May 16, 2012

Wednesday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Job 20


Happy Worship Wednesday, SHINE girls! Whew, what a week this is turning into here on SHINE. 


I love how the Holy Spirit leads us on these journeys together, arm in arm, seeking and learning His truth together. It sure makes the path a little (a lot) easier knowing that we are all together. 


I feel like we have reached a whole new level of friendship with each other here on SHINE. Seriously, I do. 


When the Lord quickens our hearts about sin, it is a good, good thing. It means He loves us! It means He wants only the very, very best for us! 


NONE of us have it all together. NONE. We are just all trying to walk the path, and clear the branches for those on this same path with us to get to know the Lord better.


If you are reading this blog--YOU are on this path with us! You are earnestly seeking to know Him deeper. Guess what? So, are we! Yay! :)


One of my most favorite things in this world, is an honest girlfriend. For real, it is. (thankfully, i am surrounded by many of them! even the kind that tell you that you have a big chunk of spinach in your teeth! oh yeah!)


Sometimes, though, her honesty can be painful. At times, I even get defensive and a little wall goes up. "Who is she to point out my faults??" Oh yeah, I  say that. (to myself, of course.)


However, when it is all said and done, I thank her for loving me enough....hear me again.....for loving me enough to gently encourage me in another direction. If she is showing me another path, it is only because she has been on the one that I am on. She knows that it leads nowhere. Period.


With that said, be blessed today by one of my honest girlfriends. Not only honest, but wise beyond her years.. I love just sitting in her presence and soaking up her wisdom. (she is probably laughing now--but it's true!)


I love you, SHINE sisters!  


Spiritual Eyes
by: Lisa Inlow




I want to first start off and say that I can be so bold and blunt in this blog entry because this is something I deal with.  I have not conquered the mind, though I will say I am in such a better place only for the reason of being so sick of acting/saying/watching/reading something that I KNEW was not best for me, feeling like junk afterward, asking the Father to forgive me as I KNEW He wanted more for me...then still having to deal with the image or words, that are stuck in my mind.

Here's the deal.  We need to have our spiritual eyes on, AT ALL TIMES!  We need to make decisions based on what our Savior thinks.  Is this going to make us stronger in our faith, does this have eternal value...

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Proverbs 23:19 My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.

I picture the Holy Spirit living behind my chest wall, sitting right smack dab on my heart.  Feel your heart right now, come on, He's right there, seeing, hearing, reading your thoughts...

What are we putting into our hearts and minds?

I have seen movies before that I knew I did not need to see.  I am a visual person, and know this is one of my numerous weak places.  I still have images in my mind from when I was a very little girl...they are stuck.  A few of them I wish were not.

Ephesians 4:29 Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

1 Timothy 5:13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.


What about our conversation?  Oh y'all I am horrified at the zillions of conversations I've left and felt so guilty because if someone overheard what I was saying, they would not have thought I followed Jesus Christ.  

Gossip too.  Oh man did I love to gossip.  All in a futile effort to fit in with whomever I was gossiping with.  I mean, hello, who doesn't know that gossip is so wrong?  But we keep doing it...

I want to stop here and say, you can stop gossiping.  About 3+ years ago I begged God to forgive me for this nasty habit and promised Him I would repent and start down a new path.  He forgives!!!

Now, do I still stumble, unfortunately.  And when I do, the Spirit has pushed me to call or email the one I was gossiping with and ask them to forgive me.  Holy cow, that's brutal!!  Hence the reason I fight like heck to not gossip!

Ladies, we must stop gossiping!  It's an awful thing to do.

Here's the deal.  As daughters of Jesus Christ, we have to stop watching, reading, talking...like the world.  For real, we need to be the light in this dark, dark world.  We need to keep our minds pure of filth.  We need to speak kindly, uplifting one another, encouraging one another in our Walk with our Savior.  Fill our hearts and minds with Truth, goodness.  Things that are clean and wholesome...holy.

1 Peter 5:8  Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.


The enemy is crouched down low, sneaking around, waiting so patiently for us to crack the window of our heart letting in just a little something.  Then a seed is planted and over time, it can grow into a big, suffocating weed.

Isn't it time?  To be done with mediocre?  To be done being enticed by the things of this world?  To be done with guilt over what we allowed to get in our minds and heart?  To be done with regret over a conversation?

Oh SHINE sisters!  Rejoice in your Savior who forgives!  Rejoice in the Light of walking with Him!  Rejoice in the peace of living, DAILY, hand in hand with the One who died for you because of His immense and deep love for you.

Rejoice in that we are His lighthouses, shining so bright as we walk in Truth!  Drawing others in, showing them there is true Hope!!

