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What in the World is going on?!!!! (Las Vegas shooting)

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The recent tragedy in Las Vegas hits home for so many of us. With this evil act of darkness, many are left sad and angry, asking 2 questions: What is going on? And, is there anything we can do to stop it?

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?

When you add terrorism, the killings we see every week in places like Chicago, along with the escalating racial tensions, you have to wonder: Where is all this coming from? And where is God in the midst of all this? Has God changed? Is He judging America? Is He judging you or me?

NO. NO. NO!

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12.

It’s pretty easy to figure out where ‘evil’ comes from: just put a “d” in front of the word, and you get your answer. Evil comes from the ‘d-evil’. And while people are often the vessels of evil, there can be no doubt where their inspiration comes from.When “dusting for prints” in the face of evil acts, all evidence points to the devil’s fingerprints & DNA!

• Jesus called the devil a thief, who came to steal, KILL and destroy.
• The father of lies to deceive many. John 8.
• he serpent who misleads. Genesis 3:1.
• The Murderer who kills. John 8:44.
• The Ruler of darkness in this world. Eph. 6:12.
• The spirit that works in the children of disobedience. Eph. 2:2.
• The man of wickedness in 2 Thess.2:3.
• The accuser who condemns and divides us. Revelation 12:10.

There can be no doubt that the devil is at the root of all evil.

And we can’t merely pluck fruit off the tree. We must get to the root of it. We have to cut off the serpent’s head! Now the devil uses many ways to manipulate the minds of people, to carry out evil. He capitalizes on our guilt, weaknesses, sins, mistakes—but he rides into the world through our thought lives.

Ephesians 6:11 says, we can know the schemes of the devil and stand against them. The word: “schemes” is the word for “method” and “road”. Simply put, his method is to build a roadway into this world through our thought life. When a person’s mind is filled with thoughts that exalt themselves against the Word of God, then Satan builds a roadway into a person’s life and into the world.

This is why God empowers us to pull down strongholds, cast down imaginations, and take EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

This is spiritual warfare.

I am convinced that a systematic way of taking our thoughts captive, not only causes us to prevail in spiritual warfare, but it heals imbalances in our minds, our brains, our emotions and even our bodies. (This is what our Fast From Wrong Thinking System is all about).

That’s how we deal with our personal lives, but what about the evil in this world brought through others?

Is there anything we can do about the evil in the world?

When the “roadway” has already been paved in other people’s minds and lives, what do we do then?

This is where the power of prayer comes into play.

Jesus said, whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven… (Matthew 18:18). Jesus gave US the power to bind and cast out the forces of the devil and darkness (Mark 16:18). He went on to say in Luke 10:19 “Behold I give you authority to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over ALL The power of the enemy!”

Praying God’s promises and exercising our authority over our spiritual enemy is the most powerful weapon God has given us to overcome evil in this world.

Prayer is more powerful than dynamite, guns, bombs or nuclear energy! No matter how hard the world or the devil try, prayer can’t be stopped! It has the power to change nations, governments, cities, families and hearts!

No wonder Satan doesn’t want you to know the authority you have in Christ to walk in this supernatural power!

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. And he prayed that it would not rain for 3 and a half years. And then he prayed again, and it rained. (James 5:17-18) That’s power this world can’t give you! But God HAS given it to us, in Christ.

We must stop listening to that lie—the devil’s lie—that says we aren’t good enough to pray or aren’t powerful enough to make a difference. He’s only saying that because he knows exactly how powerful prayer really is! He’s scared of it!

Can we stop the “rain” of violence, killing, terror? Yes! But we must tap into: THE MIRACULOUS POWER OF PRAYER!

But where does that power come from? James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous, avails MUCH!”

In the Old Testament, men attempted to be “righteous” by their outward actions.

But Jesus changed all that forever through HIS ACTIONS ALONE!

“Now, He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us that we would be made the righteousness of God in Him.” —2 Corinthians 5:21

Why is that so important?

Because when it comes time for you to pray, the devil says, Well, now, look at how you screwed up yesterday! You are not worthy to go to God or get your prayers answered!

Religion always gets you focused on what you’ve done wrong. BUT GOD focuses on what Jesus did right! And through His act of righteousness, you are now made righteous. That means you have the power to pray just like Elijah prayed, to bind evil, and stop the “rain” just like Jesus said you could.

Embrace God’s gift of righteousness TODAY and pray with that kind of authority about anything evil around you. As each of us learn to do that, we will begin to see the waves & storms of evil in this world subside, and good prevail!

If you are feeling helpless, hopeless, lost or afraid in this time, check out my latest series—FEARLESS. I promise—it’ll help.

Breaking Free from Depression

Everyone knows what it’s like to feel lonely, depressed and afraid. The pressure against our emotions can be overwhelming at times. Who hasn’t felt the waves of darkness try to take over their soul? I think we’ve all felt that at times. The devil wants to get you into a place of darkness and keep you there so you will lose hope and quit.

