Fear Is A Form Of Worship

MATTHEW 4:10 NLT 10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.'”
The devil craves worship. He wants us to think he is great and very capable of causing havoc in our lives.
We should not be intimidated by our enemy. Fear is an acknowledgment of his ability.
God has told us in His Word, over and over, not to fear.
In the New Testament, the main word used for worship can be summarized as submission, or an attitude of submission because of profound reverence.
So being controlled by fear is submitting to the devil out of respect for his power and ability, and it is worship.
We should not do it!
Do not fear because God loves us and has redeemed us out of the kingdom of darkness, over which He has given us authority through the Name of Jesus.

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Imitate God

Did you know that the Bible tells you to imitate God?
It surely does!
EPHESIANS 5:1-2 NIV 1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, 2 just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
No doubt you have seen a child imitating their parent. Sometimes the parent is glad — sometimes embarrassed.
Just as earthly children imitate their parents, children of God are supposed to imitate their Heavenly Father.
In what way are we to imitate God? Should we try to create planets? (You’re probably not quite ready for that! But who knows about the future.)
We are to imitate God by walking in love instead of selfishness. By being givers instead of takers.

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Rejoice In Trouble

Life can be hard.
Maybe you have been forsaken by your spouse. Or are struggling with the death of a loved one. Or facing the constant pain of disease. Or the loss of a job or business. Or, maybe just the daily grind of life.
What can you do? You always have choices. You choose how you respond. With God’s help, you don’t have to let the problems of life defeat you.
A prophet named Habakkuk had the attitude we all need:
HABAKKUK 3:17-18 NIV 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Even if everything seems to go wrong, you can rejoice in the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever!
There is no darkness so dark that Jesus cannot overcome. There is no situation that is hopeless. There is no problem too big for God to fix.
When you face trouble in life, will you whine and complain, or will you rejoice in God?
Maybe I should ask, “Would you prefer to get better or to get worse?”
As you rejoice in the Lord, you will find strength to go on and face life. God will give you strength to overcome.
We all face struggles in life. Focusing on God — who has the solution to every problem — is a way out of the jaws of defeat into glorious victory.
Whatever your struggle is, look to God. Rejoice in Him!
Don’t let the devil steal your joy. Rejoice in the Lord!
PHILIPPIANS 4:4 NIV 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

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Hang On To Your Faith

The devil’s whole strategy is to get you to turn loose of your faith in God and His Word.
MARK 4:15 NIV 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
How can the devil steal the Word from someone? Only when it seems untrue. People don’t turn loose of what they believe is true.
So, to steal the Word, the devil must convince people it’s not true. The devil does this by getting us to focus on what our senses tell us, instead of on God’s Word, the seed which changes our circumstances when we retain it.
As with any seed, the full manifestation of its life is not apparent immediately, but manifests over time with the proper care. God’s Word will change your circumstances!
If you don’t believe God’s Word, you won’t act on it. Without following God’s instructions, you will not be made free (see John 8:31-32).
Actions cannot be separated from believing. Whatever you are acting on is what you really believe.
In the New Testament, “faith” is the noun and “believe” is the verb form of the same Greek word. So, hanging on to your faith means to keep believing what God said — regardless of circumstances.
HEBREWS 10:23 KJV 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
A key to hanging on to your faith is found in what you say. When you speak of fear and doubt, faith shrivels. But when you speak faith words in line with the Bible, your faith grows strong.
The devil tries to get you to doubt God and His Word. The devil wants you to give up on God, to not trust Him, to not expect Him to do what He said in His Word. Do not give up! God can be trusted.

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Focus On Jesus

True Christianity is not a religion based on rules and rituals, but a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
Many people reduce Christianity down to attending church meetings and trying not to commit a list of certain sins.
But being a Christian is being united with Jesus, a member of His body, with His life in your heart.
Jesus should be your focus — not religious activity — but the person of Jesus, the Lord and Christ.
1 CORINTHIANS 1:9 NIV 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
Church meetings, Bible reading, etc. can be good, but should not be allowed to become an end in themselves. They are tools to help us know Jesus and walk more closely with Him.
The Bible says we are to be faithful; but faithful to what: a religious system, an organization — or, a Person? Are you serving Jesus — or serving something else as His substitute?
The focus of your life should be to please Jesus.
COLOSSIANS 1:18 NRSV 18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
Does Jesus have first place in your life? In your schedule? If not, why not?
In everything, Jesus should be central.

