Paul’s Revelation

 

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So this armor….Where did it originate from? How do you explain to someone about what it actually is?

How do you put on the armor of God? You see we all hear it on a regular basis, but few REALLY know exactly HOW TO DO IT?

First lets talk about Paul..who was he? where did he come up with the analogy of the “full armor?”

Paul, was an apostle who was very faithful in spreading Christianity . It came with a price, it wasn’t easy. He traveled , he was persecuted.

But heres the kicker! He didn’t start out that way, He actually started out with the name SAUL, he actually persecuted Christians, He terrorized them in fact!!
But God changed him and he became on fire for GOD! See when God changes you, even your name changes. Folks cant even call you what they used too…well they can, but you dont have to answer! (That will teach)

Throughout his journey to spread Gods word, he was accused of sedition, beaten, arrested, almost assassinated, shipwrecked, attacked by a snake and placed under house arrest:

WOW, and some of us in ministry, think we got it bad. For Paul… it as just part of his job description.

Imprisoned in Rome for two years under the watchful eyes of Roman soldiers, Paul was able to write four epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon)

Living for two years with soldiers of the Roman army must have made an impression on Paul.

Im sure he studied those soldiers very well, studied their armor, became well acquainted with it, learned to understand the function of each piece, what purpose it served and why it was important. See even in his chaos, he was looking for the lesson he needed to learn from all this mess..

Is there a message in your mess? Are you getting the lesson?

Then God dropped some revelation on him. Just as the Roman soldiers required physical armor to fight their wars, we Christians require spiritual armor to successfully fight ours! . As the pieces fell into place, Paul saw that each piece of Roman armor had a powerful correlation with our own spiritual defenses.

It is this analogy that the church in Ephesus received and which God has preserved for two thousand years for our benefit!

GOD BREATHED IT..YES IT WORKS!

Whats the lesson in your mess? Have you taken a moment to hear what God is trying to tell you?

Stephanie

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5 Spiritual Warfare Tactics

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The enemy has no new tricks, just new folks who do his bidding. Once you recognize his tactics, you can spot him coming a mile away!

Tuesday on our Rise And Shine 6 am call. One of the ladies said, “You must stay girded up daily!” My my my she was telling the truth..First thing you must do is Put on Your Armor everyday!

Paul warns us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12) which is why he tells us that we must “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Eph 6:13).

The spiritual armor includes 5 things that are needed and these 5 things correspond to at least 5 ways that the enemy tries to take us down…every second of every hour. Listen he is on your path like a bloodhound..trust me! Here are 5 tactics, the enemy uses every time

An Assault on the Truth

The Enemy loves to mix truth with error and even a half-truth is a whole lie so beware of false ideas or teachings of those who appear to be a minister or an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14-15).  Place everything against the Word of God to see if it is true or not which is why Paul said that part of the armor is “having fastened on the belt of truth” (Eph 6:14a) and truth is found only in the Bible. I tell people “Dont take my word for it..look it up!”

Compromising with Sin

Wicked spirits love it when we try to justify our sin.  Many that have tried to do this have used what I call “proof texting” methods.  That is they take a text out of context in order to make a false pretext by teaching or believing that “the Bible doesn’t really call that (whatever it is) sin.”  Beware of such methods which is why Paul said part of our armor should be “the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph 6:14b) which means that we are to strive to live a holy life and not compromise on sin because God doesn’t.

 

Another Gospel

We need to be aware that there is “the” gospel and other so-called gospels which Paul says are really no gospel at all (2 Cor 11:4).   All too often you’ll hear gospels that tell you that you should be doing certain things to complete your salvation. But listen if you add one drop of poison to a bottle of spring water, it renders all of it as deadly! This is why Paul instructs believers to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15) because works + salvation = nothing …….but Christ + nothing = eternal life (Eph 2:8-9).

An Attack on your Faith

Jude writes to “have mercy on those who doubt” (Jude 1:22) because many of us have doubts from time to time which is why Paul says we are to “take up the shield of faith” The  Enemy is constantly firing fiery darts at us so this “shield of faith” is so that “you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Eph 6:16).

