THE WALK OF PEACE

THE WALK
Part 45

THE WALK OF PEACE

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He has chosen for His inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)

I am sure that as we approach this election, that it is not the first one that has been a major concern among the masses. However, I do believe this one is especially high on the “worry scale” because we realize our Nation is “really” in serious trouble and on the brink of collapse. I was in Indiana this weekend and was having dinner with my wife and some women that she works with. They asked me why it seemed the average person does not appear to comprehend the seriousness of what is happening. I said, I believe it is because for many of us, our lives for the most part have not been personally affected up to this point, however as we have seen in the recent natural disasters – conditions can change very quickly. It is probable that we are being “warned” by God, to stop and look deeply into the mirror as to whom we are, and whom He has called us to be. I believe we will eventually see and “feel” the effects of a transforming world and we must prepare our hearts for the levels of tribulation that is coming. When people are cold and hungry, they snap out of their trance and take notice they are in trouble. It is in these times of desperation that God is going to use us to minister LIFE to those who are searching for truth. We, who are followers of Christ, have been training to learn the true meaning of life and very soon will be used in divine appointments to introduce many to Jesus. Praise God! Just because the world falls apart does not mean that we are left helpless or hopeless! I quote Leonard Ravenhill, “I have The Father on my side, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and 2/3 of the angels. What do you think I am going to do? Sit down and cry?” In this light, let us rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life and may we have faith to believe that whatever happens, God will give us the grace and wisdom to overcome. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WITNESS unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Mathew 24: 14)

There was a time when honest men and women rolled up their sleeves and worked with a clear conscience. The system has always been corrupt and possessed with an evil agenda, but it was the “core” people (like our parents and grandparents) who believed in God’s Word and prayed in the fear of the Lord. Most did not realize what was going on behind the scenes; they lived a difficult but simple life, trying to do what was right according to their limited understanding. Through time, (unfortunately) this inner circle has dwindled while Satan’s strategies have been growing. Now, the deceived outnumber the remnant and work day and night to destroy our system in order to rebuild this planet into a New World Order. I remind us of the words of the angels throughout God’s Word – Fear Not! This is not a day to pace the floor and be fearful of what is coming. In Luke chapter two, let us listen to the message of the angel and be reminded who is actually in control. “Fear not: for behold, I bring you GOOD tidings of GREAT JOY, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Jesus is the King of all Kings and He is still Savior and Lord of all. With His love and grace, He has saved our souls and we will “walk” in this hour, with confidence that He knows what is happening and will do whatever it takes to bring His will to completion. “THY kingdom come, THY will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mathew 6:10) We walk in peace because we believe this is true. Amen.

Prophecy has been written by the finger of God and His absolute truth will come to pass EXACTLY as He has spoken it. The idea that politicians can bulldoze the past corruption and build a better world is a fantasy to help the masses stay calm. If the people of this dispensation realized what the anti-christ has planned for the future, there would be rioting and chaos in the streets (which will probably happen anyway). God has written in His Word that life on earth would progressively continue to deteriorate. Today the same evil spirit controls the legal system and religious world that crucified Christ! When Satan deceived Adam and Eve, he obtained authority to become the “prince” of man’s earthly government system. God allowed Satan to execute his destructive agenda but is limited to God’s will – as the story of Job reveals the Omniscience of the Father. The devil’s dark agenda contains the formula to distort man’s thinking and turn his eyes away from the truth by giving him a new philosophy to call his own. The “NEW” World Order is an old man made agenda to rule the earth according to his own carnal thinking. Millions of souls have been lost to hell and millions more are on the edge of eternity. We have NOT been called to save an earthly government – we have been called to be light holders for the love of Jesus Christ. We have been called to “LIVE” the cross of Christ in front of the world, so the eyes of the blind may be opened and many souls might be saved. Our thoughts are about the blood of Jesus and our prayers are about people – because it is all about God’s love.

