1. Sandy Svitak

    Beautiful and liberating! Just what I needed to hear today, even though I’m reading this more than a month after the blog posted. The fear of man idol has held me back far too long! God is trying to breath something into the cracks of my soul lately. Thank you for contributing to that! πŸ™‚

  2. Loved these…….”It’s about where I face.”

    And this…. “That is flesh. It’s the 666. Three times short of seven with a sabbath where I rest in Him.” <————–brilliant and true.

    I too wonder if the victory will only come when I die. ––But God. I'm praying for you and me today Kathy that, by Gods good grace and gift, we will know the reality of it here and now. Thank you for giving away what God is speaking to you.

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Judges 3:1-4 These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2 (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): 3 the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 4 They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord’s commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses.

      I think there are instant deliverances in the lives of believers … where suddenly desires are taken away for alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc … and there are ongoing issues the Lord leaves to train us and to equip us to train the generations after us [or our sisters next to us, as the case may be]

      I also believe our generation struggles with worship of man because of the idolatry in our land. Humanism [worship of man’s way] has undergirded our educational system, our media and our government for decades. The battle is real for the mind of man. Humanism’s website logo is “good without God” and they have an agenda to infiltrate all these areas. Of course you and I know who is behind all that. God is teaching us to overcome.

      All the “isms” are man’s way of seeking to accomplish seemingly good things, but they have no life in them. Humanism, socialism, feminism, all have he appearance of doing good, but ultimately end in bondage because the Spirit is absent.
      The power of God.

      Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
      Thanks for pondering with me Rhonda. πŸ™‚

      • I had not noticed that verse in Judges Kathy. Or how these things may have been —-left to train and equip us…. so we could teach others… though I have certainly seen it as my disobedience.

        And 2 Corinthians 3:17 ……is one of my favorite verses.

        Soooo good.

  3. Cheryl Brunkow

    You always cut to the core, Kathy, and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts! Have you ever thought about writing a devotional book? I know a GREAT designer (me) and have several friends are awesome editors…

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thank you for your encouragement Cheryl, and yes I have! I’ve been praying about this very thing, you may be the voice of God to me today, and will keep in mind your offering! πŸ™‚

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