Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Word of God will stand forever...

I'm embarrassed to admit that I own fourteen Bibles - I just went into my home office and counted them. I'm pretty sure that my pastor husband owns even more Bibles than I do. We both still have the old worn out Living Bibles with the padded green covers that seemed to be the preferred Bible of our teen years. We have the "more scholarly" New American Standard Bibles required in our Bible college years. We have the marked up and worn thin Bibles that carried us through our early ministry years and other Bibles from all of the subsequent seasons of life since. We also have many different translations of the Bible.

When I was a child most Bibles looked alike and most were the King James translation. The Bible was easily recognizable- a black leather cover stamped with the words Holy Bible wrapped around gold edged, incredibly thin paper pages. It was a revered possession in my childhood home. In a similar way that there are rules for handling the American flag out of respect for what it stands for, my daddy had Bible handling rules. You didn't set the Bible down on the floor. You didn't stack other objects on top of the Bible. I wonder what my daddy would think of my journaling Bible that I write, draw and color in! The truth is, I'm a lot less concerned with how carefully we physically treat our Bibles, and a lot more concerned about how we treat the Bible as the Word of God.  Sadly, we live in an age when, even in the church, we think that what we think about what the Bible means is exalted above finding out what God Himself says it means. We think we can ignore the parts that make us uncomfortable or that go against the current cultural mindset. We have lost our reverence for God's Word in a much more serious way than setting a cup of coffee on it's cover - we have lost our reverence for its words, for embracing it as God breathed truth, for honoring it as our plumb line for living.

When we reverence the Bible for what it is, when we welcome it and receive it into our mind and heart as the very Word of God, it can do its effective, supernatural work in our lives.
And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].
1 Thessalonians 2:13

God wants His Word to speak to us, to be a living and active powerful word in our lives. He wants His Word to enlighten us and show us the truth about, not only Who God is, but who we are. His Word can show us the truth about ourselves.
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes ofthe heart.
Hebrews 4:12

I fear that there is a loss of reverence for God's Word in our day. However, even history confirms to us that in spite of the fact that evil men have tried to dismiss or even to destroy God's Word, it has continued to stand. In spite of the rise and fall of evil empires, the attempts of demonic dictators to stamp it out, the twisting it and misusing it and abusing it by the wicked, even our own efforts to reason away the parts that make us uncomfortable and our attempts to embrace the parts we like and ignore the parts we don't...God's Word will stand forever. The issue isn't will God's Word survive, the issue is will we survive if we keep disregarding it.

still following,

Friday, August 17, 2018

How to Fight Temptation with Bible Truths





But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. 
And God is faithful.
He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it.
When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT


What is your biggest temptation right now?

You know it, and God knows it.
Satan also knows it. And he wants to defeat you with it.

But God doesn’t leave you alone in your temptation.

This verse is packed with encouragement for you when you face temptation.

Here are the four things from this verse to help you fight temptation.

1. Your temptations aren’t unique.

Jesus himself was tempted by Satan in three different ways (see Matthew 4:1-11). He is the only One who has never fallen prey to temptation, because he is sinless. This teaches us that temptation in and of itself is not sin. Stated another way: You do not commit sin when you face temptation.

Jesus was tempted so he would know exactly how you feel. The enemy wants to isolate you in your temptation. He wants to make you feel alone so you are more likely to step forward into sin. But since Jesus understands how you feel, you don’t have to choose sin. You can choose life instead.

Admitting your temptation to another trusted Christian woman can strengthen your fight against the enemy. If she identifies with your struggle, she won’t judge you. She can lift you up in prayer and encourage you to stay on the path of life.

2. God will faithfully stay beside you.

God knows you will be tempted again and again. He never tires of helping you deal with temptation. He is always available, immediately through prayer, to help you out of the mess the enemy tries to hand you.

3. God limits your temptation.

God will not allow a temptation to overpower you. He may use it as a test, but he will not crush you with it. You will always be allowed to exercise your free will over it.

Just like a loving parent allows a child to walk a little further out in freedom with each passing year despite the risks, God allows us to be tempted so we can grow in faith.

