The Wisdom To Proceed

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 4

“Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times.”

~Isaiah 33:6 NKJ

“Wisdom and knowledge go together like a husband and wife. They complete each other.

Knowledge is facts; it is informational. Wisdom is understanding; it is directive, procedural. Knowledge provides data needed to be informed and aware. Wisdom provides the insight necessary to know how to proceed on facts at hand. For example, Noah had the facts about the coming worldwide flood 120 years before it arrived on the scene. But he really didn’t know what to do about that flood until a word of wisdom came to him saying, “Build an ark.”

You and I can be intuitively and sensitively cognizant of coming events in our own life. But knowledge alone is not enough. We need to wait for wisdom to show us how to proceed. James tells us if anyone lacks wisdom, it is available for the asking.

Lot and Abraham both knew that Sodom was going to end up at the bottom of the Dead Sea. Abraham knew it a week before it happened, and Lot knew it a day ahead of time. To those who are truly in tune with the Lord, knowledge always comes first because God is omniscient; He knows all things. Proverbs 14:6 says that knowledge is easy to the person who understands. (NKJ) There is not anything the Lord doesn’t know. He even invites His children to be curious enough about their future to ask Him about it. (Jer. 33:3) Once we have done that, once we have the facts, then we are to inquire and ask for wisdom and direction. With both wisdom and knowledge, we are standing on solid ground.”

~Dick Mills

Over the years I have learned how to receive guidance from the Lord, and it’s been a priceless gift that has literally saved my life. Sometimes I hear a still small voice, a voice of spirit. Sometimes I get images that flash across my mind. Sometimes I have dreams or visions, and sometimes it’s just a “knowing” that I can’t quite explain. Dick Mills calls it being “cognizant of coming events.”

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I’d like to share with you what an amazing thing it is to live in this type of closeness with the Lord. It changes everything. I believe it’s the way we’re intended to live, following His lead with a child like faith, casting every burden upon Him.

Life can be a bumpy road to travel. Wouldn’t it be awesome to walk through the challenges we face, with confidence that every decision is the right one, because you first sought the only guidance that matters, from the One who declared the end from the beginning?

I believe that’s how the spirit filled Christian is suppose to live, in close relationship with God, constantly receiving revelation from God, following His guidance, and casting all our burden’s on Him. While Not allowing anything or anyone to steal our peace, or joy.

If you don’t already have this type of relationship with your Father in Heaven, I’d like to invite you to take the first steps in getting there…

Do you find yourself asking how to receive revelation from God?

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Do you want to really KNOW God’s love for you?

Then let me recommend the book “The God I Never Knew” by Pastor Robert Morris, where he explains exactly how he cultivated this type of intimate relationship with the Lord, and how you can too! It’s a short, easy read…and is even available on audio book.

I’m also giving you a link to the free sermon series on You Tube, of the same name, that Pastor Morris gave at our church. It’s SERIOUSLY life changing!

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I’m also including a prayer for revelation, at the bottom of this page, so that you can invite God into a more intimate relationship.

Many blessings on your new walk with the One who has all of your days, written in His book.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And please reach out to me with any prayer requests, or testimonies that you’d like to share.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!!

Talk soon!

~Victoria

Prayer:

Father God, I come to you in the name of Jesus and thank You that You have been reaching out, in ways I can clearly perceive.

Thank you that You speak to Your children, and that You want a close intimate personal relationship with me.

I surrender my life into Your capable hands, and thank You that in my search for the meaning of life, You have lead me to You, my CREATOR. I ask that would You forgive me of every sin I’ve committed knowingly or unknowingly, as I forgive all those who have sinned against me.

I ask You to remove from my life anything that leads to a disconnection from You, because my desire is to know You more fully, and to be known by You in a deep and profound way.

I ask for Your Holy Spirit to come into my life and restore a full connection of my heart to Your heart. I thank You that Jesus died, so that I might be fully alive in You, and I ask that You breathe life into my core, re-align my thinking with Your thinking, re-envision me and restore me to a child-like joy, and inner peace.

I thank You God for doing this, for new joy, new healing, new peace, supernatural knowledge and wisdom, and a fresh new relationship with You that will increase in depth and intimacy with each passing day.

Thank You for a future filled with Divine purpose, as You come into my life and redesign it according to Your beauty, brilliance, and goodness.

Show me God how much You love me. Show me how You see me. Reveal to me the things to come, and what Your will is for my life.

Thank You for chasing me down until I heard You loud and clear, and that You have an incredible plan for my life.

Teach me how to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.

Close every door that I’ve opened to the demonic knowingly or unknowingly, and open doors for me that no man can shut.

I love You Father God. I praise You, and pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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GET YOUR ZEAL ON!

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 3

   “In the book of Revelation, each of the seven churches in Asia is promised a different reward for overcoming the flesh, the world and the devil. These rewards include the privilege of eating of the tree of life and the hidden manna, and being made a pillar in the temple of God. The last church mentioned was Laodicea. The reward offered them, was this promise to be enthroned with Jesus in a place of glory and honor.

