Aloha Saints, Family and Friends,  Beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16
VICTORY    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   12/30/20    From Ken Smith<><
Scripture       (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet.”  (2 Samuel 22:40, NLT)   

Armed with Strength for Battle
God knows every battle, every temptation, and every obstacle you will ever face. He has not only put it under your feet, but He has armed you with strength for that battle. You are a warrior, a victor and not a victim. He has already equipped you. You are full of can-do power. Quit telling yourself, “This is too much. I can’t handle it.” The greatest force in the universe is breathing in your direction. Tap into more of that power. Start declaring, “I can handle this. I am well able. I can do all things through Christ. I am strong in the Lord.” Put your shoulders back, look those obstacles in the eye, and say, “You’re no match for me. I know your end has already been set, and it’s just a matter of time before God turns it around. It’s just a matter of time before He brings that dream to pass.”


A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for arming me with strength for every battle that I will ever face. Thank You that You have already equipped me with power as a warrior and destined me for victory. I declare that I am strong and can do all things through Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
Of course this special section of scripture was about David from God due to David’s obedience to what God had told David to do.   And David goes on to confess that the Messiah (Jesus to come) was his“Rock” in verse 47 and the “Rock” of David’s salvation.  And that David sang Psalms to God.  A little earlier in verse 22 David records that at that time he was clean and the LORD delighted in David and David was keeping himself from iniquity and “Therefore” God was allowing the reaping to match the sowing.   Also read Isaiah 28:16  about the rock….

But to assume that this is a rubber stamp for everyone is more like the concept of positive thinking.  Sure if you have all of the David’s positive factors working in your free will as David did at the time you can expect God’s blessings in what you do.  But if you don’t have the groundwork in your life that David did, it will not work for anyone.  You can not expect to have David’s blessings without David’s humility and obedience.   Some times folks have shared in confidence that they felt that they had a thorn in the flesh as did Apostle Paul at one time (later Paul was delivered.)  And I often ask those folks if their name was Paul.  That was specifically written by Paul about Paul.  The promises of God are provisional, always.  He feelings have shown HIS great love for us in Christ Jesus.   But it only become valid for us when we make Christ Jesus LORD.   In order to have the victory in Romans chapter 8 you must meet the conditions in Romans 1-8.  Real Godly Faith like in Heb. 11 and always has related action.  As also James confirms.  If interested in this subject you need to read the little letters of James and Jude.   Now the James who wrote this little letter grew up with Jesus as a son of Mary and Joseph.  He was not James the Apostle but James “The Less.”   He is the James in Acts 15 guiding the Jerusalem Church at that time.  Note in James 1:12    “12 Blessed (happy, [c] to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.  13 Let no one say “when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.  14 But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).  15 Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.  16 Do not be misled, my beloved brethren.

So, who really, is responsible for being blessable by God and who is not.  Really our Heavenly Father wants us all to be full of joy all the time.   In fact HE shares this with us, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.   2 Tim.1:7   So really if these blessings are not being freely carried through us, we are missing out.    And we read in Rom. 8:5, “5 For those who are living according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and [d] pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are living according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and [e] seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.” 11 And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” “14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” “36 Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors [m] and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

Yours, in HIS great LOVE and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<><
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As we approach 2021, remembering the pattern God  has given us in the revelation of His Son. Enter the new year assured in your faith foundation —and the secure expectation that once again, as 2000 years ago, in Jesus…..we too, may”turn the world upside down through HIM.”

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