Thursday, October 30, 2014

Good Food: An Excerpt taken from "Lies Woman Believe"

"Sadly, most people -even Christians- have unthinkingly exposed themselves to so much deception that they do not even realize they are being deceived.  That is the very nature of deception-it blinds us to the fact that we have been deceived.

One of my goals in this book is to urge Christan woman to open their eyes and begin to evaluate what is going on around them-to wake up to the deception that is so pervasive in both our secular and our Christian cultures.  So much of our lifestyle is rooted in ways of thinking that simply are not true.  The result is a house built on sinking sand.  One lie leads to another and another and another.

Unfortunately, most people mindlessly accept whatever they hear and see.  We listen to music, read books and magazines, watch movies, listen to advice, and respond to advertisements without asking ourselves important questions:
  • "What is the message here?"
  • "Is it really true?"
  • "Am I being deceived by a way of thinking that is contrary to the Truth?"

Satan's promise to Eve was tantalizing: "Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil "(Genesis 3:5).  Who could resist such an extraordinary offer?

The forbidden fruit was "good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom" (v 6, italics added).  If it hadn't seemed so attractive, do you think Eve would have fallen for the offer?  If that fruit had been rotten and crawling with worms, would she have considered disobeying God?  Of course not.  What makes Satan's offers so alluring and so deceptive is that they look so right.

The problem is that Eve didn't stop to evaluate what was really happening.  She didn't take time to discern truth from error.  She didn't stop to consider the cost and the consequences of what she was about to do.  If Eve could have imagined the ugly, painful, deadly consequences of her choice-in her own life, in her relationship with God, in her marriage, in her children, in her children's children, and (through the sin of her husband, who followed her) in every human being that would ever live on the planet- do you think she would have listened to Satan's lie and disobey God? I doubt it.

But we have precisely the same problem.  I have discovered that very few Christians seriously consider the consequences of their choices,  We simply live our lives responding to people, circumstances, and influences around us-eating what we crave at the moment, buying the newest gadget advertised on TV, adopting the latest fads, and embracing lifestyles, values and priorities of our friends.  It all looks so good; it feels so right; it seems so innocent.  But we end up in abusive relationships, head over heels in debt, angry, frustrated, trapped, and overwhelmed.  We have been deceived.  We have fallen for a lie."

pp. 35, 36

Please be Wise

It is a matter of awareness.  One of laying down the tug and pull of society.  It is a choice to understand and to research our choices before we make them and before we make them for our children.  WE DON'T LIVE IN A DAY AND AGE ANYMORE AS BELIEVERS, WHERE WE CAN SIMPLY ALLOW THE WORLD'S AGENDA TO LEAD US....WE MUST LET GOD's TRUTH LEAD US FOR IT IS ABOUT TO GET A LOT HARDER TO LIVE FOR TRUTH.  Can anything in this day an age not have purpose?  Can anything we do and say not affect our hearts?  We have got to BE AWARE.  The devil prowls around waiting for someone to destroy, and how does he do this?  He creates little "nibbles" of his lies and decorates them as something healthy and good, something we deserve or something that wont hurt us.  If we are fighting in the battle...if we have come to know the Light of Jesus within us and are daily seeking Him to grow and assure that, then more and more the darkness will be recognizable so we can flee.  We will start plainly seeing the lies of the *nemy and will be able to use God's Power to walk away.  The battle right now is too real and we cannot afford to "play around" with darkness, never mind allowing our children to take part in these things. 
  • First Thessalonians 5:6 says, "So we should not be like other people who are sleeping, but we should be alert and have self-control." Verse 8 says, " ... We should wear faith and love to protect us, and the hope of salvation should be our helmet."
  • 1 Corinthians 10:21 says , "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons."
I just don't understand the conflict in Believers about October 31.  I don't get why it is such a battle for them to see.  Is it because some may have not experienced the realness of the demonic? Is it because they do not know the origins of the day? (if you don't then CLICK HERE)  But please research as well on your own.

