Hearing His Word

It’s important to learn the Word so your relationship becomes more vivid. God speaks to us in many ways, but I find it most comforting when He teaches me through the Word. Memorize a daily devotional scripture each day and watch it strengthen your faith and emotional stamina.

Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh and Overcoming our Carnal Nature

Christopher-Robin-Live-Action-Animation-ComparisonRecently I watched the movie, Christopher Robin set in the mid-1940s. The story is about the adult Christopher Robin suffering through the stresses of war and then as a procurement officer for a suitcase company, a husband, and a father. While his name was Christopher Robin, he was no longer the whimsical child whose friends were wise stuffed animals. As an adult, he lost himself and became overwhelmed by life allowing his carnal (sin) nature to take hold of him.

How many of us become overwhelmed by life? How many of us lost our way when we became adults? How many of us have or had careers, families, and life only to find that we have been misplaced by the facade of what we thought an adult was? In effect, we have allowed our sin nature to become our master. Our sin nature is our carnal self. When we are not alert, the essence of who God created us to be is overtaken by the world. Fortunately, possessing the Holy Spirit alerts us of the takeover and awakens us to live a life like Christ. 2 Kings 2:3 tells us God will remove the master of our carnal being and free us to be who he created us to be.

“Then the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him. “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; be still.”

As the story proceeds, Pooh looked for Christopher Robin for years because he missed the relationship they had years ago. Do you miss the relationship you had with God when you were a newly saved Christian? One day Pooh decided to venture out and find him. Are you seeking the Lord and your relationship with Him?

Jumping ahead, Pooh found Christopher Robin in London and hoped he would still be his friend and return to the 100-Acre Wood. When he saw a man approaching him in the park, Pooh did not recognize him. His adult (carnal) personality was nothing close to who he was as a youth, his essence was missing, and he was a mere shell of who he was earlier in life.

Pooh then said, it is always a sunny day when Christopher Robin comes to play. Christopher heard Pooh but knew the old Christopher was dormant and lost. He could not find himself and therefore could not play with them. This was his wake-up moment. Up until that moment, he did not realize he was lost. Luke 5:26 says,

“They were all stuck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

To shift the story a bit, this morning at church Pastor Paul Sheppard (Destiny Christian Fellowship, USA), shared a God showed him a paradigm shift about of what he had been in prayer about for some time. Pastor Paul shared that paradigm shifts change the perspective of how you see something. In essence, what you thought a thing was, was, in fact, something completely different when the shift takes place. I share this because Christopher Robin experienced a paradigm shift when he found his daughter (who went back to the city to give him his papers he left behind) and she gave him one of the pages of his report. The diagram was a pyramid showing percentages of who purchased suitcases, reflecting a loss in sales (that could result in the company closing down). However, when the diagram was inverted, it showed a potential increase in sales if you looked at the economics of what part of the population would purchase suitcases when they received vacation time to travel. Before the paradigm shift, the target market was the rich, the inverted diagram reflected that as the market changed to include the average working man, suitcase sales would increase exponentially.

In the end, everything worked out. Christopher Robin saved the day, the company remained open, he reclaimed his essence, found himself and began to focus on his family. The final minutes of the movie focused on Pooh and Christopher Robin sitting

on a tree trunk. Pooh asked Christopher Robin what day is it? Christopher Robin quickly responded ‘it is today’. Pooh smiled and said, good, it is today, that’s great because when it was yesterday, it was too much of a day for me. This was a key point when Christopher replied, it is today, we are witnessing his turning point, indicating that he found his essence, his carnal self would have given the day and month. Hebrews 3:13 says,

“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Earlier when Pooh said, it always a sunny day when Christopher Robin comes to play is the moment when he established who he was, just as we do when we repent and ask God to be part of our life. Pooh recognized that Christopher Robin was no longer lost. He had found himself, he reclaimed his essence while searching for an answer to his dilemmas and searching for his daughter who was much like him. Sometimes it is to do nothing when we have been tasked with finding the answer.

Doing nothing for Christians is stepping back and going into prayer asking God for direction. We are instructed to be still and wait on the Holy Spirit to direct us, in so doing we step away from our carnal, sinful self and rely on the Lord. Why is forging ahead without Gods direction carnal? Our carnal self is self-serving, conceited, and stubborn, seeking to draw attention to self and not the intended outcome.

Generally, as we search for purpose, we grow as Christians and eventually receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. In so doing, we reclaim our person in Christ and relinquish our carnal self. However, like Christopher Robin, we can slip into the chaos of the world and lose ourselves. As long as we live in this world we will be challenged, sometimes we need to step back, be still, and let God lead us.

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Oh, Your Thoughts, Your Thoughts

The AMP version reads:

“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].” Phil. 4:8

Today we experience a magnitude of hate, violence, and racism at are more deceptive than ever before, due in large part to the conveyance of information through all forms of the media. It is overwhelming and we tend to get caught up in the muck and the mire. As Christians, we need to seek out and focus on the things that are true, honorable, right, and pure. Our focus should be on developing a Christian thought life. One of Satan’s strongest ploys is to distract us, to focus our minds in such as way as to create forms of depression and oppression in our thinking.

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‭‭I like the phrasing in the image – FIX YOUR THOUGHTS. Focus on the thoughts that are filtering through Satan’s smoke screens and are things of God, implant them in your heart. We must control our thoughts, and be intentional about what we think, to‘ demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,’  we must ‘take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ 2 Cor 10:5.

