Leadership Tools for women in the church
I once had a horrifying dream about a lion prowling around my neighborhood, crashing through people’s doors and dragging them out into the street. Fun times! Needless to say, I didn’t sleep anymore that night. But it reminded me all too vividly of a verse in the Bible:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Now we’re going to talk about a topic no one likes. Sin. Because Satan doesn’t have the power to devour us unless we let him. And the way we let him is by giving into temptation and allowing sin to ruin us. So is it right to say ‘The Devil made me do it?’
Have you ever opened your Bible and hunted for a verse to help you? Yep, me too.
While this Holy Book is filled with inspirational stories and t-shirt worthy phrases, when we open it and play Bible roulette, we have cheapened the Word of God.
Take these well loved and quoted verse found in Philippians 4:13:
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Oh, the New Year. The annual clean slate. The time when people jumpstart resolutions and gym memberships are half price. There is renewed hope.
Bloggers and Christian bookstores are gearing up for the spiritual resolutions. Because of the “read my Bible in a year” resolutions, Bible reading plans are coming out of the woodwork. Stores are stocking up on Bibles such as the “365-day Bible.”
I have tried reading plans several times over the years. I have signed up for daily emails, registered for phone apps, downloaded check-off sheets - and yet, I never seem to make it to the end. So this year, I’m going to try to do something different.
I resolve to NOT do a Bible reading plan...
God wants a broken and contrite heart. So then, what does that look like? Am I supposed to feel ashamed and guilty for all the sin in my life? Am I supposed to be sad all the time?
No! The Bible also says in Romans 5 : 11, "More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."
Ok, so my heart is to be broken and contrite, but I'm supposed to rejoice in my salvation. I was a little confused. I had to dig deeper, meditate more, read more, and more importantly, pray that God reveal His meaning to me.
Is there any certainty out there in a world that tells us that there are no absolutes? Each person has their own truth. If you believe it, it is good for you. No one wants to step on the toes of the person beside them. This is how Satan has caused doubt in believers. He uses the “Did God actually say…” to cause doubt in our minds.