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Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Becoming a Seasoned Hiker

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We all know it—experience is the best teacher. The more you do something the better you become. The more you hike, the stronger your hiking muscles. And the greater your stamina and perseverance to reach your destination.

As you gain more experience in the different types of trails and difficulty, you become more confident in trekking through the woods. Instead of being capable of only doing an easy 1 mile stroll along a river, you’ll be able to hike a difficult 10 miler up a mountain with glorious views along the way. This is called training, and we need it in every area of our lives—including our walk with Christ.

Just as in hearing or reading about trail descriptions doesn’t get us into hiking shape, neither does gaining knowledge about this Christian life make us spiritually mature. Applying them consistently does.

By humbly accepting God’s path for you and exercising your faith and will “muscles,” you will become a seasoned mature hiker in God’s territory.

The more experience you get in trekking with God…

The more familiar you become in understanding His character and His ways. You’ll be better able to recognize His trail markers and remain on the right path.

The more you will learn to trust in Him as He proves Himself faithful. The more confident you become in your Trail Guide rather than in your own abilities.

The better you’ll become in dealing with the large boulders and stream crossings of life–becoming wise as to whether to go over, around, or via a different route. Obstacles will be seen as:

  • stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks
  • opportunities to learn and grow
  • wonderful challenges instead of drudgery

The more willing you’ll be to attempt difficult trails (=ministry opportunities) despite the hardships you know you will encounter on that path. You will see them as adventures—not hardships.

The more you will be rewarded with great sights of God’s beauty and glory; the greater your contentment and joy because you know you are pleasing your Guide.

The more you’ll be able to persevere and get back up when you fall; the less likely you’ll turn around or give up when you encounter tough areas.

The more you will be able to rest and relax, without fear of the unknown path ahead.

 

The more you’ll be able to enjoy the journey. To stop and appreciate the beautiful and interesting sights along the way—even though they pale in comparison to your ultimate destination.

(Just a few of the amazing things I’ve seen on my hikes)

The more you will take time to look back and see how far you’ve come and realize that this was indeed the best path to take.

The more you’ll understand that your Guide is less interested in your pace than in you staying on the right path, being with Him, and maturing.

And

The more your love and adoration of God will grow along with a closer intimacy with Him.

As a seasoned hiker you’ll be able to pass on your knowledge and experience to others. You’ll be able to show others the right and only trail, train them how to hike the difficult sections, and help them develop trust, adoration, and love for the One and only true Guide to our heavenly destination.

 

I want to take as many as I can to that magnificent glorious view up there! Will you join me in my trek upwards? There’s plenty of room on this non-crowded trail. And IT WILL BE WORTH IT!

I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me…. One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:12-14)

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Our “SECRET” Piece of Equipment and How to Use It Against the Enemy

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You’ve heard it over and over again—get into God’s Word. You know you should but can’t seem to make time for it.

Perhaps you’ve tried but you got stuck (like in Leviticus). Maybe you just didn’t understand it, didn’t know where to start, or didn’t get much out of it. So you stopped.

There are many reasons why we don’t read God’s Word more. One of them is that the Evil one doesn’t want you to know what it says. For inside its precious pages are the defensive and offensive equipment you need to:

  • Have victory in your life over sin
  • Grow spiritually
  • Spread the Good News of the gospel
  • Not be controlled by life circumstances
  • Not be controlled by your emotions like this emotional yo-yo used to be
  • Plus….

Of course, your enemy will do everything he can to prevent you from knowing its secrets. God isn’t hiding the truth from us; Satan has blinded or diverted us away.

However, reading the Word alone isn’t enough.

We must learn how to use it in the day to day situations of our lives.

We need to put on the defensive gear of God and take up our offensive weapon of the Word of God (Eph 6:10-20).

So here are 2 strategic keys in using God’s Word against your enemy.

Strategic Key #1: Be Specific

The term “word of God” in Ephesians 6:17 (rhéma) means a specific truth of the Bible. Waving the Bible at the Evil One won’t cut it. You need a specific truth, the right and appropriate one for the specific attack.

For example:

You are angry at the auto repairman. You’re trying not to lose your temper. What verse/truth of the Bible will help you the most here?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen 1:1)

OR

A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Pr 15:1)

They are both true, but it’s obvious the second verse will help you more in the heat of the moment.

Consider this scenario:

Your husband walks in the door and just tells you he got laid off. Panic arises. How are you going to pay the bills and put food on the table?! Which verse is most applicable to your situation?

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8)

OR

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

I think you know the answer.

Strategic Key #2: Use God’s Truth with Force

We need to decisively and forcefully use the appropriate truth in the midst of an attack. Be assured that Satan is no wimp and he’s not approaching you lackadaisically. Using the sword of the Spirit half-heartedly against him won’t work. This is a battle not a game. You must use God’s truth with force.

