Sunday, November 24, 2013

"it is written"

Since moving to our new home, and our new community, I have forgotten what vital piece of information, and that is, "WHOSE I am."  I have forgotten that I am to be NOT of this world, rather, I am to extend the same grace that has been pour over me.  HIS Daily Teachings today was HIS loving reminder, that HE fully understands temptation, and that HE too was tempted.  HE fought Satan with GOD's word, and stated, "it is written."

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.  

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”   Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.  

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.  

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time." Luke 4:1-13

HE is wanting me to know that I must stand firm in HIS truth, and it is HIS truth alone that will set me free. HE is wanting me to know that HE understands what I have been going through, and that because  HIS HOLY SPIRIT resides in me, I too have the power and authority to resist, and rebuke Satan from my thoughts and actions.  HE is wanting me to write in deep into my heart, "WHOSE" I am.  

GOD has reminded me once again that Satan's plan of attack began right at the time of my birth.  I was born unto a woman who had been tormented all of her life by demons.  She would lash out at me at any time.  I have scars from her punishments that she chose for me.  Truthfully, when I am extremely angry with my own children, I fully understand the "rage" that she fought so hard not to give into.

Sadly, she wasn't filled with the word of GOD, and the demons in her life won out.  I haven't spoken to her in 15 years.  I have no desire what so ever to ever speak to her again.  That is a chapter in my life where it is closed, and I choose not to ever open it again.  It took me a long time to recover from what the demons in her life had led her to do what she did to myself, and my brother.  I have forgiven her, however I do not trust her, with myself, or more importantly with my children.

It's truly a tragedy that she is missing out because of the choices she made when I knew her.  GOD is wanting me to know that my own children will remember how I treated them as they were growing up, and they too will have a choice when they are older as to whether or not they will have a relationship with me.  I pray that they will, as I love them, and can't imagine not having them in my life.

HE is wanting me to know that the little things that I give into, the thoughts, that are less than GOD honoring, all of those things are the "methodical" works of Satan to the ultimate take down of my life.  Therefore, I must get a reign on my thoughts and actions, by aligning them to what HIS word says just as JESUS spoke "it is written."

Just yesterday while driving with D, I could feel myself tensing, as everywhere we seemed to go, people were being rude.  Not only rude while driving, but also in the stores we were shopping at.  It seemed as if though every where we went , it was full of rude people.  This rudeness really started to get on my nerves, and before I realized it, I allowed the "rage" to well up inside of me.  

At our last stop I was "trying" to park my SUV, and this woman cut me off, not only did a woman cut me off, but another woman got completely in the way as I was turning, and I couldn't complete my turn, and ending up running over the curb.  In my anger, I lashed out, screaming horrible expletives to her, and honestly you would have NEVER seen that HIS HOLY SPIRIT is in me at that point.   

My anger carried me all the way through the store, and on the drive home.  With failing to realize that I had a choice, to be "WHOSE" I am, and to be not of this world, I had given myself over completely to Satan's lies and manipulation, I had given into the "demons" of my life, and the excuses started to spill out of my mouth.

I hadn't even realized just how badly I had behaved until I read this in my bible study this morning.  "Everyone is without excuse because JESUS always stands ready to fulfill HIS promise to set the captive's free.  HE will walk us across the finish line of victory in any area if we are willing to go all the way through it with HIM."  JOYCE MEYER "Battlefield of the Mind"

"It is a painful process to face our faults and deal with them."

I would also add that not only is it painful, it is embarrassing.  I am ashamed as I, Heather, writer of this blog, talking about HIS Daily Teachings, things I have been learning for months, and given plenty of opportunities to practice, fell once again, flat on my face.  

HE is wanting me to know today that I must not allow myself to feel like a failure, but rather remember these moments as teachable, and change my behavior.  "It is written" that HIS truth, and HIS truth alone will set me free.  I must believe that!  I am learning that HE understands fully that I am being tempted, and that I must remember that HE will always give me a way out of that temptation.

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

HE has reminded me from HIS teachings from a couple weeks ago that I have been anointed by HIS HOLY SPIRIT.  I have been called to speak HIS truth, and to preach HIS good news.  I have been called to be not of this world, and to pour grace onto the people who "offend" me.  Therefore, I must chose to say "I am not easily offended."  I must chose to say, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor." Luke 4:18-19

“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more." Mark 4:24

"Jesus said, “Father, forgive themfor they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

As each day passes on my journey with CHRIST, I am learning the importance of seeking HIM, and asking HIM to teach, lead, and guide me through every single step of my journey.  HE is telling me that I must meditate on the very thought, that HIS HOLY SPIRIT resides in me.  That my mind is a battlefield which Satan has waged war against.  I have been given HIS power and authority to demolish the strongholds in my life.  I have been anointed to speak HIS truth, and it is HIS truth that will destroy and demolish the strongholds in my life, and will give Satan absolutely no footholds in my life.

"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."  2 Corinthians 10:4-5

"JESUS  said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.   Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

HIS truth has revealed to me today that I am not who Satan and his demons say I am.  I am GOD's daughter, a daughter of the KING of all kings and the LORD of all lords.  I am loved, I am cherished, I am wanted, I am good enough, I am just the way HE made me.  I am a strong warrior of HIS army.  I do speak HIS truth.  I am NOT of this world.  I am Heather, a sinner, who has been saved, redeemed, and is choosing daily to be lead by HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

I pray today that you will know "it is written" that HE is who HE says HE is.  HE loves you, and HE desires and wants a relationship with you.  HE sees you hurting, and it hurts HIM as well.  HE loves you and wants to see you free from your strongholds.  HE is wanting HIS HOLY SPIRIT to reside in you, so that you will be able to speak HIS truth just as "it is written."  I pray that you will have the courage to say "NO" to Satan and his demons of this world, and be NOT of this world.  I pray that you will choose to be "WHOSE" you are.


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