How to Have a Strong Inner Man

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Ephesians 3:16; That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.

Oh I’m so excited! Isn’t this exciting? I love looking at what’s underneath in the heart of a verse.

The last 3 verses we’ve talked about Paul’s sacrifice, his heart and why he bowed his knees. (Which is a figure of speech I learned about yesterday after I wrote the blog) The last 3 chapters we’ve discovered Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and God’s plan, what all he got for us. Now we’re getting to the point of it all.

First look at that word “might”, this is the Greek word, dynamis, pronounced, dü’-nä-mēs. We get our English word dynamite from it. Unlit dynamite has no power only, potential power. IF lit it is dangerous. Dynamis is potential, or latent power. Just by being what it is “dynamis” or might in this case, it is inherently powerful. What has this power?

God’s Spirit Strengthened In You!

Do you see how I dissected that? I let the verse explain itself. If we were to go back to the context it emphasises this point as well. Paul reveals the mystery, which is Christ in you, that anointing in you.

Here’s an everyday example:

I have a set of weights. I can do whatever I want with them, they’re mine. I can draw pictures of them, sing to them, worship them, email my friends all about them, dress them up for Halloween….etc. But are they going to make me any stronger by these activities?

They have dynamis. Potential power. Only after I start lifting them, and being consistent will I get strong?  YES! Our physical sweat = physical strength.

The phrase “he would grant” in the verse above is one Greek word, didōmi. This is a verb form to say, paying someone obligatory wages or commission for a task. What do you get paid in when you work out? More muscle, which translates into strength. God keeps the purse strings on spiritual strength so he would be the one to give that out. Our spiritual sweat = spiritual strength. Okay, Terri, how do you strengthen your inner man or your spirit??

1 Corinthians 14:4; He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth (Greek oikodomeō = grows, strengthens, builds up) himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 

Jude 20: But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the holy spirit. (speaking in tongues)

Ephesians 3:16; That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man

The next verse is very important!

1 Corinthians 14: 39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.

I’m very excited that God gave us a way to out-smart and out-run our enemy. An enemy who wouldn’t want you to learn this stuff because it defeats him. If you have questions and want to learn how to speak in tongues, feel free to contact me at Terri@TerriPorta.com. Here are some tips: You move your lips, throat, tongue and mouth. You start when you want, and end when you want. It is the language of men or angels as it says in 1 Corinthians 13:1. You won’t understand what the words are that is why it’s called an unknown tongue.

When we speak with tongues much we strengthen our inner man, we also magnify God. There are 10 other benefits as well.

This is the heart behind the Mystery because God wants strong kids.

Strong kids stand strong for God, they defeat the devil, discern truth from error, and most importantly show others how to be strong too. God gave us an easy, unbreakable way to get strong. Don’t let anyone or anything talk you out of the Word. That is where we stand as believers, if someone takes it, what do you have? Error.

Great leaders lead others to their own greatness and strength. Go be strong in the Lord today!

 


What Came First, the Chicken McNuggets or the Egg McMuffin?

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Can we laugh at life for a minute?

I want to know if you have ever done one of the following…

The Happy Meal Came first!

Have you ever….
Bumped into a wall mid-stride because you were drinking coffee and walking at the same time? (Did that early this morning. Coffee, precious coffee lost)

Have you ever…
(Beware of the Ewww-factor here) Changed a poopy diaper and accidentally gotten it on your finger then laughed with your baby about it. (Did this yesterday, yuck I can’t believe I’m admitting that one.)

Have you ever…
Watered the lawn for a 15 minutes while watching for the earth worms to come up, so you can capture their large squirming bodies to show your two-year old son how to be a “real” boy– only to quickly rescue them from being drowned in the 2 inch deep wading pool nearby? :) (Oh yeah, yesterday evening!)

Have you ever…
Slammed your hair in the car door and then tried to get the door open without losing a clump of it or your sanity? (Ugh… don’t ask.)

Have you ever…
Seen a small toy on the floor, that you’ve been stepping on for 3-days, lying precariously in front of the vacuum, and not hesitated for a second in sucking it up? (Opps sorry honey, it wasn’t a toy)

Have you ever…
Ordered a meal for your picky toddler then ended up eating it on top of your own meal because he didn’t eat it, nor was he going to eat it? (Okay, I was in the mood to eat a happy meal too, but couldn’t order one for myself…what? It’d look bad right?)

