Sep 24, 2012

Monday SHINE....

Reading Plan for week of 9/24-9/28:
  • Monday 9/24: 1 Corinthians 14
  • Tuesday 9/25: 1 Corinthians 15
  • Wednesday 9/26: 1 Corinthians 16
  • Thursday 9/27: Haggai 1
  • Friday 9/28: Haggai 2
Happy Monday, sweet SHINE girls!

Can I just be honest? I really wanted to skip today's post. I'm tired, my head hurts, and the last thing I felt like doing was turning on my (slow) laptop and typing. 

Guess who talked me into it? I will give you one guess....

GOD!

I was arguing with Him in my head saying this: "Do I really need to post today? Everyone knows where we are in our reading. If they don't, all they need to do is look back at the reading plan. Simple! I don't really think it's necessary to post today. Do You really think I have to?"

As soon as I was finished with my complaining, I remembered the post that Rebekah did last Tuesday about putting on the Armor of God.

Some days, I feel really really good. I don't necessarily feel like I have to stay so "close" to the Lord. I get a little too brave and think, "oh, I got this today. i think i can skimp on my time with Him."

Do I have to even tell you that those are the days when the enemy punches me right in the gut as I am carelessly coasting along?

Oh yes. Every.Single.Time.

So, as I thought about the importance of putting on His Armor daily, whether we think we need it or not (we do!), I thought about this "feeling" stuff. 

No, I didn't feel like posting today. 

My body was feeling tired and it was screaming to go to bed.

However, My Father was telling me to stay the course with Him. Do it anyway. 

Obedience won over my flesh this time. (you are probably thinking I should have stayed in bed.) :)

How many times do we let our feelings win over our obedience to Him?

How many times do we give in, give up, and go with the easy path? 

How many times do we let our emotions/feelings and mouths get the best of us instead of using wisdom, patience, and humility? 

For me, it has been too many times to count. 

Isn't it always harder to do the wiser thing??

Yes, sometimes (most of the time) it is. But, oh the way you feel soon after making that better choice.

I think that feeling must be God's gift to us when we please Him. When we choose obedience over our flesh, He gives us that indescribable warmth and peace that only can come from Him.

It's Monday, girls. Let's put on our Armor. I know you're tired, sweet girl. I am too. 

Let's do it anyway. For Him. But ultimately for us. 

Let's pray on the Armor of God this morning, what do ya say?

(This prayer is from my favorite book of prayers by Germaine Copeland.)

To Put On the Armor of God
by Germaine Copeland

In the name of Jesus, I put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil; for I wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Therefore, I take unto myself the whole armor of God, that I may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. I stand, therefore, having my loins girt about with truth. Your Word, Lord, which is truth, contains all the weapons of my warfare, which are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.

I have on the breastplate of righteousness, which is faith and love. My feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. In Christ Jesus I have peace and pursue peace with all men. I am a minister of reconciliation, proclaiming the good news of the Gospel.

I take the shield of faith, wherewith I am able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; the helmet of salvation (holding the thoughts, feelings, and purpose of God’s heart); and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. In the face of all trials, tests, temptations, and tribulation, I cut to pieces the snare of the enemy by speaking the Word of God. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

Thank You, Father, for the armor. I will pray at all times — on every occasion, in every season — in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end I will keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints. My power and ability and sufficiency are from God Who has qualified me as a minister and a dispenser of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ]. 
Amen.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/24/2012

    Jill, I completely understand that "feeling" of just wanting to put it all down and go back to bed. Especially this morning! I'm feeling yucky :/ That being said - I believe this Monday message was for me! Thank you for listening to God and for writing this morning even when you didn't feel like it. I'm grateful you did :) Praying for you today! Love, Kristy

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  2. Anonymous9/24/2012

    I too did want to get up. And when I did was in a bad mood. I was greeted with a grunt from my 16 yr old I had an arguement with last night. I was feeling upset more than that mad. Thanks for posting this prayer. I am going drink my coffee spend some time alone with The Father and get a smile and start my day all new.

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  3. Thanks Jill for listening to God ,I was felling really emotional tired and and heartbroken , i talk to my ex husband yesterday and i was devasted it and sad as much i still love him he ofend me in a way that broke my heart i know that i don't need admiration for no one but God but it hurts when the person that you love for more then 15 years think about your self like the person that i am not ..thank you for that prayer.... much love Conny

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  4. Anonymous9/24/2012

    So thankful for your post! There are many days we don't feel like it when our eyes are focused on ourselves and not on building God's house. After reading your post and praying I looked at the weeks reading and wondered what was in Haggai. So I opened to Haggai before 1 Corinthians. In Haggai God says Should you be focusing on your comfortable cozy house whille mine is in ruins? Everything I am doing is useless if I am not focused on His house. Meaning I may not think he is coming, so it is ok if I focus on me and what I want or in my simple childish terms, I don't feel like getting in your word, do I really have to die to myself and follow you even when I don't feel like it??? The people feared God when they heard this and stopped worrying about their ways and changed paths focusing their eyes on Christ building His house. I may not feel like it, but I better put on my armor and shift my eyes up listening and seeking Him and his plan. God says, "I AM with you" and their spirits are stirred up. Hello, my act of obedience even when I may not feel like it, in the end the reward is I Am (who is I Am...) the Holy Spirit, God, Jesus is with us directing us, leading us in our Journey. Ok, I know this is long, I am no where near a Bible scholar, I am not an excellent writer, and I am fairly simplistic and black and white in my thinking, but now when I flip over to 1 Corinthians (today's reading) Paul is talking about the church, we are the church, he is speaking to me and you about how to build his church that unbelievers may come to Christ, how believers may be edified, and how Christ may be glorified in His church (the church back in Haggai we are to be building) and God declares, "I am with you"... this is no matter what circumstances we are going through, He is there so quit focusing on those and focus on the big picture- Kingdom vision-Him and his work! Building His house! In Corinthians it says I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also, I will sing praise with my spirit and I will sing praise in my mind. Skipping ahead it says if we are speaking God's words an unbeliever or outsider enters he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so falling on his face he will worship God and declare that God is really among you...hello, that is what I desire each moment of my life, day, hour for people to fall on their face worshipping God, seeing and declaring that God is among me and you shining Christ in all we do for we are the church. I could go on because there is so much more in this chapter about building his church. I really thought staying in bed enjoying the quiet and going back to sleep sounded good, but boy was I wrong! As I have put on my armour I am boldly, singing Him praise, listening for His voice as he leads me through my day, believing that His church will grow and He will be glorified as people come to know Him and grow in Him. Knowing that God is with me! Heather

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  5. This post meant everything to me this morning. Thank you!!

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