Chattanooga: Officers’ Bible studies help save Main and Mocha

February 3, 2009

Multiple Bible studies resurrected Main and Mocha from near-closure last September.

When business at the small coffee shop at the corner of Main and Market streets slowed to a drip, its owners — Chattanooga police officer Karl Lewis and his wife — asked God for help.

“Literally since that day, there have been dozens and dozens and dozens of Bible (study participants who) have shown up,” Officer Lewis said. “It’s sustaining itself and growing little by little.”

MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers:

* to provide support and accountability to Christian officers in various agencies

* to become more effective witnesses for Christ to those around us

* to learn how to disciple and train others to carry out the Great Commission

Source: fcpo.org

The local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers hosts one of the newest Bible studies there. Three weeks ago, the group began meeting each Monday for java, discussion and prayer, as well as studying from “The Peacekeeper,” a Bible study book designed specifically for law enforcement.

Members are not limited to the Chattanooga Police Department, but include Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Erlanger hospital officers, among others.

Officers stress that not only is living as a Christian compatible with working as a cop, it’s also necessary. But no one is advocating passive, meek officers who allow people to get away with wrongdoing, said Sgt. Phil Headden, who attends Monday meetings.

“You can still do your job and do it aggressively, because there’s Scripture to back it up,” he said.

Officers focus on a verse from Romans 13 that describes how rulers are necessary and meant for good, and that those who do good need not fear authority. “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong,’ the verse says. “He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”

“In other words, we’re here to do good,” said Paul Lee, who is president of both the local chapter of Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers and the national organization and a retired police department captain from Chattanooga. “For some reason, people kind of get that confused, probably because of TV.”

Last Monday, about 20 members were at the coffee house, offering prayer requests for injured, ill and recently fired officers and deputies and sharing praise items, testimony and stories from their jobs.

“We’re all like-minded, we all see the same things,” Mr. Lee said. “A lot of times, police can’t talk to anybody else. They don’t want to talk to anybody else about what they see … but guys get together, so why not do it under the blanket of Christ?”


The Power of a Praying Police Officer

November 21, 2008

Early Prayer Development

Recently, I was saying goodnight prayers with my four year old daughter when I begin to think about our prayers and praying in general. Growing up many of us were taught simple and easy to remember prayers, much like the prayers that my wife and I are teaching our daughter now. for example; “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep”. or, “God is great, God is good let me think him for our food”. What an outstanding and simple way to lay a spiritual foundation in the lives of our children not only for a belief in God but in establishing a life long foundation of prayer and of faith.

But the question really becomes how many of us actually mature from these child-like prayers into really understanding the power of prayer? .

What is Prayer?

Let’s start with some basics. What is prayer? Prayer is quite simply our communication with God, the father. But when and how should we use prayer? Unfortunately, far too many of us don’t use it enough. Instead, we relay on prayer as a way to cry out to God for help only during our most difficult and stressful times in our lives. But rarely do we view prayer as our daily communication with God. I call this the Genie in the Bible prayer. We keep God locked away in the Bible until we need Him at the most desperate times and then we pull Him out like some Genie in the bottle (Bible) to hurry up and grant us our three free wishes. And when we don’t get our three free wishes we draw ourselves away from God similarly like a child who gathers up their toys from the sandbox to go play with someone else.

Proactive versus Reactive Prayer

In law enforcement we have proactive and reactive policing. Proactive policing is when you search out criminal activity. You keep crime and criminals on the move. For example, you may be doing lots of traffic stops on a drug dealer’s street corner, you may be stopping and talking to prosutues which is making the “john’s” drive away. In proactive policing you get into the game and try to make the in-roads within your community as a way to deter crime.

Reactive policing is just the opposite. Maybe you know officers who simply ride the outside rim of their zone, called “rim riders”. Maybe, an officer does not want to go into the crime ridden areas and rather simply respond to criminal complaints instead of actual detering the crime.

But have you ever stopped to think that prayer can be the same way? We can pray proactively that God will be done in our area of responsibilities. For example, praying that God will be done in removing drug dealers from our communities. That God will be using you to be the ‘gatekeeper’ for your city and in your area of responsibility. That you will allow God to use you as His tool to do His will in your area of concern and responsibility.

