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Powerlessness

2 Chronicles 20:12 / 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless against this great multitude which is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you (My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough — always available regardless of the situation); for (My) power is being perfected (and is completed and shows itself most effectively) in (your) weakness.”

Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weakness, so that the power of Christ (may completely enfold me and) may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak (in human strength), then I am strong (truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength).

“When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus.”  ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Powerlessness in Merriam Webster:

  1. Devoid of strength or resources
  2. Lacking the authority of capacity to act
  3. Being powerless to help, unable to do something or stop something

Synonyms: hamstrung, handcuffed, helpless, high and dry, hog tied, impotent, impuissant.

Insert from me, Deb, here: my new favorite word is impuissant. I didn’t want to admit this year (or in others) that I was powerless (without God) so I kept fighting harder, digging in and trying to do it (protect myself and others, including my children) on my own. I failed in too many ways, in more ways than you want to know about. But get this! I learned, finally, to let God and His Angels do the fighting for me. As for me, I will keep growing and of course will keep standing up, just not on my own as I’ve done in the past. Join me?

Admitting you need help, that you are even weak, is nothing to be ashamed of, not when God is on your side – – the Captain of your team, your General. Read on for more by Rev. Jack Lenza. Yes, there is a connection with him although we haven’t yet met. My mother told me about him after she got to know him and his wife through their church in Florida. When I started reading his daily messages she forwarded to me, I nicknamed him Pastor Jack in my posts. I hope you’ll read the thoughts he shares, and learn about his story. I know God sent him to me and to my mother!

“God cannot prove Himself to be powerful in your life until you
recognize you are powerless without Him.”

For those of us who just endured hurricane Irma, we experienced times of powerlessness. Being shut in with nowhere to go. All communications cut off. Home battered by destructive winds. Humidity…unbearable. Feeling frustrated, impatient, bored, fears rolling over your mind and tongue with, “What if?”

Minds flooded with negative input. And the enemy was ever so eager to give an assist. Could there be lessons to be learned in these powerless situations? I ask you, what is it the Lord has revealed to you in your power shortages? We get so caught up in the toys of our technology, accomplishments, and resources only to realize we are helpless, hopeless, and needy. If you were in the storm’s direct path, I am sure Irma (or Harvey…) drove you to your knees. Prayer is an acknowledgement that our need of God’s help is not partial but total.

We must remember that God designed us to be dependent on Him, not on ourselves or on our stuff. He is our ultimate Power-Source. If and when He allows certain things to happen to us that bring us to our knees, it could be that He is giving us time to get focused on who really matters & to reconnect with them. Especially with Himself! He wants us to be empowered and infused with supernatural strength to get us through.

Many things bombard our lives, our thoughts, time and space each day.  Many distractions, interferences only Satan could concoct and spin, our misplaced priorities, the worries of this world, anxieties, and media / technology (the world’s toys), etc.

God has to get our attention and all of creation is at His disposal. There are many calamities going on around the world right now. Catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, nuclear threats. I just heard there are two typhoons – – one heading to China, and the other to Japan. God gets blamed for much of the bad things that are happening. The Devil is also responsible. And let’s not rule out we live in a fallen sinful world. Whatever God allows is still under His control. We must leave all those details where they belong, in His capable hands. There is no way we can answer all the questions of life, because there is no way we can plumb the depths of the infinite. He tells us to trust Him and not rely on our reasoning. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I think it was Warren Wiersbe who said, “We do not live on explanations, we live on His promises. Our feelings change, but God’s promises never change. Promises generate faith, and faith strengthens hope.  There is a teacher in every mistake that you have made in the past that holds the lesson to some future plan of God for your life.”

It’s time for self discovery.

God allows us to experience those low points in life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way. God did not bring you this far to leave you. Things might be hard for you to handle, but God is still saying, “I will make a way for you.”

I have endured, I have been broken, I have known hardship, I have lost myself. But here I stand, encouraging you, still moving forward, growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life, they have made me stronger. May you never forget those vital lessons God is teaching you in your circumstances. Here’s a thought I hope you’ll never forget:

Worship will get you through the hardest times in life, because it shifts your focus from the problem to The Problem-solver. I have been doing much of that through Irma and the Holy Spirit has clearly been encouraging and strengthening my faith in His promises. He has reminded me of spoken words He previously revealed to me. Why not use this time to be still and listen to the voice of the Spirit who is always speaking to you? I don’t know what your plans have been. But I have found that God is faithful to wreck your plans before they wreck you. What have your plans been before you found yourself in this powerless situation?

