CONTEST OF THE GODS – DO YOUR CHILDREN KNOW WHO WINS?

ELIJAH

I went in to see a movie yesterday, sat up front and was blasted by six previews of upcoming movies for the summer—every single one of them was about witchcraft or magic. Most of us don’t know much about the reality of black witchcraft or we’ve been taught that it’s only make believe. It’s not. It’s very much alive and real.

 

My best friend Jane, and her boss were cursed at a coven gathering in the desert outside of Las Vegas. A member of the coven stole both of their nameplates from their doors at work. The nameplates were burned in an evening bonfire as the witches and other people who were invited (possible converts) drank alcoholic beverages and toasted to the two women’s demise. You may be wondering how I know this.

 

One of the attendees had taken photos and put them up privately on the internet but Jane saw them and showed them to me. After the cursing, both women’s jobs were terminated. This stuff is very real.

 

The God of the Bible, the creator of all things, does phenomenal miracles of healing, helping, deliverance and victory; but the devil has copied these things for as many centuries as mankind has existed. His ways are undeniably enticing.

 

I don’t hate witches or sorcerers. I guess I just hate that they are getting more air time than the true God.

 

Before Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, there was a contest of gods:

 

“Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘When Pharaoh says to you, “Work a miracle [to prove your authority],” then you say to Aaron, “Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh, so that it may become a serpent.’”

 

“Aaron threw down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent.

Then Pharaoh called for the wise men [skilled in magic and omens] and the sorcerers [skilled in witchcraft], and they also, these magicians (soothsayer-priests) of Egypt, did the same with their secret arts and enchantments. For every man threw down his staff and they turned into serpents” (Exod. 7: 8-12a).

 

Notice how the Bible calls these phenomenal acts, done by sorcerers and magicians, “secret arts and enchantments.” In the West, they are pretty much still secret, except for what we see in cartoons, TV and children’s movies. But we still don’t think they are real. However, in other cultures around the world, these kinds of acts have been witnessed for centuries and are well-known facts of life.

 

If we read to the end of verse 12, the Bible says: “BUT AARON’S SNAKE SWALLOWED THEIRS.”

 

God’s people had more power and greater results than the sorcerers, witches and magicians. This is important for us, as adults, to know but even more important for our children and young adults to know. The other side is avidly promoting and making their side look so innocent, fun, adventurous and thrilling. It’s not just entertainment anymore, it’s an invitation.

 

Another great example of the spectacular challenge between the believers in the true God and those who practice witchcraft, is found in 1 Kings 18. King Ahab was very bothered by the fact that Elijah had prayed and there was no rain in the land.

 

“And when he saw him, Ahab shouted, ‘There you are, the biggest troublemaker in Israel!’

Elijah answered, ‘You’re the troublemaker—not me! You and your family have disobeyed the Lord’s commands by worshiping Baal. Call together everyone from Israel and have them meet me on Mount Carmel. Be sure to bring along the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.

 

Ahab got everyone together, then they went to meet Elijah on Mount Carmel. Elijah stood in front of them and said, ‘How much longer will you try to have things both ways? If the Lord is God, worship him! But if Baal is God, worship him!’

 

“The people did not say a word. Then Elijah continued, ‘I am the Lord’s only prophet, but Baal has four hundred fifty prophets. Bring us two bulls. Baal’s prophets can take one of them, kill it, and cut it into pieces. Then they can put the meat on the wood without lighting the fire. I will do the same thing with the other bull, and I won’t light a fire under it either.

 

“The prophets of Baal will pray to their god, and I will pray to the Lord. The one who answers by starting the fire is God. ‘That’s a good idea,’ everyone agreed.

 

“Elijah said to Baal’s prophets, ‘There are more of you, so you go first. Pick out a bull and get it ready, but don’t light the fire. Then pray to your god.’ They chose their bull, then they got it ready and prayed to Baal all morning, asking him to start the fire. They danced around the altar and shouted, ‘Answer us, Baal!’ But there was no answer.

