Lack of Knowledge is Destroying US

Ephesians 4:18-21 gives biblical insight into what we are seeing taking place in this hour:
…18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus…”

Indeed, truth is found in Jesus Christ.. in fact, he himself IS the Word of God. He is the way…The truth…the life…and the only way to God. But are we, as a people, being destroyed for lack of knowledge? Knowledge of Him? His ways? His thoughts? He is himself The Christ, the Anointed One, who returns soon to reign over all the world. Why not obtain the knowledge of Him and His Ways now? 

Read the verse of warning in this graphic…

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

Do we, the USA, a Christian Nation, dare follow the same pattern and lose our blessings from God?  Is this already happening? Have we rejected knowledge? Have we forgotten the laws of God? Has our glory now turned to shame? And Will He forget our children?

Surely, a house divided against itself cannot stand…and prayers are needed for this “divided” nation. Yet, not only our prayers, but the giving out of Truth. Lies are quickly dispelled when truth comes in, just as darkness leaves when a candle is lit. The more truth that is revealed, the more light we live in….the clearer we can “see” the truth for ourselves.

Many protestors, and I don’t just mean public ones…but ones on Facebook, or wagging their tongues in criticisms in the schools and workplaces, or even talking aloud to their own TVs in private, need to be given some of the Word of God in relation to what’s going on in our land. There is a need to be still now and listen. Some of you maturing believers realize knowing the Word really “simplifies”your life.. This doesn’t make you “simple” , as in simple-minded… On the contrary, it takes away confusions, and striving, and fears. It is wonderful to embrace the Will of God. It is true freedom, which everyone longs for, but is looking for in the wrong places. Confusion leaves! Doubts cease their intrusions! Fears lose their torment!  Peace comes! All…from knowledge of God…and embracing God’s ways and thoughts.

If you’re saying inside to yourself, ours is no longer a godly nation, it is a democracy, and the other people will tell us what’s what…let me tell you something: Christians FEAR NOT! Now is not the time to be timid in regard to “standing” in our faith…and also standing in our backing our government leaders as instructed in Romans 13:1-5. GOD MAKES HIS WILL VERY CLEAR…as you will see…and these verses apply to President Trump and all our elected officials:

Romans 13:1-5  All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. 2 So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged. 3 If you do what is right, you won’t need to be afraid of your rulers. But watch out if you do what is wrong! You don’t want to be afraid of those in authority, do you? Then do what is right, and you will be praised. 4 The one in authority serves God for your good. But if you do wrong, watch out! Rulers don’t carry a sword for no reason at all. They serve God. And God is carrying out his anger through them. The ruler punishes anyone who does wrong. 5 You must obey the authorities. Then you will not be punished. You must also obey them because you know it is right.

There…is simplification…knowing God’s will in the matter, whether a Trump fan or not! …you trust God and obey your President. You don’t oppose him. You do right yourself, and you need not fear him or any decision he may or may not make.  Note, obey authorities, yes, policemen, and then you will not be punished…by man or directly by God’s discipline! Honor all your leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. Your vote was your choice. God saw it. Now leave it alone. There. Simplified. Whenever you want to judge or condemn or gossip about leadership, be silent, and pray. Prayer according to the Word activates the power of God, and He then steers the hearts of our leaders according to our pleadings. Or if you are particularly passionate about something, and it is in accordance with Gods word, then perhaps you are called to get personally involved in that area of politics, or your church, company, etc.  Protesting without a plan is not doing anything creative. It is very destructive.

Yes, this obedience requires faith in God. Yes, it requires knowing Jesus. And yes, you will need the Holy Spirit living within to instruct you in this hour. But all are available and ready to be received even this moment. Jesus is the gift that includes all others: wisdom, joy, peace, love, forgiveness, discernment, power, peace, freedom from addictions, healing of wounds, freedom to captives, etc.    Now, Just take him into your life as your Lord! It’s a wise choice. And you’ll never be the same again.

