Trying to Obey Him

 

Me:  Prodigal, you don’t look happy about your day.

Prodigal:  There’s a yellow jacket in the outhouse kinda day.

Me:  Well, I am glad your here!

 

This is from C.S. Lewis

To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says.  There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice.  Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him.  But trying in a new way, a less worried way.  Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already.  Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.

 

To trust, to obey and to submit.  This means glory and love for our Lord!  It may be a dying of the flesh to glorify the Lord but that is part of the submission.

 

Titus 3:8

This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable to men.

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Women Lovin’ Jesus

 

Prodigal:  Wow, another video again.

Me:  Yeah,  the Lord says make another video.

 

This is on Proverbs 1:3

 

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Proverbs 1:3

 

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgement, and equity

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalipig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Finding Your Life

 

Me:  Do you like the bees Prodigal?

Prodigal:  I wonder if I can go get some honey?

Me:  Don’t dig up more snakes than you can kill.

 

This is from the book The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

 

Our Lord referred to this tyranny of things when He said to His disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:  and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

Breaking this truth into fragments for our better understanding, it would seem that there is within each of us an enemy which we tolerate at our peril.  Jesus called it “life” and “self,” or as we would say, the self-life.  Its chief characteristic is its possessiveness:  the words “gain” and “profit”  suggest this. To allow this enemy to live is in the end to lose everything.  To repudiate it and give up all for Christ’s sake is to lose nothing at last, but to preserve everything unto life eternal.  And possibly also a hint is given here as to the only effective way to destroy this foe:  it is by the Cross.  “Let him take up his cross and follow me.”

 

There is a peace in letting go and surrendering it all to God. Surrender the opinions of others and hold on to Christ’s opinion of you.  Surrender the outcome of this trial.  The outcome is sure to glorify the Lord.  Surrender the blessings that you want, knowing that your relationship with Christ is sufficient for you.

 

Galatians 1:20

Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Women Lovin’ Jesus

 

Prodigal:  Did you make another video?

Me:  Yes, I would like y’all’s feedback!

 

Today a post was made on Proverbs 1:2

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Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

 

Proverbs 1:2

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding.

Women Lovin’ Jesus

 

Me:  We have another video to share!

Prodigal:  What is the theme?

Me:  Proverbs

 

I hope that you check out the video of the week for Women Lovin’ Jesus.  We are going over the book of Proverbs.

 

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There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life:  as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee:  I will not fail thee,nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:5

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

 

The Man Who Has God

 

Me:  Howdy Prodigal!

Prodigal:  I am enjoying the start of my day.

Me:  Let me help you with the start of your day.

 

This is from A.W. Tozer and the Pursuit of God

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace.  I am ashamed of my lack of desire.  O God, the Triune, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing, I thirst to be made more thirsty still.  Show me Thy glory, new work of love within me.  Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”  Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit:  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Critics

 

Me:  Prodigal, where did your friend go, I saw y’all talking.

Prodigal:  He shoots off his mouth so much his breath smells like gunpowder.

Me:  Maybe he just needs time to himself.

 

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

 

Don’t listen to them.  I am supporting you and standing behind you!

 

2 John 2

For the truth’s sake, which lives in us, and shall be with us forever.

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Jealousy Destroys Us

 

Prodigal:  I am so jealous of that view!

Me:  Don’t let jealousy destroy you.

Prodigal:  Probably need some wisdom in that area.

 

This is from the book Slaying The Giants in Your Life by David Jeremiah

 

Here is the deeper victim of envy–the person who envies.  Cain destroyed Abel, but he destroyed himself in the process.  Jacob’s jealousy sentenced him to years of wandering and hardship.  Joseph landed on his feet in Egypt, but his brothers suffered under the terrible burden of guilt for years.  Saul hunted David, but the only life he destroyed was his own.  And yes, the crowd that was so jealous of Daniel had him thrown in the lion’s den-but when he came out, unscathed, they were thrown in themselves and devoured instantly.  Jealousy ultimately devours anyone who gives into it.

It has been said that Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.  Jealousy runs in circles, and it always seems to come back around to us.

 

1 John 3:1

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Women Lovin’ Jesus

 

Here is another another topic for Women Lovin’ Jesus.  We are talking about worship and how we can turn our worship toward Jesus.

 

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But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child:  for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Jeremiah 1:7

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

More Islam

 

Me:  Those are beautiful flowers!

Prodigal: Yes they are, and a perfect place to talk.

 

This is from the book Beyond Opinion Living the Faith We Defend by Ravi Zacharias

 

The Doctrine of Jihad

Second is the doctrine of jihad, which evolved to apply to both the land of Islam and the land of war.  In the land of Islam, the state is still vulnerable to attacks by Islam’s enemies and other religious and political groups.  Hence, the means of population control and subjugation of opposition needed to be put in place.

In the land of war, wars were fought by Muhammad and his followers; the so-called enemies of Allah were fought against and were subdued.  Some of the pagans were spared on recitation of the creed and upon acceptance of the political and religious hegemony of Islam, or killed if the failed to do so.  Only the Jews and Christians were given the choice to convert (revert) or to live a life of servitude and humiliation under strict Islamic regulations with their religious freedom stifled (Sura 9:29)

I am sad to say that not only were millions and millions of people killed in those early Islamic conquests, but jihad in real terms has virtually never stopped.  Today persecution is rife, and non-muslims have at best a token freedom for religious survival with severe penalties if they ever attempt to preach overtly or attempt to convert Muslims.

 

Matthew 7:12

Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org