peace like war mentality.

Today during warms ups at practice, eneding with the stretching circle we decided to get with our two soccer sisters to talk, catch up and pray for one another. One of my sisters said that lately she’s been believing a lot of lies and its been a fight to stay on top.

When reading the book Called and Accountable I’ve been reading the following quote reminded me of this conversation:

“God may leave Christians in their present vocations or professional positions. However, when He does, it will  not be “business as usual” or business as the world around them would have it. They will thoroughly realize that they have been “bought at a price,” and therefore, they are, at all times and in all places, to make sure they glorify God in their bodies and in their spirits, which are His.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

We HAVE to fight, when we give up we are saying, “Jesus I dont think you are worth fighting for.” We all know how pathetic and ignorant that is. Lets fight the fight, because we know that “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12)  Christ has died and Christ is risen, coming again so that we can fight. He sent the Holy Spirit so that we CAN fight and overcome.

Surrender your control and let the Holy Spirit come and empower you to fight. We know that in midst of the fight, the war we find peace, because only when we fight do we feel the freedom Jesus brings. You can’t surrender if you havnt begun to fight.

life hurts.

Man its so crazy how the smallest things can take you away from Jesus. The saddest thing is when things that God intended for good take your eyes off of Him. In the last few months the Lord has been showing me how to have healthy friendships. I’m learning how to give and take and when to pull away and when to speak up. Its hard to know the borders you know? Its hard to know when to be selfless because we are called to and when to take time to rest and time to be filled up and when to say no and when to say YES!

I’m hurting because the flesh is far too tempting to handle on my own. I’m learning that my value is not found in people and my value is not found in the relationships I hold dear to my heart, whether new or old. Jesus is purging me one step at a time of the people that I love, starting with my Daddy last summer.

Now God brings people in my life to see if I can love them the way real love is described; giving them not what they want or what they think they need but actually what they really need. Jesus.

Do I love others well so that they’ll see Jesus through me or am I just loving myself? I know that I fail at being selfless. Daily it’s a fight to be humble enough to care for others above myself but I know that God’s grae is upon me. He is stretching me and growing me everyday in new ways.