Over the years, we have witnessed the leaders of our country abandon their “duty” to execute common sense in exchange for personal gain. Have we come to the point of no return? It is possible and as I try not to be filled with a “doomsday” attitude, I am sure all of you have been thinking about it in the back of your mind. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that another elected official in the White House will NOT be able to keep a ship (which has a large hole in the bottom) afloat. It is a very sad time when the masses would rather put more faith in a deceptive politician than God- but it is true! Many people would rather spend all their time debating over the hopeless scenario of our economy, than to invest their time and resources into prayer, giving, loving and witnessing.

Some believe that democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government but rather can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves financial support from the public treasury. We have filled our social system with mindless spending to the point where now the people vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits. As we can see first hand, this way of operating opens the door to loose and dishonest fiscal policy, which always leads to collapse and is followed by dictatorship. However, we as Christians do not claim this world as our home but realize that we are spiritual aliens that represent another world called heaven. We are spiritual missionaries and will either live for Him and be protected until we accomplish our mission or die for Him as we experience the ultimate sacrifice for our Lord. Whatever our destiny, may we stand strong on the front lines with the assurance that He is worthy of all honor, worship and glory! “Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.” (Psalm 33:18-19) I can say within my own heart and conscience that if God Almighty does not reach down and untangle this “sinful” mess – our country will be bankrupt. Of course this is exactly what Satan is waiting for, to enable his anti-christ to present his new “beast” that will lead the world into bondage. God in His foreknowledge has always known what man would “choose” in his gift of free will. In addition, we can read prophecy that allows us to know how our world eventually comes to an end. We can see the world grows darker and more evil against God until He comes back to destroy it. This is not being negative – it is accepting what has been promised. God did not corrupt the world. Humanity was given the freedom to choose good or evil and since time began, the natural man has loved pleasure and temptations of the darkness more than the beauty and peace of God’s eternal light.

(Lord Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tyler) Tytler believed that democratic forms of government such as those of Greece and Rome have a natural evolution from infancy to eventual corruption and decline. In Greece, for example, Tytler argues that the patriotic spirit and love of ingenious freedom became gradually corrupted as the nation advanced in power and splendor. It has been noted within the general masses, the short lifespan of some nations that made great advancements, yet went into a full circle returning to their original state. This is the dreadful progression that is evident in our own country: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; and from dependence back into bondage. Some believe the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase, because there is so many already dependent on the government. With our government giving away all of our resources to a world that despises us, on top of supporting a huge percentage of our own people, it is clear that no one could balance our checkbook. Satan inspired our government to borrow money from other nations so that bankruptcy could manifest at a faster rate. With the weight of maintaining a very expensive military and the staggering cost of natural disasters, it brings up the question of just how much is our credit limit? What happens when we are told that we cannot borrow anymore money? The candidates will not touch this subject because they do not have a clue. The candidates will not plead with the people to fall on their knees and repent to God, because they are ashamed and afraid of the heathen that will mock their campaign. Little humans that are deceived to think they can patch the bottom of the ship and set course on a new successful voyage to paradise. Emanuel – God is with us! It is not about the success of a country – it is about how devoted we are to Christ within our network! He is our lifeline to safety that enables us to live in His peace. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

THE WALK OF PEACE II

THE WALK
PART 29

THE WALK OF PEACE II

I have felt impressed to watch what I eat lately and have started a regular routine of walking and light running. I am taking baby steps but have already experienced some improvement in my stamina. I live in a subdivision that is next to a beautiful old country road. Several years ago, a new road was built and they closed this road, which leaves it isolated and very seldom traveled. The other day I was walking along and was sensitive to God’s presence, and as I looked up into the sky, the white puffy clouds were peacefully floating along. The birds were singing and rabbits were crossing back and forth in the road up ahead. I closed my eyes and breathed deep because I wanted to soak up every drop of this serene contentment. I was talking with God and asking Him to help me with my failures and to teach me how to be more like Jesus. I had many questions about life and situations because I do not understand why certain things happen, but Praise God for His patience to not become annoyed or act as if we get on His nerves.

