Understand It’s War!

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To understand the battle of spiritual warfare, we first must acknowledge that we are in a war. When we hear the word war we think of combat or a battle between of two people that consist of a struggle or controversy. As Believers, we are in a spiritual battleground every day of our lives. Our battles as Believers is spiritual, we cannot see our attacker. But we learn how to fight the battles that are fought in the spiritual realm, and how they have a tremendous impact on our everyday lives.

You are in a spiritual battle rather you want to be or not; there is a battle going on regardless of your opinion. We are either more than conquerors or the conquered. Jesus came to conquer. The war has already been won; we just have to stay in the fight! Everyday victory is achieved by taking authority over the devil, you are either running the devil or he’s running you!

This Kingdom Bible Study Guide will give the insight on where, how and what the spiritual battle looks like in our lives and how to win in spiritual warfare. This book discusses what the Bible teaches regarding spiritual warfare and you will learn how to apply the scriptures to your personal lives to obtain victory over these spiritual battles. It begins with learning the truth of what the scriptures teach and dispelling the lies of the enemy.

Many Believers want to remain ignorant of the reality of spiritual warfare because they do not want to deal with the devil. Before we can discuss the battle, we have to believe in the spiritual realm. We tend to act like little children who closes their eyes during a scary movie, believing that if we can’t see it then it’s not there. Just because you want to pretend you are not in a spiritual battle, does not mean you’re not. The best defense is not ignorance but learning about the spiritual realm and the weapons given to us in order to be victorious.

One Of THOSE Days!

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Have you ever had one of THOSE days?

One of those days where you want to crawl in bed, curl up in a ball, pull the covers up over your head, and completely escape from reality? THOSE days where one setback after another has you feeling frustrated, defeated and overwhelmed, and wondering if whether it would be easier to just throw in the towel? One of those days where everything just seems extremely harder than it should be?

Being a mom is hard.

Being a friend is hard.

Being a business owner is hard.

Being a student is hard.

You want to quit. You want to throw in the towel. You just want things to be easy, and you just want everything to run smoothly.

Trust me, I understand. But, that’s just not how life works.

And so, in these moments, we have to make a choice. We can wallow in self-pity, or we can step out on faith. We can become overwhelmed and quit or we can choose to believe what God said! We can run away, or we can stand and fight! Because sometimes life is hard. People you were counting on let you down. Negative things happen. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said, “the greatest measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Along the same lines Justice William J. Brennan stated, “we must meet the challenge, rather than wish it were not before us.” In other words, we make the choice to rise above our circumstances, even when we don’t feel like it—and even when it feels like we can’t. After all, our character is built in times like these, and there is always a lesson to be learned. And while you can’t control what happens to you, you CAN choose how you decide to respond.

And so, my challenge for you is when you are dealing with a lousy situation, is to remember you still have a choice in how to respond. You can choose peace, joy, forgiveness and embrace the grace of God. You can choose to not give up and refuse to throw in the towel. The strength to prevail is the Holy Spirit dwelling on the inside of you. God could be simply getting you ready for something big down the road.

Live with purpose and don’t give up!

Hearing God Amidst A Pandemic

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These times are not like anything we have ever experienced in our lifetime. The numbers of those tested positive for COVID-19 and deceased continues to increase. We turn on the news that fuel messages of fear and panic. We are cut of from one another, with each day passing of different degrees of isolation. Worries about our health, finances and the future we planned now control our thoughts. But, as believers we are to see God in all things, yet we may find ourselves wondering, “where is God in all this chaos? It may feel to some that God is no longer present.

So much anxiety and fear has arisen from this pandemic: What if I get sick? What if my loved one gets sick? What if I lose my job? What happens now that I have lost my job? What if the store runs out of toilet paper and cleaning supplies? We are so fixated on what we lost—our routines, our plans, our jobs etc.…we fail to see the good that will come out of this. What unforeseen good might God bring out of these troubled times? How about asking the question: what is God trying to say to me now that He’s got my attention? Beloved, we don’t need to be afraid God does not desire our suffering, but rather constantly working on us to “change.” COVID-19 has disrupted business and organizations worldwide and forced many to closed down or furlough their employees, what if God is telling you now is the time to start the business!? For many of us, we experience this uncomfortableness in our daily lives as something negative instead of opening our eyes to see how far we have strayed away form God. It’s time for us to refocus, while this pandemic has brought additional stress and uncertainty and our lives have come to an abrupt stop, this is something we would have never done ourselves. Many of us have been like Martha who was focused on tasks that we have lost sight of what is important. Now, however in the mist of this global pandemic, we can finally slow down and hear the voice of God and what He is calling us to do. Whether this time turns out to be a change for the better depends our ability to change the way we think, our willingness to unlearn some things to learn new things, and to let go of what was to embrace what is.