How Is Your Fruit?

James 3:17 says: “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

God wants to bless His people and guide us into a life of not only faithfulness, but also fruitfulness. We can’t just receive His blessings and hoard them for ourselves. He wants us to be a blessing to others.

If we are walking closely with Him, then we should bear the fruit of those seven characteristics James speaks about. In turn we are to become a channel of blessing to others, whether in our own families, our neighborhoods, workplace, or simply whomever God places in our path.

I often think about the fig tree in Matthew, chapter 21. Jesus approached it for some food, but all it had was pretty leaves and no fruit. He spoke to it and said: “No longer will there be any fruit from you.” At once the fig tree withered.

He wants each one of us to grow spiritually and bear fruit to be that channel of blessing to others. I don’t ever want to just be about bearing a bunch of leaves that may be pretty to look at but under the surface there’s nothing of value. I want to bear meaty fruit that is of value to others. I’m sure you do too. Don’t neglect your time with Him today. Be filled with His Holy Spirit, grow fruit that will be useful to others for His glory and His kingdom, and praise His holy name!

 

Love & Blessings,

Debbie

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What Do You Aspire To?

My heart is truly troubled.  This is more of an opinion than a devotion, so I am not looking for comments, and I most definitely will not engage in any debates.  But I have to share my heart, and I just pray that it may give someone some good food for thought.

Over the past several decades women have chased their dreams.  They have fought for success as they’ve struggled to raise their families and/or advance in their careers.  Women have become entrepreneurs, philanthropists, corporate leaders, doctors, law enforcement officers, attorneys and heads of state.  Women have fought to have opportunities and the respect they deserve.

It’s the women whose body goes under tremendous changes emotionally and mentally, along with difficult physical changes to carry a growing life within her.  She carries that precious life within her until it is ready to burst forth from the safety of his/her mother’s womb into the light of day.  Then the real work begins!

Women are strong, resilient, and keep on pressing forward, even when we feel we cannot take one more step.  Women teach their daughters to reach for the stars, to set the bar high then aim to grasp ahold of it.  They instill in their daughters that they can do anything they set their minds to.  Woman are to be admired, respected and loved.

All of that has been reduced to rubble almost overnight…by one word.

NASTY

Suddenly smart, intelligent women are posting images and proudly wearing t-shirts displaying the word.  All this in support for their political candidate who was called a “nasty woman” by her opponent.  The fact that smart and successful women would display the word “Nasty” like some kind of badge of honor, I find deplorable…and sad.  Women, you are so much better than that.  You are worth so much more than that.  Your daughters are worth so much more than that.

The Bible has plenty to say about the worth of women.  One of the best examples is the Proverbs 31 woman.  This woman is married, but she has many qualities for all women to aspire to.

We find that she is trustworthy.  She does good by her husband and not evil – she treats him well.  She has skill and she works hard.  She gives of herself to care for her family as well as her servants.  She shows concern for them.

In the time this was written in the ancient world, there were many restrictions placed on women.  So it is remarkable to see that she herself would buy, sell, then build her own resources from the profits.  From those profits we see that she not only took care of her own, but she also remained concerned for others and gave to the poor.  Her husband held a prominent place in the city gates as an elder.  We can gather that part of his status came from his wife’s reputation, not just his own.  Then we see:

Strength and honor are her clothing.

She opens her mouth with wisdom.

She speaks with kindness.

That my friends is what we as women should aspire to.  Don’t ever lower yourself, and wear the word “Nasty”, or any other word like that as some kind of badge of honor in defense of anyone.  You are worth more than that.  You’ve worked too hard and come to far.  Mostly dear sister, you were created for a purpose.  And that purpose is a much higher calling.

“A gracious woman retains honor…”  Proverbs 11:16a

I just got a new pair of comfy pajamas. The pants are pink with little cups of cappuccinos all over them.  The top is grey with the words;dscn3562

“Make today Beautiful”

I aspire to be a woman of  Grace who seeks to make each day Beautiful.

I hope you do as well.

