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Satan’s in Opposition, You’ve Got the Victory; Shout Glory!

MP900201696As I sat in total darkness yesterday, I was in prayer and communion with God all day. Nothing was on, not the television or any other thing that could disturb me from hearing the voice of God. You see, I didn’t realize that there was something happening all week as I cried and poured my heart out to God. I cried and cried tears of confusion asking God to show me what it is I seem to be missing. I told him I felt as though my life is going nowhere and I felt helpless, worthless.

I told him how every day I must walk in humility. I have to humble myself before others even when I don’t feel like it, but must remind myself daily it is to bring Him glory. That in itself can be hard because humility will take you to a place you don’t want to go, but you will, and will cause you to insist on doing something you don’t want to do, but you will. It can be devastating when your mind is trying to convince you otherwise. Especially when you’re like me and are not used to the impact you encounter when things change. I don’t handle change well but know it is expected. However, when others have control and you only play a small role, it can be hard to humble yourself when you least expect it.

It was not until today I realized this month marked a significant turning point in my life. And for some reason the devil did all he could to remind me of it. I woke up from a dream that had me literally in tears. As I cried profusely, I told God, “I don’t know why I’m here  in tears. I had a long talk with you just last night and thought everything was going to be alright.” I rested well and felt I would wake knowing it would all be alright. This dream reminded me of a time when I lost everything. It was a time where my life drastically changed. I felt like Job, only I lost my faith. I felt alone, defeated. I lost trust in everyone and everything. I couldn’t make sense of anything.

I have been through some things in my life but this was by far nothing I had ever experienced in my life. And with Satan attacking me at that time and this week from every side, he did everything to bring this devastating remembrance of time back to mind. I couldn’t get a grip of myself and my thoughts. I became weak. My flesh started rising up over my spirit. I needed help. I couldn’t do nothing but cry out to God to keep my flesh from taking captive of my spirit. I told him, “I need you God now more than ever.”

This has been a long week filled with immense struggles, heartache, and tears. Lord, I don’t think I have ever cried as much as I’ve cried this week and today as I have in my entire life in years. I know there’s a purpose, promise, and potential You have designed specifically for me.

The devil keeps trying to condemn and convince me into believing You are not there for me. And tell lies to make me believe You cannot use a wretch like me. The devil is a liar and the truth is not in him! I rebuke that spirit. Every day is a struggle God but I’m glad I have you in my life. Without you, I never would have made it. You are the bread of life.

God, come into my situation. Cover me. Use me. Remove all fears, distress, worries, heartache, and pain. Restore me back to the place I need to be in order to live freely again. Break every chain! Deliver me God and make me whole again. I come against every lying tongue and every trick of the enemy. Satan you have no authority over me. You can’t ever take what God has promised me. What God has for me is for me.

Some believe as Christians, we are to never get depressed. I beg to differ. We do but we must learn to not become bound by it and do our best to rebuke that spirit. For some, this may not be that easy. It may take a while and for others, it may require professional treatment. Nevertheless, please know it can happen to any given person on any given day. Do your best, with God’s help, to not get stuck when you find yourself feeling this way.  Just because we are Christians we are not exempt. In fact, in many cases because we are Christians we aren’t exempt. Just one more trick of the adversary to cause destruction unnecessarily. No weapon formed against us shall prosper.

Satan will try and rob us of our joy, peace, and assurance in God. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. We can’t give in to him. We are God’s property. The attack of the enemy starts in the mind. The devil will try to convince us that we are useless, unworthy to be used by God. He will condemn us, reinforcing feelings of fear, depression, guilt, and shame. The Holy Spirit will deliver us from these things.

When you’re stagnated, feel stuck, like nothing’s happening or going right in your life. God’s calling your attention to something. Move towards the light. Be assured of this; the Holy Spirit does not convict us, the believer, of sins or a multitude of sins. It convicts us the believer of righteousness in Christ. Take joy in knowing this.

Job was a perfect example. He lost everything in the first of Satan’s tests; his possessions, his family, his wife, his children. He passed the tests. He reacted rightly towards God. He acknowledged God’s sovereign authority over everything God had given him. He may have grieved but he never lost his faith in Him. He loved God for who he is and not what he gives (Book of Job). We are to do the same, just as Job did.

When you face the greatest opposition, you’re close to victory. The enemy fights the hardest to keep God from opening that door. You’ve got the victory. It is said when you face the toughest battles, the greatest breakthrough is on the way. The devil may try to stop it. Believe. It’s settled. It’s on the way!

Me: Shouting glory!!

Be blessed! –JD

Job 5:17-27 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you.20 In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes.22 You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals.23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.24 You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.25 You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.26 You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.27 “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”

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Who is God?

If someone were to ask you “Who is God” what would you tell them who is God?

Here’s what I would say. God is the Creator and Ruler of all things. God is eternal. God is the Supreme Being. God is limitless. He is an infinite being. We can’t limit God by our finite understanding. He is infinite. We may never understand it.

