Am I Committed?

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II Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV), “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

Did you ever know someone who was great at getting involved, in starting new projects, enrolling in a college classes, setting goals, and making resolutions…but they weren’t so great at finishing anything. I have, several in fact. I was brought up to finish what you started. You ate what you put on your plate, if you signed up for ball; you went to every practice, you stuck it out. In fact it was such a big thing, and I had very little self confidence, that I hardly ever committed to anything. If I knew I could do it, without a doubt, then I’d go for it. Thank God, I have found my confidence in Him. I’ll give just about anything a try if it pleases Him. If I mess it up, it won’t be from lack of effort. So, you’d think I would have a lot of “success” under my belt.

We have a real enemy that tries to get us off the track. He will do anything to derail us, slow us down, or get us to even move backwards. That’s who he is. He comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10). He doesn’t have a single other agenda. To put it simply his job is to get us to quit, back down, or give up. You can’t get him to stop attacking. That happens when we get to heaven, and he gets to hell. Don’t lose heart though, you can repel, and counter attack anything and everything he throws your way…if you have surrendered your life to the One who is all powerful. God has given us weapons, and protective gear. He has warned us of the wiles of the Devil, and placed before us simple instructions on how to overcome. Jesus already did, He defeated the devil over 2000 years ago. We just carry on in that knowledge. We battle a defeated foe, a lion who can only make noise because his teeth have been pulled.

So why does it feel like we have gotten our ears boxed? Or maybe you have been in the same battle for years, and you haven’t even given much thought to the war. What’s the problem?

Honestly there could be various reasons, but today I am going to talk about one of those reasons. Take a look at something our Senior Pastor said while preaching a series about “Changing Your Perception.”

“The enemy attacks, that’s who he is, but when he consistently gets the upper hand it is because our perception is wrong.” Dr. William Hohman

Since you didn’t hear the message, I’ll clue you in on the concept.

When we know, not with our head, but in our heart, truly know, who God is we have unlimited power at our disposal. Think of it in this way, if you know God is your healer, you believe with all of your heart that Jesus’ stripes purchased your healing, you will stand firm against every bodily attack. You won’t be fighting the sickness, you will be fighting the fight of faith, the fight to remain true and committed to God and His word. Look at Job, Satan had permission to wreck havoc on Job’s life, yet Job didn’t “curse God and die” as his loving wife recommended, no, he kept his faith. Sure it wavered a little, we are human, but he never gave up on God. He stayed committed to the One who was able to bring him through.

When we know that our Father is the King, we can walk in our authority as princes and princesses. We command those who are subject to us (which according to the word is pretty much anything that is in the way of us fulfilling our destiny in God.) The key is to know who He is, know who we are, and submit to the King. When we know what His plan is, we can walk on the right path, recognize the obstacles, and command them to move.

We have to be committed. We have to “set our faces like flint”, “quite like men”, “run the race with patience”, and “stand firm”. It’s only when we do those things that we will receive the promises.

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV), “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Romans 12:11-12 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English), “Be diligent and do not be lazy; be enthusiastic in spirit; be working for your Lord. Be rejoicing in your hope. Bear your afflictions bravely. Be persistent in prayer.

Ephesians 6:13 (NLT), “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

Have you mastered the art of quitting, well quit it! Press on to master the art of loyalty and commitment. He is worthy of our commitment! We won’t be the only ones who will benefit from our perseverance. When we fulfill the call God has placed in our lives, when we use the gifts and talents He gave us, so many people are blessed. Lives are changed! The Kingdom is built!


Are you committed?

Deeper Still

My second devotional is now available in my store, on amazon and on smashwords.

