Sunday Morning Church Visit – Part One

Journal Entry
Title: Sunday Morning Church Visit – Part One
Dream
Date: 4/12/11

Note: This is a first in a series of dreams I have been given over the course of the past few years. It is my hope that you will read and carefully consider what the message of God is saying to you.

Modern Church InteriorDream: It was Sunday morning and I decided to go check out a local church to see what they were up to. My wife was surprised that I was going back there. She said she would come later. When I drove up to the facility it had been completely remodeled and was ten times larger than before. I parked in a side parking lot near an entrance so I could get in and get out without being detected. The nearest door led to an outside area which was enclosed by a tall fence. There were some teens in great number doing some kind of orchestrated dance led by the children’s pastor.

As I walked on a path that led into the main structure I came to a room with some small tables which seated five or six people. A pretty young lady, which was on the church staff, met me there and sat me down with three young men of which were 19-20 years old. The young lady snuggled up to me, putting her head on my shoulder, and said, “I miss you so much, we all miss you.” Then she pressed her cheek against mine. I didn’t respond in kind.

I noticed the three young men seated at the table all had some kind of dysfunction. I asked one of the more alert ones what was wrong with him and he just grunted something unintelligible. The young lady, who had seated me, hurried off to another room. I got up and followed her to the room. The room appeared to be designed like a lounge. It had room for many tables and had a bar the length of the right side of the room. This was the room where the faithful and long term members were seated. The three young men would go here next to once they had been approved by the young lady and the others in leadership.

I looked around the room before leaving and saw a child about twelve years old playing in a silly manner. They were teaching her this behavior so they could use her in skits and plays to lighten up the mood as they made fun of other Christians, denominations and religions. I peeked in the doorway a little further and saw a blonde headed woman seated in the middle chair of the dimly lit lounge’s bar. Her back was turned to the other people in the room. Only certain ones, which had her approval, could sit by her and the room was crowded with people waiting to be approved by her so they could sit with her. I quickly moved away from the doorway so as not to be seen.

I entered another room and saw people all standing around in a circle. One of the leaders placed ten yellow garden hoses on the ground. In the middle of each of the yellow hoses was a Y coupler.  On the left side of the Y coupler was a yellow hose which had already been attached. The left side of the Y coupler was a labeled “Separation” and the right side was labeled “Jesus”.  The object game was for each participant to disconnect the yellow hose from the left side labeled “Separation”, and reconnect it to the right side of the Y coupler labeled “Jesus”. I watched each person participating in the game make the connection with “Jesus” and each time they did the group made a loud cheer. I waited to see what they were going to do with the message of the exercise but when the last person had finished they all just walked away.

I continued to walk around and found a self-serve pizza kitchen, which was made to make the people feel warm and cozy. It had beautiful tiles and a large serving area. Then the music began in another room as the worship service started. The band entertained people while all the other people remained in their designated areas.

As I headed back towards the door I thought I had came in another man was walking out as well. It was Kevin James, the actor and comedian. I asked him if he would change my pants. He cracked up. I thought to myself, “I meet Kevin James for the first time and all can do is ask him to do is change my pants”. Then other actors began to come out the same door. Then I realized that I had come out a different exit from where I had parked. I went back in and walked around trying to find the door that I came in. I searched for some time before I finally found the door I was looking for. They had intentionally by design made it difficult, confusing, and misleading to exit their church. I knew I had to go home and warn my wife not to come here. It is an evil place.

Be sure and read The Motel (Church) Visit – Part Two http://seerofgod.com/archives/1685

Meaning:

Meaningless Activities

In a dream, a parking lot is a place of arrival or exit. In this case I was arriving to see what was going on in this particular church. I parked near the most accessible entrance not for the convenience of entering as much as to make a quick exit.  The teens were doing an orchestrated dance being led by the children’s pastor. It struck me that the teens were being led by the children’s pastor. The teens should be growing up but they were being treated as six year old children. Everything activity was a pre-planed, orchestrated as an activity, with no room for Holy Spirit to lead believers by the Spirit.

The Room

Round Table and Chairs in Conference RoomThe first room I entered was the room for new members. They were seated at the table by a designated staff member. She was the “Groomer”. Her job was to monitor their attendance, provide them with orientation in their church rules, learn their dysfunctions, and prepare them to serve the needs of the church and direct them in doing so. This was standard operating procedure for everyone that wanted to become a member. No one who wanted to be a part of the fellowship could bypass their orientation. If a person wanted more responsibility and access to higher up leadership, the young lady first had to approve of them herself and report their progress back to the pastors. Every person’s faithfulness was measured as to how well they served in the church system. She used flirtation and sweet talk to hook these young men into doing what she needed them to do for the church.  No one dared say “No” to her or anyone in leadership. They could make it difficult for you.

