Determination... Proverbs 31 OBS Blog Hop
This is our word for the week with Proverbs 31 OBS and dictionary.com defines determination as: the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
Last week, I wrote about what I craved and this week I’m determined to crave God’s opinion of me- His love for me…rather than what anyone else thinks of me. I realized that I have been spiritually underweight. I was kind of shocked to think of myself as spiritually underweight because I think of myself as a Jesus girl. BUT…while I am in The Word daily…I haven’t fully let God’s love for ME fill me or soak in. His love isn’t like how I love…because honestly He loves all the good and the bad about me. He never leaves me no matter what…He always loves.
In her book Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst talks about fixing our foundation. There is a hole in my foundation and I need to fill it with God’s truths and love - because Jesus is only interested in my heart.
“Life can blind and truth can hide in plain sight. But this blazing love of God for you never stops burning underneath everything.” ~Ann Voskamp
Being thankful for where I am and how God is growing me in this situation is one way I am fixing my foundation.
God tells us that the battles we fight will be spiritual battles. Eph. 6:10-18 talks about putting on the full armor of God.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
In order to fight the spiritual battles we face we need to be ready. We need to be saturated in God’s truths and thankful for where we are and what we have---we need to gear up for the battle!
"Never forget that where you are is a temporary stop in God's waiting room to prepare you for what God has in store for you in the future." ~Pastor B. White
I’m determined to fix my foundation…to look at my surroundings with “spiritual eyes”…to put on the full armor of God and to remember who I am. A child of God.