Wow, wow — WOW!
I had been a little behind on my bible study for the week. But God never stops amazing me! I was suppose to do the study in this order (the order of being behind:)
The study is “He Speaks To Me” by Priscilla Shirer. And I’m on “Submissive to the Lord’s Challenges”. Very pertinent to my life right now.
She discusses how we often encounter great challenges as we walk in obedience to God. We can’t choose all aspects of our God-given assignments, but we can control our responses. And we are to rejoice. Because challenges/hardships build perseverance.
Acts 5:29 states last night to a tee: “We must obey God rather than human beings!”
Thank you Lord! For standing firm with me. For showing me, point-blank, that I made the right decision to stand firm and obey YOU! To go against the grain. Even if it brought challenges to my marriage. YOU are the one that I need to obey. Not my husband and his Satan filled thoughts which come directly from the battlefield. The testing of my faith has brought endurance. Like a good race or fight – with winning and being tired at the end of a great victory. I thank you for the maturity and completeness of obeying YOU. Ask that you continue to do Your works in me so that I will lack nothing! As all of this is stated in James 1:2-4.
My uncle (well uncle-in-law), was here this past weekend. It’s always a pleasure when he and/or his wife come to visit. A HUGE support system for me. Without going into much detail. Both his parents were alcoholics, and he struggles with the stronghold of alcohol. He is grounded in Christ, so his walk is different from JD’s.
But he gave me this scripture: Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
And my friends, that’s what I want to accomplish each day regarding alcohol and the relinquishing of the stronghold on JD: an overflowing HOPE – by the power of the Holy Spirit. Not by me, not by JD himself, and not by anyone other than the Holy Spirit. I know I cannot trust in JD, but I can trust in The Lord. Which in turn gives me joy and peace. Albeit, a daily struggle. But a promise from God!! Amen to that!!!!!