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THE WARFARE IS ACCOMPLISHED AT CALVARY

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. [IS 40:1-2]

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, IT IS FINISHED: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. 
[St John 19:30] 

As long as you and I live in the body we will face challenges and struggles. It is a story as old as time. But on the Cross of Calvary, Jesus Christ won the victory for all who will place their faith in Him. During hard and difficult times I do not have to lose my peace and joy because Christ is my peace and joy as well as everything I need. The world around me may be shaking and falling apart at the seams but as a Christian, my confidence is in what Jesus has provided for me.

With faith and patience we inherit the promises[Hebrews 6:12]. Jesus has already defeated the powers of satan on the Cross[Colossians2:15]. Because of Calvary, we can have a clean heart and walk in the purity and righteousness of the Word of God. The battle is no longer our battle but the Lord’s battle.

Here are several things to consider when you are in a battle and waiting for the victory to manifest itself in your life.
1- Satan can cause a battle to happen, but he cannot determine the final outcome.
2- Your reaction to the trouble will determine if God, or the enemy, is allowed to work in the situation.
3- A setback is only temporary and not final. A small defeat is no sign that the enemy has won.
4- God has already set a day, hour, and moment for you to come out of your fiery furnace. You must keep your faith in what Jesus did for you at the Cross until you see the victory take place.
5- God calls this fight ” the good fight of faith”[2 Timothy 4:7] A good fight is a fight that is already won. God says to us through Calvary ” The warfare is already accomplished!!”

God is never surprised when conflict comes to us. He already knew all about it before satan even began his strategy. The Lord wants us to keep our faith in Him at all times. The victory is already WON!!!

God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”[Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV].

Every battle is already predetermined that YOU come forth the victor, because Jesus is the victor…
When the battle comes, some give up, give in and lose heart. Only then can satan take advantage of us. 
Faith in what Jesus did at Calvary will ensure a completed victory.
The warfare is accomplished at Calvary!

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You are Blessed, Happy, Fortunate, Prosperous, & to be Envied as you walk in the counsel of God, not in the counsel of the ungodly. Don’t follow their advise. Don’t heed their counsel. Don’t follow their plans & purposes. Don’t even for one minute submit to them. Don’t become submissive and in active, meaning don’t submit to their ways and become inactive in the ways of the Lord.

Don’t stand, Don’t stop in your path, to be in theirs. Don’t sit down, relax, or rest with them in their ways. This doesn’t mean we can’t talk to sinners. There are sinners all around us. Everyday we come in contact with sinners. But, we are in the world, not of the world.

But our delight, our desires, our plans & purposes, and our ways are in the Law of the Lord. His counsel, His precepts, His instructions, His teachings! We habitually meditate, ponder, & study them day and night. This is how we stay away from deception. This is how we truly prosper & come to maturity. This is how we live, & move, and have our being!!!!

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The other day I went to the dentist and I had some small symptoms that I have learned to live with. The person cleaning my teeth said to me, “That is not Normal, you should get it checked out.” 

This really made me think about how many things we let into our lives that we have learned to live with. Or we do not recognize them because we are so used to them being there.  Satan is good at lulling and causing us to except and disregard things that are in our lives that are “Not Normal” for us as children of God. He does not want us to do anything about them, because he knows if we do we will do might things for God.  There is  a lot of little things that we just because we think it is normal and also because the enemy has lulled us to sleep. He does not want us to recognize what he is doing. Solomon 2:15 says that it is the little foxes that spoil…  It is time we do not look at what the world think is normal. The normal now is not even the same as normal was 100 yrs. ago. But normal with God does not change.  It is time we awake: ROm. 13:11; 1 Cor. 15:34; Eph. 5:14. We must be on guard = 2 Peter 3:17 (Amp.) Let me warn you therefore, beloved, that knowing these things beforehand, you should be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked [persons and] fall from your own [present] firm condition [your own steadfastness of mind].

We might feel alone, BUT, Heb. 11 & 12, we are not alone! Heb. 13:5(Amp.) I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (

relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] 

Live worldly = Not normal = Col. 2:20

Being Tossed = Not Normal = Eph. 4:14

Poor = Not Normal = 2 Cor. 8:9

Sick = Not Normal = Is. 53:5 , 1 Peter 2:24

Lost = Not Normal = 2 Peter 3:9

Living in strife = Not Normal = Phil. 2:3; Rom. 13:13

There is many more, add to the list of things that we allow in our lives because we just think, “OH that is Normal”.  Don’t stop fighting the Normal things. Normal things of the world, is not normal for  the people of God. Live today as though God is God! Satan will try to convince you that God’s word is not true. He will steer you away for what God calls Normal. He will keep you focused on things God says to forget. 

2 Corinthians 13:5  (Amp)Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [Not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you–unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?

Are you truly walking in the things of Christ or are you a counterfeit? Examine yourself, see if you are excepting things in your life that you have become familiar with and think now, “That is Normal”. Praise God for His word and His way of being Normal. Reject the Normal of the world!!!!!!

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“FOLLOW ME”

Many times we are asked to follow regardless of what others around us do.

John 21:21 (Amplified Bible) 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what about this man?

John 21:22 Jesus said to him, If I want him to stay (survive, live) until I come, what is that to you? [What concern is it of yours?] You follow Me! Follow me, no matter what plans I have for others.

Though no one else follows me, you follow me. The others are of no concern to you. We can not look at what others are doing or not doing. This world is a world of followers. Our main goal is to follow Christ, no matter what others do!

John 6:64-68 (King James Version)  64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.  65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.  66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.  67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? We are not of those who turn back. Though none go with me, I will follow. That is what attitude we need. In these last days many shall depart from the faith and we need to stand strong. Will you go away too?

Matthew 10:38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [ cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me.

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [ cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

Mark 8:34 And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [ joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].

Joshua 24:15 (King James Version)  15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Say today: As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!! Do not look at others! Be steadfast, focused, and take up your Cross and Follow Him, no matter the outcome!

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