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Take That Snake by the Tail

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Well, hello!

We had a great vacation, and enjoyed our time as a family. I hope you’ve been doing well, also!

I read this devotional by Pastor Prince and really liked his interpretation of the scripture. Be blessed today as you cast your natural things on the ground, and then pick them back up by the tail. Allowing The Lord to take hold of the head, making your natural things SUPERnatural! When He is allowed to have the head (control), great things happen.

With Him, life is anything but dull – Enjoy the journey! 🙂

– Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Take The Snake By Its Tail
By Joseph Prince

Exodus 4:2–3
2So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”3And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.

God wants to take the natural things in your life and make them supernaturally blessed. He does this by asking you to give Him what you already have in the natural, and He will do the supernatural.

That is why the Lord told Moses to cast his rod on the ground. And when Moses cast his rod on the ground, which represents him giving the rod to the Lord, that same rod became the rod of God. With that rod, the Red Sea was opened. (Exodus 14:16) And when that rod was used to hit a rock, water flowed out of the rock. (Exodus 17:5–6) It was no longer a natural rod, but the supernatural rod of God!

But why did the rod become a serpent when Moses cast it to the ground?

Moses never realized that there was a “snake” in his rod. You see, because of the fall of man, there is a touch of the curse — a snake — in every natural thing, including your career, natural strength, talents and ministry.

So how do you deal with the “snake” that is in all the natural things in your life?

First, cast it to the Lord. Then, do what the Lord told Moses next: “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail”. (Exodus 4:4)

Now, it could be fatal to take a snake by its tail because it can easily turn its head around and bite you. So why did God say that?

When you take it by the tail, God will take the head! He wants you to let Him handle the head, and not grab it or hold on to it tightly in fear or self-effort. That is how you see your career, strength, talents and ministry supernaturally blessed.

Beloved, there is a snake, a touch of the curse, in everything in the natural. But give what is natural to the Lord and see the touch of the curse replaced with the supernatural touch of God!

Thought For The Day:
Give what is natural to the Lord and He will make it supernaturally blessed.

Scripture:
So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. (Exodus 4:2, 3 NKJV)

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Cancel the Pity Party

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The pity party is on my nerve. I think it’s high time we all stop complaining, and start giving praise.

Yes, life gets hard.

But who do you serve?

If you serve The Lord God Almighty, you have reason to praise in every situation. He’s a GOOD God, and will turn every evil thing into good for those who love Him. That’s a great reason to praise! He didn’t bring your hard times, the devil did! Personal choices may have even played a roll. But He is not to blame. He desires good for you. His plans for you are good, and not involving destruction! So stop feeling sorry, and start praisin Him!

It’s time to stop giving our attention to the enemy, and singing his filthy praises. Whenever we complain, we sing the enemy’s praises. YUCK! We’ve got to get out of constantly dwelling on ourselves and our trials, and instead get our eyes on helping others, and being a light in this world.

So, today, lets all commit to seeing how long we can go without complaining or thinking of ourselves. Maybe even keep a tally of how many times throughout the day we catch ourselves in “self pity”. Counteract those thoughts by instead doing something for someone else. For example, if you catch yourself feeling “so sorry” or “so upset” about something, counteract that feeling of pity by sending a note of encouragement to someone!

In other news, I won’t be able to post again until next week. So let me encourage you to enjoy this week to congratulate yourself when you notice growth, and don’t give up on yourself when you miss a step. Just keep on keepin on, brothers and sisters!

We’ll chat soon..

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Saying ‘No’ To Self-Pity
By: J.M. Farro

“The bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she (the virtuous woman) will not eat.” – Proverbs 31:27 AMP

I recently went through some difficulties that got me so discouraged that I found myself wrestling with feelings of self-pity. Years ago, I might have played some sad songs and cried my eyes out, deriving a sort of perverse satisfaction from my misery. But this time, I prayed and asked the Lord to help me resist these negative emotions. That’s when He reminded me about some teaching I heard years ago about self-pity. I once heard a godly man say, “God is concerned about your hurt, but He doesn’t want YOU concerned about it.” This man went on to say that the reason self-pity is so destructive is that pride is at the root of it, and it causes us to focus too much on ourselves. I looked “self-pity” up in the dictionary and found the following definition: “A self-indulgent dwelling on one’s own sorrows or misfortunes.”

Psychiatrists have an interesting name for people who habitually indulge in self-pity–it’s “injustice collector.” These are the folks who are constantly dwelling on their hurts and hardships – whether real or imagined – and they enjoy thinking about them and talking about them. They lovingly collect and number each and every offense that others commit against them, and they search out people who will sympathize with them and commiserate with them. All this keeps the focus on themselves, which is what they want most. But this isn’t God’s way. He instructs us to walk in the God-kind of love, which is “not self-seeking,” and which “keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV) This is not to say that we should ignore or deny when we’re being mistreated, but that we should take constructive action to see that we’re treated with proper respect, or remove ourselves from harm’s way, rather than sit idly by, feeling sorry for ourselves.

