“How Convinced Are You That God Will Really Move By His Power In Your Life?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Convinced Are You That God Will Really Move By His Power In Your Life?”

When the adversities of life begin to severely test your faith, will you believe in the power of prayer and the power of Him who hears your prayer?

In 1 Kings Chapter 17, we are given a true story that reveals that God’s power knows no limits and has no restraints.

1 Kings 17:20-22 NLT says, “Then Elijah cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, why have you brought tragedy to this widow who has opened her home to me, causing her son to die?” And he stretched himself out over the child three times and cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, please let this child’s life return to him.”  The LORD heard Elijah’s prayer, and the life of the child returned, and he revived!

This widow had already experienced the power and the blessings of God.  Earlier, she had prepared her very last amount of food for her and her son, but instead she gave it to the prophet.  As a result of her faithful giving, God miraculously touched her meal barrel, so that it remained supplied.

As trials and tribulations always seem to come into our lives, death now had stretched its hand against this widow’s only son.  Hope seemed gone as darkness began to overshadow her joy in an attempt to crush her faith and destroy her belief.

As she cried out to the Prophet Elijah, he took her son’s lifeless body into his bedroom and laid it upon his bed.  Then Elijah began to pray to the one that is the true power source of our prayers.

Elijah used natural means for warming or revivifying the child, not with the hope that it alone would prove beneficial, but with the full confidence that God would supernaturally intervene.  His gesture only expressed his grief for the child’s death, his great desire to have him raised, and his fervent prayer to God.  What actions are you demonstrating that reveal you have faith in God? 

Elijah’s conviction was so strong and sure that Almighty God would move, that stretched himself over the deceased child three times and refused to doubt in his heart.  He believed in prayer that prevails and the God that restores.  Are you convinced that there is no failure in the one that raised Jesus from the grave?

This was a great and most extraordinary prayerful request, such as never been asked of God by Elijah before.  While Elijah had no precedent  for requesting such a thing, he knew he needed a miracle which only God alone could do.

Are you experiencing a situation that you’ve never gone through before?  We too must have the confidence that there’s nothing to hard for our Lord to do.

In times of distress, illness, unexpected hard times, believers must run to God, not away from Him.  His word can still be trusted, His promises are still our sure foundation for us to stand upon, and His name is still above ever other name.

Don’t doubt in your heart!!!  Allow any difficult situation to become another great stepping stone towards your maturity in faith.  Continue to rise and give Him the glory throughout any adversity and you too shall experience the mighty grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Are You Going To Church But Returning Home The Same Way?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Going To Church But Returning Home The Same Way?”

Do you have questions that need real answers?  Are you in need of a fresh revelation from The Lord?    Are you praying but not seeing answers?  Do you want to see the power of God moving in your life?

Experiencing the grace and power of God is MUCH MORE than just routinely attending a religious service, sitting in a church pew, clapping your hands to the beat of the praise music or saying an occasional “Amen” as the pastor preaches.  “Are you just sitting in the premises or standing on God’s promises?”

The Word of God is The Power of God Through Christ Jesus.  The same Word that became flesh through the incarnation is very real today through His resurrection. And today, Jesus still saves, forgives, delivers, heals, provides for, comforts, enables and strengthens.  DO YOU KNOW AND BELIEVE HIM?

In Acts 8:26-40, we are given an amazing story in which The Holy Spirit goes into great detail to tell us about a man returning home unsatisfied about his religious experience and was still hungry for the truth.

Returning from the Jewish worship services in Jerusalem, he sat reading a scroll of Isaiah 53: 7-8, with a great desire to know more.  There was still a void in his heart as he left, but God went into action on the dusty road as he was on his way back home.

Philip, who was one of the original deacons selected to serve tables in the church, had been elevated and was now mightily being used by God to evangelize the region by preaching Jesus Christ.

Philip, who wasn’t told what to expect, was being divinely guided to go to a desert road as The Lord was supernaturally guiding the events.  So upon arrival, he found this Ethiopian Eunuch of great authority sitting in his chariot reading.

When Philip appeared, the Ethiopian Eunuch didn’t question Philip about who he was or where he’d come from.  He needed something else, ANSWERS!   Answers that only God could supply.

So a man of God, full of The Word of God, anointed with The Spirit of God was being used to preach Jesus Christ.

God had gone and still goes to great lengths for you to know and experience Him.  The only question that remains is “Are you willing to allow Christ to impact your life through His Word and Holy Spirit?”

