So interesting how things work.
The scriptures have so many answers to so many issues in so many different ways!
As I told you I am working on a goal that is the biggest, the baddest, the most exciting and the scariest thing I ever worked on.
God has asked me for obedience, faith and trust. I am giving Him all that I can muster and then some. Well, when you are involved that deep on the dream God helped you build, the devil is not going to like it. His first tool to be used is doubt. They sound like these, doubt that you can do this, doubt that God is helping you through it, thinking that it is too big for your little britches, believing that you don’t deserve it…These will immediately turn into fear, fear will reassure you that the doubts are right and there goes all your hard work, right?
WRONG! I am so done with this program!
I don’t have a favorite scripture per say, I do have several that have carried me through life over and over again. Here is one of them. It is Judges Chapter 7 (KJV).
There are two armies that are going to battle. One has 32.000 and the other is HUGE! “And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.” (KJV, The Book of Judges, Chapter 7:13)
The Lord knowing the hearts of men, knew that He needed to make it really obvious that the battle could not be won without His help. So the army of 32.000 (the good guys, the ones with Gideon) had to be reduced in numbers. The Lord told Gideon to go ask them who was ‘fearful and afraid’ (KJV, v.3) and let them go home. Well…22.000 left, that leaves 10.000 against the multitude like grasshoppers.
Why let them go home? In Deuteronomy 20:8 (KJV) you will find “And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, kest his brethren’s heart faint (HEB melt like his) as well as his heart.” Fear is contagious and it spreads worse than chicken pox!
Then, back to Judges, still, 10.000 were too many according to the Lord (vs. 5,6). From the 10.000 Gideon got to keep 300 that were watchful and prepared.
Here is beauty in this thing. Gideon himself had fear (v.10)…I think I would too. The Lord told him how to take care of his fear. He did show Gideon beyond a shadow of a doubt He, God was in charge (vs. 10-14). Gideon then worshiped (v.15) and went to the men with faith, knowing God was with them.
He was precise in giving them the instructions from the Lord. Those men were precise in obedience and immovable in obeying. They were humble to give glory to God. What happen? Well, the battle was won without anyone dying on the army of 300 men. They stood courageously, not sure how the outcome would come to pass, they had the promise of the Lord it would work out…without all the details given. They simply trusted and obeyed.
The challenges God put into this were pretty generous in size, it brought the very best out of them because they were willing. The great opposition the adversary put in there was their personal fear…and unfortunately many gave into it, more than two thirds of them.
The marvelous thing that happened was they stood for God, very few numbers and were delivered in a glorious way, the kind of glory that only God can deliver.
Sooooo, me and my big goal. I am letting go of all that I don’t need (fear; doubt; wanting to know how, when and where; creating solutions in my own head; etc) and I am embracing all that I have before me (faith; trust; knowledge; promptings; desires of my heart that are well known unto God; prayer; etc) expecting nothing less than greatness showing up on my path very soon.
I shall write when everything comes to pass, I am in the middle of it.
I invite you to read Judges Chapter 7 and see if there is something in your life that needs a bit of cleaning up and letting go.
“When was the last time you allowed God to show you how majestic He can be for you?”
“Delight thy self also in the LORD…” (v.4)
I don’t know about you, but when something catches my eye, I do some looking into it.
What does delight mean? I went and got my Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary and found the definition.
Delight: a high degree of pleasure, or satisfaction of mind; joy. It is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement.
Well…what is joy?
Joy: a glorious and triumphant state. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good, that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune, the gratification of desire or some good possessed.
There were more definitions there, these are the ones that jumped out of the page at me. The bold is mine also.
So I am to delight myself in the LORD…I am to have satisfaction of mind in the Lord. That means reason quiets down. It means the natural woman in me lets go of needing to know why, how or when, just know that God is Deity, He is there and aware of me, of the desires of my heart and He does bless me according to my faith, depending on my choice of Him over anything else, even my mind (which justifies just about anything in my mental arguments).
The Lord is so patient with me. I am so grateful for that.
Today I choose to delight myself in the LORD. It definitely will take some work. I am getting out of my way (quieting down the mind) and letting Him give me the desires of my heart.
“When was the last time you told your mind to stay still and listened to God’s insights?”
You know the scripture in Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
Well…there is a lot to that scripture. I am just going to write a little about what I have in mind.
The emotions we feel, do a lot in our mind when we don’t let go of them. Our mind, governing our bodies, does a lot of good or bad as we choose the good things in life or the bad ones to be dominant in our way of thinking.
I used to be very overwhelmed and get depressed easily. I also had issues with breathing (asthma attacks), weight and fear. I am happy to report that I haven’t used an inhaler for years and my weight is finally coming off, happy to report, since I seriously started addressing the issue a few weeks back, I am 6 lbs lighter! My fear is being replaced with courage and faith 😀
I’ve seen people refuse to hear anymore hurtful things from people close to them, so they have lost hearing, the doctors cannot explain, cannot find anything wrong and hearing aids will not help…interesting.
I know people who hated themselves so much that they went on a path of self-destruction…spiritual, physical and mental.
What about when you are so angry that your blood pressure and cholesterol go sky-rocket and the medication can’t touch it?
The list is long and there are deep reasons why you are there.
