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Bible Journaling has become a part of my private worship time with God. This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20...it was the word GO. It's time to MOVE y'all.


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It’s Hard to Make the Bed if Someone is Still Sleeping in it.

This title is an exact quote of what I said to my husband the other day when he slept in.  I thought it would be perfect for this post.  🙂

Bible Journaling has become a part of my  private worship time with God.  It gives me a moment to really focus in on the scripture I am illustrating…to closely listen to God speak as I lovingly caress the Word of God with my pencils and pens.

Bible Journaling has become a part of my private worship time with God. This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20...it was the word GO. It's time to MOVE y'all.

This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20…it was the word GO.  It’s time to get out of the bed you sleeper.  Put your feet on the floor.  Splash the sleep from your eyes and GO!    If not to the world, then at least to your world.  It’s time to MOVE y’all.

Bible Journaling has become a part of my private worship time with God. This is what the Holy Spirit brought to mind as I worked on Matthew 28:18-20...it was the word GO. It's time to MOVE y'all.

This is one reason I write… to encourage movement among the church, physically and spiritually.  It is hard to GO when your body and your mind is overweight and sluggish from poor eating choices, and from lack of exercise.   Inactivity causes thoughts of sleep.  Why even bother making the bed?

Let Jesus energize you O sleeper.  Awake and Go. Baptize and Teach.

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So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.


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Fight Like a Boss, Against Unseen Forces

Before you read my post, check out my video below where I walk on the Texas Inter-coastal Canal.  Click below to hear about the time I went DOWN 🙂

Spiritual Disciplines- Reading and Memorizing Scripture

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love that Jesus fought Satan with scripture while He was being tempted in the desert.  There He was…weakened and hungry,  and the only thing He spoke, besides “No” and “Get out of here!” were  “It is written…” followed by  a scripture.    See Matthew 4 

So really, if I want to fight like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy, pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT

Now here’s where those pesky distractions come y’all, at least for me.  In order to swing the sword, I must train.  Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.  There are three ways to handle the Word of God:  you can read it, study it, and memorize it.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss,  like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy.   Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me.  In order to swing the sword, I must train.  Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

Read

Reading scripture is not all that hard.  Instead of checking Facebook during the many times I am required to wait in the course of my day, I like to use the app from Gateway.com to read the Word on my phone. One idea is to read the same section of scripture each day for a week, listening to the Spirit target specific areas of your life.  I guarantee the Spirit will help you use this same passage on behalf of a friend, while you use your voice to speak a counter attack against the enemy.This idea is great to use with your children too.  The strategy of repetition infuses the Word into your mind and heart so it can be pulled up and spoken at a moment’s notice.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

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Study

Studying the Word is more than just reading it, but might include doing research, thinking about context, embracing the figurative language, word study, cross reference, and relating your experiences.    Study is digging deeper.  Study is lingering in the Word.  I love to participate in Bible study groups, but I also wanted to learn to study on my own, so  I developed a Bible study guide for myself that I would love to share with you.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

The Deeper Study Guide is meant to be stapled on the front of a composition book. Look at the end of this post to find out how to get one for your personal study.

Memorize

To a brain on overload, sometimes it just can’t seem to hold anything else.  That’s what the enemy wants you to think.  Shove the trivial to the side and make room for POWER.  Because that’s what God’s Word is.  A sharp sword.  So sharp it can slice the head off of your enemy with one swipe.  So sharp it can surgically remove that dark stronghold that clings.  So sharp it can expose that which is hiding, maybe even from the one who wields it.  A sword is no good if it can’t be drawn quickly.  By the time you have accessed your Bible app, or Googled a verse, the perfect moment may have passed.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

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One of the first scriptures I memorized was Philippians 4:4-7.  On a bumpy flight this fall, I sat next to a woman who was outwardly expressing everything I was feeling on the inside…terror.  I comforted her by reciting my memory verse, “Do not be anxious about anything…”  Not only did it calm her, but it did me also.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too..

Look below to see how you can sign up to receive this MEMORIZE cover, and the table of contents template, along with instructions.

 

In conclusion, I want to offer one last reason why you should be in the Word.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths.  2 Timothy 4:3-4 NLT

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So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

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Check out the first post in the Spiritual Discipline Series:

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

Pictures:  +taken at Gilchrist Beach in Texas, ++original picture taken from  the window of our car as we drove through California on the way to Los Angeles.

 

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Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.


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Why Spiritual Pajamas are not a Good Idea for the Wedding Banquet

Spiritual Discipline Series- LOVE

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

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Time is of the essence to me.  The enemy is a robber, a thief of time.   Because there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day, and that “time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future,” as the Steve Miller band sings so prophetically, I have chosen the word URGENCY to define my year.  Urgency to be dressed in spiritual depth,  suitable clothes for the wedding banquet.  It boils down to this equation:  days left on earth+spiritual depth desired=URGENCY.

Look y’all, church buildings are filled with people like me doing their best spiritual impressions…glancing occasionally beyond the surface…content with their spiritual pajamas…never time to go diving into spiritual disciplines…the word later climbing up on center stage and demanding an audience.

So now is later.

I have defined my own set of spiritual disciplines, and encourage you to create your own list.  This begins a blog series that I hope you will find useful for your own battle for time.  These include:  love, prayer and meditation, reading and memorizing scripture, private praise, fasting, and resting.

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

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My anchor scripture that will guide each discipline will be Luke 10:27.  Every urgency, both internally and externally, will be directed away from self and toward fulfilling this scripture.

….“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NLV

Dealing with my selfish self causes my urgency to be sluggish, and my love for Him to become unfocused.  Spiritual depth for the Bride of Christ is what I am after, and it starts with love for my Father.  Loving him with all.

