Standing at my altar, 'it's just persecution' I tell myself as I hear from both the Lord and Lucifer, Lucifer coming to provoke and despond me for making an offering to The God Most High. How would I feel and what would my thoughts be WITHOUT this persecution? Yes, wicked spirits claim attention but our Father is fair and thinks about what we can't due to bombardment and also brings solutions and salve. There isn't anything that The Lord Most High doesn't know and he lets us know what we need to know when we need to know it for reasons he decides best for us so we are in the hands of an expert, a consultant who constantly converses with us EVEN when we can resist but don't but do remember, he is closer when we keep his commandments; just as when you train your child and rush to reqard them when they do good, The God Most High is pleased when we stick to his statutes because of the effect here, in heaven and with Lucifer.
When we put a foot in new territory, Lucifer is threatened by this venture and will send wicked spirits to discourage you but the feeling of freedom you will receive, a lightening of your spirit and strengthening of your will plus The God Most High's words will see you on your way blasting through previous self limitation and realising you have greater potential and a resolve which will see Lucifer running away from you. And, when the same combination of wicked spirits return, you react differently for you remember the high of resisting them before and want back onto that virgin territory.
Sometimes, I feel and can see that others too forget that this is a tribulation period and that it will finish. There has been much deception during it but our Father's steadfast love has kept us faithful, wanting to learn and in the family for he knows how difficult it can be to remain and not walk away.
When temptation comes, opportunity knocks, sometimes I consciously skip a beat, wait a monent before I react so that my response takes into account what spirits are affecting me and who I am with meaning my response will be deeper and different.
During this trial, we've all been battered and some imbittered at times but as bad as it has been at times remember dad blocks a great deal and remembers our times of hardship and so sails us into a harbour to rest us now and then so that we want to carry on once rested. At times of difficulty, it's worth remembering that the Bible is full of accounts of people just like you and me who triumphed over adversity because dad was with them, at their side and how comforting His companionship is - quick to answer and forgive and slow to chide and become angry.
Recently, in a bid to resist Lucifer, I marvelled at new thoughts coming, developed over time, such as, 'no! I don't want to be hateful, I don't want to be malicious' and that thought can stop my flesh wanting to think as Lucifer wills and restore my mind to being with the Lord. I often find too that I tell myself, 'wait' knowing the wicked spirit will walk on by -be cast out so avoiding thought contamination.
Heavenly Father, I appreciate that you bide with us and live with such dark thoughts -the thoughts of our own plus that of wicked spirits. That we don't go through this alone and that you educate us so that the truth will set us free. Wicked spirits' presence weights us down, grips and pull us in conflict but you see them and tell us what you see in order that we can
focus on our faithin you. Resisting means more of you and less of Lucifer; help us to will this for ourselves please. Thank you and amen.
Before or during sin, the taste is sweet but as we could all tesifity to, this taste can become sour as we count the consequence; broken relationships, departure of someone or something, problems in our working life, difficulties at home and conflict in our thought life.
Lucifer comes not only to persecute but to entice us to sin and be wicked and rebel as a consequence of being persecuted, often taking matters into our own hands through seeking vengeance, retaliation never satisfied and can become out of (self) control.
When we've been overcoming, be sure Lucifer will come unwilling for you not to be persecuted or to obey our Righteous Father. But, as we can all agree with, after a bad bout, Father binds Lucifer to give us rest which is why we all see people at different stages and either happy or sad due to difficult circumstances. Resistance brings fresh understanding and as we move on, we find we can cope without exerting so much effort, in other words, it comes naturally. I have compassion for those who are ill or troubled or exhausted as we need strong minds to resist and cope with persecution and the world in these final days.
