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The Enemy Within Us

May 18, 2009

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When the world fails us, How do we cope with rejection, failure and the lack of concern that comes with the failure ? When we place trust in anything but God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, were destined to fail. This is not an easy lesson to learn, The wisdom in this lesson, can come at a great price ,,,,,, Our Own Hearts.

In our world, we can trust in many things. Friends, Family, Jobs, Banks, Investments, Government, Currency, Gold, Silver ETC. We tend to attach strings from the Heart to the many Things we place our trust in. And when they fail us, Our hearts pay the price for it.

Friends: The enemy can use friends in many ways. They can bring heartfelt trouble into our lives, that we did not create, They did. But we get drawn into their problems by love and concern. They can let us down, when we need a friend, then we say, Oh that’s not right, I was there for them, Now their not there for me. They can say hurtful things, Or talk about us and release cursing into our lives as the Book of James teaches in James 3:8-10

Family: This one can be the hard hitter of them all. The enemy can use our families to launch one of the most powerful attacks of all on the heart. He will plant hurtful words in their mouths, that in many cases can stay with us for years, if not all of our lives. Parents, You have the power to change who your child becomes right in your own Mind and Mouth.
Many of you can relate here. I bet many of you can say, Oh my mother or father use to say something negative about me, I have never forgotten that, And I still don’t understand why they said the things they said or did the things they did. Yes, That’s the attack of all attacks.

Jobs: Oh I have a Good job, I work for a Good company, I think I will buy a House, Car, Boat, Motorcycle, Get a Credit Card ETC. I get paid well, I can afford it now. Friend, You don’t own what you don’t hold a title or deed to, Your RENTING IT !!! don’t let the enemy fool you. Its Not Yours. And even if you do get it paid for, By the time its paid off, Its wore out and you have to get a new one, if your lucky enough to make it last long enough to get it paid off. Now honestly, tell me what you own ?? Are you not just renting these Things off the Rulers of this world like Ephesians 6:12 says we are fighting against. Spiritual Forces of Evil, is how the Apostle Paul puts it. Man that’s pretty clear. Have we became slaves of society, do you feel like your Chained to that Mortgage, That Car Payment, Furniture Payment, Payment on the Cloths you have on your back, You know, The ones you Paid for with that Charge Card in your pocket. Yes, Slaves of a Corrupt world.

Banks, Investments and Government: Do I even need to say anything here. I think its quite Obvious to anyone, Just how Corrupt these systems have become. And why, Because We, Humans, Our Stubborn selfish selves took God out of the Loop. Kick God out of our Schools, Off our Courthouses, Government Buildings, and then we have the audacity to Pray and ask for his Blessings, How Hypocritical !! Shame on Us, Yes Me Too !! I didn’t do enough either. Ok enough on this point, I could write a Whole Book on this point alone, But you see the point ?? Trust God, Not this False God we have created in our own corrupt minds, Then when they fail, Its back to the Heart again, and the Pain of the Heartache attached to it.

God gave us Dominion, Absolute power and authority over this world, and all things in it. How do we exercise that power, By Prayer and speaking Gods word and authority into it. I could list Multiple Passages here, There are Many !!, But I will only list this one, See Matthew 18:18 On Binding and Loosing, and Matthew 21:21-22 on Asking , Believing and Receiving.
Jesus said; What so ever we Ask for in Prayer, and then go one step further, to Believing (Believing = have faith) we Shall Receive, He didn’t say Maybe, He said Shall. There is NO Mountain that Jesus can not Move out of the way, IF, we let him. But how many times did Jesus wind up saying, “”Oh Ye Of Little Faith”” According to the King James Version of the Bible 5 Times, Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8 and Luke 12:28. We must launch a counter attack, or the enemy will run us down and Win the Battles we face.

Now, if your in a battle today, I ask you this. How did you get there, what brought you there, and how long did it take you to get on that battlefield ? If your in debt, You didn’t get that way overnight, If you’re a Drug Addict, You didn’t get Addicted overnight, If your in a Bad relationship, You didn’t get there overnight. What ever the case may be, Chances are you didn’t just wake up one day, go out, and create the mess all at once. It took Time, You walked in, Your going to have to walk Back Out. The Good news is this, IF, you truly, Honestly 111% have Jesus in your Heart, He will help you get out, Through his Grace, He will teach you what you need to know to overcome the battles in your life, But your going to have to listen when the Holy Spirit Speaks to your Heart of Hearts. Friend, You have an Unction from the Holy one, Just see 1st John 2:20, You know right from wrong. Right from Wrong is not the issue, it’s the ears and eyes we use that causes the trouble, Flesh eyes and ears, or Spiritual Eyes and Ears, Which set are we using in our lives today ??? Its hard to Believe and Receive if the Tuner (our Heart) is on the wrong Station.

