March 29 Judges 6, 7; Psalm 52; 1 Corinthians 14

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Who Me? | Jill Terry

S~ “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:15 (NLT)

O~ Gideon doubts his capability to save Israel. He knew he had a family of 1000’s of people and he believed he was the weakest of the bunch. Gideon did not believe he was truly being called to do something by God. He tests God not once but twice by laying out a fleece at night. He finally accepts his calling from God and Gideon has an army of 32,000 which God whittles down to 300 men. ( Judges 7:2-7)

A~ I feel like I have been circling around this same theme for a while now. God is prodding me to something and I keep resisting Him. I feel like I am missing something. I keep asking God to show me He wants me to do and where He wants me to go. I feel incapable or I wonder if I am truly hearing from God. I am frustrated because I feel like whatever it is God wants me to do is just out of my reach and that I am missing a vital piece somewhere. I know God is bigger than my fears, my doubts and lack of capabilities to do what He wants. I heard a preacher say something profound many years ago, “ God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” I just need to rest in that knowledge and know He will equip me when the time is right.

P~ Lord, forgive me for missing whatever it is You want me to do and are trying to tell me. Help me to see it and to be willing to step up and fulfill Your call on my life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Cutting words | Nikki Metzger

S~ Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor…   You love to destroy others with your words, you liar! Psalm 52: 2, 4 (NLT)

O~ It doesn’t end well for people who use harsh words.  Verse 5 says God will strike you down.

A~ Interesting….I’ve had two people in my life use harsh, sharp words.  Both are having tremendous amounts of physical pain.  Does physical pain really reveal what is truly inside the heart?  I don’t know.  I saw and experienced the other end of those sharp, cutting words.  It’s so damaging!  I bet that’s why God describes hurtful words as sharp and ‘destroy’….that’s what they do to others.

P~ Father God, please redeem and heal the young people that were on the other end of those sharp words!  Cover that person and let him not find his identity in those ugly words, but in how wide, deep, long and high Your love is for him!  Give me Your wisdom Lord in those moments of when someone destroys another with words.  Sometimes life really hurts God!

Interpreting What Is Spoken, To Make The Church Grow Stronger | Michelle Myers

S~ It may be true that there are all kinds of sounds in the world, and none is without meaning.  But unless I understand the meaning of what someone says to me, I will be a foreigner to him, and he will be a foreigner to me.  It is the same with you.  Since you want spirituals gifts very much, seek most of all to have the gifts that help the church grow stronger.  The one who has the gift of speaking in different languages should pray for the gift to interpret what is spoken.  1 Corinthians 14:10-13 (NCV)

O~ My Bible notes say, “The Corinthians compared spiritual gifts and ministries.  They rated a person’s value to the church by that person’s gifts.  All spiritual gifts are equally valuable to the church.”

A~ God has really refined my spiritual gifts over the last few years.  There is still a lot of growing that I need to do, but I have made progress.  Much of this refining and progress, has been made through my life experiences.  Experiences that were very painful, very confusing, and left me with no one to rely on, but God.  I know there are women suffering, behind closed doors, with the same hurt and confusion that I went through, and am currently trying to heal from.  Sexual addiction has entered their marriages, in one or more of the various ways it manifests….excessive viewing of pornography, chronic masturbation, soliciting prostitutes, or serial adultery.  They find themselves in a storm. They didn’t see coming, and now that they are in it, they don’t know how to deal with it, let alone the destruction it has left behind.

Equally frustrating, is the fact that unlike other addictions, this issue being thought of as an “addiction” is something relatively new.  There are limited resources available for the addict, and even less available for the spouse of the addict.  And this is an addiction, that one does not even have to leave the house for. A home computer, a smart phone, and internet access is all that is needed. That makes it easier to hide.  The added shame involved, because it deals with a sexual sin, also makes people more resistant to seeking help.

To be quite frank, when I have tried to seek help, not many people understand.  They have no ability to empathize.  Some judge.   Some tell you what to do…leave or stay, because God hates divorce, and your husband didn’t have a physical relationship with someone.  Some of the internet groups label the spouse as a co-dependent.  None of this is helpful.  None of this makes anyone, Christian, non-Christian, or even the church as a whole grow stronger.  I could not find one Al-Anon type group in our area, that deals with this issue.  So, as someone who has this particular gift, that has allowed me understand, what it is like to be the wife of a sex addict, and I can “interpret what is spoken”, because I have had the luxury of living it, I need to use it, to make the church grow stronger.

P~ Thank you God for you faithfulness.  I want to serve you.  I want to start a group.  I see these women’s stories, as I read the blogs.  I know their pain, confusion, and frustration.  Please show me, guide me, and open the doors that need to be opened.

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