What Does It Mean To Tempt God?

16Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, Deut 6:16

Sweat dripping down her forehead and even behind her ears, she made her way down the back country road. Left, right, left, right, was the cadence playing in her head as she pounded the pavement with each footfall. She looked out at the view the Lord gave her each time she went for a run, and thought God you have blessed me tremendously.

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Whenever she would run she’d worry about a fall and what that would mean for her to complete her 5k coming up soon. “After all of this work I’ve put in, I can’t imagine not being able to run in the 5k come September. Lord, protect my steps” These words would be muttered several times a week as she ran up and down that same stretch of road.

20180712_183917.jpgThis road, her road, was old and had been patched and repatched- the state’s way to putting off a repavement. She became accustomed to the dips, bumps and valleys that made up her path.

20180712_183859.jpgAs she was canvassing the potholes and bumpy patches one day, fear overtook her mind again playing out the scene of a tremendous fall…”Lord, please, please guide my footsteps. I can’t fall.” The Lord spoke clearly to her heart saying, “If you don’t want to fall, choose the smoother side of the road to run on.” She looked down and realized that she could make a smoother path by taking the smoother side of the road.

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So she took a few steps to the left and ran on the smoother patch.

Sometimes we tempt God by putting ourselves in positions to where it ties His Hands in helping us. Yes, I know God’s hands are never tied per se, but think about it this way…

I was going 75 mph down and 55mph road recently (yes, I know I’m a lead foot) all the while I was praying God don’t let us get in an accident, and again He spoke clearly to me. “If you don’t want to get in an accident then slow down and do the speed limit” I was tempting God…what do you think? We cannot put ourselves into dangerous positions and beg God to keep His hand on us can, we? What are your thoughts? Am I way off? Have you had similar experiences?

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Connected

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“Ouch! Did you feel that?” 

“Yes, I felt it over here! That hurt. Hey down there, did you all feel that too?”

“Oh yes, we also felt it even more so as it happened closer to us”

They all murmured, questioning one another as to how deep they felt the pain, until those closest were able to answer what happened. “We saw the one turning brown from drying out. The one was getting restless, pulling away from the center. It finally fell off. We felt it deep down. We will mourn, but we will try to not let it happen to us. We will stay close to the center.”

A little time later…

“Wow, did you feel that amazing warmth?”

“Yes I felt it over here”

“So did we! How wonderful. What’s happening, can anyone see? Look around.”

“We can see it down here! Something green, fresh, new is sprouting right from the center! We all have to help it survive and nurture it!”

It should hurt when one of our brothers and sisters in the Lord fall away. There should be a genuine concern.

And as it should hurt during sorrow, we should also be full of joy each time a new convert comes into our flock. We should be ready and willing to help them and nurture them in the Lord.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman 

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

But, God…

Waking in a pool of sweat, drenching the deteriorating body. Each pore releasing the poisons that swim within.

Shaky, uncontrolled hands come straight to the face, wipe the sleepy coma from the eyes.

Eyes shoot open. As the bloodvessles show their brilliant hues of red around the iris, pupils dilate to let in unwanted light.

A high-pitched constant ring fills the ears. The rythmic pounding the heart tapping out a cadence on the ear drum.

A quiet thought comes from way back in the corner of the mind getting bigger, louder until it slams the forefront of the frontal lobe…

The thought speaks booming words…”You used! You relapsed. You failed! Awe, man, not again!”

Questions come next, whispered lies from the deceiver.

“Why did you do that?” 

“Why didn’t you say no?”

“Why can’t you stop?”

“Why don’t you give up trying?”

“Why don’t you end it all?”

A false solution comes. Must get more to quiet these thoughts. Must get more to feel in control.

Addiction has no respect. Addiction sees no color, gender, or heritage. It can happen to anyone. The cycle seems endless and there is a powerlessness that makes the individual feel hopeless.

Seems these days so many have the answers to healing addiction. But in all reality no one does but God.

New Living Translation
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corth 10:13

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 1 Corth 12:9 NIV

Bring It On!

Ah regret, who do you think you are that you can sneak around and creep  up on me so?

Where do you come from and who are you with, when you’re on your way to try to torture me to and fro?

Is it dispare and deceit that you hang with on the nights as you all try to compete for my attention?

Who is it that sends you beckoning me, knocking at the posts of my memory’s door?

Depression, why do you loom in dark places? Why don’t you step into the Light and ever be singed and dissolved.

Regret, go back from where you came from and take dispare, deceit, and depression with you!

Tell the deceiver to be very afraid because the prayer warrior has awoken, her feet are planted on the Rock to stay!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Thank you Stewart at Something to Stu Over for nominating me for this fun award. Stewart’s Blog and ministry is focused on helping those with porn addiction. He is insightful and honest.

The rules of this award state:

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blogG

Stewarts Questions for us nominees:

1. How to you spread rays of sunshine (hope) outside of your blog? I try to purposefully be kind to others. (Although I have moments and moods.) I usually try to look for ways to help those around me.

