Battle For the Truth

John 8:31-23 Then Jesus said to those Jews who BELIEVED in Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss why it is so hard to abide in the freedom that God’s truth promises.

Truth can hurt and be painful until we SEE the benefits of Truth. Our natural nature is to desire comfort, pleasure, good feelings, and smooth sailing in maneuvering the storms of life. If these are our priorities over living in Truth, then our ego will demand satisfaction.

Failing to prioritize renewing our minds, not understanding the necessity of the conscience to be in agreement with the Holy Spirit, and refusing to live by our surrendered heart will determine our receptivity to discern and know Truth.

As you join us today, take time to search your heart to see if you are ready to Battle for the Truth.

Blessed Are Those Who Examine Their Heart

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins explore attributes needed in our lives as examples for living the Exchange Life God calls us to. What would that life look like?

Traits to admire and trust include: keep our words timely, our walk, and talk consistently. When under attack from others we respond by being quick to hear and slow to speak.

In difficult situations, involving more than one person will seek to support the weak and strong in finding balance, keeping unity and harmony to avoid unnecessary conflicts, so the goal may be reached.

Character, revealed by words and actions, will assure the observer there will be no sarcasm, double-tongued speech passed to others. Mature leaders lead through serving.

An Exchanged Life always encourages praise and gratitude and knows how to build up without tearing down; requesting accountability and loyalty with a sincere heart of LOVE.

So join in the conversation as we examine how Blessed Are Those Who Examine Their Heart.

Blessed Are All Who Repent

Hebrews 2:1 warns and advises, “We must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest  we drift away.”

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins offer hope from the voice of Jesus Christ in the Bible on staying and standing strong under testing and attacks. Now, we need to recognize when we are under attack; sometimes from direct fiery darts, but many times in ways so subtle that we don’t sense the danger until we are wounded and wanting to cover up our wrongs; or worse yet, no longer care and believe we have need of nothing.

The Lord has provided understanding that our battleground is the mind. Scripture teaches prayerful ways to stay alert to the dangers that defeat us. Funny, because too much time on our hands can be as threatening as too little time, because of excessive busyness. Desiring our own agenda for relaxation and enjoyment has a high risk if not under the guidance of the Spirit. Our own agenda needs to be His agenda we have wholeheartedly sought.

As you listen today, examine your heart and ask yourself, what are my priorities that can lead to the blessings of repentance and reconciliation?

Tearing Down Defense Mechanisms

11 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, and casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of  God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the walls we build and then hide behind. We protect our egos, wounds of the past and present, lies we want to believe as Truth; not realizing the damage the walls cause in isolating us from the reality of TRUTH.

This is not the “normal Christian life” but originates in the mind of our own agenda.  Proverbs 16:2 Says, “All a man’s ways are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits of a person.”

Jesus Christ has not left us in a delima, but He has promised to those that seek His direction,  guidance and resources for overcoming all blindness and obstacles.

As you listen to the conversation, ask the Lord to open the door of your heart in order to  tear down any walls that keep you from a life of sincere love and joy; regardless of circumstances.

Blessed Is The Steadfast Heart

I Corinthians 15:57 and 58 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my Beloved, be STEADFAST, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not vain in the Lord.” 

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss a steadfast heart. The heart has many descriptions of how it functions for healthy living in our bodies. It must be constant in its labor of faithfully pumping lifeblood through our arterial system. Likewise, our inner being also needs a steadfast function. There are special qualities that are evidenced in character when we understand the attributes of steadfastness. 

We will examine several lives that show us living examples of steadfastness and how steadfastness is developed, how it is defined as, firm, fixed in place, constancy, resolute, not fickle, or wavering. Has the ability to resist. It is the firmness of mind or purpose. 

To lack in this attribute is to weaken your ability to fight battles of life, whether in the mind or encountering the landmines of life.

Come join us in the conversation as we prepare to build this quality character so your labor will have a purpose in life.

Defense Mechanisms Part 2

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the ways we escape hurts, wounds, and renegade emotions that keep us locked up inside; resulting in damaged thinking, relationships, and lifestyles.

 

 

Some people believe what they don’t know will NOT hurt them, so they cling to attitudes and actions that increase the pain rather than finding the solutions to solve the agonies of unbelief. 

Many qualified professionals can reveal the circumstantial causes behind these issues but only One Source, God’s Word, can take us back to the root cause of why we are entrapped in these mysteries and offer lasting solutions.

As you listen today, you will discover the Defense Mechanisms that entice us to look for a quick fix to our troubles, but instead, take us deeper and deeper into a maze of misery. You will gain understanding and assured hope for getting rid of “baggage that binds.”