Monday, March 31, 2008

Stepping Out Into The Flesh

.............. If I am going to come here and share with you the victories in my life and if I am going to encourage you with the scriptures from the word of God, then I have to come here and share with you the things that I struggle with in my life....... There are things in my life that I just cannot get victory over and no matter how I try it seems to be something of a thorn in my flesh.

.......... There is a calling on my life and that calling is to teach. I have been teaching for many many years and there have been on some occasions that I have been behind the pulpit and did some preaching. Now as much as I enjoyed that anointing , my passion is teaching. Every time that I stood behind a pulpit or podium or what ever you would like to call it I was very aware that I was held responsible for every word I spoke. It is an awesome responsibility to open the word of God and expound on it's contents........ I have enough of the fear of God in me to know that when teaching I am wearing a different mantel and He is listening.......


........ I say those things to just let you know that I am very real and I have such down days and I have issues in my life that I have such a hard time overcoming.

......... When I started my blog almost a year ago now, I did so at the urging of my husband. He was so aware that because of Mom and Dad out here now I would be so limited as to my getting out and about and seeing other people. I am very very extroverted and I will talk to a rock if that is the only thing around........... Well before I started blogging I was talking to a lot of rocks..... hahahhah... So I listened to my husband and I started blogging, and I must say it is the most wonderful thing ........... I do love just chatting and I have a lot of fun with the Show and Tell and I will do that now each Friday, but my prime intentions of coming here was to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with whomever will listen......... I have had trouble getting started at the devotional page but I will get my act together............ and I said all that to say this............

......... I am so human and I will be human until the trumpet sounds or I draw my last breath. Then the corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality. In an instant, in a twinkling of an eye we will be changed....... I so look forward to that day......... but until then...... there are issues in my life that cause my heart to hurt and cause me to act out of that hurt instead of out of the Spirit. I try to live my life with a heart open to the unctions of the Holy Spirit but sometimes I just flat out ignore that and I react in the flesh and when I do that there are consequences to be paid. There are people hurt and then comes the chastisement of the Lord and now I have to repent and then I have to ask for forgiveness....... That is just they way it is........ sooooooooo because of the chastisement from the Lord I try real hard not to do that much...... but I dare say I will do it again because of the old man that still resides in me.

... We all have issues that we deal with every day and with the grace of God He will either helps us to overcome or He will give us the strength to carry.........

........ I do so love each of you out there and I am learning each personality as I go. It is fun to find out that you can learn about a personality just by reading the written word........ Each of you bring to this world a certain flavor and I always want you to know that I will always strive to be real in word and deed here in this blog land.......... I have no idea why I am writing this tonight or why the Lord has required me to do so...... I tried writing this last night but words did not come, but tonight I find them easy..........

......... Hugs

Denise

13 comments:

MelanieJoy said...

Very well said.....you amaze me...
You are so "hidden" in Him.

MelanieJoy said...

in reference to the comment you just left me....I was thinking the same thing about you.

Denise said...

Bless you for always listening to His voice, love you my friend.

Vicki said...

Love you, sweet lady.

Mimi said...

thank you for opening up your heart...God is certainly using you in blogland for the spreading of His word, thank you for this post, reminding all of us that we are human and have many of the same short comings...
blessings my friend,
Mimi

Edge of Design said...

So what you're saying is that you're REAL! I knew that!!!! I must stress very strongly to you today that "there is therefore, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus". Get those condemning thoughts out of your head whether they are put there by you or other sources, get them out of your head. Do what you have to do but get them out of your head so they don't sink into your heart. Comprende???

Joyce said...

Very GOOD word. Thanks for that.
It's always nice to meet "Real" people....that's the kind of person I am as well. I think I like those types of people the best. Never fun to deal with "cardboard" people if you know what I mean. Although....they are everywhere aren't they? And that's part of the reason why we are here.
That was funny what you said about coming home from the UK with a British accent..my son lived in the UK for awhile doing an internship and he came home doing the same thing....so now do you sound like someone from Oklahoma? HA!
Hang in there.....
Joyce

Sharon Brumfield said...

I hear ya girl!
We are a bunch of diamonds walking around in disguise as the Father chips away at us revealing a little now of what is to come.
Not perfect but He is getting rid of those imperfections-one chip away at a time. Ouch!
I enjoyed the devotional.
I have been reading.;)

Mary said...

A powerful post and a blessing to me, as always. You are admitting to your humaness and I already knew that you were a real person with real feelings. We all make mistakes because we ARE human. I know your heart, dear friend. You inspire me.

Blessings,
Mary

Karen H. said...

Good Evening Denise,
I so admire you for your FAITHFULNESS and LISTENING TO GOD!!!! I really enjoyed this powerful and truthful post. I do think you would make a wonderful teacher and I do enjoy your devotional post's you put up. "THANK YOU" for reminding us all of that we are human and have many mistakes. I read your previous post about the woman in those daisy duke shorts. LOL. That is just so not right there. LOL. We got some more rain here last night and the Sun came out for a little bit late this afternoon. More rain is in the forecast for tomorrow night and on Thursday. I have seen on The Weather Channel where Oklahoma has had some flooding. I sure hope it wasn't near where you live at. Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Sharon said...

What a sweet and honest post. I am so glad you started blogging and I know that you have so much to share! You are a real encouragement to me!

Hugs, Sharon

Angie said...

I think the Lord uses each of our struggles to strengthen not only us...but as we share...we strengthen our sisters-in-Christ!
(I so understand the "talking to rocks"!)
I pray that as you continue ministering to others...the Lord will make you victorious over the "thorns" or issues in your life. We all have some---the Lord uses them to teach us. (THere are days though...when being taught is just SOOOO PAINFUL!!)
Keep on blessin' girl!

Dee said...

((( hugs ))) Sorry I've been AWOL. I love the talking to a rock ... I'd probably do that too!! I'd love to go away for some solitude sometime but I probably wouldn't last very long by myself!!

We're all works in progress, eh? I know I am for sure. I have so many failings but God hasn't given up on me yet! D