I am a divorced woman, and I have been divorced for 18 years. I did not want a divorce; nevertheless, here I am feeling once again like I lost my soulmate. Sadly, every August 13th—as well as at least 5 days leading up to it and 2 or 3 days after it—I suffer from a deep sense of loss that cannot be avoided no matter how hard I try.
Our knowledge of spiritual warfare and the proper mindset/attitude we need to have about our unseen war come from knowing God’s Divine Truths. That is why He provides us with at least 39 Bible verses/passages that either deal specifically with spiritual warfare or the godly attitude we need to have about the ways the devil is fighting us (God’s Children and Christ’s Soldiers) for our living souls—our minds, wills, desires, determinations, consciences, affections, emotions, personalities, five senses, common sense, and so on and so forth. In short, since we ARE living souls who HAVE living souls, we need to know and understand that the devil is after everything that pertains to our living souls (where the devil truly loves to operate; where he definitely loves to make his appeal to our emotions and affections—our fleshly lusts, desires, and appetites).
There is NO MIDDLE GROUND. If we are born again and saved believers in Christ, then we either are on fire for the Lord, or we are lukewarm Christians. In order to not be lukewarm Christians, we have to receive AND cooperate with the better Baptism that John the Baptist speaks about in Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16. We have to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire.
We were not created just to become believers in Christ Jesus, and we were not created just so we can get into Heaven. We also were not created just to preach the Gospel—to evangelize and disciple the whole world. Then too, we never were created just so that we can live comfortable lives—have comfortable jobs, comfortable paychecks (or comfortable bank accounts/savings), comfortable homes, comfortable friends, and/or comfortable churches or ministries. First and foremost, God has created human beings for His Glory. His Glory is the beauty and excellence of His diverse holiness or countless perfections. His Glory also is the revelation and manifestation of His Character or all that He has and all that He is.
To believe that we aren’t supposed to suffer is just us deluding ourselves—setting ourselves up for a Humpty-Dumpty fall. When our morality fails us, or when our idol status is revoked and no one worships us anymore, or when we actually fall from grace and shatter into millions of pieces—too many for our reliable, supportive, and encouraging family members and friends to put us back together—perhaps this is when we will believe and trust in what the Word of God says about suffering, which mainly is that the suffering of trials not only proves our character and integrity but also tests the object and quality of our faith.
Originally posted on Gone Fishin':
Instantly I was in the Spirit, and there before me in heaven stood a throne, and…
In God’s Kingdom, the leadership structure is turned inside out and upside down. That’s why the Lord teaches that leadership is humble servanthood, and the better a believer serves the best interests of others the more frequently Father God will update that person’s leadership status.
When most people think of inoculations, receiving small doses of the diseases they are hoping to produce immunity to, they think of infectious viruses that either have become epidemic or pandemic. Surprisingly, not only is God’s “call” to go viral—to take the Full Gospel of Christ to the entire world—still a command that is in effect today, but also rapidly spreading the Good News in a very short amount of time not only is an incredibly “good thing” to do but also is an extremely easy task to accomplish these days. The problem is that most of this century’s professed believers prefer to be vaccinated with a small dose of the Holy Spirit so they won’t become contagious, and that is because they don’t want to be responsible for spreading the Full Gospel of Christ (the Great Commission) by using all of the fullness of Grace, which includes the Holy Spirit’s power of transformation. Fire Insurance is all most believers desire!
When we have genuine Faith in Father God, we won’t act like human beings are in control of the circumstances, letdowns, struggles, setbacks, washouts, and so on, that come our way. When we have genuine Faith in Father God, we won’t be afraid to show happiness when we are happy, and sadness when we are sad, and etc. Lastly, when we have genuine Faith in Father God, we know how to take things as they come—we know how to be truly “content” (to no longer be disturbed or disquieted by anything that happens to us in this world, because we faithfully trust in the finished work of Christ Jesus). As a result, we will have no need to be plastic Christians on the road to becoming problem children with disruptive, ungodly behaviors.
No one who professes to be a Christian should continue to be ignorant about and/or unresponsive to the Holy Spirit’s teachings and leadings concerning God’s Holy Convocations and His seven major Feasts. Without doubt, God’s Holy Convocations (dress rehearsals) and His seven major Feasts (appointed times) contain valuable information about the Bride of Christ’s dress rehearsals for these future events—the Rapture of the Bride, the Bride and Bridegroom’s consummation of their wedding vows, and the Bride’s place at the Wedding Table during the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.