Warming by Friction

As the temperature gets more frigid, the time it takes to care for the animals gets longer….!!!!! Often my toes and hands are numb by the time I get half way through chores. Recently, some of the teenage volunteers purchased hand warmers. I had heard of them but never used them. I don’t know why…… I just had not gone there. After they got me to try them, I was so excited!!! It was wonderful!!!!! My fingers were warm instead of frozen when I finished chores!!!! I just stuck them in my glove which held them in place. In addition,the more you work the warmers; the more they warm you! Later, I even bought some toe warmers because I was such a believer!!!!! Why had I suffered so long needlessly….?
As the temperature gets more frigid, the time it takes to care for the animals gets longer….!!!!! Often my toes and hands are numb by the time I get half way through chores. Recently, some of the teenage volunteers purchased hand warmers. I had heard of them but never used them. I don’t know why…… I just had not gone there. After they got me to try them, I was so excited!!! It was wonderful!!!!! My fingers were warm instead of frozen when I finished chores!!!! I just stuck them in my glove which held them in place. In addition,the more you work the warmers; the more they warm you! Later, I even bought some toe warmers because I was such a believer!!!!! Why had I suffered so long needlessly….?

Correspondingly, 7 years ago, I started memorizing the promises of God in His Word. 78 promises I put into writing; A-Z 3 times. 3 levels of spiritual warfare, I identified. When I am going through a lighter battle, I go through the first A-Z list. Next, when I am going through a heavier battle, I go through the first list and the second list. Then, when the battle is intense, it takes me all three A-Z lists to find peace. I put on the promises with “Thank you Jesus” preceding each promise. It is what holds the promise firm, just like the glove holds the hand warmer firm against my hand. Upon reading or memorizing them, it is wonderful!!!! Why did I wait so long? Why had I suffered so needlessly? As a believer, I was numb with despair, anxiety, hate………All reactions to the frigid circumstances of a fallen world and the sin, sickness, death, ect….that comes with it.

Two things come to my mind about the two question above. First, like the hand warmers, someone needed to introduce me to this method of staying warm spiritually. However, even the verbal exhortation of the availability of using them was not enough to get me to buy into the hand warmers. The volunteers modeled the use of them to me, and made them available to me. Then, I was hooked, and chores would never be the same. Just like my spiritual battles have never been the same since I read and memorize God’s promises in the battle.

Below are the promises that I have used. I am making them available to you(like the teenagers made the hand warmers available to me). I pray that I have humbly……humbly modeled them(like the teenagers did the handwarmers)to some degree in my life in spite of my inadequacies and failures.

Remember the more you work them, the warmer you get spiritually(like the warmers)!!!!

You are given exceeding great, precious promises that you may be a partaker of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4

Thank you, Jesus:

A*that I can do ALL things through You, who will give her strength. Philippians 4:13
* that AS You are, so am I in this world. 1 John 4:17
* that You will give Your ANGELS charge concerning me to guard me in all of my ways Luke 4:1
B* that I can BE confident that the work You began in my life, You will complete. Philippians 1:6
* that the Spirit of the Lord is on you, BECAUSE the Lord has anointed you to bring good news to the afflicted;
sent you to bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive. Isaiah 61:1
* that BEFORE You formed me in the womb, You knew me, before I was born, You set me apart. Jeremiah 1: 5
C* that if I CALL on You, You will hear me and answer. Jeremiah 33:3
* that there is no CONDEMNATION to those which are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
* that the God of all COMFORT, comforts you in all her trouble that you may be able to comfort others in trouble
with the comfort I have been comforted with. 2 Corinthians 1:3
D* that I DON’T need to fear, for You are with me; I don’t need to despair, for You are my God, and
You will strengthen me, yes, You will uphold me with the right hand of Your righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
* that as my DAYS are, so will my strength be in You. Deuteronomy 33:25
* that You are the Light of the world, anyone that follows You shall not walk in Darkness. John 8:12
E*You can do EXCEEDINGLY above what I ask or think according to the power that works in me. Ephesians 3:20
*when my ways please the Lord, He makes even my ENEMIES to be at peace with me. Proverbs 16:7
*that there is no temptation to me that others have not gone through, and God is faithful. He will not allow me to be tempted more than what I can handle, and He will provide a way for me to ESCAPE. 1 Corinthians 10:13
F*that You have not given me a spirit of FEAR, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
*that if I walk in the Spirit, I will not FULFILL the lust of the flesh. Galations 5:16
* that Your Word is like FIRE, and like a hammer that break the rocks of sin into pieces in my life. Jeremiah 23:29
G* that GREATER is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
* that Satan thought evil against me, but God meant it for GOOD, to save many people’s lives. Genesis 50:20
* that the plans You have for me are to prosper and not to harm me, to GIVE me a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
H* that my grief, You bore, and my sorrows, You carried for me. You were stricken, smitten of God, and
afficted. You were pierced through for my sin, and crushed for my iniquities. The chastening for my well
being fell upon You and by Your scourging, I am HEALED. Isaiah 53:4
* that You will restore HEALTH unto me and You will heal me of my wounds. Jeremiah 30:17
* that You are my rock, in You, I will trust; You are my shield, and the HORN of my salvation; my
High Tower, and my refuge, my Savior; You will save me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:2
I * that if I lack wisdom, I can ask You, and IT will be given to me. James 1:5
* that You will INSTRUCT me in the way that I should go, and You will guide me with Your eyes. Psalm 32:8
* that God IS a Father to the fatherless, and a defender of the widow in His holy dwelling place. Psalm 68:5
J * that God will supply all my needs according to His riches in Christ JESUS. Philippians 4:1
* that neither death nor life, nor principalities, nor things present, nor thing to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
any other creature shall be able to separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ JESUS. Romans 8:38
* that God is my rock, His work is perfect in me, JUST and right is He. Deuteronomy 32:4
K* that the peace of God that passes all understanding, shall KEEP my heart through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
* I can ask You and it will be given;seek and I will find; KNOCK and it will be opened to me. Matthew 7:7
* that before You formed me in the womb, You KNEW me, before I was born, You set me apart. Jeremiah 1:5
L *that the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it can not save me, or His ear heavy, that it can not hear. Isaiah 59:1
*that I have set my LOVE on You, and You will deliver me. You will set me on high. Psalm 91:4
*that You came that I would have LIFE and have it abundantly. John 10:10
M*that MANY are the afflictions of the righteous, but You deliver them out of all of them. Psalm 34:9
* that when I wait on You, You renew my strength, I shall MOUNT up with wings as eagles, I shall walk
and not be weary, I shall run and not faint. Isaiah 40:13
*that Your grace is sufficient for me, for power is perfected in weakness; MOST gladly, therefore I will
boast about my weakness, so that the power of Jesus Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
N*that Your work in me is NOT done by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit. Zechariah 4:6
*that if I be in You, I am a NEW creation, old things are passed away and all things are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
*that when I walk in You, my steps will NOT be hindered, when I run, I will not stumble. Proverbs 4:12
O*that what doors You OPEN for me, can not be shut, what doors You shut can not be opened. Revelation 3:7
*that You have given me power to tread OVER all the power of the enemy, nothing shall hurt me. Luke 10:19
*that it is God that works in me to will, and to act in ORDER to fulfill His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
P *that You will PERFECT that which concerns me. Psalm 138:8
*that many are the PLANS in my mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail. Proverbs 19:21
*that You give POWER to the faint(me) and to them that have no might, You give strength. Isaiah 40:29
Q*that I am more than a CONQUEROR through You that loves me. Romans 8:37
*that He that raised You from the dead shall also QUICKEN me by His spirit that dwells in me. Romans 8:11
*that God will tread my INIQUITIES under foot, He will cast all my sins into the depths of the sea Micah 7:19
R*that You will RESTORE the years for me that Satan has destroyed. Joel 2:25
*that I, in the shadow of Your wings will make my REFUGE, until these calamities are over. Psalm 57:1
*You were made to be sin, that knew no sin, that I would be the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21
S *That SIN shall not have dominion over me, for I am not under the law, but under Your grace. Romans 6:14
*that if I SUBMIT myself to You and resist the devil, he will flee from me James 4:7
*that I am SEALED by You, for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30
T *that You can do all things in my life, and that no purpose of Yours can be THWARTED. Job 43:2
*that if my mother and father forsake me, that You will TAKE me up. Psalms 27:10
*that I have a High Priest which can be TOUCHED with the feelings of my infirmities. Hebrews 4:15
U*that the fire will not have any power over me, the hair of my head will not be singed, my cloak will not be harmed,
and no smell of fire will come UPON me Daniel 3:27
*that we know to those who loves You, all things work together UNTO good. Romans 8:28
*that the Spirit helps my infirmities; for I know not what I should pray; but the Spirit; itself, makes
intercession for me with groanings which can not be UTTERED according to the will of God. Romans 8:26
V*that through God, I, shall do VALIENTLY for He it is that shall tread down my enemies. Psalm 108:18
*that, so shall Your Word be that goes out of my mouth; It shall not return VOID, but It shall accomplish for
me that which You please, and It shall prosper in the thing that You sent It to. Isaiah 55:11
* I have this treasure in his earthly VESSEL, that the power in me is of God, not me. 1 Corinthians 4:7
W*that no WEAPON formed against meshall prosper; and every tongue that rises against me in judgement,
You will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is in Jesus. Isaiah 54:17
*that when I pass through the WATERS, You will be with me, and when I pass through the rivers, they
will not overflow me, and when I walks through the fire, I will not be burned Isaiah 43:2
*that the weapons of my WARFARE are not of this world, but mighty through God to the pulling down of my
strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4
X*You know the plans You have for me, thoughts of peace, not evil, to give me an EXPECTED end. Jeremiah 29:11
* My light afflictions, which are but for a moment work for me a more EXCEEDING glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17
*that I am troubled on every side, but not distressed, I am PERPLEXED, but not in despair; persecuted but not
forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always remembering the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus might
be seen and lived in my life. 2 Corinthians 4:7
Y*that all of the promises of God are YES, for me, in Him. 2 Corinthians 1:20
*YOU shall fight for me, and I shall hold her peace. Exodus 14:14
*YOUR steadfast love never ceases, Your mercies to me never come to an end, they are new every morning.
Lamentation 3:22
Z*(Final Thoughts) that if the Son shall make me free, I am free indeed. John 8:36
*that I shall lend to many and not borrow, the Lord will make me the head and not the tail, and I will be above
and not beneath. Deuteronomy 28:13
*that You shall show me the path of life; in Your presence is my fulness of joy; at Your right hand there are
pleasures for me evermore. Psalm 16:11