You see, the World, including the LGTB community with all its plans and protests and good-sounding words, doesn’t matter! The government, whether it makes a right or wrong choice, doesn’t matter!  Hollywood with all the “beautiful powerful people” doesn’t matter! All lives matter, not just black lives matter! And a women’s right is not more important than Gods right to his own creation! Evil always divides! Why do you think there are divorces, and church splits, and quarrels of many kinds? Believers, its us, and what we will do in this hour, that matters!! We rule and reign With Christ, even now, and it’s what WE DO that will dictate what God does with Our Country…because friends, the USA is His Country and He wants us to now stand up declaring IN GOD WE TRUST.

And isn’t this “standing up” to be done individually? As in letting people know in our words and deeds that we love Jesus and obey God? And in prayers? And in our own repentance? If God changes each one of us, then collectively we will become a greater light in this darkened country. Truth will be seen and heard. And love can break through the deceptions! Isn’t this better than fighting, bickering, protesting, etc? Let’s see what God says.

He declares in II Chronicles 7:14,  “If MY People, who are called by My Name (Christians that’s us! ), Will humble THEMSELVES, and PRAY, and SEEK My Face, and turn from THEIR wicked Ways, THEN will I hear from heaven, and WILL forgive their sins, and WILL HEAL their land.” BELIEVERS, NOT PROTESTORS, WILL DICTATE WHAT GOD WILL DO WITH THE USA! Believers, not unbelievers, will dictate what God will do As far as healing our land and its divisions.  And God’s power is great, and He is able to preserve the individuals who GIVE CHRIST THEIR LIVES, even if the lukewarm believers will be spewed out along with the evil ones who may be judged as that healing of our nation takes place. The word says not to fear if brought before magistrates on account of his name…he will give you the words and help that very hour!

Let’s just look at immigration for a moment…a very real divisive thing at present. There are way too many who are looking only at the surface of things…and if we look at portions of Europe and how Muslims have destroyed these countries’ culture and way of life, we will realize that prevention of troubles is a good thing. When immigrants are allowed in to USA, it is a choice for them, yet they must, before coming, embrace American law and American culture, and not carry out hidden agendas pressing upon us their sharia law and false religion.  There IS a spirit of anti-Christ loosed upon the world! It is pervasive and includes way more than just Muslims. Anyone who wants to be free of being told what to by God is part of this spirit that pervades societies worldwide. We must honor God and Christ who established the USA and gave us Our Land. It is NOT UNloving to keep immigrants out who pose a real threat.  We are not killing them! We are not destroying them. Wisdom and Love for our nation and its peoples simply dictates “protection!”. Those concerned about protection of the Muslim faith can make a choice to go over to the Muslim countries and love on them, embracing “their land’s rules and their faith”. And those immigrant applicants who desire to embrace the values and laws of our land can be properly vetted to do so. The Muslims here, who are your neighbors and friends, should be loved on in Jesus’ name, even while standing up for the Christian faith. The desire of God is that they be grafted into his family by faith in Jesus, and loving one another is essential for this to take place. They chose the USA, so they can live in a way as to embrace the law of the land, but if they can’t compromise with Americans because of “their faith” let them return to their own land.

Please pray, for the masses in our country are being deceived!! And the Bible declares that one thing that can destroy his people is Lack of Knowledge. It is absolutely LOVING what Trump desires to do! If you the head of a large family, and your wife and own children, natural or adopted, lived in your house, would you let a group of people into your own house, who desire to destroy you, and your women and children, raping or devaluing them if not killing them, and bent on destroying everything you worked for and your way of life? Destroying your right to serve the true God? Of course not! LOVE REQUIRES PROTECTION! Trump is being used in answer to Christian’s prayers across the land …the part of the Lord’s Prayer that Christ Jesus taught us to pray which declares, “Deliver us from Evil …for thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever, Amen!”