There are many similarities between tendencies of the Laodiceans and the modern-day Church.Their luke-warmness, complacency, smugness, and spiritual conceit are characteristics we see prevalent in many of our churches today.

I used to think the greatest rewards were reserved for the martyrs. Surely I thought, giving up ones life for the cause of Christ would bring great rewards. Second on my list were the missionaries. If anybody deserved special rewards for self-sacrifice, doubtless was this group of brave people who have given up everything to go witness to foreign people.

But the truth is, the greatest reward is promised to those who can keep a ZEAL alive, a flame of devotion, and a spiritual intensity in a world filled with apathy and spiritual indifference. Keeping the FIRE of the Holy Ghost burning in the midst of ineptitude, mediocrity, and spiritual lethargy results in the privilege of sitting on the throne with Jesus.”

~Dick Mills

 

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~Revelation 3:16 “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

What IS ZEAL?

ZEAL: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. Intense emotion compelling action.  If you have zeal, you’re willing, energized, and motivated. 

~Isaiah 59:17 “He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and He wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak.” book-1210029

The cloak of ZEAL that is in Isaiah 59:17 isn’t actually mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-20, although it is a significant part of our armor as Christians.

I would have to say that I for one, have a lot of zeal! If however you don’t, I’d like to invite you to GET YOUR ZEAL ON! Get fired up for the Kingdom of God, and ask “How can I be an instrument of Your will today Lord?”

Begin a street ministry. Give your testimony to anyone who will listen! Tell people of all the great things the Lord has done for you.

Reach out to your local church, and ask how you can be of service…

What ever you feel lead to do, don’t hesitate…JUST DO IT!

Then, let’s get this party started!

Reach out to me and share what the Lord is leading you to do, and how you are putting on the “Cloak of Zeal.”

I’m eager to hear your testimony.

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Thank you for stopping by today….As always, it’s been a pleasure.

Talk soon!

~Victoria Nicodemus

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Is Satan Attacking You?!?

Can Christian’s be under attack from satan?

Yes, I have seen many Christian’s come under serious attack.

In fact, when you come under demonic attack take comfort, because it means that you must be doing something right. And that something is an obvious threat to satan’s kingdom, if it weren’t….he wouldn’t bother with you.

In Luke 22:31, 32 Jesus said, “Simon, listen to me! Satan has demanded the right to test each one of you, as a farmer does when he separates wheat from the husks. But I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you turn back to me, you MUST strengthen your brothers.”

 

So why would we think that if the apostle’s, who walked with Jesus, and gave up everything to follow Him, would come under attack, (so much so that Jesus Himself warned them, and prayed for them,) but that we, modern day Christians couldn’t or wouldn’t?

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In the New Testament, Jesus actually spoke more about satan, demonic attack and hell, than He did about Heaven.

Now the question is, what should we do about it?

 

For one thing, I believe we all have to make the decision to be ALL IN for the Kingdom of God, because we simply can’t peacefully live a blessed life, with one foot in, and one foot out.

Can we go to Heaven, and still be watching rated R movies? Yes, I think we can.

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Can we still go to Heaven while listening to worldly music, and reading our astrology on the internet? Yes, I believe we can.

Can we still go Heaven while having premarital sex and/or drinking, while not paying tithes/offerings or being in service? Yes, I believe if our hearts truly belong to Jesus…we can. And by the way, I am the LAST PERSON that would cast a stone of judgement.

However all these worldly things can serve as open doors to the enemy, giving him permission to attack us, and making our suffering in this world far more intense.

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In contrast…the blessings that come from following the law, (like being a faithful tither) can offer a lot of protection against those attacks.

Take a look at this scripture about tithes, blessings, and protection…

~Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. TEST ME ON THIS,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out SO MUCH blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

AND…

“I’ll prevent the devourer from harming you, so that HE does not destroy the crops of your land, NOR will I allow the vine to lose its fruit before harvest,” says the LORD who rules over all. ~Malachi 3:11

I love that promise, and I can give my personal testimony that it is true, however this is just ONE of the benefits of obedience, (the blessings of Abraham) and just one of the ways that we can receive protection from our enemy satan.

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One more thing I’d like to add is that although I understand that in this age of social media, most of us have been guilty of presenting a version of ourselves that is far from an accurate assessment, of how things REALLY are…

I believe that IN doing so, it leaves us, the Body of Christ, at a disadvantage…and each individual one of us, feeling very alone.

Eventually, when the storms come, as they inevitably will, we often feel too embarrassed to confess it.

Looking through the perfect profile pages of all of our friends and family, we choose to hide, and suffer silently.

I believe a little transparency about our weaknesses is an act of love, and is what is needed to not only overcome our struggles, but to strengthen one another, through the heat of the battle.

I think it’s time to drop the facade, and come clean about the challenges we are walking through; YES, even the ones that shake the very foundation of our faith.

