I know whom I believe (Part 3)

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace which you have continually wrapped me in. Thank for your faithfulness and love. Please open our eyes to see your works and our ears to hear from you. Wake us up, and please open our understanding. Help us understand your plans for us! In the name of Jesus – Amen

I love that I am able to write these ahead of time and can come back and edit and add as the Lord finishes His lesson.  This past week was full of troubles and I was able to stand firm on who God says I am as all of my studies affirming who I am to God were being posted and encouraging me. God’s grace has been overwhelming as His hand has been all over this week, guiding me and blessing me – not with blessing of money and worldly things, but with deep indescribable spiritual lessons of His faithfulness.

On the heels of the great mixture of emotions for my “NO” answer on Sunday, I walk into my week, and immediately get emotionally smacked by lies, accusations and threats. However, I am mature enough to have this understanding:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:2 NKJV   

Everything is NOT an attack of the enemy, of demons and devils.  We must process it through the word of God. It clearly defines what the enemy’s activities are and therefore we know when we are up against an evil spirit. We battle Not against people. So when we are approached with contention and we respond in love (1 Corinthians 13) and prayerfully approach them being quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19) – we should have great success.  When we do not have success and are drawn into a fight – then we apply this verse, and start to look to see if any of the enemy’s behaviors are evident proving it is a spiritual battle. 

 So I pray for the people being influenced negatively and impacting my life. Lord, help them, open their eyes and ears. Please Lord Jesus intercede for them to our Father – that they may be saved, made new and enjoy a relationship with you. Please Lord shine your light on the truth. Help me to remove them from the equation, with forgiveness, love and continued prays. – Amen. 

And if those people are not the liars, accusers and ones who are threatening (as our physical eyes see), then who is?
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 ESV
The devil is the liar – the father of lies.  As we see in the first part of this verse, these people who are dishonest are doing the will of their father, the devil. Lord, forgive them – they are in darkness and know not what they do. Please make a change in their lives and bring them to salvation! Amen. Again – they are just being used. The truth is that I have walked into a spiritual battle against the enemy, the devil, the father of lies and the accuser.

“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.” Revelation 12:10 NKJV

He may go before my Father God and accuse me day and night – but in the end he “has been cast down”!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE PAST TENSE OF THIS VERSE!!! Because it is written – “IT IS FINISHED”.

In response, I bow in prayer to God. Thank you Lord – as the battle belongs to you! Thank you that I get to start my week with a sweet spiritual victory in the name of Jesus and for your glory! Amen
And then I contact my prayer partner for spiritual back-up in prayer (you know – that whole pray in agreement thing – Matthew 18:19). And essentially – you know what she asked me??!! She asked me the same thing I have asked many of you and others! That is right – she basically asked: what’s the verse? What a marvelous blessing!!!!! Let’s focus! God, what is the verse?! There is always a word from the Lord and a promise to stand on! There is always!!!

Immediately God gave me this verse:
“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV

I wrote it down and have read, prayed and affirmed it daily since. Obviously it has influenced every one of these posts this week as I went back and added it to the first one for this week and it has been in them since then. I know in whom I believe! He is able!

As the waves of this battle roll, and over and over I deal with the chaos and absurdity – handing it all over and committing it to God – the battle belongs to Him.

“And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV

“Great multitude”? Yep – because while I was in the midst of this (and even though I am assured the victory we still had to work it out for a few (or more) days – a new attack comes. Yes more lies – more accusations – more and more. Including business professionals screaming at me in business settings. Including some of the most bizarre behaviors I have ever seen, except when seeing a demon cast out – those cause similar bizarre behaviors. 

The week ended with peace. When Spiritual battles are squelched, the people who were puppets and used by the enemy scurry away to lay low hoping the whole thing can blow over. I keep them in prayer – God is able to transform them and change them. God put these people in a position of authority over me and God is still in control.  I am praying they aren’t provoked when the next week begins.

I share all this as a testimony to God handling it. I share so you too can identify when it is an attack from the enemy or when it is just people having a bad day. We have Bible verses that tell us which is which and other verses that are our victory.  And this one boiled down to – Do I know Him whom I believe? Why yes I do! He is able to keep what I have committed to Him. And He has kept me – and continues to keep me.  This is one of the many reasons I love Him and serve Him – and accept being His child. Like a good Daddy, He rose up behind the scenes and handled it. 
My task was to trust Him, to love the people and forgive them, to pray for the people, and to let God be God!

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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