Greater Than Kryptonite

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Through the crucifixion of Christ, we received the most powerful gift we can ever be given, the Holy Spirit, and now he lives in everyone that has accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Knowing this, we have the most powerful element of life within us all the time, even when we don’t feel his presence. The Holy Spirit is kryptonite to satan and his minions. To put this in perspective, kryptonite is a fictional mineral that deprived Superman of his powers. Our kryptonite, The Holy Spirit (not fictional) denies the evil one from destroying us. Our kryptonite, The Holy Spirit, takes away the evil one’s power over our lives. When we rely on Jesus and him alone (in a state of dependence), there’s no stopping us because Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to reside in us in his absence. We will be challenged and tested but will remain victorious in the Lord. When we know we are in a struggle but hold fast to our faith; we are victors. Our challenges test our faith and produce perseverance, endurance, and patience, all things that equip us for the battles of life. If we have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, how can we fail? The power is ignited by our faith.

“We will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on us, and we will be his witnesses.”  Acts 1:8 NIV

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.“ Luke 17:6 NIV

The Holy Spirit gives us the words to speak to our troubles and command them to move, to leave, to evaporate.

There is a God-given lesson in each of our life’s experiences. Faith shifts our perspective and you will see beauty in the struggles, and even losing a battle from time to time. The struggle is God preparing us to continue our journey more empowered through the testing of our faith and the lessons learned.

“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation.”
‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

We are Christian Warriors and part of a strong army whose leader dwells within us. Our kryptonite (power) lives within us. It is the Holy Spirit, who is always glowing brightly within us and through us for others to see. We are his powerful witnesses that have kryptonite within us. It is through the Trinity that we live. The Holy Spirit is one part of the Trinity: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  • God is our Father.
  • Jesus, our Lord and Savior, sits with The Father and intercedes on our behalf.
  • The Holy Spirit lives in us to direct and maneuver us around the traps of the evil one.

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Alienated from Man and God

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God did not create us to live in a bubble or vacuum, he created us to be part of the body of Christ and have fellowship with one another. He created us to interact with other human beings. He created Adam and realized that one being was not sufficient for growth, hence the creation of Eve. He created an immaculate relationship between himself and man. Their sin of not listening to God (conversations about the Does and Don’ts) led to the fall and their estrangement from the Garden of Eden. This is the moment man became alienated from God.

“I have become estranged from my brothers and an alien to my mother’s brothers.”
Psalm 69:8

In swept the 21st century and the advent of social media as a norm. Not all norms support personal or spiritual growth. As we become more addicted to life online, we begin to (only) find satisfaction in cursory relationships, human interaction becomes secondary. Verbal communication becomes infrequent unless we are in forced social settings such as school or work where interaction, teamwork, and meetings require you to hold a conversation. We are quickly becoming estranged from other people and going down the wormhole of alienation from everything, other people, family, and Christ. Once you are locked into your addiction, nothing else matters.

Verbal communication creates a dynamic environment where people practice the characteristics of Christ; kindness, honesty, faithfulness, trustworthiness, compassion, forgiveness, commitment, patience, gentleness, self-control, humility, loving and prayerful. Verbal communications create a form of harmony between neighbors. True reconciliation can only be accomplished when we acknowledge our sin and repent asking God’s forgiveness.

“ Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

When we move away from real human interaction and into the world of a limited number of characters and meme’s, we find that we create versions of ourselves that are often ruthless, arrogant, diabolical, self-obsessed, and dangerous. We create alternate self-images. Bullying becomes comfortable, there is no guilt in this setting, life, and death are reset and/or erased. At some point, we lose the ability to comfortably interact with people on a daily basis and begin to ease into an estranged and self-imposed isolation and alienation from others.

We find that the people on the other end of the smart chat, the game, and the community groups are pretending to be someone they aren’t. Their world becomes a fake world, much like fake news. It is created in Petri dishes, which leads to depression and often suicidal tendencies.

