This is what I woke up to this morning. I despise raccoons!! Anyone who thinks they are cute should live in the woods with them a few days. They have dug holes in my mulch, dug up plants, destroyed plant containers and wash their food in the cat's water every night so it is a bowl of mud each morning! Disgusting!
Between them destroying everything they can find and the deer eating all the buds off my day lilies and the leaves of my hydrangeas and hosta, gardening is not much fun anymore. With all this and the addition of nonstop rain this year which has encouraged weeds it has been quite discouraging!
I can't seem to give up though because I love all the beauty!
Saturday, July 6, 2019
This excellent article by Darren Canning was posted on the Elijah List today. It reminds us our battle is not with flesh and blood. We are always at war but seldom remember who we are fighting when we are in the throes of battle. I highlighted the paragraph that particularly spoke to me today.
"Here is the Key to Overcome Spiritual Warfare"
Darren Canning, Ontario, Canada
I have noticed, what I believe to be, an unfortunate occurrence in the Church: there are many Christians who are weak and need maturing in the Body of Christ. Many of the Believers that I meet have been in the Church for many years and instead of being people who are moving along in their faith, praying for others, they are still looking for others to pray for them.
Now, I am not saying that a sign of weakness is having people pray for you because I have people pray for me everyday, but I believe that we need to be mature in Christ and become more effective in the ministry. We must become mature sons and daughters who work the harvest field for Christ. We must be more outwardly focused than inwardly focused.
I think that many Christians just don't understand spiritual warfare. Many Christians get tied up in human debate. Some even want to fight people with their fists! There is so much of that in the world today. (The political fights that are occurring in the world around us are particularly nauseating.) People speak against each other as if they aren't people at all. There is no respect for one another.
If you have a negative attitude toward others and this is constant, then I would argue that you are not doing well spiritually. Every time you look at someone you know and you think they are the enemy, you are not assessing the battle correctly. Our warfare is spiritual and we must begin to handle it differently. (Photo via Unsplash)
We war in the spirit by doing what God calls us to do. If it is to love someone who is hard to love then that's warfare. If it is to host strangers even when it is uncomfortable then that's warfare. If it is to prophesy but that makes you uncomfortable then again, this is warfare! If it is to worship and sing in the face of your depression and anxiety then this is your warfare. If it is to sit with the humble when you would rather sit with the well-known, that can be warfare too. We must pick up our cross and follow Christ. We must lay down our lives and respond in the opposite spirit than what others are responding in.
Despite All These Things, Victory is Ours
There are times when you will step out in faith but all Hell breaks loose. Perhaps someone might get sick, your car may break down, your dog might get hurt, or your money might disappear. I have seen all of these things happen. But if you will do what is in your heart to do anyway, there will be breakthrough. You will conquer in the name of Jesus.
I think many Christians do not realize that there is a war occurring in the spirit realm. When you spend half your time getting upset about the difficulties you face and the people that are causing them, instead of facing those problems, then you aren't doing well in the war.
I don't know what you are facing but I do know it is real. I have been through many battles. Some I do well in and some I don't do so well. I just keep seeking the Lord. I ask Him to mold me into His image. I want His Spirit to be so strong inside of me that my responses are godly. I am not always godly, but there is grace. His grace will help us to come to a new place in the spirit. Pray that He will help you to overcome this world as Jesus has overcome this world. He will if you ask Him.
After Everything, Stand
Stand up today and declare victory in Jesus. You shall be fine but you have to stand. As Paul said in Ephesians, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Eph. 6:13).
We just have to continue to stand and be faithful with the knowledge we have and God will do the rest. He will make a way for you when you don't know what to do. Are you struggling with human relationships? Are the people around you so difficult that you don't know what to do? God still knows what to do. Pray and ask Him for a way out. He will make a way. That is the way He is. Every time I pray to Him He makes a way.
Are you struggling with your finances? Is it so bad that you worry about tomorrow? Ask Jesus to help you and He will make a way for you. I have gone through everything you can imagine financially but not only has God broken open the path for me, but He has also blessed my life abundantly. We must war in the face of lack and believe that God is going to bless us, even when it doesn't look like it. Ask Him for a strategy and don't give up. Your breakthrough will come. (Photo via Pixabay)
Are you worried about a loved one who seems to be dying or who seems to be far away from Jesus? Then ask the Lord to give you a vision. Ask Him to speak His word deep into your heart. He will speak and your problems will seem a lot smaller. As we seek Him, then we shall find Him, but we must seek Him with our entire hearts.
This World Doesn't Hold God Down
This is really the key to warfare: It is intimacy with the Father. It is asking Him for His perspective on all your circumstances. As you seek Him you will overcome, because there is nothing that He hasn't overcome. This world doesn't hold our God down. There is nothing a person can face that God can't make right. He is the healer, deliverer, provider, nurturer, overcomer, and warrior. He will war on your behalf. You don't have to fight for yourself. You just have to believe and stand.
God is good and His mercy endures forever. Trust Him today and your battles will seem small. Goliath was a giant, but David didn't war with him by his own strength. He overcame Goliath by the word of the Lord and the Lord guided the stone straight into Goliath's head. Your giants may seem invincible, but nothing is stronger than our God.
We live in a time when the world seems stronger and more empathetic than the Church toward people in our world. We are called bigots for our lack of compassion toward people who live differently than ourselves. It seems that the Word of God is under attack like never before, but our God is stronger and He will change things. Things will shift in the seasons ahead. The world is not as strong as our God. At some point they will bend with the wind. Just trust and watch what God will do. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Thursday, July 4, 2019
Notice the dates of these prophetic words that were recently sent through the Elijah List. Amazing, isn't it?
"Keep Your Eyes on the Sky This 4th of July!"Hank Kunneman, Omaha, NE
"Keep Your Eyes on the Sky This 4th of July!"Hank Kunneman, Omaha, NE
Prophecy: March 3, 2019
I see the 4th of July. Something is happening this 4th of July. Heaven is about to come down on this 4th of July. There is a major shift coming this 4th of July! A convergence of Heaven touching this nation.
"The sound has touched the heart as I have spoken of your president," says the Lord. "And it is a sound in his heart to bring an honor to this nation, but to also bring an honor to the God of this nation. Therefore, watch your 4th of July. There shall be a gathering; there shall be a call this 4th of July, 'Come and gather.' Do not think this is a small, insignificant thing for with the call to gather, it is part of My plan to unite this nation." (Photo via Unsplash)
Prophecy: May 26, 2019
Your nation is being set free; therefore, in the summer of light, watch what is declassified. Watch what comes to the light. And when you see your fireworks, this is a sign of spiritual forces being broken, being thrown from their lofty place. It shall, for a season, create chaos, and this will seem like your summer, but do not look at the chaos! Do not look at the heat by way of the natural and heat of violence. Keep your eyes upon the sky! Look to the sign of the light and what breaks forth in your expression this 4th of July.
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