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Friday, January 7, 2011

Battlefield Training

2010 Newsletter Articles

“Battlefield Training”
Mr. Marvin C. Ragland, President

This article is for men and women that are going through a struggle or battle in life, some kind of diverse situation, trial or temptation!
James 1:2, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”
In April 2007, I was notified that I would be sent to Iraq for combat duty for one year. The initial shock left me feeling overwhelmed, bewildered and abandoned by God. During my training for my tour in Iraq the instructors placed us in some very hard situations, training for war. We were put into all kinds of situations, decisions to make as leaders that would affect the whole unit that dealt with life and death situations. Longs days and nights of training groomed us into effective combat soldiers. I quickly learned to stay in and read my bible for strength and I always quoted psalms 91 for the Lord to protect me.
During my tour in Iraq I began to see why we trained so hard, there was a enemy trying to kill you daily! Days were hot, the nights were cold sometimes and all I could wonder was when will this be over? The devil tried to make me think I would be killed and that I would not make it but, the devil is a liar. God promise that He made in Psalm 91 followed and protected me throughout my tour, through long nights and days, gunfire and bombs going off around me, through death, destruction and desolation God protected me from the enemies attacks(physical and spiritual).
Brother and Sister I came to tell you today that you are in a war also, not in Iraq, but there is a war going on around you and inside you daily, the war of good and evil, the battle field is in your mind. Your enemy is satan the accuser of the brethren, some of his weapons are fear, insecurity, generational curses, doubt, lust of the flesh, love of money, lying and cheating, stealing, gossip, sexual immorality, etc. and his mission is to literally kill you daily through his attacks.
John 10:10, “the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
There is hope! For Jesus said, “I am the door if anyone enters by me he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 You have training to conduct as a soldier in the army of the Lord, to protect you from the enemy which is the devil. Every good soldier knows his equipment but remember that the war you’re fighting is not a flesh & blood war but it is a spiritual war. 2 Corinthians 10:3, “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh.”
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Your equipment for this spiritual war is :
*Belt of Truth
* Breast Plate of Righteousness
*Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
*Shield of Faith
*Helmet of Salvation
* Sword of the Spirit (the word of God)
*Praying always with all supplication in the Spirit
I would encourage you to include worship as part of your training daily.
My brother and sister, if I survived the war in Iraq, you will survive your spiritual battle if you wear your equipment that was issued to you and follow Gods mission plan He outlined in His word! Be blessed!
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Do You Know that God Loves You?

Do You Know!
Genesis Chapter one describes how God created the world out of nothing? “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)(NKJV)

So we didn’t come from an ape and the world was not created from a big boom that just happened without explanation. God created the world and everything in it! On the third day God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth” and so it was so. (Genesis 1:11)
After God created the beast of the field and every living thing, God created the first man (Adam)to live in this world, and to have dominion over it all, be fruitful and multiply!
(Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7-15)

When God created man and saw that he had no one compatible to him, “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in it’s place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”(Genesis 2:21-22)

So God created this world for us, with everything on it we needed to sustain us! Well what happened? Why is the world in such a dismal situation?

God made provisions for us! Although Adam and Eve committed sin in the garden and where put out because the sin separated them from relationship with God, God continued to be a presence in their lives. He watched over them just as he watches over you. It doesn’t matter where you are in life God is still there (even when it doesn’t feel like it). You may lie, cheat, steal, have sex outside of marriage(fornicate), or live in homosexuality, smoke, drink or be addicted to drugs, whatever your situation God loves you and made a way of escape for you so that you don’t have to live eternity in hell(fire, suffering, eternal death). Adam & Eve where put out of the garden which was a symbol for heaven, don’t allow yourself to be put out of God’s presence for eternity (His heavenly kingdom of peace and Joy).
The Provision: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
= turn from life without God to life with God!
God’s provision for our sin sickness was the sacrificial blood of His Son Jesus! Jesus Christ was sent fully intending to die on the cross for our sins, taking the penalty of death for us. When God raised Jesus Christ from the dead on the third day, those that believe on Him rose in a new life, a clean slate, and a renewed relationship with God with Victory!
If you confess you are a sinner to God right now you and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you shall be saved! You can receive the provision of God in your life right now by praying this simple prayer:

God forgive me for my sins for I am a sinner, I believe that Jesus is your son and that He died for my sins, come into my heart Jesus, come into my life and make me new today, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer you are now SAVED and in the family of God and under Gods provision and protection. You are now able to receive the promises of God as spoken in His word. Please if you are not rooted in a bible teaching and believing church home hook up with one and learn more about what God has promised you through your faith in Jesus Christ!
Welcome to the Family!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Battlefield of our Minds!

There is a war going on in our MIND!

As men we are constantly bombarded with temptations, choices and things that cause our flesh to be aroused. What do we do to combat this war raging on the inside of our minds?

We must first Change Our Thinking!
"Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus."
We have to think about the mission at hand, if we are married we must remember that the enemy (our own flesh desires) is always trying to lead us astray so we can't listen to it. We must be guided and directed by the spirit of God that dwells in us. Often times, when I allowed the flesh to take control, I made mistakes that cost my family and my self hurts and nearly cost me my marriage, but I thank God for giving me a wife that trust Him and that could see past all my mistakes and still stand on the promise of God for my life. Many time I lost focus and could no longer see the person that God had called me to be, but she stood by my side, still loving me and ministering to my needs as a godly woman should. When I thought she would leave me, and she had a right to because of the things I had done, she said, " in spite of what the situation looks like and the way i feel, I want my marriage and I will continue to trust God. The devil will not take my marriage!"

Men we must take a proactive approach for maintaining our Virtue and integrity! We are responsible for the choices we make and for being the leaders for our sons and role models to our daughters so that they make the right kind of Choices when they are given the opportunity to date.

The grass always looks greener on the other side, but that's a trick of the mind, over come the enemy of the flesh by keeping the word of God, the love of God and the Peace of God like frontlets before your eyes and you will win!