Feb 24, 2009

Talk Radio Vs. God Talk

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is talk radio. I listen to Dave Ramsey, Kidd Kraddick, and Eric Von Wade (local) just to name a few. Some are very informative about our country, economy and local happenings. However one that I tend to find myself loving the most is purely for entertainment.

This morning as I was listening to a segment on Kidd Kraddick called "Get Over It", I started to come up with my own list. In this segment listeners call in with something they wish people in their lives would get over. For example someone said, "I have piercings and tattoos and I go to church". Then they play a sound byte that says, "GET OVER IT!". Another said, "My future in laws are trying to ruin my wedding, but we are getting married." Again the sound byte plays.

My first reaction was, Wow this would make a great blog post. I could write out the 5 or 20 things that are really bothering me right now, and then I could have commenters write out their pet peeves too. Believe me, I have quite a few right now as I'm sure all of you may. When I start thinking about people who have hurt me or hurt someone I love with their words or actions, it would be easy for me to go off.

HOWEVER, since this morning I chose to go to God's Word before my blog, He stopped me right in my tracks. In my Esther study, Beth Moore made a statement that "because Satan has a limited leash where believers are concerned, his most powerful tactics are psychological. Though he can't possess our minds, he profoundly and destructively influences our thoughts. " Right before reading this I was having some serious mental torment last night and early this morning worrying about some close friends of mine. Then as I woke up and read a blog, I suddenly felt such hurt and anger by some one's personal words which I felt were directed at me personally.

It is so easy to let anger and bitterness seep into our hearts when we are not filling our hearts overflowing with Jesus. His Word needs to fill our thoughts so that we will not fall into the temptation of reacting with anger or a feeling of injustice when people speak untruth or when people hurt us. Unfortunately we all make mistakes, I make them daily and often hourly. I am trying to confess to someone when I've hurt them and try to make things right, but we are human and therefore that won't always be the case.

I think what I really need is "to get over" the fact that there is a real enemy who wants nothing more than to trip me up in my walk with God. What he hasn't quite figured out is that when he does this it makes me only seek Christ even more and affirms my dedication to KNOW Him and his Word even more.

Is there something you personally need to get over? Are you letting God in on this area or problem? Take it to Him.

This is the verse that help me most today. Psalm 25 "To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse."


Anonymous said...

Hello! :)

Brandon Cunningham said...

I won't go into how this hit me today but God used you to speak to me. My life is blessed and great but this one thing hit me last night and drug into today because I didn't submit. Thanks for being the obediant one when I was not. Thank you God for using great Christ Warriors like Susie to reach hardheaded servants like me.

DA Wagners said...

I'm doing the Beth Moore study, Daniel, and she says that we as Americans get our feathers ruffled so easily. I know I certainly do. I'm learning just to "get over it" all the time.

Getting tied up in our own little pity parties is an excellent way to take our focus off of God. So I agree with ya! I just need to get over it!

Melanie Dorsey said...

You're on my WordChicks blogroll.
Also - I read the story behind your blog title. I want you to know that I have often said carnations are one of my favorite flowers b/c they last a long time but MAINLY b/c they smell fresh & clean.

2nd blog (WordChicks)

Karissa O'Neill said...

Susie, God is SO amazing how He uses people to get His message across, often without them even knowing (hint hint, wink wink). Thank you for being obedient to God and for being a light in the dark. I think I'm going to make my list and "get over it".

Susan said...

This was so well said and written Susie :o)

Linda said...

This was a great, wisdom-filled post Susie. Right off the top of my head I thought, sometimes I just need to get over myself. I get too wrapped up in my plans, my time, my, my, my.... I want there to me less of me and more of Jesus.

Susanne said...

What an excellent post, Susie. Thanks for the reminder that the way to "get over" anything is with Jesus and bringing it before Him.

Anonymous said...

Wow! God really used your post in a mighty way this morning! You wrote something that touched my heart - the part about other things filling us when we are not filled to overflowing with Jesus. I have been struggling with some depression and have been praying for the Lord to show me the root cause since there is no glaringly obvious "issue." It is if Christ Himself told me that if I will be filled with Him, there will not be room for the other junk. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God really used you in my life today! Praying God's abundant blessing on your life.

Kelly said...

This is so true--anger and bitterness are tools of Satan that I have seen destroy cose friends. This is a great reminder to trust and let go--to forgive.

Terri Seaman said...

What a great blog. That is exactly what my bible study teacher talked about last week (and it's not even a Beth Moore study.) It's not that we need to ask God to forgive our feelings or how we feel about someone, but we must ask Him to forgive our thoughts as that is the root of how we feel.