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WHEN THE DEVIL….

Twilight in the Wilderness, (1860), Cleveland ...

READ: Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-11 

Do you remember what you experienced when you received Jesus?

It has been forty years for me and I can still remember the relief and love I felt that day.

Have you ever been in a worship service or at a concert/meeting ,where the presence of God was Sooo strong you just wanted to stay there? 

Several years ago my church had  concerts at our coffee house on Friday nights. We had local bands play,  sold espresso drinks and had ministry time at the end of the concert. There were several occasions when the presence of God was so strong I wanted to stay there all night.  

Symbolically/spiritually-  we will see what happens when a person becomes born again.  Also there are seemingly endless amounts of truth in these verses, this is just a few of them! (With Gods word there is always more than meets the eye!)

It all started with

16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. 17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!

Matthew 3:16-17 (AMP)

When a person asks Jesus to be their Savior and Lord they are raised into a new life in God through Christ.

3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

Romans 6:3-5 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside them (This is referred to as being “Born” of the spirit). God becomes their Father:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Romans 8:14-15 (AMP)

But look what happens next.

1 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
3 And the tempter came………….

Matthew 4:1-3 (AMP)

Notice:  When we go without spending time regularly in Gods word it is the same as not eating! We get hungry(depleted) and that is when the “tempter” (devil) comes! He will always question your position(Who you are in Christ) and your authority (Jesus gave you His!)

“THEN” HAPPENS! Monday always follow Sunday, nighttime follows the day.

“Then” is after the music stops and everyone has gone home, the seats are empty and the lights are turned off.  When you are all alone and you start to get hungry

“Then” the tempter (the devil) comes..

 Remember what God has promised (His Word concerning) you  and know you are NEVER alone ( I will not leave you orphans -Jesus). Know who you are in Christ when the devil starts questioning who you are with, “If you are...

30 DAY CHALLENGE

The following are some scripture verses you need to affirm (write down, speak out loud, and say often) so you will be prepared when “the tempter comes”

I AM FREE AND CLEAR!
39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

Acts 13:39 (AMP)

 I AM NOT CONDEMNED !
1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (AMP)

I AM NEW AND IMPROVED!

17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

I AM COOL WITH GOD AND HE IS COOL WITH ME!
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Romans 3:24 (AMP)

I KNOW GOD IS NOT ANGRY WITH ME!

1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  

Romans 5:1 (AMP)

I AM PERSUADED THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39 (AMP)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)

For further study read: ROMANS

GRACE AMAZING


4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6 (AMP)

1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death.
3 For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice],

Romans 8:1-3 (AMP)

*How industrious is Satan served. I was formerly one of his active undertemptors and had my influence been equal to my wishes I would have carried all the human race with me. A common drunkard or profligate is a petty sinner to what I was.

John Newton, 1778 (Author of Amazing Grace song)

*(Amazing Grace with Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television, Inc. (1990).)

WHEN THE DEVIL….

Twilight in the Wilderness, (1860), Cleveland ...

READ: Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-11 

Do you remember what you experienced when you received Jesus?

It has been forty years for me and I can still remember the relief and love I felt that day.

Have you ever been in a worship service or at a concert/meeting ,where the presence of God was Sooo strong you just wanted to stay there? 

Several years ago my church had  concerts at our coffee house on Friday nights. We had local bands play,  sold espresso drinks and had ministry time at the end of the concert. There were several occasions when the presence of God was so strong I wanted to stay there all night.  

Symbolically/spiritually-  we will see what happens when a person becomes born again.  Also there are seemingly endless amounts of truth in these verses, this is just a few of them! (With Gods word there is always more than meets the eye!)

It all started with

16 And when Jesus was baptized, He went up at once out of the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he [John] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. 17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!

Matthew 3:16-17 (AMP)

When a person asks Jesus to be their Savior and Lord they are raised into a new life in God through Christ.


3 Are you ignorant of the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life.
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

Romans 6:3-5 (AMP)

The Holy Spirit comes and lives inside them (This is referred to as being “Born” of the spirit). God becomes their Father:

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Romans 8:14-15 (AMP)

But look what happens next.

1 THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil.2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry.
3 And the tempter came………….

Matthew 4:1-3 (AMP)

Notice:  When we go without spending time regularly in Gods word it is the same as not eating! We get hungry(depleted) and that is when the “tempter” (devil) comes! He will always question your position(Who you are in Christ) and your authority (Jesus gave you His!)

“THEN” HAPPENS! Monday always follow Sunday, nighttime follows the day.

“Then” is after the music stops and everyone has gone home, the seats are empty and the lights are turned off.  When you are all alone and you start to get hungry

“Then” the tempter (the devil) comes..

