from June 29, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.
My prayer: I thank You LORD for blessing us and keeping us! I thank You and praise You for shining Your face upon us and Your countenance and for being gracious unto us and for giving us Your peace. I worship You, O LORD GOD Almighty, Pure, Holy, Strong and Mighty! I love You my LORD and King, my Savior and Redeemer – JESUS! You are LORD of All and King of Kings! Thank You for growing us in our faith and in our character and likeness of You and for growing and producing Your fruit in our lives!
I couldn’t go to sleep just yet. I’ve been so stirred in my spirit all day – ever since I first woke up this morning. I do wish that I had our laptop to type on and write on. But I do love to hand-write my thoughts, as well. There is so much to try to convey. I don’t know where to begin so I am going to just let it flow and expect the LORD to help me organize it all for sharing. (I know You are speaking LORD and not just to me. LORD, You are pouring out Your Spirit on us and You want us to share the revelation of Who You Are. All that You are revealing to each one of us – You want for us to share.)
Over the past several months, even the past 3 or 4 years, and even over my life-time – there are several truths that God has shown to me through personal experience, through His Word and in His presence. Some of the truths that I have learned over my lifetime have come from dismal failures, sufferings, shame, guilt and moment/years of not being in His presence.
The LORD has blessed me to experience His love – His unfailing love – in good and bad, in right and wrong, in triumphs and trials, in the seeking and in the hiding!”
I thank You LORD that You have loved me and that You have been with me through it all!
Truths I’ve Learned Recently:
Overcome evil with good!
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12 – the whole chapter – really stuck with me a while back. This verse was one that stuck with me and took a while to really sink in, filter through and become a reality in practical use. It linked up with Proverbs 15:1 for me, which says: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Also, there was something in my Interpersonal Communication class that tied this together even more. There was something about how when people are in negative communication spiral – it only takes one to start being positive and the whole cycle will turn back to positive. Again – I remembered these verses. (Look at Romans 12:9-21)
For today (as in recently): I put these verses into practice in my life over the past several weeks. THEY ARE TRUE! God’s Word is true and powerful! Instead of just agreeing that all of this stuff sounded good, I began to do it and found out that it can be done and it works! Sometimes it can be extremely difficult and downright hard to bite my tongue, count to ten, overlook a wrong, ignore an opportunity to retaliate, not scream in frustration when there are dirty socks stuffed down in the recliner, again! There are many ways that we are tested and sometimes the tests are smaller than others but they are all very important – and can push us to our limits when all added up – but with God it is possible to overcome evil with good.
Very important today – so many are hurting, lost, fearful, angry, cold, hungry, thirsty…. Evil is afoot! Overcome evil with good.
Part of overcoming evil with good is realizing that apart from God we can do nothing – but with GOD, nothing is impossible! Matthew 19:26
which leads me to my next post….