Coffee Schemes

Coffee Schemes

  • Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
  • Focus Scripture- Ephesians 6:11 
  • Isaiah 59:17

Scheme {Methodeia Strong’s Concordance #3180}- a way of searching after something. A predictable method used in organized evil-doing (well-crafted trickery). Strategy. Tricks. Tactics


“It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”. ~Franz Kafka 


Am I prepared? That’s my biggest fear; not being prepared. Today’s passage (Ephesians 6:10-20) is part of Paul’s epistle (letter) to the church at Ephesus which serves as a reminder for Christians today, always be prepared. Isaiah 59:17 says “And he put on righteousness like a breastplate and a helmet of salvation on his head, and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and he wrapped himself in zeal as in a robe.” Our walk in Christ is to bring credit to our Heavenly Father. God shows us how to be prepared for the temptations of the demonic forces that we can not see.


Three years ago I completed my first Daniel Fast. For twenty-one days I ate whole foods and drank nothing but water. When I began I was overconfident because I had already adopted healthier eating habits, rarely had junk food, and was not eating meat. So the meal plan was a breeze. I thought I was prepared to spend those days completely focused on studying the Word of God and being in prayer. I just knew I could conquer any cravings I had because I had dealt with them previously. I was on the winning team, this was about me and God!  Day after day I began my mornings with prayer, study, and Bible meditation. I felt a change from within. I was so happy. I opened up in ways I had never done before, I was communicating more effectively, and not letting my emotions take over. It was exhilarating!

And then day 5. My husband and I went to our local farmers market and after walking around we went inside the warehouse-style building that is loaded with local artisans, a food court, and a coffee shop. I will never forget the moment I had my first real craving. I had to have it. The smell of fresh Italian roast coffee wafted through the air. Grains of Sense just happened to be roasting beans at the time of our arrival. The coffee aroma hung like an exquisite painting, beckoning me towards its earthy robust deep flavor. (This is not an exaggeration)

Apparently, I had been hypnotized and was standing frozen in the middle of several patrons dining. I vaguely recall my husband saying to me, “get out of here, I’ll meet you outside.” What felt like slow motion I turned and walked away. My legs were heavy and I kept fighting the urge to go back and take a sip of the offerings.

So what would have been the problem if I had one cup of coffee? I would be breaking my promise. I know I can trust God, I needed to prove He could trust me. I was not willing to quit after 5 days. I could not get something I never had if I wasn’t willing to do something I never did.  How does this relate to putting on the full armor? I didn’t prepare myself. I was actually thinking I was stronger. God showed me where my weaknesses were and that I needed Him in all situations. If I was going to conquer my cravings and hear His voice over my flesh I needed a heavy dose of self-control. The Daniel Fast became a mainstay in my life and each time I complete a cycle I am grateful to God for pointing out a new way for me to walk firmly in His path.

God forgives and He also grants us wisdom. When we are willing to read and look to Him for our strength. As believers, we are able to overcome the odds because of God’s power. The dark world does not want us to achieve a deeper communion or understanding of God. If Satan can keep us believing we can do all things in our own strength we won’t really know God. The excuses we create or erroneous theology we believe will keep us succumbing to Satan’s desire and leave us as thirsty wanders never satisfied spiritually.

~ Torrie


Journal Prompts

  1. Do I believe I complete everything in my own strength?
  2. How do I depend on God?
  3. Do I put on my armor each day to prepare myself for the schemes I know are coming?

Resources for the Daniel Fast/Plan

http://www.daniel-fast.com/pdf/df-brochure.pdf

http://daniel-fast.com/pdf/dfstarter.pdf

 

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2 thoughts on “Coffee Schemes

  1. How many times have I quoted Philippians 4:13 to get me through situations and I’m sure you do as well. How awesome is our God when we sees our flesh and puts flesh that is sensitive to our situation and gives us the encouragement we need even to tell us to “get out out of here”. Grateful, grateful, grateful, and so proud of you and your beloved. Love agape, Mom

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