“I Do It Myself!”

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“I Do It Myself”

When my daughter was a toddler, we would often try to help her with things, and hear the words, “I do it myself!” Can you relate?

In our Christian walk, we sometimes take on that same attitude of “I do it myself!” We may struggle in an area, and we don’t want anyone to know. It can be the shame of our sin, but most often, it is our own pride, which stops us from opening up to anyone.

However, there are times when we really need to reach out to a trusted friend who will agree with us in prayer. Sometimes our friend, who isn’t caught in the middle of the issue, can have valuable, wise insights to help us.

James 4:6 tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to those who are humble. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed.

Sometimes, by simply being willing to step out and admit openly that you are struggling with something, the power of that secret sin begins to lessen. It can be much like someone who was sexually abused. Once they speak out, exposing the abuse, the power their abuser once had over them, diminishes. Many former victims admit that by speaking out, they finally felt like they had the power. The abuser lost his power over them.

It is often the same when Satan has lied to us about our own sin. I remember learning years ago that Satan’s greatest weapon against us is a lie. Don’t let his lies hold you back any longer. If you need help, pray for the Lord to lead you to a trusted friend who can help you get out of his web of deceit.

Don’t be like a toddler, who adamantly declares, “I do it myself!” Let Jesus help you! He is waiting and willing to set you free!
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

 

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Royal Horses

What an awesome message this is!  We are called to be warriors and soldiers of the Lord – coming BOLDLY before the the throne of God to a King who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities!

Inviting the Devil to Dinner

This is an insightful admonition and encouragement for the times in which we are living..

Proverbs 19:16

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As I was reading the Word this morning, I came across this scripture, which made me pause and think.
…He who despises the word will die.  Proverbs 19:16 RSV
When I despise something or someone, I try my best to avoid them/it.  If I neglect to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God, by my neglect, are my actions showing that, in reality, I despise His Word?

 

Jesus Culture and the Romantic Love Songs

It really is true!   There is nothing new under the sun.  (Ecc. 1:9)

Over the last several years, I have noticed that my spirit gets very irritated by a lot of the ‘worship songs’ that are popular.   It’s because we aren’t supposed to be singing love songs to Jesus that are much like singing to a physical lover.  We should be singing songs of worship which line up with what is in the Word of God!

Sparkling With His Fragrance

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Sparkling with His Fragrance
 
I have always loved sparkly things. My mother told me when I was around a year old they took us to look at the Christmas lights. I could barely talk, but managed to exclaim, “Pree lights!” (Translation: pretty lights)
 
Even though I’m now in my fifties, if I see a top with lots of sparkles, or jewelry with a lot of bling to it, chances are high that it is going to wind up in my closet. I recently bought a black top with beautiful, gold sparkles all over it. I had no idea how many of those sparkles would fall off the shirt each time I wore it! My coworkers could always see the evidence of my presence, even if I was gone for the day.
 
Habakkuk 3:4 tells us that God’s radiance is like the sunlight and He has rays which flash from His hand. As I read that scripture, I can’t help but think, “God must like sparkly things too!” His glory radiates in His creation, including through His people. 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us that we are being changed from glory to glory. As we reflect the glory of our God, we begin to exude the fragrance of Christ in our countenance, our words, and our actions. So just like I leave the physical evidence of the sparkles from my top, we also leave the spiritual evidence of our Jesus wherever we go.
 
When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, our countenance begins to sparkle with His glory and they will be drawn to us by the genuine fragrance of His love.
 
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Are Your Wings Heavy?

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Are Your Wings Heavy?
Do you ever feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you cumbered with many burdens?

I think this is common for women, for we wear many hats. We are constantly multi-tasking. Being that we are caregivers by nature, it is only natural for us to try to carry our own burdens, as well as the burdens of others. We even carry these heavy loads to bed with us each night, making it very difficult for us to rest and refresh.

I recently went through a time where I felt completely overwhelmed with the daily tasks before me, along with other situations I was facing – situations of which I had no control. Oh, control! Now there’s another issue which is hard for us! We like to control things. We have so many responsibilities that rest upon us that we try our best to control situations, even when it is impossible to do so!

Isaiah 40:31 tells us that we will mount up with wings like eagles. However, when facing my own struggles, I sure didn’t feel like I was soaring like an eagle. In fact, my spiritual wings felt heavy and I couldn’t take flight. However, if we back up a bit on that verse, there is a key point for us. First, we must wait on the Lord, then He renews our strength.

Waiting on the Lord is not a passive action. In my waiting, I read the Word, prayed, read the Word, listened to encouraging scriptural music, and read the Word some more. Notice that I didn’t say I watched Christian television or read Christian books. I got alone with God! I didn’t want to hear what someone else had to say! I wanted to hear from God. As I read the Word, I was careful to listen for His gentle voice to speak to me, giving me a nugget of wisdom to help me.

Now nothing has changed about the situation I mentioned. The tasks are still the same. The other difficult situation still looms. However, my wings are lighter and my strength has been renewed! I am finding my joy and peace in the Lord, regardless of my circumstances. Another wonderful benefit of hiding myself in the Lord during this tumultuous time is that I am now able to sleep in peace because I know the Lord will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8)

Are you wings heavy? Do you need to get alone with the Father?
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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