THE TRAINING GROUND

by Dr. Karen Colvin on September 1, 2017

in Word of the Week

This life s only training and testing ground in which God’s agenda is paramount.  Whether you get with the program or not, God’s will shall be carried out; His agenda will be fulfilled.  Every circumstance, every incident, every victory and every sorrow goes past His approval before it enters your life, and it is always for your good and eternal growth in Him.  Sessions in Pain pg. 140

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: I have found that God’s training is a lot like learning to rock climb. He carefully places a rock within our grasp for us to reach for and pull ourselves up to the next level until we finally grow-up and overcome!

He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will grant to him [the privilege] to sit beside Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down beside My Father on His throne (Rev. 3:21)

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THERE IS ONLY GOD

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 25, 2017

in Word of the Week

LEAVING BABYLON PG.18

Babylon the Great is not a specific location on the earth. The Bible calls her “the great prostitute, who sits on many waters” (Rev. 17:1, nlt). She is a way of doing business and interacting with others. She is the way that is born out of pride, greed, and selfishness. She is the Great Whore, who has ravaged humanity since the sin in the garden. Since Babylon is not a location, there is no physical place to run and be safe from her. There is only God. With all of our best laid plans to keep ourselves safe, there is only God (Ps. 91:1–2).

“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” (Revelation 18:2–3, nkjv)

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FORWARD WITHOUT FEAR

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 18, 2017

in Word of the Week

So how do you reconcile your tragedies with a loving and forgiving God? How can you go forward without fear? What is the resolution to your assessment of your life? The Psalmist records that, “It was good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes” (Psalm 119:71).

Session in Pain pg. 181

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: You can only understand this declaration

from the psalmist on the other side of tragedy and pain. There is a special clarity that comes when walking through pain with God. We learn what is relevant, what is eternal, and what is really good for us. We see the Love and wisdom of the Father through new eyes. And He will raise us from our pain with the faith  to go forward without fear.

 

pictures credits: Goodlifezen.com,  Out of the Ashes we rise

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THE TESTING & GROWING PLACE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 11, 2017

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pgs. 12-13

The first and most difficult step to leaving Babylon is to recognize who and what she is so that we can change our thinking. We must also understand what has happened to humanity since our fall to realize why we must leave. We have become comfortable and even feel successful here. Therefore, it will be difficult to begin “uprooting” our minds. This uprooting will only come through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The second step is emerging in the desert as children of God. As God’s children we must learn to depend on Him and choose His ways over Babylon in all circumstances. The desert is the testing and growing place for us. It is the place where we learn to know our God—the place where God Himself provides for us. Finally, we must establish ourselves in the kingdom by complete trust and obedience to Him. “If you are willing   and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isa. 1:19, nkjv).

The journey will be difficult, but in Christ we have the victory. There may be setbacks and failures along the way, but He is more than able to see us through to our destination. Others have made it. We can too. Remember the words of the author of Hebrews:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish… Think about all He endured when sinful people did such terrible things to Him, so that you don’t become weary and give up” (Hebrews 12:1–3, nlt)

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Live Together

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 4, 2017

in Word of the Week

God could give you everything you needed to live a carefree life, but then He knows you well; if you did not need others, you would live your life selfishly. He designed you so that you would need others. Whether it is for food, clothing, shelter or relationships, it is a part of His perfect design that we work and live together.

Sessions in Pain pg .184

“…30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12: 30-31 BSB).

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LEAP!

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 4, 2017

in Word of the Week

If we could believe that God does care for the beautifully dressed wildflowers, then we could grasp how much He would care for us. We speculate at the cliff of faith, contemplating the risk of leaping into His arms. We haven’t yet decided if He’s God or not. Is He Love or not? And if He isn’t, I want to know now so that I don’t waste another minute on this—but the only way to know is to leap!

Sessions in Pain, pg. 202

The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it (1 Thess. 5:25 BSB).

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CLINGING TO THE ROCKS!

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 21, 2017

in Word of the Week

LEAVING BABYLON PG.72

I have found that when it comes to the cleansing of my mind from the ways of Babylon, it is my human goodness and human wisdom that gets in the way of the Holy Spirit more than anything else. I justify my right way of resolving issues over the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, over and over again. I’m like a person clinging to the rocks in path of the River. Once again, I become stagnant because I will not move on with the Spirit of God. The rock I cling to may be fear or pride. I cling to it at the expense of my River journey out of Babylon. But I can choose to release my grip by faith and allow the Spirit to carry me where He wills. I must choose to consult Him about every situation so that I remain on the course of His mighty River. “The old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (2 Cor. 5:17, nlt).

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LOVE IN BROKENESS

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 14, 2017

in Word of the Week

Beloved, God may allow your dreams to be broken, your heart to be broken, and your things to be broken—all to bring you to Him; and in doing this He is being good to you. God is the One and only place of true security and love, and He is passionate about you and will not let anything or anyone stand in the way of bringing you to Himself.  Sessions in Pain pg.181

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: So many things can get in the way of our drawing near to Christ. We don’t ask for these things, it just happens in this troubled and complicated world. But Christ is faithful and determined to run through a troop and leap over walls to get to you – this is Love.

“He is faithful who promised” Hebrew 10:23b

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The Swamp & The River

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 7, 2017

in Word of the Week

Where we were born

Leaving Babylon pg.72                      As we are coming to understand the massive change that is taking place in this new life we have in Jesus Christ, we must come to grips with who we were before. We were born in a swamp. We must realize the existence of the former influences that we operated under. If we ignore the truth of what we came out of, we will not recognize it when it tries to creep back into our minds. If we believe we were essentially good people before Jesus came into our lives, we will miss the importance of the mind renewal that we need. We must embrace the Guardian of our hearts and minds and understand our need for His protection. Only He can warn us when the enemy approaches. When you smell the subtle stench of the swamp

What we become in Christ

creeping toward you, allow the River to carry you far away from it.

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12 NLT).

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ABOVE AND BEYOND THE SHAME

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 30, 2017

in Word of the Week

Beloved, perhaps there is no place in our human experience to suffer without shame but there is a place above and beyond the shame. Jesus made that place possible for us—possible for us even when it was our fault, even when we did commit the sin, even when we deliberately and willfully did what was wrong.

Sessions in Pain pg. 86

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The songwriter wrote, “Amazing Grace” will always be my song of praise, for it was grace that bought my liberty. I’ll never know just how He came to love me so. He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.” Andre Crouch.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NKJV).

 

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