DISTRACTIONS

1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it

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dis·trac·tion
noun: distraction; plural noun: distractions
  1. 1.
    a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.

 

I want to begin with an apology, I had been posting verses daily on Facebook then decided to post on my Blog and Share on Facebook, well it seems I haven’t done either for several weeks and I am Sorry not so much to you as the reader(although you are one of the main reasons I do this) but most importantly to God and myself. I am being honest here I have 4 maybe 5 people who read my post,  so in reality I am posting to keep a promise I made with God and myself over a year ago. But, sometimes Life happens and Good intentions get pushed aside even when you don’t mean to let them.  Any number of reasons can become a distraction Work, School, and Kids seem to be the most prevalent now a days. 

But, Sometimes in our lives we start to reach a point in our Spiritual growth where the Devil starts to worry, he begins to fear he will loose us to God. He begins to panic and tries to make you fail and sends every stumbling block to bring you back to him and away from God.  But when you become strong enough to Resist the Devil and tell him to Flee as in James 4:7  

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He has one more trick up his sleeve DISTRACTIONS They can come in many forms. We must be alert so we can spot a distraction immediately. Our power as Christians comes directly from spending time with God. The enemy will do anything within his power to distract you from that time.  So when you are trying to spend quality time with God expect text messages, phone calls, emails, emergencies, sickness even death of loved ones. He will use anything to distract you from God’s presence, which is where you get your power. He will even send people into your life disguised as something good and positive. The tricks of the enemy are many times filled with enough truth and good that it appears to be something desirable. This is a common practice of the enemy. It could be an intentional or an unintentional, but the result is often times the same. Satan is working day and night to get to you and he will use anyone that he can to do this. Recognize what it is and pray for them. 

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The Devils main purpose is to distract you from God’s word. All the enemy has to do is to get you interested in something else. It will become a higher priority than God’s Word. By distracting you, you become interested in doing the wrong things. It could be any sort of Temptation, TV, Music, Social Media, hanging out with the friends, it could even be doing good things like feeding the poor. Whatever, it takes to distract you from what your purpose is and from God’s Word, that is what Satan will use to set a trap for you. Recognize where your priorities are right now. Evaluate yourself and examine what you think is important. Prioritize your life and make God and His Word number one and strive to keep Him at the top of your priority list

PROVERBS 3:6

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Decision making is one of the hardest things we as a society have to deal with and honestly it should be the easiest. We often tend to lean towards our Worldly desires instead of What God wants us to do. I myself had to recently pray on a life decision for many days this week and I went to God several times before I made a final decision. I had to ask God  what to do,  because I had always made quick decisions in the past and it really it hasn’t gotten me anywhere. It took 7 years of faithfully going to Church and truly submitting unto God before I realized all my thoughts and prayers are under his subjection.  I recently had been so blinded by excitement and anticipation I really was about to embark on a journey I feel would not have been the best for my family. It would have been rooted in God and he certainly would have been involved but I had to step back and analyze the entire relationship and go to God and ask him if it really was the path he wanted me to take.

This is what all of us should do more often. Go to God acknowledge he is in control and let him lead you.  Do not make haste decisions based on want, a false sense of need or out of carnal desire. Truly go to God tell him you know he created you for a purpose and that you trust in him and that you need him to show you the way you must go. Give it to God and he will lead you in the correct direction. Acknowledge, Trust, Listen and Obey is all we need to do and everything else will fall into place.

Defeating the Giants in your Path

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:3

All of us at one time or another have been through a struggle, a hardship or trial. But it’s the “giants” that stand in our path that can be the most damaging.  They can come in any form such as people, situations, habits and even physical items.  These “giants” can tear us down, destroy our confidence and completely convince us we are nothing. If we let them they can control us to the point of total defeat. But as a Child of God we can not let this happen and God himself tells us many times he has already given us Victory.

Deuteronomy 20:4 – For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

We just have to accept Victory and use it. We have all the tools needed to defeats those “giants” just as David did.  Who would ever know that a boy could take down such a adversary with just a few rocks and a sling. God knew!  It was part of his plan the whole time this illustrates to us that nothing is too big or too scary to have Victory over. If a small boy can kill a giant with one shot we can tell the giant to move and it will be moved.

God allows giants to cross your path so that the David in you will rise up!

It all boils down to Faith it doesn’t have to be a large amount of Faith,  it isn’t a contest, you can have the smallest amount of Faith even as small as mustard seed and you can tell a Mountain to move and it will.

Matthew 17:20 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

God gives us the ultimate weapon His Word the very thing that spoke existence into place, The Word of God. More powerful than any two edge sword, so powerful in the last days Mountains will crumble at the sound of it.  Our other weapon is Prayer

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing

Rage I will on the battlefield, streaming fire across the fields.  I am a Celtic Warrior Princess I pick up my sword and hold it high.

