Archive for Spiritual Warfare

“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!

“Does The Devil Really Tremble When You Arise Every Morning?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Does The Devil Really Tremble When You Arise Every Morning?”

Are you a threat to the kingdom of darkness? Are you in fellowship with Christ Jesus and being led by The Holy Spirit of God?  Are you a prayer warrior?  Are you living in obedience to God and His Word?  Are you filled with God’s Spirit and trying to advance to work of the ministry and Word of God?  Are you on Satan’s “Most Wanted List”?

If you have answered a joyous “YES” to all of the above questions, then you should be a living threat and terror to the forces of darkness and evil.   In your homes, on your jobs, schools, in your times of labor and your times of leisure, evil spirits can recognize Christ living within you, the anointing of The Holy Spirit, the authority of His Word and the faith that you have in God.

After performing a mighty miracle at sea, upon walking upon the shore, Jesus encountered a man possessed with many demonic spirits, living under some of the most despicable conditions around.

Then Mark 5: 6-8 NLT says, “When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him.  With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!  For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”

First notice that the man bowed down before him.  This act of paying homage was an acknowledgment of His power and authority over the demonic spirits. Then using the vocal cords of this possessed man, one of the evil spirits screamed, expressing their great fear, horror and the dread of being cast out by The Son of God.

The story continues to inform us that the demonic spirit referred to themselves as “Legion, for we are many.” A legion of soldiers consisted of six thousand men or more so, what a multitude of demonic spirits that existed within this one poor wretched man.

After being cast out, there appears to be a torment or misery for these evil spirits just to roam around the earth.  Filled with hatred of God and perhaps envious of mankind, these evil spirits are striving to keep men apart from salvation from God, fellowship with Christ, walking in the authority of the Scriptures, being used of The Holy Spirit and spending eternity with God.

They are forever excluded from such, for their judgment has been pronounced, their doom has been sealed, their destruction is evident as the sentence of hell remains unchangeable, and there is no escape.

More importantly, as believers we must know and understand that Jesus did not perform any miracles or acts of deliverance until after He was baptized, and The Holy Spirit came upon Him. 

Then just before His arrest, He told His disciples about The Holy Spirit.  He told them that they should receive power and even do greater works because of The Holy Spirit in their lives.

Without The Holy Spirit, in our own physical or mental strength, we are no match against our spiritual enemies, but in Christ we have the power of God and His might.  Then we are enabled to not only withstand, but take authority over all the power of the enemy, even though there may be legions of them.

Therefore, the forces of darkness tremble when they see Jesus Christ in us, who is stronger than all of them.  Remember that Satan is a created but fallen being which has a multitude of created but fallen beings that report to him.  They are not all-powerful or all-knowing, and are not equal with God or Christ.

Believers are not to be intimidated by the forces of darkness because they are a defeated foe, which were disarmed and rendered powerless by the resurrected Christ.  

Therefore, let your prayers forever glorify God, stand in the authority of His Word, walk in His love towards others and be not afraid as you step out everyday in the mighty wonderful name of Jesus Christ.

“Don’t Lose What You’ve Got!”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Don’t Lose What You’ve Got!”

Due to a variety of reasons, so many that have started out walking with God have left their first love (Christ Jesus) by allowing their faith to become shipwrecked through disappointments, temptations, deceptions or lies.

The Apostle John encourages believers to remain vigilant, watchful and stay on course against all the different deceptive attempts to distract and lure the heart’s of believers away trusting God.

Trials, tribulations, temptations, sorrows and disappointments are only part of this earthly life, but believers must remember that God has a lengthy and faithful history of saving, delivering, healing, protecting and providing for his people no matter what the temptations, obstacles, challenges or impossibilities.

Our Christian faith is solely predicated on what Christ did on Calvary’s cross and through His Resurrection from the dead.  As believer’s, we are partakers of His Divine Nature because His Spirit resides within us, but we have a responsibility to guard our minds and hearts against Satan and all his devices.

The Apostle John firmly declares in 2 John 1:8 (NLT) which says, “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward.”

Deceivers come in many different shapes, genders, colors and sizes.  One such deceiver was named Delilah.

Samson was the 13th Judge in Israel, and The Spirit of The Lord mightily used him, empowering him with supernatural physical strength.  As long as Samson remained faithful to the vow of not letting a razor cut his hair, God mightily used him to defeat the enemy of Israel.  Samson’s power was not his hair; IT WAS THE LORD, but his hair only symbolized his commitment or vow to God.