But I hear you say, but what of love for “them”? and I respond, what of love for “God”? Do we desire to hand over our nation to His Enemy? To be a friend with the world is to be an enemy of God.  Satan reigns over false religions and The World, and these anti-Christ systems desire license to do evil. Whether it be The LGTB communities, abortion-rights activists, Hollywood, or just a society who no longer fears the Lord… do they not realize that if Muslims take over the land it could mean their distruction too! None of them have God-given wisdom…so they side with each other? Makes no sense for a gay man to hold a love sign for a Muslim to come in, when Islam wants that gay man dead, does it? No wisdom. Women’s libers who want to abort, do they not know Muslims would kill them for that sin? Neither fears God or they would be honoring him with their lives. Yet, I think that deep down all of society knows lawlessness is not the answer. It is preserving love and respect, and truth, that is important. In fact the love chapter of I Corinthians 13:6 declares that love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth.” Somehow that part of loves definition does not get repeated amidst all the love talk out in the world. With this definition of love, are even believers aware of the simplicity that gives to our decision making? If something is not of of his righteousness or his truth it is not “real love“. Love is of God. God is love. So he has the right to define it. And by his definition, love does not rejoice in unrighteousness. And love does rejoice with truth. So can you be saddened and outraged by the sin around you, and still be in God’s love? Yes! Can you be without joy when you see people lost in deception? Yes! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Cry out to God and beg him for the deliverance of the nation, your communities, your family, your self. The poor in spirit know their “need” for God’s loving interventions.

And Believers don’t be afraid to stand.  In the Bible we read often that God intervened and the evil armies/nations destroyed one another, while those trusting God were delivered. I myself am going to ask God to protect us as a nation, yet that might not mean that we won’t have internal wars going on. I only know that one day we all….individually, and as a nation, give account to God who reigns supreme. Many have access to bibles to give them God’s will ..they just don’t desire to follow it or to know him. So sad, too, for God gives everyone love, acceptance, and value, as they do embrace him. He empowers the believer to do His Will, and gives righteousness, peace, and joy though his Holy Spirit that comes to abide within any true believer in Christ. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. Warnings come nonstop, for grace has been restraining his anger at those who are living in defiance against him. He’d rather draw sinners and those deceived presently to him, to SAVE THEM from their sin and his wrath to come upon the nations in the end. Get into reading and studying God’s Word….read it…come to Jesus and learn of him…and your peace will come when you come to abide in Jesus.

As the verse in the graphic says, what CAN “destroy us” is the Lack of Knowledge…knowledge from the word of God, and not only factual carnal knowledge.

USA, Let’s Pray for our leaders… not wag our tongues in judgment or ridicule…

Pray for truth to be realized and that the darkness of ignorance dissipates…

And be at peace, while the world shakes around you, God is giving the USA opportunity to be saved, under Christ’s name. I am confident that God is in control and will hear the prayers of His People, no matter what the masses who act in ignorance and under media control do. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This kind of fear refers to our respect, awe, and submission to God because he has the power to destroy both body and soul. He is so great, he laughs as the heathen nations rage in defiance against him! We must not fear man, who can only destroy the body. Let’s get our focus on trusting a sovereign God and aligning our own individual lives up with His Word and His Will. Amen?!

Friends and family…the safest place to be…is in intimacy with The Lord. Here are a few favorite verses in a favorite Psalm of mine:

Psalm 91:14-16

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

My Part: set my love upon the Lord (not only affections but obedience and attitudes); know his name (in other words, who He is!) , call upon him!

His Part: I will deliver you, I will set you in high, I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you, I will satisfy you with a long life, and show you my salvation.

We have the EASY PART 😀…. And God? Well, His promised responses are way awesome! What a divine exchange!! Each one of those who can do the “My Part”, can go into an unknown future KNOWING God will do “His Part.” No Fear! Just Trust! Amen?!

Prodigals, it is time to return...to your Father who has opened arms. Please…hear me…Reread this scripture I began this blog with… and choose you this day whom you desire to be like… those of this darkened world? or those who desire to belong to Jesus, who will soon be the supreme ruler over all the whole world? In confusion?  The truth is IN JESUS! Run please to him, for your future depends on it, and he will forgive and receive you, and everything he has and is becomes yours. How wonderful!

