Know Who Your Enemy Is

unnamed23I had to think long and hard before deciding to finally write this post. I believe the spirit of instruction won in this case. At any rate, there are a few things I feel are important to clear up if we are going to be powerfully confident. Knowing who our enemy is and who it is not can make all of the difference in the world when we are in battle. Before the battle even begins we really need to survey the situation before taking action. After all, doesn’t God ask us to be slow to speak? This more than implies that we really need to watch our step before we take it.

I recall hearing a story a long time ago about a married couple who were locking horns regarding a rough marital situation. It appears that this couple was caught off guard by a concerned friend who popped in on them unexpectedly only to find them both armed against each other with anointing oil and the scriptures! Can you picture the steamy scene here? Apparently they were each preparing to cast the devil out of the other one! Before you laugh too hard, it really does not fall to far from how battles tend to play out between our inherited family members as well. Doesn’t it seem sometimes that we are so busy finding fault in one another that we forget who our true enemy really is?

It’s true that Jesus fought the devil in the desert using the scriptures as His sword and it certainly was, and is, the appropriate way to fight our adversary. The scriptures do provide us with a fair and powerful defense when we need one. The question begs to be answered though, “When do we need one”? Let me bring it forth this way, “Have you ever been in a difficult conversation with someone who is a fellow believer and all they can seem to do is shoot scriptures at you because they feel the need to defend themselves”? I can’t think of a more frustrating way to have a conversation with those who are supposed to be our family. How can there be an exchange of ideas or even hearts when someone is too busy using the scriptures as a line of defense all of the time? In all honesty, I would rather have someone cut to the chase and come out and say what they are really thinking instead of having me try to interpret the meaning they are placing on the scriptures. A heated conversation is truly no place to cause confusion. God is not the author of confusion.

We are supposed to use scriptures with one another but the Bible tells us to use them to encourage one another! How can we ever encourage anyone if our battle scriptures are used against one another? Battle scriptures are supposed to be used against our true enemy; the devil. He is the only one we need to defend ourselves against in a heated situation. Although, the scriptures are supposed to be used to teach us how to live and behave on the playground, I am not sure God intended them to be used as arrows against one another. In the spirit of teaching, I can certainly see where they should be used for instruction, but not in an exchange with one another where people are seeking for understanding of each other.

A lot can be remedied when we understand who our true enemy is, and it is not supposed to be each other! We are human and we do come up on situations where we encounter difficult moments, misunderstandings, and conflict. This is normal, and again, it is human. It is important to handle those situations as scriptural and meaningful as we can. Yet, there is a way to be scriptural and not spout off the scriptures like we are dropping bombs into enemy territory. Those things are better reserved for “battle in the spirit time”. Remember we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. Our scripture battles are better left for the true enemy of our soul and all of his divisive soldiers.

Our great gift to this world is to show wisdom as a warrior! We wrestle against the torrents of the enemies web in the spirit world and we find the best ways to settle conflicted situations through combinations of mercy, grace, and discipline, in the natural world. It’s a balance act that bears some practice to perfect it!

Be powerful today by knowing who your true enemy is and ask for wisdom, not to react, but to act accordingly!

All blessings be yours!

Rev Jenine Marie

Finding Confidence Through Discerning Anger

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Anger is a very tricky emotion sometimes. God has given us the ability to be angry and yet it seems like the world always wants to stop us from feeling it. In all honesty, anger has a real God given purpose. Without it we would find it much harder to discover the places inside of us that hurt. Anger expresses our emotion of feeling slighted, stepped on, rejected, hurt, and many other things. Sometimes our anger can reveal things that we never realized were there in us. Anyone who lives in this world will experience things that will potentially cause emotional issues that can fester deep inside the inner parts. Often these things live in us until something or someone comes along to bring it to the surface. If we stop anger from happening all together then we stop our ability to discover those things that anger will reveal in us.

God tells us to “anger but sin not”. This means basically, “By all means be angry, but do not allow it to flow out of control or get out of balance”. If anger can be used to mindfully bring forward an important issue that needs to come to the surface so it can be dealt with, then it is anger well spent. The hard issues come if the balance of anger goes beyond its true purpose. Once anger has revealed that there is a problem that is coming up, then the real tricky part is to allow it to just simmer enough to uncover it.

The next time anger comes to the surface, by all means express the issue because it hurts you more not to. Then mindfully stop and examine the issue that is behind it. Ask God to help you discern what the anger means and why it is present. Really, anger can be your confident friend if you allow it to. Not all anger is bad, so keep that out of your mind. No guilt for expressing the truth of what is inside of you, even if the truth seems a bit misguided. This is what life is experienced for! You will find a new confidence in this process and a new empowerment as you learn to use your God given emotions to bring real healing to yourself and others!

In addition, never go to bed angry! Meditate, pray, and allow yourself to be settled before sleeping. Keeping anger inside all through the night will cause terrible issue in your health. This would be anger out of balance! Keep yourself on even keel. Learning to manage the waves of life’s emotional ocean is a very lofty endeavor, but well worth the journey!

God’s blessing upon you!

Jenine Marie

Ephesians 4:26 (American Standard Version)

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Powerful Confidence Through Personal Support : Women Need Women!

