Devotional: When the enemy comes in like a flood


When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. (Isaiah 59:19)
The children begin acting up one after the other, the problems at work pour in in pairs, the bills come rushing in in trios and you are sure you are going to drown in this sea of problems. 

However, this is not the time to wallow in self-pity. It is the time to use this promise of God as your so that you can afloat in the sea of problems.  

To do this, remind yourself that it is written "When the enemy shall come in" ... then the Holy "Spirit shall lift up a standard"

So now that the enemy has come in with problems, wait for the Holy Spirit to lift up a standard against him. 



Praising God is the best way to spend your time of watching and waiting for God to move on your behalf through the Holy Spirit.

This is because praise is an effective Christian spiritual warfare weapon. We can see a good example when the King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were flooded with problems after the Moabites, Ammonites and other people from Mount Seir attacked them because When they began to sing praises, God set ambushes and Ammonites and Moabites attacked the people from Mount Seir and when they had destroyed them, they destroyed each other. (2 Chronicles 20:22-23)

Therefore instead of watching to see how many problems the enemy will add to your life, praise God for His mercy endures forever (2 Chronicles 20:21) and worship Him for what He is about to do in your life through His Holy Spirit.



Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to send your Holy Spirit into my situation so that He can raise a standard against these problems that I am facing. 

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Encouragement for the Christian Blogger

Encouragement for the Christian Blogger

Are you overwhelmed because God has asked you to start a Christian blog?

Or are you discouraged because only a few people read your Christian blog posts?

Or are you feeling stuck because you have limited funds to use for your online Christian ministry?

If you are, do the following:

1. Encourage Yourself
Encourage yourself by reminding yourself of Zechariah 4:10 which says, Do not despise small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. (Zechariah 4:10)

This shows us that if God asked you to begin your blog, He is rejoicing when He sees that you have begun even if you have very few page views.

Therefore continue blogging for The joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)


2. Leave the Results to God
God knows how to use the Word that He gives you to accomplish the results He wants for He declares, My word that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to unto Me void but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing that I sent it for. (Isaiah 55:11) 

Therefore continue blogging and leave the results of your efforts to Him. Understand that even if only one person reads your blog, that person can go and impact hundreds of other people because of the inspiration which they garnered after reading your blog post.


3. Use What Is In Your Hand
When God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and ask him to release the Israelites, Moses asked Him, "Suppose the Israelites do not believe me or listen to me or they say 'God has not appeared to you.'" (Exodus 4:1)

God replied by asking him, "What is in your hand?(Exodus 4:2)

Moses responded by saying "A rod(Exodus 4:2) and God told him to throw it to the ground. When he did so, it became a snake and God told him to pick it up by its tail and it became a rod once again. God then said, "So that they can believe that the Lord God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob has appeared to you.(Exodus 4:5)

Thus we can see that the rod that Moses used to carry as a shepherd was going to help him accomplish this new assignment that God had given him. 

Therefore understand that you can complete the blogging assignment that God has given you using "What is in your hand" or the resources you have at your disposal if you combine them with His power.

So instead of complaining about limited funds, tap into God's power by praying and then begin blogging on free platforms like Blogger.com and Wordpress.com.


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Devotional: With the measure you mete

Devotional With the measure you mete it shall be measured for you.

With the measure you mete, it shall be measured for you. (Mark 4:24)

The Bible contains several examples of persons who inadvertently measured out things for themselves while thinking they were measuring them for others. 

One good example is Haman who meted out death for Mordechai simply because he did not like him by asking for gallows to be built to hang him. However, Haman ended up being hung on those same gallows when King Ahaseurus discovered that he had plotted to annihilate the Israelites. (Esther 7:9) 

Mordechai also received what he had measured out when he reported the eunuchs who had plotted to harm the king because the king later saved his life from Haman. (Esther 6:6) 

Therefore be careful when you are measuring things for others because it is written Give and it shall be given back to you (Luke 6:38) which ensures that A  person reaps what they sow. (Galatians 6:7)  

With the measure you mete, it shall be measured for you. Mark 4;24
Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me remember that when I am measuring out things for people, I am also measuring them out for myself because I will receive what I have given.


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Devotional: Where your go, I will go

Devotional Where you go I will go

Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people shall be my people and your God shall be my God. (Ruth 1:16)

Naomi had gone to Moab because of a famine in Bethlehem. While living there, her husband Elimelech had died together with her two sons Mahlon and Chilion. 

When she heard that God had provided the Israelites with food, Naomi decided to go back to her home. She thus bid farewell to her daughters-in-law Ruth and Orpah, and begged them not to go with her since she could not provide them with other sons to marry. 

Orpah chose to remain but Ruth decided to go with her mother-in-law and said, "Where you go, I will go. Where you live, I will live. Your people shall be my people and your God my God. (Ruth 1:16) 



Where you go, I will go
What had Ruth seen in Naomi that made her say, "Where you go, I will go"?

