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FOLLOW JESUS

FOLLOW JESUS

If we are going to walk into battle, if we are going to engage in the fight, we need to know who we are following. Who is leading you into battle?

Here’s the powerful truth: when we choose to follow Jesus, we don’t need to live in fear.

God never works through fear.

The weapons of God’s kingdom are truth and love.

Truth is powerful. Truth sets us free. Jesus said that He is the truth (John 14:6). To fight the good fight, we need to follow truth.

When we go to the dentist or doctor, we are not only expecting them to tell us the truth, we are paying them to do so! A vague diagnosis is not what we want to hear. We want the honest truth.

In Mark 10 Jesus spoke with a rich young ruler and He didn’t hold back the truth.

“Jesus looked at him and loved him…” That’s important to acknowledge, Jesus only ever speaks truth into our life out of His love for us.

Jesus gave the man what he needed to hear, even if it wasn’t what he wanted to hear.

In order to experience the fullness of life that Jesus had for him, that man needed to hear the truth, no matter how raw it seemed.

Jesus knew that what the man was seeking required him to first acknowledge the truth about what was gripping his heart.

What’s gripping your heart today? What are the things that are filling your life and blocking the truth and love of Jesus?

If we are to live in freedom and VICTORY, we need to let go of the things that are gripping our heart – we need to lose our life for the sake of Jesus and His good news. Then we will truly experience freedom.

The more we hold on to who we are, what we do, the things of this world, then the harder the fight will become. If we want to save our life, then we must lose it.

Today, choose to yield all of who you are to Jesus. Choose to let go of your worldly desires and pick up your cross. Choose to follow Jesus.

Love you all.
PK
 

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THE GOOD FIGHT

THE GOOD FIGHT

We are in an unseen battle – a fight not won with fists, but won with truth and love. It is a fight that will change everything.

It is a fight that requires each and every one of us. There is no better fight to fight – no other cause that will so transform our world. We are in the good fight.

That may sound like an oxymoron – how can a fight be good?

When children fight with their siblings we tell them to stop, if a fight breaks out on a sports field or in a schoolyard it is brought to a halt as quickly as possible.

These are fights that only cause harm and damage, but the Bible teaches us that there is a good fight, one that has eternal significance and is of great importance.

In Ephesians 6:12 we learn that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We are engaged in this fight because we have an enemy, the devil, who does not want us to experience the fullness of life that God has for us. Jesus makes it really clear in John 10:10 that this enemy wants to destroy us, but that God wants the best for us.

This good fight is waged in the spirit. It’s not about physical weapons or human hands, it’s not even a fight against other people – it is a decision to stand up against the forces of darkness, knowing that with God on our side, we already have the victory!

Have a great week.
Love ya. PK
 

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TAKE REFUGE IN GOD

“Take refuge in God”

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You”.

Psalm 9:9-10

It is quite evident that we are living in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1-7).

So many people around us are hurting, families are being destroyed, the covenant of marriage is under attack, social injustices all around, calamity, catastrophe, upheaval, turmoil, confusion, starvation, poverty, sickness, abuse, killings, disasters, wars of all kinds, wars of the mind, war for the soul, war, war and rumors of wars. It is a very dark time indeed.

Receive good news today: Jesus Christ has come into the world as light (John 8:12), and He has defeated the power of darkness and become a refuge for those who put their faith and trust in Him.

Refuge speaks of a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

It speaks of a secure height, a high fort or fortress, something inaccessibly high that one cannot attain by one’s self.

Refuge is a safe haven, an asylum, a sanctuary, a place of safety and that, Beloved, is who your God is to you.

At times It can be very tempting to trust in one’s own efforts, abilities, physical strengths and material resources, seeking safety in broken systems, one’s job, money, even one’s own family and friends, David called those things chariots and horses, a false sense of security. Psalm 33:17 says “a horse is a vain hope for safety”.

We are encouraged in Psalm 20:7 that one should remember, evoke, and call on the name of the Lord our God because God is the only real refuge you’ll ever find.

Whatever situation you may be facing today, ask God to stand as your refuge and protect you from all calamities. Run into Him right now, call upon His name, trust Him, pour out your heart to him and be confident that in Him you are safe.

Proverbs 18:10 says “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Make God Almighty your hiding place today and find unshakable, impenetrable safety in Him.

Love ya.
PK
 

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VICTORY OVER DEATH

When Jesus died for our sins and purchased our forgiveness, He saved us from an eternity of separation from God.

He replaced the hopelessness of death with a living hope in an everlasting future in the presence of the Lord. And when He rose from the grave, Jesus displayed His ultimate victory over death, proving that its power is nothing in comparison to His.

In Revelation 1:18, He declared, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

While death is a difficult reality for us in this life, as we experience the pain of losing those close to us and eventually have to grapple with our own earthly mortality, we can now be anchored by the truth that that Jesus holds the keys of death, and He has made a way for us to walk through a different door into an eternity of life.

Death on earth is not the end of the story. There is so much more to come! Jesus promised in John 11: 25, “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

Because Jesus has saved us from the permanence of death, we don’t have to live our lives in fear.