Proverbs 16:9 tells us: We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps. Never underestimate God’s hand in all your plans. God is working in your life right now in ways you cannot understand. God’s plan is always the best for you. Sometimes the process is painful and
hard. But don’t forget that when God is silent, He is doing something in you and for you.

Someone said: Write your plans in pencil and give God the eraser.

Tony Evans says, “Sometimes God let’s you be in a situation that only He can fix, so you will discover that He is the one who can fix it.”

Let me say this in closing: whatever lesson God is teaching you when in a powerless situation, cry out in intercession for others who are in need. We are surrounded by broken people in need of an encouraging word.

Rev. Jack Lenza

Integrity of Heart

You can count on one thing with me for certain and that is the integrity of my heart, because it belongs to God and is constantly being shaped by His love, mercy and grace.

This integrity of heart is what has kept me focused on the mission of My Advocate Center even through the trauma of having my own children wrongfully removed, as I was under attack and unable to see what was being done to me, by whom and how it was being covered up so I could not defend. As painful as that was and as worried about my children as I have been, I’ve known that there was a purpose in this and that I needed to remain faithful and to wait on God to guide me. Not easy for a type-A entrepreneur and advocate-turned-reporter (or reporter-turned-advocate, take your pick) to wait and see.

You can count on a second thing and that is I will always come back to this core focus, the needs of children. Sure, I might feel a competitive streak, a flash of anger or a moment of despair over experiencing what it is like to be oppressed and humiliated, but that’s being human. What makes us leaders – and good parents and advocates for others – is how we respond and then what we do with that.

And, as I’ve been told, good leaders help others learn to be good leaders; they give others that chance, and step out of the spotlight themselves. So I’m creating opportunities for professionals, parents, grandparents, teachers and others to show they can lead, be great examples, to make a difference with the mix they have in their bowls.

Watching what they do now with their own inspiration mixed with challenges (opportunities)…not looking for perfection, but for effort, inspiration, courage and for integrity.

Proverbs 11:3 and 1 Peter 2:13-17

Psalm 91:1 It’s Your Call

 

 

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of
the Almighty.”  Psalm 91:1

Through These Experiences

I love the law and now realize that my purpose as I move through these experiences is to ensure that our laws are applied to the best of our ability in serving the needs of children and of safe, loving and available parents.

Children deserve the best of both parents.

~ Deb

Beautiful Distress

Pastor Jack Lanza has darn good timing! Of course, it’s God’s timing… We’ve heard about a cause of action, a legal claim for damages possibly, called “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” This is a common form of cruelty or method for control by perpetrators of abuse, so I thought it was a good time to share what Jack Lanza sent to me:

Are You In Distress Today?

When we are in distress we pray genuinely, seeking forgiveness, promise to quit all sin & beg for mercy and protection. Why do we then forget?

If you look up the word “distress” in the Greek it means: confinement, disability, trouble, anguish, oppress, to cramp, to harass, opponent, rival, bad, evil, constraint, calamity, anxiety, burdened.

Strongs Concordance Greek: Thilipsis – properly, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a narrow place that “hems someone in,” tribulation, especially internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (hemmed in”).

1. To pain means to afflict with pain or anguish, applied to body or mind. Literally, to press or strain.

2. To afflict greatly; to harass, to oppress with calamity, to make miserable.

Listen to Paul’s words in (2 Corinthians 7:8-10 Message)

I know I distressed you greatly by my letter. Although I felt awful at the time, I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for awhile. Now I’m glad – not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him.

The result was – all gain, no loss. Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those that let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

Could God be using your distress as a chisel slowly chipping away rough areas in your life that you may be more pliable to His plans, rather than yours? Then please, submit to your divine sculptor and wait in expectation of the great unveiling when its over! (For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

If your situation has forced you to run in the wrong direction now is the time to turn it around and run into the hands of the only one who can help, forgive, accept, heal, restore, and love you. Often times in a situation we have regrets. The writer calls attention to it above. Those regrets can drive us away from God if we are not careful, and smother our minds with stinking thinking, the end result is a deathbed of regrets.

Most of the time regret is the product of creative thinking and excessive guilt, rather than a godly remorse. As long as we live, we will have setbacks and missed opportunities; and we will make tons of mistakes along the way. If the way you see things are pessimistic – meaning , you only see a glass half – empty instead of half full – there will be no shortage of reasons for you to regret. Regret is rehearsal. By regretting sin, you are rehearsing it in your mind, reinforcing the memory. What you think will become what you are, you will get stuck with the sin you regret. So stop it!