As I have been walking everyday for the last two weeks, I can say that it enhances your prayer time and clears out your mind so that you can think. I highly recommend that you consider adding walking to your daily “walk” with the Lord. It will tone your entire body and increase your energy while giving you plenty of quiet time with Father. For myself personally, I recognize the danger of sitting in front of the entertainment box every night and how the enemy loves to distract us and steal our precious time. About a month ago on the way to work, I was asking Him to please help me. It seemed immediately after I made the request that I heard a voice in my spirit that said, “I also really need you to help me! It hit me hard and I meditated on this for several days. Without realizing it, how often do we just present our petitions without asking Him what He wants from us? Do we even give Him the time to respond? Since we are too busy to slow down, many times we just give Him our list to fill and rush off to do errands that are more “important”. I wonder if sometimes we stay in a frantic rush to “avoid” what He really desires. Selah. I believe that of all the things we could say or do, that He desires to have All of our heart – and that will give us the peace that is beyond our comprehension. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

We find a story in Luke 10 and verses 38 through 42, about two sisters that loved the Lord. Martha was busy in the kitchen, rushing around and frantic about all the details of serving the meal, while her sister Mary was relaxed, listening to Jesus talk. Martha became aggravated and eventually complained to Jesus about Mary not helping and asked if He would tell her to get up and help her. It is interesting to hear His response because it gives a different perspective about what is truly important in this life. He said, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful (anxious) and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” It is not that He did not appreciate all of the hard work Martha was doing, but instead was making a point that it is more important to spend time with the King than to just labor all the time for the Kingdom. When we are overwhelmed with being busy, our life becomes hectic and exhausting. This in turn causes us to become tense and irritable. I believe Jesus was trying to teach the importance of living in His perfect peace. He is not saying that work is bad because there is much to do, but if we keep Him in our thoughts – our deeds will be pure and our long hours will accomplish everything with the right attitude.

So, let me continue with how much I have been enjoying walking and jogging. There is only one house on the lane and it is down at the end of the road. They have a large white American Bulldog that I would estimate at 80 to 90 pounds that is quite intimidating. It runs free to guard their property and it has run out on me before, growling and bearing its teeth to scare me away. One night the dog ran toward me and the owner caught it and held it until I could pass. Sometimes I see the dog and other times it does not come out, so I have been taking unnecessary risk with a potentially dangerous situation. This past Saturday night, I was running along my usual route and I was feeling good. I went past the house, saw no trace of the dog, and kept on going. I made another lap and headed back down to the end of the road. This time out of the corner of my eye, I saw something white running out of the garage. I turned to see the dog coming at me with full speed, so I stopped to contemplate what I should do. I did not want to be aggressive so I chose to be calm and say gently, – good boy, good boy. Before I could blink an eye, he bit me hard on the wrist. I was in shock as I looked down and saw the blood pouring out of my arm. I must say that in spite of my trauma I am very grateful that he willingly let go instead of locking on and twisting his head. I am completely convinced that he could have torn my hand off and for that matter, could have mauled me to death. There is no way I could have fought this dog off. I believe his “little bite” was simply a warning for me to leave and a notice that next time he would not be so nice. I felt very helpless as I had no protection and I am grateful that he did not keep biting because there would have been nothing I could have done to stop him. God must have restrained him.

Even though I knew the dog did not particularly enjoy me jogging on the road, I really did not think he would actually attack me. I kept thinking that he was probably a big old teddy bear that just liked to appear mean. Now that I look back on it, I should have been carrying mace or some type of protection in case I needed to use it. Well, some family members came out of the house as I was screaming for help. I kept trying to tell someone to hold the dog because I was afraid he was not finished biting me. There were several older women and some teenage girls that came out but they were all afraid to touch the dog. They saw the blood pouring from my wounds and they seemed to panic. I could not understand anything they were saying because they were speaking in Spanish. I finally asked them if they could drive me home and they did, to which I filed a police report and went to the emergency room. They did not stitch the wounds because they wanted them to stay open for a few days. Later that night I had to go back to the emergency room because the pain in my wrist and arm was excruciating. I could not bear the intensity of the pain as the doctor said the swelling was pressing on the nerves in my wrist. They gave me more pain medicine and a shot to put me to sleep. It is Monday morning and I have just returned from my doctor to check for infection and to re-dress the wounds. I will probably miss several days of work this week because I cannot bend my fingers or turn my wrist – but it could have been much worse.