Some Excuses We Use

We can find all types of excuses not to pray proactively. Maybe, you have known people who have said; ” I don’t want to bother God because, well, “He is so big and I am so small and He has so much stuff to do with wars, hunger, poverty, and injustice found in the world today that I wouldn’t even consider bothering our Lord for His time”. How far from the truth this can be. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Some Great Examples of Prayer

A great example of a prayer can be found in Matthew 6:9-13. These verses are known as the Lord’s prayer. Most of us know the Lord’s prayer but did you also know that the Lord’s prayer is not a prayer we are supposed to memorize and simply recite to God. It is only an example of how to pray and the things that should go into a prayer. Things such as worship, trust in God, requests, confession, protection, Pray for these kinds of things, but speak to God using your own words.

We need to also remember that our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our prayers. We don’t have to use certain words or phrases to get God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8).

Never forget that Prayer is your direct communication with God. And you don’t need any intercessor to do it for you.

The Power of Prayer

There is no magic formula to prayer and as previously stated God is not to be used like some magic Genie in the Bible. It is important to understand that the power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power that resides in God who is being prayed to. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer – God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, then we will come to understand that in time, when we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully! Then we won’t gather up our toys and go to another sandbox but instead we will rejoyce in the Lord during both the good and the bad times of our lives.

Prayer in the Hands of the Police

Now that we have established what prayer is, then the question becomes why don’t we as peace officers utilize it more often? Can you image the power of God working through our law enforcement officers in order to battle the strongholds in your city? Can you image what transformations could begin in our cities if officers earnestly began to pray about their own individual area of responsibility?

Can you as a peacekeeper for Christ, set aside any any false ideas of prayer being about ‘religious obligations’ or about ‘wasting’ God time, but instead use the power of prayer to allow God to transform your communities.

Never forget what God’s word in Philippians 4:13 states; “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

More excerpts to come! From the forthcoming book “Dispatched By God” COMING IN 2009 by Michael Dye


BE BLESSED BY THIS WORSHIP MUSIC

November 18, 2008

Breaking Strongholds on the Job!

October 26, 2008

Much has been written about the “Armor of God” as found in Ephesians 6:10 and many of these writings have often made comparisons between a police officer and an officer’s equipment to putting on the armor of God. But do we as peace officers (and the public) really under the comparison?

Let’s first take a look at Ephesians 6:10; “ 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should”

I would like to place into bold highlights a few of these outstanding Bible verses as found in Ephesians 6 for further discussion; In verse 11 the verse states;11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes So, what exactly does this verse mean? In short, it means that you can not stand up against the evil in this world alone, which translates to “the devils schemes”, and without having a strong level of spiritual maturity.

Part of obtaining spiritual maturity means that you need to spend time reading God’s word (which is the Bible) daily. It means that you need prayer partners and strong Christian fellowship with other believers, which means that you should belong to a Church. Did you know that the word “Church” comes from the Greek word; “ekklesia” which translates into “assembly” or “congregation.” It is used to refer to a group of persons that are organized together for a common purpose and who meet together. It is properly utilized to describe the Church as “the body of Christ”. Just as you cannot survive if your head was disconnected from your body, likewise, your heart and mind, cannot be disconnected from the spiritually body that is the church.

So, don’t think that you can stay out of church and still have Godly strength and character. That would be like an alcoholic trying to go sober without the help of family or an AA group.

In verse 12 we see some specific writing regarding “spiritual warfare”. The Bible states; “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Simply stated this is a key verse found in the Bible to describe satan’s attacks against us (Christian or otherwise) and one in which every peace officer should understand to the fullest. As police officer’s on the job, we see our work as one in which we are found in the middle of a war between “good and evil”. Every officer regardless of what religious rearing from atheist to believer will confirm that we as police officers see both “good and evil” in our jobs. Additionally, they will agree that as police officers we can find ourselves right in the middle of this “war” between ‘good and evil’.

Unfortunately, most police officers while recognizing this concept do not fully understand it and as a result, the consequences of failing to understand it are all too great. Once the devil begins to play his “schemes” (as found in verse 11) against these “warriors of good”. (Read Romans 13:1-7) Without a strong spiritual foundation (and spiritual maturity) satan’s schemes will be manfestiated against the officer and in turn leads to a number of issues that we are all too familiar with. Here are a few listed here;

our divorce rate is 60-70% higher than the national average

our alcoholism rate is 2 times the national average

our domestic violence rate is among the highest of all professions

our suicide rate is 3 times the national average

Personally, I love what is written in verses 14 and 15; “14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

As Christian peace officers, we should walk proudly and with our head held high and have the full knowledge that we are a child of the highest King and as such we should view ourselves as “ambassadors” for the Lord. Additionally, we should view our jobs as peace officers as a gift from the Lord in which we are expected to do “good” (Read Romans 13:4 ” 4For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer”) When we can understand these verses in it’s fullest, we can begin to stand tall, without fear, bold in our faith, and know that we can bring a peace about our beat (area of responsibility) no matter where we are assigned; patrol, investigations, community relations, School Resource Officers, training, etc. these two verses should give you the authority and understanding to police with Godly authority.

