Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Ephesians 6:16 (NKJV)
With an increasing emphasis on the occult evident in society, it is easy to forget that Satan’s most effective weapons are two ancient foes—doubt and discouragement. How many Christians have been spiritually defeated because they lost heart by the sabotage of these evil ambassadors? Too many fail to press on in their with Christ because they give in to the insistent demands of doubt and discouragement.
Although doubt and discouragement are strong enemies, in Ephesians 6:16 God has given you the means to resolve this problem. Firm, unwavering confidence in the Lord keeps the powers of darkness at bay. Satan is thwarted when the shield of faith is raised against him.
Doubt says, “I don’t think so.” Faith says, “God is able.”
Discouragement says, “It’s hopeless.” Faith says, “With God, all things are possible.”
You may be in a situation where you have almost given up. Your strength is failing; your outlook is grim. Take up the shield of faith. Put the matter squarely into the Lord’s hands and believe that He is in control. When Satan attacks, the shield of faith will rout him.
Tomorrow October 6, 2015 will be the last post unless something changes. For four years now since a false prophet and his brainwashed sidekick cursed me and had me arrested people have given me the silent treatment. Four years is a long time to be ignoring someone, or to have little to no communication with another human being. I expect such immaturity and ungodliness from the counterfeit jokers but I sure expected much better from people who are supposed to be Christians who go around preaching about the great falling away, the false prophets and false teachers, and the soon coming of the Lord.
I had really hoped and prayed that some of these people would eventually come around to make amends with me, or that I could even make new friends who I thought we were in agreement with our faith but I guess not. I have been posting daily devotionals and scriptures for almost 10 years now but the fact that no one has been speaking to me ever since the jezebel preachers harassed me is proof to me that people are under a demonic spell and I am wasting my time. I am sure as heck not posting all of this for my sake. I never wanted all the attention that was forced on me, especially not the kind that was fabricated about me. And until somebody gets the guts and enough love to come to me as a genuine Christian person and tell me what the heck these lies are about that the heathens have spread all over the internet and around town causing people to be incapable of speaking then I quit.
As far as I can tell nearly everyone who calls themselves a Christian is a phony. They give the word “Christianity” a bad name. I want nothing to do with phony people. If I ever had to see any of these phony counterfeits again who treated me so badly it would be hell to me. So I am going to return to my silent, human free world. May the Lord bless my enemies in the same way they have blessed me.
Our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Psalm 33:21 (NKJV)
One significant problem concerning faith is reliance upon personal experience. Although the Lord’s answers are cause for celebration, you must be careful not to base your confidence on individual cases.
You were created to glorify the lord, but not all of your requests are designed to honor Him. God alone knows how to answer you so that His provision magnifies His name above all else. That is why He meets your needs often in unusual or unexpected ways. In such instances you know the Lord has worked sovereignly, and your praise is amplified. God always responds to your faith so that you are conformed to the image of Christ.
Though marred by sin, you are being molded into Christlikeness. Thus, God’s focus is greater on transforming you into Christ’s image than on answering your requests. That explains why your prayers sometimes seem to go unanswered. The omniscient Lord understands exactly how you can be shaped into Christ’s image. When you place your confidence in God, your faith depends on His criteria, not yours.
Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22 (NKJV)
Although we may wish otherwise, the Christian life is a journey of faith. We like tangible evidence. We are comfortable with proven cause-and-effect scenarios. We turn the key, and the engine starts.
Faith is intangible. It is not so predictable. Yet faith is the unseen dynamic for Christian growth and living. It is the indispensable core of a vital spiritual existence. And for good reason. Faith in God is His requirement for fruitful, enduring ministry. Faith is the barometer of genuine Christianity, which is a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you express your faith in Christ for your particular needs or desires, you acknowledge your dependence on God. You are drawn intimately near Him as you believe in His purpose and provision. God wants your being—your entire personality—committed to Him, not to a cause or religion or philosophy.
Thus, faith is the highest expression of your allegiance to the Lord. When you place your FAITH in God, you confess your absolute TRUST in His personhood.
The Lord wants to fellowship with you. Do you place your faith in Him because you seek results or because you know Him and love Him?