Enemy

 

devil angelI have tried hard over the years to avoid making enemies. I’m not a doormat that others can walk upon. I also don’t intentionally harm others. I have opened my mouth and stuck my foot in more times than I can count and hurt myself and others. I’ve always thought it was a mistake to make enemies versus friends. I may have significant disagreements with you, but there doesn’t have to be hatred involved. I do have an enemy and I try hard to avoid any association with him because he seeks my destruction. He employs whomever he can in his schemes and plans. The enemy has no power over me except what I give him. The Lord is the King of my heart and He squashes the enemy like a bug.

John, in writing about what he sees and hears, sees war break out in heaven. The angels throw satan down to earth. He longs to destroy the people of God. He wants to bring destruction to the church. He can bring temptations that are incredibly beautiful and appealing, but full of poison and death. Even though he has some power, I am full of God’s Spirit and the Power in me is much greater than the enemy. After the enemy was thrown from heaven, John heard a a loud voice. Check this out…

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say,

The salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Christ
have now come,
because the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them
before our God day and night,
has been thrown down.
11 They conquered him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
for they did not love their lives
to the point of death. (Revelation 12:10-11CSB)

The enemy makes lots of promises that he can’t keep. His promises are full of lies and deceit. He promises life when he’s full of death. He knows what his end looks like, so he longs to take as many as he can from the Kingdom of God. He will say and do whatever he can to accomplish that.  I must keep seeking the truth in God’s Word so that I can recognize the schemes of the enemy. He will be defeated in the end. I just don’t want to be among those he’s caught.

I want to follow the Lord closely each day and discover deep truth from His Word to insulate me against the enemy and his attempts to take me out. I look forward to eternal life more than this brief vapor of life here on earth.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Integrity

The word " integrity"This is a special word. This word is defined as: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness”. This is a word that means a lot to me whether I’m dealing with my car mechanic, HVAC friend, car salesman, pastor or anyone. The character trait is big to me. This word speaks to who I really am as well as how I operate. This is something that matters to the Lord. King David speaks a word about this. Check this out….

11 I know that you are pleased with me,

    for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me

    and set me in your presence for ever.
13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

    from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen. (Psalm 41:11-13 NIV)

 

I’ve mostly been of the opinion that if you have to speak about your integrity, then it may be absent. I firmly believe that if I claim to have integrity then I will need to be accountable for all that I say and all that I do. I need to be open to being “called out” if I’m out of line.

I’ve used this platform/journal of sorts to share what the Lord is speaking to me in His Word each day. It is my goal to live out my life with very strong integrity. I can tell you that I struggle with sin and temptation just like any other human being. I can also tell you that it is my goal every day to honor God with my thoughts and choices that lead to action. I want my thoughts to be pure and honorable as well as my intentions. If anyone reading this has ever thought that I’ve acted otherwise in any area of my life, please shoot me a private email and let’s meet. I’m certainly not perfect; but God’s Grace forgives me. I may need forgiveness from someone I’ve harmed without knowing or something that “slipped off my radar”.

I want the Lord to hold me and keep me strong as I try to walk out my faith with integrity and honor for Him.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Past

One man between past and future.There are things in my past that I’m very embarrassed and ashamed of. There are things in my past that make me shudder to think I was a participant in such selfish stupidity. The enemy usually reminds me of past even as I try to focus on my future. My past is gone – I can’t change my past or do it over. My past is in the rear view mirror – Thankfully.

I can focus on today. The things I do today shape tomorrow. Today will soon be my past and if I make good choices today, then tomorrow my past starts looking better and better.

Paul reminds us to learn from others behaviors. I believe that if I learn from my own mistakes that I’m pretty smart. I’m really wise if I learn from the mistakes of others. Paul reminds the church at Corinth that the Jewish people have a checkered past with the Lord. It’s important to study and know history so that we can avoid similar mistakes. Check this out…

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:11-13 NIV)

 

In my past I’ve been tripped up many times by temptation. I don’t always make good choices. I absolutely love the promise of God that He will always provide a way out of the temptation. When I resist temptation today, I become stronger tomorrow. I don’t want to be arrogant thinking I’m above falling prey to temptation. I want to walk daily with the Lord and stand strong in Him. He is the source of my strength in the battle against temptation. I can face anything in the future when I lean on Him to help me through.  When I stumble and fall – His Grace lifts me up and dusts me off and sets my feet back on the journey with Him!!

Pressing On!
Dwayne