I have been wondering why this happened, as I was having such a peaceful time out alone with God. Nevertheless, I realize that Satan does NOT want us to enjoy God’s presence. I will not allow this disruption to stop my exercising or my time with God. I will keep walking down this lane and have told the devil that nothing can stop me from legally jogging on a public road! I have peace with God and I am so grateful He allowed me to survive. This event has reminded me that as much as we like to believe that we have a hedge of protection around us, maybe it is not completely one hundred percent. In other words, there might be times when the enemy can find a crack in the wall and take advantage of an opportunity to strike. Remember Job was being protected, but Satan begged for access to his flesh for the intention of turning Job away from God. Glory to God, Job held on the best he could and finally passed the test of faithfulness and obedience. The Lord proved to Satan that Job was truly a man of God and He rewarded Job accordingly. We see many stories of people being assaulted by the devil and we wonder how this could be. A family that has a car accident on the way home from church, a church being set on fire or a child that runs out in front of a car, we shake our head in bewilderment. You know, there are many unanswered questions in this life and I am sure we will personally have many more, but the lesson to learn is that it is not what happens to us – it is how we REACT to what happens to us. Sometimes it might be something that we did that causes our problems and sometimes we are completely innocent, but in the end it is how we CHOOSE to deal with it that will cause us to fail or be victorious. The devil wants us to turn against God just like he tried with Job but we must stay strong in our love and confidence with Father to know His Word will never fail.

Sometimes when a crisis happens, it makes us feel that we are defeated. We have a natural tendency to feel sorry for ourselves and become discouraged with our situation. However, God’s peace is the highest, most powerful feeling we can experience because it comes from the spiritual realm. We need to learn to let go of our abilities to handle things and let God make ALL things work together for His purpose. Selah. His peace is far beyond our emotions because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His peace is stronger than our fears and crushes our worries and anxieties. His peace floods our heart with His courage and His confidence. Jesus is victorious and His promises are guaranteed to quiet our soul and replace restlessness with contentment. His peace opens the floodgates to His treasure house of joy and freedom to enjoy the beauty of His person. There is only one condition to living in His peace and that is – we must make a determined decision to receive it and accept it! Father will not force His blessings on us and they are not usually automatic. As we grow in His Word and learn about our covenant with Him, we begin to understand the gifts He died for us to have. The darkness CANNOT steal our perfect peace.

THE WALK OF ENCOURAGEMENT

THE WALK

PART 10

THE WALK OF ENCOURAGEMENT

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11) I was talking with a Christian brother the other day about how many people seem to be living in sadness and something very profound came out of his mouth. He said that it was impossible to be discouraged if we are WALKING in God’s presence. After our conversation I began to think about this statement and I must say that I agree with this view. Do you believe we can be depressed and be living in God’s perfect will? Can we be sad and discouraged yet walk in the fullness of presence? I am not saying this is an easy revelation but I believe it is worth researching and seeking God’s face about. Being joyful in the Lord and being encouraged with our personal relationship with Him go hand in hand as it is an encouragement to be filled with joy and it is a joy to be encouraged! I believe the reason why our human feelings are so unstable and double-minded is because the flesh is builds its “house” (life) on the temporal. But our spirit is connected to the Holy Spirit and is always focused on the eternal. Glory to God! If we are walking in the default system of the world, we are “happy” when the lawnmower starts but are sad when it doesn’t. We are in a good mood when our electric bill is lower but depressed when it is extremely high. Even the word “emotion” contains the word, “motion” which reveals the idea of something moving or changing constantly. If we are walking in the divine reality of His presence, we are on fire with excitement, interceding for others, worshipping Him and thanking Him for His love – no matter how fierce the storms of life are raging! We KNOW that God is solid, stable, perfect, eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and NEVER CHANGES! Praise Him! Darkness CANNOT chase away the light! It is the light that always overcomes the darkness! God is waiting for His people to flip the switch and want the full wattage of His glory in their life – and be determined to LEAVE IT ON! So can we establish and say with confidence that If anyone lives in a valley of sadness, it is because they have taken their eyes and thoughts away from Jesus? I realize we all go through times of feeling down and are tempted to feel sorry for ourselves. I have invited myself to many pity parties where I arrived early and stayed late – but this is NOT WALKING in the destiny that He died for us to live in! I am not handing out condemnation – I am presenting a revelation of spiritual truth! Depression is darkness and God’s people are not to be walking in the opposite of what God’s Word say’s they should be! “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and DO NOT the TRUTH.” (I John 1:6)

