Crossroads

Crossroads

In the same hospital, some are passing away while others are birthing babies. In an airport, some are weeping seeing their loved ones leave while others are celebrating their loved ones coming home. At every crossroads, we can look for the intervention of the Lord. He causes U-turns, taking us in the opposite direction. He turns our despair into hope. Hallelujah!  

When Jesus arrived at the gates of Nain with his disciples, a large crowd was recounting and rejoicing for the healings and miracles they had just witnessed. At this gate, they passed another group going the opposite direction. A widow was leaving the city, mourning for her son as his coffin was being carried out. It was a crossroad where compassion met sorrow and life met death.

Jesus breaks through, touches, and heals us. Even when we cannot call upon His name amid our tears, He hears what we cannot say, feels our pain, and moves with compassion. He is our healer and helps us rise out of our conditions. When we cross the paths of others, let us also take heed of them and be sensitive to their cry. We can bring consolation, hope and healing in the name of Jesus, from glory to glory!  

Luke 7:13-14 “When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, arise.’”

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Resting in Faith

Resting in Faith

We resist satan by remaining steadfast in our faith. Our faith does not vary based on our circumstances, but is constant through all unexpected trials. Our adversary sends fiery darts our way to tempt us to no longer believe in the promises of God. To be stable in what we believe, regardless of feelings, hurts, and pains we all experience from time to time, is a mighty weapon. 

The victory of Christ defeated the devil on the cross. We do not re-defeat the enemy; we release and re-enforce what Christ has accomplished so perfectly. When we run to the Lord, our adversary must flee. Our enemy’s plan is to get us to run away from the Lord, but the opposite happens. Not only do we run to the Lord, but our steadfastness in Him increases. 

We confront the enemy and take authority over his destructive ways in the name of Jesus. Our faith rebukes fear. Standing immovable moves the enemy away from our place of victory. We are truly more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We are champions because of the greater one who lives in us, from glory to glory

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1 Peter 5:8-10 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

 

 

 

Free to Flee

Free to Flee

Our freedom in Christ enables us to flee when temptation comes. Instead of so easily running into a trap of the enemy, we can rush to the Lord. We discern the cunning of our adversary. Aware that the enemy can disguise himself as an angel of light, prepares us to watch and flee; not slowly, but quickly. Like a deer facing danger, we leap away from hindrances. 

We trust the leading of the Holy Spirit with each step we take. When He says flee, we do. No time for questioning. Immediately we obey. In some situations, we must flee, taking no time to think it over; even a slight delay can hinder our escape. We become stronger, saying no when necessary as we reinforce our boundaries.  

In Christ, we are free indeed! Jesus is our fortress, our refuge and our strength. We move rapidly and run to Him. We long to reach and keep our place of safety in Him. It’s not fleeing because of fear; it’s escaping to absorb the protection we have in Christ. We are free to flee, from glory to glory!  

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

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Hurtful Words

Hurtful Words

The sharp words of rejection his friend spoke to him, shocked him and left him speechless. They were filled with anger, curses and contempt. He rushed out wondering how this could happen after being so close for fifteen years. Why didn’t he just say no to his request for $200 to help him meet his rent? How could he deal with this pain and heaviness? The answer came through: spiritual help.

Words, like in this case, hurt, especially coming from those close to us. They are like knives thrown into our hearts. Their effects run deep. Then healing of the wound happens, with the help of the Spirit of God, through forgiveness and healing.

Some words we know of; some we do not. We should often condemn every word that comes against us in judgment. We yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit for any wrongdoing on our part (known and unknown), stand on what the Word says about us, and with it conquer all negative words, in Jesus’ name, from glory to glory!

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.”