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Thursday, December 10, 2015

#120 The Pitfall of Moving Out Alone

C. Peter Wagner: "Do not plan on or attempt to do strategic-level spiritual warfare alone. Always do it in a group.

Jesus said He will be present where two or three are gathered. This is another way of saying there should be more than one. 'If two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?' (Eccles. 4.11).

This was brought to my attention recently through a conversation I had with Alfred H. Ells, a Christian marriage counselor from Phoenix.

He told me how he was driving his car in the city at Christmastime when he heard on the radio that the ACLU was requiring the city to take down the public Christmas decorations.

He became angry, and in the car he began cursing out loud the spirit of ACLU. He immediately saw a vision of an ugly being, and felt a blow in his side. He turned and said, 'What is that?' and then took a sharp blow just like a fist on the left side of his face.

The pain was terrible. He could hardly open his mouth. Back in the office, some laid on hands and prayed and the pain left.

Later Alfred was praying about it and said to God, 'What's going on?' God answered and said, 'You had no business doing that!'

Looking back, we saw that Alfred Ells had violated several of the items on this list of pitfalls, and one of them was going at it alone."

#120 The Pitfall of Moving out Alone
By C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 194, 195)) Regal Books

"Father, we don't see the end of the road,
but You do. We trust You for what we can't see.
We know that You are bringing us through it."

Our path may have obstacles, 
but God will lead us.
Our Daily Bread
(ODB 8/17/15)

Today’s quote: David Roper - "There is a faithful saying: 'All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant' (Ps. 25:10). Some of God's paths for us are rough and rugged, others tedious and boring, but all are filled with His love and faithfulness. When we come to the end of our journey and know what we then will know, we will say, 'God's path was best for me.' "  (ODB 8/17/15)

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 63:2 "To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary."

Some thoughts today: Everyone has a vision of Who God is. Overtime, it should be changing. Is He a vending machine to you? or an all-powerful cop? a non-judgmental divine buddy, or a teddy bear?

~ We need to worship God as He really is. He has revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. (see Ps. 139) to better understand Him. God is in ultimate control.

To get closer to God, what has to "die" in our lives? Is there any part of our lives the Holy Spirit is not allowed to go? We will begin to sense His desire for us to know Him through our surrendering everything. He wants a closer fellowship with us.

12th- Saturday’s post:  6 Ways to Pray all Day
Rick Hamlin
13th- Sunday evening's post:  Prepared to Give His Life Away      Lee Forbes
15th- Tuesday's post: #121 How Warfare Works
C. Peter Wagner
17th- Thursday's post:  #122 A Glorious Finale (last one)
C. Peter Wagner

Most popular post:  What Temptations do Christians Face? 
Gwen Smith shares with us from 
Oswald Chambers“The temptation fits the nature of the one tempted, and reveals the possibilities of the nature. 

Every man has the setting of his own temptation, and the temptation will come along the line of the ruling disposition..." 

(Google images and my emphasis added)

My granddaughter Ana
and her husband, Aaron

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