You Are In The Army Of Love

1 JOHN 4:8 CEB
8 The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is

True believers in Jesus Christ are children of Love and
citizens of the kingdom of Love. The God of Love is our Father,
and He gave us His message of Love to share with all humanity
(2 Corinthians 5:19-20). It is Good News!

As God’s children, He has placed His love in our hearts (Romans

JOHN 13:35 CEB
35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples,
when you love each other.”

Today every follower of Jesus Christ is called to manifest
God’s love, just as Jesus did during His time on earth.

1 JOHN 2:6 NLT
6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as
Jesus did.

Jesus already defeated the devil. But the Church, which is the
Body of Christ, is still in a battle for the hearts and minds
of people.

4 Our weapons that we fight with aren’t human, but instead they
are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They
destroy arguments,
5 and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge
of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to

This does not mean we can win people by arguments. Only when
people see reality in our lives will their arguments be

There is only one way to win the hearts of people — by Love.
If we don’t show them Love, they won’t know Love exists.

We are now earthly representatives of Love, called to join the
battle. We must always remember we are on Love’s side — not
against people — only against what harms people.

12 We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers,
authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of
evil in the heavens.

People are not our enemy, but the devil tries to influence and
work through people. So they may mistreat us. But our response
to them should always be Love. We should always be patient and
return kindness, regardless how people may have mistreated us.

9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when
people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That
is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

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Fight The Good Fight Of Faith

12 Fight the good fight of faith . . . .

Christians are supposed to fight — just not with each other.

Our struggle is about our faith. The devil wants our faith in
God to wither and die. God wants our faith to grow stronger.

The battlefield is your mind. The devil tries to keep his
evidence foremost in your thoughts: negative circumstances and
what your senses tell you. God’s evidence is contained in His
unchanging Word: the Bible.

We must choose to feed the truths of the Bible into our
thinking to keep our faith strong.

The devil still tells mankind his old lie, “Has God said?”
which we could modernize as, “Did God really mean that?”

Yes, God meant what He said and said what He meant.

“Then why doesn’t it seem that way when I look around at my

Because you are supposed to fight the good fight of faith and
actively receive the promised blessings. God will bring His
Word to pass in your life when you actively believe it. God’s
program is set up to reward those who trust Him.

You should resist and even rebuke thoughts of doubt, knowing
they originate with the evil one. You can say, “Doubt, I resist
you. Leave me alone. God is faithful and His Word is true.”

You have authority over what you think. The Bible tells you
what to think about in Philippians 4:8. But you must exercise
your authority through words spoken. Otherwise, authority
doesn’t benefit you.

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen.

Faith involves things not seen, or not discerned by
your physical senses. If you can see it or feel it you don’t
need to have faith for it. Faith is your evidence until it
manifests to your physical senses.

God does not lie. His written Word is your faith evidence until
the blessing is evident even to your physical senses. Resist
the devil by continuing to believe God’s Word.

A good fight is a fight you can win.

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God Cares

7 Casting the whole of your care — all your anxieties, all
your worries, all your concerns, once and for all — on Him;
for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you

7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in
Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave
drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of
his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed
them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

JOHN 11:35 KJV
35 Jesus wept.

Of course, the question arises, “If God cares, why doesn’t He
do something?”

The answer is that God has already done something. Now it is
our turn to act. God has redeemed mankind and set us free from
the dominion of darkness by the sacrifice of Calvary. Now we
must believe God’s Word and act on it.

The truth, which you may find hard to accept, is that God is
already doing all He can to help you. But often, we are
blocking God’s help in our lives by our unbelief and acting
contrary to the instructions of God’s Word.

The solution is to ask God to help us see the truth and act on
it. We should ask God to show us how we can stop hindering Him
from blessing us as He desires.

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Live Long And Strong

7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet
his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.

Old age should not be a time to dread. We can look to God and
receive strength, health, and provision for a full and
enjoyable life.

God’s plan for you is NOT an old age full of sickness, poverty,
and loneliness.

Moses and Caleb are examples for us.

JOSHUA 14:10-11 NKJ
10 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said,
these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to
Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I
am this day, eighty-five years old.
11 “As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses
sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength
for war, both for going out and for coming in.