Verse 18; 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Prayer. For many, prayer can be confusing but prayer is simply your conversation with God. It does not need to be formal, rather it simply needs to come from the heart. Our instructions for prayer can be found in Matthew 6:5; “5”And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Some Christians refer to the following as breaking strongholds. A ‘stronghold’ can be any area of sin. It can be an internal sin in your own life such as pride, greed, drugs, alcohol, or pornography
Or it may be in external sin such as a physical location like a strip club, bars, drug houses (or street corners), or maybe even a city block.

As law enforcement officers we should be praying daily for these strongholds not only in your own life (or the life of your partner) but also in your area of responsibility. I can personally testify as to what I have seen God do with the prayers that I have uplifted to Him in my various assignments, as well as to a peace and calm that He will install over your beat area whenever you pray specifically. As a peace officer please do not discount the power of prayer. It is one of the necessary tools that you can have on your “tool belt” in order to combat the evil that we encounter on the job.

As God deals primarily with individuals, we do see throughout Scripture that He also deals with regions. He gave Abraham a geographical region. He foretold the regions in which Jesus would minister. He sent prophets to certain cities, such as Jonah to Nineveh, and some prophets to the Northern tribes and some specifically to the Southern tribes. Some prophets prophesied against cities such as Babylon and Tyre. The Great Commission ordered the Apostles to go to certain cities and regions. We can clearly see that God is concerned about geographical regions because of His concern and love for the people that live in those areas. In short, you are a “gatekeeper” for God in your specific city, county, or state.

But how do I do this you ask? It is simple. Here are some examples;

Pray specifically for His protection and guidance over you during shift.

Pray specifically for “bo-bo” the drug dealer who you see selling drugs on the corner of 5th and Main every day. Claim that sidewalk as God’s terrority as you walk along it all the while pushing “bobo” out of the area.

If you are a School Resource Officer (SRO) you should be praying for God’s peace and protection over your school. Don’t be afraid to also hook into any student lead Christian groups or clubs and invite them to pray for their school as well.

Pray for any bars or nightclubs in your area to close, and claim those buildings for the Lord. Hold on to see what miracles that God will perform!

All Christians and especially “Christian Cops” must be aware that God has equipped them to overcome Satan’s power. The Apostle Paul said that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (of a fleshly or earthly nature), but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4).

You may also recall the time in the Bible when the seventy disciples returned to the Lord rejoicing about the results of their ministry. They remarked, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name” (Luke 10:17). But then Jesus pointed out that the great marvel of this was that the devils were subject to them because their names were “written in heaven.” In other words, because they were saved — because of their relationship with Christ, they had authority over the Devil in the name of Jesus.

Jesus has given all His followers, and specifically all of us who know Jesus Christ personally as their Lord and Savior — the authority to use His name to expel the forces of evil. To all believers, Jesus said, “In My name they will cast out demons…” (Mark 16:17). This doesn’t mean that you have to actually lay hands on people or “Bible thump” someone over the head, or having them fall to the ground, and do all other kinds of physcial battery but rather it is simply asking God to do his will in the person or persons that may need the spirit of the Holy Ghost to be involved in the life of that person in an immediate way.

Yes, peace officers! Ephesians 6 and Romans 13 are just two of the many scriptures found in the Bible for you to use while on the job as a ‘peacekeeper’ for God. Once you learn to police with Godly authority your job as a peace officer will begin to open new doors and bring about a peace in your community like you have never experienced before! Step out on faith and give it a try!

In Jesus’ name!

Mike Dye


Church Shootout is Soul Changing for Officer

September 21, 2008

Stop Blaming The Devil?

July 4, 2008
I don’t like to use this post to air complaints on fellow Christians, and personally I believe that we as Christian spend way too much time arguing about nothing. However, I feel the need to air my frustration at particular Christian writers, pastors, and others who like to complain that some of us, as Christians spend to much time placing blame on satan for everything that goes wrong. While I agree we should not blame satan for everything, nor do I always feel that satan is hiding around every corner. However, we must not forget what God’s word in 1st Peter 5:8 tells us about satan; ” Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” So, hiding around every corner? Maybe, yes! Should we be alert and on-guard for satan, you bet!