BF67BA5E-8FAC-4EAA-B5CA-1AA0F9AE27D8The most deadly trait we lose is that of being prayerful. We neglect our relationship with our Lord and soon become estranged. Not because he does not want to communicate with us, but because we shut him out. We reject our relationship with him, it is not the reverse. We begin to live in a world of isolation.

Alienation is the mother that gives birth to other alienation’s: the alienation between God and man, man and God. (Ferguson)

Isolation opens us up to spiritual attack. Sin, depression, selfishness, anger, and hate become comforting.

“Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”
Romans 7:21.

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Christians should never isolate themselves from other believers. The church is built on community. Through community, we establish corporate prayer. Through corporate prayer, we establish a relationship with other members of the community and God. Our world becomes more welcoming when we support one another and establish a norm we lost when society changed from small-town life to city life. We lost a sense of connectedness that some think is reignited in online social and gaming communities. The truth remains that they are alienated from the World, isolated from their family members and estranged from God.

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”
Thessalonians 5:14

Let us encourage the disheartened and lost to re-enter life and reconcile with our Lord, the guardian of our souls. ‘Alienation from God is not only real but dangerous-and the depth of the alienation is evidenced by the fact that we think we are in no danger at all.’  (Ferguson, Ligonier Ministries)

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All Things Are Possible With God

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It is thought that Matthew scribed the First Book in the New Testament and in so doing quotes Jesus who said,

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26 NIV

The THIS is anything you may feel is not possible in your life. The mighty power of the Lords grace can work on your heart. His grace can end afflictions, influence and dispose your mind, your heart, and cause you to want the Lords glory and salvation. He can meet all your needs, known and unknown, and give you strength and peace greater than you can imagine. Nothing is impossible with God if you have unquestionable faith and are committed to Him.

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“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV

God scours the earth seeking us, so He can bestow His love upon us. When we are weak, He is strong. All we need to do is call upon Him, as a child to a parent, and rest in knowing He will respond in Love, and that He is an awesome God. Recognizing His power in our lives is comforting. During times of sorry and need, it is particularly important to rest in His love. In times of uncertainty, and during times of comfort, it is also important to rest in His love. Our relationship with Him gives us the strength we need to live day-to-day.

Therefore, beginning the day ‘thanking Him’ for all He has done in your life is powerful. Acknowledging that this is the day the Lord has made is dutifully important. It is our responsibility to rejoice and be glad in this day; each day He meets our needs and gives us joy. For many joy is elusive. Carnal joy is reactive; spiritual joy is an internal disposition. The things of this world do not affect joy unless you allow it. Spiritual joy will carry you through life’s circumstances.

All things are possible with God; there are no exceptions or caveats. He reigns supreme and can do all things. If you are committed to Him, He will reign in your life, strengthen you, carry you, and Love you eternally.

Dress For War, Live in Peace

931584C6-EC3A-45BB-913F-B956D7F4F085“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ Whole Armor of God
Sept. 2017, Children Armoring Up Every Morning

Today is a beautiful day, the sun is up and birds are chirping. This day is somewhat deceptive in that it is February and not April. It only looks and feels like Spring.

Like the day, we awake feeling lite and happy and we should, after all, this is the Day the Lord has made. But, do not be deceived, the evil one in his stealth-like manner is lurking, looking to cause you to stumble.

We, I, must always be on the look out. Satan’s demons operate through people, so  when someone is belligerent, nasty, unkind, or dismissing, know that the evil one is operating through them. This allows you to use your spiritual eyes to see what is really going on and respond accordingly.

Like a good soldier, always be prepared. Dress the part before leaving home. Dress for spiritual success as you do for work.

Recognize your power and change the atmosphere around you through the power of prayer.

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Strength in Brokenness

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Proverbs 18:14 states that if our inner spirit is injured, the whole person will struggle.