Other Posts that focus on this subject:

*Horses, Blinders, and Distractions, Aug 3, 2018
*Rotating Sphere, Depiction of Chaos in Life, July 7, 2018
*Second Guessing God, Self-Deception, March 6, 2018
*Living Through the Muck and Mire of Life, February 16, 2018

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Images – YouVersion, Google Images

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Stand Fast In These Crazy Times

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While attending Church this morning God spoke to me and said, “I gave you a prophecy, share it.” This was the first time this has happened and I was a bit timid and held back. Today, I bind and cast our the spirit of timidity and fear and share this Word with all who read this post.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

This is the prophecy: “Your world will be turned upside down, but STAND, you will come out stronger.”

1 Timothy 2:5 reminds us that Christ Jesus is our mediator and is here to reconcile God and all of humanity. His goal is to save everyone, believers and those yet to become believers. Jesus is here to reconcile God and all of humanity, not just you and me. As our mediator, Jesus will bring us through the turmoil of the times. Every day we look at the news and see the chaos and deception Satan has spewed forth. Life on earth, as we know it is under attack.

All of the dynamics of our world are changing. The powers of chaos abound. These areChaos signs that the End Times are near, or perhaps we have entered it. The prophecy tells us to stand through the chaos, upheaval, and destruction.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12

Chaos Circling the WorldThe world atmosphere is causing anxiety, frenzy, and fear. It is evident that we live in a time when we must exalt our Lord, our God. Thank God who removes timidity and fear from us when we entrench ourselves in faith. Why faith, because faith is not an emotion, it is ‘knowing’ that God prevails. If we feel fearful, stand in faith. If we feel timid, stand in faith. If we feel depressed, stand in faith. If life throws any kind of curveball, stand in faith. As we stand in faith Christ Jesus mediates on our behalf. The key is to believe and know that our world may be turned upside down but the grace of God will see us through, as long as we stand.

God is saying, it is not our end, we are not doomed. He is warning that we are beingStanding7 Firm in Faith tested, our emotions will be sifted, and Satan will try to deceive us and break us. Christ said to Simon Peter,

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren. Luke 22:31-34 NIV

Like Peter, if we follow His word, we will come out, more whole than when we enter the chaos lying before us. We will turn again.

As we stand in faith, Jesus intercedes on our behalf. It is because he is our mediator that Standing6 Firmwe can put on the Armor of God and stand. We cannot do it on our own and we cannot mediate for others. We are in a Principality War and Christ is mediating or interceding on our behalf, and for those who are yet to be saved. It is different from our attempts to quell the onslaught of the evil one.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when Standing4 Armorthe day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm. Ephesians 6:13-14 NIV

“Christ’s intercession for us is quite different from our intercession for one another: he intercedes as having merited what he asks for us. Whereas we intercede for our brethren, merely as expressing our good-will toward them. We, depraved and guilty sinners, could not rejoice that there is a God, were there not a Mediator also; one who stands between God and men, to reconcile man to God, and to transact the whole affair of our salvation.” (Benson Notes. BibleHub.com)

Our charge is to share the Good News, the Word of God in the midst of chaos, just as the disciples did they were stoned and spat upon when they were put in jail and run out of cities. Our vision and knowledge must align with biblical truths now more than ever before. Why, because the master marketer, Satan, is afoot. Deception is how he causes us to fall. I encourage everyone to be attentive to how you pray, and how you read and interpret the Bible as you read. Satan and his false prophets know the Bible and spiritual warfare1twist God’s Word to deceive us.

If we are successful at reading the Bible, understanding scripture and praying according to the Word, then we will be able to stand, and walk (in hand with our Mediator) away from being sifted stronger than when we entered it. 

Other Posts on this site that relate to this topic:

>Second Guessing God, Self Deception
>Satan Cycles Our Experiences
>We Live in Spiritual Warfare Terrain, AKA  the Battleground
>Disrupt Your Nature
>Horses, Blinders, Distractions
>Rotating Sphere, Depiction of the Chaos in Life
>Do Not Fear, Do Not Be Afraid
>This is the Day the Devil Must Flee

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Scriptures – Biblegateway.com

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Anxiety Be Gone

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Life Alert!  We often try to control our lives without consulting with God, our counselor, first. Our fears create anxiety. Anxiety is defined as a feeling or worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. (SIRI, Dictionary)

We can remedy the causes of the deception of anxiety. Satan would have us feel defeated, overwhelmed, uncertain, fearful, timid, and depressed. We can overcome the weight of anxiety. God gave us the authority to do so.

Today, tell yourself,

‘I will not stress over the things I cannot control. I will turn the things I am stressing about over to God, Thank you Lord for relieving my anxiety. You said do not worry, do not fear. I am entering this day in spiritual joy. I will not allow anxiety to wear down my heart.’ (LAB)

Claiming My Calm Today:

  • Enter into prayer and meditation, find your calm space in the Lord’s presence.
  • Close all noise out and allow the Holy Spirit to comfort you.
  • Ask Him to remove all of your anxiety and fear.
  • When you finish praying, take a deep slow breath and open your eyes. You are entering a new calm space.
  • Greet those around you with a smile and a kind word.

This routine may take practice because it may not be your normal demeanor, but over time, the new you will wonder how you let anxiety and fear overwhelm you.

The last step is speaking kind words to others. Why a kind word? A kind word serves three purposes, 1 – Jesus instructed us to be kind to one another, 2 – it will cheer you up, and 3 – it will cheer up the person, or people you are greeting.

SCRIPTURES to Help CALM Anxiety and Fear

Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.

2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Psalm 5:22
Cast your cares on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God gave us the authority to defeat Satan’s attacks. Do not allow him to define your attitude about life with doubt, fear, and anxiety. Put on the Armor of God and go forward in peace and good cheer.

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