Sayings That Are Often Attributed to the Bible and What the Bible Really Says

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I woke up Thursday morning with this article on my heart. God was feeding me the answers in a dream. There are so many things that people believe are from the Bible, that are not. Some aren’t even close. This is one reason that we need to be in the Word and remember what we read, then, we can live it and instruct and correct others along the way.
“Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16.
There are so many things in this world that sound like wisdom, but are contrary to the Word of God. It troubles me when I see fellow believers quoting false prophets on social media. The Word tells us, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they…

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Sayings That Are Often Attributed to the Bible and What the Bible Really Says

I woke up Thursday morning with this article on my heart. God was feeding me the answers in a dream. There are so many things that people believe are from the Bible, that are not. Some aren’t even …

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Got Encouragement?

I journal my prayers and this morning in my listening section, I was encouraged by God. I start with praising God.
Father God, you alone are worthy of my love, my praise, my devotion. You alone enable me to love others, praise you when things are hard, and enable me to be devoted to you. You alone desire a relationship with me, you desire that I will be whom you called me to be. You alone desire intimacy with me. You alone care that I succeed, know that I am loved, and that I walk with you daily. Then of course, I have an admission section, a request section, a thanksgiving section. I spent time there this morning and I am so thankful for the encouragement that I receive every day through the different authors who love the Lord. I have had encouragement from Becky Tirabassi, Renee Swope, Lisa Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, Suzanne Ellers, Wendy Blight, my Proverbs 31 ministry group and I could go on and on. Then I came to the listening section and I heard the Lord whisper into the broken pieces of my heart, reminding me of the truths I learned from Freedom in Christ. Diana you are accepted, you are my child, you are a friend, you are justified, you were bought with a price, you belong to me, you are a saint, you are adopted, you are accepted, you are complete in Christ. God’s word reaffirms us.

I am a God’s child John 1:12, I am Christ’s friend John 15:15. Today may I encourage you. Listen to God. Write a love letter to yourself from God. I have not be given a Spirit of Fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

So let me pray for you. Father God, there is someone reading this that needs encouragement. Lord, she may have rage and needs your touch to calm herself after being betrayed yet again. Lord, there is some who needs courage. Let her know that you know her name and her circumstances and that she is complete in Christ. Colossian 2:10.

Today can you say a kind word to your boss, the cleaning person in your office, can you pay it forward and buy a cup of coffee for someone who is not expecting the coffee. Encouragement is what I need, today because I spent time with Jesus, my soul was refreshed and encouraged. Blessings, Diana.

Psalm 94:17 If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would’ve lived in the land of silence.

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Got A Raging Battle

What things do I currently crave more than God? This is a hard question to ask myself. Several things come to my mind, like coveting that 15 to 20 more minutes of sleep in the morning which interrupts my  appointment with the King of Kings. Another one is watching American Idol instead of going to church on Wednesday nights. Eating more than I should, not exercising. Gaining and losing weight so many times that the verse in the Bible that said,  I was to be the temple of the holy spirit, I took it to the extreme of being a cathedral of the holy spirit. I was 233 pounds in October 2011. I ate whether I was glad, sad, or mad. Currently I am at goal weight at 130 pounds. But I still want to eat in response to my emotions.

To add to my concerns, since December 2013 I have been struggling at work. I have worked through most of the pain, and I am so thankful that I am able to return to my previous job so on Monday I start a new chapter in my life. When a battle is raging who do you turn to when you are hurting, how do you handle criticism from several co-workers, how do you handle disagreements. I did not handle any of the conflict well. I had several melt downs with tears. Jealousy and pride entered my life.  I have always been liked but I wanted to be liked best. To be quite honest, my heart is still hurting and as I processed the pain, I am surprised that the arguments happened at all. I felt so betrayed. I never heard the words, I am sorry. Lord, I chose to forgive ________for the argument and it made me feel angry, and hurt.

Lord, on Monday when I return to work, let me feel empowered not enraged. Let me only use words that edify you. Let my personal struggles stay out of the work place. Thank you for the victories that I have had by reaching goal weight, but do not let me take this victory for granted. Lord help me to remember I am not to be a cathedral but a temple of the Holy Spirit. A temple that has quiet time, exercises, and takes every thought captive, yes even every bite captive to you before I eat it. I give you my battles, my struggles, and my victories. Lord, I have a raging battle inside of me. I have given in to staying in bed to long, not going to bed on time, watching shows that are not edifying to you. I have had some dark thoughts against my co workers. Lord I renounce pride and jealousy and laziness. Jealousy, pride keeps me from seeing the big picture. Lord today, I will take my thoughts captive to you. I will take a moment before I speak a word against my co workers. Let me claim your promises. I love you Lord.

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Got Purpose?

Jo Anne Fore author of “When A Woman Finds Her Voice” has impacted my life. I am a member of her online study of the above book. This week Sarah asked, “Has you ever faced a trial that seemed too monumental to understand? The hurt, rejection, pain, suffering and denial feel so real that your only option is to shut it all out. You turn on autopilot and move through life determined to never open that space in your heart again for fear it will consume you. Has there been a time in your life when you questioned God’s love for you? Have you wondered how He could possibly have a purpose in what you’re walking through? How has God  answered you? How has God answered you? Are you still searching for answers? ”

As I have worked through the book I have answered questions at the end of the book. It has not been easy a flood of memories and yes pain has rocked my world. On December 23, I had to have a brace placed in my mouth, to stop tongue thrusting that is causing my front teeth to be loose. Along with this brace, I caught up on my reading, and I realized last week I needed to return to counseling. Signs of not coping have shown up in my life, negativity, compulsive spending, feeling sorry for my self.

I have a love for God that has allowed me to survive. I have never questioned His love for me but I have questioned my love for God. I have made choices that impacted my life. The best decision I ever made was accepting Jesus as my savior.  I have made some poor choices. However, in 2014, I want to fall in love with His word, and I want to make clear choices not emotional choices. Through spending time in prayer and reading His word, I hope to conquest the negativity.

Does my life have purpose? Has the pain in my life had a purpose. Today, the purpose of my pain is not clear to me. But the love of God, being in the shadow of the cross, the purpose does not matter as long as my life glorifies God.

Am I still searching for answers? I am still searching for purpose. I want to help others who are struggling with walking with God. I love God, He loves me. I want to be in His word and in prayer and to understand His purpose for my life. I want to let go of the pain.

Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, I am weak but He is strong.  Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus love me, Yes Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so. Blessings….Diana

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