10.28.2015

God, What Can You Do With Me? {Bible Study}

Last week's Bible Study helped us understand that though we indeed have the nagging of self-hatred or self-analysis to the point of paralysis and the enemy's accusations it's enough to bring us to the point of giving up. Yet, at our lowest when we think, "God, what can you do with me?" Then He opens the door, and asks us to walk through it by faith.

Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

With each step of faith the Lord beckons me to deeper waters, trusting without borders. I am humbled that this seeking soul who needs to be stretched daily in salvation is asked to follow, and then lead others. How can it be? I think I am not fit to introduce you to Him, never mind taking your hand to walk a while and speak of Him. Yet, He has uses the lowly, the beaten up and trashed of the world to give God glory. He takes the broken of the world and in His hands makes them beautiful in His time.

I suspect this decrease of self, will only intensify as I have seen it so in these many years since 1996 when I asked Jesus into my heart. What a glorious journey, but oh the breaking which allowed glory a place to reign in my heart. Let my heart fail, and even my flesh Lord, but I will stand on this truth no matter the circumstances or doubting thoughts, you are my strength and my portion forever!

Believe what the Bible says as truth. Don’t let the comments and opinions of others carry such weight in our hearts. No matter the rejection or neglect of those we love it is Jesus’ love that satisfies us most. His love is selfless and has no agenda other than to love us with perfection. The enemy’s voice is futile and speaks only lies.

Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

With the Holy Spirit we have the power and authority to change what is expected of us because of our family history or lineage curses, and to re-write what was predisposed about us. If our mothers were fearful that doesn’t have to be our destiny. If our father was a lover of money, women or alcohol we can side with Christ and take a stand for righteous living. If our ancestors were idol worshippers we can choose the One True God to show our affections to. If divorce and depression run rampant in our family generations it can stop with us. Not because we will it, but it is by the blood of Christ that we have the power and authority to decree and declare that our outcome be different, and overcome the enemy – who is under our feet!

Romans 16:20 "And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly."

My free will has nothing to do with when I began my life, what family I am connected to, or when my ending will be. However, it’s the dash in between that is all up to me in Christ Jesus!



If we are under the guidance of Holy Spirit we know that Psalm 139:16 is true because He is a witness to God’s Word in our spirit-man through revelation. Believe the Word of God above your circumstances or your predisposition in life. We shall overcome!

 
Be open to how God can use you this coming week. God sees the heart of man not the outward appearance or behavior.

You are a likely candidate to bring God glory. Go! Be His hands and feet! God will use those who are willing and available. Let Him qualify you as you step out in faith. God be glorified!

10.06.2015

Wings To Fly

“...let us lay aside every weight...and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

A shift is in the works, and I’m being intentionally quiet and seeking the Lord. In times such as these I trade-in my exuberance for a reflective demeanor. Inward I go. Perhaps it’s a survival method to guard from self condemnation that sometimes comes with parenting. What if? Why do I take after my mom? Why can’t I be more like them?

Last weekend my daughter and I shared some pretty ugly moments over studying and homework at the kitchen table, which caused a trigger to search my heart. I'm still searching, and likewise checking my motives in comparison with God’s desire at this particular season. This is most important, as I have been through many shifts as needs changed and her independence grew. Like potty training or the first days of school, I felt a shift no matter how much I wanted to keep things as they were.

Whether moms give in right away or drag out the process, we instinctively know when it’s time to give our children a gentle push.


I’ve pushed my daughter in so many areas, but I gather this one will be bitter sweet as I let go and let God. I am unsure what will come of this next push in giving her more room to be responsible. Will there be failing grades or missed assignments? I’m a little unnerved. Even so, I stumble over this truth, “When do I stop, so that God can begin His work (in her).” This child is my precious promise, and like every other parent I don’t want her to have less than what is possible. I don’t want her to wait years upon years to succeed in something…anything. Yet, even now God is speaking, “If you don’t let go she’ll never learn to run to Me.” And so I surrender, for God has already begun the work in my heart revealing His desire.

Even though life happens, and we say with a smirk, “It is what it is,” as Believers we have an advantage. We have access to God in heaven sitting on the throne wanting to hear from us. And He is faithful to comfort, guide and lead in all things.

Since the birth of my daughter I have done a lot of growing up with her, and it’s been a beautiful journey overall. Perhaps this too will take on a vibrant hue of gold when I take a step back in a few months and declare, “Look what the Lord has done!”

 
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