While Samson had the power to conquer the Philistines, he lacked the power to overcome fleshly temptation, so Satan used Delilah’s lap to give Samson a “haircut in the wrong barbershop.”  (Read the entire 16th chapter of Judges)

For 1100 pieces of silver from Israel’s enemies, Delilah seduced and pressed Samson daily until he exposed his heart and revealed his secret to her.  (Judges 16: 16-17) 

Then in the 20th verse it says, “And The Lord departed from him.”  It was not God’s will for Samson’s mission, calling, career and his efforts to end like they tragically did.

The enemy took him, blinded him, enslaved him, ridiculed him, publicly humiliated him and laughed at God.  Even though The Lord was forgiving and gracious enough to allow Samson’s hair to regrow and strength to return for one final victory over the enemy at his death, Samson’s story should inspire believers everywhere to ”be on your guard and don’t throw your confidence away!” 

Don’t lose what you’ve been given and achieved!  Keep you heart secured in Christ and don’t allow yourself to become exposed to dangerous people or deceptive devices and methods.

The way to our reward is to abide in God’s Word and let the love of Christ Jesus abide in and through us.  Clinging to the Word of God not only keeps you in fellowship with Christ but sets faith ablaze within your heart and allows you to operate in the power of The Holy Spirit.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Trusting Christ No Matter How Difficult Or Impossible It May Seem?”

As we suffer the effects of a fallen world, the attacks against believers are growing stronger as Satan continues to try to discourage Christians in an attempt to prevent our various acts of faith.

As troubles may seem unending and we often may grow weary, at the very core of our hearts is our expectancy of God’s divine intervention, miraculous grace and even the hope of His soon return.   However until then, you must have the confidence that whatever adverse circumstance, negative situation, the painful condition or demonic activity you are facing, your struggle is under His authority and He is orchestrating in your affairs for His glory and your best.

Having experienced a great parade of heart-wrenching attacks in my personal life over the many years, I have continually gone back to the  Holy Scriptures for answers, insight, help, assurance and strength.

In Exodus chapter 14, we read the familiar story of God leading Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt.  God was leading Moses by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

As they came to the banks of The Red Sea, Pharaoh and his army were in hot pursuit of them.  Fear gripped the Israelites’ hearts and they began to complain unto Moses.  Upon seeing the rapidly approaching enemy, Moses told the people, “The Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”

Then following God’s instructions, Moses lifted his staff over the waters of The Red Sea and they miraculously divided.  However, notice God’s next move:  Suddenly, the pillar that had been leading them moved to their rear and was now protecting them, keeping the attacking army back from conquering them.  While the pillar continued to provide light to Moses and the Israelites, it provided an impassable thick darkness to Pharaoh and his army.

All of the adverse circumstances were fully “UNDER GOD’S CONTROL AND AUTHORITY.”  Throughout that entire night, Moses and the Israelites walked through the parted waters of The Red Sea on totally dry ground until they reached the other side.

Then “the angel of The Lord,” who was “The Pre-Incarnate Jesus Christ Himself” as the pillar of fire, removed so Pharaoh and his army could then pursue Israel into The Red Sea where they all met their destruction.

The Word of God is our compass or guide towards piercing through, overcoming and breaking out of any difficult circumstance through maintaining faith in Christ and listening to the voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

Will you continue to trust Him even if you can’t see or don’t understand what He’s doing?  He has your best interest in His heart.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“How Should You Handle Stinging Criticism, Ugly Comments and Negative Remarks From Others?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Should You Handle Stinging Criticism, Ugly Comments and Negative Remarks From Others?”

Isn’t it simply amazing how people will rise up to criticize you when you start doing something for Jesus?  Well, how should you handle stinging criticism, ugly accusations, vicious slander, unkind comments and negative remarks when they come your way to discourage and attack?

In the gospel of Luke 7:36-48, we are given the familiar story of Jesus and His disciples dining at the house of a Pharisee, called Simon the leper.  During that feast, a woman carrying an alabaster jar of very expense perfume approached Him and after opening it, poured the perfume on Jesus’ head and feet.  Then, while weeping, she began wiping the perfume from His feet with her hair and kissed His feet in complete adoration of Him.

