Wednesday, July 3, 2019

When the Battle Chooses You.. by Nina Keegan

Over and over again in life we hear this statement… “Choose your battles”… “Pick your battles”…

I remember when I was raising my boys, so many times I would walk in their rooms and have to turn around and just close the door… Boys having messy rooms was not going to be a continuous battle I was going to fight… I felt I had to choose which battles  I was going to fight.. more important battles than a messy room I felt were, “Are they walking with the Lord?  How are their grades? Are they respecting authority?”
 Them staying away from drugs and alcohol was a battle during their young adult years that I was adamant about.

“Pick your battles! Pick your battles!” 



Picking which battles to fight is not always our choice… Many times the Battle picks us..

Getting a late night call that your child has been in an accident, perhaps a bad doctors report, perhaps losing a job..perhaps losing a loved one..

These are battles we did not choose… But yet they are still ones we have to fight from time to time…

One thing I think is very important is to ALWAYS be prayed up, armor on and battle ready… Too often people only start praying in the midst of their trials… They turn to God in the trial in hopes of a way out…

The Bible tells us to put on the full armor of God so that we are always ready for whatever may come our way; so we are fully armed with the WORD of God deep in our hearts and souls… We can pray a hedge protection around us and our loved ones that is so huge that the enemy complains about it.

Job 1:10 ESV 

Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

I wonder sometimes if we are always dressed in our full armor or if it’s just a costume..?

 This is something we must answer for ourselves… 

One thing is for certain is that our armor after living some life, can become quite beaten up, dented, and resemble a battle worn ensemble fit for any military General! 

This armor ultimately protects us… It bears the brunt of pain, quenches the fiery darts and protects us…

The word of God is our offensive weapon… It is the double edge sword… It is what leads us through all battles… It is what brings us out the other side stronger, more confident and victorious .. through these battles we will undoubtedly fully comprehend who our heavenly
Father is!

Any military has a preemptive plan… They study and know the enemy, they understand the plot and the schemes.., We too must be preemptive… It’s not an “if the battles and trials are coming, it’s when.” We must stay prayed up with our full armor on knowing that no matter what comes our way, our Almighty God will be there… We are never alone and He will never leave us or forsake us…

We do not have a choice sometimes in life, the world can happen to us… But the kingdom of heaven is always advancing and greater are we with who is in us than who is in the world!

No weapon formed against us can ever prosper and when we go through these tough times, I guarantee you that good will come from it… We will be stronger, more fortified, and strengthened in our knowledge and reliance on the Lord… We are resilient in Christ… We are victorious in Him… And the blood of Jesus is stronger than any battle… We are the majority in Christ!

When the enemy fell from heaven
He took 1/3 of the angels with him.. that means 2/3 of the angels are on our side!!!

As Jesus is so are we in the world...
   Jesus spoke saying, 
“Don’t you know that I could call on my Father in Heaven  and he would send legions of angels to rescue me right now”… 

We have that same power… But we need to know that we have that available to us!

We need to study the word of God for ourselves… It is our battle plan… We must be armed and ready… When the battle chooses you; you will have all you need in Christ to fight and win…

The joy of the Lord is our strength… He knows the great grievances and sufferings of his people… But he is our comforter, he is ever present help in times of trouble… And he loves us all with an everlasting love…!

If you are going through a battle that you did not choose… Please know that God chose you…
You were his before the  foundations of the earth began!

He’s got a plan, he’s got a strategy and it is always for good!

When you cannot possibly see an end to your suffering… Look at the eyes of Jesus and know that he has suffered the unthinkable because of his love for you… He knows where you are and he will love you through it all.. His perfect love cast out all fear and with one touch of his favor the tide of the battle will turn!!!

“The tide will turn in our favor!”

The phrase “The tide is turning” means:

1. reversal in a situation, 
2. new and opposite flow,
3. to assist in getting over or moving forward
4. to carry forward with new momentum
5. to surmount a difficulty, obstacle, survive.

Prophecy this word over yourself and those who need hope right now, “The tide is turning in “my” favor, the tide is turning in “YOUR” favor, the tide is turning in “our” favor!!!”

Stay strong and stay focused and keep your eyes on Jesus!
Never give up! God's on your side. He loves you, and He's helping you! You're going to make it! 

Put your hope in God and declare by faith, “The tide is turning in my favor!”

He is the author and the finisher of our faith!!

Zechariah 9:12 (AMP)
12 Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], You prisoners of hope;
Even today I am declaring that I will restore double your former prosperity to you..

Because we are IN Him, and He is IN us, we walk and live IN His victory!
 John 16:33 (AMP)

Hebrews 6:19 (AMP)
19 This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],

Psalm 34:7 ESV 

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day

The armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:10-18, is made up of the following six items:
the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. 
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IT’S TIME TO LEAD by Nina Keegan

God is calling all leaders ..,
Are you just accepting certain situations because you don’t feel like you have a choice in the matter?

 Are most people actually just living their lives, existing, but not leading their lives because they don’t believe they have an option?

Nehemiah 2:17-18 New International Version (NIV)

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace. 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Nehemiah certainly had a decision to make when he was faced with the choice of accepting the situation at hand or changing it.. he made the decision to LEAD!!It is a choice… Leadership is always a decision to bring about change and to make a difference. Leadership is about making disciplined choices, choices that many times have a strong natural enemy of passivity. The enemy loves to freeze us in our decisions… Indecisiveness can paralyze us.. we become so afraid of making the wrong choice and the wrong decision that we do nothing…
Many people don’t want to “get involved”… Many people don’t want to put in the hard work they just want things to be status quo… But everything worth achieving is always uphill!

Walking downhill is the easy part it always takes less effort… We never want to be one of those people that just does enough to get by… If we want real change in our lives we have to put in the effort and it may be an uphill journey but hard work always pays off.

For Nehemiah, the wall and the work of God in Israel was worth a determined effort.. it was definitely going to be uphill.. but he was very determined to get up that hill and build that wall!!

No one else can build your wall… No one else can fulfill your destiny.. no one else was born with your purpose!

Let’s not be the one that sits in the boat all afraid… Let’s get out of that boat… Let’s let the Holy Spirit guide us into the yet unfinished and do those things that we know we are to do but they just seem to insurmountable to us…

 Remember if God put this purpose in your, life he will take you through it and by climbing that hill... We will become stronger and more resilient… We will have a sense of accomplishment and achievement and strength that will carry us through to victory.

I believe the Holy Spirit is calling all of us to lead… It’s time to make decisions that will make a difference… It’s time to do what we knew we were created to do!


We all could sit down right now and create a quite impressively long list of things that we need and want to change and we haven’t changed them because they’re all “uphill”. Through our time with God, let’s let him lead us and guide us and fuel us to go and make a difference and to be strengthened  for the changes we need to make in him!! God wants us to be the change… Not sit there and wish others would change things!!

Here is a quote that sums this all up by Theodore Roosevelt called “The man in the arena”

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

  1. Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
  2. Psalms 78:72 So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.
  3. Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.
  4. Exodus 18:21 Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
  5. Luke 22:26 But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.

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