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I had a pastor that preached a sermon one time and he said “God will offend your flesh to save your spirit.”  Man what a deep revelation. It really brings tears to my eyes.  We have a father in heaven that loves us so much that He will not allow us to continue to live in our sin and thus end up in hell.  I want you to pause for just a second and let that sink in.  God loves you!  His love is so unmeasurable that He will do whatever must be done to save your spirit.  I don’t know about you but that realization is beyond huge.  To have someone that would move mountains to ensure that I have an eternity with Him.  Man that is love.

We think that love covers up sin or love overlooks sin, but that is a lie.  True love tells us the things that we don’t want to hear.  True love sacrifices so that the one that is loved can be set free.  That is what God did when He sent His son, Jesus.  He demonstrated His true love for us, by sacrificing His most precious thing, His son.  God’s love at times can be painful, Jesus’ death is the perfect example of that.  But in the end, the pain of true love is worth all of the suffering because the victory is eternal.

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Jesus knows the heart of a man. He looks past what the natural eye sees and sees into the inner depth of who we are. Jesus doesn’t see color, or wealth. He doesn’t see the fancy clothes we wear or the airs that we try and put on to make ourselves feel important. He sees past all of that and sees the very thing that makes us who we are and He is calling each one of us to embrace that reality and walk the road that we are called to walk.

In order to walk that road, we must learn to love ourselves. If you find your love for yourself in the value and worth of what others say about you, then you will forever fail to truly love You. Why? Because in man’s eyes you will never be good enough. You will never measure up to the expectations that man will place on you. You will never love yourself if the standard that you use is man’s measurements and not God’s.

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Most people might think life’s pretty dull on an old dirt road, but I am here to tell you most people would be 100% wrong. This story begins on just such a road and there are no dull parts to this story, definitely moments of uncertainty and maybe a little fear, but dull, most certainly not.

I am starting to realize that some of the greatest spiritual victories have taken place on old dirt roads. Paul, Mary, Abraham, Moses, each one of their stories involved a road that started out in apparently tragedy but ended in everlasting victory. I would imagine that those traveling on such a road were not feeling victorious during their long dusty walk but God’s word tells us to “kept the faith, finish the course and fight the good fight(2 Tim 4:7). That is my clarion call for writing this article, “Fight the good fight and finish the race!”

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I can say with 100% confidence that we have all made at least one decision based on feelings.  I am also just as confident that some of those decisions, just like my own, ended badly.  And with the passing of time, it was discovered that the feelings used to make the decision were wrong.

A motto that I have lived by for many years and that was birthed out of a rash of wrong decisions is “feelings are not fact.” It has become some of the best advice that I give myself.  It really is a great rule of thumb for all of us to live by.  However, I have recently wondered what happens when feelings are fact.  How should one react when the way you have been feeling is confirmed to be a fact?

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While at church a few Sundays ago, our praise and worship team sang “Bless it be the Name of the Lord.”  When our praise team got to the lyrics “He gives and takes away” I had to stop singing.  All I could think of was that I was declaring that God gives His blessings and He takes them away.  I spoke to our praise team leader afterwards and shared my thoughts as well as why I couldn’t sing the rest of the song.

That conversation made me research the origins of the song.  I discovered the song writer, Matt Redman, wrote the song soon after 911.  Matt Redman stated that “the spiritual and emotional climate of the times was an important factor in the birthing of this song.”  The nation was looking and needing to find an answer to the destruction that 911 caused not only to our land but to our hearts and souls.  Many turned to God for those answers and found peace in His presence.

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To go deeper with God you have to be willing to go from level to level.  You have to be willing to transition.

God has deeper depths for each one of us.  What that looks like on an individual basis is between you and God but you have to be willing to move.  At times the transition is going to be hard:  the loss of a job, the loss of a child, the loss of a dream.  No one can predict what the next level will look like, only God.  Trust God.  He loves you more than you know.

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I woke up several mornings ago and had a conversation with God about my feelings.  I was telling Him about how my husband was making me feel and about how this was unfair and that was unfair and I remembered my resolution for this year:  no negative thoughts.  I had not gone into a full-blown pity party session but I could have easily arrived at that party if I would have continued down the road of negativity that I was traveling.

Was everything that I was feeling true, yes.  Was everything that I was telling God true, yes.  But I had to make a choice.  Would I continue this negative conversation or would I state the facts and then ask the Lord for help in dealing with them.  And in asking for help, I would also speak and think God’s word and turn my negative feelings and thoughts into positive declarations.

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Have you ever looked at a sunset and just saw the sun, then you saw a person experiencing their first ever sun set.  You watch and see how they take it in as though it was life giving breath.  They pause and stare at the sun as the last strands of light slowly set into the horizon and then they draw in a long breath and slowly let it out realizing the beauty that they just witnessed was created by the hand of the greatest artist in the universe, God.

When we just look with our eyes, we could miss the greatness of what God created for us to see.  If we walk through life just looking, we will miss the power of God’s work in our life.  We have to stop and SEE what is going on around us.

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I was recently looking at photos on Facebook and as I closed the window on Facebook I started to feel discouraged.  The enemy had started to attack me in an area of my life that God had already given me victory, my self-esteem.  I started to compare myself to those that I was reading about.  The enemy then starts to tell me “you are not good enough”, “you don’t matter”, and “you are nothing because you don’t have this or aren’t doing that.”  As I closed my computer down and went into the next room, I started to dwelling on all those different thoughts.  As I felt myself being sucked into a black hole, I started to believe the lies that Satan was saying, I thought “those are true.” 

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Each one of us has a voice.  Soft, gentle, loud, irritating, cross, annoying, etc., the voice types are unending but the one thing that is true for each of us is that we all have a voice.  Whether we choose to use that voice determines if we are going to be heard.

Just this last month we heard the voice of Phil Robertson, from Duck Dynasty, say what was on his mind.  For some, what he said was harsh and unnecessarily over the top and for others what he said was real and straight forward.  Whether you liked what he said or not is not what matters.  The fact that he chose to use his voice is what is important.  How many Christians are standing up and saying to the world what God’s word says about sin?  One of the things that Phil Robertson said was “Everything is blurred on what’s right and wrong … sin becomes fine.”  The truth of that statement should be shouted from every church steeple in America.  But instead of the world looking at the sins that we have allowed to turn us form God and His word, we have chosen to focus on the descriptive nature of one sin in hopes of deflecting the conversation away from the truth of God’s word.

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