Offense – the Devil’s Trap!

Have you ever been offended? I think the answer is a resounding, yes! If you’ve lived on planet earth for any length of time, I think it’s accurate to say that you’ve had many opportunities to be offended but hopefully, you haven’t always taken the offense.

Why am I discussing this? Because taking and holding offenses can be deadly. We always have a choice.

Let’s begin with the word offense which comes from the Greek word skandalon. This word refers to a particular part of an animal trap – the stick that holds open the door. When the animal comes close to get the bait, the stick falls down and so does the door, trapping the animal.

That’s what offense does when you let it take hold in you. It’s the stick that’s holding the door open and when you “take” the offense to heart, it drops and traps you in the devil’s evil wiles.

So what can we do? Keep a pure heart. If someone offends you, forgive and let it go. The price it costs to keep the offense is never worth it.

Not only that. If you keep the offense, it will eventually become a root of bitterness and will negate your faith. You can’t be in unforgiveness and in faith at the same time. The cancel out each other.

So, dear brothers and sisters, take inventory and check if you’re holding any offense. If so, forgive and let it go and continue to guard your heart from any future offense. Time is short and we still have much to do before Jesus comes back for us!

Hebrews 12:15 (KJV) 15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Luke 17:1 (KJV) 1  Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) 25  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

—Pamela

The Flesh vs. Demons  

I was blessed to get born-again during the Jesus Movement or the Charismatic Movement as it was also called – way back in 1971. And what a glorious time that was because it was so easy to witness to just about everyone, anywhere!

Another characteristic of that time was the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the outpouring of His gifts. But as you know, when God is moving the devil always tries to rear his ugly head. Hence, a big emphasis on deliverance from evil spirits, so much so that deliverance ministries started popping up all over. I witnessed both of these characteristics of that movement.

However, what I didn’t realize that demons were not the cause of everyone’s problems. Yes, satan and his evil forces are always behind all evil, but what most people have to deal with on a regular basis is not the casting out of demons behind every door or under every rug. What they, and I’m speaking of Christians, have to deal with is their very own flesh! And as you know, the flesh can be very stubborn at times!

Look at the list of the works of the flesh:

Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV) 19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Here we see what God calls the works of the flesh. These are not demons to be cast out but lusts and habits to be dealt with and overcome. We are the ones who have to deal with our flesh and keep it under. You can’t cast out the flesh – your carnal, natural part. We have to keep our flesh in check and keep it under control.

Yes, I believe in deliverance, casting out of evil spirits, and resisting the devil but for the most part, we are the ones who must take control and rein in our fleshly desires that contradict the Word of God. We have authority over gluttony, gossip, unforgiveness, selfishness, anger, and the list goes on.

Too many times I witnessed Christians wanting deliverance from evil spirits rather than taking charge of their flesh. It really wasn’t demons at all but a weakness of the flesh. In the end, they didn’t really get a handle on their problems.

God has so graciously given us all the tools we need to be overcomers and victorious in every area of our lives. He’s already done His part. Now we must do our part.

Let’s purpose in our hearts to get our flesh under control so we don’t give the devil an opening to trap us. God sees us as winners! Praise the Lord of Glory!

1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

James 4:7 (KJV) 7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Matthew 18:18-20 (KJV) 18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

— Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man is Not His Own Answer!

One of the major lessons we’ve learned in the midst of the current virus pandemic is that man is not his own answer. In fact, the truth is that man (mankind) cannot adequately solve his own problems. Let’s look at a few.

Man, I’m referring to all of mankind, cannot be his own god. He cannot be his own provider, healer, protector, or deliverer. And He can’t save himself from going to hell. Man needs God! It’s all very clear as you ponder and meditate on all the needs of mankind. We are a very needy group!

So what does it take for man to recognize all this and acknowledge that he needs God? That’s a good question. My short answer is that he needs to humble himself. In other words, come to the end of himself and admit that he just doesn’t have all the answers and the ones he does have are very limiting.

Take the current world-wide crisis. People are running to and fro to find therapeutics to treat the virus and people are dying. What ever happened to trusting and believing in God’s healing power? It worked in years past and still works today but we’ve been so brain-washed that the modern thing to do is to trust the medical profession for your healing. Well, how’s that working?

Of course, there are natural, temporary solutions to a lot that’s happening all around us but that only exposes the fear of what will happen when the temporary solution runs its course and no longer works. It’s really following the devil around and cleaning up after him. We need to be on the offense and nip it, nip it, nip it before it gets a toe-hold!

