Learning To Lean On God Alone

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Learning To Depend On God Alone
Matthew 4:21-22

Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.…

Notice how in the above scripture, James and John never gave their father another thought. That’s how convinced they were that God had another plan for their lives.

Today after praying I begin to think about people who feel they must manipulate others for their own benefit.

This can be a parent of grown children, a wife or a husband, a good friend or even a child. It’s really a selfish spirit that seeks to have their own will and will do everything and anything to get things exactly how they want it.

One of the most common things manipulative people do is use guilt towards other people. Things are said like, “How can you do that if you love me,” or they will transfer their true feeling onto you by saying, “ You will never make it without me!”

It’s so hard to sometimes let our adult children go. I faced a similar situation with my only daughter. She lived with me for several years and I got so used to her being there that truthfully I believe I depended upon her too much. I depended upon her to do things I could do for myself and was really just too lazy to do. So when she fell in love and wanted to move away, I was heart broken, and begin to worry, “What am I going to do?” Even though I am a Christian, a counselor and really do know better, I found myself doing and saying things that I knew were not of God in an effort to keep her close by.

One day, during my time with the Lord, I was led to pick up a little book of daily words of messages from God. I opened it to the following words, “Trustingly place your child in God’s loving hands. Your heart is bound to the heart of the child. Loose the cord of affection lest it break.” That hit home, and from that point on I apologized to my daughter and supported the desire of her heart to go on and live her life.

God spoke to my heart with a bird analogy. What if a mother bird never kicked the baby bird out of the nest, would it ever learn to fly? Birds are meant to fly, and our children are not meant to live with us forever. It is only selfishness that wants to keep them with us forever.

Often times God has things for our grown child to accomplish and their place is where God has called them to be, not with us all their lives.

Watch closely in your life for a spirit of manipulation. It destroys relationships, will mess up plans and will rob you of your peace. Rebuke trying to manipulate and control other’s lives and apply wisdom and understanding.

God is who we should depend on. Not other people. When we trust in Him, He will see that we are provided with all we need. Sometimes we get so bogged down in human emotions we take our eyes off of Him and place them on other people. By doing so we make that person an idol. We place them above God, thinking without them we will not survive. God is all we need and we can do all things through Him, as He gives us strength. For those things we cannot do physically, God will provide someone to help us!

Let Go and Let God!

In His Unconditional Love,
Cathie Miller

http://www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

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Double Mindedness Blocks Blessings

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Double mindedness will block blessings all the time. If we are in prayer one minute and indulging in things that God doesn’t like another we are blocking blessings.

Another thing that will block blessings is not being sure of what we really want. One week we want one thing, and the next week we want something else. In prayer this morning I was reminded to be sure of what I want and then believe in faith that I have it. Be specific with God and don’t give up the vision of your desired answer to prayer.

Father help us to stay true to you and avoid temptations to go into the same sins that brought us down the first time. As we are faithful to you, help us to remember to make our prayer requests specific and to believe that what we ask for, we receive. Thank you Father, we ask these things in Your Precious Name! Amen

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie Miller

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Satan Preys Without Ceasing

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1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Recently I have had occasion to interact with two demon possessed people. Not in the same place, but it was obvious that they had demons inside of them. These people do not realize it and I think that they are completely unaware that they have opened a door to the dark side.

The important thing to remember, before I continue, is that these demons never can be successful in their attacks against Christians. According to the Word of God we have the power of God inside of us, as blood bought Christians, and the powers of darkness are subject to US as children of God.

When God is trying to show me something He often leads me into study, out of the blue, and at the same time I begin to notice other Christians are being led to study the same thing.

First, I had interaction with a demon possessed woman working at a store. She studied me waiting in line, once I got in front of her to do my business it was obvious to me that she had a demon working in her. Therefore when she “went off” on me and my husband I had seen it coming. At one time the demon inside of her started laughing at us. Watch people who laugh at inappropriate times, often that is a strong sign of demon possession.

I came home and started praying about that interaction. I had noticed a lot of other demonic demonstrations in the last year, and so have you beloved of the Lord. If you have seen people killing masses of people who do you think empowers a person to murder? You can call it radical religion, or mental illness, but the truth that Christians know is that it is the work of a demon working through a person who has given themselves over to beliefs that oppose God.

God began to teach me a couple of important things. First, He took me on a study of the blood of Jesus. The blood shed by Jesus is extremely Holy. Claiming that blood that He shed to die for our sins, is no different then the Israelites putting the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that their children would not be killed.

