Devotional 11/7

And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Luke 10:18

Satan is a fallen foe and has always been subject to the authority of the Son of God.

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God gave us desires, and He also looks to provide for them. Satan was kicked out of heaven, when he started speaking to the angels about taking over God’s throne. God kicked Satan, and 1/3 of angels hosts from heaven. That’s a lot of fallen angels. Don’t let Satan talk to you, and make you wonder and wander yourself away from God’s ways. God gave us a sound mind, a powerful mind of self control, and of creativity. The enemy knows how powerful our minds can be, if correctly used. And now, more recently research studies both in science and esoteric, have found our that the mind is extremely powerful. Have you acknowledged that your mind is powerful? Whether it is for good or for evil is really up to us, and how much self control we use. We can make decisions which appeal to please God or to please our own selfish desires. God does not have restrictions over us and our happiness, but He, as a father, sets boundaries for us in love. Holy Spirit leads us to make wise and godly decisions, but our flesh leads us to make self centered and self pleasing decisions.

Yesterday I mentioned that an idle (a wandering) mind, opens doors for the enemy.  For example, Eve, she fell for eating from the forbidden tree because it seemed okay to eat it, it was nice to look at and it would make her wiser. And the voice of the serpent was making her wonder about what God had already said. She let herself go into trouble, and away from God by her own desires. As human beings we have needs, and we also have desires: lets be honest. And then there’s Satan. We need food, but we desire tasty food. This is why there are fruits and vegetables all over the world, spices and seeds and animals of all kinds for us to enjoy. Yet there will be people, who will eat human flesh, and drink human blood. We enjoy beauty, yet this can easily become vanity or materialism. And if we value beauty, we are able to see the beauty in nature, find beauty in humanity and in art. Yet people become greedy and vain, becoming materialistic and coming into possession with anything and everything they consider beautiful. And we are also given wisdom, and seek wisdom; yet people do not go to God for wisdom.   I once heard a preacher say, God gave us our sexual drive- but He also wants us to manage it. And I think this is true, about EVERYTHING. The truth is that God’s Holy Spirit, teaches us to manage our fleshly appetites, and keep them under control and in balance. But since we are not prone to ask God for help, Satan corrupts our healthy and natural desires. For example, can a man and a woman procreate children? Yes. Can two men or two women make children by having sex? Nope. This is an example of God’s gifts and desires, being perverted by Satan. Another example, is gluttony. Do we not love food? Satan binds people’s minds to become gluttons. The devil LOVES IT when people make themselves slaves to a desire that God created and intended be enjoyed!

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I know that you are a God of order and of wisdom. I pray you give us all, desires that benefit us spiritually. Desires like reading your word, fasting, desires to forgive, desires to be sanctified and to spend time with you in prayer. I pray we many live a life of obedience and of balance with a heart focused on love. Please show us, areas of our lives where we may be allowing Satan to enter by our lack of balance and discipline. Examine our hearts, and help us to refocus on our callings and ministries, beginning with our families. Give us wisdom and discernment, against anything that could steal our time and attention, let us not be idle! Protect us from curiosity, and things which may cause us to wander away from you. Thank you for your presence and for the victory in every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Devotional 2/1

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them. Deuteronomy 30:19-20

God blesses and God curses. God calls and God rejects. Are we making the right decisions?

In my entire walk with God I have always been dubious about God’s calling and election. I have always asked my self, “why me?”, “why did I receive Gods call, many people are called but they reject the call… Why wasn’t I one of those people?” This question is not for us to answer, because the mysteries belong to God. He chooses to have mercy on whomever, and He also draws our hearts to Himself. 

The mysteries belong to God. 

The bible says that many are called but few chosen, and others scriptures say come and buy salvation; while the gospel itself says repent and turn from your ways, leaving the choice up to us. I have always been drawn to a higher being as many I know are as well. In my youth I was introduced to Jehovah Witness, Catholism and spiritualism. I received the word of God from the Jehovah witness, which I am eternally grateful and I received faith from the Catholic Church. I was into white/black magic, tarot card reading, baths and astrology from an early age. I knew there was a God somewhere but I was not convinced that He was accessible. 

In my heart I admired the Islamic devotion, and I was inquisitive about astrology (not horoscopes); but throughout my research I was not ever convicted about any being the truth. When I received Gods first call at 15, I began a long journey which has brought me to these long 16 years. I was more afraid of God than I was in love with Him! I was also intimidated by God. From my childhood development to being introduced to Jehovah Witness doctrine, I believed God was a dictator. A dictator that created us, and threw us into the world to fend for ourselves. I was not aware of satan, hell or God’s Holy Spirit. I was in search for the point of being on earth, and having been created. I knew that I had a purpose but I had no idea where it was, or how to find it. This is how astrology helped me to “know” myself. I was able to start a journey of studying myself, and others through the position of the planets and the stars. I was a Cancer/Leo, with the moon and Mars in Capricorn, Venus in Virgo and mercury in Leo. Even though there can be significant truths found in these studies, the bible says that when we received Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit we become new creations, therefore we begin another journey of self discovery. 

Jesus is very clear about our flesh having to be dead in order to follow him. 

Our soul, and our old nature will resist God’s holiness. We do not know this until we begin to walk with God, and we do not receive the complete transformation either. I don’t care how different someone is when they come to the Lord, they still have a human nature that needs to be subjected to a holy nature. This is where resting In God, comes into play. We must trust that God’s word is true! God’s word says that God’s nature is in us- his Holy Spirit is changing us into His image daily. 
That is the easier part of this walk, when God does the work and we let Him. There are things in our past we will never do, because God changed us. But there other things we have which we have to give to God, in order to move forward in Him. And as I said before most of these things, we are not even aware of until it is time to do so. This is where surrender comes in, we have to be able to love and trust God enough to let go. 

Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. Marilyn Vos Savant 

Resting in God: Trust and believe God’s word

Surrender: Let Go, Let God be God

Choose: Put away, Be who God called you to be 

These are no easy tasks, especially when life doesn’t stop to give us a break or for us to make sense of anything. When your eyes are on one thing, and God wants your eyes on Him. When your feelings are in healing process, and your mind is fighting to be established. Things may be impossible with man, But all things are possible with God. 

In order to choose life, we simply need to meditate on the scriptures and live them. To chose death is to turn our back to God, by choosing our ways and the ways of the world. 

Let’s pray: 

Father God, searcher of our hearts, may you be the cent of our affections. Help us in our walks to adhere to voice and take heed to your commands. May your love for us, be stronger than our love for everything outside of you. Help us to overcome condemnation, guilt and fear. May your joy restore us and may our hearts be established until you return. May we walk, like you are coming right now, with our eyes focused on your call and the goal of sharing eternity with you. In Jesus name, Amen.