If we (mankind) were honest we’d humble ourselves and admit that we need more than what the natural realm has to offer. We need supernatural help and that comes from God – the Source of all we need or ever will need.

How comforting it is to know that we serve a God Who deeply loves and cares for us better than we could ever think, know, or imagine. How awesome is that!

Brothers and sisters, it’s imperative that we learn how to lean on the Lord to sustain us in every situation because we’re headed into perilous times – more than we’ve already seen. But, God is not surprised or moved by this. He’s already prepared us in His Word and equipped us for everything we’ll face. Let’s keep our eyes on Him and trust Him with our very lives because He’s faithful, faithful, faithful!

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) 19  God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV) 12  For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
1 Peter 4:19 (KJV) 19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Pamela

How Can You Believe in a God You Can’t See?

How can you believe and trust in a God you can’t see. That’s a good question and the short answer is: That’s what faith is – believing in something or Someone you can’t see or contact with your physical senses. If you could, it wouldn’t take faith!

Now for the more detailed answer. Have you ever wondered how unsaved people view God? Even the unsaved have their opinion about God. Let’s look at some of them so that you can have answers when they confront you.

Atheists say they don’t believe there’s a God. [Of course, that all changes when the enemy is breathing down their necks!] The agnostics say they believe there’s some kind of higher power. Actually agnostic means stupid according to the Greek translation.

Then there are all sorts of religions that say they believe any number of things concerning God. But only the true Christians have an inside track about who God is. Let’s check this out.

For a person to blatantly say they don’t believe in God just because they can’t see Him is totally unreasonable because they believe in electricity that they can’t see. But to say they can’t see God is also unreasonable because all they have to do is to look around to see the sun, moon, stars, trees, plants, wildlife, and the list goes on.

But one of the most compelling arguments regarding the existence of a Creator is the study of the human body. What a magnificent piece of work! The minute detail of every cell to the complexity of every system in our bodies is mind-boggling. What beauty and precision went into making and creating us. Only a Supreme Creator could do such a thing.

The very fact that everything produces after its kind [Genesis 1] shows that God had perpetuity in mind. It wasn’t a once and done deal. He’s not creating anymore because everything produces after its kind and the seed is in itself.

Look at a flower, study a bird, watch an eagle soaring. All these are the results of an Awesome Creator Who loves us with and everlasting love.

Who can you go to in times of need and you don’t get put on hold? God is on call 24/7 and He delights to fellowship with us. He’s the One we can count on because He’s faithful, faithful, faithful! Praise the Lord of glory!

Genesis 1:11-12 (KJV) 11  And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12  And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:21 (KJV) 21  And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:24 (KJV) 24  And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) 15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Romans 1:20 (KJV) 20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Hebrews 13:5b (KJV) 5  … I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 —Pamela

 

 

 

 

Believer’s Authority – Part II

Continuing from Part I, we’re not just pawns in the hands of the devil. God has given us authority over our circumstances – dominion.

Now, when I talk about the enemy. I’m not just referring to the current virus. Viruses come and go but what about hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and all kinds of debilitating diseases? What are we to do about those things? The same thing we’re to do about everything else on the earth – take our God-given authority and dominion over them in Jesus’ Name!

Let’s look at some more scriptures.

John 14:12-14 (KJV) 12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 15:7 (KJV) 7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 16:23 (KJV) 23  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

Philippians 2:9-10 (KJV) 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Notice how important the Name of Jesus is. We have been given power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus to take authority over the works of the devil. But if we don’t do it, it won’t get done. Crying, whining, and begging God won’t get the job done because He’s given us the dominion mandate and now the ball is in our court.

 Sadly, most Christians don’t know about their authority or are ignorant in how to use it. Hopefully your eyes are being open to the truth of God’s Word in this area.

As I’ve said many times in other blogs, I believe we’re on the brink of a major move of the Holy Spirit. But we need to be ready and be in a place where God can use us. Jesus is coming for a triumphant, glorious Church without spot or wrinkle – no wavering. Just pure trust and belief in God’s Word!

Brothers and sisters, as I’ve said, these are exciting times for those who are tuned into the things of God. Let’s purpose to be ready so we can be part of this next great outpouring!

Mark 11:23-24 (KJV) 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Romans 1:16 (KJV) 16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Ephesians 1:17-19 (KJV) 17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV) 18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen

James 1:5-8 (KJV) 5   If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Ephesians 1:22-23 (KJV) 22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hebrews 2:8 (KJV) 8  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (KJV) 
Psalm 91:1-16 (KJV)
 Pamela

 

Are You Just a Pawn in the Chess Game of Life? [The Believer’s Authority – Part I]

Are you just a pawn in the Chess Game of Life or do you have God-given dominion over your circumstances? If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know what I have to say about that: Yes we do have dominion over the circumstances that confront us and we’re not just pawns in the hands of the satan! We have a Covenant with Almighty God, the Creator of Heaven and earth and on that we can stand. But, if you don’t know your covenant rights, the devil can dupe you  and lead you down a path that was never meant for God’s children.

