Fighting… Put Up Your Dukes!

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Podcasts, Who Is "me"...?
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Webster’s definition of  fight is, to engage in battle or in single combat; attempt to defend oneself against or to subdue, defeat, or destroy an adversary.

Back in December i spent weeks trying to get onto the Healthcare web site to no avail. Then on the last day i was successful, but not knowing what i was going to have to do i was not prepared for making a choice as to what plan i would select. After 45 minutes of searching, i decided to use the chat feature and discuss the matter with a person in the “know.” After an additional 45 minutes chatting they finally said, “Just pick one as you can change it later when you have had more time to consider what plan will work best for you. This is the person in the know’s advice so i went with it. of course my own frustration is at high alert by this time. i resolved my issue and ended the fight by doing as advised. Relief set in immediately. i had won the fight to get this task done, on time i might add. Now in January i had some time to do more research and found the plan i wanted to change to. i found myself right back into the battle fighting for what was best for us. They informed me that i could not change my plan until November 15th and it would not go into effect until January 1 2015. i’m not just frustrated i’m now angry and my words regarding this great health care system…. well i was in win at all cost mode. i’ll spare you having to hear all the details but needless to say the fight is still a work in progress but it is tempered with self-control for the long-term benefit verses satisfying my immediate need for revenge and winning.

i took on every aspect of the definition of fight. i engaged in the battle, in combat, as well as attempting to defend myself against what and whom i thought at the moment was my adversary. Thus the problem. i reached levels of sheer exhaustion mentally, physically, emotionally and yes spiritually because i knew my mind was in control and my heart was not in agreement with my words nor my actions. i fogot what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

Yesterday i shared Ephesians 12:10-18 and i need to go back to it, to digest it more so that… well, so that i do as the verse says, “learn how to apply the words. As i often do i’m going to personalize the verse.

And that about wraps it up ed. (This brings the matter to a conclusion or close.) God is strong, and he wants ed to be strong. (God wants me strong not weak, weary frustrated, and angry from fighting.) So ed take everything the Master has set out for you, (ed, He’s given you) well-made weapons of the best materials. (Well made weapons, of the best materials, His words, His thoughts, His plan and His purpose.) (ed here’s what I want you to do and why I want you to do it.) Put them to use so you, ed will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that you ed will walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. ed, this is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (ed, you must) Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting, ed, you will still be on your feet. (Ed… here are the well-made weapons.) Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. (This is the fight! that matters) Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way ed, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. (Now ed, pay close attention here.) Pray for your brothers and sisters. (STOP FIGHTING WITH THEM!) Keep your eyes open. (ed you can also fight for this) Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.  

In closing, In no way am i implying that i am to be anyone’s doormat or be taken advantage of, but… the truth is simply this, “My outer collapse takes place because my inner experience cannot sustain it” thus i fight for naught. These well made weapons put my mind and my heart on the same page, an inner strength takes over, and my desire to change my insurance is becoming a reality. i stand against the Devil and ALL his angels.

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