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having
become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone
who hangs on a tree”),
14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in
Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith.

Galatians 3 tells us we are to receive the blessing of Abraham
— through faith — because of what Jesus has done. Now, read
the following verses about Abraham.

2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

8 And Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an
old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his

Because Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, we also should
believe God for a long, enjoyable, and productive life. And we
should resist the devil who would try to steal it away from us.

We have the promise of God that He will satisfy us with life.
(If you are not satisfied with your life, make some changes.
God intends for you to be satisfied.)

16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My

5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth
is renewed like the eagle’s.

God made our bodies to repair and renew themselves. As we walk
and talk in faith, looking to the promises of God, the life of
God will renew our bodies. (We should also allow God to guide
us in the things we take into our bodies — only putting good
things into our mouths.)

14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh
and flourishing,

4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will
sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will
sustain you and I will rescue you.

God is faithful. He will always be our wonderful Father, our
great Provider, Helper, and Healer — no matter how old we are,
or what we face.

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You Are A Spirit

24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in
spirit and truth.”

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to
Our likeness….”
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He
created him; male and female He created them.

Because we are created in the image of God, it follows that,
since He is spirit — we are also spirit.

To say it clearly, you are a spirit-being, you have a soul
(mind and emotions), and you live in a body.

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely;
and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved
blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

According to Scripture, humans have 3 parts: spirit, soul, and
body. (Note that spirit and soul are not the same.)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that
good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Note that YOU are to do something with your body. So, your body
is not the real you, but something that you possess. Also, YOU
are to renew your mind (verse 2). You are not told to do
anything about your spirit in this passage because your spirit
is the part that is born again with new life from God when you
receive Jesus.

JOHN 3:6-7 NKJ
6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 “Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born again.’

From this Scripture we see that when you are born again, the
part that is born again is your spirit — not your mind, and
not your body.

So, the real you is your spirit — which is born again, right
with God, and filled with His life. You are to control your
body, and to control what is fed into your mind, so that it can
be renewed by the Word of God to know the truth. Then your life
will be changed, and conformed to the will of God.

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God Feeds The Birds

26 Look at the birds! They don’t worry about what to eat — they
don’t need to sow or reap or store up food — for your heavenly
Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than
they are.

Have you ever watched birds eating on a snowy day? It takes
some effort on their part. They don’t just sit around waiting
for someone to put food in their mouth.

Is God feeding them? Directly or indirectly?

Jesus stated clearly that God is the one who provides food for
the birds. This implies that God provides for every creature.

Yet, if a bird sits still, instead of gathering the food God
has provided for them, they will starve.

Birds must have faith that food is available somewhere, so they
keep searching. They don’t sit in the spot where they found
food yesterday and wait for more food to show up there today.
They keep looking, obviously confident that food is available

Yes, the birds can be a good lesson for us. Although they have
nothing stored up for their future, they don’t worry. Neither
should we. They gather daily what God provides for them. So
should we. (This is not to say it is wrong to save or invest
for your future, but only that you should trust God either

I don’t know whether the birds are thankful to God, or not. But
we should be thankful. And we should recognize that God is the
Source of all the good that we enjoy in life.

So work, but don’t worry. (And if you can’t do normal work —
still don’t worry, because God cares more for you than He does
the birds, and He will provide for you somehow.)

And when you have a need, keep searching for the provision
while keeping your focus on God, because you know that God
always provides for you.

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Hold Fast Your Confession

HEBREWS 3:1; 4:14 NKJ
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed
through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without
wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Your confession is what you say. You should persistently
continue speaking in faith, agreeing with what God has said,
regardless of circumstances. If it never seemed like it was not
working, there would be no need to hold fast, or hang on, to a
confession of faith.

Some people are surprised when they act on God’s Word and it
does not immediately come to pass. But there is abundant
evidence in Scripture showing that is normal. God never
promised that everything would happen instantly. The time
period involved gives us opportunity to walk in faith and
please God.

Remember that authority is released through words. When we
speak in DIS-agreement with what God says, we are giving
authority in that area of our lives to our enemy. This is why
Scripture tells us to struggle (if necessary) to keep speaking
in agreement with God’s Word.

