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From Drops to Floods

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But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
Man, I missed the mark again.  That did not turn out like I wanted it to.  I can’t do anything right.  I failed again. Everyone is going to be mad at me now.
Nobody likes me.  Nobody wants me.  Nobody want to hang out with me.  Nobody wants to spend time with me because _________________________.  (fill in the blank)  Everybody hates me, what good am I?
I feel like we think  plagues were just a thing of the past in Old Testament times.

BUT, I feel the devil uses counterfeit plagues to keep us in fear and bondage in our minds.  So many of us struggle everyday with our minds.  We never think we measure up to the standards of God or man.  We feel like no matter how hard we try nothing seems to turn out right and we think people are mad at us INCLUDING God Himself.

Ugh!  Stupid devil.  I am so tired of people living in fear of failure.  It causes so much stress and anxiety to good people.  God does not intend for us to spend one minute or even one second thinking that He is mad at us.  He gave up His only Son to die on a cross which took care of all of that.  Now He only sees us through His Son.

We are good enough.  We are worthy of love.  We are loved by God.  

If we could only wrap our heads around this every waking moment of the day we could live in a river of peace so deep and wide nothing much else would matter.  If we messed up at work we would just forgive ourselves and float down the river on our inflatable mattress without a care in the world.  If we felt like we disappointed someone we would just ask for forgiveness and continue on down the river, eyes on Jesus because in the end He is all that matters.

When those drops of doubt start invading out minds, its really hard to stop them because the devil will just keep bringing up your past and pretty soon you find yourself in a flood of disaster barely holding your life together.  Everything seems dark (plague of darkness).  Everything seems to be too noisy (plague of frogs).  Things seem to be so irritating (plague of lice, boils & locusts).  We feel like we have lost everything (plague of livestock and firstborn).  And nothing we seem to do makes us feel any better almost as if we have poisoned ourselves (plague of water into blood).

Do you see how twisted the devil has made or minds?  What a mess we seem to be…YET..that’s not how God sees us.  Let me show you how God sees us:

We are Loved.

We are Valuable.

We are wanted.

We are NOT rejected.

We are Blameless.

We are the Righteousness of God.

We are Worthy.

We are Friends of God.

We are God’s living stones.

We are Children of God.

This is how we should be floating down that river of peace.  Knowing who we are in Christ!  Spend some time today and begin to believe who you are in Christ.  Below are  90 I am statements, read through them  and begin to BELIEVE in who you are to God.

I am blameless and free from accusation. (Colossians 1:22) Christ Himself is in me. (Colossians 1:27) I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up in Him. (Col. 2:7) I have been made complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10) I have been spiritually circumcised. My old unregenerate nature has been removed. (Colossians 2:11) I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ. (Colossians 2:12,13) I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden With Christ in God. Christ is now my life. (Colossians 1:1-4) I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. (Colossians 3:4) I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Col. 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4) I am a son of light and not of darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5) I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) I have been saved and set apart according to God’s doing. (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:5) Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother. (Hebrews 2:11) I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling. (Hebrews 3:1) I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in a time of need. (Hebrews4:16) I have been born again. (1 Peter 1:23) I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5) I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a People for God’s own possession. (1 Peter 2:9,10) I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live. (1 Peter 2:11) I am an enemy of the devil. (1 Peter 2:11) I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by Which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) I am forgiven on the account of Jesus’ name. (1 John 2:12) I am anointed by God. (1 John 2:27) I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns. (1 John 3:1,2) I am loved. (1 John 4:10) I am like Christ. (1 John 4:10) I have life. (1 John 5:12) I am born of God, and the evil one…the devil…cannot touch me. (1 John 5:`8) I have been redeemed. (Revelation 5:9) Over 90 Statements from Scripture Describing Who I Am In Christ My Nature In Christ I have been healed. (Isaiah 53:5) I am the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13) I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14) I am commissioned to make disciples. (Matthew 28:19,20) I am a child of God. (John 1:12) I have eternal life. (John 10:27) I have been given peace. (John 14:27) I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life. (John 15:1,5) I am clean. (John 15:3) I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15) I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit. (John 15:16) I have been given glory. (John 17:22) I have been justified…completely forgiven and made righteous. (Romans 5:1) I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life. (Romans 6:1-6) I am a slave of righteousness. (Romans 6:18) I am free from sin and enslaved to God. (Romans 6:22) I am free forever from condemnation. (Romans 8:1) I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Romans 8:14, 15 Galatians 3:26; 4:6) I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Romans 8:17) I am more than a conqueror through Christ, who loves me. (Romans 8:37) I have faith. (Romans 12:3) I have been sanctified and called to holiness. (1 Corinthians 1:2) I have been given grace in Christ Jesus. (1Corinthians 1:4) I have been placed into Christ, by God’s doing. (1 Corinthians 1:30) I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things feely given to me by God. (1 Corinthians 2:12) I have been given the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16) I am a temple…a dwelling place…of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17) I am bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:19,20; 7:23) I am called. (1 Corinthians 7:17) I am a member of Christ’s Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30) I am victorious through Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given to the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come. (2 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13,14) I am led by God in triumphal procession. (2 Corinthians 2:14) I am to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15) I am being changed into the likeness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18 Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:14,15) I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18,19) I have been made righteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21) I am given strength in exchange for weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:10) I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life. (Galatians 2:20) I am a son of God and one in Christ. (Galatians 3:26, 28) I am Abraham’s seed…an heir of the promise. (Galatians 3:29) I am an heir of God since I am a son of God. (Galatians 4:6,7) I am a saint. (Ephesians 1:1; ! Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2) I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3) I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4) I was predestined…determined by God…to be adopted as God’s son. (Ephesians 1:5) I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13) I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace. I have been made alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:5) I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven. (Ephesians 2:6) I am God’s workmanship…His handiwork…born anew in Christ to do His work. (Ephesians 2:10) I have direct access to God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18) I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19) I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence. (Eph. 3:12) I am righteous and holy. (Ephesians 2:24) I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now. (Philippians 3:20 Ephesians 2:6) I am capable. (Philippians 4:13) I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ. (Colossians 1:13) I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been cancelled. (Colossians 1:14)

