Believing It Is So

As we discussed Satan’s influence over our thought life last Sunday (Replace Those Tapes) and the Sunday before that (Recognizing the Voice), did the fear factor come to mind?

When we feel God’s direction to do a certain thing, do we allow fear to overtake His directives?  Remember, Satan wants us to follow what he whispers, to follow our feelings.  If we listen to our feelings, we are defeated!

In Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God  study, she takes us to scripture to show us how the children of Israel (Exodus 11:4-7, 12:5-7,13), Daniel (Daniel 6:7-10, 16-23), and Rahab (Joshua 2:8-21, 6:24-25) demonstrated confidence in God rather than focusing on their fear.

The Israelites slaughtered their lambs at twilight, then smeared the blood on their door frames of their homes.  All the while, they certainly feared but trusted God that their own first-born sons would be protected as they carried out God’s directives for protection.

Waterfall, Believing God

Daniel continued to pray after King Darius established a law prohibiting prayer to anyone but himself.  Daniel was faithful to God and prayed daily.  He didn’t listen to his fears or feelings.

Rahab hid the Israelite spies, even though she knew she could be executed for it.  She helped them escape the city that feared the God of Abraham (because of the things they had heard about Him) more than they feared their own officials.  In exchange for their safety, she requested protection for her family when she had no certainty they would comply.

The nation of Israel obeyed God and found themselves protected.  Daniel, though caught praying and thrown into a den of hungry lions, was protected from any harm.  Rahab trusted God more than man, and He protected her and her family.

Dear friends, cling to these examples God gave us in His word.  He is faithful!  If we trust Him while we stand in obedience to Him, He WILL protect us.  Believe it.

Confession:  I began writing this post Thursday night.  It was an hour I should have been asleep, but when the Spirit moves, that’s when I rush to get it into a post.  I sleepily hit the “publish” tab and went to bed.  Imagine my surprise the following morning when Pam at Everyday Living commented on the post.  Yikes!

Pam’s comment included a hymn that would be perfect with this post, so I added it from YouTube for you.  (Thanks again, Pam!)

Priscilla Shirer quoted her dad, Tony Evans, in his definition of faith.  This is my summation of it.

Faith is believing it is so, even when it isn’t so, so that it will be so, because God says so.

Recite that a few times and put it in your own words.  It’s easier to recall in your own words, I believe.  That quote pretty much sums up what we’ve talked about these three Sundays in a row.  Today’s portion is this:

Believing it is so…because God says so.

That’s something I can cling to.  What about you?

Are you heading off to church this morning to worship our Great God?

Blessings~

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Replace Those Tapes

I discuss many types of DIY projects on this blog, and I don’t avoid discussing the most important DIY of all – ourselves.

As we discussed last Sunday, we (I) need to get better at Recognizing the Voice.  Once we realize who we’re dealing with, we can chart a plan of action to block it.

Do you block certain phone calls from getting through to you?  Well, that’s what we’re working on today – except it’s the voice we’re blocking from getting into our mind and thoughts rather than a phone call.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you understand what I’m talking about.  Satan works tirelessly to make you feel inadequate, unloved, insecure, incapable…basically not good enough.  How many times have you been on the receiving end of this?

The way to combat Satan in his schemes against your mind and thoughts is to examine what God says about you.  God’s truth is what we are to believe, not Satan’s lies.

To push out the negative thoughts Satan inflicts on us, we must replace them with God’s truth.

John 15:16

What does God want His people to know?  Let me count the ways…

You are tenderly loved by God.  (Jeremiah 31:3)

You are the sweet fragrance of Christ to God.  (2 Corinthians 2:15)

You are chosen by God, holy and dearly loved.  (Colossians 3:12)

You are united to the Lord, one spirit with him.  (1 Corinthians 6:17)

You are Christ’s friend.  (John 15:15)

You have been made complete in Christ.  (Colossians 2:10)

You are born of God, and the evil one cannot touch you.  (1 John 5:18)

You are God’s workmanship.  (Ephesians 2:10)

The good work that God has begun in you will be perfected.  (Philippians 1:6)

You cannot be separated from the love of God.  (Romans 8:31)

Your needs are met by God.  (Philippians 4:19)

You have been rescued from Satan’s domain and
transferred into the kingdom of Christ.  (Colossians 1:13)

You have been given great and precious promises by God.  (2 Peter 1:4)

You are chosen by Christ to bear fruit.  (John 15:16)

You are firmly rooted and built up in Christ.  (Colossians 2:7)

You have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)

The list continues on and on, folks!  God gives us many promises and affirmations in His Holy Word.

Re-read the list and replace “you are” with “I am”- sometimes “you” with “I” or “me”, when appropriate.  Let those statements soak in.  This will equip you to replace the tapes in your head from Satan’s ugliness to God’s loving affirmations.  Refuse to listen to Satan any longer.

God loves you!  He wants you to know and understand what He has for you, how He feels about you.  He wants you to live like it.

Much of today’s post was gleaned from The Armor of God  study by Priscilla Shirer.  I highly recommend going through the study.  It’ll challenge you and change you, as the Holy Spirit does with us through Bible study.

Have you gone through an impactful study lately?  Can you share what study it was and how it affected you?

Blessings~

 

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Recognizing the Voice

Do you have negative thoughts about yourself?  Is your first reaction to a compliment one that dispels or minimizes it?  There’s a reason.

The reason is not what you think.  The reason is NOT that those whispering thoughts are the truth.  And, the reason is discussed in scripture.

