Word of God

Rays of Roses


By: Lisa Burks

The other day I went outside to weed around my roses, when I noticed beetles all over the shrubs. Normally they produce big beautiful, pink and red flowers that I enjoy looking at, instead they were unsightly to me. I knew what had to be done. I retrieved my bug killer and drenched the roses from top to bottom. In no time the bugs were falling to the ground, a week later the roses were back to their old selves.

While spraying the rose’s God gave me a thought, people are like roses if you let bugs, (anything not of God) into your life it starts to show from the inside out. Instead of soaking in pesticides we arm ourselves with the word of God. Luke 10-19 states I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions, and to overcome all the power of the enemy nothing will harm you however do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. Hebrews 4-12 for the word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow it judges the thoughts, and attitudes of the heart.

If we let the devil in, even though we may not see it with sinners eyes he starts to change us. We can become bitter, negative, abusive, worried, hopeless, helpless etc. We are hard to look at or be in the presence of, just like a beetle infested rose, but if we use the word of god to overcome evil, we can be an inspiration for others, and a pleasure to be around.

If your heart and mind are empty there’s more room for the devil to occupy. Filling that empty space with scripture is a good way to ensure he doesn’t move in. As Christians we should stop negative thoughts, feeling or actions as soon as they begin, remember the word of god is sharper than any double-edged sword, when the devil makes a visit, send him packing with the word of God.

Philippians 4:8-9

8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. 9 Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.

Temptation – Be Gone!


1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)

13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Temptation – the devil’s strongest tool. He will woe you and seduce with the pleasures of the flesh. He provides the justification that will allow you to succumb to your most selfish desires. He will also abandon, torment and delight in your distress when you realize that the pleasure led you to an ultimate pain and a gnawing guilt.

We have all been tempted several times and will be tempted again and again. The stronger we grow as a Christian however the less we are likely to give into temptation. We develop the tools to fight it, we learn the word of God and it is our strongest weapon. Prayer is the conduit to our Commander and Chief – our loving Father who will give us the power to resist and gain victory each and every battle. He said that He would always provide a way out of every temptation. We only have to call on Him. When we feel the urge to give in, we can strongly and firmly pronounce “Flee from thee!” and the Devil will flee. You will actually feel the release from temptation.

Jesus himself was led into the wilderness and tempted by the Devil. He relied upon God’s word to free him from Satan’s stronghold. You must always be vigilant, you must be strong even in your weakest moment, and remember you are never alone.

Matthew 4:1 (ESV)

The Temptation of Jesus

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

The Lord’s Prayer is an excellent prayer that will serve as a shield against sin. We pronounce that we want to be led not into temptation but delivered from evil. It is a prayer worth saying each and every morning before you start your day. It can be used in times of indecision and weakness to strengthen your resolve. Pray often and walk in faith, the Lord will fight your battles.

Matthew 26:41 (ESV)

41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

If you do give into temptation, remember God loves you unconditionally. Quickly confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness. Read the scriptures and prepare yourself by making yourself strong in Christ. Humbly make amends to those you have hurt and pray for their forgiveness through Christ. Temptation is sneaky, sly and comes quickly into our lives, prepare yourself today and you can easily resist and be the blessing He has created you to be. Always know that God is on your side, Christ lives within you and you are God’s child today, tomorrow and forever!

Luke 4:13 English  (ESV)

13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.


Sitting on the Fence

Sitting On The Fence By Mick Alexander

“Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
(James 4:4 NIV)

Some churchgoers are quite happy being in church and in sin at the same time. They are very comfortable, thinking that they can have the best of both worlds; they are enjoying the lusts of the flesh and will one day enjoy the pleasures of heaven also … so they think!

However, the Bible makes it clear that we cannot be in sin and in Christ at the same time. James 4:4 makes this very obvious where it says, “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” We can’t be a friend of God when we have one foot in this sinful world and one foot in Christ, like someone sitting on a fence. The following story brings out this truth:

There was a crowd of people standing in a field with a fence dividing them into two groups. Jesus came and took the little group of people who were on His side of the fence and then the Devil came and took the larger group. After this, there was one man left sitting on the fence. The Devil came back and told the man to come with him but the man said, “I don’t belong to you, I’m sitting on the fence.”

The Devil replied, “Oh, but you do belong to me. I own the fence.”

We are either saved or lost, there is no in between. Either Jesus is our Lord, keeping us from continuing in sin and preparing us for heaven, or the Devil is our lord, helping us to enjoy the pleasures of this sinful world before we are taken off to hell. We can’t be in sin and in Christ at the same time. Let’s be like Joshua who told the Israelites that they had a choice of serving the Lord or the gods of this world and then he said, “… as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Josh. 24:15).

Mick Alexander

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