PURSUE PEACE

Quiet Time Study: Colossians 3:1-17

A #DEEPER Focus: Pursue peace.

Prayer: Father, let Your peace rule in our hearts. Show us what a life of peace is all about. Let us pray for and experience it on all levels. And let us not forget to pray for peace among all men. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

ONE WORD 365…

#DEEPER

A Unique Experience: Jeremiah 29:13 AMP (11-14a)

The Unique Objectives: To love, to know, to live, & to experience the LORD…#DEEPER still

The Unique Focus: #DEEPER #Higher #Still

Prayer: Father, I need You, and I am desperate to go deeper with You. I want You for all the days of my life. Please take this relationship and grow it as You see fit. Let me walk faithfully, clinging to Your hand the entire time. Release me from the dark chains that have weighed me down for a season, and let me walk in the true freedom You have declared for my life. I love You and give you all the glory. In the wonderful name of my Savior and King, Jesus, I do offer this prayer. Amen.

Crying Out! This is WAR: Spiritual Warfare

A Get Back to God Series

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of “wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.

Ephesians 6:12

Scripture Reflection: Ephesians 6:10-20

The 365 Lesson: Spiritual warfare. What is it?

The long and short of it is that it is a number of things.

– It is a fight between the vicious and unrelenting evil one and each individual.

– It is a conflict between the carnal-minded man (who can occasionally be unduly influenced by dark forces) and his or her spiritual self.

– It is a struggle between the seen and the unseen.

– It is a battle to the death between that which is godly and that which is ungodly.

Question: Was Jesus exposed to spiritual warfare? How did he respond, if so?

Question: In what aspects of your life do you feel “at war?” Can the fight, conflict, struggle, and/or battle be traced back to Satan? Can the victories that you have had be traced back to God?

Question: How have you been dealing with spiritual warfare? Have you been attempting to find deliverance through self or have you sought the Almighty?

Challenge: Study Old and New Testament examples related to spiritual warfare. Take note of how each individual ultimately addressed warfare of the spiritual nature.

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Up Next: Doing Battle in the Day-to-Day

Crying Out! This is WAR!

From My Heart: Good morning, saints. Blessings, peace and love to you from my heart, by way of the Most High God. I greet you this morning with a holy kiss.

I want to assure you that you have not been forgotten by me. I have offered up many prayers on your behalf. It is my honor to do so.

As many of you know, it has been a challenging season for me. Nevertheless, God is faithful. I am standing only because He deems it to be so. I am grateful for His enduring, unwavering presence. Also, I am humbled, even now, as I reflect on what He has done in my life and what He is doing.

I wanted to take a moment to let you know that the Get Back to God Series continuation is scheduled. It will hit on some pretty deep lessons related to WAR. Yes, I said war.

Keep an eye out for the new blog posts in this series. You just may find something that can help you live your life in Christ out more fully.

Coming Soon…

Crying Out! This is WAR: Spiritual Warfare

Crying Out! This is WAR: Doing Battle in the Day-to-Day

Crying Out! This is WAR: Casualties of War

Crying Out! This is WAR: Weapons of Warfare

Crying Out! This is WAR: Jehovah Nissi

Crying Out! This is WAR: Camping Out -> Psalm 19:14; Psalm 23; Ephesians 6:10-20: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Psalm 27-28; Psalm 119

Crying Out! This is WAR: Cleanse. Disentangle. Purge. Purify. Nourish.

Crying Out! This is WAR: Yes and Amen

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the readers of this message be blessed by You. May they experience You in a brand new way each day that they are given. May they see what You need them to see and hear what You need them to hear. May they trust that You will never leave or forsake them. May they trust that You will lead them where they need to go. Help them to depend on You every step of the way. May they know Christ and the Holy Spirit as You have always wanted them to know. May they rest assured and be confident in knowing that salvation through Christ is the way home. May they never give up or surrender to the evil one. Instead, let them recognize his tactics, but more than that, let them know Your power and authority over those tactics. May each person be emboldened to take courage. Let each person believe, know, live, walk, talk, and move with power, love and a sound mind. In the mighty name of Jesus do I offer this prayer. Amen. Amen. Amen!

Crying Out! Can’t Stop, Can’t Quit

A Get Back to God Series

“…aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord; constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength]…” – Romans 12:11b,12 (AMP)

Scripture Reflection: Romans 12

The 365 Lesson: What do you do when the world tries to press into you? How do you keep going when the order of the day seems to be chaos, disorder, and trouble? Where do you turn when you don’t know which way to go? My simple response to each of these questions directs me back to the LORD every single time.

Romans 12 speaks volumes on how the saint should conduct himself or herself, as it relates to living out the truth of God’s Word practically. So, whether the world is coming at you or challenges appear to be unending or you don’t know where you are going from one moment to the next, rest assured. YOU cannot stop. YOU cannot quit.

Challenge: Bring the “ING.” Consider what you can do in your right now moments to serve others, share a message of hope with your community and world, demonstrate spiritual growth and maturity, practice patience, and live a prayerfully righteous existence.

Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”

The 365 Lesson: Many of our pre-cross lives told a story of selfishness, indulgence, and sin. We took part in hedonistic practices, without a care. We were unrestrained and intemperate. Ignorance and bliss led us down a road of demise. We were headed straight toward a dark and fatal disconnect from God. Depravity ruled.

Question: Does depravity still have rule over your life…post the cross?

Once we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and LORD, we were sealed with the Spirit. We no longer had to or have to walk alone. We no longer had to or have to face bondage and struggle as an independent party of one. Still, many of us live, move, breathe, and exist without a true understanding of the Holy Spirit.

Question: Who is the Holy Spirit, and what role does He play in the life of a Christian?

Challenge: Thoroughly read each of the Scriptures mentioned below. Write down your takeaways. Revisit your notes daily over the next two weeks. Feel free to post your comments and/or share your thoughts with the Phone Tree Bible Study Group.

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 139, Ephesians 2, and Romans 8

Question: Is there anywhere we can go to escape the depravity of the world?

Up Next: Can’t Stop, Can’t Quit

Crying Out: Indulging in Depravity, Part 1

“…we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. But God…”

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Scripture Reflection: Ephesians 2

The 365 Lesson: The world in which we live can be very wicked. It can, in fact, be incredibly overwhelming to the senses. Strangely enticing, it can lure us into dark, addictive games that can lead us down a road riddled with depravity and indulgence. It can take each of us on a mind trip meant to entrap our bodies, strip our souls, and break our spirits. For the saint – the one who has chosen to accept and follow after the LORD – there is hope, however.

Challenge: Read Ephesians 2 thoroughly. List every hope, encouragement, and positive takeaway found in this chapter.

Prayer: Dearest Father and Most High God, thank You for Your abiding presence in our lives. Thank You for Your living Word and saving Light. Your power, grace, mercy and love are unmatched and are so perfectly good. We ask that You free each of us from the wickedness that so easily besets us. Remove the bonds of sin that we have grown so comfortable wearing. Save us from the darkness that disturbs our peace, dims our paths, and ensnares our minds. Show us the “but God” in every situation, and give us the courage, strength, and determination to overcome. In the name of Jesus, we pray and believe. Amen.

Up Next: Indulging in Depravity, Part 2