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, when we become entangled by in temptation, you are there. When we feel sin tastes sweet you know it will have a sour outcome as Lucifer is against happiness no matter if it was derived from wrong doing or obedience to you. Thank you that we know now which spirit is working against us and that we realise much of what we felt was not because we were bad or evil but because wicked spirits were influencing us. Help me and the family and those still to come into it to understand the immense consequence of our sin, even not saying hello in reply to someone can cause severe persecution. If we admit our wrong doings and admit how we truly feeel, then others are almost always sympathetic and relieved and readily offer compassion and counsel. Thank you Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus for your compassion which comes when we sin and for how hard you work and strive so that we don't become lost to Lucifer. I have heard some say that they want to be hateful or malicious, it is enjoyable and that they prefer to provoke...yet I look at them with sympathy seeing conflict and need. How I thank you Father for your mercy and motives and for your determination; you work so hard that we might be saved and not die in our sins. I have seen improvement in resisting temptation but ask for your help in managing our thoughts so that we can not think about what is wrong or bad or corrupted or inoble but focus with you. Thank you for helping us in the past and now to produce fruits, rewards. Amen.
In the Holy Bible we read of remarkable successes gotten 'by faith'.
Today, we begin to see peoples' achievements in a new way-as ones of overcoming persecution and difficult circumstance.
Some people enjoy challenge and some not but one thing we have in common is that, at times, we groan at persecution and when looking at the world as it is, wanting it to change, waiting on Christ to return and restore. But, there are advantages to be harvested during adversity and aside from a practical type of result, the advantages can help and heal us in our inner-being, promoting our will and providing our spirit with strength.
Adversity has the advantage of providing us with a supply of strength that we can look back on and utilise again, knowing that we came through a trying situation and that we can do so again having two sources of strength knowing our Father's never fails. Adversity also gives us the counsel of confidence, an awareness of ability as we delve into deeper determination. And, of course, there is also the peace that comes through exercising patience.
Heavenly Father, on the new earth, things will be different. There won't be any name calling in the playground or harrassment at work both causing hurt and hate. We won't either reject one another but have renewed minds and enjoy being with each other as never before. We will celebrate that we remained faithful and in your love and have a resistance bank in which to help us in the final rebellion. I often feel such compassion for those who are suffering whilst waiting on you to send your Son, for example, the grieving, homeless or ill but am heartened and delighted to think that you are helping us all through every adversity; your experience vast helping, for example, children cope with being excluded, adults through an interview, a widower contend with their new life or an animal who is sick. You have helped me through every event and it is so reassuring to know that you are within me and that I'll never be without you, thank you for being so keen to counsel. I appeal to the family to pray for one another and to say to each other what is in their heart as a few chosen words can bless abundantly, restore relationships and curtail persecution. Please help one another family, don't wait for someone else to help, if you have the power or resources at hand, then lend a hand, please and don't assume that the person WILL get help from someone else even if they have family and friends. It is comforting Father to see that we are all groaning and growing at the same time and to see your presence in others providing then with ability to endure and to overcome; seeing others overcome has often encouraged me to try again or to try it from another angle. It is also comforting to know that you are in control and if we give you control then we can see miracles a many. I love to read accounts in The Book of Truth of how you have moved people by your mercy and received praise because of your steadfast love and I look forward to you being praised and worshipped in every day life on the new earth, but yet I yearn to hear people talk of what we are going through now. Help us to overcome so that we can ask for help. It often takes very little to make a difference to someone's day, I know for I have often been blessed in this way. Give us courage to speak up when the need is there and wisdom to know when to keep quiet, to listen. Give us vision when very persecuted. Thank you, Provider, amen.
Have you experienced the revelation of resisting laughing when it has a wicked spirit's motivation, input? Sacrificing that laugh for a moment then brings a deeper joy and deeper meaning. Always look then at the reason why you are amused, smiling or laughing and you will see that much to date has been because of demonic influence and incorrect responses due to cultures set up, for example, laughing to hide fear. Lucifer has been communicating with us all of our lives and the flesh often welcomes him as a vent to persecution from people and from wicked spirits but such thinking steals and stops, kills and creates more conflict and destroys devotion, devotion to one another and to God so our communication skills need looking at.
Wicked spirits want to hurry us to react when good communication requires a response. Persecution often plays havoc with our cognitive function and after a conversation, we then realise that we didn't relay what you would have if not persecuted, often leaving companionships angry or unfufilled as the other did not listen and did not respond as you needed. Receiving compassion is essential but hatred and maliciousness and malevolence block love and so compassion is often not felt and therefore not issued, given by us which is sad. So, both people leave the meeting still with conflict, or more, within them and this then will affect those they meet afterwards. We need help with our communication skills and courage to simply say as we feel.
