Word of the Week

FIGHT OR LIFE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on September 8, 2018

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pgs. 79-80

We were taught that we must fight for everything to survive. Therefore, we fight. We fight each other within every aspect of our existence. In our families, our work, our religions, and our governments, we fight. We reject God’s way for peace on earth, seeing the fight as the only way to live. As we look back through human history in the book of Genesis, we see the first acts of strife in the story of Cain and Abel—human against human, brother against brother. Cain, the older brother, resented Abel because Abel was more careful and excellent in his work. Abel presented to God a sacrifice that he developed  in  obedience  and reverence. Cain, having had the same opportunity as his brother to please God, chose  to  do  his  work  halfheartedly  and  in disobedience. When his work was rejected, he became angry and resentful of his obedient brother. God reached out to Cain to teach him what was right and to warn him of what would happen if he continued in this attitude. But Cain chose to embrace the ways of Babylon. This embracing cultivated within him a murderous heart, and Cain eventually attacked and killed his younger brother (Gen. 4). Here we see the first offspring of the demons of jealousy and sloth in  human  history  called murder.

As we fast-forward through human life on planet earth, we see the same scenario of Cain and Abel lived out over and over in the children of men. Our curse of sin has been encapsulated in three terms: the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: God offers us a  better life than the constant fight. But in the fervor of our pride we drown out His voice thinking the next blow to our brother will give us victory. But the truth is the fight will continue until you surrender to God’s way. If you choose not to surrender you will die still fighting your brother.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – Jesus Christ (John 10:10)

 

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THE SPOTLIGHT

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 31, 2018

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God allowed the testing of Job.  He allowed the testing of David. In fact, David had the insight to ask for the testing.  In Psalm 139:23 he clearly asked the Lord to test his anxiety: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties;” Anxiety only comes with current or impending discomfort or pain.   Sessions in Pain pg. 148

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Do you have the courage, like David,  to ask God to search you? Do you hunger for God’s righteousness enough to ask Him to put the spotlight on your life. Often that spotlight comes in the form of pain or discomfort; but it exposes the impurities in your life so that you, with the Holy Spirit, can drive it far from you.

 

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JESUS REALLY DOES SAVE!

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 24, 2018

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pgs. 86-87

This life is but a sliver of eternity, but it determines where we will spend it. Satan does not care about us, and he will never love us. His agenda will never change concerning us. He hates all that God loves and that includes you.

Whether you love and serve God or not, Satan hates you because God loves you…God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to set you free from the curses of your sins and to save you from this  eternal  damnation. Jesus  really does save.

Many of us do not realize all that Jesus saves us from. We feel Jesus came to lead us into some boring “goody-two-shoes” life that might make us feel better. Some feel that He is a mythical crutch imagined by the weak-minded, but if you are mentally strong, you can survive without Him. You can take on and conquer all that the world throws at you in your own might and intellect. These are the lies of Babylon that pervade our world and societies. The truth of our reality is that every single one of us is vulnerable to destruction. We are all weak and are easily manipulated by evil. The attitudes of men and women change daily, just from a news story. Whether it is a lie or the truth, we cannot tell. We just respond to it like puppets on strings. Babylon can wield us however she wants to outside of God’s Holy Spirit. The true weak minds exist outside of God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7 ESV)

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THE PATH OUT

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 3, 2018

in Word of the Week

God alone knows the path out of your pain.  He alone knows its purpose.  Remember, when our lives are committed to Him, our suffering always has purpose—a good purpose.  This is God’s promise to us:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Sessions in Pain pg. 92

 AUTHOR’S COMMENT: Nothing is random or accidental with God. His hand is always on the gauge of your life even when things are caused by evil. He can make All things serves His good purposes. Therefore, beloved of God, press into Him in prayer through the dark days for He is faithful to show you the path out. 