Dysfunctions

Each young man had a dysfunction, which would be discovered and then passed onto the blonde headed woman.  People who have yielded to the Jezebel spirit will do all they can to discover a person dysfunctions in order to manipulate them to her needs. She will show her sweet, confidential side to gain their trust in her discovery process. She is a master manipulator, especially over men.

The Young Girl

The young child was cute and very popular within the fellowship. She was called upon at times to make fun of the perceived less spiritual people in other denominations. It was clever to employ a child in  a humorous way to make themselves feel better about their spirituality.

The Blonde Woman

The blonde headed woman represents Jezebel. The name Jezebel means “unhusbanded”. She loves to clone and create spiritual children to follow her in her idolatries. She sat in the dark room, hidden, with her back turned to the people. She doesn’t care about anyone but herself. She chooses to surround herself with dysfunctional people, even more than she is, because they can easily be manipulated to do her bidding. She rules this church from behind the scenes, especially the pastor and other staff members. She has everyone in the church monitoring ever other person in the church without them really knowing her scheme. All her conversations are to glean more information about what the members are saying and doing. With this kind of information she can maintain her hidden power position by detecting any perceived threats. Anyone who disagrees with her will be dealt with swiftly and with severity. That’s the way she keeps the pulse in her kingdom.

Wherever Jezebel rules in a church she will seek out the weak ones and use their dysfunctions to control them. She disguises her efforts behind an insincere compassion when trying to help them, but she is incapable of helping anyone but herself.  All her attempts to help a person will do more harm than good as she is a destructive counselor to all she ministers too.

The Yellow Hose

The game with the Y coupler and the yellow hose came across as shallow and insincere. It showed the ineffectiveness of game play in the churches today.  It was a fun activity but that was all it was. Although the kids made a natural connection they didn’t seem to make a spiritual connection to God at all. The presence of Holy Spirit inspired teaching was missing from the exercise. It was sad to watch the kids walk away without grasping the message of making the connection with Jesus is to build a life long relationship with Him and that requires they seek Him in their dedicated prayer time.

Self-Serve Pizza Kitchen

The self-serve pizza bar speaks of several things. The churches today are iconic symbols of self-worship. Most churches fine tune their message so as not to offend anyone. They want the attendees to feel warm and comfortable. For the church to stay open it requires money and people have money.  Almost everyone attending is self-serving in some form or fashion if they would be honest with themselves and God.  The concept of promoting a personal relationship with Jesus Christ isn’t at the heart of most churches today. It’s not mentioned, taught, nor is it encouraged by the majority of religions. The essence of Jesus Christ has been hijacked by man’s religion. With every breath and action, the members are deceptively taught that committing to the church (organization) is the same as committing to Christ. That giving tithe to it is the same as giving to Christ. This is evil, dangerous and propagates spiritual adultery. The leadership perpetuates this message to keep, control and feed off God’s sheep.

Today, when the word “Church” is spoken people automatically think of a building. Many churches, like a harlot, offer something for everyone. The harlot church says, “Come, you can have whatever you want here. There’s no better place to be.  We have the best there is. It will cost you nothing.”  (Read the blog: http://seerofgod.com/archives/1639 The Enticement)

In the thing called “Church” a person can have prominence, validation, identity, self-worth, self-confidence, self-righteousness and influence, etc. However, Zion isn’t an organization; it is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Zion is made up of believers who worship the Living God in Spirit and Truth. These are the ones who are the bride of Christ.

The Band

Some churches use church worship teams as a tool to attract (entice) people to come and to keep them once they do. The better the band the better most people will like the church services. I have heard many church attendees say, “I only come here for the music.” Building big worship teams has been a trend in the churches around the world for many years now. Just as the palm trees competed with one another in the blog, “The Enticement”, some churches compete with one another with their worship teams. There’s a difference between being entertained and tapping into a pure worshipful praise of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in the minstrel gifts and that most worship team members are faithful to their gift and love to worship the Lord.

