- They tested God—God gave them what they asked for:
- They didn’t believe until they “saw”…
© Angie Knight- The Knightly News
© Angie Knight- The Knightly News
Kicking and screaming–that’s how I would describe myself on the brink of obedience.
Oh, sure. I want to obey.
I encourage others to do that very thing. But when an action is required on my part for something I feel so UNQUALIFIED for…I start balking. Even backing up. (Surely, someone else would be much better at this…)
Not on God’s word though. In myself.
Haven’t I already told many—He will equip you when He calls you?
Did I tell you that?
How many of my own words do I need to eat?
” But—Lord— You KNOW ME! I can’t do that!”
I am whining.
I know it and He knows it. Can’t seem to stop myself though. He leans over and whispers… “I’m not asking YOU to do it. I will do it through your obedience…your willingness…. All I want from you is an open heart and mind.”
I am humbled. Tears swell and fall. “Okay Lord.” I should have known.
See, the thing is—I love LOVE writing. I told Him I’d do it everyday—all the time—spreading His life and love through the tap-tapping of my keyboard…
Through the scratching of my pen on cards and letters.
And that may very well be where He keeps me…but I think, every now and again, He may pull me out of my comfort zone, the place where I think to myself—”hey, I can do this”…almost in a fashion of not needing Him…but, you know as well as I do—I can’t put two words together to make a sentence without His guidance.
But when He takes me OUT of the “zone of comfort”–the security of my abilities come to a screeching halt…and I rely solely on HIM.
Total insecurity in me…and fully relying on Him.
Isn’t that where He wants us all to be? Fully—Relying—On—God. F.R.O.G.
I think of that every time I see a frog. Can’t help myself. I feel like a hopping toad at times. He causes me to realize where all my strength lies. At the foot of the cross.
Without the cross…I wouldn’t be here today.
What are you balking at today where He wants you to submit?
Are you backing up a bit–thinking you can’t? When He says, through Me, You can do all things.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Listen for His voice in the quiet. Listen in the noise of life. He speaks continually.
Previously blogged at “Internet Cafe`” © Angie Knight- The Knightly News. All rights reserved.
I read something that brought back a bittersweet reminder of my sister, Wanda, this morning….and because you are dear to my heart–and perhaps have a struggle or two of your own, I wanted to take just a minute and share it with you.
II Chronicles 20:12(b) …”neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”
I have to tell you, in the instant I read that–after reading all of chapter 20, I “heard” her voice….”I don’t understand….(long pause for struggled breath)....we trusted God.....(another pause–suck in air and strength), “but I still trust Him.”
You know, there have been so many times I didn’t understand what God was doing (okay, clear confession, I RARELY understand)–but I know enough of His amazing power and love–to trust Him. That doesn’t mean that I don’t pause along the journey and ask a question or two…but I join with Ezra (as it is believed he wrote), we may not know what to do in the hardest of circumstances, “but our eyes are upon THEE.”
If the battle is hot before you–and you feel the pressure from the enemy surrounding your life…maybe you even see the dust they’ve kicked up from riding into your life–
lock your eyes on Him. Our Savior.
The Lord came in to bring deliverance–to fight the battle for them–but read back at the beginning of the chapter to see what got God’s attention. It surely wasn’t the fact that they continued doing their every day deal—“walking in oblivion to God”––
Through the voice of Jahaziel, the LORD spoke to the people and told them “the battle is not yours, but God’s”.
I’ve heard many people quote that verse–“just stand still–the battle is not yours”….but let me remind US all…
their preparation before the battle was what got GOD’S attention.
I’m afraid too often we want to carry on just like we have done– day after day–and expect God to just come in on our grounds, on our terms, and cooperate with us. Ha!
I can just imagine the expression of incredulity that passes the angel’s faces as they look at our pitiful selves trying to “go it alone” and get it all accomplished…(oh, all for His name sake of course)…leaving out the very One who gives us the breath we breathe every.single.day. Let’s not forget that.
My heart cries out to Him today for the places in our lives where we have shut Him out…
for those of us who think–“the battle is too hot…we may as will throw in the towel”…
Friend, don’t do that.
A year or so ago, I had learned that someone I knew very well had decided to walk away from ministry…from the very voice of God. It broke my heart–I wept–not understanding how they could possibly do that.
Since that day–I’ve learned–there are battles we face as believers in Christ that can become so incredibly intense and overwhelming that the enemy of our soul– leans in and whispers—“it’s too much. Why don’t you go back to the simple way of living. Why bother with all of this–you are only wearing yourself out! Go back to just worrying about yourself–stop fretting over all these other people”….
Well, you know exactly that is what he wants you to do…”stop”. Recognize that raspy voice for who and what it is. The enemy. The pure stinkin’ devil. He is set out to destroy you and me–he wants to stop you cold in your tracks–and keep you from doing what God has CREATED YOU FOR.
Do you want to shut the enemy up? Write this down, or copy paste this and print it and STICK it to your mirror—READ IT OUT LOUD.
