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Saturday Confession: The Letter I Imagine Jesus Giving to the Defeated One

Posted by Julie on June 13, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Hey, Defeated One,

Yeah, I know you hate that name. That’s why during my special time with My daughter, Julie, I told her that’s your name. And that you hate it. And that I gave you that name. Because I want My Kids to know the truth.

You’ve been done for a long time.

And it won’t be long before the whole world knows how defeated you are.

But for now you have limited access, but I call the shots.

And one of the things I’ve done is tell my daughters, Julie for one, is that you are the true defeated one who is trying to pass that truth onto them instead. I let you try because when they realize they are not defeated, it’s a great time. For them.

For Me.

For My Kingdom that keeps growing.

You’ve been after my daughters and you’re getting desperate.

You love when people choose bitter over better.

When they refuse to forgive.

When they feel lost and empty and turn to things. Toxic things and people.

When people, even churches, especially churches, twist My Words.

And you love competition.

Families should be for each other.

Women should lift each other up but out of insecurity, you relish when they tear each other down.

But here’s the thing.

I know you have a target on Julie’s back. Remember? You had to ask my permission.

You’ve messed with her head.

Put situations in her path meant for her destruction.

When she’s been physically alone you’ve sent your worst agents to question where I was. If she mattered. If I cared. In that loneliness she has battled rejection, fear and fury. All because I said it was okay.

It’s not okay.

But I allowed it because I can see what you can’t.

I’m going to promote that girl to the next level.

I’m preparing her for things greater than she can imagine.

But you have a little hint, don’t you?

Because you’re that desperate.

You know she’s willing to do whatever I ask.

Her heart beats for Me.

And she’s going to take this season and grow from it.

Tell others about My faithfulness.

And make sure everyone who will listen know you are the defeated one.

Your access to her stops now because I said so.

Release every plan, person, word, curse, thought, agent from hell, idea you have against her and send all your destruction back with you never to rise up and go after her again. You will not be able to speak or move without my say so. Nor can anyone willing to listen to you be able to target her or her family. You and your minions get your hands off her writing, her ministry, her plans to give Me glory.

I’m going to prosper that girl. Her family. Friends. Church. Ministry. Writing. Home.

And it starts now.

—Jesus

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Character Confession: That Saturday

Posted by Julie on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized |

That Saturday

Matthew 27 (verse from BibleGateway.com)
The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

I don’t know if it’s a writer thing or just a curious Jesus girl thing but I’d like to know about Saturday.  We have details about “Good” Friday where Jesus was crucified. We know all about Resurrection Sunday.

So, what do you think Saturday was like?romans4_25b

Matthew 27:62-65 gives us a glimpse and if I close my eyes, I can picture the scene.  Those that loved Jesus are devastated and confused. Those that hated him are giving shouts of celebration and recounts of key moments. Government officials are proud, they took down the biggest threat to their government with no fight from this so called king.  Barabbas?  The real criminal? I imagine he’s overwhelmed with ideas on what to do with his new freedom.

All of them, I can guess, are spending Saturday with one eye over their shoulder.

Haunted.

Scared.

Anxious.

Sick.

I bet they all see shadows even in the peek of daytime that cause them to stop everything and look, wonder. Pilate and his officials took tentative steps all day. When Pilate brought a chalice to his lips I’m sure his hand shook. The guards around the tomb exhausted in half the time it usually takes. The mental strain of waiting on the promises will do that.

Barabbas starts dozens of plans to satisfy self but can’t complete one evil idea. He knows where he belongs and he can’t shake it. For all the open spaces and freedom he slinks in a corner, the tomb in view. He wraps his knees to his chest and rocks back and forth. The same position he had in prison.

The devil paces back and forth, anxiety quadrupling with every step and hands over his ears. His minions keep repeating what he already knows.

What about the third day?

He knows God’s word, he just twists it, but he knows. And I suspect he can’t enjoy his victory because he knows it is short lived.

Heaven is muted. A sense of grief and confusion weaves throughout the streets of gold. Something is in the works.  But what?

th_Character-Confession-curiousGod hid His usual palette of color and painted a bleak gray scene for the world to interact in that Saturday. Shadows and phantom voices stalked everyone who ever heard of or knew Jesus. Anxiety and fear reigned. Guilt and accelerated exhaustion flooded thoughts, plans and celebrations.

That is what I think happened that Saturday.

How about you?  What do you imagine happened?

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Sabbath Sunday: Calm Day on the Sea

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Today’s the day I post my own amateur nature picture and share a thought or two on God’s love for you.

Those clouds look menacing, don’t they?

Want to know the truth?

It was a gorgeous day at sea leaving the Bahamas.

Want to know another truth?

There is a devil who loves to deceive.

And he’s tricky.

He’s going to give you a false picture.

