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    Sunday
    Jun222014

    TO THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF TIM MATLOCK

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”

    ―2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (niv)

    TO THE FAMILY & FRIENDS OF TIM MATLOCK

    Losing a loved one can cause such deep wounds that we wonder how we can ever recover from such a traumatic event. But, thank God, He comes through with healing for our hearts so that we can carry on for Him and our families.

    The pain of losing a loved one is staggering. But think about this: the Bible says Jesus was touched with the same feelings of our infirmities. Scripture says that we have a High Priest who understands our pain and sympathizes with us (see Hebrews 4:15); He shares in our weakness and infirmities.

    When our heart is wounded to the breaking point; when we are drained of physical, mental, and emotional strength; when we are drained of the will to go on; when we have a helpless, hopeless feeling—then Jesus will come and help us, if we ask Him! He understands the feelings of our infirmities; He totally understands the “absence of strength” that we feel.

    Jesus knows from personal experience our hurts, our wounds, our pains, and our feelings of having no strength to carry on. He will heal those who are broken in heart and will bind up their wounds. The key here is to draw near to Him, for when we do, He draws near to us. (See James 4:8.) We must come to Him asking for His help.

    We find further instructions on dealing with grief in Hebrews 4:16, which tells us to “fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help for every need.”

    The Amplified Bible translates this Scripture promise as “appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it.” Nothing will bring God on the scene quicker than hearing His Word spoken back to Him! Therefore, we must also speak His Word out loud and believe in our heart that the Comforter, the precious Holy Spirit, is helping us.

    Pray the following prayer for yourself or someone else who is hurting.

    Prayer for Comfort after Loss of Loved One

    Heavenly Father, thank You that You promise comfort to those who mourn. Father, I know that You are the God of all comfort. Lord, I ask You to comfort me and fill me with Your peace. Give me the strength I need in this difficult time. I pray that You would surround me with Your love. Heal my brokenness and bind my wounds, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

    Tuesday
    Jun172014

    OVERCOMING DEPRESSION

    The Bible tells us that Satan is our Adversary.   He opposes us in our walk with God, and uses many tricks and devices to attempt to deceive us. One of his tactics is to send a "spirit of heaviness" upon us. When people say, “I am so depressed,” more than likely they do not have “clinical depression.”   Rather, the Adversary is OPPRESSING them with heaviness in their soul.  In fact, there is actually a spirit named Heaviness.  His job is to keep you oppressed, to keep you feeling glum and hopeless. 

    You can recognize that a stronghold exists when any of the symptoms produced by that spirit are HABITUALLY  PRESENT:

    Melancholy and “down in the dumps”

    Sadness

    Gloominess

    Despair
    Self-pity
    Loneliness
    Suicidal Thoughts

    THE EFFECT OF A SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS

    • It darkens our countenance: Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a "heaviness" over us.
    • It dims our vision, robs our hope. The room may actually look darker.
    • It brings a heavy, oppressive feeling.
    • It may come over many suddenly.   It can be like a cloud, hanging over a place.
    • It causes us to isolate, it steals our love, makes us feel alone.
    • It quenches our faith.

    When you exhibit the above symptoms, it is a demonic spirit that is oppressing your soul.  Once you recognize this you are able to overcome him easily. 

    HOW?  Ephesians 6:1 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (methods - cunning, crafts) of the devil.” 

    Isaiah 61:3 say that the LORD has anointed us with “… THE GARMENT OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS!”

     OVERTHROWING THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS

    1. Recognize it. This is not you;  you are a child of God. This is not God's will for you!  Romans 8:31 says, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be fore us, who can be against us?”
    2. Don't believe anything negative; accept no criticism of yourself or others. 2 Cor. 10:5 says that we are to “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”   
    3. Put on the Garment of Praise (Is 61:3).   This literally means to be "wrapped up in praise;”  God has given it to you to put on. Your praise should include adoration, thanksgiving, and singing.   Go to a location that you can get vocal and loud!  Get aggressive!  Ephesians 6 likens our spiritual warfare to wrestling.  There is nothing passive about wrestling!  
    4. NO ONE can do your wrestling for you!  As an act of your will you must purposely resist the spirit of heaviness.

    If you diligently and consistently follow these steps, you will overcome a spirit of heaviness when it tries to attack you.   

    “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!”  (1 Jn. 4:4)

    SPIRITUAL WEAPONS HANDBOOK & NUCLEAR PRAYERS FOR THE SECRET PLACE CAN ALSO BE VERY USEFUL TO HELP YOU OVERCOME THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS, AS WELL AS MANY OTHER STRUGGLES IN YOUR LIFE!