Attacking our Mind

For many believers, their mind is frequently being assaulted by the Enemy by trying to put negative thoughts into our minds which is why we are told to “take the helmet of salvation” and put it on and then take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17).  Why is the helmet used?  Because it protects the head. Our knowledge of God and the sword, which is the Word of God can be used to guard our minds with the immutable promises and truth of God.  The more you stick your head in the Word the more the Word sticks in your head.  Our knowledge of God’s promises are guarded by His Word and the more you read it, the more you can strengthen this “helmet of salvation” It will help you have more and more reassurance of just how firm God’s Word is that you are saved (John 6:37, 39; John 10:28-29) and nothing, including death, life, rulers, angels, powers, things now or to come, or no created thing can ever separate you from God’s love (Rom 8:37-39) . There  is “now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1).  That’s one strong helmet of salvation, isn’t it?

Do you recognize any of these tactics that have been used against you? Are you going through any of this now?

Did you even have an idea that these tactics are satans simple yet manipulative tricks?

Stephanie

The Invisible War

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Today the ladies of Soul Sisters start a Spiritual Warfare Study. So what exactly is Spiritual Warfare? It is an invisible war. A war that all of us are engaged in! Its a war where no one wears a uniform, but where everyone is a target. There is no neutral ground!

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

First, we must understand that man exists in two  worlds: The natural world and the spiritual world. The natural world is that which can be seen, felt, touched, heard, or tasted. It is tangible and visible. You see the people who are part of your environment. You can communicate with them. You can experience the sights, sounds, and smells around you.

But there is another world in which you live. That world is a spiritual world. You cannot see it with your physical eyes, but it is just as real as the natural world in which you live.

Because spiritual warfare is just that–spiritual–it must be understood with a spiritual mind. In our natural, sinful state, we can not understand spiritual things:

It is necessary to use “spiritual discernment” to understand spiritual things.

Heres  great example of natural and spiritual discernment

In II Kings chapter 6. It records the story of a natural battle in which troops of an enemy nation of Syria had surrounded a small town called Dothan. Elisha, who was a prophet stayed there.. When Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, saw the great host of the enemy he became fearful!

Elisha prayed that God would open Gehazi’s spiritual eyes so he could see the angelic hosts surrounding and protecting them. On this occasion, God actually opened the natural eyes of Gehazi and allowed him to visibly see the superior forces of God aligned for battle! His spiritual eye was opened and he begin to see into the spiritual realm

This is very similar to what often occurs in our lives. Many churches do not even approach the topic of spiritual warfare. For some its scary, some just refuse to acknowledge that it even exists and well some, just don’t know about it
So sadly, there are many people who, like those in the city of Dothan, are spiritually sleeping. They do not even know that the enemy has surrounded them and is poised for attack!

Within the natural and spiritual realms of which we are speaking there exists separate kingdoms which are ruled by natural and spiritual leaders.

NATURAL KINGDOMS:
All men live in a natural kingdom of this world. They live in a city or village which is part of a nation. That nation is a kingdom of the world. A natural kingdom is a territory or people over which an actual king or political leader is the sovereign ruler. The Bible speaks of these natural kingdoms as “kingdoms of the world.” The kingdoms of the world have come under the power and influence of Satan:
John 5:19 sadly reminds us that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

In addition to the natural kingdoms of this world there are two spiritual kingdoms: The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom Of God. Every person alive is a resident of one of these two kingdoms.

The Kingdom of Satan consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin and rebellion to God’s Word. These, plus the world and the flesh, are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today.
The Kingdom of God consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to God’s Word. These are the spiritual forces of good.

Spiritual warfare is not a natural battle between flesh and blood. It is not a battle of man against man. It is not a visible battle. It is an invisible struggle in the spirit world. It is a battle within and around man.

So where exactly is it being waged? This invisible war is being waged on earth!
The thief (Satan) cometh (on earth) not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Satan fights to maintain control of the kingdoms of the world. He does not want them to come under God’s authority. The battle also rages within the hearts, minds, and souls of men and women. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and attacks believers in the areas of worship, the Word, their daily walk, and their work for God.

Many folks think if you ignore satan, he wont bother you…that is so far from the truth! You cant view it from a distant, you cant decide to sit it out

You are either a victim or victor. The spiritual “call to arms” is going out…Are you on the side of good or of evil? Are you part of Satan’s Kingdom or the Kingdom of God? To which kingdom do you belong? Are you a victim or a victor in the invisible war?

I’m interested in knowing what understanding you have of Spiritual Warfare. Does your place of worship teach on it? What understanding do you have? Share your thoughts!