Why does the Bible tell us to “hold fast” — or you might say
“hang on tight” or “hang on for dear life.” Obviously,
something or someone is trying hard to get us to turn loose.
Who or what do you think that is?

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God’s Word Will Build You Up

ACTS 20:32 NLT
32 “And now I entrust you to God and the word of his grace–his
message that is able to build you up and give you an
inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.

Many shy away from the Bible because they think it’s just a
bunch of rules to keep them from enjoying life.

Although many have misused the Bible — to tear people down,
its true purpose is to build people up.

Tradition makes us think a good sermon should “skin ’em alive”
and make the listeners feel guilty.

But God is on your side and He loves you. So He gave you His
Word for your benefit, to build you up and give you things —
not to take anything good away from you.

Certainly God’s Word can, and will, correct you. But primarily,
if you understand it correctly, the Word will build you up —
not beat you down and make you feel guilty.

Yes, there are passages in the Bible that will not encourage
you. They are needful at certain times for certain people who
need to be corrected and called to repentance. But for those
who love God and are His children, there are words of
encouragement to build you up.

Feed on the Word of God’s grace — His favor, His love, His
goodness. It will build you up.

If what you are feeding on is not encouraging your faith, check
to see if it really lines up with the Word.

Don’t spend all your time meditating on a passage from the
Bible that’s not written to you. All the Bible is profitable,
and we can learn from it. But you should concentrate on what
God is saying to you, as His child: a member of the Body of

The message God has for His family, the church, is primarily
found in the letters (epistles) in the New Testament. These are
written directly to us, the church.

God is never interested in just cutting you down, or hurting you.
His intention is to build you up, to encourage you, to make you

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16 “Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and
you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,

If there was no danger of believers being deceived, the Bible
would not warn us about deception.

8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many
will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has
drawn near.’ Therefore do not go after them.

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man
sows, that he will also reap.

The devil is a deceiver. That is his only real weapon against a
believer in Jesus Christ: to deceive them, so they will not
accurately act on God’s Word.

14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an
angel of light.

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called
the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast
to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The thing to remember about deception is that the person being
deceived does not know it. No one who is being deceived
realizes it. Otherwise, by definition, they would not be

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving

This verse is very sobering. When we don’t act on God’s Word,
we open ourselves up to deception.

We should never be so proud as to think we could not be
deceived. Yet, as we walk closely with the Lord, depending on
Him, we need not fear. But we should live soberly, realizing we
need to love Truth and diligently press in for understanding of
God’s Word.

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Should Christians Use Their Imagination?

18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at
the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen
are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Many Christians are afraid of using their imagination, equating
it with evil. But God surely had a reason to make mankind with
an imagination. Once, as I was thinking about this, the
question came to me, “Why did God create man with an
imagination?” I do believe He is the Creator, don’t you? And
God did make man with an imagination.

When I asked God if there was any scriptural support for using
our imagination, it occurred to me to look in Hebrews 11. As I
began reading the chapter I was shocked at what I found, even
though I had read it many times before!

Right in verse 1, faith is defined as “. . .evidence of things
not seen.” I thought, “If it is something you can’t see, then
it has to deal with the realm of the imagination.” People would
say we were believing something that is just imaginary if it
couldn’t be seen. In fact the dictionary says imagine means: to
form a mental image of (something not present). What could more
closely describe the Bible definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1!

By this time I was excited, but the chapter was just beginning.
Time and again, I saw that people in this chapter had used
their imagination; that they had “seen” what was not visible to
others. I began to realize that faith is linked with
imagination like wet is linked with water. The two are

Then I began to understand why the devil had stirred up such a
fuss over this subject. No doubt one main reason the devil
inspired eastern religions to utilize the imagination was to
muddy the waters and make Christians afraid it might be wrong.

As I read of Abraham I thought of Genesis 15:5 where God told
him to “count the stars. . . So shall your descendants be.” If
God wasn’t telling Abraham to use his imagination, I don’t know
what He was telling Him to do!

So be Biblical without fear. Take what God has said in His
Word, and imagine it that way in your life!

5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into
captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

We must cast down imaginations that do not agree with God’s
Word, and keep and nurture the ones that do.

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