Sunday, August 17, 2008

On blogging, Satan, and blogging

Sometimes I don't want to blog. My questioning nature (sometimes bad attitude) says, this is stupid. What's the point? Am I having real relationships? Why am I doing it? I kinda like that I'm a questioner because I think it is important to want to know our motives for doing things. I also, though, believe Satan attacks my mind a lot with over-questioning myself and my motives sometimes, especially when I really need to do something that is good. He feeds on my perfectionism, which I'm in recovery of. He whispers things like," you have nothing worth while to say," "nobody cares," etc, etc. More and more I'm starting to recognise the ugly voice that tries to disguise itself as truth. It's very ugly, just puts you down. AND he's very persistent that's why I think God said--

1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour...

Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness...

pray for each other...

Gosh, we ALL need encouragement and support. We are a body- One body and can't function alone, we can't. We crave that fellowship with our bros and sis in our wonderful Father, Son and Spirit and we want to shed off the things that hinder that. ( I don't think blogging has been any hindrance for me in this)

Yeah, about blogging. It has really been a total blessing and God-send. People will say, "oh, well it's not real relationship."My response to that is, blogging in and of itself is not relationship, duh. It's a tool for sharing, much like letter-writing was and is. God communicates to us through his letters/writings and we can have a deep relationship with Him, even though it's not in physical form. After all, isn't it the Spirit that unites us, in Him.
So, i think blogging is wonderful. I have been able to meet very cool people who I've fellowshipped with in depth and joy. It has led to conversations also via phone, e-mail, IM and even in person and I can only hope for this to grow.

And I don't have to be perfect about it all( get behind me Satan).... Somebody's got my back : )


Joel B. said...

This morning I was thinking about something (and now I can't remember what it was, but that's not important) that had to do with an area of my life in which I can see true growth in the last year. As I was thinking about this, I realized that a very large part of it had to do with the interaction I've had with my blogging friends!

I've had much less "in person" fellowship with the body of Christ in the past year than I've ever had since I began taking 'church' seriously many years ago, but I think I've seen more growth and have had more encouragement in God's love and grace than I've had in a long, long time! I really do think this type of relationship and relating to one another is very real. :)

The devil is a liar, and the father of lies, and I do think Peter shared something very important about him, that he goes around seeking to devour people. I think one way he does that is to introduce lies into our thinking, and I think you're very perceptive to see that! And sometimes it's not so much the devil as it is our own negative self-talk. Either way, lies are counteracted with truth, so I think it's very important to grow in the truth that we're fully accepted in the Beloved, and that God has given us some really great things to share with each other, and to encourage one another in, and we can then feel free to share things without worrying what people are thinking about us.

I know that's kind of a long run-on sentence, and I just hope it makes some sort of sense. LOL. Anyway, keep sharing, and resist the devil's lies.

Manuela said...

Hi Joel!! Thanks for your feedback and encouragement!
Blogging is such a great tool and means to share and express ourselves-- our thoughts, hearts, etc...It's opened up a whole other world for me. It's a definite blessing. I'm so glad it has been for you.
I love the verse that says He's made us accepted in the beloved. I also love how you put that you "began to take church more seriously." That's such a good way to describe it. That statement right there refutes so many of the enemy's arguments... right on!! I'm going over to your site cause I had wanted to leave a comment yesterday about a song you posted but got sidetracked...

Sue said...

I go through that backwards and forwards thing all the time of thinking, "This blogging thing is just dumb". And yet, gee, the outflow of it is just wonderful!

Amy said...

Keep on blogging sister! I DO understand your struggle with the enemies lies about the purpose of blogging.
But I truly believe you know in your heart that it is a wonderful method to express your hearts thoughts and feelings and what you're experiencing.
As well, I DO believe that blogging and commenting and ALL the online relationships we are buiding through this medium are special and important. Sure, they may not be face-to-face, but they ARE relationships, none-the-less. And quite honestly, the depths of intimate details I'm sharing, as well as receiving from others is significant.
So, sister...keep blogging! After all, the reason for your "doubts" is b/c our enemy knows that this online way of building relationships is hindering his plans to break-down, prevent, and destroy.

~Amy :)

Nicole said...

I go through those thoughts too about blogging... However, I just want to become more real and honest in my posts whether or not others agree or dialogue with me... It's in a lot of ways like journaling, and I feel free to address things that are on my heart for the most part. It's freeing and I love it... Satin does try to put a negative spin on in sometimes, but I try to ignore that as much as possible!

I love your openness here! Keep it up Manu!

Love, Nicole!