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Friday, March 11, 2016

God Created Lucifer, Now Known as Satan. God Assigned him the Voice of Worship. Today, People Cannot Discern Between God and Satan's Voice.

One of the biggest keys to living the abundant life is to know the voice of your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Praying for discerning of spirits and the gift of wisdom is first and foremost a good first step. The gift of discernment (1 Cor. 12:10) is a supernatural ability to distinguish between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, between holiness and evil.

God created Lucifer, now known as Satan, as one of the three top angels in Heaven. Lucifer had responsibility for the angels assigned to worship, while Michael leads the warrior angels who oppose evil and unrighteousness, and Gabriel guides the angels assigned to bring God’s messages to people. As part of his creation, God gave angels a certain amount of free will. They didn’t get as much freedom as the humans God created, but they got some. It’s not news that letting people–and angels–make their own decisions means some dreadful decisions get made. And so it was with Lucifer. His position went to his head. As he led his angels in worshiping God, Lucifer decided some of that worship should be coming his way. As he saw it, he was as good as God and deserved equal honor. In fact, he decided, he should be God. That decision cost Lucifer everything. You have people today who cannot discern God's voice from Satan's voice. They are listening to the wrong voice in their ear and in their head. Satan brought his assignment to earth and today he will whisper in people's ear and get in their head and they end up worshiping Satan. He was assigned the voice of worship, sound. He's making the wrong sound on earth and people are listening.

The most difficult part of hearing God is the fact that it takes time to learn to discern God's voice -- and it takes a humble heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, "Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."
We can't make demands on Almighty God. We can't shake our fist at the sky and say, 'all right God, let me hear you.' But we can ask, seek, and knock, and the Bible promises that God will open the door. God will reveal Himself to those who humbly seek Him.

A person living in the world of sin is not the devils target, active Christians are. Think about it; why would Satan go after people in the world? He already has them just where he wants them. Today he isn’t fighting the church, he’s joining it.  One of his main targets now is destroying the family units, causing marital strife but he is also causing strife in many other areas of life for humans whether they are in or out of the church. Today he is wrecking havoc any and everywhere. Beware and on guard. He does more harm by sowing tares than by pulling up wheat. We must remember that Satan is also a fisher of men and not only does he cast his net in the world but he is casting it in the church as well. Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. His servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. "Satan's greatest weapon is man's ignorance of God's Word." Satan knows the difference between a professing Christian and a True Believer.

The devil will always point out your faults, your flesh will dwell on it but your soul can overcome it with prayer and positive thoughts!  I’d rather spend a lifetime on my knees in prayer than another moment in darkness without God!  When my day starts with prayer and ends with prayer, everything in between seems to always work out!  Fight all of your battles on your knees, you can’t lose.
The Bible does tell us that for the believer nothing happens outside God's control—and yes, if we know Christ, His angels continually watch over us. The Bible says that God "will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11). It also teaches that the angels—although they are largely unseen—watch over us and work for our good. The Bible says, "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).

Rather than only one angel, therefore, God surrounds us with a host of angels to protect us and go before us. Even when hard times come, Satan can never snatch us away from their protection—and some day they will escort us safely to heaven. The reality of God's angels should give us great confidence in the Bible's promises. 
Whenever you deal with temptation, you realize Satan is smooth and shrewd. He makes disobeying God and doing the wrong thing seem logical, even attractive–not to mention wise, clever and sophisticated. That last one gets to a lot of people.
You have people today who cannot discern God's voice from Satan's voice. 2nd Corinthians 11: 13-15. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
Confused? Have you ever been in a situation where Satan is all in the midst of it? look like your prayers aren't working.  It appears that nothing is working, problems with spouse, family members, children, friends, co-workers or church members. Satan is the source of gossip and confusion. Do not allow Satan to whisper in your ear. Watch your thoughts, Satan sneaks into them.  If Satan is whispering to you. Tell him to run back to his address! He has to obey you! Yes, that's right; he has to obey you.  Remember that when you speak the name of Jesus, Satan and all of his demons tremble, now that should tell you something, that our Father's name is powerful in all of heaven and earth. The devil can lead you to sin but he cannot make you sin, you can choose to take action or walk away.  God does not make you remember your sin, the devil does. Satan wants to see you fail, matter of fact, the devil will set up your failure for you.  Don't entertain Satan's tactics.

