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“Do not be deceived: ‘Evil Company corrupts good habits.’” — 1st Corinthians 15:33

It’s that time of year again, cold and flu season. Everyone is mindful of the guy next to him sniffling and sneezing, we are dodging the one with the cough, and the traditional handshake has been reduced to maybe a fist bump. All this to prevent being compromised and getting sick.

I wonder if we are privy to the infectious disease that comes from surrounding ourselves with bad doctrine. I see more and more concepts being introduced as though they were infallible. We see in 1st Corinthians 15 Paul addressing the misconceptions of the resurrection of the dead. He goes over the preamble of the foundation of our faith as a means to protect us from being infected. He seems to focus on the building up of our faith in order to combat the false teaching.

Taking precaution is the best way to battle the dangerous germs that infect us. There’s a belief that being out in the cold and rain will make you sick, but the truth is only a germ can infect you and make you ill. So the best way to stay well is to maintain a healthy regiment. In the same way the best way to know the truth is to be in God’s word.

I often talk to guys who have given way to false fables and abandoned the truth of the Gospel. They’ve given in to falsehoods that seem to be legitimate, but are germs. We should always be encouraging one another in truth. Just like your wife or mother is telling you to take your vitamins and eat your veggies, we need to be challenging each other on our spiritual diet. Paul had a lot to say to young Timothy about those that spread falsehoods. Jude starts his epistle with the reason he is writing, “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” He goes on to explain “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ”.

So two things to keep in mind, we are responsible to be in good fellowship and have men who point us to the true scriptures and we need to be men who come along side others, especially those young in the faith, with the same motherly concerns of not catching a germ.

The word of God is the best antibiotic to cure the false belief that can make us ill, Amen!

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, and serves with her as full time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at rrussomano@americaskeswick.org.

The Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 35-37| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Psalm 33:17

 

Taking Every Thought Captive Prayer

 

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Pray Without Ceasing –  1 Thessalonians 5:17


The second verse of our theme verses for 2017 is the exhortation of Paul, “Pray without ceasing.”

I am reading several books right now on prayer and what I have discovered is that one of the reasons people struggle to pray is that they do not know what to pray.
If you are honest, there are times when the enemy attempts to take us captive by filling our minds with all kinds of garbage. I recently read this helpful prayer again for “taking every thought captive.” I will have Graeme post this on the website so that you can download the prayer. I pray that it will be helpful to someone struggling.

Daily Commitment Prayer To Take Every Thought Captive – Alaine Pakkala

Father, I come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I claim the blood of the Lord Jesus as my protection during this time of prayer. I address only the True and Living God. I refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayers.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I command Satan to leave my presence with all his wicked spirts and I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus between us.

Father, I ask that You help me during this time of prayer. I thank You that the weapons of my warfare are not carnal, human or fleshly but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge and experience of God and brings every thought into obedience to Christ.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I resist and cancel every plan, I smash and break every stronghold that has been formed against me and my priesthood. I bind Satan’s work in this area and loose his hold upon my priesthood. I submit my priesthood to You, dear Lord.

I take authority over all wicked spirits in and around the house that have been assigned to hinder me and my priesthood today. I bind you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I command all wicked spirits in the house to leave and I bind you outside the house. I submit those bonds to You, heavenly Father.

I resist and cancel every plan, I smash and break every stronghold against me for this day. I bind and destroy all the enemy’s work against my mind, my emotions, my will, my body, my nerves, my spirit and its functions, and against the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. I resist all counterfeits, hindrances to my ministry and calling, my spiritual gifts, my prayers, and my authority in Christ.

Father, I thank and praise You for Your salvation and deliverance so rich and free. I praise God that while I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me and ransomed me from the fall. I now claim the blood and righteousness of Christ as my only hope for salvation. I thank You that I was justified, sanctified, given eternal life, and made an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ. I claim all the blessings that are mine because of it.

I claim my union in the crucifixion where I was placed in Christ and as He died for sin, I died to sin. I put off the dead old nature with all its deceitful lusts. I reckon myself now dead indeed to sin.

I claim my union in Christ in the resurrection where I was raised to new life and I put on the new man created in righteousness and true holiness and claim the resurrection power in my life.

I thank You for my union in Christ in the glorification where Jesus was seated at the right hand of God the Father. You have placed me there in Christ. I claim my place there where all principalities, powers, and wicked spirits are put under the feet of Jesus and thus under me. I therefore declare that all principalities, powers, and wicked spirits are subject to me because of this.

I thank You for my union in Christ in Pentecost where I was baptized by the Holy Spirit. I claim the filling of the Blessed Holy Spirit, all His ministry, and His fruit in my life for this day.

I thank You for my union in Christ in the promises; that in Jesus they are all yea and amen. I claim my place as an adult son by the adoption of the Spirit where I now have all the inheritance and authority as an heir of God and co-heir with Jesus Christ. I claim _________ (any promises God has given you personally as well as Phil. 4:19; John 7:38; Eph. 1:3; etc.)

I reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the full will of God. I claim God’s full will for me. I surrender myself to You, Lord, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world by the renewing of my mind so that I may know the full and complete will of God in experience. If the enemy has any ground or hold in my life that robs me of God’s will, I pray You will push it out and expose it that I may be totally Yours. I refuse to believe my feelings, but place my faith completely in You for victory.

I thank You for Your full provision for victory. I put on the full armor of God: the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, the sandals of peace on my feet, the helmet of salvation on my head, the sword of the Spirit in my hand, and I cover myself from head to foot with the shield of faith.

I claim all the victory the Lord Jesus Christ has provided for me where He made a show of principalities, powers and wicked spirits, leading them in a victory procession, triumphing over them by His cross. I reject them out of my life, all their insinuations, accusations, condemnations and temptations, hindering, lying, counterfeiting and distorting of the truth. Keep me aggressive in prayer mentally, physically, and spiritually to withstand the enemy in all things.

I choose to please You, Lord, in all things, to obey Your Word, and to live in harmony with You. I choose all the work of the Lord Jesus Christ in my life—His crucifixion, resurrection, and glorification, and all the work of Pentecost (the ministry, fruit and filling of the Holy Spirit). I refuse to be discouraged. You’re the God of all hope. I surrender myself to You completely.

I resist and reject every endeavor of Satan to rob me of the full will of God. I claim God’s will. I now resist and reject all the forces of Satan that are active in my life today. I do all this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks.

Dr. Bill Welte
President & CEO of America’s Keswick

Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 16-18| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Think About This: The infallible test of spiritual integrity, Jesus says, is your private prayer life. — Pastor Tim Keller

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.” Proverbs 15:8

 

 

 

 

Looking Back Towards a New Year

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“Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.” – Micah 7:7 (NKJV)

If there was ever a roller coaster of a year in worldly events, it was this one. From watching the cradle of Christianity fall into complete chaos to America electing what may be the most controversial President in American history, we’ve seen much of the world’s behavior fall into disarray at a rapid pace. Even in my own personal life some things took an unusual turn. I’m really not at liberty to even openly discuss them as those people involved would prefer that I just leave things as they are and maybe “accept” what has been decided. However, there is still a part of me that screams very loudly that what is going on is very, very wrong. I guess discretion is the better part of valor. C’est la vie…

Now when it came to the “decided behavior” of the nation of Israel there was a prophet, though he is considered one of the “minor” ones, who spent forty to fifty years reminding God’s people that they had seriously drifted away from the presence of YHVH and fell for the things of a materialistic and paganistic world.

Micah was called “the conscience of Israel” by Biblical scholar Peter Craigie and was a contemporary of the prophet of Isaiah. He slammed the people of Judah (more like Jerusalem) for their dishonesty and idolatry. But he does give a glimpse into the birth of Jesus, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” (Micah 5:2) Little is known of the Micah the man. He was raised out in the farmlands of Israel but YHVH called him to go into the big cities and pronounce very loudly the judgements that were coming if there was no repentance.

Basically, Samaria and Jerusalem had fallen into a time period where the affluent got more affluent, material prosperity was the everyday for them and they lead a whole nation of people down a road of godlessness, pretty much on the backs of the poor. YHVH had to deal with that and used Micah to break it down into three cycles of judgement, each ending with a promise of YHVH’s goodness. All they had to do was LISTEN and change their ways. The question that remains is did they receive what Micah had to say?

Well, while Micah was still alive he was received, so much so that King Hezekiah took Micah seriously. Even a century later when the prophet Jeremiah was under threat of death as he proclaimed YHVH’s now coming judgement on Israel, he would have the a few of the elders and priests remind people to “Remember when Micah of Moresheth prophesied during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah. He told the people of Judah, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field; Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins! A thicket will grow on the heights where the Temple now stands.’ But did King Hezekiah and the people kill him for saying this? No, they turned from their sins and worshiped the LORD. They begged him for mercy. Then the LORD changed His mind about the terrible disaster He had pronounced against them. So we are about to do ourselves great harm.” (Jeremiah 26:18-19)

For those of us who will be looking back at this year and see those cycles that seemed so heavy to bear, we will need to see where YHVH showed up and still carried the situation to provide His goodness. There are some of us out there that will inevitability say, “I am so done with this year and I need the new one to start off better.” But YHVH doesn’t have to provide that for you if you can’t grasp the lessons of the last one. Those folks that spoke up for Jeremiah realized that a better future was coming only if you recognize where God’s goodness was in the past. When we can acknowledge those things in the present we show everyone around just how precious it is to bring glory to YHVH and how important it is to maintain those precepts that His Son gave us…Love the LORD your God with everything you’ve got (100%, people)…and to love those around you as you love yourself. Amen?

 

Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 57; Proverbs 27

Daily Quote: “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.” —G. K. Chesterton

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities. Psalm 31:7