THE HERE AND NOW?

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 17, 2019

in Word of the Week

The Apostle Paul longed to know Christ at this level, for he said, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…”(see Philippines 3:10).  Do you know God at this level?  Do you know Him beyond the limitations and cares of this temporal life or is your entire existence confined to the here and now?  It will all pass away my friend.  We see it pass away for many people each day as they slip into eternity, many without warning; and yet we continue to cling to what is here and now.                      Sessions in Pain pg. 137 (edited for blog)

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: We must learn to think in the eternal and live in the eternal. Make decisions that effect eternity rather than just tomorrow. Love and give of yourself as if today was your last day living in the temporal – it just might be.

 

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CHOICES: TO SIN OR NOT TO SIN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 12, 2019

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pgs. 83-84

The children of Babylon seek to rid the world of righteousness.They hate the light because it exposes them for what they really are. Cain killed his brother because Abel exposed the poor quality of his gift. Cain then attempted to deceive the omniscient God concerning the murder. Babylon pushes us to hate the light of God’s truth and encourages us to seek to hide in the darkness of lies. Remember,Cain always had a choice. God told him,“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it” (Gen 4:7, nkjv). God sought to help Cain. God  described “sin” as having a desire (a willful and purposeful appetite) for Cain. Babylon has intellect and purpose, and if we choose to ignore its desire for us, it will take over our lives. Cain chose to reject God’s truth and chose to kill his brother. God made it clear to Cain that he could rule over the desire of sin. Humanity always has a choice to sin or not to sin.

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BEGIN AGAIN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 21, 2019

in Word of the Week

Speak to yourself with psalms and spiritual songs, making melody in your heart to the Lord.  I promise:  He is faithful.  Trust God to carry you to a better and liberating place.  I know the hurt was great, but God is greater; and the One who can heal all wounds invites you to begin again.

Sessions in Pain, pg. 121

“O You who hear Prayer, to you all mankind comes.” Psalm 62:2

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THE SWEET MILK

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 31, 2019

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pgs. 42-43

As Babylon soothed our flesh, we became fond of her. We saw her ways as the best way, and even the only way to live in this world. Her methods of living became our first nature. She dictated the way to live so that we could continue to feel good. We believed that her way of doing things is the ultimate “right way,” and anyone who would suggest another set of values was repulsive and foolish to us. We believed that what is seen and felt rules over that which came by faith. Therefore, we clung to mother Babylon, believing she was the source of everything we needed in our lives.
We learned to like sin. It is her sweet milk. We promote it, condone it, and legalize it. We soon learned that sin made us feel good for a season, but it eventually soured in our stomachs. In recent years, Colorado and several other states have legalized recreational marijuana growth and sales for adults. As citizens, we were told that the tax from marijuana sales would go to our schools to help our children. Following this legalization a hard truth became clear as “pot shops” and “pot gardens” rose up in our communities and neighborhoods. I have some dear friends whose next-door neighbor grows marijuana in his backyard. Each night when it’s warm, they can smell the pot smoke in their home as their neighbor has pot gatherings at his home. The incidents of marijuana found in our schools with our children rose along with the incidences of dangerous and fatal marijuana-related acts in our communities. As a physician, I have a deep concern about the impending negative impact on the overall mental and physical health of our citizens in the coming years.
However, we continue to drink from the breast of Babylon, for we had become addicts. We are dying but blinded to the alternative. So we cling to her breasts as we spiraled out of control. Our world, our communities, and our families—all on a collision course with death. It is only the arousal brought by the Holy Spirit that makes us aware of her poisonous effects. It is only the hand of God that can pull us out of the chaos on this ball of confusion.

“A man’s temptation is due to the pull of his own inward desires, which can be enormously attractive. His own desire takes hold of him, and that produces sin. And sin in the long run means death—make no mistake about that, brothers of mine!” James 1:14 Phillips

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FAITH RUN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 3, 2019

in Word of the Week

Words of Life spoken with a heart full of faith and determination blaze the path to overcoming.  Speak truths from the Word about yourself and your future.  Don’t allow your emotions to control you but let faith plan your actions. Set your face like flint and speak His truth in the face of those who seek to intimidate you. 

Sessions in Pain pg. 164

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: Some days at are a “Faith Run”. You cannot see the way ahead, you feel lousy, and the Enemy is messing with your mind. In a Faith Run you get up, set your face like flint, and believe God and His Word over what your body says or the Enemy says. You run through the obstacles of the day as you see the finish line and victory Christ has bought for you.

