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    Stand Tall--For God Will Be Great in 2008

    Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:13 NKJ)

Blessings to all! We at Cyrus Ministries International (CMI) wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year in Him for 2008. We have been blessed by a joyful and blessed Christmas season. God is sooooo good! We continue to thank God for all of you and all you do for Him in His Kingdom. As I have been in meditation and prayer concerning this new year, the thought has come: "Stand Tall, Walk Straight, Appropriate and Celebrate--For God will be great in 2008."

"Stand Tall!!!" This is like a resounding word coming from the heavenly throne. When God gives such a decree, we can know that He will give us great grace so that we can fulfill His decree. When God speaks, He enables His people to respond and to receive the empowerment to become willing to do what He is decreeing, and the empowerment to do what He is asking us to do. I believe God is asking us to stand in these days. Many are fearful, but God says, "Stand." Many are faltering and are weighed down with the cares of life, but God says, "Stand." Many are walking as if they were in a fog, unsure of their calling and destiny, but God says, "Stand."

When God called me to go to Mount Sinai in 1979, He confirmed the call by pre-announcing the birth of our second child, Tim. When I was there, He spoke through Hebrews 12:22-29. He foretold of a great shaking that would be coming on the earth, causing the removal of things that were not of His kingdom, so that only the things of His kingdom would remain. He had written of these things in Hebrews, encouraging us to listen to Him who is speaking from heaven (Hebrews 12:24-25). As we learn to hear His daily word for us, we can rest in His almighty power and love. As we gaze on Him who has been exalted and reigns in the heavens, we can rest assured that He is able to bring us through difficulties and give us additional grace and provision so that we can help others in their times of need.

The passage in Ephesians, cited above, calls us to put on the whole armor of God, so that we can stand in the evil day. Evil days are here and are increasing. BUT SO IS THE ABUNDANCE OF GODíS GRACE AND THE MANIFESTATION OF HIS PRESENCE IN US AND THROUGH US. We are called to put on the whole armor of God. These "pieces" of armor are not things we are to try to emulate; rather they are descriptions of the very nature of God that we are to receive, walk in, bring into all areas of our life, and use against the plans of the devil. Satan has a plan to destroy Godís people and the things of Godís kingdom. God has a plan to bring forth the total manifestation of the victory that Christ has already won and procured for us! The war was fought and won at Calvary. Jesus won the victory over our sin, enduring Godís wrath and receiving the right to rule over all the power of the enemy in us and through us. LET US STAND TALL IN HIS VICTORY! HE WON THE VICTORY FOR US. HE WILL WIN THE VICTORY IN US. HE WILL WIN THE VICTORY THROUGH USóEVEN IN THESE DARK DAYS. HALLELUJAH!

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your provision for us. We rejoice in the victory You have won for us in Christ. We rejoice in Your faith that He will be able to manifest His victory in us and through us in these days. Truly You are great, You have been great, and You will be great in 2008. Amen.

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    Stand Tall--For God Will Be Great in 2008

    Thursday, January 3, 2008

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:13 NKJ)

As I have been meditating and praying concerning this new year, the thought has come, "Stand Tall, Walk Straight, Appropriate and Celebrate--For God will be great in 2008." Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God so we can withstand, to do all, and then to stand.

Previously Paul had said that we are to, "Öbe strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:10-11 NKJ) We are to be strong IN THE LORD AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. Our role is to abide in Christ, focusing on Him in His Glory in His Heavenly Kingdom. We have been raised in spirit to His throne in the heaven of heavens. He has been raised from the dead and given authority and power over all the spiritual forces of evil on our behalf. He has wisdom and power for us. He has truth for us. He has righteousness--the desire and the ability to love and do what is right--for us. He has salvation for us; He sees the end from the beginning; He is able to save us completely. He has peace for us; we can live in His peace and bring the message of peace to a world in turmoil. He has faith for us; He is confident of His ability to work out His Fatherís plan into us and through us. He has the sword of the Spirit for us, giving us wisdom and revelation so we know the plans and attacking points of our enemy and what to declare and do in order to bring about his downfall.

