Monday, May 11, 2009

The Fellowship of His Suffering

I was humbled when these words were ascribed to me and my situation by a friend that I met. I had met him through another dear friend, and was honored to be able to share my heart with both of them in a meeting in North Georgia.

My heart is very tender right now, and I was sharing with another sister, Jamie, that if THIS is the pain required to take me to the next level, I'm not sure I can do it.

I have asked God to let me know Him better - to manifest Himself in my life and I came to the realization today, that being CONFORMED in the image of Christ is painful - this conFORmaton. It's like a broken leg that didn't get set right - it has to be REbroken and REformed. This process is not an easy one. The fellowship of His suffering.

Jamie shared with me that the battlefield for the believer is in the mind, and I can attest to that. My friend, Dave Lesniak, shared with me that when we get bombarded with lies in our mind - when our thought pattern runs away with negative thoughts like a runaway freight train, what we need to do is speak truth to ourselves - aloud!

He gave me some Truth to tell myself, and I have to tell you that it stopped that thought train in its tracks.

If any of you are going through the same thing I am right now, please know that Paul says we fight against unseen powers, and that fight is in our minds. We just have to recognize that and be ready to flood our minds with Truth.


...and Enide said...

Adam and I keep you in our prayers. We love you!

Angie said...

Amen John! I just completed a class at church on Spiritual Warfare. The battle truly is in our minds. There are many weapons, we just have to utilize them.

John Fincher said...

Alison, thank you. You and Adam are dear to me.

Angie, thanks for stopping by. Good to hear from you again after so long a time.

What you learned was helpful for you, and timely, I'm sure.

Blessings to all