Monday, October 14, 2013

The Lady in Red and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

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"It's like you're trapped in a tornado and you're deflecting debris."

I've just described the craziness of things breaking at my house and I say in response to my sweet friend listening, "Oh, yes, my friend.  That is exactly what I'm trying to do."

And then I pause and I say, "I don't know if this is spiritual attack or what, but I feel like Satan is just standing behind me.  Everything that is going wrong -- even beyond all the stuff breaking -- feels like he's an older, annoying brother who is continually poking me.  I feel agitated and annoyed more than worried or fearful, but these feelings can easily lead to being short-tempered with my family and feelings of disharmony."

And I end with this: I want to live what I teach.  I don't want to surrender to the incessant poking.  I want to fight back with Truth.  And this will allow me to treat myself and others with grace, compassion, and love.

Last week, we got some armor in the form of Love P.A.A.T.S, yes?  We need armor and  weapons to deflect and disarm Satan when he attacks us.  We must recognize when and how he is seducing us away from the true Light, Jesus.  We covered all of this in my Monday bible study.  But I want to share with you something else we did that week, too, which ended up being powerful.

Sometimes, it's hard to picture our enemy when it's in terms of feelings and emotions.  Sometimes, it's hard to recognize that we are being seduced, lured into darkness, and that this is the desire of our enemy to get us as far away from Jesus as we possibly can.

How do we get a visual of how Satan pursues us?  How do we imagine how he uses his techniques to lure us into darkness?  And once we see what he is doing, how can we use that picture to ignite a flame of passion and desire to fight back?

We look at Proverbs 7, specifically verses 6-27.

Unlike many chapters in Proverbs, this one tells a complete story.  It's a story of a young man lured in by a seductive woman (whom I imagine dressed in red).  But for this exercise, I want you to imagine whatever flavor of darkness Satan usually uses against you.  Here's the graphic from last week, if you missed it:

Then, with this tactic in mind, you take out the "immoral woman" found in Proverbs 7 and you put in the tactic to which you often fall prey.  Below is the worksheet I made for my class.  I've underlined where you would insert your answers, but also included words from one of the ladies in my bible study.    It's helpful if you read Proverbs 7 before completing this exercise.

I cross the street near the house of comparison,
                                                              (darkness tactic)
strolling down the path of comparison.
                                              (darkness tactic)

It is at twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness falls.
Comparison     approaches me, seductively dressed and sly of heart.
(darkness tactic)

Comparison     is the    constant     agitator, never relenting.
(darkness tactic)                      (adjective)       (adjective)              (adjective)

She’s often in in my head and in my relationships.
                                 (place)                      (place)

She throws her arms around me...and with a brazen look she says, ‘You’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are!'

She entices me to entertain her by telling me lies about who I am.  I find comfort in her because she makes me feel not good enough, angry, jealous, and justified in my lies.

But I now know not to let my heart stray away toward her.  I don’t want to wander down her wayward path.

For she has been the ruin of many; many men and women have been her victims.

Comparison is a road to the grave.  Comparison is the den of death.
 (darkness tactic)                                                             (darkness tactic)


When you read this aloud to yourself after you've inserted your answers, it's amazing how a much more "visible" enemy emerges.  

And how ready you are to fight with Jesus against it.  

(If you do this exercise, I'd love to know how it worked for you.)

Linking this on Monday with Michelle and Jen too!
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18 comments :

  1. Love how you personalized that, Jen. I'll have to try it!

    Having trouble with the linky timing out. Will check back later to add mine.

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  2. I love this. Especially since comparison is a biggie for me. Thanks for filling in my blanks. ;)

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    1. I concur with Andrea about the filling in the blanks... awesome Jen! And hi Andrea- I miss your beautiful smile :)

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  3. Jen, I loved this exercise! I will never look at this passage the same way again. Wow

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  4. "Sometimes, it's hard to picture our enemy when it's in terms of feelings and emotions."

    How true that is, Jen. Thank you for sharing such an insightful, practical tool with us this evening. I just added "depression" to your list of darkness tactics, and I plugged it into Prov. 7 as you suggested: wow, right on! "She’s often in my head and in my relationships.... She entices me to entertain her by telling me lies about who I am." How true. And very revealing about how depression works its destruction from the inside out.

    Thank you for these helpful words tonight!

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  5. Wow, Jen! That is such an incredibly insightful idea. Ahhh, we are so seduced by the lie that we need His untangling. So thankful for this practical idea.

    Summer: www.athirstforGod.com

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  6. Jen- This is a powerful defense against the strategies of the darkness...I particularly related because I have been praying for God to help me overcome my comparison issues this week! I am going to write this idea in my journal to come back to in the future! Thanks!

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  7. Breaking and poking. I understand...says the girl whose bathroom looked like a small waterfall last week and the week before it was the lawnmower and the week before. . .well, you get it.

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  8. Yeah, me, too! I definitely feel your frustration- and agree with your declaration- I want to live what I teach, what I write, what God says to me in His Word. Crazy how the enemy just slithers in and gets under our skin. Love the defense you shared, Jen.

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  9. oh the comparison trap hit home! Talking about this with my two daughters as well....

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  10. I'm excited to have found this site. A group of women encouraging women. It sounds perfect. I linked up today but did not put that I was new. Thank you for the opportunity join the linking party but also to gain encouragement from others.
    Blessings!
    Mary

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    1. Welcome, Mary! We are so blessed to have you here.

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  11. Vigilance against the enemy is key! Thanks for the great reminder & for hosting & God bless!

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  12. I have been under attack -- by turns, depressed, discouraged, weepy, feeling useless, aimless, worthless. Folks who know me, know depression, though so real for so many, has never been my battle. I'm typically busy, productive, happy. My usual gripe is impatience and perfectionism, not becoming a weepy puddle. Darkness is stalking me and hard. So, I was happily surprised when I visited tonight to see you taking on the enemy with me. We are not alone in this fight -- we have each other, but most importantly, Him who is all Light, in Him there is no darkness at all.

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    1. Elizabeth, I am praying for you -- that the darkness would be obliterated, that light would pierce the darkness, and that his hold on you would be broken in the name of Jesus.

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    2. So thankful for your prayers, sweet Jen!

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  13. I cross the street near the house of Low Self Esteem
    (darkness tactic)
    strolling down the path of Low Self Esteem
    (darkness tactic)


    It is at twilight, in the evening, as sadness falls.
    Low Self- Esteem approaches me, seductively dressed and sly of heart.
    (darkness tactic)


    Low Self- Esteem is the lonely, heartbroken, never happy.
    (darkness tactic) (adjective) (adjective) (adjective)


    She’s often in my heart and in my marriage.
    (place) (place)


    She throws her arms around me...and with a brazen look she says, ‘You’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are!'


    She entices me to entertain her by telling me lies. I find comfort in her because she makes me feel self-satisfied.
    But I now know not to let my heart stray away toward her. I don’t want to wander down her wayward path.


    For she has been the ruin of many; many men and women have been her victims.


    Low Self- Esteem is a road to the grave. Low Self- Esteem is the den of death.

    Thank you for doing this. I printed this out and did this myself and my husband did it to. This was a very good thing for us to do when it came to our marriage, to make our marriage stronger, and our own personal selves too.

    Love this and you!!

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    1. It gives me goosebumps any time I hear or read someone's answers for this. I am praying that this darkness tactic would be removed from y'all's lives and marriage. May His light permeate!

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