July 25th, 2014

THE STUBBORN AND ANALYTICAL MIND.  Oh woe are we who possess both!  As for me, I would always try to figure it all out.  You tell me your problem and “we” could handle anything.  I had myself fooled for quite a while actually – still do sometimes.  Then I’ll get this feeling of a 2 year old hanging on your parents leg and they get there hand and push you behind them, out of the way.  I think to myself “Oops – I’m sorry, you’ve got this God”.  My husband calls it “getting a little fleshy”.

It’s really easy to get a little fleshy if we’re not careful.  We try to get ahead of God.  It’s like Satan throwing us a bone and we jump up to go fetch it or if you have those OCD tendencies like me, all he has to do is leave a piece of paper in the wrong spot and I’ll put it where it belongs before ever thinking.  The thing about it is, we run get that bone, come back and there goes another one!  Before you know it we’re running in circles chasing our tails also.  Finally, we get dizzy and look back and there’s God right there in the same spot we left, pointing to where we were suppose to be all along – behind Him, under His protection.

Then there are other times when God wants us to follow Him and we’re scared to move.  The promise land is before us but all we see are the giants and we (being  a little fleshy) don’t quite trust God “THAT” much.  Our analytical minds can’t figure out how to beat those giants so our stubbornness keeps us put….and we remain in the wilderness.

The Holy Spirit is the one who guides us but it is our choice if we listen.    The pharaohs in Egypt were given every opportunity to receive God’s mercy but they just wouldn’t let the Israelites go.  If the Holy Spirit quickens us to act, the enemy immediately dispenses fear.  Fear can cause us to second guess ourselves and keep us from acting.  On the other hand, when God wants us to be still and wait, the enemy starts throwing us bones and keeps us distracted.  Fear and distraction are not of God.  A supernatural peace among all of the turmoil comes only from the Holy Spirit.  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

Discernment, wisdom and knowledge are three gifts of the Holy Spirit.  If we believe and have faith in what Jesus’ accomplished on the Cross, why don’t we seek, then have faith in the gifts He has given us?  Why don’t we trust in the quickening of His Spirit or the stillness of His peace?  Why?  Because the enemy sends fear and distraction  The enemy knows what God has promised each of us, the enemy has faith in God’s Word!  Trust God.  When He opens the door, take a step.  When the Lord closes the door, be still.  “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. – Donna Warren

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