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"Not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit"
by Jen Shroder April 2014
This is a rough draft but I feel it needs to be posted now

Who am I to place my hand on the keyboard and dare to convey in words what God has been showing me? I am weak, so weak. "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." (Mt 26:41) That about sums up my adult life. Of course I could lose weight, everybody can lose weight, and most everybody gains it back and then some, feeling worse than before. The few that are successful at weight loss seem to obsessively stoke their fires of defense, ever watching to maintain, skewing up their wills to conquer a thousand temptations a day. God never intended for us to suffer so.

And so here I am. Forty years of weight-loss failure, suddenly 70 lbs lighter. My life has become a string of days that fly by and I feel a peace, protected, it’s like I’m in His sanctuary and I feel like I can do this forever. But I have learned to be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking I’M doing this, that *I* have found the keys, and the attitude of "Thanks, God, I can take it from here" creeps into my heart and mind. Oh such humbling days! God could easily lift His hand of protection from me and I would fall flat on my face, just like a dog returning to vomit. (2 Peter 2:21)

All I know is to grasp as much as I can of the intense love that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has for us. Not some vague creator, not some new age version of Jesus, but the unique and absolutely Biblically defined Elohim, El Shaddai, Yeshua, Adonai….the Great I AM. And once you have a taste of what God has for you, once you taste the Living Water after years of being in this desert, once you experience the reality of how He feels toward you, it changes you at your very foundation if you will receive it, for one simple reason…it’s the TRUTH. There is POWER in Truth and it really will set you free.

"Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes;
I will wall her in so she cannot find her way.
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them;
she will look for them but not find them." (Hos 2:6-7)

Did I really think those verses were only for me? Am I the only one that God would block from running to self-destruction?

"Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her." (Hos 2:14)

Just about every woman I know battles weight or learns to live with more weight than they want. When I started this, the LAST thing I would want to do would be to offer up God to be used as a tool by people who care nothing for Him. God forbid! But I have felt His correction yet again. The world is longing to find that source of joy that can only be found in Him, that wells up from inside and breaks forth like an everlasting fountain regardless of our circumstances. We waste so much time and energy trying to find it in the most ridiculous ways, and the whole time He is right here! He is personal, He is intimate, He is intense, He can put passion in us that is so misunderstood by those around us… it’s so hard to keep quiet about a peace that is inexplicable with words.

When people are wounded, we shouldn’t just ignore them and walk by and leave them there because we’re afraid they will laugh or mock or criticize…or try to keep God under wraps as our own. So I’ll try to be honest and transparent in personal ways because the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob loves and longs for you just as much as He loves me. If He would reach out to me, a woman who’s life looks more like the woman at the well with a trainwreck of a past, He is surely reaching out for you. Everything in the Bible, everything that Jesus did, even all of creation all around us testifies to this fact. Just know that His plans for you are for good and not for evil, that His passion is all about you. We so often sing about Jesus, that it’s all about Jesus, but from His point of view it is all about YOU, for He came down in the flesh for YOU, a pearl of great price, the daughter of a KING, all of history, all of the wars and the records and the stories and the sufferings and the victories have been created and fought for because of you, God had you in mind, God looked down the tunnels of time and saw YOU, personally, and allowed so much to ebb and flow because of you. He could have closed the books, proclaimed ENOUGH of sin and murder and suffering on this planet, gathered all of His saints and began the everlasting party in heaven, but He looked through time and saw you. You and me and so many around us, but each one of us breathing in life today is His child, and He cares so much that He wrote about knowing even the number of strands of hair on your head.

We don’t even begin to realize how incredibly important each one of us are to Him. Think about it, if just one of us lives on with Him into eternity, you could take every human life that ever lived, stack it’s time end to end and eventually time would run out. ONE person eternally with Him outlasts every other being ever created…His eyes are on us, His goal, His longing is for as many of us to spend eternity with Him as will come, that we would have an eternal destiny knowing Him more intimately than we ever thought possible.

There was a time in my life when I struggled with forgiving someone in my past and I couldn’t. I prayed every morning on my way to work about it because I knew it was a shadow in my life. After a year, God granted me just a glimpse of a vision, I saw the difference between spiritual death and life…I saw at my feet the woman broken and spilled out into the mud and grime as if one, and for just a second I saw myself spiritually in Christ. The contrast was so huge and shocking that it caused me such a need to find people and tell them about our Savior, the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ…I write about this to tell you what I saw that surprised me. Of course there was love in that vision, like a Father holding you tight in His arms, but what completely surprised me was what it felt like to be free of all insecurities. You feel centered in His will, I can’t describe it with words but it’s huge. The human words of "God loves you" completely fails at describing the sense of what God has in store for us when we are no longer separated from Him in these finite bodies. His Holy Spirit indwells us, comforts us, surrounds us, but that peace is just a taste of what is yet to come when you are His. And THAT is why we are here.

