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Loyal
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10:41 a.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “Near the Cross.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read 1 Jn. 1:1-2:17 (Quoting select vv. ESV).

The Gospel Message (1:5-10)

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

There are many people today who are teaching a false grace gospel, or what I call a “Do Nothing” gospel. They are leading people to believe that they can simply pray a prayer to receive Christ and that they are saved, and that heaven is now guaranteed to them no matter how they live their lives from that moment forward. They say their sins are forgiven, so they are no longer under the judgment of God, so they can live how they want, and even reject Christ later on, if they choose, but that their salvation can never be taken away. On top of that they teach them that God requires nothing of them – no repentance, no obedience, and no submission to the cross. They tell their followers that God, in fact, is pleased with them no matter what they do.

Yet, this is NOT what God’s word teaches us with regard to our salvation. We are taught, with regard to our former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:22-24 NIV84). When we truly believe in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, we die with Christ to sin, and we are resurrected with Christ to newness of life. Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Our old self was crucified with Christ so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, since anyone who has died has been freed from sin (See: Ro. 6:1-23; 1 Pet. 2:24).

We can’t be in the light and still walk (conduct our lives) in the darkness (in unrighteousness). If we claim to be in Christ, and we say that we are in fellowship with him, but yet we continue to live sinful lifestyles without regard for God and his Word and his commandments, then we are liars, and the truth is not in us. In other words, a prayer prayed at an altar does not save us. A mere confession of belief in Jesus Christ also does not save us. As well, we are not saved based on past belief. Whoever is believing (present tense) in Christ has eternal life with God (See: Jn. 3:16). Whoever is walking (conducting their lifestyles) in the light (in truth, in Christ, in righteousness) has fellowship with God, and with others who also believe in him, and the blood of Christ purifies us from all sin (See also Ro. 8:1-14).

How We Know Him (2:1-6)

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Now, this is not saying that we will never sin, but that we should not walk in sin, i.e. it should no longer be what is in charge of our lives or the pattern by which we live our lives. This is also not teaching that if we do sin once that we have somehow lost our salvation. But, what it is saying is that if we practice living in sin, but we claim to know God, that we don’t really know him. This, as well, teaches us that if we don’t obey Christ’s commandments, but we say we know God, that we are also liars. Again, this is not speaking of sinless perfection, for if that could have been gained through the keeping of the law, Christ would not have had to die for our sins. This all has to do with whether or not Christ is truly in us, and whether or not we are walking according to the Spirit and no longer according to the flesh, for if we walk according to the flesh, we will die, but if by the Spirit we are putting to death the misdeeds of the flesh, we will live eternally with God (See: Ro. 8:1-14).

In The Light? (2:7-11)

Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

So, we have learned so far that if we say we have fellowship with God, i.e. that we are saved from our sins via faith in Jesus Christ, but we continue living in sin, that we are liars. We have also learned that if we say we know God but that we are not in the practice of doing what his Word teaches us we must do, that we are also liars, for we don’t really know God. Again, this is not speaking of sinless perfection but rather of lifestyle, consistency and pattern or practice of daily living (walking). And, here we learn that if we say we are in the light, i.e. that we are in Christ by faith in him, and that we are living and walking in that light (in his righteousness), but we hate our fellow humans, we are once again liars, for we are still in the darkness.

Jesus said that if anyone would come after him that he must deny self and take up his cross daily (die daily to sin and self) and follow (obey) him. He said that if we hold on to our lives (of living for sin and self) that we will lose them for eternity, but if we lose our lives for Christ (die with Christ to sin), we will gain eternal life (See: Lu. 9:23-25; cf. Ro. 8:1-14). Jesus did not die just so we could escape hell and go to heaven when we die. Our eternal life does not begin just when we reach heaven. It begins when we truly trust in Christ to be Lord (owner-master) of our lives. He gives us new lives in him to be lived to his righteousness. He died that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us (2 Co. 5:15). We are saved to give glory to God with our lives, not to continue living for sin and self.

Do Not Love Worldliness (2:15-17)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

We know that in John 3:16 we read that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only begotten Son… In this context, it is speaking of him loving the people of the world in order that they might be set free from slavery to sin and that they might have eternal life with God. Yet, in our passage today “the world” is not a figure of the people of the world, but rather of worldly practices, philosophies, attitudes, behaviors and things.