This statement "Where you go, I will go' shows us that Ruth trusted Naomi as a person and she also trusted her judgment so that she was willing to leave her people and follow her wherever we went. 

This then begs the questions, "Do people trust you as a person?' and "Do people trust your judgment?"

To develop trustworthiness of this magnitude, you must rely on God by acknowledging Him so that He can direct your paths.

Therefore involve God when you are making both the "small decisions" and the "large decisions" of your life and soon people will notice that you operate under divine guidance and begin trusting your decision-making capacity.


Where you live, I will live
What had Ruth seen in Naomi that made her say, "Where you live, I will live"?

This statement suggests that Naomi was a pleasant person to live with because that is the meaning of her name.

This is further confirmed by the fact that when she and Ruth came to Bethlehem, All of Bethlehem was excited because of them. (Ruth 1:19)

The whole town could not have been excited because of a bad person and this proves that Naomi was a good person and people were happy that she was returning to her home.

We can even see that when Naomi and Ruth began living in Bethlehem, Naomi was concerned about Ruth's well-being and she advised her on how to relate with Boaz. Thus Ruth knew that she could not go wrong by choosing to live with Naomi. 

Therefore be a pleasant person to live with so that the people you live with will not want you to leave them and those you are going to, will be happy you have come to live with them.


Your people shall be my people
What had Ruth seen in Naomi's people that made her say, "Your people shall be my people"?

This statement suggests that Naomi's people were good people - the type of people that one would like to be identified with.

We can see Naomi's people did not disappoint Ruth because of the way Boaz showed exceptional kindness to her when she went to glean in his field. 

Therefore, even if you cannot choose your kinsmen, chose to associate with people with good morals and those that someone would love to be associated with.


Your God shall be my God
What had Ruth learned about Naomi's God that made her say, "Your God shall be my God"?

Without a doubt, Ruth had learned great things about Naomi's God because she was uttering these words after Naomi had lost her husband and two sons.

These words suggest that God had proved Himself as a good God to Naomi in Moab and that is why Ruth chose Him over the gods of the Moabites.

God also proved Himself worthy of being served in Bethlehem because of the way He orchestrated Ruth to land in Boaz's field and eventually get married to him.

We can see that God helped Naomi in a mighty way because of her faith in Him for the child who was born to Boaz and Naomi ended up being the grandfather of King David.

Therefore chose God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and should I dare say the God of Naomie and Ruth, to be your God even if you have suffered devastating losses in your life because He knows how He can use those losses to bring profit to your life.


Points to Ponder
What changes do I need to make in my life so that the people around me can say to me, "Where you go, I will go"? 

What changes do I need to make in my life so that the people around me can say to me, "Where you live, I will live"? 

What changes do I need to make in the people I associate with so that people can say to me, "Your people shall be my people"? 

What changes do I need to make in my life so that the people around me can say to me, "Your God shall be my God"?

Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me  so that people who interact with me say to me, "Where you go, I will go" and "Where you live, I will live". 
Help me to chose the right friends so that the people who interact with me can say, "Your people shall be my people".

Father God help me to have a relationship with You that would enable people to say to me, "Your God shall be my God". This I ask in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Devotional: Whoever does not control his spirit

Devotional: Whoever does not control his spirit is like a broken down city

Whoever does not control his spirit is like a broken down city without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)




In ancient times, walls were built around cities to protect them from attacks by their enemies. 

A person who does not control his spirit or in other words, a person without self-control, is similar to such a city because they cannot protect themselves from attacks by their enemies.

This is due to the fact that their enemies can do things to them to trigger the responses they want. For example, the enemies of a person without self-control can leave cookies close to their desk to trigger them to eat and break their diet. Their enemies can also say the words that make them lose their temper so that they can throw a tantrum. 

A person who does not control their spirit is therefore virtually defenseless from the attacks of their enemies. 



Self control fruit of the Holy Spirit challenge

In addition to taking the self-control challenge, strengthen your control of yourself by having set goals for all the facets of your life since your goals can serve as walls that keep you on the right track. 

For example, if you have set a spiritual goal of going to Heaven, if your enemies tempt you to break any of the commandments, you will be less likely to succumb to the temptation if you remind yourself of your Heavenly goal.

If on the other hand, you have set a physical goal of losing 20 kgs, if your enemies tempt you to eat cookies, you will be less likely to succumb to the temptation if you remind yourself of your weight loss goal.

Therefore set goals for each aspect of your life and write them down. If you find that your "goal walls" are not strong enough to keep you from caving into your enemies' temptations, strengthen them by praying over them and speaking positive declarations over your life.
Whoever does not control his spirit is like a broken down city without walls Proverbs 25:28

Prayer
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me strengthen my self-control so that I can live a life that pleases You rather than one that pleases the enemy. 

Father God help me to rebuild the broken down walls of my life so that I can fulfill the purpose you created me fulfill instead of doing what the enemy wants me to do. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.  

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