Self-pity isn’t just nonproductive – it’s destructive. It can lead to bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. It doesn’t bring people together – it divides them. And these are some of the reasons why Satan works so hard to get us to focus on our wounds, rather than the cure – which is the love and wisdom of God. Throughout the pages of the Bible, God tells us again and again that He wants us to bring our hurts and sorrows to Him, so that HE can comfort us. He not only wants to be our Comforter, but our Vindicator. (Psalm 135:14) If we’ll let Him, He will defend us and fight our battles for us, leading us to victory every time. He tells us in His Word: “I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. I will faithfully reward my people for their suffering…” (Isaiah 61:8 NLT)

A good antidote for self-pity is forgiveness. As we forgive those who offend us, we can let go of our negative emotions and ill-feelings toward others, and we can receive the comfort and healing that can only come from God. Scripture says: “In all their suffering He also suffered, and He personally rescued them. In His love and mercy, He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.” (Isaiah 63:9 NLT) God hurts when we hurt, and He wants to be our Deliverer. But we can block His efforts to comfort and rescue us when we insist on holding on to our feelings of resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness. As we choose to forgive, we open the door to God’s involvement, and all the blessings and provisions that entails. Another good antidote for self-pity is thankfulness. The Bible says: “Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP) No matter what is going on in our lives, we always have reason to give thanks to God and praise Him. Nothing is more offensive to God than our dwelling on our misfortunes and losses, and neglecting to recognize and enumerate all of the blessings He bestows on us daily.

Helen Keller said, “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.” We have been chosen by God, not just to live eternally with Him in heaven, but to make a difference for Him while we’re still here on earth. Let’s not allow self-pity to neutralize all the good we can do in this world in the name of Jesus.

Prayer:
Lord, please alert me whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself. Keep me from being overly-sensitive and self-absorbed, and teach me to bring all of my hurts and hardships straight to You. When I do, heal and comfort me the way that only You can. Give me the grace I need to forgive others quickly and thoroughly, and to praise You in all things. Thank You that as I resist self-pity in the power of Your Spirit, I will be rewarded by a gracious and grateful God!

Stress..It’s Enough Already.

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It’s been a stressful week! My walk hasn’t quite met up with my talk. Do you ever go through that? Where the more you try to be positive, the worse you get? I’m thinking I’m not alone in this because, I’ve found scripture to back it up. That tells me my issue isn’t new on the scene!

Romans 7: 15 – I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.

Well, there’s also another scripture that works for my situation, and it says:

Romans 8:1 – So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Because of that scripture, I know that when I fail, and my attitude sucks, I am not to allow condemnation to seep into my veins, poisoning my being. Instead, I need to turn away from that attitude, choose joy, and walk in the freedom I’ve been given. Easier said than done? Sometimes, yes. But if it were easy, there would be no growth to be had. And I want to grow!

Another great scripture:

Lamentations 3:22-23 – It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

So yesterday’s stress and failures are just that, yesterday’s. I will not allow them to poison my today. Today comes with fresh grace and mercy. I plan on immersing myself in it! You should do the same. 🙂

As you will see in the devo selection below, Jesus’ life is the perfect example of how to handle stress. Here’s to being more and more like Him every day.

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Dealing with Stress Like Jesus
Written by Patty Wysong

There is just no getting around stress, regardless of the time of life we’re in. We may think things will be easier at some point, but we only trade one stress for another. It’s never ending, but we have a great God who understands us!

How can we know that God understands us? Just look at Mark 3:5-22. Jesus had so many people following Him, and so many needing things from Him that He called for a small boat to keep from being crushed.

Have you felt like you were being crushed?

Everyone wanted a piece of Jesus, a touch of Jesus. Things were so crazy that He couldn’t even eat a meal. Sound familiar?

But that’s not all. Not only was He under crushing pressure from the people all around Him, but the church leaders had turned against Him. They were ready to do Him harm. Jesus knew well the pressure and stress that came from the religious sector—the church.

Multiply that by the stress Jesus must have felt because His family didn’t believe Him and they certainly didn’t support Him—they thought He was crazy. Family pressure magnifies everything—and Jesus was no stranger to it. You know the feeling, don’t you?

Jesus had a to-do list like no one else. His included dying on the cross for me and bearing the wrath of God. For me. Talk about a weight to carry. So much more than I could ever bear!

We’re told to ask “What would Jesus do?” and this is one of those times when we can see what He did and how He handled all the stress in His life.

Jesus had a place of solitude.

After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray. ~Mark 6:46

The pressures of life have a way of bringing us down, but we can choose to go up and spend time with God in solitude with Him. We have somewhere we can go! The next time you feel like you’re not enough and don’t have enough, go up to the cross, go to God.

Jesus had a place to pray.

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. ~Luke 6:12

In Jesus’ life, days of power followed nights of prayer. The same can be true in our lives. He went to a solitary place to pray. Relieve stress and handle pressure with prayer.

Jesus had people to share His load.

And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, and to have authority to cast out the demons. ~Luke 3:14-15.

Jesus shared the burdens, and so can we. His chosen men came alongside Him in prayer and care and they shared His load. Carefully choose a few to share your burdens with so you can lift each other up in prayer. When we try to do it all by ourselves we set ourselves up to fall apart. It’s much better to “come apart” to God than to fall apart.

So when the stress is rising like a flash flood, remember how Jesus handled all the stress in His life. He had a place of solitude—a place of prayer—where He met with God the Father. He also had people who prayed with Him and for Him and helped Him shoulder His load that way.

*Sermon notes from a recent message by Pastor Mike Cash.
*All Scripture quoted from NASB.

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