STAND YOUR GROUND AGAINST THE DEVIL

Stand Your Ground

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Ellison

After the amazing verdict came in regarding the George Zimmerman trial where he was acquitted in the death of seventeen year-old, unarmed, Trayvon Martin, I began to ponder about that “stand your ground law.” Since we have given so much attention to this law in the natural realm in recent months, I feel that it’s imperative that equal attention be given to the stand your ground law God has established in the spiritual realm. Jesus told us to stand our ground in Luke 19:13 when He said, “Occupy till I come.” Therefore, if we fail to do so, we most surely will “lose ground” spiritually, and the devil will then run amok.

 As a Christian, you should never hesitate to stand your ground against Satan. That means when the he rears his ugly head, follows you, attacks you, and tries to keep you from reaching your destiny using circumstances, fear, doubt and unbelief, it’s time to immediately stand your ground. You are not to retreat, but stand, fight, and refuse to allow him to make you give up ground that God says is already yours. Thus, you must be prepared to take what is yours by force (Matthew 11:12) using the following tactics:

  • Take your authority in Christ over Satan.  God has given us authority over the enemy. It is up to us to exercise the authority we have been given by faith. The devil is not to control us. We are to control Him by using the spiritual weapons that God has made available to us (II Corinthians 10:4).
  • Speak the Word out loud often.  Job said, “decree a thing and shall be established unto thee” (Job 22:28). What is it that you want to see? What do you need to call into being? The Bible tells us to call those things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17). In Mark 11:23, Jesus says if we believe and speak, we will have what we say. Hit the devil in the head and spiritually black his eye by effectively using the Word as a weapon.
  • Fight fear and move forward in spite of it. Do not allow fear to paralyze you or make you retreat. It’s alright to feel fear, and we all feel fear at times. However, those who stand their ground move forward in spite of their fears. Do not allow fear to control you.
  • Use the Name of Jesus.  Whenever you need help, don’t hesitate to call for back up. Since the Bible says every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10), the enemy is no match for the Name of Jesus. You must recognize your ability to enforce spiritual laws in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, according to His divine authority.
  • Never give up. You must be determined to outlast the devil no matter what. You have to come to the conclusion that quitting is just not an option. The only way you will lose the battle is to stop fighting. Remember, God says you will always triumph in Christ (II Corinthians 2:14).

You as a believer have been given the divine authority to stand your ground.  As God’s child, you have a God-given instruction to fight against the enemy with spiritual weapons in an effort to completely thwart his plans and expand the Kingdom of God. Don’t back up, let up, shut up, or give up. Show the devil exactly what you are made of. Do not let him deceive or intimidate you into thinking that he will be the victor. Stand your ground until you win.

In what ways are you standing your ground against the enemy right now? Leave a comment below.

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CONFESSIONS OF A VEGGIE TALES ADDICT

Veggie Tales Pic
Photo by Praisaeng

I’ve got a secret. I must confess. I’m an adult, and I love Veggie Tales! My five year-old nephew introduced me to the cartoon where animated vegetables jump around and teach bibilical truths on a child’s level. Why did they have a Veggie Tales marathon on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Saturday when I had other stuff I should have been doing!? Of course I had to sit there and watch episode after episode. It was grrreat!

The shows that were aired portrayed such good lessons. I am embarrassed to say this, but one show had me crying. It really touched my heart. I felt the presence of God in the room with me, and I was being ministered to through a kid’s program! I don’t know if there are any other adults that are closet Veggie Tales lovers, but did you see the show about the “Snoodles”? One of the things I loved about it was that the story was told in rhyme. Since I am a poet myself, that in itself caught my attention.

But anyway, the story involved a little “Snoodle” boy who was born with wings and a gift to be artist. He couldn’t fly yet, but he believed that he was a good artist who could paint well. When he showed his wings and his painting skills to those around him, they ridiculed him for his inability to fly and said he had no talent as an artist. They painted pictures that were better than his to show off their skills. Then they put them in the little Snoodle’s backpack to remind him of how inferior he was to all of them. He walked away discouraged, seeking to find a place to be alone and encountered a farmer who said something to him to put him down, painted a negative picture, and put it in his backpack. Finally, as he sought to find a place to isolate himself, he encountered an adult (a representation of God the Father), the One who created him, Who took all of the negative pictures out of his backpack that were weighing him down and replaced it with a positive picture which had the image of how his Creator saw him. His load in his backpack was lightened and he began to be able to fly.

The moral of the story is that we can’t allow others to tell us who we are. We can’t develop our identities based on what others tell us. If we do, we will be weighed down. Once we finally get a true picture of who we really are and were created to be in Christ, we will be able to soar and reach our destiny. Also, the only way to get free off all the negative pictures in our “backpacks” is to spend time alone with the Father.

Wow. I said to myself, “What if I had that message when I was a little kid? Where would I be now?” I just pray that every child (and adult) who watched that episode was able to internalize that powerful message. When we are able to grasp that truth, then and only then, will we be able to glorify God with our lives and reach our potential in Christ.

