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Isaiah 30:16

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

You say . . . "We will ride on fast horses" -- but those who pursue you will be faster.


I loved the words Beth Moore used today so I'm going to share them with you.

Without God's intervention in our lives, we all tend to be pigheaded. We want to boss ourselves, but let's face it: bossing ourselves is a ticket to slavery. We need to consider carefully the impending disaster that awaits those who bear the marks of a rebellious child--one who:

1) Doesn't act like a child of God.
2) Isn't willing to listen to instruction.
3) Prefers illusions over truth.
4) Relies on oppression.
5) Learns to depend on deceit.
6) Runs from real answers.

Clay that insists on acting like the Potter will inevitably end up in pieces.


Why is it when I'm trying to find a way out of doing something (going to Africa for two months) I find these gems being thrown at me? Today I woke up wanting to run the other way and say "No. We shouldn't go." And now I hear that means I am following #2 and #6 and also taking the clay back into my hands.

Why am I wanting to turn the other way today? Just overwhelming the things that need to be done in preparation. The dress code which means shopping and/or sewing. The unknown of how we'll handle the food sensitivities. I'm stepping slightly into #3...oppression. I know these thoughts are not from God. These are mine and Satan is using them to plant seeds of doubt and fear.

I will choose to let God be the Potter. He knows I have a tendency to be a rebellious, fearful child when it is the unknown so I must make a full effort to choose otherwise.
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    If you have a calm about the trip other than the seeds of doubt that pop into your mind....

    If you keep coming across specific Biblical gems that speak directly to your situation....

    If you know you have a fear of the unknown.....

    Then I say you need to just get quiet and listen to the Father. If you ask the Spirit for guidance, He will give it to you. Sometimes when I'm confused and not sure whether it's me, satan or God, I just tell Him that: "You know, Father, if You're talking to me, I'm just not getting it. Can You please say it a bit clearer so that even I cannot miss it?"

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    Carol certainly has a point.

    I am thinking that it would be advisable to set down the pros and cons of going. Include the details of how the trip would be arranged and whether there would be adequate responsibility of some organization in the arranging.

    Then there is the consideration of how each one of your family would be affected. You mentioned food sensitivities. That could be a major concern since it is hard to know what kinds of foods you would be encountering. However, most likely their foods are less processed, so possibly that could be a plus. Yet there may be unknown foods that could activate some problems.

    I am thinking that this requires some analyzing before commitment to go.

    I am praying for your decision. (And I am sure you are praying for God's wisdom for this!)
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    emoticon Too cool. I must have missed a blog. What a scary exciting thing to do.
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    I will keep praying for you Janet! You will make the right decision.
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    Yes, it sure does! I hadn't looked at it that way today either because I definitely try to get out of things that are "unknown" often and these were just the "unknowns" about things like clothes and food. It has been a definite calm about this trip other than the human side of things today to wake up with doubts just seemed off and the type of things I have to fight often. I'm definitely praying though in case I am wrong!
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    Comment edited on: 5/24/2011 2:08:52 PM
    Carolfaithwalk has a good point. I didn't look at it that way but...makes one wonder.
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    Wow another Potter situation / reference!

    Janet you said these thoughts are from Satan. I can't help but ask: are you sure these are not a warning from your spirit not to go? Our spirits are connected to God's and I just wonder if you are accusing yourself, when in reality it's a warning you should heed. If you're certain it's Satan then that's that. I'm just wondering about discernment in this situation. I just don't think you're a rebellious child.

    I am praying.
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