In the Suffering

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In their affliction, they will earnestly seek Me (Hosea 5:15, NAS).”

 Myles Munroe once said, “The religious are cowards because they want everything perfect all the time, but those who are Kingdom-minded aren’t afraid of anything!” That struck me to the core because truer words have scarcely been uttered. If you’re a faithful churchgoer yet you remain bound in fear under the pressure of hardships, you have yet to transition from being religious to Spirit-led. Spirit-driven people experience pockets of fear, absolutely, but knowing the secret of overcoming it (walking in faith) is key. Overcomers praise instead of murmur and give thanks for the trials because they know in their inner-most being that God has already resolved the issue and that it will work for good because they love Him.

The Bible expressly states Christ came to abolish religion; therefore we, Christ followers, are not to be religious but Kingdom. In other words, instead of trying with futility to do all the right things all the time so that everything will go our way all the time, rest. Well-meaning religions folks are exhausted, but when we abandon religious traditions made by man so as to control people, we can finally be free. We are then free to understand that we’re living in a condemned world that has zero to offer God’s people; free to endure tumultuous situations without shame and free to praise God in faith through every burden of life. Freedom means we have great expectation that He will be glorified, He has already delivered us from evil, and that His promises will prove themselves fulfilled as the end result.

 Only Kingdom-minded people can suffer intense agony and come out better on the other side free from bitterness and anger. Countless people throughout the ages have weathered immeasurable storms: Noah, Jonah, Job, Jael, the midwives who faced Pharaoh at Moses’ birth, Mary, Jesus’ mother, Mary Magdalene, David, Uriah, Paul, Peter, Daniel, and the list goes on and on. Once we begin to see through the looking glass of the King, we’ll see things vastly differently and, in this, we’ll approach them differently with great clarity and the calm of God Himself.

 Instead of God’s people trying to make everything fit into a perfect little man-made idea concocted by Satan and exacerbated by religions of the world, let’s look at things with a fresh perspective – with the eye of the King. Let’s stop caving to fear and begin being so Kingdom-driven that we’re afraid of nothing, that we’re no longer  intimidated by circumstances thrown our way and stop giving Satan any credit for our attacks. Let us begin again no matter how long we’ve practiced our religion that poses as something Christ-created. Come out from among them and the world’s system and be ye separated unto the King of kings!

Philippians 1:28 reads, “in no way alarmed by your opponents–which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.” Your “opponent” can be a person, place, thing, religion, situation, or anything that causes you fear and anxiety. This book is purposed to assist the body of Christ so as to become so powerful that they no longer give allowance to fear and begin to gird their loins and face every obstacle with confidence in the God who has made us (past-tense) overcomers through faith. We don’t need to become overcomers as religion would teach; conversely, through seeing everything as “already complete” we’ll become awakened so as to respond with the attitude of “I’m already an overcomer through Jesus Christ, our Lord, King and Savior!”

from my new book coming soon: Navigating the Black Holes of Life

Alexys V. Wolf

The Fiery Sword Global Ministries

What Do You Really Believe, part II

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When I hear long-time people of God say that they have never doubted God, I immediately know that they are trying to project their perception (interpretation) of holiness when they are simply lying to themselves and others. We must understand the destruction of such a lie. It leaves people feeling worse about themselves because they feel helpless by never being able to attain such faith.

Those who are completely honest must confess that they have doubted somewhere along the line, even if only a glimmer that shot across their mind for a millisecond. The more people refuse total honesty about the matter, even with the best of intentions so to not lead someone astray, the more people fall away. This is because no one can live up to such a high standard of perfection. How can one learn how to overcome by the blood of the Lamb lest they see the example of seasoned Christ-followers who have already overcome?

When I hear that someone strong in the Lord admits to having, at some point on some level, doubted God, it reminds me that we can ALL overcome doubt and fear – THIS is HOPE. The more we pretend to be something we are not in any area of life, the more of a mess it makes for onlookers. Stop lying. Regular people need to see that you’ve had real obstacles, doubts and insecurities and that only through the truth of the Kingdom of God could you be where you are now (in a strong, intimate relationship with the Lord) and where you are going (an ever closer walk with Him so to expand the Kingdom of God).

There is always freedom in truth so let us all stop being so afraid of it. Fear causes destruction. Faith, truth, hope and the love of God bring the building up of the weak. The truth will always incite respect whether it’s pleasant to hear or not. This is, as they say, real talk.

If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf

What do I REALLY believe?

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV).”

For those Christ followers who confess with their lips that they walk with God yet walk in perpetual fear, it is time to ask yourself, “What do I REALLY think of God?” Have you ever had a situation with a loved one who suddenly thought the worst of you and, despite your long history of good character, had to pose the question to them, “Is that what you really think of me? After all these years, now you think terrible things of me because of something that made you uncomfortable?”

Often, this is how it is in our relationship with God. No matter all He’s done for us through the years, in a crisis, we’re questioning His timing, His love, His faithfulness, whether He remembers us, if He cares, if He’ll come through on time, and so on. So, for those who walk in fear of Satan, man, and/or difficult circumstances, we need to ask ourselves what we believe about God; about the King we profess to love and adore, yet constantly think the worst is going to happen; as though His promise of “for those who love Me, I will turn for good that which Satan means against you for evil” is a lie.

When fear begins to descend upon us, oh heir to the throne of the Most High God, we should ask, “Do I really trust Him, His timing, His ways, His Word, His Promise, His love? Do I really believe that He is who He claims; that His timing is perfect; that He loves me unconditionally? Am I giving more attention to Satan, his demons, the opinion of man, etc?” Are we constantly questioning, “Is this my punishment?” We reap what we have sown both in the earth and the spirit-realm. If we are sowing good seed, a good harvest will come in due season. Do you believe that? When we are walking in His perfect love, fear will flee. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love (I John 4:18, NAS).”

“For this reason I say to you, DO NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR LIFE, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED TO YOU. So DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 (NAS)

If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf