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Refuse to be broken: How to persevere through spiritual warfare.
Feelings of frustration and anger.
One day I became frustrated at the way my life was going. I was making little progress towards my goals, and I felt like I was going through one struggle after another. I'm sure a lot of you can relate to the fact that when one thing goes wrong, it seems as if a domino effect takes place: everything starts tumbling down.
I found myself sinking into depression; I felt lost with no sense of direction. But whenever you feel like giving up, whenever life seems unbearable, your blessing is on the way; there's always sun shine and balmy weather after a storm.
So if you feel like you're going through spiritual warfare, a bad break-up, or just have negative people in your life you feel are trying to tear you down; you let them know you can't be broken easily. Let them know they are dealing with a spirit that refuses to be broken.
Feel your prayer's aren't being answered?
This may sound like a "cliche" but prayers are best answered when they are unselfishly motivated. Because we serve a God who judges our hearts, know that your motives are always what He sees regardless of what comes out of your mouth. Prayers should never be calculated, even if they are repetitious; Prayers should always be purely motivated. When I pray, I try not to think too hard about what I'm going to say to God but speak straight from the heart. I take a moment and sit quietly then allow my thoughts to speak. I never get discouraged if my prayers are not answered right away because I trust that God always hears and works everything out according to His own timing, and I continue to wait in faith.
Refuse to be broken- A poem about perservering through tough times.
When you couldn't relate to me.
Your alternative was to try to break me.
Then you realized my faith was too strong.
You even thought you would have things your way.
But then again, to your dismay,
You found this out the hard way
My faith was too strong.
So you tried to break me.
And then you were hoping.
That you could look down
And see if I had been beaten and broken.
But there are no truer words that will ever be spoken...
You are dealing with a spirit that refuses to be broken!
You tried to tear me in two.
But I mended better than new.
Then you finally knew, my praise was too strong!
So you think I'm arrogant.
But that's just more evidence,
You can't handle this.
My praise is that strong.
So you constantly test me.
And I know your just hoping.
That you could look down and see that I
Had been weeping and moping.
But there are no stronger words a pair of lips will have spoken...
You are dealing with a spirit that refuses to be broken!
Are you spending quality time with God?
I've heard many people testify they feel sleepy when they start reading their bible, or they become distracted by people or encounter interruptions. Although you can easily become distracted by the things of the world, make no mistake about it the devil is at work.
Satan is always on his job, and his job is to keep us separated from the love of God and keep us from having a relationship with Him. Satan is at war with the saints the last thing he wants is for you to be saved and then save others.
He is a master of disguises, he is subtle and cunning. He comes to you as a lover, friend, opportunity, even a blessing, and by the time you recognize him you are usually worst off. (1 Peter 4-12 says: " Beloved do not think it strange over the fiery trials in which to try you." In other words, be expected to be tempted by the devil and look at trials and tribulations as your assurance that you are indeed abiding in the vine.
Know that faith without works is dead, and if your faith is not motivating you to witness, uplift and encourage the body of Christ, as well as draw people to Christ through testimonies, then you are no threat to the devil.
How being steadfast in prayer can help you fight spiritual warfare.
In these tough times having a prayer life is more important than ever. The bible in Ephesians 6:12 tells us that We do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against unseen forces and principalities; Satan is real and to underestimate his power is a big mistake.
Nowadays, churches seem to preach more about prosperity and blessings and less about the adversary, catering to our desires to live a rich and prosperous life. This hunger for material wealth, however, leaves us blind as we forget, or never understand why coming together in unity and lifting up prayer's to God is so important.
Some believe when they encounter struggles in life it's simply the way things are. This in part is true, life is hard and always will be, but it's how we deal with that struggle that makes the difference.
Refusing to be broken; Is more of a state of mind than anything else. It's a motivating and empowering tool that speaks to your spirit and say's "No matter what I'm going through, no matter how bad things seem, I will stay strong- I will not break."
