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…..nor give place to the devil…..(A message to the church) Eph 4:27

MEN IN A lot of people think when it comes to faith, that I have faith by sticking my head in the sand. Not so. 

Many years ago, a small passage in Ephesians seems to jump off the page at me. “Nor Give place to the devil,” (Ephesians 4:27 NKJV). 

Like the men in black (if you’ve seen the movie) there is always “something” trying to destroy us at any given time. Always. 

James and the other Apostles would not have said “Resist the Devil” if there was no devil. He is the master of fear tactics, lying, coming against God and making false accusations about our Father in Heaven. He is “the father of lies.” In John 8:44 Jesus spells this out for us quite clearly.

He lied to the disciples, and made them fear for their lives when Jesus was crucified. That’s why Peter denied Jesus (three times) “Fear.” 

Fear is why people don’t want to pray in Faith (They might look stupid) and fear is why so many do not stand against the status-quo. As a woman pointed out at a meeting last night I went to “Sheep are dumb, they follow each other into the danger.” (Paraphrase) 

I pondered this passage many times in my life: “Neither give place to the devil,” and it occurred to me that even though the danger may be real, and even though there may be testimonies of all the bad things that could happen to me, I have to choose and decide once and for all whether I will believe God’s word, or whether to believe the lies of satan that are arrayed against me. 

“Fear” really is a liar. Yes, there are times we must be cautious. No, we should not go where angels fear to tread, or just run out and try to defy gravity without being armed with the Word of God and his presence. At the same time, we have to realize that literally thousands of lies are probably coming at us, every single day. 

There are testimonies of those who have not stood on God’s word, and had a bad outcome. Think back with me to the bible, and how all those people did not go on to the promised land, along with Moses. Why? Because they feared they were doing it all in vain. They had to get past their unbelief, but they refused to do it. Moses could lead them to the waters of God (so to speak) but he could not make them drink it. 

That was a decision they had to make for themselves. 

I choose to find out (from God) what is his voice and what is the devils. Because my friends, there is a devil. And Jesus is not going to do ALL the work for us, nor is he going to make all the decisions for us, that only we can make. 

It was his voice speaking way back in the Old Testemant: “CHOOSE” (Life or Death). to this day we choose what voice we will listen to. Please don’t decieve yourself. God wants to speak to you today. (John 10:4). First we pray for ears to listen and ears to hear. We pray to have a sheep nature, and accept him as our Shepherd, and the bishop of our souls. 

I am encouraging you today: There is a devil. Don’t give place to his lies in your mind and heart. If you don’t know what is God or what is the devil, ASK GOD For his input! Pursue him like Jewels! Listen for him like he’s a treasure! This is what I have have done, and will continue to do. -Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow 

 

 

 

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Harmless as Doves…… what does it mean?

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It Means ……..None of that eye for an eye stuff! None of this, get them before they get you! No tit for tat. No retaliating. There is a passage that says: 

Matthew 10:16
 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Words of Jesus. I have left a trail of blessing my enemies and people who hurt me. I had one he tried to take everything, I gave him the rest! 
Now Here is the balance of things: 
 
WE have to walk that balance of resisting the devil and learning to bless our enemies at the same time. This isn’t either or. Not pacifist or warrior for the sake of self. 
 
JESUS Is so smart! you know? Wise as a Serpent. Not being duped. Not believing every con artist that comes along. Checking things out and Watching over the family, the goods and the blessings God has bestowed on you. (Being a good steward!).
Many think this stuff is either or….either you bless OR you resist the devil and he flees. Nope! You pray about each case, and you ask the Lord what to do. I am assuming you believe in being filled with the Spirit daily? Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said “MY SPIRIT” will teach you (to his disciples) No he wasn’t joking around.
He did not say, “Here is my new 220 commandments,” Now, write it all down and post it on the church wall. How do we teach people to walk by the Spirit? 
We really don’t. We can’t! We can only exhort, encourage and TESTIFY! 
We can try to teach and by the way giving knowledge is teaching (breaking things down so we understand it) but we add to our faith Knowledge, Self Control, we do the next thing God asks …………So I’m testifying……
 
