ONLY JESUS THE LORD, ALL FOR HIM, ONLY HIM…
How great are the goodness and the love of our Lord Jesus!
Who can say he truly knows Him?
I don’t know Him yet… I am searching for Him, pursuing Him…
If the AIM of our lives were ONLY JESUS, what kind of lives would we have???
What is the purpose of Christians when they come to church???
We should all come with one mind and one heart to know Him, to feel Him, to believe Him, to hear Him, to praise Him and to go home TRANSFORMED.
We all have a lot of burdens, problems and trials, BUT, if THE LORD JESUS IS THE CENTER of out lives, all things begin to align according to His plan and His will.
WHO, WHAT or WHICH is THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE???
On what you focus the most is where the CENTER of your life is. That is where you invest time, money, energy, love etc.
If something else or someone else is the center of our lives, sooner or later, we will have failures, losses, pain, because Only Jesus holds the BALANCE in our lives. He’s like a magnet that draws only what is good, pure, holy, pleasant, perfect in our lives.
Only HE is THE TRUE LOVE that covers everything and forgives and sacrifices Himself…
The Lord gave me the revelation not to ask anymore “Lord, fill me with love, or give me patience, or give me peace, or give me wisdom etc.”, but to ask “LORD, FILL ME WITH YOURSELF, DEAR SWEET JESUS, BECAUSE IN YOU ARE HIDDEN ALL THE TREASURES I NEED…”
“I AM COMPLETE IN HIM… ”
“Lord, even today, we want YOU and ONLY YOU to be the CENTER of our lives, to talk with You, to think about You, to walk with You, to do your works, to sing to Your Holy Name…”
“TO NO LONGER BE I WHO LIVES, BUT YOU IN ME…”
“CHRIST IN ME, THE HOPE OF GLORY…”
“TO PUT ON CHRIST, TO BE HIDDEN WITH CHRIST IN GOD…”
“NOT TO US, BUT TO YOUR NAME BE ALL THE GLORY AND THE HONOR…”
It doesn’t matter who we are, how many good deeds we do, at what spiritual level we are, how many souls we have brought to the Lord, how many were transformed, healed through us, how many churches we pastorate, how many diplomas we have, how holy we are and how many gifts we have, how much we fast and pray, how much money we give etc… BUT HOW MUCH THE LORD IS LIFTED HIGH, GLORIFIED AND LOVED IN OUR LIVES…
It’s not that we don’t need all of these things, but THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES, DESIRES, PREOCCUPATIONS, SPIRITUAL MINISTRY MUST BE JESUS, JESUS, JESUS CHRIST THE LORD FIRST. HALLELUIAH!
Only He is worthy of ALL THE GLORY AND THE HONOR FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN!
Let’s examine ourselves VERY SERIOUSLY, WHO took the place of the Lord Jesus????
FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS
Regardless of the battle we are fighting and no matter how great the trials and the waves of life are, let us REMEMBER that WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS through the One who loves us. What makes us doubt are either our sins or our unbelief.
That’s why today, the Spirit of the Lord is exhorting us again to STAND UP in the Name of Jesus and to LOOK TO HIM and not to PROBLEMS, because He said: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”
Those who have read the articles I put a little while earlier (those who haven’t, let them read, because they will be of great help) have seen how REAL the spiritual war is. We cannot afford to live anyhow… We either follow the way earnestly, or if not, we will have only defeats, desperation, dejections, suffering and confusion.
But the Lord opened our eyes as He did with Gehazi, so that we may understand and BELIEVE that there are more WITH us than against us. This brings us security and motivates us to be much more careful and vigilant in every aspect of our lives.
Why? So that the evil one will not find in us ANYTHING that will draw him to us or have any open door to come in and attack us.
We have THE KEY, BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
Let’s RUN FORWARD with perseverance, knowing that the Lord is with us, is fighting for us, His angels are watching over us and we have THE SWORD (THE WORD) to fight with, and this way THE VICTORY IS ASSURED FOR US.
I expect extraordinary (wonderful, beautiful) things to happen on earth and I want to be part of them, even if in the meantime the evil one is roaring and making havoc.
