I Saw Satan Last Night

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I know that’s an odd title for a blog, but it’s true. Last night I had a dream where I saw a very large image of satan himself suspended in a red sky, somewhat like the picture in this blog. What he looked like does not matter, but he doesn’t look like most images we see portrayed of him.

As he was suspended in the sky, he took his hand and kept hurling something down to the earth. He looked like he was sowing something like a farmer sows a seed. And that was exactly what he was doing. As he would fling his hand across the land, he would sow demons of discord across the earth to try to influence God’s children. He did it a few times, releasing hundreds if not thousands of demons. Then he caught me looking at him doing this and I knew that he knew he got caught!

 

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:11, “in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

 

I have been sharing for a while now that God loves to show us what the enemy is up to—before things happen—so we can pray and stay ahead of his plans.

 

So what does this all mean for us right now? It is the desire of the enemy to release demons of discord, strife and disunity among husbands and wives, parents and children, neighbors, coworkers, brothers and sisters in Christ, church members and the like. Be watchful because God Himself HATES discord:

 

Proverbs 6:16, 19, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him…A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”

 

Each one of us can avoid being caught in the trap and influence of discord, strife and disunity by walking in love. Remember, love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

 

If you see or feel the enemy trying to bring discord, strife and disunity, take authority over those spirits and command them to leave in Jesus name. Plead the blood of Jesus, pray in your heavenly language and choose to walk in love. And, “do not give the devil a foothold” Eph. 4:27.

 

Watch and pray beloved! The good news is that God has showed this to us ahead of time so it does not have to affect our lives in any way!

 

 

 

 

 

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Experiencing Father In Desert Places

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Psalm 63:1, “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

There is a vast difference between religion vs. relationship with Father. Here’s what religion is: religion is trudging through the desert (that dry and thirsty land like David spoke of) and seeing a mirage in the distance. It looks refreshing. It looks like water. But the closer you get, you are let down…it was just a mirage…it was just religion. You see in our pursuit of God, religion does not satisfy…only relationship with our Father. From a distance it may look good, feel good and sound good but it’s only a mirage of the real thing. So we go back to trudging through the desert…getting worn out, burned out and still so thirsty for the real thing…hungry for God. And religion will keep setting a mirage before us to pursue if we are not careful.

We CANNOT truly know God without a relationship with Him. Father NEVER intended for a one sided relationship with Him. Remember what Adam had in the beautiful Garden of Eden? Walking and talking with His Father. They enjoyed sweet communion together until sin entered the Garden. You see our hearts were designed to live in Eden…communion with Father. And anything less than that does not satisfy. So good hearted people on their journey to find the joy of knowing Father, “in a dry and thirsty land”, will many times settle for religion and not relationship. Again the image of the mirage. There is no joy in religion in and of itself. Religion is supposed to point us to relationship not the other way around.

Religion is do, do, do to feel accepted and loved by Father. Religion teaches that you hike through the desert and maybe if Father is in a good mood, He might give you a little sip of water to continue your journey. And if you are REALLY good, He might just give you a morsel of bread to keep you serving Him. The truth is, our lack of revelation and understanding of what can be experienced in having a relationship with Father is causing us to go from one mirage to the next, and never really feeling the joy of His love and glad heart over us.

That was all about religion…the mirage of the real thing. But relationship? Beloved, this how we are supposed to live! Here’s what relationship with Father is like: trudging through that same desert (life), you are hungry and thirsty. And in the distance you see what looks like an oasis. Could it be? The closer you get, joy begins to fill your heart…it is just that…a beautiful oasis! You sit under the shade of the trees (Song of Songs 2:3) and enjoy the fruit. You are refreshed. Your heart is glad and satisfied. You feel such great peace. You have completely forgot about the difficult journey that it took to get there. You are lovesick. You feel His presence. You enjoy His fellowship. Love for Him grips your heart and your heart is wide open to receive Father’s great love for you. This is where you literally feel Father’s banner of love over you (Song of Songs 2:4) It’s where you experience sweet communion with the Father. Beloved, this is relationship.

We find this “oasis” of divine fellowship and communion throughout each day. Sometime many times a day. Father longs for you to encounter Him in this way. He has so much to show you and share with you. He wants to talk to you about your past, present and future. He so longs for you to receive and know the depths of His amazing love. Finding Father (this figurative oasis) in desert places is one of the greatest experiences of living on this earth. Refuse anything less. Ask Father to remove all that hinders relationship. Whether it’s old religious thinking, sin, old hurt and wounds, etc. Come away and be with with Father. You are loved and He is pursuing you now. Enjoy Father’s fellowship today and every day!

