Thursday, February 11, 2021

Once again and never again by Nina Keegan


 We have all heard that saying from time to time "new level, new devil"... 
But I don't believe the devil is all that creative… I think it's always the same devil… he just knows what buttons to push and he knows what works… doesn't it always seem like it's the same old trip around the mountain for most of us…? Warfare usually lands in the very space of where God wants to use you the most!

We all know that David killed Goliath when he was just a teenager… He took care of that enormous Philistine that was terrorizing Israel ..It only took David one rock ... and tons of determination! He bravely ran towards that giant and killed that enemy and then cut off his head with the very sword that was meant to kill him. David had such confidence in who God created him to be and in his abilities to do all that God had called him to do… Think about it… It only took one rock! ..He even had four more to spare! 

So fast forward approximately two decades and then we read in...

2nd Samuel 21:15
ONCE AGAIN, There was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David (being much older and wiser) went down with his men to fight against the Philistines and he became exhausted...

The enemy is always trying to wear out the Saints… This is his game plan... he tries to get us weary and distracted so we lose our focus on all that God is calling us to do…

Again, (the Philistines)… The same old enemy… Just "once again" David was having to be bothered by the same old ploy... there is nothing new under the sun… The enemy is not omnipresent… He's not creative… He always tries to terrorize us with the same old lies, the same old accusations!… We must recognize this at the onset…

 Let's read what happens just two verses later!

2nd Samuel 21:17
But Abidjan, son of Zeruaih, came to David's rescue, he struck the Philistine down and killed him then David's men swore to him, saying,
"NEVER AGAIN" Will you go out with us to battle so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished!

God sent a powerful warrior to fight on David's behalf… He sent help to come to his rescue so that "never again" will he have to be bothered by the same old enemy…

 God does not want our lamps to be extinguished… God has given us all a light… We are to go into all the world and do what God has called us to do… It's time that we take our authority over all of the enemy has been trying to steal…We have an army available to help us,  to fight on our behalf just like David did… We have a spiritual army… We have angels available at our command… It's time to go and do that which God has been calling you to do! 
We must not let our lights be extinguished! 

We cannot keep carrying around the same old bricks and dragging them around the same old mountain... when we do that, we are just going to wind up building the same old house over and over again… It's time to be set free from all of the past… the past hurts, pains, lies, distractions, trials, mistakes, and all of the things that we have been used as an excuse to not move forward! God is saying "never again"… it's over!… Times up!… "Never again" are we to believe these tormenting lies that the enemy is continually spewing at us… We are not going to let the Philistines bother us for two more decades…!
Make up your mind today!

 It is time for us to seek God's wisdom and to take every thought captive… Ask God where your thinking cycles are being infected by the enemies lies!

Our battles are fought and won in praise… When the enemy starts to lie to you, pick up your sword of the spirit!… The word of God!… Let the praises of the Lord be forever on your lips… We are ready, we are battle ready with a plan that comes from the throne room of God… It's time… It's time for our "never again" season!! Receive it! 

The enemy’s lies

We have between 50-70,000 thoughts each day. Yet God commands us to take EVERY thought captive. This means we have to pay attention to what we are thinking about  and determine if those thoughts line up with what God tells us in His word, or if they are lies from the pit of hell. That’s a lot of work!

God bless you all!
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Exodus 14:14
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be 1. "Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

2. "You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4

3. "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Cor. 10:3-5

4. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith." 1 Pet. 5:8-9

5. "No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me," declares the Lord." Is. 54:17

6. "Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Eph. 6:11-17still

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Just take a step in the right direction and watch God bless you! By Nina Keegan

I wanted to share the following powerful statement and my thoughts about it…

"Rain only matters to those who have seed in the ground. If you don't have seed in the ground, the rain is a nuisance.  But if you've been praying & planting some things, when the rain comes you can expect a harvest. This is for everyone who has been sewing seeds in a dry season and wondering where the harvest is.  The harvest is connected to the rain. God's about to send rain to this land and your seed will be harvested. "
-William McDowell

In reading Haggai 2:18-20 I came across this scripture..
Concerning the rebuilding of the Lords Temple... 

"Think carefully I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grape vines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day on word I will bless you!"

After the people had started to relay the foundation of the temple God blessed them immediately. He did not wait for the project to be completed...  the very minute we take a few steps of obedience in the right direction to do what God wants us to do,  He sends his encouragement and his approval.. God is so eager to bless us!... Even while our seed is still in the barn!

So much of our abilities to be blessed depends on our obedience to what the Lord is calling us to do. We can't keep asking God to order our steps and put us in his plan if were too lazy to move or if we're being too disobedient to change the things God is asking us to change.
If we want to be blessed we need to lay down the sins that beset us, where are we continually being disobedient?

 What is blocking your blessing? Where are you continually having to travel around the mountain time and again? Is it through grumbling, faultfinding, complaining, perhaps it's a bad attitude, gossip, or it's perpetual negativity and never believing anything good will happen to you. Is it your" this is just my lot in life"attitude that keeps you cemented to the floor and not being able to move on God's precious path for your life…?

God has made a promise to us..the Bible says we are to be blessed beyond measure while our seed is still in the barn,  but we are the one that has to open the barn doors and walk out into the sunshine and let the seed be planted. Gods asking us to amen Him and obey Him! 

God wants you to be encouraged, He wants to prosper you, bless you and restore you.  Repentance  and obedience can help you clean up any areas in your life that God is calling on you to change.  Be decisive and determined in taking these steps to
getting yourself right with God.  

God will surely open the doors of blessing for us but if we insist on harboring wrong attitudes and sins and are willfully disobeying God, we will not see any personal growth..  

Holy living will come only when we are empowered by God's Holy Spirit, we will see change when we acknowledge to God that we have sinned and are in need of change. We cannot change what we will not willfully lay down! Only God can wipe away our sins and make us shiny, empty, new, vessels to be filled and overflowing with the blessings of the Lord. Seek His help, ask Him to help you rid your self of sin and disobedience.

God wants our priorities to be right. He wants to motivate us to obey Him. Let's remember to give God a higher place of honor than our own personal comfort.  Through true repentance, praise and worship we can give him all glory! 
He does promise to strengthen us and to guide us when we give Him first place in our life!

God bless you all!

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6)

God’s Desire for You to Prosper
God wants to use you to build His kingdom, His house! In Exodus 12:13, it was no accident that God gave the wealth of the Egyptians to the children of Israel. He wanted them to build His tabernacle in the wilderness.

God’s Abundance for Those Who Build His Kingdom
Prosperity is the result of a decision we make to build God’s kingdom, His work. Only as we make that decision will God prosper us. In fact, greed will destroy prosperity: “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof” (Proverbs 1:19). Greed destroys prosperity!

Psalm 35:27 says:
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Psalm 84:11
“For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

Psalm 115:14
“May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children.”

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