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What’s with the Flag?

So how does a book with #winning as the title have a picture of a white flag of surrender?? It wasn’t the original plan, I’ll tell you that. I had a completely different vision. But, when the proof came back for me to sign off on, I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have a peace about it. I talked to my group that has helped me with several decisions concerning this book over the past couple of years (Dad, Mom, Cass, Jeffrey, Tim, Kayla, Sarah and of course Trae) While I was talking to Mom and Dad, Mom suggested a flag. Immediately the white flag came to my mind. As soon as we hung up I prayed for the Lord to give me confirmation that the white flag was to be on the cover. The very next words I heard were “white flag in the wind” from the song Air I Breathe by Mat Kearney playing on Klove. I knew then that the Lord wanted that as the cover for #winning. So, here’s a special shout out to my mother. I am so glad that she is sensitive to the Lord’s voice and willing to act on it. Also, I am super grateful and continuing to stand in awe that Jesus, the King of Kings, cares about our details!!

Truth Trumps Opinion


Thief. Liar. Zacchaeus. He was known as a man that preyed upon the poor. He took money from whomever he could under the pretense of being a lawful man. He was supposed to be an upstanding citizen. He was viewed as the worst of the worst.
Then he sought out Jesus. The reputation he had earned couldn’t affect Christ’s redeeming grace. Zacchaeus was offered a relationship with Him. The world still looked upon Zacchaeus as a sinner. In their eyes he would never be good enough to be a follower of Jesus. But from Jesus’ point of view he was worthy of salvation. He had become a child of His.
The opinion of people doesn’t affect the judgment of Jesus. 
You might have lived a life full of corruption. Jesus’ blood can cover any sin. You might be falsely accused but in Jesus you can be blameless. Jesus knows you for who you really are. He sees you as no one else can. And He loves you. He desires to have a relationship with you. A pure relationship in which you don’t allow the opinions of others or the opinion of yourself dictate who you are in Him. A relationship in which you just give yourself to Him completely, hiding nothing.
Luke 19:1-10

We Know Truth


Job was getting an earful from his friends. They were coming up with reasons as to why he was going through his trials. They were blaming him of sin. They were giving their opinion as if it were fact. 

In the midst of all of this Job says to them that he just wants to hear from God. He wants to only be judged by him. He knows his own heart. He knows God knows his heart. In that he can find comfort. 

Later when Job stands before God he is found acceptable. When the friends were judged they were reprimanded for speaking falsely to Job. 

People’s opinions can be harsh. They can be presented as facts–even when they’re untrue. But we know the truth and answer to God alone, who is Truth. Remember that when you are falsely accused. Keep walking blamelessly.

Scripture found:

Job 23 & 42 

#bibleverse

  

what is at the root of your decisions?

  
The people of Gergesenes sent Jesus out of their country because they had lost a single herd of swine as a result of a miracle of Christ.
It was an impulse reaction to their loss of income that led the people to distance theirselves from Jesus. 
Crazy, right?
Well it’s easy for us to make that observation because we’re just looking at the facts, not feeling the emotions. 
But how often are we quick to make decisions based on how we feel, despite what the Word says or how the Lord is leading?
If you’re wrestling with surrendering something to the Lord try listing the facts. Take your emotion out of it. 
Actually seeing what Christ is offering you in return for whatever He is asking you to give should make following His lead a lot easier.

No loop holing 

 

 Jesus said to the Samarian woman, ‘Go get your husband…’

‘I don’t have a husband,’ she answered.

‘True. You’ve had five though and your living with a man now.’ 

Jesus didn’t mind awkwardness. 

(That was lighthearted but true. And seriously we shouldn’t mind awkwardness either when it comes to standing for what we believe in.)

The woman stood there dumbfounded. Here she had just tried to loophole the Messiah and He called her out on it.

We might think “what in the world? Why would she think she could trick Jesus?”

But haven’t you tried that before? 

I have. I’ve tried to justify sin. I’ve tried to find a way to make it okay in my mind. I’ve tried to twist the Word to meet my needs.

But it doesn’t work that way. No one is capable of molding Jesus into what we want Him to be. Instead we need to allow ourselves to be molded into what He would have us to be.

Loopholing doesn’t help us along. Instead it is a lie that will only slow us down.

Call sin sin and get out of it.

false prophets

  

The Lord had just spoken about prophets that would prophesy a lie to the children.
He told them what would happen and what the false prophet would say to deceive them. 
Along came the prophet, Hananiah, and made his outrageous false prophecy. He did it in front of all the priests and people. He had no shame. 
Thankfully Jeremiah, a prophet of God, called him out on it. 
Boldness and confidence are persuasive. But just because someone is bold or confident doesn’t make them right.
Stick with what the Lord has shown you to be true, no matter how persuasive, or enticing the false prophet may be. 

Defense Mechanism

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Romans 3:4

Hebrews 11:3

No one is ever too young to be taught the scripture “let God be true but every man a liar.”

Also no one is ever too old to hold onto that truth.

I was sitting in a freshman biology class hanging on to that verse a decade ago. And then again this past weekend when my husband and I were teaching the same scripture to our young children.

It’s sad that evolution is presented as truth in a learning environment. It’s even more disheartening that it’s slipped in as fact into a children’s movie.

How grateful I am though that we have the comfort, the promise, that God’s ways are concrete, are absolute and that anything that tries to dispel it can be brought under subjection with one piece of scripture.

The Word is truth above all else. It trumps your closest confidant’s personal opinion. It surpasses the most well known scientists’ discoveries. It reigns over anything contrary to it’s teachings.

Our children need to learn the wisdom of God from an early age and we need to believe it until death.

Hold onto the promises of God.

Loopholing

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II Corinthians 4:2

John 4:16-18

Jesus said to the Samarian woman, ‘Go get your husband…’

‘I don’t have a husband,’ she answered.

‘True. You’ve had five though and your living with a man now.’

Jesus didn’t mind awkwardness.

(That was lighthearted. But true. And seriously we shouldn’t mind awkwardness either when it comes to standing for what we believe in.)

Back to the story…

The woman stood there dumbfounded. Here she had just tried to loophole the Messiah and He called her out on it.

We might think “what in the world? Why would she think she could trick Jesus?”

But haven’t you tried that before?

I have. I’ve tried to justify sin. I’ve tried to find a way to make it okay in my mind. I’ve tried to twist the Word to meet my needs.

But it doesn’t work that way. No one is capable of molding Jesus into what we want Him to be. Instead we need to allow ourselves to be molded into what He would have us to be.

Loopholing doesn’t help us along. Instead it is a lie that will only slow us down.

Call sin sin. And get out of it.

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