THE WAR WITHIN
Q: ARE YOU AWARE THAT THERE IS A SPIRITUAL WAR GOING ON?
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:1-4, 23-24 KJV
SEVEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
1- Q: ARE YOU WILLING TO ASK GOD TO SHOW ANY WICKED WAYS YOU HAVE IN YOUR HEART?
“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.” Romans 7:21 KJV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4 KJV
I like chicken, but if I eat a wing and a thigh I would be set. That’s a good amount to eat. But then I hear this voice…. I want to eat more, take that drumstick, my flesh tells me go ahead and eat, eat till you are stuffed.
I ask God to feed my spiritual mind, it is like my flesh has its own plan. I want to pray and there are all kind of reasons and distractions. The devil is always doing his job, and we have to do ours. PRAY. We need to ask God to strengthen us so that we serve him.
David said search me Lord, see if there is any wicked way in me. David knew hat it was to give in to the flesh. Davis was still under the Law. Paul writes in the New Testament that we could be grafted in as a child of God. We can partake of the promises of God because of the blood of Jesus. I was lost In sin and needed a savior.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Romans 8:6 KJV
2- Q: WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND?
I am 71 years and have never dreamed that I would see the things happening in the world today. You know we are not able to fight this flesh on our own, we don't have the strength. But with Jesus does and he can help us. When the Lord sought you out, you were drawn by his spirit. Are you able to withstand the whiles of the devil? Or are you always getting tripped up by his tricks? You need to be full of the Holy Ghost and have on the armor of God. It's not our righteousness but the righteousness of Christ that will see us through.
“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:8-9 KJV
3- Q: HOW ARE YOU TRYING TO PLEASE GOD?
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:12-14 KJV
4- Q: ARE YOU LED OF THE SPIRIT?
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:26-28 KJV
5- Q: ARE YOU SPENDING TIME IN PRAYER?
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Romans 8:35-36 KJV
6- Q: DID YOU KNOW THAT TODAY CHRISTIANS ARE BEING KILLED BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH?
“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”. Psalms 66:16-18 KJV
7- Q: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU REGARD INIQUITY IN YOUR HEART, AND THEN PRAY?
“But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” Psalms 66:19-20 KJV
Don’t keep sin in your hearts, but instead turn to God and find forgiveness and then he will hear your prayers.
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