Daily Light – May 22, 2018

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning time of study and reflection, I will share with you what God is teaching me.  I ask you then to join me in each day and pray that God will use our time to draw us to a deeper understanding of His will and His ways.  Our objective is simple…to ‘see’ and ‘know’ the light and love of Christ Jesus..‘so that’ we will GO OUT and share the love of Christ Jesus with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Last few days of… The Search For Significance, by R. McGee
Finishing the chapter … The Trip In
Hopefully, you are now gaining a better understanding of how to use your emotions to identify your beliefs so that you can reject Satan’s lies and replace them with God’s truths.  But do not expect perfection!  You have built your existing belief system over a period of many years.  You may have experienced the deep pain of a dysfunctional family background, neglect, abuse, or chronic condemnation.  Belief systems do not change easily or quickly.  Sometimes replacing lies with the truth will seem easy, while at other times, it will be very frustrating.  
The enemy of our souls does not want us to be freed from his lies.  Expect spiritual battle, uneasy feelings, and some discouragement.  But be patient and persistent!  As you apply these principles, the time interval between your painful emotions and your ability to replace lies with the truth will generally become shorter and shorter.  As you claim the truth of God’s Word, memorizing it and meditating on it, you may even find yourself responding with godly thoughts, emotions, and actions at the outset of difficult situations!
Hang in there.  Be alert and aware of Satan’s lies:
Ephesians 6:10-12..Paul wrote “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God ‘so that’ you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”   
And…1 Peter 5:8-9..Peter wrote “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.”
The enemy will want to confuse you and muddle your thinking.  The simple act of writing out your situations, emotions, and responses can be an amazingly helpful weapon in enabling you to be specific and effective in your battle.  You may want to do this at a certain time every day until it becomes second nature to recognize your negative emotions, trace them back to their root false beliefs, and replace them with God’s truth.  
The Lord is for you!  He will give you wisdom, strength, and encouragement – so keep at it!  (con’t tomorrow)
Friends…just getting back from a few days away…out in the streets of a major American vacation destination/area…it was so obvious and visible…the continuing escalation and moving away from the ideas that shape a God created world in relationship to God’s way and will as a way of life.   The moving-away from is so increasingly evident in simply how society behaves.  From marketing to entertainment…the ideas and voices in this lost culture all are a product of ‘loss of faith’…or replacing belief and faith in God with the delusional and anti-God ideas from the dark side.   In so many ways..this onslaught of darkness seems subtle…but in the obvious sense..it is a very coordinated and planned anti-God program and system that originates from the headquarters of the dark side…which is the father of lies…the deceiver…the creator of all things sin and evil…old Satan himself.   He is one powerful dude and his best fake impression is that of being that angel of light and all things that sound like peace and love and good…the god of being open minded and accepting….   but…  his game is to deceive…to do anything and everything to keep you and me busy and content with busy-ness…even good deeds…but doing all he can to keep us from being all we can be as prayer warriors and Word warriors and sharing-the-light-warriors in this epic battle for eternal souls.  
Father…I am so aware of my puny efforts to fully put on your armor and take a stand.   I pray that You take more control of my life and my motivations and decisions…prod and push me increasingly to Your truth and Your ways… ‘so that’ I can finish this battle well and be pleasing to you with my life.   Amen
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