Friday, January 29, 2010

About last night

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
1 Corinthians 10:12

I really really have to learn not to underestimate this truth. It's very dangerous to be ignorant to satan's schemes.

ANGER: Yes, I know, I have been talking about this, and that's pretty much my point here. Last night, after talking about the topic of anger, the enemy attacked.

"Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for
someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because
you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the
same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to
his eternal glory in Christ after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To
him be the power for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 5:8-11

I was angry! After letting some of that anger out, I knew it was time to go to God. We alone can not defeat satan. But thru the power of Christ in us we can. So use this power!!! Get your weapons: GODS WORD and do not let the enemy win your heart, your mind, and your soul.

"'In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have
overcome the world.'"
John 16:33

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Feel the love

Notice how toxic anger and bitterness can be? I've made some really bad, un Godly, life changing decisions out of anger. As I started a closer relationship to our Lord, thru prayer, God gave me the strength to get rid of alot of anger.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

I can honestly say that AS SOON AS I made this choice I felt at peace, and I was able to feel love for those that caused me pain.

"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - Matthew 5:44 (NIV translation)

Also, bitterness or holding grudges and not forgiving others can hinder our prayers to God.

Mark 11:25-26 (New International Version)
25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."[a]

So pray for the strength to forgive those who hurt you. Pray for those that hurt you!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Turn to God's Word!!

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. {Eph 6:12-13 RSV}

I believe that we have a constant war going on in our minds. Think of the devil or angel on your shoulder. It's not that far off. satan does his best to put negative thoughts in our heads, thoughts that go against Gods word. So the best way to fight back is...with Gods word!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, {Eph 6:10-11a RSV}

Just to name a few of satan's tactics: fear, bitterness, anger, desires for revenge, selfishness, worry, anxiety, ...oh, and another tactic that just popped into my head- "grass is greener" syndrome.

So when these thoughts start to invade our minds, quickly turn to God's word, and Godly people. The more the feelings are left to stir, the quicker they can begin to control our hearts.

As I said in a previous post, I'm looking up versus to see what the Bible says about worry and anxiety.

“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” (Philippians 4:6-7).

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7) (Also see Psalm 55:22-23)

“Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’” (Luke 12:22-26, NIV). (Also see Matthew 6:25-34)

God has gotten me thru tough times over and over again. He's always there, and always sees me thru and shows me in HIS time why I had to go thru a certain season of hardship; therefore, it is very safe to say that when I am going thru a time of pain that just like every other time HE WILL SEE ME THRU!!

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Today's verse:

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I have been looking up versus on "worry" and anxiety". They are both issues that I'm battling, and as someone pointed out to me "worry" is one of satan's strategies. So I am going to God's word for protection.

I just looked up "satans strategies" on the net and came up with this article (among others): I'll ask God to show me some of satans tactics that I need to fight against then look up versus that will turn satan and his strategies away! (will post)

Spent yesterday at Vero Beach with my husband. I see so much of the Lord in when I look out into the ocean. That's where my blog title came from!