My Main Blog

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fhxp17axoek-arto-marttinen.jpg

Fighting Within

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information please read my disclaimer here.

 

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fhxp17axoek-arto-marttinen.jpg

 

Fighting Within

Take a look at the photo above. What do you notice about it?

I notice the separation of the light and the dark at the top, the thunderstorm clouds building below, and the brilliance of the sun to the left. 

What does this have to do with anything? I see some connection to our spiritual battle we endure. The light, of course, representing God, and the dark, the enemy. Take a close look at the clouds again.

Take a moment to write down your noticings. Let’s see if you noticed things I did and how that relates to today’s topic.

 

My noticings:

  1. There are lots of clouds.
  2. They’re piling on top of each other.
  3. There are clouds within the darkness.
  4. There are clouds within the light.
  5. Some of the clouds are in both light and darkness.
  6. It looks like the light is breaking through the dark.

Did you have any of the same answers?

 

Ok, so what does this have to do with the topic of Fighting Within?

I see this as a spiritual battle. But the battle is in the clouds. The clouds are from the same “family” which when I think about fighting within, it could mean our earthly family, but it also means our spiritual family–the body.

I’ve been doing an online Bible study of Beth Moore’s When Godly People Do Ungodly Things:  Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction. She mentions in week 6, day 1 that

” the very nature of a satanic scheme is that it is secretive and cunning. It is meant to trap the unsuspecting.”

 

I never thought about it, but this made me think that the Body of Christ can be used as a satanic weapon against itself. We sin against each other through gossip, through disagreements that separate us rather than unite us,  and it dishonors God. There are all kinds of ways that fighting within the Body of Christ is a way for Satan to attack.

We can’t allow that.

 

If the body fights within, it will become sick and even possibly die.

That’s exactly what Satan would want! That’s his whole purpose is to separate us from the light, from God.

 

So, what are we to do?

  1. Look within ourselves first and ask God to show us any way we sin against the body.
  2. Ask for forgiveness from God and anyone we’ve done wrong.
  3. Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is the ultimate weapon against the enemy. Among many things, “prayer brings the part of the body interceding into agreement, thereby strengthening the power of prayer. Prayer guards hearts and minds and causes God to bring peace out of the chaos. Prayer also “bind[s] the enemy.” (Beth Moore’s study mentioned above, pg. 126.)
  4. We need to intercede in prayer for one another. Find someone who will intercede for you and for whom you can intercede.

 

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/prayer.jpg

 

Satan will use whatever weapon he can, including the church, the body, the believers, and the unbelievers. More than ever do we need to stand strong against him, come together as one body, and increase our knowledge and protect ourselves with the armor of God.

 

We will win.

It has been written.

 

Revelation 12:10-11New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens,

“It has come at last—
    salvation and power
and the Kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Christ.[a]
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters[b]
    has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
    before our God day and night.
11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb
    and by their testimony.
And they did not love their lives so much
    that they were afraid to die.

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pexels-photo.jpeg

Fight For The Children Part 3: Because You Are Young

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclaimer here.

 

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pexels-photo.jpeg

 

 

So, God has laid it on my heart to write about fighting for the youth of today. In part one, I wrote about how we can fight. In part two, my focus was on fighting sex trafficking and fighting for the voiceless. Today, I want to focus on speaking to the youth out there who may be reading this or maybe for whom you are praying. Either way, God has something He wants to say to those who are young.

 

Now, let me make myself clear. When I speak of children, I’m referring to those of any age, spiritually or physically. You may be young in age, or you may not be so young in age, but you’re young in your faith. This is for you.

 

Read 1 Timothy 4 in your favorite version or go here: Bible Gateway (I like the NLT version for this)

 

Paul is writing to Timothy.

Timothy is Paul’s young friend–a teenager, in fact.

Paul became his mentor and trusted him to do many assignments for the good of God’s Word, including establishing churches as they traveled. That’s a pretty important job!

 

Paul thought of Timothy as a son, so he was always looking out for Timothy’s best interests.

 

It didn’t matter how old Timothy was; he had very important jobs to do to further the kingdom. This can be true of the youth of today.

 

It doesn’t matter your age; you may have something very important to do.

 

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/girl-with-pink-shoes-laying-in-meadow-picjumbo-com.jpg

 

1 Timothy 4: 11-12

Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 

12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live,

in your love, your faith, and your purity.

 

 

Just like the rest of us who work to spread God’s love,

you are in danger of the enemy’s attack.

 

I believe Satan feels that the youth can be easy to attack, especially in the world today with the technology we have available to us.

 

This is where the body of believers must stand in solidarity to protect the youth.

 

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/pexels-photo-113724-1.jpeg

 

 

Paul prays for Timothy, but he also mentors and teaches Timothy how to stand firm in his faith. (Read all of 1 Timothy.)

