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Your Seductive Power

One day, you wake up and you realize you have it: your new super power.

You speak, and they listen. You smile, and they nod their heads. You caress, and they can’t think anymore. You speak in that tone of voice, and they fight to do your biding. Now, you’re truly a daughter of Eve. Just give the fruit to him, and he’ll take a bite; he won’t even remember what God did not perhaps, possibly… exactly say. I bet you know what I’m talking about. Wink. Wink.

Here’s a list of women from the Bible who discovered their secret super power and used it how they pleased: Zeresh, Haman’s wife; Jezebel, Ahab’s wife; Mother Eve, Adam’s wife; Sarah, Abraham’s wife; Delilah, Samson’s girlfriend, and more.

If you recognize any name from this list, you may also know their stories. But I’ll give you a summary of each. Spoiler alert: it didn’t end well for them.

Zeresh, Haman’s wife massaged his frail ego constantly, telling him to make plans to ensure the destruction of an innocent man. Well, that backfired, and Haman died in his place along with Zeresh, by the way.

Jezebel. Her name is now used to describe “a wicked, shameless woman.” Jezebel led her husband, the king, to abandon God’s law and worship a wicked god, called Baal. She killed God’s prophets, and also got her husband a gift he’d wanted so badly, by getting an innocent man stoned to death. She died. And dogs ate her body, real quick.

Eve gave Adam the “apple”, and we’re all here today, living a fallen existence. Thanks but no thanks mother Eve.

Sarah convinced her husband to sleep with her maid. It seemed God was taking too long in delivering His promise of a child. Then she gets upset at the whole thing. Thirteen years later, she has the son of that union kicked out.

And last but not the least, Delilah. She tricked her boyfriend Samson into losing his power and becoming a prisoner of his worst enemies. And she did it for a bucket load of silver. Samson also lost his eyes in the process.

There you have it.

I believe God gave women power. It’s a good thing. We should embrace it as a gift, but a gift that comes with responsibility. In our world today, we are made to think that seeking and having power over others for our own benefit is a smart thing. But nay, it is not. It’s a selfish thing, and it’s a dangerous thing.

God gave you the power to build up, to encourage, to give wise counsel, and to lead from whatever position you find yourself. In a marriage, in a business setting, in government, in your home, at your school, wherever. You have the power to change things for the better. You have the power to be the voice of reason where egos clash. Kings can seek you out for the counsel that God has given you. Take for example, my new favorite girl, Hulda the Prophetess. King Josiah sought her out when he needed to know what to do about the book of the law that had just been rediscovered, and she had words straight from God both as caution and as encouragement to the king.

The power you have is not a power to be overestimated either. You’re just a vessel and nothing more than a vessel of God’s power, and love, and good gifts. Anything else is from the devil. Yes I said devil. Don’t embrace your inner anything, but embrace God and humbly embrace His calling and purpose in and through you.
When you realize the truth about who God is, and the power He has given you, you’ll also realize that you’re not what Eve wanted to be. You’re not God, and you don’t have all control, as much as you’d love to. As much as I’d love to.

But it’s tempting. It’ tempting to use your power to have your way; to use your words, and to use our body to, as they say, “get what you want”. You know all the right buttons to push and you know the weaknesses to exploit. It’s not a safe place to be. You risk falling when you try to push someone else off a cliff. Don’t fall for the lies for they are many, and very convincing, because the truth is harder to swallow than having your own way.

I believe in you, and most importantly, God believes in you. He is a loving Father that gives good gifts to His children, and He has given you many good gifts. Don’t let anyone sell you short-by overselling or underselling.

I pray for you that you’ll choose to submit to God and trust Him with your heart desires, rather than try to make your own way. And I pray that you’ll use your God given gifts to build up and to make whole, but not to bring down. May the Lord keep all that you’ve entrusted to Him. In Jesus Name.

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On Love And Community

For a while now, I’ve been dreading hearing about how important community is. I’ve ignored videos and short Devotionals that mention its importance in the life of a believer.

Whenever I’d hear anything about community, I would think to myself, “I know that already!” I didn’t want to hear about it because what’s the point of knowing it if you can’t have it? Would you see a hungry person and tell him or her, “Food is important”? He or she already knows. And that’s just how I felt.

I’ve felt both the need and the lack of community and I had just about given up on the idea that I would experience it the way I dreamed it, when God brought me in contact with the people of City Life Church (North Hollywood). I experienced warmth from the door to the church, and from the church to the gate. My dream of meeting a group of believers with such love and understanding was finally real. The life group I joined the next day was even more beautiful. I’m grateful for all the wonderful people at City Life Church! I love you guys, and I hope you see this some time.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that God’s word is true. If He promises something, even when it seems like it’s not coming, He keeps to His word. He says “I love you, and I gave you my Son. What could I ever keep from you?” (Romans 8:32 paraphrased) If He promises to provide all we need, including a community of loving believers, then He will. He loves us too much to leave us in the dark. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, The Lord is still our Shepherd.

My point of writing this isn’t particularly about community, but about God’s love. It’s constant. It encompasses everything! I’m so encouraged to trust Him more for things that I had given up on, and I hope you are as well. And if community is what you need, trust. Wait. Be joyful while you’re waiting. Love while you’re waiting. I know it’s not easy but that’s why I’m sharing this. I hope you’re encouraged just as I have been.

Thank You Lord for Your church! Thank You for Your love; I love You too! 😀

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6 October 2014 On Wounds And The Church

6 October 2014

The following is an excerpt from the book, “Speak,” by Nish Weiseth. Nish was quoting Seth, a friend of hers. “It took me a long time to realize it, but I finally told my friend I hated the church. He said that if I hated the church, then I hated Jesus, and I told him I didn’t want to hate Jesus anymore. It turns out I’d made an idol out of the church. And when you idolize anything that isn’t Jesus Himself, it’s gonna fail you.”

I believe a lot of us have been wounded in some ways by the church- people who consider themselves believers. It’s sad that believers whatever shape or form they come have been some times the greatest impediments to the gospel of Christ. I’ve been both the wounded and the wounder.

The times I’ve hurt people, I’ve hurt in my ignorance, and there are still believers today who I looked up to that have hurt me badly. I am truly sorry for all the hurt that has been done to you or any one of your loved ones. Please don’t let people come between you and the One (God) who loves you. I am still dealing with past hurts and learning to let go. Sometimes I find that I have to let go all over again, but this is what God calls us to do. He knows that where relationships exist, hurts exist, so He asks us to “forgive one another and bear with one another’s failings.” I hope you will look to God and not to man, because man including myself, is imperfect, but God is dependable. I love you fellow sojourner! Peace!