Be & Being Real
At times when I think about what I will write for the vlog ministry, I will be thinking on a plethora of topics. Then there will be times where I can’t even think of one. Sometimes I’m not sure what to write, sometimes I’m not in the mood to write, and sometimes I can’t write fast enough. One day, a topic came to me- although I had a lot of information come to me at once- which only means it comes from God- but I didn’t put it on paper, I wasn’t sure if that's what I should write.
Well one day, Megg sent me what she would be vlogging on. We share our notes or our teachings and when I saw her latest one “Change” I knew-- it was definitely from God. Her vlog touched based on that topic which came to me in previous days. I knew- this was the vlog to do.
Today, I’m going to talk about ‘be and being real.’ Be real to yourself. Be real to who you are. Be real to what you believe. As Megg said in her vlog- Satan toys with our weaknesses. So true, that’s where he will attack the most and the hardest. Often times we see our weaknesses by comparing ourselves, our families, our homes, our situations with other people. This is a huge and simple tactic that the enemy uses. Why do I say simple? It’s because its so easy for him to do. He plants that tiny seed of ‘see, they’re better than you. Their lives are much more in order than yours. They have money, you don’t. They’re healthier, you’re not. See the number of friends or likes on their post, you hardly get any….’ these tiny seeds can really shift our mentality, our thinking, and even our attitudes. The problem is- we allow that to happen, that is our first mistake. John 10:10 tells us what the enemy wants to do to us- to steal, kill, and destroy. So with the comparison- he’s come to steal our joy, kill and destroy relationships. James 4:7 tells us how we can prevent that. It says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee…” KNOW who you are as a believer, submit yourself to the Lord, then tell the devil- no, not today and he has to flee. He has to.
I want to touch base specifically on comparing ourselves to others, especially through the form of social media. There are times where people think because Megg and I make nice videos, we have such a good, easy life. Please understand- we do have a GOOD life, why? Because our trust, our hope and our JOY is in Jesus. We know who are in Christ. BUT does that mean we have a perfect life? Everything is hunky dory every day? Far from it! I’m going to share a story with you…
Recently, my family- I have a husband and three children- went through some of the toughest times in our lives, EVER. Shock, hurt, anger, anguish, all kinds of emotions imaginable- reared their ugly heads through that time. While trying to deal with this particular situation, we had to deal with some UGLY people- by ugly, I mean their attitude, their morals, their unethical behaviors… it was awful. I cried so many tears, I couldn’t cry anymore. When my husband and I wanted to just break down, that’s when we dug deep- tapped into what we KNEW. It wasn’t what we felt- because at that time, we felt awful, we were hurt, we were angry… so we knew we had to hold on to the PROMISES of Christ. Isaiah 40:31 says, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I also held on to two particular sets of scriptures- one was the story of Elijah at Mount Carmel. I will expand on that story in another vlog but he prayed a short prayer- to sum it up- Elijah said ‘let it be known that You are God…. Answer me, Lord, answer me so that these people will know that you, Lord, are God…” That’s from 1st Kings 18. It was a simple prayer but when God is in it… all power broke loose and it was instant! I recited over and over again during my prayer time. My husband and I knew that without Christ- we were nothing. Our strength was PFFT nothing without God. BUT- IN GOD, we are most powerful! IN GOD, we are mighty! Nothing can stand against us! We held strong to each other and to a few people who, I know, went to Christ’s feet on our behalf. As a few days went on, we realized that the problem itself really was resolved, but we had some stubborn people that we were dealing with. We didn’t understand it, but we didn’t have to. Christ knew. One night, I read a devotion and it was about the man possessed with demons, the demons were named Legion because there were many. Jesus spoke with amazing authority to the demons to flee. Instantly, it happened. This story can be found in Luke (8:28-34). I also came across this same story a short time later. I thought to myself- the Bible is GOD’s living word.. I’m going to use this. So in my prayer, I even wrote it in my prayer journal- I said “What is your name? (to that group of unethical people). Legion. Legion, in the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to get out.” At first I thought it was silly, then I thought no, it’s powerful, but will it really work? Sometimes your flesh gets in the way- you’re just not sure. But I kept speaking that prayer over and over again. The next day, we had a meeting with that group. Right before we went in- I told my husband about my prayer- then I signed it in the lobby of that building and I said, “What is your name (their name)? Legion. I command you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to get out!” A few minutes later, they called us into the meeting. At first it was iffy, my husband lost his cool, but couldn’t blame him because they took advantage of me being deaf, speaking over me, ridiculing me and twisting my words through the interpreter. But guess what happened then? They then told us that they are transferring us to a new group to work with us and they were out of this, no longer involved.
Legion was now gone.
We met with the different person, same afternoon- once that initial group left- the atmosphere in that room was calm, serene, peaceful, I could feel my spirit man at ease. That situation was resolved by the next morning. The whole thing was over. What took us two weeks to deal with this horrible group of unethical people took less than 12 hours with the new group. And it was over. Legion was removed. So trust me when I say I will no longer think my prayers to be silly.
Why did I share that with you? I’m being real. I want you to know- ‘our videos or social media posts has us polished, clean, with make-up on, and preaching the Word’ Sure… it looks great, we do take the time and effort to give you our best because we want to glorify the Lord. But I want you to know that Megg and I and our DWOF team members, just like anyone else on the face of this Earth, live the same lives you do. We face all kinds of situations, we have our struggles, we have our pain, we have our hurts, we have our sickness. This is not a perfect world, Bible says that. But… the difference is- it is what we know. God’s Word. It’s where we hold on to it- in our hearts, our minds… and the amazing thing is...you can do the same. KNOW who you are in Christ, KNOW His promises are true. They are true for you just as much as they are true for me.