2. What is one cliche’ you cannot stand?What goes around comes around. I can’t stand that we think this is comforting because essentially we are wishing the same onto another and that’s down right wrong. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
Romans 12:19 KJV

3. What does the term “God’s got this” mean to you? Funny you ask! Yesterday’s post answers it…go here to read it.

4.Out of your hardest trial or struggle, what is the most valued thing you took from that experience? My most recent trial was last fall when I came to terms with the fact that I needed outside help to wade through the junk of my childhood and adulthood addictions that happened before I was saved. I learned that while, in the blink of an eye, God can wipe away anger, jealousy, fear, addiction, rage, etc. most of the time He won’t because it would be like giving your kid everything they wanted when they wanted it. They’d be spoiled and never appreciate working for anything. We teach them through delaying their gratification. We teach theme by negative experiences. And God lovingly teaches us to overcome these things so when we are faced with them again, we can rise above them! Whoo-hoo! It’s a triumphant feeling when we do!

5. If you could go back and live in any time period what would it be? 1870’s-1900’s right in the brink of the century changing. Changing times. So many new discoveries being revealed at this time.

6. What is your favorite board game?Scrabble…except when my opponents cheat by digging up imaginary words!

7. If you could cure one addiction to where no one could relapse, which one would it be? Opioid addiction…it’s devastating to see what lengths people will go to feed that monster.

8. What do you cherish most about your relationship with Jesus? Well hmmm…His love? His mercy that’s new everyday? His promise of everlasting life? All of the above!

9. If your life were to be made into a movie, what genre would it be?Documentary titled: Generational Curses Can Be Broken

10. What made you choose the title for your blog? He gave me a new life! Completely new. And I’m ready to share it to help others.

11. If you were to create your own blog award, what would the name of the award be and what would be it’s description?  The Pay It Forward Award. Where one person highlights another’s blog. Write a synopsis about the blog and why others should follow that blog. Whoever has been highlighted must then pay it forward by highlighting another’s blog.

Here’s what I want to do with this award this time. I’m going to break the rules. For my nominees, I’d like you to answer one question. What is your testimony? I want you, if you choose, to write where you were in your life when God pulled you out and into His marvelous light. Make it as long or short as you want. Write a poem or even a short story, whatever tickles your fancy that we the readers can have an idea how your life changed when you met God.

My Nominees are

Linda at Amazing God Stories

Bruce at Reasoned Cases for Christ

Kathy Wire

Simply Wendi

Julie Dibbles 

Stewart

Sue Love

My Rickety Cart

“What? Really, you’re going to help me pull all of this stuff? Even though it’s all mine…you’re willing to help pull it all this way?” She was far beyond exasperated already, so the idea of finally getting help was just too exciting to not jump and down with the happiness in her heart.

“Oh wait, now that I have help I can go grab those other things and put them in my cart now too. They were too heavy to carry so I left them sitting, rotting back there on the trail. Hang on I’ll be right back!” She ran off, came back in seconds with armloads of “stuff.” She walked up to the clankety, rickety cart she’d known all of her life and put in the “stuff.” She wiped off the dust on her pant legs, pulled her hair back in a smooth ponytail, put on her leather gloves and walked toward the front of the cart.

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There he stood, tall and erect with a yoke, like an ox would wear, around his neck. He said to her, “Are you ready?” She bent down enough to get up underneath her side, stepped in, stood up with her yoke around her neck. “Ok Jesus I’m ready to rock-n-roll, lets get to pulling this cart of mine together! Finally I can get somewhere, maybe even get down the road a bit and find a new home for some of this “stuff” I’ve been dragging around.

28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30KJV

I’ve always thought of this verse like Jesus and me pulling my cart of life together. So many times I look back and think how heavy and hard it was to do alone before the Lord. I think of what a miserable job I did of it; aimlessly chugging along.

He wants to pull our carts with us. He longs to help us. So many times we want to do things on our own because we think we know what’s best, so we keep Jesus on the side of the road watching us tugging and yanking our carts. Sometimes we might let him off the job because we dare not take Jesus down the path we’re going.

But when we’re willing to let Him help us, life is so much better! Hope this blesses you. What’s in your cart? What your cart look like? Where were you headed when you let him take up a side and help you?

My Post Picks Part 2

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Day 2 of my favorites I’ve saved to share with you all. This is a fun way to bless others and honor them.

Bruce at Reasoned Cases for Christ bares a father’s heart in his post called “Sorrow” He shows us his humble feelings concerning his son and how he prays for him.

MyWay My home Life has a post “He is Just That Good Where she brags on God and how He kept blessing her and working things to His design in their daily lives. Need a pick me up? Need to be reminded God is control? Read this! Then go over and read Que Sera Sera At A Time To Share as she reminds us that knowing our future and what lies ahead isn’t a good thing and to place that worry on His Hands.

Next is SimplyWendi’s post “Friendships and Chronic Illness” Wendi shows us how hard it can be living with Chronic illness, but she does it in a way that we can relate and be educated on it.

Lynn Abbott shares with us “Pruning Isn’t Pleasant” Where she takes a look at Samson and his choices and she posted it the very same night Samson was preached at my church! What is it they say? Nothing is coincidence with God. Another one I liked that keeps me intrigued each time I read it is Masked Mortals Moved to Hope by Loved by the King of Kings. I feel like she leaves a lot for us to fill in with the people in our lives or even ourselves and the masks we wear…

And finally, Miss Hope wrote  A Year of Hope week 27. Folks, to me, this is the very essence of how we bloggers should look at our testimonies. She has slowly been revealing her testimony, but it is painful for her. She isn’t slowly revealing it to us for suspense reasons or to entice, but because she wants to share but only to help another. And THAT is what always should be our driving force behind sharing our regrets, hurts and past. Not for attention, not for glory…but for His glory. Have another blessed Day!