Have you ever…
Bought an outfit to look like the girl you saw wearing it in the store, then –after huffing and puffing to get into it– realized that on your body it looks like a the Staypuff Marshmallow Man with a wedgie? (Hmmm…no comment)

Then welcome to motherhood, womanhood and life on this planet. Hope you laughed too! Have a blessed day!

Living On Love

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Hello! This week is throwback week at Supporting Godly Women and I’m reposting some of the yours and my all time favorite posts from the last 3 yes, 3 years of posting. I had over 755 to choose from, but some of these ranked in the top views of all time. Have a fun week! And share if you like them. 

Living on Love

Living on love is a fabulous lifestyle choice. I’m not talking about eros, the Greek word for romantic love. I’m not talking about philos, the Greek word for brotherly, or friendship love. I’m talking about agape, the Greek word for God’s love.

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Many people stress a healthy, active lifestyle for a better future. I totally agree. They should learn about agape then they’ll stress the agape lifestyle. How do they correlate? In tons of ways!

First;

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear…” 1 John 4:18a

Love gets rid of the human body’s, mind and soul’s worst enemy, fear. Fear is debilitating! Look at the second half of that verse.

“…because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect (mature) in love.”

Fear has torment. This is word fear is the Greek word phobos. We get our English word phobias from this word. It literally means to strike terror in someone. It’s the kind of fear that constantly arrests your attention and manipulates every situation until you are tormented day and night by it.

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25

“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.” Job 3:25

Not one preacher I’ve heard at the pulpit talks about this verse in the context of what happened in Job’s life. Job let fear in the kind that torments us. Job’s “snare” was fear. Yes he loved God and yes he was faithful but he allowed the hedge of God’s protection to be punctured by fear. Fear destroyed his life and allowed the Devil in. In coming posts we’ll discuss how a figure of speech called the idiom of permission affected the Old Testament writers and how God’s love for us has never changed not even then.

Today, we must perfect love. How do we do that? How do we live on God’s love? First get rid of fear. How do you spot a perfected (mature) believer? Look for someone who does not have fear because they live by faith. Most psychologists will tell you to write down all your fears and discuss the origin of them etc. How many self-help books, including Christian ones, focus on the problem of fear? If you read a book about spousal abuse, are you not suddenly very aware of every kind of abuse in your life? Everywhere you turn you’re thinking about it. So what are you focused on?

If that’s the way the world does it, you can bet the answer is in the opposite action.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

What is the definition of renewing your mind? Putting the Word of God in mind and acting accordingly. So what does it say about our thoughts in the past, future or otherwise?

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Phil 4:8

Does it say in that last verse to sit in a circle and discuss all the the things you fear? What about getting up and confessing your fear in front of fear-loaded group of people?

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

If the devil is trying to convince you the fears are real, resist!! There is more power and authority in a believer’s baby-toe than the adversary has in his whole fleet of evil workers. Resist using the powerful name of Jesus Christ.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17

“Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27

What could we possibly have to fear? God, the maker of the universe called you before the foundation of the world to be a child of His. Why should we allow the adversary one inch of space in our mental day? He tries to hit your wallet. Hit him back with God’s Word.

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19

When he tries to convince you, you’re not good enough. Hit him back with the Word of God.

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1:4

Love is freedom from the bondage of fear. Embrace it. Seek it. Learn how to operate in it. We all long for our chance at this kind of lifestyle but it isn’t something that floats down to us. We must swim out and take it. We must act on our believing.

God bless you today!

For I am Persuaded…

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Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been obsessing about getting older lately. Ha! Yep. I’m creeping up on forty. No, not for more than a year but still…lately it feels closer than it should. As I reflect on my thirties, I have mixed emotions. One is…whoa…I can’t believe I have to look BACK on my thirties instead of forward to them. And WHOA!…how did my backside get so big back there? Lol… Okay, time for a diet. There are many physical things that I want to change about myself, sure. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have at least something. But I have also started feeling like I’m racing towards some kind of finish line and forty is it.

