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Why We Need to Know Scripture

IMG_1756.jpgWhy We Need to Know Scripture

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

In the wild, it’s rare to see a dolphin jump out of the water, but he did, and I did. See him, that is. Shocked that fading vision caught this beautiful creature. Immediately, my attention turned to something more surprising. Iva saw the dolphin too. Her reaction stirred up laughter on the boat.

Iva whined, getting down on her front legs ready to jump right back at her aquatic playmate, like she does when she meets friendly dogs. We quieted her whines. Dolphins surrounded our boat, and Iva spotted them easily.

After our morning dolphin cruise, we entered a restaurant to fill our grumbling bellies with seafood. The hostess remarked, “I’ll have to check with the manager to see if the dog is allowed.”

I informed her about the law. As she spoke to her boss, I tried to coaxed Timmy to leave. This place did not deserve my money. Timmy wanted to force their hand. She seated us without another word.

We still ended up leaving without lunch, since they no longer serve shrimp. We went to another seafood restaurant where the waitress loved Iva, and the shrimp was delicious.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks must have a fake service dog epidemic. Vacationers bring their furry friend, especially if they rent a house. Then they want Fido to tag along with them into businesses. They go online to purchase a “Do not pet” vest. They may even get fake paperwork.

One gift shop displayed a sign which demonstrated their understanding of the American with disabilities act. It read:

“No pets allowed. Only service dogs. Be prepared to describe the service the dog provides.”

Genuine service animals are allowed in any public place. The ADA law states that disabled people are not required to provide any paperwork

The business can be handed fake papers, but they have the right to ask what duties the dog provides. Pretty obvious with blind people. I have found most businesses don’t fully understand the ADA law.

Similarly, Christians must have a vast understanding of the Bible. Two people go through a trial. One knows Scripture well. He memorizes verses regularly. He reads daily. He studies to understand what he reads. He prays the Word and speaks it over his life.

The other person never memorizes Scripture. His Bible is only cracked open on Sundays. His knowledge of Scripture is minimal at best.

Which person is going to know that God will give him grace and strength when he needs it? Which one knows God is always by his side fighting the battle for him? Which one understands peace that is incomprehensible? Which one will see joy in sorrow?

Knowledge is priceless. Wisdom is wealth. Needless to say, no amount of Bible knowledge saves a person. Salvation only comes from being born again and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We must immerse ourselves in God’s love letter. Get to know the god who knows you.

 

 

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Has Your Idenity Been Stolen

HAS YOUR IDENITY BEEN STOLEN

By Carolyn Dale Newell

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

Who are you? If your answer is related to your position or your possessions, it is incorrect. If it is connected to your accomplishments, appearance, kids, or career, it is wrong. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

In Ephesians chapter one, we read that we were made accepted in the beloved. Our focus verse shows God chose us because He loved us. Therefore, we are the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughters of the King.

I recently discovered I had an acceptance issue. God woke me up one night and took me back to my childhood. My parents were the greatest, but not outwardly affectionate. As a visually impaired kid in school, kids teased me dreadfully. High school brought few friends but no dates.

At age seventeen, I found acceptance with the party crowd. That is who I identified with. After marriage, a child, and a divorce, I walked away from the party life. Even though I did not know God then, I credit Him for removing me from that mess.

 

When God saved me, I never identified myself as being accepted by Him. Truthfully, most of us cannot grasp God’s acceptance and love. We don’t understand it. We take it for granted. We doubt it.

It isn’t that our identity has really been stolen, but most of us never had it to begin with. Symptoms of a stolen identity appear as we derive our happiness from other sources than God. Things like food, clothes, money, homes, and careers. We do that when we don’t realize we are not genuinely craving our pleasure. We are craving God. That is why the satisfaction is short lived. Only God can satisfy those longings. Not chocolate. Not big bank accounts. Not a new wardrobe. Not pizza. Not a title.

And that is exactly where our enemy, Satan, wants us to be. When he can deceive us into not feeling like the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of God, he has stolen our power and authority.

Our feelings, like our enemy lie. Who I am is not defined by my feelings. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

Our identity isn’t found in our cabinets or closets. It is found in Jesus Christ.

 

Now that we know the truth, we can walk with our heads held high. We will no longer feel insecure. We will no longer be enslaved to the number on the scales or the number on our bank accounts. We are royalty. Now, we can answer the question correctly. look into a mirror. Who are you? “I am the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of the King.”

Heavenly Father, Thank You for making me acceptable and choosing to love me. Help me defeat the enemy by walking in my true identity in Christ. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ephesians 1:3-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When feelings of worthlessness arise, read God’s love letter to you. Spend time with the truth of Jesus Christ, not the lies of hell.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

HAS YOUR IDENITY BEEN STOLEN

By Carolyn Dale Newell

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

Who are you? If your answer is related to your position or your possessions, it is incorrect. If it is connected to your accomplishments, appearance, kids, or career, it is wrong. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

In Ephesians chapter one, we read that we were made accepted in the beloved. Our focus verse shows God chose us because He loved us. Therefore, we are the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughters of the King.

I recently discovered I had an acceptance issue. God woke me up one night and took me back to my childhood. My parents were the greatest, but not outwardly affectionate. As a visually impaired kid in school, kids teased me dreadfully. High school brought few friends but no dates.

At age seventeen, I found acceptance with the party crowd. That is who I identified with. After marriage, a child, and a divorce, I walked away from the party life. Even though I did not know God then, I credit Him for removing me from that mess.

 

When God saved me, I never identified myself as being accepted by Him. Truthfully, most of us cannot grasp God’s acceptance and love. We don’t understand it. We take it for granted. We doubt it.

It isn’t that our identity has really been stolen, but most of us never had it to begin with. Symptoms of a stolen identity appear as we derive our happiness from other sources than God. Things like food, clothes, money, homes, and careers. We do that when we don’t realize we are not genuinely craving our pleasure. We are craving God. That is why the satisfaction is short lived. Only God can satisfy those longings. Not chocolate. Not big bank accounts. Not a new wardrobe. Not pizza. Not a title.

And that is exactly where our enemy, Satan, wants us to be. When he can deceive us into not feeling like the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of God, he has stolen our power and authority.

Our feelings, like our enemy lie. Who I am is not defined by my feelings. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

Our identity isn’t found in our cabinets or closets. It is found in Jesus Christ.

 

Now that we know the truth, we can walk with our heads held high. We will no longer feel insecure. We will no longer be enslaved to the number on the scales or the number on our bank accounts. We are royalty. Now, we can answer the question correctly. look into a mirror. Who are you? “I am the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of the King.”

Heavenly Father, Thank You for making me acceptable and choosing to love me. Help me defeat the enemy by walking in my true identity in Christ. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ephesians 1:3-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When feelings of worthlessness arise, read God’s love letter to you. Spend time with the truth of Jesus Christ, not the lies of hell.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.