Friends, I pray this letter finds you encouraged and strong in the Lord! I feel a burden today to speak a word of comfort and peace to you today.
The word in Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
There is a spirit of violence and fear that has been released into the world, but it does not have control over the true children of God. Many people who profess to be Christians are plagued with fear, anxiety, and discouragement.
You might ask, are they truly Christians, or are they playing Christians? I believe they are truly Christians who have not learned the whole truth concerning standing against the wiles of the devil. Many have not believed that the Word of God is true and that it does apply to every situation in our lives.
The bible tells us “They shall know the truth, and the truth will make them free” When we know the truth, we can stand on the truth and not fall into fear over things that the devil tries to convince us of that only contradict the word of God.
When we fail to know how God truly thinks about us, we fall into the everyday deceptions that the devil tries to throw at us.
Here are just a few things that I have heard Christians say over the last several weeks..
How can I know that God really loves me?
How can I know that God really does heal people today?
I don’t feel like God has forgiven me of this terrible thing I did 20 years ago.
I have been tithing for years, and it has never worked for me.
With all the terrorism going on in the world, how can we really know that God will protect us?
What if its Gods will not to heal me?
What if He wants to get glory out of my suffering?
If God knew I would be saved, why didnt He just zap me into His will?
The list goes ON and ON! All deception and easily dealt with if we would only spend time in the word to know what God really has to say about these issues and many more.
The bible tells us “My people perish for lack of knowledge”, it also tells us that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”.
What are you thinking today about your life circumstances that does not line up with the word of God?
The bible in John 10 tells us that “My sheep hear my voice, and will not listen to the voice of strangers”
Have you grown dull of hearing His voice only to listen to the voice of discouragement or deception?
The bible tells us that “We all like sheep have gone astray”. This letter is a gentle nudge back into reality. God is a loving God, He is a forgiving and healing God, He is in control, and desires to do a good work in you. He will be faithful to perfect all that pertains to you, and believe it or not, He can do the same for your children, finances, health, and every other area of your lives.
Will you give Him control of your thoughts to line them up with His word, and not to the suggestions of the devil?
About 90% of every problem I see people coming to me with for counsel deals with their thoughts. Their thoughts turn to words, and their words manifest in their lives.
What would happen if every time a thought of poverty, sickness, loneliness, fear, anxiety, or failure tried to come into our minds that we spoke out the verse in the bible that contradicts that suggestion rather than let the suggestions that contradict the truth of the word of God towards us produce bad fruit in our lives?
II Corinthians 10 tells us that “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds”.
It goes on to say “Casting down imaginations and every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”
The bible in Isaiah 54:17 tells us that “No weapon formed against us shall prosper”…. Weapons are constantly being formed against us, but it is our responsibility to respond in a Godly manner and reject those weapons. Reject the thoughts of sickness, failure, poverty, and death, and embrace what the word of God says concerning you!
Let me sum this up with one biblical truth. Man does not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!
Since the Lord directed me to send this letter out, there must be a reason why you are reading it today. That reason is so you will know that God is not condemning you for not being in His word more, but He is challenging you to make 2012 a year of fasting, consecration, being in the word on a daily basis, and applying what you read and hear Him speak to you to your life.
It doesnt matter what your spiritual life looked like 10 minutes ago, this is a call to come up higher in the things of the Lord starting today.
Let Him direct you, and may the peace of God that passes all understanding rule in your hearts today.
May the God of all comfort wrap His loving arms around you.
You are His child, He loves you, He will not fail you, and He will NEVER let you go. He is faithful to the very end.
He is coming very soon to gather a bride that is spotless, and without blemish, and you are that bride!
Do not let the devil tell you otherwise. You are a child of God and He will complete the good work He has begun in you.
As you do your part, rest assured that God always does His part. We love and appreciate you all so much, and Gayle and I keep you all in our prayers daily. Hang onto Jesus and never let go! If this letter blesses you and you feel you know someone who would benefit from it, please feel free to forward it to them. Jesus is in control!
Have a blessed day my friends!