“I can do all things through CHRIST which stengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13) and BECAUSE HE GIVES ME STRENGTH, I forget those things which are behind me–I reach toward what is before me–and I PRESS TOWARD the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ JESUS.” (Phil. 3:13-14 paraphrased)
Don’t stop. Don’t sit down. We are getting close to the finish line. Be steadfast in your journey.
When the enemy starts his talk…YOU START YOURS.
But do it OUT LOUD. He does NOT have the ability to read your mind…all he can do is plant things there–and he knows he has succeeded when he sees your reactions…and when he hears your negativity–and when he sees you SIT DOWN.
There is no sitting down in the battle. As I would tell my girls if they stayed too long in the bed on a Saturday when there was work to be done…. “Get your butt up and get busy!”
(Wow. I cannot believe I just said that to you!…but really. Get up. We can’t win this sitting down. WE MUST FIGHT.)
© Angie Knight- The Knightly News
After watching this brief video clip–the southern mama in me rose up…and I said…”tear her fanny up!”
Okay, don’t write me any “hate mail”…but really. Can you see yourself there? Not the dad—filming the ridiculous display of what many of our children are “daily” doing to parents…but do you see yourself as the whiney child on the floor? Uhmm…what would your mother or dad have done? If you answered “tear her fanny up”…you are from my generation….if you answered, “put her in time out and take away her “blankey”…uhmmm, I’m not sure where you are from, but seriously, I don’t want to be around your kids.
As I watched this “precious
brat child” on the floor (sorry that slipped out) I thought of how often we react to God when He asks us to do the “simplest” things…really. You don’t believe me? Press the rewind button on your last episode with God’s voice in your ear/heart and check again.
That’s what I thought. A definite whine. “But I can’t do that….I don’t know how….what if they laugh at me….what if they don’t listen….what if….”
It’s a whine. No matter how you word it…sweeten it…it’s still a whine.
I know. I’ve done it.
I think today should be –“remove the thumb from your mouth and stop whining day”. (Yes, even my grandson, Zack! DO IT ZACK!)
Okay. Sorry. This was a very non-spiritual sounding post
…but she started it…..
Oh and to clarify, MSN news article had stated in their title that she “avoided” chores…she didn’t. She just made the headlines…. and probably over 1,000 Americans will watch this today-tonight and have varying opinions. One observed she was in her pajamas…and that it should be “expected” for her to act this way when tired….Whatever.
Okay…so NOT spiritual. Sorry y’all. It won’t happen again.
Years ago, while in the middle of a particular “battle” as it were, I remember a phone call with my mother. I was firmly planted in a pit.
I had done pretty much like Beth Moore described in her book, “Get Out of That Pit”. I had decorated it…tried to make it pretty….but that didn’t change what it was, nor what it was doing to me. I had a party going on all the time!
A “pity party”. Or, say it like this: “A Pit for me Party”.
And I wasn’t budging anytime soon. Mother tried her best motherly advice—all her cajoling, her “peppy words”, everything a good mother could and would say to a child (no matter the age), firmly entrenched in the depths of her personal pit.
That is pretty much how parties in my pit went. When I had had enough…and the prayers of a faithful mother—who refused to let her daughter continue—but sought God on her behalf had been ushered up to Glory and heard by the King (Psalm 34:1-7), I would come to my senses and seek God for myself and –HE reaching down—the hand that had always been extended, would help me “out” of the pit.
This morning, my pit experiences came to mind as I prayed for and thought of some others who are current pit dwellers. Be it either by way of a stronghold of the flesh, mind or spirit…it can be a place so deep—that we cannot see the light of day…Nor the LIGHT that permeates every dark place.
What I did was succumb. I was satisfied that this was the place I would dwell the rest of my days. In a battle of the mind.
Others battle things that many of us are familiar with. Be it tobacco, drugs, alcohol, perversions of the flesh, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, the list goes on and on…they are all life affecting, life altering and life diminishing existences in a pit. Satan desires to destroy us…God desires to bring us out of those times and places and restore our purpose and vision greater and brighter than before.
Many things I have experienced that others have not. MANY things I have NOT experienced that others have. Each life has it’s own exposure to plots created and planned by the enemy—who knows our weakness and that is the very tool he uses to try and bring about our demise.
BUT we don’t have to stay in that battle—and when we realize that as a child of the Most High God—this not our battle to fight, but His—then we are on steady feet—and the path is clearer. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 records these words by Hezekiah. “Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!”…(NLT)
Tell me, if after reading those words from Hezekiah, don’t you feel strengthened? Don’t you feel a Source greater than your own might envelope you with might and strength? I do. I see more clear. The dust from the battle ground settles and I see more clear the plot and plan of the enemy—and I know now what to do.
Pray. Fight. Suit up with the armor that is laid out in the Word in Ephesians 6:12-18.
