Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Are you tired??

Today I was tempted to get overwhelmed about all that I needed to do (my responsibilities).   It made me feel burdened down.  I asked myself, "What can Jesus offer me right now, to help me?".  I asked myself "What do I need?"  "Where is the lack right now?"  I realized I needed rest.  So I went to the bible:

Matthew 11:28-29New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

I have seen this scripture before, but today was different.  As I read God began to speak to me about it.  He let me know, that the superficial means of getting rest are not always available and that there are times where you need to dig into our reservoir of deep, abiding, and eternal rest that comes from a relationship with Christ.  But the next thing that stood out for me in the scripture was that it said rest for your "soul". In the greek "soul" is defined as t.he "seat of affections and will".  It is also defined as "to breathe, blow" .  There is a more precise definition for the greek word used for "soul" below:

psuché: breath, the soul
Short Definition: the soul, life, self
Definition: (a) the vital breath, breath of life, (b) the human soul, (c) the soul as the seat of affections and will, (d) the self, (e) a human person, an individual.

The thing that is really encouraging me right now with this scripture is that Jesus says "Come to me".  We have so many different things we turn to when we need to rest.  I feel like Jesus is giving me a specific instruction to "Come to Him" when I'm overwhelmed.  It's like if my dad was to say. " If you need money, don't go ask anybody else; come to me" .  It's like Jesus is speaking directly to me here.  I just keep hearing Him say "Come to Me" over and over again.  I almost don't want to type anything else because this in it's simplicity is helping me so much right now.  We put our relationship with Jesus off so much.  Guilty of turning to so many other sources for our refreshment, and while some of those sources have a place in our lives;  It cannot take the place of Jesus.  Because while other things can offer a certain degree of rest for your body and such, those things will never offer rest for  your soul.  According to the definition above, you live out of your soul.  That is where your individuality exists.  It is where life flows out of, and the seat of affection.  We definitely need to put Jesus in the "seat of our affections".  If we want Jesus's life to flow out of us.........................Jesus states that where we need rest is in our souls. He doesn't want to give us a superficial, fleeting rest, He wants to give us rest where we breathe, where we live, where our affections dwell, in who we are.  Who doesn't want that??  

Monday, October 20, 2014

What is "reasonable"

There is a scripture burning my heart right now:

Romans 12:1New King James Version (NKJV)

Living Sacrifices to God

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 
The 3 words that stood out to me in the text are 
1.  Living
2. Present
3. Reasonable

There are only 3 things I want to share from my heart:
1.  In the Old Testament you had to kill the animals before you sacrificed them, so they were "dead" sacrifices. But it says in the scripture above that God wants "living" sacrifices.  Why does God want living sacrifices now instead of dead sacrifices?
2.  The word "present"  is defined in the greek below:
paristémi: to place beside, to present, stand by, appear 
 The particular part of the definition that stood out to me was "to place beside".  I saw a movie where some snow dogs got abandoned in Alaska during a very harsh winter and they had to survive on their own.  This word presents reminds me of a certain scene played out in the movie.  The pack of dogs had a leader.  It was a girl and she had a kind of seniority over the pack of dogs. She also took care of them.  Well she became injured and was unable to be find food. There was another dog who was kind of the rebel of the pack.  Well, he went and killed a bird and even though he was hungry, he dropped what he had in front of the "leader".  He walked up to her, as she lay on the ground, dropped it in front of her and then backed away to where the rest of the pack stood.  It was like a show of honor and respect.  That is the best visual, for me, of presenting my body as a living sacrifice to God. I'm like "this is all I have God, I give it to you."   Just as the dog dropped what he had in front of his leader, I drop what I drop what I have in front of God then I leave it with Him.  It's like "Here is what I have God, I give it to you". It's like "Here is what I am God, I give it to you".  
3.  The word reasonable really stood out to me.  Because it's like God is saying "This is reasonable for you to do, it's not unreasonable.  It's reasonable."  I asked myself "What do I think is reasonable as opposed to what God thinks is reasonable?"
Below is the greek definition for the word "reasonable" as it's used in this context:
logikós (from 3056 /lógos, "reason") – properly, logical because divinely reasonable, i.e. "what is logical to God" (logic working through the divine reasoning known through faith). 
It says above that to offer our bodies a s living sacrifice is what's logical to God.

