Monday, October 3, 2011

Does It Move You & Soli Deo Gloria Party

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Today in my class, we learned to beware of the lies, those pesky and hurtful and distracting words that the enemy throws at us to keep us away from God, to keep us from living into the fullness of what we are created to be, to keep us from being lights in dark places.  To learn more about what God's voice sounds like, we learned a bit of what He DOESN'T sound like.
God does not condemn you.
As I was talking with my friend, listening to her retell a story that I planned to use in class as an illustration, she simply said something like this:
I knew it wasn't God voice talking to me because the words didn't move me into relationship with Him.
Accusations don't move us closer to God.
Extended guilt-trips don't move us closer to God.
You always/You never...statements don't move us closer to God.
Words that we feel we have to bury in our hearts and not let them out to see the light of day don't move us closer to God.
Words that contradict God's character don't move us closer to God.
Words that contradict scripture don't move us closer to God.

When God speaks to us, it is to draw us near, not to push us away, even when He whispers words that bring conviction.  Yes, He wants us to repent, but He also wants to extend forgiveness and grace.  Even in the repentance, He simply wants us to be rid of the sin that is separating us from Him.

I've noticed in my own life that I have these tape recordings in my head that automatically start to play whenever I realize I've fallen short/not done the right thing/not measured up, etc.  The enemy often seizes the opportunity to kick me when I'm already down.  The ones that have been on the highlight reel lately have been these:  

Why do you think you deserve to rest when you don't even have a paying job anymore?
How could you say "no" to helping with that?  You're not doing very much right now.
You will never be enough to...

But the thing is that I have the power and I can make the choice to throw those tapes away.  I'm trading them in for new tapes so the old ones don't have room to move back in.  New tapes, you say.  Yep, solid, firm words from the Bible.  Here are some snippets:

"The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still."  Exodus 14:14, NIV

"Your own ears will hear Him.  Right behind you a voice will say, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whether to the right or to the left."  Isaiah 30:21, NLT

"Mostly what God does is love you."
Ephesians 5: 1-2, The Message

Who is ready to trade in their old tapes??

39 comments :

  1. "My sheep hear my voice and they know me." Such promise there--that we really can hear and recognize the voice of our shepherd. Good list, friend.

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  2. Beautiful words, and I LOVE that drawing! I have sometimes thought that in the story,when He is scribbling in the sand...maybe it was my name He was writing! "Neither do I condemn you" Sweet words!
    Blessings!

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  3. It truly is always about moving into closer relationship with Him. Glad you're getting rid of those old tapes, Jen!

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  4. Wow, Jen. Amen! I can't wait to share this post!

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  5. Beautiful art, friend.

    Yes, I am ready to trade in my tapes, but first I just need to find a way to turn them down.

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  6. Jen - Just love Exodus 14:14..."The Lord will fight for you...you need only be still." So glad, the battle is the Lords...and we can rest, while He wields the sword. Blessings this day. ~ jen

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  7. These same statements could be true of marriage, too.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  8. LOVE this post. wish i was in your class....

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  9. I am right here with you once again. I think you stole these thoughts right out of my head.

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  10. Great post, Jen. Love the verse from Isaiah - it has been a great comfort to me when facing indecision.

    Blessings,
    Joan

    PS - I would love to visit your class!

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  11. Beautiful post, Jen! It's amazing how many times I can listen to those lies. But I'm always amazed at how going back to the word dispels those tapes! God's word is so powerful!

    Have a great week, friend!
    Mel

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  12. I went through something called Grace Adventure 5 years or so ago and one thing we worked on was tapes. This was so helpful to me...when I use it. Sometimes..often I forget and you being listening to them..it happens so easily. I am more aware than ever how I need to stay a breath away from God..you know?
    I have had those same tapes...since I have always been a stay at home mom..I've really had issues with contributing because I didn't bring " money " home...I understand:)
    xo

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  13. This is really beautiful, the words and art. I needed to read this, so thank you :)

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  14. So true...if it doesn't move us closer to Him, that's key that it's not Him. Thank you for the reminder...wish I could attend your class :) And thanks always for your encouraging words, friend.

    xo
    Shelly

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  15. We all have those tapes Jen. And it is time to tape over them with the Truth of His Words.

