into the amazing hands of God?

George Muller lived in Bristol, England and felt God wanted him to be the example of what God would do through a man who trusted Him for everything, including his daily needs yet not so small to exclude world missions.

His story is almost too incredibly wonderful.

Yet it is also a challenge.

Where are those who are willing to leave behind worries, fears, doubts to trust in ways which can seem crazy?

Should we jump off a three story building to prove God has the power to catch?

Should we give away our wallets, jobs, and insurance to live under a bridge trusting God to “give it all back”?

What is God asking us to do?

Trust Him.

Not run out doing the foolish or eye catching.

Not to draw attention to ourselves or give our ego a plumping up by an amazing sacrifice.

To know Him.
To trust Him.
To walk with Him daily.
To listen for His nudge.

What words if you heard them spoken tomorrow would immediately cause fear and or panic?

Trust Him for that.

Because it is in the areas we hold dear or off limits which are the ones lacking trust in God and His Sovereign design.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. ”
Proverbs 3 : 5-6