Be Blessed

Stephanie

You woke up!

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I woke up with a grateful heart! Thankful that I’m not the mistakes I may have made yesterday! I’m not consumed by the faults from my past! The guilt of my past does not consume me this morning. I am totally free because my Father has extended new mercy and grace to me!

Some of you  should just shout about the “newness” that God extended to you by waking you up this morning!  You should be grateful  you didn’t die in your sin last night!!
Its “do over” time! Its time to get it right. Its ok to start again..it really is..

“Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are NEW every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Lamentations 3:21-24

God Morning..your newness is here!

Walk in favor today

Stephanie

Voice Activated…

As I read my Bible this morning, I noticed that in Genesis God spoke, it happened! Throughout the time Jesus walked on earth. He spoke and things happened!

Our world is voice activated! Our lives are voice activated! We are voice activated! If you don’t believe it, let somebody say something you don’t like, let your child say something smart, see how quickly you respond!! We are so voice activated, we  see folks whispering, and cant hear and think, “Oh they talking about me” We are sitting in the nail shop and cant understand the language and wonder “Are they talking about me?”

We are voice activated and the enemy knows it. He is always saying something, tempting us. Getting in our minds. He whispers some foolishness, we follow it right up! Why? because its a familiar voice…even though we shouldn’t be listening! We are voice activated, so we respond.

The Holy Spirit speaks too, but a lot of times we don’t recognize its voice, because we don’t spend enough time in its presence! We always say we cant hear God, yet we don’t spend enough time in his presence in order to recognize his voice.

Jesus was voice activated as well! So voice activated, he could truly distinguish between Gods  voice and the voice of satan! When he was tempted, satan tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread. Why? because he knew he could! He knew that words bring life or death, words move mountains! Satan was trying to get Jesus to use his gift for a self serving purpose. Jesus didn’t do it, although he surely could have . But see he wasn’t moved by the voice of satan! The only voice that moved him was Gods!

Wow, how many of us can say the same? What voice moves you??

You know its funny that we know that there is life and death in the tongue, but so many of us don’t utilize the tongue for life as much as we do death! Many of our own issues, are due to our own mouths! many of our molehills have turned into mountains because of our own mouths!

Even things are voice activated! In Matthew, Jesus cursed the fig tree, IT DIED. In Mark he rebuked the wind and the water, IT STOPPED! In Matthew, He tells us, we can move mountains. Jesus spoke across a lake, when the disciples couldn’t catch fish and they start jumping into the net! Objects hear Gods voice and move, no questions asked, yet some of us wont move or budge an inch when God tells us to!!

The word says we have the power and authority to tread on serpents. The authority lies dormant until we use it! Notice I said WE.  We often need to speak to our own mountains, our own wind, our own water, our own fig trees… You probably put it there..IT KNOWS YOUR VOICE!  Don’t get me wrong, its great to solicit prayers, but some of your mountains, your trees etc are not going to respond to my voice! I can speak over it, yet it may not move until it hears your voice!

Speak to your situation today! What you declare in Gods will, the Holy Spirit will make happen!

Be Blessed

Stephanie

 

 

Wait On It…

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Last week I visited my mothers gravesite. While there God reminded me of my life as a young girl..the prayer requests I had asked for as a young girl!

The things I prayed for as a teenager! Simple things that babes in Christ often request…

Things that we kneel before God and ask for even before we know how majestic and powerful HE really is!
God then reminded me that EVERY ONE of them had come to pass, they had been answered up until now! He also assured me that he wasn’t done yet because I still have some prayer requests on the wall!!!
My my my…. I started shouting in the cemetery!🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃
This scripture..
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
Habakkuk 2:3
Don’t give up!  Dont throw in the towel!

Though it may tary…ITS STILL ON ITS WAY!!!!
Get your shout ready! Its coming!

Be Blessed!

Stephanie

Royalty

 

800_800_TRANSYou were born to rule! There  is a King in You!

The words to one of my favorite songs, reminds me constantly, that I am worth every bit of privilege I receive from my Father in heaven!

This week has been a struggle. My emotions have roller coasted. Yet even in the midst of the ups and downs. God still manages to find a way to get to me. I’m grateful that he loves me enough to send a message to me through friends, family or random strangers.

I’ve been through some things in my life. I’m still working out some kinks…

But I’m still in the bloodline of a True and Living King!

Love You

Happy Sunday…