Recent Blog Entries

  • Sep 27
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Ripples from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. (Isaiah 55:10–11 NKJV) "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that...
  • Sep 27
    Posted by Dion Todd
    For I, Yahweh your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, Don't be afraid; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 WEBWe have a proverb we live by when performing live music: "If you hit a bad note, hit it good." Yes, it should be "hit it well," but that's the phrase I grew up hearing in South Carolin...
  • Sep 26
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Because he has set his love on me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him, and honor him. I will satisfy him with long life, and show him my salvation.' Psalm 91...
View All

The Enemy Within

  • The Enemy Within from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    There is a thought-provoking story in the book of Joshua, chapter 9. Moses had passed on. Joshua had become the new leader, and Israel was taking the Promised Land one city at a time with great success. The land was given to Israel because Canaan's inhabitants were exceedingly sinful and had been for hundreds of years.

    The three principal goddesses of the Canaanites were Ashtaroth, Anath, and Asherah and they were primarily concerned with sex and war. Sex was their primary function. Leviticus 18:1–24 lists twelve incest variations that were common to Canaan along with adultery, child sacrifice, sexual perversion, and bestiality. Then it ends with a warning: "Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean." God unleashed a flood of Israelites out of Egypt and across the Jordan. Joshua's invasion of the promised land was actually an act of God's judgment.

    Israel was making great progress taking the Promised Land. They had conquered Jericho and Ai and were now within twenty miles of a large city called Gibeon. The inhabitants there came up with a ruse to deceive Israel's leaders into making a treaty with them.

    (Joshua 9:3–6 NASB)  When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, they also acted craftily and set out as envoys, and took worn-out sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins worn-out and torn and mended, and worn-out and patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and had become crumbled. They went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us.”

    The Israelites were instructed to not make compromises with the inhabitants of the land. They were to completely wipe them out, livestock and all. Evil spirits lived in the animals as well as the people. They prefer people but will settle for an animal host if they have to. They entered the pigs when Jesus cast them out of the demoniac in Mark 5:13.

    (Joshua 9:14–16 NASB)  So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD. Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them. It came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land.

    The Gibeonites wore disguises and spoke with flattering words, "We have heard about your God's greatness! We are your servants!" They said all the right things. They played the part so well that the Israelite leaders looked over their provisions and clothing and then made an unbreakable covenant with them. They did not take the time to ask the Lord, so they were deceived by the Gibeonites. God underwrote their decision as well, for when King Saul later tried to wipe out the Gibeonites, a three-year drought came upon Israel's land (2 Samuel 21:1). The agreement they had made was binding.

    Consider this: God intended to clear the land of iniquity. Yet because of His people's laxness, the enemy infiltrated the heart of His camp and made a compromise to remain there. The enemy used flattery and deception. They lied. God's people let their guard down and did not seek His advice. Now the enemy could destroy God's work from the inside and spread the Canaanite immorality, idolatry, and evil spirits through the camp. This became a thorn in their side.

    The enemy wants to be in the middle of whatever God is doing, hiding right there in direct sight. You can't detect them by their words or by their clothes. They are wolves in sheep's clothing. Flattery and disguise are among the enemy's most successful weapons to bring about compromise. Only the Lord knows the heart, and we should involve Him in all of our decisions.   

    (Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV)  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

    We get into trouble anytime that we lean on our own understanding. We do not see the snares that the enemy has set before us, just as you cannot see a politician's heart. Today we need the guidance of the Holy Spirit more than ever before. We need to be led by the Holy Spirit daily. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to put on God's full armor so that we could stand against the devil's schemes:

    (Ephesians 6:11–12 NASB)  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

    The enemy has infiltrated the kingdom of God and brought compromise since the beginning. In the garden of Eden, he quietly slipped in and cunningly arranged a compromise. Judas Iscariot was a chosen Apostle of Jesus, one of the twelve, yet satan entered him in Luke 22:3. Lucifer, the shining one, the angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) is always scheming against us, looking for a crack in our armor. Without the Holy Spirit's help, we don't stand a chance against his trickery, because compared to us, he is brilliant. After all, he is an anointed cherub.