People. We’ve got a battle to fight—and it must be fought daily. There is not a single place where we can lay aside our sword, helmet or breastplate and take ease. This war will continue until the Day of Christ’s Return. (Revelation 1:7) The walls of the pit will get higher—more slippery—harder to scale, while we sit idly by and not do our part.
Complacency in the pit will lead to eternal death and damnation. Complacency leads to a lukewarm existence…and that existence nauseates God to the point of vomiting.
Get up. Get out. Gear up! Arm yourself (I say this to myself as well!) with the weapons that we are instructed to use against the enemy! (Ephesians 6:14-18)
In 2 Corinthians, Paul addresses the spiritual war. (10:3-6 NKJV) “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
An excerpt from NKJV Study Bible footnotes: “strong holds…high thing: Overlooking ancient Corinth was a hill 1,857 feet high. On top of it was a fortress. Paul used that imagery as an illustration of the spiritual warfare he waged. He destroyed strongholds, cast down towers, and took captives. The fortress, towers, and captives represent the arguments, thoughts and plans that Paul was opposing. Paul cast down all rationalizations. He took captive to the obedience of Christ every perception and intention of the heart that was against God. Our actions reveal our thoughts. We should not cling to thoughts that do not conform to the life and teachings of Christ. Paul did not walk according to the flesh.”
Our actions reveal our thoughts. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (emphasis mine)
Thinking defeated thoughts is allowing the enemy to plant seeds of doom. Seeds that will not grow and become what God intended when you began your journey with Him. You can’t give in to the enemy in your thought life and win a battle. It just won’t happen.
I speak from experience in this! Too many times I allowed thoughts of defeat, doubt, fear, or flesh to enter in the picture God was working on in my life. At those points I think He halted His brush strokes—in mid-air. I think perhaps He was saying, “Angie, until you settle “who you are in Me, We can’t finish what We started.”
I encourage you today, dig into the Word. That is where the answers lie to all the issues we face. Every single one.
You can win the battle instead of succumb….determine today to do so!
© Angie Knight—The Knightly News—Giving Him All 2011. All rights reserved.
I know that because the next day, she had on one of the same ones, and it’s mate.
This brought a question to my heart. Are we in that big of a rush to meet with Jesus? So hurried that we scramble each morning, hoping not to miss an opportunity to show Him how much we love Him?
Probably not—for most of us. I know I like things orderly. Timely. Even though I have found I work best under pressure—I like to take my time, plan things out—cross all the “t’s” and dot all the “i’s”. Sometimes I even get distracted on my way to meet with Him in my morning devotion. I spy some laundry in front of the machine, decide now is a good time to put on a load to wash—you know—while I read and pray.
Then, my feet feel the grainy remnants of yesterday on the floor. I grab the broom.
And as I step on the sidetracks of the morning, I remind myself of my purpose.
Spend time with Jesus. Meet with Him. Go to Him. First. While the day is yet fresh—without the beads of perspiration.
One of many things I have taken away from our Mission Trip to Honduras is the way the children ran to meet us every single morning. Who knows how long they waited at the top of the hill. My roommate, Marcella, and I rose very early every morning in anticipation of what the day would bring. Knowing we needed to tuck into our hearts every single fragment of the day—tie it securely and never forget what God has done—where He brought us from—and where the journey would lead us all—as we take His hand and grip it fiercely.
All the way home.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there.” Mark 1:35 NIV
We don’t have much more of the journey ahead. Meet with Jesus in the quiet place. The early place. Give Him your day—before it takes over your mind….let Him have it all.
There have been many times—my quiet time was when the house was still again—after the ravages of the day had taken it’s toll. That was when He refreshed my soul, refueled my mind—and it was needed. So necessary.
Whatever your time—whatever works best for you and Jesus—meet with Him.
1) I had missed doing my devotions in my Oswald Chambers book for a few days. I read other things…—but when I picked my book back up, I flipped first to the “day at hand”.
“SMACK”. Right between the eyes.
2) Yes, I had been dreaming. But to put action behind my dreams scared me to death! But still…
My mother always told us, “Actions speak louder than words”. Yes. I know. A mother’s wisdom.
Oswald goes on further, “When we are getting into contact with God in order to find out what He wants, dreaming is right; but when we are inclined to spend our time in dreaming over what we have been told to do, it is a bad thing and God’s blessing is never on it….’neither sit nor stand but go.’ “
It is alright to wait before the Lord to get the instructions. Or the roadmap—but there are times, when He bids us go–have faith in Him and go—and He directs us step by step.
Wanda’s favorite verse was Psalm 27:14. Wait on the Lord. As you are waiting “before Him”…meaning on your knees, in your prayer closet, or on your face, in your private devotions, He is doing the strengthening. He will be your strength. When you feel you have gone your absolute limit….give it up.
To Him. And when He answers, however He may choose to answer, give Him all the praise.
We do. We give God the glory and praise for Wanda’s life and testimony. AND for what He continues to do—through the faithful perseverance of one darling sister. We praise Him.
Thanks for sticking around with us! We promise to post more faithfully! We are blessed to be sisters of faith with you!