For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NLT

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That day in Eden, protection of the weaker ones became necessary. Human governments and authorities needed to be put in place. It was the day that we took on pride, greed, jealousy, and selfishness. We became creatures who would do anything to anyone to profit ourselves. The weaker one became vulnerable to all types of evil and would need protection from the stronger ones.

Under the government of the Godhead, everyone was safe. Every living thing could enjoy God’s creation without fear. We understood that the beauty of the earth, and all of its resources came from our heavenly Father. He would always love us and provide for us. He was the only authority that we needed. The family that God initially created with Adam and Eve was put in place to manage our social interactions with each other. This family provided a system to learn and to care for each other under the guidance of our heavenly Father. We looked to Him for  our understanding of the world. Our interactions with God and each other were peaceful and loving.

 

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you [setting you on a firm foundation] and will protect and guard you from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3 AMP).

 

 

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KNOW THE WILL

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 13, 2018

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As with Job, your first course of action is to seek God for directives and timing in the chaos.  God’s directives serve to protect you and others and guide you as to where to direct your faith.  Remember, true faith cannot kick in until you know the will of God. –  Sessions on Pain pg. 156

 AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Outside of the will of God you are basically on your own in a cold and sometimes cruel world. But, when you know the will of God then you have His backing as you go forward. When facing the hard days you can press on knowing His Will is being done through you.

 “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26 – emphasis mine).

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The Name of God

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 3, 2018

in Word of the Week

Jesus prayed for our protection by the greatest power in the universe—the Name of God. This name of God that was given to Christ by the Father, He now  uses  to  protect  us, guard  us and unite us. This name of God would eternally brand those as children of the Father for all who would receive it, for some will reject it and be lost as it was in the days of Noah and as it was for Judas  Iscariot.

Leaving Babylon pg. 51

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. (John 17:20 NLT).

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GET TUNED IN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 22, 2018

in Word of the Week

When you are going through a painful season, it is critical that you get tuned in to the Holy Spirit.  Often at such times our human nature wants to exert itself, avoid, and sometimes reject God’s way of handling the situation. 

Sessions in Pain pg. 160

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Oh the power of emotions!  It makes us “feel” entitled and righteous in our bad behaviors. Our emotions will tune out the Holy Spirit in a heartbeat and make us believe that even our Holy God will back-up our revenge on others; causing us to forget why our Christ died – so that we could overcome.

“And he who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God] and he who keeps My deeds [doing things that please Me] until the [very] end, to him I will give authority and power over the nations” (Revelation 2:26 AMP).

 

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HUMANITY NEEDS JESUS

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 15, 2018

in Word of the Week

We were masters over all life. All life on earth was commanded by the Creator to obey man. We were truly kings and queens of the planet—children of the Most High God in every way. We lived and walked on the planet in the authority of our Father, and there was perfect peace on earth.
Today, we are so far removed from such an existence that it is almost impossible for us to imagine such a state of living. Some humans have tried to recreate the original garden’s existence only to fail miserably. Why? Because even when we try to escape from the big cities, technology, human governments, and “certain people,” we carry with us one huge flaw—sin. We cannot erase our sin. Sooner or later as we try to create a human utopia, we see the emergence of pride, greed, jealousy, murder, and every other vice common to fallen humanity. We gave Satan, the prince and power of the air, our authority, and he and his demons will follow us wherever we run to on the planet. In all circumstances, situations, and man-made havens, we still needed a Savior—a Savior who can stand up and defeat Satan for us. Humanity needed Jesus!
“Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29b

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MY STABILIZER

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 2, 2018

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“There alone, hovering between wanting to kill someone and or kill myself, God met me. There alone, I found my Rock, my Stabilizer, my one and only Hope!  There alone, I discovered a new revelation of God’s grace.”  –  from Sessions in Pain Pg. 68

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The human mind can be a fragile thing. How desperately we need the “Stabilizer”; the only One who can assure us that everything will be alright.

 

 

 

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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