    We are often distracted by thinking the enemy is out there when he is right among us and influencing our decisions. You can often find him on the praise team. He infiltrates all areas of our lives, and only the Holy Spirit exposes him and his ploys. Also, God will not separate you from the friends you choose to keep. Pray about everything, and be sure to involve God in your decisions.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You remind me to seek Your counsel, trust in You, and not lean on my own understanding. Please give me a clear vision and help me recognize the works of the enemy. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


Tip: You must be logged into the website to leave comments.

 

Social Sharing

25 comments
  • 0
Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for this morning message.......please help me to recognize the works of the enemy and to bind him out in Jesus’s name I pray, Amen
Sep 7
  • 3
Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Dear Lord, thank you for your protection from the enemy for there are times we are weak and do not realize how much the evil one prowls around like a lion waiting to devour your children.  I am weak and without you Lord I am nothing, I am blessed because I am a child of God and I am thankful that you are a loving and forgiving Father who watches over his children and protects them.  This world is in such disarray and we need you Lord more than ever.  I pray for us ALL that you will continue to have the Holy Spirit guide us, protect us, and lead us to ALWAYS look to you Lord.  In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen!!  Alleluia!!  Amen!!  May the peace of the Lord be with us ALWAYS!!  Amen!!

Sep 6
  • 2
Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

Sep 7
  • 1
Flo Romero
Flo Romero

Amen

Sep 7
  • 2
Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Sep 6
  • 2
Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Sep 6
  • 2
Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. In every decision I seek Your guidance Lord. My Faith and Trust is in the Lord. Amen

Sep 7
  • 2
Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,we seek you Jesus in all our decisions.Thank you for all our blessings.

Sep 7
  • 2
Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I need You in everything I do

Sep 7
  • 1
Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen my trust and faith is in you Lord show me where to go in Jesus'name I pray amen.

Sep 7
  • 1
Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and remind me to always seek Your will, Amen.

Sep 7
  • 1
Debbie Zaleski
Debbie Zaleski

Amen!  Involving God in every decision is what is getting me through this pandemic. When I feel worried, upset, depressed, if I can remember that God is in charge, I feel at peace again. It's been a constant struggle to keep focusing on God, but certainly the payoff is worth it.

 

Sep 7
  • 1
Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  great  message  in jesus name amen 

Sep 7
  • 1
Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I need You today, I humbly ask You to have Your Holy Spirit be with us and to lead us on the right path. The enemy is within us and we need Your advice and protection to no fall into his dealings, we trust in You always. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord. 

Awesome message Pastor, thank you and Sylvia and God bless you both. 

Sep 7
  • 1
Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Sep 7
  • 1
Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

This is powerful, important message for me today, Pastor Dion! Thanks for bringing the Word of the Lord!  Jesus, remind me to seek Your counsel, trust in You, and not lean on my own understanding. Please give me a clear vision and help me recognize the works of the enemy. In Your precious name, I pray. Amen!

Sep 7
  • 1
Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Powerful and frightening! This just proves that we must be diligent and alert at all times.

Sep 7
  • 1
Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord

Sep 7
  • 1
Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Surround us with your protection and keep us safe. Praise God Amen 

Sep 7
  • 1
Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Sep 7
  • 1
Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Sep 7
  • 1
Lisa Kordich
Lisa Kordich

I needed this today as I deal with someone that I love who is a drinker and is taking his misery out on me. He wants to dwell on the darkness and sadness in the world and I want to focus on the light, so we clash. We have borken up as of last night due this alcohol that brings upon the madness. I really needed this word and need God's guidance, discernment, and knowledge, to help me to decide if I will go back or not, and for him, who hasn't come to the knowledge of Christ. He is 77 years old and I worry about the condition of his soul. My heart is heavy over the whole thing. 

Sep 7
  • 1
Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Lisa, I totally understand and want you to know that I am praying for you. I am in the same boat and I often feel as if it's sinking.

Sep 11
  • 1
Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!!

Sep 8
  • 1
Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!!! Our GOD is just, nothing and no one will escape His judgements! If GOD be for us, then who can be against us! So let us serve Him with fear and trembling, fall on our knees, worship Him and love Him, beccause He loved us first!!!

Sep 9