Today is a good day, because I choose it to be.
Yesterday was an AMAZING day. Church was awesome...please please please listen to the podcast, it will blow you away. He continued on with our story of David and Goliath and the next battle was Saul, when he went to Saul and told him his testimony of everything he already overcome Saul said okay David, you can do this and "I know just how!" he put on David all his armor and we can only imagine that as he was putting this piece on and that piece on that he was telling David just how to attack and be victorious. David stopped and said, alright I'm glad this worked for you, but I JUST GOT TO BE ME! and he had to take off what Saul had put on him. He didn't say no Saul this isn't going to work take this stuff off of me, he had to take off what was put on him. Sometimes we run to people in our trials or with our ideas and they tell us just how to succeed, or you know how you do that is this....or the only way that will work is if you do this...whatever it may be people "put stuff on us" and yesterday's sermon was all about just being you. Taking those things off and being yourself.
He talked about the two things we need to be: 1.] Humble - which means that we are teachable and reachable to people. Although we need to understand that sometimes we will be alone, and we have to learn how to deal with that we also need to be reachable by people. Love them, even if you don't take on you what they are saying, or have to let them go because you have to guard your ear gate.
Something he said that really helped me was, you have to guard your ear gate if you are constantly hanging out talking to someone that you've allowed to affect your feelings which then affects your attitude and makes that much harder to stand for what you know is right for you, you need to separate. It's important to surround yourself with people that encourage and build and you aren't always having to struggle with. Guard your ear gate, not out of selfishness but because you want to be able to hear God over all others, it's not about you, it's about Him and accomplishing HIS will.
2.] Strong willed -you need to be strong enough to face those who oppose you, and stand strong. Standing on principle is important. We love the people not the sin. It's not about condemnation, it's about standing for what's right and loving everyone. Not accepting everyone. I know that sounds bad, but those who refuse to see what God says is wrong as wrong...is not someone you should be letting near your ear gate. God's word is more important than people. We have to stop living for people. If we put our life into them, they will let us down, and most likely turn on you it's human nature...if we lose them we will lose everything...if that is where we've put our dependence.
Again, I paraphrase and may not say things all the way correctly the point is be yourself live for God and stop living on the opinions of others. The last point he made was that it's important to know what our talents and gifts are, but it's critical to know what our anointing is. Talents and gifts are of God but can be humanity driven a lot of times, our anointing is all about God. When it all boils down to it, really it IS all about Him. =]
So after church we were able to participate in a "Life Chain" we all grabbed signs and stood out on the main road here in Lakeland for an hour, not talking, waving, or condemning just praying and standing for a purpose. To speak out for those who can not. To show hope to someone who may feel there is no other choice. A woman body is not her own, but Christ's and the life that is in her is just as valuable as her own. I love standing for what God says is right. It's not a gray area topic it's black and white it's about life.
According to http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html
Why women have abortions
1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient).
The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.
In the United States, there are almost 3700 abortions per day. 1.37 million abortions were recorded in 1996. Those in the age group 20-24 make up for 32%, teenagers accrue to 20% and girls under 15 form 1.2% of the women undergoing abortions. 18.4% abortions are carried out on married women, 9.4% on divorced women and 64.4% on never-married woman. 1% of the abortions are due to rape or incest, 6% due to potential health problems of mother or child and 93% due to social reasons eg. child is unwanted. 52% abortions take place in the 9th week, 25% in the 9th and 10th week, 12% in the 11th and 12th week, 6% in the 13th to 15th week, 4% between the 16th to 20th week and 1% after the 20th week.
I really could go on, the facts are that only 1% of abortions are because of rape only 6% due to health issues...people support the woman's choice because of these two reasons and they don't even make up the majority of the people who get them. We need to start standing against something that is just plain wrong...look up the facts about children when they are conceived heart beats, and development, it doesn't matter how far along you are it's still a life.
If you agree and you know that life is in important no matter who it is, how old they are, how they were conceived please pass this message on, to anyone. Let's stop the passivity, let's stop being silent, let's defend those who can't defend themselves. Please keep praying and keep standing for what's right.