I have been reading this book by Neil T. Anderson entitled, The Bondage Breaker: Overcoming Negative Thoughts, Irrational Feelings, and Habitual Sins.
In it, Anderson comments that we do not have victory over Satan because we born-again believer believe the lies he suggests in our minds.
So I am thinking if I could, analyze situations (especially bad habits) in my life that I want changed I could get to “the lie” that provokes me to keep performing the bad habit.
Here’s an easy one to share— I don’t like washing dishes. I tend to let them pile up for days at a stretch. This is a bad habit which keeps the kitchen from looking orderly and certain invites critters in my home that should definitely only live on the outside.
I finally decided the lie I was believing is that “I would feel like getting to them later”.
Well, I am completely facing this situation–so here it is!
1. The way I see the world, washing dishes by hand should take you no more than 10 -15 minutes a day, tops!
2. Here is the crux of the matter: I will not want to do this task later any more than I want to perform it now. Therefore, stop kidding myself, put in my 10 minutes daily and keep the dishes from piling up.
It’s funny how God gets you to face your sin/shortcomings even in the simplest areas of life.
I’ll keep you posted as to my progress!
See my first post on this subject: https://presentufaultless.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/which-of-your-circumstances-is-the-lie/
Sin is a sovereign master, which demands service from its subjects. You are dead to sin,[once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior] but you still have the capacity to serve sin by putting your body at sin’s disposal. It is up to you to choose whether you’re going to let your body be used for sin or for righteousness. [Excerpted from Neil T. Anderson’s The Bondage Breaker” p. 47]
So who are you serving: God the Father or Satan?
It is your choice!
Today are my reflections after reading I Kings 17: 34
“In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: He laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.”
- Joshua lived from 1450-1370 BC
- From what I gathered on Wikipedia—The event with Hiel occurred somewhere between 888-869 BC
While these dates are estimates at best in my mind, one can at least see that there is an approximate 600 year gap between the prophecy and the event. It is a good reminder to me that whatever God says will occur will occur. God’s words are outside of time as we know. Our time on earth is so finite and our capacity for understanding God and His principles regarding eternity are so minuscule. That, from what little I do understand I sense enough to know that too often we miss the point about our lives and God’s influence in it.
So the real question becomes
what does God say about the matter?
Ask God what is His take on all your issues. His answers may not always lead to “your understanding” but in the end I am confident that we will still find Him to be a loving Father unto whom we can go.
The last 45 minutes have been VERY stressful for me! I find myself having to inhale and exhale constantly. I started telling myself to calm down.
What do I count as an effective method to calming down: think Jesus! Think of scriptures or think of songs to sings.
So here I am practicing what I share: A song and a scripture are below.
O se baba — as sung by Danniebelle Hall (See link — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJGhVqNmw4)
Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my light and salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid?
What song or scriptures do you use?