Now brother, you cannot just lump everyone into the same category straight across the board. Well, it depends on your view of the default system of this world and the perfect will of His divine reality. I realize we are flesh and spirit at the same time but I also know that God’s Word is true and cannot be blended with man’s psychology or philosophies. Humanism is convinced there is a carnal explanation and answer for everything – but (hello) the world cannot “see” because – they are blind. The world does not have the answer for discouragement because they do not teach God’s Word! Yes, we might feel these negative attacks every now and then but the good news of the GOSPEL reminds us that no one needs to live in agony. God’s Word is the only “prescription” that can heal ANYTHING! It is the cure for our spiritual condition, our mental problems and our physical infirmities – Praise God! “The Lord is my ROCK, and my FORTRESS, and my DELIVERER; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. It is God that supports (maintains, sustains) me with STRENGTH and makes my way perfect.” (Psalm 18: 2, 29, 32)

The pride of humans can boast of their power to heal but they are deceived in believing their own carnal fantasy. God can heal “through” people but miracles can only come from Him. There is a great need for healing in this world. Think about how many lost souls are out there. Then think about how many need healing in their bodies and many more need a miracle in their mind. For example, it is estimated that between 24 and 28 million Americans are dependent on anti-depressants. People are sad for many different reasons with everything from spiritual warfare to hormone imbalances and I am not taking any of these reasons lightly. I do know that Jesus has come to restore the dominion and authority that Adam lost in the garden and that now through His blood covenant we can live in His miracle power and walk as overcomers in His Name! “He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29) I confess that I have taken anti-depressants in my life and I might add that I found them not helpful at all. If you have ever been on them or are currently taking them, I am not criticizing you but rather sympathizing with you. The reasons we take them are simple: there are times in our life when we know something is wrong and we feel as with any sickness or pain that we need some medicine. We desire to be healed and it is normal to proceed and follow the advice of those we trust with our health. There is nothing wrong with taking prescriptions if that is where we are in our faith. We all take medicine, but I personally believe it would be better to be delivered from these mind altering drugs and with God’s help and our determination we can be set free! It is not that the drugs are really helping our problems; they are just altering our perception of life so that we can deal with them differently. Some pharmaceuticals produce an artificial state of euphoria that is not much different from alcohol or marijuana. We go to the doctors and talk to counselors and do whatever it takes to ease the misery but their advice is not always God’s “perfect” will for us. Why? Because He desires that all of His children NOT lean on anything except HIM! Jesus is the great physician, our healer, our comforter and miracle maker. “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge IS IN GOD.” (Psalm 62: 2, 7)

