Brenda Walsh Ministries, May 21, 2020. @brendawalsh.com
There are times when you struggle with being tempted to do things that you know are not right. You’ve fallen so many times that it seems you’re on a losing streak with the devil. It might even be a sin that is considered “no big deal” in the world, and you’re comforted by knowing that “no one else could possibly know.” But when you’re walking the Christian walk, your conscience will give you no rest. The Holy Spirit is pleading with you to surrender your secret sin, but when you keep ignoring God’s voice, the devil wins! As you spiral downward in your walk with Jesus, and continue down the wrong path, discouragement sets in, and you’re tempted to give up and quit trying to resist the temptation. You may have even prayed and asked God to take away those temptations–for if you no longer had the desire to sin–you wouldn’t have to worry about messing up. But if God just removed the temptation–you would not be leaning on Him for strength. God wants you to “choose” to serve Him and depend on His strength to resist whatever the devil throws your way. The Bible says in Proverbs 21:30-31,”There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord . . . but victory rests with the Lord.” And in Psalm 60:12 we’re told, “With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies.” You can have the victory over temptation–when you fully surrender your heart and life to God!” Text: 1 Corinthians 15:57, John 16:33, 2 Chronicles 20:15
1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 16:33 NKJV – “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV – And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Not too long ago, I watched a vintage game show episode in which the President was mentioned. They spoke of the President with such respect, which surprised me! I don’t hear a lot of people speak respectfully of our President or other political leaders. I know I don’t speak that way myself.
Recently, I’ve heard many people speaking ill about our political leaders. I have been guilty of doing so, but it’s not right! The Bible tells us clearly about how we are to think of the political leaders that God has placed over us.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. – Romans 13:1
Even if we don’t agree with our leaders politically, God says we must respect them. Even if we know they are biblically wrong, we still must respect…
One of the things I’ve learned while studying the Word is that God has sewn a lesson into every event and experience in our lives. Tribulations, trials, suffering, and joy are all tied to His lessons. However, it is generally futile to identify the lesson if we are unable to still ourselves and spend time with Him. God commands us to be still, to spend time in communion with Him, to listen to Him, and enter into dialogue with Him. Psalm 46:10 says, Be still and know I am God…
I shared in an earlier post that God will sideline you if He determines you are not placing Him first in your life. God sidelined me for two years because I did not pay attention to His still quiet voice, I was always too busy to soend time with Him. What I learned during that time was, that the peace I experienced during these times is a peace I never experienced prior to being stilled. It’s a peace I cry out for and long to experience again and again. One of the lessons that pertain to our spiritual life is to examine our relationship with God while we are in lockdown, during the pandemic, and provide time to be with Him alone and in peace. It may require waking before everyone in your home wakes up, or take time while the children nap. The point is – carve out time. Once you do, you will observe the world around you change. Why does it change, because your spirit changes. Learn to be still.
“Be still, and know that I am GOd.” Psalms 46:10 NIV
The women of the Bible are our archetypes. Jesus was theirs, as He is ours today.
~ Lisa Blair
This was written by Wendy Lim-Ferrero, a Bible Study Fellowship leader. She posted this on FB. Worthy of sharing.
🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 To All Women of Faith in Christ
🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be an Esther, bold and courageous enough to stand for the truth, to voice your opinion and fight for the good of others, even when it means to sacrifice yourself. If God has put you in a position, it is for a purpose. Never be afraid to heed to that inner voice. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Ruth, loyal in all your relationships, walk the extra mile and don’t quit when things get tough. Someday, you’ll see why it was all worth the effort. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Lydia, let your homes be open, let your hands be generous, let your hearts be big enough to help anyone in need. Joy is greatest when shared. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Hannah, never cease to pray. It will never be in vain. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Mary, humble and submissive. You don’t have to be great for God to use you, you just need to obey. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Dorcas, use your talents, however small it may seem to bring a smile on someone’s face. You’ll never know how much it can mean to someone. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be an Abigail, remember how each decision can turn your life around for good or bad. Be wise. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be an Elizabeth, never doubt what God can do. Miracles do happen. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Mary Magdalene, never let your mistakes and judgments of other people stop you from experiencing true joy in Jesus. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a Rebekah, never forget that true beauty lies within. Draw your man closer to God through your character. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 Be a daughter after Gods likeness; Be pure hearted; Allow your inner Beauty to overshadow your outward appearance. 🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸🍃🌸 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom He predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom He justified he also glorified.” Romans 7:28-30
God is faithful through the storms and the beach days in the sun. He is our protection
~ Lisa Blair
I remember being a child and frightened of thunder, very young, or having a nightmare, a little older, my first response was to run into the arms of my mother. She was my harbor, my rock, and my safety. The waves could roar and toss me to and for, but they could not break me or crush me. As I grew into adulthood, I always felt her strength and safe harbor when speaking to her on the phone about issues I was experiencing. She always had a calming effect, an aura of peace that extended to me.
Just think, if we feel safe from the love of a parent, how much more pronounced the experience when we run to God brokenhearted and feeling crushed. He is our Savior, our rock, and our remedy for the attacks of uncertainty.
Thank God, when this world attempts to break our heart and crush our spirit, we can rest in Him and faithfully know He has surrounded us with His love, and through this, His strength.
God is faithful through the storms and the beach days in the sun. He is our protection, and we should run to Him. He is our refuge. We are not a people who remain brokenhearted or crushed. His love is greater, and like our human parents, shields us from the monsters under the bed.
Today is the day the Lord has made; stay focused, stay present, stay faithful.
God never promised that if you would follow Him, your life will be perfect. He never promised the sun would always shine or that you would never experience pain. The truth is, this journey here on earth is difficult and challenging. There are so many twists and turns to life and through it all it is critically important to stay focused on Jesus.
The devil would like nothing better than to separate you from the only One who can save you, and he will stop at nothing to get your attention. He loves to plant seeds of doubt–especially when you are going through a crisis and are the most vulnerable. Satan loves to whisper his lies, encouraging you to blame God for your troubles. But Satan is the creator of sin and he gets all the credit for pain and heartache–not God!
Stay focused on your heavenly Father who loves you more than anyone else ever could! When you are in trouble–call upon Him for help. The Bible says in Psalm 34:17-19, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
You don’t have to be afraid of life’s challenges, heartache, and pain because you are never alone! Stay faithful–stay focused on the only one who can save you from all your trials, misery, and suffering–Jesus Christ, your Lord, and Savior.
I am a Christian, a retired teacher, a mother and a grandmother. I love to read and I love the Lord Jesus Christ! Unless otherwise specified ,all visual illustrations are from the YOU VERSION APP of the Bible.