In Acts 8:30-31 NASB, the Bible says, “Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Philip did more than just interpret this portion of scripture, HE PREACHED JESUS to this eunuch.  He didn’t offer any religious philosophy, traditional church views or new age doctrine.  HE PREACHED THE RESURRECTED AND ASCENDED JESUS CHRIST! 

God knows who you are, where you are and what you need mostIf you give Him all of yourself, He will give you all of Himself. 

“Is your heart hungry for Him?” What is it that you’re missing or lacking?   What do you need from The Lord?  What void do you have that needs to be filled? What emptiness are you experiencing that needs to be satisfied?  What do you need from The Living Christ?

Christ, through His Word and Holy Spirit, wants to move in your heart and life and orchestrate in your affairs.  Will you walk with Him and allow God to do something gracious and amazing that only He can do.

The Jews of that day believed that eunuchs were prohibited from coming into the assembly of God’s people because they were regarded as ritually impure according to Lev. 21: 20 and 22: 19-25.   But Isaiah had prophesied that one day eunuchs would be allowed into the assembly of God’s people in Isaiah 56: 3-5, and that prophecy was fulfilled here in Acts.

So when the eunuch saw there was water near, he asked Philip to baptize him and after making his confession to Christ, and Philip didn’t hesitate to baptize him.

Finally, upon returning back to his chariot, he wasn’t troubled that Philip was snatched away by The Spirit of God and it didn’t seem to bother him.  For he now had come to experience the Risen Christ for himself and kept on rejoicing as he went on his way back home.

 

“What Does It Take For You To Really See God?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 “What Does It Take For You To Really See God?”

The dictionary defines the word “obstruction” as a barrier, impediment, object or even a person, that prevents, blocks or acts as a determent against you.  It also may be defined as a weight, burden, disadvantage or handicap that you permit to hinder you.

Such was the case, as we catch a glimpse of Isaiah’s call to ministry during a very tough historical time.

Isaiah 6:1 NIV says, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”

The death of King Uzziah, who had been on the throne for fifty two years, marked the end of an era.  Though there was outward material prosperity, there was much corruption.  Urgent changes were needed to be made involving the arising international crisis with the invading Assyrian Empire, the corrupt political internal leadership of Judah, along with the wicked behavior of the people.

The lack of faithfulness and sin in the latter part of King Uzziah reign, assumed great significance in the heart of Isaiah. 

For after many years of loyal service before the Lord, pride entered the heart of King Uzziah, so upon his attempt to profane the office of the priests and burn incense in the Temple, he was immediately stricken with leprosy, upon which he was shut up in a separate house of seclusion, where he died.

Jerusalem had also just experienced an earthquake, which had so terrified them, that it left on his mind a vague sense of impending judgment.  So, upon Uzziah’s death, Isaiah began to “see the Lord” and God spoke and revealed Himself.

Often, there are “things” that are obstructions, blocking your view of the Lord.  They can be either positive or negative things that can be used as obstructions.

Some of the negative obstructions can be losses, disappointments, painful experiences, troubling times, financial hardships, family divisions, illness or any other type of damnable situations that are being used to by the enemy to prevent you from seeing The Lord.

Some of the earthly positive obstructions can be “good living or a care-free life,” the overwhelming demands or cares of your business or career, or your ever consuming efforts to gain wealth or other materialistic things.

Anything can become or be used as an “obstruction” by the enemy, to keep you from viewing, seeing, submitting, surrendering or committing yourself to Christ and being led by The Holy Spirit of God.

In the case of Isaiah, it was when the earthly king was dead that the Living, Heavenly King was revealed.  God appeared to the prophet in human form, and as a King, seated on a throne, raised over the Ark of the Covenant, surrounded by ministering angels, who were singing His praise as His Divine glory filled the whole Temple.

This amazing vision of God overwhelmed the Isaiah with a sense of his own depravity, bringing him to the place of complete surrender and submission.

Sometimes, as we go through life, God allows “things” to be removed or emptied from our lives that we may be filled with Himself.  Losses may come and go, but we shall be none the poorer as our eyes become fixed on Him.  He will more than fill any void or gap with His own glorious presence as we too behold Him.

Then we also shall see things more clearly, be strengthened to endure and walk in complete obedience to Him and His will.

 

“Are You Really Trusting In The Lord?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Really Trusting In The Lord?”

A story was reported about a group of passengers on an airplane that suddenly entered an area of severe turbulence. The passengers were terrified, some screamed while others were visibly shaken.

