Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Weapon of the Blood

   Good afternoon.  I am so glad you stopped by.  I hope your day is going well. It is rainy here today. Arthritis does not like the rain! I am a bit achy all over but I can tolerate it, meds are helping. 
   What am I studying? Well let's check it out.  As you can see by the title of this post, I am studying the blood of Christ as a weapon.  I had never thought of it as a weapon before. Have you? I know that it is how I am reconciled to God, but how is it a weapon?  
   Let me first share with you the Scripture that brought me to this place.  Revelation 12:11 goes like this in my Bible. (The New King James Version Spirit Filled Life Bible.) (NKJV)  "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." This passage led me to the section called Truth In Action found at the end of Revelation. 
   Truth Rev. Teaches: Guidlines to Gaining Victory:
"Spiritual victory is something we enter into.  Jesus Christ has already won the victory through His death, burial, and resurrection."
   Action Rev. Invites:
"Conduct spiritual warfare on the basis of Jesus' shed blood and through the declaration that He died for your sins and rose again for your justification.  Love Jesus more than life itself." 
   We know that all Christians have their battles to fight. We are constantly being accused by Satan, but we have the blood of the Lamb to empower us to make a stand against him and not allow his lies, hate, and deceit to make us believe we are defeated. Jesus has already won the war. So we should fight with the weapon of the blood to overcome the enemy.  Satan cannot separate us from God. We are bound with God through the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross.  We now have God's eternal and complete resources.  God has declared us righteous and victorious through the blood of Christ.
   Let me leave with you this quote from Charles Simpson:

"The blood of Christ provides
 every believer
 with the necessary provision
 to defeat Satan."

   Now I need to find out how to practice using this weapon of the blood.  I know a lot of my battles have to do with my faith and trust in God.  My family has been hit hard in the not so distant past.  My husband's job was terminated. (That is a whole other story.) Nearly all our income was gone.  My small disability check paid the house payment.  When my husband told me his job no longer existed, I was devastated!  I went to my bedroom and sat on the end of the bed, looked up, and said to God, "I don't have faith for this!" Within seconds I heard God say (not verbally, but from inside of me.) "I am your Faith!" So I excepted that and moved forward in my life.  Than another attack from the enemy came with a phone call from my doctor.  She said to me, "Patty, you have cancer." Yep, you guessed it.  I gave my husband the phone and I went directly to the foot of my bed again.  I looked up and said, "God I don't know what to do with this."  He clearly said to me "We can fight this!" Wow! I did not feel hopeless anymore.  I continued on with my life; fighting along side of God, against this attack of cancer. Yes we won! I am now cancer free going on my third year! Thank you, Jesus!
   Do you think the enemy was done trying? Nope!  he decide to attack my husband in his body with a heart attack! Thank God the doctors could help him with a stint and medication. God is good. He provides healing even through doctors.  As if that wasn't enough another heart attack put my husband in the hospital again.  Thank God the doctors could help him again. Now he is unable to work.   I just want to add that my two sons have also been under attack one last year and one this year.  They are still in the battle but we are all trusting that God is in control of each matter. 
  All of God's children need to use the weapons God has given us; through the blood shed on the cross. We are so loved by God that He gave his only Son to pay for our wrong doings so that we can once again be in His presence from now and through out eternity. 
There is more to this story but I may share more details in future posts.
   Be watching for my next post where I will share more of what I have discovered in my study of the Weapon of the Blood.
   I hope this has been of interest to you. Feel free to comment, or share with me or leave any questions you may have in the comment section.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.  
God bless and see you later.


Hi everyone. I am back. I am really sorry I have been missing in action for the past couple of years.  I guess I had too much on my plate so my blog has been waiting on the shelf. 
I am really working on building this blog with things I am studying in my Bible.  For the most part I will be using my NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible. Sometimes I may be using a devotional.  My favorite devotional right now is Jesus Calling Enjoying Peace In His Presence by Sarah Young. It is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to the reader.  Very uplifting and encouraging. I recommend it for your next devotional. Here are some pics for you.

Cover of NKJV 
 Here is the inside of the NKJV

I will be back either today or tomorrow to post my first notes on what I am studying right now.  I am going to post at least once a week.  I want to try for more but for now once a week is doable for me. is that even a word?
See you soon and God Bless.