John 10:10

Not everyone struggles with this.  HH says he never has thoughts like these.  All along, I thought it was normal  and that everyone has those negative tapes running through their mind.

The voice isn’t creepy whispers.  It’s not another personality pushing its way in.

The voice is Satan…trying to get into your head, your thought life.  It may seem spooky and eerie to you.  It may sound crazy, but we do have a spiritual realm operating around us.  We can’t see it.  It’s unrecognizable…unless we’re aware of it.

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,
but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,
against mighty powers in this dark world,
and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. {Ephesians 6:12 NLT}

The devil is real.  He is at work always, picking at us, jabbing us, and throwing fiery darts.  Sometimes his darts are more than simple annoyances.  They can be devastating!

If your eyes are open to the spiritual truths in the Bible about what’s going on in “the heavenly places”, the spiritual realm, then you’ve seen it with your spiritual eyes.  And, you are aware and watching.  I thought I was watching, but that sneaky Devil wormed his way in!

To begin our new year in 2017, our Sunday School class studied Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God.  I was filled with fiery darts sticking out all over the place, and I was eaten up with thoughts of self-consciousness, inadequacy, and doubt.  Satan had been chipping away at my confidence, and I was helping him!

If you replay those tapes of negativity in your head,
you are in effect agreeing with Satan. 
You are helping Satan accomplish his destruction.
So stop doing that!

I don’t hate any person, but I do hate Satan!  Why would I want to help him?  I don’t.  When I realized what was happening and that I was helping him in his scheme, it was time for war.  If you struggle with this same thing, I want to help you break the pattern.

We can’t have the rich and satisfying life that God wants us to have if we allow Satan to have his way.

Let’s overcome this pattern of destruction, shall we?  Next week, we’ll start looking at things in a new way – chipping away this tendency.

Are you with me?

Blessings~

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Our Delight!

I don’t have a long, involved post today.  Sometimes we need to sit back quietly and hear from the Lord.  If you’re a woman of faith, you get that, right?

Our great God made us for His pleasure, for our praise to Him, which glorifies Him.  In our praise, He lifts us from our troubles and turmoil.

He restores my soul.

Let’s take a few moments to delight ourselves in the Lord, shall we?

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God is so good to strengthen us through His word…His music…His Son, our risen Savior.  Today, let’s rest in that.  Grab a comfy chair and maybe a cup of hot coffee or tea.  Sit back and hear what He has for you today.

He is Holy, Righteous, our All.  He is our Healer, our Counselor, our Compass, our Mighty God!  He reigns above all.  Give Him your troubles today.  He will calm your fears, heal your emotional turmoil, guide your every step, hold you securely in His hand.

More of Him…less of me.

Blessings~

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How to Sew a Professional Finish – Better Than Store-Bought!

Granted, I buy table-cloths on clearance.  They always are finished around the edges in the same way, no matter where I purchase them.  I should qualify that…anywhere in my  realm of shopping.

If you shop at exclusive, high-end stores, there might be better table-cloth edging quality there. 😉

A friend recently asked me to sew around a table-cloth for her tailgate tables.  I’d do anything for this friend, so I accepted such a small task at once.  Piece of cake.

How to Sew a Professional Finish

I didn’t realize the cloth was so large until I got it home and spread it out.  It’s nine feet by nine feet!  They are serious tailgate-ers.  😉

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

It’s such a pretty fabric, too.

A simple turned or surged edge wouldn’t do for such a large piece.  A larger hem is more appropriate here.  I decided on a double-fold one-inch hem size.

To do this, turn down two inches along every edge and press.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Lift up the flap and fold the edge under to the pressed line.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Press again.  Now you have double-fold one-inch pressed edges ready for sewing.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Except for the corners.  What do you do about the corners?

Unfold and turn the corner down at the two-inch pressed line cross point.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Re-fold the edges to the corner.  Nice.  Except for the tail stick out.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Unfold and trim the tail.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Fold everything again and pin.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Stitch the pressed folds very close to the inner fold around the entire cloth, pivoting at each corner with your needle down.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

This cloth is two pieces of three-yard lengths of fabric sewn together, joining the widths of 1-1/2 yards each.  To make the seam stronger, press the seam allowance to one side and top stitch half an inch beside the first seam (with seam allowance under it).  Someone stitched the first seam using this pattern-matching technique, so the effect is double stitching.

Nine by Nine Table-Cloth

This cloth is exterior fabric, so it’ll last a long time, through many years of tailgate excursions.  🙂

See?  Piece of cake.

http://curtainqueencreates.com/new-pattern-match-technique/

To that, I only have one thing to add.

GO TEAM!   🙂

Does your family meet before ballgames to tailgate, gnash, and visit?  I want to hear all about it!

Blessings~

I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.

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Lead Me On, Help Me Stand

I shared this video on my Facebook personal page for friends and family this week.  As often, I wanted to share it with you, as well.

It’s such a sweet story, even when there was loss and sadness for this man of God.

I share this to encourage you.  When you experience devastation, God is with you.

Just as He ministered to Thomas Dorsey in his misery, God lifts all His children when we are in pain.

Psalm 116:15

All we need to do is turn to Him…talk with Him…sit with Him in His word, soaking it in.  He’s there for us.  With us.

He leads us on and helps us stand.
He is Precious Lord to his children,
and we are precious to Him.

You are precious to Him!

Does that bring you peace?  He is our peace.  Praise the Lord with gladness!

Blessings~

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