… confidence in Christ

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God hears me.
Sometimes that’s all I need to hear.

Just those three words alone can comfort and calm. Our God doesn’t just hear us crying out to Him, pleading for our desires and turns His back to us.

We are His children. He clothes us more beautifully than the lilies in the field, he says that evil people give good gifts to their children so how much more would He give to His own.

As long as we are asking for things that are in His will – things that are of good report, noble, right, pure, and true (more in Phillpians 4:8), these things He wants us to think on…. And, certainly pray for and about- He will give them to us. IF we pray with pure motives. When we truly want our end to glorify and magnify our Father.

He will give it to you.

Go to Him with a clean heart, asking for forgiveness and forgiving others you have issues with…. And, He will meet you at the throne of grace. Ready to listen.

Today, I’m challenged and encouraged to think on Philpians 4:8 and pray for God’s will to be done.

When we have our minds focused on GOOD – our behavior & actions follow suit.

God, thank you for your promises and the grace you give us daily to walk with You & become more like You. Thank you for allowing us to come to you in prayer about anything knowing you will bless us, give, & provide us with whatever it is we ask for. Today, I ask that your joy overwhelm and your love shine from within us. Let us remember to focus and think on all things good. Let us go about our day with courage and boldness, honoring your, & making wise decisions in faith.
In Your name,
Amen.

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… the Christian’s attitude towards the enemy


…. calls for praying for your enemies.
… calls for doing good to those who hate you.
… calls for blessing those who curse you.
… calls for praying for those who mistreat you.
… still calls for seeing them as more important than yourself.
… still requires you to love them as Christ loves you.
… still requires you to give to and serve them.
… still requires you to treat them as you want to be treated.
… still requires you do good and love while expecting nothing in return.
… still requires you to be merciful towards them.
(Luke 6:23-36)

This sounds insane when someone is literally plotting and scheming against you…… It seems unfair. It seems pointless. It seems weak. It seems as if you’re leaving yourself open for that much more for mistreatment. And, you quite possibly are. But, that’s the world’s view.

The Biblical world view understands that you aren’t doing these things for nothing. All of this effort and self denial isn’t in vain. You’re sacrificing your ego and selfish desires for the glory of God. So that God can be seen through you and impact a nasty situation and turn it around for the better. It’s a matter of faith. Faith in action. Believing and trusting God for the outcome.

When you believe that you are a child of God and trust that you are in His care, that He will not allow any weapon formed against you to prosper, or for you to be defeated – it’s a lot easier to trust Him in the darkness. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Things keep getting worse….. But, God’s child is never defeated.

I’ve never really had an enemy before. Never had anyone to really plot and scheme against me. To try to ruin me and tear me down. BUT. There’s a first for everything and thank God for discernment and wisdom. He keeps opening my eyes to new ways to handle these situations. New ways to overcome. Continues bringing people/ lessons to me that only give me more wisdom in dealing with the situation. I haven’t been defeated yet even when the attacks continue to get bolder and bolder. I thank God for the opportunity to grow closer to Him and for Him to be seen through me. I pray that I continue to handle the situation in a way that pleases, honors, and glorifies Him.

… sometimes. The Christian is called to fight. IN JESUS’ NAME.

COME WITH IT AND SAY IT WIT YA CHEST.
I’m here and I’m not going anywhere. I’m standing firm on the promises of God and come what may, I’m WILL be okay.
While your issues/concerns may have some legitamacy to them…. However, the way you’re going about it is going to have you falling in the ditch you digging for me.  And, that’s not a threat…. it’s a promise. God’s promise. He says He will make my enemies my footstools.He says, “… thru Him I will ALWAYS be victorious”. For me to be victorious, the person on the other side must be on the losing end.

Trust me when I say, I’m praying for your growth and maturity. I’m praying for your life and your future. I want the best for you.  I don’t want to be your friend but I have nothing but God’s love for you. As you’ve seen, no matter what you do I’m always kind and loving towards you and at peace with you.

…… here’s to the lion who’s not backing down from a fight…… and to the lamb who comes in peace before the lion (and after) the lion praying for and loving our enemies.

 

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