 Remember what God has promised (His Word concerning) you  and know you are NEVER alone ( I will not leave you orphans -Jesus). Know who you are in Christ when the devil starts questioning who you are with, “If you are...

30 DAY CHALLENGE

The following are some scripture verses you need to affirm (write down, speak out loud, and say often) so you will be prepared when “the tempter comes”

I AM FREE AND CLEAR!
39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

Acts 13:39 (AMP)

 I AM NOT CONDEMNED !
1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 (AMP)

I AM NEW AND IMPROVED!

17 Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

I AM COOL WITH GOD AND HE IS COOL WITH ME!
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

Romans 3:24 (AMP)

I KNOW GOD IS NOT ANGRY WITH ME!

1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  

Romans 5:1 (AMP)

I AM PERSUADED THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39 (AMP)

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:16-18 (NKJV)

For further study read: ROMANS

STRONGER THAN BEFORE

Birds are the last surviving dinosaurs.

There was a time when I was growing up that a bird had flown into the big window we had in our living room.We put the bird in a box with a towel in it and brought it into the house. Though concerned by the fact that the bird was hurt, I was excited about keeping the bird as a pet. I even gave it a name and decided that it could stay in the box next to my bed. When my mother walked into the room she told us to take the bird outside. She didn’t want it flying all over the house. “Besides”, she said, “This bird was born to be free not to be a pet.” As soon as we got outside, the sun shined in the box. The bird sat up looked around and then flew away into the endless sky above.

The bird flew into my window because it could not tell the difference from the real sky and a reflection. In life we have situations  arise that seem to be okay, but they end up being set backs and at times we get hurt or someone we care about gets hurt. Like the bird we too are born to be free, and with the warmth of God’s love and His endless mercy we will learn to fly again.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.
Psalms 73:26 (AMP)

MUD PIES

Mud Pie

Image by The U.S. National Archives via Flickr

     When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to make mud pies! Mom would tell me to go outside and find something to do. Well, I did! The next thing I know I hear my mom yelling my name as the screen door slams behind her. She grabs me by the  hand and takes me to the water hose, and rinses me off. Then we went inside where I had to take a bath, with her scrubbing me with a little brown rubber scrubber! To moms defense, I had come inside for something, and brought the mud with me,  tracking it in the house. There also was mud on everything I touched!  The only way I could get clean without dirtying everything up was to have her do it for me. At the time I was to young to understand why she was so mad. After all, it was just dirt!

This Psalm reminds me of playing in the mud. Because we are born into sin we need someone to clean us up who does not have sin.

I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings. 3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.

Psalms 40:1-3 (AMP)

We need Jesus to save us.

Let’s take a closer look:

“I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

In the first verse we see that the person is waiting  expectantly for a response from God about something they have prayed about. 

When a person asks Jesus into their life as their Lord, He saves them.

And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [ invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord—Christ] shall be saved.

Acts 2:21 (AMP)

“He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime),”

My life before excepting Jesus as my Lord was a real mess. Now, life still has its moments when it is the “pits” and has  “slippery” situations; it is a mess with hope!

We are separated from God because of the sin in our lives.

Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

Romans 3:23 (AMP)

Sin=Death

For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (AMP)

Jesus=Life

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

Romans 5:8 (AMP)

Jesus never said that we would have it easy, He did say He would be our source of peace and deliverance when bad situations arise.

 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

“and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.”

 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

Romans 10:13 (AMP)

“And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”

Therefore if any person is [in grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

2 Cor 5:17 (AMP)

“Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.”

So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.

2 Cor 5:19-20 (AMP)

It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

2 Cor 5:19

When we except Jesus (are born again), we can go and tell others about Him, and help them get out of the mud! ( Matthew 28: 19-20)

WHEN tribulation,trials,distress and frustration… STUFF HAPPENS

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

Tempesta

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 “When someone speaks the Word of God, they can talk their way out of anything!”   

                      -Pastor Tony Crawford Dayspring Church Acworth, Ga.

I remember the first night I was  alone in my  house, after my husband of nine years walked out on me,  a violent storm raged outside my window.  I could hear the hail pounding down on the roof, while lighting flashed around me and the thunder shook the entire house! Then, to make matters worse the alarm system went off. I was scared stiff! It was as if fear itself stood in my room pinning me down on my bed. At that moment I heard in my heart “Psalm 27.” I reached over to the drawer in my bedside table and pulled out a bible I kept in there. When I found the verse I started to read: ” The LORD is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”… I read the entire chapter out loud. As I read this Psalm the fear that paralyzed me faded into the night.  Even though the storm outside continued,  He calmed the storm in me.

If something or someone has got you scared stiff today, just remember what God has promised you in His word. That no matter what happens today, He (God) will always be there with you.

Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:35,37-39 (AMP)

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for andexpect the Lord.

Psalms 27:14 (AMP)