When Enemies Come

Psalm 27:11 “Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”

When enemies come against us: Whether it be by word or by action we need to be prepared. We don’t want to deal with it in the flesh. “It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing” (John 6:63). If we deal with it in the flesh we will make a mess of it. We will say or do the wrong thing. We will say or do it in the wrong way or the wrong place or at the wrong time. We need to pray and seek the Lord’s help. Here is the way we should pray.

Teach me your way, O Lord: We need the Lord to teach us His way of dealing with our situation. “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God’s thoughts and ways far, exceed our thoughts and ways. We need His wisdom and knowledge. We need Him to teach us what we should say and do.

Lead me in a plain path: We not only need the Lord to teach us His way, but we need Him to plainly lead us in how we are to conduct our self. We need Him to lead us each step of the way. It is not always what we say or what we do but how we say it or how we do it that can make a difference in the outcome. We need the Lord to lead us in when and where to take action. We need His leadership through it all.

So let us pray and be victorious against our enemies. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

From Glory To Glory

2 Corinthians 3:18 “We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

After God had delivered Israel from Egypt, God told Moses to meet Him upon the mountain. “The sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud” (Exodus 24:17-18). “Moses came down and when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone” (Exodus 34:30). When the children of Israel saw Moses skin shining they were afraid and Moses put a vale over His face.

We are being changed. As Moses went into the midst of the presence of God and received God’s word, we do so as well. When we enter into the midst of the presence of God we do so with open face beholding the glory of the Lord as Moses did. We are changed (transformed) into the same image progressively from glory to glory. This change is the work of the Spirit of the Lord. We are “transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:2) as the Holy Spirit reveals God’s word to us. This is an inward change that results in outward evidence of this work of God. We were once conformed to this world but are now being transformed and changed into the image of the Lord. It began with our being born of the Spirit of God and continues as long as we are upon this earth. It not only involves the renewing of our minds but also refers to the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This manifestation is in the form of the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.

God has “predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). And “He which has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). “It is God who is working in us, both to will and to do, of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10).

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The Lord Has Brought Us Out

Exodus 13:16 “By strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.”

Everything in the Old Testament had a physical reality but at the same time was prophetic of spiritual things that were yet in the future.

Egypt was a place of bondage. The Israelite’s were slaves under harsh taskmasters. We were in the bondage of corruption (Romans 8:21). We were in “bondage under the elements of the world” (Galatians 4:3). We were “subject to bondage through fear of death” (Hebrews 2:15). “Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” (2 Peter 2:19). “To whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness”? (Romans 6:16). At one time we were the servants of sin unto death.

The Lord brought us forth out of Egypt (bondage). The Lord by His grace and strength has delivered us from the bondage of corruption and sin. He has set us free from the elements of the world. He has conquered death, hell and the grave. He has said, “Because I live you shall live also”, and thus has set us free from bondage through our fear of death.

We have been set free to worship God in spirit and in truth, to follow Him in the wilderness of this world, to serve Him and ultimately to arrive at our promised land.

We Are More Than Conquerors

Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

In all these things: These things are mentioned in verse 35; tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword. These are things that would cause pain, sorrow, anxiety, grief or anything that would bother us. Temptations would also fit into this list.

We are more than conquerors: We are able to overcome and gain a surpassing victory over whatever comes our way.

Through Him that loved us: Our victory does not come from us but comes through or as the result of Jesus being in our life, and working in our life. Sometimes He delivers us from the aforementioned things and sometimes He delivers us through those things. He has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the world. He said that He would never leave us nor forsake us. He also said that all power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth. He loved us and gave Himself for us. He loved us then, loves now and will always love us because He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Romans 8:31 “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

The Sacrifice Of Praise

Hebrews 13:15 “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

We should praise God. This praise is in respect to His glory, His revealed character, and His wonderful works. We are to praise Him for who He is and for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do.

The fruit of our lips: This praise is the fruit of our lips. It is the verbal expression and evidence of the attitude of our heart. It is a spiritual sacrifice, meaning it is offered in the spirit and not in the flesh. Its origin is in our spirit. “We are to worship God is spirit and in truth for the Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4:23).. It is one of the various aspects of worship.

Giving thanks to His name: Thankfulness is the foundation which our praise is built upon. Praise flows from a heart that is thankful to God for who He is and what He has done for us, what He is doing for us, and what He is going to do for us.

Psalm 9:1 ”I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works”. Our praise should be with our whole heart. By our praise we show forth in words and song the marvelous works of God.

Psalm 96:4 ”The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised”.

Psalm 150:6 ”Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord“.

The Course Of A Man’s Life

Proverbs 11:5-6: “The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.”

The course of a man’s life is set by the real nature of his inner self. What a man is internally, within himself will direct his thinking, his words, and his actions.