 

“Your LOVE for one another, gives proof to the world, that you belong to Me.”

~John 13:35

 

THANK YOU, for joining me today.

In closing, I would just like to list a few recommendations for you to read through yourself…as I am not an expert, by any stretch of the imagination.

My only desire is to pass on to each of you, the knowledge and resources that changed my life for the better.

Ok, so this is HANDS DOWN the best sermon series I have ever watched about spiritual warfare.

It’s called “Free Indeed” by Pastor Robert Morris; Gateway Church.

It’s free and you can watch online anytime.

I’ll also post a prayer at the bottom of this page for protection, and to bless/anoint your home/life/family, along with a couple of book recommendations, and a link for a free two day event at Gateway Church called “Kairos,” and some free online classes called “Freedom Basics” and the “Freedom Topical Classes.”

In short it’s all about living in freedom.

My hope is that each of us will live free, transparent lives, in full support of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

~Galatians 6:2

This first link is to an AMAZING sermon series by Pastor Robert Morris about spiritual warfare for the Christian believer.

Again, you can watch them for free online, anytime.

FREE INDEED SERMON SERIES (spiritual warfare)

This is a group of free online classes called “FREEDOM BASICS”

THESE are the free online follow up “Freedom Classes” called FREEDOM TOPICAL CLASSES

These links are for some amazing life changing books that I HIGHLY recommend.

“HIDING FROM LOVE”

“BREAKING GENERATIONAL CURSES”

“THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS”

“THINK DIFFERENTLY, LIVE DIFFERENTLY”

Prayer to SPIRITUALLY PROTECT/CLEANSE/BLESS your home/life/family: 

Father, I thank You that You have never rejected me and You never will. Even if other people reject me, You have received me unconditionally, and I am accepted in Jesus Christ. I thank you that my acceptance doesn’t depend upon anything but Jesus, and the finished work of the cross. I am not ashamed before You, as I am completely forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Thank You that You have distanced my transgressions, as far from me, as the east is from the west. 

I will not allow the enemy to harass me about the past anymore. I repent of my sins, and choose to forgive myself and receive the full freedom of Your forgiveness. 

I thank You that my body can function in Your peace. Healed and made whole, my mind is at rest, as I choose to forget past failures and struggles. Lord, I embrace Your love, Your thoughts, and Your ways. 

Father God, I confess that there is anger and resentment in my heart, and ask that You to deliver me from it. 

Because of Jesus’ forgiveness, I can forgive others in His name. 

As a matter of will, I forgive every person who has ever harmed me, rejected me, hurt me, betrayed me, or spoken against me, and I ask that this forgiveness takes root in my spirit. I free them now in my thoughts, and I no longer hold their sins against them. I ask You Lord to bless them in Your mercy. 

I rebuke any efforts of satan in any area of my life, and I renounce any spells or curses that have been cast over me, my home, my health, or my family, even word curses that I’ve spoken over myself. For it is written, “Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.” In the name of Jesus I cancel the effects that these curses have had on my health, my finances, or my mind, will and emotions.

I take back the ground the enemy has gained in any area of my life, and I recommit that ground to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 

Lord I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and I thank You that I am a brand new creation. All the old has passed away, and I stand clean in Your sight.

I receive Your healing grace, by the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit within me.

I’m thankful that You control me, not my emotions, satan, his emissaries, or what other people say. 

I thank you for this place to live, and I cleanse this home for myself/my family as a place of spiritual refuge from all attacks of the enemy.

As a child of God seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm, I renounce any allegiance given to false gods or spirits by past residents, current residents, visitors, or myself and command every evil spirit claiming ground in the structures and furnishings of this place, based on any actives done in the past, to leave and never return. Your assignment has been cancelled, and you are not welcome here.

Lord I ask You to close any doors that have been opened to the enemy, right now in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Father, I thank you for doing this, as I ask You to fill me and this home with Your Holy Spirit, for where Your light resides, no dark thing may enter. 

I ask You Heavenly Father to post guardian angels around this home, to guard it from the attempts of the enemy to enter and disturb Your purposes for me/us. 

I praise Your name Father God, giving you all honor and glory, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

REPEAT THIS PART, IN EVERY ROOM; AS YOU ANOINT EACH DOOR/WINDOW WITH OIL. 

I cleanse this home for myself/my family as a place of spiritual refuge from all attacks of the enemy. As a child of God seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm, I renounce any allegiance given to false gods or spirits by past residents, current residents, visitors, or myself and command every evil spirit claiming ground in the structures and furnishings of this place, based on any actives done in the past, to leave and never return. Your assignment has been cancelled. I renounce any spells or curses that have been cast, even word curses that I’ve spoken myself. For it is written, “Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.” Lord I ask You to close any doors that have been opened to the enemy, right now in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Father, I thank you for doing this, as I ask You to fill me and this home with Your Holy Spirit, for where Your light resides, no dark thing may enter. 

I thank You Father God, that Your angels have charge over me/us, and pray all this in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen. 

 

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