Logos Verse of The Day

Monday, July 21, 2014

Spiritual Nutrition Challenge--What Are You Afraid Of?

Week 7

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”  (Psalm 23:4 NIV)

Paralyzed with fear, I lay in the dark crying and whining and carrying on.

I implored myself, “Robin get up, get to work. You can’t let one more day go by without working on it.  Get it out of your head and onto paper.”

"Not-Good-Enough", my own personal demon ran me, “You can’t do this. It’s not going to be good. You have waited too long. Any effort you make is useless.”  The lie ruled my actions.

The more I fought myself, the more immobile I was.  Time ticked by. The deadline drew closer. Zero progress made.

Lost, alone and unable to do it on my own, I prayed.

A wee bit of light peeked through the dark clouds in my head.  

Decisively, the Good Shepherd slayed the lie of Not-Good-Enough with His rod.  Gently, He re-directed my thoughts with His crook.  He guided my attention away from my inconsistent, imperfect ability to His absolute, perfect ability.

In my pursuit of perfection, I lost sight of the Perfect One. 

Losing sight of Jesus’ work on the cross is when the lie of Not-Good Enough takes over.

Jesus isn’t asking us to be perfect or good enough.  In fact, that is the reason He came because we can’t ever be perfect or good enough. 

Not-Good-Enough keeps us from starting or encourages us to give up completely.
Grasp onto the fact that Jesus has overcome the world!

Wrap your mind around this…  If you are in Christ, you are not a failure; you are an overcomer!

God’s word is the Good Shepherd’s rod that demolishes the lies that you run on yourself.  It is also the crook that guides you to the next steps in your impossible situation.

In the example above, God used His rod by reminding me to make every thought obedient to Christ.  That meant I needed to slow down and really look at what I was listening to. Therefore, I was able to discern truth from lie.

Then, it reminded me of the One who wouldn’t fail and was absolutely able…Jesus.  It also helped me remember who I am in Christ…an overcomer.  It made me stop perfectionizing in my head, trust God with all of the details, and get on with it.

Nutrition Challenge Week 7

Journal Assignment:  What Are You Afraid Of?

Exercise Assignments:

Spirit:  Cry out to God and ask for His help.  Listen for your answer. (Hint…look for the next encouraging words from scripture that you see, hear, or remember.)

Mind:   What are you afraid of?  Name the lie or the fear that keeps you in captivity.

Journal those things that God reveals.  

Body:  Take a walk. Pray to see how to apply the Word you received in your situation.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your path as you walk it out.

Be Encouraged by these songs. 
 “Overcomer” by Mandisa
“Overcome" by Jeremy Camp

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dear One: A letter from God to You

As I was lightening bug hunting with my son and daughter this week, Psalm 23 ran through my head. Although the Psalm is most notably read at funerals, I have always seen it as a love letter from God to all of humanity. As we dawdled down the darkened path looking for insects with fluorescent bottoms, I thought over and over about the picture of a good father. When I got home and cracked open the scripture, I personalized the Psalm as if God were talking directly to me. Here’s what it said to me:

Dear One,

I am your Father. I love you and want the best for you. Whatever I have to do to provide and protect you, I will do. Nothing can separate you from me. I will shelter you from harm; you will have everything that you need to grow. Sometimes the best thing for you is to rest, especially when you are hot, hungry and tired. When you feel completely wrung out, I make you sit beneath the shade, have a nutritious, well-balanced meal and give you a refreshing drink of thirst-quenching water. After the picnic has restored your strength, I will make a safe nest for you to lay your head down and take a nap. There now, doesn’t that feel better?

Since I know best and want the most excellent future for you, I will teach you to be a responsible adult. I will make sure you know right from wrong so that you can teach others and bring honor to me. Even though you were born in a chaotic time in an upside down word with danger surrounding you, DO NOT BE AFRAID. I am always with you. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, I have imprinted you with my special stamp. I will protect you, guide you, and, train you so that you will not fear when you are confronted with all types of evil. Because of my discipline, you will be confident and rest easy in spite of being beset with difficult people and difficult circumstances.

When you come to me crying because you fell and skinned your knees or get a bee sting, I will be there to fix your boo boos. I will bandage them and kiss them to make it better. Believe me, when you hurt, I hurt. I will do anything to keep you from harm and to heal your wounds. After I have you patched up, you will put your little baby hands on both sides of my face, look me in the eyes and say, “Daddy, I love you very much. I want to live with you for ever and ever.”

Whether your earthly Father was fabulous, crappy, or absent, your heavenly Father loves you exactly like this. Read the Psalm for yourself, then read the letter again, maybe even place them side by side. Is this the God that you are pushing away or is this the God you want to run to?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Born Ones of God--A Message

Dear ones, 

I have lavished my great love on you that you are called children of God.  

My children, you are precious to me. You are inscribed on the palms of my hands. 

The reason that the world rejects you , beloved, is that they rejected me.  

Continue in my love for you. Know me as a child knows their father.

Dwell in the home that I have put you in for this season. 

Cultivate faithfulness to Me and the purpose that I have given you in this season.  I will bless you with my love so that you bear the fruit of that love endlessly.

Remember...I love you.  Pour out my great love for you in the purpose that I have assigned you.  

Others who are in darkness and in chains need to know My Great Love.  

Take the Message of My Love to them.

(Psalm 37, Isaiah 43, Isaiah 49 John 15, 1 John 3)