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STOP!

STOP!

A most important word.
Full of power and comfort.
When used in conjunction with Scripture.

2 Corinthians 10:5  (NKJV) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,  source

When renegade thoughts invade with intent, stop is a refuge for deliverance.
Just that simple word spoken with the authority of the Blood of JESUS will shut the mouths of lions seeking YOU to devour.
Say it out loud.
Experience casting down those crippling, haunting, malicious thoughts.
Stop.

1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. source

Stop!

Use it today.
You will surely need it.
I did.
That’s how I was prompted to share it with you this morning.
Happy Sunday!

Tenderized

I have a quick observation to share from 1 Peter 3:9.

Well, we might as well read verses 8 through 12.

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 
10 For “He who would love life

And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.

11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is 
against those who do evil.”  source 

The fact that it is recorded for us to not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling tells me that some brothers and some sisters are going to act in evil ways toward another brother and/or sister and that some are going to revile one another. 

IF we want the blessings of our Father, let us make sure the one doing NOT the evil and NOT the reviling is US

Should I say it again? Let us not be surprised or caught off guard when these hurts come to us, let us prepare ourselves ahead of time so our responses will be well-pleasing to our Father.
And we will when we take our hearts daily (moment by moment) to The Father asking Him to tenderize us so we will NOT be tough as shoe leather – walking on others.

That’s it.

Lions

We are reading 1 Peter 1:13 and following today. 

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” source

Going back to verse 12 we can know the reason for the, therefore.  Verse 12 reminds us Holy Spirit has come and because He is here with us we can do this.
We can gird up the loins of our minds.
We can be sober and we can REST our hope in Jesus Christ who has been revealed to us and will yet be further revealed to us. We can be holy in our conduct. 
We do want that, don’t we?

Gird. I like the definition I found for this word: gird.

To prepare (oneself) for action

It is with our minds yielded to Holy Spirit that we are prepared for action. 
And there are plenty of actions to be taken in this present season. Right?

A silly observation and I’ll end this for today.
Loins. 
Swap the o and i  in loins and we get LIONS.
If we gird up the loins of our minds, will we become more like the LION of Judah? 

Eating

Just a quick word. It seems important. 

2 Timothy 2:15 and 1 Peter 2:2
Both are familiar.

2 Timothy 2:15  (NKJV) 
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. source

It takes work to eat. You have to be intentional.  Good nutrition does not come without effort. 
Planning, prepping, preparing, and actually eating. 

1 Peter 2:2  (NKJV) 
as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, source

Newborns. Have you noticed Moms don’t have to beg healthy newborns to take milk?
So, based on 1 Peter 2:2 why do Christians not desire the Word of GOD as intently as babies desire milk?

That’s it. I promised quick. 

Dead or Alive?

Admittedly, it’s my opinion, an opinion born of observation. 

The Church (by that I mean people as a whole professing to be Christians) has forgotten we have a real enemy.
The church at large, for a way long time now, conducts business as though Satan is dead or at the most just a little cartoon character with neither power nor gumption to pay us any mind. 
How about this?

1 Peter 5:8  (NKJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. source

Or this one?

John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. source

And this one?

Job 2:7  (NKJV) So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. source

Does this sound like someone we should just ignore, pretend he does not exist? 

Let’s look at another one. 

Mark 4:15  (NKJV) 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. source

Shall we ignore this? If we do, he is well at work just as described in Mark 4:15.

Am I suggesting we live in mortal fear of him? Hiding in our homes refusing to venture out, afraid to open our mouths? 
Nope. Just cultivate a healthy respect for a deadly enemy and a passion to abide in an intimate fellowship with our Father Who can right today send him cowering in mortal fear and eventually to the Lake of Fire forever. 

Here. Read this from Revelation 20 and have a delightful day! 

Revelation 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 
and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. source

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 
and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 
They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. source

How’s that for encouragement?

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