Sincerely,

Debbie

Monday Moments

Reposting this today because so much of it is applicable again today…to me…so I thought someone else may need it too!

Gazing Toward the Son

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”                    Psalm 61:2

Beauty in Every Day

Have you ever had a Monday that just comes out swinging…before you’ve even rubbed the sleep from your eyes or had a cup of coffee?  Mercy!  This week greeted me with one of those Mondays.  It took every ounce of self-discipline I have in me, and major portions of God’s grace (which He promises is sufficient for me!), to stay calm and carry on.  Anyone who knows me well knows that the past few years I have gotten so I cannot multitask well at all.  Blame it on the Fibro…meno…age…whatever.  I simply get overwhelmed when too many things happen at once, and I can’t deal with it all.  Then all to easily, the tension and anxiety try to take over.  I’ve had…

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A Leaky Bottle of Lavender

 

DSCN3449I don’t know about you but I love the smell of lavender.  Every night I open my bottle of essential oil and inhale deeply.  It calms me and helps me to relax.  I occasionally rub it into my sore neck muscles and let it work its magic.  Unfortunately, my little lavender plant in our back yard has not done too well this year and I miss it.  When in bloom, I enjoy picking a few stems and then breathe in that wonderful scent.  But if you want to get the most out of those delicate, tiny blooms, squeeze them between your fingers.  It is when they are crushed that their fragrance becomes strongest….and more lovely.

When I think of a lovely fragrance or sweet aroma, it reminds me of 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 which tells us:

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

When we have a close relationship with Christ, our lives are a fragrance that is pleasing to God first, then to the world.  We are a fragrance that attracts other people to Him (or repels them if they are rebelling against God).  The more time we spend in the presence of Christ, the more it (the fragrance) is noticeable to others.

 I know many who are feeling crushed by the storms in their lives right now.  So many have lost loved ones, are battling diseases and illnesses, or wearing the weight of all that’s going on in our world on their shoulders.  If you are feeling crushed by your circumstances right now, please press into the Savior.  He is producing in you a beautiful fragrance.  That beautiful aroma ascends to the Father, and also pours out from you so others may be drawn to Christ through you.

The past couple weeks have been a bit difficult here as well.  The pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia have decided to park here awhile and be my constant companions.  It does get draining…and discouraging…especially when it doesn’t let up, and I’m unable to accomplish…or write…much of anything.  But I was very encouraged a few days ago….by some scripture notes, and a leaky bottle of lavender.

This particular day I needed to go out for my weekly chiropractor appointment and a couple of errands.  I was tired, generally not feeling well, and simply didn’t want to go out.  As I was trying to get ready a box was delivered.  It was an order from a company I have ordered from for years.  In this box of several items was a bottle of lavender essential oil.  As I was unpacking the box, all was well until I began to open the snuggly wrapped bottle of lavender.  As I snipped and tore the tightly secured bubble wrap away…the strong scent of lavender filled the room.  The lid had somehow come loose in the wrappings and the bottle had leaked and filled its tightly wound cocoon with the oil.

I set the bottle on the plastic and left it on the counter, thinking I’d just deal with it later.  I took care of the rest and continued to get ready to leave.  Every time I passed by…the wonderful scent would hit my nose and I would just smile and inhale deeply.  I could feel myself relax.  That’s when it occurred to me;  Just as we are the fragrance of Christ, a sweet aroma…so is His Presence with us.

I had read something a few days earlier that just spoke to my heart.  Psalm 34:7 says:

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” 

I have read that verse many times and it has been a comfort.  But what struck me so was the study note in my new Bible.  It reads:

“The phrase the angel of the LORD and the name of God are often interchanged.  With the sense of God surrounding or hovering over the believer in this manner, there is no need to fear — even in the most desperate times.”    (From The NKJV Study Bible, copyright 1997, 2007, 2014 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission.)

