Screw Tape Letters

1 Peter 5:8 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

2 Corinthians 11:14 

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

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Have you ever read the screw tape letters?  I love them!  It’s amazing how CS Lewis makes it sound like every day life that I walk in and Satan is lurking just waiting to infiltrate my life.  He is real, much realer than we would like to believe.

Here’s a few take aways from just a few of his letter.

The Devil is a liar.

Goal is to keep us from church.

Once the Devil has got us in the streets , his battle is won.

He gives us daily pin pricks to keep our mind off of the Lord’s work.

Satan penetrates the mind of the Christian, to focus on the spiritual and off the person so that we’ll be focused on their sins and not on winning them over to Christ.

He makes it okay to have double standards.

Let’s us forget that whatever our bodies do effects our souls.

Encourages us subtly to be self focused so we will not focus on Christ.

Increases our cravings

Makes  us think that we can “DO IT” on shear will-power.

Moderated religion is as good as No religion.

Superficially Intellectual

Lord, I have no power to fight off Satan without You alone leading me.  Help me recognize when he is driving my soul.  Help me to keep my eyes on You and love as  You have loved. Amen!

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Fridays Question

How do I reconcile?

I’ve heard it said , “You can never reconcile what you do not recognize”.  That make perfectly good sense.  How am I going to reconcile a relationship with someone if I don’t recognize that there is an issue?  Whether the issue is with me or with them.  I must recognize the problem before I can even consider reconciling with them.  And then there is the part that the other person must join in that recognition process.  We all have a PART to play.

P – Permission to pursue

A- Accountability, Authenticity and Action

R- Remembering the gifts

T- Truth to Power, Transform each other and Trust

Now it’s time to reconcile. But remember, to reconcile means to forgive and reunite with that person.  If doing that, puts you in harms way,God does not want that for you.

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Lord help me recognize and be lead to reconcile. Amen

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GRACE

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For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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Reminder of God’s Grace

As I always do, when I have a 3 day weekend in NC and I had to get with some of my friends.  And I was reminded of God’s grace on me.

We must never forget the friends that He has placed in our lives.  It doesn’t matter where you are in your walk or your location.  A good Godly friend is always there.  So with a dinner and some heart warming conversation, I was reminded that I’m not alone……………..EVER!  During our 4 hours of conversation we discussed Psalm 36.

This weekend we were blessed with friends for dinner and heartfelt conversation,  friends grabbing 40 minutes of time to meet us in a parking lot just to catch up and a friend giving of her God given talents to provide us with some much cherished family pictures.  And even a friend giving of himself to help in the time of need with a broken down truck on a Sunday afternoon. God gave us those friends.  A friend is a handful of Gods’ grace being handed to us.

This Grace is offered to you also.  In the wake of evil or in the midst of evil, Our LORD is always on our side. And has placed those friends in your path to offer that Grace up in handfuls.  You are NEVER ALONE!

I was reminded this weekend of how large God is and how plentiful His grace is!

How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love  biblegateway-com-logo

To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord.

Psalm 36 Transgression speaks to the wicked
    deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God
    before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
    that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
    he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
    he sets himself in a way that is not good;
    he does not reject evil.

5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light. 

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to       the upright of heart!

11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the evildoers lie fallen;
    they are thrust down, unable to rise.  

I am Grateful! Amen!

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IMPACT

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Am I the only one!  The only one that wants to make a ‘BIG IMPACT” for the Good? Go Big or Go Home sort of thing.  That’s the over achiever in me!  Wasn’t really an over achiever in school, just skimmed by, but when it comes to something that I’m passionate about………WATCH OUT!  I am passionate about God, I can tell  you that for sure and I’m passionate about my family and about the hurting in the world.  So I want to make the biggest impact possible.  And that is great in most cases but when my agenda of making a “BIG IMPACT”  forgoes the “Lasting Impressions” of love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and my time, then there is a problem.

Will I make a big impact by providing every desire to my family, my community, my church while wearing myself out?  Maybe!  But will I have the time to sit and listen without my mind going down the check list of “To Do’s”, the energy to help a friend in need or play on the ground with my grand babies?  Will I have the time for God that He wants from me, times of reaching out to him in my solitude, searching his word for direction?  Will I be still long enough to hear Him guide me, teach me, love me so that I will know what is needed to make a lasting impression on others.  Better to make 1000s of lasting impressions than 10 big impacts.

Making a Big Impact is not necessarily a bad thing but without considering the long term, ever lasting impression I make on the lives around me is just not worth it.

Same goes for God!  The impression that the Lord wants from us is love for Him, love for others and the energy to live that out.  So make sure the “Big Impacts” aren’t void the “Lasting Impressions”.

Lord I need to hear you.  I need your guiding words.  Help me know your direction for me. Amen!

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Friday’s Question

What does it mean for me to me “MOVED TO ACTION”?

James 1:22        biblegateway-com-logo (CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE)

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

In our homes, our jobs, our church and our communities this “Moved to Action” could look very differently.  But in the context of what is said in James, what is he speaking of?

Our Lord gives us very specific examples of doers of the word.  Our challenge is to be one.

Our Lord gives us very specific talents that serve well in His kingdom. Our challenge is to use them.

Our Lord gives us the strength and courage needed to step out into the world and people around us and show them who He is. Our challenge is to DO IT!

Don’t simply study and memorize and sit still. Let it Move you to Action!

Lord help me discern Your voice and be willing to move when You say Move! Amen!

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Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

Help me fully become who You made me to be. Amen!

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POWERLESS

Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

With God nothing is impossible but without God everything is impossible!

I would love to say that “I have never tried to figure things out on my own”, “I have never made choices without consulting God first”, “I have never thought that I could manage it without some help”and “I have never tried to manage others”.  I would love to say that!

But regretfully I can’t! There are many reasons why a person can grow up to be a controller. To feel that need to have it all together.  To make sure that no one is going to take advantage of you.  There are many reasons!

As we age, we find out that we can’t do it on our own.  We don’t have it all together.  We can’t control all things and we have no control over others.  We are POWERLESS!  Even with God we are powerless over these things but with God we have all the Power of Him behind us. As it says in Matthew 5:3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What does admitting that we are PowerLess remove us from?

Pride – Proverbs 29:23 (click here)

Only If – Luke 12:3 (click here)

Worry – Matthew 6:34 (click here)

Escape – Esphesians 5:13-14 (click here)

Resentments –  Esphesians 4:26-27 (click here)

Loneliness – Hebrews 13:2 (click here)

Emptiness – John 10:10 (click here)

Selfishness – Luke 17:33 (click here)

Separation – Romans 8:39 (click here)

So there are 4 things to do………….

Stop denying the pain and Stop playing God.

Start admitting your powerless and Start admitting your life is unmanageable.

These are the 1st steps to ADMITTING YOUR POWERLESS. And releasing it to God!

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Lord I come to you in Praise. Praise that I have seen you work in ways that is well beyond my imagination. Lord it seems that I let it go to You and then I want to take it back.  Help me not allow fear to control me and hence me then want to control everything.  I know that You only have the perfect plan and my desire is Your desire.  Help me to rely on only You.  Amen!

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