Something to stop you in your tracks, make you stop before you start.

A stormy looking day.

But don’t be afraid.

If there really is a storm, God okayed it. And if He did, that means there is a greater purpose that makes the devil look stupid.

And that you will grow stronger and wiser because of it.

And after the storm comes that pink sky.

See it?

And if it isn’t a storm but a lie, remember the defeated one isn’t you.

And enjoy your calm day on the sea.

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Sabbath Sunday: The Calm Day on the Sea

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Today’s the day I post my own amateur nature picture and share a thought or two on God’s love for you.

Those clouds look menacing, don’t they?

Want to know the truth?

It was a gorgeous day at sea leaving the Bahamas.

Want to know another truth?

There is a devil who loves to deceive.

And he’s tricky.

He’s going to give you a false picture.

Something to stop you in your tracks, make you stop before you start.

A stormy looking day.

But don’t be afraid.

If there really is a storm, God okayed it. And if He did, that means there is a greater purpose that makes the devil look stupid.

And that you will grow stronger and wiser because of it.

And after the storm comes that pink sky.

See it?

And if it isn’t a storm but a lie, remember the defeated one isn’t you.

And enjoy your calm day on the sea.

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10 Not-so-Spooky Secrets When it Comes to Prayer

Posted by Julie on October 31, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

For some it’s a cute day to dress up the little ones and nab some candy. I’m not against that, but I know it is also a time where those whose allegiance is not with God conjure up curses against the faithful, among other deeds I’m not sharing here.

But what I want to do is share some basic things that put you as a prayer warrior on the offensive and ready to advance God’s kingdom through Christ.

1. Know Jesus as your Savior. This doesn’t mean get a degree, become a pastor, memorize the entire Bible, all great things. It simply says know Him. He wants your friendship. It’s a relationship, not religion. Just like I say to kids, we all say we know Justin Bieber, but have you met him? Does he talk to you? That’s what I mean with Jesus. You can’t move forward until you’ve accomplished #1. Not sure how? See here.

2. Never be a prayer warrior or intercessor on your own strength. You are merely a broken, flawed vessel. If you think of half a second you have the power to defeat the enemy, he will devour you. Praying is always about furthering God’s Kingdom for Jesus, so He best be invited when you pray.

3. Stay clean and surrendered. It’s not about being perfect, but if you feel called to be an intercessor/prayer warrior, be authentic. Confess your sins. Seek forgiveness. It isn’t because God is Big Brother constantly mad, but more about if you’re “hiding” a secret sin or unforgiveness, the enemy will come on you twice as hard.

4. Keep your focus. It’s an easy temptation to concentrate on the bad guy. Doing too much of that will overwhelm and suffocate. God’s got this, He’s just awesome enough to invite you for the ride. Focus on Christ and His work on the Cross. God’s goodness. The Holy Spirit’s counsel and encouragement. Of all the fancy things to pray, we miss the easiest prayer of all: Agree with His plan in Jesus’ name.

5. Have no fear.  The winner has long ago already been declared, but the devil would like you to forget that. He is already defeated. His sad tactic is to convince you that you are the defeated one to deflect the truth that HE is. That’s his real name–the defeated one. Also know the defeated one and his agents (depression, discouragement, division, spirit of suicide) are cowards. They do NOT want to be exposed. If you sense that’s what’s going on, be empowered in the Lord’s strength, not afraid. Like terrorists, evil prefers to stay hidden. Attacks are prevalent at night and that doesn’t surprise me. There were nights I felt like something was sitting on my throat. Afraid at first, I realized that feeling had no business bothering me. I said, “Jesus, I need your help. In your strength and name I command whatever is on me, in this room, property, or vicinity to die and be cut out the root, never to return. Thanks, and Amen.” It was an eek of a whisper, I struggled to speak. But I wasn’t afraid. Sensation was immediately gone. When you deal with junk like this, cast it out in Jesus’ name–declaring those evil things dead, cut at the root, never to return. If you pray it merely go away, it can be assigned back. Why not command it dead under Christ’s authority? Same for when a person attacks you, gets angry, then so whiny. I will not battle atheists or others looking for a fight, and it never fails, angry words come at me, and then accusations. Remember it isn’t personal, it is a spiritual warfare. As I stand strong and love my neighbor, the defeated one is like a dwindling, whiny monster that never had control. Don’t be afraid if you sense a catfight with strangers just by looking them in the eyes. That’s not the person, but the spirits behind them. If they are in witchcraft or a new age/world religion, you will know. I’ve had complete strangers greet me with accusations. I’ve heard of children strong in Christ being pinched and hit by those in a so-called peaceful religion. Don’t be afraid. Love the person, and if you have to whisper it, plead the blood of Jesus and remove the evil on His strength once and for all.

