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3 Things Satan Doesn’t Want You To Know

First, Satan doesn’t want you to know that you have the authority in Christ to root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build and plant. Or, as Paul describes it, pull down strongholds, cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Second, Satan doesn’t want you to know that you are wrestling against persons without bodies that are launching fiery, faith-stealing darts against your mind in the form of thoughts contrary to God’s Word.

However, most savvy Christians understand their authority in Christ and realize they are in a battle that’s targeting their minds. Yet there’s still one thing Satan doesn’t want you to know about spiritual warfare: You can’t effectively pull down strongholds, cast down imaginations and bring every thought into captivity without casting down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God in your own mind. Consider the Amplified Bible’s version of 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

“For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood), but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, refute arguments and theories and reasoning’s and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), being in readiness to punish every insubordinate for his disobedience, when your own submission and obedience as a church are fully secured and complete.”

Christna Mullins

A Call to A Balanced Life

One of the biggest struggles I have in my life is balancing everything that I have going on. There are obligations in ministry and work, with my spouse, family, and church, and even my health. And the list goes on and on.

With so many things in our lives competing for attention, sometimes it feels impossible to keep priorities in balance. Most of us probably have at least one or two priorities that are out of whack, even if we’re not aware of it. Did you know that we have 5 areas in our life that need balance?

  1. Mental Balance – God tells us in Romans 12:2 NLT “Don’t copy the behavior & customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good & pleasing & perfect.” We have to take time to renew our minds. You chose what you allow yourself to think about. 
  2. Physical Balance – God tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 TLB “Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, & that He lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because He owns it.” We have to take the time to take care of ourselves. It is up to us to exercise and eat healthy. We are what we eat!
  3. Spiritual Balance – God tells us in 2 Peter 3:18 GNT “But continue to grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” Taking time to build a relationship with God is most important. The more time you spend in his word and in prayer the deeper your spiritual life will grow. 
  4. Emotional Balance – God tells us in Galatians 5:22-23 NLT “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. There is no law against these things!” Most people think right away “I am not emotional!” But stop and think do you worry a lot? Do you feel peace? Really dig deep and sometimes you will see you maybe a little off balance.
  5. Social Balance – God tells us in Romans 12:16 NLT Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Make time to connect with friends. Everyone needs to know they have someone that they can count on. If you haven’t spoke to a friend in a while take the time to sit down for lunch or coffee.  

In the first half of Ephesians and Colossians, the Apostle Paul tells us what our inheritance is in Christ. Then, in the second half of two epistles – beginning in Colossians 3 and Ephesians 4  Paul gives us instructions for how we can live this out. He starts out by encouraging us “…to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Eph. 4:1)

But in order to do this, we must align our priorities according to God. We can observe from the structure of these two letters that our priorities should look something like this: God, mate, family, work and ministry.

Our relationship with Jesus is our most important priority for it’s out of our relationship with God that everything else flows. If we seek God first, we will be able to give the best of ourselves to our spouse and family/relationships and then to our work and ministry.

Is there an area of your life that you feel the Spirit of God is telling you to address  your time with Him, your marriage, or maybe relationships in general? I’d encourage you to take some time in the next few days to think and ponder about your priorities. If you want to balance your life, you have to get really clear with the person you are and with what God wants you to do.

Always remember Your Destiny family is always here to help!

Christna Mullins

Christian Fasting 101

As you begin your new year with fasting take some time in prayer to really seek Gods help. As we humbly deny something of the flesh to glorify God, enhance our spirit, and go deeper in our prayer life dig deep in your spirit. Christian fasting isn’t some kind of a “work” that’s commanded by Christ or required by Scripture. However, that doesn’t mean that fasting isn’t recommended as a part of our spiritual growth. The Book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:4). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. However, the purpose of fasting is to take our eyes off the things of this world and instead focus on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God and to ourselves that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything you can temporarily give up in order to better focus on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when the fasting is from food. Extended periods of time without eating are harmful to the body. Fasting is not intended to punish our flesh, but to focus on God.

Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. We shouldn’t fast to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. Yes, anyone can fast. Some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example), but everyone can temporarily give up something in order to focus on God. Even unplugging the television for a period of time can be an effective fast.

Yes, it’s a good idea for believers to fast from time to time. Fasting is not required in Scripture, but it’s highly recommended. The primary Biblical reason to fast is to develop a closer walk with God. By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can focus better on Christ. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”(Matthew 6:16-18).

Christna Mullins