God can send storms our way just to tune up our faith!.  Something you need to remember and never forget; the Lord is with you, over you, in you, you are never alone!  Make no space in your life for the devil to move around!  Sometimes the world calls our flesh, let your mind stay focused on God and He will hush the sounds.  We just have to step back from our life and let God be the director, only God can calm the storm.

For many Christians, prayer is a thing we "ought" to do.  There was a time, however, prayer was a thing that we "had" to do.  When you have to do a thing, there are no options.  We got to get back to the way we use to be with God. Sometimes God turn things upside down, so that we may cling to Him.  Those who bless God in their trials will be blessed by God through their trials.  Don't allow Satan to have the final say in your life or situation.  You have the right and authority to do that, you can easily reverse that and you can make sure that you have the final say in Satan's life when it comes to you.  Send the devil running back to his address. Let him know that any relationship with him is toxic and lethal, there is nothing good that comes from Satan.

Great is the power of Satan, and strong is the hold he has upon us by reason of the evil that is in us. We cannot escape his cruel and dangerous assaults. But we have a precious ally and intercessor in Jesus Christ. His heart and tender sympathy go with us in our trials.
God will never leave us wanting, He will fulfill every need. There is NOTHING Satan can do for us.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Don't Judge My Story, Just Help Me Write A New Chapter

…What’s the story behind these ruins?” (1 Kings 9:6-9 MSG)
“I’m on the edge of losing it – the pain in my gut keeps burning. I’m ready to tell my story of failure…” (Psalm 38:17-20 MSG)

I’ve discovered that the "make a difference" people in this world, the healers, are the ones who never forget this critical issue in dealing with people: YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND THE WAY THEY ACT, UNTIL YOU KNOW THEIR STORY! AND EVERYBODY’S GOT A STORY!  You watch how they act, how they treat people, you see the bad attitude they have, and you say, "I don’t know what her problem is, but I don’t have to deal with her foolishness! I don't know why he woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but I will not be treated like I was his aggravating alarm clock that disturbed his beauty sleep!” Or, you respond with the same garbage they just dished out to you. So often we judge people with little, distorted or no information at all! We see what they do, and assume that’s who they are. But rarely is that ever the case.

I remember discovering how wrong I had been about some of the women in a leadership group, AFTER many of them poured out their hearts at our women’s retreat. Late into the night, people you thought you knew, revealed the pain in their background. Some of the women who were “distant” were physically, mentally, verbally, and sexually abused. Some of the women who had "bad attitudes" actually suffered from varying mental illnesses (such as depression). Some of the women who "dogged men out", were in relationships that treated them like property instead of like a person. Some of the women who didn’t like to be a "part of our social gatherings", were actually ex-alcoholics, and although our events had no alcohol at them, for them, just being in a place with a lot of people, laughing, joking, having fun, listening to music, all gave them urges to need a drink (since that was mostly the settings when they did drink).
In other words, suddenly the lights went on and I said, "So that's what I've been seeing all these years! It had nothing to do with their personality, just their personal, private, painful past." I felt bad that I had been responding to them based on their deeds, and never considered the needs behind those deeds. And the truth is, there are some people that we come into contact with on a daily basis (in our homes, churches, work, school, supermarket, laundromat, hair salon etc…) that are "crying". But unfortunately, we get so frustrated because we don’t know why they’re crying that we simply ignore the cry, or wait for someone else to come and pick them up and figure it out. I can’t even imagine the amount of people who have left our churches because they were “crying” and no one took the time and patience to figure out why. We were so busy being frustrated by the “noise” of their behavior, attitude, ways, and words, that we didn’t listen for the story behind the cry.
We’re so busy reacting, instead of listening. Which brings to mind Ephesians 4, beginning with verse 29. He says, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their NEEDS, that it may benefit those who listen" (NIV).
Let’s, as my custom, view this verse in a few translations, shall we?:
“Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the NEED and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].” (AMP);

