Fight Right

Who is the real enemy…???

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

3   For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  4   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5   Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
 
 

It’s so very easy to forget that the people who hurt us are not necessarily against us, especially if they are Believers. 

In the mist of the battle our need to strike out is a reactive need to inflict the pain we are feeling from the person we are interacting with at that time of high emotion.
 
But the Believer must gather the strength to remind themselves of the hidden enemy that lurks within our own flesh — our sin nature — which fights with our newness in Christ every day to exert itself over the knowledge of the spiritual weapons we have in our arsenal.
 
It takes time to learn how to wield the weapons of our spiritual warfare but when we do, we experience that all empowering knowledge that no weapon formed against us can prosper!
 
When we resist the temptation to respond in the flesh, our faith and confidence in God grows stronger with each battle.
 
Become the spiritual warrior God has empowered you to be and fight your battles confidently in the power of God and rip those strongholds from the fabric of your heart, mind, and spirit.
 
The battle truly isn’t yours—it’s the Lord’s, so Fight Right!

Lord, Kill Me – Please!

We must die to live

We do ourselves a great disservice when we focus on the sins and issues of those around us and neglect our own bouts with sin. Yes, it is easy to focus our eyes on others even though God is the only one who can the heart. This will always be detrimental to our spiritual growth if we refuse to seek God daily, and then look within to measure whether our steps are by faith and in obedience to God.

I think our biggest problem is that we lure ourselves into believing that obedience to a few things in God’s word through self effort makes us righteous. Common are the sins laid out in verse 9; we think…

·       I don’t commit adultery

·       I haven’t killed anyone

·       I don’t steal

·       I don’t bear false witness

·       I don’t covet…

but the truth according to God’s Word is some can refrain from these things without having the love we are to have for our neighbor. And trust me when I tell you – don’t pat yourself on the back if these aren’t your sin issues because there are way more sins in our lives than we care to admit. Without the foundation of biblical love which 1 Corinthians 13 lays out as charity, all claims to righteousness are just acts of will-power, and God doesn’t reward works that are done outside of faith or His Spirit.

Verse 10 says plainly that when we really and truly love people the way God has told us to love people, not only are we fulfilling a law and command, but we are dead to sin by allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in the way that we should go and behave. As our spiritual parent, there is nothing more beautiful to God than looking at his child emulate his character.

Verse 14 sums up the whole matter of chapter 13 which is this: when we walk in the Spirit of God we starve the desires and lusts of our flesh. Like our bodies, starve it long enough and eventually it shuts down and dies. This is exactly what we want to occur with our carnal-minded flesh.

Are you ready to die today?

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law… 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Romans 13:9-10, 14

Be Careful What You Pray For – You May Get It!

God is indeed a Holy God and his word tells us this very clearly in the scriptures:

Psalm 99:9Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.

1 Corinthians 3:17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

I don’t know if people think about the fact that God has a great sense of humor. This humor is often displayed in asking God for something and being unprepared mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for how he delivers that prayer request. For example:

In 2010, I started praying and asking God to allow me to work for my pastor full-time. I was the church’s part-time administrative assistant, but it was really a full time job on top of my secular full time job. So, I did what I do – I made it a consistent prayer. Just as I was getting discouraged (and a little overwhelmed working 2 full-time jobs) something strange happened.

In 2013, the fire chief of the ambulance station where I worked came and told me he had given me a good review to someone who had called him for a reference for an administrative position. I was confused until I realized I had applied a few months back for a promotional position but had since changed my mind — I wanted to stay where I was. I loved my customer service job and dealing with the public. It also gave me an opportunity to interject God into some of my conversations (LOL … by any means necessary).

Long story short: I took the interview & told God – “Okay, Lord, I don’t know what is going on but I am going to take this interview and I don’t care one way or the other what happens – it’s all on YOU!” The City interview went well and they offered me the job.

So, how did God answer my prayer, you may be asking? The answer: As only God can … The man who became my new supervisor for the next 8 years was actually a full time Pastor at a Baptist Church! Hence, God answered my prayerI was now working full time for a pastor!!

Moral of the story: God’s children have to be prepared and receptive to how God chooses to answer our prayer(s). It may not come exactly in the manner or package we want, but we can best believe it is exactly what is best for us according to the multitude of God’s love, mercy, and grace towards His children.

Jesus provided us with the best way to prepare for God’s answer to our prayers in Luke 22:42 when he ended his own prayer with “… nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

How Deep Do You Want to Go?