We are not to love worldly living, thinking and stuff, i.e. we are not to adopt the ways of this sinful world or to lay up treasures here on earth, but rather in heaven. Jesus called us out of the world that we might be separate (unlike, different) from the world, because we are being conformed into his image (his likeness). So, we need to come out from worldliness and we need to put on Christ and his righteousness and holiness and walk in His ways.

Near the Cross
Fanny J. Crosby / William H. Doane

Jesus, keep me near the cross;
There a precious fountain,
Free to all, a healing stream,
Flows from Calvary's mountain.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day
With its shadow o'er me.

Near the cross I'll watch and wait,
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand
Just beyond the river.

In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever,
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

 
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Being careful that the light that is in us be not darkness. Do we love them enough to preach the truth, until they hate us, casting stones and throw us down the hill headlong? Or receive us? I come in the name of the Lord.

Do we love Him enough to say nothing and let them do what they shall, until HE leads us out by the Way, or Father gives ye what ye ought to say?

Yes, thank you my Lord.
 
Loyal
Being careful that the light that is in us be not darkness. Do we love them enough to preach the truth, until they hate us, casting stones and throw us down the hill headlong? Or receive us? I come in the name of the Lord.

Do we love Him enough to say nothing and let them do what they shall, until HE leads us out by the Way, or Father gives ye what ye ought to say?

Yes, thank you my Lord.
@rag4aCrown - Thank you for sharing these thoughts and questions. Good questions! I like that you added, "Or receive us." It is nice to be received, at times. It is good when we can be encouraged and strengthened in the faith by others. We know we will be hated and rejected and persecuted as Jesus was, and yet there were those who received him, too. But, we may never meet those people in real life, i.e. we don't know how far what we write on here reaches into other people's lives throughout the world. We don't know how God is using it, and we don't have to. And, we need to be willing to do what we do if no one receives us, because our ultimate goal is that they receive Christ, whether we get to see that in our lifetime or not.

I also like what you said about loving God enough to say nothing when we are persecuted for righteousness' sake, unless the Father gives us what to say. I think in talking audibly, with my mouth, in person with people, I sometimes say more than I should, so I have been praying that the Lord will help me to remain silent unless he urges me to speak. So, this that you shared encouraged my heart in that direction. So, thank you!
 
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@rag4aCrown - Thank you for sharing these thoughts and questions. Good questions! I like that you added, "Or receive us." It is nice to be received, at times. It is good when we can be encouraged and strengthened in the faith by others. We know we will be hated and rejected and persecuted as Jesus was, and yet there were those who received him, too. But, we may never meet those people in real life, i.e. we don't know how far what we write on here reaches into other people's lives throughout the world. We don't know how God is using it, and we don't have to. And, we need to be willing to do what we do if no one receives us, because our ultimate goal is that they receive Christ, whether we get to see that in our lifetime or not.

I also like what you said about loving God enough to say nothing when we are persecuted for righteousness' sake, unless the Father gives us what to say. I think in talking audibly, with my mouth, in person with people, I sometimes say more than I should, so I have been praying that the Lord will help me to remain silent unless he urges me to speak. So, this that you shared encouraged my heart in that direction. So, thank you!
Praise God for it sis; I am just a vessel.
 
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Mir

It gets complicated when there r grandchildren involved, as I have been praying for wisdom & discernment in how to handle my daughter-in -law in regards to her sharing Harry Potter movies, poke mon & other occult items w/ the grandchildren (and she has a degree as a youth minister from a Christian College). She has walked out on me w/ much anger when I have confronted her w/these things before. My son has asked me not to do this again. I look forward to having my grand babies stay w/ me during the summer/winter holidays and that is when I share God's Word and teachings and I fear my daughter-in-law should ever think to not allow me to have them because I offend her. She does not seem to relate to the supernatural aspects of God or Spiritual Warfare. My six year old grandson has severe fear and she has him reading Goosebumps. God help me!
 
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It gets complicated when there r grandchildren involved, as I have been praying for wisdom & discernment in how to handle my daughter-in -law in regards to her sharing Harry Potter movies, poke mon & other occult items w/ the grandchildren (and she has a degree as a youth minister from a Christian College). She has walked out on me w/ much anger when I have confronted her w/these things before. My son has asked me not to do this again. I look forward to having my grand babies stay w/ me during the summer/winter holidays and that is when I share God's Word and teachings and I fear my daughter-in-law should ever think to not allow me to have them because I offend her. She does not seem to relate to the supernatural aspects of God or Spiritual Warfare. My six year old grandson has severe fear and she has him reading Goosebumps. God help me!
Speak to the unclean spirit with the Word of God. Amen. Plead the blood of Jesus over him.