Why do I allow sadness to drive me down the road of discouragement? Because sometimes I am NOT determined to get serious with God and find refuge under the shadow of His wings! Sometimes I let my fire die down and allow my circumstances to bring fear and worry upon me. When I’ve been too busy to pray, study or worship Him, I find myself not standing in faith that He will take care of my problems and needs. I have also felt discouragement in my life from mistakes and sins that I have committed. The enemy will sniff out our failures and bring guilt and condemnation to remind us of WHAT WE COULD AND SHOULD HAVE DONE INSTEAD. Satan tries to make us sad at what we have wasted and the missed opportunities we have blown and wrong decisions we have made. I know there are many faithful workers in the Kingdom of God that are tired and sometimes they do not feel appreciated in their calling, but the Lord sees your labor and His definition of success is not the same as the world. The name “Barnabas” means son of prophecy; son of consolation.” “Consolation” means a person or thing that is a source of comfort in a time of suffering, grief, disappointment, etc. (Collins Dictionary). The Bible describes him as: “And they sent out Barnabas to go as far as to Antioch. Who when he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and exhorted (suggested, urged, encouraged) them all that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: And a great many people were added to the Lord” (Acts 11:22-24). Barnabas was an encourager. He saw the good and the potential in others and encouraged them accordingly. The ministry of encouragement is one that every Christian has been called to. Everywhere one looks today people need encouraging. You need encouraging – and I need encouraging! The word “encourage” means: To inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something). Stimulate, motivate, support, advise or urge by approval or help. When was the last time you and I encouraged someone? Tragically it seems that few Christians consciously go out of their way to encourage others. Why not? Is it because we are so focused on seeking it for ourselves that we forget to give it to others? What a difference it makes when someone comes alongside and tells you they believe in you, in your calling, that you are anointed and that God is pleased with you? There is power in your words when you obey Jesus and speak out positive encouragement to others, and there is a blessing that will come back to us according to the spiritual principals, laws and divine order of God’s Word. “Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the SAME MEASURE that you mete (use to measure anything) it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)

In the 30 years that I have been involved with ministry I
have seen people rise up with a great call of God on their lives and they were sincerely excited and God was using them. But after a time they “disappear” and are never heard of again. What
happened? Discouragement attacked them and caused them to doubt their divine purpose. The emotional decisions made in those times of discouragement opened negative doors that “robbed” them of their destiny and anointed ministry. If only there were those who could have discerned what was happening and could have strengthened them with bold words of encouragement, then God’s called men and women would not have “fallen by the wayside”, back into the mediocre, normal, unfulfilling life of despair. I say this because there is nothing more wonderful than to know the call and will of God – and to be walking in it! Let me say, if there is ANYTHING that can deter you from following Jesus as a sold-out disciple for Him – IT WILL! Selah. “For the Lord God can help me; therefore shall I not be confounded (confused): therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I KNOW that I shall not be ashamed”. (Isaiah 50:7) Setting our face like flint is conveying the message of complete dedication. Flint is a very hard substance and in the time of “standing strong” there is no room for doubt or fear. Father is waiting to give us the stability and perseverance we need to accomplish the great task he has planned. May we all make a conscious effort to be more aware of the importance of the ministry of encouragement. As the world continues to reject the risen Christ Jesus and spirals on it downwards path, Christians everywhere will need to be more and more encouraged to “stand firm in the faith” and not to be side-tracked by the temptations of the world. Make no mistake about it: we are in a war, and the battle is raging! That means the ministry of encouragement is urgently needed to be spoken out to others. It needs an audible voice. It needs more than a silent prayer! It needs you and me to be aware of situations that people are in, and to come alongside and speak sincerely the words of edification they need to hear! We can do that! We need to do that! Be sensitive for opportunities and divine appointments. Your encouragement may be a matter of life or death for someone! Why would we hold back what could help others grow closer to God? Selah. We do not know if our next word of encouragement for someone might make the difference that will change the rest of their lives!
God’s river of JOY is available anytime we want to submerge our heart and mind into His presence. We can swim in His Spirit all we want and get as close to Him as we desire. The problem is that many of God’s warriors are relaxing in their lounge chairs at “poolside” and only stick their toes in the water occasionally when the stress and pressures of life become uncomfortable. Then they wonder how a religious person can be discouraged. Religion and being Spirit filled is not exactly the same thing! He is saying it is time to arise in confidence and faith! It is time to be FILLED with His Spirit which will saturate us with His THOUGHTS, NATURE and CHARACTER. Is God discouraged? Has He ever been depressed? No! AND – He is the vine and we are the branches, which reveal that who He is – flows within us. “And the Lord shall deliver me from EVERY EVIL WORK, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen.” (II Timothy 4:18)