Let’s all live in love, walk in light, fight with the weapons of light, so that the evil one doesn’t run riot so much.
It’s time the children of the Lord stand up to THEIR TRUE DESTINY, to be His Army of victorious people that will frighten the entire hell whenever we stand up to fight. How?
BY WALKING IN LIGHT AND TRUTH, IN HUMILITY, FAITH, AND LOVE and by knowing how to use THE WORD of the Lord,
THE BLOOD of the Lord,
THE NAME of the Lord in our prayers.
The Lord will give us the VICTORY in everything we do and pray.
GOD IS OUR BANNER (Ex. 17:15)
How wonderful and worthy of praise is the Lord, our God!
Oftentimes He works so mysteriously and that’s why we have such a hard time knowing Him and trusting Him.
We want to control, to know everything beforehand and we want our victories to cost us nothing. God promises that He will fight for us, but we need to do our part.
We see Moses’ obedience, his mercy and compassion for the rebellious people. He goes to stand in the gap when the enemies have come. But the sacrifice that was required of him was hard to make. Then Joshua and Hur came to help him.
This encourages us to stand in the gap for our country and for all the Christians who are in spiritual warfare. And we need to be more of us and in unity.
When we have a PRIVATE LIFE OF PRAYER, fight, praise, thanksgiving, this will afterwards reflect in public. If we daily get alone to have an encounter with our Lord and Savior, we will surely have victory in public.
The majority feel defeated and disappointed, because they don’t develop this SECRET RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KING OF GLORY.
Here, in the secret place, you defeat your inner enemies that stop you from having great victories.
Here, in the secret place, you receive clarity, vision, guidance, light, advice, strength, faith, victory.
You will start receiving more DISCERNMENT, so that you can understand the strategies of the evil one and especially the Lord’s strategies.
I want to prompt you to do this:
Don’t give the evil one any satisfaction anymore, don’t give him the joy of seeing you bitter, affected, upset, discontent, disappointed etc. because THIS IS WHAT SATISFIES HIM AND MAKES HIM HAPPY, AND MAKES HIM LAUGHS AT US BEFORE THE LORD that he was able to put us down.
Don’t allow the evil one to have any benefit from you… because by all these things we feed him and he becomes stronger against us.
Let’s lift THE BANNER OF VICTORY, LOOKING ALWAYS TO THE POWER AND LOVE OF OUR SAVIOR.
God wants to destroy all our enemies, to wipe away their remembrance, as He did with Amalek. (v 13-16).
When the evil ones come against us, they actually come against God, as we can read in v16… So let’s us be encouraged, because if we obey the will of God and seek His face, HE will fight with the moods and spirits that keep attacking us.
Let’s run to the Lord and to His Support, let’s ALWAYS seek His Face, because it is the safest refuge.
“Lord, we thank You that today, too, YOU are THE GOD OF DELIVERANCE for us, YOU ARE THE LORD, OUR BANNER OF VICTORY. That’s why we love You, Lord, and we thank You and praise You with songs of deliverance. HALLELUIAH!”
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD
“Then why don’t we have what we ask for or want?”, somebody may say.
Nothing is impossible for the one who BELIEVES and has a close relationship of love with the God who SAYS AND DOES AND WHAT HE SAYS COMES INTO BEING.
So I believe that many of us are at this chapter of developing our love relationship, our friendship and trust in God Almighty, who is also OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
“IF YOU ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, YOU WILL ASK WHAT YOU DESIRE, AND IT SHALL BE DONE FOR YOU.” (John 15:7).
“… COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YOU FALL INTO VARIOUS TRIALS”
This is what the Lord is exhorting us in Jacob 1:2
Why did the apostle say these words???
How can you rejoice when the trials of life of all kind invade you???
This is where you can find the great mystery of those who have an INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS and with His Word, that they can rejoice.
I advise you to read what the Lord urged me to write yesterday.
The trials of life are the rocks, the stairs that take you to a new level of relationship, faith, patience, love etc. with our Lord.
When we KNOW and realize that something good will come out of this, we DON’T worry anymore, but we rejoice. But this JOY comes only through the REVELATION we have from the Word of the Lord, from what He promised us.
