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I love the song above; it shows the strength of women united in belief, faith, assurance, and trust; the steady beat combined with the clapping of hands use to daily struggles in the home and in the workplace emphasize determination to resist unholy influences that attack women from all sides.
EVIL: wickedness, bad, wrong, wrongdoing, sin, sinfulness, ungodliness, immorality, vice, iniquity, vileness, baseness, perversion, corruption, depravity.
Wise women around me have uttered, “Get behind me, Satan!” I have heard these exclamations loud and strong and filled with authority I don’t think I’ve ever had; I know I’ve never had. Yet I profess in my daily communications with You, Lord, that I trust and believe that You are with me guiding, protecting, forever present. How can that be if I don’t issue that order knowing You are providing Your All Mighty Power? I surely lack trust in You. Could it be? Actions speak louder than words, as the saying goes.
FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real
It is said that “Fear not,” “Do not be afraid,” “Do not fear,” and other phrases with similar meanings are found in the Bible 365 times, one for every day of the year. I’ve also found research that debunks this claim. It is found many times in the Bible, so I will choose to believe that You, Father, truly want Your children to know, with absolute certainty the validity and power of those few simple words.
False Evidence Appearing Real seems a good place to begin analyzing why my finite mind falls for reality based on false information. I’d like to add my own thoughts; FALSE: Fear, Always, Leads, Satan, Eagerly.
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown
On second thought, I need not analyze why I fear; no, the best use of my inquiry is why my beliefs, faith, trust, aren’t strong. I am flawed; I am weak; I am scared; I lack trust. But isn’t this why, Father, You seek and have sought me continuously? I need You. You understand me; You love me still.
Psalm 139 Easy-to-Read Version
Lord, you have tested me,
so you know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts from far away.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
Lord, you know what I want to say,
even before the words leave my mouth.
You are all around me—in front of me and behind me.
I feel your hand on my shoulder.
I am amazed at what you know;
it is too much for me to understand.
Your Spirit is everywhere I go.
I cannot escape your presence.
If I go up to heaven, you will be there.
If I go down to the place of death, you will be there.
If I go east where the sun rises
or go to live in the west beyond the sea,
even there you will take my hand and lead me.
Your strong right hand will protect me.
Suppose I wanted to hide from you and said,
“Surely the darkness will hide me.
The day will change to night and cover me.”
Even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are the same.
You formed the way I think and feel.
You put me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because you made me in such a wonderful way.
I know how amazing that was!
You could see my bones grow as my body took shape,
hidden in my mother’s womb.
You could see my body grow each passing day.
You listed all my parts, and not one of them was missing.
Your thoughts are beyond my understanding.
They cannot be measured!
If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand.
But when I finished, I would have just begun.
You murderers, get away from me!
God, kill those wicked people—
those who say bad things about you.
Your enemies use your name falsely.
Lord, I hate those who hate you.
I hate those who are against you.
I hate them completely!
Your enemies are also my enemies.
God, examine me and know my mind.
Test me and know all my worries.
Make sure that I am not going the wrong way.
Lead me on the path that has always been right.
Hate and kill and enemies are strong words; it gives me pause to read them there in Psalm 139; yet evil pursues us all; it is a matter of life or death, heaven or hell; Satan is relentless; Satan shows no mercy; only God is Good, full of Grace and Mercy; He fights for us; we must fight against that which would separate us from You, Lord.
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