God is omnipotent. He is a strong tower. He has all power (Jeremiah 10:12). God is omniscient. He has infinite knowledge and wisdom (Psalm 147:5). God is omnipresent. His presence is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12). We can find him when we seek him in the midst of our struggles and when in despair. He is a present help anywhere and everywhere. God is one but exists in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is spirit.

If someone were to ask you “Why do you love God” what would you say about your love of God? You don’t have to answer right away, but here is what I would say. I love God because he first loved me. He gave his one and only Son Jesus. He sent his only begotten Son to die for me. Jesus died that I may have eternal life. God loves me unconditionally no matter the strife. God is love. I love him because he is God. God loves each and every one of us. “How could you not love God?”

If someone were to ask, “How do you know all these things of a being you cannot see? Is there any evidence you can show me of what you cannot see that I may see?” I believe this answer is easy. By faith, I know and believe in what I cannot see. By faith, I accept that God does exist even though I cannot see. I can sense his presence every day.  I believe, by faith.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things unseen (Heb 11:1). Faith is not based on proof of what we visualize when looking at material things. It is belief in what we cannot see that is not proof. Evidence of God cannot be proven or disproved.  It is our belief in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit that we believe. What more proof do you need?

We may not physically see God, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4). God is Almighty God.

God is the Creator of the world. He is the giver and sustainer of all life. Without God, we’re nothing. There is no life.

If someone were to ask you about God, what would you say? If someone asked, “Who is God” what would you say? As a believer, I would simply tell them “God is infinite. God exists. Have faith in God’s existence.

Be blessed! –JD

Psalm 139:7-12 “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as day, for darkness is as light with you.”

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It All Will Work For the Greater Good

There are people who may try to do what you do. They may even try to imitate you. But they can’t take away what God has for you. There are some that may be working against you. God knows and sees everything. What he has for you is for you.

Be careful who you share your dreams with. You can’t tell everybody everything about yourself. You must keep some things to yourself. Not everybody will celebrate you. You can’t share your dreams with everybody else. Trust God. His purpose will manifest and speak for itself.

When thinking about the issue of trust, I am reminded of an incident that occurred some years ago where I proposed, I thought was a great idea for the department I worked in. I felt the development of a quality assurance process would be beneficial and would help minimize errors and decrease losses in the department while increasing accuracies to the workflow.

After talking with another colleague and mentioning my idea, we managed to put together a proposal to submit to upper management. Well, as it turns out, they rejected the idea and gave lack of funding as reason for the denial. To my surprise, I later learned my supervisor took the idea to management and proposed it as his own. My name was never mentioned. Yet, God still covered me and exposed the true nature of the person I thought could be trusted.

I try not to judge people. I also am a pretty good judge of character. My downfall though is I believe everyone has the ability to do good acts. And everyone should work to do right all the time. I am naïve when it comes to right and wrong. I imagine we all have some small radar inside that signals us to know the difference between the two and we will do what’s right not when necessary but because we should. But that’s just me.

When I hear of incidents in the news where people commit unconscionable acts, my first instinct is disbelief. I cannot believe someone would do something like that. I cannot imagine a person doing such a thing without knowing it was the wrong thing to do.

I’m reminded of the story of what happened to Joseph when he shared his dreams with his brothers. They were jealous of him, turned on him, and stripped him of his coat. But that didn’t take away his integrity. God knew what he had already prepared for him. God was with him. His purpose was fulfilled through him.

In spite of his brothers working against him as the enemy, who tried to kill his dreams, he overcame. Although he may have suffered and had some struggles, God’s plan was greater in the end. Joseph forgave his brothers. God’s purpose was served in the end. For God, he did great things. He used Joseph as the vessel to carry out his will. His dreams were carried out in spite of them. God gave Joseph the gift to interpret dreams but it was not the dreams that helped Joseph interpret its meaning. It was his knowledge of God. God set him up to fulfill his dreams. It was all God.

Even at my age I am still learning how to not be so naïve, just as Joseph who was too. I know the difference between discerning and judging others. I have love for all my sisters and brothers. I’ve always been one to share my goals and aspirations with others. I hardly ever think about the motives or intentions of them. I try to think in terms of good things about them. God also gives me discernment. No matter what or regardless of their intent, I know in the end it won’t stop God’s intent. What God has for me is for me. No one or nothing can ever take it away from me. Just as he has for me, he has for you. No one can stop the plans God has for you.

I heard this from my Bishop at church today and it serves as confirmation of the words I’ve chosen to share today. “God has a gift that isn’t just for me here locally, but for the nation. He will make me great to the nations. And he will bless me. He will bless those who bless me, help those who help me. He will curse those who curse me, and punish those who hurt me.” I will be what God has called me to be. God’s purpose will manifest through me.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that opportunities may come when we least expect them. We must be prepared for the unexpected. Yet sometimes we aren’t, especially when we think we are. We must make sure we have the right relationship with God. When opportunities come don’t miss or misinterpret them; be ready. Stay close to God. Be ready!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28 KJV).