May I ask, Why is he scared?
 
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Mir

Speak to the unclean spirit with the Word of God. Amen. Plead the blood of Jesus over him.

May I ask, Why is he scared?
I tell him to plead the blood of Jesus! And he'll say it all the way to the bathroom, cause he fears going alone into any room by himself, even to tears.
He says he fears monsters. When he's at my home I read the bible & pray w/him then play christian music to help him sleep w/ lights on in hallway and doors open. At his home his parents make him sleep only w/ prayer, but no bible or christian music even though he pleads w/ them for these things and they turn off light and close all doors on him and his lil brother.
 
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They do not know the care or the love of the Lord.

How would they like for God to do that to them, even thou they are scared, that the Father would have no kindness toward them?

Thank God the youngster has you. I will stand in agreement with you and pray for them. Remind him all the little children belong to God and HE loves you so much. Amen
 
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This is what I think at this juncture. Satan talks to us of past or future events. He takes us from the natural state of trusting God in the right now. When we are young (and often when we are old) we believe the story that goes around in our head. It's not true either in part or in whole. I am being delivered from a massive case of PTSD and it requires ruthlessly trusting Jesus in the right here, right now. This child has images in his head that just aren't reality. Satan loves make believe. Not that all make believe is bad it's just easy to pervert into a lifetime of unreal living, fear, anger, bitterness, sensuality, etc.. It keeps a person craving and that is suffering.

Mir, keep praying and living the example of what a confidant Christian looks like. When we trust Jesus we know that many things are not ours to fix simply because we don't have the power to change them. Free will is a total trip. When it comes to free will can feel frustrated. Humanity has a history of decisions that have less than desirable outcomes. But, we hit our knees, open our Bibles and pray hard and for a long time. We worship and trust. What we best not do is make it worse than it already is.
 
Loyal
It gets complicated when there r grandchildren involved, as I have been praying for wisdom & discernment in how to handle my daughter-in -law in regards to her sharing Harry Potter movies, poke mon & other occult items w/ the grandchildren (and she has a degree as a youth minister from a Christian College). She has walked out on me w/ much anger when I have confronted her w/these things before. My son has asked me not to do this again. I look forward to having my grand babies stay w/ me during the summer/winter holidays and that is when I share God's Word and teachings and I fear my daughter-in-law should ever think to not allow me to have them because I offend her. She does not seem to relate to the supernatural aspects of God or Spiritual Warfare. My six year old grandson has severe fear and she has him reading Goosebumps. God help me!
Praying God will give you wisdom. I empathize. I, too, am a grandmother, and to 13 grandchildren ages 7 months to 17 years. I, too, need wisdom.
 
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He died that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us.
We are saved to give glory to God with our lives, not to continue living for sin and self.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he lives, he lives unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God,
as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness
and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
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Mir

This is what I think at this juncture. Satan talks to us of past or future events. He takes us from the natural state of trusting God in the right now. When we are young (and often when we are old) we believe the story that goes around in our head. It's not true either in part or in whole. I am being delivered from a massive case of PTSD and it requires ruthlessly trusting Jesus in the right here, right now. This child has images in his head that just aren't reality. Satan loves make believe. Not that all make believe is bad it's just easy to pervert into a lifetime of unreal living, fear, anger, bitterness, sensuality, etc.. It keeps a person craving and that is suffering.

Mir, keep praying and living the example of what a confidant Christian looks like. When we trust Jesus we know that many things are not ours to fix simply because we don't have the power to change them. Free will is a total trip. When it comes to free will can feel frustrated. Humanity has a history of decisions that have less than desirable outcomes. But, we hit our knees, open our Bibles and pray hard and for a long time. We worship and trust. What we best not do is make it worse than it already is.
Thank you Falcon Brother....you've given me some serious thinking to do re: what all you said. Yes I must trust more and keep in prayer.
 
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Mir

Praying God will give you wisdom. I empathize. I, too, am a grandmother, and to 13 grandchildren ages 7 months to 17 years. I, too, need wisdom.
Thank you Sue for your empathy it is much appreciated....I'm amazed you have so many grandchildren (you are doubly blessed) to pray over compared to my 2.
 
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Grrr....but also Sigh....Tells one how little or should I say deficient religious education can be!!!

