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Thursday, August 31, 2017

#138 Use Your Mighty Spiritual Weapons (5, 6)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (5) The weapons Jesus provides you are mighty to restrain Satan and his demons. Jesus came to destroy the Devi's work (1 John 3:8).

   The Greek verb here means to annul, do away with, deprive of authority; hence, to destroy. In other words, Jesus came to destroy Satan's power, deprive him of all authority, and neutralize his influence. (Google image, People worshipping God)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

#137 How to Bind Satan, Part 2 (4)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (4) Win the Battle in the invisible realm. Prayer warfare is largely a battle, directly or indirectly, against the spirit world.

   We must confront and defeat the powers of darkness in their own realm of the invisible before our victories for Christ are visible on earth. Ours is a battle of faith and prayer. 

   We are to conquer in the heavenly realms (Eph. 3:10; 6:12), but the results will become visible here on earth. [Also see #131 Win the Invisible War First(Google image, Praying together).

Saturday, August 26, 2017

How are you?

Kim Damon sometimes is asked: 
"How are you?" Sometimes I say: 
"I'm good!" or: "I'm well!" 
sometimes: "I'm a mess!"
It's all true.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

#136 (1) Recognize Satan's Activity, (2, 3)

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (1) Satan's evil spirits are very numerous and highly organized. They all fell into sin in past rebellion against God, so they are all angry, full of hate, certain of their doom, and organized under Satan's dominance.

   They are malignant, vile, deceitful spirits. We need the Spirit's help to enable us to recognize when they work through people and circumstance. We need to recognize Satan's strategems.
 [As believers, we need to pray!] (Altar prayerGoogle image)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#135 How to Bind Satan, Part 1

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Satan can be bound. Is that not glorious news? One day God's angels will bind "the powers in the heavens above" (Isa. 24:21).

   The context in this chapter shows that this promise is related to our Lord's second coming. Obviously, these are the principalities and powers in the heavenlies against which we wrestle in prayer in our prayer warfare (Eph. 6:10-18). (Google image, Satan is done for)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Reason to Sing

Amy Peterson: Singing changes the brain! Some studies show that when we sing, our bodies release hormones that relieve anxiety and stress.

   Other research indicates that when a group of people sings together, their heartbeats actually synchronize with each other. (Google image, Singing together)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#134 Dangers in Warfare Prayer, 4-6

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel:  4. The danger of unguided prayer. Two elements should be before us in all intercession and particularly in prayer warfare: The human need and the divine plan.

   To pray with effective prevailing you must get in harmony with the intercessions of Christ on His throne and of the Spirit praying within you. (Google image, Praying woman's hands) 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#133 Dangers in Prayer Warfare, 1-3

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Satan takes your prayer warfare very seriously. He does not leave lives, situations, or places unless he is driven out. He opposes your advance with every weapon at his disposal.

   He attacks you on every level that he dares—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. (Google image, Spiritual warfare).

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Power of Love

The Power of Love

There's a law that cannot be broken,
A prescription to God's moral plan:
It's "Whatever the heart is in love with,
Soon its virtue is seen in the man."

All men naturally worship something,
They bow and consecrate their life;
And with the potency of affection,
Their gods reproduce their life.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#132 Pray in the Spirit

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (8). "Pray in the Holy Spirit," says Jude (Jude 20). Paul adds, 

"Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (Eph. 6:18).

   If praying in the Spirit is important in all prayer, it is specially urgent in prayer warfare. Only those who are consciously filled with the Spirit can know the continuous empowering of the Spirit for prayer. (Google image, Group praying). 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#131 Win the Invisible War First

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (7). Behind 
every visible hindrance, opposition, and roadblock that Satan throws up 
against you is the invisible reality of his demonic opposition.

   Although you are most aware of the visible, the greater reality is the invisible. The visible is but the expression of the invisible. (Google image, Prayer warrior).