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Intentional

Oh my! I cannot believe it! I am such a slacker when it comes to my blog!  I start out with good intentions, but then it fades away like New Year's resolutions.  This year no new resolutions.  

I started out this year using the Bible app on my computer (youversion.com).  They have many reading plans available.
So I chose a fairly short one called "21 Days of Powerful Breakthroughs." Amazingly enough, I have not missed one reading!  Tomorrow will be the last day for that plan.  So I will be picking another soon.  

I was feeling so ambitious about getting into the Bible this way, that I joined another plan "One Word That Will Change Your Life".
Now that was only a 4 day plan, but it was very good!  I discovered my One Word is INTENTIONAL.  Kind of ironic considering my first paragraph of this post. LOL!  I can see that God has a wonderful sense of humor.  

So, I looked up the word intentional in the dictionary.  Guess what it said.  Okay I will tell you.  Done with intention or on purpose.  Design, plan, deliberate.  God wants me to live an intentional life.  I need to live my life on purpose.  This may seem like some kind of cliche, but to me it is a new revelation.  

Now let me add just one more thing before I end this post.  I went to church this past Sunday as usual.  The pastor's topic was based on the sluggard.  You know the lazy guy who did no work and when he was hungry he had nothing to eat.  There are many scriptures on the subject, which you can find in Proverbs.  At the end of the pastor's sermon he gave a quick summary of all that he had talked about.  And let me tell you what!  The words he used spoke to my spirit.  Here they are:
1.  Stop moaning.
2.  Be diligent.
3.  Stay focused.
4.  Never give up.

Now those are words of action!  

Monday, January 6, 2014

I wrote this on the 5th of Jan. 2014.  I wanted to post it to bloggerlovestheking.  I couldn't find where I could leave a comment.  So I will post it here.   I have been following the mentioned blog for a several days.  I should also mention that this sweet lady, Debbie was my team leader when I was a part of the FB Group 31.  It goes like this:
Debbie, thank you for posting SIMPLIFY on your blog. For many weeks now I have been in an overwhelmed state of mind. And since my DH lost his job on Oct. 28th, it has been snowballing out of control.  After all the Bible Studies you would think I would be able to just let it go.  Suddenly my priorities became all tangled up.  My Bible Studies became weaker and my praying became more like begging.  My housekeeping is incomplete and sorry to say; my personal hygiene was lacking.  I hate to admit it, but I think I have been falling into a depression.  Ever since Thanksgiving I fell back into bad eating habits.  I don't think my doctor will be impressed.  
I love your word SIMPLIFY. It helps me by lowering my anxiety level and frees me from my own bondage. I can see how making changes little by little will work.  I use to say to my students, when I gave them a big project to do "you can't eat an elephant in one bite. You have to eat it bite by bite"  I don't recall where I actually heard it first, but it does work.  
I plan to keep up with your posts through out this year, Debbie.  Although I am not participating in the OBS (Online Bible Study), I did buy the book Made to Crave by Lisa Terkeurst and started reading it.  It is truly a part of what I need to make changes in my life.  I thank God for each brand new day! His arm of mercy is long.

Friday, August 9, 2013

3 #PalmsUp What is Holding Me Back?

The first thing that comes to mind is that I am selfish! I want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it!  I want my time to be my time!  What a revelation!

I do love to study God's Word, but I like to do other things too.  I guess I just need to find a balance.  Maybe that's what God wants me to do right now.

Right now I am feeling very disorganized, in my home and spiritually. I really want a place for everything and everything in its place. I love to create, but right now my space to craft (craft room) has been invaded by my oldest son, (God  bless him) who is here temporarily.  Well it has been a year now, since he came to stay. But, he can stay as long as he needs.  Our door is always open to our children, when they need help.

I have not yet completed anything; all the OBS studies I have started (although I have finished reading the books for the last two OBS), all the crafts I have started, all the health activities I have started.  I see a pattern here. Do you?

I have asked God to please tell me what to do to get this fixed; to get balance in my life.  I've tried to physically organize my things, but nothing is working. I need to finish everything I've started. "God, please show me what to do."

