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Catfished??…

Bible Reading: Genesis 2:15-18ESV & Genesis 3:1-6ESV

Gaslighted!! Catfished!! Oh my! Both these terms essentially mean the same thing.

Gaslight- to manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Catfish- to lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.

No one wants to be scammed. No one wants to lose out on a luxury, or have it swapped for something less glorious; however, it happens every day, and more easily since the invention of the internet. We have all been catfished or gaslighted at some point.

The thief is able to hone in on our insecurities, fears, desires, hopes, and dreams. This gives the thief a way into our minds. When we talk about how scared we are or how badly we desire something, eventually we will be met with the opportunity to overcome it or acquire it. The thief may use this tactic in order to coerce us out of our normal routines and onto his playing field. By manipulating us psychologically the thief will take away time. The time God desires us to have in order to fully develop a relationship with Him and to learn about ourselves. The thief will have us rushing to make decisions; not pausing to consult with the Holy Spirit. Genesis 3:6  **Do you want to get married, have a family, become rich…famous? Is your house big enough, your car new enough, does your body need an overhaul? **  These are just a few questions we will begin to ask ourselves constantly, letting go of our original God focus. It’s how we may be manipulated into doing unthinkable and questionable things. The false hope we are given drives our “new” focus making us willing participants in the insane confusion the Thief wants us in.

There was one rule in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:16-17 By obeying this rule everything would be kept in order. The thief sought to destroy this order. (CATFISH—–GASLIGHT)  The serpent disguised himself as a fictitious friend and had Eve question the sanity of God’s one rule and manipulated her desires by giving her false hope. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent was a master manipulator; unfortunately, we have many “people” here on earth that do just that; they manipulate, befriend, and make us question our sanity. They believe they are working on their own behalf but in truth, they are just underlings fulfilling an evil agenda orchestrated by Satan. Ephesians 6:12

When we take control and give our minds over to God, He will help maneuver us through the schemes we may not be discerning enough to see at first. We are not to let one or even several catastrophic events land us in mental turmoil. By the grace of God we can see the Light and be redeemed…nursed back to mental and spiritual health. Of course, this takes time. When we get to the root of our problems or emotional triggers we can lift up our heads and say “not today Satan, I see your schemes coming and I am prepared!”

~Torrie

 

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Justified Fraud?..

Bible Reading: Jonah 1:1-17

Flesh verses spirit! As a photographer and writer, I want to claim ownership of my “intellectual property”… when someone used one of my photos without my permission or giving me credit I felt robbed. However, after a few moments and some deep breaths, I took another look at what had happened. God’s word had been placed over the image. It was a beautiful scripture and what the person did was crop my tagline off. Hmmm… lesson to learn here? Yes, I think so. How often do we take credit for something only God could have done? How often do we “crop” His name off in order to glorify ourselves? How often do we think that what God gives us isn’t enough so we don’t cultivate our own talents but desire an easier route by taking from one of His children? God allows me to capture His beautiful nature, that we see every day, and I share it on social media.


Jonah 1:3  The flesh part of me wanted to RUN AWAY: on emotions – from how this could help me grow in humility – from being an obedient servant – from how I could glorify and honor God through my response. Thanks are to God that I stood STILL! (Jonah 1:17)  The Holy Spirit intervened and not only was I able to calmly approach the “thief” I was able to open a dialog that will hopefully prevent her from doing it again. A seed was sown.

The lesson in this case was difficult for me to understand at first but, God softened my heart, gave me clarity, and allowed me to see the bigger picture. (Jonah 1:12) By not focusing on feeling violated and instead how I (we) do this everyday. Nothing belongs to me. I am covered by grace and mercy I don’t always deserve but, God freely gives to me, to all of us. How I and how we react in our fleeting emotional states will affect the outcome.

Going forward I pray we can approach all things through the eyes of God and ask ourselves:

  1. Is God being glorified?
  2. Am I pointing towards God or desiring people to settle for me?
  3. Am I acting out with my flesh or reacting through the spirit?

I pray discernment is quickened and clarity is readily available for all of us, so that we may not end up in a storm we could have avoided. Jonah 1:3-4

~Torrie

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A Balanced Purpose Part One

Social media may be the most dangerous weapon ever!  From across the nation, we can hurl insults, negativity, and bully people into rethinking their existence. Social media is LOUD!!!  People use it to spy on loved ones and take inaccurate stories touting them as facts to spread to everyone, the list goes on. However, there is a silver lining. People are able to unite with others, learn about different cultures, and become more empathetic humans. It’s great when we can balance all the benefits it offers especially for business, bloggers, and connecting with close friends. Our posture on social media should be a reflection of who we are in life. We are still being held accountable. God sees everything we do…..even on the internet, He is mindful of us.

Luke 1:6 KJV

Luke 1:7 KJV

Most of us react to what we see and hear. When we read a great story, see a heartfelt video, get good news we feel good, as though God is smiling down on us. But what if we were doing all the right things; being obedient servants but left feeling incomplete?… As though our lives were missing some key ingredient? I picture that is how Zacharias and Elisabeth felt. After all, they were two upstanding members of their community. Ministers. Married.  They served God wholeheartedly, followed His commandments, and were righteous examples to their fellow neighbors. Could you imagine what it would have been like for Zacharias and Elisabeth if social media had existed in their day? As it is now we see families that are struggling to have children, struggling with the children they have, or suffering from the loss one. Social media displays some of our greatest and saddest moments.  For Zacharias and Elisabeth, this would have been up close and very personal; the mocking and ridicule they would have endured could be the equivalent to the “what’s trending” feed on social media: Scandal in the Hill Country of Judea.  Everyone would stop talking each time they entered the room, whispers would be heard of “why did God abandon them”? and finally pity, because so much time had passed that the idea of their raising a family was laughable at best. Regardless, of the appearance of not having God’s favor, Zacharias and Elisabeth acted according to their faith and belief in Him. How awesome! As their story unfolds we find, that like us, they had doubts. Perhaps they had resigned themselves to not having a child because of their advanced age, but they continued to pray just in case. Their actions dictated their heart’s desire, God kept Zacharias and Elisabeth hopeful.

May the fruit of the Spirit keep us hopeful and our actions pleasing to God. We can know that God hears our prayers.

~Torrie

 

© Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose trademark pending), 2018-2048. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Torrie Slaughter, Torrie Slaughter Photography, and http://www.ourgivenpurpose.com (Our Given Purpose) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.