Friday, January 27, 2012

The Whole Armour of God

Verse of the Day“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13 KJV
We're in a battle between good and evil. Flesh and Spirit. How do we fight? Some battles we need to run from while others we need to stand and fight. Here is how we fight. By putting on the armour of God.
So, what is the whole armour of God?
1. The Breastplate of righteousness - What does this mean? I think it means to meditate on His law and His righteousness and hold His truth and holiness close to your heart. Hence, the reason it is a breastplate. The closest to your heart. His truth should be kept close and needs the most protection. It doesn't mean to be SELF righteous like the Pharisees. It just means don't sway from your faith. Stand firm on the belief that He is the King of your life, your protector, your healer, waymaker, Saviour and BEST FRIEND.
2. Feet Shod with the Preparation of the gospel of peace - be prepared to go where He needs you to go and speak His gospel truth in love. Speak peace to people and show His love. We walk by faith knowing that His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
3. The Shield of Faith - The shield is in front of us to protect us from anything the devil throws our way. He is our shield and deliverer.
4. The Helmet of Salvation and the sword of the Spirit (the word of God) - Get back into the Word. It will lead and guide you in His ways! It will protect your mind from evil thoughts and when those thoughts come at you (because they will..we're all human) it will be a weapon to throw in the enemy's face.
So, what's the point of this blog? To remind myself and anyone who reads this that Jesus is just waiting for us to get up, get in the fight and stir up the Spirit that is within us. Revive us, Lord!
This year is going to be an eventful year and we must be prepared for anything. Preparation, for me, means more and more prayer and getting into the Word. Therein lies the way to salvation and preparation for what is to come in the future. We don't know what is coming in the future but I want to prepare my heart and my mind and my soul for whatever God has for me in my life.
To be continued,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Single Person's Lament

I did not write this but thought it worthy of putting on here. I have had these thoughts SO many times! Basically, just because I'm single, don't go thinking I'm rich or I have this HUGE amount of MORE time than you! Get over yourself!

~The Single Persons' Lament~ "Being single is not who I am- yes it is part
of me, but it is not what defines me entirely- for you to think my whole life
revolves around me being single and therefore I am thinking about and trying to
look for a mate every second of every day is absurd. That would be as absurd as
me believing that every second of every day you are thinking about pizza. Yes
you probably like pizza- I mean, who doesn't?- But do I believe that it consumes
your every thought and controls your every decision? That at every moment your
true motive is only to find a slice of pizza to savor? I do not think this about
you, so please do not think that my every thought and desire is focused on me
finding someone. I may think about finding someone and even joke about being
single, but I am a whole person. I am not sitting around just waiting for the
right person to come around and "complete me". I can be a good friend, a good
worker, a dependable person, and yes even a GROWN-UP, without being married. I
am a valuable contributing member of society. I am someone that can be counted
on and I am a responsible adult. I may be willing to peacefully go and sit at
the childrens table once in awhile beause no one knows where to put me, but it
doesn't make me a child. I may not have children but that does not mean I do not
have other responsibilities or even other people that depend on me. Don't think
that I have way more free time than you or that all of my time or money is spent
on frivolous waste. I have bills, and things that are required of me too. Time
for all of us is a vacuum- if you have any extra, it will soon be filled up with
everyones "worthy causes". I am glad for the things I am able to do for
others-but just like you -I have to make time for it. I am not stuck in a time
warp. Life does go on even for single people. Age and experience happen to
everyone and are not suspended because you are not married. A single person
while having their own struggles as well, goes through many of the same things a
married person does- just without the support of a spouse. So before you stick
me in a box thinking I just wouldn't understand, or that we have nothing in
common, please- consider what I have written." (My apologies to all extreme
pizza lovers)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Turn the Page

Sunday morning Pastor Duvall preached on the following passage:

Genesis 41:51 - "And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house. "
41:52 -" And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caued me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."

It seems Pastor Duvall always has a good word that I need to hear. Joseph turned the page and began his journey forward. That's what I'm doing this year. I'm turning the page and moving forward.

Last week I felt a little overwhelmed with all the things I will be doing and be involved in this year. It caused me to have a little bit of an anxiety attack. It was a small one, thank God. I know thats what it was because I checked my blood pressure and it was ok. I had ONE Anxiety attack years ago and let me tell you it was bad. You really feel like you're having a heart attack but you're not. Sometimes, your mind and your body can get so overwhelmed that it can fall apart. I felt that last week but by Sunday I was okay again.

Bro. Duvall's sermon was just what I needed to hear. We have to let go of past hurts so we can move on to the future. We have to turn the page in our story and move on to another chapter. How do we do that? Hmmm....that's a good question. I think one way is to get our mind under control, learn how to pray more and get into the Word. Then when and if we start looking back one day we will see that it really is God's will that a certain thing didn't come to pass, etc., (and I'm not talking specifics here...just generalities)..You know the old song, "sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers"..

This year my focus will be on the future. What's done in the past is done and over with. (not saying that my past is that bad..I mean, I haven't ever done anything crazy in my life but there have been times when I've been hurt just as much as the next person)

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that the future is bright and exciting! I'm leaving behind the negative attitude...I'm glad for the Manassah's in my life but now I'm moving on to the Ephraim...the fruitful land. (The latter will be greater). Letting go of the past and moving to the future. What a journey so far and what an even more exciting journey is ahead!

Philippians 3:13 & 14 - "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Ok, so those are my thoughts for today...scary, huh? lol. Not sure if I said what I really wanted to say but wanted to put this out here because the next few weeks are going to be REALLY busy so not sure when I will be able to do another blog. If anybody actually reads this blog post a comment and let me know.

To be continued,

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's A New Season

Well, it's been a LONG LONG time since I have posted a blog. LOTS of changes have taken place. And, in reality, I just remembered I have this blog site...after looking on Pinterest seeing other blog sites people have. Well, it made me want to look this up and see what I had out there. Uh, the last time I posted was in 2010! and boy was it a negative post! Things have changed and I've learned some lessons along the way. Will have to post more later but the best change is...:

I finally got a full time job! Yay! God has been good to me!

So, It's a new's a new day!

Just wanted to enter a new blog for the year 2012. Will have to post more later.

To be continued,