Tuesday, March 31, 2009
It's a private blog (well, so is this, but Inkblots is actually a private blog) for authors. It is it share, compare, and edit each other's works. At the present, it is not going to be open to everybody just yet, as I still am getting it started and all, but as it comes together, we may invite more readers.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This is a fight against th' approaching flood:
Rulers, authorities, pow'rs of this world,
Spiritual forces, their fiery darts hurled;
Grasping and clenching, and blinding men's eyes--
Righteousness, judgment, they fully despise.
Ready for battle to slaughter are they;
Ready to fight 'til the end of the day.
Here you are trembling-- you're but flesh and blood,
Made of the dirt, yet you're feeling like mud.
Frightened and fainting, you think you can't stand,
Holding your sword with a trembling hand.
Look to the sky, fearful warrior, and see
He who has been from all eternity.
Don His own armor and go in His might!
Vict'ry is yours; you can go forth to fight!
Truth is your belt, fastened on, setting free,
Righteousness giv'n by the Man on the Tree.
Shod with the Gospel of God's perfect peace,
With it you run 'til the battle should cease.
When satan hurls flaming arrows of doubt,
Take up the shield of faith with a glad shout.
Clad with salvation and wielding God's Word,
Praying at all times with the faith that you're heard.
Covered with armor not made by men's hands,
But by the One who clothed heavenly bands,
Earth and the sea and the moon and the sun--
Clothed in His strength, you have already won.
Fghting the battle is so you'll perceive
What He can do when you only believe.
Giants will fall and you'll conquer the foe,
When in the might of the Victor you go.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Good job on the last poll. The answer was Mary Musgrove from Persuasion. Enjoy this next poll... I think you'll laugh! :-)
For he shall be like the heath in the desert,
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD,
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
When My Heart is Overwhelmed
"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,
when my heart is overwhelmed:
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:
Delight thyself also in the LORD;
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him...
The salvation of the righteous is of the LORD:
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them:
"...These things saith he that is holy,
'I know thy works:
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience,
Behold, I come quickly:
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."
Friday, March 20, 2009
And said unto them,
And ye are witnesses of these things.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you...'"
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
On an extra note, Life Action is the ministry that my mom travelled with as a singer in 1987-88. It has ministered to many individual hearts and churches. I highly recommend these resources to you!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
“The aim of Satanic power is to cut off communication with God. To accomplish this aim he deludes the soul with a sense of defeat, covers him with a thick cloud of darkness, depresses and oppresses the spirit, which in turn hinders prayer and leads to unbelief – thus destroying all power.”
- God's character ("just", "righteous") and
- God's heart ("[He] is not willing that any should perish", "will not punish the righteous with the wicked")"
- "A firm standing on God-given ground, and a constant assertion of faith and claiming of victory. It is helpful, I find, to repeat passages of Scripture applicable to the subject. Let faith be continually strengthened and fed from its proper source-- the Word of God.
- "A definite fighting and resisting of satan's host in the Name of Christ. I like to read passages of Scripture, such as 1 John 3:8 or Revelation 12:11 in prayer, as direct weapons against satan. I often find it a means of much added strength and liberty in prayer to fight this way. Nothing cuts like the word of the Living God. (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12)
- "Praying through every aspect of the matter in detail."
I hope and pray that today you all will be encouraged as I have been! :-)
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"And I say unto you,
- Ask, and it shall be given you;
- Seek, and ye shall find;
- Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. "
This verse really ministered to me last night. I think we get the idea that because we need to be humble, we shouldn't ask God for anything. We think that is pride. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Here Jesus invites us to come to Him with our petitions and seek Him so that we can see Him work-- so we can know His faithfulness. Prayer is the pathway into the heart of God; if you do not pray, you will never see an answer to prayer from the God who holds everything in His hands. I have seen that for myself-- when I pray, and I see Him answer, I draw all the closer to Him because I see how true, how good, how faithful He is!! So take your needs, desires, and dreams to the Lord, and see what He will do!!
P.S. I am sorry I haven't been posting much. I am actually working on a couple of reviews which I hope to post soon. I'm also trying to figure out what to do about the poll. :-)
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
- Put off lying
- Put on truth-speaking
- Put off sinful anger
- Put on Spirit-control/self-control
- Put off stealing
- Put on diligence
- Put off hurtful speech
- Put on edifying speech
- Put off bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, and malice
- Put on kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness
It's so easy to fail in the area of putting off/putting on. Even last night I made an unkind comment at the dinner table about another girl. Those things just don't need to be said! My heartfelt desire is to never ever say anything negative about anyone, ever, if I can help it ("so far as it depends on you...") That includes gossiping about one sister to another, or about one girl friend to another... It's just not necessary!
Today I decided to try an experiment... one that I've already failed in, but have picked myself up to try again... to not say a single unkind word about anyone today. I'd like to try for tomorrow too. I want to make edifying speech a habit in my life. I'd like it to be said of me, as it was said of Eric Liddell, "I never heard him [her, in my case] say a bad word about anybody." Do you want to join me in this experiment?
Each person you know was, like you, made in the image of God, is loved by God, and Jesus died for that person. If you have this perspective, you will not be so ready to speak ill of them.