Just say no

Copyright Chris Lamphear

 

He would not permit the demons

to speak, because they knew him.

– Mark 1:34 (ESV)

 

How profound is that statement  He would not permit the demons to speak. Why  wouldn’t Jesus do so “because they knew him.” 

As we are disciples of Jesus it follows that Satan and his demons also know who we are, how we think, where our weakness’s lay.

And because Satan is the father of lies, and is our enemy who wants to take us out at any cost, we need do as Jesus did and not permit him to speak his lies over us and our family

We need to say “No!” whenever he tries to tell us lies such as:

You will never control your eating.

You will never accomplish anything.

Your kids will never amount to anything.

Your marriage is doomed to fail.

Your business will fail.

Your stupid.

Your ugly.

You will never change.

God does not love you as much as her.

Just give up!

We need to keep a watch for the lies of the enemy and Just say no to them. Remember what the Bible tells us…

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

– James 4:7 (ESV)

Christianity is not a spectator sport. Be watchful, resist the enemy, and follow God’s leading and you will be amazed at where he leads you to.

 

God is watching over you

Here is a song from 1870 to remind us that we are never alone. If you are feeling unsure of what is around the corner…soak in these words…and rest in the assurance that God is guiding you to where you need to be.

Precious promise God has given
To the weary passerby,
On the way from earth to Heaven,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

When temptations almost win thee
And thy trusted watchers fly,
Let this promise ring within thee,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

When thy secret hopes have perished
In the grave of years gone by,
Let this promise still be cherished,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

When the shades of life are falling
And the hour has come to die,
Hear thy trusty Pilot calling,
“I will guide thee with Mine eye.”

-Nathaniel Niles

Trusting God in the dark

rain

 

Everything is falling apart.

Nothing is working out like I thought it would.

I thought that by now I would not only have received word that I was to go to England, but also that my kids would all have everything set in stone as well.

None of that is the case.

I am tired, worn to the core.

Yet I hold on to hope.

It may be false hope and I may look the fool.

But I believe that God called me here.

I believe that even though it is dark now, so very dark, that at just the right moment, at His appointed time,

God will shine His light.

And even if things don’t work out as I thought they would God will open a new path.

While I believe that God is under no obligation to do anything for me, or explain anything to me, I believe that because He loves us each in a personal way.

I believe that God is not like some dictator type parent who barks orders and expects us to never think but always act.

This is not the God that I have always know.

I have know a God who deeply loves me.

I have known a father, that didn’t not judge me by my past but who saw me in light of my future,

I have known a Father who had time after time declared His love for me through His word, through a song,  or through one of the million “coincidences” that have happened to me since I have believed.

God is not a God of disorder (14:33) and he would not ask me to trust Him and then forget all about me, or ignore me.

He has a plan and because He is good, He plans are always good.

Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

So while right now it LOOKS like God has abandoned me, that my future is about as bright as a mining shaft, I am holding and and waiting in Hope. He has never let me down yet and I know that He will make a way.

And at just the rght moment, though it is dark, though it is cold and wet and the rain is pouring down.

He ill turn on the light, and lead the way home.

Because He loves me!

He love you too!!

Hold on to hope!!!

Hold on to Jesus!!

 

 

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Why “I Am” is better than “I”

save

“But when he saw the wind boisterous,

he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying,

Lord, save me.” – Matthew 14:30

Went to the vet yesterday. Things were going well until they told me that the rabies vaccine that the cats needed has been recalled and they are not sure when they are going to get it in again.

This is the same vaccine that they need at least 21 days before travel, there is less then 2 months before  I am supposed to leave my home (I gave the landlord notice as per Gods leading), so this makes things a little bit stressful (if I choose not to give it all to God).

I do not currently believe that(in the natural) between kids, cats, home, and a million other things, that really anymore could be added to my plate without it shattering from the weight of it all.

But then there is God!

This morning I woke to the following lyrics playing in my head:

You’re the one who conquers giants

You’re the one who calls out kings

You shut the mouths of lions

You tell the dead to breathe

You’re the one who walks through fire

You take the orphan’s hand

You are the one Messiah

You are I AM

Hallelujah you live in me

Hallelujah you live in Me

I couldn’t help but smile.

I am such a human.

I start to get so sidetracked and wonder how “I” am supposed to do it all. How “I” am supposed to fit the pieces together.

God is probably shaking His head saying, “Hello, remember me? I AM in control, I AM the answer to all the questions, I AM able to work it all out, I AM enough!

So while I like to be in control, I see a beauty in the chaos.

Because when all is said and done it will be God who gets the credit.  

Miracles have a way of doing that.

 

Lyrics written by MercyMe from the album The Hurt & The Healer

Why a tidy package is usually not what Christians get handed

 

 

Signs

I love when God moves in my life, when He wants to give me that hope for a  better future. 

I have to admit though, that while I love the thought of change, the messiness of it can freak me out.

I want God to hand me my future in a nice tidy package with a big bow …but that is not usually how it works.

Gods leading is more a matter of his putting something on my heart, and as I step out he confirms what he wills for me, with signs.

So ever since God first called me to England I have been getting signs from him to remind me that it is indeed His leading me, and that I am not loosing my mind.

A lot of the signs are simple and yet are clearly from God as there could not be that many “coincidences.”

Although I live just outside of Seattle, Wa…quite a distance from England… I have run across more things from England in the last few months than in my entire life.

I will not surely remember them all but will list a few here…

A customer thought he was paying with a penny…it was a pence. He had no idea where it came from, and I now own it.

English book, flags, plates, spoons, jigsaw puzzels, ets…have been everywhere I looked.

I run into someone from England about every 5th day.

I dream about England (I have been for a year before I knew was going). I also have dreams about England in which parts have come true in Real life.

Whenever I question God’s plan for me to move to England something “English Related happens”

The two last “Coincidences” were to do with Manchester (the city I am going to)

  1. I was at work and my friend/boss was talking with me about England and she came across a luggage tag (the paper kind the airport gives out) and it was stamped (Manchester) on it.

And

  1.  Yesterday I was thinking (even though I knew) “Am I really going to Manchester?” as I stood behind a counter at work. I turned my head just then and noticed that a boy of around 12 had stopped directly in front of me, his back facing me, and his crisp white shirt with read lettering answered my question.

It had bright red letters and on the top half said Manchester.

When I turned my head in disbelief at the timing, and look in the opposite direction he walked again in my view and again turned his back to me….

So although I want everything tidy and in a nice package with a bright red bow, so that I don’t “have to” worry, the fact is…I not only don’t have to worry….I am not supposed to!!!

And  if you are a Christian, neither are you… you are NOT flying blind!!!

God tells us through His word that…

“The LORD will continually lead you; he will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water.” (Isaiah 58:11, NET)

When God is leading you and you are finding it hard to believe…Ask Him for a sign. He has promised that as He leads you H e will revive you when weak.

So while you may not always get the tidy package from Him that you want…you can be sure that you will get the bow, because while God plans for our live are rarely, if ever, tidy…the signs are often as noticeable as a brightly colored bow.

 

 

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