While the beautiful fragrance was wonderfully still in the air, many were troubled by this entire scene.  Some challenged the waste of such an expensive perfume, scoffing that it could’ve been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor.  But, during the very midst of vicious stares, gossip and even name calling, she didn’t allow the shamefulness or embarrassment of being called “a sinner” discourage or detour her away.

The Pharisees began to condemn the fact that Jesus would allow such a vile creature and notorious sinner to do such a thing, let alone enter His presence.  Many therefore concluded that since he didn’t know her character and didn’t rebuke her then he couldn’t really be a true prophet.  But, Jesus came into this world to seek and save the LOST and today, we must never forget our main mission is to continue to carry on as ambassadors for Christ.

This woman not only did what she felt led to do in her heart and soul, but did so in the very face of slanderous remarks and negative criticism.  Where she had met Jesus earlier, or what message of His had brought life to her dead heart and soul, we are not aware of.  Her love for her Savior was greater than the slander of men.  Her humility poured from out from a heart that had been healed, forgiven and changed.  Her dedication was so pure that she totally discounted the expense of her offering and the negativity of men.  Her only focus was on loving The Lord because the mercy and grace shown to her by Christ was far greater than the ugly comments from men.

What has Jesus done in your heart and life?  What blessings has He done in your life or home?  Once you’ve counted His blessings, are you ready to pick up your cross and follow Him daily?

In our world, criticism is something unavoidable and inevitable. And if you try to make everybody happy and love you, you’re just wasting your time and energy.  While Satan will always try to use criticism to produce a stinging effect upon your mind, as a believer you must weigh it against the love, mercy, forgiveness, healing, deliverance and saving grace shown to you by our Lord.

Often, the greatest stinging remarks or most negative comments Satan brings are from the mouths of those that are closest to you:  family members, relatives or the closest friends.   But, we must allow the peace of God to guard our hearts and not become distracted from our worship, fellowship with and service to God.  

It’s also very important to also understand that not all criticism is bad.  We must have an open and discerning heart towards God’s correction. Constructive criticism will come from people who truly love The Lord, are filled with The Holy Spirit and desire to mentor you to grow.

Unfortunately, those who are NOT in love with Christ or sent by The Holy Spirit will only bring negative or destructive criticism.  Don’t allow their comments to bring you down, affect your relationship with God or prevent you from doing His will.

Jesus was so moved by her passionate and genuine act of devotion that He forever immortalized her by saying, “Wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”  (Mark 14:9)

And Christ today is still moved as we demonstrate passionate and genuine acts of devotion to Himas we reach out to touch and impact the lives of others as we are led from a heart filled with love for Him.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 Has Your Get Up And Go Got Up And Left?

God often requires that you trust Him without any outward or visible advance sign from Him.  Blessings only come from the heart of God as you trust in The Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding of things.  By putting God first, He promises to guide and direct your path because everything God does “hinges on F A I T H.”

Therefore, it’s important to understand that God will not bless what you are not willing to do.  Just having good intentions isn’t faith, but taking the initiative and going forward is.

Taking the initiative will always have productive or better results.  Initiative can be defined as one having the energy, drive, vitality, spunk, zip, life, or the spirit to get up and go forward to accomplish a goal.

Regardless if the initiative is spurned on out of the need for survival or if the motivation is derived from an inward desire to achieve, being assertive, aggressive, and stepping out in faith with perseverance will lead to better results over just sitting around where you are.

In 2nd Kings Chapter 7, we are given the brief dramatic story of four lepers who lived just outside the entry gate of the city of Samaria.  Their city was under siege by their enemy who had completely surrounded them and was preventing aid from coming in.

Famine, poverty, sickness, fear, disease, and depression had now taken over the city of God’s people.  While they were not permitted to mingle with the regular citizens, by living outside the city gates, these four lepers had hoped to obtain daily scraps of relief from those within.  But now due to the severity of the famine, they too were about to die from starvation.

2nd Kings 7:3 NLT says “There were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate and they said one to another, “Why should we sit here waiting to die?”

 

So by faith, they made their decision to arise and fearlessly walked directly towards the camp of the Syrians in hope of finding grace, but not knowing what to expect.

