Saturday, October 27

turning down a party invitation

"Gladness! I like to cultivate the spirit of gladness! It puts the soul so in tune again, and keeps it in tune, so that Satan is shy of touching it--the chords of the soul become too warm, or too full of heavenly electricity , for his infernal fingers, and he goes off somewhere else! Satan is always very shy of meddling with me when my heart is full of gladness and joy in the Holy Ghost." ~ Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

This morning I was drawn back into the opening verses of Hebrews chapter 12 about all those little things that hinder us in the race marked out for us. All those little things begin clumping together until you have some major sin issues to deal with. Kind of like that little pebble that begins rolling downhill until it's picked up so many other things along the way that pretty soon it's a giant boulder moments from crashing.

During a time of struggle, it is easy to get pulled into a pity party. And guess who brings all the decorations? The enemy himself. He knows all of our weaknesses and loves to decorate our lives with each one he can deceptively add. Pretty soon we are weighted down like a giant boulder. Blech....

But the solution to this is right there in verse two...FIX your eyes upon Jesus. How simple. As soon as you rip up the glitzy invitation to the pity party and look up instead, there is an immediate heart attitude change. As you plug into Jesus, your soul becomes filled with that heavenly electricity. Keep your focus there and your soul tunes into the gladness that can only be found in the Lord. And pretty soon Satan leaves you alone as there are plenty of others out there looking for an invitation to his party as he whispers temptingly to them.

This does seem like a repeat post. Perhaps it's something I need to be reminded of as it's been a tough month and at times I grow weary. Weary can so easily lead to weak. But when I am weak, I am strong because I can ONLY draw on the strength of the Lord. It's a matter of walking across my bedroom, opening up God's Word, plugging into His power, and getting filled again with heavenly electricity. Whoa! Jump back, Satan!

May you, too, be glowing with His heavenly electricity on this day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


1 comment:

Donna Boucher said...

What a great post Tammy.

Elisabeth Elliot says 'self-pity is the devils tool'.

It's important to 'nip it', as Barney says...

I will say a prayer for you today, Tammy.

Love,
Donna

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