So I sigh.

I sit

…I feel a little sorry for myself.

Then I realized…

Thank GOD I’m getting older! So many people lose that opportunity at a young age!

Now I get excited. As I look back over the last two decades I see, each one has been AMAZING in its own way!  Especially the last one. If God can take me from a broken, depressed, woman who was never going to have another female friend again, to what I see before me today in these short years, I say…God, let’s do it again! My life is what I decide to make it. Right? Of course. It reminds me of that verse in Romans.

“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:20

God’s been shaping and smoothing out the rough spots in this girl for years! He has spent countless more assuring me of His love. I heard these five rules in a class I took recently from a very old, long passed on preacher. He said the reasons he taught and continued to learn from God were this;

  1. To acquire an in-depth spiritual perception and awareness.
  2. To receive training in the whole Word so as to be able to teach others. And be in the best condition you can be to move the Word of God.
  3. Physical Training. To make your physical body a vehicle for which to communicate the Word to others.
  4. Practice believing to bring material abundance to yourself and the ministry.
  5. To go forth as leaders and worker in areas of concern, interest and need. 

I may be getting older, but my, oh my, I have a long way to go. But I also see that this is where God was taking me all along. I’m going to get older and turn forty, whether I want to or not. I might as well enjoy it and make each passing year better than the last. Just like God has done for me. God is not done, there is no finish line.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6

When I’m done with this body and Jesus Christ comes back, I’ll get a new spiritual body. This is just the first day of the rest of eternity!!

What is so great about that? I think it all starts in my attitude. God said there in Phil 1:6 that He will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. We don’t know how long that is. All we can say is, thank you God. Thank you for not quitting on me. Thank you for never leaving my side. Thank you for continuing to love me more than I ever deserved.

I read over this chapter and realized it is the climax the pinnacle of our life with God. I just couldn’t cut it up. It’s all SO good. But the last few verses were what I wanted to end with so please read the whole way through.

Romans 8:

[1] [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

[2] For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. [3] For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

[4] That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. [5] For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. [6] For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.

[7] Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. [8] So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. [9] But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. [10] And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.

[11] But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. [12] Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. [13] For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. [14] For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

[15] For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [16] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. [18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

[19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. [20] For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope, [21] Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. [22] For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. [23] And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.

[24] For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? [25] But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it]. [26] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

[27] And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God. [28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. [29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

[30] Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. [

31] What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?

[32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.

[34] Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

[35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Rom 8:1-39 KJV]

No matter how much I learn, I’m always amazed at how much MORE God did for me and will do. We have a long life ahead.

God bless you today!

Can We Really Go “Off-the-Grid” with God These Days?

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Wow! What a meeting!

Last night I sat around the table with women whose hearts were enlarged by God’s kindness and love. I fed off that love in my teaching of God’s Word. Thank you so much to those of you who could make it! I wanted to extend the invite out to those of you who might want to come visit our little Bible Study meetings. They start every Wednesday night at 6 PM MST and we try to be done by 7:30 or 8 PM. I think what amazes me is that we all have kids, we all have busy schedules and we all have priorities in our lives, but we find time for this meeting. I know why I do it, and why Wednesdays have quickly become my favorite day of the week. It’s because of them! And it’s because I need to go “off-the-grid” with God.

Have you ever heard that term? My sister talked about it in one of her teachings, she said it’s about finding your solace and your special time/place with God. I get that! Wow, do I so get and love that! It’s a time when you can get away from all the doubters, the worriers and the people who don’t profit your life. It’s a time when no one is needing fed, wiped, calmed, soothed, burped or bathed. It’s a time when you have your needs taken care of.

There is an old hymnal about going off grid with God, it goes like this.

My God And I

My God and I go in the fields together;

We walk and talk as good friends should and do.

We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter,

My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue.

He tells me of the years that went before me,

When heavenly plans were made for me to be;

When all was but a dream of dim conception

To come to life, earth’s verdant glory see.

My God and I will go for aye together

We’ll walk and talk as good friends should and do.

This earth will pass and with it common trifles

But God and I will go unendingly.

