Where Are You?

This devotion is from The Mosaic Bible devotions for Lent. Week 1 is focusing on sin and the beginning of sin with Eve in the Garden of Eden. She was enticed by the devil to be discontent with what God provided. She was tempted with the lust of knowledge to steer her away from God’s presence. This is what I recently experienced in my own life. Satan can lure you away from being with God with the simple thought of wanting to know more. Instead of being with God you are frantically trying to learn more and more, like overeating. Soon you are exhausted and overloaded and without God’s presence. If Satan can entice us out of fellowship with God then he can gain a foothold in our lives to corrupt it further. We need time with God to have peace and to listen for His guidance in our every day life.

Ann Voskamp’s book Trail To The Tree for Lent asks the question that God asked Adam and Eve, Where are you?  After they disobeyed they felt ashamed and hid. We tend to hide from God too, especially when we listen to the lies in our head about how messed up we are. It causes us to withdraw from God but He is asking, Where are you?

What I have learned today is that if I truly believe in Jesus and who He is, I have nothing to fear. Satan can’t touch me and God is waiting for me to come into His presence. Satan is still trying to get us out of God’s presence with his lies in our heads. The negative thoughts separate us from God by our own doing like when Adam and Eve hid in the trees. God is saying, where are you? Like when a child does something wrong and knows it so he hides from his mom, afraid of what she will do. But she is looking  all around for him wondering where he is and wanting to find him, she loves him. The broken vase, or stain on the carpet is nothing compared to her love for her child. So it is with God, He loves us and wants time with us. It’s okay, the mess that we are, just go to God and He will be waiting with open arms. We can relax and enter God’s rest knowing who we are in Christ. Jesus didn’t cover our sins, He washed them away and He makes us clean on the inside. The washing of the Gospel makes my heart clean. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose again and is seated at the right hand of God making intercession for me.

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Anger Is Disguised As Fear

The scripture is Matthew 5:21-26 and it’s talking about never to be angry with anyone because the judgement on anger is the same as the judgement on murder. Jesus says to make peace with everyone.

Ann Voskamp says: Today I will fast from wrath and anger because anger is often just the costume of fear.

 

This line “anger is often the costume of fear” stands out to me. I know in myself that I would get angry a lot when my kids were little because I feared whatever was happening. I didn’t want them to feel pain or sadness. I’ve always tried to prevent it. I would get angry when they got hurt, that may sound crazy and for a long time I tried to understand why that was happening. After I got saved I realized it wasn’t the kids that made me angry, it was the sin. This is the same for God toward us.  With my kids I see where I was in fear of them getting hurt when they were rough housing or playing outside. The fear drove me to anger when the inevitable happened. I was angry that they had to experience pain or sadness. But I learned that in order to appreciate the good and happy times we have to experience painful times. Even though seeing them hurt makes my heart hurt, it’s helping them. Ann said in her book The Greatest Gift, that God doesn’t allow a trial without a gift. God uses hard things to grow us up spiritually. He takes everything in our life and turns it into glory, His glory. Nothing is wasted in God’s Kingdom. God has a plan where the world will one day be without pain, suffering and sadness. I have yearned for this new world in my soul already and didn’t even know it until I had children of my own. So as long as I live I will strive to bring peace and goodness to the world and not anger and violence. Peace is kingdom living right here, right now.

Hold On To Peace, Let Go Of Fear

When we really believe Jesus is the Son of God and believe Him when He said, ” I am with you always”, we have nothing to fear. Matthew 28:20, Isaiah 41:10 and John 16:33. When we let pride get in the way and forget we are “children” of God, fear sets in and our peace is gone. We have to continuously remind ourselves who we are in Christ. Satan can try to scare us, but when we know we belong to God, Satan can’t touch us. Mostly when I say this I mean in our minds. His negative thought darts can’t penetrate our thinking anymore. As we know everything that comes into being comes from thoughts first. When I start to feel fear about life or doubt I start saying out loud, “I trust You, Jesus”, as many times as it takes to get back into peace. I will also listen to my favorite worship songs and sing it to God. I feel His presence and fear has to flee. Romans 8:31, What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? Just like in the song You Make Me Brave, it says: No fear can hinder now the love that made a way. That love is the person Jesus. He made the way for us to enter heaven.

Return To God

first-loveThe scripture Revelations 2:1-5 is talking to the churches. This church is doing right but they don’t love God and others like they did in the beginning. They are being called to return to their love and what they did in the beginning of their belief.

Many times in these five and half years since I was saved I have fallen away just like the church in Revelations. When I prayed about what to do, God always directed me: Go back to what you did when you first encountered Jesus. Remember how elated you were and how you hungered for My Word. You couldn’t get enough of singing praise and thanking Jesus. You couldn’t believe Jesus died for you and couldn’t stop thanking Him.

