Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scriptures on My Journey to 100

By Mandisa

I believe that one of the best weapons we, as believers in Christ have in any battle, are God’s words. Like Hebrews 4:12 says, “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword…” (NIV). I have found that to be absolutely true! In times of my deepest temptations I have learned to wield the sword of the Spirit like a skilled soldier. I memorize scripture so I always have it readily available in my heart. I also carry spiral-bound 3×5 notecards that have scriptures written on them. This is a trick I learned from Beth Moore, who jokes that on the 8th day, God created notecards! Beth also has a great book called Praying God’s Word-Breaking Free From Spiritual Strongholds that I HIGHLY recommend. In it she shares the powerful weapon of combining God’s word and prayer. Many of my notecards contain scriptures/prayers straight from this book. Here’s one directly from the chapter on overcoming food-related strongholds: “Lord God, I acknowledge to You that like the ancient Israelites I eat but am often not satisfied. (Lev 26:26) Help me not to confuse the hunger of my soul with the hunger of my body. If I eat physical food and I am still not satisfied, help me discern a far greater need and bring it to You, O Lord. You are the only One who can truly satisfy the soul.”
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For now though, I have listed many of my favorite “go-to” scriptures below (in NIV). Memorize them, keep them with you on notecards, turn them into prayers, whatever it takes! Hope this helps you on your own journey!
1 Corinthians 10:13- No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Deuteronomy 8:3b- Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
Philippians 3:13-14- I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:12-13- I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
1 Corinthians 6:12- “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
Mark 9:23b- “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Isaiah 50:7- Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
Proverbs 13:25- The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
2 Timothy 1:12b- I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
Romans 8:1-2- Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Deuteronomy 30:15/Joshua 24:15- See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction…then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…we will serve the LORD.
2 Corinthians 10:5- We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Isaiah 55:1-2- Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
John 8:32- Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20- Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Galatians 5:16- So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
1 Peter 5:8- Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Psalm 139:23-24- Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ephesians 3:20- Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us
Romans 12:1- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
1 Corinthians 6:14-15a- By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?

Be encouraged...........

Walking by Faith,

Aaron's Story

Aaron is a friend of ours who has a beautiful "Victory" life story.  I asked him to write his testimony and then for permission to share it with all of you.  Jerry and I know Aaron from our Gunnison days where we attended the same Church.  I remember Aaron and some other of our College Students with great respect.  They would go on mission's trips and come back to share the most heart moving/changing stories of their experience with tears running down their cheeks!!  It was beautiful to see them change and evolve in to who God wanted them to be!  Jerry and I grew so much in the area of "service" through these stories.  It fired us up to "want" to help others and to encourage others to make a difference.  Our Mission Field wasn't out of the Country but, in our own town.

Aaron starts his story with a little medical history of what he's going through.  He has some health issues that I'm believing by faith Aaron and God will overcome.  (I felt that it was a part of the story that was personal, so I chose to leave it out, with respect)........Please join with me and pray for complete healing in Aaron's body............"Thank you so much!!!  May God speak to you through the reading of this story.              Walking by Faith, Deb

Aaron's story:

My weight gain journey began about 10 yrs ago. Depression had set in and I was doing a lot of sleeping and eating. I got a job with the County a few yrs into my depression, which cured a bunch of my depressionbut I threw myself into my job and not only did I become physically lazy I also became spiritually lazy. It got to a point where I was just going through the motions. It has only been in the last yr where I've actually started living for the Lord again. Not that I was drunken, party going person, but I wasn't living for Him. I was living for myself.

About 4 yrs ago, I had ballooned to 285lbs! On the verge of being a diabetic at the age of 31, I decided I needed to act fast! So, I completely changed my diet of fast food consumption of at least 5x's a week to zero and to cut out my regular soda consumption. I also added swimming at the YMCA at least once a day if not twice a day for at least an hour. Yes, in the beginning I struggled, but when you can't put your shoes on without the help of a shoehorn at the age of 30 and bending over to tie your shoes takes the wind out of you...you know quitting isn't an option! It took me 3 yrs to accomplish my ideal weight of 180lbs and I've maintained it for a little over a yr now. I am focusing more on building muscle mass now.

I would love to be able to move back to Colorado, particularly Colorado Springs or Gunnison, but the job market for my job experience in parole and probation is hard to come by in both areas. With my medical issues, I need a job with good medical insurance that's particularly why I want to stick with a government job too. In the mean time, I am comfortable living where I am in OKC, waiting on the Lord's timing to bring me back to Colorado. I have 2 dogs which are a handful, but I love them both!
No wife, no girlfriend...which I am at peace.

I am attending a non-denominational Christ-centered based church which I like. Lots to get involved with. I was attending a Calvary Chapel for the past 11 yrs but switched a little over a yr ago. I have nothing bad to say about the particular CC, but I felt I needed a change and a Christian counselor who I went to see about 8 yrs ago who the Lord used to help me overcome much of my depression was/is on staff at the church which I attend now. So, that's the main reason on how I ended up at Crossings Community Church.