All these things are making me think about some things differently.  I hope it challenges you as well.  God bless.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What is letting go

A dear friend of mine caused me to question today, what it really means to let go.  Even though I hate to spend times talking about Satan, if it's to my advantage I will.  I have noticed that the area where the devil attacks me most is where it concerns my children.  These are mental attacks. But I also am always concerned about whether or not I am giving my kids what they need in every area.  I'm starting to wonder if that "concern" or is it worry, but I started to ask myself "Is that concern a doorway for Satan.  I noticed He always hits me right there, making me feel inadequate and even producing feelings of fear when it comes to my role as a mother.  It's almost like I start having conversations with myself about how I am mothering and then Satan joins the conversation.  It starts with me, but it seems I am giving him ammunition  to oppress me in this area.  While these episodes are short lived, they tend to happen pretty frequently.  Today I started wondering about the phrase "Letting go and letting God".  I wonder if since the enemy constantly comes at me in this area, that maybe I need to go in an extreme opposite way; in the way I think in this area.  The only way I can remove any ammunition, in this area, that the enemy might use against me is to starve him.  Sometimes we think it's ok, as believers to dabble a little bit in worry.  Even "concern" seems noble.  That's what I kept telling myself.  But there were occasions in the bible where Jesus said "do not worry" and "do not let your heart be troubled",  I tend to dabble in these things a little bit, even though Jesus told me not to, I find that when I do allow my heart to be troubled or allow myself to engage in a little bit of worry, here comes the devil beating me down with it.  The area of motherhood, it is so evident for me of this work of the enemy.  Look at the scripture below:

1 Peter 5

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because[c] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Notice after it says cast your cares upon God, it talks about how the devil walks about seeking whom he may devour.  I have decided that in the area that the devil attacks me the most, I am going to go to the extreme opposite of worry. No more ammunition for the devil. Every time I feel my thoughts bordering on worry or being troubled, even if it's disguised as concern;  I will not indulge, even dabble a little in it,  I will resist immediately and cast my cares on God.  I can only do this through the help of God's Holy Spirit.  I'm praying the Holy Spirit will help me identify these troubling thoughts quickly. so I can cast them on God.   I think the problem sometimes, is that our thoughts can kind of take us on a tangent before we have identified them.  We don't always recognize, where a seemingly reasonable thought can lead to worry or being troubled.  We just don't know it at the time, until we are confessing certain things out our mouth.  Like I find that I will start saying things like "I don't feel like I'm doing enough with Carson (my 2 yr old son).  Or I'll say "I feel so inadequate". I find that my thoughts go on a tangent, then the devil enters the conversation and says thing like "You are inadequate for your children" or "You are not doing enough at home with your son".  Then I just confess exactly what I hear.  No more, with the Holy Spirit's help I can shoot down those wrong thoughts, in Jesus's name.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How ARE you doing?

I'm a stay-at-home mom as most of you may know.  I have a 2 yr old (boy) and 6 yr old (girl).  My life is very repetitive.  When you have young children life can seem to run together.  Your days, your weekdays, and weekends.  I believe when you go from 1 child to 2 children, you are just not able to put as much thought and energy into certain things as you use to when you had 1 child.  Feeling like you are doing the same thing day in and day out can be fustrating.  Many questions can arise.  Such as; "Am I doing what I am suppose to be doing right now?",  "Is there something else additional that I need to be doing".  My life is very full, there is plenty to do, but these questions do arise. Children can be draining, and you don't always know what to do to re-fuel.  I believe in living an inspiring life and I believe a mom inspires her children and her spouse.  What do  you do when you are feeling uninspired yourself.  My encouragement to you is; not to panic.  Don't panic,  God once told me that if I want to know how I'm doing that I need to look and see how Jesus is doing and that's how I'm doing.  The measure of how we are doing in life is not our feelings, it's not our inspiration of lack thereof, it is not our excitement; these things will change from day to day.  The bible says we are the righteousness of God in Christ.  This is what we are despite everything else.  I find that when we start to look to ourselves for answers and solutions it can be grievous.  But when we take our eyes off ourselves and put them on Jesus and make Him our only measure of how we are doing, it's only a matter of time before everything else lines up.  Take your eyes off yourself, put them on Jesus. Keep confessing that you are the righteousness of God in Christ.  Keep remembering that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and you are seated with Him in the heavenly places.  That you have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  Check out Deuteronomy 28 to see what those blessings are.  Keep your eyes off you, off your feeling, and off everything else.  I just reminded myself of the 1 thing that I need, I hope I reminded you to.  God Bless!!!

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