Let me relay a personal story that I heard from one of the children and not my mother or sister!
My mother who has since gone home used to watch over my sister's 2 children. My sister told my mom that she was not allowed to mention God in her house or she would no longer be allowed to see them. Well my mom didn't reply and didn't say anything.

So, as my mother would go about the care of them, she would find time to have them now and again kneel in front of her so she could place her hands on their heads and pray over them. My mother would tell them not to let their mother know and that it was between their grandma (abuelita) and them. Now I don't know if they ever told their mother but I do know when they grew up they have given their lives to the Lord. They still remember my mother praying over them! Sadly, even while my sister is still not a believer. Though I'm still praying for her!!!!

My niece who told me this, said her and her brother would look at each other as they knelt in front of my mother as she prayed and would smile to each other. But with a hug and kiss they'd go back to playing. They were children!!!! My mom let them be children and not part of the issue that she had with my sister and her unbelief. I found this out after my mom's passing. Truly a prayer warrior and I still miss her!

Not knowing the dynamics of your family and ie. who lives where, where your son is in his walk etc. I can only go from the words you have shared. You've had the discussion on your disapproval. They know where you stand with the truth which is the word of God! They are adults, not children and sadly the authority for the upbringing of the children is with them. If they seek your advice. Give it. Otherwise it is the children who at the moment need your example and prayer!!

Keep in mind that you can continue to make your point with the parents, but at the cost of those children losing the only Godly Anchor currently in their lives. It's not about who is right and wrong, because if you weren't right. The daughter-in-law won't be getting so bent out of shape and having your son go against you!

You however, must remain faithful to God's Word and when in your house you set the rules and when in their house you abide by theirs. This doesn't mean that you have to stay and look at ungodly going ons at their house nor accept it in yours.

Just remember how you handle these situation are important...as important as when you first addressed it with them.

Say they put on a Harry Potter movie to watch after dinner. Instead of sitting there. Tell them that you'll be in the other room doing....maybe reading the bible, maybe having a bible coloring book which you've used with the kids when you've watched them, praying etc., or you can thank them for the time, but let them know you have to leave. Don't tell them why unless they ask and don't make a big scene if they do ask. Smile, hug and a kiss and out you go! Make sure to let them know that you appreciate them having you over. Again, Hugs, Kisses for all, but leave. In your car say a prayer for them and those inside the house. Can't do enough of that!!!!

This is not a battle that is won or lost overnight. With your prayers and those of others here at Talk Jesus or at your church. Don't put your son and his wife out there with your church, at least with any specifics, because folks talk!!! If it gets back to them? Nothing good dear sister. Just have them keep them in a general prayer!

God is working on what will completely change how things are now going. Knowing that you are doing this so It will be to His Glory and believe that you will be rejoicing either here or in heaven for God's Mighty Work that will be done in and with your family! Faith dear sister!!!!

Our trust is not in what we can do...at least outside of turning it over to Him and making oneself available as a servant to do His bidding. So allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and God to do the fighting for you! Not against those who have been beguiled by the adversary into believing his lies! No, but Satan himself and his intrusion into your family! He is the one that has blinded your son and wife to what they believe, which you know is contrary to the word of God.

None of this means that you are defenseless or a weak woman of God! God forbid! Rather you are a warrior and defender of the weak. For those who do not have a voice yet. You are their voice! It may seem at the moment that you are surrounded, but it is darkness that will recede from a Child of the Most High whose faith is in the Lord! Remember that! I keep saying this lately, but "Fight, Overcome, for Jesus has Won!".

So, dear sister. Pray for these grandchildren always bringing them before the Throne of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also pray for your son and daughter in law. Just hug and shower each with the love of Christ. You'll probably leave them puzzled!!!! Many folks have a hard time dealing with unconditional love!!! :smile:

I hope and pray that this will lift up your spirit a little! You are not alone!

I'll be praying for you, yours in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
YBIC
Nick
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@Mir

Grrr....but also Sigh....Tells one how little or should I say deficient religious education can be!!!

Let me relay a personal story that I heard from one of the children and not my mother or sister!
My mother who has since gone home used to watch over my sister's 2 children. My sister told my mom that she was not allowed to mention God in her house or she would no longer be allowed to see them. Well my mom didn't reply and didn't say anything.

