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August 2009 Newsletter: Focus on Pleasing Jesus

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For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3 There is an awesome promise that goes with keeping His commandment and doing those things that please Him. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” I John 3:22.

Focus on pleasing Him.



Confess sin immediately. Memorize 1 John 1:9; keep this verse alive in your spirit.

 If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  and apply it to your life...don’t allow sin to linger, it must be forgiven and you must be cleansed immediately. Deliverance is only as good as our obedience!


When negative thoughts come, you must rebuke them and replace them with positive thoughts.

Here is a verse for you to apply”:Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8.  Make sure the thoughts that enter your mind fall in this category.


Premeditated sin will invite demons. Keep your plans Holy and pleasing to God.  Anticipate increased freedom as you walk in obedience


You must learn to dismiss immediately painful memories of your past and live in anticipation of life without bondage.  "Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13,14).


Never forget that Satan and all of his demons are liars. Learn to recognize the lie

"When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." John 8:44 One of the favorite ploys of demons is to try to convince you that what took place was only emotional and that you are still in the enemies grip. "Therefore submit to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded" Gal. 4:7,8)

Trust God daily to help you make correct choices and He will!

"Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" (Gal. 3:3).


Use the Name of Jesus, the Blood of the Lamb and your confession of faith against all Satan's temptations and condemnation.

All condemnation comes from Satan. Never believe him. You have been cleansed by the Blood and through the Name of Jesus Christ, you are blood protected! "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death" (Rev. 12:11). "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit" (Rom. 8:1).


Allow the Holy Spirit to control your life, all of you all the time.

Make a conscious choice to make Jesus Lord of every day and every situation.  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:1,2); "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit," (Eph. 5:18 ); "Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?" (Gal. 3:5).


God’s Holy Word must have a predominant place in your life.

This may mean not doing something that would take you away from it. Take time or make time to read and learn, meditate on God's Word every day. If time is limited, carry Scripture verse cards with you for your free times. Get cassette tapes of the Bible and play it in your car or office."This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" Josh. 1:8); "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Col. 3:16).


You must severe ties with old unhealthy friendships . . . this is a must! 

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God" James 4:4. You can count on the enemy to try to use “whatever worked before” to get access to your life again. You must avoid old patterns and break former habits that led to sin.

Be serious in your efforts to glorify the Lord Jesus. 

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Col. 3:1-3).


This battle is one of dependency, be careful to not get confident in the flesh.

Admitting you can't do it all by yourself is not weakness, it is strength. Do things with His help. The lie of Satan is to tell you that you can do it without God.  "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" John 15:5. 'Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, (I will never leave you nor forsake you" Heb. 13:5.


Remember the wiles and the sneaky traps of the devil. 

Act in your God-given authority, it will always be honored by the Father, who gave it to Jesus to give to you. "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and Re will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded" James. 4:7,8


Praise invites God’s presence and causes the enemy to run. 

Praise Him because He deserves it, give thanks to God for His continuous goodness. Psalm 103:6, "The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed."


Be ready to receive what is given liberally by the Spirit of God

It is from the glory of Jesus Christ at the right hand of His Father, who is also your Father.  Remind the demons that you are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. You are! "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law" (Gal. 5:22,23). "So Jesus said to them again, 'Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you" John 20:21).  Blessings and thanks for your support!

Just for Jesus,



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