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The bible has a lot to say about things we should do and not do. The way we should be and not be. How we should act and not act. How we should respond and not respond. 

Don’t do & Don’t Be:

Fear not

Be not dismayed

Dread not

Be not afraid

Let not your mind & heart faint

Do not tremble

Be not terrified

Be not a coward

Be not depressed

Be not dismayed

Be not broken in spirit

Be not timid

Panic not

Be not grieved

Be not offended

Sorrow not

 

Then Do & Be:

Be strong

Be courageous

Be firm

Stand Still

Trust Him

Arise

Go

Be of good cheer

Seek God

Inquirer of the Lord

Cry out to God

Pray

Rest

Go forward

Be joyful

Take your position

And much, much more.

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is you can not do any of this! NONE!

The good news is The Holy Spirit was given so you can do all things with His help. He is our helper. 

John 14:26 Amp.

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

We must place our faith in what Jesus did at the cross and that gives the latitude to the Holy Spirit to help us. He will cause us to do, be, and have all that God wants for us to have. Be all that you can be, Only if you place your faith in what Jesus did for you and with the Help of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 8:4

So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit].

Romans 8:5

For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.

Romans 8:6

Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].

Romans 8:13

For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.

Romans 8:26

So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groaning too deep for utterance.

Romans 15:13

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.

Galatians 5:16

But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

2 Timothy 1:14

Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.

I know that this is a lot of scriptures, but there are many more. We must let the Holy Spirit help us. God sent his Son and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit. We are not set up to fail. We are in a position to succeed. But a lot of times we are our worse enemy. We stop ourselves because of our past mistakes or sins. We must trust that what Jesus did was enough and the with the help of the Holy Spirit we can make it. God made provision for us, even when we did not deserve it. So do not look at the past or look to self, but trust that when Jesus said: “IT IS FINISHED”, He meant it. And trust Jesus when He said He would send the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit to be our helper. We can make it in life. We do not have to be defeated. Just Him today. Today is the day of salvation. Today His mercies are new. They are new every morning. We can start today. So trust and obey!

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The devil has strategies & deceits that he uses against you. He has come to steal and kill and destroy. (Ehp. 6:11 [Amp.] & John 10:10)

1 Peter 5:8 Be well balanced (teperate, sober if mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of your, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 

Sometimes we forget that we have a real enemy trying to kill us. He is not just trying to make our life hard, he wants us to die & not just physically. He wants us to be separated from God & the people of God. He seeks to hurt you at your weakest point, hoping you will give up & turn from God. Hoping you will ust quit & that you will encourage others to quit too. We are an influence on others & we can pull others down with us. 

But be encouraged there is HOPE: 

The second part of John 10:10 says I (Jesus) came that we may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows.)

1 John 3:8 (Amp.) The reason the Son of God (Jesus) was manifest (visible, why He came) was to undo (destroy, loosen, & dissolve) the works the devil [has done & is doing].

What are some of the strategies of Satan? In my Husbands message “Satan’s final assignment he names a few: 

1) He attacks Truth

2) He attacks the message of the Cross – the object of our Faith (Jesus) 

3) He attacks our testimony

4) He tries to put FEAR on us

Some people are & have been help captive by the devil – 2 Tim 2:26 …having been held captive by him…

Satan is a seducer (deceiver) Rev. 12:9 Amp. He is a accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10) He is the father of lies (John 8:44) He is a murderer (John 8:44)

Sometimes things do happen of our own making. You can’t always say “the devil made me do it”. We are drawn away by own own lust. But we need to realize we do have an enemy and what do we do about it. 

Eph. 4:27 (Amp.) Leave NO [such] room or foot hold for the devil [give NO opportunity to him]

Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb & by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (be loyally faithful unto death [even if you must die for it], and I will give you the crown of life Rev. 2:10) 

We overcome Satan when we testify personally to what the Word of God says about what the blood of Jesus does & has done.

Our testimony must be our object of faith = which is the work of Jesus at the Cross & what He did there for us.

The blood of Jesus saves us. Satan wants to make you believe that there are many ways, BUT there is one “1” way to be saved & that is through Jesus and His blood & what He did at calvary for us. 

James 4:1-17 (read all) (in Amp. too) & 1 Peter 5:6-10

1) Humble yourselves

2) Submit to God

3) Resist the Devil

4) Draw near to God

5) Cleanse your hands

6) Purify your hands

7) Stand firm

(This all only can be done because of what Jesus did at the Cross for us)

Read Eph 6:10-18

Phil. 1:6 (Amp.) [not in your own strength] for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing & creating in you the power & desire] both to will & to work for His good pleasure & satisfaction & delight.

He gives you the want to & the ability!!!

Fight the good fight of faith, not the good fight of works.

1 Peter 5:6-10

Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the might hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you. Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind),  be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger] seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his  onset – rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined] knowing that the same (indentical sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood ( the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing & favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, WILL HIMSELF complete & ground you securely, & strengthen, and settle you. 

Remember HE has called you, HE will sustain you, HE has provided a way of escape & you must look to Him & Him only. JESUS IS THE WAY!!! HE IS THE ONLY WAY!!! HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY & WIN!!! 

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