Beware the Voice Of Chihuahuas

As young and immature Christians, we all desire to please the Lord but we are not sure what he expects from us. After our times of prayer and bible study, it often seems that we struggle with our new found faith, and feel the need to do something more.

To groq in our faith we need to learn how to apply his word while trusting in his leadings. Because Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled, just believe in me”. I am learning that the Lord is very practical, and will help with small ways of  practicing our faith in our daily life experiences.

One such small beginning in my own daily life has come through my husband’s favorite pet, a small Chihuahua. A somewhat humorous but seriously true lesson in spiritual warfare has unfolded. I was presented with a unique opportunity to learn to practice walking in the spirit.When we first got this dog it was fully grown, and had a fear of most everyone, as though he had been mistreated. We were strangers to him, and it took some time to get him adapted to us and our routine. He quickly claimed my husband as his possession because he had such an affection for him. He has always loved dogs. Although I do not dislike them, I need grace to love them as he does.

This new pet quickly began to show a fierce distrust of me, while jealously guarding my husband from me. If I approached his chair, the dog would sit up and bare his teeth and growl fiercely! If I reached over to the table beside his chair to pick something up, he would snap at me, and even bite. If my husband left the house to go to town, this small but bossy dog would stand and bark at me loudly,  as though accusing me of hiding him. The poor dog would then run all over the house crying and searching for him. If he managed to get outside, he would take off down the road, nose to the ground, sniffing his trail! When the children came to visit, he would hide under the couch and bark ferociously until they left. A pleasant visit with company was impossible.This was turning into a constant irritation!

I was very young in my experience with spiritual warfare, and was just learning to hear God’s voice through his prophets. One day while watching a well known prophet of the Lord on T.V  a rhema word was quickened to me. I do not even recall the subject he was speaking on, but suddenly, I heard, “don’t be intimidated by the voice of Chihuahuas”!! The Lord had my attention.

Isn’t it amazing how the Lord speaks into our lives through everyday life habits and events? As I pondered on all this the Lord began to teach me. I could learn how to bring change.

I was learning that the Lord desired to free us from the bondage of all control through fear and manipulation. A spirit of witchcraft can and does work through animals and humans, with an underlying purpose of destroying our hope for peace and victory. Many churches and leaders need experience in this kind of warfare, for God also loves the person these spirits are controlling. We, as believers, are given the authority to bind carnal responses and to loose spiritual ones. We can choose to crucify the normal reactions of our flesh, anger, jealousy and such, by the spirit. Out feelings are emetional and they are very real. However, by our continual practice of walking in the spirit, grace is able to make us into overcomers. We don’t have to ne ruled by our emotions.

I was instructed by the leading of the spirit to demonstrate the love of God and to turn the other cheek and to bless my new enemy, Cooter the Chihuahua. I took the responsibility of feeding and keeping his water fresh daily. Occasionally he would have a day of sickness, and I would pray and seek his healing. By grace, I struggled to maintain a right heart attitude while this small dog was wreaking havoc in my home. As the Lord promised in his word, little by little, he brought peace and change, while giving me great victory over my own emotional reactions, and those of my husband’s. As a result of the truth of the word of God being practiced, what was a real irritation has become a laughing matter, and is gradually vanishing away.

The word of God is active and powerful! We have been blessed with spiritual giftings that enable us to decree God’s words of truth over our lives and see changes in our circumstances. The devoted believer has mighty weapons of warfare to activate against enemy plans. Just as the children of Israel had to drive the enemy from their promised land, we must overcome these spiritual giants in our own lands. The strife and division that is ever present in the carnal nature must be tamed and brought under the Lordship of Christ. Voices of strife from the enemy camp in our homes and families can be bound, and spiritual peace can be loosed by setting the mind and heart to learning the Lord’s way of resolving issues in our lives. We must not be intimidated by works of the enemy camp, Joshua and Caleb said the enemy was as grasshoppers and not giants. Know that in God’s mind all voices that are opposed to his peace are like little Chihuahuas.

