July 29, 2017

Who do you trust?

From our childhood, we have always wanted loving and trusting relationships.

We wanted the very best from our parents.

We wanted teachers who give their all to help us learn.

We wanted mechanics who do not cheat us, but tell us exactly what is needed to keep our cars running properly.

We wanted pastors who lead us with honesty and integrity.

We wanted spouses and friends who are loving, committed, and supportive through the highs and lows of life.

We grow up with these desires and expectations. But somewhere along the way, we are disappointed and let down. Our parents are not as loving or supportive as we thought. Not all teachers want to inspire children. Some mechanics do cheat people. Pastors violate our trust. Spouses and friends hurt us and leave us at our most vulnerable moments.

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: July 2017,People,Trust   -  Tags:                            

May 27, 2017

I failed, but…

Proverbs 24:16For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

There are times when you fail (and fall) so bad that you want to give up. You’re embarrassed, frustrated, guilt-ridden, and mad at yourself. Unlike the world that gives up on you when you fail, God gives you another opportunity to get it right. He gives you another chance to start over. He gives you a chance to rise and stand again.

God wants you to get back in the game.

You can overcome, but you will never know unless you get up.

Repent and rise! If you fall again, repent and rise again. Don’t give up. Keep your eyes on God and allow Him to help you to remain standing.

God has not given up in you. He is giving you another opportunity to overcome because He loves you.

Rise! Get back in the game!

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,May 2017,Perseverance   -  Tags:

When the world hurts you, your heart does not heal properly. It leaves a scab that negatively impacts how you see and experience everyone and everything around you.

When the Lord heals, He takes the scab off, exposing the hurt, but only so He can completely heal you.

Do not despise or turn away from His healing process. God is doing a good work in you, making you new and whole again.

Selah.

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,Help,May 2017   - 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 13:47-50

In this parable, Jesus is describing the kingdom of heaven. The net is cast into the sea and collects sea creatures of every kind. After coming ashore, the good and bad were separated. In like manner, the kingdom of heaven is shared with many people around the world. And many people will come to Jesus, the church, etc. At the end of the world, the angels will come and separate the just from the wicked.

1. God drew you. The just and the wicked will be separated, but the beauty of this parable is that the just and the wicked are gathered together. The wicked has an opportunity to become just.

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Many people today are judged by their status through social media. Likes, shares, and views provide a sense of approval, appreciation, and acceptance. Some spend their days and nights watching their smartphones and computers, waiting for positive affirmation. But as we’re surrounded by a society which desires such attention, we cannot forget the only ‘like’ that matters.

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus shares a parable about a man traveling into a far country. He provided different talents to his servants. One servant received five talents. Another receive two. Then another one. Each servant received enough talents according to his ability.

After the man had departed, the servants with five and two talents traded and doubled what they received. However, the servant who received one talent placed his talent in the earth.

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,February 2017,Ministry/Service,Purpose   -  Tags:

January 27, 2017

Endure.

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. —Matthew 24:1-13

There will come a day when the people of this world will witness and experience the very things Jesus spoke to His disciples about in this passage. But for any season, there are three important statements Jesus tells His disciples that will help us today:

1. Take heed that no man deceive you. When troubling times come, so does the fear of man and events and panic. People will rise up to deceive the hearts of the many who are fearful, unaware, or insecure. Some will come saying they are Christ or at least someone presenting themselves as one who can provide comfort or substance from the external pressures and events surrounding them. Their words will be carefully chosen and possibly be filled with a bit of truth, but their motives will be filled with deceit.

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October 23, 2016

Preach the Word!

Woe to all pastors and ministers of the Gospel.

We NOW live in a time when many people IN our churches want to hear messages that make them feel good but not compel them to live right.

They don’t want to hear about their need to repent or turn from their unrepentant and sinful conduct. They want to hear how God will bless them, give them financial increase, and bring them into their season. They want to have church rather than BE the church for Jesus.

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Ministry/Service,October 2016   -  Tags:

October 6, 2016

Many People…

Many people are hurting. Many people are afraid. Many people are scared to love, so they play their charade.

Many people fool the world. Many people have a smile. Many people deceive others, hoping their pain will only last a little while.

Many people can be happy. Many people can be free. Many people can experience the joy of life, when they choose to reveal the real me.

Many people have great friends. Many people have a loving God. Many people can experience life anew, when they remove their facade.

By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: October 2016,People   - 

October 6, 2016

In Full Bloom

Bloom where you’re planted.

Many times we’re so anxious to reach our Point B that we fail to get the most out of the journey from Point A. If you don’t get the most out of where you are now, you may miss lessons you needed to learn, behaviors to add or remove, relationships to cultivate, and experiences that lead and develop you along the way.

When you’re too hasty and anxious, you miss the patient beauty of a life perfected through your current circumstances. Don’t miss out on what the Lord has for you…right where you are now. He’s shaping you, molding you, and perfecting you for His glory. He loves you and wants you to bloom and display the beauty of His love and grace.

By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: October 2016,Purpose   - 

October 1, 2016

Biblical Fasting

What is fasting?

Fasting is a means to mourn before the Lord and petition Him on behalf of yourself and others because of sin or oppression (demonic or human), or pending judgment.

When should you fast?

1. When you mourn over/for the life of another (due to illness, life circumstances, etc.) (2 Samuel 1:1-16, 12:16-23; Psalm 35:11-14).

2. When your heart mourns over the sin-filled state of the people (1 Samuel 7:3-17; Nehemiah 9-10; Isaiah 58:1-14; Daniel 9:1-23; Joel 2:12-27; Jonah 3:1-10).

3. To avert pending wrath or punishment of God for disobedience (1 Kings 21:17-29; Jonah 3:1-10).

4. To cast out certain demons (Matthew 17:14-21).

5. To seek help from the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:1-30).

6. To gain greater understanding and insight from the Lord (Daniel 10:1-14).

Personal Responsibilities in Fasting

1. No eating or drinking (completely or partially). Sometimes the Lord will provide specific guidance and timelines.

2. Call urgently upon the Lord (Daniel 9:1-9).

3. Repent and turn from sinfulness (Nehemiah 9:2; Isaiah 58:3-4; Jonah 3:8).

4. Humble yourself before God and man (Daniel 10:12; Isaiah 58:5).

5. Engage in good works (Isaiah 58:6-7).

6. Do not appear to others to be fasting. Fast in secret (Matthew 6:16-18).

7. Abstain from sexual intercourse (1 Corinthians 7:1-5).

By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,Fasting,October 2016   - 


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