The Apostle Paul uses the word bowels in his letters. bowels didn’t mean intestines like it does today, It literally meant “Affections” Where does our Affections come from and where do we keep and Store Affections inside our Bodies ??. Paul’s heart suffered much, Just like our heart does. And Paul knew the heart was the doorway to our Soul. That’s why he mentioned it so much. And tried his best to tell us to safeguard our hearts, From the enemy within. Bless Paul’s heart. For me, the one passage in the Bible that gives me insight into Paul the Man is Romans 7:14-24;
Yes friends, Paul had a war going on inside him too, And he said so in verse 23. See Paul knew the dangers involved, And he knew the Flesh was attached to the heart, And the heart to the Members of our Bodies. Can you see the “DANGER WAR AHEAD” warning Sign Paul was trying to paint in this passage ?

Failure when its attached to the heart can limit or destroy our personal faith. When things or people fail us, or we fail our selves or our own family or friends, it hurts us deeply within our heart, We cant focus on anything but the Pain. The pain then becomes misdirected, and that leads us off the path of Faith, Belief and Direction. Then we have Lost Our Focus we must have in order to follow Jesus footsteps. We cant follow what we cant see.

Focus is a must, Just think of someone you know, who must wear Eyeglasses to see and read. If they don’t have their glasses on, They cant see to read. In the same way, if we can not focus our spiritual eyes, We can not understand and trust 111% in God and His Word, because we cant see God feel God, Personally know and then understand God, due to our lack of focus. Its not with earthly flesh eyes that we see and understand Gods word, Its with Spiritual Eyes we learn and understand.
This kind of focus only comes from heart felt, heart meant PRAYER !!! And I’m not talking about just oh God help me to see and understand, I’m talking about, a humble prayer from the heart. Just imagine your talking to that person in your life, who knows you best, the one you have and still can tell anything to, imagine them talking back. Now, talk to Jesus like that, Jesus is your friend according to John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Yes, Jesus Christ is the best Friend your EVER going to have if you will give him the chance to be a friend and not just your God and Savior, But your Personal Friend !

How many times, have you read the Bible and read over the same passage and verses, Only to one day see that passage in a whole new light ? You didn’t see that with your earthly eyes, But for the First time, It was Revealed to you with your spiritual eyes through Divine Revelation, and Focus.

If our hearts are broken and full of pain and the worries of this life, How can we connect with God ? Honestly, We cant !! Jesus taught us not to worry, Not to be entangled with the affairs of this life, But rather to Trust whole heartedly in God.

Matthew 6:25-34
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

In Modern terms, Jesus was telling us to give it up, Let go, Don’t attach your heart to Things or people, Look around, check out the birds, the flowers ETC. Do you see them needing anything, So why are you in need then ?? Could it possibly be because you have placed your trust in something that can and will let you down ?? The answer for many of us is “Yes We Have” !!!

Satan knows, if he can get us in the snare of the heart, we will forget faith, and he knows that without faith, its impossible for us to please God. (See Hebrews 11:5-7) and without faith, we loose belief, and without belief, We loose the ability to Ask and Receive in Jesus Name. And you will not see the sign that says, ATTENTION DANGER AHEAD !!!! Or if we do see it, We will just ignore it and keep on going, Thinking we can navigate the obstacle coming up. How many times have we All been down this Path ?? You would think we would learn sooner or later that this path leads to Destruction and Devastation.

So how do we keep ourselves safe from this path you ask ? By Guarding our Hearts and making sure they are in proper alignment with Jesus. By seeking Spiritual truth and honesty, Bu listening to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit from 1st John 2:20. Friend Matthew 6:21 Says…. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Where is your heart ??? I don’t mean the heart of your mind, I mean your heart of Hearts, The Heart within you, The Heart that Speaks for you as Jesus taught us in Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. What do you talk about ? What do you say you want ? What do you claim in your life ? What do you project to others who are close to you ? Are you letting the Enemy Within, Win the War Raging inside your Mind ? If your answer to these questions, were less than desirable. I offer the following Prayer over your life In Jesus name.

I claim victory with you, over the war in your life. I claim Gods words in Faith, Asking, Believing and Now Receiving, We, You and I, Now agree together at this Moment, for your situation to change. I ask for strength so you can stand and fight this war. I ask for Faith, Faith like you have NEVER had before, Unshakable, Unmovable, Rock Solid Faith, That can only come through Experience, Evidence and a Personal Relationship with our Lord, Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ. I Pray a Hebrews 11:1 Anointing into your life, Faith, Substance and Evidence of God in your life. The God of all Gods, Creator of All Good things. Faith comes from hearing, So I ask for your spiritual ears to be tuned into the Holy Spirit. Seeing is believing, I pray for your Spiritual eyes to be opened so you might see, as Elisha prayed for the servants eyes in 2nd Kings 2:17. I pray for wisdom, that you might understand what God will reveal in your life, In Jesus Name we Pray, and now receive. Amen !!

When you feel like Giving up, Keep on Moving. When you cant stand, Crawl. When you have done all you can, and you just cant move. Trust Jesus, He will carry you the rest of the way.. Trust like this is one of the HARDEST things we will ever personally do, We have been taught by the world to Use our Minds and trust what we can see, instead of our Hearts and the Truth within them that we cant see. But Jesus taught us not to worry, But to trust in God, With our Heart of Hearts, and fight …. The Enemy Within Us.

Article By: Pastor Will Matherly