We are free to live bold, abundant lives, knowing no matter what comes here on earth, we will live forever in God’s presence and in the community of His family.

Even when we grieve for loved ones, we grieve with hope, knowing that if they put their faith in Jesus, we will be reunited and experience God’s glory together.

On this Easter Sunday, let the implications of Jesus’ triumph over death sink into your heart and shift your perspective from the fragility of this life to our eternal security in heaven.

Death truly has no sting! Celebrate His victory, be filled with gratitude, and grow in your conviction that everyone on earth needs to have the hope of heaven that you have.

That was His heart in dying for the sins of all mankind: that not a single one of us would spend eternity away from Him.

There’s no better way to express your gratitude for what He’s done for you than to tell the world about His love for them. This is how we make the most of this life.

So go out there and live to the fullest – because He lives!

Love ya,
PK
 

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VICTORY OVER SICKNESS

Victory Over Sickness

God’s Word tells us that by the stripes of Jesus we are healed. When Jesus died and rose again, He defeated sin, death, and sickness in all its forms for all of eternity. It’s amazing that, through Him, we share in this victory!

But what does victory over sickness mean for us while we still live in a fallen world?

Throughout the New Testament, we find examples of incredible healings performed by Jesus as well as by the Apostles acting in the power of His name. In reading these testimonies of healing, it can be easy to assume that God will answer our prayers about sickness a certain way: instant freedom from pain, total healing from an incurable or terminal diagnosis, or a complete victory over anxiety. So what do we do when our experience doesn’t meet our expectations? We need to be careful not to limit the incredible depth of what healing looks like.

The apostle Paul told us in Romans 8:28 that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. That doesn’t mean everything that happens is good – Jesus’ victory over sin and death didn’t eliminate all the trials from our lives on earth.

In fact, in John 16:33, Jesus promised that we will experience trouble in this world, and sickness is no doubt a part of the difficulties we face.

While God still intervenes many times in miraculous ways, we aren’t necessarily guaranteed complete healing this side of heaven. But we can be certain of the everlasting victory that our salvation guarantees. We will spend eternity in the presence of God, full of joy and completely free from sickness, sin, death, pain, and anxiety.

Don’t be discouraged by what might seem like an unanswered prayer or an outcome that doesn’t meet your expectations.

God does hear your prayers, and in all things, He is working for your good and His glory.

As we continue this Easter season, ask God to give you an eternal perspective. When we keep the reality of heaven in mind, we are able to pray boldly and walk with confidence through any trial knowing that no matter the outcome, we win.

VICTORY 2020
Love ya.
PK
 

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WE CAN HAVE VICTORY OVER FEAR

Victory Over Fear

In our world today, bombarded with news and surrounded by what seems to be an endless flow of bad reports, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by fear.

We’re afraid of the unknown, afraid of pain and loss, afraid we don’t have what it takes to succeed.

But when our blameless Savior took on the cross to pay for our sin, He showed us perfect love. The power of that love defeated all the side effects of sin and darkness in the world, including fear.

1 John 4:18 tells us that “perfect love casts out fear.”

Through His ultimate display of love on the cross, Jesus claimed victory over fear, and He invites us to share in that victory.

He wants us to live with peace in our mind, heart, and spirit. But it’s up to us to receive and walk in the victorious power of His love.

In Romans 8:38, the apostle Paul said he was convinced that nothing could separate us from the love of God.

We, too, have the opportunity to be unshakably confident in God’s love for us and abide in the peace provided by that love.

If you ever have a moment where you question the extent of God’s love for you, all you have to do is look to the cross.

When fear comes knocking, you have a choice to make:

Let it overtake you, or remember Jesus’ victorious act of love and choose to believe that He has won the battle for your peace.

When everything seems to be going wrong in your world, stand firm on the truth that fear has no power over you.

Claim His peace, and walk forward in confidence that you are fully covered by His love!

Love ya. PK
 
 

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VICTORY IN CHRIST ALONE

Victory in Christ Alone!

Jesus has already overcome the enemy. However, as we read in 1 Peter 5:8, the devil still “prowls around . . . looking for someone to devour.” In many ways, he is like a snake with its head cut off. When you kill a snake, you have to be sure to bury its head, because even after death the serpent holds a lethal dose of venom in its fangs.

If you step on a dead snake’s head, you can still get poisoned.

In the same way, even though Jesus broke the power of Satan at the cross, he can still inject his deadly poison into our lives. He is dead but still deadly.

The goal then, is not to step on the snake’s head.

In practical terms, this means resisting the devil (see James 4:7), equipping the defenses Jesus has provided (see Ephesians 6:10–18), and leaning into his sufficiency (see Proverbs 3:5).

It means remembering that he is your David in the story—and you can never bring down giants through your own courage, willpower, or efforts.

It’s always Jesus who brings the giant down.

If you truly want to see victory over the giants in your life, you need to understand your dependency on the all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ.

Victory is all about trusting in Christ and not about trying to succeed.

