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June 30, 2008



Secret Places

By Lisa Whittle, She Speaks! Graduate



"He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light."

Job 28:11



Devotion:

Have you ever noticed how often Satan uses secret things to trip us up on our journey...those secret places that reside deep within our soul that we keep hidden from others and even try to hide from God?



Think about it... pornography is usually done in secret. Excessive shopping can be done over the Internet, with no one watching. Eating disorders develop in isolation when we binge by ourselves, then purge with no one around. Or when we publicly pretend to eat, but privately starve ourselves.


The things we watch, what we think and how we spend our time are the "secret places" Satan can and will use against us. Yet often we continue in our secrecy, afraid to reach for Truth. Why?



Secret places seem safe. Secret places are familiar. Secret places feel comfortable to us. So we cling to them.



It's not that we don't want to be honest and get real about the secret places in our soul. It's just sometimes easier to keep the truth hidden than it is to get real about things from the inside-out. Though most of us crave authenticity, our fears of being "found out" are what keep us living in secret, exactly where Satan wants us to stay. The crafty, conniving one knows that if he can get us to continue to bury our secret places deep within our heart, we can't be effective for God. He knows that thoughts of our private sins will eventually eat away at us, causing us to feel fraudulent and unworthy of the love and acceptance of others, and most of all, our Heavenly Father. But the truth is, we are the ones who don't love and accept ourselves. Not God.



Friends, the message of Jesus Christ is one of hope and restoration. It is one of freedom. It is one of unconditional love and acceptance. And it is one of Truth and spiritual exposure. What He is after from all of us is greater authenticity, greater genuineness, and the Truth, found in Him. In His sovereignty, He knows it is what we truly crave. "What you're after is truth, from the inside-out" Psalm 51:6 (MSG).


So, how do we combat those secret keeping habits we've developed over time?

1) Practice telling the truth. Telling the truth is a choice and needs to be a conviction. Healthy habits can and will be formed when practiced repeatedly, and truth telling is an important habit to get into.


2) Develop a genuinely authentic faith. Recognize the importance of authenticity, and begin making it of utmost priority. Do things to strengthen your walk (prayer, Bible study, etc.) and guard your mind.



3) Recognize that no one has it all together. See Satan's lie for what it is and determine not to get into the comparison trap with others. You cannot know what a person is all about by what they look like on the outside.


4) Stop trying to be perfect, act confident, appear happy, and seem super spiritual. These are some of the most common ways we, as women, pretend. It is only when we operate in a spirit of truth and openness that we will be able to live without pretense.



5) Determine to live your life with a genuineness that others will cling to and want to emulate. Honesty facilitates honesty. When you begin to get real and honest, hiding nothing in your relationship with God and others, people will begin to take notice and follow suit. This will strengthen all of your relationships and build up your self-esteem!



When we no longer hide in our "secret places," we can venture down a different path of greater authenticity and truth, bringing us to a place of ultimate and lasting freedom. And it is in freedom that we find no value in being a secret keeper any more.



Lord Jesus, thank You for knowing me completely, and loving me just the same. Help me to seek Your Truth and deny my natural tendency to hide from You and others. In Jesus' Name, Amen


Pam

Be the best that we can be at this very moment and we will have few regrets.


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You all are very welcome. I get this every once in a while, I will share them when I get them.

Pam

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Thanks Pam for the devotion

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in


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THE LORD IS ON OUR SIDE TO... TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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It is well with my soul.

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.


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That was awesome and so many lessons to glean from that. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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Thank you, Pam. That is a great devotion.

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Thank you Pam ..that was something everyone
( especially now ) should follow.

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" May the Lord bless you and keep you; May the Lord make his face shine upon you; and be gracious unto you; May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace"
Numbers 6: 24-26



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Show Me the Money

Van Walton



"Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money!"

Psalm 119:36 (NLT)



Devotion:

Of all the furniture I purchased early in my marriage, I have only one piece left: an antique oak china cabinet.



I hold on to it because it represents many of my life's values, especially those relating to financial matters.



When it came time for my husband and me to "set up house," we had no money for lamps, end tables, pictures, or rugs. We had to make a plan. What would we purchase first? How much would we pay? What was necessary? What was not? When could we even make the purchases? We had no money!



First we both had to find jobs, go to work, pay the necessary bills, save a bit, and pile up a few dollars for the items on our list. Let me add that giving to our church and charities fit into our financial plans also.



Putting our heads together, we made a list of necessary items. We prioritized and estimated costs. Then we wrote how long it would take to save until we could purchase the washer, table, couch, lamp, or sound system.



As we plotted our course and followed the path that first year, we laid down a foundation for future financial strategies, procedures we've consistently practiced throughout our marriage.



So what does the china cabinet have to do with my financial values?



The bottom line for our financial strategy became, "show me the money." If we didn't have the money in hand -- the actual cash -- we could not seal the deal.



One day while browsing antique shops with friends I spotted an antique cabinet I liked. Once I saw it, I found it hard to move on. Of course the price tag depressed me. I had no money to show. Later that night I told my husband about it. He shook his head. It wasn't on the list.



So, do I ever get to buy the things I want? Of course! I remind myself of our family agreement: Show me the money.



SHOW -- Has the store's SHOW case or marketing techniques tempted me?

Rule #1 Never make unplanned purchases, even if you're thinking, "I have been on the lookout for this." If that is the case, it should be on your list.



ME- Is this about ME or the best interests of the family or community?

Rule #2 God didn't give us money just to make us feel good. When it comes to money topics in the Bible, money is used for things like personal care, giving to others, and paying taxes.



THE -- What is THE purpose for the purchase?

Rule #3 Treat money as if it were a serious tool to be used for the following: glorifying God, providing for the family, and serving others.



MONEY- Do I have the MONEY for this? If not, what can I do to get the money?

Rule #4 This rule is so simple it hurts. When there is no money, there is no shopping.



So how did I end up with the antique oak china cabinet? Because I had not spotted a table (we ate off a card table and camping chairs for many months), we agreed to slip the cabinet onto the list, replacing the kitchen table and chairs. Each week I set aside $10. Eventually I returned to the antique store, gave the owner the cash, and loaded up what is now one of our family heirlooms - the little chest that taught me the value of financial planning.



Dear Father, everything I have is Yours. Help me to use it wisely. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Pam

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