There is no fear in God's Love.  In fact, His Love CASTS OUT FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! This day is meant to cute-i-fy fear and teach children to do so. (The Bible, on the other hand, does not permit merging false religious practices with the worship of God.—2 Corinthians 6:17) It is a VERY dangerous place to be in when we are trying to raise our children to fear GOD ONLY and to not be overcome by the temptations and darkness that is already too prevalent in their world.  In fact there ARE many horrid and completely demonic displays around our neighborhood.  I cannot imagine taking my precious daughter and placing her in the middle of 7 ghosts who all face and worship a demon with blood running down its face in the middle of them.  (I am not kidding, this is ONLY ONE display, and there are MANY MANY more around here).  It would not be funny, not be cute, and not be something I could explain to her.  She automatically knows to be afraid....her spirit knows and I must teach her about the realities of the spiritual world as the Lord leds me and guide her heart to know how powerful Jesus is against darkness.  No part of Who God is, is in a display like that. It is not cute, it is not funny.

My question is, can this day truly please God for what it is?  Not for how we try and rationalize it...not for how we try and Christian-ize it with Church Trick-or-Treating (, but for what it is and what the origins are?

Here is also a site that simply lists verses that are related to this issue. 
Other resources: http://ece.uprm.edu/~rtorres/nohallow.html
This is a good one as well : http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/onlinediscipleship/halloween/halloween_watt05.aspx

BE WISE and LEAD WISE....FEAR THE LORD AND HONOR HIM ABOVE ALL!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You are the Moments

 

You are the moments
the ones where there is silence
the ones where there is........nothing
 
when we think that living is what happens by being busy, we are misguided
for living is what happens in between
 
it is who we are when no one is watching
it is who we tell ourselves we are
it is all the little moments of everyday-ness that add up to our life's purpose
it is the not-so-fun parts
the parts that we want so desperately to be "over-with"
it is the parts that we think are so ordinary that we may not even acknowlegde them
it is the fact that we can walk
it is the fact that we can talk
it is the fact that even our mere breath is a gift
 
Quiet the heart and
ponder the miracle of you.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Seeking in the Pain

We got some really hard news yesterday and my sweetest friend sent me these two songs and it has touched my heart deeply.  I needed this.  Music can touch the heart in ways words can't even do.  We are seeking the Lord and asking His Love to surround us.  He is Faithful and Good.  I WILL PRAISE HIM even when I don't understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A New Song

The Lord gave me this new song last night....
 
 
We ask You God to remain with us
Building on our Faith and Trust
We seek You now in all we do
Come reassure us with Your Truth
 
We cry with one strong unified voice
Knowing that You are our only choice
We press into Your Holy court
Come show us Your stable heart
 
We cry out from our longing
We cry out for our need
We cry out for this hunger
To be fulfilled as we sing
 
And we worship You our God
We worship You our King
Come Majesty, Come Victory
Oh' death where is your sting?
 
We lift up our hands high to You
We lift our hearts and praises too
We shall not give into fear
When Your Holy presence meets us here
 
We cry out from our hardships
We cry out in desire
We cry out for this thirst
To be fulfilled and inspired
 
Do not withhold Your goodness
Do not withhold Your Light
We need You now our God and King
Come reassure Your beloveds tonight
 
Lifting You high
Giving You Praise
There's no other Name, but Jesus
 
He breaks off our chains
Reminds us our name
By the power of Jesus
 
And so we now sing
In Praise to the King
And worship at His throne
 
We sing Praise on high
For we know He's alive
Giving all our Praise
To Jesus

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Promise Keeper

October 3rd is a big day in our family for many reasons, reasons that just make my spirit tingle and rejoice.  But it didn't start out that way, in fact it was originally noted as one of the saddest days in my life, the day I buried my daughter Natalie.  It was the day that I stood by her grave with deep sadness and grief wondering how anything could ever be ok again.  It was also the day where I sat alone in  a dark room after the funeral when the Lord quietly told me He would restore what the *nemy stole from me.  For many years after that I waited.  I waited when I miscarried 3 more children.  I waited when I held my lifeless son, Josiah, in my arms wondering how this could be happening again.  I waited, but hoped for those words to be true, and decided that I was going to believe.  Ahava is a 23 weeker.  She was born in May 2012 and we walked faithfully with Jesus through the time she was in the NICU.  It was intense, but the most amazing thing I have ever seen.  There was not one day that went by, that I was not completely astonished by the Grace and Power of Jesus.  I felt His presence every moment of every day.......day after day.....after day.......after day......after day.....and for 135 days.......all the way up to THE day Ahava got to come home.....and can you guess what day that was??????????? OCTOBER 3rd

God You are so good!  I worship You as a Faithful Promise keeper!  You are so AMAZING and True.  Thank You.

Ahava, October 3rd 2014
 
Ahava, October 3rd 2013
 
Ahava October 3rd 2012
JUST RELEASED FROM NICU