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Tried and True

Chilly —  November 28, 2017 — 1 Comment

Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me.
Test my motives and affections.
 Psalm 26:2

Why do you do what you do? Yeah, what’s really behind the things you do? The music you play? The clothes you wear? The things you read? The friends you hang with? The prayers you pray? The money you spend? Etc…

trueYou see, God knows your motives and affections… He knows the truth. Your service to God and others (yes both) will reveal who you truly are. It’s not enough to pray and read your Bible – no, you must OBEY it AND you must LOVE God & others with ALL your heart.

Does our faithfulness defend us or expose us? IF we have the character and nature of God, faithfulness is not an option: O LORD God Almighty! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, LORD? Faithfulness is your very character. Psalm 89:8

It’s not enough to look in the mirror and convince ourselves with “I’m ok” statements. What’s the purpose behind your efforts? Selfish gain or sacrifice? Laziness or long-suffering? Happiness or joy? Oh yes, my friend – our motives count and God knows exactly what’s up! People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives. Proverbs 16:2

“Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.” A.W. Tozer

We’re not on break… EVER. We constantly stand before our God and anything less than our very best is not just unacceptable – it’s sin. You do not have “free time” unless during those times you are FREE in Christ. Fight the urge for “me time” and seek God like never before – He’ll take care of your “me needs” in a far superior way than you could ever do for yourself.

fighting to be faithful, chilly

Heart Like an Anvil!

Chilly —  February 29, 2016 — 3 Comments

I had a rough week.  Some difficult days and sleepless nights.  And, then a blizzard on top of it all! In the midst of tons of drama, the enemy took several cheap shots at my head and heart! He swings hard with every thing that he can (insults, threats, hurts and huge lies)! I’m not going to lie… it can take your breath away and cause you to feel abandoned and super vulnerable.  That’s why I MUST always trust my faith and not my feelings.  I’m not the first one to be attacked. And, I won’t be the first one to overcome! BOOM!!

I’ve found that it’s often in my most difficult times that I become MOST aware of the GREATNESS of my God!!

We ALL get pounded!

Hits can come from anywhere!  Physical attacks, unexpected disappointments, harsh & careless words, family drama, mind games, tough finances, abandonment of friends, suffering of others, lies, hate, poor choices, jealousy and straight-up meanness! Never forget, the devil hates you. He doesn’t back off when  you’re down or weak — he grabs a sledge hammer!

But, I know something…

The anvil outlasts the hammer.

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God has built us to endure and overcome every blow of the enemy…

What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. The waters would have engulfed us; a torrent would have overwhelmed us. Yes, the raging waters of their fury would have overwhelmed our very lives. Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:2-8

What if the Lord had not been on my side? Whoa, that’s a terrifying thought!! But, He was (and is)!

I’m unbreakable through His power & might! So swing the hammer – this anvil will outlast every hit!

Questions:
(in the comments, please answer)

1. How do you handle the pounding of unexpected pain, hate, drama or attacks?

2. Share a time when you were weak but HE was strong (see: 2 Corinthians 12:10).

3. When you get knocked down (spiritually, emotionally, etc) do you whine or win? Explain.

I’m praying, today, that God gives you (and me) faith like an anvil!  ~ Chilly

Overcoming Evil

Chilly —  February 10, 2016 — 3 Comments

Warning: This is a long post (a Bible Study).

You call yourself a hero, do you? Why boast about this crime of yours, you who have disgraced God’s people? All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies. You love evil more than good and lies more than truth… You love to say things that harm others, you liar! But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and drag you from the land of the living… The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, 7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.” 8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will wait for your mercies in the presence of your people. Psalm 53

Revenge, vindication, retribution, vengeance, justice, and more… ugh!  Ahhhh, we’ve ALL wanted it, asked for it and dreamed of it! No one should be allowed to get away with hurting people, being insensitive, lyin’ like a rug, cruelty to kids and, especially, messin’ with God.  Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know, we all want to act like we only speak those “praiseworthy” statements found in Psalms but IF we’re honest, we get frustrated, ticked off, upset, hurt, heartbroken, bitter (and worse) – and when we do… LOOK OUT! Can you imagine IF others could hear our thoughts? YIKES!

OvercomeEvil_Tee_Design_grandeIn this psalm, David throws down and lets it ALL out. Right away, let me say something important: IF you’re gonna get mad and blow up (verbally), do it with God ALONE.  It IS possible to get angry and not sin — what a relief! Look how the Message puts it: “Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry – but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry” (Ephesians 4:26). When you get angry in God’s presence it won’t last long because you will gain His perspective and understand “Who” is THE vindicator: God, and no one else. Plus, IF He deals too swiftly with the “wicked” – He’ll have to deal with our own wickedness… think about it. Can we trust His justice (and mercy)? Are we willing to wait for His timing? Is it possible to move forward when we don’t see God dealing with the issue? 

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Word.

Chilly —  January 29, 2016 — 5 Comments

I was asked, recently, what was the #1 thing that I’m trying to instill in our teens & young adults at //Spyn Student Outreach. Without hesitation, I said, God’s Word! I’m trying to deliberately pour deep truths into every heart EVERY time we’re together. Then, even IF the teen seems to not be responsive, I’m assured that God’s Word will DO IT’S THING! It keeps working, like water, soaking in & going deeper!

//spyn liveGod’s Word is SO POWERFUL!

Have you ever opened your Bible right in the middle?  Almost every time, it will be some part of  Psalm 119. This amazing chapter (longest in the Bible) has one overwhelming theme: GOD’S WORD!

As the chapter begins, we are greeted by two familiar verses, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word… I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (v. 9,11).

Here’s a fact: In order to live for God, to serve God, and to know God – I MUST spend time with the Word of God. More and more time. I want to invite you to take a deeper look at this amazing psalm. Here’s some things to assist your study:   Continue Reading…