Then one of the badly shaken passengers noticed a little girl, sitting very contently as she continued playing with her toys and looking at her books. She clearly showed no sign of fear. When asked why she wasn’t afraid during the terrible turbulence she simply replied, Because my daddy is the pilot and he’s in full control.”

Trusting The Lord always depends upon your personal relationship with Him.  If a trustworthy family member tells you that they will pick you up at the airport at 9pm, you know that they will be there because you trust them because of your personal relationship with them.

If a total stranger approaches you in the market and says if you loan him a $500 he will pay you back on next week, but because you lack relationship, how do you know that you can trust him?

In Isaiah 41:10 NIV God Says, “Fear not, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, and I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

While this promise from our Lord was initially addressed to the exiled Jews during their long and painful captivity in Babylon, it’s also addressed to His people today who are going through any adverse, negative and painful circumstances or conditions.

God made it clear before, and Is once again making it very plain, Fear Not, For I AM With Thee.” HE IS the sole reason that we shouldn’t ever be fearful.

Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” What higher consolation can you ever desire or have than the assurance of Him being our Heavenly Father and a protector, counselor, and guide to us during times of great confusion and difficulty.

There is no higher honor in life than to enter into His family and be permitted to call the Creator and The Most High God Father“, and have the Lord of the universe as our Eternal Friend.

“Be not dismayed” means that whenever a state of alarm or danger comes, those that trust and look to Him can be calm because of our peace within and our faith in His Words.

We are then given the reason why we shouldn’t be afraid, For I AM Your God.” Our Heavenly Father has declared that “I am able to preserve, strengthen, keep and bless you.” The God of Heaven is our God and is our source and power, and that power has been pledged for the protection of all that come to Him.

Furthermore God said, “I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” Our Heavenly Father has also declared that, “I will enable you to bear all your trials with my faithful right hand.” We can rely on Our Lord and the power of His Might.

There is no greater security than believing and knowing that you’re safe in the hands of The Almighty and Living God.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“There’s A Man In Glory, But Have You Lost Sight Of Him?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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There’s A Man In Glory, But Have You Lost Sight Of Him?”

While many church-goers today don’t verbally deny the resurrection, their lives don’t exemplify a solid, healthy or living relationship with The Risen Savior.

Some live as though they’ve wandered away from the faith or are out of His view.  Others believe and are teaching things that are false and only follow certain principles for material or personal gain.  Many others, preoccupied with their own pursuits or overwhelmed with their stressful situations, have strayed away from faith in Christ.

In Acts 17:32 the Word of God says, “When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.”

The Apostle Paul, in his sermon on Mars’ Hill in Athens, hadn’t finished his message when, upon hearing about the resurrection, the assembly instantly broke up.  The doctrine of the resurrection from the dead was not believed by the Greeks because it seemed too incredible and absurd to their minds.  Others mocked it’s preaching even with sneers, despising his words.

The Lord Jesus Christ having arisen after being put to death and buried was a clear demonstration of the miraculous love, faithfulness, power, grace, truth and authority of God over all things that exist or were created.  Jesus died for your sins, he rose again for your justification, gives us eternal life to those that believe in Him.  And through His Word and Holy Spirit, though invisible, He’s mightily at work in and throughout our constant affairs.

Many seminaries, motion pictures about Christ, church pastors and TV evangelists no longer even emphasize His Resurrection or its importance.

While the crucifixion of Jesus is the world’s most historic event, you must realize that the resurrection of Christ from the dead is the world’s most encouraging and thrilling event that has ever happened in the history of all mankind.

Because He Lives, We Also Shall Live Again….

Do You Believe This And Are You Looking Forward To His Coming?

“When The Thief Comes, Will He Find You Armed & Dangerous?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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When The Thief Comes, Will He Find You Armed & Dangerous?”

In these days of terrorist, senseless, cowardly, demonic, and organized antichrist attacks from evil and soul-less individuals or groups, you must become prepared for the battle.  But first realize that your security and strength will not come in the form of new gun control laws or legislation, but in the power of God.

Jesus has alerted us that a sinister killer is on the prowl behind the scenes and is going for the jugular vein to deliver knockout blows from which he doesn’t want you to ever recover from.  And usually this battlefield location first is an unprecedented attack starting in the mind.

In John 10:10, Jesus said that “The thief (the devil) comes to steal, kill, and to destroy, but I AM come that you might have Life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Now, while the devil’s diabolical devices or schemes are not new today, his ungodly strategy is to choke out the 3 abiding essentials in the life of every believer, which are Faith, Hope, and Love.  And you need all 3 of these to survive and press on through the storms of life towards victory in Christ.