Have you ever heard the expression, “No man is an island”? I think most people have. No woman is an island either, nor should she ever be! Granted there are times when we really need to step aside and take some independent personal time away from everything and everyone. We need that mind space to figure out life sometimes. Even Jesus went off on His own to seek, pray, and meditate. I believe that sometimes He just plain needed rest! Hey, don’t we all!

Women grouped together are like a bouquet of wild flowers!
Women grouped together are like a bouquet of wild flowers!

Yet, there is something so ingrained in women that causes us to take great pleasure in congregating! Since the beginning of time, the men went out to hunt to bring back the provision and the women stayed behind tending to the home, the family, and to each other. I’m sure that they all stuck together in order to protect those home fires, and each other, while the men were away. Otherwise the animals might ravage the homestead! I truly believe that women were designed to be in groups and when we don’t congregate we are not as powerful as we are when we do! No doubt about it, women need women.

Can you see the scenario in the village as the men go off to kill their prey? The women put the children to bed then hover over the fire to talk about how they can better secure their families. I am sure during the course of the night the subject of their men came up from time to time. Alright, maybe more than from time to time!

Aren’t we like that though? Don’t we sharpen one another when we stick together, gather together, and work out life together? It is also very true that women can be our worst adversaries as well. Why do we do this when working together makes us much more powerful? This is the deal; there are many more women in the world then men. Women instinctively try to eliminate the competition! Our ingrained fear of being lost in the crowd,  over looked for relationships, or left behind, cause us to work against each other. Just consider how we feel when our men look at another woman in the store! We get ANGRY! Then we take it out on our man, on the woman he looked at, and on other women! This is not the only thing we compete about, but you get my drift! Before you become ashamed of our gender, consider that this is really not our fault. We tend to be protective and territorial about the things we love. God made us this way in order to preserve the family unit and the human race. If we did not care about our loved ones, families, and relationships, then the fiber of our families would break down. We are the glue that holds these things together!

So, what is our answer here? It is very simple. We need to acknowledge that we have this personal possession rivalry, set it aside, and decide that we are more powerful when we work together then when we shove each other aside. Becoming angry over things that we can not help will never get us anywhere. We are more powerful when we are personally supported by one another. Do you agree with me here? I hope so, because I am on a tangent with this. We have to get over ourselves so we can get under our barriers and lift ourselves and each other up!

If you are a woman who really wants to find lasting success, then you have to be one who is an ambassador to women! This is the only way to have the lasting powerful success as well as confidence we are all looking for! Women are great at lifting each other up when we decide we want to be. Consider this; when we help everyone be confident and successful then we all will have that power among us. Our men are wonderful, but they don’t understand us the way we understand each other! We are lifelines to one another!

Are you ready to be an ambassador to other women and what can you personally do in order to sharpen iron with another? We can all achieve powerful confidence through personal support of one another! How do we think that diet and fitness programs work so well? Its the buddy system of personal confidence and success!

Tell me; what ways are you willing to lift up other women as well as yourself? Inquiring minds really want know!

Your ambassador in confidence!

Jenine Marie 

Can Women Be Powerfully Confident?

“I am praying for the confident woman to arise in you to be an over comer regardless of circumstances”. Rev Jenine Marie

I’ve heard it said that there is nothing more attractive in a woman like confidence! I suppose this is very true. Self assured women can be very magnetic! I also believe that confident women are very powerful and have a power to draw others to themselves and draw good things to themselves as well. I feel, as women, we all seek a confidence that will some how magically wipe away our fears and insecurities. In fact, I believe many of us pray for this.

In reality our confidence does not mean that fear is absent. Most of the time fear is present to warn us from things that bring us harm. The trouble comes when we let our fears run rampant enough to rule inside us. I have come to believe that confidence is not the absence of fear but comes out of a transformed way of how we think about it.

It might seem a lot easier to ask God to remove our fear. Honestly it is highly unlikely that He will magically do this, because it is more beneficial to allow us to overcome it and develop a new relationship with it.  So, how do we do this? Sometimes it is a matter of learning to not react to our fearful thoughts and learning how to act in a way that allows fear to propel us forward.

Believe it or not, it is highly possible to do this and find a way toward a more secure confidence. Nothing ever comes completely easy or we would never grow in life, so this might just require some work , some faith, and some dedication. Would you like the kind of powerful confidence that comes from learning how to overcome fear and insecurity? If you just nodded your head, “Yes”, then stick here with me. We have some good discussion to get into!

Before you think that this will mean one formula is revealed and that takes care of everything, consider all of the scenarios you might have to apply it to. The possibilities can be endless! My hope and prayer is that some of women’s main insecure issues can be brought to light in this blog and how to build a new relationship with those fears in order to be an over comer of them. Instead of reacting and over reacting, let’s learn to act in a way that resembles the Spirit of God in us as women! Let’s learn how to be powerfully confident in a way that not only lifts us up but other women with us!

Does this sound wonderful to you? I hope so! I have a mission in life now to lift up women to a new place of confidence that will bring powerful transformation in life. Before I go further, realize that this takes togetherness. It takes faith in God, faith in ourselves, and faith in one another. Can we live in a world where women stop mistrusting one another and begin to work together with each other on transformation? I really believe so! If you want to find powerful confidence for yourself and help bring it to others then stay around for awhile and invite others as well! A new transformation is waiting!

Sincerely and prayerfully yours,

Jenine Marie