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You Can Cast Out Demons

MARK 16:17 NKJ 17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
A demon is a member of the devil’s forces. Any Christian can cast out demons, because all believers have authority over demons in Jesus’ Name.
PHILIPPIANS 2:10 NKJ 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
All believers have the delegated authority to use the Name of Jesus — at which every knee shall bow in submission.
Demons operate through fear. But you don’t have to be afraid, because Jesus is backing you up. So, when you command demons to leave in the Name of Jesus, they must obey you.
Don’t limit this to casting out demons from “demon-possessed” people. If there is demonic activity in any area of life affecting you, use your authority in Christ and throw the demons out in Jesus’ Name. Command them to cease their activities and stop their operations against you.
How do you know if something is demonic? If it steals, kills, or destroys — it certainly is not of God! (See John 10:10.)
JAMES 4:7 NKJ 7 . . . Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
EPHESIANS 4:27 NKJ 27 nor give place to the devil.
The Bible tells you to not give any place to the devil, and to resist him, so it is obvious you can do so. If the devil, or his forces, have a place in your life, it means you are allowing it.

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You Have Authority Over The Devil

LUKE 10:19 NKJ 19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Jesus defeated the devil for you. According to Matthew 28:18, all authority on Earth now belongs to Jesus. As His earthly representatives, Jesus has delegated His authority to us in certain ways.
MARK 16:17 NKJ 17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
All believers have authority to use the Name of Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Name, or authority, we can cast out the devil and all his forces.
PHILIPPIANS 2:10 NKJ 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
After Jesus’ resurrection, Scripture clearly puts responsibility on the believer to exercise the delegated authority of Jesus to resist the devil, and all his works.
EPHESIANS 4:27 NKJ 27 nor give place to the devil.
JAMES 4:7 NKJ 7 …submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
1 PETER 5:8-9 NKJ 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith,….
You can resist the devil and not allow him any place in your life, because you have authority over the devil.

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The Cure For Weak Faith

MARK 6:6 NIV 6 And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
Don’t despair if your faith is weak. Everyone starts out with weak faith.
Your faith can be fed and grow strong.
Faith requires evidence to rest upon. The Bible provides the evidence that your faith needs.
ROMANS 10:l7 NEW LIFE 17 So then, faith comes to us by hearing the Good News. And the Good News comes by someone preaching it.
Correct teaching on a subject produces faith in your heart.
But it is not enough just to hear teaching on a subject. To keep your faith strong you must feed on scriptures pertaining to that subject, by reading, speaking, and thinking about those scriptures.
And you must exercise your faith for it to grow strong. That is: act on what you learn from Scripture.
Your faith can be strong in one area while being weak in another. For example, most Christians have strong faith concerning the new birth, but weak faith concerning healing, because they have never heard much teaching on the subject of healing.
It is true, as Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, that we need every word that God has spoken — not just some of them.
So, if you want your faith to grow in any area, listen to anointed teaching on that subject, then continue to read, speak, meditate, and act on those scriptures.

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Why Read The Bible?

“I’m a busy person. I have a lot to do. Why should I spend my time reading the Bible? I don’t have time to do all I need to do as it is.”
“I already believe in Jesus Christ, that He’s the Son of God and my Savior. I’ve already heard the Gospel.”
“Why should I read the Bible?”
Please think about the following Scriptures. Then, you will understand why you should read the Bible.
JOHN 8:31-32 RSV 31 Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
JOHN 14:23-24 RIEU 23 Jesus replied: ‘If anyone loves me he will cherish my word; my Father will love him and we will come to him and make him our abode. 24 He that does not love me neglects my words. Yet the word you hear is not my own but that of the Father who sent me.
ACTS 20:32 NKJ 32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

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Who Can Be Against Us?

ROMANS 8:31 NKJ 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
We all face opposition. No one likes it. But opposition is a fact of life on earth.
But here’s a more important fact: with God for us, opposition doesn’t really matter.
With God on our side, what does it matter who opposes us? The worst anyone can do is kill us — which would be doing us a favor. (Being a martyr for Christ and going to be with Him in Heaven is not bad!)
And never forget: God IS for you!
PSALM 56:9 KJV 9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
PSALM 118:6-7 LB 6 He is for me! How can I be afraid? What can mere man do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side; he will help me. Let those who hate me beware.
God is for us, so no one can successfully be against us.

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