Love you all, praying for you,
I just love God’s Word. It gives timely reminders. I Peter 5:8 – Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. You have one enemy – the enemy of your soul, all other enemies just work for him. God has good for you, He loves you. Your enemy has anything but God’s good for you, anything but God’s promises for you, he hates you. He hates God not you, and God loves you. Your enemy the devil wants to keep you from Gods good in any way that he can do it. Fear is the first way, then any other sin he can trap you with. Anything that would make you fall short of God’s Word and God’s good for you. Your enemy, the devil prowls about like a roaring lion. He isn’t a lion, he roars, but he’s not a lion, he just tries to roar like a lion. There is only one lion, The Lion of Judah – and when He roars the devil and all his demons tremble. Your enemy is just an imposter. He prowls around, looking for weakness, seeking (anyone) whom he may devour. Does the devil really eat anybody? No. He cannot. This is a spiritual warning about what the devil seeks to do. He tries to find someone to devour – ‘cause to fret.’ To worry, to mentally give in to something other than what God said, what God promised, or what God wills for them… His will for you is to be an overcomer! Strong in faith, and hope, and love. Faith which pleases God, hope which comes from God, and love which is obedience to God, His Word, and His ways. Let everything that has breath praise Him. You’re not fretting if you’re praising. Put your hope in God. It’s a direct command. Everyone that is putting their hope in God is not fretting, they are hoping. A sure hope based on the sure promise of The One True, Sovereign, Living, and Loving God. Trust in the LORD with all your heart. If you’re trusting, you’re not fretting, you are leaning fully on His promises, declaring them, speaking them, establishing them in your mind and heart and soul. Not leaning on your own understanding, or prone to be devoured by lies, deception, misunderstanding, or misdirection. The devil is wandering about like a roaring lion seeking whomever is prone to worry or fear, or sin. The Fear of the LORD is to turn from evil, not participate in it, think about it, or in any way be drawn by it... Anything less than God’s Word, His will, His way, or His best. The devil may prowl, but He will never find you. You are seated in heavenly places with God in Christ. (Ephesians 2:6) Praying that you won’t ever be devoured, tempted, and overtaken by the temptation to fret, or fear or worry. God said! And what God says comes to pass, not what your enemy says, he’s a liar. He has no power over anyone unless they do not know Christ, or if they do, only if they give it to him, by giving in to him. You do not need to give in to fret or fear or sin. God has victory for you over your enemy. Victory and overcoming is your birthright, purchased by the blood of Christ. Do not be prone to fret or sin. Be prone to believe and receive from God the victory over every fear, and every sin. It starts with soaking in His Word. Put on the helmet of salvation, put on the belt of truth, and the breastplate of righteousness which has nothing to do with you, but with Jesus who purchased it for you. He is your breastplate of righteousness, your righteousness is in Him living in you, His righteousness is yours. He has made you righteous, in right standing, with complete power for right doing. Take up the shield of faith (which He gave you – the measure that is enough for anything you will ever face, more than you’ll ever need) which will quench – bring to nothing, every fiery dart and arrow of the evil one. And take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God – your weapon of victory, through the power of the Holy Spirit by which you understand it, and walk in it. Some may be devoured but it won’t be you. You will stand strong in the Spirit, in the Word, in prayer and in faith. Don’t be deceived. Don’t worry with a ‘Dear Lord’, or “Oh Lord” in front of it. Don’t pray in fear, don’t be fretting, and think it’s prayer. Pray the prayer of faith which will heal the sick, deliver the bound, and raise the dead. The power of the God who loves you and saves you, who lives in you, who surrounds you and protects you, is far, far greater than the toothless lion wanna-be who is your enemy. He has power, but only in darkness, and you have been translated, into the kingdom of light, the Son of God’s love. Stand firm then in faith, Stand firm then in hope, and love. The weapons of your warfare are not carnal, (worldly, fleshly, made of paper against a fire…) but they are Mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds. (which is simply a pattern of anything less than what God promised, and what God has for you). Stand firm then! You will not be devoured – be caused to fret or sin, you will overcome like the son and daughter of the living God. Through the power of His Word, and the leading of His Holy Spirit. You were made to win! You were born again, anew, and are being conformed to his image daily. Every time you choose Him, His Word, and His Spirit, over any other thought, you are overcoming which is what you were created to do, purchased for, and destined for. Your enemy can prowl all he wants, you are safe in Christ, in the cleft of the rock, under the shadow of His wing. Put on your armor, and you will be hidden, untouchable. God has decreed it, He has established it, He will cause you to walk in it – you need only to choose it. God loves you, He has victory for you, everything that He promised, every good and complete thing.
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!