Do you crave a deeper crevice of the soul,

To plant your seeds and watch them grow?

What about a body of water freely flowing;

To drop your anchor of intellectual bestowing?

Maybe you need a pit that’s more than a novelty;

Where your sowing will reap a great harvest?

Maybe you just need the right kind of property;

Where your investment crops yield their largest?

I ask not to create a mystery, but stimulations;

To query your ability to handle the revelations.

A place unaffected by wind, sleet, ice or heat;

A shelter that protects and offers you retreat.

Do you really want to chance a depth unknown?

Do you really want the biblical bone-of-my-bone?

Or maybe you’re okay with your historical messiness;

Afraid to reach for the higher state of blessedness?

I can’t answer any of these questions for you.

I’m simply here to seek the answers from you.

I definitely didn’t draw near you to put on a show.

I just need to know: How deep do you want to go?

Don’t Count Them Out!

The wonder of God always amazes me. This morning I boiled eggs for my breakfast and lunch. I packed it away in my little plastic bag (my way of recycling … LOL) and put it in my tote. My tote sat in the passenger’s seat, unmolested in any way, as I drove to work.

In my office, I began to take from my tote the things I needed for my day including my food and snacks. As I separated the food items for what needed to be refrigerated and what could go in my cabinets, I saw that 2 of my eggs were cracked. One looked like a puzzle of a shell and the other looked like car glass when it’s hit by a rock with an impact point and little cracks spreading out from it.

I felt bad for my eggs.

However, as badly as their shells were damaged, they would still serve their purpose. They would provide my nourishment for the morning and give strength to my bones. They would satisfy my desire for healthy food.

Sometimes, we forget that people are like these cracked eggs. On the outside they appear broken, cracked, and unusable, but God, never wastes the hardships in life. Instead, he takes what he has put on the inside of the person, and uses that person to feed and nourish others who have been broken, cracked, and rendered unusable by society (and sometimes, the church).

When I listen to people who struggle with mental issues (suicide thoughts, bipolar, anxiety, depression) openly relay the glory of God, and how God gives them exactly what they need to push through these too often unspoken struggles, I KNOW THERE IS A GOD! We are far too silent in the church about mental illness, in my opinion, which may explain why they aren’t flocking to join with us. Just my opinion.

Too many Christians look down their noses at people and say, “they’ll never amount to anything or they crazy; I’m not messing with them.” But I praise God every day when I see and hear and talk to these very same people whom God uses in mighty ways to reach others who are without the hope believing Christians have. They are transparent about their struggles with mental issues and they openly shed light on the fact that God is a very present help. They speak openly and boldly on how God is right there with them, helping them body slam the lies the liar whispers to them. How God is there helping slay the dragons that nip and breathe fire upon their thoughts and minds in those dark hours. And how God wants to help them, too, if they will only let him into their lives.

Don’t count them out! That family member, loved one, or enemy whose shell is broken, cracked, and appears unusable. The power of God MOVES MOUNTAINS and PARTS SEAS; it causes the SON to shine, and the HOLY SPIRIT to apply healing ointment to comfort as He guides them back into the light of day. And this I know to be true because “it is written” for my ensample and example!

Don’t count them out! Instead, pray for them, listen to them, counsel with them, and both pray for them and with them. Don’t miss your divine appointment to meet someone right where they are at in their life – right where you are in yours. Try educating or learning a little something about mental health.

Don’t count them out! – God didn’t count you out, now, did he?

“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

James 5:11

Accept It For What It Is

This subject never grows old or stale. It is a reminder to live life as both a Great Gift and as a Testimony to our loved ones and enemies. The world needs to know that we all deal with the issues of life but it is the perspective we have that dictates how we cope with difficulties in this world.

When a person isn’t grounded in God by faith and doesn’t read or understand the Bible or scripture, they don’t understand that death was the PENALTY for Adam & Eve’s disobedience and it was passed down to all of us.

As such, death is as much a part of life as breathing, and while it hurts to lose a loved one (because let’s be honor—we always end up thinking about all the things we SHOULD HAVE DONE with & for that person when they are gone), death is coming down EVERYONE’s lane sooner or later {unless the rapture happens first}.

Sometimes death is God’s blessing—it delivers those in pain, those who are weary, those who are suffering greatly—so we shouldn’t always associate death with punishment because sometimes it’s deliverance for the deceased.
Unlike those during early creation generations who lived hundreds of years, God shortened our life expectancy:

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

Psalms 90:10

60 is good

70 better

80+ – God’s Abundant GRACE!

