March 31, 2010

Chapter 8 - Believing You Can Do All Things Through Christ

March 31, 2010
I kind of feel all over the place in this entry so please bear with me ;)

One of the most important things that I personally have taken away from this chapter is that we need to prepare ourselves in advance for the attacks of Satan. You can probably heard often the saying of "you are either in the middle of a trial, going out of a trial, or getting ready to go into a trial". The best way to be prepared to to find ourselves enthralled in the word of God. We can spend hours and hours reading lots of books just like this one, but if we (I am talking to myself here) neglect to find ourselves in His word we cannot fully be prepared. The word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. This is our offensive weapon and it is powerful and effective at driving away the enemy and tearing down his work.

To be "mighty in our generation" Beth explains we also need a Shield of Faith. The shield of faith not only defends our whole body but also our armour. The shield can be used to hold back the darts of the enemy no matter the direction they come from. When the shield is down the other weapons are exposed. Faith is what God has given us to receive from Him. Determination alone will never get us to heaven. Only faith in Christ will.

How foolish of us to go out into battle without all the weapons God has equipped us with!

Moving On...

I love the book of Joshua. I imagine that Joshua had to be overwhelmed when he was given the duty of leading the people to their promise land! God was faithfully and Joshua knew that God would continue to be faithful.

My favorite point that she makes in this chapter is this:
When Jesus says "do not be afraid", its not because he removes the fearful circumstance, it is because he, our Savior is in the midst... never leaving us... never forsaking us!

Faith Journaling:

Spend more time in your journaling praising God for being His blessed Child! Also, ask god for insight for whatever may be standing between you and your promise land. Then ask him for grace to follow him. (continuing reading in Joshua... what is your wall of Jericho?)

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