 

To their great surprise, they found the enemy camp totally deserted with not a man to be seen or heard.  It was later discovered that the attacking enemy abruptly fled in the darkness when The Lord had apparently and miraculously amplified the sound of the four lepers coming which they believed to be a greater attacking army with horses and chariots.  So, seized with great terror, they quickly fled, leaving all of their cattle, tents, money, garments, food, and other resources behind as thousands of them ran off into the pitch darkness of night.

So the lepers having discovered all of the riches left behind, instead of trying to keep it all for themselves, decided to report the good news to the officials and people in Samaria, which immediately ended their severe famine.

These four lepers would have died if they would’ve continued to sit around waiting for some supernatural sign to appear telling them to get up and go.

God blesses what you do, not what you sit around and just think about doing.  Just having good intentions won’t get you anywhere.  You must learn to make decisions and then move forward in faith.  It’s not enough to just pray for a job.   You must arise, go fill out applications, send out résumés , make telephone calls, and go on interviews if you want to work.

Laziness and indecisiveness are lethal to succeeding or obtaining the victory.  You cannot continue to wait for things to just happen to you.  Never let it be said that your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-left.

Fear, doubt, unbelief, or solely depending upon your own ability to “reason or sort things out” is a mistake.  Sometimes your greatest hindrance is “Yourself.”  Take the initiative, make the effort, remain prayerful, take the step of faith, and believe God to make things happen in your home, business, life, and church.

Then you too will experience the dynamics of The Holy Spirit as you stand on God’s Word and step out in faith, in the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Will The Real Believers Today, Please Stand Up?’

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Will The Real Believers Today, Please Stand Up?’

In a world filled with fake money, phony love, empty promises, folks hopping from one church to another and counterfeit believers, how can people come to know the real thing?

What does it take to stand up in a world that’s fallen down?  What characteristics is The Lord looking for in the lives of people that are called by His Name?  Whenever God is looking for a person to use, He examines their heart because your heart is the point of connection to Him.

Besides faith, The Lord is searching for surrender, submission, commitment and determination in the hearts and lives of those that will truly walk with Him and stand on His word.

Have you made the choice between eternal treasures or worldly pleasures?  Have you made the decision to stand up and be counted for God?

An excellent example of this can be found in the book of Daniel.  Daniel 1:8 informs us, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

The Babylonian food, it’s prior usage in idol worship and it unclean preparation did not conform to the Old Testament teachings.  So knowing that the food and wine were connected with idolatry, forbidden by The Law given to Moses, inconsistent with his principles, against his morals, perilous to his welfare and just plain wrong before God, Daniel purposed in his heart and made up his mind to discipline his body, stand up in faith and not defile himself.

True believers know that we are “in the world but not part of this worldly system.”  Daniel may have lived in Babylon, but he took special care to ensure that “the spirit of Babylon” would not take over or control his heart. 

Can the world look at you today and see the difference?  If a believer becomes so worldly, what good is their witness or testimony of God before the unbelievers?

Not willing to  have an attitude of open defiance and provoke harsh opposition, Daniel made a simple but humble request to the jail keeper in charge that he might be permitted for 10 days to eat certain mixed vegetables and drink water. Then be examined after their experiment to see if they appeared healthy and strong as if they had eaten their foods.  And God granted him special favor with the jailor.  Then at the conclusion of the trial period, they were even more healthier and stronger than expected.

When your response is shaped by God’s Word and Holy Spirit, you too will begin to experience the grace and favor of God in your midst when you make the decision to stand up in Christ.

Daniel stood out like an oasis in the desert.  Just like Moses, Daniel and his 3 friends chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

It’s extremely vital for people to understand that those who will honor God under any situation, God in return will wonderfully honor them.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Do You Realize The Victory That You Have Been Given In Jesus?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Realize The Victory That You Have Been Given In Jesus?”

 

The other night was one of the rare moments in which I was able to sit down and turn on the television.  While searching for a program of interest, I accidentally came across a program called, “The Biggest Loser.”

This woman and her husband were undergoing various excruciating exercises, stressful workouts, physical ordeals and diets to reach weight loss goals as prescribed by the program host and medical physician.

While I was impressed by their successful accomplishments, I sensed The Holy Spirit of God remind me out of His Holy Word just who the “biggest loser” truly is. 

Through the cross and the resurrection of Jesus, the devil not only has been defeated but according to Ephesians 1:22 NTL says, “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.”