God owes us nothing – everything falls under his sovereignty and there is no changing that or arguing it. We are all on God’s time clock—he’s not on ours! When God gives our loved one rest, or when God punishes the wicked, accept it for what it is. Our biggest concern should be whether we are preparing those around us for the life that comes AFTER death.

Don’t stop living your life when a loved one is called into their eternal rest. Instead, God wants his children to keep living and telling the lost among them about how to be set free from the fear of death. And the only way to conquer the fear of death is to accept into your life the One who conquered the grave—Jesus Christ, our Savior & our Redeemer from sin.

The door to Christ is always open because he doesn’t want anyone to perish and be condemned. And if by chance you want to know how to receive the free gift of Salvation-DM me-I have the roadmap and would love to share it with you!

If you are a Believer in Jesus Christ, I ask you to share this message with your circle of influence because there may be someone among your followers who need to know that Jesus Christ conquered death to give us LIFE!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16 KJV

One Thing Today

Reinvent the Wheel for Your Life

If we do not have a daily mantra that we undergird with the Word of God, our old man and the negative things that have crippled us will always resurrect themselves.

Each day presents us with an opportunity to reinvent the wheel of our lives. See, the past has already played its part in our development. The past has already left its battle scars and its trophies of success. Today is the day to look at today and say,…

I choose to live TODAY with new hope, new love, new peace, new joy, new fearlessness, new strength, and a whole new mindset because TODAY I am a new creature in Christ Jesus. TODAY is a great day to embrace all that is of God in me!

I believe what God has written about me (and you), and I will never let anything or anyone rob me of this truth (and neither should you):

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

See, our yesterdays delivered whatever sorrow was to come our way, but God wants us to remember what he is capable of doing with our weaknesses on each day of our life. So, this is what he told the Apostle Paul and had recorded for our benefit:

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Live long enough, and realize your ways don’t always work out for your good. Yet, we have every new day as an opportunity to walk in the newness of the life given us in Christ Jesus. I often think about how disappointed many Christians will be when they see all the victories God had lined up for them, but they choose to accept defeat. Defeat is our reward for relying on our old man.

Every new year brings about a host of new resolutions, but every day is where you build the road map that creates the stepping stones to take you where God wants to lead you. And it starts with TODAY. Just one thing to reinvent the wheel of your life:

One positive thought

One hope builder

One thing in Christ that edifies

One thing that glorifies God

One thing that brings you righteous joy

One word that empowers another

One truth that reminds someone of God’s redemptive gift of Salvation

One thingTODAY – can reinvent the wheel of your life – in the present and future!

Wanda J. Murry is the author of two books: a daily devotional titled My Soul Cries… Holy, Holy, Holy (2011), and a book of poetry Emotionally Charged: A Poetic Journey in the Issues of Life (2016), both available on Amazon. She is currently revamping My Soul Cries for republication this year. In addition, stay tuned for 2 new books in 2022: My Soul Cries… Glory, Glory, Glory, and All I Want For Christmas.

Appreciate

Every now and then I look in the mirror and Thank God for what I see staring back at me.

Part of it is simply appreciating what God knitted together in my mother’s womb (and I happen to be particularly pleased with my eyes 👀).

The other part, however, is what lies beneath, buried within me. First and foremost, I’m grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit living there. He has been my faithful, holy ride-or-die, even when I’ve taken him places too shameful to admit. Because of him I have life — eternally and earthly — even though there were times I didn’t feel worthy of life and thought to take my own (how sad that I even thought to end the life I had no power to give).

Lastly, I simply appreciate how no matter how many times I fail, fall, am paralyzed by fears & doubts, and grow weary under the trials that come with life, my God has ALWAYS PULLED ME from the pit, cleaned me up, and whispered to my spirit — “It’s okay—I GOT YOU, My Child, ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!”

If you can relate, post a picture of yourself, give a shout out to your fav facial feature, and one thing you are especially appreciative of in your life!

Fellas Beware – She May Not Care

Dear Brethren,

If the woman by your side doesn’t allow you to be open about the above things and spends more time trying to belittle you or attack your manhood, then you don’t have a woman by your side.

Know the difference between a woman who views her needs more important than yours. More than likely you’ll find this type to be less than a partner and more of a task.

This is not a woman bashing post. My brothers and sons need to know there is a difference between having just a female in their arms or beds versus having a woman whose character proclaims her virtue as wife material.