 

“At noon, Elijah began making fun of them. ‘Pray louder!’ he said. ‘Baal must be a god. Maybe he’s day-dreaming or using the toilet or traveling somewhere. Or maybe he’s asleep, and you have to wake him up.’

 

“The prophets kept shouting louder and louder, and they cut themselves with swords and knives until they were bleeding. This was the way they worshiped, and they kept it up all afternoon. But there was no answer of any kind.

 

“Elijah told everyone to gather around him while he repaired the Lord’s altar. Elijah dug a ditch around the altar, large enough to hold about thirteen quarts.  He placed the wood on the altar, then they cut the bull into pieces and laid the meat on the wood.

 

“He told the people, ‘Fill four large jars with water and pour it over the meat and the wood.’ After they did this, he told them to do it two more times. They did exactly as he said until finally, the water ran down the altar and filled the ditch.

 

“Elijah prayed: Our Lord, you are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Now, prove that you are the God of this nation, and that I, your servant, have done this at your command. Please answer me, so these people will know that you are the Lord God, and that you will turn their hearts back to you. *

 

“The Lord immediately sent fire, and it burned up the sacrifice, the wood, and the stones. It scorched the ground everywhere around the altar and dried up every drop of water in the ditch.

 

“When the crowd saw what had happened, they all bowed down and shouted, “The Lord is God! The Lord is God!” (1 Kings 18: 17-39).

 

Please make sure your children know at least as much about the Christian God and His son Jesus Christ, as they know about magic, witches, warlocks, sorcerers and the like. Both sides have real power and supernatural abilities as we’ve seen in the media, but also in the Bible. Both require a sacrifice of soul, one to enhance with the truth and true love, one that enhances with power only, but leads to control and destruction.

 

Many in the adult generations have been able to ride the fence, not really choosing a side. Your children and young adults will probably not have that privilege, so please teach them the Bible so they at least have a fair chance to choose.

 

Love, Carolyn

* What an awesome prayer for those of us who are ministers! I think we can really benefit from Elijah’s example of how to pray in challenging times. I’m going to mark it and add it to the scriptures I pray every morning.

 

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TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO CELEBRATE

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God tells us, “Every man should enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God” (Eccles. 3:13). How often have we not taken the time to do this?

 

We enjoy the money we get from a job but there are lots of jobs where we don’t get paid with money and we need to take a minute to acknowledge and celebrate those too. What about the small, seemingly insignificant work we do throughout a day? God says we are to enjoy the good of ALL our labor.

 

When I was working with my friend, Wendy, there was this one guy who seemed to never crack a smile. He’s in a wheelchair and went by us several times during the day. Even when I smiled at him, I got no reaction, as if I wasn’t even there. But the very last time in the day when he went by us I smiled again and made a joke, and sure enough he lightened up, smiled and even responded to my goofy remark. Wendy and I celebrated by getting all giggly and doing a little celebration dance at our accomplishment. That was fun.

 

We aren’t supposed to just work and work and work until we exhaust ourselves. Most of us need to celebrate more. God says we’re supposed to “ENJOY THE GOOD OF ALL HIS [OUR] LABOR, not just the good from the paycheck we get from our jobs, but the good we get from anything we work at. Do we get a good feeling of accomplishment? The satisfaction of a small victory? Do we get a thank you from someone? Happiness in a new skill learned? Do we feel good about doing something we’ve been putting off for a while? There are many good results from our labors and lots of reasons to celebrate because we work at a variety of tasks.

 

Just think of some things you work at: Do you work at exercising? Eating well? Reading the Bible? Praying? Going to bed on time? Do you work at not gossiping? At paying your bills on time? Do you work at saying something kind every day? Do you work at spending more time with your kids?