Really the only thing that keeps these “giants” in our path is us, we fail to recognize that we already have Victory in everything we do.  It is easier for us to accept defeat then to fight and this makes us weak and lazy. But God uses these trials and storms to build us to make us stronger and for us to share our testimony with others and if we don’t fight we have no testimony.  Then the Devil wins and we go through these trials for no reason but defeat.

Lord Heavenly Father, I come to you Today Lord to ask that the person reading this who is struggling with Giants in her path Lord that she learns to lean on you Lord, to come to you and pray for Faith and Strength that only you can provide. Lord I pray she sees the David inside of her and finds that voice that tells that mountain to crumble and becomes stronger for your Glory in the Mighty Name of Jesus Amen

LET IT GO

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19

The hardest thing in life is to let things go.  We all have something in our lives that has haunted us or even destroyed us at times. Why is it so hard for humans to just put things behind us?  We struggle from loss of life, finances, love and loss of possessions.  Now some things are harder than others to let go such as death, abuse and the loss of love. But at some point it needs to put aside  in order to function in life. We can’t let things eat at us to the point of shutting others out or letting it make us prisoners of our own sorrow.  Some people let the hard aches of life get them to the point of no return and they simply give up on everything around them. They turn to self destructive behavior such as drugs, alcohol and even quit taking care of themselves, homes and others that depend on them.

I myself am struggling with letting it go. I have been in a relationship for 13 years that was never founded on God and at one point it had the illusion of a Godly thing but denied the power of.  We both knew it was time to move on but didn’t out of obligation to the kids and habit. Sure we loved each other but as we grew in the Word we took hold of different beliefs and how to serve God. We became two different people. I prayed for a year that my other half  would see in me what God did and I prayed that it was his will to keep us together and that we could get married and be one. I couldn’t grasp why God wanted to tear my family apart.  Now that we have separated and I have clearly seen his provisions and blessings once in his will and know I truly am to relay on him and him only. It was never his will to even be in that relationship. But because of the history together, struggles, victory and growing up with each other it is hard to let go.  We both knew it was time to go our separate ways, he didn’t love me as God says too and treated me horribly. I became disobedient to him, bitter and distant.  When we first split  I was so excited, super determined and knew God will send me the one he has prepared for me.  The kids Dad has already found someone he calls my replacement, now I find my self being compared to her and am constantly updated on their status as to rub it in.  This is when it became difficult for me to see the sunshine past the clouds and it is starting to eat at me.

I need to remember that I am a Daughter of the One True King, The Lord of Lords, King of Kings, The Alpha, The Omega, The Beginning and The End. I need to remember that I am promised Victory and a hedge of Protection has always been around me. I need to remember that not one is greater, not one( Romans 3:10), that greater that is in me than in this World(1 John 4:4) , that I can accomplish all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) and all good things come to those who serve him(Romans 8:28).

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All of this is easier said than done when you feel as if your world has been turned upside down and you are loosing grasp of reality. It sounds good and is supposed to be uplifting but again we are carnal and live in the flesh. It’s not easy. I have no magic wand to wave or profound way of getting over it. It’s a called a struggle for a reason. God does not promise Rainbows and Balloons all the days of your life. He does promise however to always be with you, to talk with you and hold you up in order to fight the Storm. He does promise what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger and you will be better coming out of the storm than going in.  All I can offer for advice and my way of getting over it his is Word. For God is the Word and the Word was the Beginning and life was created with the Word and will be taken away with it when he returns. So if it holds the power of life and death it surely can hold the power to help all of us get over our demons in one way or another.

Philippians 3:12-14  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 43:18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Psalms 32:8  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Isaiah 43:18-19  Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.  

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

Proverbs 4:25  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Ecclesiastes 3:6  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

I guess this is my way of letting it go. Putting it out there and sharing my struggle, hopefully it helps someone else understand they are not alone. Not only do other’s go through the ups and downs but God promises to be there for us, we just need to let him and remember his comfort.

I Pray in the name of Jesus that I learn to move forward today, that I along with others learn to not let people steal our sunshine. I pray that if there is someone who has lost a loved one that they are able to find solace knowing they are at home with God.  I pray that what ever demon is being faced today we find the Strength to tell it to move and we are able to carry on. I pray for strength, courage and confidence that we all know we are not alone and are always being care for by our Father.

 

WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet

Matthew 24:6

Ecclesiastes 3:8 – A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

In light of recent events World wide,  I felt compelled to bring some attention to the season we are in. Terrorist attacks and shootings are a daily occurrence and crime has risen in many cities here and across the World. We are witnessing some of the most Perilous times Society has ever known. 