Playing or singing can become a form of self-serving if the person is doing it for the wrong reasons. Just because you like to do something isn’t enough of a reason to do it. Each ministry gift has to be continually submitted to the leadership of the Lord. In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus warned the ministers who had performed miracles, cast out demons and prophesied in His name, that He never knew them. He said to depart from Him and sentenced them to eternal darkness. I believe these ministers were victims of the church system and never developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They knew the actions of a minister, the theology and did great things as they made a name for themselves, but they never had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Exits

exit sign smlIn the dream as I tried to leave the church but discovered they had purposely designed it to be difficult. The exits were hard to find, much like a big, multi-level mall is designed. They get the shoppers in but make it difficult to find the original point of entry. When a person enters a (joined) church they make you feel warm, welcomed and accepted. However, the acceptance will last as just long as you tithe, attend as many of their activities as possible, agree to everything leadership says and believes. There is zero tolerance for critiques of the church. Anyone, who questions the leadership is quickly singled out as a dissenter and labeled as a person to be watched more closely.

Often people who want to leave are given the suggestion by the pastor that bad things are going to happen to them if they leave the covering of the church.  Phrases like, “The wheels are going to fall off!”, “Don’t leave your assignment!” or “You’ll lose your covering!” are an attempt to frighten people to stay.  It is a form of control and just like the dream showed it’s not easy to get out of the thing called church.  If they can’t control you then they automatically begin to try to destroy and defame the person.

All the love they showed you was really fake love as it was based on acceptance based on performance to their standards. It’s love with a hook.  They will love you as long as you belong to their church, but once a person exits they become all but unknown to their former church members.  The Amish are known for the use of shunning to punish people who don’t comply with their doctrines. However, most other religions also employ shunning as well.

 Actors (Pretenders)

As I walked out he was walking out the exit Kevin James, which is a very popular actor and comedian was walking out as well along with many other actors. The biggest role most people will ever star in occurs when they attend a church. Just about everyone puts on their best face as they pretend to be enjoying themselves so others won’t think they’re not living a great victorious Christian life. The church is filled with actors (pretenders) which aren’t truly interested in taking up their cross and following Jesus Christ. They are happy to attend and enjoy the social aspects of the church and all the things it offers but to do they have a pure commitment to Christ? That is the question. Anyone seeking Truth will find it. I heard the Lord say some time ago, “My bride comes not so much from the church (system) as from the world.”

“For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders (actors). I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked.Ps. 26:3-5

Summary

The greatest deception ever placed upon mankind is the church system of which man has created. It is a counterfeit and a spiritually dangerous place to be. It has caused millions to commit spiritual adultery by demanding commitment and allegiance to it (the church system) instead pointing them to Jesus Christ. Instead of promoting Jesus Christ the person, it entangles people into legalism, dead works as it manipulates them to do what the leadership wants done.

Any self-worship (doing things for self) is fleshly and not of God. If it isn’t of God then it is demonically influenced in some way or another. Jezebel used sedcution and deception to ascend to a position of power. She loves to play the role of the prophetess and have a following of loyal subjects willing to support her in her idolatry.

Believers this is a serious matter to the living God as recorded in the following verses.

‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. ‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. ‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. ‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. ‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.” Rev 2:19-23

Someone once quoted, “The institutional church has killed two kinds of people: Those who do not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who do.

You certainly will find this critique of the church system troubling if you are reliant upon it for your livelihood, status, identity, validation or security but the Spirit of the Lord says, “COME”.

Time is short and Christ is calling His bride unto Him. Will you heed His call are continue on the course you are on? It’s not easy for a person to leave what has been ingrained into their mind for so many years. Let Christ lead you to the Truth. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you and you will find a beautiful walk in the freedom of Christ.

The five foolish virgins are made up of the church goers who do nothing more than maintain a general form of religion but deny the power. They spend no time building a personal relationship with the Lord and thus no oil or flask to carry the sustaining oil. Don’t continue be foolish, but go to the living God and ask Him if what I have written here is true. Read the scriptures carefully asking God to illuninate the true meaning to your spirit.

“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 2 Cor. 6:17

If you ask, seek, and knock the door will be opened to you. Seek the truth and He will reveal it to you.

Bro. Bill

 

Scripture Reference:

“For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders (actors). I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked.Ps. 26:3-5

“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 2 Cor. 6:17

‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. ‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. ‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. ‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. ‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.” Rev 2:19-23

After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, ” Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Rev 18:1-5

 

 

 

 

 



  • Seasons in the Word Lead to Victories in the Spirit

    waveI have noticed that God gives us seasons where He leads us into studying His Word. During this season, we seem to have a greater desire to read the Word more than at other times. The Word seems to be more alive to us and the mysteries of God seem to jump off the page. Holy Spirit is illuminating new revelation to us as our faith is being built up in the truths of God.