What man meant for evil, God meant for good. No matter the situation or what others think or do. It all will work for the greater good.

Be blessed! -JD

1 Corinthians 12:7-9: 11 “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,… 11All these are the work of and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.” (NIV)

“The greater the gifts are, the more the possessor is exposed to temptations, and the larger is the measure of grace needed to keep him humble and spiritual; and he will meet with more painful experiences and humble dispensations. We have little cause to glory in any gifts bestowed on us or to despise those who have them not.” – (Taken from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary athttp://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/12-7.htm)

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Words of Wisdom

Good morning, afternoon, evening, night wherever you are! Thank God. He brought you this far. Be diligent, strong-willed, and determined. Press on!

We all are weak in some area of our life. Don’t be influenced by sin. Avoid certain activities. Protect your spiritual life. Keep the faith.

Do things with decency and in order. Put on the armor of light. Put aside the deeds of darkness. Do what’s right. Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Exemplify qualities Jesus Christ showed while he was here on earth: Love, Humility, Truth, and Service.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Be blessed! -JD

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Don’t Let Fear Immobilize Your Faith

Fear is an intrusion of the mind that will detour the journey and rob you of life’s treasures if you let it. God did not give us that spirit. We’re the elect, sealed with God’s Holy Spirit. His seal can never be broken. Those who have true faith are indeed content. Faith is evidence.

Fear is the opposite of faith. Without faith, are half-truths that convince us to believe in untruths. Faith is not based on proof. Its evidence unseen in what we believe. God’s Word is truth.

Faith is the gift of God. Faith is the faith of God’s elect, evidence of electing grace. We are blessed because we believe that the Lord will do what he said. God operates in faith. What God starts, he finishes. Faith is a fruit. Believing is evidence.

While our spirit is lifeless as human beings, our spirit by our own doing cannot be resurrected or regenerated. We cannot do this alone. We need God to change it. If we accept the gift of Jesus dying on the cross, the Holy Spirit will come to live within us. God will resurrect our spirit. The Holy Spirit will dwell within us.

Prayer unlocks the door to life’s mysteries. It can open doors to endless possibilities. Prayer is the key that unlocks faith. Prayer works.

Prior to taking a turnaround road trip with my girls to the beach at Mission Bay in San Diego the other day, when I was asked if I wanted to go I was apprehensive. I started thinking about how it may impact my body given it was a long ride and the fact I had not taken a long road trip in over 15+ years since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia amongst other things. I began having fears, couldn’t sleep thinking so much about “what if.” What if the pain, irritation, and inflammation became a problem? What if my legs started cramping and hurting given the time I had to sit? What if, what if, what if? Fear began to consume me.

I had to redirect my thoughts and finally said, “I’ll go to God in prayer.” Interesting enough, the next day was the day to go and I woke up with excitement as if nothing had ever crossed my mind, ready to go; with the exception of finding a few things to take with me. My daughter arrived to pick up my other daughter, walks in, and sees me. I’m up in the wee hours of the morning and she says, “You’re going? Good!” I was happy.

Turned out to be a great trip no matter how short it was. And I did well in spite of. It was my first time and I truly enjoyed it. Now I’m anticipating another trip in the future. I’ve talked with them to make plans already. And to think, had I let my fears overcome me, I would not have been able to speak about this today. But instead would have dwelled on regrets out of my staying.

When you travel to other places, you get to see how others live in a different place. Makes you appreciate that much more what you have and learn not to become complacent. When traveling, it takes longer to reach your destination than it does to come back because you don’t know where you’re going. You will go through some things in the midst of the journey. There may be hills, mountains, detours, and change in directions, but eventually you will arrive at your destination.

Much like with God, when you don’t know him. It may take a long time to get on the right path to get where you’re going before you get to know him. You’ll go through some things to get there. There will be valleys to go through, hills to climb, and burdens to bear. But you’re not alone. With God, you’ll get there.

Once you find your way to God it is easy when coming to him, just as it is in finding your way back when you’ve gone away from him. God is always available no matter how long it may take coming or going. Even when you know God and lose your way, it may take long but with faith you will find your way. You’ll go through some things. But eventually you’ll come back to Him again.

Faith is the substance of things we hope for, evidence of things we cannot see. Overcome fear of the unknown. Release it.  God is with you. Come as you are. He is ready to receive you. Don’t let fear overrule your life. Have faith. Allow God to come into your life. Faith is not based on proof. It is belief in what you cannot see that is not proof. It is evidence built upon the foundation of God’s Word. Trust God. Believe in His Word. Let go of fear. God operates in faith.

Don’t let fear immobilize your faith.

Be blessed! -JD

Hebrews 2:1-3 “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak?”

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