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Envy and Jealousy: The Green Eyed [Twin] Monsters that (can) live in our Hearts

ENVY: noun \ˈen-vē\

: the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has

: someone or something that causes envy

Synonyms
covetousnessenviousnessgreen-eyed monsterinvidiousness,jealousyresentment

: to feel a desire to have what someone else has : to feel envy because of (someone or something)

Thank you:  www.merriam-webster.com

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So, Now that we know the definition, according to the dictionary, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about it. Continue reading “Envy and Jealousy: The Green Eyed [Twin] Monsters that (can) live in our Hearts”

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“My ALL and ALL” 28 June 2014

“Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and lovingkindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for MY strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will ALL the more gladly glory in my weakness and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me.”

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A Sinner’s Confession

social_media_truth“I am a sinner, and I have cheated in (almost) every relationship I have been in.”

“Can one go upon hot coals and his/her feet not be burned? (29) So he/she who cohabits with his/her neighbor’s wife/husband [will be tortured with evil consequences and just retribution]; he/she who touches her/him shall not be innocent or go unpunished.” 

~Proverbs 6:28-29 *author added emphasis on gender

So..why am I confessing this? Well, I woke up at 0400, and for the last 2 hours and 36 minutes have fought to go back to sleep. But, the Holy Spirit was nudging me, and I finally gave in. I know this confession will likely lead to a flood of comments, but I have faith that God will use this post for good.

Cheating, IMO, is a symptom of a much larger problem. My inability to stay faithful to the commitment of the relationship(s) I was in was NOT about them-it was about me. The TRUTH of the matter is that before I became a Christian, ( I mean a “Walk the Walk” not just a “Talk the Talk” kind), I had little to no self respect or self love. If I could not respect/love myself, how could I respect/love someone else? How could I show someone I cared about something I did not feel for myself?

Like many people who cheat, I tried to convince myself what I was doing was okay. I used the “He doesn’t respect/love/cherish/etc”..excuse. I would start an argument to justify my position. I would find any fault, no matter how small, and blow it way out of proportion, to justify my wanderings. It made looking in the mirror each morning something I dreaded. I couldn’t look myself in the eyes. I felt shame, because deep down, I knew I was a really bad/terrible/unsavory/despicable/person.

Then I received Christ, and He loved me. ME!! He accepted me as I was and loved me.

He FORGAVE me!

That changed my heart.

Some people say “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” or “A leopard can’t change it’s spots.”

Really?

Try telling GOD that! 

In 1 Samuel, chapter 10, God gave Saul a new heart. Yep! If He can do it for Saul, who is to say He didn’t do it for me?

In the 2 relationships since I have been a believer/follower/servant, I did not cheat. Why? Because I am a new person in Christ. He loves me, I love me. Yes, I am still a sinner, but THAT sin..THAT sin..no more.  First, I have too much respect for myself to cheat. Second, I have to much respect for the man I was with to cheat. Why? I respect the commitment I had made to him. (Yes, same man, 2 different times!!) I loved him, and in many ways, still do.

The LORD helped me love myself, and forgive myself too.

Wow. It was like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. Carrying around “shame” is exhausting.

I am rid of it. I can look myself in the mirror now without the fear of shame.

If I am asked in a (hopeful) future relationship, if I have ever cheated, I will be honest and say “Yes.” I am hoping the man the Lord brings me will understand that I have faced my fears, faced my faults, taken responsibility and changed.

The Lord changed my heart.

I am Blessed!

For His Glory,

Nicolette

 

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My ALL in ALL ..March 2, 2104

“Lean on, trust in and be confident in the LORD, with ALL your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. (6) In ALL ways know, recognize, and acknowledge HIM, and HE will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

My dear friends, I have been struggling with changing my eating habits for years now. Today, I was entering my food intake from yesterday, and I wrote the following in my “notes” section:

Depressed today. Things are snowballing..eating like there is no tomorrow, as if eating can solve anything!?! I am really crying as I write this. Life is just out of control…out of MY control…time to PRAY..IT is ALL in HIS control!! Praise Him!!

