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Fitness Minutes: (11,850) Posts: 23,340 9/14/09 8:23 P
Once the enemy of our souls realizes that we will live as reactionaries (reacting to the challenges and obstacles of life) instead of as responders (responding to God and His word), he'll make sure to send us LOTS of distractions! It is only by focusing on our loving God and His Word, His plans, His designs that we can live victoriously. Great post!
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Posts: 10,062 9/14/09 3:29 P
Life's circumstances can and are overwhelming. Which is why God wants us to stay close to Him at all times. I think we all fail at this from time to time, even if it is just a few days. Thank you for responding to my thread.
Posts: 7,433 9/13/09 7:28 P
really something to think about and work on--circumstances can be overwhelming; but we can be overcomers with Christ as our guide! thanks for the inspiration
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Posts: 10,062 9/12/09 3:40 P
Thanks Rick & Pam for your reply.
Rick: That play that you went to sounds like it was really nice. I wish I could go to something like that. I believe we all lose peace from time to time. The devil is very patient. He waits for every opportunity to stick his head in our lives. That is why I think it is really important to always wear our armor. I couple of years ago I only said it maybe once a month. Now I say it daily and what a difference it has made in my life. Just like we have to constantly forgive ourselves of things that make us feel bad about ourselves, you know those things that sometimes pop into our minds and make us feel like crap- even if it was20 years ago, we also need to do the things that keep us in peace resting in God. After you practice shutting the devil up about filling your head with all the negative things you did in your life, with practice of telling him to shut up then blocking him from your thoughts, you can stop him in mid sentence. And as we continue to rely on Jesus to give us peace, we are on our way to living THE LIFE that God died to give us.
As I said to Rick, I believe we will always be alert to making sure we are seeking God's peace, as you said, sometimes I am good at this. As with Paul & his thorn, I believe that God will allow something in our life to remain. Do you know what I mean? So, we will always be seeking God. He knows our flesh. I don;t mean that he won't answer prayers, but our lives will never be perfect. Well, I am sure you know what I mean. Take care and have a great week end.
Fitness Minutes: (49,485) Posts: 527 9/12/09 11:16 A
What a great testimony and share. Thanks for posting it. I have been working on giving it to God as soon as I realize I am fretting about something, sometimes I do really good and turn it over before even worrying a minute. God gives us peace so quickly, His Love is so awesome and comforting. , Pam
Edited by: CAMTPAM at: 9/12/2009 (11:18)
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (One Day at a Time)
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Posts: 2,880 9/12/09 9:47 A
Thank you for sharing this. I have been guilty of letting my guard down over the past 3-4 weeks. I've been in an ongoing situation that after about the first 2-3 weeks , I kinda started trying to handle things on my own. The devil is tricky indeed and will rear his ugly face at any moment. While trying to get results on my own, I lost sleep, energy, peace, and hope. Even my loved ones noticed I was not full of joy or peace, which is my norm, and it was only then I realized I had really stopped involving and consulting God in all of my efforts. Just Thursday, I spent a while in prayer respectfully asking God to forgive me for living in my circumstances and re-offered my mind, heart, and soul completely to Him and asking for His intersession into the situation. Within a day,(Friday afternoon) I was getting positive results and hopeful resolutions to my problem. It was a very simple solution that should have been thought of from the beginning, but without God's holy spirit involved, there was no wisdom. I had the opportunity to go to the Living Word outdoor drama again last night and take my brother and his wife. We gave Praise and Glory to Jesus! What a wonderful portrayal of Jesus' life, death, resurrection, AND ascension. I slept very well last night, I feel soooo much better today and I GIVE ALL THE GLORY TO GOD!! it's so easy to get wrapped up in our circumstances and forget what REALLY matters. You are so right about God's Love. I always think of this song..."though the mountains may fall, and the hills turn to dust, yet the love of the Lord will stand!!" There is NOTHING going on in anyone's life that God can not get us through. Thanks again for your continued efforts and attention to this team. God Bless!
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Posts: 10,062 9/12/09 5:08 A
ARE YOU LIVING THE LIVE, OR LIVING THROUGH YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES?
When you woke up this morning you were happy full of peace. But then as you were going downstairs you could hear your kids, they were arguing again, "Mom said that you couldn't do that!" "She never said that!" " Oh, YES she did, and I'm gonna..." And you thought, what are they arguing about NOW? Then you went into the kitchen and they both starting talking to you at the same time trying to get each other in trouble. Before they stopped talking your coffee you were pouring was all over the kitchen counter instead of in your coffee cup. As the coffee ran off the counter & on to the floor you thought, " What happened to my peace? "
Some of you have been on this team long enough to get to know me. Well, as much as you could in a team on a web site. I write about my life sometimes, and I write about my feelings in these threads.
Those of you who have been a member of this team since Aug.'08 might know that at one point I didn't know if I should stay on this team, or start my own ream. You see, I was selected as a leader for this team, about one month after I joined spark people. Laura, who was the previous leader needed to quit being the team leader for this team. She received my email address from God. She told me that she didn't know who I was, or how she got my email address. She asked me if I would like to be the leader for this team. I sent her an email back saying that I would love to be the team leader for this team. I couldn't imagine being selected as the team leader. she didn't even know me, and there was 3 other people who wanted to lead this team. She wrote me back & told me, and then later wrote a thread stating that God told her to make me the team leader for this team.
