Saying No to the Wolf

   I met my first wolf as a preteen visiting the city zoo in Paris, France. He was black, and I think he liked me. As I walked back and forth in front of his fenced habitat taking pictures of the wolves, he followed me. Head down. I got a kick out of this and started walking faster back and forth in front of him, hoping he would keep following me. He did. My mom called out for me to stop. I think she was wiser than I.

   Not too long after that, I encountered a different wolf. As a teenager, I began having tormenting, negative thoughts. After a while, my mom realized they were coming from a spiritual enemy. They hounded me until I understood they were based on lies and I could say no to them. It worked, and that wolf left.

   About fifteen years later, another wolf hounded me. In my late twenties, I experienced a spiritual battle that topped all of the others. 

 

 

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Free to Bloom

I bought them on faith. Back in April, beautiful tulips called to me as I approached the self-checkout at Kroger. I love to smell the flowers that grace grocery stores. If I can smell their sweet scent, I have to restrain myself not to buy them. I had to see if these tulips smelled good. They did.

I noticed that some had already bloomed. They were a gorgeous hot pink with white edges. Other bunches had partly opened blooms. So I went for one of those sets. Although the “sell buy” date on the sticker told me that maybe I shouldn’t spend three dollars to take them home, I hoped that they would bloom eventually and live longer than the already bloomed flowers.  I believed in what they could become.

 

 

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The Confession

In the stillness of the night You hear my cry

You know the battle in my soul

I give the fight all I have and try

To bear the rigorous toll

 

You embrace me in my weakest moment

You remind me of Your great love

In my daily predicament

I know I have help from up above

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Overcoming Legalism

Racing in a potato sack is an awkward feeling. Any burst of energy and a zeal to win must be harnessed, because if you try to run in a potato sack … splat. Down you go.  

At Field Day in elementary school, I learned what it felt like to move hindered. Bound. It wasn’t possible to run free like the wind. If I moved forward, I had to hold the potato sack at my waist and hop. And if I fell, I went down confined in my sack. Claustrophobic. I couldn’t wait to get out of that sack.

When we hold on to legalism, we move through life hindered. Bound. Our hearts may find security in adhering to rules, but we miss out on the freedom of focusing on a relationship with God. When we operate in life like God intended His children to, we can run like the wind. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Escaping the Rut

Bad habits are like deep ruts that are hard to get out of. As we navigate our way through life, we may find ourselves traveling in an inescapable rut. Ruts can ruin our godliness, our relationships, and our spiritual health and strength. They can damage our joy, peace, and even our sanity. The more we say yes to these bad habits, the deeper the rut becomes. So how can we break free?

 

 

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“Breaking the Chains” Series: The Halfway Point

Does your soul need freedom? Even when we are believers in Christ, our souls can become enslaved to different types of bondage—bondage to fear, guilt, worry, or depression.

Six friends and I are tackling the subject of spiritual bondage in this series called Breaking the Chains. We’re at the halfway point now ...

 

 

 

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Refresh Easter Issue: Celebrating Christ

I woke up with anticipation this morning. Not only is it my spiritual birthday, but it's the day before we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. ...

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Disarming Enslaving Thoughts

The mind is a constant battlefield. Satan knows that if he can influence us with negative thoughts, he can influence how we live. He can steal our peace, rob us of our impact for God’s kingdom, and send us into a tail spin of mental bondage and emotional turmoil.

Enslaving thoughts used to frighten me. As a teenager, I wanted to honor God in my mind, so when I heard bad words on TV or in movies, I was paranoid about remembering them later. Later in life, I allowed a certain way of thinking to dominate my thoughts, and I experienced a barrage of attacks from the enemy. I felt like there was no way out. I couldn’t escape my own mind, and although I knew God was powerful enough to free me, I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do.

But God was faithful. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Easing the Gnaw of Loneliness

The hunger finds us at opportune times—when we’re alone at night, when we hear that friends are hanging out, when a relationship has ended. A craving to be with people starts to nibble at our hearts, and sometimes it can be satisfied with a phone call, a visit to Facebook, or a prayer. But if we can’t satisfy the hunger for fellowship soon, the gnaw of loneliness can eat away at our peace and joy. Have you felt it?

No one is immune. Single people, married people, the young, the more seasoned. It finds us. Satan likes to use loneliness as a choice weapon to steal our joy, peace, and hope.

 

 

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