Upon entering the Promised Land and encountering five well-entrenched kings, God told Israel, '...Do not be...dismayed...' (v25 NKJV). The word 'dismayed' implies being 'torn down by fear' and 'falling apart'.
Today Satan wants to tear you down by robbing you of your peace, your joy and your confidence. He will keep pouring on the pressure in the hope that you will fall apart. That's why God told Joshua to bring each king out of the cave and deal with him decisively by standing on his neck and then hanging him on a tree. Satan often works through our five senses but God has given us a sixth sense: faith. The Bible says, 'We walk by faith, not by sight' (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV). Faith says, 'In spite of what I see, in spite of what I hear, in spite of what I feel, in spite of what I taste, in spite of what I smell, I believe everything's going to be all right because God is with me.' Your senses, which are susceptible to all that's going on around you, can be faith-killers. And unless you put them under your foot they will steal your dream, your confidence and everything else God has promised you.
Emotions are problem-driven, but faith is purpose-driven. If you allow your emotions to rule your life you will be up one minute and down the next. You say, 'But I thought life is supposed to be an up and down experience.' No, God's plan for you is to get down on your knees to pray, then get up in faith and do what He's told you to do.
I love Mondays at the moment. They are my only day off to do whatever i want. The Salvation Army Church is closed on Mondays, i have no lectures and the kids are all at school. For at least the next couple of weeks - Mondays are ALL MINE.
I ended up having an awesome weekend. T helped cheer me up until the girls got over their anger at me for giving Hugo the kitten away. We had an awesome family dinner last night that was full of laughter and i went to bed happy. I slept like a baby with a smile on my face all night.
I felt that wonderful - despite the constant barrage of psychotic abuse and threats that i have been receiving via the comments section of my blog. It would seem weird to most people that i would be on the receiving end of so much craziness at the moment when the blog is not even the focus of very much of my attention lately, but because i know who it is and what has triggered this person's psychotic and foul mouthed rage - and i know this person's history - it makes sense to me. I won't elaborate because i made a promise to T that i would not poke sticks at dangerous nutters. I will just keep laughing.
I turned off the ability for readers to make anonymous comments last night which put an end to the abuse for the time being. I didn't want to leave it like that forever though so this morning i have installed a statcounter on to my blog.
This stat counter tells me the location and IP address of every visitor to my blog. I have never really been interested in where you lot are from or who you are before and i won't be paying much attention to those stats now either. I just don't have the time these days.
It is helpful though to be able to keep track of the IP address of anyone who feels the need to make abusive or threatening comments towards me. I wish i had thought of this earlier as i am sure that this past week's stats would have made for amusing reading. It would have also most likely sent my own personal psycho's attentions elsewhere a long time ago.
Have a great Monday you lot!