I absolutely love that thought!  No matter where I am, or how I am feeling, the very Presence of God is surrounding,  and hovering over me.  If you are a child of God, He is hovering over and surrounding you as well.  His Presence is not a feeling or something we can conjure up.  We just need to invite Him into our day, be still and notice.

So dear friend, what ever you may be going through right now, know that He is near.  He is right there with you.  Breathe in the fragrance of His Presence like the lovely scent of that leaky bottle of lavender and relax.  Rest in Him.  Let His all encompassing Presence calm your fears and anxiety.  He. Is. With. You.

Thank you for stopping by.  You are an encouragement to me.

Love,

Debbie

What Are We To Do?

DSCN3453It is no secret that we are a people and nation in turmoil.  My heart is breaking along with many others.  Rather than just shaking my head at the news and walking away, today I have shed many tears in prayer.  Prayer for all of the families who have lost loved ones.  Prayer for our police force, and our nation.  Like many, we wonder; how did we fall so far?

Over the years, instead of being a society who holds differing beliefs on any given topic yet remains united…at least respectful in most,  we have become fractured.  Broken.  Far from united.  Friends, we are at the precipice.  And unless we want to fall off and be destroyed…we had better all work at becoming united once again…and quickly.  That does not mean we all think alike, nor does it mean we always agree with each other.  But we do need to learn…re-learn how to handle conflict without tearing others down and destroying one another.

How our Savior’s heart must be breaking over what we have become.  Yes, even His church.  We too, have become hateful, critical and self-righteous…no better than the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.  Oh there is plenty to be angry at.  You won’t get an argument from me there.  But it is what we do with that anger that matters.  We are not to sin in our anger, (Ephesians 4:26-32 ).

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”  James 1:19-20 NKJV

Please let that sink in…as I have had to…be quick to listen. Listen to the heart behind the words.  Slow to speak…don’t just shoot off our immediate opinion.  Slow to wrath…don’t be so quick to get angry, because in our anger and wrath, it will NOT produce the desired outcome…the righteousness of God.  His Word is still true friends.  The rules and principles He set forth still need to be applied and lived out in our lives today.  But we’re far too quick to think they need to be applied to someone else rather than ourselves ( that Pharisee thing again).

We all have different opinions…and that is okay.  We are God’s unique creation, yet each with different personalities, mannerisms, thoughts, styles of learning, etc. etc.  What is not okay is to be rude and hateful when someone has an opinion different from our own.  What ever happened to “agree to disagree…respectfully”?  For one, it’s only basic human decency to do so.  For two, as Christ followers, we are called to a higher standard.  But sadly, as individuals, and as a body, we have not been doing a great job of living out that higher standard.   I have definitely not always lived out that higher standard myself.  I am learning to take my time and respond rather than react immediately.

 “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;  for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.”  1 Peter 1:15 NIV

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:4 NKJV

For every good thing about the World Wide Web, there are probably at least a half dozen bad things about it.  Oh how quickly half truths, blatant lies, and horrible images can be spread.  News journalists don’t even have to check facts anymore….at least it seems that way.  They spin the stories to highlight the negative or presumed intention to stir people up.  The media, though it can be good to be informed, they easily have everyone in an uproar….even inciting riots, before all the facts are even in.  Friends…

 Let’s not be part of that problem.

With social media, we are just as guilty as the news media in inciting anger and hatred.

Think about that.  Think about all of the political memes that are posted and shared.  Do they inform with useful information…or are they just plain mean?  It’s not harmless.  It is perpetuating the attitude that has gotten us to where we are as a society today.  I have some very strong opinions about our government and political candidates, but I learned….the hard way….a few years ago, that social media is NOT the place to have those discussions.  No good comes of it.  Even when we do have those discussions outside of social media, the same rules apply;

  • Let others have their opinions
  • Respectfully share your own 
  •  If necessary, kindly change the subject. 

As a Christian, we are still called to….

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”  Ephesians 4:29-30

For every sarcastic political meme, for every heated opinion fired off in anger to or about someone, for every person who has justly or unjustly lost their life……they are ALL someone’s child, parent, sibling, friend.  And whether they are black, white, Hispanic or any other ethnicity, whether they wear a uniform or not………they all…..

