Who Controls You?

You would think that inmates being locked up are following rules. Or that it is easier to track their activities. The truth is…despite being incarcerated and being under surveillance, they still manage to do the things they want to do. From smuggling contrabands to making their own alcohol, they are able to think of many ways to improvise what they need to carry out any illegal plans. They might appear to be out of control at times. Some might succeed but this is where a surprise “shakedown” comes in from custody staff. To maintain safety, not only for the custody staff but among inmates themselves.

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As Christians, many of us claim that we have God on our side. But have we asked ourselves if we are on “God’s side?” How many of us are truly controlled by Jesus Christ? It’s easier said than done. For I, myself, need the constant confession of my own improvisations of things that do not glorify Him. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that the Holy Spirit is quick to give me a “surprise shakedown”. Which catches me off-guard.

The secret of an abundant life is to allow Jesus Christ to control our lives. Through His Holy Spirit living within us. When you realize that you have sinned, confess them immediately and thank God for His forgiveness. But you must continue to walk in fellowship with God. As you pray, examine your hearts. Do you honestly want Jesus to control your life? If not, ask God to change your heart.

When the Holy Spirit catches you with a big surprise, list the areas of your life that you believe should be under His control. Ask God to show you the ways to bring these areas under His control.
 
1 Corinthians 2:11 - “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” [NIV]

Galatians 5:16-24 - “16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” [NIV]

14 comments:

  1. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit living in me, convicting, protecting, gently leading & keeping me on His path/will for my life. I'm so thankful for the protecion of that higher calling. He disciplines those He loves. I joke sometimes about how much He must love me b/c He sure doesn't let me get away with much!

    One of my favorite verses on His leading...
    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
    Isaiah 30:21

    Blessings sister & thank you as always for the good word to ponder today!
    Wylie

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  2. Wonderful post dear sister! Oh, how thankful I am for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit daily leading, protecting, directing and convicting!

    I so loved the way you stated....."I...need the constant confession of my own improvisations of things that do not glorify Him". And I'm so grateful for a Savior who is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins as we repent and run into His Grace!

    I'm still trying to catch up with my wonderful bloggy friends and wish you an abundantly blessed 2010 and thank you for your kind comments in 2009!

    Oh and I love the new look!!

    Sweet Blessings!
    Jackie

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  3. all I can think of after watching that video...stay safe out there Rosel...Praying for that....Sarah

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  4. Just wanted to let you know Aunt Mary died this morning. Thank you for your prayers,
    andrea

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  5. I am glad I am lead in the direction of knowing what is right and wrong.

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  6. Oh, my, that is so scary. I don't see how you can work where you do. But you have God's wisdom and are truly a blessing. Thank God for His precious Holy Spirit. Blessings ~

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  7. "When you realize that you have sinned, confess them immediately and thank God for His forgiveness."

    So many times, we remember to do the first, but forget to do the second. This goes beautifully with your blog about G-d always knowing our thoughts and actions and not be able to be surprised.

    When Yeshua, Jesus, did for our sins, G-d knew about the sins you were going to commit before you were born. Therefore, when you repent, don't cower in shame, but rejoice and praise G-d for his forgiveness.

    Good Blog Entry

    Shalom

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  8. Great post Rosel...such TRUTH!

    I have to say, after watching that raw footage....I will be praying even MORE for your safety. May you continue to have His Protection surrounding you with every step.

    xox

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  9. So much to chew on here. Who is controlling us? The world? Jesus? Our own selfish desires? Submission to Christ is the only way to true freedom.

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  10. Rosel,

    I am with you and thankful that I can lay down my sin when I get those surprise shakedowns....I pray I don't allow my pride to come in the way and that Jesus has ALL of me!! That my blindspots are revealed!!!

    Bless you Rosel ~ always in prayer for your protection and in praise for you godly example and encouragement

    I love you my friend

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  11. I'm grateful for those "surprise shakedowns" too! Well said indeed that is easy to speak of being wholly God's and wholly controlled by Him; but much more difficult in the details of life. I'm so grateful for His patience with me.

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  12. This is a powerful post. I love the analogy you used - the shakedown and God's holy spirit shaking us down.. I love it.. you truly are blessing to me and I enjoy your posts.'
    Love to you
    Kelly

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  13. So true Rosel. I am always finding areas in my life that need complete surrendering to the Lord. If we ask the Lord, He will surely show us.

    Thank you for always sharing such great food.

    Love & blessings!
    b

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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