All we need to be and do God has for us, and He is able to lead us so we become dependent upon His grace and power. We need to know that we are in a spiritual battle with forces that are unseen but recognizable by revelation from the Spirit of God. God first of all calls us to withstand the wiles--the deceptive practices, schemes and war plans--of our enemy. Then He calls us to stand for His eternal purposes that He has prepared for us before the foundations of the world. Satanís plans are above our abilities and comprehensions, but far below the revelatory ability and empowering capability of God Almighty!

When I spend a lot of my time watching all the evil that goes on in the world as reported in our evening "bad news" shows, my mind becomes focused on all Satan is doing. When I take time to read the Word and to meditate on the greatness and holiness and power of my Almighty God, I am strengthened in the reality that He reigns over all. As I sing songs of adoration and praise to Him (even in moments while driving or waiting for something), my spirit is united with His, the reality of His victory is once again resonated into my heart, and His peace fills my innermost being.

As I focus on the character and life of God, flowing through His attributes as described by His armor, my spirit resonates with His ability to withstand evil so I can stand for His plan to remove evil and to fill the earth with His presence. I can "Stand Tall" and watch His plan come forth. My thought can be, "STAND TALL--FOR GOD WILL BE GREAT IN 2008."

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your plan to bring Your life and nature and character into us so we can know You, worship You and allow You to reveal the plans of our enemy. Help us to "Stand Tall" in 2008. Amen.

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    Stand Tall--for God Will Be Great in 2008

    Friday, January 4, 2008

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." (Ephesians 6:13NKJ)

During my times of meditation and prayer concerning this new year, the thought has come, "Stand Tall, Walk Straight, Appropriate and Celebrate--for God will be great in 2008." Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God so we can withstand, to do all, and then to stand. Paul then lists the armor of God--truth, righteousness, peace, salvation, faith, the Word of God, and praying in the spirit.

These are characteristics of God. These are in Christ, who is in God. They are imparted into us as we focus on Christ and become partakers of the Divine Nature of God. Our enemy, Satan, is a liar and the father of lies. As we receive the truth of Godís character, and live in His truth, the lies of Satan and of this world are exposed, and we can cast them away from us. The Bible says, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me," says the LORD (Isaiah 54:17 NKJ). Words will be spoken against us and against the truths of the Word of God. Satan will accuse us of our sinfulness, placing guilt and shame on us, directly or through others. But God forgives us our sins as we confess then, and He cleanses us from them and removes them from us. Jesus then has victory for us, as He overcame all of our sinful desires when He bore them on His cross. The Bible tells us there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ. Walk in the spirit and you can have victory over the sinful ways of this world, the Bible promises. God has victory for us!

Our minds can be protected by the truth of our salvation. Jesus is now our heavenly High Priest. He is interceding for us. He is imparting the Holy Spirit into us as we behold Him in glory. God has commissioned Jesus to do this. He is the Mediator of the New Covenant. He is able to save us completely, the Bible says. He is the God-given means whereby we can receive the life and nature of God. He wants us to live before Him in His heavenly place, receiving the flow of His Spirit so that we can know and do all God has before us. He is our Heavenly High Priest, training us how to be priests of God, worshipping Him, interceding for others, bringing His Word to others as He reveals it to us, and imparting the life of God in us to others.

We are called to destroy and replace the kingdom of darkness by bringing Christís life and ways into us and then into the places God sends us. The weapons God provides for us are for our protection as we go and bring the light of His presence, power and love into the dark places of this world. We are not to fear the darkness, or the lewdness of sin that is rampantly increasing. Rather we can let Godís righteousness guard our heart, and be manifest in this sinful world. The Bible says that Godís people will show forth the strength and righteousness of God in these darkened days. Only the righteousness of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will be able to keep us living in His moral standards. But God has prepared these things for us in these times.

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJ).

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your provision for us. Help us to live in Your life, letting the characteristics of Your armor flow into us and through us as we advance Your kingdom. Amen.

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