Midweek Encouragement: Free to Fly

  One of my biggest struggles is when the devil tells me the truth. He loves to remind me of all my weaknesses and shortcomings. Last month I attended Awaken, a For the Girls International conference. My big “aha moment” was when Tracey taught us that the devil does tell the truth (about 14 min into the video) but the Lord is there to rebuke him.  Listen in as Tracey Metzger, teaches us about freedom. Learn more about For the Girls International at www.ftgi.org Share...

Are You on a Safe Path?

Are You on a Safe Path?

Above all else, guard your heart,     for it is the well spring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth;     keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead,     fix your gaze directly before you, Make level paths for your feet    and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left;     keep your foot from evil.                –  Proverbs 4: 23-27   I have felt derailed, deflated and distracted the last two weeks. Illness and a teething toddler have declared war on my schedule, my vacation and my sleep. My irritable, sleep-deprived attitude has chosen… Sleep over quiet time with the Lord TV over reading and writing Facebook over quality time with my family Resentment over communication And pretty much anything over running “Woe is me!” has been my battle cry to anyone that would listen. This week, my heart was hardened, my mouth was grumbling, my eyes were focused inwards, and my feet were stagnant. The devil used this opportunity to fill my mind with self-doubt and frustration.  His mission was to derail me from my path! I was in desperate need of some wisdom. I needed to correct my course but how? The Lord lead me to Proverbs 4:23-27.  Here are four things you can do to stay on the safe path… 1. Guard your heart…it is the well-spring of life (Proverbs 4:23) Things like unforgiveness, resentment, doubt, bitterness, confusion and rage can damage your heart. These emotions cause you to draw away from the Lord and others. Natural springs pump out tons of fresh, clean water every second. If your heart is contaminated with toxins it will not pump out “clean water” to your family, friends or community. Notice how it says, “Guard your heart.” It is important to be on the look out for invaders. These emotions can infiltrate your heart when you least expect it. Check yourself periodically to see if you allowed any of these toxins to contaminate your well-spring. In two short weeks I allowed resentment in and it drastically altered my feelings towards my husband. 2.   Keep your mouth clean. (Proverbs 4:24) “Keep corrupt talk from your lips.”Keep in this verse means to take notice of by right conduct. We need to pay attention to what we are saying and make sure our words line up with the Word of God. The Bible if full of verses cautioning us to watch our lips and tame our tongue. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Are you eating the fruit of life or death? We all vent on occasion. Scientifically, “venting” has shown to do little to no good for improving one’s attitude. Writing however, has proven to be an effective way of working through issues and improving one’s disposition. 3. Look straight ahead. (Proverbs 4:25) Stop looking in and start looking out. If we stare at our feet chances are we will not see the obstacles and/or blessings in our path. Fix your eyes on the Lord.  Try to see your ministry, your “race”, and your circle of influence through His eyes. He can change your perspective if you allow him. This verse is imploring us to pursue a sincere and direct purpose, avoiding temptations. Where is your focus? 4. Keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:26-27) I like this version of Proverbs 4:26-27…. it maps out a simple way to keep our feet from evil….”Mark out a straight path for your feet;  stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” Mark out + Stay on + Don’t sidetrack = How you keep your foot from evil Mark out: In Hebrew this means to make level, smooth, prepare a surface, i.e., make the surface of a path or way smooth and level, with a focus that this action provides relative ease for movement (Pr 4:26; Isa 26:7+). Note: In some contexts this refers to behaviors and patters of life-style. Establish clear boundaries around your path. Identify and “smooth out” areas of your life that may hinder you. Stay on: Do not leave the safe path. Take the path that lines up with the word of God. This verse infers that we have a choice to stay on or get off the safe path. What path have you been choosing ? Don’t sidetrack: Don’t allow temptation, sin, laziness, selfish ambitions, doubt, confusion, fear or …. deter you from the path the Lord has placed you on. Are you swerving to the right or...