It was just when I wrote “Life is out of control” that my mind realized..I am NEVER in control..and honestly, why would I want to be?

Praise Him for nudging my brain in the right direction, and placing my eyes not on my problems, but HIS answers! I am faithful in my belief that the Lord has my life under control-in fact, just this week He “rescued” me from a financial mistake. To be perfectly honest, it is not that I am distrusting, it is that I forget. Yes, I forget to trust. I know many of you are just shaking your heads..lol, but, I know I will get this..I will! Because, now it is just a  matter of listening to the voices in my head and heart, and when I am headed in the wrong direction, I will confidently turn my head toward the LIGHT, the TRUTH that is JESUS!!

I think of where my own understanding and insight has taken me, and I want to shake myself! I know now that HE has it all worked out. I am unable to see the “Big Picture,” and HE does just that! ALL I have to do is ask! So, here goes:

Heavenly Father, I ask you help me with learning to eat in a more healthy way. I ask that when I am unnecessarily hungry, I stop and see if I am just feeling bored or lonely before eating food I do not need. I ask your forgiveness in making food an idol in my life, and help me fill the void of loneliness and depression with YOU, your words, your face, your place in my heart. In JESUS name, Amen

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“But [even] the very hairs of your head are ALL numbered…” (Luke 12 v 7, Amplified)

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No, this is not my photo, but it’s reassuring to me to know that if it was, the LORD knows exactly how many hairs I do have.

Sometimes, I feel lost in the crowd. I needlessly worry that God has so many other things and people to watch over, he won’t hear my prayers. I wonder if I have been obscured by the masses. But, in reading the TRUTH (my Bible), and knowing God keeps His word, He has assured ALL of us, that no matter how alone we may feel, He is keeping us in His view, in the palm of His mighty hand. He is watching over us, over ALL of us. ALL the time. Even in times of anxiety and fear, He knows where we are, and what we are prone to feeling. He also knows that if we have not readied ourselves with scripture, we can become afraid when bad times come upon us.

He instructs us: “And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [length of his life]?” (Luke 12 v 25 amplified)

And then he reassures us in the following passage: “”Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!” (Luke 12 v 32 amplified) And do you notice the exclamation point at the end of this verse? The LORD delights in taking care of us, and promised us His kingdom! What a blessing!

Now, isn’t it wonderful to know the LORD knows exactly the number of ALL the hairs on your head?

Love to you all,
Nicolette

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My ALL in ALL, 5 Feb 2014

praying hands 2*note: from this day forward, I will continue be inspired by the book “My ALL in ALL,” by author Robert J. Morgan, but will not be coordinating the scriptures based on the way they are laid out in the book. I will be presenting them on what the Holy Ghost presents to me through prayer.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling: (5) One LORD, one faith, one baptism, (6) One GOD, and Father of all, and in you all. (7) But, unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of CHRIST.”

(Ephesians 4 vs 4-7, KJV)

As I have remarked before, the word “all” is a word that is used to include everything and everyone. In the book of Ephesians, Paul is asking that we seek unity among us.

Unity in our churches, where disention is often brought upon by a differences of opinions “hidden” among the population of members.

In our homes, arguments, and bad feelings can lead to a breakdown of our families.. The very place where we go to seek comfort and refuge can now be a battleground.

But, how does that happen? Satan likes us to be ALONE, separated from our FAITH, hidden in the DARK, outcast.

How can we fix this? By praying for unity, talking over problems, keeping feeling out in the open, not hidden in the dark.

If the God/Jesus/Holy Spirit is no longer the Head of your home, and you have replaced Him with unrest, you are no longer acting in the unity that Paul is calling for.

….one body, one Spirit, one LORD, one faith, one God, one Father who is: above ALL and in you ALL.

Pray for this..and I will see you tomorrow!

Nicolette