Our ministry is an open and splendid thing
"With this hope in our hearts we are quite frank and open in our ministry. We are not like Moses, who veiled his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing its fading glory. But it was their minds really which were blinded, for even today when the old agreement is read to them there is still a veil over their minds—though the veil has actually been lifted by Christ. Yes, alas, even to this day there is still a veil over their hearts when the writings of Moses are read. Yet if they “turned to the Lord” the veil would disappear. For the Lord to whom they could turn is the spirit of the new agreement, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, men’s souls are set free.” ~2 Corinthians 3:12-17 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)
When we focus on what is wrong in our life, and how much has gone wrong, we are focused on "me, me, me..." we give credit to the enemy, giving him accolades and space in our minds. CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS. When we focus on what is right, we give credit to the LORD for the work in our lives.
From the depths of my soul, I have assurance; at the surface is doubt and the world... Hmmm, which one wins?
There is no doubt that assurance wins, but in the battle, there is much carnage. Why is that? Because the flesh is weak... but know this my friends, God is much stronger than the flesh, for with Jesus the flesh (sin) is overcome, not just once, but every single time. Remember from where our strength comes and we will live in a victorious manner.
There is no doubt, that my strength comes from the LORD. My assurance comes from the work of the LORD. My deepest and most heart felt comfort is in knowing I am His.
Do you have victory?
Do you know Jesus?
Did you know that He did all He did on earth, on the cross and from the grave are so that you too can know assurance?
No matter how bad our days get, nothing compares to the day of separation for Christ. As believers, we are His. with Him and He in us. think about being God, but fully man, and that single moment being separated from all that You knew and taking on all the evil, pain, heartache, disappointment and despair of the world - all to save the world - and knowing that many will still not 'BELIEVE'. Taking on the weight of the world means nothing in our fleshly terms.
Father forgive us for our limited beliefs and perspectives. Forgive us for not recognizing You all around us as who You are and what You did.
After a storm (bad things), new growth occurs.
I have been praying for those in despair again... what a heartbreak. Part of me asks, "are they looking for attention?" Part knows the enemy's hold is very strong", either way, he needs the strength of the Holy Spirit to fight through.... "fleshly terms" is heartbreaking on a normal day, when the enemy bites in there is nothing normal about that day... but we all must be prepared for that attack. The enemy is ferocious and furious knowing that his time is short... he will not stop until God's children are in despair, disconnected and despondent.
Do you ever feel these things?
Do you recognize that you are being used by the enemy to meet his needs?
Do you rebuke (really REBUKE) his efforts and attempts?
Or do you submit to the enemy; cower, whine, allow the use to overflow to those you love and spiral downward?
DO NOT GIVE IN!
Allow God to be in control and recognize true freedom.
"So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you; And that through Him everyone who believes [who [a]acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God." ~Acts 13:38-39 (Amplified Bible)
Allow God to be your guide and direct you steps.
"But now, having been set free from sin and having been enslaved to God, you have your fruit leading to sanctification, and its end is eternal life." ~Romans 6:22 (Lexham English Bible)
Do not give in to defeat... Know that victory is already yours through a living and mighty God.
Do you believe God, or do you believe satan?
©2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta