ADDICTION?

There’s a LOT of talk about addiction these days; what it really is, what causes it, how to treat it. IS there any REAL treatment?

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I’ve had several men in the house due to hunting season, ranging in age from 34-80, who all spend a lot of time on their phones.  One plays slots and checks weather and such, one plays card games and checks similar things, one plays whatever games he can and chats with his wife and kids.  They all look up anything someone questions to find the answer.

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Well, sitting on the couch watching TV with them, I started downloading bubble pop games.  Usually I’d read or crochet at these times, but it’s been busy and I haven’t taken time to start either of these.  I pop bubbles until my finger’s sore; sometimes I think I’m wearing away the print on it!  When I come to my senses, I delete the game; but I’ve been downloading another each night.  I found myself playing while we were visiting grand kids as well.  After laying in bed this morning playing last evening’s game for over an hour, I realized there must be a “spirit of gaming” or something of the sort. I spoke against it in the name of Jesus and repented.

Guess what Scripture was in the group text this morning?

1 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

sheep-agriculture-animals-countryside-87081.jpegI’ve been joining the group instead of choosing a different path. Each of us has our own addiction and I believe the Spirit has been letting me experience this to humble me & help me understand so I can be more useful to others. flat out

I’m glad I’ve had a taste of what their addiction’s like, but how will they stop if I don’t do it first?  The Spirit God has given us is more than enough to deliver ANYONE from addiction if they call on Him and believe He’ll do it.  I believe a sound mind includes being able to choose not to do addictive behaviors. His arm is NOT to short to save, His hand not too small to hold us!

Actually, God made us to be addicted, but He meant us to be addicted to Him!  Remember the verses that tell us to meditate on the Word?  To hide it in our heart? To eat it?

 

1Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

Getting back to Psalm 91, verses 7-9:

“A thousand will fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  Only with your eyes will you behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, Who is my refuge, the Most High, your habitation

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If we believe and trust God to be there, if we choose to make Him our refuge and habitation, we need not fear.  Peggy Ruth Joyce shares how they stayed in their friend’s beach house in Alabama a year after hurricane Ivan hit.  Buildings around them were gutted; there were still piles of destruction all around, but their house had no damage at all.  Also, they owned a beach front condo 3 blocks away.  The eye of the hurricane had gone directly over the building, but the windows were not blown out; not a picture on the wall was disturbed in the midst of devastation.  The friends had called Peggy when the hurricane was coming, declaring their total trust in the Lord’s Psalm 91 covenant of protection, asking her family to join in faith with them.

Sheltering henShe pointed out Jesus suffered persecution, but never calamity, disaster or mishap; accidents never approached Him.  We have the same covenant of protection that He had!  Choose to hide yourself in the LORD and you will dwell in safety; also, you will be able to keep from hating the enemy because you have God’s perspective.

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Musings for November

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My Life Group (small group from our congregation that gather weekly) has started a daily challenge:  Each morning, share a Scripture to encourage the others. It’s been fun getting the group texts each morning as I arise. I find myself taking note of Scriptures throughout the day to find one to share the next morning. It has been encouraging;  I’m glad the Holy Spirit guides me and brings things to remembrance!

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Lately, I’ve been in several meetings (not just my Life Group) where I got a bit impatient.  People tend to want to share blow by blow accounts of their trials, frustrations, offenses and such.  An hour and a half meeting can easily turn into 2 hours or more.  I wonder what would happen if we shared short, succinct needs, then went right to prayer instead of sharing things that probably glorify evil?  If we take Apostle Paul seriously and “pray continuously”, we could have an open line of communication with God in a meeting as things come up, rather than saving all the prayer time ’till the end.  If you leave the prayers to the end, the sharing can leave you no time for praying together before people leave the meeting due to time constraints.

It brings to mind Philippians chapter 4 where we are told to (1) rejoice in all situations (2) don’t be anxious about anything,(3) in everything  present prayers & petitions to God, (4) with thanksgiving. then (5) things we should think about. Sandwiched between these instructions, Philippians 4:7 promises the reward for doing these 5 things: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Sheep under His care

On another note; I was offered a chance to go to Kenya with a work team for two weeks in January. Here are my pro/con musingsPro: since I went to Haiti 4 years ago, I have most of the immunizations; malaria pills not needed since the work is in mountains where mosquitoes don’t congregate. I have a current passport and can apply for a visa for $50.00 on-line, getting it by email, no need to wait for mail. I have about $1,400.00 in savings put aside for a trip like this and I have basic’helper’skills that would aid the men from our church who are gathering to go on this trip to lead the building work.  Con: I’m told I won’t be able to donate blood (I enjoy donating regularly) for 2-3 years after visiting Africa (but if I’m going to get a tattoo, this would be the time!). My husband’s still working on the house we’re going to sell making my traveling at this time a disadvantage to him.  Planning for this trip should have begun about July and now it’s November. My summer job ended and not much time to fund raise. Pro: God provides all our needs if He asks us to go!  I awoke in the wee hours, going over these things with the Spirit, coming to the decision I’d ask my husband about going at breakfast.

Well, hubby told me we needed to talk first thing, before he got busy for the day.  He’d just paid several bills & taxes and the reserve funds from his retirement we’d been using to remodel the house are depleted.  He put us on an “austerity” budget until our house sells and can’t give me the monthly “stipend” he’s been supplying, which means I’ll have to fund my monthly giving, gas and other personal needs from my savings. So,I immediately decided not to mention the trip to him. Am I being a wise, prudent wife? OR am I fearing man and not trusting God?  I will continue to seek wise council and ask the Lord to show me what to do.

I’m reading  The Restless Wave; the last book John McCain wrote before he died.  Very interesting what’s been going on behind the scenes between our country and the foreign events.  I never realized we have Senators that travel abroad to war-ravaged areas or how much interaction Senators like McCain have with heads of state of other countries.  It’s interesting hearing what someone who actually worked with President Obama, VP Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, etc.  thought of these people.  John believed every person has value, even if he didn’t share their views.  He wasn’t a perfect man, but he honored God and did what he could to honor our country and its leaders (As did King David). If you want a balanced perspective of the immigration issue from someone who lived in a border state or a true estimate of Putin’s “follies” and other world events, this is the book to read.

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May the road rise to meet you and God hold you in the palm of His hands!  Amen Dove

I will fear no evil?

Richard Wurmbrand and his wife Sabina founded Voice of the Martyrs. Both were horridly misused and abused in Romanian Communist prisons for proclaiming the Gospel.  If you haven’t read his book Tortured For Christ, I highly recommend it.  Richard once said the Bible tells us not to fear 366 times; one for each day of the year. Maybe God doesn’t want us afraid???  Whole books have been written about  the following Psalms, so I’ll just share some insights I’ve gleaned, starting with Psalm 23-one of the most beloved Psalms-He is our Shepherd:

pexels-photo-678444.jpegThe Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

I have everything I need; every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights through Christ Jesus.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.

He doesn’t want us to be restless and stressed, so Father God leads us to rest, stills and refreshes our souls.

He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

In God alone can my soul be restored; it’s for His sake that He leads us in the paths of righteousness; we don’t/can’t find them ourselves.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

It’s only a shadow; those in Christ will never taste death.  I do not have to fear because He is ALWAYS with me; His rod corrects me and His staff rescues me which brings me comfort.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

Our good, good Father in Heaven prepares a banquet for us even with our enemies surrounding us; the oil soothes us and wipes out the little niggling things that try to cling to our head (mind). He bountifully provides more than enough so we can minister to others with the overflow. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Remember, He is always with us. His goodness and mercy truly follow us all the time!  The reward for choosing to trust Him is dwelling in His house forever, taken care of for eternity!

 Psalm 91, also known as The Soldier’s Psalm (I have been sharing it with you as I go through it with Peggy Joyce Ruth so I won’t include it here

Let’s end with Psalm 139:

Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.  

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Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.

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14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

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17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

Verses 19-22 describe the evil, blood-thirsty men David wants to hate because they blaspheme God (I won’t include it here), then David writes:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.  obesent

Next week I’ll resume sharing my Psalm 91 lessons with you.

Psalm 104 Praise!

These days when many false ideas are running rampant, I thought I’d turn to the Psalms for a little grounding in the truth.  Join me as I pause to ponder the wonders in Psalm 104:

Oh, Praise to the Sovereign Lord for His Creation and Providence

Psalm 104: Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,
Who makes His angels spirits,
His [a]ministers a flame of fire.

IMG_20180501_194916012You who [b]laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
[c]They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

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14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the rock[d] badgers.

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19 He appointed the moon for seasons;
The sun knows its going down.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.

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23 Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening.

24 Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—

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25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.
26 There the ships sail about;
There is that Leviathan[e]
Which You have [f]made to play there.

 

27 These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.
28 What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are troubled;
You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

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31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works.
32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.
3May sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul!  Praise the Lord!His Love Eternal

A Thousand Tongues?

O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing…

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Revelation 5:11,12  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice; “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!

Written by Charles Wesley in 1739, this is another of my favorite hymns.  What a blessing we can sing the hymns the Spirit inspired so long ago.  Truly, none of us can sing enough praise and thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior; at least not THIS side of Heaven!

1.O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace!

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2. Jesus the name that charms our fears,

That bids our sorrows cease;

‘Tis music in the sinner’s ears,

‘Tis life, and health, and peace.

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3. He breaks the power of canceled sin,

He sets the prisoner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean;

His blood availed for me.

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4. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,

Your loosened tongues employ;

Ye blind, behold your Savior come,

And leap, ye lame for joy.

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5. My gracious Master and my God,

Assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad

The honors of Thy name.

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Lesson 8 in my Psalm 91 study:

Psalm 91:6b You will not be afraid of the destruction that lays waste at noon.

The fourth category of evil is destruction, “the evils over which man has no control”, commonly called ‘Acts of God’.  “these natural disaster are not coming from God.” says Peggy Ruth Joyce.  Note Mark 4:39 where Jesus rebukes the storm…Jesus would never have rebuked something sent from Father God!

It was God’s plan to provide protection to us before we were ever born.  Every extreme evil known to man will fall into one of the four categories named in verses 5 -6.  God has offered us deliverance in Christ Jesus.  Through Him, we can dwell in the secret place, activating God’s protection by following the instructions in the first two verses.  In light of the mighty storms that have come lately, I know we will hear many testimonies of God’s saving grace if we listen closely!  Let me know if you’ve heard any as well as if YOU yourself have anything to share about the Father’s saving power.

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3:16’s part 3; FINAL!

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Welcome again my faithful followers of my posts!  Today I will complete my list of the 3:16 verses in the Bible, beginning with:

Hebrews 3:16 (v. 15:  Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion) 16. For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?

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James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.  flat out

1 Peter 3:16 (always be ready to give a defense) having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

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2 Peter 3:16 (our beloved brother Paul) also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

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1 John 3:16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.  And we also aught to lay down our lives for the brethren.comforting friend

Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.obesent

 

THIS is what I take away from today’s Scriptures:   don’t harden your heart, don’t envy others, conduct yourself well to the shame of  those who defame your Christian witness, study well so you won’t twist Scripture and destroy yourself or others.  Lastly, lay down your life for Christ and love others like He did.  Don’t be lukewarm, but humbly repent and follow hard after Jesus Christ!

 Here’s week 7 in my study of Psalm 91:

Psalm 91:6a “You will not be afraid of the pestilence that stalks in darkness.”

Peggy Joyce Ruth reminds us that we defined pestilence in lesson three, verse 3 of Psalm 91 as any lethal disease that attacks the body; attaches to the body with intent to destroy.  Again, we have a choice to believe the enemy of our soul that comes to lie, kill and destroy, or God who promises to be there for us, giving life more abundantly.  (did you notice pestilence is the only evil God mentions twice; v. 3 and v. 6 – must be important not to fear this!) To do this, we need to stand on His Word and on the promises included in the previous verses of this Psalm.  Peggy talks about taking thoughts of evil & fear captive and says:  “‘I am just not going there‘ is a very powerful statement. It dispels those thoughts immediately!”

Again, I say: “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”.  This morning I heard Sid Roth interviewing Mary Hasz on It’s Supernatural,  who was healed of a rare form of muscular dystrophy as a teenager, but it returned when she was in her 30’s.  Holy Spirit led her to John 10:10 (Please look this up if you don’t know it) pointing out that God does not have a storehouse in Heaven with disease in it so He did not send it down to her.  She had believed and agreed with a lie from the enemy and he put the disease on her.  When Mary stood up and took back what he had stolen using the Word of God, she took back her healing.  What is your choice?  Choose this day whom you will serve: God Almighty or the enemy of your soul?  I encourage you to speak life and live in the fullness of what was bought for you through Christ as stated in 1 John 3:16 (see Scriptures above).

  Here’s a bit of light shining from Heaven on our journey:

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3:16’s part 2

Again, welcome dear readers as I start on the 3:16 verses in the New Testament of the Bible:

DoveMatthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

Mark 3:16 Jesus gives Simon the name Peter (Rock).

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all,  “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Dark Baptism

Our Flagship verse, John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Acts 3:16 (paralytic healed) And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know.  Yes, the faith which comes through Him (Jesus) has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. walking and leaping

Romans 3:16 in the midst of the list of unrighteousness; There is NONE righteous, no not one…  cry me a river

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

2 Corinthians 3:16 (a veil over Jewish eyes when Moses is read) Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

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Ephesians 3:16 That He Christ) would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…

Philippians 3:16  Never the less, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. (walking in the way of the Lord toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus)elated

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.angelic

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.

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2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…

  Hope you like the photos I included; I wanted to break up the verses a bit!  We’re half way through the New Testament 3:16’s so I’ll save the last 6 for next week.

 Here’s this week’s lesson in my Psalm 91 study, week 6:

Psalm 91:5b You will not be afraid of…the arrow that flies by day…

This is the second category of evil:  it covers the spiritual battle ground.  These are enemy assignments sent to wound us with attacks on our mind, will, emotions, physical body or Spirit.  The enemy looks for places we are weak to attack – like rebellion, fear, offense, anger, unforgiveness.  God really means it when He says to forgive others as He forgives us and ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’.  We need to realize we have a choice; we don’t have to give in to the attacks that come our way if we quickly remind the devil our old nature is gone, we’re new creatures with Christ in us.  Peggy Joyce Ruth says: “The Fear of bad things happening to us has to be dealt with because fear opens DOORS!” -to the enemy.

I pray you stand firm in God’s promises and make good use of God’s Spiritual Armor outlined in Ephesians 6.  Amen

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