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The “Fitting” Lesson 2

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  (Ephesians 6:12 NASB)

I hope the first lesson of The “Fitting” was helpful to you.  It reminds me each day that we are at war with the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.  If it were not so, our Lord would not have told us this.  We “feel” defeated because we are not prepared for battle.  I know this yet I still sometimes will pop up out of bed–AKA oversleeping– and let some of the morning go by without my “battle” prayer.  The soldiers never went out to war unprepared, we must not either. 

Just as important as it is to know that the belt of truth is the absolute understanding that the word of God is true it is also foundational that we understand that Christ through the Holy Spirit, once we have received salvation though His death and resurrection, LIVES in us.  God’s indwelling Spirit IS IN US and moves supernaturally in and through us to fulfill our God given destiny or plan for our life.  He is in us and we are in Him. This is a security we can hold on to.

Lets dig in to the next piece of equipment.  The BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  (I wish I could figure out how to put a picture of the armor on this post.  A dear sister in Christ gave me a figure of the armor, waiting to be put on, as a visual demonstration of its significance.  It is an amazing visual.  The protection that it provides is apparent and is ready for us to take). We will consistently go through very difficult circumstances in our life.  These circumstances will illicit fear, anger, sadness, dissatisfaction or frustration.  How we CHOOSE to respond to this will be determined by our preparation.  The enemy wants to catch us off guard so that in these circumstances we will react in sinful ways.  Ways that are out of the character of Christ, who lives in us. Instead we have the ability, THROUGH CHRIST, to resist the devil and he will flee from us.  (James 4:7-11 NKJV).   Through this prayer and preparation we can withstand the enemy and instead of reacting we can respond in ways that glorify God.  Does this mean we will never sin? No it doesn’t.  But it does mean that we CAN through our growth in Christ become more like Him.  When we mess up, we know our Father is there to hold us.  His blood has covered our sin.  However, He places a desire within you to walk closely with Him. The closer you walk with Him–or in my case cling to Him–the more you understand Him.  The more you understand Him the more you desire to honor Him, in word and in deed.  This is true because you love Him, and you love Him because He FIRST loved you precious one.

Re-read the passage again in Ephesians.  Tomorrow we will discuss your feet being prepared with the gospel of peace so that you may stand. 

In His Love,

Michelle Hawkins

   

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Fire or Ice?

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish you were either cold or hot.” ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16 NASB)

Running.  The first mile or so is a warm up.  A stretching of the legs of sorts.  After a few miles the body begins to get into a rhythm.  You begin to know how far in miles you have gone without looking at the watch.  For me, I know because I am tired and I am ready for a walk break.  Ready for a big ol’ gulp of ice cold water.  The device I use keeps my water pretty cold for a little while but after several miles, once the sun mixes with the warmth of my hand, it becomes lukewarm.  I remember taking a swig and grimacing.  Because I wanted to have enough fluid to finish out the run I didn’t spit it out.  But the taste of lukewarm water was not satisfying to me.  It just wasn’t what I was looking for. Not effective in quenching my thirst.  Lukewarm Gatorade is even worse.  It gets foamy….yuck.

Just for the sake of this message I decided to look up the definition of lukewarm in the Holman Bible Dictionary.  This is what it said.

Lukewarm: Tepid: neither hot nor cold. 

Not much wordage but a massive amount of meaning.  Jesus used this to describe His church in Laodicea.  The group of believers there were complacent.  Did very little and mostly served themselves and their desires.  They just had lost their fire.  Isnt that what comomly happens to believers? Maybe not all but many, right?  It happened to me and I taught within the church I was attending.  I sang with the praise team, too.  Often we go through the motions of a church-going believer, but our actions seldom match what we say we believe.  Who we want to be.  So who are we? Chosen.  Loved.  Bought with the very precious blood of Christ.  Redeemed and atoned through His sacrificial death over 2000 years ago.  Rescued from what we deserve without Him.  Bought.  With blood.  Why does this not keep us excited once we ask Jesus to live in us?

This is a question we must ask ourselves and pray over.  Ask the one who loves you most what has stolen your joy.  Your fire.  He will reveal it to you.  For me it was a self-seeking desire to fulfill my needs.  That desire became stronger to me than the desire my Jesus wanted for me.  But He will call you to His side.  He will answer the heart’s cry for understanding when you choose to seek him.  He promises us this in the book of James.  “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. (James 4:8 NKJV)

Laodicea wasn’t pleasing to the Master and He said He would spit them out of His mouth.  They were not effective for the Kingdom of God.  Desire to be hot.  Desire to show others your fire.  After all, we know what fire does…it heats things up.  Cleanses and purifies.  Makes ready to be used for something very good and tasty.  Ooooh…like a cup of hot pumpkin flavored coffee!!!