Feb 20, 2012

Monday SHINE...

Today's Reading: Romans 5

Happy Monday, SHINE girls! Maybe you are home today and the kids are out of school--or maybe your kids are at school and you are heading to work. Or, maybe you are a student in school today. Or, maybe none of the above.

 Whatever the case, I'm praying for your day to be extra blessed.

Monday's are hard, and a little extra prayer never hurt anyone, right?

Since I am out of town and wasn't quite sure if we would have Internet service up here, I asked my friend Lisa to guest blog.

She, of course, cheerfully obliged. I love this about her.

I soon found out that we actually have WIFI up here, so I could have easily posted for today. As God would have it, He knew I needed to hear what He would speak through Lisa.

Be blessed, girls.


Hello Confidence, I've been looking for you!!
by Lisa Inlow

Ephesians 3:16-21
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Let's look at a few things in this passage:
vs 16 “inner strength”
vs 17 “keep you strong”
vs 19 “be made complete”  “fullness of life”

Secure.  Confident.  Walking Tall.

Ladies, for real, in the past I have struggled with insecurities to the inth degree.

But I knew that was not God's best for me.  I knew in my head I was not walking in how my Heavenly Father felt about me, and that I should be confident in His amazing love for me!  Walking tall, having an inner strength that no matter what human beings were saying or doing to me, that I KNEW with every fiber of my being, who I was in Christ...confident in HIM.  Oh man did I desire to get there.

So I started telling Him how I wanted the insecure-feeding tapes that play in my head, silenced.  I started telling Him that I knew He loved me, but I wanted to breathe it, walk it, live it.  I told Him what was holding me back.  I told Him how I wanted to feel and think, and asked Him to get me there.  I cried.  I wrote in my journal.  I gritted my teeth in expressing my broken heart to Him.

In facing these things head on, I had to do some major forgiving of folks.  I had to do the work, to clear my heart.  I had to do the work of letting go...forgiveness...so I could be renewed.   In my experience it is basically impossible to walk cleanly in Christ love, if I'm holding on to some hurts...it just will not work.

SHINE sisters, we have to forgive.

Matthew 18:21-22
21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” 22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!

I kind of picture myself walking around in a love-bubble!  (sounds cheesy, sorry!)  But it's true.  Y'all for years I desired this, but for whatever reason, I couldn't see it, face forgiving...I don't know.  All I can say, is get there!!  Get to a place in your walk with your Savior, of utmost confidence.  His love for you is the real deal.  It does not change based on what you've done, are doing or will do.  It's solid.

Read the above scripture from Ephesians again.  He wrote that to YOU.  And He means it.

Do you have a lump in your throat or tears in your eyes and you're thinking, “I want 'inner strength', 'fullness of life', 'complete' “...oh sister it is there for the taking.

Believe these Words from the Father.  Take a deep breath.  Start talking.  He's listening.  He's smiling at  you!  For real!

3 comments:

Jill Hill said...

embracing His love and confidence inside of me today. it's a struggle for me to really see myself how He sees me...

thank you for sharing this and encouraging us in this confidence thing. ;)

much love!

Women Who Pray said...

Thanks, Lisa! You know I love you girl!! I remember a younger less-confident you, and I see that in you the boldness to approach the throne of grace...as by the way we are commanded to do!!!

Just recently, a dear friend said, "I take issues with the arrogance. She wasn't saying I was arrogant...but that the boldness she heard Sheila Walsh and Beth Moore speak of..and that I speak of...wellll..." Her words were, "Who am I to ask of God?"

Well it's true that I'm not to ask for frivilous things I don't need..and if I spend enough time in His presence, I won't ask for them. That has happened in me, and I only speak for that place of friendship that I walk with Jesus.

He actually says, "Bring your case before me and argue it."

As much as we've been studying and spending time with David...to have his heart after God...the Psalms are not nambypamby words...but BOLD!! Confident!!!

Our boldness is not in us but Him!! Roots in Him, as you said from the Word. Gloorryy!!!

Who am I? I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!! I am created in the image of God! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I am the beloved!! and so are you!! all of you Shinegirls!

Out of the issues of our heart, the mouth speaks! If we speak other than what Jesus says about us, we call Him a liar! Not in words maybe but in belief..in the language of the heart!

I confess the LORD Jesus to be saved...how? with my mouth? I confess my trust? How, with my mouth? I confess my health? How? with my mouth.

Thanks again Lisa for reminding us it isn't arrogance...but confidence ...that we walk in! We are the King's daughters!! I mean the King of Kings and the LORD of LORDS!

I love that the word confide and confidence are related! We, the confident, confide in Him, and Him with us...in the Secret Place of the Most High.

You go girl!!

Aunt Teddi

Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

Lisa,

This was for me. Especially in the arena of wife and mother. And, really every other arena! :) Thank you for reminding me to walk with Him knowing how MUCH he loves me. What peace, victory and confidence comes from this.
I love you!!!!
Bek