Tonight was the first session of the LWFC Annual Ladies Beach Retreat. I got down here on Wednesday with some of the other admins to get things set up. So this morning consisted of breakfast at IHOP, shopping, napping, and waiting. The ladies began to arrive at 3-ish. Session started at 7pm, and it was AWESOME! Vikki Burke spoke, and man was it good! It was hard to take notes because you would go to write something down that you thought was good and then miss something that was just as good… but here are my notes:
“Good and Pleasant Life”
Jeremiah 1:18-19; Isaiah 54:17
A fortified city is one that is impenetrable. It is immune to attacks. Are you immune to attacks? Not just from the enemy, but from other people who insult you, reject you, etc?
Jesus said that we would be able to do the things he did, and even greater things. He wasn’t referring to just miracles, he was referring to his lifestyle. He didn’t make a mistake, he didn’t over react to things, and he wouldn’t tell us to do something we can’t do!
*Nothing can get to you that you don’t let get to you* *Don’t give people or the devil any room for accusation*
When you know where you are going, the detours are obvious. If you are driving to Dallas, and you see a road sign that says Dallas to the Left and New York to the Right, its easy to choose which road you will take. But do you know where you are going?? What is your purpose, what is your target, what is your destiny (or Destination)?
Jesus prayed everyday to find out what to do, and He never made a mistake … perhaps that could work for us too (duh!!!) *John 5:3
What is your focus? Do you have more than one? You cannot focus on more than one thing. Too many times we LOOK at too many things that steal our FOCUS!
Look at the life of David. He was rejected, shunned, ignored, hated, insulted, and many other horrible things by people close to him. And he never reacted wrongly. He never got offended, he never retaliated, he always kept a good attitude. … Until Nebal. *1 Samuel 25* (complaining only feeds the fire of your flesh, so Shut Up! … God determines who/what/when/where your harvest comes from, not you). Thank God for Abigail!! Notice what she did though … when faced with the impending death of herself and her entire family, she had three choices: 1. Nag her husband, though she knew it would do no good; 2. Blame her husband and wallow in her impending doom; or 3. Take action. She chose the later, she did what needed to be done to right the situation. But notice what she did when she went out to meet David… she accepted all the blame. It wasn’t her fault, it was her husbands (whose name is translated “fool”), but she accepted the blame for the situation, because it was the only thing that would keep her and her family alive to see the morning.
Fools will be fools, but are you willing to do what it takes to survive to see the morning?
*Romans 8:13* *Psalm 34:14*
… can’t wait for tomorrow morning!