Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The D Word

I bet you are going through a bunch of ugly words in your head right now, trying to figure out what the D word is? Am I right? Hee Hee. :)

The ugliest of all D words is devil. Okay, so we knew that. But have you ever noticed how many negative words start with the letter D?

- dead - disgusting - dumb
- death - dishonor - dark
- debt - divorced - dirty
- defeated - drunk - destroyed
- demonic - defiled - disgusting
- denial - discouraged - doomed
- depressed - devious - dreadful
- damaged - deceitful - desperate

....just to name a few.....

Now Im not trying to give the letter D a bad wrap - I know there are some D words that have positive meanings -but for todays purpose, lets give credit where its due. The D words that are negative, are the ones that the ultimate D word uses against us.

John 10:10 says, The thief( aka, devil) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

That ol devil seriously does come to steal,kill and destroy - and our attitudes and the state of our heart are the first targets.

Have you had any of the above words floating around in your head lately? Have you been beating yourself up inside for mistakes made, things not done, failures, sins committed? Have you been talking to your own psyche, trying to convince yourself that are a pretty pitiful excuse for a Christian, woman, mother, wife, or person?

Its not you. Its that D word again. He is ready and willing to pounce into your mind, convincing you that all those ugly D words above, apply to you. He is probably working hard at inviting you and engaging you in a game of stinkin thinkin. Are you playing along?

If you are, stop it right now! (Sorry, my mommy voice slipped out.) When your mother told you not to get involved in things or with people that would bring you down, did you ever notice that she was usually right?

Well in this case, our Father is telling us not to play the game, and I think we should listen.

I often find myself playing this game with D, before I even realize that he has pulled me in. That is how D operates - sneaky, conniving, with an intentional focus on destroying our spirit.

The good news, literally, is that we have the power within us to say no to this game. To listen to the voice of God, instead of the tricks of D. To focus on who God says we are, and not who we think we see in the mirror. To remember that we are wonderfully and uniquely made, not just the shell of a person who has been wronged, hurt, sinned, and ashamed.

That is just D talking. God would never say such things. God does not play the game of stinkin thinkin, in fact, He does not play games at all.

So many people, especially women, engage in the game of self condemnation every day. We compare ourselves to others, and feel inferior. We compare ourselves to who we think we should be, and feel inferior. We compare ourselves to who we wish we were, and feel inferior.

Inferiority is nothing more, than stinkin thinkin. Self condemnation is stinkin thinkin. And D is the king of stinkin thinkin. Lets make a pact to not be friends with him anymore. Pooh on him.

Galatians 2:20 says "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Whatever we have done, whoever we are or have been, whatever has been done to us - does not matter. The only thing that matters is that we are made new - made whole - made clean - made beautiful - made amazing - by Gods grace. Beautiful, inside and out.

His grace remains with us, His love sustains us, and His mercy maintains us. Thanks to His love, we have no reason to entertain any words that start with D - unless they are delightful daughter of the most high King -

Focus today on who you in Christ.

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4 comments:

pipedi said...

Great insights - once again! You always give us something to really think about and then put into action. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracie,
Thanks!! Where do you come up with all these great thoughts.

I was doomed....depressed....defeated...disgusted....discouraged...devious...dreadful...and desperate this last weekend. I blew it. Boy... how I said,"I was going to be GOD FILLED MINDED." I have a lot to work on.....but I know I can susceed with a God Filled Mind. This is something I am going to keep working on.

I need to really start working on this:
Proverbs 2:1-5,"My son if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, than you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God."

Thanks for the encouragement Tracie:)

God Bless and Peace,
Rhonda

P.S. Hi Nicole:) How did you do? Hopefully better than I.

Cape Breton Girl for God said...

Wow Tracie i know you wrote this yesterday but i so needed it today. I was definately having one of those stinkin thinkin as Joyce Meyer says:) lol. Thank you for the reminder of who i am in Christ. God bless you sister in Christ.

donnasfineart said...

Tracie I cannot tell u what this posting means to me today! I have had one fight over & over with my teens & husband. I thought something was wrong with ME! I thought that when I married for the 2nd time, 16 yrs ago that because my ex-husband abused me, committed a crime against my family, I kept forgiving him & when I finally knew I had to divorce him; I honestly thought, because the Lord did not bless that marriage that He didn't bless this one either!

Talk about stinkin thinkin! 10 min before I read this blog I wrote in my journal to the Lord this: "Lord I see so much of the enemy attacking my family with the girls & Mike & the way I'm always feeling like my heart is breaking! Why do I take so many things so personally?! Why do I feel like I don't exist? That if I left no one would miss me? I'm still looking to man for approval..Help me realize that you are there for ME! Help my family love YOU & put you first..." I then wrote Isaiah 54:10......when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life & the Lords good plan will prosper in his hands."

All I can say is I wrote all that & then read the blog & right now I just want to praise God for His mercy, for His Grace that's free & the way He leads us in all the right directions when we need to hear it!!!!! AMEN!!!

Thank you for being obedient & writing what He gives you to write!

Love Donna