The Gate: “Into the Word” Week 21

A couple of years ago, a friend invited me to go and see a play — she claimed it was a Broadway play on tour, but I had my doubts.  The name of the theater did not ring a bell, and it felt “ify” to me.  But, I enjoy a girls’ night out, and this opportunity for an evening in good company was too tempting to pass.  So, I forked down an extraordinary amount of cash for the ticket.

On the night of the performance, we dressed up, shared a meal, and then headed to the theater to enjoy “The Man of La Mancha.”  Needless to say, while the evening was enjoyable, it certainly was NOT a Broadway production.  My friend felt cheated,. and she learned a lesson about faulty advertising.

Recognizing the “real deal” is sometimes not easy — with so many voices clamoring for our attention, whom do we listen to?  How do we distinguish the voice of Truth in the middle of all the noise?  This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I read in John 10 where Christ Himself offers some guidance:

…I am the Gate for the sheep.

All those others are up to no good—

sheep stealers, every one of them.

But the sheep didn’t listen to them.

I am the Gate.

Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—

will freely go in and out, and find pasture.

A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy.

I came so they can have real and eternal life,

more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

My Father, the voice  of Truth, will always care for me, promote my freedom, and give me a safe place to grow and find nourishment.  This is the key to recognizing His voice — He is the Gate to all that is right and beneficial to me.  I am so thankful that He is the Shepherd of my soul.  I rest safely in His care.

Q4U:  How do you discern His voice?

Psst… I am giving away copies of books by Beth Moore and Francis Chan here.   Stop by before June 1st to enter.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Faith Filled Friday, Thought Provoking Thursdays, Life in Bloom, Good Morning Girls, God -Bumps and God-Incidences, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven, Playdates with God and “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!” 

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Get Out of That Pit: May Reading List “Net Out” and A GIVEAWAY!

In case you forgot, I love to read.  Stacks of books seem to pile up all over the house — most of them half read.  Other women buy shoes; I buy books.  For 2012,  I am purposing to be a bit more intentional about my reading plan.  I hope to read 12 books and post a “Net Out” here on the blog using a  format similar to Michael Hyatt’s.

Get Out of That Pit: Straight Talk About God’s Deliverance by Beth Moore is packed full of Scriptural truths to help the believer live a victorious Christian life.  Applying the principles outlined in the text will transform a ho-hum, stagnate, or defeated believer and provide the spiritual ammunition needed to walk forward in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Moore shines a bright light on the dark pits that sin and suffering create  and offers us a rope to help us climb out and stand on firm ground again.

Here are some “take away” truths that captured my attention:

  • Choosing to forgive sets us free:  “Forgiveness is not passivity, dear one.  It is the ability to withstand the pressing, quaking gates of hell.  Take this power and wield it.  It’s your right as a child of God.  In the power of Jesus, first you will it and soon you’ll feel it” (p 33).
  • The enemy uses distractions to entangle us and lead us to destruction:  “Anything that becomes a bigger preoccupation in your mind than the truth and knowledge of God, anything that dwarfs His truth and knowledge in your imagination, is a stronghold” (p. 61).
  • Sometimes we have to wait for deliverance — it’s a season God hopes we will draw closer to Him and grow to know Him more intimately:  “While you wait for God to work and to manifest your sure deliverance, you wrap yourself around Him as tightly as you possibly can.  Ask Him to make you  more God-aware than you have ever been in your life.  Bind yourself to Him with everything you’ve got so that you will ultimately–inevitably–go anywhere He does” (p. 155).

I am so thankful that I read this book — the Scriptural truths found here are now part of my defensive arsenal.  I know that I will return  to this book again and again.  I plan to keep it handy.  If you are feeling defeated or discouraged in your walk, I highly suggest that you pick up this book and grab a highlighter.

Up next will be Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan, a book that unpacks how the unconditional love of God breaks through and radically changes our lives.   Want to read it with me?  I will be posting about it on June 22nd.

I would love to hear about what you are reading.  Feel free to share in the comment section below to be entered in a Giveaway — I will be giving away a copy of each of these 2 great books.

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Just make sure to enter on or before June 1st to participate.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Karen Sue and Karen.  You are the winners!!! 🙂

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