Righteousness: Righteousness in this sense means whatever conforms to the revealed will of God. It means what is right and just. This internal quality causes us to be perfect and upright. It will also direct our ways, guiding us and keeping us on a straight and safe way. It will deliver us from the trials and temptations that we have to face in this life.

Wickedness and transgression: If our internal quality is evil and we go beyond the limits allowed by God and man and violate them we will suffer for it. It is by his personal evil nature that results in his evil ways that the wicked will fall and be taken.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:7-9).

The Holy Spirit–Comforter and Teacher

John 14:26: “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 unto you.”

The comforter: The Holy Spirit is the Comforter who has been sent to us by our heavenly Father in the name or in connection with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to each of us personally in order to comfort or soothe us in distress or sorrow. He is with us to aid and support us. He is in us to give us relief in times of grief, misery and suffering.

He shall teach you all things: The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the textbook is the word of God (the Bible). He is going to teach us all things. The classroom is the world. He will teach us in our quiet time, Bible study, and in our worship. He will teach us as we are going about our daily activities. He will teach us in the circumstances we are going through. He will teach us in the good times and in the bad times. He will help us understand God’s word and how it applies to us, to others, to the world and to the things we face in this world. When I was teaching I would remind my students in school all the time, “No school or teacher, no matter how excellent can give you an education that you will not willingly receive”. We must be willing for the Holy Spirit to teach us. Our willingness is to listen and pay attention. Our willingness is to think about what is being taught, to ask questions, and to seek the truth.

He shall bring all things to your remembrance: He will remind us of the things Jesus has said to us. As our Comforter and Teacher he will bring to our remembrance the word of God as it fits the circumstances we find ourselves in. He will remind us of a scripture or scriptures that we are to apply to what we are going through. In reminding us of these words, He will comfort us and teach us. In reminding us of these words He will help us to deal with what we must face at that particular time. He reminds us but we must apply the word by acting on it and obeying it. He will also remind us of God’s words so we can share them with others causing us to be instruments in His hands in ministering to other people. In this way we become laborers together with Him as He comforts and teaches others. He reminds us but we must speak the words He reminds us of.

What a wonderful gift God has given us. Let us not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit within us.

God’s Love Revealed

1 John 4:9: “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

Love manifested: God’s love that He has for us, was revealed and made clear to mankind. It was made apparent in plain sight for all to see and to the mind for all to understand. However we must open our eyes, gaze upon it, and behold it. We must open our minds to receive what it really means. Jesus spoke of the multitudes saying, “Seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand” (Matthew 13:13). What about you? Are you seeing and hearing?

The act of God’s love for us: God sent His only begotten Son into the world. “For God SO loved us that He gave His only begotten son” (John 3:16). God sent Jesus into the world as an expression of His love for us. Jesus was God’s love gift to us. He sent Him that we might live through Him. This living refers to spiritual, eternal living. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). John 3:16 says that God sent Jesus into the world that we should have eternal life. This is a life that does not end. God also tells us in John 3:16 that the way to receive this eternal life is by believing in Jesus.

If you have never done so, I urge you to believe in Jesus Christ, and receive this eternal life in all of its abundance. If you have questions you can e-mail me at brojimministries@tampabay.rr.com or speak with the pastor of a local church.

We Are Kept

1 Peter 1:5: “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

We are kept: The power of God keeps us. We are protected by God in all of His power through our faith. As we turn to God and trust in His love, His grace, His mercy and His power, He accepts our faith, and honors our faith by keeping us safe. Jesus said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:28-29). “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We are kept.

Unto Salvation: This speaks of our total salvation which has three aspects. Salvation in the past occurred the moment we got saved, wherein we were delivered from the penalty of sin. Salvation in the present occurs day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year, wherein we are delivered from the power of sin. Salvation in the future will occur when we get to heaven, wherein we will be delivered from the presence of sin.

Ready to be revealed: The completion of this salvation is ready to be revealed in the last time. Jesus said, “Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). We don’t know when it will happen. “In such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes” (Matthew 24:44). But it is ready. It is ready to be revealed. It could be today, or tonight, or tomorrow. Let us live each day as if it could be that day.

Praise God for this great, and all encompassing salvation.

We Are The Begotten Of God

1 Peter 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for us.”

Begotten: We are born of God according to his abundant mercy. We are born again; born of God’s Spirit into a new and spiritual existence without which we cannot see or enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:5).

Unto a lively hope: Our hope is not dead but is alive by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19).

Unto an inheritance: This inheritance is not related to this world and its possessions which are corruptible and defiled, and that fade away. This is a spiritual inheritance that is incorruptible (free from corruption and decay), undefiled (free from contamination), and which does not fade away (eternal). This inheritance is reserved (set aside and kept) for us in heaven. We have a reservation and the check-in time is the day of our rapture.

This is the result of God’s love for us.