    He loves you girl! Don't ever doubt it...no tape in your head can ever hold against that!!

    Maria

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  16. Your art is beautiful. (Can I be jealous?)

    And Exodus 14:14? One verse that spoke to me at a very difficult time. It will always be a treasured scripture to me.

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  17. It's been a journey learning to hear the Voice of Love and not the accusing voice of the evil one...He is transforming my mind...old tapes being erased too...
    Blessings~

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  18. Thank you for sharing this with us - great to read!! (I LOVE the bracelet too - thanks again. :))

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  19. Such a fitting post for me today as I have had so many old tapes running in my mind today that I have been brought to tears several times. Sometimes it is hard to erase them though. I"m trying. Thanks for this post.

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  20. "I knew it wasn't God voice talking to me because the words didn't move me into relationship with Him."
    What a vastly profound statement! Thank you for continuing to pass along great insights like these. Love you!

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  21. I really needed to read this post, as I definitely have some "old tapes" to get rid of, and let them be replaced with new tapes. It's so easy to let our minds run-away with us. I suppose this is why God always wants us to draw close to Him so that we don't get "carried away" with ourselves.

    Great Post! :)

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  22. Yes, I am trading in that lie that says, God won't show up for the little things when those are the very things my kiddos need to see Him in. It's amazing how blind-sighted we can become in believing those lies. Thank you for this!

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  23. Ann Voskamp talks about that tape too...and wow, it really is the way we all struggle...I hear so much of the same stuff...

    I love how you talk about what doesn't move us closer to Him...that's been the best so far of the 31 Days to His Heart series I'm doing, just focusing on Him and letting that truth draw me to Him...excellent stuff you give, sister:} xoxo

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  24. Oh to only do the things that move us closer to God!

    xo
    c

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  25. Yes our enemy always tries to destroy our relationship with God, and it's up to us to reign in those negative thoughts. I remember something my brother in law said years ago, our thoughts are like a mad dog. You have to discipline it, keep it near, not let it go off and run wild! Blessings to you! :^) patsy

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  26. Today.. I am getting rid of old tapes! I love the analogy :) We all need to fill ourselves and our minds with God's word its our best line of defense.

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  27. Great reminder. I love the picture!

    Thank you for sharing, Jen!

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  28. sounds like a conversation i had with a friend just yesterday. . . . those tapes we play in our head: so important!

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  29. Sorry, I didn't mean to enter the blog hop twice! I totally forgot that I had done it last night.

    This is a great post! Thank you for the encouragement.

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  30. Jen--love this question to ask myself--does this draw me into relationship with Him?
    Thank you.
    Such a needed evaluation...when I hear those tapes start to play.

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  31. Reminds me of Ignatius: I want and I desire whatever draws me closer to You, Lord.

    Great question to ask ourselves: is this drawing me closer to Him?

    good post to ponder!

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  32. "I knew it wasn't God voice talking to me because the words didn't move me into relationship with Him." So true! God's voice will always move us closer to Him.

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  33. Beautiful words, Jen. And a very timely reminder. :)

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  34. Your post is so refreshing, Jen. I'm so grateful that I stumbled upon it...don't ask me how! I'm embarking on a journey of authenticity with myself and the Lord. Am I scared? Oh yes...so when you offered this community, I snatched at the opportunity to let God use it in my life!

    Thank you! THANK YOU! ( "

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  35. Great post...I love the __________don't move us closer to God. What great reminders and determining factors of WHO is really speaking to us!!!

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  36. I've been trading tapes for a while now - some the same as yours.

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  37. This is so good, Jen. I tell my patients: What you say to yourself matters so much. It really does. Beautiful.

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  38. LOVE those new tapes! I need to write those down! Especially the one from Exodus! It fits in very well with my post today actually! (Yes, I FINALLY posted again and linked up- a little late, but better that than not at all. :) )

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  39. Thanks for sharing your specific tapes. It inspires me to try to be quiet a little more, listen inside myself (instead of constantly outside myself at my noisy environment), pay attention to what tapes are playing in my head, and, as always...read more of my Bible to get to know what God's character actually IS. :)

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