Natural Selection

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Today’s lesson is about natural selection.  Have you ever wondered why so many male animals must fight each other before the breeding begins?  I have.  The experts have concluded that this is “nature’s” process of natural selections, which they explain helps ensure that only the strongest and most viable male will inseminate the females for the best offspring.  At least this is how I recall it being taught.  While I am just as intrigued as the next person about nature, I also understand that this is not “nature” but rather it is God who has a purpose for everything.

Job 12:7-10 King James Version (KJV)

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind”

Job 35:11 King James Version (KJV)

Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?”

God gave us rule of the animals of the earth, but that does not mean that they do not serve his purpose or are valuable as he cares for them and just as we reveal the glory of God, being made in his image, so do the animals of the earth.  There are many passages in scripture which explain to us life lessons related to how animals behave in nature.  One example is given regarding how the ants work hard (Proverbs 6:6), another is telling us to consider the birds of the air, how God cares for them (Matthew 6:26).  Since there is so many lessons about life regarding the ways of animals, then what can we learn about male competitiveness and rams? ??

…. As I considered these things, the Lord helped me understand something about himself as compared to the way of rams according to my understanding.  He showed me that two rams butting heads for the right to mate with the female, is like him and Satan butting heads over who wins the affections of our souls.  When our egos are at war with one another, when the carnal part of us is warring with the conscience, it is like two rams butting heads.  The beauty of this is that God has allowed us to have natural selection.  He doesn’t force us to choose him, but instead he will butt heads with Satan over you.  The stronger one always wins in the end.  Part of the natural process is that the one who we truly love the most will be revealed.  Hallelujah!

 

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He Makes All Things Work For My Good- Bringing the darkness into the light.

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I often don’t even know what I’m going to say when I open a new blog.  This is the title that keeps coming to my heart, yet I don’t know what to say.  He makes all things work for my good.  This means that all the little things that we feel ashamed about desiring or maybe it is a personal struggle that really weighs us down, are allowed to be there for God’s purposes.  We don’t have to think that we are alone or fear abandonment by God for having these “light and momentary afflictions” because he is the Alpha and Omega, which means that he is ultimately in control of the happenings of our souls and we are not alone.  Don’t think that what you go through is so unusual, as a matter of fact it is a common occurrence to many believers, yet many are not at liberty to discuss it.  That is also the wonderful thing about shedding light in the darkness, because when the light exposes the darkness, it leaves.  It loses its power.  When we hide issues and truths that we would rather not be brought to the light, then instead of going away, they grow into a big ugly monster.  When the light illuminates what is in the dark, then it becomes small and powerless, and thousands of demons go to flight.  Demons cannot stand the light.  Their powers are in their lies.  As long as we allow them to stay in the shadows then they will pull us down into the their depths of despair.  Despair is not of God and cannot continue when in the light.  Bring the truth to the light.  Amen.

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Forgiven

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I had a dream this morning that I was tempted and eager to give into that temptation.  As  a matter of fact I had made a choice to give in, but while preparing to give in to the lusts of the flesh, I briefly looked to God and prayed.  What happened next was that he closed the doors.  I could have pushed them open and forced the sin, but instead I went with it and accepted that God looked out for me and prevented me from sinning.  While laying in bed awake afterwards I was feeling the weight of my flesh desires verses my knowledge of what is right.  I hate the idea of is standing before God after I had knowingly given into sin, especially after all that he has done for me, such as giving me the gift of knowledge and many mercies.  How can I not stand there condemned?  I would accuse myself!  I don’t need Satan to accuse me.  Usually scenarios like what happened in my dream adds to my anxiety because I know better, yet I choose to engage in that temptation anyways.  But, in my dream God delivered me.  God has forgiven me.  I also think of all the people who I judged because they gave into their weaknesses and knowingly sinned against me or a loved one.  Here’s a difficult concept for some people to accept, God knows we are evil in our flesh nature, and he has chosen to forgive us.  Jesus died so that when I sin, it can be forgiven.  Does that mean that I or anyone should knowingly engage in sin?  No, we should not knowingly engage in sins, yet there are times when we will.  If it was not for his forgiveness, great love, and mercy then who could stand?  No one could stand.  I am just not good enough.  No one is good enough.  We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  This is reason to praise God.  He loved us enough that while we were sinners he died for us.  Lord, please help me remember that forgiveness is necessary in relationships even when the other person lets us down, and that love covers a multitude of sins.  Thank you for reminding me that you love me despite my temptations and failures.  It is my desire that I won’t fail anymore.  Help me be stronger than I am, yet I am grateful that without your grace I cannot succeed.  It is because you love me and forgive me that I am able to stand.  Deliver me from evil, and from temptations.  Lift up my feet so that I will soar above the trials and not hit my feet on the stones.  I am righteous because you have loved me and because I said no even though I could have.  You want me to remember that.  I was tempted, but when you made a way out, I took it.  Thank you for making a way out.  Thank you for encouraging me that before your site and because of your great wisdom, I am righteous.  I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  Amen.  What the Lord is telling me this morning is that this is spiritual warfare, and that no weapon formed against me will prosper.  Hallelujah!

