Thursday, June 14, 2012

Proverbs 13-15: Connections

Proverbs 15:15
Amplified Bible (AMP)

All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

Our focus really does matter! When God reveals the battle plan of the enemy, a temptation of the prophetically gifted is to become anxious and focus on the upcoming attack. This misplaced focus actually plays directly into the hands of the evil one. Anxious thoughts and forebodings are cousins of fear, and fear is a spirit. Allowing ourselves to travel along the path with fear by our side, strengthens the power and control of satan.

God does not give us a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

The joy of the Lord is our strength! It doesn't really matter what scheme the evil one launches against us. If our focus continues upon our Great and Awesome God, worshiping and submitting our lives to Him, then joy bubbles up from deep within our souls. One can be in the midst of very difficult circumstances, yet still have a glad heart feasting on God's goodness!

I think about a man who because of his love for Jesus was thrown into a pit for several days. When his captors removed him from the pit, he was shining with the glory of God! This man worshiped the Lord in the midst of a horrific situation and the result was powerful.

When we worship the Lord in the midst of difficult situations, people do notice the joy and peace that emanate from us. There is a feast going on inside the "afflicted" one's heart and people around us witness it.

Revelation of satan's battle plans are for intercession, not to shift our focus from our Abba to the battle. The greatest weapons in the midst of a battle are the fruit of the Holy, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23 AMP). The only way to utilize these gifts is to maintain our connection to the One Who gives them.

Connection is solidified by our thoughts. 

 If our thoughts meditate on the evil one and his plans, then our connection to fear is strengthened. If we choose to keep our eyes fixed upon the Lord magnifying His goodness, power, holiness, etc. then our heart connection to Him solidifies, and He releases everything we need to win the battle!

Thank You, Lord, for drawing our hearts to You. Every day can be a continual heart feast as we maintain our connection to You by meditating on You and Your goodness! Empower us (me) in all circumstances to focus on You! All for Your glory and in the name of Jesus, AMEN!!!

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