We. All. Bleed. Red. 

Whether upstanding citizen or thug…honest businessman or crooked politician…rich or poor…each and every one was created in the image of God, and each life matters.

We should grieve, each and every time a life is tragically lost…no matter who it is.  I am not saying we have to throw our personal opinions out the window.  But I am saying we need to be kind with each other’s hearts.  As believers in Christ, we do need to speak truth when it is hard.  But remember…

“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”  Warren Wiersbe 

I was reflecting today on the story of the woman at the well in Samaria, John chapter 4.  “But Samaritan society had been degraded and debased by years of false religion and immorality.  Samaritans had a definite sense that they were sinners.” (Twelve Extraordinary Women by John Macarthur).  They were outcasts.  Yet Jesus went out of his way to reveal Himself as the awaited Messiah to an adulteress woman…and a sinful society.  Even more astonishing in that culture, not only was he talking to a woman who was “unclean”, but he also drank from an unclean woman’s unclean vessel!  What does that mean for you and me?

When.  When will we get out of our comfortable churches and homes and neighborhoods to show Jesus to others who desperately need Him…instead of condemning them?  Believe me, just like the Samaritans, people are usually well aware of their own unworthiness without us holding it over their heads.  Jesus did confront her sin, and she must have repented.  Because of her witness, many in that society believed in Jesus.  What we need to be doing as believers is to be following Jesus’ example and loving the unlovely.  Love the hurting.

We seem to politely avoid having these real conversations with others.  What if we opened up the discussion and started to have some real dialog with neighbors or others we don’t see eye to eye with?  What if we genuinely asked for their opinion, and respectfully really listened?  What miracles could happen?

Being real?  I’m still learning too.  I’m not entirely sure myself how to do this.  But I know that once we are personally convicted of changes God wants to make in us, and we are willing, He will be faithful to show us the next step.  I know we need to start living out the truth of God’s Word…the details…the small stuff.

Because the small stuff is really big stuff.

Show love to a neighbor.  Show love to those you think don’t deserve it…because they need it most.

“You are the light of the world.  A city that set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14,16

The phrase “set on a hill” means “in a prominent place”.  Our nation needs help.  If all Christians started truly living the Gospel…we are each in a prominent place to be the light of Jesus to those who desperately need Him…for such a time as this.

Please take your time and read Romans 12:9-21.  I write it out here because I want you to see it now, and pray that God would help each of us truly live it. People are hurting, and we need to be living and giving the love of Jesus.

“Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil.  Cling to what is good.  Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion.  Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceable with all men.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  Therefore, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  If he is thirsty, give him a drink;  For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Friends, let’s help each other.  The saying; “It begins with me” is so true.  One tiny drop of water will send ripples out far and wide.  If each of us were ourselves that tiny drop of God’s love to the hurting around us, think of the ripples to be spread far and wide!  In our words, in our actions,  let’s be the living Gospel to those around us…and on social media.  Let’s make a difference in the lives around us, because we are changed.  Let the first battle we fight…be on our knees.

Humbly grateful,

Debbie

 

 

Wisdom Wednesday

DSCN3431  I recently joined a Precept Bible study on the book of Proverbs with a small group of sweet neighbor ladies.  Honestly, it has been awhile since I’ve really dug into the Word like this.  I mean combing back over it again and again, digging up a new treasure each time.  It is eye opening, and yes, it truly does whet your appetite for more!

So because the book of Proverbs is often called the book of wisdom ( the word wisdom is mentioned 104 times in the book!), I thought a little “Wisdom Wednesday” may be in order!

I have been burdened for a long time, that many Christians simply do not read their Bibles, let alone study it.  I know, I know.  To say that life is busy is a gross understatement.  I get it.  Our Savior knows.  He knows all of the demands on our time.  But here’s the thing;  He doesn’t demand anything of us.  He doesn’t force his way into our days just because He knows what is best for us.  He wants us to choose to sit at His feet.  He wants us to choose to seek His face.