Recently, I read an article in Charism, a Christian magazine. In the article entitled; ‘Stop Blaming the Devil’. http://charismamag.com/cms/spiritledliving/063008.php The author of the article writes the following statement; ” One area in which the perceptions of believers do not line up with the truth relates to our understanding of how we are to deal with the devil. Many Christians believe we should order Satan around with great fervor, frequency and volume. Satan cooperates with this deception, conceding victories whenever necessary to perpetuate the lie that God’s people need to battle him for everything God has promised them. This deception keeps earnest Christians too busy with Satan to focus on humbling and surrendering themselves to God”

Okay, overall maybe a fair statement except for the line that I have highlighted in bold which states; “Satan cooperates with this deception, conceding victories whenever necessary to perpetuate the lie that God’s people need to battle him for everything God has promised them”. Whether the writer just simply had an error in judgement or I have simply misunderstood the article in general. Nethertheless, It is a statement that I have heard many times before from some Christian believers who like to complain about our God-given victories over satan.

To get right to the point, I don’t believe there any scripture in the Bible that gives Satan equal authority (or more authority) than God. I don’t agree that satan has the power (or the authority) to ‘concede any victories’ as a way to deceive us from taking away God’s blessed victories. I believe the writer in this article is elevating the devil to a higher position of authority and status than God would ever allow, much less agree with. The Bible in Ephesians 4:27 tells us: “and do not give the devil a foothold.” this also includes undue praise!

If this wasn’t enough. The writer of the article goes on to make the statement; “God is telling us that what will bring about the healing of the land is His people’s turning away from wrong attitudes and self-centeredness. He does not say anything about warring with Satan to heal the land”

Fact is fact, the Bible makes clear that we are at war with satan and that he is our enemy. Anytime that you pray to God and ask for His will to be done you are, in effect, at war with satan and by the very fact “ordering satan around”. And I don’t agree that because we are at war with satan, we have the both self-centeredness and a wrong attitude. The Bible makes over 100 references to satan our enemy. Additionally, if the writer is making reference to Christians praying to satan well, that is a ridiculous statement. There is no Christian that I know who is praying to satan. Given authority over satan as a Christian you bet. Luke 10:19 states: ” have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Verse 20 states: “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” So, do not become conceited for the work that you do for the Lord. If this was what the author was trying to say by using the words” self-centerdeness” and a “wrong attitude” then I will buy it. But he needs to simplify his writing for dummies like me.

Last year, God spoke to me and told me to pray for a particular nightclub that was a major evil spot within our community. I have mentioned it extensively on this blog page as well as in the forthcoming book; “Dispatched By God”. I prayed that it be “God’s will that this nightclub be used for His purposes and glory”. “I also claimed that building as territory for God”. How surprised do you think that I was when 90 days later God not only closed that nightclub but turned it into a church! I was praying to God but by doing so I was in fact, ordering satan to leave by claiming terrority for God.

If I understand the writer of that magazine article correctly, he would want me to believe that satan conceded that building (terrority) to God as a way to deceive me into believing that it was something that God wanted”. The writer would also want me to believe that I was being self-centered and having a wrong attitude? My response is simple. I was not praying to satan! I do not believe that satan heard my prayers and answered that prayer. I do not believe that God “gave away” my prayer that I gave to Him and allowed satan to conceive a plan in order to deceive me.

Additionally, as a side note to the overall article, I believe the writer is trying to lull us into a sense of false security to believe that all we have to do is set back and ask God to simply forgive us of all our sins (which is true) And there is nothing more we have to do (untrue) We are saved and we can now just wait around and wait to take that “heavenly train” and go to heaven.
I am also keenly aware of the fact that we are not saved by our works or good deeds alone. However, there is another side to that the majority of Christians and the Church does not seem to address. The Bible James 2:20 (LB) states the following “When will you ever learn that “believing” is useless without doing what God wants you to? Faith that does not result in good deeds is not real faith”

Listen, When you were baptized you made a statement to God and the people around you. You said, “I’m in!” But it doesn’t stop at baptism – not by a long shot! What else do you do? You start following the pattern of Jesus Christ, faith is proven by how we live. Don’t misinterpret this. What you do – your walking around, everyday life – doesn’t get you into heaven. It doesn’t make you saved. It doesn’t mean you’re a Christian; it shows you are a Christian.

Approximately, two weeks ago at around 2200 hrs, I responded to a home of a man who was having a verbal argument with family members over the care of their elderly mother. While responding to the residence, the dispatcher informed me that we had a hazard on the residence that this same subject had threatened to kill any law enforcement officer that stepped foot onto his property. I noticed that he was the one who was calling us to the residence for the disturbance. However, I was doing some powerful praying when the dispatcher informed me that this same man would shine a flashlight directing me the 200 yards off the main road into a wooded lot towards his house.

