I have recently been thrust into temptation. After being very close to the Lord, and I still am, I was hit by a barrage of attacks on my moral character. And I did not fall for it. But this is how the enemy works, friends, and I am thankful because it means I am doing well. The enemy does not attack to this extent someone he owns. So I am happy to have been through a rough spot and am still strong, even stronger for putting my trust in God for help and strength. And I can attest that when you go through the fire, pull up your trust in God and thus do some morality pushups and humble your spirit and you will come out ahead. Praise God!❤❤❤
To live life unafraid only happens with love from God and faith and trust in Him. Fear is a strong liar that can only be defeated by powerful, truthful love. And God is love. He actually is our only source of love (and goodness) in this universe. Therefore, God’s love defeats fear and our faith and trust in God unleash the power of God/love into our life to do the work. “Perfect love casts out all fear” is another way to say “Faith and trust in God casts out all fear”. And that makes me smile.❤
Tons of people have feel good messages. Positive vibes. Positive thinking. Feel good emotions. Happy thoughts. Calm vibrations.
That is nice sometimes for an emotional boost but is not enough. It has to go deeper. It just has to. It is physics… the dark world surrounding us is heavier and bigger than all that emotional hype. It is stronger. So we have to go deeper to be stronger than what is all around us. Simple math. (The old math not the new nonsense math to make our kids stupid, but I digress.)
We need Jesus’ resurrection power from the Father via the Holy Spirit.
Nothing is deeper than the God of the universe injecting His power, wisdom, love, confidence/faith, hope, etc. into us. And no force anywhere in the entire universe is greater than that.
So encouragement is nice but is insufficient unless dripping with the Holy Spirit. We need God. Bottom line. And we need Him desperately and eternally.❤❤❤
Never bench yourself.
Get in the game, do not sit on the sidelines.
A game is much more fun played.
Even against a team 32 times your size.
It is still better to play.
Even if your team is horribly messed up or doesn’t show up half the time.
God wants you to trust in Him and do what you can.
Because whether it looks like it or not, the truth is that with God, anything and everything is possible.
Many are the traps out there. Many people are not as they seem for they choose the world and it’s promise of pleasures (it only temporarily and even then only partially delivers). Yet it amazes me how many justify their bad choices and reason them out with lies and half lies to not feel guilty or ugly as they are being.
This brings me to a new analogy. A duck that honks is a goose and will bite you. Do not trust a honking duck. Watch what people do, say, the noises they make with their body language. Then determine if they are worthy of your time and attention or just need your quiet witness and gentle testimony. Trust God and not people.❤
I have many people in my friends and family, grew up with and presently that are addicts. I used to believe that they were addicted to the gluttony of food, drugs, pornography, overwork, alcohol, sometimes many of those. I have lived around it all my life. At first, I thought that was just how everyone is. I adopted a lifestyle of addiction also. But God got a hold of me, I firmly believe because of my older generation’s consistent prayers. God changed my heart and life and cleaned me up entirely. And I live for Him with no addiction whatsoever. God redeems. And He has shown me that any addiction is not actually to the drug of choice or even the gluttony. All addictions are idols, they are addictions to lies and running to things other than God to help them. Addictions are false gods. And these false gods, who are evil, demand your allegience, your obedience, your possessions, your full attention, sacrifice. Whereas God wants you to choose Him and blesses every effort along the way when we do. God wants relationship with us. The false god of addiction demands up to and sometimes includes your life, while keeping you hungry and only momentarily satisfying anything you truly want n in your soul. God is truth and the false demonic god of addiction is lies. And addicts lie like you would not believe. Denial lies are their power source, and who is the father of lies? So, I pray for my addicted loved ones and speak truth whenever I can. I cannot save these people but I know that God can and if I can help them in their illness, I will. And I thank God for salvation from addiction and for having the opportunity to trusting and rely on Him only. He is truth and I love Him dearly.❤
Proverbs 3:5. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”❤