Monday, January 02, 2012
God began speaking to me in my pain, tears, anger, and the
betrayal; all that I felt was the opposite of love. He also told
me to study out scriptures on LOVE. For my feeling was to
retaliate. He directed me to a blog from January 2, 2012 by
liveandlaughwithjesus "When you have Truth without Love". Also,
he told me that he would never leave me in Matthew 28:20
"Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the
end of the age. Amen."
He showed me this through the blog, about the life of David Livingston.
First it was Romans 7 & 8 ...
Romans 7 is full of Paul talking himself.
(1) "the law and how it has dominion over man as
long as he lives" " ..but I had not known sin but by the law" (7)
What shall we do than? Is the law sin? God forbid..for I had
not known sin but by the law. (12) wherefore, the law is holy
and the commandment holy and just and good(13) was that which
is good made death; unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might
appear sin, working death in me by that which is good (14)for we
know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin."
This describes as Paul said the strife of two natures:
(15) For that which I do I understand not; for what I would, that do I
not; but what I hate that I do. (16) If than, I do that which I
would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now, then it is
no more I that do it but sin that dwelleth in me. (18) For I know
that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will
is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find
not. (19) For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I
would not, that I do." The confusion of Paul is what I felt too.
The number of times "I" is present in this chapter amazes me still.
...32 times in Romans 7!! Not until Paul shifted from I to God
( the Spirit, is mentioned 18 times in Romans 8) did there seem to
be an answer.
(24) Oh, wretched man that I am! Who shall
deliver me from the body of this death? (25) I thank God
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So, then, with the mind I
myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin."
NOW, the Victory in Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no
condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh but after the Spirit.(2) For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of
sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do, in that it was
weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness
of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. (4) That
the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk
not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." This is the fruit of
salvation. So, from than on in chapter of Romans 8 Paul's switch
from "I" to the "Spirit" gave VICTORY.
I was in the flesh after and during my feelings but as I focused
on the Spirit in Romans 8 I began to win the fight that was
going on in my flesh. Romans 8 is the diamond and the
doorway, the gateway to walking in the Spirit. There is no
condemnation, no separation because Jesus died and was buried (outside
the camp in a dung heap) but Victory came when Jesus arose again to
give new life.
The glorious deliverance:
(18) "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us." WOW!! I felt the power of the Spirit who
helped my weakness for I knew not what to pray for as I ought;
but the Spirit himself makes the intercession for me with
groanings which cannot be uttered. (from Romans 8:26) and
"We know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
As I understand the Holy Spirit talking to me I realize that
Satan attacks are at the root where things like condemnation, fear,
and stress live. Fine, I have given things like broken marriage,
sickness, poverty, adultery over to God . Those root issues are
buried and sometimes never revealed but I thank my God that
he does work on behalf of those hidden issues of the soul so
that the walk of the believer can be lived with joy in Jesus; no
condemnation, sin covered with the blood of Jesus ...forgiven!!
Revelation 12:10-11 "..they overcame with the blood of the
All verses from KJV of the Bible.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
MEDICATIONS, THAT IS.
I just ran across my SPARKPEOPLE daily challenge and it caught my eye.
Say no to sleep medications. Use exercise instead! People who exercise for 50 minutes 4-5 times a week fall asleep 54% faster and stay asleep longer than those who work out less, according to new research.
Now, that is an individual thing. When exercise is not possible, injuries, well you know what I mean. It is not for everyone.
This is my Josie, no trouble sleeping for her...this is at the beach and what a wonderful place to snooze...Odie, black lab, tried to wake her with zero luck.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Oh I have looked hard at you & your personality. You have habitually put off doing important things like walking, leaving junk food & ice cream alone, cleaning that garage, yard work, helping out another person. Why have I hung around you so long, too long? I have become good at imitating you and your tricks; putting things off until later with the excuse, it takes too much time, I will do it later, my hip (finger, big toe, neck, back, arm, leg, stomach) hurts. Or I am tired, my email needs reading. I need to eat. That show on TV. My body has become soft from lying around on the couch. We have hung around together too long. I have tried to get along with you, listening to your ideas, chiding, taunting, seemingly intelligence. I have had it!!! Now, this is it! You have only brought me guilt, remorse that I missed important events. I thought you would bring me some happiness and joy with your ideas but, no...only sorrow, disgust and self hatred.
So, get out of my life. You are not welcome here anymore so leave and don't try calling, sending ideas through tv, books, letters, or so-called friends. No More! I am through!
I am looking to my new day and future...without you.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
It is my time to report on the Red Carpet Event...hahahahahahaha! It was certainly different than what was in my head. I guess I expected to have some type of pampering. We signed up for it, received our recognition by checking in, I brought 8 cans of food for the Aware Foodbank and received raffle tickets, there was a 30% discount at the source (jewelry, clothes, health foods, cards etc) moving around the circle I come to a camera set up for photograph, totally surprising to me and I couldn't continue my tour without subjecting myself to a photo, the photographer shoved a fake gold oscar in my hand and said put your hand on your hip, SNAP! He photographed me. Okay, next we were headed toward a fashion show, which you must pass a bar with alcohol, and food tables, with chocolate eclairs, appetizers cooked in oil with asparagus, fried, white bread with salmon cream cheese, pineapple tidbits soaked in something like sugary maple syrup, last more alcohol, whine beer etc. Now we can enter the show area and waited there about 20 minutes hearing blasting music!!! This over a PA system. Than the Fashion Show #1 which was young women, skinny, and strutting with clothes of skinny jeans and sweaters. This lasted 15 minutes. Now we leave and entered the Source. I did find a card and matching cute purse pen and notebook twosome. This I got for 30% off for my sister Myrna. We had to wait about 45 minutes and back to the Fashion Show 2, more loud music, more strutting skinny girls, than the DJ Titus strutting, just to hear if we were the winners of a string of raffle ticket giveaways. (of course we had to stay for that) There were about 25 winners of which neither my friend Kay now I were one. In this room we also were to observe many vendors. That was it!!
So, let's say I was tempted to eat things that were bad for my healthy eating, of which I was not really prepare. I was expecting something very different.
It reminded me of how Jesus was tempted by Satan and He used the Word of God, Scripture, and virtually kicked him away. "Get thee behind me!!" There was a learning curve here for me, not really anything new but a reminder:
#1 Know what it is you are in for
#2 Decide ahead of time what your PLAN is...whether or not to go at all.
**Ephesians 1:17-19 " I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."
Now, I realize it is hard to take a passage like this, hold it up to a decadent piece of chocolate cake or chocolate filled eclair, and instantly feel the power to walk away. But, if we unpack this passage, understand its richness, and than practice its truth, it's amazing how "Empowered" we'll be. So, let's take a closer look at some key words and phroses.
BE PERSISTENT "I keep Asking"
EMBRACE A TRUE IDENTITY "Glorious Father" "God's Girl" "Child of the King"
FIND A DEEPER REASON: "So That You May Know Him Better" Did you catch the real reason we ask for wisdom and revelation ~ not just to make healthier choices, not even to help us operate as victorious children of God, certainly not just so we can slip into smaller jeans and lose the muffin top, although these are all beneficial. The real reason is so we can know Him better. This alone is worth all the effort, struggle, sacrifice to a healthy eating journey or lifestyle.
HOPE & POWER LIKE NO OTHER: "That the Eyes of Your Heart May Be Enlightened"
(Enlightened literally means 'to shed light upon'). The apostle Paul asks that light be shed upon our hearts so we can more clearly recognize the hope and power available to us.
**paraphrased from the class I am taking "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst
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