It’s such a sweet song and I wish I could sing it to you. Below is a YouTube video I found of some far more talented singers than I singing it. Enjoy!

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It me of that verse in Psalms 118: 14…”The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.” Sometimes all we need is a song to refresh us, but some times we need a whole lot more.

For you who would like to attend our little band of rebels, meet us in the Sherwood forest (aka EXIT Realty Yellowstone, Billings Montana) at 6 pm on Wednesdays. We’re going to take back from the Devil what he thought was his. Our solace, and our peace.

God Bless You all!

Have I Learned How to Be a “Great” Human Yet?

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When we were little kids, our parents, grandparents and teachers spent most of their time telling us to have good manners, treat people well, and play nice. Kids have to be reminded a lot! I’m sure my mom wondered if I was ever going to “get it”. Of course, now, all her hard work paid off and I’m an independent prospering member of my community. But am I really a “great” human? Or am I, like the rest of us, still evolving and need a little guidance?

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Here are a 3 questions to ask ourselves.

1)  “Great” Humans start…

…as good humans who have hearts that open and minds that ask.

Ask, “Do I allow God to teach me and I mean really teach me?”

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

 They say, it’s after you think you know it all that you begin to learn. Do you like to learn only things that pertain to you? Or is learning itself a source of joy?

“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” 2 Peter 1:3-4

If the Word of God contains all things that pertain to life and godliness, why then do we think WE know it all? One must be as willing to unlearn as they are to learn. Sometimes our learning has included learning some errors. Christopher Columbus set out to prove there were errors in the way he was taught. I must ask myself, am I willing to go that far and truly learn? Life is just another name for “God’s Classroom” but we have to choose to be great students. And He has a customized curriculum just for you

2) All the greatest men and women in history…

…had a heart of service. And the one man who split time in half and brought hope to the world served God with all his life. In fact, as soon as Jesus Christ was raised from the dead he began witnessing. How does that serving compute? Even after being murdered, Jesus served people.

Ask this question, “God first, others second, am I willing to be third?”

“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.” John 12:26

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (self).”  Matthew 6:24

You are totally responsible for what you do with what God gave you. The great thing about God is, when you give, He gives back. You give again, and He gives back. You can never out-give God. It becomes a joy-fest of giving and serving. The excitement grows as the learning grows.

3) All the great humans…

…allowed LOVE to direct their actions, not fear. God doesn’t love on account of; He loves in spite of. Can we do that? Can we love that big?

Ask this questions…”Do I have the courage to take the barbed wire down from around my heart and simply love?”

Without love there is no joy in living.

“And above all these things put on charity (love/agape), which is the bond of perfectness.And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:14-15

We can never afford not to love each other.

 Great humans learn, serve, and love as much as they know how. So today, make someone’s day. Learn something new about them, love them with the love of God by tenderly reaching out and serving them.

God bless you today!

How To: Measure a Champion

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A champion implies a victory

and a victory implies a fight.

If there is a fight then you must have an enemy.

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When you look back over this year, do you see little or no change? Is your personality, the dedication of talents, and your giving of yourself stale? Do you find little or no joy in serving? Time is a wonderful measurement of change, but if you look back over this year and find these statements to be true, then there is one problem. You have ignored your enemy. Ignoring the enemy doesn’t make you a champion. If I do not answer the question, it doesn’t mean I agree with the question or disagree with the question, it means I acquiesce. I submit. I lost the fight. The temptation is to ignore the enemy. But that is like the old frog sitting in a pan. If you slowly raise the temperture, he will be cooked alive.

What does God’s Word say about the fight? 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore,” Ephesians 6:10-14a

How do we stand? In this day and age, how do we fight? The same way that NFL Teams win football. They play. They move the ball forward, and stop it from moving back. They focus on their offensive but keep their defensive strong. A moving target is very hard to hit! So get moving.

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37

If you are looking for a place to serve, get quiet and ask God where that should be. Treat your time and life as His blank slate. What is the highest and best use of you? God knows. He loves you too. He knows your likes and your dislikes. He knows what will push you and what will hold you back. Trust that and then obey.

What is the measure of a champion? How well she focuses her mind.

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

God bless you today!