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One Distracting Acorn

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Ever have one of those days or SEVERAL of them when the enemy is just pelting you with everything he has and the pain is so deep you don’t know what to do?  Late for work. Car accident. Sick kid. Fight with spouse.  Rains on your outdoor plans. Over due bills.  Surprise debt.  The washer begins to leak.  The children are fighting.  Just one thing after another with no end in sight.  Yup!  Those are called fiery darts from the enemy.  Things to keep us distracted and defeated.  Ways of grabbing our attention to everything negative.

You may wonder why the title of this blog today is about acorns, well this is how God works for me.  I am currently in a campground in Michigan and it’s officially fall and the acorns are coming down like a severe rain storm.  It’s like living in the middle of a war zone and you are dodging bullets.  Okay I may be exaggerating a wee bit, but they are coming down all around us.  So this inspired me to speak about darts because this morning on our little texting group someone was under attack and I began to put two and two together with the acorn bombs going on around here.

Everyday the enemy bombards us with arrows.  Some of them are physical problems like our cars or appliances and others are mental defeats.  We get so bogged down and bruised, battered and beat up over things that realistically we should be giving over to God.  If we believe that it was all done at the cross then we must begin to understand that the devil has already lost the battle and he is doing his best just to annoy us and divert our attention.  We need to learn to use the greatest weapon we have in our possession: WORSHIP.

Worship is defined as:

Reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
Okay, this may ruffle some feathers but just hang out with me for a minute.  So how do we respond for instance when the car breaks down?  Honest first reaction..anger, frustration, focused on the problem? Am I correct in most cases?  We get caught up in the tragedy of the situation that we forget about the goodness of God momentarily.  Not many of us think to praise or worship God in the heat of the moment of our car becoming unusable, instead we begin to speak at the devil or the object and we actually fuel the fire the devil is trying to get started.  What happens when someone says a harsh word to us?  Do we immediately begin to proclaim who God says we are or do we receive the sting of the words just spoken?  Do get what I am trying to say?
So often we embrace the negativeness of the issue before we even think about applying God to our situation.  We get so caught up in the injustice of what is happening we forget we have the best ammunition in the world!  Praise and Worship!  If we could only wrap our minds around this we could begin to see positive actions in the fiery darts and send them right back to the enemy.  If the definition of worship is to honor then we need to address the situation right away with honoring God.  Thank Him for the car.  Thank Him that He is sending help to fix it.  Thank Him for being your provider.  When we do this we ignore the enemy and eventually get to the point were we don’t notice the darts as attacks but as opportunities rather to honor God.
Lord, teach us today the power of worship.  Let us begin to flow with praise and worship in any situation.  We acknowledge Father that You are our provider and the devil has no business messing with us.  Today we choose to praise and worship in every situation which arises which comes up in our lives.  We go into each day with our heads held high and our shields of worship raised.  Thank You for loving us and taking such good care of us everyday.  In Jesus Name we pray. Amen. 

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Proverbs 3:5-12 [Full Chapter]

