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Are You Aware of the Angels All Around?
Over and over scripture reveals how involved angels are in this cosmic battle that we live. They battle for us. Minister to us and sometimes we even entertain them unaware. Yet, we rarely talk about them. Let’s take a few minutes to ponder how real and present they are in the workings of even our everyday lives.
Do You Even Know the Cosmic Battle in Which You Live?
One of the greatest deceptions the enemy has gotten our hearts to believe is that we are natural beings living in some spiritual world. But, that is the complete opposite of what is true. Believers in Jesus are spiritual beings living in a natural world, yet because we don’t live this way we often fail to realize the demonic assignments that have been set against us. But, worse than that we don’t realize the power that we have to defeat the demonic assignments coming our way. God has no equal! So, that situation in your life where the enemy is trying to take you under has to bow its knee to the authority that God has given you!
Just in Case You Forgot, You Are a Conqueror!
Often, we forget that every single promise in the Bible is ours. As a follower of Christ, we hold possession to those promises. And one of those promises is that we are conquerors over all the things that come into our life that battle for our peace, our hearts, our minds and our joy. The only way these things are allowed to be stolen is if we hand them over. So, just in case you forgot through all the challenges that were 2020, let me start this year by reminding you, you are a Conqueror!
Recalibrating as We Begin a New Year
As we step into this beginning of a New Year it feels like much of 2020 is still going with us. But what if we offered up the first of our year in a new way to recalibrate our hearts. To slough off the old so we can hear the voice of the Lord for what’s to come. Maybe you need to renew your first love. Maybe you need to renew your mind. Maybe you need to renew your heart. There is no better time than the beginning of a new year.
The Old Is Going, but Did the New Come?
As we close out this most monumental year let’s take a few moments to make sure we aren’t leaving it like we entered it.
The Lukewarm Church
We’ve heard of this church many times. The one Jesus couldn’t tolerate. The one He wanted to throw up. Wow! That’s serious coming from Jesus, but it is also reflective of the church of the final age before He returns. This one. The one we live in now. In this final church, The Church of Laodicea, Jesus calls them The Lukewarm Church. Neither hot nor cold, He’d rather have one or the other. As we head into the week of Christmas, when we celebrate the greatest gift that deserves hearts that are on fire, let’s ask Jesus if there is any place in our life that needs to be ignited. The gift of His life deserves that kind of love.
The Faithful Church
What could be more beautiful than Jesus calling you faithful? One church, The Church of Philadelphia, was a standout in its faithfulness. So much so that Jesus didn’t have one word of correction for it. How can we live like this church?
The Dead Church
In the fifth letter to the church, Jesus addresses The Church of Sardis, whom he called The Dead Church. How sad to have been once alive and then have Jesus look at us and call us dead; especially when the enemy is standing at the gate. There is no greater time for us to be alert and watching than this today! We cannot afford to be dead! Why? Because there is a book of life that awaits us in eternity where our names are written.
The Corrupt Church
In this 4th letter to the churches in the book of Revelation Jesus addresses those who have allowed a Jezebel spirit to enter their midst. This spirit worshipped the god of Baal whose anger could only be satisfied by the shedding of the blood of children. We shed the blood of children today literally. But we also have allowed a Jezebel spirit to seduce us into offering the hearts of our children up as well when we get too comfortable with this world here, because we often forget that our children are watching every decision we make to align our hearts with the “gods” of this world. When we plant roots here and allow the ways of culture to dictate the ways of our lives instead of our lives being surrendered to Jesus our children lose every time. Sometimes tough things need to be talked about. This is one of those tough things.