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IDENTITY CRISIS AT THE CROSS

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 19, 2019

in Word of the Week

LEAVING BABYLON PG. 92

Decision At the Cross

…God ministered an important truth to me concerning my identity. He knew my heart still lusted after the relationships of Babylon, and He also knew that the spirit in Babylon hated me. I craved what hated me. Believer or unbeliever, Babylon hates you. But if you dare confess the name of Jesus, the intensity of Babylon’s hate is magnified. I had to learn this painful, but necessary, lesson. As a believer, I testified against her master. Everything I did or said for God had a dual affect. It testified for God and testified against Satan. Therefore, he was out to get me! As a child of God, I could not hide from the eyes of hell. Satan knew who I was even as I tried to camouflage myself among my Babylonian friends. That experience brought me to a place of decision to embrace my identity in Christ, or return to the Babylonians. The truth is, God brings all of His children to that place of deciding, “Who are you going to be in this world?”

Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven. 33But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.

(Matthew 10:33-34 BSB).

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Put On Your Strength!

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 13, 2019

in Word of the Week

Pickers keep picking their wounds open, over and over again, so that they remain visible to those around them.  They keep recalling that terrible event even after years and years of counseling, support and prayer.  Their wound becomes a badge—a banner of their perpetual state of hurt. – Sessions in Pain pg. 117

The prophet Isaiah implored the people of Israel to Wake Up and  put on their strength!  They had forgotten that they were Zion, the city of God. They had the might of the Almighty ready to support them but it was up to them to get up and put on the strength of God. You and I must do the same.  We must Wake Up and overcome our past wounds and allow the healing of Christ to come into our lives and put on our strength!

“Awaken, awaken, clothe yourself with strength, O Zion! Put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, Holy City!For the uncircumcised and unclean will not again enter you.2Shake off your dust! Rise up and sit on your throne, O Jerusalem.Remove the chains from your neck, O captive Daughter Zion.”

Isaiah 52: 1-2 bsb

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Nurtured by Babylon

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 5, 2019

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pgs. 41-42

As mankind continued to thrive on planet earth, the conditions of our fallen state became abundantly clear. From the moment each of us opened our eyes for the first time we began nursing at the
educational, psychological, and spiritual breast of Babylon. At that moment, we began our lessons on how to survive in her society. Although many of us are taught the ways of God from childhood,
we had an innate tendency toward evil—to lie, to steal, and to deceive. Someone whispers in our ears that to lie is easier and safer than the truth, as the Babylonian society is set to support lies over the  truth.

As we grew, we continued feeding from the tables of our fallen mother. We felt nurtured by her, and we felt safe in her ways. As we sat at her knees, she taught us how to think and how to feel about everything. God Almighty, who we used to walk with in the cool of the evening, seemed distant and mythical. Babylon, deliberately and meticulously, nurtured our flesh and starved our spirits. She kept us blind to our Creator and His Holy Spirit.

As something deep within us cried for God, she sought to distract us and to keep us unperceptive to His love and deafened to His voice. She was our guide, who continuously manipulated us to keep us away from God’s hope and our healing. This is why we were referred to as being lost. Without prayer and the working of God’s Holy Spirit, we would never find our way out of Babylon.

 

whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Cor. 4:4 nkjv).

 

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SO HOW DO WE OVERCOME?

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 15, 2019

in Word of the Week

So how do we overcome in Christ?  We have been wounded, our hearts are aching, and we are disabled.  God is ever teaching us and giving us examples to show us His ways.  Jesus often used parables or earthly stories to teach us the things of God. Similarly, as we look at how our physical wounds heal, we see an example of how our emotional and spiritual wounds must also heal. – Sessions in Pain, pg. 209

AUTHORS COMMENTS: When a wound is deep it must be pack with sterile/clean gauze as the new tissue grows in. If this is not done, if an empty space is left unfilled, infection will set in and grow in that empty space and eventually seed the bloodstream and infect the whole body. The same is true for emotional and spiritual wounds. They must packed with prayer (honest, tear drenched prayer) before a Holy, forgiving, and loving God, if it is to heal with new healthy tissue. One of our greatest example of this is King David who cried:

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long,
 “Where is your God?”Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (Psalm 43: 2-3, 5 NIV).

 

 

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WITHOUT RESTRAINT

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 16, 2019

in Word of the Week

God gave humanity a sense of what is right and wrong. He gave us intelligence so that we could reason and understand how to live and survive—eternally survive. But each day we see the choices of men, women, and even children that lead to their own destruction and continual detriment. We make choices that will eventually kill us and the earth.

In these days, the truth of the influence of a“murderous presence” that desires to wipe out the human race is more apparent than ever. In our blindness to this truth, we form legislations that will exterminate us and our children. In our ignorance, we open up the portals of hell into our homes and societies.The apostle wrote that our behavior is governed by our corrupt and sensual nature, obeying the impulses of our flesh and the cravings of our dark imaginings without restraint. (see Ephesians 2:1-3)

Leaving Babylon pg. 73

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: I wish I could say things will get better for the human race but the truth is without Christ we are headed for a deeper abyss. Christ’s heart weeps for us as He has done all He can do the save us. My heart breaks for our generation that is losing hope as we plunge into more acts that destroy our race. But I also know that no matter how dark the night Christ can bring the light.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”  Ephesians 2:4 niv

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