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Do Not Look Back

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When we press forward towards the mark to obtain what God has prepared for us, there is a lot of resistance.  Not only are we leaving old habit, familiar people and places behind, but there are evil forces that will also try to stop you from moving forward.  It is not uncommon for a person who walks away from something to dream about still engaging in it.  There is a force that makes you feel as if you are tearing away a part of you.  Some Christians have began to identify these experiences as soul ties, teaching that when we embrace something that becomes an idol to us, it becomes tied to our souls.  The idea behind a soul tie is that there is a sense of discomfort when we break away, as if we feel like we are being torn apart as we separate.  I see this as familiar spirits who want to linger with you and finish their purpose of tormenting you now resisting you pulling away.  The moment you get serious about pressing forward into the kingdom of light and start walking away from the darkness, the kingdom of darkness which is ruled by powers and principalities in high places are going to try every tactic to keep you from going.  It doesn’t just take will power to start over again, and begin a new way of life.  Rather, it takes the power of God and his transforming grace to make this transfer from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light happen.  I think back to a friend I had when I was growing up who had been part of Satan’s kingdom for awhile just as I had.  She had moved in with a man who was a bad man, and into drugs.  She was on my nightly prayer list after I had been saved I felt the need to pray for her a lot.  It turned out that she made  a plan to leave this man and this way of life, for her sake and her son’s, but the night she was going to leave he had hid and waited for her and murdered her.  The resistance of the powers of darkness is real, they want us to stay stuck.  Anyone who is struggling and trying to rise above and leave old ways behind should understand that this is more than just kicking a habit, rather it is a fight in the spirit.  That feeling we have when we try to move on is going to happen.  What is important is that we don’t look back.  No matter how much that old way of life beckons to us.  No matter the remorse in our souls that calls to us.  No matter the dreams or the contrary thoughts that trick us into believing that we are still stuck.  It truly feels like a mind game to move on, but when you do, don’t look back.  Many of us are familiar with Lot’s wife, who when led away from the evil city that was cursed by God and going to be destroyed, she looked back, giving into that part of her soul that was still attached.  She heard the voices that said, “but what about this and that thing that you enjoyed”, even though she knew that leaving it was really the best choice, she looked back and was destroyed.  I am so grateful that I have not turned into a pillar of salt every time I had looked back, because I would not be here today to write this blog for sure.  Yet, the message is clear to me as I am weighing the cost of moving on.  When we are told by God loud and clear that it is time to move on, and his angel is guiding us out of the darkness so that we won’t be destroyed, the only way to move forward is to not look back.  Keep pressing on.

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He Delivers Us From Our Troubles

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“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all”

Psalm 34:19

This is the Lord’s personal promise to me in this season of my life.  He has quickened it to my heart more than once, and then I’ve read it many times in different places.  When I begin to fret about a problem, old or new, I recall this promise.  Then I rest again.  It only takes a tiny bit of faith to move mountains.  It only takes the word of God given to you personally to build your faith.  When he says that he will deliver me from everything, I mean he will deliver me from everything.  His presence comes upon me and shows me the fine details I get caught up thinking about, and he says to me, “I am going to deliver you from all that concerns you”.  How glorious is that promise!  How consuming is the delivering fire of the Lord.  I am reminded once again, he is going to deliver me from all my cares.  Think of a single care, and this is what he said he will deliver you from.  Anything that brings an ounce of interest to my mind, he will deliver me from that and make it right.  My finances, you are going to deliver me from all my troubles, my home needs, you are going to deliver me from all my troubles, my children and family, you will deliver me from my troubles.  My enemies, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  Everything that has been done wrong, you will make all things right.  All things within my thinking and my feeling, you will deliver me from these things.  My relationships, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  All the things that are not right without me, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  All the things I don’t like in my life, you care and you will deliver me from all these troubles.   All those who stand against us, you will deliver me from all my troubles.  You see me, and you care about me.  You care about everything that concerns me.  You see me as beautiful, you have loved me with an all enduing love.  You have been faithful to me.  Surely goodness, and mercy, will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Hallelujah.  You and I are one.

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High Places & Heavenly Realms

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Have you ever given much thought to what it means when we are told that we were raised with Jesus and seated with him in heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)?  We all know that when we received salvation, we were promised to go to heaven when we die right?  However, this spiritual place of heavenly realms is not limited to the afterlife.  Rather, we have been placed in that spiritual position now as we have placed our faith in Christ.  We have been seated with him in heavenly realms, even as we dwell on earth still.