  • Believing what you are saying or thinking
  • Trusting that God will come through
  • Saying it to your soul with conviction and out loud if possible
  • Repeating it emphatically as needed. [See an example here]

******

Satan wants to keep you unmotivated to know and use God’s Word effectively against him. He knows he’s defeated. He just doesn’t want you to know that.

He’s lost the war, but he certainly has won too many skirmishes in my life—and in yours! I’m sick of it!

My friends, we are soldiers in the army of GodIt’s time we learn how to wallop our enemy!

Stay tuned for more strategic keys against our enemy next week.

 

Note: If you need help in getting equipped please contact me and I will help you get or find the training you need.

 

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Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide

Using Our “SECRET” Piece of Equipment to Defeat Our Enemy: 2 Strategic Keys

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You’ve heard it over and over again—get into God’s Word. You know you should but can’t seem to make time for it.

Perhaps you’ve tried but you got stuck (like in Leviticus). Maybe you just didn’t understand it, didn’t know where to start, or didn’t get much out of it. So you stopped.

There are many reasons why we don’t read God’s Word more. One of them is that the Evil one doesn’t want you to know what it says. For inside its precious pages are the defensive and offensive equipment you need to:

  • Have victory in your life over sin
  • Grow spiritually
  • Spread the Good News of the gospel
  • Not be controlled by life circumstances
  • Not be controlled by your emotions like this emotional yo-yo used to be
  • Plus….

Of course, your enemy will do everything he can to prevent you from knowing its secrets. God isn’t hiding the truth from us; Satan has blinded or diverted us away.

However, reading the Word alone isn’t enough.

We must learn how to use it in the day to day situations of our lives.

We need to put on the defensive gear of God and take up our offensive weapon of the Word of God (Eph 6:10-20).

So here are 2 strategic keys in using God’s Word against your enemy.

Strategic Key #1: Be Specific

The term “word of God” in Ephesians 6:17 (rhéma) means a specific truth of the Bible. Waving the Bible at the Evil One won’t cut it. You need a specific truth, the right and appropriate one for the specific attack.

For example:

You are angry at the auto repairman. You’re trying not to lose your temper. What verse/truth of the Bible will help you the most here?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen 1:1)

OR

A soft word turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Pr 15:1)

They are both true, but it’s obvious the second verse will help you more in the heat of the moment.

Consider this scenario:

Your husband walks in the door and just tells you he got laid off. Panic arises. How are you going to pay the bills and put food on the table?! Which verse is most applicable to your situation?

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Eph 2:8)

OR

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)

I think you know the answer.

Strategic Key #2: Use God’s Truth with Force

We need to decisively and forcefully use the appropriate truth in the midst of an attack. Be assured that Satan is no wimp and he’s not approaching you lackadaisically. Using the sword of the Spirit half-heartedly against him won’t work. This is a battle not a game. You must use God’s truth with force.

  • Believing what you are saying or thinking
  • Trusting that God will come through
  • Saying it to your soul with conviction and out loud if possible
  • Repeating it emphatically as needed. [See an example here]

******

Satan wants to keep you unmotivated to know and use God’s Word effectively against him. He knows he’s defeated. He just doesn’t want you to know that.

He’s lost the war, but he certainly has won too many skirmishes in my life—and in yours! I’m sick of it!

My friends, we are soldiers in the army of God. It’s time we learn how to wallop our enemy! Stay tuned for more strategic keys against our enemy next week.

 

Note: If you need help in getting equipped please contact me and I will help you get or find the training you need.

 

Photo by Unsplash

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide

Putting on Our Spiritual Hiking Boots: Becoming a Seasoned Hiker

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We all know it—experience is the best teacher. The more you do something the better you become. The more you hike, the stronger your hiking muscles. And the greater your stamina and perseverance to reach your destination.

As you gain more experience in the different types of trails and difficulty, you become more confident in trekking through the woods. Instead of being capable of only doing an easy 1 mile stroll along a river, you’ll be able to hike a difficult 10 miler up a mountain with glorious views along the way. This is called training, and we need it in every area of our lives—including our walk with Christ.

Just as in hearing or reading about trail descriptions doesn’t get us into hiking shape, neither does gaining knowledge about this Christian life make us spiritually mature. Applying them consistently does.

By humbly accepting God’s path for you and exercising your faith and will “muscles,” you will become a seasoned mature hiker in God’s territory.

The more experience you get in trekking with God:

  • The more familiar you become in understanding His character and His ways. You’ll be better able to recognize His trail markers and remain on the right path.