First, Satan attacks Faith by attempting to make you skeptical.  Then he attacks hope by working to make you cynical.  Finally, he attacks love by trying to make you critical.

Satan’s most used tools for attacking our minds are: Delays, Distractions, and Discouragements.  So whenever you’re being bombarded and overwhelmed by any of these diabolical devices, you can find comfort and strength by standing on God’s Living Word, in the power of His Holy Spirit, and through creating an atmosphere of glorious praise.

Despite sickness, financial hard times, abusiveness, family division, or any other type of spiritual warfare, when Satan begins to move in for the kill, don’t be too quick to wave a white flag of surrender because God is still a very present help in the times of struggle and need.

As a believer you must realize that you are the most vulnerable or susceptible whenever you are discouraged.  So, do you know who your antidote is?  

Jesus Christ!  You must get back into His presence and learn how to encourage yourself in The Lord.  Begin to shore up your faith in God’s Word and then allow The Holy Spirit to uncap new reservoirs within you.

Then, according to Ephesians Chapter 6, put on the whole armor of God and rise up to start living again. Step out in the authority of Jesus Christ and work to restrain or prevent evil from claiming supremacy over your life.  Show proof that His love and grace still abides today and that you will not take down or be overcome, but will continue to stand in Christ Jesus.

Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”   We must not allow ourselves to become vanquished, subdued, or defeated by the actions of any evil, unbalanced, drug-addicted, confused, or rebellious person.

As we continue to stand against all evil activity and opposition in our society and world, we must not step down to the level of any ungodly circumstance, abandon our principles of faith or Christian values, nullify our prayers or forget about God’s future judgment and His Eternal Plan.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“What Are The 3 Main Tools And Strategies Used Against Believers Today?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What Are The 3 Main Tools And Strategies Used Against Believers Today?”

The way you live your life and conduct spiritual warfare reveals if you really believe The Most High God or the most low devil.”

Winning battles doesn’t require physical strength, a multitude of people behind you, or even a lot of money.  It requires an intimate spiritual connection with God through Jesus Christ, knowing His Word, and walking in the power of His Spirit.

According to Jesus in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.”

Christ revealed that Satan’s primary purpose is expressed in the threefold area of “stealing, killing and destroying.”

Therefore, it’s extremely apparent that the three main tools that Satan uses that have unfortunately been proven successful are:  Delays, Distractions, and Disappointments.

When things don’t go your way or doors aren’t opening as quick as you’d hoped for or you didn’t get what you were seeking after, the forces of darkness really begin to turn your mind into a battlefield.

Satan’s strategy then has been to bombard your mind with negative questions, accusations, frustrations, and then suggestive ideas in the attempt to lead you astray, crush your spirit, conquer your faith, and destroy your life.

Through his attacks and activities, he kills dreams and visions, crushes ideas and wounds spirits, destroys marriages, homes, relationships and careers, invades and subverts rightful thinking, steals peace and poisons minds, creates divisions and deceives hearts, entraps people into different addictions and bondage, directs people into debt and poverty, brings sickness and disease, seizes confidence and curses futures, masterminds hatred, and leads people straight to death and hell.

But Jesus declared that “I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.”

As a true believer, Christ has given you Eternal Life and placed The Life Of His Spirit inside of you.

As a child of God, you now have the untold or unlimited capacity of His grace, goodness, beauty, love, mercy, wisdom, joy, strength, authority, and power.

So in whatever way Satan and the forces of darkness attempt to operate in our midst, as born-again, blood washed, Bible believing and Spirit led children of God, we’ve been given absolute authority over them through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ conquered the devil, death, hell, and the grave through his death on the cross and his resurrection.  He disarmed Satan and the forces of darkness and obtained a name that is superior, mightier, and above all other names whether in heaven, on the earth, or underneath the earth.

Through the name of Jesus Christ, you now have the ability and authority to resist the devil, to bind the forces of darkness, to rebuke him, to tear down his strongholds, to destroy his plans, and to frustrate his counsel and activities.

But again, the way you live your life and conduct spiritual warfare reveals if you believe The Most High God or the most low devil.”

So, who do you believe?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“What Should You Do If God Seems Silent Or Absent?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What Should You Do If God Seems Silent Or Absent?”

Does it seem as if God has packed up, moved far away, and left no forwarding address for you?   Are you going through a painful situation and you are not sensing His presence, promptings or hearing His voice?  Have you been praying to The Lord and all that you’re getting back is “silence?”

