Struggles

One evening as I was , shutting down the building at work, there was this certain verse that kept repeating, in my thoughts I believe it was of the Holy Spirit”Trust in the Lord, (which is found in the book of Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

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I kept hearing this, but, I failed to take the time to grasp its full meaning. The few days following were really rough,   I was having a hard time sleeping, the next day I was extremely tired, I’m told that this is when the enemy strikes when we are the most venerable and sure enough I gave  into my sexual fleshly desire sin.

I could usually be strong for a couple of weeks, then I would get woken up, after an hour of sleep, I would be so exhausted, I was too weak to resist that was when I would give in to my flesh.  then repent. It was  a continuous cycle

This sin was driving me crazy I, did learn we cannot do this on our own no matter how we try,. The Holy Spirit, reminded me of another verse John 15:5 “  5“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

I was in the habit of marking days on my calendar and was about to put another mark on the calendar, but this time I believe the LORD said “Wait” to let Jesus take over.  I believe the Holy Spirit was telling me on how sin loves the dark  and that I should sleep with  light on.

Some nights I would sleep with the light off so, then I would pray that the LORD would wake me up when my body started acting up.  So on the nights my body would be jerking, I would wake up and switch on the light, this worked for about 5 weeks then something happened and I ended up giving in once again.

Giving into sin is never a good thing, I ended paying for it in the long run, recently, it made me feel so miserable.

The LORD did teach me one thing,though instead of doing all my running around on Saturday and having nothing to do on Sunday, gave the flesh time to act out.   Having something to do is better than not doing anything,

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

God gets the Glory!! I learned How big  our God truly is. God Bless

 

Finishing Strong (Part 2 of 2) | Focus on the Family

Stuart and Jill Briscoe, who’ve partnered together in ministry for most of their nearly 60 years of marriage, encourage listeners to maximize every season of their life for God’s glory. Speaking to those in the second half of life, the Briscoes remind you that you’re never too old to be useful in God’s kingdom and that He always has a purpose for you. (Part 2 of 2)

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Finishing Strong (Part 1 of 2) | Focus on the Family

Stuart and Jill Briscoe, who’ve partnered together in ministry for most of their nearly 60 years of marriage, encourage listeners to maximize every season of their life for God’s glory. Speaking to those in the second half of life, the Briscoes remind you that you’re never too old to be useful in God’s kingdom and that He always has a purpose for you. (Part 1 of 2)

Source: Finishing Strong (Part 1 of 2) | Focus on the Family

When God Allows Suffering (Part 2 of 2) | Focus on the Family

Author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, who has been a quadriplegic since age 17, candidly explores the question of why God allows pain and suffering, and encourages listeners to persevere in trusting God, even if they can’t fully understand His purposes. (Part 2 of 2)

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Asa’s Religious Reforms

English: Asa destroys the idols and forbids wo...
English: Asa destroys the idols and forbids worship in local shrines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1Then the Spirit of God came upon Azariah son of Oded, 2and he went out to meet King Asa as he was returning from the battle. “Listen to me, Asa!” he shouted. “Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you.

The above scripture should speak volumes to us as Christians, as long as we stay with him, he will stay with us, me included,  we should seek his counsel daily.

3For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the Law to instruct them. 4But whenever they were in trouble and turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him out, they found him.

There maybe times when we may run into trouble, and this may seem this is the only time we seek the LORD, as the scripture says, they sought him out and they found him. We should seek him out daily
5“During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. 6Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem. 7But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”
8When Asa heard this message from Azariah the prophet,  he took courage and removed all the detestable idols from the land of Judah and Benjamin and in the towns he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. And he repaired the altar of the Lord, which stood in front of the entry room of the Lord’s Temple.

Do we have any idols in our life that are choking out our walk with the LORD?
9Then Asa called together all the people of Judah and Benjamin, along with the people of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them. For many from Israel had moved to Judah during Asa’s reign when they saw that the Lord his God was with him. 10The people gathered at Jerusalem in late spring,  during the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign.
11On that day they sacrificed to the Lord 700 cattle and 7,000 sheep and goats from the plunder they had taken in the battle. 12Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul.

We too should seek the LORD with our whole heart and Soul!!

13They agreed that anyone who refused to seek the Lord, the God of Israel, would be put to death—whether young or old, man or woman. 14They shouted out their oath of loyalty to the Lord with trumpets blaring and rams’ horns sounding. 15All in Judah were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into it with all their heart. They earnestly sought after God, and they found him. And the Lord gave them rest from their enemies on every side.
16King Asa even deposed his grandmother  Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole, broke it up, and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 17Although the pagan shrines were not removed from Israel, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful throughout his life.

May we like Asa remain faithful with our heart also.

18He brought into the Temple of God the silver and gold and the various items that he and his father had dedicated.
19So there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Remember God Gets the Glory!!!, Putting God First JESUS SAVES