Monday, October 13, 2008

Clearheaded - NLT

This word is in a verse that I read this morning in the New Living Translation.
"But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation." 1 Thessalonians 5:8

So, here's why I'm writing about it. This is a very recent testimony in my life.
I have been taking a non-narcotic pain killer to manage back pain. Recently, I found myself taking more than necessary to try to take away a non-physical pain. An emotional pain. As if this pill were like zoloft and would numb the very real presence of pain. I knowingly was not turning to Christ for this area of my life.

Due to some medical tests, I had to go off of this medication for a few days. It was in that time that the conviction came from my Sweet Father. He gently challenged me to turn to Him with my "pain." I have a sign hanging on a wall that simply says:
"Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." Philippians 4:13... The Message

What is the point of having these reminders on the walls within my home if I am not willing to obey. This is something that looked pretty but I was not willing to really do. I was trying to "make it" by taking pills.

There is so much more to this story and how God brought all of this beautifully to a success story for me. It is way too much to write. The details are not as important as the praise that I can now offer clearheadedly to our Amazing, Great God!!! I can now live in the light and be clearheaded!!!


Mari Fontana said...

Clearheadedness is a good thing...Satan wants to steal kill and destroy. He has so often taken a perfectly healthy Christian and used something as simple as a prescribed medication that is very legitimate and turned it into dependance and even addiction. I am praising the father with you that He gave you the clearheadedness to see your need for Him in all your pain. I will be praying for you and your pain. Physical and emotional. I have found in my life that when I have crossed to the other side of emotional pain God had done so much in me in the process. Sometimes we can't make heads or tails or why of life. But He sees it all and is so good. I am so very glad you are back in blog land...and if not here then in eternity I look forward to sitting with you and talking (or praising our father together).

Chelle said...

Hooray and praise God!

Erica Lynn said...

God is so good and faithful!

Jen said...

Rach - rejoicing and praising GOD with you and for you!!! He is GOOD!!!!