So, what does all this mean and why should we care? Very simply – II Tim. 3:1 :

 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV) 1  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

These are definitely perilous times and perilous means very, very dangerous and even life-threatening. Just look around you! The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul was right on in warning us 2000 years ago and we’re seeing it transpiring right before our eyes. [Read II Tim. 3:2-5 for details.]

Who would have thought that schools would close, businesses would shut down, people would be quarantined at home, and the economy would be on the verge of collapse? This would have been laughable a few years ago and even a few months ago.

In the beginning of 2020 the USA was better economically than it’s ever been and people were prospering. But all this changed suddenly due to an uncircumcised Philistine called Covid 19!

So, what did people do? They feared the invisible enemy – the virus! And we know what fear does; it paralyzes you and causes confusion and deception to reign and unleashes control freaks!

Now I can understand this happening to the hypocrites and unsaved but what about God’s Covenant people? How did they respond? Unfortunately, much the same way as the unbelievers. That’s not acceptable! Let’s take a look at what God has given us to be overcomers.

1 John 5:4 (KJV) 4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

This verse tells us that our faith overcomes the world. But what is it about faith that overcomes? It’s our belief in God’s Word! You can’t have faith in God outside of His Word because that’s where faith is – in His Word.

Let’s go back to the beginning where God gave man dominion.

Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Here we see that God commands us to take dominion over the earth! That surely covers what’s going on all around us. And even though Adam sold out to satan, Jesus bought it all back for us!

How can we let an invisible enemy or any enemy ruin our lives and end up controlling everything we do? Simply because people believe the devil’s lies more than God’s power through us to take authority over it. We’re not orphans. We have a heavenly Father who loves us and has provided everything we’ll ever need to be successful and victorious on planet earth. We need to stand on that authority and see victory in our lives. [To be continued.]

Matthew 10:1 (KJV) 1  And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matthew 10:8 (KJV) 8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) 17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Luke 10:19 (KJV) 19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Pamela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear – What’s the Big Deal?

So what’s the big deal about fear? Isn’t a little fear a good thing? Absolutely not! If you want active, operative, power-packed faith working in your life, you must resist fear and get it out of your life!

 Let’s define fear: it’s the opposite of faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and desired. Fear is the substance of things that are not hoped for or desired. Everything that faith is, fear is not! If you allow fear in your life, you cancel out your faith. It’s like two horses pulling an object in opposite directions. They’ll get nowhere. It’s called “spinning your wheels” or the “rocking chair” syndrome. You’re moving but getting nowhere.

 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) 7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Fear doesn’t come from God because there’s no fear in Him. Fear comes from the enemy whose main mission is to steal, kill, and destroy us but he can’t if we keep the door shut!

 

John 10:10 (KJV) 10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Remember Job? The thing he greatly feared came on him. Fear will draw to you the very thing you’re fearing. Fear is an attribute of the devil and if he can get you to fear, he will get an inroad to you and negate your faith. If fear comes against you, stand your ground and don’t let it get into your heart.

 Job 1:1 (KJV) 1  There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 3:25 (KJV) 25  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
Our faith is what overcomes the world but if the devil can stop your faith by using fear, you’re weaponless against him. Brothers and sisters, this is serious, especially in light of the days we’re living in. There’s so much opportunity to fear – almost at every turn. That’s why we have to stay plugged into God’s Word so we can use it to ward off the enemy.

 Jesus told us what to do:

 1 John 5:4 (KJV) 4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
John 14:1 (KJV) 1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Luke 12:32 (KJV) 32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Jesus commanded us to “not fear”. This is a command not a holy suggestion! HE knew exactly how devastating and paralyzing fear can be and that’s why He made these statements. He would never command us to do something we’re incapable of doing!

These are exciting times because we’re on the brink of the biggest outpouring of the Holy Spirit and His gifts that we’ve ever seen. And this is going to take place before Jesus returns! Are you ready and prepared to be part of it?  

1 John 4:4b (KJV)  … because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
James 1:6-8 (KJV) 6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Amos 3:3 (KJV) 3  Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Romans 8:15 (KJV) 15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Hebrews 2:15 (KJV) 15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) 1  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Pamela