Morning Meditation: So, how many demons do you think are assigned to you?

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“greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” 1 Jn. 4:4b KJV.

If you are seeking to fully follow the Lord, you can expect harassment from the enemy. God permits temptation because it drives us deeper into the soil of God. These times reveal God’s power to keep us and walk us through the temptations. Our message becomes fruitful when it is born out of obedience and suffering for His name. Do not consider it strange if you find yourself fighting major battles the more obedient you become to the Master. God desires each of us to become a feared enemy of hell in order to affect satan’s domain. When you begin to feel harassed, chances are you are beginning to affect the kingdom of darkness, and satan doesn’t like this. So, how many demons do you think are assigned to you?

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Morning Meditation: Living As If You Were Dead

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“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11

What are the things that arouse the strongest emotions in you? Perhaps it is a rude motorist who cuts you off in traffic. Perhaps it is the anger you feel when you are wrongfully accused. Perhaps it is frustration that results from not having enough money to meet perceived needs. When do emotions turn into sin? Anger itself is not sin. Jesus had righteous anger when they sold doves in the temple.

Whenever our peace is upset over events and circumstances in life, we have moved past emotions into sin. Sin says that circumstances of life now dictate anxiety, worry, fear, or anger. Consider the attributes of a dead man. He does not get angry when slandered. He does not worry about the future. He does not fear what can be done to him. Why? Because he is dead. Nothing can harm a dead man.

Christ said we are to live as if we are dead – dead to the temptation of responding to stimuli in our life that are designed to stir up the sinful nature that resides in each of us. We do not have to respond to that nature; we can consider it dead. Christ said He is enough. When He is our all in all, nothing can move us. If we are moved, then Christ is not our all in all. This does not mean we cannot have strong emotion about our circumstance, it means we do not sin. Christ had strong emotions in the Garden of Gethsemane, yet He sinned not.

 

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Morning Meditation: Be Grateful

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Blessings are invisible gifts given to us, not because we deserve it or are deserving of it, we just get them. So, we should not be ungrateful, or turn a build eye to them. Each day people are out in this great world suffering, wanting, hoping, praying for the little that we have.

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If you have a child, love them. Many are not able to have any children.

If you have a job, appreciate it. Many, including yours truly, doesn’t have one.

If you have food to eat, tonight, tomorrow, next week; give thanks. Many will go hungry and die in starvation.

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If you have a husband, a boy friend, someone who loves you; love them back. Many are alone and lonely.

If you have family, a brother, a mother, a nephew, a step aunt, cherish them. Many have no one who cares for them.

If you are able to read this, able to count the money in your pocket, able to understand that China is on the other side of the planet and not a piece of crockery or plate; be thankful you received even the slightest education. Thousands can not read, write, spell, count or know whats happening in the world.

If you are able to go to church on any day, in any hour, dressed in any way, worship in any way, and sing as loudly as you want or hum if you can’t; be thankful you are not in China or another suppressive country that doesn’t allow you to practice the religion you choose.

Blessings are invisible gifts, but don’t act like you don’t know they aren’t there.

Morning Meditation: How to Know Satan’s Tactics and Overcome

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They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. —Revelation 12:11

If we are going to do spiritual warfare, then we need to know Satan’s tactics in order to overcome them. Satan is out to deceive. Revelation 12:9 describes him as “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (KJV).

How does he set about his deception? In 2 Corinthians 11:14, Satan is called “an angel of light,” which means that he uses apparently respectable means and people to deceive us. He tries to lure us away from the truth and towards the counterfeit. Paul says: “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him” (2 Cor. 11:4, KJV).

Satan is out to demoralize: “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Rev. 12:10, KJV).

How does Satan accuse? Sometimes he tells us that we are not saved. Or if he can’t succeed with that, he tries to convince us that God has finished with us and that we are irreparably out of His will. Nothing is more demoralizing to a Christian than this. But let me give you a rule of thumb here: all oppression is of the devil.

Another method of accusing and demoralizing us is to tell us that we are not fit to worship God as we are. The devil reminds us of some weakness or failing in our life, and he says, “You must get that right before you can worship God. You’re not in a fit state to do anything.” He tries to get in during the week, and if he fails there, he tries on Sunday morning. If we lose our temper or give in to some other weakness, he says to us, “You see, you’re not fit.” But God never says that.

So what are we to do in the face of Satan’s strategies? The answer is that we must refuse to give place to him. We must realize that Satan’s strategy is aimed to produce one thing—a grieved Holy Spirit. That is all he wants. And if he achieves that, then he has won.

Excerpted from Worshipping God (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004).

Morning Meditation: Are you part of the remnant of workplace believers whom God is calling out today?

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Are you part of the remnant of workplace believers whom God is calling out today? Do not let the business of today’s workplace sidetrack you from the importance of God’s agenda for you. Can you recall the day God’s Spirit rested on you? Have you walked in that anointing since that day? Satan’s strategy is to keep us distracted with the urgency of the moment versus the importance of eternity. Ask God what your priorities should be today. Make His priorities your priorities.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Morning Meditation: It is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility as our guide to convict us

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“When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.” John 16:8

I had recently come back from a mountaintop experience. As I attempted to get back into my routine, I found a great cloud of oppression come over me. Each day I attempted to press through it, but with no success. Fear, anxiety, doubt, and unbelief were setting in. I knew I was fretting over my future. I had been in a long period of transition in my work life and was tired of the place of waiting. Yet I didn’t understand the oppression. It was definitely spiritual warfare. That night I was reading a book regarding our calling from God. The author made mention that we can become envious of others when we get into a place where we are dissatisfied. Suddenly, I realized I was guilty of envying where other workplace believers were in their lives. I was “subconsciously” angry that the calling God had placed on my life had such adversity. I had to repent.

As if this were not enough, the next day the Holy Spirit confirmed my assessment in the most unusual way. That morning I turned on my computer to read my own Workplace Meditation that is sent to my computer. The message was on “Envying Others” and included the same Scripture reference as the author’s in the book. Imagine God using my own words to convict me of sin! The nerve of Him! To make matters worse, at lunchtime I tuned into the local Christian radio station to hear an interview with the same author as he cited the very passage I had read the day before. I was shocked to realize how the Holy Spirit could be so precise in His ability to convict and give proof of His activity in my life.

Do you question if the Holy Spirit is active in your life? The Lord has promised that the Holy Spirit will convict us of sin when we move away from Him. It is His responsibility as our guide.

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Morning Meditation: There is a God

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John 1 (KJV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

There is a God; even if you do not acknowledge and accept Him. He is the I Am.-Poetess Denise Fyffe.

Think on these things: The intent of man is evil

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The intent of man is evil; unless God steps into the midst of it.-Poetess Denise Fyffe