I recently read in a newsletter the following words, “When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is remember, the teacher is always quiet during the test.”  

While that’s a cute and humorous saying, the truth of the matter is that many people believe “silence is painful when it comes to God in our lives.”  For it often leaves a person confused, agonizing with uncertainties entering into their minds and even wondering if God has completely abandoned them.

In 1st Kings Chapter 19, we read the story of the mighty Prophet Elijah.  He had just been used by God to perform a great miracle which resulted with the destruction of 450 false prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel.  But afterwards, when he received word that the wicked Queen Jezebel wanted to destroy his life, he fled away.  For he had complained about how he was being treated and began to think that God had now abandoned him by being silent.

Then in 1st Kings 19:10 NIV, Elijah cries out in sheer anguish, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

We see in this passage of Scripture that Elijah’s concerns were not true.  Elijah thought God was silent and that he was the only one left standing for The Lord. God, who is never silent, revealed to Elijah that He had an army waiting in the wings, ensuring Elijah that he was not alone.   In 1st Kings 19:18 God informed him “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

God is NOT indifferent to the needs or the dangers that face His Children. He is always mindful of the tears and cries of His people.

If you’re not sensing or hearing God’s voice in your life, then the very first thing you must do is to examine your heart and make sure that the following sins are NOT in your life:

That you are not harboring secret sins, that you are not filled with anger, that you are not full of unbelief, and that you are not carrying grudges or walking in unforgiveness.   That you are not living a rebellious lifestyle or not following a rebellious spirit, that you don’t have the wrong image or portrait of God,  or that you’re not too busy to spend intimate quality time in God’s Word.

But, if you ARE living a prayer-less life instead of a prayerful life and if your love for the world is still greater than your love for God, then know that it’s time to repent and make changes in your heart.

Whenever it may appear that God is silent, HE NEVER IS.  What may look like silence or inactivity is just Our Lord working things out both inside of us and orchestrating in our affairs.  He’s then allowing you the opportunity and privilege to draw closer to Him and listen to “the still small voice” of The Holy Spirit.  Then you will receive a fresh revelation of His Love, Grace and Power as you STAND ON HIS WORD.

As you’re standing, don’t panic and be moved by what you see.  Standing is your statement of faith, even if you’re still under pressure that you believe God’s Word.  Standing means that you’ve set yourself to hold fast to the Word and Promises of God with the confidence that He will do what He said He would in His Word.

Yes, there’s always going to be times where we as believers will have to STAND IN FAITH, WALK IN OBEDIENCE AND ENDURE HARDSHIPS as we wait on The Lord. But rest in the assurance of His gracious promise, as declared in Hebrews 13:5, where He promised “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Is There Any Such Thing As Being In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Is There Any Such Thing As Being In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time?”

Suddenly, I was hit from behind by a young drunk driver as I was stopped at a red light this past Saturday morning while driving to my office.  It was 5:30 AM, still dark and very quiet, when I suddenly felt the impact.

I had been praising The Lord in song and worshiping up to that point, when I suddenly felt the impact of her vehicle from the rear.

As I slowly got out and walked to her car, I asked for her license and registration.  While she was heavily intoxicated, she kept murmuring, tried to argue and refused to comply.  As I quickly wrote down her front license plate number and dialed 911 to inform the police, she immediately sped off rapidly into the darkness, running the red light.

Within 2 minutes several police arrived and I informed them of her condition saying, “She’s either going to hit someone else or hurt herself.”    So, I quickly prayed and asked God to stop her from hurting any other people.

After completing police report, I left the scene and finally arrived at my office 10 minutes later.  The very moment I sat down at my desk, my telephone rang.  It was the police!  There had been another accident about a mile down the same street with the same young drunk driver and they asked me to come and identify her.

As I arrived at the scene, I observed that her car had been totally demolished.  Several police cars were at the scene and had blocked off the street because she had struck a light pole at a high rate of speed.  Amazingly, she appeared unhurt as the police officers were giving her different sobriety tests, which she all failed.

After providing a positive identification, giving a recorded statement and getting more documentation, I returned back to my office.  Still in shock about all of the early morning events, the damage to my car and the soreness I feeling, once again I began to converse with The Lord.

Unforeseen occurrences, tragic experiences, bad decisions, comical accidents,  bad luck, fate or negative chance encounters have all been explained in this world, in the natural, as “Being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

In John 16:33 NASB,  Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

While this world is filled with forces of darkness, misery, untold suffering and all other types of ungodly activity, as believers we still have “The favor of God in our lives.”

