The Battleground

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Do you ever feel like you are fighting an uphill battle?  That no matter what you do there is always opposition, stress, negativity and just plain crap?  Yeah, yeah I said the word that I most often tell my kids not to say.  But seriously, there is no better word than that for satan’s lies, tricks and deceits.  Satan will use the tiniest thing to trip us up.  A word, a facial expression, and other good Christian people.  But most of all he uses our EMOTIONS!   We are told not to live by our emotions but by God’s TRUTH. 

Here is TRUTH:

Galatians 5:16-24

The Message (MSG)

16-18My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

(this is what negativity and bickering look and smell like)

19-21It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

   This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

22-23But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

The very first line does it for me. We are to live FREELY, ANIMATED & MOTIVATED by GOD’S SPIRIT.  Not the world’s but GOD’S.  Scripture tells us over and over that God wants what is GOOD for us .  Why can you imagine being God and looking down on us? Ha!  What do you think he is saying when he hears us bickering and fighting over trivial junk?  Remember the Israelites?  They were like that too.  They whined and complained about all the things they DIDN’T have anymore and they couldn’t see their future.  We are still like this today.  God gave Moses a vision for the people and he knew that Moses would get them to the next step.  It took a long time to get around that mountain though didn’t it?  40 years!  Are we going to mountain climb for 40 years and miss out on the blessings of God with our whining and complaining like they did?  Sheesh, I hope not!  But I see it happening all over the place and at times it is just plain ugly to watch.  I am sure that God must grimace at his people.  I know I do.  I ‘m not blameless here either.  I have fallen into those little traps just like you have. This is why it is so important to be in God’s Word as soon as you rise in the morning and before you go to bed at night.  Do I do that on a daily basis? No.  Do you? I doubt it.  Can we?  Yes.  We must find our stance on that rock on the top of that mountain like Moses did.  ( exodus 17:8-16) Then we must find helpers who will hold our arms up when we are tired like Aaron and Hur did for Moses.   We must be willing to hold others up as well.  It’s called accountability.  There isn’t much of this going on in today’s world.  Why look at our country…ahhh…let’s not and say we did.  Another blog, another day. 

Listen, God does give His people visions.  He does give them helpers. He does give them resolve to see that vision through.  I have been part of a vision for awhile now.  God is making this vision come true.  He has brought people into our church by the droves.  Why last week I told Cort I didn’t know half the people that were there and I’ve been there from the beginning.  I don’t know where they are all coming from, I just know that they ARE coming and we must meet the needs of the people.   This includes their children.  God has given another vision for us to build our children’s ministry.  We are doing that.  These kids that are coming need to know who loves them. 

They are hungry for Jesus Christ and we ARE going to feed them. 

 

(Resolve. Without it we would be dead people with no hope, no future, no life. )

God has sent us helpers to build this ministry and people are excited.  We have obstacles to overcome and mountains to climb but I believe with all my heart that God has given us the right leaders to guide us over the mountain.    He has also sent me to hold those leaders up when they tire and need encouragement.  I also know that God has given me a vision and that success will require the same thing from the people around me.  Doing God’s work is not easy and it takes every ounce of resolve you have in your gut to keep on going.   When you know that what you are doing is of God-God will and does keep you going.  Just like he did with Moses on that mountain top.  Joshua was below, fighting for the land and Moses was above holding up the banner of Truth over the battle.  Who won?  Well, you’ll have to read that story and find out for yourself!  ( exodus 17:8-16)

As Galatians 5 says:

22-23But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

I plan to spend my time living God’s way, receiving the gifts of blessings, planting trees and picking fruit and living with exuberance for God.  God has given me a “stick to it ness” that I have never experienced before in my life.  He has filled my heart with compassion for the young people he is putting in my path and He is convicting me about who HE is and what HE can do when I put HIM first in ALL things.   So if I’ve stepped on your toes-get over it.  It’s not me, it’s God. 

God is TRUTH and I’m standing on it.  ( even if it means standing alone!)

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About godw1nz

I am the mom of three beautiful daughters, wife to a genius, sister to a teacher, sis-in-law to an engineer, daughter to a yankee and a rebel, and a woman chasing God. I love to read, draw and be with my family. If the reading inspires me, then I draw what I read. Almost everything I draw is based around or about Jesus Christ. I attend church at First United Methodist Hillsville. Ronnie Collins is my associate pastor, also a blogger here. I love the Lord with all my heart and I hope what you see here will inspire your heart.

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