Google the lyrics of Joy To The World if you have a moment. Yes, the one we sing at Christmas! It begins, “Joy to the world. Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room!”  The Holy Spirit has prompted me to be singing that song at the piano recently, all the verses…even after Christmas. Could he be declaring aloud “He’s Coming Again Soon!?” “He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove, the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love!” Perhaps I am only one of many who are declaring it so from my lips during worship.

To close…I pray,

“God, please hear the cries of all your people…see into their hearts…know their thoughts…”

and yet I hear you suddenly reply back to me… “Let the people hear My Cries, see into My Heart, and know My Thoughts!”  

And we reply humbly, yet excitedly…

“Yes Lord. We will come TO YOU And seek your face.”

 

 

 

Written by Beth Ann Smith, February 2, 2017

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Turn and Return To The Lord

repentanceGod is asking NOW, that those who speak his son’s name from their lips, would be LIKE CHRIST….for scripture says of the true Christian, “By their fruits, you shall know them.” There has been a gradual “turning away” from Christ and the truth of the Word of God, even by those who “say” they are Christians, and the Spirit of God would like to have eyes opened to just how much we all have become desensitized and unaware of this shift “away” from God.

The Spirit of God inspired A SONG that I wrote and recorded that really illuminates this condition of His Church…and Father is asking us to be “reconciled” back to Him by a turning or returning back to Christ, and a following of His Ways in our everyday living.

Please, no matter who you are, after reading this blog, PLEASE TAKE A LISTEN… for this song is meant to shed light on hidden places of the heart that God sees, even though others may not.  Light dispels the darkness, so there need be no apprehension to listen through the song…rather, a feeling of being set free will come as you yield your heart to the Spirit of God. He gives this promise, “Draw nigh to God, and He Will draw near to you.”

THESE TWO VERSES from the Word of God are to bring YOU encouragement that the Lord stands ready to receive your repentance, and to abundantly pardon that which the Spirit may speak with you about.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord and HE WILL HAVE MERCY upon him; and TO OUR GOD, for HE WILL abundantly pardon.”  Isaiah 55:6-7

and

“For He says, ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, NOW  is the accepted time; behold, now IS the day of salvation.”  II Cor 6:2

Take a listen to this song and hear its message:

To repent means “to turn” … we turn away from revealed sin, and turn toward the Lord… He then empowers us to overcome. It is “A PROCESS”… so be humble and yet give your repentance 100%. Keep throwing your sin back on the altar of grace until you are “FREE” from it, for Christ did not only FORGIVE your sin at the cross…he FREED you FROM SIN at the cross. You have only to appropriate this power in your life.  How?  By totally abandoning yourself to Jesus. The Spirit of God is then given to lead and guide your life.

Why is this message important RIGHT NOW, TODAY? Because you have “A KINGDOM” available to you… to live in and walk in TODAY: The Kingdom of God.  Then, no matter what happens to “your country”, be it the USA or another country of the world, there need be NO FEAR, for your citizenship is in the Kingdom of God. God will soon send Christ for His Church, which is made up of believers everywhere, and the true believers will no longer be here. And when later we return with Christ, we will have HIM “reigning supreme over us all”! So, what better future and hope can there be than that? (smile) The thing is, God is to be reigning in all of “us, His Kids” RIGHT NOW, if we will allow him to have that authority in our lives. We each have a FREE WILL to choose to live for Christ. It is time for “The Church” to exercise its free will to radiate His Glory through our obedience corporately too, as God steers people here and there into their destinies and true purpose.

TURN — OR RETURN — TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  He is the ONLY WAY to the Father (GOD). You will be left behind if you are not “ABIDING IN” CHRIST. Plain and Simple.  He doesn’t take people who have divorced him, even if once married to him, to share His Life. Liken it to a normal marriage…Have you abandoned Him? Have you gone away from your first love? Or are you living as ONE FLESH? Or are you just in a house together, pretending to others that you love Him? or are you in “Close Intimacy? (Only you can answer…but “do ask yourself”…and don’t assume all is well.) Truly…If it is not likened to a marriage, then why does Scripture use the word adulterers and adulteresses, to describe those who have chosen the World and its ruler Satan over Christ, the lover of their soul? Who gave everything to be wed to His Bride, the church…

James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

IT IS TIME TO TURN, OR RETURN TO THE LORD, IF YOU ONCE KNEW GREATER INTIMACY WITH HIM. HE IS READY TO TAKE YOU IN HIS ARMS AND ABUNDANTLY PARDON…HELP YOU TO OVERCOME SIN… AND GIVE YOU JOY, PEACE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, WHICH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

 

To Respond is simple.

