LIFE IS A BATTLEGROUND!

Tb Joshua Ministries,The SCOAN


A lot of Christians whisper, murmur, grumble, complain, cry, weep and wail about their situation because their lives are centered on how they are doing, how they are feeling, how they are treated.

The first step to being strong is to realise that life is not an encounter group. Life is not a bonding meeting. Life is not a playground. Life is a battleground. The reason so many in the church are weak is because they are not armed for battle. If we are not armed for battle, we would not be able to listen to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. If we are not armed for battle, we would fight the wrong battle.

Ephesians 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.”

Any time you are wrestling against flesh and blood, any time you are striving against people – you are fighting the wrong battle. We are not to get sidetracked, fighting against mere flesh and blood. We are to battle the spiritual entities that cause tension in our marriages, problems with our children, struggles with our parents. If we fail to see that there are powers that cause people to be bowed down in bondage, we are going to fight the wrong battle.

Never forget, you can stand against the wiles of the devil – the cunning, the clever attacks of satan – to the degree that you are protected with the whole armour of God.

FREEDOM FROM GUILT AND CONDEMNATION!

Tb Joshua, The SCOAN, Emmanuel.Tv

In a certain city, there were prisoners. One day the king came into their midst and began to ask each one of them to explain what brought them to the prison. Nearly all of them claimed they were innocent and blamed someone else for their situation. Some even accused the judge of taking a bribe. One young fellow among them, however replied, “Sir, I deserve to be here. I stole some money; no-one is at fault but me, I am guilty”. On hearing this, the king gave an order for the young man to be released and he was set free.

This is also true of salvation. Until a person is willing to admit that he is a sinner in need of salvation, he cannot experience freedom from guilt and condemnation. Have you ever said, “I plead guilty”? If not, do so right now, because you can never save yourself. Remember, if it was a matter of power, might and authority, David as a king would rather save himself than admit his guilt, his wrongdoing, his error. This is how we know the children of God: It is not that they would not go astray but when they do, the guilt of that mistake would not allow them to have peace of heart until they ask for and obtain forgiveness.

A PLACE OF DECISION – T.B. Joshua

Daniel 3:16-18, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.’ ”

We are who, where and what we are as a result of a decisions we make. All of us who have fallen made a decision and all of us who have not fallen, faced similar temptation yet made a different decision. The Holy Spirit always leads us to a place of decision. But you are responsible for what you give your attention to. As long as you hold fast to your confession of sickness, poverty, failure and defeat, you will still have them. If you think failure, talk failure, move with people who failed and really believe in failure, failure will never leave you. But he who moves with the wise will become wise.

At the place of decision, Jabez decided to turn his life from pain to prosperity; Job refused to sin against God with his lips when brought to the place of decision with his wife; The three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego decided to commit themselves into the hand of God; King David decided to be victorious at the place of decision on the battlefield; Apostle Paul decided to stand for the truth in the court of Caesar; our Lord, Jesus Christ made the decision of a champion even on the Cross of Calvary. What decision did you make? Decisions create events. Make a decision that creates the future you desire. The rate at which you feed your soul with God’s Word determines the outcome when you come to the place of decision. Read God’s Word, it is your spiritual weapon. It is with you in the living Word, it is in your pocket but you are not using it. The Word will not work by itself; we make it work by the way we live. Make a decision to make the Word of God the standard for your life and begin to live the life of a champion. Champions are not crowned for desiring to be crowned, they are crowned because they made a decision and defeated their enemy.

A DECISION BORN OF FAITH – T.B. Joshua

We are constantly making decisions, some trivial and others fundamental and life changing. Common sense tells us that some decisions are much more important than others. However, unless the decisions we make are rooted in God’s Word, they cannot stand the test of time. Such decisions would soon fade out in the face of tests and trials because they are not based on God’s unchanging, unfailing Word. As a Christian, what is in the inspiration behind the decisions you make? Are you making decisions based on what your circumstances say or what God’s Word says about them? Are you reacting to your challenges according to how you feel or according to the principles of your faith?

Remember, there is no neutral kingdom. Like Joshua of old in Joshua 24:15 told his people, it is time for you to choose this day what you are making of God. Is He one of those things or the only thing in your life? Deciding to put your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour is the most important decision you can make in life. In other words, life’s biggest decision is what you do with Jesus. Therefore make a decision born of faith to serve Jesus with all you are, all you have and all you can do. Learn to confess: “No matter what happens, no matter what comes – He is my Saviour. Whether trouble or not – He is my Redeemer. Come rain, come shine – He is my Shelter. I have no other refuge than this command of Jesus, ‘Only believe.’ ”