I can't begin to explain how happy I was. However, my exaltation soon turned into frustration. There was a big problem., and I was not able contact Laura for 1.5 months. She said that she had added me as a team leader, yet I was not added. I was doing the duties of a team leader, yet could not send mass emails, change the goals, or other functions team leaders were able to do. I was confused, why would God give me this team, yet not get the job done? Why would he leave me hanging? Laura did nothing wrong, she did everything in her power to help me. I believe that. Four months passed before I was made a team leader. Through the actions of a team member of this team, & God, finally my name appeared under team leader & was able to perform functions as a team leader.
I thought about leaving because the goals badly needed to be changed, & wanted to add two forums. I had so many ideas, and things I wanted to change, but no way to do them. But, I thought, even if I can't lead this team as a team leader I will stand by these good people on this team and be the best team leader that I can be with the limited resources that I have as a regular team member. I trusted God, and was patient, and loyal. I will be honest with you. It wasn't easy at first. I felt angry at times, & I was frustrated with the situation. However, as the weeks passed, a sense peace came over me. I thought about what Joyce Meyer said, "Don't live life through your circumstances. You have to be happy no matter what is happening in your life. Don't let your circumstances control whether you are going to be happy or sad. If you are only happy ONLY when you don't have problems you are giving the devil way too much power. It will be like riding on a roller coaster." When you start to do this it is hard. When I first heard her say that I was like, huh? How can you be happy when you have a big problem, how does she do it? Could I do that too? Let me tell you something, you can read about something, or hear someone say something, you can think to yourself, " oh, ya, I can do that. But you will never know until you actually go through it & DO ITm until you re in themidle of a situation. You may feel like jumping on that roller coaster and letting it control YOU. iT IS WHAT YIU HAVE ALWAYS DONE RIGHT? I mean, how do you REALLY live throughout your life without letting your circumsyances effect your happiness?
Recently I received another knock at my door. It was a horrible thing, but God was glorified through it. Those of you who spend a good amount of time on this team, and were here those two days know what I am talking about. For those of you who weren't, let me put it this way. Let's say that you were the C.E.O. of a company. There was a lot of great things about the company that you enjoyed. You were trying to give honor to another person even though they hurt you, in the process God was also being honored. Even though you were trying to do something good, something horrible happened in the process. As a result you were at risk of losing your job. Well, something like that happened to me. It was one of the worst things that has happened to me in awhile. However, shortly after it happened, which caused numerous negative emotions, my husband and I prayed about it. I rested in God's peace.
I put on my breast plate and focused on my righteousness in God, stood firm finding & feeling the peace God gave. I took up my shield and blocked all the flaming arrows, I took the helmet of salvation, and grabbed my sword and remembered the words in the bible, all the while praying for people who were involved in this situation.
It has became clear to me that you should know how I represent Jesus during my trails, and tribulations. (during times when I had very big problems) I am represented to you by my words. I realized that it was important that you saw my actions, read my words, and could feel my emotions while I was still in that trial. I want you to know I was filled with joy during one of the worst situations of my life. God was there, right there the moment it happened. God gave comforted, held me, and gave me honor.
Why am I sharing this, and why is this thread sooooo long? Not because I want to lift myself up and say, see how good I AM!!! We all know people who have problems in their life. Some of those people get stuck in their problems. Sometimes these problems ruins their lives. Their problem's start to mold them. It effects them for years, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Now, please, please know & understand , I am not putting anyone down, I am, not saying I am above anyone. The reason I am writing this thread is because I want you to find peace within your situation. Some of you may have lost a loved one, some of you may be recently divorced, or going through a divorce. Other members on this team may be struggling with health issues, while still other members are living through unthinkable situations. I urge you to find peace in the situation. Pray earnestly to God pouring your heart out. When your done, don't feel any different? keep praying. Don't listen to that lair whispering into your ear. That devil wants to keep you on the ground with your face buried wallowing in your tears! The devil knowS how strong and mighty you are standing in God's presence. Don't you dare stop praying. Don't you dare stop hoping. Keep your faith strong. Fight the battle saying the armor of God prayer, let His power fill and surround you! We are only strong when we are actually going through something. When the things that you love are no longer there, when your situation becomes unbearable, when the things you hate surround you, in the middle of the cutasrohpy, in the onset of war- there is God. God is there in the middle of the worst fight you ever had, he is standing next to that hospital bed, He was lying in your bed as your tears rolled down your eyes, could you feel Him wiping away your eyes? His companion has no end, His grace is unlimited. It matters not what you have done, it is given freely without judgement. The person who has just accepted Him is loved as the person who never denied Him. His love is tender his love is ever merciful, His love which knows all, sees all, is there for our taking. He yearns to hear your prayer, knowing the guilt within you. He gives you peace even when you can't feel it, for it is written in the bible, Romans 8:35-39 Who will separate us from the love of God? Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not back stabbing, not even the worst sins listed in the scripture.......But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead , angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable, NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, which is Jesus Christ the Lord.
Portions of the verses listed above came from These bibles: The Message, and the New American Standard bible If anyone would like a copy of the armor of God prayer please contact me.
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