Difficulty breathing, focusing and enduring life has led to a screeching hault of sorts in my normal yet mildly chaotic life. I’ve known for months now (9 to be exact) that I had been in desperate need for realignment. Alignment of self in order of what God has called me according to his will; at least I’ve been told.
Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in the urban surrounding of Dallas,Texas, challenged me to the task of being a Kingdom Man. This challenge was posed to me through the many chapters of his book appropriately titled “Kingdom Man”. In the book the facts were all laid out, and he was calling all men to take hold of their rightful position in the home; that of head! Although my spouse did not agree, she couldn’t argue with God, nor his word, which states in Ephesians 5:20-25
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.
But…… this ONLY applies to a man that which follow Christ and seeks his face daily without fail or (Luke 9:23) unwillingness. I immediately thought, “wow, that is a lot of pressure,” but I also know the wages of sin, so I began contemplating my sacrifice of self to the Lord.
The Real Battlefield:
Joyce Meyers appropriately titled a book that would be a gift from God to me, “The Battlefield of the Mind”. In the text I immediately felt as if I wasn’t the only one dealing with a racing and sometimes wandering mind. I have so much time to think while driving around for work that my mind travels in and out of the gutter, around the world of fascinating get-rich-or-die thoughts and finally settling in a 24-hour hostel of depression or anxiety. Not until I became annoyed with myself did I realize that Satan was using my mind for battle. He crafted a general-like strategy filled with small battles, strongholds and all out ambushes that would cause me to retreat or desperately join forces with my ally: ibuprofen. Needless to say, my happy-go-lucky childhood and self-created falsehoods and beliefs in lies I told was catching up with me. The reality of my life was so far mismatched (like a clown outfit) with my perception that I needed a foxhole to hide in.
Basal Metabolic Rate
Basal metabolic rate is a baseline rate of metabolism expressed as O2 consumption or heat production under resting or at basal conditions, usually measured long after eating.
The BMR may be calculated with a formula for calculating a person’s proteo-caloric requirements. BMR is measured under basal conditions—12 hours after eating, after a night’s sleep, no exercise or activity preceding test, without emotional stress and at a comfortable temperature. BMR is increased in hyperthyroidism and decreased in hypothyroidism.
I used this formula during my doctoral studies in order to develop a complete weight loss program that effectively accounts for my calories in and out during my entire day. But… As you can see, there was no way this program would work for me as I don’t meet the requirements to effectively know what my body does at rest, because I never rest. I need a change. Currently, my overweight status is correlated to my daily mental gymnastics as bad days fuel bad thoughts and end with bad eating or overeating.
Oak Ridge Reformed Baptist
It was already written that Simon Peter would deny the Lord 3x before the rooster crows. Matthew 26:30-3
The prophecy was fulfilled as Simon Peter’s level of denial escalated from convenient amnesia to down right perjury in the presence of the Lord. Luke 22:54-62
But Jesus demonstrates his purpose in his forgiveness of Peter’s sin. John 21:15-17
Because he died, we undeserving are given the gift of repentance, the fruits from choosing this path isn’t a given; it takes letting go of your transgression and confessing of your sin to God, and humbly conducting a change in heart. For He is love and commands that you seek a heart like His own. And lastly, a love for the Lord can be found through your actions as Christ commanded Peter to feed the lambs, shepherd and feed his sheep! We’re given an extraordinary gift to perform ordinary tasks. I’ve been instructed today to love and shepherd those that are in need~ hence the blog.
Let His Blessing Flow:
I can’t be all that God wants me to be if I keep running from His call to realign. Lord, lose me of my guilt and forgive me of all sins, search my heart and cleanse me on this journey!