Do you have a kid’s programs that you like? If so, what do you like about that program? Leave a comment below.

By the way, I’d love your help spreading the word about my book, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Please click here to find out other ways you can help and download chapter one of the book for FREE.

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ENTERING INTO THE REST OF GOD REQUIRES HARD LABOR

Photo by Marin

Photo by Marin

Yesterday, I was in Discover Life Bookstore, and I picked up and read a book by Michelle McKinney Hammond. She wrote about a time when she was down and out financially, and how God sustained her during that difficult time. Because God brought her through, she says she now has no doubt that God is a provider and that she can trust Him to meet her needs no matter what the situation looks like. That experience was a defining moment in her life.

Tears welled up in my eyes in the middle of the store as I read it because I had been struggling with that issue in my own life. I wanted so badly to be able to believe God, and settle it in my mind that He will take care of me no matter what I see in the natural. I had been worrying about whether God would provide for me. Sometimes, I don’t even understand myself. God is faithful, yet my faith falters.

I asked God why He had me read that passage from Michelle’s book. Is it possible for me to get to where she is in her faith, to draw spiritual strength from her testimony right now in the midst of my own trial? Can I glean faith from her situation right now? Can I learn vicariously from her situation that she went through? How was I to use the information I read?

After pondering on the answers to those questions, I’ve come to the conclusion if I want to enter the rest of God, I have to make up in my mind that I will believe God, I will trust God, and I will enter into the rest of God, or die trying. In spite of the enemy’s attempt to keep me out of it, God’s Word says we must labor to enter into His rest. But what does that labor look like?

•Read scriptures about trusting God and the faithfulness of God.
•Speak out the Word of God in anxiety producing situations.
•Prophesy to your future and say, “I believe God.” “I trust God.” “I have entered the rest of God.” Do this even if you don’t feel it’s true right now.
•Remember what God has done for you in the past and rehearse it often.
•If you are facing a situation you have not encountered before, use someone else’s testimony, including the saints of the Bible, to help you recognize this may be a different situation for you, but He’s the same powerful God.

If you do these things, the devil will not continue to steal your peace and bar you from entering into the rest of God. Rest is your birthright as a child of God.

From this day forward, let it be settled in your mind and heart that God is trustworthy. He is the most dependable person in the Universe even if He can’t be seen with the naked eye. He will provide for you. Don’t worry about the future, for God has secured it. He is Jehovah Jireh, and He will take care of you. Trust Him and believe as if your life depended upon it because, in reality, it really does.

What are your thoughts about entering the rest of God? Leave a comment below.

By the way, I’d love your help spreading the word about my book, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Please click here to find out other ways you can help and download chapter one of the book for FREE.

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Take a trip down a spiritually poetic trail, and dare to become your best for Christ.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!

Please save the date! I will be holding a book signing event on Saturday, July 27th from 2-4 pm at Heaven and Earth Christian Bookstore, Janaf Shopping Center (5900 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk). Come on out and be encouraged, uplifted, and inspired as I read poetry and prose from my new book, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. A random drawing will be held, and you could win a $25 Olive Garden gift card. Feel free to bring your business cards to share, and let’s fellowship, minister, and network simultaneously! Come to get blessed and be a blessing! RSVP by registering at http://www.traceylmoore.eventbrite.com

YOU’RE IN GOD’S GYM NOW.

Young Man Lifting Dumbbells by David Castillo Dominici
Photo by David Castillo Dominici

The other day, I talked to my book coach, Dr. Letitia Wright, and I told her how overwhelmed I was feeling with all I had to do pertaining to promoting my book. She said she understood why I felt the way I did, but as I continued to put the systems in place that I needed, I’d get stronger and be able to bear more. That was comforting.

Thus, she likened the state of being overwhelmed because you are doing something new and different to starting a weight lifting program. When you first start out, the weights feel really heavy, almost too heavy. But if you have a personal trainer, He will push you to lift even more than you thought you could if he is worth his salt. So you continue to lift the weights and they seem to get lighter as you get stronger. The muscle fibers tear microscopically, heal, and muscle is rebuilt. That enables it to gradually bear more and more weight over time.

Likewise, you may feel overwhelmed at the moment because you are doing something new. The load you bear may seem very heavy at the moment. But as the Holy Spirit leads and guides you toimplement systems that will allow you to work smarter and not harder, the load will lighten. As you gain more knowledge and understanding, the plan you are trying to implement will be less time consuming because after you’ve done things over and over, you will get things done much quicker. Initially, you are on the “learning curve,” but that is temporary. The key is to give yourself time for the Holy Spirit, your “personal trainer,” to instruct you and help you to do what is necessary for you to get into a groove or a “zone.” Then you will be stronger, the load will be lighter, and you will overcome the condition of feeling overwhelmed. Remember, you are in God’s Gym now.

Talk about your experience in God’s Gym. Please leave a comment below.

By the way, I’d love your help spreading the word about my book, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Please click here to find out other ways you can help and download chapter one of the book for FREE.

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Take a trip down a spiritually poetic trail, and dare to become your best for Christ.