People shake their fist at God and shout WHY? WHY does He allow all this suffering and trauma, why doesn’t He just wipe out everything evil in the world? But if He did, none of us would be left. For we all fall short of perfection, because of the fall we are all born into the sin nature, we chose it, and if you think we didn’t then look at what Eve did. She ate the forbidden fruit. How successful are we at resisting the forbidden fruit in our lives? For me, as I reached for fattening self-destruction time after time, it’s as if I was replaying what Eve did, I’m a walking testimony of the bad choices of grandma. I’m sure not going to stand up and claim I could do any better. Can you?

But that’s why Christ came! To wipe out ALL of that, to pick us up out of the mud that I found myself in, cleanse us, give us robes of righteousness and a ring of authority and invite us to walk with Him in HIS ways, ever growing, ever learning, as He patiently leads us even when we fail and fall, He lovingly picks us up to keep going. He doesn’t beat us up, He just longs to walk with us like He did with Adam and Eve in the garden before the fall. He sees YOU, He sees eternity with YOU, and if He allows trials and tribulations in our lives that He knows will cause us to eventually look up and cry out to Him, then praise God!

God is in pursuit of you. And not just you but all of you. He knew you before you were born, He decided the color of your hair, the tilt of your nose, the curve of your cheek and the exact placement of every freckle. He knows every wrong you have ever suffered, He knows every obstacle you have ever faced. He remembers your childhood better than you do, and He understands what tangles you up even when you don’t understand yourself. You are His MASTERPIECE, there is no one that can replace you, no one else was designed to live in this time or in your place. You and you alone are meant to be you and when you run away from Him, He grieves and waits for your return.

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.
I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. (Hosea 2:14 NKJV)

And YOU were created to be in a relationship with Him. That’s why we long to be cherished, to be pursued, to be valued so much that someone would fight for us. It’s keyed into us. It’s why soap operas and cheap romantic novels are a billion dollar industry as we hunt for imitations. We want to feel cherished in a confused world that seems to think a woman’s value is all about superficial beauty as most of us desperately try to reach for impossible standards. The tragedy is no one has EVER arrived, no one has ever reached perfection by the world’s standards and if she comes close, the clock of age and wrinkles is ticking and she knows it.

And all the while, the LORD is standing at our side, whispering "choose Me," "seek Me," "I am RIGHT HERE" but so often we miss Him. So we battle the day, doing our best to look right, act right, eat right, occasionally berating ourselves for saying or doing the wrong thing. Some of us pick at our own flaws and if we don’t, wondering if our husbands or boyfriends are noticing whatever imperfection we see in ourselves. And if there is no husband or boyfriend, why isn’t there? So we go to the latest movie and wonder why Mel Gibson or whatever heartthrob hasn’t shown up in our lives yet. If only I looked like whatever-leading-lady looks like, and we drown in negative toxic thoughts that seem to have only one remedy… whatever we choose because at least we can control that, and it’s probably self-destructive and fattening. And I couldn’t even taste it because I was too distracted with what I would reach for after that was gone.

Does any of this sound familiar? "If only I was thinner, if only I was thinner…" The truth is, it’s not about weight loss, it’s about God. He is what we are missing and He is what fills and satisfies us. Weight loss has actually been a distraction from the most important choice a woman can make…choose God. We were born with this desire to feel validated, appreciated, loved, cherished and fought for. Hollywood provides an endless parade of cheap substitutes on the silver screen of fictional noble men with pure intentions who love us so completely after one glance that they would die for us. Men DO like to have someone to fight for but somehow I never fit the mold of who they had in mind…whoops. Oh well, I’m only one of the 99.9% that don’t measure up to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. (rolling eyes)

So here we are, some married, some not, all of us walking around wounded in some form or another, looking for something that’s missing and finding ourselves in situations we’re unhappy with, unhappy with ourselves, and reaching for comfort in all the wrong places. But women have a long history of this exact same wrong choice. Yep, we’re still following the pattern of Great Grandma Eve. The enemy hasn’t had to change his tactics much over the centuries…

Eve wanted to be “like God” but through disobedience. Scripture shows us that she knew what God said but esteemed her own judgment over God’s and followed the serpent. It probably seemed harmless to her just as it seems harmless to us when we choose to eat what we have forbidden ourselves. Instead of looking up and seeking God, we have gotten into bad habits that never really satisfy, and we limp along suffering the consequences of listening to the darkness or our own rebelliousness…”Take a bite, it won’t hurt you, it’s just a little more, what will it matter, you’ve had a tough day, it will comfort you, eat.”