I talk to God in the morning when I first wake up. I choose this time because I'm refreshed and my mind is free of clutter. I know that as my day progress I'm going to need God's strength and guidance to get me through the day. Remember you can do all things through Christ who is your strength.
Colossians 4:6 says: to fear nothing, but in all things pray.
Refusing to be broken; is also a good motivating tool for people who walk in fear. Fear of job loss, foreclosure, or loss of a marriage's or relationships. This is a part of life and sometimes even strong prayer will not stop these things from happening. God has promised to not only be our provider but our healer as well. So remember... to fear nothing but make all your requests known through prayer.
Why going to church alone won't save you.
The church is the body of Christ. The disciple's of Jesus work separately, but in unity, to do the work of the Lord. The church is very important, it is a haven for believers to go and worship, uplift, praise, and be fed the word through their pastor. Believers also enjoy singing and dancing as well as fellow-shipping with other brothers and sisters in Christ.
But going to church alone will not earn you a ticket to heaven not without studying and meditating, in God's word. The Holy Spirit's job is to bring believers into the full-knowledge and understanding of God. The Holy Spirit is revealed to us through the studying of the word.
Fruit is produced from believers with the help of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. To be fruitful believers must stay abided in the vine and the vine is Jesus Christ. When you study the scriptures they will become embedded in your heart and the Holy Spirit will bring scriptures to your remembrance when they are needed to encourage and uplift you or anyone else.
Also, it is very effective for fighting Satan and his demons in spiritual warfare. Studying and understanding Gods word is the only thing that can save you against the wiles of the devil but that type of wisdom doesn't come from your Pastor's understanding, but from your own understanding Of the gospel.
When praises go up! The blessings fall down!
When I attended one particular church I was in a prayer meeting and the church started to praise. Well at this time I was still a babe in Christ so I guess another member felt I wasn't praising hard enough. She came to me and said: "Start jumping up and down!' I left that day feeling like I didn't have what it takes to be a true worshiper. Then, I heard these words in my heart. "You praise, you just do it differently than everyone else!"
I had been writing poetry and songs for the Lord but I wasn't at the level where I was truly praising out loud. I felt defeated and discouraged because I focused on the way other's praised instead of my own. True praise came when I formed a intimate and loving bond with Jesus. I was so thirsty for Him that I prayed and studied my bible constantly; as I drew closer to Him my heart changed.
Sometimes we can feel defeated when we don't praise the way others do. But it's important not to fake worship. True worship comes from a deep, intimate, relationship with the Lord. If you continue to seek Him with a pure heart and all diligence, true praise will come from the heart. The Lord knows your heart. He can see real praise, and desires pure worshiper's. Soon you will be jumping up and down as you discover a deep penetrating love that's truly satisfying.
How many of you believe in spiritual warfare?
The inner battle of self-condemnation.
Have you ever had to battle self-condemnation?
Satan will work through self-condemnation.
Self-condemnation are negative thoughts that will keep you in a vicious cycle of defeat. This little voice in your head will sometimes tell you, you are worthless, not good enough, a failure and will constantly remind you of your past mistakes; it's a vicious cycle that will keep you trapped in a bondage of pain and shame.
Some people feel they are unworthy of God's love, or need to "clean" themselves up before coming to an all perfect creator. This is not true; Jesus says to come as we are. We cannot be perfect on our own, but we are made righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ. When God sees us He does not see our failures and mistakes, He sees the precious blood of His son.
Many people, even saved people are miserable. They are miserable because despite of Jesus's finished work on the cross they are still trying to please God on their own through works and self-effort. Trying to be righteous on our own will only makes us self-righteous and this can make us miserable. It has already been proven we cannot be perfect through our own efforts (Ten Commandments) we are made perfect through the blood and the gift of grace. We must truly believe in our hearts that we are saved by grace and not works; otherwise, the devil can always use our imperfections to keep us in bondage.