Spirit Animals

I heard some people talking about their spirit animals. I am glad I was not in that conversation. It is not that spirit animals are stupid, because they can’t be. They don’t exist. What is stupid is believing in them and here is why. They don’t exist. And further, often people who believe in these made-up creatures don’t believe in Jesus Christ or trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation, and there is much supportive historical evidence for Him. They would rather trust in a mythical creature to help or save them in life (called idolatry in the Bible) than trust in God their Creator to help and save them. To me, it makes a lot more sense to believe in God our Creator for which we ourselves are proof. He makes sense. The Bible makes sense. I am so thankful we have it to read and learn the truth.πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

How We “Know” Anyone

How do we “know” someone? Their words, their silence, their actions? Can we really “know” anyone at all? There are spies and actors whose sole job is to convincingly deceive. There are evil people who stay in a disguise for years and are really the enemy’s pawn. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. So it is in the spiritual realm. The enemy disguises himself as an angel of light. Very convincing but very deceptive, lies are their bread and water and what they exhale. How do you know truth from lie?

Only God knows a person. Only He knows if someone is genuine. And we can know by a few key ways. We can know our Bible. That is the best way; it is black and white what the Scripture says. Also, we ask questions and study for discrepancies or cringes of spirit. We also can ask if Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be born a man to die and rise from the dead and ask if Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. We pray and ask for wisdom and discernment.

I, like most of you, have been hurt a lot. I really only trust God and a very few godly women I have known most of my life. I do not believe God ever comma ds us to trust other people but He does command us to trust Him and love and serve Himself and others. I have found that when I trust God, I can easily serve in love. And the closer I am to Jesus Christ, the more I trust Him and know if someone is His or not.πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Lining Up Under God’s Will

I still love this billboard that says “God’s Word is His Will”. Nothing could be more true. We can know what God wants us to do by reading His Word and applying it to our life. And this requires some humility, some desire to please and know God better, a relationship growing closer to Christ and salvation through Him. So, lining ourselves under God’s will is first and foremost intentional, an act of the heart and decision of the mind. It does not grow unless you nourish it. You have to want what He wants more than you want what you want. You have to trust that He loves us better and more than we love ourselves and accept His better way. That is the crux of the matter.πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Dark Night of the Soul

Tonight was community group. It was very small this evening, which was perfect because I was in a mood, a sad mood, almost a woe is me mood, nearly depressed, which is unlike normal me, that muddy soul thing I mentioned before.

I was tempted to dump out my story and how hard the day was and how I had to cut back my loved and beautiful trumpet vine because it was out of control huge and needed to start small again and grow, my husband said. (I was crying as I cut it.) But something in me and the circumstances kept my mputh closed and ears listening, which I am getting better at.

As I was leaving, I mentioned to my coleader what was goinng on and asked for prayer. She didn’t bat an eye and told me “Oh, you’re going through your dark night of the soul. Look it up and I’ll pray for you.”

I looked it up and whatever that weird title is, it sounded exactly like it. So I prayed for God to help me through this thing and I will go through it with Jesus and may God’s will be done. I am happy to know I am not going insane and other people go through rough patches. “Nothing is new under the sun.” So praise God!! I just keep trusting Him, do what I need to, and rest between like my wise friend suggested.πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