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Mornings Spent With Jesus

Mornings Spent With Jesus
So precious are the moments
In the morning spent with Him
The moments in the morning

When God shares His precious gems
His gems of truth and glory
While my mind is fresh and clear
And more is my perception

As I lend to Him my ear
For as our Saviour did before
So many years ago
By rising in the morning

For His time with God to know
The plans the Father had for Him
And each step He would take
That with each daily challenge

He would not make a mistake
So we can have the privilege
To walk each day with God
And know we're in His presence

In each step that we may trod
And hear His Words of wisdom
As He speaks them through our lips
That spent time at the Fountain

Blessed by scripture sip by sip
The Fountain of eternal life
That's hidden in God's Word
That holds so many promises

So many have not heard
Who in their desperation
Seek the minds of worldly men
When if they but took time with God

They'd feel His peace within
And know without uncertainty
What He would have them do
In every opportunity

His Spirit brings them to
Where meeting someone else who's lost
And cannot find their way
They have the precious privilege

In what they do and say
Of working hand in hand with God
Revealing there His heart
As in another's hope for Life

They get to have a part
Who likewise will receive the seed
Sown in the hearts of them
To help them gain the victory

Found in the Light of men
The victory of heaven
That Christ gave so long ago
As daily in His intercourse

With men His life would show
That One on One connection
That is ours for us to take
If we believe the promise

And arise for Jesus' sake
While all is fresh and early
In our morning walk with Him
Through pathways in the scriptures

That contain the hope of men
The hope of life eternal
When we'll see Him face to face
And hear the voice we heard before

The voice that by God's grace
Spoke to us every morning
As we walked and talked with Him
Who gave His Holy Spirit

To reveal His Way to men
The way that He revealed it
When our Saviour journeyed here
That we might also hear the words
Our Master got to hear

(Google image, Heartfelt prayer)

Genesis 19:27; Job 1:5; Psalm 63; Mark 1:35

   If you're interested in learning about true fasting, maybe you'd like to check out this link: 10 Things You Need to Know about Fasting  by Sam Storms 

"Fasting is a declaration that God is enough." This is definitely a new opinion of fasting! I highly recommend that you check it out! It may very well give you a better perspective altogether on the reason for fasting!

   Father, draw us aside for You to share Your precious gems of truth and glory with us.
   May we cherish our time with you to learn of Your plans, so we'll be aware of Your desires for us for each day's challenges.
   Help us not make the mistake of ignoring our privilege to walk with You each day, and to know Your presence.
   In all we say and do, may it be evident that we're working hand in hand with You, Lord God, revealing Your heart to others, and giving them hope for life.
   I ask this in Jesus' name, and for His glory. Amen.

Today's Bible verses-

Jer. 29:11 (NET Bible) For I know what I have planned for you, says the Lord. I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.”

Is. 55:8-9 (NKJV) 
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” 

Ps. 37:305 (NASB) “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.” 

Today's quote-

~ Lisa Buffaloe- "When my flesh wobbles with worry, God’s comfort flows through, His strong arms catch and surround me, and He will guide through the light and through the dark. I don’t need to concentrate on the fear of what may come, or what may happen, instead I need to remember God is with me. God is the deliverer, healer, restorer, and redeemer. What have I to fear when God is with me? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Praise God, He is with me!"

Today's special link:

Steven Curtis Chapman & Ricky Skaggs
 "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" | Opry

"What a beautiful moment to witness these 2 musical superstars sing praises to our Lord. Can I get a big 'Amen'?"

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#132 Pray in the Spirit
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#133 Dangers in Prayer Warfare, 1-3
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

#130 Strategies in Prayer Warfare, Part 2

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (6). Battle from the position of victory. On the cross Jesus defeated Satan in a total and final victory. 

   "And having disarmed the powers and authorities [terms for Satan's hierarchy of evil], he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross" (Col. 2:15).

   Christ's victory was not only a victory in depth, it was a victory with eternal consequences. (Google image, The cross of Christ).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

#129 Plan and Take the Offensive

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: (4). The battle order of Churchill to Lord Mountbatten in World War II was, "You are to plan for the offensive. In your headquarters you will never think defensively."

   You are born again for battle and victory. Christ's orders to you are to press for victory. (Google image, Born for Battle).