 

Think of two things you worked at today. Whatever it was, God says we need to take the time to CELEBRATE. It’s His gift to us. We can say, “Hey, I did pretty well at that. Great job! I did it!” The Lord wants us to be blessed and this is just one way He’s given us to put a little more joy in day.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

QUESTIONS AND EASY CHALLENGES

  1. Where does it say in the Bible that we should enjoy the good of our labor?
  2. Besides your actual job, list at least five things you worked on this week. For each, what was the “good” of that labor? Did you celebrate? If not, give yourself a celebratory pat on the back or a verbal “Hey, great job!” right now.
  3. What is the “gift of God” in Ecclesiastes 3:13?

 

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BIG MIRACLE IN A SMALL PACKAGE

People say as we get older, we shrink. And sure enough, last year I was 5 foot 2 inches, an inch shorter than I’d been for years. That wasn’t okay with me.

 

I started reading and quoting Ephesians 4:16 every morning: “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth [is supplying], according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh [making] increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

 

I pictured looking up at a tall, grand building—an edifice. Even though this scripture is talking about the body of Christ, the church, the example wouldn’t have been used unless it had truth in the physical realm, so I took it. I believed that I would stand taller, be healthier, all my joints and parts working together so I would be strong and healthy and taller, not shorter.

 

I went in for my yearly physical this week and I was a half inch taller. (And, no, I was not wearing heals!)

 

Matthew 6:27 says: “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” By our own ability it is impossible “but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). I’m so happy the Lord did that for me. What an amazing God we have!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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JESUS’ NATURE TAKES OVER AND REBELLION FADES AWAY

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My boss wanted me to paint on the sculpture’s hand but I wanted to finish what I was painting on the leg. My rebellious nature wanted me to argue and give the reason why my idea was better. But I didn’t say anything because something has changed.

 

That rebellious nature I’ve exhibited since a child has dissipated and I’ve watched myself take on a much humbler and yielding attitude. It’s like being outside myself looking at a totally different person. It has to be Jesus’ new nature in me because it’s certainly not the old Carolyn. I hardly recognized my new self.

 

On my last several jobs I found it easy to yield to my bosses and fellow workers. I’m more sensitive to their wishes. If they asked for a suggestion, I gave it, but I didn’t butt in with what I thought. And the thing is, I’m loving it. It’s fun and peaceful and rewarding and most of all, it’s not fake!

 

Only Jesus Christ could make that change in me so remarkable and permanent. And why it happened now instead of years ago, I can’t tell you. I’m just so pleased to see it.

 

I was a rebellious child, an even more rebellious teenager and it continued in my personality over the years. I think most people have issues with rebellion of one sort or another. It’s because rebellion was inherited from the first man, Adam, and it was passed down through generations in the blood.

 

But the birth of the second Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:45), changed the nature of human blood for those who receive him: “The first man, Adam, became a living soul (an individual);” the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving spirit [restoring the dead to life].”

 

Once Jesus was born, there was one man with an uncontaminated, non-rebellious nature in His blood. That is a really big deal; no wonder a multitude of angels showed up and were rejoicing at His birth: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’” (Luke 2:13-14).

 

New blood and consequently a new nature was introduced on earth. Jesus didn’t get his blood from his mother, Mary, but from God. Jesus’ blood was not prone to disobedience, rebellion, pride, or other human failings.

 

When people get born again, they receive that new nature of Jesus. There are at least 19 million cells in one square inch of skin and each one is affected by DNA and blood. The pure life blood of Jesus effects every cell in us.

 

The old nature begins to fade and Jesus’ nature takes over. Some things may change immediately, but others take time, but they will happen when we keep seeking the changes only He can produce.

 

Jesus’ meek nature was working in my blood for years until it just suddenly popped out as the new true me and I’m so much happier now.

 

Jesus says this about being faithful: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matt. 25:23).

 

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30). He knows that if we will continue to love Him, the gift of His son Jesus Christ will continue to bless us and change our very natures to be more like His.