Father today we are done with tip-toeing in the darkness.  We are so done with putting things in our hearts and minds that do not, in anyway, please You.  We are daughters of the King!  We are loved, unconditionally, by the Creator!  We commit today, to SHINE so brightly for You!  We love you Father and we are so thankful for Your sweet love for us.  In Jesus' Name.

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous5/16/2012

    Lisa, you never cease to encourage me and push me to be better. Thank you. You are right, the enemy can slide in ever so discreetly, and before you know he has a foothold. May we take these wise directions from you and apply them today and always. Much love to you! Sarah

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  2. It's funny that the chapter we are studying this week for my Sunday School is "Lord, Show Me How to Take Control of My Mind" in Power of a Praying Woman. Our thoughts are so powerful. Like you wrote so convincingly, why give such power to the one who wants to destroy us. It's hard enough to keep the thoughts of fear, worry and self-doubt pressed down without inviting Satan to have more power by looking on things we know are not godly. Thanks Lisa.

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  3. It's so important! Thank you Lisa for showing us all this. If our hearts are holy and our words are in check, then 'out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak' .....words of life! Lord make us an instrument to speak life into lifeless situations, into areas of bondage to be your voice to set the captive free, to lift up, to lift out - to be a ....lighthouse!!! Give us strength and focus Lord to be your diciples and extensions of You. I bless your name.

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  4. thank you, lisa!! i needed to hear this. the Lord sure knows how to get my attention. :)

    i love you! <3

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  5. Go Lisa, girl!!! I am so struck by the amount of Word in you. I know that you have placed much effort as I have to immerse yourself as an adult...but, girl, that Mama influence in your life...to live out the Word is soooo obvious!!! I have not had daughters who spend much time with Mamas...I have the blessing of answered prayer, though, that all 3 of my sons have a close, close relationship with their Pop...and for that I had to move over and let him father them...kicking and screaming, I did, and am forever thankful. I have the opportunity now to live the life before these grands...and my daughters in-law...though daughters are usually more receptive to the ways of their mother than their husband's mother...been there and done that...learned better as I aged...lol!

    I want to address you shine girls...all of you who read here even though you don't respond...that the LORD is returning soon...and this call to not conform with the world that is sounding through this ministry in loud voice from God Almighty...but to be transformed by the washing of water by the Word!! Woo Hoo!!!

    The WORD!!!! The WORD!!!! The B i b l e!!! Yes that's the book for me...I stand alone on the WORD of GOD...the B i b l e!!! Didn't know I was going to sing the child's song...but how true!!!!!

    When I was in my 30's and was talking to my Mama and Daddy...making an emphatic point about a scriptural promise that I had found in the WORD...on healing I believe...I can see me now, putting my Bible on the ground and stepping on to it and declaring...

    "If I cannot stand on this WORD and what all it says in here for me and for my house...then, I need to throw it away."

    I'm visual, too, Lisa, sweetie. That's how I taught children in school...how I teach my grand girls now...how I write!! I teach in pictures...Jesus did, too! Parables, what we can understand!!!

    Let me clarify that the WORD is HIS WILL! To know the WORD is to know HIS WILL. Germaine Copeland said to me when we ate lunch that precious day the LORD allowed me to have with my mentor in praying the WORD of God...and I had her repeat it here in my home last Monday...

    She said, "We seek the wrong thing. We are not to seek His will. We are to seek His face. When we seek His face, we will know His will."

    Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness...and all these things...what we eat? what we drink? what we put on? and on and on...all these things will be added to us.

    We worship Him for who He is!! Jill, has talked to us about joining together...sharing this walk...sharing this life, encouraging one another.

    That's what we do on the wall each morning. We gather, encouraging one another with the Word. We inhale the WORD as we read silently, girls. We exhale the WORD as we pray the WORD aloud. One of us chases 1,000. Two of us chase 10,000. 3 = 100,000 and 4 = 1 million. 5, the # of Grace chases 10 million. 6=100,000. 7, the # of completion/perfection chases 1 billion and on and on...His multiplication not mine.

    When each of us prays alone, we chase 1,000 each. 3 alone = 3,000. 3 gathered together, a 3-bonded cord, chase 10,000. I like his multiplication better than mine.

    Judy Jacobs sings this in a song Will You Be My Praise Partner and Help Me Praise the LORD...and she shouts and dances this message
    wonderfully.

    http://www.lyrics.com/praise-partner-lyrics-judy-jacobs.html

    Enjoy!! :) <3

    Aunt Teddi

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  6. Thank you for discipleship, Lisa. We love you, Lady!!

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