Dearest Son – Gospel of Peace

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Day 10

March on, my son. March toward high places and along the perfect path I have laid out before you. Keep your eyes fixed on me, and be aware that as you do the enemy lays traps at your feet seeking to ensnare you.

 

…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. – Ephesians 6:15

 

In all things – marriage, family, parenting, religion, career, ministry, life – keep your feet fitted with the protection that only I can give; that is the gospel of peace.

 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

 

The life of Christ, his example, his love, his death and resurrection, this is the only thing that continuously wins out. The only gospel of truth and of peace. When your feet are fitted, and your every step protected with the gospel of Christ, the enemy’s traps are wasted on you.

 

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

 

March on, my son, with my truth guiding your steps, my righteousness guarding your heart, and my redemptive work wrapped all around you.

 

He provided redemption for His people; He ordained His covenant forever – holy and awesome is His name! – Psalm 111:9


All of these things, with your eyes fixed on me.

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Dearest Son – Breastplate of Righteousness

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Day 9

Don’t stop battling.

 

It is inevitable that, at some point, one of the enemy’s blows will get past your defenses. You will be caught unaware and a thought, a reaction, a feeling will be upon you that is not of Me. The enemy will strike for your heart, but if you are covered in my armor, the blow will glance off your breastplate without effect.

 

With the breastplate of righteousness in place… – Ephesians 6:14

 

Without this breastplate, without righteousness, the enemy’s blows would be fatal. With it, you are protected.

 

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. – Proverbs 11:4

 

But it is not your own righteousness that will protect you – without Me, you have none.

 

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. – Isaiah 64:6

 

It is only my righteousness that can save you.

 

This is the name which he will be called: The Lord our Righteous Savior. –Jeremiah 23:6

 

And know that, one day, your battle will be over. You will share in this victory.

 

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. –  Isaiah 32:17


Protect your heart. Cover yourself with the breastplate.

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Dearest Son – Belt of Truth

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Day 8

 

The battle does not end when your freedom is restored, the territory of your heart and mind reclaimed. In fact, this is only the beginning. From this day forward, you will wake up and dress for battle every single day of your life. You will cover yourself in full armor. Not the armor of your own making, which is certain to fail you, but the full armor of God which is impenetrable and is promised to protect you completely.

 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. –Ephesians 6:10-11

 

TRUTH

 

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist… –Ephesians 6:14

 

Truth is the only defense against one of the enemy’s greatest weapons – his lies. He hates your freedom, and is livid at your victory, and will waste no time in filling your mind with lies and doubt about who you are, what you’ve done, and what God has for your future.

 

Lie: Jesus didn’t save you.

 

TRUTH: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

 

Lie: God doesn’t give guidance.

 

TRUTHBut when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. – John 16:13

 

Lie: God doesn’t hear you.

 

TRUTH: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. – Psalm 145:18

 

Lie: You must be better. You must clean up your act before God will pay attention to you.

 

TRUTH: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. – John 1:17

 

Lie: This excitement will wear off soon.

 

TRUTH: because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: – 2 John 1:2


Battle each lie with truth and you cannot be defeated.

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Dearest Son – Prisoners of War

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Day 7

Prisoner: a person captured and kept confined by an opponent, enemy, or criminal.

There is a war taking place right now. It’s all around you, and very few are even aware that it’s happening. Yet, every person – every last person on earth – is a prisoner of it.

War: a struggle or conflict between opposing forces for a particular end

You are all prisoners of war.

What makes this war different, however, is that the prisoners CHOOSE what side they will serve. They choose whom they will be captive to.

Captive: owned and controlled by another and operated for its needs

The choices in this battle are clear – become captive to the Lord your God, or captive to the enemy. Captive to Light, or to darkness. Life, or death. You must choose God. To remain idle, to do nothing, is to choose the enemy. Things in the dark are most dangerous to those who don’t know they are in it.

The results of the choice are just as clear – those who become prisoner to the enemy will struggle and stumble through their existence, consumed by meaningless things, always struggling against their own bondage. Never free, never alive.

Bondage: servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force

Those who choose God will come fully into what and who they were created to be. They will understand and begin to strive after their own full potential, which is more than they ever could have imagined. They will feel their hearts restored and their vision cleared. They will stand straight, fully alive, and begin walking the path of their own purpose. They are fueled by power and joy. By becoming prisoner to God, they become free.

Free: relieved from or lacking something and especially something unpleasant or burdensome

Free: not subject to restriction or official control

Free: not obstructed, restricted, or impeded

Free: capable of moving or turning in any direction

Free: not costing or charging anything

Free: not restricted by or conforming to conventional forms

Free: not allowing slavery

All are prisoners. Many are missing in action. But none are forgotten. Choose God.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. – Isaiah 61:1

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Dearest Son – Returned from Battle

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Day 6

So you have returned from battle.

You are physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually spent. You are exhausted. You are bloody. You are filthy. And you are free.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. – John 8:32

The territory that was once lost has been re-taken. The flag of Christ has been planted once again, and flies in glory over that most sacred place. I send my word to you – well done, my son.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. – Psalm 84:11

Celebrate this great victory with your brothers, but know that the attacks will continue. The sacred ground has been reclaimed, but has not lost any of its value. The enemy still desires it above all else. But you now stand equipped and ready for battle.

Cover yourself in armor.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. – 2 Corinthians 10:4

Lock arms with your brothers.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. – Psalm 27:17

Don’t stop fighting. Fight for yourself and fight for your brothers. Defend your heart, that sacred ground, and do so in my name. You are worth it.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. – 1 Peter 5:8

Well done, my son.