 

Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

 

The word “glory,” that we change into, is translated from the Greek word “doxa” which means “magnificence, majesty, brightness, personal excellency, dignity and grace.” It just gets better and better.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

QUESTIONS AND EASY CHALLENGES

  1. Name one supernatural change you’ve experienced in your life. What supernatural changes would you like to experience?
  2. Where did Jesus’s blood come from?
  3. How many cells are in one square inch of skin? Does the nature of Christ effect those cells?
  4. Cite a verse where Jesus talks about being faithful in a few things.
  5. What is the first commandment (in the New Testament)? Cite the scripture.
  6. When we change “into the same image from glory to glory,” what is the Greek word for “glory” and what does it mean? What would that mean for you personally?

A GOOD WAY TO MOVE FORWARD IN OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

FORWARD

Two painters were teamed up on a small six-foot scaffolding. I looked over and my friend, Karen, was ducking and trying to move away from the flailing arms of her partner, Jill. Jill was on meth and jumping erratically all over the scaffold, arms and legs going in all directions. Sometimes we act like Jill.

 

We get ourselves going in so many directions that we aren’t really moving forward.

 

To become a more grounded Christian, we need to slow down a bit and take charge of our lives, and move forward diligently. The dictionary definition of diligence is “a constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.”

 

But we have to remember that we can’t really do this alone. All the human effort we make to do God’s will and live a more holy life is only empty religion and rules, if the Holy Spirt and the Lord Jesus Christ aren’t involved in the process.

 

Jesus told the disciples: “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send, shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

 

This is how it works: The Lord leads us to something that resonates in our hearts; we connect with it, acknowledge it, and make up our minds to pursue what He is leading us into. Sometimes if He shows us a direction to take and we don’t listen and instead we get busy going a bunch of other directions, the Lord will just stop and let us go ahead and do our own thing.

 

He’ll wait for us to wake up and come back to where we left Him. The Holy Spirit reminds us to go back to the idea He gave us before. Yep, the one we didn’t follow the first time He told us. The Lord is patient. He’ll wait a long time for us to “remember, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

Each person’s journey will be different. John 16:13 tells us the Holy Spirit is present to guide us: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things.” WOW! How awesome for the Spirit of God Himself to take the time to really show something to each of us, individually. That’s love.

 

Isaiah 48:6 says: “Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shown thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.”

 

How exciting and fulfilling it is if we just take the time in our frenzied lives to take notice of what He’s really doing for us and give Him some credit for it.

 

Job 8:7 tells us, “Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.” As we acknowledge the Lord in our daily lives, we grow spiritually and we see even more.

 

Hebrews 11:6 says: “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” How amazingly wonderful can the rewards be when they come from the creator of all things?!

 

QUESTIONS AND EASY CHALLENGES

  1. What truth have you received from the Lord lately that has resonated in your heart?
  2. Describe a time when you were going in way too many directions at once. How did it effect you?
  3. If you think you might be going in too many directions now, what is one small change you can make this week to change that?
  4. What good thing has happened to you recently? Have you acknowledged the Lord for the blessing?
  5. What verse gives us hope that even though a beginning may be small, later it will be much bigger?
  6. Where does it say the Lord will show us new things? Do you believe it?

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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I THINK I’LL DO IT LATER

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I was in the scissor lift 30 feet in the air, painting stripes on the ceiling of a new casino. I had to get the stripes painted in between two beams and there was one small space that was hard to reach. I hesitated. I could just barely see it well enough and if I stretched out from the lift, I could do it. But . . .

 

I thought maybe I could get a better chance at it from the other side of the column. Bad decision. I moved the lift around the column and got as close as I could, took the lift up the 30 feet and I couldn’t reach that one little spot. Shoot!

 

You guessed it. I had to go back down, drive the lift around to where I was before, maneuver it into the tight opening without hitting the column, go back into the air the 30 feet, stretch out over the edge of the railing and paint stripes on a piece of ceiling that was no bigger than six inches by six inches!

 

That experience made a lasting impression and the mental video runs in my head whenever I am in a similar situation, in my painting and other categories as well.

 

If we can see it now and think we can reach it, do it now. Challenging? Yes. But definitely worth it. It’s not fun to go backwards and waste time trying to do something we could have done the first time. And besides that, if we hesitate and balk at opportunities in life, there’s a chance they may not come around for us again.

 

Ephesians 5:15-16 says: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The word “circumspectly” comes from the Greek word which means “exactly and diligently.”

 

We’ve all experienced the rush of starting off being diligent on eating right or exercising or any other great project but then we burn out down the road.

 

The only way we can really be diligent consistently is by allowing Christ to take an intimate role in our lives every day. True and lasting diligence is supernatural.

 

Jesus Christ will be coming back to gather those who believe in Him and we don’t know when that will be.  “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone” (Matt. 24:36).

No second chances after He comes. No time to go back and do things over again. So if you were ever thinking you might like to look deeper into the things of the Bible, and learn more about GOD; or if you thought you might, someday, want to find out who Jesus Christ really is, and how He can bless your life, I admonish you to start now.

“Heaven and earth [as now known] will pass away, but My [Jesus’] words will not pass away” (Matt. 24:35).

Don’t be like me on the scissor lift thinking I would reach that six inches later. Let’s take full advantage to seek what the Lord presents to us today.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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HOW TO PRAY, USING THE SCRIPTURES

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Step 1: Find the scripture that speaks to your heart regarding the issue you’re praying for. Sometimes that’s not as easy as it sounds. A lot of the names we use today for sicknesses and diseases aren’t written in the older Bible versions. Sometimes we need to look up something in more general terms. Where do we look them up?

 

There are two online sources that I use a lot: Bible Gateway is the first. It’s easy to use. I just type the word I want into the search box. Then I have the option of finding it in several different Bible versions. Often when I scroll down to see all the verses where the word is used, one or two will pop out to me and then I go to read the context and get more out of it.

 

The second resource I use is Blue Letter Bible online. On this site, I have the option of looking at the Strong’s Concordance definitions for the word I’m seeking. This is really helpful. (I’ve included the links to both these sources at the end of this article.) There are other great topical books, both online and hard copy for finding scriptures on various subjects, including health issues and so many other things.

 

We have all prayed for some sickness or ailment to go away, but if we don’t have a solid scriptural backup in mind, we can get distracted or lose our healing because our minds have nothing solid to latch on to.

 

Even though it takes more effort to actually find a scripture or two, it’s totally worth it. God speaks through revelation when we go to read His written words.

 

Once we find a scripture that we like, we read it and thank God for helping us to receive what it says. Even if we start off pleading with God or the Lord Jesus Christ to please help us get well, that’s perfectly okay. In Isaiah 43:26 God tells His people, “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

 

But at some point we need to get to the place of not just asking and begging and pleading, but of believing and thanking Him because we know He has heard our prayer and He loves us enough to answer it.

 

Step 2: Once we have said our scripture back to God, to remind Him and us of what He has said and what he has promised, we need to use the scripture as a sword to slice the devil, prefacing it with, “It is written!” Satan is the one who stands in the way of our healing, and it is those true words of God that will make him back off. Proof of that is found in the New Testament.

 

This is what our Lord Jesus used as His weapon against Satan in the wilderness, and the devil had to back off. This is a way to aggressively move forward with prayer.

 

“Then saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve’” (Matt. 4:10). And in Matthew 4:6 “[Jesus] answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

 

God stands behind His Word. The Almighty God calls it a sword and buckler (Eph. 6:17 and Ps. 91:4). A sword is an assertive hostile weapon. Generally we think of a buckler as an implement that will shield us. That’s true, but it also has projections on the front to pierce and injure any enemy. We push Satan back with the sword and buckler. Jesus said, “It is written” to directly confront the devil and we can too. The written Word of God is a signed contract telling us what is ours and what is true. We need to remind the devil that what God has written, is true, and when we believe it, the devil has no power to stop it. And that’s brings us to step 3.

 

Praying this way makes it real. Yes, it’s a bit of an effort, but it will strengthen our prayer life and bring the results we seek.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

These are the links to the resources I mentioned above:

 

https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=navel&t=KJV&ss=1#s=s_primary_0_1

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/

 

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