“As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen is a fabulous book to read, very short and when you read it with the intent to learn, it is very powerful, with the potential to change your life (if you let it).
So, emotions and health…will you consider…they could be connected and you could change your life!
“Will you choose good health today? What your body does starts in your mind and heart.”
I was listening to some inspirational tapes (yes, they are that old) and there was a lot of good stuff in them that I forgot.
I pray all the time. Talking to the Lord in my heart is a habit that I created many years ago. When I am about to do something I check with Him, when I am thinking of someone I put in a word for them, when I am working on someone I definitely am talking with the Father…but am I checking with Him enough about me?
How am I doing Father, am I staying spiritually focused in this world that comes at me from every direction saying the temporal should rule the day?
Every morning I get up, get on my knees and pray that He may use me as He needs to get His work done. I had forgotten to check if I am in need of any work!
So, started yesterday to check in during the day to see if I am on target with my spiritual growth, with where He wants me to be…I am short a few things. I also forgot to do all things to glory God. You can have a spiritual experience in everything you do. He created things spiritually before they were ever temporal.
So, does He understands EVERYTHING I am doing? Yup He does!
Can I have joy in changing a diaper? Yup I can.
Can I find joy in pain? Yup I can, I can go into gratitude for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and be grateful for all the pain and suffering He went through for me in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so I could repent and have eternal life…it makes my pain not so great and I can endure it.
Can I see things spiritually before I see them temporally? It takes some effort and getting use to, and Yup I can!
I am creating a new habit, checking in with the boss enough about me and my progress.
Am I filled with the goodness of God so I can be good, do good and feel good and evil has no room in my heart?
Praying to God to see how I am doing is not selfish, it is simply checking in to see what else is there that can be improved, intensified and the joy that I may not be partaking of because I was so wrapped up in the things of the world.
“When was the last time you checked in with God about you?”
Jeremiah 5:22 (KJV)
I love the scriptures. When I study them in the daily basis and ponder the words I read, I find many treasures.
Today was no exception to that rule.
Reading in Jeremiah today, this verse kind of jumped at me.
The Lord has many laws that we are unaware of…this being one of them. He created a majestic ocean, it is many times the size of any shore it comes to. And yet, the law is that the water cannot go over the sand. It has to come with all its greatness and retract its power as it reaches the shore. How amazing is that? He put a ‘border’ of power on the ocean…the sand. Now, if you look at the sand, a single grain of it is not much. And then look at a beach and the size of the sand (a whole bunch of grains together)…that is something to behold.
Then you are going to say…what about tsunamis or hurricanes? Aren’t they nature’s? Isn’t nature God’s? He may cause it to do whatever He needs it to do. We are being called over and over to know the majestic God that created us all. In all His creations there is an invitation to His children. Are we watching, listening and finding the miracles in everything surrounding us?
“When was the last time you took the time to observe God in action?”
These verses made me think of how many times have I diminished my personal glory by reverencing or fearing a ‘temporal god’ or a person more than I reverenced the Lord.
I have lowered my personal glory in doing so. that saddens my heart!
I am intelligence, I have light and I am God’s only creation that can act intelligently instead of instinctively. How sad is it to realize that the choice in many times has been fear based.
Enough of that! I am staying in my glory which is God given and I am living the day worshiping my Creator.
How are you living your day?
We learn a lot of things throughout our lives, many journeys we embark on with no idea of what is going to happen in the next minute and being wise we seek God…we pray, we listen, we learn and we apply what we’ve learned.
Sometimes His instructions are not what we want to hear, what we expect or we think we don’t need it…God is a constant unchanging God, His laws are unchangeable, His instructions are the best thing for us at any given time. Unfortunately, our nature has a lot of pride engraved in our hearts. To listen to God’s instructions is to be wise…to use the knowledge we are given on the daily basis. Letting go of pride is one of the first, so we can get our ego out-of-the-way and really be taught something good, that will serve us for the rest of our lives.
Reading the scriptures has been a blessing and also a call upon my accountability. The more I learn, the more is expected of me. Therefore, I am working hard at being wise and not refusing the treasures that come my way.
This scripture is found in 2 Kings 4:42-44 (KJV)
Have you ever said a prayer, gotten an answer that didn’t work with man’s math, economy or reality?
Yup, in those moments we are asked to trust and do, let go, create, speak, listen, stand still, look for, re-search what you’ve been starring at for days…you know, the “it doesn’t make sense” side of the equation.
Hopefully, we are doing it exactly how we receive the instructions to do.
Because God is a deliverer of miracles on the daily basis.
I love reading scriptures! Regardless of how many times we read them, something new pops out every time that we prepare ourselves to learn.
My background is kind of colorful, so I deeply appreciate every love note from heaven, every piece of treasure in the scriptures and every inspiration I receive.
The scriptures are so comforting and so full of wisdom! We just need to look for it.
The Lord created the earth and all that is in it for me
I was reading in the Old Testament and it took me from where I was in 2 Samuel to Psalms, and I realized that I am very grateful to have courage and not be concerned of what the arm of flesh can do to me.
They may have an opinion, they may try to stop me or discourage me, they may judge me, they may even do evil unto me; however, I have the best protection ever!
I am in the hand of the Lord!
So, come what may, I am equipped to deal with it because I decided to put my trust in God above all else. And I am living a fabulous life because of it.