4. There is always a way out of your temptation.

Scripture gives us many examples of getting out of temptation. Joseph physically left the advances of Potiphar’s wife. Hannah trusted God instead of despairing in her childlessness. Daniel refused to bow to a pagan king and chose to pray instead. Look to the Bible for other examples.

Here are more ways out of temptation, depending on your situation.

·         Walk or run away

·         Place it out of sight

·         Refuse to buy it

·         Don’t bring it into your home

·         Stop looking at, listening to, eating or touching the item

·         Take deep breaths

·         Count to ten

·         Take a walk

·         Take a cold shower

·         Break off a relationship

·         Change your church

·         Change your job

·         Move

·         Quote scripture (this is what Jesus did)

In the moment of temptation, you can always cry out for God’s help. Believe that God will show you every time. Trust that he will provide a way out and look for it. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in the very moment of temptation and choose to obey his lead.

What other ways can you fight temptation with God’s help?


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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,



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Reflection questions:


1. Be honest with God. What is tempting you most right now? The first step to overcoming temptation is to recognize it, and you can trust God to show you grace.

2. Read James 1:12-18. What more do you learn about temptation from this passage?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The battle is not ours!

by Debi Baker

This old world is so full of negativity and hate.  It seems like everyone is battling something. Well, I'm tired of the battle!  I can't do it on my own and I know that.  Last night at church we talked about Ephesians 6:10-18.  I needed that reminder and I thought maybe you do, too.  Read is slowly!  Read it with purpose!  Meditate on it!

"10 A final word:  Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places."

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We aren't battling our neighbor.  We aren't battling our boss.  Our battle is done in the spiritual realm not the physical.  So how do we do battle?  Continue reading Ephesians 6...

 13 ...put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. "

There is no way we can fight the principalities and powers of darkness without the Lord on our side!  It's high time we stop trying to do it alone and start relying on our Creator!

When you get up every morning, put on the Armor!  It's the only way to protect yourself against the wiles of the enemy!

Have a blessed day!



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Blessings from the Psalms

By:

Emily Miller



It is time for the Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. We desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

R.E.S.P.E.C.T



Everyone wants to feel loved, appreciated and respected. Sometimes we forget the importance of not only respecting ourselves, but respecting others as well. The definition of respect is as follows:

Respect:

1:
a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation
remarks having respect to an earlier plan

2: an act of giving particular attention : consideration

3 a: high or special regard : esteem

b: the quality or state of being esteemed
c: respects plural : expressions of high or special regard or deference
paid our respects


4: particular, detail
a good plan in some respects


The Bible mentions "respect" in multiple verses. So it must be important to God that we treat each other with respect. 


Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God 
and respect the king.
1 Peter 2:17 NLT

Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father, and you must always observe my Sabbath days of rest. I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 19:3 NLT

God commands that we love and respect each other. There is so much hate in this world and there is a lack of respect for human life in general. Everyone demands respect but yet no one is willing to give it. But my God says we MUST love and respect one another! 

"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:34-35

We are also commanded to respect our husbands and wives. Sometimes this can be extremely hard, especially if you have been hurt or have lost respect for your spouse. Regardless of what has happened in your marriage/relationship, we must strive to show respect to our loved ones. It's important to God, so it should be important to us. A marriage simply cannot survive without mutual respect. Wives are commanded to submit to their husbands. How many of you know, you cannot submit to someone whom you have no respect for! Submission is a form of respect, and we must do so in love.

For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:22 NLT


So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Ephesians 5:33 NLT


Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
Colossians 3:18

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

1 Peter 3:7 NLT



I truly believe that we have a severe "respect for authority" problem in our world today, especially in the Unites States of America. Everyone is spewing hate left and right, especially when it comes to our president and our government. The Bible has something to say on this matter as well. 

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 
Romans 13:1


Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
Romans 13:7

Respect has became a lost art. My hope and prayer is that we as human beings, learn to respect one another again, no matter how different we are or what political stance we take. We have to teach our kids to have a proper respect for authority and for all of mankind. And the best way to teach our kids to respect others, is to lead by example. So I encourage you, weather it be friends, family, spouses, or even those that God has put in authority, let's give respect where it is due.