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
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Ever poured so much time, money and energy into something just to have it blow up right in front of you?  That’s how it has been with our car.  It started about a year ago…tires, struts, springs..minor things.  Then onto bigger issues…radiator, plugs, battery, alternator….oh I don’t even know how to list all the problems we have fixed one right after another…draining finances.  Well, we thought the radiator would be the end since pretty much we have a brand new car under the hood.  Thinking that perhaps we could now save for vacation, we relaxed.
Then I heard these words, “It’s not going anywhere.”
What? I did not even know what to do at that point..scream, cry or stomp my feet in protest.  Ya know that moment when it all hits you:  how are we going to afford what ever is next?  How did this happen?  How will I get to work? How will dad make his doctor appointments?  But I have dance practice Saturday at church.  Oh my goodness! How will I get to church on Sunday for the performance?  Do we need a new car?  How will we finance that?
So after ALL of those thoughts went racing through I asked, “so what exactly is wrong with it?”  Fried computer. What? But how…and the cycle of crazy thoughts began to repeat itself.  This is where the devil begins his dirty work.  He gets you to this place of hopelessness and you forget who your Daddy is.
It’s been almost a week since all of this has conspired and we are still carless.  We borrowed a few cars along the way to get where we had to go and now we are using my dad’s car until the new computer comes from somewhere in the world from E-Bay.  What has happened in the process?  It has caused us to contemplate a new car or an additional vehicle.  It has reminded us that God is truly in control and that we just need to breathe and let Him guide us.
I admit I was the one who went off the deep end of the pool this time.  I was drowning in doubt and unbelief.  I was swimming in frustration and worry.  I was so angry at one point that I just wanted to throw my hands up and say I quit!  Then my husband looked at me with those eyes burning with God’s love and said, “It’s going to be okay. Just trust.”
In that one moment I realized I was not practicing what I preach..God is in control.  Silly devil, ya almost got me there!  My God is bigger than a fried computer.  My God is bigger than getting a loan from the bank.  My God is bigger than my worry.  So here is my sigh and my willingness to let it go.  God will either fix our original car or provide something else, I need not be worried.

In The Midst of It All

Psalm 23

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm

23 1-3 God, my shepherd!
    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction.

4 Even when the way goes through
    Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
    when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
    makes me feel secure.

5 You serve me a six-course dinner
    right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
    my cup brims with blessing.

6 Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.

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I could read the 23rd Psalm over and over again and never grow tired of hearing the promises of God in it.  I love the way The Message Bible says it in such plain English.  Reread it a couple of times to yourself and begin to see what God is showing to you.  Do you see stress?  Do you feel like you have to do anything strenuous?  Did you think that God was angry at all with you?  None of these things are present here.

 

It is as if He is the play writer and is setting the stage for a magnificent performance.  He leads.  He guides.  He provides.  He blesses.  He protects.  He promotes.   In these verses you feel safe.  So….why do we not take this approach to everyday of our life?  If we fully trust in God then this should be our daily prayer.  Everyday we should look for the meadow and the still water.  Every day we should receive the overflowing cup and the prepared meal.  How have we gotten such a warped picture of Who God really is?

 

I don’t have everyone’s answers but this is mine.  Doubt.  Ya know how Jesus says it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain?  Well if this is true then how much doubt do we need to disbelieve the things of God….a mustard seed or less…  Satan prowls the earth like a roaring lion seeking to destroy lives and snare God’s people and surely this is what took my vision of the meadow and the still waters.  At some point something probably really tiny threw me in the wrong direction and I stopped believing.

 

How sneaky of the devil, who by the way, has no power over those who are in Christ. Begin today to read the 23rd Psalm until you believe it.  Don’t just recite it, make it personal to you.  See that God is talking about you and you alone.  Begin to find the faith to say, God is my leader.  God is my provider.  God is my Shepard.  God prepares a place for me.  I think that in a very short time doubt will leave you.  You will start to see God for Who is really is, a loving Father who goes before you in all that you do.

Impossible Impossibilities

Luke 1:36-38

“And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her.
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Satan is a good user of smoke screens…did you know that?  He can make the easiest thing look completely impossible.  He will do everything in his power to make what God has for us look like something we don’t even desire for our lives.  He wants us to miss out on the things God has for us so he creates these smoke screens in front of us to block the vision. He does not want us to stop and rest and see the bridge that is just steps away from us.  He still does not realize that he has already lost the battle.
Often it takes taking a moment to connect the dots to really see what God is up to.  Sometimes He gives us parts and pieces to our plan and purpose.  He might give us a piece on Monday and then let you try to figure it out and then give you another part on Thursday.  Perhaps then it might take hours, days or even weeks before you begin to see the whole thing pan out right in front of you.  As you begin to see how the “dots” or events connect to make a very clear picture, your faith increases and wisdom is gained.
God uses this tactic with me often, which means I have a lot of “A-Ha” moments.  Sometimes I feel like I should have figured it out sooner and then I realize the enemy is just trying to erase my dots.  He does not want us to come to the full revelation of what God has in store for us.  He delights in our delays and set backs.  But, you see, I by faith know God has a better outcome for any situation than I can ever dream of.  He longs to give us things and lavish upon us His riches…we just need to be walking it out with faith.
Finding your bridge in the fog and then taking that first step can be tricky. The devil will do everything he can to cause you to stumble.  He is good at instilling fear for situations and that is why from the first step on the bridge to the last we have to trust in God to guide our steps.  We need to believe in the plan.  We need to know we are winners.  We need to know that we know that we know that we know God is once again in control.  He is really good at making what seems impossible, completely possible….every time.