“We are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ… if we indeed share in His sufferings…we may also share in His Glory!”
During a recent family vacation, we purchased plane tickets. Because of some fortunate circumstances, we received two bumped seats to first class. It was decided that I should take one of the children and Jay would remain with the other two in our original seats. I looked at the children to determine whom to take. Both Taylor and Nicholas had flown several times before and were settling into their seats, arranging their belongings and making their “homes” for the next three hours. They were older now; they knew what to do and they were basically independent. So to ease my hubby’s travel, I took Benji, our 7 year old. Almost immediately, Benji was awestruck with the bigger and cushier seats, the plush blankets and pillows…and the tray table that magically appeared out of the arm rest! When lunch was served on a silver tray, his eyes widened at the multiple delicious items, especially the shrimp salad and the mushroom tarragon soup. Without any instructions, he inherently crossed his legs, placed the linen napkin across his lap, and savored his lunch while enormous headphones nestled his head as he watched the in-flight movie. I chuckled, noting how easily he had slid into his new surroundings…like he was made for first-class. Now of course every time we fly, he immediately announces, “I want the front row seats!” He tasted greatness, he became aware of what is available, and now the ordinary just won’t do.
One of my favorite teaching concepts is: “Live in the Castle instead of the Pig Pen.” So many times we forget who we are – Daughters of Jesus Christ! Our past does not define our future, nor do our flaws and failures justify His love and blessing. But we often live our days drenched in our emotions: how we feel about ourselves today, how many compliments we have received, how many friends we have on FaceBook, etc… If we feel good, then we are good. Likewise, if we allow our messy days to justify what we deserve – we wallow in the mud with the pigs. It is in these times that we need to trust the Truth (Jesus) and not the deceiving emotion (Satan).
In the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Joanna Weaver introduces the 3 Deadly D’s that Satan uses to destroy us so effortlessly. Distraction: Satan gets our eyes off God and the bigger plan and instead causes us to focus on our circumstances, which based on activity (good or bad) can cause Discouragement: with our eyes off God, we feel weary, hopeless, abandoned. Even our recent accomplishments and joy for God quickly disappear in the face of a looming obstacle, which sadly places us in a state of Doubt: an overwhelming false sense of emotion that clashes with the Truth. We reflect on our days, our flesh-driven decisions, and our self-inflicted consequences and we think we see ourselves through Jesus’ eyes…forever abandoned, forsaken, and completely unforgiveable.
But Christ says, “NO! Remember the pain and suffering I went through? Do you remember My walk to Calvary? Do you remember My agony and affliction from the people hating Me? I did it all for you – so you would never have to believe in those emotions, never have to assess yourself by others’ opinions, and never have to settle for adequate when I died to give you abundance!” (John 10:10) Satan will sit on our shoulders happily chattering in our ears, telling us we are worthless and undeserving. He will cause us to sit in the back seat, remembering the taste of the “good life” with Christ – but feel that it is now elusive beyond our reach.
Ladies, pick up your Sword of Scriptures and FIGHT! Zeph 3:17, John 1:12, Mark 9:23, and 1 Pet 2: 6 are all verses that destroy the lies of Satan! DO NOT believe the evil one and settle for less! Christ died for MUCH more than what Satan wants us to believe. NOTHING can separate us from His love, His glory, His promises, and His covenant. When you are faced with emotions or circumstances that can destroy or alter your day, CHOOSE to keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not get distracted, do not settle for less…and remember the Truth and stand firm. Believe in the life you deserve and choose to sit in the Front Row Seat!
I thank You for Your grace and mercy that is fresh and new each day. Help me to keep my mind fixed on You, and not distracted or discouraged by my circumstances. Your Word says You are a shield for me, and the lifter of my head. (Psalm 3:3 ) Remind me to look up to You for the solutions to my problems, and not give into doubt in any way. For You are MORE than able to supply all my needs, and if I come to You and seek You, that You are able to work all things out for my good. (Rom 8:28)
Thank You that I am a Daughter of the Most High God, and I now have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1) On the days when I feel down or like a failure, remind me that I have great worth in God’s eyes – in fact, I am the righteousness of God in Christ because He who knew no sin was made sin for me. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He took my sin and now I have His righteousness. So therefore, I am not condemned for my failures and weaknesses!!
If God is for me, who can be against me? Since God did not spare His own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will He not also, along with him, graciously give me all things if I ask ? (Rom 8:32, John 15:7). God, You are so good – help me to receive all the good things You have in store for me. (Psalm 103:5).
From the Vine Ministries is established in Houston, Texas and gives Cyndy the opportunity to reach ladies all across the nation with a message of HOPE. As a wife, mom, and mentor, her utmost desire is to be an ordinary woman used in extraordinary ways for Him alone! Visit FromTheVineMinistries.com for contact information and study material.