‘The Spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who will heal a broken spirit?’

We cannot cure our broken spirit by ourselves, no matter how we try. It is impossible. Only God can heal us, but we must shed our pride, stubbornness, self-will and sinful habits first. We must repent and acknowledge we are broken and dysfunctional and need His help. It is through God’s grace that our sinful nature, our sinful humanity can be reconciled. Jesus was crucified to take away our sin. Through God’s love and sacrifice, we are able to repent and be redeemed. Through His grace and mercy, we can be made whole.

The dichotomy between the spirit man and the carnal man is that we see brokenness as ‘failure’ but our Lord sees brokenness as the beginning of healing. To God, brokenness is the beginning of our relationship with Him. When we are broken, we become completely dependent upon Him and in turn, He will begin to rebuild us in His image. Only when we surrender and cry out for help, can we be restored and transformed.

‘The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ Psalm 3:18

 

God’s Unequivocal Love

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“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:35‬ ‭NIV

God loves us. This scripture is about His love to us, not our love for Him. This love is from Him. It is unequivocal, and unconditional, love. He is with us in hardship. He is with us in times of persecution. He is with us in times of famine. He is with us in illness. He is with us when we are naked and exposed. He is with us when we are in danger. It is through His grace that He holds us up, carries us, provides optionsand when necessary, a way of escape. He intercedes, and interjects. His love is matchless. It’s like none other. It is wonderful, inconceivable, and undeserved. It is His bond, His union with us, birthed through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Love is the very essence of who He is. He doesn’t just love-He is love (1 John 4:16). It motivates His every action, directs His activities, and reflects His desires (1 John 4:10). Love is the greatest and purest essence of who a person is and its proper expression brings fulfillment.

True love is liberating, not restrictive. God’s love motivates His compassion and mercy (love in action). His love brings transformation.

 Love requires relationship, as love is a dynamic force or presence that naturally seeks expression. Simply put, love loves! And in order to do that there must be an object of that love or it is incomplete.

God’s love is revealed in that He created us in His own image (a position of responsibility before God) and likeness (moral freedom; Genesis 1:26-27; Job 33:4).

Our relationship with God is an intimate one. There is a sacred knowledge and expression that takes place. The bond is so strong that God says a nursing mother may abandon her child, but He will never abandon us (Isaiah 49:15-16). He becomes the ultimate Father! 55609543-6934-47D7-A18B-A1D707B25D53

He loved us first, enabling us to respond properly to His love (1 John 4:10-11). And His love (and ability) never fails.

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Some paragraphs are paraphrased or quoted from The Unconditional Love of God. http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-studies/the-unconditional-love-of-god.html. February 2018

Because You’re God and God Alone

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This song conveys my feeling for the day, You’re God and God Alone.

My Lord is with me wherever I go, doing whatever I’m doing. He is ever present! He lives in me. I am His temple and yes, He dwells in me.

This means, when I am doing God’s will – being humble, honest, trustworthy, respectful, kind, faithful, gentle, joyful, patient, at peace, and demonstrate self-control (Galatians 5:22,23), He’s with me.

It also means when I am selfish, unkind, judgmental, impatient, chaotic, self-indulgent, jealous, intoxicated (by life or substance), immoral, and hateful, He is with me.

Knowing  He is God, and God Alone, causes me to pause before opening my mouth, E34FD46B-3453-459A-AA06-03E5B0993655and before taking action, to think which of these traits (the Fruit of the Spirit) am I demonstrating. Are they Christ’s traits or that of the evil one. If by chance, my actions fall under the latter list, I repent and note that I must be more alert, praying not to repeat that negative trait again, and reduce its frequency until it no longer has a life. It’s a lifelong process.

God wants us all to be saved and someday join Him in Heaven. He has the time to guide us and mold us in His likeness. Our role is to take time to build our relationship with Him and become more Christlike.

Have a blessed day.

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