Friday, June 9, 2017

The Battle for our Minds

The book of Romans contains many nuggets of truth to help us overcome in the daily battle for our minds. We find an interesting summary of this battle explained by the apostle Paul in Romans 7:14-25. Paul speaks of the battle, describing it as a constant wrestling over right and wrong. He mentions that He wants to do right and strives to do so, but finds himself doing wrong. Sound familiar?

“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” Romans 7:22-23.

The battle for our minds is a real one, Friends! So many are living defeated Christina lives because they lost the battle for their mind and allowed the wrong music, the wrong pictures, or the wrong doctrines to get a foothold and now are overtaken by them. This battle is real, it is raging, and we must be on guard if we expect to overcome. There is but one way to win…. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

It is a conscious effort we must make to think the right things, do the right things, and walk the right way. It takes the work of the Holy Spirit, which indwells the believer, to overcome sin. This daily walk of life is not a casual stroll, it really is a race. It’s not a friendly peaceful relationship, it is a war between the flesh and the Spirit. We can’t rub friendly elbows with the world, accepting the ways of the world, and expect to be an overcomer. We MUST walk by the Spirit!

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:12-13
That word mortify means ‘to put to death.’ We must mortify the deeds of the body in order to win the battle.

Imagine it as if you were a soldier back in Paul’s day. They did physical combat in simplistic ways. There was no explosives that you could toss from a distance to destroy your enemy; it required getting close, wrestling, doing some swordplay, or using spears. This kind of combat takes you in close contact with your enemy. And, as it says in Ephesians 6, we must put on the whole armor of God if we expect to stand in the evil day.

We cannot win on our own; we must be close enough to God for Him to empower us in the fight for the right. We must be able to hear and understand His commands, obeying them wholeheartedly. We must be skilled with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. We must use that shield of faith in Jesus Christ. 

It is a recipe for disaster when a child of God enters the daily battlefield for his mind, unprepared, without first spending time with God in prayer and Bible reading. We are soldiers in a battle for our mind, we must make it a priority to spend time with God so that we are equipped and empowered to win!

Spend time reading Romans 7:14-25, and Romans 8:1-15, and meditate on the instruction given to us there regarding the battle to do right.

Humble Yourself

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” 
James 4:10
What is it that you fear, Oh Soul? Why is it that you tremble? Have you not read how He promises to ever be near? Have you not seen amongst the pages of His word the many promises of His providential care? Has He not once and again come to your aid when the battles of life were heated and long?

Think back to the many times He has met the need of your heart through His omnipotent hand. Remember the grace He bestowed to help you endure that great trial of your faith that had you weary and worn, staggering under the load of care. Call to remembrance those times in your life when your heart ached with grief and despair, and He, through the joy and comfort of the scriptures, brought hope to your weary heart.

Spend the solitude of this moment to reflect on the times He has spoken peace to your weary soul while the waves of trouble rolled around you. Is not this the same God that made the Heaven and earth and all that dwells within? Is He not the same now as He was then? Is He not just as strong, powerful, and capable of calming the storm you are facing this very hour?

Why doesn’t He then, you may ask? Well, perhaps He is waiting for you to once again renew and exercise your faith in Him. He may be awaiting your trusting heart to be fully reliant on Him, and Him alone. Maybe this trial was intended for the purpose of ridding your heart of some sinful self-reliance that has hindered Him from doing a greater work in you life.

Whatever it is, there is one things for sure; He awaits your sincere call for help from a trusting heart. He awaits your eyes to be fixed upon Him once again. He longs to be for you your all in all, but first you must remove all else that has taken His rightful place in your heart so that He can be the sole object of your faith.

Oh, Soul, do not resist Him. Only let Him have His way with You. Give Him your heart. Give Him your attention. Let Him work mightily on your behalf. He can and He will if you but step out of the way.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your heart, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:7-10

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

According Unto Thy Word

“Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.” Psalm 119:65-66

Sometimes I can’t see how
But I know Your promises are true
I cannot understand it all now
But I will wholly rely on You

Your way is good for me
I’ve seen Your hand at work
I will simply rest and trust in Thee
No matter what evils around me lurk

You have of old time been faithful and true
You are the same now as You were then
You don’t change; a strong defense are You
To all those who trust that the battle You’ll win

My mind may grow weary
My heart faint and weak
But no matter how dreary
I draw strength when You speak

Your words renew and refresh me
My heart with joy they fill
Wherever the road of life takes me
I’m confident, You will be present still

This promise that You will never leave
Gives me courage to go on for You
In spite of any hindrances the devil may heave
I must do what You have for me to do