Accept Christ Jesus, asking Him to take over the Lordship of your life, and receiving the salvation His Blood shed on the cross to purchase for you. The Spirit of God will come live within your life, and speak to your spirit, which is now reborn. Heaven is your destiny if Jesus abides with you now.

OR return to Him…and His Word…if you had once made him your Savior but never have quite given Lordship of your life to him.  “Submit to God, Resist the Devil, and He will Flee from You.”  Don’t GIVE UP… The Lord will NEVER give up on you, but TIME IS SHORT and the window is closing. TODAY IS THE TIME. Grace is giving you this message, for one of the greatest gifts of grace that God has given man is the ABILITY TO REPENT and be met with open loving arms of the Savior.

Tomorrow may be too late…. So please heed whatever is going on in your spirit man right now…for the Spirit of God communicates within to your spirit. And as I release this blog, I am praying for YOU to respond to make Christ “your” ruler, whether you’re just coming to know Jesus or have walked as a Christian all your life.

I am going to be responding myself… for the Lord is always and forever going to be encouraging me to draw closer and become more attune to His Voice, more aware of His Word, and more obedient to The Truth. The Truth will set us all free. Hallelujah! We can all be thankful that He loves us SO MUCH!

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Bruised – for “Our Iniquities”

bruiseJuly 19. 2015

The last two days I have been in pain from multiple huge bruises which cover my entire body, as I took a torpedoing fall onto a five foot metal ladder with my whole body, when the pontoon I was standing on came to a sudden stop after going fast. You see, the long swim ladder was positioned between the two front seats and I didn’t even have time to brace myself or anything.  Talk about pain! Both legs are bruised in a striped pattern, and I am2015-07-21 09.15.06 even suffering bruises to my finger tops and feet bottoms…And, the back part of my arm muscles have torn leaving me the with inability to move my left arm down after raising it, and my right arm unable to hold even my coffee cup yesterday.

And yet, while recovering today, I was reminded of the scripture of Isaiah 53:5 which says: Christ was “bruised” for “our iniquities.”

I looked up bruised and the definition was “crushed inward which causes outward suffering” and thought, wow, I can now really imagine that suffering… And the intense pain!

It did not appear to be so bad, to others on the boat…this intense pain I was experiencing…for nothing was appearing outwardly right away.

I was hurting so bad inwardly, YET the bruising later was the after-effect of the being crushing inwardly. 

I, the one who received the bruising, was the only one who really could experience the pain associated with the bruising, and it definitely did eventually show in the outward manifestation of the bruises. In the same way, Jesus, our Lord, was the only one who experienced this intense pain inwardly which was displayed in bruises outwardly…during the redemptive process…but it was FOR US.

Thus, I want to encourage you all, to realize this truth: Iniquity is making excuse for known sin, and refusing to turn. Iniquity was what Adam displayed when he blamed Eve for his choice. Iniquity was Jonah running from his calling in the opposite direction, refusing to turn, until he was swallowed by the big fish, and came to his senses.

Iniquity is what you and I exhibit when we come under conviction of the Holy Spirit that something is sin, but we justify our behavior or actions, and refuse to turn. This then adds iniquity to our transgression and sin. Sin is the committing of the action, whereas iniquity is the attitude of resistance to the Lord. It is willful continuance in a known sin. Many so-called believers are actually practicing iniquity, but we don’t need to, for Christ was bruised to take it from us.

Christ Jesus was crushed inwardly and suffered outwardly, so when we turn, you and I can be free of iniquity, and our sins forgiven. It was “our resistance to him” that He was bruised to remove from us.

