A Sure Strength When You Are Weak And WW Linkup

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Debbie WilsonToday we are privileged to have my lovely bloggy friend, Debbie Wilson sharing a guest post about her new book, Little Women, Big God: It’s not the size of your problems, but the size of your God as well as hosting Wedded Wednesday with a giveaway of her book to boot! Yay, Debbie! 🙂

Larry and I married at 4:00 p.m. on a blustery November afternoon in Savannah, Georgia. We pledged our love with heartfelt promises. Two hours later, we left for our honeymoon and had our first argument. What happened?

Sadly, good intentions—and even love—are not enough to check insecurity and selfishness. Today, we battle the same enemy David and Bathsheba faced—our flesh.

Seminars and support groups promise techniques to manage our weaknesses:

  • Anger management.
  • Addiction support.
  • Assertiveness training.
  • Communication techniques.
  • Marriage and parenting skills.

While these may help, techniques alone can’t provide the desire, motivation, or power to be a better person. We may be able to bite our tongues around the boss, but are we still seething inside? How do we break free from the limitations of our temperaments, family backgrounds, and insecurities?

Some believers, confused by ugly thoughts and desires, question their salvation. David loved God and yet sinned in a way that is hard to fathom. Bathsheba faced her own struggles. Let’s look at the help God provides.

The Resources Within

God gave animals instincts. He gave humans himself. God created us to walk with him. If your Christian life has become boring or impotent, you may be missing out on the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Every Christian has the Holy Spirit. We receive him the moment we come to Christ. “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (Rom. 8:9). But …

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To illustrate the difference, picture making a glass of chocolate milk. When you add chocolate syrup to plain milk, the syrup settles in the bottom of the glass. The milk is indwelt with chocolate. If you took a sip before stirring it, you would taste plain milk. Stir the milk, and the syrup disperses throughout the glass.

The milk is filled with chocolate. Now, every sip is chocolaty. Christians can look and act like unbelievers even though we have the Holy Spirit. But when we are filled with the Spirit, we begin to look and taste like Christ! His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control disperse into every aspect of our lives (Gal. 5:22–23).

We don’t wait until our lives are sparkling clean to invite his filling. We ask him to help us forsake the things that grieve God, and he knows just what to do. But don’t be surprised if he focuses on a different area of your life than the one that bothers you!

Are you ready to experience God’s strength? Here is a suggested prayer to get you started:

Dear Father,

Thank you for your great love for me. Thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit. Please search me and point out any area that I need to confess and forsake. Thank you for your cleansing. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Take leadership over every area of my life: my thoughts, my will, my emotions, my words. Thank you for filling me.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(excerpted from Little Women, Big God: It’s not the size of your problems, but the size of your God .)

Debbie Wilson wants to celebrate the release of her new book Little Women, Big God: It’s not the size of your problems, but the size of your God with you. Please leave a comment by 6 p.m. (CST) Saturday, March 12th 2016 to enter to win a free copy. If you’re in a hurry, simply say, “I’m leaning on my big God!”

About Debbie:
Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman who has experienced an extraordinary God. Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie speaks and writes to help women discover relevant faith. She and her husband, Larry, founded Lighthouse Ministries in 1991. They, along with their two grown children and two standard poodles, enjoy calling North Carolina home. Share her journey to refreshing faith at her blog.

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What insight from what Debbie shared with us today really ministers to you?

 

What are the habits, hang-ups or hindrances in your life that have kept your relationship with God stale or boring?

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  • Susan Burfoot Mead

    Thanks for hosting and for introducing Debbie to us!

  • Congratulations on your new book, Debbie! I love the title.

    And I love the syrup/chocolate illustration! So glad to be filled with Presence! And the fact that I don’t need to earn or deserve it sets my heart to dancing! 🙂 Thanks for reminding us of His grace today.

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Debbie,
    Welcome! So good to read you here! All the best to you as you launch your new book! The chocolate milk analogy really helped me. I am a visual learner so you are speaking my language. May I call upon the Holy Spirit in my marriage and all my relationships!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  • Oh my goodness, how I LOVE this: “God gave animals instincts. He gave humans Himself.” And yet how often WE rely upon our instincts!! I also thought the chocolate mild analogy was excellent (and not just because I love chocolate milk!)…
    So glad to have “met” you via Beth…just another reason I’m such a huge fan of hers 😉
    Looking forward to digging into your book, Debbie…thank you for your post!

    • Thanks, Pat. I used to work with high school students and would demonstrate with real milk and chocolate syrup when I taught on the Holy Spirit. Of course I always drank the milk afterwards!

  • Sounds like such a great book! I am going to check it out! I feel like that addiction support and communication information could be helpful to me right now!

  • Hey Beth! So good to be here partying with you and Debbie. Love what she shared about the ministry of the Holy Spirit and chocolate milk – great analogy! Never thought about it like that.

    Have a blessed week.
    Tiffiney

  • Pam Ecrement

    Excellent as always, Debbie! Eager to read it!

  • Well, I am glad to hear Debbie wrote a new book. Congrats Debbie and thanks for featuring her today, Beth.
    Thanks for the linkup, too

  • JosephPote

    An excellent and helpful post! I love the illustration of chocolate syrup in milk to show the difference between indwelt and filled.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • TJ

    Wonderful perspective …. looking forward to the book!

  • Mary

    I loved the chocolate milk analogy because of the clear picture it gives of the Holy Spirit within us. How blessed are we that we have God who when we choose is in us and ready to work with us in all we do. I just read a review about your book, Debbie and was excited by the what I read. I just put it on my list of books to read after reading the review. Thank you for hosting and for blessing us with your insights.

    • Thank you, Mary. These women challenged me and expanded my view of God. I hope they do the same for you.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Great post…though I think He gave at least some animals more than instinct. I learned more about love and loyalty from dogs than I ever learned from people.

    And we are to bring the Gospel to all creatures…

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/03/hairball-story-of-viet-nam-blogbattle.html

  • pioneerpat1

    I love the prayer you posted from the book. I copied it and saved it.

  • Susan

    LOVE the title of this book!

  • Kris (Cavanaugh) Castro

    I really connected to the quote “There is a difference between being indwelt by the Holy Spirit and being filled with him.” I see evidence of that whenever a Jesus Believer tries to justify a lack of compassionate responses towards others in the name of their own particular denominational belief systems.

  • Debbie, I’m so grateful that I could highlight your incredible new book. I pray it helps so many and points those who need your godly wisdom to your blog and ministry. Thanks so much, my friend!

    • Beth, thank you for supporting my launch! You have been a true blessing to me. May God continue to expand our view of Him!

  • Coming away from your words today with a renewed appreciation for the fact that the brokenness in our relationships — even though invisible to others — actually grieve a holy God. May we come to Him, the Lover of our souls, for mending and wholeness. Blessings to you as many have opportunity to read your book and benefit from your story along with the stories of the women in Jesus’ genealogy.

  • I have been hearing so much about this book. I think one way or another, this is one for my “to read” list.

  • I love the visual the chocolate milk provides! I want to be chocolate milk! Yum! 🙂 Thanks, Debbie! Such a great post!

  • Wonderful inspirational story. I will be linking up with you guys next week. 🙂