    Tuesday
    Jun102014

    THE STORMS WE CAUSE

    We can trace the origins of our storms to three primary sources.  Some storms are caused by the irresponsible actions of other people, and some are engineered by the devil to attempt to distract and/or test us.  However, a good many of our storms are of our own making.  In other words, our storms are the direct consequence of sin in our lives. 

    In Jonah's case, his storm was a direct consequence of his disobedience. Likewise, sometimes we make poor decisions or behave in such a way that stirs up devastating storms that create all kinds of broken relationships, hurt and strife.   I see this often when dealing with people.  People will walk in the flesh and then wonder why there is such an onslaugh of evil against them.  In short, their ungodly behavior has opened a door to demonic activity.

    When storms result from our sin, we must first repent of that sin before even attempting to work through the consequences.  Our repentence and humility invites the LORD to help us turn around the situation.  He can cause restoration and  favor to come, but He also expects you to grow spiritually.  Walking in the flesh should occur less and less as you mature in your faith.

    Pray this:  God, show me if there is sin in my life that is causing a sotrm.  I confess it and turn from it.  In Jesus' Name, I pray.  Amen.

    SPIRITUAL WEAPONS HANDBOOK has many teaching that will help you to grow spiritually and learn how to please the LORD.

     

    Thursday
    May152014

    LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY!

    During the earthly ministry of Jesus, His disciples once came to Him with an interesting request:

              “… one of His disciples said to Him, ‘LORD, teach us to pray…’”  (Luke 11:1)

    The disciples did not ask how to preach or how to become ordained ministers. They did not ask how to build relationships.  They did not even ask Jesus to teach them how to perform miracles and physical healings.  They asked Jesus to teach them how to pray!

    Why would the disciples make such a request?  I believe it was because they had witnessed the powerful results of Jesus’ prayer life in action – they saw the results His prayer life produced.  It must have made an impact on them.

    Learning how to pray effectively should be our number one priority also.  When we learn how to pray and teach others how to pray, then all of our problems will be resolved.

    Some people think that praying means to ask God for something, and then continue to beg Him for it until they get it.  However, effective praying involves re-speaking God’s Word back to Him.  When you speak His Word consistently and sincerely, that invites the Holy Spirit to work and activates the angels.  (Ps. 103:20)

    SPIRITUAL WEAPONS HANDBOOK can teach you how to pray effectively and with authority.

    Thursday
    May012014

    RUBBING A RABBIT'S FOOT?!

    Speaking God's Word to the mountains in your life is NOT akin to rubbing a rabbit's foot!
    Re-speaking God's promises sincerely and in faith simply confirms that you believe that God means what He said in His Word.  It means that you understand the "terms of your Contract."  ("Contract" being a modern-day term for "covenant" or New Testament).  God cannot change, but circumstances CAN change by using your spiritual weapons in warfare, and one of those weapons is The Word of God coming out of your mouth.  (2 Cor. 4:13-18)

    Jesus did NOT say in Mk. 11:23, 24,  "... If you will THINK about the mountain..."  He did not say, "... Pray about the mountain..."  Certainly, Jesus did not say, "Pray that I take away the mountain!"  He said, "... SAY to this mountain..."  "Saying" is audible.  And what you SAY is critical!  What you say should be in agreement with what God says in His Word.  That's what is meant by "confessing the Word."

    Believing, meditating on, and speaking the Word of God is how God instructed people throughout the Bible to have success and remove obstacles in their lives.  (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-3 and many more).  His methods have not changed just because people think they are highly educated and smarter than God!

    I just heard a well-known speaker on Christian TV say that confessing the Promises of God is just barely a step up from rubbing a rabbit's foot.  IMHO, He showed his ignorance of the way that Jesus dealt with temptations, as well as how He got His own prayers answered.  Jesus said to the disiciples, "(YOU) SAY to the mountain..."  (YOU is the understood subject in this passage).  Jesus answered the devil's temptations by SAYING,  "It is written...," and then quoted Scriptures.  

    God gave us the ability to create and change with our words.  That doesn't mean we ARE God; it simply means that we are being great disciples by doing what He said to do to deal with problems in our lives.  

    Hebrews 11:3 says that "the worlds were framed by the Word of God."  That is the very same way we are to "frame our world," - by using the Word of God to change things. We are created in God's image to live like Him and follow His example on how to deal with problems.
     
    Once again, that does not mean that we think we are God or "little gods."   We are simply following His instructions just like you teach your children and desire for them to follow your instructions on how to do things.

    If we would follow the way that Jesus said to "move mountains," then we would have more success in our prayer life.

    (This is my blog and my opinion as I see it).  :)