When the bible discusses dwelling places, it is generally discussing the focus of our mind and our heart.  What do we fixate on and dwell on?  We our mind focuses is where our mind dwells.  This is called our dwelling place.  As the Psalmist mentioned in Psalm 84:1-2,  “how lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord of Heaven’s armies.  I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord”.  It is not likely that this psalmist had actually visited heaven as we think of heaven when we die, at least his physical body had not yet entered it, yet our spirits have been risen there.  He is referring to the realm of heaven.  This is where we have the ability to dwell even now.  Life on earth is not meant to be lived in sorrow, but rather with joy.  This is what Jesus was saying in John 10:10 when he said that he came that we may have life, and to have it in abundance.  My friends, it is possible, and probable that when you dwell with Jesus, in your heart and mind you literally transcend the realm of death and enter into his heavenly realms.  For this we ought to give him thanksgiving.

High things that we think on, are things that seem to transcend normal earthly order, yet its where our hopes and desires reach for.  This is where Satan attacks us as well.  He will bring about a “high” thing for our hearts and minds to dwell on, yet these are no where near being exalted to the heavenly realms where God and Jesus reside.  If he can capture our mind, and direct where we dwell which is anywhere other than God’s intended heavenly realm, then he brings us pain, torment, death and destruction.  Here we reap every bad fruit and consequence of straying from God’s intended path of blessing and destiny.  It starts with where our hearts and minds dwell.  In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are told to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the true knowledge of God.  It would be so hard to list every possible “high thing” that Satan captures our minds with.  For one, I don’t know every high thing, and two the list even as I do know it is endless.  Let’s consider a few high things that rob our high places or dwelling places that were meant for heaven: drugs, and the high they give, addictions, idols and the false or temporary satisfaction that devoting our standards to them bring, pride- promoting ourselves to an elevated position that leads us to worship ourselves rather than the truth and what is right.  A desensitization to what is sinful and wrong, sensual indulgences of many kinds including fornicating with beats, multiple people, adultery, and the very idea of being free to do so with its own sense of promising fulfillment.  Witchcraft, philosophies, spiritualism of many kinds that give a sense of spiritual indulgence yet it all leads us away from the truth.  Then we have deception, which is mixing the truth with the blatant idolatry and fornication with the devil, who makes us think that mixing scriptures with sinful pleasures is alright.  Here’s the bottom line, none of these “high things” that intoxicate our dwelling places even for a moment will ever truly lead us to heaven or God.  They are all meant for one reason, and one reason only, to “steal, kill, and destroy” John 10:10.  Oh you may not believe it for the moment and might laugh at the notion, but I’ll tell you that even if you never suffer an ounce of dissatisfaction while living on earth, you will see the truth wholeheartedly when you do die, forever separated from God who you neglected to get to know.  “High” things that exalt themselves against the TRUE knowledge of God are not of God at all, they are just a lie.

I love the way the truth of God’s dwelling place is spoken about in Psalm 16:11 NIV

“You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand”

And Psalm 91:1 KJV it states, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty”

These are all talking about where we set our minds.  How do we set our minds on God and dwell in his dwelling places?  Isaiah 26:3 KJV discloses this secret to us, it states,

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You”

Dwelling in heavenly realms, in God’s courts, in his secret place, hiding under his wings is thinking about and caring about what he thinks, what makes him happy, praising him, praying to him at all times in all kinds of ways, and striving to be right in his sight, throwing off willingly every hindrance that besets.  It is thinking on his promises, meditating on his words and eating them to your fullest satisfaction day and night.  It is waiting on him.  It is seeking the truth about his will by searching it out and in his word and committing your ways to it.  It is considering him in all your ways so that he can make your paths straight.  It is trusting him in spirit and in truth.  It is loving him.  In short it is making him your God, worshiping  him with your life, and not putting any other God above him.

Oh Lord, how lovely are your dwelling places.  I will forever praise you my King, My Messiah, My counselor, the lover of my Soul, my brother, my husband, My God

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Big H, Little h

 

Big H, little h, what is that about?  It is about making the big H big, and making the little h little.  The big H equals “Him”, or God.  The little h represents all the high things that we exalt above him, rather than making them little.  Examples of the little things that are high includes: worries, cares of this life, things we want or think we need, hobbies, and basically anything that distracts us from God’s will.  In this case we have placed more emphasis on the lower case h’s, placing them in a high place in our mind, while the Big H has become lost, or low towards the bottom.  In order to have true equilibrium in our lives, the little high things need to be brought down to be lower than the Big H, and “He” needs to tower over them.  Big H needs to be exalted.  Think about it, what are you worrying about right now?  What is occupying your mind, heart, and life outside of God?  “He” said that we are to put no other God before him, and that we are to love him with all of our hearts, minds, and strength, but the little h’s have taken over our lives and distracted us from making “Him” capitalized.  We need to bring the “high things”, or the little h’s down and start magnifying the big H, which is “Him”.  Make the Big H your capital H today and all else will fit perfectly into place.