Crouching Lion, Hidden Tiger

I have to confess, as a young girl, I used to love watching martial arts movies! I loved watching Bruce Lee defeat the enemy and defend honor. There was rarely a dull moment once you got past the scintillating dialogue. It seemed like there would never be an end to the battles, and danger was always waiting around the corner.

Much like spiritual warfare, the battle never ends. The enemy is relentless and is always crouching at the door in his main agenda of stealing, killing, and destroying. John 10:10a

I have personally felt the onslaught of the attack of the enemy lately, and it doesn’t show any signs of letting up any time soon. Where is the hope in this message? If we read John 10:10 all the way though it gives us that hope: But He came to give us life and life abundant! That promise keeps me going along with all the other promises in His word to us. Will I see that abundance here on earth? Possibly, but what I stake my claim in is that my hope is in a future glory. One that moths and rust cannot destroy. Victory isn’t necessarily found in how hard we fight, but in how firm we stand. I have to personally purpose to keep my mind on the Father and what He’s spoken over me.

Isaiah 26:3
He keeps him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.

I gain comfort the more I keep my eyes on Him. The waves seem to diminish and I can continue in the last clear direction He gave me. It is the place of His greatest pleasure. The place where faith takes over sight, Hebrews 11:6.

Pastor Bonnie Simmons

Let Me Be the Parent

Often in my home arguments occur between my kids. One of them will usually try to tell the other one what to do and the other one will retaliate by saying “You’re not my parent!” A fight ensues and then they run to find me to have me resolve the dispute. One of them tries to tell me what to do and I then remind them that I’m Mom and to let me be the parent.

They want to be in control so badly! Just like me. I want things to go the way I perceive they should go and get frustrated when it doesn’t work out according to my plan. Like my kids, I don’t always see the big picture and don’t understand the ramifications of my will over God’s. Often times I expect God to clean up my mess when I take things into my own hands, all the while suggesting how He should do it. If I get things my way, what details are missed in the interim? Can I sit back and let God be in control and submit to His will even if it means not getting my way? What if,  just possibly, God’s plan is better?

The word says: Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

I see how frustrated my kids get trying to control their circumstances and people around them. I am really no different, but I am contending to lay it all down and let God be the parent. It is after all His Kingdom.

Matthew 6:10
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Pastor Bonnie Simmons

Devotion Is Freedom

My husband and I never had a honeymoon and we are celebrating 20 years of marriage this year. So, we decided we are going to take a honeymoon, a big one in Hawaii. Twenty years seems like a long time, but it’s gone by so quickly! As I look back on the years and memories, both good and bad, I wouldn’t change a thing because it has brought us to where we are; utter devotion which has brought us to the place of utter freedom.

It wasn’t smooth sailing in the early years. I was still fighting for the right to be right. I wanted my way. It was the only reason we had any disagreements. One day, Dean and I were on a prayer walk. He took my hand and pulled me toward him and said: “I’m on your side.” He was devoted to me and our marriage, and it set me free.

It hasn’t been the same since that day. I was undone. Everything I had fought so hard for to maintain control of was no longer important. I had a change of heart.

Be Set Free Today!
The same thing happened when Jesus invaded my heart. I had come to a point where I couldn’t live without Him in my life. I devoted my heart to Him and He set me free. Nothing I had possession of before that moment mattered anymore! I fully submitted the seat of my self- will to follow the one who gave up everything for me.

Can I just say, it doesn’t get any better than that! If we are devoted to anything but Christ, we can’t possibly be set free. Be set free today! God loved the world so much that He gave His son Jesus so we could live forever! John 3:16. God’s devotion to us gave us freedom just as our devotion to Him gives us freedom. It’s a win-win!

Be blessed in your devotion to Him!

Pastor Bonnie Simmons

Am I on the “Naughty List?”

As a child full of wonder and belief in the spirit of the holiday season, I was ever striving to behave so I wouldn’t get placed on the “Naughty List.” I hadn’t thought of this for years until my 10 year old daughter sat across the breakfast counter with a perplexed look on her face. I asked what was on her mind and she replied: “Mom, do you think I’m on the naughty list?”