“For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.” Exodus 12:23

Jesus is the Lamb of God. We understand that symbolism and so we can now claim the power of that blood for us and our children.

Secondly, we are in the time spoken of in Revelation. We are in the time of the “end time” demons. These demons are stronger because Satan is well aware that his time is coming to a end.

The bible speaks of the time of the end as being a seven year period of time. I believe we may have already been through the first part of that seven year period.

In an article from Revelation Logic, an unknown author says the following;

“The final seven-year end times period corresponds with the 70th week of Daniel (Dan 9:24-27). The first 3 1/2 years of this period may actually seem like “business as usual” for the earth. The first four seal events will be fulfilled during this time, but those events are not that exceptional. People have risen to great political prominence (as in the first seal) many times in the past, there have been many wars and famines (as in the second and third seals), and many people have died of such things (as in the fourth seal). There have even been multiple peace treaties involving Israel (like the “covenant” mentioned in Dan 9:27).”

I believe it is very possible we have passed from that period of time to the “mid-time” of tribulation. During that period the author says the following;

“However, when the first 3 1/2 years are finished, we will have reached the midpoint of the end times period, and things start happening in the angelic realm that will strongly shape the course of events on earth for the second 3 1/2 years. This is the period called the time, times, and half a time (Dan 7:25, Dan 12:7), and it begins with the 42 months of the great tribulation, as discussed below:

The Midpoint

Rev 12:7-12 – 7And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. The Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12“For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

At the midpoint of the seven-year end times period, God gives the command to expel Satan from His presence in heaven, and Satan is thus cast down to the earth. I believe Satan knows that this time is coming, but he doesn’t know when it will happen. When that time arrives, Satan will be enraged because he will then know that his time is short, specifically, the time, times, and half a time period (Rev 12:14).”

So these end time demons are strong and able to work against Christians with a stronger presence then we have seen in the past.

When people say, “This world seems to be going to hell” they are correct, and yet they see it through secular eyes. We, as Christian, have read the end of the book and we know that we win in the end.

In the meantime, the only way to fight these demons is by pleading the blood over yourself, and your family on a daily basis. Once we realize what is going on we are able to fight these situations being prepared, prayed up and covered with the blood.
When we come across a demon possessed person it is best to simply walk away, if possible. If not then what I have learned to do is start praying, in my head, for the person in front of me, pleading the blood of Jesus over the tongue in their mouth, and praying a hedge of safety around me.

In order to fight these demons we have to be living in God’s will on a daily basis. Like the little saying I saw recently says, “Part-time Christians Cannot Defeat Full-Time Devils.”

We cannot be living an “almost” Christian life,” because it would be a real heartache to “almost” get into heaven, as Greg Laurie teaches.

Today, if there is anything holding you back get rid of it. Give it to Jesus and give any weak area’s of your life to Him. You may feel weak, but Jesus living inside of you is strong.

Some of you, unfortunately, have some part-time Christians living in your home. Pray for them, without ceasing. Pray that God will do what He needs to do to bring them to surrender. Sadly, these family members can try to manipulate Christians with their drama and they often cause a spirit of division in families. Remember, no matter what your relation to these folks is,  JESUS IS LORD. Do not give in to their manipulations. We need to please God, not people. Follow the same thing when dealing with family members that are not living completely for God. Plead the blood of Jesus over yourself when dealing with them, and do not let Satan get you on their “drama” level. Sometimes, it’s best to turn and walk away from them. Let them know, “I love you but I cannot deal with you at the moment.” Then pray over them in your head. Anoint their car, their toothbrush, ECT. with healing oil. You can use Crisco oil if that’s all you have. Do not let them know you are doing it. I have seen people change in radical ways by using that method.

The purpose of this is to let you know what you are experiencing is real, and to give you practical methods of dealing with it. It will not get better. It is only going to get worse. Stay prayed up and close to God. Have faith that He is with you and protects you and your loved ones.

I am not a biblical scholar and I do not want to argue with anyone concerning the Tribulation period. Many believe we will be raptured before the Tribulation, and that’s fine. I personally believe we are in it now, and that’s what I am convinced of. Either way, pre-tribulation or going through the Tribulation I know that God is with me, and I am going to live with Him.

In His All-Forgiving Love,
Cathie Miller

www.helpforGodshurtingpeople.com