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…and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph 6:17, New Living Bible)

 God’s Word is an indispensable weapon (The Message)

Last week I took the opportunity to be mad at someone.  I mean really mad.  He was a business partner;  my husband had been working on a deal for several months, and was in the last throes of completing it.  Then this guy changed his mind.  In my eyes, he did a one-eighty from what he promised us he would do.  I felt the anger rise in my heart and in my mind, consuming me.  In the heat of my moment, I became an idiot, and I called the business partner and left a message saying some terrible things in a quite angry tone and hung up still mad.

The thing of it was, I knew I should not have made that call before I picked up the phone.  Nonetheless, I picked up the phone.

Then something worse happened.  As I sat at my desk thinking how terrible and Un-Christian-like I was, he called back.  Did I calm down and listen to his side of the story?  Of course not. Continuing on as an idiot,  I raged and rambled some more, and I hung up on him.

Here’s the crazy thing:  two Bible verses came to me.  The first one convicted me: “Your anger can never make anything right in God’s sight” (James 2: 20).   The second one (in my mind) convicted him: “…for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  They can’t make up their minds.  They waver back and forth in everything they do” (James 1: 6-8).  I understand I cannot change anything about the business partner’s decision, but that one sure made me feel good.

Astoundingly, I was able to link the Word with my life.  These particular verses came to mind because I have been memorizing the Book of James.  I took a Beth Moore course about James in which she challenged us to memorize the whole book (it’s five chapters).  It has amazed me how often those verses will pop into my head at the appropriate time.

This was a living example of spiritual warfare.  The Message says that God’s Word is an indispensable weapon (Eph 6: 13-18).

Anger is one of the Devil’s tools, and I forged a wall with it.  I had a friend who told me one of his mother’s sayings was: “Those who the gods wish to destroy, they first make angry.”  Oh dear.  The next day,  I applied what I memorized, and I called and e-mailed the business partner and apologized.

We are a work in progress with our sinful nature. If we commit to fighting spiritual warfare, one of the best uses of our time  is memorization of the Word.

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Empty

The topic for five minute Friday is “empty”

http://thegypsymama.com/category/five-minute-friday/

I’m going to cheat a little because this topic brings to mind a piece I previously wrote:

In the beginning God created me.  I was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over me. And the Lord God Jehovah formed my body and breathed into it the breath of life.  And I became a living person.

And then what happened?

I am not empty today.  I am full of experiences, feelings, thoughts, wants and desires.  I am full of the Holy Spirit, and sometimes I let it out to show other people.  (lol)

In Beth Moore’s “James” course, I was just reading about the monkey who put his hand in a jar full of rice to get some food.  He couldn’t get his hand out because the jar opening was too small for his hand full of rice.  So we decide, do we want to be trapped with our desires, or do we want to be free but empty, hungry?

What’s your choice?

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Brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.  For when your faith is tested, your endurance has an opportunity to grow.  Let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.  James 1:2 – 4

Endurance.

Perseverance.

Training.

Training body.  Walking on the horse.  Trainer says stand up in the saddle.  Clinch thighs and rear.  Remember, Indians rode with legs, shooting arrows with arms.  Ouch.  Who could have thought it could be so difficult?  Training muscles to remember things yet learned.

Training mind.  Encountering problems.  Issues.  Conflicts.  Jesus says stay in the saddle.  Your anguish will turn to joy.  Ouch.  Who could have thought this could be so difficult?  Training thought patterns to smooth the rough edge.

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Linking with Ann Voskamp @ http://www.aholyexperience.com/category/1000gifts/

She is the author of  One Thousand Gifts, and the blog A Holy Experience.  She promotes gratitude journals, and has challenged her readership to count 1000 gifts in 2012 with THE JOY DARE.

Counting blessings:

8.  See Mr. Sam and shaking his hand at the post office.

9.  Having a car that dings when something is behind me, so I didn’t hit that truck parked behind me.

10.  Getting exercise and having friends when mucking out the barn.

11.  Beth Moore’s study on the book of James, and making new friends.

12.  A good laugh at lunch with co-workers.

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