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Dearest Son – It is a Choice

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Day 5

It is a choice.

You can continue in weakness, or you can choose power.

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. – Luke 10: 19

You can continue in slavery, or you can choose freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galations 5:1

You can continue in frustration, or you can choose joy.

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.  – John 16:24

You can continue existing, or you can choose life.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

You can continue toward hell, or you can choose heaven.

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. –  Revelation 22:1-5

It is a choice, and it’s yours to make.

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Dearest Son – Imagine That

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Day 4

Imagine that you stand upon a mountain top that overlooks a great valley. In the valley below there are millions of people, trudging in all possible directions, no destination before them and no goals to reach. No end. They are filthy. They are hungry. They thirst so badly that it causes them physical pain. Metal chains wrap around their necks and trail behind them, attached to massive clumps of rotting garbage, which each person drags to the best of their ability. Some reach the end of their will to exist and crumple down onto the ground. The sight is pitiful. Slaves, all of them.

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.Romans 6:20

Then, you see them. You see your children. Your daughters – princesses relegated to servitude. Their beauty hidden beneath layers of filth, the mark of a slave. Your son, the great prince, walks with his head down watching his own wasted steps. What he should have been now just a fading memory. You are broken at the sight, but your heart tells you that if they would just look up at you, if they would just seek your face their bonds would be broken. They would be free, and clean, and fed. They would drink from life-giving waters. They would be alive again.

Children, please just turn to your Father, you say. Please.

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice. For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant  with your fathers that he swore to them. – Deuteronomy 4: 29-31

And they look up at you. And they see your face. And at once you are wrapping your arms around them and covering them in your love.

“How did this happen?”

“We don’t know. It just happened. We didn’t even realize it until it had already happened.”

“Did you defend yourselves?”

“No. We didn’t know we were in battle until it was too late.”

“You are my children and I love you. Always find your strength in me, your father. You are not slaves. You are royalty. Never again will you live in bondage.”

Yes, my son, imagine that.

Imagine that.

The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. – Psalm 14:2

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Dearest Son – Why Darkness?

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Day 3

 

 

Why are you choosing darkness?

If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” – John 11: 9-10

The human condition is to walk in darkness. To wander without aim, hoping to stumble upon something that makes your heart wake up. Something that makes you come alive. This is not only wrong, it’s dangerous.

The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. – Proverbs 4:19

Darkness is the territory of the enemy. He lives there. He lurks there waiting to set his trap, waiting to make my children his slaves. He wants you to be in bondage. To hurt, to worry, and to continue walking in darkness. To stumble.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 3:12

Imagine what this does to my heart. Imagine how your Father hurts over this.

I ask you to take the light. Find it. Find the light that I have given you and walk in it. Soak it in. Live in it. Be it. Show it to others.

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. – John 3: 19-21

You are loved beyond measure. Step into the light. I want to see my son in all his glory.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of God has risen upon you. – Isaiah 60:12

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Dearest Son – What are you looking for?

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Day 2

What are you looking for? What is it that you seek? What is it that you have searched for and that you continue to search for even now?

Why are you unfulfilled?

Why aren’t you happy?

You are searching. You plod along on this journey and you look down every side road, hoping to see it. Sometimes a thing or a person or a group of people come along that look so enticing, so perfect, and you take hold of this new thing and your heart is alive for a moment. Then you feel yourself searching again.

Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. – 1 Samuel 12:21

You can feel this hole inside of you, and your every desire is to fill it. Fill it with anything. With anybody.

That party.

That bar.

Those friends.

That place.

That woman.

That house.

Those kids.

That job.

Son, not only will these things never, ever serve the purpose you are using them for, but they are slowly making you worse. Making you sick. Why?

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.  – Romans 1:25

You were created to know me. You were designed for a relationship with me, your Father. Your heart was crafted in such a way that when you fill it with anything but me, when you ask anything or anyone else to bring your heart to life, that thing turns to poison. It makes you worse.

My children would save themselves so much time, and so much hurt, if they would accept this one truth:

There is no happiness without me. You will never fully know life without me. The hole you feel inside of you is there for a reason  – and it cannot be filled with anything or anyone but me.

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. – Proverbs 8:17

What are you looking for? You’re looking for your Father. And, my beloved son, I cannot wait to see you fully alive.

The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.Deuteronomy 30:6

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Dearest Son – Where are you?

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Day 1

Where are you? I called this out to the first man and I call it out to you now. Where are you?

But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” – Genesis 3: 9-10

You hide because your view of me is incomplete. You view me as Creator of all you see, Master of Heaven and Earth. You fear me as the Righteous Judge. Your mind tells you that I am the Lord.

You are correct – I am these things.

I am the God of the Universe.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  – Genesis 1:3

I am the God that builds nations.

And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. – Genesis 12:2

I am the God that tolerates the worship of no other.

Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the LORD your God. – Leviticus 19:4

And I am so much more. Starting right now, I ask that you view me for all that I am.

My dearest son, I am your most Loving Father. You are my son. You do not realize it, but you are the son of the Most High King. You are royalty. I have waited as a patient Father for you to take your rightful place, my son, but I seek to wait no longer. I deeply desire to have a relationship with you. To spend time each day with the child I love so dearly. My heart aches for you. All of the questions you have, I will answer.

But first…I ask again.

Where are you?

Answer, “I am here, Father. I am here.”

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.  – 1 John 3:1

You need not hide from me ever again, my dearest son. You are loved.

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