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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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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Demonic Whispers

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Most people who don’t know the truth believe that our mental disorders are medical diseases.  Science has proven that there are certain brain chemistry changes in people with diverse mental diseases.  This helps aid the development of medication to help stabilize the nerve synapses and the hormone levels.  Being a medical professional myself, I advocate taking medication to help treat all of our illnesses.

Yet, as a Holy Spirit filled Christian who has been taught a lot about the unseen realm of the supernatural, which is confirmed by the Holy Bible, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that science will never trump God’s truth.  As a matter of fact, science only evolves to finally conclude the ultimate truth, which is the Holy word of God.

According to the word of God which yes was written over a thousand years ago, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we are taught that the earth that we see, is built on the word of God.  The earth manifests God’s truth, it will never dispel it.  And in the areas where it has not yet evolved, it is temporarily ignorant.  One truth that I have found to prove that is the development of CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy which is probably the most effective behavioral modification program that teaches us to learn how to change our behaviors by first changing our thoughts, all the while it has been written in the ancient Holy Bible that we are to place our thoughts on things above.

As we dig into the bible and are enlightened through the power of the Holy Spirit (by the way, if you have never been saved you will not likely experience this enlightenment, because with salvation comes the Holy Spirit who teaches us the truth by the word of God, you can be a bible scholar and still not know the truth), we learn some valuable lessons about spiritual warfare.  We are told that our battle is not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual powers and wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).  The real truth of the matter is that what we see from a science lab is a physical manifestation of a spiritual transformation.

All those low things that plague us, anxious thoughts, feelings of hopelessness and suicide, feelings of low self-worth, lust, pride.. the list is endless are geared by demonic whispers.  We have believed those whispers, embracing them as our own tainted thoughts.  I believe that taking medication and going to counseling is a worldly way of trying to resolve a spiritual issue.  Whereas, if we deal with the demonic stronghold behind those whispers, the cause of the psychological wound stops.

I had experienced depression with suicidal ideations since childhood.  When I was a young adult I was diagnosed with some mood and anxiety disorders and given medication to take.  The doctor told me that it would only get worse as I aged and that I would likely end up being hospitalized for it.  I would take the medication, stop the medication, take it, stop it.  At one point I accepted that I would always be dependent on psychotropic medications for the rest of my life, and that having major depression would always be my disability in life.  Then God started exposing the truth to me, he brought many anointed prophets into my life to pray for me, and then Satan was exposed and I was delivered from that spiritual bondage.  I can truly say that I am no longer oppressed or depressed.  I just don’t have that problem anymore.  Through God’s intervention, the lie of depression was exposed, the root cause being exposed then with that truth and prayer that issue was resolved.  I’d been healed, hallelujah.  Do I still have bad days?  Sure.  Do I get down sometimes?  Yes.  Though I would never call it depression because it isn’t like that anymore, maybe sad or discouraged.  Those feelings are normal, but depression, major depression, and the like are not.

There is so much more to say on this topic but I’ll conclude this topic for now and pick it back up another day as I’m led.  What thoughts are you experiencing today that have you anxious, confused, discouraged, depressed, hopeless, irritated?  Any that you are aware of?  You think they are really your thoughts, but are they really?

Lord, please expose the enemy and guide us into all the truth so that we can be freed from captivity.  Thank You God.  Amen.

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