Monday, February 27, 2012

Where Do You Find Comfort?

What's your comfort food? Personally, i have different comfort foods for different situations. But as we all, i'm sure, have found out, comfort food is only a temporary fix. Comfort is a spiritual need. God's word is our only true comfort when we face ordeals.

"Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."
Matthew 4:4

It is very important that we read & memorize God's word, especially during the good times. Because, if we have His words in our minds & in our hearts. God will bring to mind His truths that we need when we go through any & every trial of this world. That is why, to know the words that come from the mouth of God, we must spend time in His word - reading, studying, praying & memorizing scripture.

Balanced food choices give us the energy & strength to face physical demands. But a balanced relationship with our Savior, is what we need for spiritual strength. And with that, we grow in our spiritual strength, which will help us to grow past our temptations of temporary comforts.

Plus - God wants us to continually be nourished by His word so that we will be able to tell others about His kingdom & righteousness. Share God's love.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day!

Hope you all are enjoying a 3 day weekend! I've decided to take the day off due to the holiday. See you all next week!
{{{hugs}}} & prayers

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Three Stage of Temptation

Did you know that there are three stages of temptation?

The first stage happens to every single one of us. We all are tempted every day in one way or another. Overeating, over spending, procrastination & what about "borrowing" office supplies - pens, paper clips, etc. (After all, no one will miss them.) I think you get the picture. You know in what way you are tempted. It's when we hesitate & begin to think about temptation that we can find ourselves in the participation stage before we really realize what we're actually doing. 
Overspending puts a strain on the budget.
Overeating is bad for your health. And if you're on a diet, will mess up progress you have made.
With procrastination, you don't get done what needs to be done.
As for the office supplies, more expenses for the office makes for lower profit, which makes for lower or no raises, AND if it's really bad, you could lose your job.

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
 I Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

I've heard this verse called "the excuse-buster". When temptations come our way, it's an opportunity to refer to this verse. It's a reminder that whenever we yield to temptation, it's because we wanted it - whatever it might be - more than we wanted the joy of obedience. 

How often have you said, or thought, "I just couldn't help it! It was just too tempting!" ? God is in control of our lives, but He also gives us free choice. We need to ask Him to be in control of our lives AND allow Him to be just that. He is constantly showering us with countless blessings. How many of those do we miss because we are too preoccupied with temptation of one sort or another.

Thankfully, God's faithfulness is very evident when we take a temptation to Him. His desire is to help us overcome. No matter what your temptation might be, take it to God. Ask Him to give you His wisdom & strength to turn the participation stage of temptation to the joy of obedience. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Are You Guilty?

One of the most amazing things in life is when God shows Himself to you. I have "seen" God with the eyes of my soul. I have felt His presence. The other day, i had a profound experience like this.

My daily devotion that day was about a lady, who had negative feelings for a co-worker, & on the way to work, was hoping the co-worker would get fired. This lady had a personal relationship with God & heard Him say, "Do you know that i love her as much as I love you?"

As i finished reading this devotion & was about to move on with my day, God captured my attention with that question. "Do you know that I love her as much as I love you?" I had been guilty - so guilty - of NOT thinking like this. But there was one specific situation a few years ago that made me ask how anyone who professes to be a christian, could be so cruel. My husband & i had endured some cruelness that was very disheartening. And even though the hurt & anger that i had felt at that time had long subsided, i knew that i still hadn't forgiven the people involved. I asked God to give me the strength to truly forgive them & i started tearing up. I wondered, was the hurt still in my heart the reason that i was starting to cry. 

"With the tongue we praise our Lord & Father, & with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise & cursing. My brothers, this should not be."
James 3:9-10 (NIV)

I realized that i had been just as cruel in this situation. I had vented & talked about those involved in the situation, behind their backs. When God shows you that side of yourself, it hurts too. But during my prayer & cleansing tears, God also told me that the forgiveness & healing can now begin. 

I certainly didn't expect any of that on that morning. But i am very thankful that my eyes were opened & that God convicted me. I'm also thankful that He is the most lenient & compassionate judge - EVER! Most importantly, i am thankful that i know Him & are learning my lessons from Him.

On a side note: As i put my things away that morning, the dog needed to go outside. So i turned to go into the kitchen to get the leash & smacked my knuckles on the door frame. OUCH!!! As i reached for the leash, i had to laugh out loud. God not only convicted me & opened my eyes to what i had done, but did He have to smack my knuckles too?!  =)