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I really want to "snag" this stronghold (losing weight) in the "hiney" (spelling). But it is warfare and one I know God has already defeated. I just now need to trust and get off my "hiney" and believe!
I also have the Beth Moore book Breaking Free (which i am yet to read). And the other day I found one of her books at the Goodwill Bookstore which is amazing in itself. Her books are like gold in that store. When you find one you know God has placed it there for you to pick up. Well this one was called Praying God's Word. (as i type this i actually think i have a copy... oh well..happy surprise for someone) But I picked it up after I got back from aerobics tonight and there is actually a chapter in there on Overcoming Food-related strongholds. Guess what chapter I am reading--you got it that one!
The first sentence in the chapter got to me--"What a relief to know that we'll never battle anything out of God's jurisdiction." amazing...truly amazing. It's all His turf...body, soul, and spirit. I need to see Him in all areas...not just the "spirit" turf.
Okay the verse she puts in front of me is 1Thessalonians 5:23-24, "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it." Beth goes on to write "First of all, please celebrate the glorious fact that God Himself is the One at work in you and through you." (can't you just hear her say that, in her southern accent-especially the "please celebrate") I am not just watched over by a designated angel...NO...God, Himself, is thoroughly interested and involved in every single part of "Betsy" (fill in your name): body, soul, and spirit. wow...no...WOW!
Sometimes I don't fully get all this...I mean (please don't judge me) I get how amazing God is, and all the amazing, incredible things He has done. But sometimes I leave "me" out of all His amazing, incredible things He has done. Does that make sense. I am thoroughly in love with my Lord and Savior. I see His miracles every day. I see the blessings He gives me each day (and even miss so many). But sometimes I don't listen to God say "Betsy, you are amazing and incredible. You have done things that I am proud of." I can easily encourage those around me. In fact I love, love to encourage people around me. Maybe it is easier to encourage those around me then me. I don't know. Thanks for hanging with me as I ramble a bit.
I think I am in a learning curve with God. A desert (not dessert) experience. I also consider them "hammock" moments with God--when He wants me to climb up beside Him and just cuddle and lean on His Words. I also think of them as "speed bumps" of life. When I have to chose how to go over that "speed bump"(situation in life) fast? slow? hesitate? around it? Anyway I look at that speed bump...God wants me to let Him be the driver. He wants me to trust Him and lean on Him and learn as I go.
So I feel I am going to close right now and finish Chapter 8...see what God wants me to "gleam" from Him so someday I will "beam" His glorious wonders that He worked in me, through me and in all parts of me...body, soul, and spirit. As I begin to spring clean more than myhouse.
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