March 15, 2006

Halfway There

Being in the middle of here and there can be tough. Regardless of the process, circumstance, or situation, being in the middle can be frustrating. You’re happy that you’ve begun, but the end seems too far away. Your focus may not be as sharp, you feel tired, lazy, and angry that your goal, dream, or promise has not materialized.

Sadly, this middle ‘place’ is filled with aborted dreams, goals, and promises. Many become agitated with waiting and want to see change NOW, RIGHT NOW!!! It’s at this point that we make a decision (God hasn’t approved) just to ‘move’ in some direction, usually with dire results.

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: March 2006,Perseverance   - 

March 14, 2006

Fully Justified

1. There are times when people lie on you, talk bad about you, mistreat you, and use you to their advantage. It’s times like these when you want to fight back, speak your mind (or at least give them a piece of it), defend yourself, and avenge the wrong done to you. Even though many know that vengeance is the Lord’s and He’ll repay (Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19), the feeling of self-vindication doesn’t seem to go away.

2. There are times when you want to see the other person or group pay for what they did! You want them to know that you were the WRONG PERSON to mess with and to think twice before doing it again! You want to see them squirm and beg for your mercy and forgiveness (Proverbs 24:17-18).

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March 4, 2006

Think Life

The decisions we make and our attitudes throughout the day (that affects those decisions) are often based on the thoughts we allow to fill our minds. If I’m thinking about negative issues all day (people, places, and things), how can I expect to be happy and upbeat?! I’ll be just as negative as the thoughts I allow to run free within my mind.

You become what you think!

If you’ve been wondering why you’re mad and upset throughout the day, take time to inventory what you’ve been thinking about. A change of behavior is as close as a change in thought…well…that’s where it begins. Strive to keep your mind in perfect peace by thinking about the right things:

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: March 2006,Thought Life   -  Tags:    

With the constant call of temptation around every corner, we can often feel helpless and a captive to its alluring call. Many times we want to get far away from temptation as possible, but then there are times when we don’t want to say ‘no.’ We make the choice to give into temptation and give birth to sin – repeating a constant cycle that wears us down, places us in harm’s way, and pulls us outside of God’s perfect will.

Just as we make the decision to give into sin, we can make the decision to say ‘no’ to sin. Please understand that there’s not enough strength in the world for you to say ‘no’ on your own, but through Christ, His grace and power will make up the difference in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)…but it all begins with a choice. We must want to change!

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: March 2006,Sin/Temptation   -  Tags:    

In dealing with physical illness, car problems, marital issues, etc., we are given signs or symptoms that tell us something is not working in the manner it was designed. We treat the headache, bad fuel mileage, and disagreements at home, but we don’t always research the root cause of that symptom. We focus on the symptom without considering the root problem that may be lurking in the shadows.

The symptoms are a way of telling us something is wrong, but there is often a deeper root issue. In dealing with sin, we often treat the symptoms by having accountability partners or pornography blockers on the computer (for example). Having accountability partners and pornography blockers are good, but if the desire to sin is not uprooted, you will find ways to sneak around your accountability partners or go to the Adult Bookstore rather than surf the web…with Satan and the flesh helping you along the way.

Symptoms must be properly addressed, but we cannot afford to stop there. The desire to sin must be removed. That may come through the fear of the Lord, hating what God hates, meditating on the Word of God, being pro-active, etc. – these are ways to help you deal with your willful desire to sin. Your situation may be different than someone else, but you can seek the Lord about your specific circumstances.

Please do not allow these roots to remain in your life. Find them and uproot them!

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: March 2006,Sin/Temptation   - 

As long as we are on this earth, there is one sure guarantee: you will experience temptation. (Being tempted does not mean you that sin; it is the acceptance of the temptation that gives birth to it.) Regardless of the area, issue, or subject, Satan and our flesh will proposition us with temptation.

We have been victims of temptation, but we don’t have to give in! Often when we are presented with temptation, we mull over the prospect of committing the act. Thinking about temptation and the ‘acts’ that ensue only gives the temptation more strength, leaving us feeling helpless to overcome. Rather than listening and thinking about temptation and sin, we can give tempting thoughts a proper response:

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1. Ready for ‘full-time’ ministry. Right now, thousands of Christians are waiting for the opportunity to go into ‘full-time’ ministry. We are working jobs we dislike (mainly because they keep us from full-time service); supporting bosses we don’t care for; and are surrounded by people that drive us crazy!

As we think about the plight of our situation, we only become more discouraged and enraged because we cannot be where we like and do what we love. Dreams and visions of ‘running free’ for the Lord would dance through our minds, then in a flash, reality sets in – too far from our desire and too close to the surroundings that keep us ‘trapped.’

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Business,March 2006,Ministry/Service   - 

Scriptures

Genesis

2   3   4   9   10   12   13   15   25   28   41


Exodus

2   3   17   18   22   23   31   32


Leviticus

24


Numbers

14   15   16   19   20   21


Deuteronomy

1   6   7   17   24   27   32


Joshua

1  9  22


Judges

3


1 Samuel

1   16


2 Chronicles

20


Ezra

8


Nehemiah

9


Job

1  2  16


Psalms

1  5  9  11  15  16  18  90  19  33  34  37  39  46  51  55  63  68  78  90  91  94  101  104  103  119  121  122  139  145  146  147


Proverbs

3  4  5  6  8  9  10  11  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  21  22  23  24  25  27  29  30


Ecclesiastes

3  4  5  7  11


Isaiah

1  14  25  26  43  55  59  64


Jeremiah

1


Ezekiel

2  28


Daniel

3  10


Jonah

1  2  3  4


Habakkuk

2


Zechariah

7


Malachi

2


Matthew

4  5  6  7  8  9  10  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20  21  22  24  25  26  28


Mark

2  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  16


Luke

4  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  16  17  18  19  24


John

1  2  3  4  6  7  8  9  10  12  13  14  15  16  17


Acts

1  2  4  8  9  6  10  13  17


Romans

1  3  4  5  6  7  8  10  12  13  14  15  16


1 Corinthians

2  3  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  15


2 Corinthians

4  5  8  9  10  11  12


Galatians

3  5  6


Ephesians

2  4  5  6


Philippians

1  2  4


Colossians

1  2  3


1 Thessalonians

4  5


2 Thessalonians

2


1 Timothy

2  3  4  5  6


2 Timothy

2  3  4


Titus

1  2  3


Hebrews

1  2  3  4  5  6  8  9  10  11  12


James

1  3  4  5


1 Peter

1  2  3  4  5


2 Peter

1  2  3


1 John

1  2  3


2 John

1


3 John

1


Jude

1


Revelation

1  2  3  12  14  20  21  22

Dates

2019

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12

2018

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12


2017

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2016

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12


2015

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12


2014

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12


2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12


2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2003

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2002

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2001

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