Today I’m taking a little break from our Revelation study to introduce you to my friend Wendy Blight. Wendy and I serve on the Proverbs 31 speaker team together, and I love and respect her immensely. Her passion for God’s Word is contagious, and I wanted you to have the chance to “catch” it.
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Does God ever give you “opportunities”? A situation where you know exactly what He wants you to do, but you don’t’ want to do it?
To be honest, I don’t like these “opportunities” because they often have a cost. A cost I’m either afraid or unwilling to pay.
Years ago, God brought one of these “opportunities” to me.
Really, God. Are you really asking me to do this? This is a big school. Isn’t there another mom better to step up to the plate on this?
[Excerpt from Chapter Two, “God Spoke So That” of Living So That]
When Lauren [my daughter] was in elementary school, she brought home a book that contained content unsuitable for elementary-age children. It was a book more appropriate for middle or even high school students. When I asked the librarian why it was in our library, she provided no explanation. I asked for it to be removed. She said that she would not. In fact, she had no problem with the book and suggested that I simply forbid my daughter from checking it out and reading it.
It became clear that if I wanted it removed, I would have to go over her head. That choice was hard for me, as I liked her very much. I often volunteered in the library, and I feared my actions might affect our relationship. Plus, I knew any action to proceed on my part would require a great investment of my time and energy. I would have to put myself out there not only in our school but also with higher-level administrators in the school system.
The question I had to ask myself was, how would my actions affect Lauren’s reputation and mine? Was it worth it for one book that I could just forbid my daughter from reading?
I knew my life would be easier and much more comfortable if I just dropped it.
I prayed and sensed the Lord wanted me to proceed. The world does not make it easy to stand up for Christian values! I followed the instructions given to make this type of request. I read the entire book, noting every page on which I found inappropriate content and why I felt it was unsuitable. It took hours and hours to document. Then I sent it to the appropriate people.
It took weeks to hear back. When I did, it required more paperwork and conversations. But in the end, praise God, my efforts prevailed. They removed the book from the library!
Was it worth it? Yes. But had I listened to the world and my flesh, I would not have taken on the challenge. The world told me to just keep my problem to myself and take care of it within my family. But my heart and my faith led me otherwise so that I could protect all children in Lauren’s school form this inappropriate content.
How did my heart get to this place…to willingly take on this God “opportunity”?
By being in God’s Word…by spending time allowing it to seep deep into the marrow of my bones.
I had Colossians 2:4 hidden in my heart, “I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.” (NIV)
In this verse, Paul warns that we must be able to recognize the world’s persuasive words. “Fine-sounding arguments.” (NIV) “Enticing words.” (KJV). How do we define these words so that we can know and recognize them? They are words that use logical but false arguments. In other words, they sound good, but if we look beyond the surface, they are dangerous and lead us down the way of the world…the wide road…the way that will not honor God and His Kingdom. Take care of this within your own family. Simply forbid your daughter from reading it. Will people think me a judgmental Christian?
God calls us to be on the alert for such words. To have discerning eyes and ears to recognize the lies.
But, friend, we cannot recognize the persuasive words, the fine-sounding arguments, the lies if we do not know the Truth…God’s Truth!
We must prepare to be aware. Let me say that again. Prepare to be aware!
The key to preparing comes with these four easy steps:
Spend time each day with God’ Word, hiding it in your heart.
Believe that what you read is truth spoken directly from the mouth of God.
Invite God to grant you discernment so that you can understand what you read.
Ask God for the wisdom needed to practically apply what you learn.
Pray for the courage to take what you learn and live it out in your everyday life
Making faith-filled choices is the key to faith-full living. And what fills our hearts and minds determines the choices we make! (Click here to Tweet)
Wendy Blight – In addition to being the author of InScribed’s Living “So That” : Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life, Wendy is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, a Bible teacher, an attorney, and author of Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God’s Story. Wendy most enjoys helping women, through Bible study, gain confidence so that they can tackle any problem life presents through God’s Word. Wendy’s favorite place to be is at home in Charlotte, North Carolina writing and enjoying life with her husband, Monty, and her two children, Lauren and Bo. Living So That is available now.