“The joy of the Lord is our strength.”
As I have already said before, in trials the Lord wants to put us “to work”. That means that during trials we will have to put into practice what we THEORETICALLY KNOW about God and what we have heard and read in the Bible a hundred times before. It’s time to put into practice the Word we know. That’s when FAITH AND PATIENCE come in.
Many times we can’t go on anymore, because reality tells us exactly the contrary to what we believe. But faith must be BLIND to what we see and feel. Faith sees BEYOND, it sees what God promises, which has life and power. This is the reason why PATIENCE is so necessary to go through with the WORD, until it manifests. Sometimes a day, other times years go by… and it’s hard to believe. But DON’T GIVE IN, DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T LOOK AT WHAT YOU SEE AND FEEL. Always look at the Lord and His Goodness. Trust in His promises; because the earth and the heaven will pass away, but His words will by no means pass away. Do you want to grow spiritually? Now, in your trial you can find the greatest OPPORTUNITY to experience God. It’s true that it will be painful, that you’ll have to come to the altar, with tears and with all your flesh and sins which are HINDRANCES in the way of FAITH that try to block your answer.
YOU are being WORKED OUT, so that you will rise to a new level of faith and joy.
Don’t forget, when trial comes, don’t immediately run to people. RUN TO THE WORD (which is JESUS, THE LORD) and seek and study all the verses and all the promises connected to your problem. How long do you want to complain and worry? All the answers and solutions are with the Lord, but it depends on us if we want to enroll in His SCHOOL, so that He will grow us up.
“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” (Hebrews 10:36).
“The trial of your faith needs patience, so that you will go successfully through it, and after you have succeeded, you are perfect in faith and joy and you do not want anything anymore, because you already received in this process what you asked for (this is my interpretation to v4).” We have a double advantage: we grow spiritually, experiencing the Lord, and we receive what we prayed for.
Choose now: do you want to enroll in this school? Or are you staying in the same condition of pain and worry, running to people and prophets to receive answer and help???
The Lord wants YOU TO GROW AND REJOICE, so that afterwards He can use you for others.
Help us, Lord Jesus!
“IN THE MULTITUDE OF MY ANXIETIES WITHIN ME,
YOUR COMFORTS DELIGHT MY SOUL.” (Ps. 94:19)
I believe that all of us have difficult moments in our lives when we open the door to the evil one through WORRY, fear, complaint etc. And then, dark, hopeless, fearful and painful thoughts torment us, weigh on us and draw us down… The evil one attacks us first and foremost with DARK THOUGHTS. If we accept them, he gains ground and continues to conquer the mind and then the heart.
But praised be our perfect GOD and CREATOR. He has SOLUTIONS for every problem, for every trial: “Your comforts (Your Words, Your Promises) delight my soul…” When we feel that these negative, dark thoughts start to weigh on us, to take away our hope and make us fall in hopelessness, pain and bitterness, let us INSTANTLY RUN, and RUN SPEEDILY to THE ONE who promises He will DELIGHT us, to THE ONE who can HELP us.
RUN TO THE LORD AND TO HIS SUPPORT, ALWAYS SEEK HIS FACE.
How??? First, by listening, reading, meditating, speaking out His Words, which have LIFE in them.
At first, you have to fight hard to get rid of such thoughts, when REALITY confirms you that you are right to think this way.
HOWEVER, this is where the mystery of SPIRITUAL WARFARE lies: TURNING AROUND, breaking yourself loose from the negative reality and looking intently with your eyes and mind into what GOD PROMISES, not into what WE FEEL. Te fight is tough until you start to SEE THE TRUTH of the revealed Word and take God at His Word.
I have experienced this, and not only once, when dark thoughts would knock the spirit out of me, pull me down, suck the life out of me, took away my desire and power to do something, to fight, to resist… BUT when I chose to TURN MY EYES TO HIM AND ASK FOR HIS HELP, I immediately received HIS PEACE and THE JOY that only HE can help me.
We need to be aware that, when we allow dark thoughts to weigh us down, we are on a mined land.
For this reason, let’s not forget the Word of the Lord, which has power to REFRESH us and give us HOPE.
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH!