Reaching Towards HOPE

March 11

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

“Craning the neck, scanning the horizon, and shading the eyes with the hand in order to see at a distance: these are all expressed by the phrase reaching forward. Paul is telling the Philippians to forget the past and start looking ahead. He knew what he was talking about. Since he had earlier persecuted the Church and consented to the stoning of Stephen, Paul had to learn to put such negative memories behind him and get on with life. Instead of allowing the past to become an unbearable burden and weight to him, Paul simply dropped it to the ground and used it as a stepping stone to the future.

Reaching forward is a good exercise for all of us. It stimulates hope. It puts us in a state of expectancy. It declares that what has been is only a prologue to what will be: Yesterday was good, today is better, tomorrow will be better still. Reaching forward anticipates miracles, revivals, outpourings of the Spirit of God, deliverance’s, and answered prayer. It looks to the future with intensity and great expectation, as Isaac looked and waited eagerly for the arrival of his new bride. (Gen. 24:63)

As Christians we have so much to look forward to:

  1. the salvation of our families
  2. the evangelization of the world
  3. the reviving of our churches, and
  4. most of all, that blessed hope, the return of Christ the Bridegroom for His Bride, the Church.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not harm you, plans to give you a hope, and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)

“What a future we have to look forward to!”

~Dick Mills

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YES & AMEN!

A few years ago I found myself in a dark, seemingly hopeless chapter of life, with no logical reason to believe that God was going to come through with the miracle, that I so desperately needed.

I clearly didn’t deserve it.

My circumstances were a direct result of my own disobedience and sin.

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I was sure that God didn’t even want to hear from me, but I reached out anyway and said,

“Daddy, I’m so sorry…I’ve messed up really bad this time. Please forgive me, protect me, and guide me through the wreckage I’ve caused.”

Right then I opened a Bible for the first time in a very long time, and my eyes fell to this scripture verse….

“I know the plans I have for you…to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” in Jeremiah 29:11.

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WOW,

“where sin abounds, grace abounds more.” (Rom. 5:20)

My heart was TRULY repentant, and over the coming months, He DID COME THROUGH WITH THE MIRACLE I SO DESPERATELY NEEDED!

I still stand in awe of that, and it causes me to understand why prodigals like me are often so on fire for Jesus!

It’s because when you have made mistake after mistake, and no matter how hard you tried you just couldn’t get it right…you really KNOW how much you NEEDED the sacrifice that Jesus made.

Makes me think of ~Luke 7:40-48…

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….and just like the woman in “Luke 7” I haven’t stopped kissing His feet since.

 

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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

AND this is a free event hosted by Gateway Church called “KAIROS” meaning “God’s Appointed Time” that is truly life changing!

It’s a two day event focused on experiencing true freedom in our Christian walk, breaking soul ties and generational curses, and closing any doors that have been opened to the demonic, while opening the flood gates of God’s blessings on our lives!

People come from all over the world to attend this event!

IT IS AWESOME!

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: 

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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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