If you find yourself lost and have veered off the path just go back to what you were doing when it first started happening. God will take it where you left off. Time might have been lost but God makes up for it. Don’t feel guilty, trust that it’s happening the way it’s suppose to. God is always with us and He understands our attention span is small. He loves us so much that He doesn’t leave us alone. He will pursue us again and again until we see that life with Him is peace, love, joy, security. I never want to go away from Him again.

Rejoice And Be At Peace

download (1)Scripture for today is Proverbs 14:30 and it’s talking about peace leads to health and jealousy is a cancer.

Learn to be content with the way things are and with what you have. This makes me think of my father-in-law the last months that he lived. He passed of two kinds of cancer but during his last months here he said to my husband that he didn’t need or want anything. He said, ” Isn’t that a good place to be? Not wanting or needing anything.” I have thought a lot about that statement. He also said when he looked at a flower that the flower was love. When we would see him he always asked how we were and never said anything about himself. He also told us God and Jesus were there and he was waiting. Jesus told him his ticket was punched and he just had to wait. Here is an epitaph I wrote for him.

Leroy is my name.
Trucking was my passion.
I trucked to be free.
Free to be me.
All I ever wanted was to be me.
Why are people so afraid of being who they are?
People would have you believe that I was troubled and hard hearted.
My family could tell you different.
I came to a truck stop in my life.
Everything put on hold.
This is where my life took a turn in the road to a higher highway.
This highway took me to God.
He told me I wasn’t a criminal, but someone who deserved
God’s seal of approval.
He showed me love in the simpleness of a flower.
He showed me that I was loving, giving and selfless toward others in
my darkest hour.
I ask you, how does a man actually know when he is going to die?
You know through the glow in your eye, with the transformation of becoming pure and real, then hearing God’s voice telling you it’s okay to come home.

Premonition

What I’m going to write in this article about this movie isn’t what the movie critics have said about it but what God has revealed to me. If you haven’t ever seen the movie, it won’t make a lot of sense but having seen the movie maybe you will have spiritual eyes to see what I’m saying.

The movie goes back and forth with reality and Sandra’s dreams. It is a way of confusing the viewer about what is real and what isn’t. It really can be a confusing movie to watch if you don’t know what’s really going on. I kept track of her awake state and asleep state and figured out what the movie is really about. Now, I don’t know if what I think is what was intended but it’s what God intended me to see.

What God wants us to know is that Satan blurs our line of reality with his LIES! Every time she would go to sleep, she would dream about her husbands death in a car accident.  It is believed that premonitions in dreams are foretelling the future. We have to know what the Bible says about this. In Ecclesiastes 8:7 it says, Since no one knows the future,
    who can tell someone else what is to come?  There is a demonic premonition called an omen. This type of premonition is a sign of things to come. We are forbidden to seek it – even to know its Interpretation. Christians are to stay as far away as possible. Taken from NeverThirstywebsite- http://www.neverthirsty.org/pp/corner/read/r00186.html

We are forbidden to seek it because when we do we are following demonic forces. Satan is out to steal our lives and even kill us if we allow him to do so. It is in our allowing that Satan has  authority. We have to stand firm in our faith to resist Satan and his demonic attempts to destroy our lives. Earnestly follow the Holy Spirit which leads us into all understanding.  John 16:13, But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].

Unfortunately, Sandra doesn’t do this. Instead of ignoring these awful dreams, she actually plans out her husbands death on a calendar! I have learned that our thoughts give birth to words and words to action. When our thoughts are set into motion then they come to pass. Our thoughts, words and actions are what molds our lives. Sandra actually creates her reality from her dream because her thoughts gave way into the possibility.  She realizes the “day” is soon which was Wednesday, I think, and gets really anxious. She decides to speak to a priest. The best move she could make but she believes the LIE more than the TRUTH! The priest advises never to lose faith, hope and love! He said when you do, then you become an empty vessel for the Devil to use! You have to know what to fight for!  She responded, ” I don’t know what to fight for.”

The LIES of Satan obscured her vision, her reality, to where she didn’t know how to fight or what to fight for. I wanted to scream, ” Fight for your husband! Fight for your family!” Satan hates marriage because it is a symbol of God’s love toward us. Evil is out to destroy marriage and the family unit. We must stay diligent to pray for our spouses and our children! Keep our minds and hearts on Jesus and only focus on what the Holy Spirit has for us to do. When we open our minds to premonitions and anything else of satanic origin it opens the door to satanic activity.  Maybe this is why Paul said ,”Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:8

Take this as a warning, evil is worse than we can imagine. Evil  traps us and then it’s too late. It begins in our minds. Don’t take even the smallest step into that direction lest YOUR life become a demolition as well.