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A BATTLE TO FIGHT: Stage One, I AM NOT HERE

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she was right that reality can be harsh and that you shut your eyes to it at your peril because if you do not face up to the enemy in all his dark power, then the enemy will come up from behind some dark day and destroy you while you are facing the other way. -Frederick Buechner

You cannot fight a battle you don’t think exists.

The Holy Spirit through Peter is stating that believers are under spiritual attack. In 1 Peter 5:8-9, Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. This is not for non believers relative Rev 12:10 with reference to “your brethren”.

The Holy Spirit insists you Resist the devil, Fight back, Take a stand.

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Before a military strike there is an attempt to soften the target. Satan uses these three tactics before striking.

  1. Take out the lines of communication
  2. Propaganda
  3. Probe areas of weakness

Take out the lines of communication

  • Satan comes in to divide and conquer, for example Marriage is a picture of what God offers his people. Scripture says it is a
    • living metaphor
    • a walking parable
    • a Rembrandt painting of the gospel

    Satan hates marriage with every ounce of it’s malicious heart.  Satan has no intention of just letting marriage be lived out with such a deep appeal that no one can resist God’s offer.

  • Jams Communications with Head Quarters – You will not want to get up, an important interfering meeting will be called, you will catch a cold.
  • Cloak of confusion, many times you will be wondering why you ever believed in Jesus in the first place. During Prayer your mind will wander to all kinds of small issues…did i pay the heater bill, what should i eat for breakfast, etc.

Your connection to God is cut off…gone vanished like the sun behind a cloud. If you do not know what is up, you will like God LEFT YOU or whatever spin the Enemy puts on it.

ACTION STEP- There is nothing more to do than pray and re-establish that connection with Jesus Christ, without distraction.

Next, I will expand on the other tactics some more.


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Author: Eric

I have been married to my wife Laura since 1995, and live in Austin, Texas with our two children. I have participated in the sport of triathlon and investing for many years.

2 thoughts on “A BATTLE TO FIGHT: Stage One, I AM NOT HERE

  1. Barriers to KNOWING God….Rick Warren

    “Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do”
    (Ephesianc 5:17)

    Every day I talk to people who say, “if there is a God and He allowed me to be born and I’m still alive, what is His plan for me? Why am I here, and what am I supposed to be doing? How do I find out God’s will for me so I don’t waste my life?”
    The Bible says this: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do” (Ephesians 5:15)
    It’s wise to figure out why I was put on Earth. It’s foolish to go through life without a clue. Fortunately, God doesn’t play games with us. He wants us to understand His will for our lives. When we look toward the wrong things, we create barriers to discovering God’s will. For instance:

    – God’s will is not about a feeling. God’s plan for your life is not discovered through some emotional sensation. His plan for your life is practical, not mystical.
    – God’s will is not about a formula. God’s will is not some step-by-step procedure that you rigidly follow through life. Life just isn’t that simple! You need more than a formula. Here’s the key: God’s will for your life begins with a friendship. God is far more interested in having you establish a relationship with Him than He is interested in having you follow a set of rules.
    First and foremost, God wants you to get to KNOW Him, like He already Knows you. Once this relationship is established, everythng else — career, family, goals, recreation, ambitions, finances, health, and friendships — will begin to fall into their proper place.
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    The above is showing us that life with Christ is not a religion, but a relationship with the Creator of the universe and He already knows you..before you were born, and now He wants you to Know Him in a personal relationship. One that allows you to call on the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords to meet you at your greatest need as you seek His will for your life. You are in His will when you follow Him in obedience.

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    “Jesus Lives” by Sarah Young….
    Though I bring grief, I will show compassion. No matter what trials you are enduring, you can count on My Love and My compassion–neither of which will ever fail. I can bring good out of everything I allow in your life, but much of what I do is far beyond your understanding. My children often misinterpret My ways with them. When adversity strikes, they tend to feel as if I’m displeased with them. The don’t realize that My most devoted followers are especially targeted in spiritual warfare. The devil and his demonic underlings delight in tormenting those who live close to Me. When you are suffering and your troubles seem endless remember I am tenderly present in your afflictions. Instead of lamenting the way things are, search for Me in the wreckage of adversity. You will not fail to find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
    I want you to experience more fully the greatness of My overflowing Love. As you open yourself to My compassionate Presence, this Love flows into you more freely. My love expands within you, increasing your capacity for Me. As you continue this blessed adventure with Me, I fill you with ever-increasing volumes of unfailing Love!!
    Lamentations 3:32–3:22-23……Jeremiah 29: 13-14

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    Bring HIM on your journey of life and KNOW that HE is GOD…Ps. 46:10 and He will walk along side with His Love and guidance, teaching you faith and trust to know that He is your Enough in all circumstances. As His child in this fallen world you have access to His Peace at all times. So, until we leave this temporary home, put your life into His hands, one day at a time, and one day we will share eternity with our Heavenly FATHER…our ABBA DADDY in Glory for all of Eternity!!

    May HIS Presence and Care be very close to you today…..

  2. great comment, thanks for sharing.