The Power To Change Our Lives

I love the Word. There is a passion and a joy when it’s consumed each day.

One thing I wonder about as a body of believers is if we are forgetting the power of His Word and of the Sword we hold in our hands.

Here is what I mean by that. It seems for the last few years there have been books written and sermons discussed about God’s grace and the beauty of His forgiveness of our sins. How we may rebel at times and yet can run back to the Cross because grace awaits us at the altar of our churches. But, what I’m afraid we may not be doing enough of, or maybe avoiding, is having a healthy discussion on how to fight back with the Word and turn from our sin, our bad decisions, or even in our crisis’.

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Have we forgotten how to be bold? Pulling our swords out ready to kill anything that comes against us? There is an enemy out there and it seems as though we are coddling Christians instead of raising ourselves up to be soldiers for Christ.

I know I’m using all this “spiritual” jargon but think about it? Did God who sent His only Son that He raised up only to be beaten and bruised for mine and yours sin? To be buried and raised from the dead so that all can believe? Yes, but the story doesn’t end there. Don’t forget that Jesus knew that at any time a mighty army of angels would have came to His rescue. Instead, He endured the trials, He endured the temptations from the devil himself, for our sins because He knew the end result and He knew the power of the Word.

So we ask others to accept Christ as their Savior forgetting to tell them that there is an enemy in this world that wants to steal everything you have, kill your dreams and visions over your life, and that he wants to destroy you, your family, your finances, your life. Then what happens? It gets too hard. Fear and doubt creep in and suddenly the life of sin and rebellion looks so much easier before – “I think I’ll go back”.

My point is this, whether you are a new Christian or a mature one, if you don’t have the Sword of the Word in you, you will never know how to fight.

When all hell is breaking loose –
Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world – 1 John 4:4
No weapon formed against me shall prosper – Isaiah 54:17

When your marriage is in crisis –
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken – Ecclesiastes 4:12
Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate – Mark 10:9

When your finances are being attacked –
And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory – Philippians 4:19
Lord, you know my needs – Matthew 6:8

When it seems as though you can’t go another day –
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13
The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in Him – Psalm 28:7
For the Lord will be my confidence – Proverbs 3:26

Yet God promises to protect us from it all.

So the answer is simple. Why walk away from Him when you can run towards Him?

But we must not forget…we.must.not.forget…the power in His Word.

James 5:16 says …The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

When times are tough sure seek your pastor, your faithful friends for prayer, but I dare you to first pray the Word. Try it and see how powerful it is. What happens? Your faith rises up.

You can go another day.

The check does come in the mail.

You and your spouse become in love instead out of it.

You just have to…

Sharpen it.

Use it.

Trust it.

What can I pray for you today?

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What Caught My Eye This Week – July #4

Review of the Week

Blog Posts

You know how you read a post and it feels like she’s seeing right through your window? Kimberly Suchta does that here with information to things we may not know about our teenagers.

Some of you that know us know we don’t allow our kids on Social Media until they are 14 (and even that comes with maturity). Here is some great advice to Parenting in the digital world.

Our news has been inundated with the turmoil in the Middle East. Jeremy Courtney, along with Sarah Mae, are doing incredible things over there and is bringing to light the ISIS situation and what we can do about it.

Video and Podcast

IF:Equip does it again with Jenni Catron and Melinda Doolittle discussing the calmness we have in the wisdom God has given us. Thankful for Jenni’s friendship even if she is in California now.

Dr. Meg Meeker is such a great inspiration for parents and always love to sit and brainstorm with this women. In this podcast to talks with Katie Davis, the then 18 year old, who went to Rwanda and adopted 13 girls!! You’ve got to listen to her story. I promise you will leave awed by it all.

Social Media

There were some great feeds going on at #SheSpeaks14. Here are some that caught my eye:

When I try to impress others I depress myself.” ~ @LysaTerKeurst
If you try to be someone else instead of being uniquely you, you are missing out and the world is missing out. -@MicheleCushatt
“We are the most powerful when we are dependent on God.” – @LynCowell
One of God’s words has more power than a million of mine.” ~ @GlynnisWhitwer

Food

Blackberries are in season here in Nashville. This weekend I am going to make these. I make a pie that is similar but really want to try these bars. Instagram the final results at #Table8:10

 

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He Just Wants Us

There are days when you feel overwhelmed and not quite sure of some things. Your faith is strong, but you wonder if it’s enough. For me, I know I need to get alone with God. I need to seek His voice during those times.

So what do I do? I always love to take walks. I talk out loud, pray out loud, and listen silently as awkward as it may look to the neighbors driving by.

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Something that came out of those words was, “God, what do you need me to do for you today?” then I asked myself, “Or is it what do you want me to do for you today?”

Then in His still small voice, He let me have it.

“See, I don’t need anyone to do something for me. I fulfill my own needs, because I am the need-filler. But, give me someone who wants to do something for me. That has a want; a desire to fulfill Me is who I am looking for, what I am looking for.

God is looking for someone ready, willing, and able.

Someone that wants God.

Someone that God can use because you want Him too.

Sometimes our needs become so much greater than our wants because our desires or passions in life get covered up by our needs.

Mortgage, utilities, kids clothes, cars, car insurance (especially for 4 teens) and on and on.

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But didn’t God say that he even feeds the birds; why wouldn’t He feed you? That He knows your needs before you even know them.

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I think God gets tired of us asking for our needs and He just wants us. He just wants our wants. He is a smart God. Why would He write a Book to remind us of His promises and yet doubt them at the same time? He says He will fulfill your needs, do you believe Him? He longs for your wants for Him to be greater than your needs. He wants your mind in Him, not the need. I promise you that God wants all of you without the worry, without the doubt, without the fear and just you.

We could easily ask God “What do you have for me to do for you today?” revising the question and I think God refreshes from both. He then breathes a sigh-of-relief with a smile on His face gently saying:

“Here is someone ready, willing and able.”

Then watch what happens next.

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