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Angela’s review:
“Deeper Still -was quite a unique Christian devotion it was very informative and yet very interesting and not a heavy intellectual devotional either! So, I would give her ebook five stars! I feel like I had even learned and benefitted from it even though I had know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior since the evening on Sept. 16th of the year 1971. And I had been able to be in places where I would learn and grow spiritually, too!
I recommend this book for new born again Christians and for any who feel the could use a refresher course of basic Christian teachings. I received this ebook free in exchange for a free ebook to read and do reviews on as well as to learn more about God’s Word, We can never learn too much, right from God’s Word, especially while on planet earth with all the evil going on about us, right? Great work Jodi! By Angela”

Closer Yet- Christian Devotional (Written by Me)

http://www.amazon.com/Closer-Yet-Devotions-From-Walk/dp/1496165853/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1395947956&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=closer+yet

All Christians are on a journey with the Lord. Sometimes we walk away from Him, sometimes we stumble and bumble our way, and sometimes we stay on the path that He has set before us. The important thing about our walk is not that we have made mistakes or have seemingly failed at times, but that we can always get back on the right path. The pages of this devotional come from just such a journey.

Beauty’s Curse-My Third Published Book

http://www.amazon.com/Beautys-Curse-Jodi-Woody-ebook/dp/B00CWK5JRA/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390404523&sr=1-2&keywords=beauty%27s+curse

“Beauty’s Curse is an adult fantasy/fairytale that spans centuries of bondage, shown through the intertwined lives of four people. Esmeralda, Victor, Nicholas and Adelaide are living under a curse, some of their own making, some by the cruelty of others, and a curse once cast cannot be broken. For years they have toiled under their prospective curses, each in their own way, trying to live with the burdens and troubles. Then along comes Hope, who proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is better judged by what in the heart of a person. True love can break the chains that bind.”

I have always loved fairytales in the traditional sense. I love some of the new “fantasy” books as well. Beauty’s Curse, though not written as “Christian” is a clean romance that has good values and a moral (like all good fairytales). This book is appropriate for high school age and up.

If you would like a free pdf or kindle copy just message me. All I ask is that you leave a review on Amazon.

Thanks!
God Bless you.

Unplaned Love-My second novel

http://www.amazon.com/Unplanned-Love-Savage-Jodi-Woody-ebook/dp/B00C9A4TI8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389970833&sr=1-1&keywords=unplanned+love

If you would like a free pdf or Kindle copy for review, please comment below. All I ask is that you give an honest review on Amazon. Thank you!

Through the marriage of Seanna’s mother and Bryce’s uncle, the two college kids have become as close as any brother and sister. Both raised as only children, they finally have the siblings they have always longed for. But, sometimes love can bloom in the most unexpected places.
Unplanned Love continues the story of the characters from Savage Love. This story of love and family reminds us of the importance of unconditional love and acceptance.

Coming soon! “Perfect Love” Book three in the “Savage Love” series.

Savage Love-My First Christian Love Story

Savage Love
Daffyd thought that he had it all, fame and fortune, good looks, and the life he had always dreamed of. Now, at thirty the only thing remaining is the money. He has lost his family, his health, his good looks and his faith in God. Living as a recluse in the Mountains of Montana he has given up on life.
Samantha is thirty-five and recently widowed. Spending the last fifteen years in a marriage of convenience, to a man almost twenty years her senior, she now doesn’t even know who she is. It seems that her life had been on auto pilot, and though she dreams of another life, she can’t seem to find the way. Samantha has two things that keep her going, her daughter and her faith.
Savage Love is a story of love, hope and new beginnings. When two lives come together, seemingly by chance, both are transformed.

Get it here!$2.99 Kindle version
http://www.amazon.com/Savage-Love-Jodi-Woody-ebook/dp/B00BXIJKCW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389800227&sr=1-1&keywords=savage+love

5/5 Star Review
“This was such a fun easy read! I loved the story line, and all the characters, and how it dealt with some tough issues of the past. It was so refreshing to read a love story that didn’t have all the sexual innuendos most books have. It was very clean so I know I can recommend this book to anyone, even my grandma, and know she will love it!”