How many times have I fallen for that line of thinking? Isn’t it interesting how the first couple of bites are so full of flavor but I barely register the taste of something after that. It’s just how I coped. It’s our generation’s answer to almost everything. It destroys us and the enemy is delighted. When we overeat, we believe it’s what we want but then we have to pay the consequences. What an internal battle we wage! It’s just as Paul describes, “that which I will to do, I do not do; that which I try not to do, I do! Oh wretched man am I, who will save me?” Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7)

Jesus. The answer is Jesus. He understands our mental conditions better than we do. He can just look at us and know all the internal struggles, prisons and traps that we are tangled up in. He loves us so much even while we were yet sinners that He died for us to set us free. That kind of love ought not be ignored, or casually accepted, or acknowledged with a passing thought. That kind of love, God’s love, is what we need to meditate on. It frees us. The enemy will bind us with malicious destructive thoughts that he helps supply and we are all so willing to take the reins and continue to lash ourselves. Or we have parents or spouses who are emotionally abusive. The sources of problems go on and on, but the answer is always the same. “Jesus.”

We can stay in that spiritual battle, living day by day feeling empty but striving to stay alive. Or we can become God’s own, receive Jesus Christ, be born again and choose His side and enter into His Light. We are cleansed internally and we start gaining small victories. But think about it, what happens on a battlefield when one warrior starts cleaning up and gaining ground? The opposing general will send in more troops to that hotspot. So it is with us. We start to gain a few victories and suddenly a host of temptations and self-condemnations begin to flood us, or external crisis start to mount up. If we don’t recognize what’s happening, if we don’t pray and learn how to use the gifts God has given us, we will be like little children easily disarmed.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Eph 6)

We must realize and admit we are in a huge spiritual battle and our best defense is PRAYER. Jesus even told us when He taught us how to pray, “and deliver us from temptation…” And when we pray with other women for each other in that endeavor…it is POWERFUL. But we resist, we want to fight our own battles, win or lose. And so we fall, whatever we are tempted with, it’s the same old story…it’s just a little bit, that small amount won’t matter. We trivialize it over and over and over again, and then we feel lost in failure and worthlessness.

This IS a spiritual battle, and that little temptation has been your Achilles heel. The enemy plays it so well, but we already have everything that we need, we just need to learn to walk in it, to put it into practice in these times. To find reminders in this world of what God already told us in His word. The enemy has already lost but like a brainwashed troll we are convinced we are defeated, put on our own shackles and are led back into the pit. It doesn’t have to be! Recognize this is the biggest battle of your life and remember to meditate on the love of God. You are the daughter of the King! Even when you stumble, the Light of God surrounds you in grace and mercy because you are HIS. God doesn’t condemn you when you fail, He just holds on to you and whispers, “Follow Me.” So empty your head and heart of negative thoughts about others, situations and yourself and focus on God’s love and what HE says about you! And the reason that it works is because it’s the TRUTH.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Phil 4:8)

I slowly realized (and am still) how detrimental so many Hollywood movies and television shows have been in my life. So I started to watch the news but began to realize how it drained me. That was a place where I needed to find balance. For you, it could be something else draining you. Analyze how your favorite activities affect you and if it’s negative or doesn’t edify, start starving that beast.

God really does restore beauty for ashes when we seek Him. You might know Him better than I do, you might not know Him at all, but He created you to know Him, to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, one that lasts into eternity.

And yet we always want the glory, don’t we? Some of us would rather fail than give God the wheel. Some of us want to walk with Him just long enough to get what we want. Therefore this walk will not work for everyone, because if we don’t have pure motives, if we don’t realize and seek the primary goal of closeness with the Master, then we’ve already lost. We’ll get back on that hamster wheel of running in circles trying to get somewhere, succeeding for a while but eventually falling back. We need God. We need to know Him through the Bible. And even when we’re reading long genealogies of names that seem so foreign, or measurements of the temple that are important somewhere but don’t seem to matter that much in the “now” of our lives…yet even as we read things that don’t seem relevant, they are, because God knows you are spending your time seeking to know Him and He strengthens us through it. Something spiritual happens as you read. It waters our souls. And like a young plant, we need watering daily…not a flood once a month, but that quiet little stream that soothes our souls.

When you pick up your Bible, do you sense the Spiritual battle? Part of you longs for it but part of you fights against it. It IS a spiritual battle, the enemy doesn’t want you anywhere near God because if you get to know Him, the light destroys the darkness. Christians that have developed a deep relationship with God cherish their Bible. The enemy has stopped trying to wage that war. But when you first pick up a Bible, the war is on. “It’s dry, it contradicts, I don’t understand it…” It doesn’t matter. The washing of the Word, even if at first you don’t understand it, it plants seeds in your heart, it changes you for the good, there is something spiritual that happens as you read and you need a little of it daily. To think you read it once for the week is like saying you ate once for the week. It’s a need that we have, it rinses us, He works in us through it. There are some truths in it that are hard to understand at first glance, but keep reading, the Holy Spirit is with you as you do, you are touching God as you do and all of the enemy’s realm knows it and fights it, whispers discouragement, tries to plant doubt. But keep reading. Seek Christians that really love the Lord and make Him first in their lives. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in finding them because we are all around you, though many claim to be Christians and are not so watch. None of us are perfect but the true ones are always seeking and will be growing. They will be different than they were a couple of years ago because God changes us. And they will love you, truly love you, because He first loved us.

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