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Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Direct my steps by your Word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. Psalm 119:132

Hi, Coffee Hour friends, so glad you could take a few moments of your time to join me. Grab your favorite beverage and journal and let’s see what God’s word has for us today.

Trials and temptations knock at our hearts and surround us. Temptations set in, hoping we’ll feel the pressure. Tough times come right after a moment of joy or even after small victories. There have been times I have tossed and turned at night, wondering how these things work their way into our thoughts, into our dreams.

It starts to feel like we’re in a batting cage struggling to hit the balls being fired at us. It gets exhausting. How easy it is for iniquity to sneak in. In fact, and for the most part, it can be pretty blatant!! And right there… right in that moment… that’s where the spiritual battle begins. It’s in that exact moment that keeping faith means everything. Can I believe God? Or should I believe what I see based on the day to day world? There’s that moment of choice. And often we have to go against everything that feels natural within us to choose what is good.

Temptation is an inward solicitation resulting from an outward test and life can be full of them. Yet our victory starts with understanding the means by which temptation comes. It comes through the trials and tests of life. Let me simply remind you that when things aren’t going the way you want them to in life and you’re facing a test that is the means by which temptation comes to you, learn to watch how you respond to it.

How awesome to know we have a way of escape. Just as we would prepare for a plan of escape from a fire in our home, we too have a plan of escape spiritually when the tempter comes to tempt us! We need to know what to do in order not to be engulfed with temptation. You say, “But how do you do that?” The key’s as simple as it may seem yet powerful in itself: meditating on the Word of God! Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You”.

Temptation’s come in all variances of influence; however, Paul reassures us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

The promise of that verse encourages my heart. NO temptation is overpowering. Satan is not so powerful: demons are not so effective or subtle; the flesh is not so weak, and the human heart is not so deceived that we are necessarily a victim of temptation. In this verse there are some principles that rise to the top. If we can understand them, we can understand the path of our triumph.

When the test comes, turn to the Word, turn to your Father in prayer (Matthew 6:9-13.) When the test comes, retain your faith and accept that God has a purpose and we must trust God for that purpose. When the test comes, take up the shield of faith. That means to trust God no matter how fast and furious the fiery darts may be coming at you. And when the test comes, look to Christ the faithful high priest who will encourage, support and develop you through the test and temptation. (Hebrews 4:15)

Romans 5: 1-5 simply sums it up for us as believers; that faith triumphs in trouble…distress… anxiety… and temptation…because His word produces perseverance, character; and character, hope

Remember, that it’s not just one day a week when we take dominion over iniquity, temptations and tests; it’s every day! Know where your feet are walking and you’ll discover no trouble!!

Have a sweet weekend….. and remember to keep Him close to your heart!

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Love, Deb

Secret Faults & Presumptuous Sins-from CoffeeHour @ ChicklitPower

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Psalms 19:12-14

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,
and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

 

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

EL pen Logo with heartIt’s great to be sipping coffee and writing from my heart to yours. Let’s get back to this series and see where we land before our Coffee Hour is complete!

Oh, that’s right; we need to wrap up the whole presumptuous sins context.

We’ve checked out the Merriam Webster’s definition; now let’s look at my favorite study tool, the Hebrew/Greek concordance.

The first definition is arrogance, so that confirms that. Hold on; there’s more.

It goes on to say “proceeding from excess of confidence; applied to things such as hope! Now that’s interesting! Sorry, but that’s about as clear as mud so let me do some research. Don’t you just love Google!

I just plugged in how an excess of confidence differs from hope and here’s what I found so far: “The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.”

I’m dancing in my seat like a little kid bursting with excitement, just screaming silently by raising my hand because I think I got it without having to dig and delve deeper: My Teacher said “go ahead,” so my hand is coming down to write what I’ve realized, from my heart to yours, of course.

See, hope in Christianity includes God’s help when the follower – not the fan – calls upon the Author of Hope, whereas an excess confidence puts self first in that hope! Does that make sense?

Let me give you a very simplistic example. I just asked Him for one. Let’s take a toddler, for example, our little Bryden, or you can put one of yours in this example, too. His famous words about this very thing squeeze my heart with a giggle any time I remember the many instances where I was doing something for him – often out of love but also out of convenience for time’s sake, if you know what I mean – and he would stop me in my tracks and say emphatically: “I’ll do it myself!”

So I’d step back and allow him to do it himself … until he would get so frustrated that his frustration drove him to either get mad, or finally give in and ask for help.

Watching him struggle was symbolic to us as adults when we venture to attempt to do something, go somewhere, or even communicate with someone with the attitude of doing it ourselves our way! It’s only when we let go and remember Who and Why we do what we do that we can grab hold of the hand of the Author of Hope, and the tendency towards a presumptuous sin leaves …

Let’s continue for just a bit more through the Hebrew concordance for another facet of presumptuous: “Unduly confident, irreverent with respect to reverent things.”

STOP!

Wow, I just thought of another example: can’t ritualistic things that we do in the church fall into this category if we’re not careful? I hear you asking for an example, so at the risk of stepping on toes, let’s tread lightly:

How do we approach communion? Is it ritualistically or relationally? How do we participate in the worship part of the service? Is it with our whole hearts, or just our minds? And when it ‘s time for the message, are we listening with our whole hearts, taking notes, or using whatever learning style that helps us to absorb the most, or are we tuning out, on our cell phones, on Facebook, or any other form of social media?

Wow, I had no idea a presumptuous sin could be so …. You fill in that last word! Join me tomorrow for more. 🙂

Writing from my heart to yours,

Nana Holds!

Nana Holds!

Evinda

Giddy-Up Ears-March WOW-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Greetings, my blog buddies, and friends. 🙂 Can you believe it’s March 1st? Holy Smokes – oops, that was last month’s WOW, Words of Wisdom and Weapon(s) of Warfare, and here we are ready for a new one! Whew, grab your coffee and hurry before the month is gone!

About mid January, I began a women’s Bible study with our new church. I was so excited about it for a couple of reasons: First, the study is led/directed by Beth Moore who will always be special in my heart for the way she has inspired me to dig in His Word; the second, reason I was excited was because I finally have a desire, inspired by how safe I feel at our new church, to get involved with the women’s ministry. Anyway, the study is entitled, “Mercy Triumphs,” and it is the study of James.

The crazy thing is that I am also taking a class to satisfy my desire to get deeper in the Word, as well as have the ability to answer those tough questions in ministry and finally, to satisfy my almost-expired CEU’s required to maintain my national license as a court reporter; the class is entitled: English 175, Literature of the Bible! 🙂 Is that ever cool or what? The name of our textbook is: Introduction into the Three Worlds of the Bible. I’ll explain that title in another blog but let me just say, I am getting the Word from all kinds of angles and I’m about to have a brain burp! 🙂

I began this class somewhat confidently as I reminded myself that this would be taught from a “worldly” perspective, and that no matter what they try and teach me, the way our God has worked in my life can never be changed by textbook knowledge!

Before we go any further, I must share this picture that keeps coming to my own life and may I lovingly ask you to apply it to yours as well? 🙂 Imagine with me a long piece of red yarn, oh, maybe seven feet or so, and at one end is a big, tight knot. First, the yarn is our faith and that knot represents the first day of our eternal life; in other words, the first day we acknowledged Him as our Savior and accepted His gift of grace, secured our spot in Heaven. As we look past the first knot, we begin to notice that there are smaller knots making their way up the strand of red yarn.

What do they represent? Every time a truth from the Bible resonates in our soul and thereafter becomes relevant in our own life and proves true, we tie a knot in that red strand of yarn. And every time we come through a circumstance with a touch from God, we tie another knot in our strand of faith. When we resist temptation by reciting His Words, we tie another knot in our string of faith! This is why we do these WOWs! 🙂

Now imagine with me that seven-foot strand of yarn completely filled with tiny, mighty knots, so many, we can’t even count them. What happens when the storms of life come and threaten to un-tie our faith? It can’t happen because of all the knots!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

I’ll resume with this on Monday, but be sure and join me tomorrow for Power Friday!

Entwined with Him

Evinda

 

We Become Like Who We Hang Out With-WOW Rewind-Coffee Hour@Chicklit Power

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to our WOW Rewind series. We’re still rewinding the words of wisdom from last February and comparing how they got us through then and how they can get us through now. Grab your coffee and come on in.

I love waking up to the sound of rain. The sound of the water coming down from heaven is like a foot that gently kicks me into writing mode. Oh, to be able to just sit and write without pressures and deadlines. Some day! 🙂 Okay, so where were we? Oh, yes, seeking ungodly counsel; that’s right. Well, let’s move on to the next part of these words of wisdom, aka our WOW.

The next part of the verse talks about standing in the path of sinners. Now, that sounds a bit ancient, so let me bring it current: Don’t deliberately walk into a pool of temptation and take a swim and think you’ll come out dry; you won’t!

Let me give you a couple of examples I’ve learned from, and a few include my own mistakes: 🙂 If you are really struggling with drinking and it has more control over you than you do it, do you really think it’s wise to walk into a bar? Go to a party where you know there’s going to be drinking? If you are a brand-new ex-smoker, do you really want to hang out with a bunch of smokers in the beginning?

This applies with recovering addicts as well. Every recovery-type program teaches that you have to choose new friends and new places; otherwise transformation is not possible. And I know that seems logical and simple, but ask a recovering addict how simple it is and they will tell you it’s one of the toughest parts of breaking free because we do become like who we hang out with.

Tomorrow I’ll share a couple of not-so-obvious, honest-to-goodness temptations that have tempted all of us. Enjoy your day and may who you hang around affect you toward Him.

Joyfully,

Evinda

P.S. Happy Happy Birthday to my sweet Dawn who is not just one of my book team, but forever in my heart, and to another dear long-time –- not old 🙂 — friend, Darletha. I pray the memories you create today will squeeze your heart with love and joy for years to come.

Join us today at 1:00 Pacific Time for our Blog Talk Radio show, Destination? Joyful! ™, Unpacking the Junk one piece at a time where we will be sharing about truths that transform on the road of recovery from an eating disorder and/or any addictive behavior.