Trust God in your distress. Why? He sees the big picture and is actually preparing you for destiny. He knows what your future holds, so do not let your distress rattle your faith in what he is doing. He is not obligated to tell us what he is doing in our lives all the time. He is God not us.

“Look outward and be distressed, Look inward and be depressed, look upward and be at peace.”

(Corrie Ten Boom)

So what’s it going to be, Outward, Inward, or Upward?

 

This amazing performer summed it up with this song and video.

“Where trouble drops like lemon drops,” meaning trouble is common but we do not need to be common in our response.

Just what is Faith anyway?

“Faith is like muscle which grows stronger and stronger with use, rather than rubber, which weakens when it is stretched. It’s not a great faith we need, but faith in a great God.” ~ author unknown

My faith is being tested like never before and I have to remind myself almost hourly these days that God is not only aware and caring, but that He has a specific and worthy plan unfolding. My mother connected me with a very special leader in her church community, and because Pastor Jack Lenza‘s writings are forging my faith muscles in the manner of a wise blacksmith I wanted to share them here with you.

Thank you, Mom, and to your community of prayer warriors, and for opening this dialogue for me with Pastor Jack, the author of this lesson.

Do you struggle with reason vs. faith as I do?

The art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. ~ C. S. Lewis

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. ~ St. Augustine

Pastor Jack opens his Bible to Hebrews 11 as The Great Hall of Faith Chapter to answer the question Just what is Faith anyway?

Why God responds to Faith

Houston pastor John Bisango describes a time when his daughter was five years old, she came to him and asked for a doll house.  John promptly nodded and promised to build her one, then he went back to reading his book. Soon he glanced out the study window and saw her arms filled with dishes, toys, and dolls, making trip after trip until she had a great pile of playthings in the yard. He asked his wife what she was doing.

“Oh, you promised to build her a doll house, and she believes you. She’s just getting ready for it.”

“You would have thought I’d been hit by an atom bomb,” John later said. “I threw aside that book, raced to the lumber yard for supplies, and quickly built that little girl a doll house.

Now why did I respond? Because I wanted to? No. Because she deserved it?

No. Her daddy had given his word, and she believed it and acted upon it. When I saw her faith, nothing could keep me from carrying out my word.”

That’s how it works with our Daddy. He gives us His written word the Bible. When we act in faith like this little girl, we also receive from our Daddy when He sees our faith. What is it you are desiring God to do for you? Are you acting in faith or are you just waiting for God to drop it on you from heaven?

If you say that you have been acting in faith like this little girl, and nothing has happened yet, you must continue to wait on God, believing He is already acting on your request. Ask the Lord to give you the grace, patience, and perseverance to keep on praying and believing until the answer manifests. P. U. S. H. Pray-Until-Something-Happens.

The enemy will attempt to steal your blessing. Stay focused on God and His promises. Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful to His word. Hebrews 10:23

Spend some time camping out in Hebrews 11 and see how these people lived in faith and found the answers they desired. There’s another side of that coin. It reads in verses 36-38: And others experienced the trials of mocking and scourging (amid torture), and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned (to death), they were sawn in two, they were lured with tempting offers (to renounce their faith), they were put the death by the sword; they went about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed cruelty treated (people of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and living in caves and holes in the ground.

Let’s not lose sight of verses 39-40. And all of these, though they gained (divine) approval through their faith, did not receive (the fulfillment of) what was promised, because God had us in mind and had something better for us, so that they (these men and women of authentic faith) would not be made perfect (that is, completed in Him) apart from us.

Looking at the other side of that coin: what is faith?

Faith is trusting God when I see no physical evidence that my prayers are being answered. I believe what God says. Romans 8:28

Wait patiently. You’re going through the test of your life and everything around you conspires against the promises. II Timothy 1:12

Hold onto these thoughts, like a candle for each day of your week:

  • Faith is caught rather than taught
  • Reason is the enemy of faith
  • Speak the promises of God out of your mouth
  • Confess them until you believe them and believe them until you receive them
  • Great faith is willing to wait. It doesn’t give up.
  • Great faith doesn’t have to have it right now
  • Great faith is willing to wait on God’s time

 

Places to Heal

Something you have to experience to appreciate. My place of refuge.

Deb Beacham_Mom and daughter time

Know Your Own Mind

A reminder to self…to keep it simple.

When you know your own mind, no one else can make it up for you or force you off course for lack of resolve or clarity.

Know Your Own Mind_Deb Beacham_My Advocate Center

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