Sober Minded

Posted: February 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dear Loved Ones,

If you have been watching the news over this past week you have seen the awful images of 21 Egyptian Christians kneeling before they were executed by the radical Muslim group known as ISIS. While our stomachs turn at such a hideous action, there is some degree of disconnection because these events are occurring in another country. We need to be aware and reminded that the same enemy that is operating in the Middle East is the same enemy that is operating in our community, in our church, in our homes and in our lives. Eph. 6:12 “For 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.”
Satan is very real and on the attack. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” A lion attacks by pouncing on unsuspecting prey or running a flock and then separating one from the rest. Once he has captured and killed his prey he then stands over the kill and roars.
I want to encourage you today to stop and take an inventory. What plan of destruction has the enemy designed for you? Regardless of whether you aware or unaware he is at work and his end game is to separate you whether it be in your mind, heart or body away from Jesus Christ and other Christians.
Here is the good news! Jesus is greater than Satan. Jesus is greater than anything that Satan can throw at you. Make Jesus Christ #1 in your life. Let me encourage you to take a stand and embrace these 5 habits:

1. Put on the Full Armor of God Everyday! I literally pray through these verses.
Eph. 6:10-18 “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2. Have a Dedicated Time Each Day To Pray and Read God’s Word
Eph. 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

3. Go To Church Every Week
Seek to be with God’s people to be uplifted and encouraged. Be where people know your name. Communicate with people about what is going on in your life. Be present when you are there. Sing, look up the Scriptures, take notes, listen for the Holy Spirit speaking and obey Him.

4. Don’t Compromise
Follow Jesus with your whole heart! Don’t cut corners. Obey the Word of God. Stay away from people who tempt you to do things the Word of God tells you not to. Let everyone that knows you know that you are an unashamed Christ follower and then live out that love for Him. Don’t be a show, just be rock solid day in and day out.

5. Stretch Your Faith
God uses people who put their “Yes” on the table. Consider these verses, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” Heb. 11:7 “Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.”Gen. 6:22 “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”Gen 6:8 Most of us never stretch ourselves beyond what is expected, what is normal and what has already been done. Noah was willing and God used his faith to do something seemingly impossible. My simple challenge to you is to put your “Yes” on the table. Lord whatever you ask, whatever you want, that is what I will do. Lord no matter what it will cost, where it may take me I will do “Whatever it takes” to follow.

I write these things to you today because I love you! I know that if you will do these 5 things you will be spiritually healthy.

In Christ Love,
Pastor Jeff Hickman

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Comments
  1. Shelly Burnett says:

    God Bless Both of you, yall are so wonderful.!!!!!

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