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The Holy Spirit in Prayer and Warfare Pt2

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” Ephesians 6:10-11.

 

Today on Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon continue their discussion on the Holy Spirit in Prayer and Warfare. No one likes the idea of war, but since we are in a battle, we need the power to fight and that power is of God. To have the power of God we need to know the precious promises, how to put on the Armor so we can withstand the wiles of the devil, and to know, reckon, and apply the work of the Cross for us and in us. Afflictions are no excuse for not being a Warrior for Jesus Christ. He gives us marching orders, but we don’t have to take those alone, in our own strength, we take them within the power of God, in His strength, and that’s how we can win the battle. Let’s stop surrendering to the enemy and giving him ground in our lives. Instead, let’s surrender to God and take back the ground that belongs to us and fight within the power of God.   Let’s get our armor on, our weapon in hand, and march into battle prepared. The Wiles of the Enemy teaching handout.

Every Body Matters

Today on The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at Every Body Matters by Gary Thomas.

Weak beliefs about the importance of caring for your body produces weak commitments.  The highest authority  gives us some motivation.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20 are words that need to be taken to heart, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price.   Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  We were purchased with a high price to be redeemed and given eternal life in the Son, Jesus Christ.

Every Body Matters doesn’t focus on fad diets, and extreme practices for the body, however, since the body is the  dwelling place for His Spirit in ministry for us and others, we need to evaluate the importance we give to the  body as  we are stewards of what has been given to us. 1 Corinthians 4:2, “Moreover, it is required in a steward to be found faithful.”

The Holy Spirit in Prayer and Warfare

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” Ephesians 6:12-13.

 

Today on Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the Holy Spirit in Prayer and Warfare. No one likes to go to war! There is a different level of awareness that is required in warfare situations that is not faced on the home front. Yet, if we really take a good hard look at our life we might find that we are surrounded by the enemy, and we’re taking on fire. We don’t know where to find cover or how to get our armor on. It seems easier to surrender in defeat and ask God why He allowed such an attack. Let’s think about customizing our Christianity to the specs God has given. Let’s get our armor on, our weapon in hand, and march into battle prepared.

Crazy Busy

Today on The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green takes a look at Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. This book begins with a root issue of our Beliefs. What we believe to be true can differ from what we KNOW to be  true. Life experiences can feed us misinformation about God.  If we do not rely on God solely for our every need, we become busy attempting to meet  our needs and establish our security through our own efforts. Scripture does not teach responsibility ….it teaches faithfulness.

 

As we desire to be faithful we can walk without fear of failure. If we go through periods of failure as we unscramble, we can claim the truth:  “if we are faithless, He will remain faithful. 2 Timothy 2:13

Author, Kevin DeYoung offers seven diagnoses to help you identify the areas of your life that are contributing to your special brand of “crazy busy” and the one thing necessary for lasting change.

The Holy Spirit Bears Witness

“But when the Comforter (Holy Spirit) is come whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, He shall testify of Me” John 15:26.

 

Today on Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss ways that the Holy Spirit bears witness. How quietness in prayer is a vital key to unlocking the power of the Holy Spirit to be active in our lives. The three “P’s” to praying effectually in the Name of Jesus (in His power and authority) are; praying with His Purpose, accept His Process, and trust in His Performance. Changing our prayer life will ultimately change our life. It’s time to stop asking for so many blessings and start asking for a few marching orders.

I, Jesus

Chances are, Jesus isn’t who you think he is.  No matter what you have read before about this first-century rabbi from Nazareth, there is a good possibility that you have been misinformed.  In fact, maybe you have been wrong from the start about the most amazing man who ever walked the surface of the earth.

 

I, Jesus speaks in His own words, about Himself, His Purpose, His Nature, and His Mission.

If you desire and want an intimate relationship with Jesus as your First Love, then this is a valuable portrayal of our Savior,  Servant, Shepherd, Messiah, and King .

 

Importance of the Holy Spirit

 “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27

 

Today on Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is in us to continue the work that Jesus began when He came. God the Father supplies our need, Jesus intercedes for us, and the Holy Spirit applies it in our life to be real. We are responsible for allowing the Holy Spirit to share with us the mind of Christ, cause us to bear witness of Christ, and prompt us to glorify God; just a few of the roles He plays in our Christian life. “Wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life and few there be that find it” Matthew 7:13-14.

The Way of the Shepherd

Today, Ginger Green pulls The Way of the Shepherd by Don Baker from The Fireside Bookshelf to explore. We all need and want to be cared for by someone who really loves us.  We are made in His image where love is paramount. Understanding the ways of a shepherd and what he sacrifices in knowing every need of his sheep, being sensitive to their surroundings is what allows the sheep and lambs to lie down and rest in green pastures and drink the quiet still waters. Under the care of a good shepherd, sheep lie down in quiet and serene sense of gentle contentment.  “Godliness with “contentment is great gain.”

 

The Way of the Shepherd will bring delightful joy to the heart and the beautiful pictures captivating the message in each chapter. The beauty of the book is that it equally reaches out to the heart that is troubled or to a person struggling with the issues of life that must have a shepherd to protect and carry us, to a place of safety.  Expressed in the 23rd Psalm and illustrated for us is the correlation between sheep of the field and we as Christians being sheep of His pasture. Tension is released as we see we are never abandoned and always have the Shepherd there for us when we are unable to help ourselves.  Great comfort and understanding comes from practical illustrations that are given to David as he learned from his Great Shepherd.

Who is the Holy Spirit

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you” John 14:26.

 

Today on Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss how we can implement agape love. Since agape love is given by God, we can only give it if we have a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus, by which we have received the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the topic in this challenging conversation. They talk about who the Holy Spirit is and the roles He plays in our lives. You will find a helpful guide for evaluating your walk in the teaching handouts. Flesh and Spirit comparison with scripture verses provided by His Truth Transforms Ministries.

Wounded Heroes

Today from The Fireside Bookshelf, Ginger Green shares “Wounded Heroes” by Elizabeth Skoglund. Wounds come in all forms from tragic events, daily pressures of continued stress, the “what ifs” of life looming over us, surprises of health challenges, broken relationships, losses  of many kinds.  It is certain that life is filled with UNCERTAINTY.  Choosing right responses is necessary in understanding unavoidable pain, suffering which does not immediately go away, even when we try to get rid of it. Finding meaning in our suffering can keep the joy  and hope for now and whatever may be ahead.

Common life mixed with the divine, practical details lived out in the light of eternity, blessings from buffetings: these are God’s ways of putting our theology into shoe leather. Centuries of saints show us the “how to” of being a faithful wounded warrior.