6. Do the math. I read this from Graham Cooke. Heaven’s resources never end. Ask, and He provides. Be specific (I ask for His wisdom, discernment, covering, His eyes, ears, and other senses instead of Lord, help me.) The defeated one has been in a constant recession. When he uses a trick, he can’t get anything new. He has to use what he has, so he keeps using the same ole’ same ole. He is all about deception. If it is a voice that wants nothing to do with furthering God’s Kingdom or praising Him, you know it’s a defeated tactic. If it is desiring division over unity, it is not God.  The defeated one will never partake in anything that gives God glory or praise, so keep those things constantly going. The supply never ends!

7. Wear your armor. I pray Ephesians 6 over myself and family every day. I’ve heard people say how there is something different about us. Our kids have a peace that is unique. Even our pets have favor. I can only say this has been a constant in our life since marriage. We get hit by the defeated one, and when we do, I know it is an opportunity more than adversity. God allows hard stuff and warfare not because He’s uncaring, but because He wants to prosper us. He knows how the hard stuff ends, and if we stay covered and see challenges as opportunities, favor is yours. I also pray the fruit of the spirit, and also something I read, I ask for the cloak of humility and mantle of wisdom.

8. Know rejection is promotion. This has a lot to do with the one above, but as a praying person, there is a target on your back. You are on the front lines, yet pay attention to #10. But when, not if, those hits come, rejection will happen. I guarantee it. Remember John the Baptist was beheaded. I doubt that’s your lot, but shake it off.  It seems like it is about you, it is a battle between good and evil, much bigger than you. If you can get excited–okay, at least come on board with rejection–and seek it as a way to become closer to the Lord and learn more from Him, it’s more defeat for the one who is full of it.

9. Use your own prayer language. I’m not going to get doctrinal here. I’ve been in Catholic, Wesleyan, and now a Pentecostal setting. For me, my prayer language is talking with words I don’t understand. It took me 10 years to allow this in my life because I was so scared. Now the words come with no effort. I can use them, or not. I’m not afraid of using them because I know my agenda is to give God glory, and the devil won’t be anywhere near that. When I am close to a breakthrough, they aren’t even words. Constant tears. I used to be afraid, now I know what’s going on at a basic level and realize okay, I’m going to be weepy. Please don’t be mislead that heaven isn’t for you if you don’t go all Pentecostal about this. That’s not fair, and it isn’t right. I confess, my life is much richer with my own prayer language, but Jesus is a gentleman and the Holy Spirit is a comforter. Nothing uncomfortable should be in the process, especially force or pressure. Praise Him. You can never go wrong with that. If you seek more, tell Him. Admit your fears or thoughts. Then repeat a praise word like Hallelujah. Meditation was from Christians first, the devil, again because of his lack of resources, will steal our stuff and put a counterfeit spin to it. Don’t be afraid to praise with repetition. It’s a process, and mine took so long because I was asking for the wrong reasons. Once I wanted it for myself, it was instantaneous.

10. Remember the battle is the Lord’s. Another temptation is to be “full-on” all the time, seeing the enemy’s hand in every single thing. Even so, it’s His battle. Always. The best advice I ever got was that He wants me on the couch as He goes out the door to battle. At the end of the day His desire is to return, join me on the couch, and tell me about His day. I can get intense and forget I can have fun. The world still exists if I’m not on my knees. You will know when He’s prompting you.

Books I Suggest:

Time to Defeat the Devil

Silencing the Accuser

Intercessory Prayer

Secrets of the Secret Place

Bridal Intercession: Authority in Prayer through Intimacy with Jesus

 

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So Simple We Miss It

Posted by Julie on September 6, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Children get it, don’t they? Where we  need theories and proof kids just know. Faith like a child is something adults should aspire to. I do!

I was sharing a lesson with early elementary age girls and the topic was peace. Simply put, peace is the absence of worry. I explained that worry is not from God. When they start thinking about what if’s they should stop and remember the source. One girl raised her hand and said, “I know—if I start to worry I know it’s the devil and I just say ‘Jesus, throw him out!”

I love it. It’s truth so simple we miss it.

Are you able to do like my pint-size friend? When the worries come can you proclaim in Jesus’ name that the worries and their source are not welcome?

I challenge you to take it a step further.

I know for me the chain usually goes from worry, to fear of failure, then feeling like a failure. That’s the strategy of the devil and it doesn’t change because we keep falling for it. His end goal is to make you feel defeated. 

Look around.

Too many of us are falling for that lie.

So when that cycle starts with worry, start proclaiming.

Worry is not welcome, in Jesus’ name.

The source of that worry is not welcome, in Jesus’ name.

I am not defeated, in Jesus’ name.

The real name of the devil (and he does not want you to know this let alone proclaim it) is the defeated one.

Get out of here true defeated one, in Jesus’ name.

It’s that simple.

Don’t miss it.

 

 

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