He waits to be invited into the dailyness of our lives.

He longs to speak to us through His Word, to teach us, to guide us, and to show us His heart.  And yes, to impart godly wisdom to us that will shield and protect us.  Wisdom that will allow us to walk forward confidently no matter what trial we face.

Friends, how can we follow God’s instructions and obey His commands when frankly, we don’t know what they are?  We can’t….unless we are reading and studying His living Word.

So we know He loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.  But there are some things He doesn’t want us to do too.  Things that He knows will bring us harm.  Things that are not best for us.  But there are also things He hates, and we’d be wise to avoid them.

Hate is a pretty strong word.  Many of us didn’t, or don’t allow our children to use that word because we shouldn’t hate anything or anyone.  Well look at Proverbs 6:16-19:

16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.

So this passage lists seven things that the Lord hates.  The word “hates” progress to abomination for the seventh one listed.  The word abomination is the strongest expression of God’s hatred for wickedness in the Bible.  I’d say we ought to take that seriously.  We need to take anything He hates seriously.

The one who spreads strife, causes discord, stirs up trouble among fellow believers….is an abomination to God.  That is what garners His greatest disapproval.

 Look over that little list carefully.  Do you recognize the villain in any of those verses?  Is it you?  Is it someone you know?  There is a solution.  God hears the prayer of the repentant heart and offers forgiveness.  If you are His child, He hears your prayer on behalf of someone else.  Pray for the one…or several others that may fit in that list.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16 (NASB)

There are also things God delights in…

“the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.
”  Psalm 147:11 (NIV)

Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
”  1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB)

“But let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 9:24

 Friend, I hope you are reading and delighting in God’s Word.  If not, it’s not to late to start.  It is His love letter to you, and your guidebook for all of life.  You will never regret time spent with Him.  That I can guarantee!
As always, if you’ve been encouraged or know someone that would be, please share!
Much Love,
Debbie

Ticks & Sin

We had a great time in Wisconsin last month with our son, daughter-in-20160515_165942law, and granddaughter.  It had been almost nine months since we had seen them, so of course the time went by much too quickly.  We seem to miss them even more after seeing them again.

The countryside in Wisconsin is beautiful, and thankfully my health endured (mostly), so I could enjoy my time there.

Along with cherishing time with our family, I also got to enjoy an added blessing.  I had the opportunity to meet face to face with a Facebook and blog friend, Josie Siler!  We were able to chat over coffee for an hour that also went by far to quickly!  She is the third online friend I’ve had the opportunity to meet face to face.  With all the “crazies” out there, I love how God can draw people together and knit their hearts together in His love!

However…to the point of this post…the TICKS!  I have never…ever experienced ticks like that in my life!  Those nasty little critters were 20160521_152853relentless!  The kids have recently moved into a newly built house, and their yard is not yet completed.  There is also a large farm across the road.  So I guess all that contributes to the ticks.  Even with the small fortune we spend on flea and tick treatment for our miniature schnauzer Riley, he turned out to be a tick magnet!  I was honestly freaking out a bit over it, because they were relentless!  So I thought that there has to be a lesson here somewhere.  I found it in God’s Word.  SIN.

I could give you a gazillion scriptures about sin, salvation, and eternal security, but that’s not for this post.  I want to speak to those of us who know Jesus Christ.  Are we…are you living each day in the true joy of the Lord?  If not, we need to ask ourselves the question: “Why not?”  What is hindering us, or standing in the way of that joy of delighting in Him?

I firmly believe that too many Christians today are missing out on that joy, and are not making a difference for Jesus in our world because we are tolerating far too many little “ticks”.  Those things in our lives that are sin and are grieving the Holy Spirit.  They are what’s hindering us from truly enjoying our relationships with Jesus.

Think about Matthew 5:29a, 30a:

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out….”

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you;…”

Okay, so that’s extreme! 