Upon arrival on scene, the man greeted me warmly, and I was able to rectify the legal issues involved to everyone satisfaction. As I was preparing to leave for many more pending calls on a busy Friday night, the man begin to sob and tell me that he just needed someone to talk with. Not wanting a potential suicide on my hands, I stayed and spoke with the man. I asked the man if he would like to speak with a department chaplain or pastor, he said “no” and asked me if I would talk with him, I did so. In fact, I placed my hand on the mans shoulder and prayed with him, and in turn this man (same one that threatened to kill any peace officer) prayed over me for protection. As we parted ways, he asked me where I attended church and I told him. This past Sunday during the second worship song this man walked into the service and stood next to me. With an outstretched hand, the man asked “do you remember me?” I told him that I did. The pastor spoke that Sunday on acknowledge your sins, and turning your problems over to God. Just what this man needed to hear. After the service, the man spoke with our Pastor and rededicated his life back to God.

Should I believe that this was yet another ploy of satan to deceive me into believing that God actually answers prayers?

Listen, I do believe that satan (aka, the devil) is a real threat. I also believe that every peace officer should have a clear understanding that like it or not, we find ourselves right in the middle of a spiritual war between good and evil. That satan does want to disrupt the ranks of God’s first responders and will do so at any cost. But that does not mean that satan will “concede any victories” in order to deceive us that God will be done. Hardly not, did I mention that this is a real spiritual war and not some silly “war game”. Besides, satan is not in the business of “conceding victories” for God. If you haven’t noticed lately satan is busy trying to fill up the pits of hell with souls. Obviously, this writer has no clue has to what is going on around us.

I write this to tell you to be on-guard for satan (1st Peter 5:8) I also tell you to do what the Bible in Jeremiah 29:7 states; “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

As the peace officers (gatekeepers, peacekeepers) for your city, county, state, or federal, you have the authority given to you in Romans 13:1-5 to take authority over your city and its residents. You are the protectors. I would encourage each of you to claim terrority for God through prayer. To pray specifically (and repeatedly) for problem areas in your city. Additionally, get out of your patrol car and meet the pastors in your community and help support and encourge them to rid satan from your community.

God’s word in James 4:7 tells us to: “Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”

So, stop blaming the devil? Hardly not. It reminds us that we as peace officers are on the front lines of a spiritual war and we need to fight the enemy of God.

Read Ephesians 6:10-19; “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. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should”

So, go forth peace officers and do God’s will. Do not worry about satan, just be aware that he surrounds us. Remember, that the earth is satan’s realm and that we have been placed behind enemy lines for a Godly purpose and never forget that this is not all there is to life, that our heavenly home awaits us. That we are not meant to rest and make this heaven on earth. So, be strong in faith and in the spirit of our Lord. All who have fought the good fight, all who have believed on Him, shall have ever lasting life.

So, I say, go ahead and blame the devil. He deserves it, and it reminds us that we are in fight to the death on behalf of our Lord and Savior!

May God Bless and Watch Over and Protect You!


How Do You Develop Self-Control

May 7, 2008
How Do You Develop Self-Control? by Rick Warren

I found the following e-mail as written by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. I thought it was important enough for everyone to read. A good example of how directly the Bible can speak to you.

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV)

Successful people have one obvious trait in common: personal discipline. They are willing to do things that average people are unwilling to do. It’s my observation that successful people express their self-discipline in six ways:

· Successful people master their moods – They live by their commitments, not their emotions. They do the right thing, even when they don’t feel like it. “A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls” (Proverbs 25:28 NLT).

· Successful people watch their words – They put their minds in gear before opening their mouths: “Those who control their tongue will have a long life ….” (Proverbs 13:3 NLT).

· Successful people restrain their reactions – How much can you take before you lose your cool? “People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs” (Proverbs 19:11 NLT). <p>
· Successful people stick to their schedule – If you don’t determine how you will spend your time, you can be sure that others will decide for you! “So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NLT).


· Successful people manage their money – They learn to live on less than what they make, and they invest the difference. The value of a budget is that it tells your money where you want it to go rather than wondering where it went: “The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get” (Proverbs 21:20 NLT).

· Successful people maintain their health – That way they can accomplish more and enjoy their achievements: “… control your body and live in holiness and honor” (1 Thessalonians 4:4 NLT).

Now, where do you need to develop self-control? The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow. But it takes more than just willpower for lasting self-control. It takes a power greater than yourself. Think about this promise from the Bible: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT).


The more I accept God’s control over my life, the more self-control he gives me!