The truth is that Jesus has destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:18), but we lose sight of that at times. So what the enemy tries to do is paint a hopeless, dark picture of your life so you become discouraged, lonely and depressed. You may be in a place like that right now. Or perhaps you know someone that is in that place.

So how do we break free from that place of darkness? Psalm 119:30 says, “The entrance of His Word brings light.” As we flood the light of God’s Word into our heart, darkness, loneliness & depression flee!

David sure knew what it was like to go through these times of darkness:

The enemy pursues me; he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness

like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. Psalm 143:3-4.

But notice, as this darkness sweeps over his soul and overwhelms him, he remembers the Word of God. Let’s look at how he breaks free from this depression & darkness:

In fact, here are seven simple steps out of loneliness, depression & fear based on Psalm 143:

      1. Remember what God has done.
        “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” (Verse 5)
        Deliberately go back and look at what God has already done for those in the Bible, and deliberately go back and look at what God has done in your life.
      2. Worship God.
        No matter what it feels like, lift your hands and voice to God in thanks. Worship Him because He is so good; even when things don’t look so good.
        “I spread out my hands to you.” (Verse 6)
      3. Listen for God’s immediate response.
        In fact, ASK for a quick response from God; and expect to hear an answer; expect a door to open.
        “Answer me speedily.” (Verse 7)
      4. Greet your day meditating on God’s love for you.
        This sets the course of your day.
        “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.” (Verse 8).
        The greatest happiness in life is the assurance that we are loved. Find one verse each day about God’s love, until it drives out all fear and loneliness.
      5. Ask God for wisdom!
        Ask Him to show you the way you should go today!
        “Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” (Verse 8)
      6. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you, teach you and empower you today!
        “Teach me to do your will,…may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Verse 10)
      7. Remind God of His covenant.
        He swore with His blood that He would keep His promises to you. Ask Him to deliver you completely out of the specific trouble you are in.
        “For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life;in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.” (Verse 11)

 

Remember, it’s the entrance of His word that brings light. Darkness has to flee when you turn the light on. Never forget that God loves you; He’s with you; and He’s on your side. When you believe that, everything’s going to be alright!


Breaking Free from Depression

Travel Light! Leaving Your Baggage Behind

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The year was 2000 when hip-hopper, Erykah Badu released the hit entitled, Bag Lady:

“… Bag lady you gone hurt your back
Dragging all them bags like that …
One day all them bags gone get in your way
So pack light …
Bag lady
Let it go, Let it go, Let it go, Let it go … “

Pretty good advice, right?

When Jesus sent out his disciples in Matthew 10:10, He said: “Take no bag for your journey…”

You see, God has an amazing journey planned for you, but in order for you to experience it, you gotta let go of some baggage and travel light!

As we move forward into this new year, we would do well to heed these words of Jesus (and Badu, for that matter)—pack light; let go; let go; let go of your baggage—and enjoy the journey God intended for you!

With that in mind, I want to encourage you to leave a few things behind in order to step into the great destiny God has for you! Leave behind:

1. Unforgiveness. Don’t wait for a feeling. Forgiveness is not a feeling. Its a choice. Refuse to hold anything against anyone for any reason. The Word says, don’t let the sun go down on your anger. We aren’t wired to hold a grudge through the night. Let it go. Its a choice. And its a gift we’ve freely received from God. And its a gift, therefore, we should freely give. That’s why the middle part of the word: ‘for-give-ness’ is ‘give’. Its a gift! If you will choose to give this gift and leave unforgiveness behind, you will begin to step into your destiny, care-free, light-hearted and happier than you’ve been in a long time!

2. Guilt. Guilt is a tool of the devil to keep us confined to our mistakes and defined by our past. When we carry guilt with us, it makes us depressed; it makes us angry; and it makes us feel lonely. We’ve all blown it, but Jesus wants to free you from a guilty conscience. There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Embrace God’s grace! Accept your forgiveness. In Hebrews 8:12 God says, “I will remember your sins NO MORE!” the verdict is in. Jesus declares you: Not guilty! When you accept this merciful verdict, anger leaves; condemnation leaves; confidence grows; and your faith soars! Anything becomes possible, when you realize how free you really are. Let it go!

3. Small Expectations. When Abraham was childless, God took him OUTSIDE and said: “LOOK UP and count the stars if you’re able! That’s how many descendants you’re going to have!” (Genesis 15:5.) In order to experience the best God has for you this year, and any year, we have to ditch low expectations, lift up our head; LOOK UP; and expect God to do exceeding abundantly beyond what we can ask or think! To live a life beyond our wildest thoughts or dreams starts by having some wild thoughts and wild dreams! Let go of a small God today. Let go of small expectations today. Think big today because you have a BIG GOD. Ask big today because you have a BIG GOD. Expect big today because you have a BIG BIG God! Dream…ON!

Decide today to leave these bags behind! As you do, you will leap, skip & soar into your God-given destiny! Travel light & Godspeed!

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