2 Timothy 3:1-7  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of  their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Unfortunately, we are experiencing a season of Wars and Rumor of Wars, The entire World is on stand by, and many nations have aimed nuclear capable missiles at each other. We are closer to a World War than we have been in decades.  I often hear people mocking End Time signs, the Bible says this will happen in Jude 1:18 That there shall be mockers in the last days. The most common remark I hear in regards to the signs of Wars, is that we have always been at War or in a threat of one. While this is true they also fail to remember that this is the first time in human civilization that ALL the signs are being fulfilled at once. Many fail to understand that it wasn’t even possible until 1948 when Israel became a nation. Now that this has happened ALL the signs are starting to increase just as a women in labor does increasing in strength and frequency.(1 Thessalonians 5:3)

Israel has always been and will always be a contributing factor to End Times Scenarios. The Bible tells us this several times, We are told that once Israel becomes a Nation that other nations will come against her and split the country and that the end will not be until then.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”

Jeremiah 30:3 For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

Amos 9:14-15 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Zechariah 14:1-2  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Luke 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

Luke 21:32 – Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled 

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We are in the End Times and the signs are increasing as a women in labor. We have entered The Beginning of Sorrows which is a time on Earth when pestilence, fearful sights and famine will increase. To learn more about The Beginning of Sorrows please follow this link to read my article on  WHAT IS THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS?

Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

Luke 21:9-10 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

We have always been a society of violence and our past is full of death and destruction brought on by fighting, but never has it been as severe as today. But Jesus tells us not to be alarmed for these things must pass in order for his return (Luke 21:9) This statement from Jesus doesn’t make it any easier though because all you have to do is turn on the news and see for yourself the World is heading for a great battle as never seen before. Russia, Iran, Turkey, China, Syria, North Korea, Israel, Iraq and the US all hold major roles in this battle that is yet to come. Alliances are being made, Refugees have completely deserted a country and Nuclear War is increasingly becoming a World concern.

Ezekiel 38:22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Ezekiel 38:4  “And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:” 

 But many who are in the Body of Christ, have fallen asleep and have only focused on God’s love, hope and mercy, holding unto the the feel good doctrine completely ignoring the promise of his return both good and bad. Leaving those who are asleep or those who refuse to wake up, blinded to what all these events truly represent.  I feel a part of the Body of Christ has been deceived by false doctrine and the World, viewing the End Times as a joke and mock the signs.  Men of today are so blinded by the False Doctrine of World that they will continue to deny the obvious signs and invent excuses to explain what is happening around them. The Bible tells us that mens heart will fail from fear (Luke 21:26) and I am afraid this will includes a portion of the Body of Christ because they have failed to learn of the End Times and what to expect. Many believe it will not happen in their lifetime but ignore the fact that we are watching it unfold in front of them.

Luke 21:25-26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  

Colossians 2:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Revelation 9:20-21  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

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Keeping up with the news can often be depressing and frustrating . As Christians, we are to know the World will pass away (1 John 2:17) and will one day will be destroyed(2 Peter 3:10), yet we are not to be afraid for our home is in heaven. (Philippians 3:20). At the same time we need to be aware because current events can provide examples of God’s word that we can use to help awaken others. The Bible tells us that some are saved with fear, pulling them out of the fire(Jude 1:23)and some are saved by Love. But ultimately, we all need to be prepared for what we are going to face – opposition, persecution, and standing before others to defend the teaching of Jesus. The idea of preparedness is seen throughout the Bible. Jesus used it to emphasize the point about being prepared for His coming: “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into” Matthew 24:43. If we pay attention to our surroundings and what may be coming, we can be prepared. Keeping up with current events helps us do this. In other words, the closer we draw to the second coming of Christ, the more urgent it is that we are awakened out of our spiritual sleep.

That is why the Bible tells us

Ezekiel 38:7 Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them

Matthew 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh

Romans 13:11-14  And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  

Matthew 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come

Matthew 25:1-11 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh

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But as the Body of Christ grows in God’s Word we learn to Love one another, Spread the Gospel and the importance of being prepared for his return. In times of trouble and insecurity we are reminded not to have a Spirit of Fear but given comfort knowing God has promised to protect us. That God will never leave you or forsake you (Duet 38:1) that he always prepares a path ahead of you(John 14:3) and that we are to be of good cheer and not be upset about the tribulation around us for God has over come the World (John 16:33).

 Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea.

 Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe

 Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest

Matthew 28:20 – Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. 

 We are to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus and how he came here to save us from our sins. At the same time we need to Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour 1 Peter 5:8   If ever there was a time to pay attention and get prepared, it is now!

Here are just a few links from the last couple of days on military movement across the World this is daily occurrence

https://www.rt.com/news/382365-north-korea-threatens-strike/

https://www.rt.com/news/382317-nato-troops-poland-estonia/

https://www.rt.com/news/382323-iran-denies-harassing-us-ship/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/27/us-sending-around-200-more-troops-to-mosul-in-isis-fight-official-says.html

http://endtimeheadlines.org/2017/03/breaking-news-syria-threatens-fire-scud-missiles-israel/