Devil Smacker

Are you a bed-ridden follower of Jesus Christ?

He wants to utilize you in His kingdom warfare. He wants to use you like a “battle-ax” to conquer the Dark Side.

You are My battle-ax and weapons of war:
For with you I will break the nation in pieces;
With you I will destroy kingdoms;
With you I will break in pieces the horse and its rider;
With you I will break in pieces the chariot and its rider;
… And with you I will break in pieces governors and rulers.”

( Jeremiah 51:20-23 )

He has weapons that are mighty through God for pulling down strongholds and messengers of death.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…”

( 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 )

He will wage war through your willing and faith-filled heart that will agree with His will in prayer.

If you feel about as effective as a bed-ridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.

From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!

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Jesus Saves Meth-Heads!

“Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.”

‭‭~ Psalm‬ ‭107:17-21

My friend, are you a tweeker, a user, a meth-head, a crack-head, an alcoholic, a cutter, or hostage in one of many other addictions?

Perhaps you have reached the point where you hate your addiction, you hate yourself and your powerlessness to help yourself, you hate life in general because it has become a dark chamber for self-inflicted torture.

Your addiction, which might have started with someone “innocently” and “kindly” sharing a freebie with you, now controls you and drives you to do disgusting and dehumanizing things to buy your next fix.

My friend, I have no condemnation for you. I know that your captivity is bigger than human wisdom and human power can heal. I do, however, know a Guy. He can set you free, clean you up, heal your body, and rebuild your life.

His name is Jesus. He is one heartfelt cry away from leading you into a new, abundant life! Ask Him to intervene… He will! That is why He came into this world.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned… This is the verdict: Light has come into the world…”

‭‭~ John‬ ‭3:17-19‬

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Peter’s Courage

Have you been following an invitation that you received from the Lord, yet you find yourself under water in a stormy sea that is too rough in which to stay afloat? Are your swimming skills and strength not enough to keep your nose above water?

Is only your hand visible to the world around you, but the world seems to be preoccupied with their own survival in their own trials of life?

“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’

‘Come,’ he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”

‭‭~ Matthew‬ ‭14:28-30‬ ‭NIV‬‬

This story is fascinating. Let’s look at some of the positive lessons that we can learn from it for application to our own storm-filled lives.

1. Peter Asked Jesus for Guidance

He saw what Jesus was doing, walking on the water, and he inquired of the Lord whether he should or could join Him.

2. Jesus Provided Peter with Guidance

“Come” is the Lord’s invitation to Peter, to come to Him doing the same thing that He was doing, walking on the water.

3. Peter’s Courage and Faith To Leap

The weather was stormy and the waters were choppy with waves from the wind. The atmosphere was difficult even for boats to navigate, much less to go swimming in. Peter’s courage and faith shot up at the invitation of Jesus to join Him, and he took the leap out of the boat onto the water.

4. Peter Walked on the Water!

While we might erroneously focus on Peter’s subsequent sinking, we must not neglect to absorb the truth that Peter did actually walk on the water!

5. Peter Took His Eyes Off of Jesus.

It was when Peter started to look around at the weather, wind, rain, and waves, that his faith and courage faltered. It was when he reconsidered what he was doing (walking on water) and compared it with his natural abilities (the irony here is that his name is Peter, which means Rock!), that he began to sink into the stormy waters.

6. He Cried Out to Jesus for Help.

Though we might say that his dire situation was obvious to Jesus, Peter nonetheless cried out to Him.

7. Jesus Rescued Peter from His Fear-Induced Sinking.

Jesus had invited him to join Him on the water. Peter was in pursuit of being with Jesus, and The Lord was not about to neglect Peter.

8. Jesus Encouraged More Faith!

Jesus did not rebuke Peter for leaping into this situation. He didn’t say, “That will teach you to leap out of a perfectly good boat that My Father has blessed you with.” Instead, Jesus encouraged that which makes a successful mission in life: having faith in Him.

Cry out to the Lord. He will rescue you. He will restore you to your place ON the water instead of UNDER the water. He invited you to join Him where He was working, and His invitation was not to your own funeral.

Jesus encourages your courage and faith that is anchored in Him and in His guidance. If Peter can walk on the stormy water, sink in the stormy water, and then be restored to walking on the stormy water… so can you be restored to the “walking on the stormy water” mission that Jesus has invited you in the past to join Him in doing today.

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Not Forsaken

Are you walking through unfamiliar and rough terrain in the pitch black? Look to the Lord and pray for this passage to become a reality in your life:

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”

~ Isaiah 42:16

God does not forsake His children. However, He may delay for a season to see if we will forsake our dependance on our own abilities and resources, and then call upon Him. He wants to work for us by working with us.

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Honoring The Disabled

“Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.”

‭‭~ Leviticus‬ ‭19:14‬

We might say that this is the first recorded law that specifically addressed a society’s approach to accommodating people with disabilities. It was written circa 1400 b.c., about 3,400 years ago, and is part of the Levitical laws and regulations.

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