Though we as believers are exposed to a variety of calamities in this world,  I am fully convinced that nothing ever happens to us in this world that “catches God off guard.”

In Job 13:15, Job declared, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”   Despite everything that had come against him, Job held on to his testimony.   Without any glimpse or appearance of hope in this world,  Job was yet determined to believe God for His intervention and eternal salvation.

When things come against you and you don’t understand why, are your eyes also fixed upon  Him?

I can only give Christ praise!  For in all things I recognize that He alone is my salvation, healer, deliverer, protector and much more. I can only rejoice, despite this incident, because His amazing grace had once again been demonstrated by the wonderful hand of God. 

 

“Why Don’t You Rise Up And Do Something That The Enemy Doesn’t Expect You To Do?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Don’t You Rise Up And Do Something That The Enemy Doesn’t Expect You To Do?”

A surprise attack before dawn on MAY 10, 1775, gave America one of its first victories of the Revolutionary War.  Ethan Allen, who commanded the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont, captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain.  Without suffering the loss of one man, they overran the British stronghold in the early morning, while the British troops were sleeping.

Rushing suddenly upon the enemy, Ethan Allen shouted: “In the Name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress we demand your immediate surrender.”  The British surrendered and were sent back to Great Britain.  Then three weeks later, in addressing the Massachusetts Congress, the joyous shout was, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Amazing things can and will happen in our lives when we start looking to Jesus, trusting God, and rising up to go forward in faith.  “The Lord is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble.”  (Psalms 46:1)

Too often, to keep you discouraged and procrastinating, Satan sends forth “the spirit of hopelessness and helplessness” to implant his lying thoughts to your mind to paint a vivid picture of gloom and doom before your eyes.  In speaking to your mind, Satan is trying to convince you “there’s absolutely no possible solution or any way out of your situation.”

By stealing away your hope today, Satan is trying to rob you of your future.  He knows that if you are experiencing hopelessness by keeping your eyes on yourself, your feelings and your present situation, you will be distracted from following God’s plan and purpose for your life.  Satan knows that you are covered by Christ’s blood atonement and does not want you to walk in the victory that is yours.  He is working overtime giving you pictures of mental defeat, financial destruction and a hopeless future. However, remember he IS a defeated foe!

God wants you to realize that the only situation that’s hopeless belongs to the Devil.  He is the defeated one, the liar, the deceiver, the thief, the manipulator, the destroyer, and might I add, “The loser!”  Satan’s unchangeable destiny is to be cast into The Lake of Fire!  Even NOW we, as believers, are given authority over him in Jesus’ name!  He is UNDER our feet!   So, how can the devil mess with your mind about your future, when Christ has already predicted and announced his?

Remember, whenever your outlook is not looking so good, “Try Looking UP!”  Depression is not a stage you go through, “IT IS AN ATTACK!”   Discouragement and depression can lead to a physical and spiritual breakdown.  It will immobilize you through frustrations and fatigue, and cause fear and bitterness.  It will have draining, damaging and paralyzing effects.  If you allow it to happen, your enthusiasm will dry up, and your conversation will become sour as you become dazed and engulfed in self-pity and grief.  However, The Holy Spirit of God has called you to be “more than a conqueror” through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:37)

Realize that you will completely surprise and anger the devil when you rise up in faith in the name of Jesus Christ and remind Satan of his place.  Satan knows the power within you, but does not expect that you know it, or will use it!

NO!  Satan thinks that you believe the thoughts he has implanted that tell you that you are defeated and finished. Therefore no matter how beat up or drained you might be feeling, realize that it’s time for you to fight back, stand up against those negative thoughts, and rise above circumstances, by praising God.  Know that you are NOT alone!

Stand on God’s Word, get before His Presence, learn who you are in Christ, be filled with His Holy Spirit and step out in faith!  Then you’ll find significance and value, break the bonds of demonic influence, overcome discouragement and depression, and break free from the stress, grief, anxiety and guilt that have been holding you prisoner.

Go join that prayer group and start interceding for others. Move out from your comfort zone and start sharing Christ with others in your community.  Start giving with a cheerful heart to your church or ministry and support of others.  Rise up and offend and attack the forces of darkness by doing whatsoever God has placed in your heart to do.

God has called you unto Himself, placed His Spirit inside of you, and now desires to work in you, through you, by you and with you.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!