Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Cracked Door ~ "I'm so Stupid!"

(Look for "Our life in pictures" below this blog post.)

The Cracked Door~"I'm so Stupid!"

I now get it.
I do.

This taking your thoughts captive thing has just become a little clearer.

Whew

 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5

It’s on a different level than I have ever thought though.  I discovered something, I talk to myself pretty badly at times.

It’s not low self-esteem, crazily enough, it’s a crack that I’ve left in the door of my mind.  I gave myself permission to beat myself to a bloody pulp.  I did.  I felt saying, “I’m so stupid” was permissible.

(shaking head sadly)

I left that door cracked.  That cracked door let things in that I don’t want there.

Words speak life or death into your spirit.

Do we act REALLY NOT smart at times? Yes

Do we have a right to call the temple of the Holy Spirit “idiot” or “stupid”?  Do we REALLY have that right? NO

I’ve heard since I was a teen, “If you tell a child they’re stupid often enough they will believe it.”

I want to challenge you with these thoughts.
“If you tell yourself you are stupid often enough, you will believe it.”
“If you tell yourself you are an idiot often enough, you will believe it.”
“If you tell yourself you are not worthy (though God has made you worthy through His Son’s death), you will believe it.”

Let me remind you of a few truths.

*We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:22-23)
God knows this.  We did not take Him by surprise.

*We cannot earn salvation.  We are saved by grace.
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20
 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

*Words can be destructive.
“The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6
What comes out of the mouth? Words.  How much more destructive can they be in our own minds where often no one is combating them?!

*God loves us.
“ God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” Ephesians 2:4-5
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11
If we pattern ourselves after the words of Christ,  then it stands to reason that we need to face our sin with a conquering spirit and with God's grace.... and learn (oh this one is hard) to love ourselves...the reality of our lovely flawed selves.  I can personally say that this is not always easy.  

This is not to say look at ourselves in arrogance....
 For I say to every man that is among you, through the grace given unto me, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
 ...but in acceptance that God created each of us unique and special.

I really pray that you’d consider today, that door you’ve left cracked….and push hard…pray hard…and slam it shut…and lock it…and deadbolt it.

Calling yourselves names solves nothing.

Recognizing our sin, taking it to task, repentance, and accepting the grace of our Heavenly Father does.

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Through the sabbatical from the blog, life has gone on.  We had some blessed and fun things take place in the last few weeks.  Here's just a glimpse....

Our son...precious...such a gift...giving his life to God in baptism.
 Yes, it's blurry.  Truthfully, tears were coming at this point.

Earlier in the month we were privileged to witness more joy...more blessing.  Taylor and Farrah...our hearts rejoicing!!!



This guy, ohhhh....this guy is such a beautiful story of redemption, but that's his story to tell.

Our goofy Max turned twelve!!!


 I love this kid!

Have NO clue what we were doing here, but the picture is cute!

Sarah's first day of college! (I made her take the pic! Smile..)

Ok, this is just plain cute!

Can you believe Rachel and Gabe turned FIVE?!!!!






PRAYERS
Please continue to keep some very special people in your prayers.  Much loss has been suffered and Heaven gained some wonderful souls.  Please pray for comfort and peace that passes understanding.  Please pray for a "normal" to be found, when life is anything but....

Please pray for...
.... the Loux family (see last blog post).  Sweet Mattie is running with Jesus.
....the Musser family.  Precious Tommy left this earth to worship at his Heavenly Father's feet.
....the Burman family.  Benjamin...oh Benjamin...is dancing in Heaven right now.
....the Groothius family and the Neubaurer family....two sweet moms in Christ's arms.

Thank you friends!

2 comments:

  1. Good post. . .

    But LOVED the Max's rebirth!! :D Rejoicing with the angels--and standing in amazement at what God has done. (goosebumps!)

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  2. Wow! 5 years!! Where has the time gone?
    ((((((HUGS)))))))) Max!!! I am crying tears of JOY!! The Angels are dancing!!
    LOVE you ALL so much!!!

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