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What Does Father Think About You?

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We did something at our House Church yesterday that really ministered to me personally and I hope it does you. For just a few moments, we had everyone be completely silent and hear the word or words that Father thought about them. We told them not to strive to hear, just listen to that still small voice…and it the results were amazing! What God spoke to my own heart filled me with joy! Try it. Wherever you are today, quiet yourself just for a moment and hear God thoughts about…you! He loves you so much and wants to share His heart with you…also:

We all have people in our lives that are hard to get along with, or aggravate us and so on. Practice this same principle for them. Hear God thoughts for what Father thinks about others. It doesn’t mean that you necessarily tell them, but you will hear a word or words about how Father feels towards that person that is a candidate for a “thorn in your flesh”! It works, trust me! It will change your heart and perspective towards others.

Again, same with you. What is Father thinking about you? Quiet yourself and ask Him and listen to the first thing that comes to your spirit and once you hear it (because it will not come with any condemnation), believe it and do not doubt…it is truth from the Father!

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Where is your compassion?

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Do you find this true for you?

I tend to have more compassion on those people who have been through what I have been through. Whether it was a trial, test or temptation…I feel that I can compassionately relate. However I feel I don’t have as much compassion for those people that I can’t relate with their trial, test or temptations. I find myself moving more into a judgmental attitude rather than love…because what they have done or are going through is foreign to me.

But sometimes down the road I end up going through the same test and surprise, surprise I now have compassion for others in that area.

My friends, we are took quick to judge rather than to have compassion and walk in love. The name of Jesus is synonymous with compassion. He was moved by it…and still is. We have to ask the Father to give us compassion for people and what they are going through whether we can relate or not.

I have met a few people like this over the years. They are very compassionate, understanding and full of love for people. My Grandma who went to be with Jesus a few years ago was like this…she loved me unconditionally at my worst…just like Jesus.

Let’s us all examine our hearts to see where we are at with our level of love and compassion for those things we can and cannot relate to.

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Where Does Joy Come From?

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“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.”

The source of authentic, deep, joy and gladness comes from God and not anything this world has to offer. Yes, when the blessing of God is on our lives and when there is an overflow of finances, food and fellowship there is joy in the house. However, this type of joy and gladness fades when there is lack. BUT, there is that greater joy and gladness originating from the Father that will overflow the heart whether we are prospering or have lack. A truly blessed life is one that does not consist of material things but a heart full of the joy of the Lord!

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalms‬ ‭16:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Be You!

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Be free today from comparing yourself to others! Be who God made you to be. Enjoy your uniqueness. You are an amazing gift to the world. Father loves who you are all by yourself!

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I’m A Big Boy!

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I’m a BIG BOY!

I am sitting at Panera Bread working on a few thoughts for the word I am sharing tomorrow, when this real little boy was in front of me at the trash can and was juuuust able to throw his trash away. As he hurled it into the “massive” trash can, he proclaimed, “I’m a big boy”. With a big smile he started to jump up and down like an olympic athlete who just won the gold! My own kids have done the same thing so many times…but the older we get, we seem to lose the joy of the simple things of life. We forget to conquer the trash can, jump over a puddle (rather than adamantly walk around it), dance in the rain, spit off a bridge…you get the point. Remember those silly things you did as a kid…? I know you do. All your family and even friends would cheer as you made even the smallest of accomplishments.

Jesus encourages us in the Scripture to “change” and become like children (Matt. 18:3) in our hearts if we are to enter the Kingdom. And I also say that once you have by faith received Jesus into your heart like a little child…DON’T STOP living out of a childlike heart. Enjoy life. Enjoy sunsets and sunrises, birds that sing, family that loves you, long car rides, moments with friends, an airplane ride, an amusement park, the local sports team, fine art, beautiful music, working with your hands, playing the guitar, beautiful flowers, holding the hand of the one you love and on and on goes the list. And of course enjoy the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and the precious Word of God.

Search your heart. Have you become too rigid? Cynical? Hard hearted? Too grown up? Maybe it’s time that you sit down, take a deep breath and reevaluate how you look at the world around you.

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