Satan is a liar, the deceiver and is the “Biggest Loser” in the history of God’s creation and no one has been a greater loser than him.  As the fired ex-employee of Heaven we must recognize the devil’s limitations, his pronounced and sealed future and remember that “Through Christ we are more than conquerors.” (Romans 8:37)

Satan is the “biggest loser” every time a sinner comes to Christ.  For not only does that individual find rest for his / her soul in Jesus but as they begin to walk in the mighty power of God’s Divine Grace and Holy Spirit, they discover the authority they have been given and all of the spiritual blessings that are laid up for them through Christ.

Being a partaker of His Divine Nature, we are filled with the fullness of the grace and glory that’s in Him.  So whenever you feel weakness from the power of the enemy or your flesh, all we need to remember is that the “same power that raised Jesus from the grave now dwells within us, perceive His greatness and rejoice in Him.”

I’ve personally discovered that whenever I’m at your lowest moment, as a believer in Christ Jesus, I’m am still “on top of the devil.”

The universe is under God’s control and direction for the welfare of His people.  All the earthly kings and rulers; kingdoms and nations are under His control. Throughout history Christ has controlled all the wicked rulers of the earth and they have not been able to destroy that church which He redeemed with His own blood.

The angels in heaven are all under his control with reference to the church all the fallen angels, now demonic spirits, are under His control.  All the great powers of heaven, earth, and hell are made subject to Christ Jesus who is the Head and King and no weapon that is formed against it shall prosper.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Always Reveals What’s Really In Your Heart?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Did You Know That Waiting On The Lord Always Reveals What’s Really In Your Heart?”

Saul was the king over the nation Israel. Their enemy, the Philistines, greatly outnumbered them, like the sand on the sea shore, with greater chariots and a multitude of horsemen.  When the people of Israel saw the strength of their enemy, great fear began to overwhelm them and many fled, leaving him exposed with only 600 men.

God had told The Prophet Samuel to inform King Saul to go wait inside the temple for 7 days, and then upon his arrival, he would offer a special sacrifice unto The Lord, which would give Israel God’s grace, favor and strength to subdue the enemy and win the battle.  But late upon the 7th day, Samuel hadn’t yet arrived and Saul grew tired of waiting because the people of Israel were fearful, complaining and even spoke of desertion.  He believed that a few more hours of delay might prove fatal to his plans, so he decided to act without the counsel and the assistance of God and took matters into His own hands.

So, King Saul intruded into the priestly office and performed activities only meant for a prophet and offered a burnt offering unto The Lord.  As soon as Saul had broken God’s commandment, The Prophet Samuel came, rebuking him.

1st Samuel 13: 11-12 NASB says,But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash, therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”

Many of our problems are gradual or progressive in nature.  They didn’t just appear or happen overnight but were a long time in developing and growing.  Why then do we expect an immediate resolve, solution or a quick fix? 

While none of us like waiting, its God’s method of teaching us endurance, building character, giving us new wisdom and insight, and causing us to mature in faith.  Waiting is the complete opposite of taking matters into your very own hands.  You must learn to make God’s Word your priority in life if you want to experience His mighty and gracious hand moving in your affairs.  And we can get into deep trouble when we don’t train ourselves to wait on The Lord.

Though his excuse seemed sufficient in his judgment, yet because Saul did not obey the word of God and wait for Samuel, his disobedience eventually led to his destruction.  Saul’s character was being tested and regardless of his motives, he should’ve remembered, honored and stood on God’s Word and not have taken steps on his own.

So, don’t jump to conclusions and rush ahead of The Lord.  Don’t bow to the pressures all around you and force doors to try to open yourself.  Listen to The Holy Spirit of God and allow Christ to lead you.  Stay connected with God, recognize His Will, rest in The Lord and faithfully stand on His promises as you’re waiting on Him.

“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 the loss of one man, by overrunning 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 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 that “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’re 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’s working overtime giving you pictures of mental defeat, financial destruction and a hopeless future. But remember he IS a defeated foe!

God wants you to realize that the only situation that’s hopeless belongs to the Devil.  He’s 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 really mess with your mind about your future, when Christ has already predicted and announced his?

Remember, whenever your outlook isn’t looking so good, Try Looking UP!”  Depression isn’t a stage you go through, IT’S 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 let yourself, your enthusiasm will dry up and your conversation will become sour as you become dazed and engulfed in self-pity and grief.  But, 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’s 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 others.  Rise up and do whatever 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!