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FERVENT: Your Past & Your Fears, Week 4 {Book Club Thursday}

FerventWelcome to Book Club Thursdays!

We’re jumping into the topic of prayer as we read through Priscilla Shirer’s newly released book, Fervent, A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer.

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Your Past: Ending The Reign Of Guilt, Shame, And Regret

 

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We’ve been talking about the strategies the enemy uses to keep us from walking out the abundant life God has for us. He’s a wily one, the devil. One of his greatest tactics to deviate us off course is to bring up our past. If you’re anything like me, there seems to be a whole lot of ‘past’ tucked into a very short life-time. 

I’m that girl who rebelled at 16, ran away from home and church, and decided I knew how to live my life without anyone telling me what to do. Uh, yeah… ask me how that went.

Let’s just say, the enemy has a lot of footage on me. Footage that kept playing over and over in my head for years. Footage that filled me with guilt, inundated me with shame, and left me more regretful than I ever imagined possible.

But then, in April 2003,  Jesus walked onto the center stage of my life.

3He paid the price for my wicked sin and promised me new life. Abundant life. Life eternally with Him. At the altar, I dressed in righteousness and though I cannot fully comprehend it (who can?!), Jesus made peace between me and God. His wrath and judgement over my sin turned into compassion, forgiveness, redemption, acceptance, and even adoption as a daughter of God.

The enemy of my soul sometimes uses the strategy of bringing up my past to cause me to run in shame. Sadly, that worked for a while. But soon, I began to learn scripture. I began to learn what God says about me. I learned to walk in my identity. Rather than run away, I now sit with that past of mine and I remember. I remember where God has brought me from. I remember the great price of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of calvary (John 3:16). I remember that “there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ”, and I’m in Christ (Romans 8:1)! I remember God wipes the slate clean, he took my scarlet sins and made me white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). He pardoned my sin and remembers it no more (Hebrews 8:12). Yeah, there’s something powerful about taking what the enemy means for destruction and letting God do what He does so beautifully. R E D E E M!

In prayer, we see our past through the correct lens. We learn to take what the enemy means to shame and guilt us, and we turn it into praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving!

Your Fears: Confronting Your Worries, Claiming Your Calling

 

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I’ve written about fear a lot on this blog. Mostly because I know what it’s like to walk in fear. It’s that gripping of your senses, heaviness numbing you to the next step… in anything.  Here’s a bit of what it’s looked like for me…

From: 3 Steps To Loosen Fear’s Grip Over Your Life

“But then there are times when the enemy launches war and fear becomes so intimidating it threatens to crush you.

It may look differently for you, but the enemy’s song is always the same…. What if?

What if God doesn’t show up?

What if you lose your job?

What if you lose your home?

What if the doctor’s report is deadly?

What if your children don’t serve the Lord?

What if…”

 

From: Fear’s Masqueraded Attempt {On The Other Side: God-dreams!}

“There comes a point in the walk of a believer when fear stands before you, terrorizing you with all its claims. It positions itself between you and your dreams, threatening violence, threatening death.

“You will not move past this point. Don’t even bother. Give it up, Darlene. It’s pointless. You’re never going to get past me. I’m here to stay.”

I can’t tell you how many times the enemy has tried to have this conversation with me. I used to entertain it. I used to stand there and let him menace me and intimidate me. I used to stand there and cry as hope was crushed right in front of me.

I used to turn around and give up, relinquishing the God-dreams on the other side.

But not anymore.

Fear’s masqueraded attempt of crushing me no longer deceives me. I’ve figured out it’s all a hoax, a ploy. A forceful attempt at swindling me from what’s rightfully mine.”

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Prayer has such a beautiful and powerful way of bringing grace into our situation. God’s holy influence over our soul keeps us, upholds us, strengthens us, and helps us to walk out our Christian faith. Whether it’s your past or your fears–or any other strategy, for that matter–prayer opens our eyes to the strategies of the enemy. We learn to use the correct weapons for the specific strategy used against us. We’re empowered, emboldened, encouraged, and enabled for/in the battle!

If you haven’t already done so, I’d encourage you to grab your copy of Fervent, A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer. Let’s grow in this area together, yes?!

Meet me here next week when we’ll continue digging into Strategy 7: Your Purity & Strategy 8: Your Pressures.

Standing and interceding with you,

-Darlene

Thoughts To Ponder

♥Note: We’ve barely hit the surface here. Discussion questions will serve you best after reading the week’s chapter. 

1.) When it comes to your past, take the time to write down the thoughts that hinder you with shame, guilt, and regret. Take them to God. Repent, if you haven’t already done so. Then, allow His truth to wash over your soul.

2.) What fears continue to rise up in you? Is there something you’ve been avoiding? Is there an area you’ve been putting off or ignoring? What is God showing you about this?

*All quotes taken from Priscilla Shirer’s, FERVENT Book, unless otherwise noted. 
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