In other words, don't say things that will tear a person down, only things that will build that person up! Why? Because you're focusing on their NEEDS, not their DEEDS! The word “need” is defined as “something required because it is essential or very important; expressing necessity or obligation; circumstances in which a thing or course of action is required.” And despite what their deeds may have been, there were needs that they stemmed from (if only we would take the patience and time to figure them out).
Listen: Whether that person is your child, your spouse, your parent, your friend, your coworker, or someone at church, they’re response is more about their need than their deed. And no matter what their response, your reaction is to meet their need! You are to love them enough to listen to their story until you can find the chapter their stuck in that needs and requires your help. Are you obligated to do that? Absolutely! “You are your brother/sisters keeper!John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” (AMP) The Message Bible says it like this, “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (vss. 34-35 MSG).
Listen: If you knew their story, you'd understand that they've been made to feel worthless much of their life. So they make choices based on the fact that they're viewed as trash by some (especially those closest to them). And that’s one of the hardest battles to be won, is helping a person get past their past, and to forget what they keep recalling. You have to love them Forward! Your love for your brothers/sisters needs to be progressive (‘proceeding gradually or in stages; engaging in or constituting forward motion’)! They will never get to where they need to be if they remain stuck where they are. And sometimes that means we have to be their “pen” of inspiration. When they feel the horror story is how it ends, we need to step up to the “desk” and say “oh no it’s not! There’s another chapter in you and we’re going to write it out!They need to know that their character doesn’t die here; this is not the final chapter; the story is not over!
No Matter How They ACT, You Are Responsible to Stay In CHARACTER! Never Act Out!
Now, if we’re being honest here, we’ve all been in situations where we wanted to (and some of us did), treat other people the same way they treated us! After all, no one smiles at the person they held the door open for, and when they walk through they never parted their lips to say thank you. No one is happy about a person they’ve helped, that treats them harshly in return. But does that give you reason, justification or excuse? Absolutely Not!
Ephesians 4:26-27, “Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.” (MSG);
Matthew 18:21-22, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, when someone won’t stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive them? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive them more than seven times. You must CONTINUE to forgive them even if they do wrong to you seventy-seven times.” (ERV); [By the way, that wonderful word "continue" is defined as "to persist in an activity or process; to remain in existence; to carry on with; to carry on traveling in the same direction." Its Latin Origin "coninuare", from "continuus" literally means "uninterrupted." So no matter their response or reaction, you have to CONTINUE to forgive them!]
Are You Getting This?! Your Only Reaction to Their Response is Love!
You have to step in their shoes, after all, that’s what Intercessors do. They fill the gap, step in the middle, carry a load that’s killing you! And truth is, maybe their story includes some awful hurt that has turned them hard so they won't get hurt anymore. Maybe there's some morally dark chapters in their past that can make them critical and legalistic today because they hate what they used to be. They may wound because they've been wounded. Remember: “Hurt People, Hurt People” Somewhere behind the way they act is a story of a perfectionist parent, trust lost because of abuse, the absence of a father's love, abandonment, failure, tragedy and the like. So stop judging their story, intercede instead, and simply help them to write a new chapter!
Stop concerning yourself with what they’re drinking; what they’re smoking; how long they’ve been fornicating; how many tats and piercings they have; why the marriage ended; why they didn’t finish school; why they left that church; why they dress the way they do; or why do they have 5 kids with 3 baby daddies! Concern yourself more-so with helping them to write their next chapter, instead of being stuck re-reading their last one!
The Bible is clear, "…Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice." (Ephesians 4:31 NIV) Which for many of us, that has been our response to their deeds. But instead, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ in God forgave you." (vs. 32 NIV) That's how we'll respond if we operate, trying to understand there are needs beneath those deeds; there's a history behind those hang-ups.
One thing I can tell you from a lot of years of learning what's really inside people - when a person is hardest to love, they need your love the most! And that's when you ask Jesus to release His love through you because your love just isn't enough. React to their bad attitude or their bad treatment, and you can be just another person who just wounds an already wounded person more. Respond with the mercy and the grace and the compassion you got from Jesus and you can be part of healing that wounded person.
Everybody's got a story, and you can help write a new chapter.Remember the opening text: “…What’s the story behind these ruins?” (1 Kings 9:6-9 MSG) Everybody has a story behind their ruins! So don’t be so quick to respond and react! James 1:19, “Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];” (AMP)
If that be our reaction, maybe, just maybe, their response will be our other opening text: “I’m on the edge of losing it – the pain in my gut keeps burning. I’m ready to tell my story of failure…” (Psalm 38:17-20 MSG)
No one wants to talk to someone that’s not listening. How about today be the day we stop lashing out at the way they act, and simply listen to their story? "Everybody's got a story to tell. The only problem is finding a person that will listen...and care."