The work must always begin in the heart and home of the believer. To start with the voice of Chihuahua’s will give good practice in learning to overcome and conquer bigger spiritual enemies. King David started with lions and bears, then he grew strong enough to bring Goliath down.

Life by the Spirit

Galatians 5:s

16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Where are the voices that are speaking into your life to lead you into reactions that are not pleasing to the Lord? We are to subdue our own flesh and take dominion first so that we might learn to occupy our lands for Christ in a right spirit. We have to start at home, even if it is with our pets and our loved ones.

Update…..

Down memory lane today with Cooter memories. Just as an update, Cooter and my husband have both passed on. Cooter was ten years old  and he died recently. He and I became great friends after I lost my husband, and he was an adventure in learning I’ll never forget. He was so attached to Bill that he was never the same after he died. He only lived a few months after that. But I did learn from my days with him..Father God never tires of using all of His creation to teach us.

Times And Seasons

“The seasons come, the seasons go, we get a little sunshine, rain and snow. Just the way that it was planned to be.”

Isn’t that a profound and true to life statement? It’s the first verse in a song I loved as a very young lady. To me the song contains a good reminder that the wisdom of God can be found in unusual places. The phrase reminds me a lot of a similar truth found in scripture …

Ecclesiastes 3:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Do you see that “time” is very important?  And now, because we are in a shift of times and seasons there’s a need to seek deeper. The path is narrowing, we have need to pray and listen closely.

From the beginning of time God set the order of the seasons in place and it has never changed. The world goes on as he allows, but the spiritual man learns kingdom times and seasons. And seeks to know the game changer and season changer.

Personally, I’ve lived a long life and I’ve lived through many season changes. Of course I’m talking about in the natural order, but also in life season cycles. The troubles and trials of life come upon all of us. And just as troubles come, there are sweet times of joy and wonderful cycles of life to celebrate. Times to mourn through and times to dance through. Times to hate the bad and times to love the good. We gain and then we lose. We keep and we cast away. And no human being can escape this natural order of life. I think we’re all a lot alike. There are some things I like better in one season than I like in another. We welcome the new season in and then after awhile we tire of the imperfections in the current season and we’re ready to welcome in a new one. This is the natural God orchestrated rule of the seasons of the earth and weather patterns.

However, very often season changes are ushered in by drastic life changes.  Some season changes are not to our liking, we’ve enjoyed a time to laugh and suddenly we’ve encountered a new season which is not so laughable. In fact, there’s a time for weeping upon us.  We have to bow low and confess that we are poor and naked and needy of his enabling wonders. We need deep grace and time to adjust. Grace me for this new place, Lord!

Purity of thought is needed so that we can know and follow Jesus only.  Some have a zeal for God but “not according to knowledge.” We don’t want to follow some who are headed for ditches.

Therefore, we have a need to seek a new fire and a deeper walk as we go, because  as God’s people we’re blessed with the heavenly privilege of access to the knowledge of God. He wants to teach us wisdom to follow his times and seasons.

Isaiah 28:
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

If we will learn deep and cultivate hearing ears and willing hearts we will in time become a refuge to others. We will realize the reality of life in the flow of his river of love.

Isaiah 30:18
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

He is our Almighty God and He has all power over the depth and duration of hard seasons. His desire is to work with us so that we can learn how to co-operate with him. As we seek His counsel he will build wisdom and endurance and we can walk through our sufferings with grace. The word talks about “long suffering with joyfulness”  And as we grow in Him soon the difficult times of trials will become stepping stones into a more abundant life. As we grow bolder in God we can even laugh our way through.

There’s just no end to the wonders available to us in God! For the sincere disciple there’s no end to our hope. It keeps increasing more and more. He is always near and waiting for us to respond to his love with our willing and submissive prayers..”Yes, Lord, show me your way everlasting. Help me to delight in doing your will.” 

“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”…Revelation 5:12-13