I love to read spy novels during my vacation. They allow me to be entertained while using my brain in a relaxing manner. In one particular novel, the author used one of his characters to point out that politicians of all stripes spin issues to purposefully manipulate public opinion. They will craft when info is given, where it’s given and how much of it is given to the public.
I thought of our enemy, who does exactly the same to influence our thinking, as I read those lines. He gives us only so much truth (usually that our sin will make us feel good) and then leaks just enough of it at the right moments for us to believe his message. If we don’t filter his message, our lives will only be negatively affected.
We must be listening to the Source of Truth, Jesus, in His Word each day and to the Spirit of Truth throughout our day in order to know where to put our shield of faith filled with God’s truths if we are to see through our enemy’s deceptions.
How’s your listening to and following Jesus skills coming along? 2014 starts tomorrow. Make the commitment to sharpen those skills by using your biblical tools more than you did in 2013.
S“E”t Free Now“W”w
“What in the world am I doing up?” It was 3:30 am and I didn’t have to be awake for at least another hour; and yet, here I was wide awake. I knew why I was up. I had way too many thoughts running around in my head.
My foot shook with each passing minute as my anxiety levels increased. My enemy was taunting me with all my failures from the day and week before, which was only causing me to fill with anxiety, which in turn made my foot shake. I couldn’t calm down; and then, it hit me. Use your tools! I made a little bubble out of each thought in my head and then filtered each one through God’s word. Sleep returned.
Psalm 119:41-42 states, “Let Your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, Your salvation according to Your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in Your word.” Salvation from anxiety is based upon the promises in God’s word. One promise states that I will be at peace when my mind is upon Jesus. I had to use the biblical tools to do just that – focus on Jesus, the truth.
As we make bubbles out of each thought and then filter them through the truths the Spirit has given us, a peaceful sleep returns. Make your own bubble thoughts and then use your tools to experience the peace of God that will give you rest beyond your wildest dreams (Phil. 4:7).
Set “FREE” Nowww
We made plenty of yummy treats for the Christmas holidays, which included my all time favorite peanut butter balls. I can even see them as I’m typing this entry. No, I’m not drooling, but close. (Lol) On top of all this yumminess, I received my favorite candy bar in my bag of goodies from my wife, which was in addition to the box of Sees Candies I received yesterday from the newest member of our family.
So this morning, as I was on my way out to my first discipleship appointment of the day, I saw all these “tempting” items on our kitchen counter staring up at me. If you’ve read my book or heard my story, you know that sweets were/are one of my drugs of choice.
To God’s praise and glory, I’ve seen Him change my life in this area. Using my biblical tools, I could stare back at those treats and say, “Thank you Jesus that You taste so much sweeter and are less fattening than all those treats staring up at me!” In His power I was able to walk out the door to my appointment without popping anything into my mouth.
The Spirit given biblical tools work to get us free and to keep us free. The moment we decide that we’re strong, we need to realize that we’re weak without Jesus. If you and I don’t continually pick up our tools each and every day, whether we’re at home or out and about, we can easily slip back into the old thinking and fall to gorging ourselves on all those delectable treats.
We need our tools now more than ever. We’re more susceptible to falling to our drugs of choice during the Christmas/New Year season because most of us are out of our normal routines. Therefore, I greatly encourage you to keep picking them up and using them through the Spirit’s power to continually walk in victory, no matter how your day unfolds.
Set Free No“W”ww
Not what you thought a king sized bed should look like, huh? Yet this is where the King of Kings was humbly laid by his mother – an animal’s feeding trough – on that first Christmas. Jesus, creator of the universe, humbled Himself to not only become a man, but to do it by going through the birthing process as well!
Isaiah 9 reveals that Jesus came as a child to be a Prince of Peace. We must humble ourselves to make Him our King. As we do this with each decision, He brings more and more of His peace into our lives.
This Christmas, is Jesus the Prince of Peace or your King who brings you peace? He humbled Himself to make it happen. Will you do the same each and every day, starting again with today?
“S”et Free Nowww
A famous poet once said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” This is what Jesus came to do that first Christmas. He came to be “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” He cut a new trail, the only trail that leads to a relationship with a very personal God.
Healthy Jesus believers don’t follow a trail made by others. They have learned how to listen to and follow Jesus throughout their day no matter where they are so they can walk on the only path that satisfies, the one created by the Way Himself.
Put your biblical tools to good use today through walking with the Spirit. Do this and you will make and leave a trail wide and clear enough for others to see and follow the one you say you love, Jesus. Now there’s living a life that will count for eternity!
Set Free Now“W”w