The Trap!

This commercial is one of my favorites. (I know what it looks like, but don’t judge me too quickly.)
It’s like life. We’re walking along, everything is great, everything seems to be going our way. Then suddenly out of nowhere, SNAP! Life takes an ugly turn, and it seems like everything is just spiraling out of control. 

It looks hopeless.
Fear comes in. Our hope is gone, and then the enemy whispers in your mind, “Where is your God? Why isn’t He here to help you?” Then the enemy tries to seal your feelings of hopelessness with condemnation saying, “You must have done something, that He would abandon you like this. He must be very angry at you.”

You frantically search your memories, trying to figure out where you went wrong,… where you sinned, and maybe some things come to mind.

Now you feel trapped, hopeless, maybe angry, and now you feel condemned, thinking you can’t cry out to God because He’s angry at you. 

You lay there, and just take your punishment.
Then,… another thought comes to your mind, “There is no no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

A glimpse of hope comes to your mind and heart.

Then another thought comes, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Hope starts to explode in your heart, and you start to stand against the condemnation, and the hopelessness. You repent of your sins, thank Jesus for His Sacrifice for your sins and to being restoration to your RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. 

You remember who you are in Him,… and faith rises up inside you, the fight is on!

“THE LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
The Holy Spirit shines a light on the life you were living, and the things you were focusing on, the things that looked so good, are now revealed to you. That wonderful looking thing (the cheese), was baited to a hidden trap, laid there by the enemy. Maybe it was offense. Maybe it was distractions from God. Maybe it was a temptation of some sort. Either way, that bait was to ruin your relationship with God.
The enemy can’t steal your hope now, and there’s no way he can discourage you! You have just become a fearful enemy to him, because you know the TRUTH!

You take your stand, and push back, remembering the Words The Holy Spirit reminded you of! You push, and push, and PUSH BACK with The Truth, The LOVE of GOD that has just burst into His Holy Fire, burning inside you! 

As you push, the enemy gets weaker and looses ground, his defeat is clear, again. It’s like reliving the day he thought he killed Jesus The Christ,… until he got an I welcomed guest!! That day he was disarmed, made an open display (exposed in front of all hell, to show) and Jesus won our freedom (see Colossians 2:8-17) by His sacrifice on the Cross!! That’s why, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper”, (Isaiah 54:17) because all of hell was disarmed by Jesus!!

So don’t let the enemy trick you into thinking you are defeated. You aren’t through Jesus, he is!
Push back! KNOW what great things The Lord has done for you out of His selfless LOVE FOR YOU! 
Suggested reading: “The Bait Of Satan” by John Brevere,

“The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E Taylor,

“Bought With Blood” by Derek Prince.

Let LOVE pierce our hearts!

2 Timothy 3:1-5 AMP”1. But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].

2 For people will be lovers of selfish and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.

3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, trouble makers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.

4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.

5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them]. ”
I have two things to say about this passage.

First off, what does it mean in verse 5, “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they they deny the power of it”? 

First off, verses 1-5 is talking about Christians. (Reread verse 4 & 5 if you doubt).

So the Christians will be the harsh, proud, without natural [human] affection, self-centered, lovers of money and (etc) aroused by vain amusements MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD.
So how do we deny the Power of God? When we refuse the conviction of The Holy Spirit and REPENT.
John 16:7-11 AMP

“7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].

8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgement:

9 About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];

10 About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;

11 About judgement, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.”
The basic way to describe “sin” is to withhold our self from God our Creator.

In other words, we put our will above God’s Will. 

We deny Father God the Reverence and Submission due to Him, and rebel against Him instead.

When we fear man (people) and what they think about us, more than fearing (by reverence) what God thinks about us or what He has told us to do.

When we demand our “rights”, above God’s Commands. 

When we focus our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds on anything other than God, rather than worshiping Him, loving on Him, talking WITH Him, and asking Him what is in His heart.

When we put OURSELF above God. (AKA selfish, self-centered).
John Brevere said it perfectly in his book, “The Bait Of Satan” by saying, “The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to cause us to focus on ourselves.” Page 1.
The word, “reprove” (in the KJV, “convict” in AMP) is #1651 Greek in the Strong’s Expanded Bible dictionary means “to confute, admonish:- reprove, rebuke, convince, tell (one’s) fault, convict.

This word means to rebuke another with the truth so that the person confesses, or at least is convicted of his sin. Although convicted, he may not be convinced.”
So people will deny The Power of The Holy Spirit by denying the truth of their heart’s conduction, of their sin. 
The two greatest Commandments are found in Matthew 22:35-40. It states to “37 …LOVE The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).

38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.

39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.”
LOVE. Without LOVING God with all you are, and loving all people, we are in sin. 

Period.
Re-read 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Do those Christians sound loving? No.

The Holy Spirit will convict us of our unloving hearts, minds, words and actions, if we let Him pierce our hearts with His Words.
We must NOT allow OURSELF (selfish, self centered) ways, (thoughts, words, ambitions, pride, etc) distort our view of God Almighty, The God of Love (see 1 John 4:7-13).

We must humble our hearts before Him. Submit all of who we are (mind, body, heart, body) to Him, and be quick to repent.

Only through His Love, (His Love flowing out of our hearts, minds, mouth and actions) can we truly live as one with Him.

(See John chapters 14-15).
Please read 1 John 4:7-13)
Book suggestions: “The Bait Of Satan” by John Brevere.

“The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E Taylor.

The vital relationship.

“Like the full moon that draws clearer and nearer to our vision as we continue to steadfastly gaze at it, so Jesus appears more real to our souls as we continue to contemplate Him. We need a closer, personal, vital relationship, acquaintance, and communion with God. Only the man who lives in fellowship with divine reality can be used to call the people to God.”Excerpt from the book “Azusa Street”, by Frank Bartleman.
*An excellent book on removing offenses, hurts and wounds that hinder a vital relationship with God is called, “The Bait Of Satan” by John Brevere.

*An excellent book on how to have a vital relationship with God is, “The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E Taylor
And the last two books I get extra copies of to give to people truly desiring a deeper relationship with Him. Feel free to contact me for a copy. It’s too important to not help others seeking more of God. 🙂

  

It’s all about RELATIONSHIP.

This is an EXCELLENT video on falling in love with Jesus, whole heartedly. About worshiping Him, and about vital RELATIONSHIP with Him. 🙂

Psalms 27

A few books on how to have a relationship with Father God are:

“Desperately Deep” by Lana Vawser, “The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E Taylor, and “Drawing Near” by John Brevere. 🙂

Enjoy.