My friend You are
My comfort and guide
My strength by far
My safe place to hide

When life comes upon me
I find shelter and rest
Within the pages of Your word I see
Endurance for the test

Your love for me cheers me on
Your patience is ever kind
Through honest prayer to You I gain
A calming for my mind

It doesn’t’ matter what life brings
Whether ease or hardship, joy or pain
A heavenly tune within me rings
About the One Who will always remain

My Friend of friends, my strength, my hope
My joy, my song, my guide, my anchor
The God of Heaven and earth: My God!
The glorious all-powerful Creator

“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” Psalm 119:49-50

“I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.” Psalm 119:52

“It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32

“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My New Release, The Wishful Heart!

Introducing my newest work of fiction, The Wishful Heart!!!! A young teenage girl goes to spend the school year with an old family friend in Pennsylvania, so she can attend a ladies college nearby. Little did Charlotte know, but her life was about to change in many ways. Struggling to adjust to her new way of life, she finds herself wishing for love and acceptance. Never giving up on her dream of being a writer, she works hard towards the goal. The story takes a twist, and Charlotte finds herself completely overwhelmed with new responsibilities. Wishing for home, and longing for the day her dreams are fulfilled, she faces many new emotions. Come along with Charlotte and experience the excitement, the emotion, and the desire of The Wishful Heart!

I'm excited to finally be able to share this story with you! After many years of work, it is finally available in paperback and Kindle eBook format. For those of you who would like an Author signed copy, just email me at writemkennedy[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Confident Hope

“The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.” Psalm 6:9 KJV

How could David who wrote this Psalm be so confident? How bold it is to assume and confidently know that God has heard one’s prayer! How sure he must have been to be able to say that ‘the Lord WILL receive my prayer’! How did he obtain such confidence?

1) Personal familiarity with the promises of God. He was grounded in the word. He spent time with God daily. He had developed a personal relationship with God.

2) Past fulfillment of the promises of God. David had seen God work in his own life time and again. He was no stranger to the trials and troubles of life, but he had seen God’s hand at work. He had experienced the providential care, the practical applications, and the proven techniques God had used to mold him into His image. He saw God keep His word. He experienced the promises of God fulfilled in the past, and that kept him confident that he would see it again.

3) Personal faith in the promises of God. God has given us many great and precious promises in His word, but unless we claim them through faith, we will not see them in action. We must put our personal faith in all things Christ has done for us, is doing for us, and will do on our behalf. We must approach God through a heart of faith, praying with faith that He will do what He has promised to do. We must not eliminate this vital ingredient called faith!

4) The proven facts of the promises of God. God had proved himself to David over the course of his life. In many instances, He delivered him out of trouble. (The Psalms mention this.) His protective providence had been at work from day one, and when running from Saul, David observed this protection. God had strengthened David to kill the lion and the bear to protect the sheep. He had strengthened and encouraged David to do battle with the Philistine and to prevail. Many other instances in David’s life had brought him to the conclusion that God’s promises were indeed trust worthy, tried and true. He knew that he could rely on what God had said.

What about you, friend? Can you say with confidence that God has heard your prayer and will answer in His timing?

Have you familiarized yourself with God’s word so that you can be sure you are right with Him?

Have you seen God answer prayer before in your own life?

Have you come to Him out of faith believing that He can and will meet the need?

Have you gone back down memory’s lane to remember all the instances when God intervened on your behalf?

Have confident hope! He Who holds the future also hears the prayers of His children when prayed from a clean and sincere heart of faith.

The Goodness of God

When my way is bright and clear and the future holds success…God is good!

When my life holds disappointments and distress…God is good!

When the way is dark and the future looks bleak with no hope in sight…God is still good!

When His way makes sense, and I’m rejoicing in the blessings He has heaped upon me…God is good!

When I am unsure of His plan and it’s hard to understand the trials of life…God is still good!

Whether good or bad comes my way…

Whether I am happy or sad, full or empty…

Whether the sun is shining, or darkness covers my way…

Whether in calmness, or in the midst of the trial of my faith…

Whether in peace or pain;

I can smile and say…God is good!

The goodness He has bestowed on me has already far surpassed what I deserve. 
He owes me nothing. 
I deserve nothing. 
Everything I have, He gave to me. 
His goodness is far greater than mere words can describe. 
His goodness reaches even to the Heavens. 
He is wonderful! 
God is good!

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” Psalm 31:19 KJV

“For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” Psalm 33:4-5 KJV

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Psalm 145:8-9 KJV

Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.