Although I suffered, it is so wonderful to know, from my little personal object lesson, that though we cant see it, bruising takes place, from being crushed within, and somehow, today, I wonder if Christ continues to be bruised by watching us make our excuses for sin. I personally am going to resolve to become more mindful and aware, that I need to agree with the Spirit when he faithfully convicts me of sin, and realize there is no fear to repentance, but rather a new beginning.

There is a sobering passage in Matthew 7:23 which says this: “And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.”  These are those who believe they are saved… and they say “Have we not prophesied in your name? and cast out demons? and performed wonders?”  But, Jesus says, I never knew you.

Why? Because they refused to repent of those things shown them by the Spirit, even while doing the works of the kingdom. This is why Jesus was bruised! To free us from iniquity… to have a close relationship with him… to REALLY “Know” Him.

He was bruised for our iniquity. What pain he bore….For you and I… So we can be free to love Him and receive His continued love toward us.

I guess I wouldn’t take back my fall, for I am more mindful now of my own iniquity, and the pain it caused, and may still cause the Lord.

I’m sharing this.. because… many believers don’t think about this aspect of our redemption. Nor how our excuses for sin had to be taken care of by Christ too.  He’s done everything, to free us from EVERYTHING!

So Please, let’s realize that He WAS BRUISED so that we need not make excuses and justify our sin. We are FREE to repent and turn, for Jesus has already suffered inwardly enough.

We will be received and forgiven when we own up to our sin, remove iniquity from our tents, and live for Christ.

Job 22:23 says, “If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put away iniquity far from your tents.”

He was bruised… so you and could put away iniquity.

Let’s do it!

Christ has already suffered FOR US!

He was Bruised, so we could put iniquity away.

 

Christ in You – The Hope of Glory

What do you do when you love the Lord and yet you are under the control of a stronghold of sin in your life?

Let’s talk about it… For I have good news…His love has made it possible to be loosed from those chains that bind you.

Jesus came to set the captives free, those who were held under bondage of sin.  To those who received Him as Lord He gave the power over sin. Yet this power or ability to overcome sin is not just a gift nor an extension of power…It is the very nature of God Himself. Take a look at II Peter 1:3-4. Does it not say, we are partakers of his divine nature? Then, in Colossians, it states that we were joined in union with the Spirit of Christ. It is the ability of Christ in us that enables us to overcome.

In Romans 7 Paul cried out “Who will deliver me from this state of captivity to sin.” (Paraphrased) The answer: “Thanks be to Jesus Christ.”

We need to realize that “We can do all things through Christ Jesus.” This first of all refers to His ability to help us over come the flesh nature that seems to have us bound. The wonderful thing that God did for us was not to contend with the flesh and then when we were righteous enough fill us with His Spirit. He took the penalty for sin and its consequences and paid them in full so that sin had no claim upon us, in doing so He made us righteous because we stand on the righteousness of Jesus. Being made righteous in Christ, He then put the Spirit of Christ in union with us so that together Christ and us, as a new creature, a union of our spirit and the Spirit of Christ, we now can work together to overcome the flesh from within. The flesh is no longer a problem once we acknowledge the Spirit of Christ within us and His purpose to make us Holy one step at a time.

We can only be Holy through Him and remain Holy through Him working within us.

We grow in Holiness even as we grow in relationship with Him. “Where I am weak He is my strength.” As we take our short comings to Him and ask for His help, He engages the problem with us. Regardless how many times we fail He does not condemn us rather He is there to join us again and again until we have the victory over the problem. He brings us to the next problem and deals with it until we conquer it and then to the next problem and the next.

A stronghold can be overcome by the same method.It is only a stronghold because we have given it authority in our lives and it resists our weak efforts to refuse it place. It has become exercised by use and grown strong by exercise and must be brought low by giving it into the Hands of the Greater One Who indwells us. He met this problem (and all others) on the cross and striped of its power. Confronted by Christ it will quickly bend its knee to its Lord.

Freely submitting it to Christ is not to give up your need to fight by His side. You have your part to play.

You need to understand why the problem has been readily attached to you and so difficult to get rid of.