    These Word seasons last for however long God has determined and then we begin to notice a transition in our walk. Often the change is first noticed during our prayer and Bible study time.

    During “dry” times, the scripture doesn’t seem to be flowing off the page as it was before and can seem difficult to get anything out of the Word at all; the Teacher is silent during the test. God’s silence is a good indicator that the waves now crashing a shore have changed from the Word season of growth and learning waves to spiritual waves and a season of trial and testing.

    Holy Spirit shifts our lives into spiritual seasons so we can walk out what He has been teaching us in the Word. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “A man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument.” A spiritual season is to give us experiential knowledge of God’s Word and the applied knowledge truly gives us true understanding of God. Our faith isn’t faith at all until it has been tested under fire. The military knows that a battle hardened soldier is much more effective than a soldier in basic training because they’ve been in battle after battle and have endured because of the training they have received.

    Jesus taught and demonstrated the Kingdom to His disciples before He commissioned them to go out and demonstrate it. Jesus repeated the process of Word seasons and spiritual wave seasons time and time again.

     In Luke 8:1, Jesus is going from one village to another proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God with the twelve disciples following Him. In verse 10, the disciples are told that it has been granted for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God meaning that they would begin to understand the Word of God and the Spirit of God and how it must work together to demonstrate the Kingdom of God.  And in Luke 9:1, the disciples are commissioned with the power and authority of Jesus to go out with demonstration and proclaim the kingdom of God. So you see, the disciples had to go and get experiential knowledge for themselves.

    These Word seasons are to build us up in our faith so we can stand strong during the spiritual seasons. Years ago during the night I heard the Father say to me, “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah. 29:11). Then He said, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num. 23:19)

    genesis manThe Lord repeated Jeremiah 29:11 and Numbers 23:19 all night long in this order. Twice in the night I got up out of bed, once to adjust the thermostat and once to go the bathroom and immediately afterwards, I went back to bed only to hear Him repeat the verses over and over again. This continued all night long, even as I was beginning to wake up and dozing in and out of sleep, I would hear Him cycle through these verses over and over again. The verses were waves and waves of the Word that came to me all night in order to build my faith for the spiritual season which lay ahead.

     Shortly after this wonderful night of soaking in the waves of God’s Word, I entered into the hardest and darkest spiritual battle of my Christian walk. As it got closer I could see it coming yet I couldn’t do anything to get out of the way…the spiritual season was upon me and what a spiritual test it would be!

    The company where I was working was bought out by another company in a merger that placed me under new management with the new owners. I could discern evil coming, but I couldn’t put a name on it, I just knew the spiritual atmosphere had changed and it had changed for the worse. I pressed into God like never before sensing the danger which was coming upon my life and I too wanted this cup to pass from me.

    I wasn’t alone in sensing the danger of the hour as other Christian co-workers agreed that there was an evil and demonic presence in our building which was thick, heavy and intimidating. I knew God had assigned me in the work place ministry and that I couldn’t be fired, layed-off or quit until He released me from my assignment no matter what was going to happen to me.  

     Months passed as the new management transferred me out of my position into another location farther away, making my daily commute two hours round trip thus removing me from where God has placed me to minister. Instead of complaining, I just used that extra commute time to listen to preaching tapes and to meditate on the Word. My pastor at the time, had no information of my work conditions but when he would pass me in the fellowship meetings he would say, “When you come out of this you will be promoted and much stronger.”

    The spiritual attacks got worse but I kept pressing into prayer, studying and petitioning God to teach me what He wanted me to learn through this experience. We’re ultimately tested in order to learn that God is able to bring us through anything the enemy can throw at us if we won’t give up, give in and quit.

    On Sunday, July 7, 2002, Holy Spirit gave me a verse, “His left hand [is] under my head, and His right hand doth embrace me.” (Songs 2:6) This was my rhema word, I read it over and over and meditated on it all week long.

    I knew in the Spirit that evil darkness in the earth and the demonic kingdom was trying everything in its power to take my life this week. On Thursday, July 11th while driving back from lunch, an out of control driver raced out of a parking lot headed right at the driver’s side door of my vehicle. There just happened to be a side street where I was able to take evasive actions and I wasn’t even hit. It was so miraculous, that I couldn’t even get mad at the kamikaze driver that was used as a pawn by the devil’s kingdom.

    That same night, I walked out the front door of my house and was praying to God and said, “I present my body to You as a living sacrifice and I trust You with my life, use my body for Your glory.” 