Heavenly Father, parents don't like to see or hear of their children troubled and this is how you too feel about us. You have been teaching us for a long time and I see the effects but yearn for more openess and also better communication skills among us as often we react and don't respond which is unfulfilling and creates further materail for Lucifer to use against us. So much of how we look at life is Lucifer's ways, cultures set up as is how we laugh, very often due to the presence of wicked spirits. Help us please to pause whilst being persecuted and in conversation to speak your words, in other words to respond and not just react. Of course, Lucifer persecutes us when in company because he doesn't want any to give advice which would help the person and the blessing go on to bless many. Give us courage to communicate in a loving and developing way so that we can meet each others' needs and be ourselves. The Book of Truth shares testamonies of triumph over adversity and in relationship issues and I thank you for the joy of being provided with case studies which are good to think about.Thank you very much for how you communicate and for the people who have listened to me, amen.
Proverbs 17;9 wisdom advises us that, 'one who seeks love conceals an offence, but one who repeats it divides friends'. This tells us about forgiveness versus unforgiveness, of the need to vent-get it off our chest and of the results of gossip AND that if we seek to keep peace then we must let go of Lucifer's ways, his thinking for his way of thinking leads to his ways of doing.
Heavenly Father, there is indeed a time to speak and a time to remain silent and I thank you that you speak before, during and after all events in our lives steering us to stop something or to start something, providing guidance and advice to help shape our choices. You know how much Lucifer can use an offence against us but give us peace in place of the plaguing thoughts and your ability to cover the sin by being merciful and I thank you for this. When we won't forgive, we hold onto hatred and anger and even though we may feel right in refusing to forgive, having these spirits hold us leads to wrong doing, it is inevitable as they overshadow us in our being affecting our spirit and will. We can often too hate someone for being hateful not realising that we too, like them, usually do have reason to feel displeased but hatred and provocation come to inflame us, to keep the fire of hate burning. Thank you for the many times when others have wronged against me or offended me where you have taken my persecution and my inner-self and replaced those thoughts and feelings with peace and love thereby making forgiving them easy. Very often, we believe (or used to) that our thoughts and feelings were ours when in actual fact they were that of wicked spirits so this is illuminating and has positive effects on our in-most-being, will and spirit. Thank you for teaching us and for helping us to forgive. To reach out to you when we've had wrong done to us is difficult but reaps rewards aplenty overcoming many wicked spirits to talk to you, we then find solutions are sent and that we can then move on. Help us then to want to listen and learn when we're so persecuted that we want to go it alone. Amen.
Make no mistake, Lucifer comes to steal eternal lives. Some thoughts now on warring with a wicked spirit.
Temptation. I realised recently the lure of temptation when I realised and recognised that I wanted one, a sweetie recently, to satisfy a spirit of temptation's curse of craving and NOT to satisfy me. What I mean is I hadn't thought of having a sweetie-it was the spirit of temptation who thought I should have one.
Willingness. Note that when you are willing to be, for example hateful, wicked spirits have more influence over you and that when you yield to one, they all persecute perhaps wanting precedence over your will or spirit to claim victory to our Father? I've found that the will, the heart is willing as is the flesh more than is the spirit.
Invasion. Lucifer and other wicked spirits constantly warfare against you why? To cause you to sin in the hope you, like them, will be separated from God for ever. My advice is to lean into a new level of resisting them-Father will, one day, partly or fully bind them from you claiming victory allowing squirmishes to show you what you are capable of AND to make you capable bringing Glory and gladness to him...and you. When you warfare with Fatherm you will win and he will reward you is what I mean.
Resistance. Your resistance is achieving something great. It is so worthwhile as you find there is a shift in your being followed by the assertion that you don't want to be persecuted but to lead a godly life in obedience which in itself protects. These shifts come often and show you what you can do, you become more able to contend with life and Lucifer and with understanding you undersatnd Lucifer's tactics and so life becomes less demanding. So, send them away empty handed at the first knock and if you've invited them in willingly or wilfully then wait for Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus to release you but remember the second you start to resist again, they will flee.
