is a graduate of the School of Advanced Biblical Studies, Christian Education Director at her church; and the National Singles Director of the Church Of God Of Prophecy in Eastern Canada.
Janice is also a conference speaker and bible teacher.
Warfare: Bondage Or Freedom!
War is a word in our daily vocabulary. We hear of the war of nations, turf wars, price wars, spiritual warfare and many other kinds of conflicts.
However of all the conflicts known to man, I do think the greatest conflict is the war waged within our souls.
The war brought to us by the enemy, only to find we have an enemy on board, the soul. So often do we find our souls in conflict with the truth.
We long to be right and to do right, but there is a
part of us that long to have its own way.
Long to submit to the temptations of the flesh, the pride of life and the way of the world.
This particular conflict sometimes causes
confusion to the one involved and a mystery to those looking on. Of course
the easiest thing to do is to blame the enemy,
or someone else, but let us look at what is involved in the soul.
We are spirit beings, made up of spirit, soul, and body.
What we do in the
body was already decided in the soul which includes
our intellect, emotions and will.
There are many things locked on the inside
of us that can and will be drawn out by the enemy
of our souls if we have not or will not deal with it. Jesus said "the prince
of this world cometh and he has nothing in me"
do we have that the enemy can use? Is it sexual lusts or any deviations? Is
it longing for the things of others? It it longing for
relationships, legitimate or otherwise?
Our legitimacy is not only a matter
of law but of relationship with God. It may be
legitimate to desire a mate but not if God requires our singlehood. All
things are lawful but not all things are expedient.
have an enemy called satan that keeps a study on every born again believer
and when he lauches an assault he is an informed
It behooves us therefore to be informed about God , ourselves and
the enemy called the Wicked One.
Let us now look at an insight of our war. One struggles with fleshly lusts that
has never been confessed or renounced. The enemy
sees this and prepares himself for us. He will not send you someone that is
far removed from your desire.
In fact he knows you
enough to send the one appropriate to your desire, just the right size and
if he is only a close representative, that is only the prep
for the 'real' thing called mr or mrs deception.
In this war only God can
open one's eyes to see the trap. The word of God tells us
the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.
ourselves the way God sees us is a fail safe way out of any trouble.
good in us comes from himself alone, but we are daily tempted to operate
from the carnall or sinful part of our nature. Temptations are tailormade.
Believing that we are inately good is a lie against the truth and a set up
for failure. It is shocking the
things that one, even a believing one, will do; given the 'right' or 'wrong'
The great Apostle Paul confessed "...There is no good thing in me". Facing
himself, he knew his total confidence was in Christ alone,
not in himself. The great beauty is God knows it too and has made provision
for us to confess our faults and renounce our propensities;
so putting it underfoot; and breaking the chains that binds us.
The power of
choice we have is a glorious ability to unbound ourselves from
many things through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and our will to
submit to his will. His will is good and is meant to liberate. He
does not bring us into religious bondage but the liberty of the 'Sons of God'
that teaches us what true human freedom is.
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More from Janice:
RESPONSE TO REPROOF - God is for you!!
THE NEED CONCEPT ! What is my real need?
THE PLACE OF HIS DEALING
THE POWER OF A SENTENCE
You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org