Jesus was simply using hyperbole to make a strong point.  Jesus was advising removing every temptation to sin…no matter the cost ( similar verses are in Mark 9:43 and Proverbs 23:2).  He wants us to be His first love.  He delights in us and wants that wonderful relationship with us, fellowship with us, and He wants to use us to make a difference in this world for Him!  But that won’t happen when those nasty little “ticks” are not removed.

If a tick is not removed promptly, it will burrow into its victim and go 20160512_095238unnoticed.  That is when it causes the most harm.  They carry many diseases.  Diseases that some people will live the rest of their lives with.  Diseases that cause great harm and cannot always be reversed.  The damage is done.  That is not unlike sin in our lives that is unconfessed, tolerated, and/or kept hidden…or so we think.  It causes damage to our relationship with Jesus.  We miss out on His joy and fellowship.  It can also cause irreparable damage to other relationships, our integrity, and mostly our testimony for Christ, and our own spirit.

So we must ask ourselves; “Is my relationship with Jesus what it could be…what I’d like it to be?”  If not, you may need to do a thorough “sin check”.  Are there things that you are struggling to let go of?  Things that you know are not pleasing to God?  Is there something you are tolerating in your life that you really know needs to be done away with?  What is it, that deep down you know is keeping you from a full on, sold out relationship with Jesus?  Only you know that answer.

Just like we tried to be diligent with looking for and removing those nasty ticks, they were sneaky…not unlike sin my friend.  Thinking we had removed them all before we left for home, three days later as Riley was having his dental surgery, the technician found three……YES!  THREE more ticks that had made their way to his face.  They were hiding in his beard!  (And yes, I was freaking out…inspecting, cleaning, vacuuming, washing everything and spraying!)

But friends, please don’t forget, that is how satan likes to operate.  He is a liar, deceitful, and attacks when and where we least expect him to.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  1 Peter 5:8

Please don’t allow any “ticks”, any sin to burrow its way into your life, preventing you from fully knowing and living out the true joy of the Lord.

  • Could it be something as simple as those sister sins of grumbling and complaining? ( Phil. 2:14-15).
  • Maybe it’s an anger problem that causes words that shouldn’t be said to spew out of your mouth. (See James 1:26, Eph. 4:26-31,  Ps. 4:4).
  • Have you been dishonest or untruthful? ( Proverbs 12:22, Proverbs 20:17, Colossians 3:9-10).
  • Is it the sin of prayerlessness? ( See 1 Samuel 12:23).
  • Are you viewing things that you know are not pleasing to the Lord?  But hey, it’s only entertainment, right?  Not necessarily. (Consider Psalm 101:3).

Whatever your “tick” may be, pluck it out before it causes more damage.  Damage you do not want to cause.

1 John 1:9 reminds us that when we confess our sin to God, He is faithful, just, and will forgive us.  Then in His grace and strength, we repent, or turn away from it and sin no more.

We can look to His Word for our prescription for tick (sin) repellent.  We find it in James 4:7-8, where we are told to submit to God…abandoning our selfish pride.  This has to be first, humility before God.  Then we can resist the devil and he will flee.

Friends, when we resist the devil using the name of Jesus, with the Word of God, we are firmly standing our ground.  He is not going to stick around trying to defend himself against Jesus and His Word, so he’ll tuck tail and flee.  There is power in the Living Word of God.  When we speak the Word aloud, when we pray aloud, the devil is not going to stick around.

We also need to put on our spiritual armor (see Ephesians 6:10-18), immersing ourselves in His Word.  Then we are able resist any temptations the evil one throws in our path.

When we have that spiritual suit of armor on, those “ticks” stand no chance of attaching themselves and burrowing in to cause harm and damage.

Riley has recovered from surgery, and is happily tick free.  You may need to perform a little surgery of your own…if you know the joy and closeness has been missing in your relationship with the Lord.  He is waiting for you.  Take your prescription as listed above…and soon you too will be happily “tick free”!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read.  I pray it has spoken to your heart.  If so, please share so that others may be encouraged as well.

Gratefully yours,

Debbie