Father, we often have sin in our sights but you have eternity. We are all guilty of, at times, wilfully and willingly persecuting others often as a means to vent our inner-most self having a need to do this in conversation and often in action too. And yet your love doesn't lambast nor leave but rallies us around to turn around from wilful and willing wrong-doing now knowing more of the considerable consequence. I've seen people emboldened by working with wicked spirits yet you say not to be embarrassed by this but to, as I have often done, said sorry and in that second have seen a change where everything once again becomes more manageable, thank you.
You want repentance and we also need to lament learning much from such times that can go on to be the clause that claims us back from wilful or willing persecution against others. Help us then to look at Lucifer more as you do and so lock him out of our lives and live with the then increased enjoyment of having more of you within. We should seek tuition from you, the Bible and from people who have your wisdom within and live by your precepts. Practising resistance prevents much; it builds up our abilities and helps us say no to the ways of dark deeds and wicked words.
Give us strength not to stray and to want to stay away, well clear of harmful conduct and conversation, showing us a better way to lead our lives.
Thank you very much, amen.
Heavenly Father, this thoughful expression expresses my thanks in hindsight for what I now see in hindsight which is your devotion and determination, love and loyalty which is second to none. In times of loosing and in times of being bound, I have found that your strength has come to me stopping me from squandering my salvation and eternity spent with you. You see what we often can't due to our personal persecution and circumstance and I realise now that when I have felt angst about my thinking and behaviour, you haven't seen it this way, seeing me as severely persecuted thus affecting my mind and emotions leading me into sin, wickedness and rebellion which is all against you. I am AMAZED at your ability to forgive and the speed at which you offer this, cleansing us and claiming us back as your own and thankful for your forgiveness for when I have personally angered you with what I have said to you and others. So, I apologise and appeal to us all to apologise to you for what we have done wrong this year. Just to agree with your conviction and correction changes our being and brings blessing so I thank you for a 2017 with times such as these aplenty. And, that you are faithful to forgive, quick to apologise for my and our persecution and that you are slow to anger though help us to understand that YOU have a being, emotions and a will and have loved us all for acting against your will and yet we find it difficult to be with others who treat us badly. I am amazed and thankful for your resistance and reliability and thank you for how I have been blessed by both. I want to know more of how you feel for I can identify with deep feeling and want to understand you, why, because I love you and care about you and this bond has grown and I cherish it.
But, at times of persecution that is too much for me, I reject you and forget your goodness and Grace but remember that you will never leave me or forsake me and have been touched and moved by how you have pursued me and brought each persecution to an end causing us both to reconcile and rejoice in each others' being, savouring our companionship that was robbed. You come after us and help us because you don't want to lose us-to see us condmened on the final Day. And, we would be lost if you didn't continually come and find us.
You drew us all close nearly seven years ago, in this special tribulation time way and I am thankful for the relationship we have; it is deep and it is meaningful and I look ahead and look forward to being with you completely loosed from Lucifer during your Son's reign and then for ever more. What this will feel like will create much worship in spirit and in truth, thanksgiving and celebration and we will be glad that we suffered to stay with you, each in receipt of Glory and gladness for ever more.
Due to persecution by people or wicked spirits I sometimes forget what you have taught me and trained me to do AND what you have taken from me and therefore given me and I apologise again for the things that I have said to you which were at times very rude and offensive and I know I have angered you but yet you contained this and continued to love me and help me but then told me of your sorrow that I was so persecuted seeing all feeling outwith love and peace as being due to persecution. This is dawning on me and shifting my thinking so thank you for our accrued learning, it is sensational. My love of learning helps me visualise what it might be like on the new earth and this motivation means a great deal to me.
So, thank you Father for the thoughts you have shared, the thoughts from persecution that you have shared with us, the thoughts you have taken from us, the thoughts you have changed and for how they benefit us here with others and animals and in our relationship with you.
We will be caught up to be with your Son and delight that you enabled us to remain in your love and remain faithful and see why you forgave and pursued us such will be our joy...and yours to behold us.
Thank you Father for who you are and I look forward to time passing and during that time to getting to know you more. I am sorry for hurting you and rejecting you and angering you at times such was my being but thank you again for being so resilient, rewarding and for our relationship. I delight daily knowing that we will be together for all of time, that nothing can take you from me, that we will become closer again. Amen.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of one of my brothers and sisters, you did for Me." Holy Lord God Jesus Christ.