    The very next day, I was riding my motorcycle home after work, a car came rushing out of a side street right in front of me. The driver stopped in front of me as my motorcycle sped toward certain collision at over forty-five miles per hour. I had always heard everything slows down when in a death situation like this and it’s true. It just appears to slow down when in fact the human mind races with thoughts and the adrenal gland kicks in and pumps like crazy.

    cautionThe first thought that came to me was that this wasn’t God’s plan for my life because He had told me all night long that He didn’t bring calamity into my life and that He would give me a future and a hope. It didn’t take a “rocket scientist” to figure out a speeding motorcycle about to T-bone a car isn’t God’s plan for me. I said, “This isn’t God’s plan for me and I shall live and not die, I’m going over this car Lord!”

    As I pressed hard on the front and rear brake levers, my speed didn’t slow down due to the short closing distance to the vehicle. Then “bam” I heard a loud crash as the front wheel of my motorcycle impacted the vehicle and I was airborne flying high over the car in the center lane. I wasn’t wearing a helmet and I was thought I wished I had it on for the impending impact to come. I said, “Lord if I hit my head I’m dead.” All I could see was the concrete road and thinking how much this was going to hurt.

    Suddenly, I noticed that my forward direction traveling down the center lane was being changed. Some external force was moving me from the center lane over to the left lane even though I couldn’t feel anything touching me. I landed on my right shoulder and head in the middle of the far left lane. I tumbled over and over as I could hear the impact of my head on the concrete. Amazingly, I didn’t feel any pain as I thumped along the concrete. Truly His left hand [is] under my head and His right hand doth embrace me.

    After I stopped tumbling, I lay there a few seconds completing my injury inventory. I was awaiting the message of “horrendous pain” to be sent through my body notifying every member that we’re hurt really bad, but it didn’t come.

    I got up to my knees and saw the people in the passing cars starring at me. In every direction people were just as though they had been frozen where they stopped their vehicles. They didn’t know if they had just seen a person die or at best seriously injured. All but two stayed in their cars and watched as a few came rushing to my aid.

     One man ran up to me and said he used to be a paramedic and he instructed me to stay down but I just couldn’t let the enemy have a moment of satisfaction in this. What the enemy had meant for my harm had failed and he needed to see me stand up, and stand up I did! Right in the middle of the devil’s snare, I rose in victory. In some ways this was no different from Daniel in the lion’s den, he was kept safe in the midst of death and so was I.

    Right beside me in the middle lane next to where I had landed was my motorcycle, all 800 pounds of it. It had obviously flipped end over end after colliding with the car and had been in the air flying right behind me. If an angel of the Lord hadn’t moved me out of the way, I would have been crushed to death by that motorcycle.

    I walked away from the accident with a quarter sized road rash on my left elbow, a slightly separated right clavicle and a pulled groin muscle, that was it.  The groin injury was miraculously healed the following Monday night when a minister called out a word knowledge saying that someone had a groin injury.  When I heard him say that word out loud I said, “That for me!” I immediately felt the power of God heal my groin injury.

    doublemanThe traffic officer who investigated the accident asked me three times what had happened, I’d tell him and each time he would respond with, “You shouldn’t be alive! You need to go home and thank God you’re still alive!”  He went on to say that he had been investigating traffic accidents for many years and he had been in a motorcycle wreck himself and he knew this is a miracle.

     The following Saturday morning, while in prayer, the Lord said in an audible voice, “It’s the spirit of Jezebel!” Now I knew what had been the driving force behind all the evil at work and the cause of the attacks on my life for the Jezebel spirit opposes the prophet as it did with Elijah. The light had come and shined in on the darkness to reveal it and how bright the light was, I knew I had the victory!

     Early one morning, before anyone was at work, I went to the office of the person the Jezebel spirit was operating through, and I bound the spirit from manifesting in their lives at work. Always remember that our battle isn’t with flesh and blood (people) but against rulers, against powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)  We are still required to pray for those who oppose us and love them regardless of what they are saying or doing to us at the time.

    The individual the spirit of Jezebel was operating through, was on vacation at this time and didn’t return until the next day. When I saw them, they were refreshed, happy and free and they thought it was all due to being on vacation – but I knew different.

    God had built me up in the Word by sending wave after wave of His wonderful Word to sustain me in the coming spiritual battle of my life and He will do the same for you. When you have done all to stand…stand!

    Scripture References:

     

    Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand {there} on the rock; Ex. 33:21

    Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Cor. 16:13

    Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Eph. 6:11

    for now we {really} live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 1Thes. 3:8