So, as my mother would go about the care of them, she would find time to have them now and again kneel in front of her so she could place her hands on their heads and pray over them. My mother would tell them not to let their mother know and that it was between their grandma (abuelita) and them. Now I don't know if they ever told their mother but I do know when they grew up they have given their lives to the Lord. They still remember my mother praying over them! Sadly, even while my sister is still not a believer. Though I'm still praying for her!!!!

My niece who told me this, said her and her brother would look at each other as they knelt in front of my mother as she prayed and would smile to each other. But with a hug and kiss they'd go back to playing. They were children!!!! My mom let them be children and not part of the issue that she had with my sister and her unbelief. I found this out after my mom's passing. Truly a prayer warrior and I still miss her!

Not knowing the dynamics of your family and ie. who lives where, where your son is in his walk etc. I can only go from the words you have shared. You've had the discussion on your disapproval. They know where you stand with the truth which is the word of God! They are adults, not children and sadly the authority for the upbringing of the children is with them. If they seek your advice. Give it. Otherwise it is the children who at the moment need your example and prayer!!

Keep in mind that you can continue to make your point with the parents, but at the cost of those children losing the only Godly Anchor currently in their lives. It's not about who is right and wrong, because if you weren't right. The daughter-in-law won't be getting so bent out of shape and having your son go against you!

You however, must remain faithful to God's Word and when in your house you set the rules and when in their house you abide by theirs. This doesn't mean that you have to stay and look at ungodly going ons at their house nor accept it in yours.

Just remember how you handle these situation are important...as important as when you first addressed it with them.

Say they put on a Harry Potter movie to watch after dinner. Instead of sitting there. Tell them that you'll be in the other room doing....maybe reading the bible, maybe having a bible coloring book which you've used with the kids when you've watched them, praying etc., or you can thank them for the time, but let them know you have to leave. Don't tell them why unless they ask and don't make a big scene if they do ask. Smile, hug and a kiss and out you go! Make sure to let them know that you appreciate them having you over. Again, Hugs, Kisses for all, but leave. In your car say a prayer for them and those inside the house. Can't do enough of that!!!!

This is not a battle that is won or lost overnight. With your prayers and those of others here at Talk Jesus or at your church. Don't put your son and his wife out there with your church, at least with any specifics, because folks talk!!! If it gets back to them? Nothing good dear sister. Just have them keep them in a general prayer!

God is working on what will completely change how things are now going. Knowing that you are doing this so It will be to His Glory and believe that you will be rejoicing either here or in heaven for God's Mighty Work that will be done in and with your family! Faith dear sister!!!!

Our trust is not in what we can do...at least outside of turning it over to Him and making oneself available as a servant to do His bidding. So allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and God to do the fighting for you! Not against those who have been beguiled by the adversary into believing his lies! No, but Satan himself and his intrusion into your family! He is the one that has blinded your son and wife to what they believe, which you know is contrary to the word of God.

None of this means that you are defenseless or a weak woman of God! God forbid! Rather you are a warrior and defender of the weak. For those who do not have a voice yet. You are their voice! It may seem at the moment that you are surrounded, but it is darkness that will recede from a Child of the Most High whose faith is in the Lord! Remember that! I keep saying this lately, but "Fight, Overcome, for Jesus has Won!".

So, dear sister. Pray for these grandchildren always bringing them before the Throne of our Lord Jesus Christ. Also pray for your son and daughter in law. Just hug and shower each with the love of Christ. You'll probably leave them puzzled!!!! Many folks have a hard time dealing with unconditional love!!! :smile:

I hope and pray that this will lift up your spirit a little! You are not alone!

I'll be praying for you, yours in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
YBIC
Nick
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Amazing life story Nick...I have a lump in my throat from reading it. I will take your advice to pray and allow God to take up the fight. All in all, I'd like to add that many churches in America need to be awaken to spiritual warfare and the reality of the supernatural to be taught w/ their congregations, besides we serve a supernatural God, but many churches limit God ....hence my daughter-in-law graduating a 4 yr. christian college w/ no clue to these things and my son who at one time was baptized in the holy ghost w/ tongues, now denies that experience as being from God, since he went to that same christian college. I am sorrowful over my son and my relationship w/ him is limited by distance, as he lives 400 miles away w/ my grandsons. God has given me favor & privilege to have my grandsons come over to stay on holidays and summer.
Thank you Nick for sharing this testimony it gives me much encouragement and hope!
I like your banner and will claim it for myself and teach it to my 2 grandsons ... Fight, Overcome, for Jesus has Won!
 
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