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His Presence

February 3, 2013 — Leave a comment

imageAre some weeks better than others?  You bet and satan is counting on you dialing into the negativity that comes along with it.

There are some Sundays  as I stand in choir I just don’t feel it! I let the events of the week cloud my mind and keep me from worship.

Be self controlled and alert.  You enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

 

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As the music begins and the words penetrate my soul.  My spirit begins to lift and my focus returns.

When His Presences Fills This Place, problems and worries melt into praise!  It’s part of the chorus we will be singing in worship this morning.

Seek Him and dwell in His presence!~Debra

If you watch football, like I do, you know that defense is a term used for the team to defend against the opposing team.

We as believers need to have a defense of our very own.  Against our ENEMY…Satan!

He is constantly looking for ways to trip us up!  One way…

Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  (2 Peter 5:8, NIV)

Temptation is something we must comprehend in order to defend.  How does temptation originate?  It usually starts with a thought. This isn’t an accident…probably an arrow sent by the Satan to derail us.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrow of the evil one.”  (Eph. 6:16)

If we as believers hold on to that thought, it can become a fantasy…imagining what it would be like to carry out that thought.  Emotions are usually entangled with fantasy thus creating desire, which brings us to having to make a choice!

To sin or not to sin…that is the question!  It’s very dangerous and the decision can be made in an instant! 

Wise believers decide ahead of time to protect themselves from temptation before it enters their mind.  How you ask?  Comment to obey God and know that He is in control and has limited Satan abilities.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Satan has a way of making sin look fun and exciting.  He wants us to live in the moment.  But we need to look at the bigger picture and ask ourselves a question or two…Is this choice in line with God’s word?  What’s the cost?  Are we willing to pay the price?

What is our best defense against temptation? Meditation on God’s word and daily prayer.  It builds our faith and strengthens our heart and mind against any arrows the devil sends our way!

Love Heart, remember…Defense, Defense, Defense…~Deb

Thorns

February 29, 2012 — Leave a comment

I have been hosting a Women’s Bible Study, “Brave,” by Angela Thomas in my home for a few weeks now.  Last night our subject was “I am suffering a thorn.”

The apostle Paul wrote about this thorn: “to keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleased with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”

You may be suffering a thorn or thinking to yourself…what is she talking about? 

Let’s look at some characteristics of a thorn Angela shared with us:

  • A thorn cannot be removed by your own power
  • The originator of the thorn is Satan!
  • A thorn torments the soul with PAIN and DOUBT

Angela added that there is comfort in knowing that God is with us and is revealing His character to us!

  • I AM able…to remove your thorn in My time
  • I AM sufficient…while this thorn is yours to bear.
  • I AM good.  Even while you are enduring this pain.
  • I AM omniscient…able to see the work happening in your soul.
  • I AM here…and you are never alone.

Love Heart, your thorn is not a punishment.  God has promised to bring what was meant for evil into good.  

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20, NIV)

Let’s continue seeking God’s character while suffering our thorn!  His Grace is Sufficient…~Deb.