In Palms. 19:7-11 One New Man Bible (ONMB) says:  (my rendition) God is the thread that pulls my life together. He knows what is hidden in my heart.  (He convicts me and corrects me.) God's Word is perfect: it restores my inner being. It shows me the right way to live and the direction I should go.  His plans are easy to follow. His Word enlightens.  God is to be reverenced.  He endures forever.  God's Word is worth more than anything I give a value to.

These are some promises of God's Word I get from this passage.
1.  It is complete. - Nothing is left undone.
2.  It pulls my life together. - Gives me balance.
3.  It is easy to understand. - Enlightens me.
4.  It guides me. - Shows me how I should live.
5.  It is worth more than anything I value.

So, for me, it is selfishness! I am afraid of loosing me and my desires.  Afraid I won't be able to do the things I like to do because there won't be any time left to do them.  That is what has been holding  me back from going deeper in to my relationship with God.

Heavenly Father, Please forgive me.  Help me overcome this. Help me find the balance you have for my life. In Jesus name, let it be so.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What Is the Real Problem?

Here is my first post on the OBS blog hop. I wrote this in the wee hours of the night Wed. night because I know that tomorrow will be a busy day for me.  I hope it is not too lengthy.  And I hope I have posted the correct link to bring you here.  Well, if you made here, my link worked. lol

"I knew I needed to make a conscious and determined commitment to God, My faith and myself...  If I wanted true lasting change to occur, I needed to focus on changing me first." pg 20 of Stressed -Less Living 

This quote hit home to me! That is where I am.  I have been just accepting life as it came along lately. (Well maybe several years now.) I never have a day when I don't feel physical pain in my body.  I can't get too active because of my physical problems. I find that I hate to go to bed at night, but of course I do, and then I hate getting up in the morning.  I feel pain and depression more than peace and joy.  Oh what a way to live!  Well not any more!

Before I had started this online Bible study, I had decided that I needed to commit myself to getting closer to God and getting what I need from him and stop feeling sorry for myself and hoping the next day will be better.  I have been doing some soul searching and I don't know if I can pin point where it all began, but I do know that it didn't happen overnight.  So the changes I need to make will not happen overnight either.  

And so, here I stand at the threshold of my new beginning.  I am spending the day with my God everyday,from this point on and renewing my mind in His word,  nourishing my spirit along the way.  I am finding promises with in the pages that I can hold onto and claim as mine.  I am building my faith as I read aloud because it does say that faith comes by hearing the word of God.  

I am learning I can go from the stress zone to the faith zone by:
1.  allowing God's promises to seep into every once of my being.
2.  realizing I am the only person who has control over my mind.
3.  realizing I am the only person who has authority over the joy in my heart.
4.  realizing I am the only person who can determine my attitude on any given day.
5.  I can choose to be an optimist, despite negative circumstances.
6.  I can make the decision to live life on purpose, as God intended. and not to just simply be alive. 
7.  realize I am the only person who can control how stressed I feel. 
(pg.24)  

And that my friends is just the tip of the iceberg of the nutritious morsels in this chapter.  I am going to spend time working on the Reflection Questions tomorrow morning.  I may blog on that too. We shall see.  Meanwhile, I pray that God's love shines upon you all and that you rest peaceful as you sleep.  Good night all.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Day One Stressed-Less Living

This is my study station.  It is in my bedroom where I can close the door and shut out the "world"; while I spend quality time with my Lord.  Yes that is snow you see outside my window.  It is all that remains of the winter of 2012/13.  I thank God spring is here.  I am not too hip on the mud in my driveway, but this too shall pass.
 I have a few Bibles I will be using along with the book Stressed-Less Living.  The Bible you see in this picture is called Complete Jewish Bible.  I love this Bible!  It can be a challenge to read the names because they are written in Hebrew, but it does have a dictionary in the back so I can look up the names and see the English translation.  I am also using my other favorite Bibles, the NIV and the NKJV Spirit Filled Life Bible.  I am looking forward to learning all that I can from this Bible study.  It could not have come at a better time in my life.  Isn't God awesome! His timing is always perfect!
I will be trying very hard to stay on task through out this 12 week study.  And I want to also create posts on this blog and learn how to share them with everyone doing this OBS.
Meanwhile I pray for everyone involved in this OBS; for our minds to be open to understand God's Word. But, most of all for our hearts to be open to receive the Word of God as seeds of life as we bond ever closer to our Lord. God bless us all as we take this journey together.