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Monday, June 29

Day 21, Paragraph 21 of Weekday Blog #1

*Starting our morning and day off great with the 10-minute Weekday Blog*
Our first DAILY blog for each Weekday in JUNE!

Thank you for joining us for this
ground-breaking JOURNEY
through the 1st CHAPTER of Keith's book,
Keep the FAITH…Keep Your VISION”!

If you will read this book in its entirety, then you will be equipped to begin walking with the confidence and authority that Jesus Christ came and died to provide for us, in order that we may work *with* Him, be *fulfilled* in our work, lead a *successful life*, and...

Many, many times in Scripture we find God saying, "Fear not, for I am with thee." To those who are being cut down and despised by others, or by their own old nature, in lying attempts to prevent them from fulfilling the high calling of God, God's answer to Gideon will suffice: "And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man." (Judges 6:14-16)

Question to ponder:

How does it make you feel to know that, as you work with God to fulfill all of what He put you on earth to fulfill, no weapon that is formed against you can prosper?  _________________________________________

Keith's "Comments from the Author":

"So often in my walk with God, I have felt as if I was fighting with one hand to hold at bay the attempts of wicked spirits and the continual haunting of my old flesh nature, and with the other hand working to fulfill, with God, the purpose for which He has created and assigned me to, while here on earth. Like Gideon, I have battled doubts and fear along the way. The fear was that whatever it was that I would step out to do might not represent God accurately. Perhaps satan's most often-used weapon against me was false accusations, continually lying to me that my heart's deepest desire to represent God as the loving Father He is, is falling on deaf ears. Another lie that I have heard continually has been 'You are invisible' meaning that whatever I stepped out to do to bring glory to God's Name was never noticed. That lie, to someone who truly loves God, is probably the most hurtful because, if that lie makes its way into your thinking, it brings with it another lie that everything that you do next will be inadequate, suggesting that you shouldn't waste your time and you're better off leaving the sharing of the Gospel up to others who are 'really' called. However, as I've grown in my working with God to fulfill His passion, I've learned the reality that God is our Strong Tower, our Refuge, our Provider and, as long as we are in Him, we are protected, safe, and provided for because we are working *with* God and not *for* Him. The more we understand and walk in this, we will begin to see working in our lives what the Scripture verse Isaiah 54:17 promises, 'No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.' This doesn't mean that the accusations will not come or that satan's efforts to steal, kill and destroy us will stop. It does mean, however, that our being in God, we have available to us all that is God. And, concerning what we're talking about now, we have available to us understanding and truth. Understanding and truth dis-spell the lies of the enemy. This is why satan and his minions work so hard to distract us away from getting understanding and truth. Only in the absence of understanding and truth is satan able to convince people that God is not all-powerful and, even more, that God doesn't really exist. His goal, ultimately, is to separate us from reality. The reality is that, whatever satan throws at us, the opposite is the truth! For example, if you repeatedly hear 'You're stupid', reality is 'God has wired in you brilliance.' In my quest for the truth of how satan is able to pull off these deceptions, the Person of the Holy Spirit imparted this life-changing truth to me: (please read this very slowly and get this into your understanding, because you'll be amazed at how often you'll see this turn around in your mind and heart the deceptive lies of satan) 'When a wicked spirit takes over a person, it will accuse those around that person of being what it is and doing what it does for the purpose of masking its existence in that person's body.' Now, the next time unclean spirits accuse you through a person, examine your heart and ask yourself these questions: 'Is there any truth to this? Is there an indication here of an area of my life that I need to work on? Or is this an unclean spirit that has been set against me, working through a person, to hinder the fulfillment of what God has called me to do with Him in this life?' When satan's false accusations come, whether delivered through a willing person or directly to you through thoughts he whispers in your ear making them seem like your own, remember, 'These battles of life are fought in the mind and, in order to overcome the enemy and his lies and distractions, we must know God and His Word.' If we read God's written Word, and depend on the Person of the Holy Spirit sent by God to explain it to us and be our divine Tutor, then we learn what God originally meant as He put it on the hearts of the prophets to write each word of the Scriptures. As we read God's written Word, while depending on the Person of the Holy Spirit sent by God, we familiarize ourselves, little by little, with the way God does things. Then, as we learn God's written Word, we will begin to recognize God's spoken Word and His Voice when He whispers to us. The Scriptures have been given to us for the purpose of, among others, familiarizing us with the voice of our Father. And, I can tell you from experience, from that first time that you hear the voice of God, you realize how mighty He is, and how insignificant satan is in trying to hinder you from fulfilling all of what God has put you here on earth to do. So, as God told Gideon, we encourage you, 'Go in this thy might, and... (the LORD) will be with thee.'"

"And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. (Judges 6:14-16)

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