  • The more you will learn to trust in Him as He proves Himself faithful. The more confident you become in your Trail Guide rather than in your own abilities.
  • The better you’ll become in dealing with the large boulders and stream crossings of life. Becoming wise as to whether to go over, around, or via a different route. Obstacles will be seen as:
    • stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks
    • opportunities to learn and grow
    • wonderful challenges instead of drudgery.
  • The more willing you’ll be to attempt difficult trails (=ministry opportunities) despite the hardships you know you will encounter on that path. You will see them as adventures—not hardships.

  • The more you will be rewarded with great sights of God’s beauty and glory; the greater your contentment and joy because you know you are pleasing your Guide.
  • The more you’ll be able to persevere and get back up when you fall; the less likely you’ll turn around or give up when you encounter tough areas.

  • The more you will be able to rest and relax, without fear of the unknown path ahead.

  • The more you’ll be able to enjoy the journey. To stop and appreciate the beautiful and interesting sights along the way—even though they pale in comparison to your ultimate destination.

  • The more you will take time to look back and see how far you’ve come and realize that this was indeed the best path to take.
  • The more you’ll understand that your Guide is less interested in your pace than in you staying on the right path, being with Him, and maturing.
  • The more your love and adoration of God will grow along with a closer intimacy with Him.

As a seasoned hiker you’ll be able to pass on your knowledge and experience to others. You’ll be able to show others the right and only trail, train them how to hike the difficult sections, and help them develop trust, adoration, and love for the One and only true Guide to our heavenly destination.

I want to take as many as I can to that magnificent glorious view up there! Will you join me in my trek upwards? There’s plenty of room on this non-crowded trail. And IT WILL BE WORTH IT!

I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me…. One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:12-14)

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION® NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Learning to be Content Part 7: The Last 4 of 7 Keys in How

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Oh, how I pray these tips have helped you become more content!

So far in our learning how to be content we’ve covered:

1. Putting God first

2. Getting the right outlook by

  • developing an eternal perspective.
  • developing a delayed gratification mindset.
  • decreasing our expectations of self and others, while increasing our expectations of God.
  • not comparing ourselves with others.

3. Serving others

Now as promised last time let’s focus on you.

4. Identify Your Specific Areas of Dissatisfaction

Since we are all different it should be obvious the reason for your discontentedness will be unique to you. I’ve provided a worksheet (see below on how to get it) to help you discover where and why you are unhappy.

You need to:

  • Look at your situation to find your root cause so that you can dispel your wrong thinking.
  • Get practical solutions for your issue; to change what you can and accept what you can’t.
  • Do your own Bible study on this topic; get your own verses in which God will speak. Find your key truths. Sometimes it’s just 1 simple truth that will unlock a door to a totally new way of looking at things. 
  • Have your own experiences with the Lord during your soul-searching. Those experiences are yours —not mine, not your mate’s, not Paul’s. This will make all the difference in the world in helping you learn to be content whatever the circumstances—even yours.

Then…

  •  You will have your own testimony about God’s faithfulness to proclaim to the world!

5. Don’t Rely on Feelings/Choose to Act in Faith

When you begin to feel dissatisfied, choose not to complain. Choose to believe God’s Word and act in faith (2 Cor 5:7).

When those feelings of discontentedness arise, nip it in the bud right away. Try not to let it go full blown. It’s hard to leave a pity party in full swing. Ask God to help you here. He will!

6. Commit to Apply

The reason why so many of us fail is that we simply don’t do this step. I have learned how to be content in increasing measure. However, as the Lord brings new situations into my life, I still have to choose to apply these truths to remain contented.

All the knowledge in the world is useless unless used specifically where we live.

If you want to learn how to swim, you can watch all the videos you want, attend all swim classes with eagerness and great intentions, but until you get in the water and start using that information progressively on a practical level, you will NEVER learn how to swim!

Yes, it takes time and effort. But it’ll be worth it—you’ll see! The Holy Spirit will keep His end of the commitment of leading you into all truth including that of true satisfaction in Christ. Will you keep your end of the commitment? (Mat 7:24-27)

7. Remember We’re Not Fully Redeemed Here

There’s still something missing because we have not yet experienced all that God has for us. In heaven, that ache will go away. There will be total fulfillment and joy.

Only then will we finally feel the completeness that we were created to enjoy.*

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This series has really only touched the surface. The core message of this Ministry revolves around finding true contentment in and through the One and Only. Therefore, expect related blogs in the future.

Please let me know which areas you’d like further discussion. I want to produce meaningful content for you.

And don’t forget to get your free worksheet here.

 

 

*David Jeremiah. Turning Point Radio. WAVA. Arlington. 10 Feb. 2010.

 

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