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Oops!

Did you know Bilbo DID NOT kill the dragon, Smaug, contrary to what I posted earlier this week in Hobbit Faith?  Oops!  My Hobbit memories failed me and the discrepency was kindly pointed out to me by a dear friend and local Tolkien expert.  Ouch!

  BUT, the little hobbit did kill a big, hairy hobbit-eating spider with Sting.  So…. 

We all have scarey things in our lives that threaten to destroy us.  Fears that bind us,  like the spiders wanted so very much to do with Bilbo and had already accomplished with his friends.

Follow Bilbo’s example, then, and kill your big, hairy fears.  How?  With your sword, of course.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

And your sword has a name, a better name than “Sting” (no offense, Bilbo): “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.Ephesians 6:17b

Wield your sword whenever a fear confronts you.  Follow my lead… 

FEAR: “You’ll never be good enough.”

SWORD: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses… For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2Corinthians 12:9-10

FEAR: “You won’t be happy if you don’t give in.”

SWORD: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”  Galatians 6:7-8

FEAR:  “No one will ever love me.”

SWORD:  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3

You get the idea.  That’s why it’s so important to know the Bible.  When we memorize scripture the Holy Spirit can point out errors in our thinking, like my Hobbit-correcting friend.  It’ll make it easier for Him to keep us on track, and our swords will strike the enemy of our souls with deadly accuracy.

Click the Bible Memorization link to the right for a list of great verses to memorize.

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Hobbit Faith

Bilbo Baggins, little as he is, has to face the mighty Smaug in the dragon’s creepy lair.  Bilbo?!  That short, fat hobbit? This is a job for the mighty and strong isn’t it? 

AND his only defense?  A magic ring that makes him disappear, and his little dagger.

We have dragons of our own to face; habits, fears, and relationships that are just too strong for us. We try to defeat them, but…  we’re just too “short and fat” to win.

 BUT, we too have  defenses and weapons that are just the right size to not only confront, but to slay our dragons. 

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4

When we disappear, Someone else fights the battle for us: “…hide me in the shadow of Your wings from the wicked who assail me, from the mortal enemies that surround me.”  Psalm 17:8-9

And our “dagger” is a mighty sword: “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17b

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

Do you have dragons to slay?  Feeling small?  Never fear, “little ones to Him belong.  They are weak, BUT He is strong”!

 Smaug is a made-up dragon.  Wanna read about a real-life one?   Job 41  “His snorting throws out flashes light…Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out…”

My Portion, My Cup…

Do you ever feel short, awkward and fat compared to the people around you?  Ability-wise, I mean? I do.  Today, for instance, I was looking at someone else’s blog site. Wow! It had all the bell’s and whistles.  So fancy compared to mine, with moving graphics, colorful sections, music and…and…If I’d had the courage to stay longer, maybe confetti would have shot from the screen!  “Too much!”  I thought.  “I could never do that!  Who’s got the time?!”  But, then I realized, I was trying to drink from somebody else’s cup.

The Bible says the Lord has prepared a table before me — my table with my food to eat, with my own cup to drink from…not someone else’s. **

Have you read “The Hobbit”?  Imagine Bilbo sharing a grand table with tall noble people; kings and queens, ambassadors, elven leaders, and wizards.   He might notice how gracefully they lift their cups to drink and feel clumsy in contrast because he has to hold  his big cup, which is too big for him,  with his two little hands as he sips awkwardly, careful not to spill while the noble creatures about him grasp theirs with one hand, confidentally, taking  large droughts while they laugh and toast one another.

And he might notice their long, noble strides as they take their leave of the table compared to own his short, crude steps. 

Sometimes that’s how I feel…like a hairy hobbit.  Do you feel the same?  BUT, take courage, my fellow shire-mate!  Our cup is filled with a brew that strengthens us as we drink.  The more we drink of His cup, the stronger we become; the more sure of ourselves.  Our strides increase, our stature grows, till we are transformed into one of the noble creatures, and we can hold our cups with one hand and look eye to eye with the great and the tall.

So, drink up!  Your cup will overflow with His wine when you reach it up to Him for filling.   And it will overflow, spill over.  You will do wonderous things, “too much” for you to handle in your own strength.  Maybe even with bells and whistles! [You] can do everything through Him Who gives [you] strength!   Philippians 4:13 

**Psalm 23