All.

All your heart.

All your soul.

All your strength.

All your mind.

If I am honest with myself and if you are too,  what that means is that there is no room for empty longing in my heart…no vacancy in my soul…no strength training with feathers…and  the eyes constantly protecting the mind from the fake.  Then and only then can I serve my neighbor the way the rest of the passage suggests  as myself…a self filled to the brim with Yahweh.

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

More in the Spiritual Disciplines Series you might like:

 

Do you sometimes forget you have no power over the weaknesses in the one you love? It's time to capture every rebellious thought about your spouse and focus on the battle in prayer.

I want to show you how I found a space to pray in my small house after watching The War Room. See how I created a space on the back of a door and sign up for free printables of the prayer banner, labels, and prayer cards that I use in my time with God.

It is important to know that Jesus is not a genie ready to deliver hearts and rainbows just because I rubbed the lamp. Look y'all, if you are like me, and I'm betting you are, you spend most of your time in prayer presenting your requests. Here are some ideas to make your prayer time into more of a partnership...more of a love fest...more of an expression of trust.So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pictures:

+  Closeup of my daughter-in-law’s wedding dress,

++  A beautiful church window found on a Hawaiian excursion.

+++  I love this gate I found in Key West, Florida

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Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.


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Good Book: SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

Who he was, what he did, why it matters

The more I understand scripture, the more the Holy Spirit sends me to the Jews… to the Old Testament…to the history behind it all.  How else can I truly understand the sacrifice Jesus made until I understand the sacrificial system he lived under at the time.

I am corresponding with a very kind atheist who lets me share scripture with her.  The gospel message is not just a literal death on a cross.  I can’t say,  “Jesus died for your sins”…that just doesn’t make sense to someone from another country who is struggling to understand this Jesus person.  “How exactly does God dying save people?”  she might wonder.  We are very proficient in telling His  story, but not so well in conveying the symbolism behind it all.  We are guilty of dumbing it down for our children too.   Basically we tell them, “Just trust me, He died and rose.”  Then they grow up reciting, but not really understanding the immense beauty and richness of what exactly God did for His chosen people.     Maybe it’s time you delve into the history and prophesy of the Jews and develop a complete picture of the  Messiah.  If you are ready to be schooled by a professor of the New Testament and Early Christianity, then this is the book for you.

This book is full of imagery and metaphorical pictures, not just from scriptures, but from Wright too by using the analogy of a storm throughout the book.    We meet the Roman and Jewish people through the eyes of the culture of the time.  Wondered what happened in between the books of Malachi and Matthew?  We are introduced to the men who “could have been” the Messiah, but only disappointed in the end:  Judah Maccabee, Simon the Star, Herod the Great, and Simon bar-Giora.  We discover fascinating meanings behind what Jesus said and did, hidden to those of us who have been skimming the surface of scriptures, staying safely within the confines of the New Testament.   Wright uses the seven themes of the Exodus:  tyrant, leader, divine victory, sacrifice, vocation, divine presence, and promised inheritance to compare with the coming, the life, death and reign of the King of the Jews.  Finally Professor Wright discusses the enthroned Jesus and how he works with the church today through the Spirit.

I won’t kid you y’all, this is not an easy book to read, but SO worth your time and energy.  Here is how Tom Wright organizes his book:

Finding the Jewish Messiah in the historical setting of the day is like finding out you have been grasping a handful of gold instead of the vast treasure that was meant for you. It's time to dive into SIMPLY JESUS by Tom Wright.

 

I am including a quote from Professor Wright on heaven and earth.

“They (heaven and earth) are not merely contagious, like two next-door houses.  Heaven permeates earth.  If Jesus is now in ‘heaven’, he is present to every place on earth.  Had he remained on earth, he wouldn’t have been present anywhere except the one place where he was.  The ascension enables him to be present everywhere.

Tom Wright also writes under the name of N.T. Wright.  There are many videos of his discussions on YouTube.   Get your boots on y’all, he goes deep!

 

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Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.


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Good Book: The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.

The Explicit Gospel came about after Chandler realized some who have been raised in the church, raised to believe in Christ, had never heard the gospel, explicitly.  Here is how he organizes his thoughts.

Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.

From “The Gospel on the Ground”

A close personal look at Who God is and how exactly He and His Son saved mankind.  Chandler spells out what our response should be.

This means, for instance, that nobody can really 
attend church as though it is a hobby.

The moralism that passes for Christian faith today 
is a devastating hobby if you have no intention of 
committing your life fully to God and chasing Him 
in Christ.

From “The Gospel in the Air”

This is a section filled with deep discussions on evolution and creation concerning the fall and reconciliation.  Some of the information here was new to me, all of it was challenging and highly intelligent.  I love this kind of mental exercise.    It occurs to me that this high level material  comes from a brain ravished by cancer.  (he discusses his cancer in this section)  It is quite obvious to me that the enemy was very vested in destroying Matt’s ability to think and reason.  Praise God that his mind has been spared because he definitely has something to say worth hearing.

From “Implications and Applications”

One of the many tidbits that I found very interesting was pointed out by Chandler in the last section.

Over and over he (Paul) proclaims the gospel to those 
who already know the gospel
Why does he do that?  He tells us the answer in 
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 'Now I would remind you brothers, 
of the gospel I have preached to you, which you have 
received (past tense), in which you stand (present tense), 
and by which you are being saved (future tense).'

So the gospel not only saves us but, it sustains us.

 

Have you been raised in the church and have never heard the explicit gospel of Christ? Matt Chandler, in his book THE EXPLICIT GOSPEL, says this happens more than you would think.

Here is Matt discussing discussing The Explicit Gospel.

 

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