Battle Plan: attitudes and freedom from the past

It hurts my heart to see girlfriends of mine making choices that I see could potentially lead to disaster. A wrong attitude, an inward focus, a selfish heart, and an ego too big. But what can I do? I would do all I can to prevent these things from happening, especially without offending my friend. I have really been diving into spiritual warfare lately. I have found that I am able to not only fight for myself, but my friends and family, too! I composed this plan in the middle of the night, and even though there are names I am praying about, I am excited to watch God take those names down so I can pray for other things. Here is my plan:

 

  • Christ led us into a new form of warfare far more effective than guns and tanks. We have weapons of grace, mercy, love, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. – Beth Moore
  • Sisters: life is so much more than you wallow in!

 

  • I pray that your will lines up with God’s, because Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed be the pure of heart, for they will see the kingdom of God.”
  • A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13
  • A good woman brings forth good things out of the good stored up in her, and an evil woman brings up evil things that are stored up in her. Matthew 12:35

 

  • Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

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  • The past should not be a place where we live, but something from which we learn. – Stormie Omartian
  • Sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
  • God is a Redeemer and a Restorer. He can redeem the past and restore what was lost.
    • Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. Psalm 90:15
  • We can never move out of the present into the future of what God has for us if we cling to the past.
  • Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
  • Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
  • Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
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he’s waiting for you

I read this awesome post yesterday by my friend Amy that was about drawing closer to God.  In all my busyness and getting ready to come home and DISTRACTION, I kind of forgot that God and his word come first.  I love when people tell me what to do.  I seek their advice before I look for answers from the word.  Advice from people is more likely to be direct: “I think you should do this and that.”  Done.  Advice from the word?  Not as easy to interpret.  There IS a character named Anna, but she was real old and got to see Jesus and praise him.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say, “Anna, go here and do this.”  Which is not so helpful.  But the Word DOES say that God will provide; that he’ll be with us wherever we go, and that he’s got plans for each of us.  He knows what will happen before it happens.  Predestination or not, God already knows what we’ll chose, and what he’ll do next to try and draw our gaze toward him.  God works through people who are also full of the Spirit.  Like there’s this one guy who I’ve talked a lot about here in the last few months, and I emailed him yesterday when he was at work.  And then the Lord was totally working through him as he typed out a reply.  And so I spent some time this morning to draw closer to the Lord.  I’m very self-critical, but God’s all like, “Why?  You are my MASTERPIECE.  What I have given you, such as comfort and blessings, so I ask that you give it to others, that all may know of my comfort and be blessed.  I am stronger than you, because I am GOD.  I made you, that you may love me and praise me and honor me in all that you do.”  So, I’m like, “Okay, God, you’ve got me.  Seriously.  I’m yours.”  But God doesn’t stop, like, ever.  He continues to love on me through people I love in return.  He blesses me and shows me his love and provision again and again.

Many of us are getting home for the holidays or preparing to go.  This season is about CHRIST.  Before we all get so wrapped up in him, I encourage you all to draw closer to him.  Because he is waiting for you.  His arms are outstretched, and he’s waiting for you to run into his arms.  To cuddle and to draw your gaze to his.  But since he can’t really touch us in the physical sense, he sends the perfect people to cuddle with us.  My favorite part of the Christmas season is getting together with family that we don’t get to see all the time.  In the midst of it all is Christ, blessing us and making our favorite parts of Christmas realized.  What is your favorite part of Christmas?  How do you see the Lord working in the midst of it all? 

 

Anna

Hold On To The Promises

My last post talked about my pushing it a bit much sometimes.  Well, today, I kind of did.  Unintentionally, of course.  Over the course of the last semester, I haven’t been using my left leg as I should for walking, and the muscles protest and are weak from misuse, causing walking anywhere to take extra energy.  So that’s a problem.  And guess what?  It’s my own fault.  I don’t like admitting it, but it is true.  I’ve talked about pushing myself too hard, but there’s something else: I don’t always do exactly what I’m supposed to do.  I grew up, falling into the mindset that everything was all on me and I had to behave and be a perfectionist so that things would go accordingly.  Then, when I realized fully this whole freedom in Christ that I’ve had all along, I wanted to stop TRYING so hard.  Because, I don’t have to work for salvation or for God’s favor; those are already mine.  But then I fall into a dilemma.  You see, if I TRY too hard at other things, I soon fall back into the mindset of TRYING and EARNING things in my spiritual life, as well.  I’ve been in a battle for the last few years, trying to balance this.  But in trying not to work for and earn anything from God, I don’t try and work for other things I don’t have control over, specifically, the multiple sclerosis.  I am not complaining here, I’m just telling how it is.  The things I would have to work for MS-wise?  I don’t ever see the results for a least a week.  I forget and I grow weary.  I am busier than ever with life, and I can’t find time to do things when I still have energy to do them.  When you’re only in your room long enough to get ready for the day, do homework, and sleep (unless you’re completely exhausted and just sitting), there’s not much motivation there.  This is my biggest problem. (Insert depressing music in minor mode.)

Tonight, a friend texted me some verses to go with my last post, and I believe they work for this as well (thanks, Doug!):

Be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)

I hear the song “Promises” by Sanctus Real singing, “Just hold on to the promises!”  I am disciplined when it comes to other things, and it’s time to start taking initiative and not fear losing all my energy before the first half of the day, God help me (literally).  I can’t do anything on my own, but when I give it to the Lord?  When I say, “I’m going to do this, and I trust you’ll be there to catch me when I fall!”  Eventually, that, too, will pass.  What can MS do to me?  It can try to bring me down, it can try to leave me in despair, but God is standing right next to me—he’s actually holding me up.  “Never will I leave you,” he whispers.  Everything is orchestrated out by God himself.  He’s got me right where he wants me, crying out to him, because there is no way I can manage this on my own (and I know this).  And what’s more, I praise God for using all these things, that I can more fully rely on him (because honestly, without him, I have no idea where energy would be coming from at all).  So, I’m taking my eyes up off me and onto Him; onto the Perfect and Almighty God and Creator of All.  There is no way the MS would ever get and stay under control unless God is working (he is).  PRAISE HIM!

Anna 🙂