God has never led me to retaliate or “Pay someone back” …..He always leads me to bless whether it’s praying for them, giving more somehow or maybe leaving them alone because that’s what they wanted from me.
Gentleness is not for wimps! It takes guts! Courage! Help from GOD to do it! I have great respect for the Holy Spirit. He does what God tells him to do. God said Let there be light, His Spirit went and THERE IT WAS! LIGHT! 
that’s enough for now. Love peace and blessings! Father give us the GUTS to do things your way! Give us the FAITH (even though you already have) Help us find within ourselves the courage to make decisions that glorify you Father! IN Jesus’ name! amen.
Laura Grace, minister of the Lord Jesus Christ. Peace!
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Holy Spirit Notifications, (Words of Wisdom, Words of Knowledge) for you!

holy-spirit-dove-1Now. Father I ask you in the name of Jesus to direct my path, order my steps, secure me in the knowledge that I am saying exactly what you want me to say right now in Jesus’ name. Whoever needs this message let them hear it. Open their ears and heart to heart it. Amen 

The concept of words of knowledge and wisdom is found in 1 Corn 12:8 By God’s Spirit (the Holy Spirit) He gives inside information. Words of knowledge and Wisdom.  

This same concept (Promise) Is given in Proverbs as well.which says, apply your heart to knowledge and, incline your ear (to God’s knowledge.) His knowledge is different from our knowledge, about a situation. He knows more than we do! (imagine that!). 

This is not a mystical thing! My husband one time, got this impression he should change or check his Transmission fluid one time. Just this Feeling that would not go away. He finally thought “that must be God,” and to his amazement when he checked, his Transmission fluid was so low he might not have made it home that day. 

God’s faithfulness! Who can match it? He had this other time he didn’t listen, (to that nudge) had a very bad day! I’ve had it happen too, by the way. So see, when I talk about Trusting God, I’m not saying Trusting for YOUR way of doing things to happen. Often, our way is whatever makes us “Feel” the most safe, comfortable or secure. 

If you have never heard the Holy Ghost will guide you, how will you ever receive that information? If you have never heard testimonies, how can you believe It actually WILL happen to a normal, every day person like you? 

Often, People get religious and think these words of knowledge (and words of wisdom) Discussed in 1 Corn, is some lofty thing that only ministers can hear, or know about. It says in the book of Acts, God will GIVE the Holy Spirit to all who ask.

One of the reasons for this is, there are ministers out there who preach for gain, and make themselves diviners, who say exclusively “THEY” have the answer for your life. Don’t let those who do this, dissuade you from the fact, that God is TRUE! 

Later on, God may want to touch you how not to grieve the Spirit, or whatever he wants to teach you (He is your teacher, you know?) All I am here for is to testify, to encourage, to share what God has shared with me (to strengthen you!)

I am not some magic genie, who can rub a lamp and make all your dreams come true! However I can say this; God DOES give inside information to those who will believe for it, to help you out in this walk called “LIFE.”So, the Holy Ghost does (and can, and will) warn you, if you believe he will, and listen! The biggest secret to receiving is, are you willing? Willing to be guided by the great Shepherd, willing to receive his Wisdom when others think you are half nuts!

Willing to cast aside what you think you know to receive the knowledge that is far superior, to any other knowledge or words of supposed wisdom! I was recently listening to some Kenneth Hagin sermons, it blessed me again! Just to be reminded by this gentle, Spirit Soaked, Filled-with-God’s-word man of God that yes indeed, if you set your mind and heart on listening to him, things will work out! He will provide for you all that you need (that pertains) to life, and godliness. Amen 

Hope this blessed you, 

Laura Grace (Peace!) 

 

 

 

 

 

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