Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's Time For An Intervention

Jesus Christ Will Intervene On Your Behalf

Read 1 Samuel 25-26

I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary of Celebrate Recovery on October 4th.  When I originally went to Celebrate Recovery, to deal with food issues, I never dreamed I would be "sugary treat free" 2 years later.  To those of you reading this (without food issues) it might seem a little strange to give up sugary treats; but for someone addicted to sugar... it has made all the difference in my life.

I wrestled with God for months over this.  I remember it like yesterday because, during my Bible studies, I would weep at the thought of never having a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup again.  I had tried to give up sugar on numerous occasions and couldn't last a day without it.  So, whenever I felt the Holy Spirit stirring my heart to surrender - I fought Him and I fought Him hard!  I was mad.  "Why do I have to do this and everyone else I know can still eat these things?"  "Why this?"  "Why not give up carrots, God?  I can do that!"

This is what trusting God looks like.  God wanted me to trust Him with the day to day things in my life.  Whenever I surrendered my sugar to God - He took it and He intervened on my behalf.  He took my yoke of slavery and He shattered it into a million pieces.  He made it possible for me to trust Him.  He made it possible for me to be sugar-free two years later.  Believe me... I wouldn't last a second without His intervention.

In 1 Samuel, we see David's soul bound to the Lord.  We see God intervene on David's behalf.  We see David trust God.  Guess what!  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, your soul is bound to the Lord.  He loves you deeply.  He knows what is best for you.  He wants to intervene on your behalf...  All I can say is - Let Him!  You will be so glad that you did.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

To Be Heard and Respected

Humility Places You In A Position To Be Heard and Respected

The older I get, the more I realize I don't know.  I can think back and remember vivid conversations that I had with individuals that - to this day - blow my mind.  Topics, themes, and subjects that I new very little about; but was adamant, that I knew everything about!  I was very opinionated whenever I was in college.  I still have that little character quality that creeps up sometimes, but I exercise my opinion with greater caution, the older I become. 

In 1 Samuel 24-25, we see David, Saul and Abigail bow in humility before one another.  Humility is a difficult things, because humility forces us to lay our opinions and rights on the ground.  It's very difficult to bow before another person whenever we're holding onto our own agenda.  Now, I'm not suggesting that we all go around without an opinion or a voice.  But what I am suggesting is this:  that we rely on the word of God to guide our conversations, that we spend more time listening and less time talking, that we quickly pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give us our next words, and that we seek God's truth more than our own opinion.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

God Will Protect You

God Will Protect You From The Hand of Your Enemy

Read 1 Samuel 22 & 23

Life isn't always a cake-walk.  Just because you are a follower of Jesus Christ, doesn't mean that things will always be easy.  In fact, life can be downright difficult, painful, exhausting and terrifying.  David was in the middle of a situation that was far from easy.  David had been a loyal companion to Saul and Saul wanted nothing more for David, than for him to be dead.

Saul was so angry with David that he killed Ahimelech (and 85 other priest's) because of Ahimelech's loyalty to David.  Saul would stop at nothing in hopes of finding and killing David.  He used scare tactics and his position as king to gain access to the where-about of David.  He was mean and he wasn't going to be happy until he had David's head on a plate.

We all deal with things in our life that try to destroy us.  For so long, I have struggled with food issues and body image issues that have threatened to destroy me.  I have found myself, like David, running from one place to the next, in hopes of finding a place of security.  But, like David's example, there is only safety in Jesus Christ.  When David was the target of a mad man's rage, David sought counsel from God.  David prayed through his situation and relied upon God to direct his next steps.  Even whenever he was scared of what the future held, he cried out to God and David took the next step of obedience.

I find great courage in David's example and look forward to the day to day victories that God brings into my life, as I continually abide in Him. I hope you can find this same kind of peace in the midst of your terrifying situation.

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