 

Yes, we must pray for our youth, but what about mentoring them? What about teaching them how to live for Christ and how to stand against the enemy? Paul instructs Timothy to be watchful of himself because he knows how vulnerable Timothy is in his youth, but he doesn’t dismiss it either.

 

1 Timothy 4: 16

 Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching.

Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.

 

Not only should we teach this to the youth, but we should live it as well.

 

I want to encourage you today to stand up against Satan for the youth of our day, but also to stand next to them in solidarity and mentorship. Who are you fighting for?

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/fight-children-part-2-voiceless/

Fight For the Children, Part 2: The Voiceless

 http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/fight-children-part-2-voiceless/

 

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about how we can fight for the children. In Part 2, I talk about fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves.


When it comes to my kids, there is nothing I wouldn’t do. If you’re a parent, you probably understand what I’m saying. God has given us a gift when it comes to children. But, I’m not just talking about the little ones. I’m talking about teens and young adults as well.

I remember the first time worry for my child entered my existence. It was seconds after my first son was born. I never knew worry like this before. I remember asking when this worry would end. The answer . . . never.

One of my biggest worries I’ve had was my children being abducted and abused or killed. This fear becomes a reality for some parents, and the children are left voiceless.

Human sex trafficking is a reality in today’s world, and it doesn’t just happen in other countries.  

We need to be aware and to pray fervently for this nightmare to end.

We need to pray for the voiceless.

 

It breaks my heart to hear that this is going on in the world, and I find myself wondering, “what can I do?”

First of all, we need to be educated in what this is, what it looks like, and what can be done.

 

Read this article about what you and I can do to fight for our children:

https://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/help/

 

Then, If you have children, educate them about the signs of danger. If you are a young woman or teen, educate yourself about the dangers that can lead to being a victim.

 

As God’s children, we need to stand firm in the armor of God and come together to fight for those who are voiceless.

 

Matthew 18: 6-7 NLT

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.

“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.

 

What is something you can do to fight for the children now?

 

Resources to check out:

www.4theloveofmyheart.com

Fight for the Children, Part One

This post might contain affiliate links. Please go here to read my full disclosure.

 

 

www.4theloveofmyheart.com

 

 

The youth of today have instant access to the entire world at their fingertips, and Satan knows just how to get to them. We have to fight. We have to fight for the children of all ages.



How Do We Fight?

How do we do that? How can we compete with the internet, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and much more? 

It starts with us. Here’s what God says in Titus.

 

Titus 2 New Living Translation (NLT)

Promote Right Teaching

As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.

Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers.[a] Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes,[to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.

In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.

Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back 10 or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.

11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

15 You must teach these things and encourage the believers to do them. You have the authority to correct them when necessary, so don’t let anyone disregard what you say.

 

The First Step

Being an example for others is the first step in fighting for our youth. The scripture above is very specific in what God expects us to do in order to be an example for others. It’s a pretty tall order, but an important one if we want to fight for our children.

 

Who do you know that could use this type of example? I encourage you to make this a priority in your life today.

 

Next in the Fighting For Our Children series: Step two–Pray for our youth.

 

Halloween Resources for Christians

Disclaimer:  Some of the links on 4 The Love of My Heart are affiliate links. I have included this affiliate page to promote some products I think you might like. I do not post links to products that I would not use myself. I may also post links within posts that are affiliate links as well. The little bit of revenue I generate from these links is just one way I am able to maintain the website. I appreciate when you click on a link to help me out, but do not feel you are obligated to do so nor obligated to purchase any item. To read my whole disclaimer, click here.

 

http://www.4theloveofmyheart.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/pumpkins-1572864__340.jpg

 

 

I used to love dressing up and going trick-or-treating as a kid, and even as a teenager, I loved pretending to be someone else. But as I have come closer to God, I’ve felt a discomfort to opening my door to strangers dressed in scary costumes. I do not like being scared as I did at one time. As a parent, I had to balance between having kid fun and keeping the focus away from the scary parts. I did the best I could.

 

Now, there are some fun ways to enjoy Halloween with Christ as the center of it all. I’ve listed some resources here for you to check out. I’m sure there are more resources out there, but these were a few of the ones I liked.

 

Books

The Pumpkin gospel uses the concept of carving pumpkins into becoming a new creature in Christ.

I’ve not read this book, but I chose it to add to the list because it was written by a mom who needed to explain why their family didn’t celebrate Halloween.

This is a favorite of mine. Again, the pumpkin is a symbol of becoming new and shining for Jesus.

A cute little book for giving God thanks.

This rhythmic book shows how we are surrounded by blessings.

 

Treats

Treat bags representing Jesus are great to give to the trick-or-treaters.

Christian tracks with Halloween themes to give out.

Christ-related treats.

 

Fun T-shirts

Holy Ghost shirts

Fall-o-ween (Following) Jesus