***For the next 22 weeks, we will be praying Psalm 119 as we look at each stanza weekly. May we hide His Word within us that we would not sin against Him***
How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
3 They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
4 You have ordained Your precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Your commandments.
7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not forsake me utterly!
In Jesus Name,
Every day that we wake up,
There is an enemy of our soul
who desires to sift us as wheat.
There is nothing more he wants than for us to know about You
but not KNOW You.
Father, let us guard our hearts towards the distractions that he throws at us.
We pray that we would not be
enticed by his schemes.
Schemes that tells us the more we do, the more we are loved.
Schemes that causes us to put our hands to things that have no eternal value.
Schemes that lead us to have a form of godliness, but no power.
Let us not lose the desire to spend
time in Your presence.
Let us not grow weary in waiting
on Your Word.
Let us know Your heart towards us.
You love and adore us
And You sustain us in the midst of our enemy.
Let us hold fast to the words You spoke,
"Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38)
Keep us Lord.
We love you.
In Jesus’ Name,
I love Sundays. I love being in the house of the Lord. Worshipping. Hearing the Word and being challenged and encouraged to apply what I’ve learned. I always leave excited and determined to spend more time with God. Read more. Pray more. Apply His word more. I always feel ready to take on the week.
Then Monday comes.
All of a sudden, all that I anticipated on doing is thrown off by perhaps a small argument or I didn’t wake up when I wanted to so I didn’t get time to read as much or pray as much. And now I’m just feeling like blah!
Have you been there?
These are the realities of what take place when we come down from mountain top experiences.
The days of the week determine our growth more than the Sundays (or conferences, retreats, etc) we experience. And what I’m learning is we must not beat ourselves up. What we experience on Sundays is necessary but what’s even more necessary is to rely on His grace to help us walk through the week standing on His word and the new mercies He provides daily.
God isn’t looking for me to be sustained by my Sunday (mountain top) experience. He is looking for me to be sustained by Him and Him only.
So what I get into an argument? Have I consulted Him and His word to respond in love and to forgive thoroughly? (Eph. 4)
So what I woke up late? Have I still made the time to invite Him into my day and to rely on His mercy to get me through or have I thought that I am earning His approval based on how much time I’ve spent with Him?
The point is…our mountain top experiences are always great. But if we fall into a pit when we have to come back to the valley, we are relying on ourselves and not God. He sustains us every. Single. Day.
Call upon Him and not your strength.
"The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Each day we have a choice to take hold of Him. Take hold of His mercies. Take hold of His grace. Take hold of His faithfulness. Our days will reflect these decisions.
Peace, love and mercy,
By Lina Padilla (WITHIN Member)
"Despite her frailties, little faith, and self reliance, God accomplished His purpose."
-Katie Davis talking about Sarah from the Bible
If you haven't read the book Kisses from Katie, I highly suggest that you read it. It will wreck you in the best way possible.
Her faith will move you to tears and it will remind you of God's grace.
You will read it and be filled with a desire to do more, be more, and to love more the way God intended.
In Genesis 15 and 16 we read about how Abraham and Sarah received a promise of a son (and many descendants) from the Lord. Sarah heard this promise from God, believed it to an extent, and then had a better idea.
Instant gratification isn't a new phenomenon. Sarah had a servant, Hagar, and used her as a surrogate. Sarah thought this idea was better because she could control it. She was in charge of the timeline. She was calling the shots and could see the results in HER way.
But this isn't what God intended. Sarah wasn't promised to be a mother to only Hagar's kid. She was promised to be a mother to her own child and the mother of many descendants. God promised HER, her own child.
"Despite her frailties, her little faith, and her self reliance, God accomplished his purpose."
What has God promised you that you are trying to control? It sounds so cliché but His timing is perfect. His timing is right. Maybe before we can have the promise, we have to learn something. Grow. Or maybe there is something we just can't see ahead.
If you are in this place of frustration, panic, and even stress I pray that you take all of that to God. He cares for you but will you trust Him with your worries? He can take your anger and frustration because He already knows how you feel. He'll give you peace to endure the day ahead of you.
It is so hard to let go and give God the control. It's hard to let go because we can't see it in the way we understand. But try. I pray God gives you the strength and courage to choose to believe in the promises He made to you and to believe he WILL carry them out.
What God starts in us He will finish.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)
Today, all over the world we celebrate the tenacity, resilience, brilliance, courage, beauty, grace, strength, intellect, wisdom, and every word that means “WOMAN.”
Today we celebrate YOU, woman of God!
Since the very beginning, the enemy has diligently and relentlessly sought after what God has created to glorify Him: Women.
It started in the Garden when Satan lied to Eve and made her believe that what God had created in her wasn’t enough. She needed more. She could be like God so why not strive to be Him.
In essence, Satan was tempting Eve to be something she wasn’t meant to be: God.
God had intended purposes but the enemy, in his craftiness, used a question to make her doubt.
God simply wanted her to be who He made her to be: Eve. Suitable. Right. Intended. Purposeful. Helper. Image bearer. A solution to the Lord’s declaration, “It is not good for man to be alone…” (Genesis 2: 18)
You see, it’s not new that we have been made to believe we aren't enough. It’s not new that society has made us believe we are problems instead of solutions. It started then and it continues today. And days like today are set to remind us that we must celebrate and honor what the enemy tries to destroy and confuse with deception.
Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ who reconciled us back to that rightful place where we no longer have to believe and be bound by the lies. We have the Spirit of Christ in us that allows us to see ourselves the way He’s always seen us:
ENOUGH. LOVED. FORGIVEN. REDEEMED. WHOLE. WISE. GENTLE. FIERCE. FIGHTER. PROTECTOR. LIFE GIVER.
[Verses that speak to your identity in Christ]
Women, I thank God for His intentions for us. And today, and everyday, may we believe His Word over the lies of the enemy.
You are WOMAN. You are ENOUGH.
Happy International Women’s Day!