If you had not had a need you would never have endorsed the problem as a solution to your need. When one is lonely for a mate he has a need within himself which he desires to fulfill. It is easy to substitute Lust for a need to be loved. The problem with this substitute is that it opens the door to a spirit of lust which can constantly present thoughts to your mind throughout the day. You opened the door to Lust as a substitute to meet a longing within your soul. It does meet that need for a season but it cannot fulfill the need. Your need more and more of the substitute to take your mind of your real need that isn’t being meet. Soon the soul becomes addicted to the substitute and the substitute becomes a stronghold.

By turning to Christ, Who is able to meet all your needs, you begin to receive what you soul really needs. As the need gets met bit by ever- increasing bit, the hold of the substitute becomes weaker and ever weaker until it is no longer a stronghold but merely a constant temptation. As your relationship grows in Christ, even the temptation loses its appeal.

The Love for God grows within you as your relationship with Christ grows within. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.”

The love for Christ gives you the fulfillment necessary to deny the substitute because you no longer need it. It has lost its appeal to you. The spirit of lust which you readily listened to has lost his ability to influence you and apart from you opening the door for him, he has no power and certainly no authority of his own to force you to listen.

How does one enter into an relationship with the Spirit of Christ which indwells them? Simply by acknowledging His presence. All the crying for mercy and begging for forgiveness, all the fasting and praying, all the altar calls and the laying on of hands Can Not Do what acknowledging the presence of Christ in you Will Do. For once you have made contact and know His presence in you, you will begin to grow in faith that He will never leave nor give up on you.

Whatever the weakness or lack that made way for whatever substitute you embraced, He can begin to fill that need and be the strength in place of that weakness. He brings you to the place that as you are able to embrace Him in love. He removes the substitute from you, and He takes its place. Once He takes its place, it can not return until He has been removed. You may stumble and fall, but He is ready to forgive and strengthen you again and again, enabling you to walk more perfect day by day. The day will come when you are more than a conqueror. You become able to minister the salvation you experienced to another, and in doing so you become a deliverer. You are able to shed that love in you which made you an overcomer to another, sowing the seed of victory into their life.

You simply acknowledge His indwelling of you by sitting quiet and thinking of His presence in you. You quiet your thoughts and just acknowledge Him. You do not have to praise Him, nor address Him in any way. Simply acknowledge His presence. Allow Him to address your quiet mind and bear witness to Himself. You may not be able to quiet your mind for more that a minute at a time at first, but eventually you will be able to grow in time and in His presence.

He will make Himself known to you. He will bear witness to Himself. He will establish Himself by addressing the foundation of the Word that you know. In time he will ever increase that foundation of the Word through personal revelation of the Word to you in your quiet time. He will establish the Word, line upon line, precept upon precept. He said, “ If MY Word abides in you, I and My father will come and abide in you”. By acknowledging His presence you open the door for Him to abide in you. By being quiet you give Him the place to address you through the thoughts of your spirit. He will speak to you through your spirit and He will speak so clearly at times that you will hear it as if He spoke to you audibly. Be persistent and your diligence will be rewarded. Remember He has already made you righteous and acceptable to Him, He is waiting for you to invite Him into your daily life and into your thoughts.

Once you begin to experience the Lord in your life you will find the power of the world’s influence begin to fade. He desires to utterly consume you to the point you can say, “I was crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, but not I but Christ liveth in me.” This was the whole point of the gospel, “Christ in you the hope of glory.” That glory is the manifested presence of Christ in your life. It is not difficult. In all things you acknowledge Him. When you are lonely turn to Him for comfort. It may not seem to met the need of the soul immediately, but it will give the life that the soul craves for. The soul must learn to adjust over a period of time to receive from the spirit the life that it is lacking. As that life begins to quicken the soul it becomes more and more ready to turn to the spirit for its needs. It becomes more spirit dependent than flesh dependent to the point that it is ready to be led by the spirit and not the desires of the flesh.

“Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh.” becomes a reality for you. It is a process that you put into motion. God has done all that He can do on your behalf until you begin to acknowledge what He has done and begin to walk in it.