Sunday, March 6, 2016

This Is What A Quick Fix Will Do.

Whatever you feed will take over - either the flesh or the SpiritA quick fix can give birth to an Ishmael.  A God fix can give birth to an Isaac.  A God fix will bless generations.  Sometimes we look for a quick fix rather than looking for a God fix.  A quick fix is just what it say a quick fix, temporary, not sustainable, something for the moment, a God fix is everlasting. Stay connected to God and you will stay directed by God.  Having doubts and  mixed emotions when God lead you into unknown territory will cause you to experience many delays in your life.   We don't have to understand God to trust Him.

Sometimes we are in a hurry when God is not.
There is no Drive-Thru breakthrough in God. This walk is not instant nor a quick fix. It's a lifetime journey!  We want everything quick, but God have us in a crock pot, not a microwaveGod leads us in small steps, not by leaps and bounds. Be bold in prayer, but know that God sets the terms. If you authentically seek God on His terms, you will not only find Him but you will follow Him, Trust Him and Wait on Him even when you are in a hurry.

Blessings
J.P. Olson

Thursday, March 3, 2016

We Are Trying to Fight Our Own Battles and We Continue to Lose. Our Shelter Is Not a Place, It's A Person

Presently there appear to be a disconnection between earth and heaven, between man and God. We are trying to fight our own battles and we continue to lose. Whenever faced with a trial many people resort to a faulty shelter, even those who claim to be believers. You will be faced with some type of crisis in your life; it may be in your marriage, career, finances, health, or even faith.  During a life crisis, God has an evacuation route in place.  King David was one of the greatest kings of Israel.  He was also known as the man after God’s own heart.  He had a special relationship with God, but that did not make him immune from adversity.  David teaches that in an unshakable life:

1.  OUR SHELTER IS NOT A PLACE, IT’S A PERSON. David finds shelter in God.  David’s shelter is his personal relationship with God.  He surrenders his life over to God and finds refuge in him.  During a troubling situation, surrender to God, and pray. Instead of taking the path of worry and fear, take the path to God’s shelter. During trials it is easy to fall into a faulty shelter.  A faulty shelter does not really help us, but it offers a false sense of comfort or security.  False shelters can be found in drinking, smoking, food, and hobbies.   In commercial buildings there are emergency routes that lead to safety, they are normally marked in red.  In the New Testament, Jesus’ words are written in red.  His words will guide and lead to His shelter.

Think about it: It would be foolish for a team to sit on the sidelines stressed, worried and frustrated with their fingers crossed in hopes that they will win the Superbowl, when in fact; they were already declared the winners! It would look silly for them to pace the field waiting to hear what has already been said! Likewise, it’s just as foolish for believers to stress, fret, worry and panic over what God has Already fixed!
When God Goes Into Battle, Victory Is Guaranteed! So, before you dare to doubt that you are well equipped and well able to win your every battle with God on your side, remember that the Battle is HIS, and HE has NEVER lost, and NEVER will!

It makes no sense to pray you come out on top, when He’s Already declared you are Already out on top! So, why worry over a victory you’ve Already attained? Why stress over a battle that has Already been won in your favor? Why lose your mind, your sleep, your appetite and even your hair over what the doctor has said when Jesus has said that “By My Stripes You Are ALREADY Healed?” It is unbecoming behavior for a believer to walk in unbelief! So today declare to yourself, God Has Already Done It! I Believe It, I Receive It and It’s Already Mine!
Blessings
J.P. Olson