These flowers are called Forget-Me-Not. It’s interesting that another name for it is Scorpion Grass, which is quite apropos as forgetting is a great weapon of our enemy. If he can get us to forget what our God has done for us in the past or what our drugs of choice have done to us, we will end up in failure.
The Israelites confessed their sin Nehemiah 9 after having read the Book of the Law of the Lord their God. They praised God in verses 6-15 for all the wonderful things He had done for them. How soon the people forget all this by rebelling against Him and His Word. They repeated this cycle in verses 19-25 where God is gracious and awesome in power only to fail again in verse 26-27.
Freedom comes from remembering God’s greatness, whereas forgetting allows the scorpion to bite! It’s as we remember what Jesus has done for us, how He’s changed our lives and makes us feel as we stay close to him that we’ll continue to experience victory over our drugs of choice.
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Something to think about. Do you believe Jesus has everything you need in life? If yes, do you attempt to go to Him to met those needs? If yes, your enemy will use everything in his bag of tricks to keep this from happening.
Paul told Timothy as much in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
The moment you place your faith in Jesus, the evil one can’t change your eternal destination, but he will do everything within his power to wreck havoc on your road to sanctification – becoming more like Jesus. And if you answered “No” to any one of the previous questions, your enemy’s tricks have worked.
Understand that your enemy wants to destroy your peace and joy. Therefore, expect hassles. Know that trying times, some harder than others, are coming your way. This is why Jesus told us to “watch and pray” for such attacks so we can be calm in the midst of life’s storms. This can only happen as we do exactly the opposite of what our enemy wants us to do – keep listening to and following Jesus throughout our day.
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I heard this one the other day, “A beer is cheaper than a chiropractor.” It was much easier and less expensive for this person to drink in order to ease their pain than it was to pay a chiropractor to get rid of it.
Paul calls this an “argument” that must be demolished in 2 Corinthians 10:5. The Spirit tells us to take captive our rationalizations and justifications for the things we do to Christ and evaluate them. Are they true or a lie?
Is the above rationalization for drinking biblical? Not in the least. One, beer only kills the pain temporarily. Once the alcohol wears off, the pain will come back. It’s a short-term feel good fix (Heb. 11:25). Beyond that, I’ve never heard of someone wrapping their car around a tree after going to a chiropractor. Yes there is freedom of choice, but not in consequences. We must examine why we do what we do if we want to become more like Christ. Take a look behind the curtain of your behavior and examine your reasons for the things you do. Do they match with the truth of God? If not, it’s time to demolish them using the FREEdom process. If so, it’s time to exercise the truth asking for the Spirit’s power and for your BIG partner’s prayer to bring victory.
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Change me already, Lord! Ever said that or a variation of it? I know I have. I want to be more like Jesus…yesterday; but at times, it seems like I’m up and down. I walk. I fall.
This describes what’s called the sin-confession-sin cycle. It’s where one loses or fails to be or do what Jesus is asking them to be or do. The person then confesses their sin to Jesus (hopefully quickly), asks His forgiveness, and gets back up to walk with Him again (hopefully just as quickly), only to fall again, which starts the cycle all over again.
The first step to stop this frustrating cycle, after wanting to change (if you don’t want to change, nothing will help!), is to slow down and listen to the Spirit. Life change starts by rooting out the lies behind the behavior, not by focusing on the behavior itself (Rom. 12:2). And it’s the Spirit’s job to get at that lie. He can do it all by Himself, through His Word of Truth and/or through His people speaking truth.
It’s hard for many of us to slow down and listen, however, let alone expose ourselves to the Spirit’s examination. Yet if we don’t, what hope do we ever have of stopping that frustrating cycle to experience the sweet taste of victory? Work harder or run faster? Give up and live with the endless cycle?
Want off? Your God loves you and wants you to be like Jesus, the only who can give you what you’re looking for in life; therefore remember, it is for freedom from this cycle that Jesus came!
Begin the process today by getting on a daily Bible reading schedule with the intent to hear the Spirit speak to you, and making sure your BIG partner is both listening and talking to Jesus on your behalf in this specific area (James 5:16).
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