Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Not For Sale: demoralizing the builders

Here is the church.
Here is the steeple.
Open the doors.
See all the people.

 Today, a spirit of confusion is rampant in our country, our schools, and our families. I believe that the American church is experiencing systematic demoralization and attack. The children of God are being demoralized by Satan himself. 

de·mor·al·ize

  [dih-mawr-uh-lahyz, -mor-]  Show IPA
verb (used with object), -ized, -iz·ing.
1.
to deprive (a person or persons) of spirit, courage,discipline, etc.; destroy the morale of: The continuous barragedemoralized the infantry.
2.
to throw (a person) into disorder or confusion; bewilder: Wewere so demoralized by that one wrong turn that we were lost forhours.
3.
to corrupt or undermine the morals of.

Here is the church.
Here is the steeple.
Open the doors.
See, the demoralized people.

Today, my heart is broken for the confusion that our society has fallen prey to. We must choose to be the Daniel's of our time-unwilling to compromise in the face of political correctness or oppression. Time pivots and the hand of God is soon to swoop down and deliver His children from this Earth. 

Here is the church.
Here is the steeple.
Open the doors.
Soon, there will be no more people.

When Nehemiah set out to rebuild Jerusalem's walls, it says that his enemies continuously tried to demoralize the builders. They simply attempted to stop the work. They tried extortion, accusation, physical threats, confusion, and yet the wall continued to be built.


A few weeks ago, I talked about our minds being our very own Achilles Heel. 

As Christians, battles are won and lost in our minds. 

We must understand that our feelings can be manipulated by people, culture, television, and even the devil himself. 
My mind is not for sale. 
Is anyone with me?
We do not have to accept every thought that floats through our minds as our own. As a matter of fact, the Bible specifically says "take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Do you know what that means for you and I? It means that no matter how bad the battle rages in your mind, you can choose your thoughts
Joyce Meyer says "right feelings follow right actions." I believe this with my whole heart. 

If your thought-life is unstable, powerless, depressing, or fearful, then you must consider that your condition could be the result of an arrow, a poisonous spear of deception, launched strategically at your mind! 

When you begin to understand that Christ can redeem every negative thought, feeling, or demoralized moment in your life--then you will begin to experience the peace that is only found in Christ Jesus. 
Do you know that one of Satan's greatest tactical weapons is a spirit of confusion.  It is a process of demoralizing a person to the point that they can no longer rationalize correctly. When we are God's children, yet we are not living in victory over sin, it is a good indication that we are being demoralized (or thrown into confusion) by the Enemy. Remember, he cannot tell the truth, for the truth is not in him. Are you being accused tonight? Are you being lied to about your life, your health, your marriage, your identity? 

{Lord, Jesus, I come to you tonight on behalf of my brothers and sisters in Christ and I command in Jesus name that a spirit of confusion be removed from our households. Your word says in 1 Corinthians 14:33 that You are "not the author of confusion, but of peace." Lord, we know that we do not war against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and principalities of this present darkness. Reveal to us where we have been deceived by a spirit of confusion. If we have given up ground in our minds to Satan willingly or foolishly, forgive us and set us free. In Jesus name, show us how to let the peace of Christ dwell in our hearts and minds.}

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jess, thanks for this--I needed it right at this moment. Love and miss you all. Have a joyous Christmas. Miss Becky

Jessica Kirkland said...

Miss Becky - We miss you too! Laci isn't even doing dance because her new dance was too "strict." Makes me sad, but she is loving "just being a kindergardener" - her own words. :)

Well, I'm with you. Usually, when I write it's something I'm dealing with or someone I know. In this case, it was both.

My mind is not for sale. And neither is my families or my friends. Sometimes we have to plead to God on behalf of ourselves and other times - on the behalf of others. Thanks for reading. Glad it helped. -Jessie

Teri Johnson said...

"My mind is not for sale. Is anyone with me?" <-- ME. ME. ME. I AM!! Thank YOU for this powerful message of TRUTH!! I SO needed to read it this morning...satan is working OVERTIME in my world...I'm doing my very best with the armor of God to fight him off...BUT there are days...yes...there are days where my thoughts shift. Where I hear his lies and they start to bring. me. down.

I appreciate you...thank you for the closing prayer.

Keeping it Personal,
Teri Johnson

nancygrayce said...

This was something I needed to read so thanks!

Jessica Kirkland said...

You are both very welcome. I think I needed some encouragement today and needed to re-read this very message. Thank you both. Happy New Year!

-jessie