To take the first step against your dead-but-still-deadly enemy, you’ve got to make this paradigm shift in your mind. Christ is the only force that brings change.

Victory can only be found in Him!

Love ya .
PK
 

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VICTORY OVER ADDICTIONS

Victory Over Addictions!

When David volunteered to fight Goliath, King Saul told him, “you are not able” (1 Samuel 17:33).

He went on to explain that David was no match for the giant because he had “been a warrior from his youth.” When David failed to be persuaded not to fight, Saul attempted to cover him up with his own armor. He wanted David to suit up so he would look stronger and more protected than he really was.

We do the same in our own lives.

We feel powerless in a broken world and wide open to attack, so we put on false armor and hide in addictions.

The sad reality is that we are an addicted generation.

We may not think of ourselves as addicted, but the truth of the matter is most of have something in our lives that we feel we can’t live without—whether it’s alcohol, relationships, shopping, accomplishments, drugs, adrenaline, or even social media.

We’re enslaved to that thing and can’t break the habit of going to it when we feel vulnerabilities surface.

The giant of addiction can rob you of God’s best for you.

It can lead you down a never-ending path to a never-fulfilled promise.

In the end, it will stand over you, ridiculing you and dimming the fame and glory of God in your life. So, how can you realize Jesus’ victory over this giant?

The key is to look past the symptoms of the addiction and focus on the cause.

Ask yourself questions such as, “What is the source of the chaos in my life?

Why do I feel so inadequate?

Why do I fear being known?

Where is the pain coming from?”

Unless you’re willing to look for what is causing your problems, the giant of addiction is not going to fall.

Most of us follow a pattern where, when we feel vulnerable to attack, it makes us feel weak.

This weakness, in turn, compels us to cover up and cope. And when we try to cover up and cope, we run to an addiction. Fortunately, there is a solution.

Instead of running to an addiction when you feel the need to cover up, run to Jesus. Know that whatever vulnerability you are feeling, Jesus won’t push you away.

He accepts you in his love and infuses you with his life.

He exchanges your weakness for his strength.

When you are vulnerable, Jesus is ABLE.

Perhaps the greatest lie when facing your addictions is that you can wage the battle on your own, hidden from view.

Always remember that freedom happens in the light. Jesus is the Light of the World, and he works most powerfully in you when you bring your brokenness and hurt into the light of his grace.

You are free in Christ the instant you place your trust in him. But it may be that you need to call on those standing close by to help unravel the layers.

Do whatever is necessary to weave your life into a system of openness, honesty, and accountability.

In the end, David refused to be covered in Saul’s armor. He put aside all the trappings that Saul tried to weigh him down with and chose instead to rely only on the Lord.

He went out to fight the giant armed with only his sling, his rod, and his God—and he took Goliath down.

This is the template for our living, and as we look only to God for strength in our vulnerabilities, the giant of addiction will fall in our lives.

WE LIVE IN VICTORY!
Love y’all.
PK
 

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WE ARE PEOPLE OF FAITH

In THIS SEASON of discomfort remember we are people OF FAITH!

Remember that faith thrives in discomfort.

The cross brought pain to Jesus in the same breath that it brought freedom to you.

It’s often easy to just sit back and decide to follow the example of another person’s life—to let someone else who is “called” to go and take the risk. But the reality is that God hasn’t called any of us to avoid the dangers of a lost and dying world.

Instead, he has called us to enter into it with the sword of the Spirit in our hands. He wants us to say, “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work” (John 9:4 NLT).

Your life on this earth is short . . . but God is big.

So focus on matters of eternal significance while you are here.

You live on a planet with billions of people who’ve never heard of Jesus.

As a follower of Christ, you have the hope.

You have the truth.

You have the life. You have Jesus.

That’s what matters: letting Jesus be known. So step into the fight in the name of Jesus!

 

Have a fantastic day.
PK
 

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VICTORY OVER THE

Experiencing Jesus’ victory over the giant of rejection comes from seeing yourself the way that your heavenly father sees you—as his dearly and loved child.

As Paul wrote, “If we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). God did not accept you because of anything you had done, but just because he loved you (see 1 John 4:19).

What’s more, God loved you so much that he was willing to pay an enormous cost to bring you close to him: the death of his own Son, Jesus, on the cross.

Imagine Jesus today whispering in your ear, “I really, really love you. I am already pleased with you!”

It might feel crazy to think the God of heaven—the creator of the universe—knows you so personally. Many of us freak out when we get thirty likes on a social media post.

Yet the God of the universe is mindful of you (see Psalm 8)!

He has pursued you (see Luke 15:3–7).

Before you were even conceived, God went on record and said, “I choose you as my own.” That truth should cultivate a sense of acceptance within you.

Your worth isn’t wrapped up in what you achieve but is forever anchored in the fact that Jesus was given for you.

You were made to be accepted and embraced by your heavenly Father.

You were made to be loved, for free.

You live from his acceptance, not for the acceptance of others.

As you come to realize this, the giant of rejection will fall in your life.
 

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