Know when to run

How do you know when to stay in a difficult situation, or when to walk away, or even run?

You ask God.

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler Photo source: Google
Kenny Rogers, The Gambler
Photo source: Google

 

Kenny Rogers is one of my husband Ray’s favorite country music artists. I saw him years ago in a little restaurant-bar in California, but didn’t know who he was then. I really like one of the songs he sings, The Gambler. It is very prophetic about life and has wise advice. Some of the refrain’s lyrics are:

“He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right
You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run.”

I believe there’s 4 spiritual principles to these lyrics, that I’d like to share with you today:

  • Hold ’em. That we as believers in Christ are in a spiritual battle every day is a given. Ephesians 6:12, NASB, says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” There is a raging, unseen war around you and me every day. Sometimes we get tired and worn out, but we must never give up or give in to our enemy Satan, as Christ has the victory. Ephesians 6:13, New Heart English Bible, says, “Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.” This is what “hold ’em” means when you’re fighting a battle , to stand your ground and not let the enemy advance or conquer you, despite being fired at by guns, tanks, and helicopters, a blockade cutting off food, water, and supplies, guerrilla attacks,, walking through mine fields, or more : in military terms, stand fast.
  • Fold ’em.  In a card game, you fold by laying down your hands and stop playing the hand. You give it up and are out for that hand. You don’t place any more bets. In life, we fold ’em by surrendering. Not, and never, surrendering to the devil, but to God. You learn to let go of all control, let Jesus take the wheel, and allow God to have His way in and through your life. You die to self. You allow Christ to increase and you decrease for His glory. You trust God knows best for your life in this hard situation, and take it one step at a time, day by day (John 3:30)
  • Walk away.  If you were on Facebook at all since last year, you saw how the presidential election caused a storm of controversy, even dividing Christian family and friends. It was a shame, and grieved God’s heart to see so many of His children attacking each other, when the real enemy in this world is Satan. Titus 3:9, NASB, says, “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” Sometimes we just need to walk away from a situation, and not engage in strife or drama because it will just result in division, hurt feelings, offenses, and more. Be wise and walk; walk toward God!
  • Run. In boot camp, soldiers are trained to follow orders, be tough, and the long term strategy is to defeat the enemy, not to run away in fear and hide. However, there is a concept in battle called “withdrawal,” which is retreating forces back while maintaining contact with the enemy or totally disengaging for a moment.  A withdrawal may be used as part of a general retreat, to consolidate forces, to occupy ground that is more easily defended, or to lead the enemy into an ambush. It’s risky, requiring discipline to keep from turning into a disorganized rout (a chaotic, disorganized retreat resulting in the enemy’s victory) or at the very least doing severe damage to the military’s morale. (Source: Wikipedia) There IS a perfect Biblical example for running from the enemy, though: Joseph, who ran from Potiphar’s wife who was seducing him to come to bed with her. (Genesis 39:12). Instead, Joseph did what was right and winded up going to prison for his faith, later being raised up by God to be second in command in the land. At times we need to run from temptation or a situation that is not good for us or our loved ones.

Pray to God and ask for discernment and His wisdom in your specific situation and what you should do. No matter what the hard circumstances are that you’re facing right now, remember that you are more than a conquer through Christ.

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3 in 30 goals for March

It’s been quiet the last few days here, mostly because lately I feel tired and don’t want to write boring posts. So instead, I’ve been doing important things like:

Well, the little siesta has been fun, but it’s time that I get out of my pajamas, don’t you think?  Of February’s goals, I accomplished two of them and more. I haven’t finished my ebook yet on women and spiritual warfare because I’m now discussing a contract for copyrights with an attorney, since the ebook has multiple contributor writers and this is holding things up. But it won’t be long!

I’ve already received some of the stories for the ebook and girls, they are powerful!  I can’t wait until this ebook comes out. You will be so blessed. If you’re not already on my update list to hear the latest about this ebook before I make it available at this site, be sure to sign up at www.bethjones.net under the little pencil on the right-hand side. Just enter your name and email address.

 Today is March 1, so here are my 3 in 30 goals for March:

*Continue working on the ebook and hire the attorney to write the contracts (please pray for provision to hire her! God has given me favor with her on costs.)

*Attend all of my daughter’s “humba” classes this month and exercise at least 2-3 additional days a week. Keep me accountable by sending me military-sergeant emails, “Get your lazy bottom outta’ that chair!”   No, “humba” wasn’t a typo. Heather’s been teaching a Zumba class, but since she isn’t officially certified yet to teach it, she can get in trouble with  Zumba (I know, right? So ridiculous!).  One of Heather’s friends suggested she call it “humba” since her name starts with the letter “h.”  It’s a joke we’re enjoying using  now.

*Create my new webinar-bundle set product sales page, using a video sales page, and get the page up on my site.

Poem On March

“Each leaf,
each blade of grass
vies for attention.

Even weeds
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us.”
– Marianne Poloskey, Sunday in Spring 

What are your goals for this month?  Astonish yourself and get going!  Leave your comments below.

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Ezine or updates, or both? You decide!

Which one?

After talking with what I’m calling the “powerful minds, praying hearts” group and praying this weekend, I made a noticeable change to my website. You’ll see at the top of the welcome page an opt-in box for my ezine, with a graphic of the special report you receive when you sign up, Being Who You Were Created To Be. This special report encourages you to draw closer to God, to discover and walk in your life purpose, and to pursue doing the things you love, fulfilling your destiny in Christ.

You’ll also see another opt-in box on my welcome page, under the red pencil. What is the difference between these two? Which should you choose?  I invite you to sign up for BOTH, but you decide.  🙂

Until now, I’ve been combining my ezine, which gives my subscribers the free special report and goodies each month- articles, audios, ebooks, and other bonuses – with all the latest updates here at Tablet Of My Heart – the newest articles, blogs, and podcasts, my live speaking events, online events like webinars, etc. 

This made the ezine quite long. We all live busy, hectic lives. After brainstorming with others, I decided to create a seperate list. If you want to receive my ezine , which comes out twice a month and is my main subscriber list, you’ll get the free special report, plus regular bonus goodies such as the articles, ebooks, audios, etc.

If you want to hear just the latest updates here – the newest blogs, articles, my next speaking event, teleclasses, webinars, and the news about my newest product – you can sign up on my update list. This list will also give you “first dibs” on special discounts for my products that I’ll be creating, such as my ebook on women and spiritual warfare that I’m writing right now.

Want to make sure you hear first about the ebook? Get on the update list!  🙂

If you have any questions or have any prayer requests, please email me at elizabethdjones@gmail.com. Meanwhile, if you’re not already subscribed, why not get started and sign up for both, or for one of the lists today?  You will be blessed and encouraged to walk in your great destiny and purpose. It’s a great way for us to connect and I’d be honored to have you joining me in this journey!

Let me also know about any ideas you have for articles, blogs, podcasts, teleseminars, webinars, etc.  What are your needs? What topics are you interested in?

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